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Think about Moses. Remember the experience he had with God out in the wilderness when he saw the burning bush? That remarkable encounter took place before Moses ever went into the land of Egypt to deliver his people from slavery.

Moses was walking through the wilderness, minding his own business. He probably wasn't even thinking about the presence of the Lord. But just then God came and met Moses there on that mountain, and His holy, manifested presence changed Moses forever.

God's presence made Moses resolute. It gave him purpose. It gave him both a plan and the knowledge that he could fulfill that plan because of the change God had wrought in him.

Before this burning-bush experience, Moses was in the same place we find ourselves in so much of the time. He'd gotten a glimpse of God's destiny for him years before. But after making some mistakes, he'd put God's plan on the shelf and settled into a life of tending sheep in the wilderness.

The same thing can happen to us. Every now and then as we're praying or worshiping God, we might get a glimpse of the plan God has for us. But some of us keep putting that plan on a back shelf. We keep shrinking back from it.

Or sometimes we don't have just a glimpse of the plan; we know exactly what God wants us to do. But we keep making excuses about why we aren't following His plan.

Recently a businessman stopped to talk to me for a minute. He said, "You know, Sister Hammond, God wants me to do such-and-such with my businesses. But I don't know what all my business associates would think if I did that."

This man knew the will of God, but he wanted to obey God halfway. The other half of him wasn't sure if obedience was worth the cost.

He isn't an isolated case, either. Unfortunately, this is the testimony of too many Christians. God gives them a glimpse of His plan, but they decide they're just not ready to do all God wants them to do.

They may want to cling to some things that hinder their Christian walk, such as relationships they know they should give up. So they shut God out because they don't want to hear what He has to say.

People in that kind of spiritual state may wander in the wilderness for a long time - until they have their own "burning-bush experience" where God's presence enters the scene to transform them and prepare them to fulfill His plan.

Copyright © Renewed in His Presence by Lynne Hammond
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Lynne Hammond
Web site: Lynne Hammond Ministries
Lynne and her husband, Mac, pastor Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The desire of Lynne’s heart is to impart principles of corporate and Spirit-led prayer to the Church throughout the world. Under her leadership, the prayer ministry at Living Word has become an internationally recognized model for developing effective pray-ers in the local church. Each week at Living Word, 80 prayer groups led by 85 prayer leaders assemble for the purpose of following the direction of the Holy Spirit in prayer. Last year, more than 10,000 people participated in Chapel Prayer, which meets every morning at Living Word. Approximately 13,000 Internet subscribers through the Global Prayer Alert Network, receive daily prayer summaries from these meetings.

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