A YEAR IN THE NOW

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March 23: FACE FORWARD!

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For the Lord God will help me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a winner who realizes that winners do fail. But they get up and try again. And again. And again. Today, by the power vested in me by God, I am going to make every effort to kick the habit of losing and forsake the fear of failure to become, in Christ, who and what I’ve always wanted to be. What I am is God’s gift to me, but what I become is my gift to God!

2. Today I will remember that God’s will must be done on earth as it is in heaven…that my life is not my own. But I have the positive attitude that comes from a healthy self-esteem…the attitude that repeats relentlessly, “You’ve got to do it for you!” So today I will gladly get going to the glory of God, but I will move mightily toward the manifestation of the miracle of ME!

3. Today I will let go so that I can move forward. I officially release guilt, blame, shame and all of my collected injustices. In the grand scheme of things, it just doesn’t matter to me. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17)!

4. Today I will kick the block to my successful future by learning to talk to myself in a new way and by getting myself unstuck through accepting new ideas. God is for me and no demon can stop me, so I will stop getting in my own way, blocking my own success by disobedience to God’s perfect plan for my purpose.

5. Today I will remember that I can’t always wait until the “mood hits” to get started. I will be about my Father’s business today, regardless of my frame of mind or my emotional status at the moment.

6. Today I will follow the Spirit’s leading to put myself in the precise environment where winning is most likely to occur.

7. Today I will follow the frightening arrow, and today I will live in the now! Father, help me to keep facing forward today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Moving forward | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

March 10: FRESH START!

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“. . . Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 – AMP)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because today is a new day, with new vision, and new opportunities for my life. Because His mercies are new every morning, I have a chance to begin again, knowing that I have not exhausted His grace for my life. I can still reach my potential, and fulfill my destiny. It’s not too late – I can still make it!

2. Today I will glorify God in my mind and personality by abandoning the old, counterproductive thought processes and negative patterns. It’s a new day, and I am walking in a new way because of the freshness of the flow of the Holy Spirit. There is a river of God, and I am finding new ways to move in it effectively.

3. Today I will make room in my life for the bigger picture of my future. I recognize that more is coming – abundance is on the way – increase is on the horizon . . . so I call myself a planner, a doer, a mover and a shaker. I am stirred up today, excited about what is coming. I declare my future as I prophesy to the wind, and call the nonexistent things into existence! I am prepared for the next wave – the new thing in my abundant life.

4. Today I will invest in the next generation, as my own youth is renewed like the eagle’s. I am not getting older, but am continually experiencing a recreation in my spirit that affects my mind and physical body. I have access into the Kingdom, as I remain childlike, and child-friendly.

5. Today I will be energized by my faith in the Ancient of Days. I will not let myself be burned-out, cynical or depressed, but I will drink from the fountain of hope that springs eternal, as the Dayspring arises in my heart. Wherever I go today, I will create an atmosphere of anticipation because of the Zoë life of God that flows out of my inner man.

 6. Today I will get it together concerning regret. No time for crying over spilled milk for me today – now is all that matters. I redeem the time by my faith and understanding of what is eternal and important.

7. Today is going to be a great day of influence for me. I will be a walking illustration to the world at large of the new creation species, demonstrating “in-Christ realities” to everyone that I encounter. I am believing that today is the first day of the rest of my life, and today I will live in the now! Thank you, Father, for a fresh start in my life today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

March 10, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Kingdom of God, possibilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

March 3: PROMISES, PROMISES!


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“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen to the glory of God through us.”
(2 Corinthians 1:20)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because of the power of the promises of God to pull me out of the past, and into the present. He is not a man that He should lie, and by His exceedingly great and precious promises, He has made me a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)! My self-confidence flows from this knowledge today.

2. Today I will maintain the balance between faith and patience, knowing that, through these two forces working together, I am able to inherit the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12). I will let patience have her perfect work in me, so that I may be mature and whole, lacking nothing (James 1:4).

3. Today I will stand on God’s Word, living by everything that proceeds from His mouth.

4. Today I will keep my own promises, demonstrating my dependability, and incorporating my integrity into my individual circumstances. I will do the right thing, regardless of what anyone else may or may not do. I am responsible for my own actions. I will be honest, reliable, trustworthy and faithful to the best of my ability today.

