Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of God's Presence


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

Then Moses said to [the LORD], If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that You are pleased with me and with Your people unless You go with us? What else will distinguish me and Your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? Exodus 33:15-16

As the Israelites are led by Moses from captivity toward the Promised Land, God’s presence goes with them to guide them. His Glory is like a “pillar of cloud by day” and a “pillar of fire by night.” When God speaks to Moses, one on one, Moses goes into the “tent of meeting” and the pillar of cloud comes and stays at the entrance. The people stand and worship at the entrance to the tent. For Moses and the Israelites, this was the mark of God, evidence of His Presence.

In Priscilla Shirer’s “Jonah ~ A Life Interrupted” she tells us that when our obedience to God and His anointing come together, “we can expect huge things.” She goes on to say that the “Holy Spirit must mark us so others know we serve a different God.” I wonder how often I charge ahead without God’s anointing, how seldom do my actions distinguish me from all the other people on the face of the earth? Moses requests to bear the mark of God or else just don’t send me. Moses wants a distinguishing mark of the Power and Presence of God. As Christians, the Presence of God, the mark of God than distinguishes us from non-Christians is the Holy Spirit! 
  •  Do those I meet see the mark of God that distinguishes me as a follower of Christ?     
  •  Am I more like Moses who tells God, Go with me or do not send me? or Am I more likely to reach some destination and then call on God?

 Jehovah, God of all power, lead me every moment of every day. Help me to be aware of Your Presence. Let others know You are near because I wear Your mark! dho

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