A New Flurry of I AMs 2018 Part One
The Present Moment God
By Fred Pruitt
(As I have said recently, Dee Dee Winter for some years now has been encouraging me to keep posting the “flurry of I AMs.” However, in my reposting of it in 2017 and again a few days ago, I left out what preceded the “flurry.” So that’s why this is called, “Part One,” subtitled, “The Present Moment God.”)
I’ve been struck in the past couple of days by something which is so new that I almost can’t talk about it. It isn’t new, yet in its recent arrival it is completely and totally new to me. I’ve felt for a very long time to be standing on the precipice of an awareness so complete and so thoroughly simple I couldn’t see it. Like a word on the tip of your tongue, that you know is there, but just won’t come. Like I’m Dorothy, and I’ve got these slippers, and Toto & I have to walk down the Yellow Brick Road and meet the Cowardly Lion and the Tinman and the Scarecrow and accidentally dump water on the Wicked Witch of the West, while all the time the power is there at any moment to just click my shoes and say “there’s no place like home” and be home — even though I don’t know it.
At a bible study a while back, we were talking about Hebrews 3 & 4. “He that believeth hath entered into his rest” it says, and also, “TODAY — if you will hear his voice.”
For some time now I’ve been pressed into “today” by the Spirit. TODAY!!!! — if you will hear his voice …. right now, this moment, this very instance of awareness, HEAR his voice!!! …. THIS MOMENT …. (he who reads — THIS MOMENT!!! NOW!!)
WHEN does God dwell in his fullness and totality? Next week, when we’ve grown to see more? Tomorrow? Next month? Next year? Over in Glory-land?
Now, in this present moment, is where GOD IS in His totality and Actuality. NOW …. ALL the fulness of God, ALL the glory of God, ALL the power of God, ALL the faith of God, ALL the love of God, ALL the Being and Person of God, EVERY BIT of GOD …. ALL ALL IS in THIS MOMENT — RIGHT NOW!!!!
In this unfathomable union of being not ourselves but Him, and yet fully ourselves, we are permeated, interpenetrated, bathed in the BEING of God. We are irradiated by the brightness of His Person. We are diffused with the creative energy that brought the worlds into existence and set the boundaries of time and space.
There is NOWHERE, within us or “without us” where He is not fully BEING HIMSELF. In the infinity of space and time HE FILLS every moment and every space with the totality of HIS BEING. HE DWELLS EVERYWHERE, and EVERYWHERE is HIS FULLNESS. And that includes inner space, as well, the dark impenetrable unending depths of our own selves.
Every “place” within us, to an infinite depth, in every thought, every stirring, every question, every want, every deed, there HE IS in HIS FULLNESS. In His incarnation as the Son of Man he is called “the fulness of the Godhead bodily” and so HE was. Thinking as men think we imagine God taking some piece of Himself and putting that Piece within the Son of Man to show forth His power. But it wasn’t some “piece” of HIMSELF, but the FULLNESS of Himself — ALL of Himself, manifest in that mortal human body — “the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
And such are we, if so be that we BE in Him. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power …” (Col 2:9,10). (This is the last sentence before the “flurry,” which I will not reprint here. To see the “flurry,” see the previous article.)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6)
I originally wrote in an email the above some time in 2001, and it struck me how “full circle” I’ve come since then. In the early 2000s the overwhelming “Truth” on which the Spirit was schooling me was God in the NOW, or Present Moment. The writing above reflects that understanding. It was a major point of release for me, when I sort of “learned” to live in and draw sustenance out of the unfailing cruse of oil that is God Himself in our inner being in every current moment.
It was life from the dead for me to begin to really see that, “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Ps 121:4). In other words, He is ALWAYS on the job in the present moment. We are kept by His keeping and no one can take us out of the Father’s hand. How often had we recited in church responsive readings – “Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” (Ps 121:3).
Do we see? We did not “make” ourselves – He did! We are sheep of HIS pasture! Does a sheep guide itself? Does a sheep fight wolves or lions? NO, the Shepherd does all that!
So then, what is that saying? It is saying that HE IS PRESENT NOW, doing what He always does and always does perfectly! He is the Shepherd guiding our lives in perfection. The sight of Christ in His completion in all facets of everything, nothing excepted, all in perfection, liberates the outflowing of the Spirit from our deepest well within, first enlightening our own minds and hearts as it flows by heading outward, and from there proceeding to go where we send it – into people, into circumstances, into the world, into darkness.
I mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago that this truth had become full circle in me since it first dawned in me in 2001. The “full circle,” is that after a time my attention went on to other things and issues, until just recently. The Spirit has been emphasizing “anxiousness” with me recently, one reason I’m sure being, that I get awful anxious from time to time.
What hit me one day, was that the anxiety seemed to originate with not knowing how things would turn out. Anything, from washing the dishes to preparing for a moon landing. Stuff out there in the world that has little or nothing to do with me, as well as family stuff (like we all have) that we can’t get away from. I would just find myself in a moment and realize I was “anxious,” about this or that.
It actually is very similar to my “present moment” understanding I spoke about above. I came to understand that the anxiousness I felt often, stemmed from not knowing how things (any activities) will turn out or will go. It isn’t unbelief, but it’s a reminder from the Spirit for faith. It catches our attention!
Lately the Spirit for His reasons has been having me “catch myself” in my anxious moments, and remembering I’m not living my “own” life, but the Life of God in Christ Jesus. Additionally, I have been created unto good works from the foundation of the earth, and not my “own” works, as Cain offered. EVERYTHING IS GIVEN US!
Anxiety may come calling, but it has nothing in us, because we don’t look to “outcomes” but rather to the Lord God, Who does all things well, and provides all that we need and want just as any Father does for his children.
Be anxious for nothing, Paul wrote. Wow, Paul, really? Do not be anxious for anything? It’s all going to turn out quite nicely, do we not know?
What is? Everything is!