A YEAR IN THE NOW

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April 14: BURNING BUSH!

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…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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January 2: “I AM!”

 

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”

 And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,

‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  (Exodus 3:14)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the same God who revealed Himself to Moses as “I AM” is revealing Himself to me in the same way.  He is speaking to me in the now because I live by every word that proceeds from His mouth.  I am standing on holy ground today.

 

2.       Today I will recognize that He is not the “I WAS.”  Even though He has always been there for me in the past, He is speaking to me in the now.  I can only hear His voice in the present: “God is our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).  I will not listen to the voices of regret, bitterness and painful memories.  I will not live in a haunted house.  My God is the “I AM!”

 

3.       Today I will recognize that He is not the “I WILL BE.”  Even though I trust Him with my tomorrow, I will take no thought for it, for His Kingdom only exists in the now (Matthew 6:33, 34).  I will not listen to the voices of fear, worry and anxiety.  I will not ask for more than my daily bread.  My God is the “I AM!”

 

4.       Today I will let that abide in me which I heard from the beginning (1 John 2:24).  I will listen for my eternal voice and live my eternal life.  I will not be manipulated or limited by time, but I will locate the eternity that He has planted in my heart and let it rule my day.  One day with me will be as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.  Time is irrelevant to the real me today, and yet I will get every necessary thing done on time!

 

5.       Today I will walk in wholeness by integrating all the parts of my life: past, present and future.  Like God, I also “am who I am.”  I will accept and make peace with my whole life—who I was and who I will be—for they are both a part of who I am.  I will be complete in Him.  I will be perfect (mature) and entire, lacking nothing.

 

6.       Today I will be myself.  I will walk in the truth of who I really am.  I will not have the need to impress anyone or to try to gain anyone’s approval.  I am accepted in the Beloved.  I will simply manifest my own uniqueness with no apology.  Today I will let God be God, and He will let me be me.

 

7.       Today my revelation of God as the “I AM” will give others around me the courage to live in the now.  The atmosphere of peace and liberty that my faith will create will encourage them to be who they are.  Today I will be a burning bush for them, with God speaking through me, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, reveal Yourself to me as the “I AM” in a new way today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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