Living in the moment is the most important thing God is emphasizing right now. It is the key to bypassing the “process realm” by which God traditionally has brought forth His people into maturity. There was a prophecy spoken once years ago that God’s sons would be as plants grown up in their youth. This is only possible through bypassing the time realm of process, otherwise only those with years and years of the dealings of God under their belts would see maturity. This bypassing the process realm of time and living in the moment is a faith endeavor.
The following passages are a classic example of the process realm by which God has brought us forth in the past.
1st Kings 17:
1 ¶ Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”
2 The word of the LORD came to him, saying,
3 “Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.
4 “It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.”
5 So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.
6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook.
7 It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
8 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
After Elijah had spoken the word to King Ahab, God sent him away to hide himself by the brook Cherith. It was there that all his needs were provided. He drank from the brook and God commanded the ravens to bring him food. But there came a time when the brook dried up and the ravens stopped coming. God was ready to provide another source of provision for Elijah in Zarephath at the hands of a widow. Over the years I have heard this analogy countless times when someone was speaking of how God brings us forth. “He first dries up whatever level you’re on, and then you must move into the next place God has provided for you.” The process has been a valid means by which God creates in His people. But it is a time process. When going through it we seem to languish until we reach our “Zarephath.” Years and years come and go as this process is applied to our lives again and again.
There is a way we can refuse this time realm process and humbly demand of God a perpetual reaping of His word in us. This fulfills the prophecy in Amos of the plowman overtaking the reaper. This means the growing season that separates the planting from the harvesting disappears and there is a perpetual reaping of what has been sown. It is God’s delight that there be a people who challenge Him on this process principle and dare to live in the moment. Living in the moment is a faith endeavor because there are many, many things that have to take a backseat in our lives. Here are some passages that state this bypassing the process realm in a different way.
8 “Hear then the parable of the sower.
19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
20 “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
22 “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
23 “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
Notice verse 22 particularly. It speaks of the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth. Well, we don’t have much to worry about the deceitfulness of wealth realm. God sees to that. But this worries of the world realm is different. The worries of life, by nature, are experienced on a time line, meaning we are always concerned about what needs to be done or some situation appearing on the horizon. It’s our stress over tomorrow that chokes today. Jesus gives us the key of the Kingdom in Mat. 6:
25 ¶ “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When we begin to exercise faith and refuse the demands and processes of time, we have taken a giant step into the fulfillment of all God has spoken for this hour. The completion of God’s plan for His sons will not be manifested in the time realm, but in the timeless realm of faith. We are to learn to be a faith oriented people, not accepting the natural processes of how things ordinarily work. And they WILL continue to operate until there are a people who reject them. There was a period awhile back when I sensed the process of growth beginning in my life again. Certain things were happening and I was able to identify them and say, “Yes, this is God, He is the author of what is happening right now.” But I found something of a weariness of spirit in me and I had no heart to continue the process. And then the promptings of the Holy Spirit began to come. “I refuse this process, if all of God’s provision for us is by grace, and what we move into is Christ’s victory, not ours, then why the endless series of dealings ?” And then there was the presence of the Lord and His word alive in me again after the brook had dried up and the ravens had split. It’s clear I could have went weeks and months laboring under God’s dealings to stand where I am standing now. It’s a faith endeavor! We dare to believe and humbly challenge God! This is the key to moving into a place of perpetually abiding in His presence. It’s the atmosphere in which the fulfillment of God’s provision for us can be completed.
Let’s look at one more set of passages from John 4:
35 “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
37 “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
38 “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”
Verse 35 defines the realm of process and time: Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Then Jesus takes it outside the time realm into the eternal realm: “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” There is something so deceptive about the realm of time. As long as we live in it we are prone to pushing things into the future waiting for something to happen. This is a lack of present faith. We must exercise faith to live in the moment, in the eternal now. This is where fulfillment resides. We will never make the transition from living in time to living in the moment if we allow the worries of life and the stress of the world to erode our faith. Ultimately, we are to be a timeless people!