Live in the Present

Live in the Present

Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)  Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.

I have a coworker with a sense of humor. I will call him “Andy”. When he makes a mistake – he blames it on past Andy. “Oh I can’t believe past Andy could be so dumb.” If he is leaving for the day, he will assign a waiting task to future Andy. “That is future Andy’s problem…” You get the idea. He lives life in three personas – past, present and future. Most of the responsibility of life is given to the past and future personas giving the present Andy freedom to live in the moment. Though he is only joking, I think sometimes it is human nature especially in believers to live such a way. Our past sin, mistakes and failures are covered under the Blood of Jesus and labeled “past” as they float away in the sea of forgetfulness. Our goals, dreams and purpose reserved for the future. Hope is an eternal benefit. So how do we live in the present?

Now glory be to God – it is easy to give the Lord credit for salvation. The moment marking the deliverance from sin is monumental and paramount in the new life transition offered by Jesus Christ. It is an exciting time that will wane as the day becomes our past so we focus on the future. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Blood and Righteousness…right? Hope is extremely functional in our life if we understand how to secure our soul. Soul security is not reserved only for our future. We live in hope today.

God is able to do far more than we would ever dark to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, hopes or thought. We have a long to-do list for ourselves in preparation for the Lord to do the impossible. However, if we do not get the attention of our present – it puts our future at risk. The Holy Spirit is the tiny workman within us who is the “mighty power” at work. However, it is hard to grasp the reality of unseen helper renovating us from the inside out when survival is our primary task. We leave the past person in the past waving goodbye and then immediately head off into the future of hope which is eternal. However, God has a plan and purpose for you right here and right now that is being ignored. It is in the mundane and monotonous effort of preparing the field and sowing the seed then waiting that a harvest is discovered which means there are things to do in the present to allow the Holy Spirit to produce the hope offered in the future. It is of utmost importance to understand, know and believe that God’s Goodness is for the land of the living.

What are you doing as “present insert your name here”? The past is far behind you. Maybe even some of the optimism went away when the days began to pass and no real change in your condition or circumstances occurred. Or your prayers became whispers until they hushed because it didn’t seem like God was doing anything. The future is ahead but time on earth not guaranteed. Are you living for a day that will never come? Waiting on a moment that will elude you? Faith is not logical in natural terms because it is investing in today what you believe will come tomorrow with no other basis than the supernatural Word of the Living yet invisible God. I completely understand. The Lord has shared with me things I could hardly believe. Totally unthinkable. Completely illogical. The door of faith opened to walk through today what I hope for tomorrow but dare I go lest disappointed. Our past is gone. Hope secures our future. However, the future hope is found when we walk by faith today.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (TLB) We know these things are true by believing, not by seeing.

I was driving home from work yesterday. It began to rain. It was raining hard. I had groceries in the car. I immediately groaned. But then I remembered, silly you can pull right into the garage. Wait a minute! We have been living in a near drought – we need the rain. I thanked God for the rain once I stopped focusing on myself. But then the Lord reminded me that I have been in a drought-like season of the soul. As the worship music continued to play in the background, I realized that I should be rejoicing in the rain – not only in nature but in my spirit. Turning the corner by a pasture, I suddenly saw a beautiful rainbow. Now you can call it coincidence, it doesn’t bother me at all. Friend, I burst into tears. The Lord was sending me a message that present Lori can rejoice. Even in the hard, dry and trying times of life, God is sending rain. My job is to sow the seeds of faith into the brokenness that makes my heart fertile and simply wait for His Spirit to rain on them. They will grow. God is faithful. Sometimes our present problems or temporary trouble keeps us from seeing God in the moment. He is in each day. Every breath a gift from the Father. It means you have purpose and destiny yet to be fulfilled or He would carry you home.

Philippians 1:6 (TLB) And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.

Your past is in the past. Your future is secure. God has a plan and purpose for your life that will take every detail including those in the past, present and future to make them good and bring Him glory. (Romans 8:28) We must be present. Live in the present. Not survive the present, but learn to thrive in the present. How? We must see God in each moment – good or bad. Feel Him in each breath – which is a precious gift that reminds us that He is not finished with us yet. There are good things coming but how I sow today will determine the harvest of tomorrow so why not use all my time, talent and treasure. However, faith is the confident assurance that something I want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what I hope for is waiting for me, even though I cannot see it up ahead. (Hebrews 11:1) I must use faith today. Faith is not futuristic but the reality I must live in today to secure the hope I have in Jesus. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances – these are the actions of those who walk by faith not by sight. This is the pathway of righteousness that leads us from victory to victory and glory to glory. Are you sure Christ is working in you today? I assure you that He is! You are either helping or hindering progress but Jesus never gives up. God began a good work in each one us that will be finished.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (TLB) But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.

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