Exodus 40:36-38.. 36 Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; 37 but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. 38 For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.
The cloud with the presence of God led the Israelites. God’s people didn’t set out and then hope that God would lead and provide. Instead, they waited for God to move; when God moved, they moved.
The presence of God, the leadership He provided for His people, and the worship of God’s people were connected. To follow God’s leading is to worship Him; to worship God is to know His presence.
God’s leadership is the same in our day, but more personal to demonstrate His great love for us. We know God in general through the universe A and specifically through His Word B and through the person and work of Jesus Christ C described in the Word. In addition, the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are His children D.
As disciples worship God in spirit and in truth E. the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to transform our mind F, pruning J us to produce more fruit, leading us for His glory, producing in us the character of Christ G as well as every spiritual gift we need to serve Him H.
The agreement of God’s Word and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit always work in concert for our good and for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit who is leading God’s people is the same Holy Spirit who inspired the writing of God’s Word I. God’s presence, His Spirit, and His Word speak with one voice.
We live in a day when each person thinks they are the authority on all things. This is so with God, but it cannot be true in the life of the disciple and those who have rejected Jesus. Instead, God’s leadership in our lives and church is in agreement with the Word of God and His Spirit.
Too often we make plans and ask God to bless them but then are disappointed when God doesn’t come through.
Notes: A- Psalm 19:1-6 ; B- Psalm 19:7-14 ; C- John 1:14,17 ; D- Romans 8:16 ; E- John 4:23-24 ; F- Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12, Romans 12:2 ; G- Ephesians 5:18b, Galatians 5:22-23a ; H- Romans 12:6-8 ; I- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ; J- John 15:2
Henry Luke 11/2//2017
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