A YEAR IN THE NOW

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October 9: WILDERNESS ADVENTURE!

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“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the WILDERNESS . . .” (Matthew 3:1)

“While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.’ John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy: Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!” (Matthew 3:1-3 – The Message)

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the WILDERNESS . . . From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:1, 17)

 

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am not afraid of the wilderness experience, for the preaching of the Kingdom always begins in the wilderness . . . away from the organized paths and paved roads . . . away from the structure of the world system . . . in a place where I must walk by the faith that relies entirely on God’s ability to make ways in the wilderness, and streams in the desert  (Isaiah 43:19).

2.  Today I will repent of long-held paradigms of my personal wilderness, rethinking my present position as Jacob did when he had the vision of heaven’s gate (“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God . . . the gate of heaven!'” – Genesis 28:16, 17). Awaking from my sleep today, I will see my salvation, right where I am in the now, embracing my own wilderness, and saying, “How awesome is THIS place!”

3. Today I will recognize the power and potential that is present in what I have in my hand, for that is where the Kingdom is. The Kingdom is not just at hand, it is at MY hand – it is “handy” — so I will do what I know to do today with excellence and with all of my might  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)!

4.  Today I will find a river of life in the wilderness as John the Baptist did, and I will follow his example and get busy with the work of the Kingdom . . . where I am . . . with what I have to work with . . . just as I am.

5. Today I will preach (prophetically) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

6. Today I will say (conversationally) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

7.  Today I will be happy in the wilderness, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to discern why I am in the wilderness today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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July 14: KINGDOM REVOLUTION!

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“I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up
— how I long for it to be finished!”

(Luke 12:50 – The Message)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because Jesus, the King, is reigning in and with and through me, changing me from the inside out – in my mind, in my heart, and in my faith – so that I can change the world around me, and make it a better place in which to live for future generations. I am changing my mind today – learning to think in a new way – so that I can enter the Kingdom, and bring necessary revolution through the revelation of repentance from my present reality into the realm of righteous rebirth! There is a new world coming, and Christ is already reigning from there.

2. Today I will disassociate myself from demonic strongholds that are resistant to authority and to change. I will do what I can to expose the death that is religion.

3. Today I will make room for the new thing that God is doing in my interior world. I will throw out the non-essential numbers that usually define me, including age, weight, and height, and will adopt a new way of seeing myself (then we shall know even as also we are known – I Corinthians 13:12). A new definition of my personhood is being written on my heart and in my imagination. The Kingdom within is causing changes without, and is creating within me a vision for real revolution!

4. Today I will preserve what is good in my world, and will change what needs improvement. If what needs to be changed is beyond my ability to improve it, I will get help, knowing that revolution requires a responsible team effort.

5. Today I will embrace the excitement and adventure of transition, even the frightening kind, knowing that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away! The violent take the Kingdom by force, and today I will welcome the shaking of God in my life, not fearing the violence around me. In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me!

6. Today I will overcome the seduction of staying with the familiar and the temptation to let tradition go unchallenged and unchecked. I will outgrow my comfort zone today, and will move into the next chapter of the book of my life, knowing that the ending of the story will be a portrayal of my personal triumph!

7. Today I will run with the vision that is written on my heart by Jesus, the Revolutionary, and I will be changed for the better because of it. Today is the day for my miracle, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, let Your Kingdom come, and revolutionize my life 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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May 22: WALK TALL!

 

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“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of Glory shall come in.” (Psalm 24:7)
   

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I know that I am a gate for God to use to gain access into this world, an everlasting door for His passage. Therefore, I will lift up my head today and be somebody! As a gate/door who holds the Keys of the Kingdom that is within me, my demeanor will display my desire to take dominion and my attitude will accentuate my ability to accept authority.

2. Today I will let the King of Glory come in to control my current circumstances. I will be His dwelling place today – His Garden of Eden – where He can find fellowship. Because He is with me, even during trying circumstances or tragedies, I will walk tall enough to dig out the positives, and summon the courage to take the next step and make things better.

3. Today I will assume accountability in acting as His gate and door by busying myself, turning dark situations around toward the Light. I will realize that, as a holder of the Keys, the Kingdom’s advancement is my responsibility, and will act accordingly.

