Grace is NOW

Dec 6, 2019 -- Posted by : RyanHaley

I'm in the final stages of editing my book right now, and I'm on a tight timeline. I've really had to lean into God's Grace throughout this process. Not only to accomplish the task; but more importantly, to be living from a place of Grace and rest in the process of writing a book about that very subject. As I've been considering the difference aspects of how I want to go about this editing process and what the ultimate product should look like, I've been concerned about the book being too long: word count, number of pages, number of chapters, etc.

As I was praying and journaling about this today, I felt the Holy Spirit say, “The Grace is on the timeline, not on the word count or the length of the book”. So my next logical question was, “What's the timeline for this Grace?” I have felt an urgency in my spirit over the last several months that this is the season the book needs to be published, and I'm shooting for a publishing date of February 1st. Therefore, my logical assumption is that the grace is from now through early February. That may be true, but what I felt the Holy Spirit say very clearly to me was this: “The Grace is NOW”.

Grace is not for yesterday, or tomorrow. It's not even for today. It's for right now. I wrote an earlier blog post about being present in the moment. This is something that is very difficult for me personally, as I am a very future-oriented planner. But the Holy Spirit has been emphasizing to me lately the power and importance of being completely yielded to Him in the present moment, which is the only timeline in which He works. God is I AM; not “I Was”, or “I Will Be”. Whatever you're going through right now, I encourage you to tap into “the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29, MSG). Those rhythms only exist in the present moment with Jesus.

Call to Action: Take some time to get away from distractions so you can be still and quiet with the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be completely yielded to Him in the present moment. Trust and expect practical answers, solutions, and guidance to come from that time as you maintain a moment by moment awareness of His Presence.

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