4 Simple Steps To Living In God's Eternal Present Moment
Lights, music, food, office parties, family, friends, dinners, the list goes on, welcome to the holidays. Add technology, text messaging, emails, and social media to schedules, conversations, shares, invitations, and what about your finances. A topic most people cringe at the mere thought.
If all this sounds are familiar you are no stranger to today's secular life. The toxic mix of the holiday activities, technology, and money can be a recipe for stress, anxiety, fear, guilt, disappointments, poor self-esteem, possibly depression, and maybe even arguments. The path to a better life can often resemble a roller coaster ride rather than a serene thoughtful reflection of God's eternal present moment.
So how do you get on the path thoughtful serenity, and live with peace and love reflected in thought and word? The answer is simple, be here now. Being happy and fulfilled is about being present with God. Regardless of the situation we can be present with God and move ahead. The practice yields less stress and more joy.
This is how Jesus put it:
"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
If our mind is constantly troubled by the things of the world we will not have peace which leads to various health issues. Jesus states that instead of being stressed out about this or that which may or may not materialize in consequence we need to be present in the moment of now.
God's present moment is eternal. That is the moment Jesus dwells in, and He's calling us to do the same. Reading the gospels we can understand that Jesus was never hurried, rushed, or stressed out about the apostles and what they were doing, or about food, or money.
Jesus lived in God's eternal moment, and we are called to do the same. Living in God's eternal moment is how we are released from stress and spiritually enter God's eternal domain of love, light, and wisdom. The dispensation of this heavenly experience is only possible through the salvation of Jesus Christ, and act of love that opens the kingdom to us. Once the door is open we have fully embrace it rather than the world and all its trickery.
Being fully present with God means we fully engaged in every moment. That means the mind is not wandering while we have conversations, or attend a function. Do you think Jesus was ever distracted? Never! He was fully aware of His Father and the situation around Him. His presence, thoughts, and actions reflected that reality.
Here's how to mindfully follow Matthew 6:34.
Step 1 - Be In God's Eternal Moment
First, you need to know that if your mind feels disturbed, it's because it's full of thought, or worry. It's probably consumed with too many things of the world, so much that it's beginning to affect how you feel.
You need to understand that everything that needs to be addressed will eventually come to you and will need to be addressed at some time. In the present moment it's best to let go and just "be" with God. By being more relaxed in the present you will think better, respond better, interact with others better, become more creative, more assertive, and accomplish more, but with clarity, rather than tension.
By being present in the moment all situation that come your way will be addressed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit because you have allowed God to fully take over. This is how Jesus advised His disciples about encountering troublesome situations.
"But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." Matthew 10:19 - 20
We are not to think in advance what we are to say, or how we are to approach the situation. In other words, even in the midst of the situation we are to solely rely on God in the present moment.
So the first step is to focus on God. Let go in God. Be in the eternal present moment with God, feel more relaxed, let our breathing become regulated, and proceed with clarity with guidance from above.
Step 2 - Enjoy Being In God's Eternal Moment
Enjoying your state of mind with God is an attitude can keep you in God's presence. Conscious and intentional enjoyment of God's presence will keep you on the right track. If your mind is occupied with dozens of worldly scenarios then you will reap the fruit of your thoughts.
Once you feel as though you are able to live as though situations cannot affect your unwavering relationship with God start to consciously and intentionally enjoying the divine presence as many times as possible. Practice it during the quiet times as well as the busy times. Enjoy the eternal present moment with God, feel it, acknowledge it, and let scripture roam free in the Spirit. Practice this step and you will be on the way to perfecting the technique.
Step 3 - Go Deeper In God's Eternal Moment
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." John 14:23
If you study, read, and meditate on God's word until it become the natural thought of your mind it will increase God's presence in you.
From this principle we can safely assert that if God's presence increases in us, our exposure and understanding of His eternal moment will be more complete.
Step 4 - Meditate
The greatest problem most people have in realizing a life in God's eternal moment here and now, is distracting thought. Thought is something that can occur silently in the background. In fact, most human being produce approximately 40,000 thoughts, many of which are produce in the background without effort.
Meditation is a way of allowing the mind to release thought. Once the mind is clear of thought it can then become more wholly tuned to God who cannot be understood by thought. Let me repeat that statement. God cannot be understood by thought. God is beyond human thought. That's why Jesus repeated states that we have to be free of all forethought and just be in the moment with God.
According to the gospels, that's the secret of letting God speak through us, and how the Spirit tackles all situations for us, and meditation is the tool that helps us alleviate much of the worldly thought that hinders us.
If you have problems practicing Christian mediation, try guided Christian meditation. Guidance from a Christian meditation teacher can do wonders for putting you on the right track. There is also recorded guided Christian meditation which you can play during quiet times.
Meditating reinforces your ability to let go of worldly entanglements. It helps you become more aware of God's present moment while deepening your experience throughout the day. Additionally, it improves your ability to retain God's studied word helping you to cultivate it in your inner being.
Following these steps will reduce your stress and boost your confidence in God while greatly edifying your faith. Your spiritual walk will be enhanced by God's presence and you won't be the only one to benefit. Sure your blood pressure will probably drop, your memory probably improve, your heart rate will become normal, and your immune system will probably become optimized, but think of your world and the people around you.
Your life will be better, you'll feel more at ease. Everyone around will take comfort, even if they don't say it, in that you are a "rock", or a pillar of reason and peace. Then there's your family. A stressed out personality usually handles familial situations with less than desirable results, while a clear-minded individual who's heart is in God can generally navigate through all social problems and challenges with poise and understanding, sometimes even anticipating results.
So now is the time to start. Try it.
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