“The Sacrament Of The Present Moment”, Part 1, “Breath From God”, 7/19/2020

“The Sacrament Of The Present Moment”
Part 1, “Breath From God”
Job 27:3
 
Introduction
 
1 Peter 2:12-17
 
Romans 13:1-2
 
“The Sacrament Of The Present Moment”, Jean-Pierre de Caussade – 1675-1751
 

I. Breath From God
 
Job 27:3, “But for as long as I draw breath, and for as long as God breathes life into me,” (MSG)
 
Job 27:3, “As long as I live, while I have breath from God,” (NLT)
 
Job 27:3, “For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,” (NASB)

Caussade, “To be satisfied with the present moment is to delight in, and to adore the divine will in all that has to be done or suffered in all that succession of events that fill, as they pass, each present moment.”
 
 
II. The Power Of The Present
 
“Peace of mind” and an “untroubled soul” are the consequences of recognizing the sacrament of the present moment.
 
 
III. How To Live In The Present
 
Luke 10:38-42
 
A. Mary’s Way
 
1. Do Things Consciously
 

2. Savor The Moment
 

3. Develop Gratitude For The Right Now
 

4. Focus On What Matters
 

5. Enjoy The Present For What It Is
 

Conclusion

(Quote) Caussade, “The one thing necessary can always be found for it is in the present moment. It is no longer a choice between prayer and silence, seclusion and society, reading and writing, meditation and cessation of thought, flight from and seeking after spiritual consolations, abundance and dearth, feebleness and health, life and death, but it is all that each moment presents by the will of God…making it our soul satisfaction to sustain the present moment as though there were nothing else to hope for in the world.”

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