By Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia OBAFAIYE –
Text: Exo. 33: 1- 23
The Theme of the month of August is Jehovah’s manifest presence as spoken by God through His prophet. I perceive in my spirit that Jehovah is saying to someone here today ‘My presence shall go with thee, you are about to embark on a journey (the journey as it were may not necessarily mean travelling from one point to another like from Leeds to United States, but it might be starting a new business, getting married, going back to school, whatever that journey might denote for you, Jehovah is saying to you today, ‘do not be afraid for My manifest presence shall go with thee’.
The Bible makes us to understand that God said to Moses in verse 2 of the text, “I will send an angel before thee as you go to possess the land that is flowing with milk and honey that I promised you and the children of Israel”.
But we thank God for the wisdom of God upon Moses for he had an understanding of the ways of God (the children of Israel were conversant with the acts of God, the miracles, the manna, the parting of the Red Sea, the drowning of their enemies & the meat). May The Lord make His ways known to you and I, so that we know how to please Him at all times.
This was a man like you and I (a mere mortal) yet he communed with God mouth to mouth (for the Bible says God Himself said ‘if there be other prophets He speaks to them in dreams and visions but with Moses He spoke mouth to mouth as a friend would speak with his friend). May The Lord God Almighty speak to you and I as a Friend in Jesus name. He said the same of Abraham His friend in Gen 18:17, ‘And The Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do.
The Bible made us to understand that Moses refused that an angel should go before them rather he insisted that if he had found favour & grace in the sight of God, then God should be the one to lead them, as he rightly said in verse 15-16 (New Living Translation) ‘Then Moses said if you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favourably on me and your people, if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth’.
So Brethren it is the Presence of God that we carry as His children that sets us apart from the world, that is what makes you and I different, unique and special. It is the DNA of Jehovah in us that makes us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people called out of darkness into His marvellous light to show forth His praise. And God Himself answered and said “My presence shall go with you and I will give thee rest”.
Brethren it is only Jehovah The God of heaven and earth, The Almighty One that sits in Heaven and doeth as He pleases, the Holy One that rules in the affairs of men, He is the only one that sends a man on an errand and goes with him. Moses knew that without the manifest presence of Jehovah they were doomed, their enemies would have triumphed over them.
What does the manifest presence of Jehovah bring:
Just like when an earthly Father travels and does not come home empty handed, rather he comes home bearing gifts, the Bible says God has not called us to seek Him in vain.
Favour: the presence of God in a man’s life comes with His favour.
Joseph Gen. 39: 1-5 (read)
The Lord was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian (Joseph was a slave & servant in Portiphar’s house, yet the Bible says he was prosperous because God was with him.
Brethren the presence of God comes with His favour and it can change your status and set you apart from the rest.
2) Protection: 1Sam 2:9 (For by strength shall no man prevail)
Prov. 21:31 (The horse is prepared against the day of battle but safety is of The Lord)
Psa. 91:1-3 (He that dwellers in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of Almighty)
Moses understood this very well when he told The Lord, if you will not go with us then there is no need for us to go on our own.
3) Prosperity: (Isaac). The Bible says the silver and the gold belongs to The Lord. Gen. 26: 1-6, 12-13
Brethren because God was with Isaac, he blessed him and he became great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great and became the envy of a whole nation, one man become the envy of a whole nation, it can only be by the manifest presence of God.
4) Guidance: Isa. 30:21 (And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand and when ye turn to the left.
Isa. 41:13 (For I The Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee. Psa. 23: 1-4
5) Wisdom: Brethren true wisdom only comes with the manifest presence of God, our Lord Jesus is the wisdom and power of God, if you have Him as your Lord and Sheperd, you will walk in His wisdom and light and not in darkness.
6) Grace: David Psa. 23:4 (Thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, thou anointed my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
The presence of God in a man’s life sets him apart to be marked for grace. May you be marked for grace and be graced for life in Jesus name.
7) In the presence of God every old and filthy thing becomes new.
The cleansing of Joshua the High Priest (Zechariah 3: 1-4)
2 Cor. 5:17 (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new).
8) Victory: Rom. 8:31 (What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? No one.
Deborah & Barak (Judges 4:8)
Barak Israel’s Army General said he will not go to war except Deborah the Judge went with him, why? Because Barak knew that she carried the presence of God, and without the manifest presence of God there will be no victory (no celebration, no party).
9) Peace: The peace of God that surpasses all understanding comes with His manifest presence of Jehovah (Phil. 4:7)
May The Lord help you and I in Jesus name. May the manifest presence of Jehovah never leave us in Jesus name.
Excerpts of a sermon delivered on August 11th , 2013