Looking for the Presence of God (part 2)

CONTEXT:  (Exodus 32)  After Moses went up Mount Sinai, God wrote the 10 Commandments on stone tablets.  The people waited impatiently for Moses to return and asked Aaron to make a god for them to worship.  When Moses returned he saw them singing and worshiping the golden calf.  Then he broke the tablets, and rebuked them for their actions.  (Exodus 33)  God told Moses to leave Sinai and He would send His angels before them to accomplish what God had said would take place (1-2), but God would not be in their presence because of their stiff-necked sins (3).  The people mourned over the absence of God’s presence (4-6).  God met and talked face to face with Moses outside of the camp. (7-11)

TEXT:  Exodus 33:12-23

Father forgive me for:

  • Loving the things of this world   “do not love the world or anything in the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father fut from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”       (I John 2:15-17, NIV)
  • Heresy/Wrong-thinking   “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seard as with a hot iron.”            (I Timothy 4:1-2, NIV)
  • Unfaithfulness/Inconsistency   “They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.”  (Psalm 78:35-38, NIV)
  • Immorality/Strife/Division   “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  (Galatians 5:19-21, NIV)
  • Hard Heart                                                                         “See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.”  (Hebrews 3:12-14, NIV)
  • Laziness in Studying Your Word                                       “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11, NIV)

By your Spirit renew in me a:

  • Spirit of delight in the Lord                                               “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:”      (Psalm 37:3-5, NIV)


  • Godly Wisdom                                                                     “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  (James 1:5, NIV)


  • Steadfast Spirit                                                                   “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”  (Psalm 51:10-13, NIV)


  • Like Mind That is a Blessing to One Another                  “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”              (I Peter 3:8-9, NIV)
  • Repentant Heart                                                                “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”   (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV)



  • Diligent Study for Obedience                                              “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”                                      (Psalm 119:10-11, NIV)