What Makes You Different? Part 1

Greg and Megan pastor Camden First Assembly. They desire that people of all ages and walks of life come to know Jesus.
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What Makes You Different? Part 1
By Greg Sanders

As a believer, you sense the pull of the Holy Spirit to live a different life than those who are unbelievers or those who have yet had a chance to believe. You know that you have been called to be set apart. The question becomes what makes you different from the rest of the world? Is our morality what sets us apart? I have met some very moral people who were not believers. Is it our commitment that sets us apart? I have met some very committed people who were not believers. Is it our care for the poor that sets us apart? No, it’s not that either. I know some very caring people who have invested their lives into caring for people but yet have no real care for Jesus.

Moses says there is one thing that can make you different from all the other people on the planet.
Exodus 33:15 states: “Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”” Moses says the thing that separates you from other people is the presence of God. His presence in your life should be a treasured possession. Moses so treasured the presence of God that he declared he would not take one step unless he knew the presence of God was going with him.

Moses realized that the presence of God brought particular blessings that could be found nowhere else on earth. Here are a few things Moses knew about the presence of God:

God’s presence brings God’s security to your life. As the people of God traveled through the wilderness, the presence of God that was with them intimidated the enemies around them. 1 John 4:4 reminds us that “Greater is He that is in you then He that is in the world.” His presence brings security.

God’s presence brings His provision. God’s presence can lead you to places of provision to make provision in any place. God can make streams in desert places and provide for you in your time of lack.

God’s presence brings His power. The presence of God in you will enable you to do things that are beyond your power. Exodus 14 reminds us that God can step in and fight our battles for us when necessary. When you have His presence you have all the power you need.

God’s presence delivers His promise to you. For Moses, the ultimate promise was not just the Promise Land. It was the presence of God along the journey. You may or may not achieve all the plans that God has put in your heart. However, there is something greater than achievement. His presence in the journey is the greatest reward.

Today’s Challenge: Realize the difference God’s presence can make in your life. Like Moses, decide that you are not going to take one step without His presence going with you. Don’t take His presence for granted but pursue His presence today.

About Greg Sanders

I am married to the greatest girl in the world. Megan Sanders,(pronouced Meegan) Currently serve as pastor at The Assembly in Cabot Arkansas.
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