May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all – 2 Corinthians 13:14
There is grace for limitless possibilities where the Spirit of God is…
Moses was going to move Israel from where they have sojourned, towards the promise Land and before moving he went to seek God’s presence.
His prayer is very significant. Hear what Moses said to God:
“And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.” – Exodus 33:15-16 KJV
Moses was a man who didn’t have the kind of access we have because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so he would have had a better understanding of the importance of the prayer, hence, you can tell how specific his choice of words was. He wanted to have a different result that will separate him from what is obtainable in the rest of the world.
It was important to him that they enjoy ease where others were struggling. It was important that they experience the supernatural where the natural wants to condition them but for all these to happen, all Grace must abound towards them and this can only happen if God’s presence was with them. For God’s presence to be with them, they had to be consecrated.
The series of activities that preceded this eventual prayer by Moses showed that the people had been rebellious towards God and were not in right standing. God in His infinite mercy said He wouldn’t go with them so He does “not consume them”. (Exo 33:3)
This is also significant. Yes, God is merciful but He cannot behold iniquity. He was willing to be gracious to Moses and the people but their stubborn attitude was going to invite His wrath upon them so he would rather stay away from them than consume them (because of the promise).
Is this not significant to our lives too? God has made a promise and His name is on the line. He is willing to bring the promise to pass but our unrighteousness has kept Him away – thereby giving the enemy an opportunity. (like Paul said that such a one should be delivered to Satan for destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved 1Cor 5:5). Although the enemy may perpetuate, God still gives us the room for repentance. He can’t stay in unholiness so instead of consuming us in wrath, his everlasting kindness makes Him keep a distance while leaving a room for repentance. Therefore, we cannot continue in sin and ask that grace should increase (Rom 6:1), although his grace is present with us to bring us to repentance (Rom 5:20).
This is why 2Cor 13:14 is not a closing prayer at the end of the church service, it is an every day prayer. We need the presence of God to operate in the fullness of grace and power. JESUS is all the grace we need. The LOVE OF GOD fulfills the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and THE COMMUNION OF THE SPIRIT is essential for the faith action we take… This is what people will see and call the grace of God upon our lives!
PS: I know people have told you different things about giving… How it is the church and pastors that are being enriched but I challenge you to give to God, not out of compulsion or because you are waiting for what He will give back (although, He will give back), but give to Him in love and see how ALL grace abounds towards you. God knows what you NEED the most, even if all you know is what you WANT and He will meet your need… ALL GRACE will abound towards you.
– Written by Alex Amos