A YEAR IN THE NOW

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June 24: BRIGHT FUTURE!

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 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”  (Matthew 6:34 – The Message)   
 
  

 1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because my attention is on the Kingdom, and the Kingdom is always in the now.

 2. Today I will not worry about what’s coming up, because the things that I am dreading may not even happen, and the unknown things are impossible to prepare for. But regardless of what tomorrow brings, I will face it with the confident assurance that the Lord perfects all that concerns me.

3. Today I will run toward the giants that intimidate me, the way David ran toward Goliath. I will not give place to cowardice, but will be aggressive enough to intimidate the thing that is trying to intimidate me!

4. Today I will have no fear of the unknown, but will anticipate the adventure with appreciation for the attitude of authority that I have attained through accepting the Word of God as an absolute anchor for the soul!

5. Today I will start making plans to go to a higher level, preparing myself for new responsibilities.

6. Today I will believe that my latter is going to be greater than my former as I go from glory to glory.

7. Today I will enjoy the day, believing that tomorrow will be even better. I will protect my dreams and visions today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 

 

 
Father, help me be ready for what’s ahead, and thank You, in advance, for how good it’s all going to turn out for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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  1. Today, I am thinking about my entire attention to God.

    My attention has always been on The Kingdom. Today and tomorrow, it is perfected. Intimidation is non existent, I have my anchor.

    New responsibilities, or unveiled tasks that have been present from the beginning, bring the next glory. I enjoy today with my protected dreams and visions, secured.

    These remind me of some recent losses. The lesser is a friend of 25 years, who I met at a Bible study group in college (after I rescinded my restriction on church related groups, acknowledging those minority of areas that they had something to offer) who was in seminary when we met. He was a long haired ‘ whoop Jesus’ guy that did not fit in with the rest of the group, but was the seminary rep. He was someone I could relate to, the rest of them were questionable. He had just finished a summer building homes in Appalachia. I liked that.

    Last November (08),we saw each other for the first time in a year or two. Had a great time in Miami on the beach, spoke about work, women, life struggles and the bikinis around us, as men do. By the end of the day, we had caught up on the years. Dinner was at a great beachside restaurant. My friend had become more and more distant during the day. I asked why, and he said I was too into God, this from a guy I met when he was in seminary. I did not understand, by the time we got back to the hotel, he said he was finished with me and there was no point in knowing each other, and the grace I saw in God was too much. He has not returned calls or emails since.

    More recently, a close person to me said similar things, which ended a very long relationship as it was in the beginning of regeneration. I thought, how can there be too much God? That is like ‘Why do you breathe oxygen?’

    My attention to God is unalienable, for any reason and at any cost.

    I miss and will miss these people in my life, and know that God has them in Her/His hands, and that all that I can do is minimal compared to what God does, I trust them into God’s hands. I KNOW God protects them.

    So, I go on, learning. I keep the religion at arms length while I engage it. Sorry for the glassy eyes at times, just can’t let certain parts get close, not worth it. However, there is value in some parts of the tradition, so I filter. One thing I know, CITN is the most clear place, with its struggles, that I have found manifesting the peace of God. Amen.

    Comment by Erik | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is PERFECT for Scott and I today… We’re loving life right where we are and know that each day will be better then the last!!! We will face everything with a peace that passes all understanding and know that He is perfecting that which concerns us ALWAYS…. we’re just along for the ride. It’s such a stress-reliever when you just say ok, God has got it and I trust Him and know that He’s going to work it all out.. we’re going to see the good in every step we take.

    Comment by Lindsey | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. I like the first point, and often find myself wondering what’s goin’ on, “over there/in there” (Kingdom-wise). When Jesus said He was going to “prepare a place”, it causes me to wonder what He means. (cool… will there be light streamers? Giant fruit pinatas? Revolving tables, so everybody can talk to everybody? Will we even want to? When He’s right there, I mean.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Goliath is positioned near David’s table? (tending the rock garden)

    I like #7’s, …”I will protect my dreams and visions today…”

    Comment by Izumi/JOY | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. I love reading these devotionals. I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time not worrying about things right now, but I am…I have to push through, I know He’s with me to help me…Father help me focus. Love you guys.

    Comment by karl | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. Ditto, Izumi/JOY on #7…
    I enjoyed the movie “August Rush” last night…watching the young prodigy follow his dream and finally coming to the place where he consciously protected his dream was compelling…[spoiler alert]. For me, it was interesting to watch the young boy’s confidence in declaring anything contrary to what he trusted to be true as a lie, taking the abuse and ridicule, pressing forward…pushing on to develop his gift and trust in his dream, even “following the music” to a place where he recognized and finally had to choose to leave his “earth-system father” to find the best expression of his gift and make his appointment with destiny.

    I particularly liked how all the major players who “recognized who he really was” were shown as witnesses, watching him BE who he really was at his “unveiling”. Of course his dream manifested…but the journey sure was fun to watch and connect with on a bigger picture level.

    For help visualizing walking by the Spirit and believing in a dream, its a keeper.

    Comment by Avatar | June 25, 2009 | Reply

  6. all i can say, is HE IS JUST NOT THAT INTO GOD..and therefore not that into you either.

    all i can say is that HE IS NOT THAT INTO GOD and thus to you either..for now. You have been given a priceless gift in being able to practice the awesome presence of God..He is for you..but God may well have someone else who is as into Him as you are. And wouldn’t that be perfect for you??Don’t settle for a lesser relationship than the first rate one you already have, which is rare.

    J

    b

    Comment by judy bregante | June 25, 2009 | Reply

  7. oops, meant to say in the second line of my comment,..He is not for you..but God..

    all i can say is that HE IS NOT THAT INTO GOD and thus to you either..for now. You have been given a priceless gift in being able to practice the awesome presence of God..He is for you..but God may well have someone else who is as into Him as you are. And wouldn’t that be perfect for you??Don’t settle for a lesser relationship than the first rate one you already have, which is rare.

    J

    b

    Comment by judy bregante | June 25, 2009 | Reply

  8. I’ve heard good things about that movie. (will have to check it out) Thank you.

    Comment by Izumi/JOY | June 25, 2009 | Reply


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