A YEAR IN THE NOW

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December 31: IT’S DONE!

 
 

 

“Then He Who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’
And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’
And he said to me, ‘IT IS DONE!
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.'”
(Revelation 21:5, 6)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am whole and complete in Christ, in Whom everything begins and ends, having come full circle in my destiny as it relates to His Kingdom purposes in Creation. These words are not only faithful and true, they are indelibly written upon the tablets of my heart. Everything that has happened in my life – every experience, whether positive or negative – has been working together to bring me into Him in His fullness. He is not just THE Alpha (The “A”) – He is MY Alpha! My “A!” He is my beginning, my starting point, my personal Genesis, my eternal source and history. He is not just THE Omega (The “Z”) – He is MY Omega! My “Z!” The Author of my faith is the Finisher of my faith. The One Who began a good work in me will complete it until the day of the Lord. He will finish what He started in me! He is my destiny, my eternity, the consummation of my life experiences, my latter that is greater than my former, my happy ending . . . the One Who has been there all along, declaring the end from the beginning. The One Who has ever lived to make intercession for me in order to save me to the uttermost! I am utterly saved – utterly fulfilled – utterly complete – utterly vindicated — utterly in Christ!

2. Today I will look at every unanswered petition, every unmet need, every unfulfilled wish, every incomplete dream in my life, and boldly declare by the God-kind of faith, “It is done . . . finished . . . consummated . . . executed . . . complete!”

3. Today I will drink freely of the water of life and be totally satisfied and filled. Out of my own belly will flow rivers of living water. I am filled with the Spirit!

4. Today I will walk in the full revelation and demonstration of my sonship in Christ. Even though I am a son, I will learn obedience through my suffering and I will come through every fiery trail – no matter how hot – absolutely smoke-free!

5. Today I will overcome instead of looking for an escape. Deliverance is no longer my desire — my ultimate goal is to inherit all things! The Kingdom has come in me! Christ’s work is finished in my behalf, and the travail of His soul is satisfied!

6. Today I will love His appearing – His revelation — in all aspects of my earth-life!

7. Today I will see all things made new, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
I decree that it is done! In Jesus’ name, amen!
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DECEMBER: A Month for Revelation

 

A MONTH FOR REVELATION

 

Tis the season

for

Celebration of the Incarnation (The Word made flesh)

and

Inspiration for the Imagination (The Womb of the spirit)…

The babe laid in a manger…

Emmanuel, the embodiment and earthly expression of the eternal God –

Is now revealed TO you as

Christ IN you,  the Hope of Glory,

Being revealed THROUGH you as the King of Kings…

Joy to the world,  the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!

Now the hopes and fears of all the years

Can be met in the miracles made possible by your meditation in the Word.

 

Why waste the season by just walking in a winter wonderland

when you could be giving birth to the impossible?

 

 

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July 14: KINGDOM REVOLUTION!

upside down world

 
 
“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!

bright future

 
 “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 16: ETERNAL LIFE!

Eternal Life

 
“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 14: BURNING BUSH!

the-burning-bush

…looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

(Exodus 3:2-4)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the spiritual sensitivity to realize when God is trying to get my attention through unusual means…when wisdom is crying in the streets. I will not be too busy today to “turn aside and see this great sight” as Moses did, but will be prepared to obey His instructions for me, no matter how impossible the requirement may seem in the natural.

2. Today I will recognize divine confirmation when I see it—those signposts from heaven that let me know that I am on the right track. I will move through this day on the assumption that there are no accidents, coincidences or flukes, and will take to heart the words of the mouth of two or three witnesses. If God is speaking, I will pick up on the message!

3. Today I will not be dull of hearing or as a brute beast before the Lord. My freedom from religious prejudice, willingness to think outside the box and openness to revelation knowledge will enable me to know how to appropriately respond when faith comes by hearing the rhema Word. My obedience today will be better than sacrifice.

