A YEAR IN THE NOW

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February 13: BE BLESSED!

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 28:2)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I understand the power of the blessing of the Lord. Because I know that God is good, and that His mercy endures forever, I am not ignorant of the blessings available to me today. I will not be destroyed for a lack of knowledge!

2. Today I will do what I need to do to keep myself in the realm of blessing. I will not be lazy, but will maintain a standard of excellence by hard work and diligence. I will keep my heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23), because the hand of the diligent makes rich (10:4), and shall bear rule (12:24). I will remember that the soul of the diligent shall be made rich (13:4), and the thoughts and plans of the diligent lead to plenty (21:5); the diligent shall stand before kings (22:29)! Today the BLESSING OF THE LORD WILL MAKE ME RICH, and He will add no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22)! But, more importantly, I know that I AM BLESSED WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING today in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)!

3. Today I will not allow any bogus feeling of unworthiness to prevent me from receiving my blessings. I am the righteousness of God in Christ, and am blessed because of His grace.

4. Today I will not be satisfied with mediocrity. Because I am so blessed, I can expect the best of myself and strive for excellence in every area of my life. I will not give in to any fear of success, but will act and move like I am the head and not the tail.

5. Today I will not settle for only being blessed, but I will make the effort to be a blessing to those around me. I will be kind, thoughtful, encouraging, giving, generous, and helpful to others. I will salt the earth and light my part of the world today.

6. Today, because I obey the voice of the Lord my God, all these blessings shall come upon me and overtake me! I will be blessed in the city and in the country. The fruit of my body shall be blessed, and I will be blessed in the basket and in the store! I will be blessed when I come in and when I go out, and God will command His blessing on my storehouse, and on everything to which I set my hand!

7. Today will be a blessed day for me, and today I will live in the now!

Father, show me how to receive every blessing that You send today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 11: CHOOSE LIFE!

 
 
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have made LIFE my choice, and will demonstrate the power of it today. Today I will FIND THE FLOW of life, and will follow it to ultimate success. The flow will bring confirmation to me, as the Peace of God in my heart guides my decisions.

2. Today I will FACE THE FACTS of life . . . of my own life. I will accept the reality of my present circumstances, but I will remember that with God nothing is impossible. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death! Faith is the victory!

3. Today I will FORGET THE FAILURES of my life. I choose to receive forgiveness, learn from my mistakes, change what needs to be changed, and move on with life. “. . . This one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind . . . .” (Philippians 3:13 – KJV)

4. Today I will FOLLOW THE FAVOR in my life. I will go where I am celebrated, instead of where I am tolerated. The path of favor will help to unfold my purpose as His will is done in me as it is in heaven.

5. Today I will FOSTER THE FRIENDSHIPS in my life, knowing that God has given me genuine Kingdom connections with others who are significant to my destiny. I will choose life today by doing something to nourish those relationships, and to keep them thriving and healthy.

6. Today I will FORECAST THE FUTURE of my life. I will be tomorrow what I am saying today, so I will choose life by my words. Life is in the power of my tongue, and I love the fruit of it. I declare that my latter will be greater than my former! The best is yet to come for me!

7. Today I will FINISH THE FAITH in my life. I will cooperate with Jesus, my faith’s Author and Finisher, by completing His assignments for me. I will not be a quitter . . . I can see a thing through. It is through faith and patience that I inherit the promises of God, so by faith I choose blessing, prosperity, health, love, peace, joy, contentment, and every good and perfect gift from above. Today I choose life, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

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

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January 11: FRESH WORD!

 

Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word

 that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.  (Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I do not “refuse Him who SPEAKS” but, rather, I accept the rhema word of the Lord as my manna.  I appreciate and believe what He has said, but I live by what He is saying to me in the now!

 

2.       Today I will resist religious restraints that regulate and reduce God to a managed and monitored system.  Instead, I welcome the free-flowing, life-giving, ever-fresh word now proceeding from His mouth that cannot be controlled or supervised.  He can say what He will and I will receive it, even if it seems strange to my finite mind.

 

3.       Today my spiritual eyes and ears will be open to the word of the Lord in every place.  I will be sensitive to listen for the unusual and unprecedented.  I will extract truth as I violently pursue His Kingdom, and will draw out revelation from the heart of God, through the mouth of God, by my strong desire to live in the now.  I will recognize the pearl of great price when I find it.

 

4.       Today I will open myself up to a fresh word through the door of meditation.  I will wait on the Lord.  I will keep my mind stayed on Him.  My tongue will be the pen of a ready writer.  My delight will be in the law of the Lord, and on His law I will meditate day and night.  This book of the law shall not depart from my mouth, but I will meditate on it, that I might do it.

 

5.       Today I will esteem His word higher than my necessary food.  His word is forever settled in heaven as far as I am concerned, and the entrance of it gives me light.  It is sweeter to me than honey in the honeycomb.  It is to be desired more than much fine gold.  It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  My house is built on the rock of it, and I rejoice over it as one having found great spoil.

 

6.       Today I will embrace the anointed word—the word that destroys the yoke of bondage in my life.  I will not be surprised at the presence of the anointing in places where I would not normally think to look for it.  If the Spirit leads me to Arabia to find the word, then I will gladly go, even though conventional wisdom says that I should go to Jerusalem to find it (Galatians 1:16, 17).

 

7.       Today I will live life to the fullest, satisfied in the inner man.  I will have an edge, an advantage, because I hear and receive the fresh word that proceeds from His mouth.  It will not be lost on me.  I have revelation knowledge and do not deceive myself because I am a doer of the Word.  Today I will enjoy prosperity and success because of my life in His word, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to find a fresh word today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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