A YEAR IN THE NOW

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January 4: ONLY BELIEVE!

 

“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue,

 ‘Do not be afraid; ONLY believe.'” (Mark 5:36)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I hear the voice of Jesus speak to my inner man the words that He spoke to Jairus, and I will obey those words. I will not be afraid today, but I will ONLY believe. God has not given me a spirit of fear, and my faith in the now will be enough to put me over, no matter what happens.

2. Today I will not be devastated by any bad news, or negative report that I may hear. I will not overreact, because my heart is established and I walk in the illogical peace that passes understanding. I will believe the report of the Lord. I will overcome all obstacles to my faith by His word spoken to my heart.

3. Today I will prevail over my emotions, and will conduct myself according to what I believe rather than by what I feel. I will resist the temptation to be anxious or fretful. I will not waste my time worrying, because the Lord, my Shepherd, will make me to lie down in green pastures, and lead me beside still waters. He will restore my soul.

4. Today I will be calm and steady in my mind. The circumstances around me will not distract me. I will focus on what God is doing in the now, and in the now I will find my confidence. I will rise to the occasion today. I will accomplish my goals for today. I will win!

5. Today my words will reflect that I ONLY believe. I know that I cannot believe and doubt at the same time, any more than I can travel north and south simultaneously. My words will be words of faith, victory and success today. My tongue, like the rudder on a ship, will guide me through dangerous waters into safety all day long. I will have what I say.

6. Today I will avoid negative people and their influence as much as possible. I will not believe the words of those who do not ONLY believe. I will attract faith-filled and positive individuals who will inspire me to continue to believe, and will confirm the truth on which I stand. Our speech together will be seasoned with salt.

7. Today I will understand what the word ONLY means in a whole new way. Because I declare the end from the beginning, I call this day a good day even before I live it. I will not dilute my pure faith with compromise. I will be radical in my ability to believe, and things will change in my life for the better because of it. Today I am fearless! Today I will ONLY believe, and today I will live in the now!


Father, help me to ONLY believe today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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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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April 7: FEAR NOT!

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the nature of God in me which produces the courage to face all of my fears and to overcome them. He has not given me a spirit of fear and there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear! Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world!

 

2. Today I will not be afraid to embrace change. I will not be afraid to tell the truth. I will not be afraid to be myself. I will not be afraid to accept a challenge. I will not be afraid to try something new. I will not be afraid to listen to a different point of view. I will not be afraid to give my opinion. I will not be afraid to fly.

 

3. Today I will not be afraid to try again after I have failed at trying something. I will not be afraid to admit when I am wrong. I will not be afraid to believe again, even when I have been greatly disappointed. I will not be afraid to be vulnerable. I will not be afraid of rejection. I will not be afraid of bad news.

 

4. Today I will not be afraid to be great at something. I will not be afraid to believe in myself. I will not be afraid to learn from a mistake. I will not be afraid of the devil or of demons. I will not be afraid of death or of hell. I will not be afraid of the end of the world or “signs of the times.” I will not be afraid that I won’t make it. I will not be afraid of what I don’t understand.

 

5. Today I will not be afraid to go to the doctor. I will not be afraid of disease. I will not be afraid of the symptoms in my body. I will not be afraid to grow old. I will not be afraid that I am unloved. I will not be afraid of pain. I will not be afraid of being talked about or falsely accused. I will not be afraid of poverty or lack. I will not be afraid that I can’t pay my bills. I will not be afraid of tragedy.

 

6. Today I will not be afraid of added responsibility. I will not be afraid of success. I will not be afraid of promotion. I will not be afraid of having a nervous breakdown or of losing my mind. I will not be afraid of losing a loved one. I will not be afraid to be alone. I will not be afraid of the dark or of nightmares.

 

7. Today I decide to live fear-free and what fears I do have remaining I will use as a catalyst to unleash my superpowers (when I am weak, then I am strong)! Today I will keep my mind stayed on Him so that He may keep me in perfect peace, and today I will live in the now!

Father, I thank You that I do not have to be afraid of anything today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 17: KEEP BELIEVING!

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[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped on in faith

 that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised….

(Romans 4:18 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my ability to walk by faith and not by sight enables me to dare to do what hasn’t been done before.  God has called me to be a pioneer and a visionary, so I must keep believing, no matter what things look like in the natural realm.  The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, and His witness in my inner man propels me to fulfill all the prophecies spoken over my life!

 

2.       Today I will repent of any religious attitudes that remain in me, refusing to revere the past, as I recognize new realms of revelation.  I make the decision to live this day in the now, because no matter what report I hear from the religious, who are rebellious to the realities of Christ, I realize that these are the good “new” days, and they are getting better because the best is yet to come!

 

3.       Today I will not be afraid of the radical change that comes from living in the now.  The fire that is shut up in my bones is ignited by the Holy Ghost and He is effective in all of His endeavors to establish and enlighten me.

 

4.       Today I will keep believing as I see the plan for my life unfold.  Even if I don’t know the next step to take, I remember that Abraham went out not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8), so I move with God in faith and trust for His moment-by-moment direction.  In Him     I move.

 

5.       Today I will listen for God’s voice, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!

 

6.       Today I will meditate His Word, in an effort to locate the gifts of faith which He has imparted to me.

 

7.       Today I will be glad that change is on the horizon and that I am not frozen in time so that     I am unable to accept it.  Today, when I pray, “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” I will really mean it from the bottom of my heart; I will pray it in faith!  I want heaven to change this earth, and I will continue in my believing to see that God’s Word is performed in my surroundings. Even if everybody else in the world gives up on their faith today, I will keep on keeping on because I have come too far to turn back now!  Today my faith will put me over, and today I will live in the now!

 

By faith, in Jesus’ name, I will keep believing today!


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