A YEAR IN THE NOW

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February 19: HELP SOMEBODY!

 

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” (Matthew 25:40) helping-hands2

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because of my God-given ability to move beyond the limits of my selfishness, into the universe of usefulness. I will make my life count today by being a blessing . . . translating what I believe into what I do . . . making a positive difference in the surrounding environment.2. Today I will make a genuine effort to bring Kingdom solutions to the people in the world around me, using my covenant prosperity to be a blessing to mankind. I am a giver . . . a contributor . . . a benefactor . . . a participator in the pursuit of purpose . . . an opener of doors and a builder of bridges.

3. Today I will invest in my future as I sow into relationships that will prove to be part of my destiny. I will lend a helping hand, knowing that I may need help later. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10).

4. Today I will look beyond the faults of those who need my help, and will supply their need, to the best of my ability, with a spirit of non-judgmental, unconditional love. I will help someone, just because it is the right thing to do.

5. Today my mind will be full of ideas of how to help, and my creativity will give birth to those ideas. I will be a light in the darkness . . . a healer . . . a world changer.

6. Today I will really listen to God, and to the people who need my help. I will follow His leading in how to meet needs, and I will hear with spiritual ears the cries of the hearts of those that He has placed around me. The field is the world, and I will be a laborer in the harvest.

7. Today I will not be overwhelmed by the demands of those who need my help, because the Spirit – the Paraclete – the Helper – will be with me today to help me as I help others. By His grace I will do what I can, but I will also rest in Him, and cast my care on Him, because the government is on His shoulder. Today I will help to make the world a better place in which to live, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, show me how to be there today for someone who really needs my help – help me to be helpful. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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February 19, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Giving, Kingdom of God, relationships | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

February 5: GIVE LIBERALLY!

 

The liberal person shall be enriched,

 and he who waters shall himself be watered. 

(Proverbs 11:25 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my life is improved and enlarged by the power of giving.  My liberal lifestyle produces a flow of affluence that is a blessing to mankind and enables me to salt the earth and light up the world around me.

 

2.       Today I will sow bountifully into my world, increasing my sphere of influence by my reputation of benevolence and charity.  I will be thrifty with my expressed opinions, frugal with my agendas, and stingy with my judgmental ideas.  I will withhold what needs to be withheld and give what needs to be given.

 

3.       Today I will contribute generously.  I will give of myself.  I will give my undivided attention to those with whom I speak.  I will be unselfish with my time and will consider the needs of others.  I will esteem them highly.  I will be respectful and understanding.  I will love unconditionally.

 

4.       Today I will remember that the tithe is holy and belongs to the Lord.

 

5.       Today I will look for those whose giving to me has been activated by my own cheerful giving, and will allow them to return to me good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  I will walk in the reality of the one hundred fold return, overcoming the persecution that comes with it.

 

6.       Today I will rise above a poverty mentality, knowing that I prosper as my soul prospers.   I will not be cheap, stingy, miserly or small-minded.  I walk in a real vision of abundance.  The blessing of the Lord makes me rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

 

7.       Today the Lord gives me the power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant with me.  I will make a withdrawal from the investments that I have made into others and from the treasures that I have laid up in heaven.  People will notice my prosperity and will be inspired by it.  I will live like a well-watered garden today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to give liberally today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 4, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Giving | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment