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Life is not a mere perception of the mind. Life is a substance in the human heart. When we trust God from our hearts today, we receive the blessings of His kingdom in the place called NOW. It is a real-time experience. It is NOW we find the keys to the future and the secrets to redeeming the past.
Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
A scribe in the New Covenant is not someone who writes down the things that God does or says. A scribe in the New Covenant is someone who allows God to write in them. They embrace God’s presence to write a living letter in their hearts and minds that is a testimony to the life of God. It is a now moment that unlocks things that have never been heard, seen, or thought before. It also unlocks the redemption of things that are antique and lost before their time. They bring the things of God into the path of their journey in life. As leaders, we must embrace God in every now moment of our lives. We cannot be stuck in some past reality. When we embrace the now reality of God in our lives, we will lead others into the miracle testimonies of God. This was the case in the story of the water turned to wine by Jesus at the wedding in Cana. The best wine was saved for the now moment of the wedding. It wasn’t that the last wine was the best, but the now moment was the time for the best wine. The best wine is always NOW in our connection to God. What are some key ingredients in the now moments of our lives?
The first thing we must know is the NOW moment of our lives belongs to God. The miracle happened on the ‘third day’. It was God’s doing. Our future is not determined by our own abilities. Our true path in life is a path of life and celebration and it is fully dependent upon God in every now moment that we face in life. As leaders we must know that our sufficiency is of Christ and not ourselves. We lead by being dependent upon God and by leading others into doing the same.
John 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
A second key to our now moment of God is to do whatever God says. It is good to know the things that God has said in the past, but we must lead by hearing God in every new season of our lives. What is God saying today? Leadership is not merely about leading others by the skill of our past experiences. It is about leading them into present experiences with Him.
John 2:2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Our now experience with God involves a partnership of God and human lives. God is the word, but we are the expressions of His voice. In the miracle of the water to wine, there were six waterpots of stone. Six is a symbolic number for man, as man was created on the sixth day. Whatever God is doing in the earth today, He wants to do it in each of our lives. Whatever He is doing in our lives as leaders, He desires to do in the lives of those we lead. God wants to be intimately involved with us today.
John 2:6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.
In this miracle, pots that were formerly used as purification containers had to be made available for a ‘now’ miracle of God. Things that were useful for one thing in the past had to now be made available for a new purpose in the present time of God’s kingdom. God’s purpose in our past cannot be more valuable than His purpose in our present. The expectancy of God doing something NOW has to outweigh the traditional structures and practices of your past. I am considering this week the NOW moment of today. What things of my past need to take on new expressions in my present? I will blog more on this next week, but consider this week the NOW moment of God in your life.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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