A YEAR IN THE NOW

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March 27: PERCEIVING PURPOSE!

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Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.

(Proverb 16:1  – The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am tapped in to the reality of my synergistic relationship with God and to the awareness that He and I together are co-creating destiny.  “The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue” (Proverb 16:1 AMP).

 

2.       Today I will flow with God, recognizing the harmony of our natures, the unity of our purposes and the manifestation of our mutual creativity. “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart)”  (v. 2).

 

3.       Today I will think with my spiritual, infinite mind, breaking free from an average attitude and a mediocre mentality in order to develop a divine dimension in my daily discipline.  “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed” (v. 3).

 

4.       Today I will discern the purpose of the dark side, understanding the positive things that are being developed in my life through negative forces.  “The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and HIS OWN PURPOSE—even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil” (v. 4).

 

5.       Today I will meditate God’s Word to develop sensitivity to His Spirit’s leading, paving my path with the progressive presentation of His perfect plan!  “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure” (v. 9).

 

6.       Today I will exercise my royal right to regulate my life through the revelation of my righteous decrees…my purpose is being revealed through the words of my mouth.  “Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king….” (v. 10).

 

7.    Today I will see the big picture of my purpose, by the Spirit, with my visionary eyes of faith.  “The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him]” (v. 33).  I will remember all these things today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to perceive the significance of what is really happening to me today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 7: WAKE UP!

 

And do this, knowing the time,

that NOW it is high time to awake out of sleep….  (Romans 13:11)

 

Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead

and Christ will give you light.”  (Ephesians 5:14)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my spiritual eyes are wide open, and I am aware of all that God is doing for me…in me…through me…today.  I will not sleepwalk through this day.  I am alive!  I am awake!  I am aware!  My spiritual senses are heightened!  I am sensitive to God’s presence in me and all around me!  And, because I have been awakened, I have also been enlightened—Christ has given me light!  I will walk in the light today.

 

2.       Today I will recognize the positive.  I will appreciate the beauty in the world.  I will locate the noble in others.  I will be thankful.  I will be grateful.  I will be aware of the benefits with which I am daily loaded.  I will believe that all things are at work together today for my good.

 

3.       Today I will notice the needs of people around me.  I will be moved with compassion for others.  I will make the effort to be less self-centered than usual.  I will prefer my brother/sister.  I will be aware that it’s not all about me today and will find joy in caring about someone else.  The selflessness will be a relief to me.  I will find pleasure in listening—really listening.  I will look at people.  I will make eye contact.  I will make spirit-contact.  I will make a difference.

 

4.       Today I will not complain about my surroundings or my routine, but will see, instead, how blessed I really am.  I will notice the details of my life today and will enjoy them.  I will embrace and celebrate my normal life.  I will even find excitement in the usual as I stay “awake.”

 

5.       Today I will look at things from God’s perspective.  I will empathize with God and try to discern His perspective on things.  I will sit with Him in heavenly places.

 

6.       Today I will rightly divide the Word and my state of awareness will produce new revelation in me.  I will awake to the necessity of spiritual warfare when needed and will fight the good fight of faith.  I will not wrestle with flesh and blood.  I am spiritual first and, therefore, will live spiritually today.  I will awaken to spiritual reality and will not be bound to the limits of the natural realm.

 

7.       Today my spirit is awake.  My soul is awake.  My mind is awake.  My creativity is awake.  My perception and discernment are awake.  My wisdom and understanding are awake.  My body is awake.  My senses are awake.  Because I am awake, I will see things that I never saw before, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to wake up today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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