4. Today I will pack my schedule with positives, refusing to waste my time agonizing about yesterday — or speculating about tomorrow. Instead, I will broadcast the excellence in which I am walking today. I will speak up and declare my righteousness in Christ, portraying myself in the most self-enhancing manner possible!

5. Today I will make the decision to be happy with my life as it is, while maintaining motivation to improve it. I will keep talking myself into my future, even if I don’t fully believe what I’m saying, yet. My conversation will be peppered with prophetic purpose and proactive prayer as I use my ability to affect significant change!

6. Today I will walk tall in my dreams – initiating creativity and activating the faith that will transcend impossibilities. I will walk out of smallness, as I put my past in perspective and point myself toward greater purpose. My progressively victorious life will provide a speaking platform for God, as I plainly personalize the power of His gospel before the public!

7. Today I will walk tall enough to overcome obstacles, knowing that “He who overcomes shall inherit all things” (Revelation 21:7)! I will leave a legacy for the next generation by setting an example of greatness. Today I will dare to believe that I can be at my very best so that the King may enter the environment, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to walk tall today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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May 16: ETERNAL LIFE!

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“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life – the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you . . . ETERNAL LIFE . . . therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – ETERNAL LIFE.” (1 John 1:1, 2; 2:24, 25)

 

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am living my life from the inside out: spiritually, first — mentally, second — physically, third. My reality is determined by the eternal part of me, where the fullness of the Godhead lives; I am a spirit being trying to find definition in the material world.

2. Today I will let that abide in me which I heard from the beginning — those eternal God-words that I heard when I was in Him at the creation of all things. I will base my knowledge on the speech of the spirit – those “I Am” concepts that my finite memory has not contained, but are still a reality in my inner man!

3. Today I will be empowered and energized by my awareness of what is eternal in me. The transient events of the day will be trivialized by the triumph of the ever-living, ever-lasting Mind of Christ. The “eternal me” is bigger than the events of this day, so they will not be able to overwhelm or overpower me in any way!

4. Today I will examine the building blocks of my world-view, and whatever I find in my foundation that is not based on the fundamentals of eternal truths will be challenged to change. I will make the choice to begin to receive my information from the voice of my Creator, rather than from the alternative messages that I have received since my earth-birth.

5. Today I will take the concept of seeing the big picture to a whole new level, as I focus on the larger ideas of purpose and destiny. My life is more than my current circumstances — I am here for a reason — my life matters because it is a valid and viable part of the grand scheme of things. I will believe this until I can feel it.

6. Today I will be able to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and still fear no evil, because I am alive forevermore. Death has no sting for me, because the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus liberates me from its grasp, and His eternal love produces fearlessness in me!

7. Today I will really live my real life, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to stay connected to my eternal life today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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April 8: FREE YOURSELF!

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No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life,

that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

(2 Timothy 2:4)

1. Today I will LIVE IN THE NOW! I will live in the now because I will KEEP THE FAITH, no matter what I see or hear or feel; today I make a quality decision to be moved solely by what I believe! My walk of faith will liberate me from the trappings of the transitory world and will unite me with the unseen realm.

2. Today I will KEEP IT REAL. I will not waste my time on pretense and the silly immaturity of playing mind games with those with whom I interact today. I officially declare my independence from worrying about what people think about me, strip away all masks, and settle in to the freedom of just being me.

3. Today I will KEEP IT SIMPLE. Even though I am prosperous, I will not be ensnared by the deceitfulness of riches or the serving of mammon, but will “consider the lilies of the field” and be content with what I have. “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:8).

4. Today I will KEEP HOPE ALIVE. Regardless of the pressure around me to be discouraged, I will not allow myself to become fatigued to the point of failing to accomplish my goals. I will remember that anything is possible today and that the atmosphere is full of miracles that are trying to find their way into my life!

5. Today I will KEEP GOING FORWARD. I can’t look back and I can’t go back, so I will free myself of the illusion that I can change my history. Here I am today, with no regrets, energized by His resurrection power to endure the cross for the joy that is set before me.

6. Today I will KEEP THE PEACE. I will let go of stress, worry and anything mentally, emotionally or spiritually that causes me to become anxious and unsettled. I choose the peace that passes understanding for my life today, fully assured that He is working all things together for my good as I cast all my care upon Him.

