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February 2009: Live for today!
Sometimes when we look at how the world around us is falling apart, fear starts setting in. I want to briefly tackle something that will solve a lot of problems for a lot of people if they get this down into their spirits. It is important to live in the present, and not in the past, nor the future. Why? Because when we live in the past, there's going to be guilt, shame, loss, hopelessness, and so forth. When we live in the future, there will be fear, worry, anxiety, and dread. Jesus told us that each day has significant evil to deal with, and looking into the future merely projects fear and worry into our minds.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Whenever we project our lives into the future, and live on the what-if way of thinking, we are giving way to fear and worry. In this way, fear projects into the future, and consumes your mind with worry. Instead of focusing on how to serve the Lord today, your mind becomes consumed with fear over what you'll do when something bad happens in the future.
But what about prophecies? Should we not dwell and meditate on them, and see them as things that the Lord will bring to past in our future? Can't we gain strength for the battle, when we keep our eyes on the glorious thing(s) which the Holy Spirit has shown us personally? YES! But that is not living in the future. That is looking forward to a promise of God being fulfilled. When I say not to live in the future, I am referring to being concerned over the future, such as worrying about what you'll do if you lose your job, if you get in a car accident, or something bad happens. I like how Jesus addressed this issue in scripture:
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Did you know that fear comes from the future, and guilt comes from the past? When we choose to look back, we see hopeless situations, things we wished we'd never done, and just things that we'll never be able to change. The past is the past! When we look into the future through our natural eyes, we see all sorts of things to worry about. We have no assurance that life will be good or that things will work out. The only way that we ought to look into the future, is through the eyes of the spirit, as we meditate and take to heart the promises of God. What does God's Word tell us? All things work together for the good of those who love Him. If that is true, then why worry about our futures? Our job is to simply walk in the ways of the Lord, and seek first the kingdom of God, and then He'll ordain our steps to freedom, wholeness, and victory!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Blessings in Christ,
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