Empowered Devotional Series
Monday December 11, 2023
Scripture: Exodus 20 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
Meditation: Some who believe choose to remain at a distance from the Lord while others will be called into a deeper more intimate relationship with God. The Bible tells us many are invited but few are chosen, Matt 22:14.
– God loves us and desires a relationship with us, that we can be certain of. While there is some debate doctrinally regarding those who enter into a relationship with God, I choose to believe whosever will may come, Rev. 22: 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely”!
– In the above Exodus text, the people of Israel stood at a distance, but Moses did not. The people asked Moses to speak to them on God’s behalf thinking they would perish if they heard the word from God, in saying this they distanced themselves from the Lord
– Moses counseled the people saying, 20 … “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” Here’s the problem, many want a relationship with the Lord but not the personal accountability of an intimate, personal relationship.
– Jesus came to save us. However, there are some who do not understand that Jesus came to save us from sin. Belief in Jesus saves us from the curse of the Fall in sin and it saves us from our sins of the past, but don’t stop there because His grace is also effective to save us from our sins of tomorrow so long as we “confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, 1 |John 1:9.
– It is sin that separates us from God! This is why it is so important that we embrace His authority that enables us to “Go and sin no more”! No this does not mean we will never sin again, 1 John 1:8-10, Rom. 7, but it does mean we cannot choose to live in willful persistent sin and still claim His salvation for our lives, See 1 John 3:6, Hebrews 10:26-31,39.
– We who are saved by grace through faith and are therefore God’s people, have a choice; to either walk by faith with God or to only pay lip service to our faith while we hold fast to sin. Of the myriad of those whom God brought out of bondage in Egypt and who approached the mountain, only a handful of adults actually entered into the promised land of blessing. Only those who choose to live by faith will enter into the rest of God, Hebrews 4.