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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April 2: KINGDOM KEYS!

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And that’s not all.  You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom,

keys to open any and every door:  no more barriers between heaven and earth,

earth and heaven.  A yes on earth is a yes in heaven.  A no on earth is no in heaven.

(Matthew 16:19 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now by accepting the responsibility that rests in the reception of the Keys of the Kingdom.  There was transference of authority and a transition of power that transpired when Jesus transmitted those Keys to His church in the earth and, as a part of that church, I am a shareholder in His authority!

 

2.       Today I will make a positive difference in the world by bringing about positive changes in my life.  I cannot alter my world without being willing to alter myself, and I can’t change myself until I change my mind!  I will, therefore, stop ignoring the obvious Kingdom Keys in my mental and emotional possession today and will use them to transform my losing patterns into winning skills.

 

3.       Today I will do something significant to improve my attitude so that I can impact others for good and better the conditions around me.  Through my own Kingdom Keys, I have the power within me to make definite demands on heaven that will affect my inner world—my thought processes, my personality, my world-view—causing His will to be done in my mind as it is in heaven!

 

4.       Today I will reject any form of a victim mentality because I am empowered by His authority.  His Kingdom Keys in my mouth will help to advance His rule on the earth in my sphere of influence, so I will talk up my victories in Him and play down my weaknesses.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

 

5.       Today I will believe for the impossible, using the Kingdom Keys of faith and vision.  I will take the lid off the box and let the dreams flow and grow to expand my borders and broaden my horizons.  I will see my problems in a whole new way today and will find a second wind within me that will enable me to easily overcome them.  I will run and not be weary; I will walk and not faint!

 

6.       Today I will be a building block in the true church and the gates of Hades, the unseen realm, will not prevail against me in my endeavors to advance the Kingdom.  Keys to deliverance and the pulling down of strongholds will be easily accessible to me today.

 

7.       Today I will use the Keys to unlock my destiny as a liberator, a visionary and a reconciler.   A new door is opening for me today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, thank You for the Keys to Your Kingdom.

Help me to use them effectively today.  In Jesus’ name, amen

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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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March 19: HIDDEN ROOMS!

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The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths* of his heart.  (Proverb 20:27)

 [*literally: “rooms of the belly”]

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the events of this day will serve to reveal the treasure within me.  I am greater on the inside than I am on the outside, and my destiny is being discovered today through the process of practically prevailing over my personal problems, all things working together for good to identify the hidden rooms of my heart.

 

2.       Today I will be guided by the “lamp of the Lord” by being sensitive to the inward witness and by listening to the internal voice of His Word that is written on my heart—the Word that is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  I will use the tools of confirmation and agreement to my advantage and will find the flow where I can function fearlessly as I face forward in faith!

 

3.       Today I will be aware of those who speak to me on a level where “deep calls unto deep”—those who see my spirit and prophesy to my potential—and will hear what they say to me with spiritual ears, finding the discipline resident in me to be obedient to inspirational and insightful instruction.

 

4.       Today I will find the fruit of my future hidden in a room of the heart.  I will know that there is a bigger vision stored somewhere in my internal warehouse, and I will be relentless in my search for it knowing that, when the times comes to reveal it, I will have the faith to see it to its fruition.

 

5.       Today I will maintain contentment with the present but will find the motivation to move mountains in preparation for the miracles that are going to be mightily manifested in and through and for me!  Today is a great day, but tomorrow will be greater!

 

6.       Today I will believe that the rooms containing greatness really are in me; everything that I need to succeed is there now!  And I will not be discouraged when I find a room locked, but will search for the Kingdom Key that will release on the earth what is currently a reality in heaven, where I am already seated with Him in power!

 

7.       Today I will talk up my future and my purpose and my destiny.  Today I will be energized by all that I have to look forward to, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to discover the hidden rooms of my heart.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 18: CUTTING EDGE!

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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 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.

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February 12: MOVE ON!

“And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” (Luke 9:5)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I understand the importance of continuing on my path and not letting anything or anyone prevent me from pursuing my purpose. I will PROCESS THE PAIN FROM MY PAST by forgiving, letting go, and realizing that everything that has happened to me has worked together for my good.

2. Today I will BECOME TOO BUSY FOR BITTERNESS. My proactive response to those around me will take me to a new level of freedom. I am a doer . . . I am active . . . my mind moves me on a positive path to the next chapter of my life.

3. Today I will CURB MY CRAVING FOR CONTROL. I will recognize a dead-end street when I see it and will be able to cast all of my care on Him because He cares for me. I will do what only I can do about my situation today, remembering at all times that the government is on His shoulder, and that He is Lord.

4. Today I will RESIST THE RIGIDITY OF RELIGION. I will move past dead works and meaningless rituals that I have accepted, and have even initiated in my own life, and will seek the living flow of the river of God. I can move on because I am unencumbered with any tradition that makes the Word ineffective for me.

5. Today I will DISCERN THE DESIRABILITY OF DIVERSITY. I welcome change in my life today. I am not afraid to rethink or redo or repent, in an effort to recognize God’s unique way of bringing new things to me. Change is good, especially if it enables me to remain mobile and productive.

