A YEAR IN THE NOW

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April 3: JESUS RULES!

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Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body,the fullness of Him who fills all in all. 

(Ephesians 1:20-23)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I have confessed with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, and my knees have bowed in worship before Him, acknowledging that He is the Ruler of all things in the earth, above the earth and beneath the earth!

 

2.       Today I will proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom in my own, personal way, doing my part to make the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of God and of His Christ in the now.  I will do what I can to demonstrate His authority in the earth through my life experiences; I live them out before the world today.

 

3.       Today I will not pray that the cup of difficulty pass from me, but I will invite and welcome God’s will to be done instead of mine, confidently assured that He will enable and equip me to do what I cannot do in my own strength.  I will emerge triumphant from my personal Garden of Gethsemane, enduring my cross for the joy that is set before me, and I will reign with Him today on His throne!

 

4.       Today I will recognize that Jesus has been made both Lord and Christ, with all authority, rule, rights and privileges of the Kingdom and its blessings, and I will celebrate the fact that I am His joint heir.  My self-confidence today will find its source in Christ’s sufficiency, and   I will overcome all obstacles and conquer in every circumstance through the Greater One who dwells within me!

 

5.       Today I will remember that His Kingdom does not come by observation, so I will look beyond the natural, finite realm of sight into the glorious reality of things that are happening in and for me that are unrevealed to the senses.  Jesus rules even when I can’t see the reach of His domain, so I will have a victorious day, regardless of what I see, hear or feel.

 

6.       Today I will crown the King with a steady stream of praise and worship, making melody in my thankful heart with the songs of Zion in the courts of the Most High God.  My report will be the report of the Lord, no matter what happens today.

 

7.       Today I will live and act and think like a ruler, and today I will live in the now!

 

I CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF THE FATHER!

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