The Lord has been showing me things about “time” and keeps dropping more ‘crumbs’ before me to seek out more of His revelations, such that a couple of days ago I decided to write something here.
For Christians, God has given us through the Greeks, two “versions” of time:
Chronos Time or Chronological Time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years as the clock and calendar record, and
Kairos Time: As the Greeks called it “The right moment” or the right opportunity.
In the Bible we find them both in use. In our daily lives, we typically live by Chronos time, but are aware that there are seasonal Kairos time opportunities which, when taken at the right time, will bless us, or then again will curse us, if taken at the wrong time.
The Christian God is different to us in many, many ways. One being that while we are stuck with both feet firmly planted in Chronos time, God by comparison, is beyond time. I say beyond time, rather than above or outside or controlling time, or whatever descriptor you may wish to use, to get the idea over that God has mastered time and He can do with it as he wishes. God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing) and omnipresent (present everywhere) and being beyond time, being no longer bound by time or any aspects of time, is just another aspect of God’s character.
The Bible tells us we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) as “God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness'” and we are, as Galatians 3:26 says, “all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” One question which arises from these verses is how are we related in time with God?
Certainly mankind is not godlike by comparison to God’s omnipotence, omniscience or omnipresence, nor any other of His characteristics which we may list. What aspects, then, of His being “beyond time,” have fallen to us, if any?
Well, it appears that as Christians we have some advantages in time. For though God is beyond time, His love for us seems to cause Him to reach into time and manipulate it for us.
Can time be manipulated? Scientifically, that seems to be quite plausible, though beyond mankind’s current technical capacity. For example, tests show that the faster we travel, the slower time runs. Though God is supernatural and all He does is therefore supernatural, His abilities to step in and out of time, seem not to be in contradiction with theoretical science. But as we don’t normally deal with the supernatural or theoretical science, what does this have to do with us?
Acts 17:24-28 is a lot about His blessings and desires for us, His children, and the topic of time, our seasons: our past, our present and our future:
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is served with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives life and breath and all things to all.
And He has made all nations of men of one blood to dwell on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries of their dwelling, to seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and find Him, though indeed He is not far from each one of us.
For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also certain of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.”
God knows us all and has planned physical places for us to be located in, and seasons and time for us to operate in. As God lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16“Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”), we live in God, Acts 17:28 (above). Yes, as we live in God, God lives in us. But as God is beyond time, what practically, does that mean for us?
From the beginning, God ordained His children to see the future He had planned for them, and throughout time, God provided prophets towards this end. Since the Holy Spirit came to dwell permanently with us, we are all now prophetic and all now are capable of hearing the word of God directly for our futures. With Faith, we may then reach out and grasp the futures which God has ordained for us. In doing so, we change time. When we step out in faith, we become the sons and daughters whom God wants us to be. Faith is the key which unlocks that potential. Hebrews 11:1-3 says of faith:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. By faith we understand that the ages were framed by a word of God, so that the things being seen not to have come into being out of the things that appear.”
By faith, as Hebrews 11:1-3 says, we understand that our times, our pasts, our presents and our futures, were arranged by God, so that although we cannot see a thing, we can make it happen and we can achieve it. We can, in essence, change time. By faith, we can change the paths of our lives and our nations. By faith, we can change from a Chronos calendar to a Kairos calendar for our lives, and in doing so, we can become that which God wishes and desires for us. Science says that time can be changed by external forces such as gravity, and Hebrews 11:1-3 shows that faith can change time for us.
In faith, we can see the way God wants things to be; we can see our future in our present. God gave us the tools of confession, repentance and forgiveness, which, when operated in faith, can not only change our present to align it with the future God desires for us, but we can also bring our pasts into the picture too. Through confession, repentance and forgiveness, we can allow God to remove our iniquity from past sins and errors, allowing them to be used positively for our presents and our futures. Through faith, we can change the disastrous effects of our pasts, and turn them into strengths for our presents and our futures. Through faith, we need not be held captive by our past any longer. Through faith, we have control and dominion over our past to bring it into Godly alignment with the future we determine to have in God.
Christians have the opportunity to redeem our pasts. “Redeem” here, means to purchase back, to reclaim lost ownership, to release from bondage. Christians, through faith, have the opportunity to release themselves from the bondage of past errors, past mistakes, missed opportunities, etc., etc. Faith, gives us the opportunity to, as it were, reach back in time and undo the past, or redo the past, into a new future.
Living in iniquity is unchristian and is wrong, for it warps and changes both our present and our future, often barring God from releasing His blessings into our lives as He so dearly wishes for us. What is iniquity? It is the condition of living in unrepented sin. Understand, it is not that we have intentionally sinned – but that we have sinned. It does not matter if the sin was or is knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally, by commission or by omission; all sin, is sin, and must be repented of.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, be reconciled to God! Leave you past behind you today and change it for a future which will allow you to be the man or woman whom God has destined you to be. Through Faith, you can change your past and align it now for the future which God wants for you; which He has always wanted for you!
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come before You as a confessed sinner. As I pray before you now, please bring to mind all my unrepented sin and iniquity so that I can deal with it now, once and for all.
Father, I confess and repent of _____, and of_____, and_____, and I ask for your forgiveness. I am ashamed of the wrongs in my life. I am ashamed of the sins I have committed, knowing they are offences against you. Strengthen me now Lord, that as I turn and walk away from them, I have the strength to keep walking and leave them all in the past.
Father, I also confess that there are those in my life whom I have not yet forgiven. In particular I raise up to you _____, whom I forgive of ______……. Father, I forgive all those whom I have named and I ask you to bless them mightily now, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Father, for all those who have cursed me and said ill of me, whether I am aware of their words or not, I declare before You that I forgive them all unreservedly. I return their words to them Lord, as the Love, as the Peace and as the Faith of my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Bless them all Lord, seven times what which they have defamed me.
Dear Father, I seek your destiny in my life to be fulfilled jut exactly as you have planned. I submit my will to you now, and ask that You will run my life from now on. I offer my body as a living sacrifice for You and for Your Kingdom use.
I pray Father, that You will change my past and align it and align me, for my future in You. Align all of me, Lord, with Your divine will for my life, such that henceforth, my life may be lived as a praise offering to You.
I pray this and I ask this in the name of my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!