GRACE IS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT

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AM:I really haven’t come into my mission.

Betty: It might be that your impatience is causing you to run past what God is already doing for people thru you. You have a vision of more, and that’s okay. But also have a heart of gratitude for what God is already doing. See, God is truth. God is in the now. So, we have to stay in the present moment. That’s where impatience has to die. Because impatience is always pulling us out of the present moment, having judged it as not sufficient. And impatient people actually miss where God is. Grace is in the moment. Jesus himself is doing the transformation. Our part is to stay in the present moment, being open to receive his knowledge. But that knowledge is not only the input to our brain. The knowledge is to see, in our truth, where we stand before God. If you only receive knowledge for the brain from another, that authenticity of the present moment, where you stand before God, is missing. You feel it’s missing.  

AM: There’s something soothing about a person that’s authentic. 

Betty: Well, because they allow you to be in the present moment, where God is. It is really God who is soothing. They don’t get in between. God’s in the now.  If a person is being authentic, they’re in the now. They’re listening to who God is calling them to be in the moment. They’re not trying to push an agenda. They’re trying to be obedient. They’re trying to be obedient. There’s a certain restfulness, a certain peace, at being around that. 

When the ego gets in there, it’s trying to push an agenda. Or when your impatience gets in, it’s trying to push you into the future and get you irritated with the past. Whereas, let’s say you feel an irritation, and you give that to God. You let Him show you what’s under that irritation that’s causing you to want to leave the present moment. Because, in some way, if you learn to live in the present moment, you do become authentic. When I’m around people who can live in the present moment, I’m attracted. Because I feel their genuineness. And where there’s genuineness, you feel God close by.  So, impatience robs you of the present moment. It pulls you into the future where Satan can work on you. Because grace is only in the present moment. The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” In other words, what he gives us in the moment, that’s enough. We have trust and hope for the future. We have love for the present. What more do we need?   But the ego tries to pull us into the future, or the past, with its, “if onlys and what ifs.” And then we get judgmental and the whole bit.  

AM: So, you stay authentic by being true to what you’re feeling in that moment?

Betty: It doesn’t mean you’re expressive. Let’s say you’re feeling irritated. It doesn’t mean you should dump that out on people. But you’re there, and you recognize you’re being irritated. You can listen to the person and image, think or feel that irritation going to the cross. It’s like, “Okay Lord, when I get a chance, let me know what’s going on here?” But you go back to the present moment of listening to the person. “Lord, what do they really need?” It’s not what they’re saying, but “what do they need?” Or if a speaker is bothering you, say, “Lord, what is it you want to teach me here? What is that irritation saying to me here?”  

God cannot be a phony. God is eternal truth. He doesn’t engage in deceit. Satan is the master of the deceit. Notice the difference. The human ego, in its unredeemed form, is easily taken into deceit. Because if it’s unredeemed, it’s trying to be like God.  Adam and Eve’s problem is very much alive within us. Often, religious people can be the worst, because we’re trying to be like God.

If you find yourself moving out of the present moment, can you say, “Lord, what is it you want to teach me here? What is that irritation saying to me?”

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