Summary: This sermon encourages folks to find their rest in His presence... that in His presence is fullness of joy!

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Soaking in His Love

May 27, 2001

1. Over the past few week’s we’ve been looking at Paul’s deep passion to know Jesus

- I want to know Him…

- One thing I do, forgetting what is behind…

- 3:8 I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus

2. We’ve seen this in the life of David

- One thing I shall seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to gaze upon His beauty and meditate in His temple.

- “When you said to me, “Seek my face”; with all my heart I said, “O Lord, Your face will I seek.”

- David not only had passion to know God but he understood that it was God’s passion to know Him… that God was, above anything else, calling David to seek His face in worship.

3. Looked at God’s warning to the Ephesian church in Rev. 2:1-7.

- Serving, sacrificial, persevering, discerning, wise, suffering church

- Seemed like the perfect church… influence by Paul, Timothy, and John (Mary died there)

- But in spite of these things… God had a serious problem… He didn’t need them to be a serving church… but was calling them to be a loving church.

- “I’ve called you to be lovers… but you’ve settled with being “workers”.

- And God would not allow them to go on just serving Him… He wanted their love… and so He tells them… “You have lost your first love” and you need to change this or else I will take your ministry away. For God, labor is no substitute for love.

- God knows that we can’t work our way into intimacy with Him… rather, it comes as we lay down our life and place ourselves in His loving presence.


- I realized and continue to learn when to say “no” to the many things, which seem to require my time… and “yes” to the voice of my Father calling me to come away with Him and rest in the presence of Jesus.

4. This passion to know God and walk intimately with Him was shared by all those central people in Bible.

- Moses: After he led the Israelites out of captivity, he says, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you.”

- The Lord replies, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses says…

- “Now, Show me Your glory”

- While Moses had seen God’s glorious works, the glory he really longed for was God Himself. And what was God’s response to Moses’ heart to know Him more? A deeper perception of His abiding presence in Moses’ life. You see Moses felt He needed to climb the mountain to get to into God’s presence… but what God was saying now is that Moses could enter into the reality of His presence wherever he was.

- The important connection to make here is that we KNOW God and experience deeper intimacy in our relationship with Him to the degree that we rest in His presence.

5. Yet finding that rest is no small thing… we’re not a people who tends to rest well.

- By rest I’m not talking about ability to take naps… but a place of settledness where our hearts and minds are quieted in spite of the craziness of life.

- Yet so many things get in the way of that rest… things s/a

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