Ordinarily, the presence of God is something that is desired above all things. However, as it was with Moses at the burning bush, most people are not aware of God’s presence in their lives even when they enter into it. Moses didn’t realize he had entered into the presence of God until God called out to him. ~ “Then He [God] said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand [is] holy ground” (Exodus 3.5).
The Source of God’s Power
Moses had entered into God’s presence during the trans-course of everyday life and didn’t even know it. So it is today with multiple millions of God’s children. This same simple yet all-powerful presence of God was the genius behind the life and ministry of the man who split open the Red Sea and rained bread down from heaven upon the children of Israel for 40 years in the desert. When Moses told God that he was incapable of completing the task God had given him, God told Moses that His ‘presence’ would go with him and would enable him to work wonders before the eyes of Pharaoh and the children of Israel. ~ “And He [God] said, “My Presence will go with you” (Exodus 33.14).
According to Jesus, who like Moses had a habit of spending long periods of time in God’s presence,1 the presence of the Father was the source of His miracle-working capacity. ~ “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5.19). There is no substitute for the presence of God in the life of the believer. Moses first entered into God’s presence unwittingly, and the from that point forward the creative ability of God’s presence followed him, enabling him to complete whatever assignment God laid before him. As is true with all anointed men and women in the Bible, both Moses and Jesus were frequently found alone in the presence of God. ~ “So He Himself [Jesus] often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Luke 5.16).
Up till the moment Moses accidentally stumbled into the presence of God, His life was a disaster. But give the man some credit; once he had entered into that place of sublime intimacy with God, Moses realized that this was the golden key that opened the door releasing the ability of God into and through his life and that it was so easy to do that it could be undertaken without even being aware of it.
Take off Your Shoes
The divine instruction from God for Moses to remove his shoes should shed some light on this subject for most of us. Why did God tell Moses to remove his shoes? God told Moses to take off his shoes because Moses wasn’t going to be going anywhere for a while. The divine instruction of the removal of one’s shoes meant the same thing then that it would mean today. The only time you take your shoes off is when you’ve decided to stay for a while, that you’re not going anywhere soon. Prayer requires time. So, if you want to enter into God’s presence, you’re going to have follow the spiritual formula. God, unlike us, is never in a hurry. The place most people take off their shoes is in their own home, and you will never be more at home than you are when you have entered into the divine presence of love personified, your Heavenly Father. ~ “Then He said…Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand [is] holy ground” (Exodus 3.5).
God’s Presence is Holy
The word translated ‘holy’ here means “separated” according to Strongs2 Dictionary of Bible Words. It is not a question of finding God’s geographical presence; it is a question of becoming aware of the fact that God is ever-present at all times. God is not hiding. He is everywhere all the time. The problem is we have chosen to block God out of our consciousness and remain absent from His presence through the blindness3 of our minds. Once someone is born of the Spirit of God, he becomes a child of God and is capable of entering into God’s presence at any time. All that is necessary from that point on is to bring the mind into subjection to the re-born (re-generated) spirit, which is already in contact with God. Two things are required to do this: 1) time, and 2) a separate (holy) place, a place without distractions, as Jesus would often spend the night on the mount alone with God.
Alone With God
What are your objectives? Is there something important that you want to get done in your life? Learn the secret of Moses and of Christ. You will accomplish more in three hours alone in God’s presence than you will in three years trying to get things done in your own ability. Release the power of God’s presence into your life.
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
1. Luke 5.16
3. 2Corinthians 4.4
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