Winning this Moment

The battle to live “life to the full” is won or lost in “this moment”, and I’m realizing this more and more in my life every day. What I don’t mean, is that our ultimate success or failure at living a Christ-like life hinges upon just one moment in our life. Rather, I’m talking about what happens in this very moment, right now, the present.  We have no control over our past and although planning is a powerful tool, in reality, we have no power over our future. “This moment” is a different story.
In “this moment”, is when we are living and have a choice to make. To love or to hate, to speak the truth in love or to deceive, to invest in our kids or to invest in our hobbies, to spend time with God or to watch the Today Show. Our days are filled with “this moments”, and we can’t live life to the full if we don’t live “this moments” to the full. That’s not to say that if we miss some moments we have failed completely, the danger lies in putting off moments to love God and love others. If we’re honest, the moment usually ends up being “not right now” or “sometime when I’m not so busy.”
Paul says in 2 Corinthians Chapter 10:5 “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I love this verse because in order to live differently than the world around us, to live according to Jesus, we are going to have to think about what we are doing in “this moment”. To contemplate what it would mean for you to honor Christ in “this moment” and think about your motivation in “this moment”. To ask God how He wants you to respond in “this moment”. To do so successfully, even part of the time, will require you to be intentional, even more so if you’re just starting this effort. As the enemy, the devil, would love nothing more than for you to put off to tomorrow what God desires you to do in “this moment”, because he knows your time is limited.
The great news is that God promises his Holy Spirit to us to help us. Jesus tells us in John 14:26 “The Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My [Jesus’] name, He will teach you all things and He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” The question for us then is, in “this moment” will we slow down enough to listen, giving the Holy Spirit a chance to speak so that we might “take captive every thought” and win “this moment”.
for HIS glory,
Greg

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