I’m sure there are plenty of things that we all have done of which we are now ashamed, and wish we could take back. And if we are honest with ourselves we may have a little fear that if things don’t change we may be destined to repeat them in the future. Thank God these are only feelings and not necessarily the facts. The truth is if we have been born again our sins have been dealt with already in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. But the question is asked, how shall we live right now?
You know, God introduced himself to Moses as I AM THAT I AM, now that is pretty powerful stuff right there. The first thing I notice is I AM is right now, present tense, not I WAS or I WILL but I AM. This is where we are to live, not in the past or in the future but in the present with God. False condemnation over past sins and possible future failures is the devil’s favorite way to shut down a believer. If he can get us beat up over a past failure or a fear of what might happen he will keep us ineffective for the kingdom.
After the death of Lazarus Jesus shows up; and Martha, Lazarus’ sister, confronts him and says “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died”. Notice: “if he would have been here,” she’s talking about before. Jesus tells Martha that Lazarus will rise again and Martha says I know he will “in the last day.” Now Martha is talking about a future event, the last day. Jesus, the author of life is standing directly in front of Martha, yet she can only think of how things could have been and how she hopes they might be in the future, rather than living in the right now, with the I AM. Jesus tells her “I am the resurrection, and the life.”
Paul said “There is therefore NOW no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”Notice there is no condemnation NOW, but if you live in the past or future you very well could find yourself feeling condemned. Living in the right now is the key to walking with the Lord. The bible tells us “today if you will hear his voice and harden not your hearts.” “Exhort one another daily, while it is called today: lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
The answer to the question posed earlier, how shall we live right now? I think answers itself; we walk right now with the great I AM, who is our ever present help in our time of need.
Written by Louie