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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August 21: MAKE CONTACT!

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“Then He turned to the host. ‘The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be – and experience – a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned – oh, how it will be returned! – at the resurrection of God’s people.'” (Luke 14:12-14 – The Message)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the love of God in me is enlarging my heart to such a size that it is having to break out (and break free) of the little fortress of selfish interests that I have built around it in a vain attempt to protect it from harm. My enlarged heart will reach out to make contact with someone, even if it is risky . . . even if it is dangerous . . . because there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear!

2.  Today I will love the unlovable and touch the untouchable. The Christ in me will flow like a river of reconciliation to those who have been rejected and refused. I will gladly fill the role of a good Samaritan when the opportunity presents itself and, in so doing, the Kingdom will come and the will of the Father will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

3. Today I will not be overly and unnecessarily concerned with protecting my reputation when it comes to reaching out to someone who really needs my help. I will lay down my life for them, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

4.  Today I will make time for people and will show a genuine interest in what is happening in their lives. I will show respect for others and make the people around me feel important and special — by making eye contact when we speak; by a firm handshake; by listening and reacting appropriately; by calling people by their names; by displaying good manners; by being thoughtful and considerate; by being helpful and generous; by showing them the real Jesus.

5. Today I will pray for someone else’s needs, taking them as seriously as I would take my own.

6. Today I will communicate to others on their level – relating to them in a real way. I will not be insensitive or judgmental, accepting people as they are and ushering them to the mercy seat of the Christ Who loves them unconditionally.

7. Today I will be kind to strangers, knowing that I may be unwittingly entertaining angels (Hebrews 13:2), and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to make the right contacts today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Agape, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, forgiveness, Jim Earl Swilley, Kingdom of God, Love, No Fear, prayer, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

February 23: PRAY TODAY!

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 “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the ability to pray myself into the present (Mark 11:24). I believe I receive WHEN I PRAY, right where I am – in the now!

2. Today I will pray for those in authority, that I may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (dignity) today (1 Timothy 2:2, 3). I will pray for my country and its leaders, believing that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. I will pray for those in authority in the Body of Christ, particularly those who have influence over my life and destiny. I will pray for my local church to become everything that it is supposed to become, as an embassy of Christ to this planet.

3. Today I will remember that “the field is the world,” so I will pray for the world around me and that the Lord of the Harvest would send laborers into that field to bring it into the Kingdom of God for His glory. I will loose on earth what is loosed in heaven, praying for the “restoration of all things” so that Jesus will no longer be held captive there (Acts 3:21).

4. Today I will pray for my community – that His will would be done there, on earth, as it is in heaven. I will not just pray it, but I will LIVE my prayer by doing what only I can do to make my world a better place in which to live. I will let myself actually BECOME this prayer, and in so doing, will salt the earth, and light the world!

5. Today I will pray for the significant people in my life – the ones I love and live with, that they would become who God wants them to be – not what I want them to be. His will for their life will be my will for their life, with no strings attached, and no hidden agenda. My prayer will be mature, rather than manipulative – liberating instead of legislative. The government is on Jesus’ shoulder!

6. Today I will pray for my enemies, and in so doing will free myself from their power to affect me negatively. The love of God poured out in my heart will cause me to conquer in this capacity.

7. Today I will pray about my problems (“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray . . . ” – James 5:13), instead of worrying about them. My prayers will be effective today, and today I will live in the now!

“Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6 – AMP)

Father, I thank You that you always hear me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, prayer | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Germaine Copeland

 

Your devotional, A YEAR IN THE NOW, reads as a personal message to me.  Each day I am encouraged—God is doing a new thing in the NOW!  This devotional reinforces that God is working His plan in all things that affect my family and ministry.  My destiny continues to unfold so that others will see my good works and glorify the Father.

 

—Germaine Copeland

Author of Prayers That Avail Much Family Books

http://www.prayers.org

January 6, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Germaine Copeland, prayer, Prayers That Avail Much | , , , , , | Leave a comment