SOURCE: BILL BELLICAN
A lot happens in life in the present moment. Anything (good or bad) can happen at any given moment. What’s even more real (and amazing) is how God desires that we grow in our ability to engage with Him about all things in all moments. In other words, He desires to have a vibrant, interactive, moment-by-moment fellowship with each of us in each present moment of our lives.
Concerning the more painful side of life, God constantly invites us to commune with Him, to discuss with Him the hard realities of life as we are affected by and experience these realities, and to depend upon Him more. As we do these things, we learn how to wait on and watch for His wise and loving involvement in all our life needs and situations.
Among the hard realities of life are that we are responsible for and experience the consequences of our own personal sins, we suffer at the hands of others who sin against us, and we live in a fallen and broken world that sometimes comes crashing down on us. As a result, we encounter hurts, wounds, engage our own unhealthy coping behaviors, are subject to the attacks of Satan, and find ourselves constrained by various strongholds of negative thoughts and emotional responses. This all makes life, at times, exceedingly miserable and difficult. Furthermore, any unhealthy or dysfunctional responses we make to these hard realities hinder our progress toward holiness and being made Christ-like which is God’s will for us.
As we learn to take full advantage of our present relationship with God and invite His involvement in every present detail of life we encounter, we learn how to talk with Him more deeply, intimately, and honestly and to trust in His good and loving ways to deal rightly and compassionately in our lives and makeus into the person He intends us to be.
The following are just some examples of various interactions I have with God in the present moment as I bring before Him my genuine needs for healing, help, and holiness in my life:
— I ask the Holy Spirit to help me acknowledge to the Lord any specific strongholds of thoughts — things that “feel” true to me in an unhealthy, negative sense. I offer these strongholds up to the Lord trusting Him to begin displacing them with His truths.
— I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any lies or untruth unknown to my conscious mind that I am believing in the present moment. Then I choose to bring this lie-based thinking into the healing presence of Jesus for Him to renew my mind.
— I ask the Lord for His Lordship over any specific behavioral strongholds (i.e., destructive coping behaviors and habits) that affect me. I request He demolish the strongholds as I faithfully look only to Him to do what I am powerless to do.
— I ask the Lord to make it possible for me to hear and sense only His truth that I might receive it in place of lies and distorted thinking. I willingly choose to dedicate my all (i.e, everything good and bad about myself) to the Lord, and I reaffirm my current situation/thinking/feelings belong to Him along with my desire to be enslaved only to Him.
— I confess to the Lord any aspect of actual sin or compromise on my part that occurs to me including my awareness of and regret about my fallenness and potential to sin.
— I realistically share with the Lord the hurt, wounds, pain, bitterness, and unforgiveness I feel as a result of what others have done to me. I request His Power to release to Him these wounds/hurts trusting Him to take them away and deal with them as He will. I ask for the ability to trust that He will right every wrong done to me in His way and timing. I also ask to receive His ability to forgive and release others for what they have done to me. I even boldly tell Him about any anger or hurts I have toward Him and ask for His perspective about these while trusting He will lovingly carry my distorted perspectives away as He cleanses me.
— I recall who I am to and in Christ and ask that the Holy Spirit remind me about my God-given position, rights, and privileges as a member of the family of God that I might proclaim and experience the reality of these truths.
— I choose to proclaim (in the Name of Jesus) that I resist Satan, his demons, their influence, and all lies as I obediently seek the Holy Spirit’s filling/control and the empowerment to put on the spiritual armor of God.
— I choose to rebuke (in the Name of Jesus) Satan, his demons, and their lies, and I ask the Lord to rebuke these, also. I reaffirm that God chose me as His own forever.
— I proclaim to the Lord how I choose to rejoice in Him (with His enablement) regardless of what my circumstances, struggles, failures, feelings are, since Who He is and What He allows are rooted in His Goodness toward me.
— I ask the Lord to show me what obedience to Him looks like, to train me in obedience, and to motivate me to obedience as a way of expressing my love for and faith in Him as He demolishes strongholds in my life along with the unhealthy thoughts, emotional responses, and behaviors attached to these strongholds.
— I praise God for Who He is, because of His total involvement and interest in every minute detail of my life, and for His indescribable love for me as He works within these details.
May these be of help to you as the triune God — Father, Son, Holy Spirit — engages you in a deeper, more intimate, real, more constant communion with Him in the present moment as He brings to you: healing, help, and holiness.
Scriptural References: Pr 23:7; Zec 3:1-2; John 8:32, 36; Ro 8:29, 12:2; 2 Co 10:3-5; Php 4:8; 1Th 3:13, 4:3; Jude 9