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Topic: CLEAR AS MUD (07/18/19)
- TITLE: What Do We Truly Want?
By Donna Martelli
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Fast forward to the present: I have been born again and I know what this Bible story has to do with me and you. It is all about holiness. Moses wanted more than anything to know God and therefore God invited him to the mountain top to be in His presence. The Israelites wanted His deliverance from slavery, the miracles and the benefits that He provided but they did not want His holy presence. Why was this? They had not denied themselves but rather wanted to keep their sinful pleasures because Egypt was still in their hearts. Consequently, they made God in their own image so that they could still worship Him but not have to live holy lives. Hence, they made the golden calf: their image of god on their terms.
This is a very sad story. Where is my heart? Where is yours? If we are to know God intimately above all else as Moses did, He will invite us into His presence which is His glory. Everything that we will ever need is found in the glory of God. We have to confess our worldly desires as sin and ask Godâ€™s forgiveness. In so doing He promises to forgive us and cleanse us from our unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
God created humans to be His intimate companions and that is what He wants from us. To experience His fullness, we absolutely must deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him. (Luke 9:23) The cross is where our sin is crucified. As I am writing this, I feel that the Lord is calling some of you into His presence. Will you go with Him or will you make Him in your image like the Israelites did, preferring your own desires over Godâ€™s commands?
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