Growing up, I had a favorite VHS tape. I would watch it for hours upon days. Although the music was catchy and the animation precise, it was the story. It was one I had heard of before but there was something about watching it unfold.
Title: Prince of Egypt.
Pharoh was there, the bush burned, and the Red Sea split. That’s right. All the major parts were evident in the movie. I knew this story front to back. So I thought.
Yet, while I am not that little girl, I have continued to read the story of Moses here and there. However, it wasn’t until this year a Bible plan led me to study the story of Moses.
Instead of skimming through the familiar passage in Exodus, I slowed down. And I’ll tell you, I didn’t see the events unfold. This time, I noticed God; what He brought and what He caused.
I saw the outcomes of God’s presence.
You see, God had a purpose for Moses. This purpose led His people to freedom. God used Moses to make His name known. However, when this was told to Moses, He felt the pressure—the nerves. Fear, uncertainty, and timidness were all there. Leading Moses to excuse himself and his ability all while God was with him.
“But, God, I am a nobody.”
“But, God, nobody will believe me.”
“But, God, I am not smart or talented enough.”
“But, God, is there not anybody else?”
Excuses can be our defense in the face of insecurity. Not only can we make excuses in ourselves, but in Jesus. This distrust brings us to believe He is not able or all-powerful. Or, in fact, we do believe Him and make excuses in the face of vulnerability.
I’ll be transparent to tell you I know fear, uncertainty, and timidness in the Lord. When my relationship with Christ became vulnerable early on, I used to run. I knew His presence meant teaching, instruction—a total detox. The presence of God was something I feared. The presence of God would require me to step out of comfort and into faith.
2 Corinthians 3:17- Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
This is what the Truth says. Freedom. As I studied through the story of Moses, I saw his character refined. Moses became confident and sure of his Maker. Why? I believe he was changed by staying in the presence of God.
The presence of God changes us.
The presence of God changes our attitudes.
The presence of God changes everything.
When we stay in the Word, the Holy Spirit reveals lessons to a fruitful lifestyle. When we stay in prayer, the Holy Spirit comforts our fear and insecurity. When we stay in fellowship, the Holy Spirit establishes encouraging relationships.
How can we expect to live away from God’s presence? Away from Him, change will not come, confidence will not build, and comfort will not heal. Friend, rest assured because the presence of God alters the phrase, “But, God.” It removes the pausing, the moaning, and the resulting excuse. The presence of God gives us a shield from the Enemy.
It is He. It is His Son. It is His Spirit.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is His presence. Where His presence is there is freedom. And where there is freedom there is joy.
Friends, let’s stay and walk in it forever.
Matthew 18:20- “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
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