5. Today I will:

P  – erceive the promises, searching the Scriptures to see what is mine.
R  – eceive the promises, walking by faith, and not by sight.
O  – btain the promises, speaking of the nonexistent as though it exists.
M – aintain the promises, by faithful obedience to God.
I   – nherit the promises, because I am a world-overcomer.
S  – ecure the promises, understanding the benefits of righteousness.
E  – njoy the promises, guiltlessly grateful for the goodness of God.

6. Today I will be thankful for all of the kept promises that have shown God’s faithfulness to me. I will bless Him at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth!

7. Today I will expect to see some movement toward the fulfillment of God’s promises to me for this time in my life. I will not forget His benefits. I will maintain a manifested attitude of expectation today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me to appropriate Your promises today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

March 3, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, self-confidence | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

January 24: BIG PICTURE!

 

While we do not look at the things which are seen,

 but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,

but the things which are not seen are eternal.  (2 Corinthians 4:18)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I have made the decision to see my current circumstances in the light of the spiritual realm.  I will see my life as a whole—something entire and complete.  Although I am making the effort to live in the moment,  I always know that there is more to my life than what is happening right now.  Now is certainly important, but it is not all that there is to my life.

 

2.       Today I will be able to regard my present circumstances as important pieces to the puzzle of my life, and I will cooperate with the Holy Spirit in assembling those pieces until the picture is complete.  Seeing things come together to manifest God’s purpose for my life is an enjoyable adventure, even when the process is precarious.

 

3.       Today I don’t have to understand exactly how the plan works for me, because I know that it always works out for me!  In the big picture, all things are working together for my good, and that is all that really matters to me.  I trust in the Lord with all my heart by not leaning unto my own understanding.

 

4.       Today I will not allow negative, limiting voices from my past to create a defeatist mentality in me, because my spiritual eyes are on the big picture.  I am able to maintain a “can do” attitude in all things, regardless of what I may be facing today.

 

5.       Today, even though the big picture is painted in broad strokes, I will not be unaware of how important minute details are to the finished product.  I will pay attention to the still, small voice of God in my inner man, and I will obey all of His instructions, not despising the day of small things (Zechariah 4:10).  His every wish is my command.

 

6.       Today I look at those things that are eternal, because eternity is now.  I do not have to look to the past.  I don’t even have to look to the future.  The big picture is now, and I walk in the revelation of it in the spirit, instead of in the intellect.

 

7.       Today I am unmoved by natural scenarios.  I am a visionary and, therefore, can see what most people can’t.  Because of this ability, I am strong, steady, patient, and focused as   I work out my own salvation.  Today I will enjoy seeing my personal path unfold as the big picture of my life manifests the glory of God.  I will not underestimate the importance of today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to begin to see the big picture today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 24, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional | , , | 2 Comments

January 21: RELATIONSHIPS NOW!

 

Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one

from a [purely] human point of view

[in terms of natural standards of value]….

(2 Corinthians 5:16 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because of the covenant relationships in my life and the way that they reveal Jesus to me.  The people in my life—family, loved ones, acquaintances, business partners, neighbors, friends (both close and distant) and enemies alike—are all working out a higher purpose in me and, therefore, I will thank God for them all!

 

2.       Today I will succeed because I walk in love and love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).  The God-kind of love is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost, and that love will enable me to exist in a supernatural dimension of harmony, forgiveness and grace toward everyone with whom I come into contact.

 

3.       Today I will enjoy the comfort of friendship.  Knowing that “a friend loves at all times…” (Proverb 17:17), I will believe and accept that I am loved.  I deserve friends because I have shown myself friendly (18:24), and today my life will be improved because of them, as iron sharpens iron (27:17).

 

4.       Today I will embrace the benefits of commitment.  I will not be hesitant to make a required withdrawal from the lives of those into whom I have made an investment.  I will give of myself freely, fully understanding the demands imposed upon me by my relationships, ignoring the risks.  I will ask for help when I need it.

 

5.       Today I will speak the truth in love (“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” – Proverb 27:6).  Life is in the power of the tongue, so I will not avoid confrontation when necessary nor fear possible rejection, because there is no fear in love.

 

6.       Today I will be unselfish with my time and attention.  I will let those who play significant roles in my life know how important they are to me by my words and by my actions.  I will be touchable.

 

7.       Today I will work toward improving my relationship with God, with others, and with myself.  My life will be enriched by relating to people.  Today I will make a connection, and today       I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to value my relationships today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 21, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, relationships | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment