A YEAR IN THE NOW

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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 29: IMAGINE POSSIBILITIES!

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And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible to them. (Genesis 11:6 AMP)

 1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the power of my God-given imagination enlarges me and allows me to rise above the limitations of the finite world and the rigors of the day’s responsibilities. The Mind of Christ is the source of my creativity and intellectual liberty, and today is a good day to just let the river flow! His thoughts are higher than mine and they elevate me to a higher dimension in Him—revelation and illumination working together.

2. Today I will imagine the possibility of life without the restraints of time—eternal life emanating from the “I Am.” I will believe I receive when I pray, inheriting the promises through faith and patience because I know that, to God, there is no difference between a day and a thousand years!

3. Today I will make the effort to bring my spirit, soul and body into complete agreement and unity (1 Thessalonians 5:23). In the same way that God declared that the people’s unified imagination made anything possible for them, I say that “I am ONE” (whole, unified, interconnected) and nothing that I imagine to do will be impossible to me because I have ONE LANGUAGE…the Word of God…and it is my final authority!

4. Today I will seek the perspective of someone who is able to think outside of the box, allowing iron to sharpen iron through creative dialogue. I will not consider it coincidence when I connect with someone new, who brings me a now word.

5. Today I will refuse to be retarded by religious prejudice and archaic thinking. I will not engage in the foolishness of answering a matter before I hear it, but will listen to the wisdom that cries out to me from the streets.

6. Today I will nourish the prophetic in me, allowing my inner young man to see visions and my inner old man to dream dreams. Today I will dream the dreams of God Himself, wearing my coat of many colors with no timidity!

7. Today I will leave my tent as Abram did and will get out and look up into the night skies, counting the stars to increase my vision. In my heart I believe that there is no problem facing me today that I cannot rise above in my imagination, and my faith will become the substance of the things that I hope for. Today I will remember my supernatural potential for doing great things in this way, and today I will live in the now!

Holy Spirit, help me to imagine possibilities today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 7: NO FEAR!

 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am free from the paralysis of fear; in Him I live and MOVE and have my being.  In Christ I am a mover and a shaker…a Kingdom risk-taker!

 

2.       Today I will not be afraid to explore the vastness of the real world that lies beyond the limits of my comfort zone.  I will ignore my tendency to always do the safe and easy thing and will accept the challenges of living the faith life.  I will violently take the Kingdom by force in my own realm of influence today.

 

3.       Today I will look beyond my own insecurities and see all of the possibilities around me that are worth striving for.  I will not allow the fear of failure or rejection to prevent me from moving toward the fulfillment of my purpose, because I know that I will be all right, even if I fall or fail!

 

4.       Today I will not be afraid to voice my vision.  I will write it upon the tablet of my heart so that I can read it and run with it.  I am not intimidated by the potential of it which I see moving and growing and evolving into something much bigger than what it is right now.

 

5.       Today I am not afraid to do what I need to do to be productive.  Productivity is a choice—my choice.  My productivity will be magnetic today; it will draw success into my life and cause me to increase and multiply my own resources.

 

6.       Today I am not afraid to be myself…to be real…to express my needs to those who can appropriately fill them.  With Jesus as the Lord of my mind, I will not be afraid to think for myself…to be original and true to my own unique call and purpose.

 

7.       Today I will live a carefree lifestyle, far removed from fear.  I will not live the safe life…the sheltered life…the small life, but I will joyously break forth into a new world of freedom from intimidation and cowardice.  God will approve of me today as I please Him with my faith and as I do exploits for His Kingdom!  Today I am simply not afraid, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to live the fear-free life for Your glory today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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