6. Today I will REALIZE THE REQUIREMENT OF REST. I will not wear myself out by warring and wrestling against flesh and blood. I will choose my battles, and fight for what really matters, letting the rest of it all go. Today I can say, “It is well with my soul,” as He makes me lie down in green pastures.

7. Today I will DIRECT MY DESIRES TOWARD MY DESTINY. I will not waste my time on unimportant things that are contrary to the fulfillment of God’s plan for my life. He will put His desires in my heart as I delight in Him today by cooperating with His Spirit. I consider myself free indeed today – free to experience the next thing – and today I will live in the now!

Father, help me to seize the moment and move on today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 23: START NOW!

 

Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity],

because the days are evil.  (Ephesians 5:16 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I have realized how important my time is and how necessary it is for me to stop wasting it.  I can do something to advance the Kingdom of God now!  I can do something to make the world a better place in which to live now!  I can do something to help somebody I love now!  I can do something to improve my life now!

 

2.       Today is a day full of opportunity and promise.  I don’t have to be victimized by the swift passage of time, because I have the ability to redeem it.  The eternal “I AM” lives in me and, therefore, time is on my side.  It is never too late for a miracle!

 

3.       Today I will stop delaying my destiny.  I will be a proactive producer rather than a prosaic procrastinator.  I will not be lazy.  I will stop making excuses for myself.  I will not put off until tomorrow what I should go ahead and do today.

 

4.       Today I will move toward the fulfillment of the prophecies over my life.  I will find ways to start making my dreams come true, and I will enjoy the journey every bit as much as I do the destination.  To accomplish this, I will start making the necessary changes in my thinking immediately.

 

5.       Today I will not allow an unfounded fear of failure prevent me from getting started.  So what if I fall?  Stepping out of the boat is more important to me now than trying to stay out of the water.  In fact, I would rather be a wet “water-walker” than a dry “boat-dweller”!

 

6.       Today I will trust that God will stop me before I take a wrong step, because I have prayed over my path.  My faith will distance me from the pack—those who are too careful or too afraid—and I will ride with God on the high places of the earth.

 

7.       Today I will be brave enough to take the initiative in pursuing my best destiny.  I have experienced enough to know that I don’t have to be afraid anymore.  I am ready to get started today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Jesus said, “No procrastination.  No backward looks

 You can’t put God’s Kingdom off till tomorrow.

Seize the day.”  (Luke 9:62 The Message)

 

Father, give me the courage to get started on my journey today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 10: KEEP MOVING!

 

For in Him we…move….  (Acts 17:28)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am moving…I am mobile…I am not stuck in the past.  In Him I live, and MOVE and have my being.  My life is a river, not a stagnant pool.  My life is a road…a path…a highway—not a parking lot.  I understand why the windshield in my car is much bigger than the rearview mirror…it is much more important for me to see where I am going than for me to see where I have been!

 

2.       Today I will keep pace with God. I will MOVE with the cloud.  I will not lag behind Him, nor will I run out ahead of Him.  I will run WITH the vision for my life.  I understand the importance of timing—His timing.  He makes all things beautiful in His time.  In am in sync with Him, moving in tandem to his direction for my destiny.

 

3.       Today my steps are ordered by the Lord.  I will MOVE by His leading.  I will not dismiss His “miracles in the now” (no matter how seemingly insignificant they may presently be) as mere coincidence or chance.  I do not experience flukes.  I am not “lucky.”  Rather,  I progress daily as I move up in God, going from glory to glory, being conformed to His image.  I am led by the Spirit of God and am a son of God.

 

4.       Today I will accept the fact that movement inevitably brings change.  I will appreciate the seasons of my life.  I will release from unrealistic expectations those who cannot—or will not—change with me.  I will be responsible for my own movement and will allow others in my life to move at their own pace, without my judgment.

 

5.       Today I will relish the excitement of not knowing every detail of my journey (“By faith Abraham…went out, not knowing where he was going” – Hebrews 11:8), but will simply rejoice in the fact that I am in motion.  I will welcome the adventure, trusting the Good Shepherd to lead the way.  I will go with the flow without question or hesitation (“The wind blows where it wishes….” – John 3:8), knowing that I am a visionary, not a vagabond.  My movement has meaning.  My path has purpose.

 

6.       Today I will discern the necessity of baby steps.  If my progress is incremental, I will not despise the day of small things, but will be encouraged that some movement is better than no movement at all.  He who began a good work in me will complete it as the A and the Z, the author and the finisher of my faith.

 

7.       Today my youth will be renewed because I keep moving….growing…learning…changing.  Movement keeps me vital and involved with the work of God in the now.  My finger is on the pulse of Christ’s living body.  No matter how tempted I may be to stay where I am, today      I will keep moving, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to keep moving today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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JANUARY

JANUARY

 

 

The month that sets the tone for the entire year.

 

New beginnings . . . a fresh start . . . putting the past behind you . . .

 

a time for discovering destiny through the door of dreams

 

. . . for voicing vision

. . . for prophesying possibilities

. . . for sowing seeds for success.

Write down your goals for the new year, but write them in pencil.

Speak your faith:

. . . declare the end from the beginning

. . . call those things that are not as though they are

. . . prophesy to the wind—

but in all of your endeavors of faith,

always leave room for God to do

exceeding, abundantly above all that you can ask or think.

 

 

 

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)

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