To step across the threshold, we must leap forward. During this leap is where we will meet the incredible supernatural power of God. When we cross the threshold in any given belief, we are always crossing over from death to life when we connect with God. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us as believers. He is the best and most powerful ‘activation energy.’ (To understand this more, you can read the previous post on the threshold of your faith in the category ‘Faith In Action, ‘ or if you haven’t read any of the posts in this category, you can start here.)

Our faith is the evidence of a present tense relationship with God. God is faithful, and He leaves us full of faith. What does it mean to live in the present tense with God? First let’s define the difference between past, present, and future.

 

  • If you are living in the past, you are probably going to be depressed. Because it is the place where you rehash all the things that have happened to you. The ‘oh me oh my,’ my life has been horrible. But, that part of your life is never going to happen again. So don’t stay stuck there dwelling on the ‘would have’ ‘should have’ or ‘could have,’ because that is not where you will find joy. I promise. That is the land of regret.
  • If you are trying to live in the future, you may have noticed that all that will do is give you a bunch of anxiety. Unless of course, you have mighty nerves of steel. In that case, I could be talking with someone who loves to skydive or bungee jump.  The adrenaline junky type. That’s rare. Most of us have anticipation phobia. We can’t stand the unknown. Even pining away and wishing for things that haven’t happened yet is a trap of living in the future.
  • Being in the present is the blessing of NOW/ Stop for a minute from reading this…

This is NOW. Right at this very second. This is the only true moment you have in your life. In this NOW present moment, you will feel the most at ease and it is the only place that you can experience real life. Joy and living in the present moment are linked together, like peanut butter and jelly. You can’t think of the one without automatically thinking about the other. When I say, “Peanut butter,” you will think jelly, you have been conditioned and programmed to think this way (it’s a part of our culture). If you are in the NOW, then you can probably taste and smell the peanut butter.

And I may have distracted a few of you from reading anymore because you just have to make a sandwich.

That’s ok; I’ll wait. Not in the past, wondering why you left, and not in the future waiting for you to return, but in the NOW, concerned about whether you prefer grape or strawberry jelly. Isn’t there a silly battle going on with some people, who say, you can only pick one or the other to stay loyal to your jelly tribe. (I don’t get to vote because I do not like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ick. I know weirdo, sorry.)

 

Moving on…

Your happiness is tied to the present moment. Just because you have experienced many bad, maybe even horrific things, doesn’t mean you can’t be happy. Usually, it is the opposite. Those with the most problems seem to be able to be the most grateful. You and I are each in control of where our mind resides (not our feelings per say). But we can let our mind either orbit out of control, or it can be manned by our NOW right attitude. So the moment you catch yourself on a lunar flight to Mars, realize that you caught yourself in the act of not living in the NOW.  And here and now you can change your thought. That is living in the present.

In this NOW… I hope you will appreciate a new concept that I would like to unfold…

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

The Holy Spirit gives life. In the NOW. Only He can give life that is truly life.

“But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been taken away…Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:14-15

In this passage of Scripture, it is basically saying that the mind is made dull or tainted by the fact of believing something incorrect. A veil covered and still covers the eyes when the old covenant is read. This is the ministry that brought death.

The ministry that brings righteousness can only come about in this way…

“…only in Christ is it take away.” 2 Corinthians 3:14

This is when you cross over from death to life.

Most of us assume that because we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, it was in that NOW moment we received life. This is definitely true and the only way to receive eternal life. However, right this ‘incy wincy’ second the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you!!

Right this moment.

Your faith is the evidence of a present tense relationship with God. Only in this NOW moment can the veil be taken off of your eyes so that you can have…What?

“Now the Lord is the Sprit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Freedom means freedom. You have been set free. And every occasion and stage of every day you can consciously live in the Spirit, NOW!

That is joy, my friend. He is the joy!

We have been invited to something wonderful. When the veil is removed, we cross over from death to life, into a whole new realm.

When our focus is on Him – the veil (threshold) becomes thin between the material world and the realm of heaven. So when we are confronted by something in our life that doesn’t line up with the Truth, we can take the leap and crossover the threshold and start living a life of freedom and most importantly we will find ourselves in the realm of love and grace.

Maybe this will help…

Sometimes we think that everyone else is being blessed but, “My family and I seem to be ignored God, do You like us? Have You forgotten us?” Have you ever asked or wondered this?

I have. Even to the point of feeling disappointed and disillusioned with God. Yes, with God.

Wednesday I had a crossover the threshold kinda day…

I went to coffee (which turned out to be soup and bread, not PB&J though) with a friend. She and I were chatting away and I was asking her all about her new car. In the course of a few brief minutes, I suddenly got brave. You see generally I don’t speak up or ask anyone for things. I was trained not to put people on the spot or ‘put them out’ in case it might make them feel bad for having to decline your request. It has taken many years to have this trigger ‘unlearned.’ I finally came to realize that it is perfectly OK to request reasonable things of or from others.

Anyway…

She said, “I am going to call and donate my other car to charity to collect the $500.”

In a split second, living in the NOW moment, out from deep inside of me, in the place that only God could probably bring forth, came the words, “How about donating your car to the ‘Andrea Jones Foundation.'”

Are you seeing into this yet?

My daughter, as you may have seen in the previous post, totaled our Jeep a few months ago and she hasn’t been able to drive because there wasn’t anything for her to drive. So she got a job just about a half a mile from our house, and she basically lost her ‘freedom’ unless a friend comes to pick her up. Trying to get a loan and spending a lot of time investigating her options, she came to the conclusion that she would have to save up enough money to get ‘anything with wheels’ (not a bike it’s too hot here).

My friend said, “Oh my goodness, I would be absolutely thrilled to have Andrea have my car (she had just sunk $2,400 into it but wasn’t wanting to continue forking over anymore – for some air conditioning work).

When we were done with our soup we showed up at my daughter’s work to tell her the news. You can visualize her face at this moment, can’t you (even if you don’t know what she looks like)? JOY. Overjoyed.

We never know when any given moment is going to alter the course of our journey.

To conclude this story I would like to share that I had been praying for Andrea to find a way to get the ‘money to buy’ a car. Until Tuesday afternoon when I was on my way to the park. I saw a red 1969 El Camino truck waiting at the stop light. It brought my mind to remember that my husband and I had given away or donated three vehicles over the years. “God could You please have us be the recipients this time and send one into our lives.”

Hmmm… that was the day before my NOW moment with my friend.

And who says God isn’t looking out for us… He had a much better plan than the one we were praying would occur. When He lined it all up, the transaction did happen. It happened in THAT NOW timeslot, not in the ones I had either been ‘worrying or hoping’ into existence. Those were the past and the future.

Sometimes it is hard to believe these things will come about in our lives, but today right here in this NOW moment I am convinced they do. So is my daughter – she got her ‘freedom’ back. Maybe you think that I am referring to a different kind of freedom than the kind in this verse…

“Now the Lord is the Sprit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

But as I was in the Spirit gazing at ‘Big Red’ (the El Camino), God was setting our family free. The veil was made thin in that moment between the material world and the realm of heaven. 

What do you think? Have you encountered things like this? What are you thinking right NOW? ‘Faith In Action’

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