 4. Today I will be willing to do the ridiculous so that God can do the miraculous. I will remember that the “burning bushes” that I observe in my life are God’s way of using the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and that what seems absurd to the logical world makes perfect sense to the Mind of Christ!

5. Today I will be aware of the presence of God in my life and will know when I am on holy ground. I will reverence His name and come before His presence with singing. I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart and go into His courts with praise. Most importantly, when He makes Himself known, I will respond by saying, “Here I am.”

6. Today I will be aware that the bush does not burn up, proving God’s persistence and purposeful intention. He will not advance me instructions beyond my last act of obedience, so I will not insult Him by my procrastination!

7. Today I will open my eyes and ears to God, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to notice the burning bushes in my life today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 29: IMAGINE POSSIBILITIES!

earth

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 24: SURPRISE PARTY!

party

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord…thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I believe that the day is filled with wonderful surprise events that God has before-ordained for me, and I will arrive at the right place at the right time to experience all of them as I follow Him!

2. Today I will delight in the beauty and natural wonders around me. I will enjoy the little things: the laughter of children, the flower ready to burst into bloom, the sweet smell of the air after a rain. God is a good God and He is good all the time! His goodness is everywhere…all around me today…overtaking me with His blessings!

 3. Today I will enjoy the adventure of locating God’s surprises with an upbeat, optimistic attitude. I will channel my thoughts and words into uplifting and encouraging ideas and observations. I will experience the good things that are happening in the present, knowing that the past is a library of information from which to learn, and the future is a happy, inviting land of unlimited promise!

4. Today I will dream winning dreams and will not be defeated by anyone who attempts to strip away my coat of many colors from me. Those colors have been so internalized that I have unshakeable, childlike faith in happy endings, and I refuse to quit until my dreams are realized.

5. Today I will delight myself in the Lord and He will give me the desires of my heart—and when the desire comes, it is a tree of life!

6. Today I will navigate the uncharted waters of my current circumstances with complete confidence and consistent courage. I will demonstrate boldness by beginning to release the hidden winner within me into the external world.

7. Today I will not miss my window of opportunity. I am present in my present, as I stay in His presence! Today is my day, and today I will live in the now! Father, I thank you for what You are preparing for me today!

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March 18: CUTTING EDGE!

sword 

 

For the Word that God speaks…is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow

[of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. 

(Hebrews 4:12 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the true Word of God is cutting through all of my old, dead, religious, self-defeating strongholds and thought patterns, setting me free to develop His picture of my life in this world.  The sword of the Lord divides my soul and spirit, bringing health and wholeness to me by discerning and discovering my genuine self in Christ!

 

2.       Today I will dare to do what hasn’t been done as I discover destiny through the door of dreams!  The “now” Word is activating me to realize the vision of God for my life as he makes my dreams come true in order to unfold His purpose and plan for me.  The realization that anything is possible continues to dawn on me, increasing steadily as the light of day.

 

3.       Today I will cut through my unnecessary tradition, repenting of any idolatry to the past, in order to discover the pioneering spirit in me that is searching for new frontiers of revelation knowledge.  I will think clearly today, because my mind is uncluttered and my vision is focused.

 

4.       Today I will cut through the fear of failure and will be free to be faithful to my faith.  With God on my side, I will not shy away from the urge to go out on a limb, get in over my head, or bite off more than I can chew!  His Word will be my anchor as I courageously launch out into the deep!

 

5.       Today I will flow with God’s ideas, God’s dreams and God’s vision, knowing that He finishes whatever He authors.  I trust him completely with my life, destiny and future.

 

6.       Today I will allow the good fight of faith to bring out the best in me, to develop my character and to build my confidence as a mighty warrior of God!  Because I know that I cannot walk in fear and faith at the same time, any more than I could travel north and south at the same time, I am resolved to move forward with God’s sword in my hand and His praise in my mouth (Psalm 149:6).

 

7.       Today I will use His sword to cut out all of the nonsense in my life, refusing to put up any longer with that which is counterproductive to His purposes.  I will keep the sword sharp today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to keep my life on the cutting edge 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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