A YEAR IN THE NOW

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June 4: EXCELLENCE NOW!

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“Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver,

instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron.” (Isaiah 60:17)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I understand that excellence is an attitude – a state of mind that gradually becomes a lifestyle, and I am developing that lifestyle daily. I know that excellence exists, and that successful people live it, so I will not be destroyed by a lack of knowledge in this area. I have seen it in others, and now I will see it work for me!

2. Today I will not be lazy, and just assume that excellence will be a natural development in my life, but I will work hard to maintain a high standard for myself, and will walk in the required diligence to achieve my goals.

3. Today I will not give in to feelings of unworthiness that would prevent me from expecting the best of myself. I will believe that I deserve to live an excellent life, and will retrain my mind away from lies that I have believed that have damaged my self-esteem.

4. Today I will not be satisfied with “good” or “good enough.” God has called me to greatness in my area, so I will be faithful to hone my skills for the development of excellence, and I will do it to be a blessing to the Kingdom.

5. Today I will rid myself of any fear of success that I may still have, realizing that the continued pursuit of excellence ultimately brings undeniable success – and with that success comes added responsibility. But I am preparing myself to take on more, enlarging my capacity for faith and productivity, and, when opportunity knocks, I’ll be standing at the door, ready to open it!

6. Today I will not feel like I am an imposter, not living my real, deserved life. I am blessed because God is good, and I am successful because He has allowed me to work His system in the earth for my own benefit, as well as for His. I am not afraid that success will tell on me, revealing that I can’t make the grade. On the contrary, with every level of promotion, I will easily rise to the occasion.

7. Today I will see the big picture of my success, increasing in excellence incrementally, patiently progressing and possessing the higher standard of living that I deserve. Today I will give it all I’ve got, and today I will live 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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