Most of our energy and resources are sucked away by a giant, parasitic fixation upon the past or future. Our present moments are filled with regret about the past or in complete distraction reliving the glory days of youth. Conversely, when we consider the future, we either dread it or believe all problems will somehow fix themselves, and we’ll live in a utopia for no other reason than it’s the future.
But the truth is, neither the past nor the future can be grasped in the hand. For all practical purposes, they are illusions, intangible things that can’t be held. Not as such. Let me explain. Can you hold the past? No. Why? Because it’s gone, and technically, doesn’t exist any more. Can you seize the future? No. Why? Because it hasn’t come to pass yet. What can we embrace? Right Now. That’s all we ever have. Think about it. When we were experiencing the past, it wasn’t the past. It was the present. And when we experience the future, it won’t be the future at that point. It will be the present. So when can we truly be free and content? Take action? In this very moment.
What if we really believed? What if we truly believed that Y’shua has made us worthy? What we truly believed that peace and contentment are only a breath, an awareness, away? Would we stop longing for a particular thing or feeling state to come? Would we then understand what it means to simply “be?” Shall we begin to let go of pursuing instant gratification for things that never actually give us gratification so that we can truly know instant contentment by surrendering to this moment in complete transparency and openness?
I realize that many would find the suggestion ridiculous. Insulting, even. They might say that such a way of living would cause people to be less responsible or make them vulnerable. It simply isn’t the way the world works. I know. It isn’t the way the world works. However, living our authentic selves will actually cause us to be more responsible and less vulnerable. “He that seeks to save his life will lose it but he that lays down his life for the sake of Messiah will take it up again.” When we rely upon our pseudo forms of protection, we are, in all actuality, submitting to bondages. Because those forms are not born of the truth. And lies don’t free us.
Overcoming is done in the now, not later in some future movie we play for ourselves. When we choose to completely die to our carnal self, we no longer fear ridicule or failure. We no longer seek affirmation or validation from others because we already have it. We have accepted the truth that makes us free by giving ourselves permission to be worthy, loved, peaceful, and content RIGHT NOW.
This place, this state, is so close to us, despite our having lived in a way that made such freedom seem a great distance. When we step into it, we also find a new love and appreciation for others. We are able to be more patient because we begin to see. We begin to see the wounded soul before our eyes who is bound by past hurts and insecurities … just like we were. We begin to stop taking things personally and start seeing the larger picture of what motivates others. We begin to understand that their reactions are based upon prior programming inherited in this flesh existence of time, space, and matter.
There is nothing evil, per se, about time, space, and matter. It is our perceptions of them and how we relate to them that can detrimentally affect us. If we persist in the delusion that contentment can only occur somewhere in a future time, place, and state, then our own false beliefs will continue to bind us, preventing us from reaching our true and authentic God-given potential.
Our own unhealthy habit of seeing through the past or future continues to rob us of opportunity and peace. This is done with our complete permission and submission. A revelation of this truth becomes a catalyst for taking complete responsibility. Everything has been provided for us, but most of us have been completely irresponsible in utilizing all available tools. In the moment that we surrender our own opinions, crutches, and plans, freedom, peace, and the ability to take appropriate action will suddenly be ours.
Many have thought on and spoken of Messiah’s return for almost two thousand years. We imagine what it will be like, what we will be like. When he returns, it will be a Now. We cannot prepare in the future for his coming for the simple fact that we can’t take action in a time that does not yet exist! We can only prepare Now. That’s the only time that’s real and here.
I don’t claim to have mastered these realizations, although that is my desire. In moments of clarity, of a correct kind of detachment, I can see the truth, and hold it in my mind as long as I can, letting it sink down deep. But the more we see with true spiritual eyes, the less we will see with eyes of carnality and ego. The more we abide in a time and place of contentment and peace, we will find a reservoir of resources that manifests all manner of fruits. We will then truly fulfill the mandate to love the Creator with all of our being and our neighbors as ourselves.
A tree is not known by its knowledge or theology. It’s known by its fruit. The fruit of the future is in the seed of the Now. Tomorrow’s harvest is contained only in today’s seed—and taking today’s action TODAY. If we truly desire to worship in Spirit and in Truth and see unity among all believers, then we must embrace this very moment in Spirit and Truth. But we cannot see this unity unless we first abide in it ourselves. A double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways. We have to be united within in Spirit and Truth, but we can’t be as long as Ego sits upon the throne of the soul.
The rightful king must reign. The temple must be cleansed. The inhabitants of the Promised soul land must be dispossessed. There is no place for insecurity, fear, anxiety, depression, pride, contention, etc., in the land of the soul. We cannot make covenants with or justify the continued presence of these inhabitants. They must go. When mice have no food, they’ll go somewhere else. If we stop feeding the unwelcome inhabitants of our souls, they will leave. They will leave when we truly embrace the truth in this present moment and surrender to the true instant gratification of the Spirit, rather than the instant gratification of the flesh.
If we take offense at criticism, or if our heart swells at a compliment, we are still finding our identity in ego. When we are no longer jerked around by such things, we have truly become a son of the Spirit and Promise and have now begun the process of possessing the united kingdom of the soul.