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The Fleeting Rightness of Time

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from Heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.” Luke 10-:18-20 nkjvIMG_5695

Scripture has much to say about satan and who he is, but simply stated, he was an arrogant angel whose failed attempt to usurp God resulted in him being cast out of Heaven. The thing I find most fascinating is satan does not even want to be himself; he wants to be someone else. He is unhappy, dissatisfied, miserable. He knows his own end. And he wants the same for us. He wants us to be anything other than who God created us to be. The best satan has to offer is the opposite of everything God gifts. Nothing satan offers has any eternal value; its perceived value is a lie and in our impatient, narrow view accepting this lie leaves us deceived, only temporarily satisfied, only makes us more miserable in the long term. Is there anything sadder and more pathetic than that?

Yes, there is. I know it all too well because it is a path well worn by my own two feet.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes a comparison of Himself and satan:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 nkjv

IMG_5692Jesus gives me life to the fullest. Satan is merely a thief: he wants to steal my identity, kill my obedience, destroy my belief that God is everything He proclaims to be. The most important thing he wants to steal from me is Kairos: the time when the Holy Spirit wants me to act on God’s behalf to bring about His will.

Kairos is a Greek word, a noun, defined as the perfect, delicate, crucial moment; the fleeting rightness of time and place that creates the opportune atmosphere for action, words, or movement.

Kairos occurs over 80 times in the New Testament. And among the many verses where Kairos can be found? In the places where Jesus is saying, “My time has not yet come.” or “My time has come.” But where I want to focus is in Acts where Christ has assembled with the disciples and is commanding them to stay in Jerusalem where the phrase “times and seasons” is translated from the Greek word kairos.

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own Authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:7-8 nkjv

IMG_5685Satan’s sole purpose is to deter me from being a witness for Jesus. He can not destroy me or pluck me from God’s hand. He can not annul my witness of Christ. But he can redirect my focus; he can deter me from good works. He can stir up fear that kills my obedience. He can inflict doubt which kills my faith. He can stir up hate that kills love, envy that kills gratitude, comparison that steals my joy. But the two things that do me the most harm are his created chaos which steals my peace removing me from a state of reverent belief and trust that God is omnipotent, and pride which suffocates my humility and keeps me from serving Christ.

Removal of peace creates anger and a false sense that God has abandoned me in my trouble. A lack of humility creates arrogance fueling a false belief, a complete and utter deception, I do not need God for everything. In those moments, when I have forgotten who God is and who I am in Him, I am just like satan and to me that is even sadder and more pathetic than satan himself. I know better. I know truth. I can do all things through Christ, not anything without Him. Yet, I forget much too easily in the train wreck of satan’s crafty plotting and scheming that I allow to derail me. And the only way to rectify this situation is to fall on my knees in reverent worship of the Father, asking the indwelling Holy Spirit to move so that I might be witness to the Son and His saving grace.

I must always be in a position to serve. Always. Jesus came to serve God’s will, not to be served and as Jesus’ disciple – I am never above my teacher. It is not my place to know how God works, why He acts or even when He will, but it is my purpose to be obedient when the Spirit says, “Move” because He is the only one who knows when the time is right to complete God’s will.

IMG_5694That is Kairos.  It is the perfect, delicate, crucial moment for God’s thoughtful, intended will to be carried out by me, His servant. It is the fleeting rightness of time and place that He has created for me to speak, to act, to move.  It is where I need to be. In every moment. Of every day. Because I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, that God created beforehand that I should walk in them. He knew my days and numbered them long before He created me in my mother’s womb, and it is why He thought them through and planned them out, each and every one for purposes unknown to me. All I must remember is they are known to Him; it is all the security I need and I must grasp hold of that with all my might.  And nothing ought to deter me. Not. One. Thing. And certainly not a lowly thief like satan who Jesus gave me power and authority over.

And God have mercy on me, if I stray from the path because satan has wooed me with promises of something temporary because I fail to trust, fail to believe, in the omnipotent power of God in my life, no matter what circumstances I find myself in, no matter how often I am flailing and unsure, confused and questioning.

It is my fervent hope and my honest, unceasing prayer that I will not ever fail to embrace these divine appointments, personally created for me by God, in the specific time and the perfect place He situated me in, and that always I dwell in kairos in oneness and wholeness with the Holy Spirit fully serving God’s perfect will as a witness for Jesus.

And that is my hope and prayer for you also.

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2 Responses to “The Fleeting Rightness of Time”

  1. Ann says:

    How awesome-Travis has been preaching a lot since our revival to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and what God is calling you to do-no matter how small it seems at the time. Again I will say how proud I am of you that you are following what God is telling you. My prayer for you is that you will stand strong in the Lord and not let satan get a foothold. I know through God you can stand strong.
    Love, Mom

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