Enjoying God Again
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03-03-19 : Bad Exchange
Welcome to a New Series called, “Enjoying God Again”. Last year, we looked at the early life of Moses and his great calling to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. This series will focus on his latter life as they get closer to the Promised Land. As we go through the journey of life, let’s remember that God’s plan and purpose is far greater than the world’s trials and temptations.
- Don’t Exchange God’s Calling for our Convenience
Verse: 2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.
- Don’t Exchange our Identity for Impurity
Verse: 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and
presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
- Don’t Exchange His Saving Grace for our Selfish Gains
Verse: 7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt… 9 “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.
10-03-19 : Putting God in First Priority
PUT GOD IN FIRST PRIORITY!
P. Narry Santos
Part 1 of our “Enjoying God” series in Exodus last Fall 2018 focused on learning to enjoy God. Part 2, which starts today, will focus on living to enjoy God. When we live to enjoy God, we get to enjoy God much more. The 1st way to enjoy God so much more is to put Him in 1st priority. Using the 1st 4 commands of the Decalogue (or “10 Commandments”) in Exodus 20:1-11 (cf. Deuteronomy 5:6-15), how do we put God first?
I. HARBOR NO OTHER GODS BUT OUR GOD (20:1-3)
The 1st commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before me” (or lit. “in opposition to me or in my presence”) (20:3). It means that God’s people are not to prefer other gods to Him. God wants no rival but always desires the top & unique place in our lives. Let’s reserve 1st place to God in everything!
II. HAVE NO IDOLS IN PLACE OF GOD (20:4-6)
The 2nd commandment says, “You shall not make for yourself an idol. . .” (20:4a). It means that God’s people are not to make real or imagined pictorial representations of God (carved from wood, stone, or metal [cf. 20:23; 34:17]). God, who is jealous (i.e., zealous to demand exclusive devotion), hates idolatry (or spiritual adultery). Let’s be faithful to God!
III. HONOR THE HOLY NAME OF GOD (20:7)
The 3rd commandment says, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (or not to lift it up or attach it to emptiness) (20:7a). It means to honor (or treat God as holy), protect, & respect God’s revealed character. Let’s be careful not to disrespect God or speak His name insincerely or inappropriately (cf. Leviticus 19:12; 22:31-33)!
IV. HOLD ON TO A REGULAR WORSHIP OF GOD (20:8-11)
The 4th commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (20:8). It means that a day of solemn rest & worship of God must be kept weekly. This command is based on the creation account, when God worked for 6 days & rested on the 7th day (20:13-14). The rest is to be used for spiritual service. Let’s regularly rest & worship God!
17-03-19 : I Want To Really Love My God
I WANT TO REALLY LOVE MY GOD
(Exodus 33:12-23 )
The Moses experience we can learn from
– What is asked of you
– Why it is difficult (Heb 13:5)
– What you should ask for
God will respond
– He gives His Word (2 Chron. 7:14)
– He gives a where to go (1 Cor. 10:4)
– He gives Himself
Results we can expect
– We will be humble (James 4:10)
– We will worship (John 4:24)
– We will change
1 John 4:19
2 Tim 3:2
24-03-19 : Being A Friend of God
BEING A FRIEND OF GOD
In living to enjoy God, we have learned that we need to put Him in first priority & that we can please Him with prayer & purity. Today, we learn that enjoying God involves becoming friends with Him. In relation to God & Moses, they were “best friends.” In fact, “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (33:11). What steps can we take (which Moses took) to nurture friendship with God?
I. TAKE THE TIME TO BE CLOSE WITH GOD (33:7-10)
Moses took the initiative to meet regularly with God (33:8a). Though God did not command it, Moses would pitch a tent called the “tent of meeting” (33:7) to inquire of the Lord. God showed pleasure over Moses’ effort by revealing His glory through the “pillar of cloud” (33:9-10; cf. 13:21-22; 40:34-35). It also led to the people’s worship of God (33:10). As Moses took the time to be with God (cf. 24:15-18; 34:28), let’s do the same with God.
II. TREASURE THE TIME TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD (33:11)
Moses enjoyed a “face-to-face” (i.e., complete, confident, & committed communion) friendship with God, as seen in the occurrence 3x of “speaking” (33:9, 11 [2x]) intimately. From connection, we see communication happen: “as a man speaks with his friend” (33:11). It shows the clarity of God’s will, the certainty of God’s guidance, & the confidence of God’s counsel. As Moses communed & communicated with God consistently & consistently (cf. 34:29, 34-35), let’s do it, too.
III. TREAT TODAY AS THE TIME TO CLING TO GOD (33:12-17)
Moses insisted on asking God in prayer to stay with him & the people, despite their sin (through the golden calf in ch. 32). He asked God to make him know Him & to show His favor upon him (33:12-13) through God’s presence (33:14-16), though the people were “stiff-necked” (33:5). God’s presence shows His pleasure, favor, & special relationship with His people. As Moses kept clinging to God, so must we.