7. Today I will KEEP LOOKING UP, because I know that my help comes from the Lord. As Peter walked on the water by fixing His gaze upon Jesus, I will walk on the circumstances of my life today, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. I will free myself from the limitations of looking at the natural today, and today I will live in the now!

Father, help me to effectively use the power that You have given me to free myself today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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April 2: KINGDOM KEYS!

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And that’s not all.  You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom,

keys to open any and every door:  no more barriers between heaven and earth,

earth and heaven.  A yes on earth is a yes in heaven.  A no on earth is no in heaven.

(Matthew 16:19 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now by accepting the responsibility that rests in the reception of the Keys of the Kingdom.  There was transference of authority and a transition of power that transpired when Jesus transmitted those Keys to His church in the earth and, as a part of that church, I am a shareholder in His authority!

 

2.       Today I will make a positive difference in the world by bringing about positive changes in my life.  I cannot alter my world without being willing to alter myself, and I can’t change myself until I change my mind!  I will, therefore, stop ignoring the obvious Kingdom Keys in my mental and emotional possession today and will use them to transform my losing patterns into winning skills.

 

3.       Today I will do something significant to improve my attitude so that I can impact others for good and better the conditions around me.  Through my own Kingdom Keys, I have the power within me to make definite demands on heaven that will affect my inner world—my thought processes, my personality, my world-view—causing His will to be done in my mind as it is in heaven!

 

4.       Today I will reject any form of a victim mentality because I am empowered by His authority.  His Kingdom Keys in my mouth will help to advance His rule on the earth in my sphere of influence, so I will talk up my victories in Him and play down my weaknesses.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

 

5.       Today I will believe for the impossible, using the Kingdom Keys of faith and vision.  I will take the lid off the box and let the dreams flow and grow to expand my borders and broaden my horizons.  I will see my problems in a whole new way today and will find a second wind within me that will enable me to easily overcome them.  I will run and not be weary; I will walk and not faint!

 

6.       Today I will be a building block in the true church and the gates of Hades, the unseen realm, will not prevail against me in my endeavors to advance the Kingdom.  Keys to deliverance and the pulling down of strongholds will be easily accessible to me today.

 

7.       Today I will use the Keys to unlock my destiny as a liberator, a visionary and a reconciler.   A new door is opening for me today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, thank You for the Keys to Your Kingdom.

Help me to use them effectively 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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March 16: NO LIMITS!

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Yes, again and again they tempted God,

and limited the Holy One of Israel.  (Psalm 78: 41)

 

Now to Him Who…is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly,

far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think

[infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].

(Ephesians 3:20 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because, in Christ, there are no limits to the possibilities presented to my personal life.  Today I will EXPLORE NEW AREAS OF REVELATION KNOWLEDGE!  God desires to unfold His mysteries to me, so He will reveal the depths of His Word to me as I study and meditate the Scriptures under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

 

2.       Today I will EXPOSE MYSELF TO THE SUPERNATURAL!  All nine Gifts of the Spirit are available to any believer who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit, so I will operate in the gift (or gifts) necessary for today’s tasks.

 

3.       Today I will EXPRESS MY FAITH BY A GOOD CONFESSION!  My heartfelt and sincere words of faith will create an atmosphere that is conducive to the miraculous today.  I believe, and therefore I speak (2 Corinthians 4:13).

 

4.       Today I will EXPEL THE WORD “IMPOSSIBLE” FROM MY VOCABULARY!  Since Christ dwells in my heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17), I cannot afford to speak antichrist words such as “I can’t;” “It will never work out;” “we can’t afford it;” “things just keep getting worse;”  “I’m scared to death;” “there is no way”…!

 

5.       Today I will EXPAND MY CAPACITY TO BELIEVE FOR THE MIRACULOUS!  I will wean myself off my dependence on natural things, because such dependence (as Abraham and Sarah depended on the natural womb of Hagar to produce a supernatural seed) only creates an incapacity to believe.

 

6.       Today I will EXPERIENCE THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD!  I will maintain a high level of praise and worship until my being is flooded with His actual presence.

 

7.       Today I will EXPECT SIGNS AND WONDERS TO BECOME A WAY OF LIFE!  Today I am prepared for anything and everything, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to remember today that there are no limits to Your power

and ability in my life.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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