“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven, a time to be born, And a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, And a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, And a time to sew; a time to keep silence, And a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NKJV.
As we read these verses, we are struck with one reality, there is a moment of time for everything. A moment is a very brief period where something happens. In life, we all have experienced many moments such as the awkward moment, the embarrassing moment, a funny moment, a timely moment, a serious moment, a sad moment, a joyful moment, a moment of defeat, or a victorious moment. Every generation of man exists for a moment in the time of history. Yes, the Church of our Christ is inhabited by different generations in their moment of time in history, also. On the other hand, eternity is a very hard concept to comprehend or even define. Some put it as infinite time. When comprehending eternity, we must understand eternity is really the measure of God because God is eternal. Therefore, God is eternity. Now eternity teaches there is no beginning or end. Eternity constantly exists, and eternity is not time. Time is invariably measured from a start to a finish. God cannot be measured by time because He has no beginning or end. Nevertheless, we can conclude, the eternal God, who has no time boundaries, works in the moment. God always is, yet in a moment of His being; He created heaven.
In another moment, heaven was populated with the various angelic beings. There is another moment when He created the earth and the entire material universe around it. In another moment, He created time, days, weeks and years. In the first moments of time, He created all that inhabits the earth, including mankind. In addition, an important moment concerning man after our fall, is found in Galatians 4:4-7, NKJV.
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
In a small moment of time, Christ died and rose from the dead. He did this to bring what belongs to God to every believer, His ETERNAL LIFE. He made us children of God and heir of all of God through Christ. In another moment, God had the Apostle Paul teach us in 2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
In the moment when Christ finished His redemptive work, every promise of God became FOREVER YES and AMEN, to all who believe. Now, in this moment of time, our moment of earthly habitation in the body of Christ, with all that is eternally settled by God and promised to us in Christ, may I ask these questions, “Why have so many Christians become disillusioned, powerless, and walking a fruitless Christian life? Why are many congregants, in the church, lifeless fence sitters? Why did so many Christians lose their first love?”
My answer is, Christians have failed to take the eternal victory guaranteed to them in Christ; that is, “All the promises are yes in Christ,” into the moment. They have failed to obey God in the moment. Jesus taught us about His obedience in His battle with Satan. When for a small moment of forty days, He was tempted by the devil. It is one thing to pray when we are in a problem, and it is another thing to trust and obey in the problem. Jesus taught this, in His struggle to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, Matthew 4:4. In living Gods’ word, we have victory through the problem.
Jesus taught we will have tribulation here. He also told us to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world, John 16:33. Living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God only works in the moment. This is true because in the moment, you live by it, this becomes the moment you obey God. When in the moment you obey to live by faith, you believe God, when you believe you trust God, when you trust God, you act upon His word, when you act upon His word, you do what He says, when you do what He says, you receive His help. In our moments, we must learn the secret of living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. We should learn how to bring the eternal truths and promises into our temporal realm.
We need to learn how to live in the Spirit in order not to fulfill the desires of the flesh. When we hear the word that proceeds out of the mouth of God through Jesus, who is our God, we need to trust them and not explain them away. For example, in our moments, are we living the word of God, which proclaimed the kingdom of heaven is in you? In our moment are we living the word of God, which proclaimed nothing is impossible with God, and all things are possible to those who believe. In our moments, are we just before God because we live by faith and not by sight? In our moments, do we live the word that proceeds out of the mouth of God saying we can move mountains and receive those things that are not as though they are? In our moments, are we showing Jesus we love Him by keeping or living His word? On the other hand, do we show Him a loveless heart because we do not keep His word, John 14:24? We do all of this by taking the eternally settled word through our spirit, believing it in our hearts, and acting upon it in the moment. The real battle in any of our moments, from the sorrowful to the joyful, is to live by every word that proceeds out of the Eternal God.
Perhaps this earthly illustration can illuminate our minds to understand living in the moment. This illustration revolves around the railroad. When railway lines are built, they begin at point A and end at the point B. The line starts at one station and goes to the next station until it reaches the end. The track must be laid from station to station. All the obstacles in the path of the track must have a solution. The rivers need crossing; the ravines overcome, and the mountains in the way must be moved, tunneled through or circumvented. All these obstacles are dealt with at their own moment in the laying of the track. The railroad line will be built in sections. Moment by moment each section is completed, and obstacles overcome until the final station is reached. The whole line is held together by ties, rails, joints and spikes. The building of a railroad line is really a mirror of our life. We all enter this world through the station of birth. Furthermore, we exit this world at the station of death. If there are no derailments, we go through the station of childhood, the station of adolescents, the station of adulthood, the station of middle age, the station of golden years, until we reach the final station, death. Each point of our travel is through different sections of time and each time is made up of individual moments with all its problems of life. Each moment has a tie, rail, joint and spike in it. The tie is the action we take in the moment. The rails are the consequences we deal with through our actions. Many join each section and each station of life through the ties they lay down in their youth. Some ties are strong. Some ties are weak. Some consequences are good and some bad. Some ties get the person through the moment to the next station, and some do not.
Now we as Christians should be mature and understand each moment of life will be filled with all sorts of events. We must deal with ourselves, with others, with the world, with spiritual forces of darkness, all trying to derail us and stop us from getting to our final station, heaven. In every moment, we must exert the eternal words that proceed out of the mouth of God into our temporal life.
The Apostle Peter said in 2Peter 1:2-4, NKJV, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
This can only be done in the moment when we live the Words of Jesus. “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34, NKJV. If we want the deeper Christian life, a life filled with a relationship with God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, it must be lived by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, moment by moment; even now in this moment and station in life. God, please help us to live this way.
Guy Calandra, Author of The Inside Word.