Present in the Moment

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:1, 6 NKJV

While praying about the coronavirus—this invisible enemy—the Lord reminded me of three words that He spoke to my heart last Fall: faith, focus, fearless. These words are a reminder of what God is saying, not only to prepare us, but to equip us to survive this pandemic, victoriously.

Any difficult journey in life can try your faith, distort your focus, and shake your courage. But let’s not allow plagues, pestilence, life’s troubles, and other distractions dampen our faith, blur our focus, or grip us with fear. We must continue to do God’s will, and in the end, we will triumph if we remain faithful, focused, and fearless.  We must set our face like “flint” (i.e., strength and determination, Isa. 50:7) and stay present in the moment.

“Now faith” is faith that is present in the moment. True faith is always now (Heb. 11:1). Being present in the moment is the only time where there is no time. It is the point between the fears and failures of the past and the uncertainties of the future. God is here right now with us in the midst of this fight against this unseen enemy. So, what is God saying? What God is saying to me may be different than what He is saying to you.

Being present in the moment with our faith in and our focus on God, He will speak to us right in the middle of this “de-normalization” of our lives: being sheltered in placed with your spouse and loved ones; not being able to send our children off to school; stressing out to purchase groceries and supplies as the unbelieving make a run on the stores; and, our limited ability to go and come and gather in community with other believers.

We may hear God challenge us about our true love and commitments for our spouse, children, and others. Was it love all along or just toleration? Were we really trusting God for our supply and the needs of children? Are we now being forced to face the fact as to whether we ever had true love for God and His people? Everything that happens, happens in the present moment, and without faith right now—in the present moment—we cannot pleased God (Heb. 11:6). So, let us love one another and care for each other during this crisis and afterwards.

In the present moment, there is no point in worrying about the past and or being anxious about the future (Phil. 4:6). We only need to be present. To be present means, in the words of Isaiah the prophet, to “Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say” (Isa. 28:23 NIV). Being present is being fully engaged, involved, and attentive to what God is saying and doing in you in every situation.

Have faith in God. Seek Him and He will reward us even during these difficult times, where it may feel like our world is being turned upside down. But remember  “. . . that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Stay faithful,  focused, fearless, and present in the moment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blessing of Being Conscious of the Presence of the Lord

Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, . . . 3 and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul” . . . 7 So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. 8 Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets. 9 And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. 11 And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day. 12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?” 13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had. 1 Chronicles 13:1, 3, 7-14 NKJV

In 2 Samuel 21:1, during a famine when David inquired of the Lord, he wasn’t seeking to get the presence of Lord in a place that God wasn’t already present. He sought the spirit of the consciousness of the presence of the Lord—that’s when the blessing comes.

When God’s presence is restored, consciously in our minds, He answers our famine, and afterwards, He fills us with His glory. Our scripture text above bears out this truth. For example:

The Ark could only be transported on the shoulders of the Levites with poles on their shoulders (See ex. 25:14; Num. 4:15; 7:9; 10:21 and 1 Chron.15:15).  Transporting the Ark on a new cart was the way of the Philistines (1 Sam. 6:7), but not the way God prescribed. The methods of the world can violate the law of God, and produce death, as it did for Uzza. Uzza and his brother Ahio drove the oxen and the new cart carrying the Ark. This was a man-made attempt to bring back the presence of the Lord (the Ark). The right motivation is no guarantee of God’s blessing. God’s service must be rendered according to God’s law. The work of God calls for right motives and methods.

In verse 9, when the oxen stumbled, Uzza— whose name mean strength—put forth his hand to steady the Ark and the Lord struck him dead. Why? The hands of human strength tried to keep the “moving of the spirit” under control. We don’t move God; He moves us; we don’t touch God; He touches us! So, what is the blessing of being conscious of the presence of the Lord? You can clearly see the blessing when you compare and contrast the houses of Abinadab and Obed-edom (verses 11-14).

Abinadab had the Ark in his house for twenty years (1 Sam. 7:2) and there were no reports of his house being blessed; why, because he wasn’t conscious of the presence of the Lord.  Is it because, you lose consciousness of God’s presence when you start practicing the presence of the problem. On the other hand, Obed-edom had the Ark in his house for three months, and had a consciousness of the presence of God and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had. God’s presence is the answer to famine, and there are blessings when you’re conscious of the presence of the Lord!

 

 

 

 

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Why Does Famine Come?

Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us; 3 and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul. 1 Chronicles 13:1-3 NKJV

In the face of famine, spiritually speaking, you ought to seek consciousness of the presence of the Lord—you ought to inquire of Him; when you do, God will speak if you really want to hear from Him about your famine (2 Sam. 21:1). But why does famine come?

