In a word, God is in the NOW! God is always in the now! God revealed Himself as the “I AM” to Moses in Exodus 3:14…not the “I Was” or the “I Will Be”. He is I AM, and AM is NOW! He even went on to say that “I AM” would be His eternal name…
“This is My name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations.” (v.15 - AMP)
God is eternal, and eternity is best defined as “THE NOW”. It is only in the NOW that can we experience the “PRESENCE” of God…PRESENCE means that He is PRESENT (not past…not future)
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-PRESENT help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1 - TNIV).
Many, if not most, people miss the miracle of the NOW because they are too distracted by regret over the past, or fear of the future. But the God Who calls Himself “I AM” encourages us to “forget those things which are behind” (Philippians 3:13), and to stop worrying about tomorrow…
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing RIGHT NOW, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:34 - The Message)
When you let go of past-regret and future-anxiety, you can finally say with confidence that THIS is the day that the Lord has made! THIS IS…not was…not will be. That’s why the writer of Hebrews declares that faith is always “NOW”…
NOW FAITH IS being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 - TNIV)
And a few verses down he says…
“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 11:6 – NKJV)
To come to God…or to come into the “PRESENCE” of God, you must believe that HE IS (another tense of I AM). Before you can even begin to believe that He is a rewarder, you must first establish that HE IS (or HE IS I AM). The verse says “must believe that He is AND, AND, AND that He is a rewarder”. Those of you who are a part of CITN know that I am teaching a series on this right now, and that I have been telling you that people who believe for rewards without first believing in His “IS-ness” or “AM-ness” are out of order.
The IS (or AM) always comes before anything else. That’s why so many people are frustrated in their prayer life…they have never just concentrated on believing that HE IS, and so it brings imbalance into their lives when they attempt to believe that He is a rewarder, even when they diligently seek Him. The bottom line is that if you don’t embrace the NOW, you cannot seek HIM…you just end up seeking rewards that never come, which leaves you in a constant state of disappointment.
But there is no disppointment in the I AM, and nothing is more important that right NOW. Let yesterday go. Stop worrying about tomorrow. Regret is a waste of time, and anxiety never creates anything positive…
GOD IS NOW! NOW FAITH IS!
GOD IS! NOW FAITH!