Keys To Encountering God
Worship is not just the “singing” part of the service or the “warm-up” act before the real act comes on. Worship is our opportunity every week to have an encounter with the living God.
Key Scripture: Exodus 3:1-4, “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ’Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’”
“Every time we enter into God’s presence He speaks. He speaks to our hearts and he speaks into our circumstances.” Robert Morris, Pastor, Gateway Church
1. Moses LOOKED. He stopped what he was doing long enough to investigate God’s activity around him. In the midst of his “business” and job, he stopped to see what God was doing and it ended up being a defining moment in Moses’ life.
Two things transform us more than anything else. First, is beholding God (seeing who He really is) and second is being transformed by the renewing of our minds (we get God’s thoughts).
2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
2. Moses LISTENED. God wants to speak with us. All through the Bible God was speaking to people. God spoke to Samuel and the voice was so familiar he thought it was Eli’s. Do you recognize that God is speaking to you? Look at what scripture says:
Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Hebrews 4:7, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
3. Moses LEARNED. Our perspective is changed in the presence of God. God had much to talk to Moses about and much he wanted him to learn.