In the above text verses, you can see Saul’s biggest problem is our biggest problem—neglect! Saul’s neglect of the Ark symbolized the neglect of God and His presence. Neglecting the things that remind us of God will cause us to neglect God. We must keep God consciously in the center of our lives. Unlike Saul, David sought the presence of the Lord (2 Sam. 21:1). Ergo, famine comes when you (1) Ignore God’s presence; (2) because of what you think, say, and do; and (3) because of decisions you make in disobedience to God; thus, dishonoring God (Job 36:11).

For example, when Satan rose up against Israel and tempted David to take a census of Israel. David’s thinking, what he ordered to his army’s commander to do displeased the Lord. David sinned and acted foolishly. As a result, God gave David the choice of three consequences of his sin: three years of famine, three months of his enemies overtaking him by the sword, or three days of a plague (1 Chron. 21:1-2, 7-13). David chose to fall in the hand of God. David had ultimate authority as king, and was a wise and effective leader until Satan tempted him with pride (Prov. 16:18). Thank God that David repented and sought the presence of the Lord.

Famine doesn’t come to destroy you or cut you off from God; it comes to bring you to repentance, and to seek the presence of the Lord. You can always know that you lose consciousness of God’s presence whenever you’re on a path of committing sin (Jas. 1:15); living a life of sin consciousness (Rom. 8:1); and not being grateful, joyful and thankful (Deut. 28:47-48). This is why famine comes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring It Back!

Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us; 3 and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul. 1 Chronicles 13:1-3 NKJV 

The single reason for Saul’s maladministration and lost of the kingdom was—he didn’t seek the presence of the Lord. Unlike Saul, David’s first order of business was to bring back the Ark of God, i.e., bring back the presence of the Lord. And, when there was famine in the days of David for three years, year after year, David sought the presence of the Lord (2 Sam. 21:1). When David sought the presence of the Lord, he became acutely aware of the answer instead of being acutely aware of the problem. He shifted his consciousness from awareness of famine to an awareness of God’s presence. He brought his attention back to a consciousness of the presence of the Lord. Like David, we need to bring it back!

Consciousness is focused attention; an awareness of self, others, and one’s environment; it has also been called the superego (Sigmund Freud). One’s consciousness can be molded to be problem-conscious or God-conscious (1 Tim. 4:1-2). When our conscious is aware of the problem only, we need to bring it back to a consciousness of the presence of God.

When you seek the presence of the Lord—when you bring God back consciously. You’ll begin to feel that you know that God is on the scene to manifest a mighty blessing to answer your famine. You’ll know that God is not there just as an intellectual truth that you assent to, but He’s there because you sense He is there. Sort of like what you experience when you “pray through.” You feel that you are there in God’s presence.

So, how can you know you’re conscious of the presence of the Lord when you’re experiencing a problem?  First, you know God is on the scene when the presence of God has more of a reality than the problem (Ps. 16:11); second, you begin to feel joy and gladness, and then,  you find something in your circumstances to give God thanks for instead of just complaining about your problem (1 Thess. 5:18).  When you are conscious of the presence of the Lord, God will speak to you, somehow in some way (2 Sam. 21:1c).  The ultimate secret to success in life is to seek the presence of the Lord (Ps. 34:10). Just bring it back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Secret to All Supply

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23, 24 NKJV

There was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered (2 Sam. 21:1). Like David discovered, the presence of the Lord is the answer to every situation. It is not an answer; it is the answer; it is the master key. In the face of famine, David didn’t seek rain or aid from another nation, David sought the presence of the Lord. God is always near at hand; you or your situation can never hide from God because His presence fills heaven and earth (text).

Christians read the Bible, and say that they believe its words, but often failed to understand that the God of the Bible is always present. The Bible begins with the answer—not the problem. In the beginning God—not problems, not need; not acute shortages of any good, lack or depravation. God created Paradise with Adam & Eve in mind (Gen. 1:1, 31). He never had in mind for them or us: pain, struggle, tears, toil, and unhappiness. So why is it, when things go awry, we often find ourselves not seeking the presence of God, but the thing that we think is the solution?

Let us not forget three powerful facts about God: God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, i.e., all powerful, all knowing, and all present (Ps. 139:7-8; Prov. 15:3; Isa. 66:1).     God is present everywhere and absent nowhere. God is       everywhere, or God is not God anywhere. For example,    when sickness becomes health, God is just as much present during sickness as He is during health. So, what does it mean, “David inquired or sought the presence of God?

For sure, it doesn’t mean that God wasn’t present, or David somehow escaped the presence of God. What David sought was the consciousness of the presence of God. Instead of being acutely aware of the problem, he became acutely aware of the answer (2 Sam. 21:1). David discovered the secret to overcoming famine; which is, to stop practicing the absence of God by dwelling on the problem, analyzing it, thinking about it, and constantly talking about it. After three years, year after year of famine, David inquired of the Lord—he sought the presence of the Lord.

From a conscious standpoint, God is not present where you choose to believe He is not, because you have choose to “Ease God Out” (EGO) of your consciousness and focus on your famine rather than His presence. The secret to all supply is seeking the presence of the Lord!