A YEAR IN THE NOW

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October 9: WILDERNESS ADVENTURE!

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“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the WILDERNESS . . .” (Matthew 3:1)

“While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.’ John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy: Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!” (Matthew 3:1-3 – The Message)

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the WILDERNESS . . . From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:1, 17)

 

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am not afraid of the wilderness experience, for the preaching of the Kingdom always begins in the wilderness . . . away from the organized paths and paved roads . . . away from the structure of the world system . . . in a place where I must walk by the faith that relies entirely on God’s ability to make ways in the wilderness, and streams in the desert  (Isaiah 43:19).

2.  Today I will repent of long-held paradigms of my personal wilderness, rethinking my present position as Jacob did when he had the vision of heaven’s gate (“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God . . . the gate of heaven!'” – Genesis 28:16, 17). Awaking from my sleep today, I will see my salvation, right where I am in the now, embracing my own wilderness, and saying, “How awesome is THIS place!”

3. Today I will recognize the power and potential that is present in what I have in my hand, for that is where the Kingdom is. The Kingdom is not just at hand, it is at MY hand – it is “handy” — so I will do what I know to do today with excellence and with all of my might  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)!

4.  Today I will find a river of life in the wilderness as John the Baptist did, and I will follow his example and get busy with the work of the Kingdom . . . where I am . . . with what I have to work with . . . just as I am.

5. Today I will preach (prophetically) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

6. Today I will say (conversationally) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

7.  Today I will be happy in the wilderness, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to discern why I am in the wilderness today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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August 3: ‘NUFF SAID

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“. . . but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind . . .” (Philippians 3:13)

“To everything there is a season . . . a time to keep silence . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am breaking the ties with my past by ceasing to speak of things that are over and done with. My conversation today will be in the now . . . what God is doing NOW . . . where I am on my journey NOW . . . the truth and revelation that I am walking in NOW!

2. Today I will stop bringing up incidents that remind me of the offenses of the past. I will release myself from the hurt and pain caused by others by forgiving them – everyone who has wronged me, whether they have asked for my forgiveness or not. What’s done is done, and there is no point in my continuing to speak of negative things that are only going to bring oppression into my life. By forgiving others, even my enemies, I break any power or control that they may have over me emotionally or spiritually.

3. Today I will stop advertising for my weaknesses and failures. I will be real, humble and transparent. I will even admit when I am wrong and apologize when necessary, but I will not continue to harp on negative things that I have done or said that cause me to blame myself and bring my mind under a cloud of self-condemnation. If Jesus is faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, then I will have the good taste to honor His justification by shutting up about my shortcomings!

4. Today I will break any familiar patterns of negative conversation that I am apt to fall into with those who are close to me. I will address the issue head on, for my own good, as well as for the good of the person to whom I am speaking.

5. Today I will stop letting down my ethical defenses and allowing myself to fall into gossip, verbally judging others or speaking things that will snare me and cause trouble in my life. I am responsible for what I say, so I will use my Holy Spirit-produced fruit of self-control to help me stop and think before I speak. I will walk away from the temptation to engage in idle, non-productive talk with others, and I will finish up every conversation today with no feeling of regret and no fear that my words are going to come back to haunt me.

6. Today I will be sensitive to the voice of the Spirit when He tells me to be quiet.

7. Today I will speak words that are like apples of gold in settings of silver, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, help me to know when I’ve said enough today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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May 17: TIME TRAVEL!

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“. . . there is a time appointed for every matter and purpose and every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17 – AMP)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the power of memory and vision are enabling me to put the now into perspective. With the eye of truth I am able to see into the distant past, and solve the mysteries of my life — and with the eye of faith I am able to see into the distant future, and declare the end from the beginning.

2. Today I will travel back in my memory to get in touch with my childhood, knowing that Jesus made childlike-ness a requirement for entrance into the Kingdom. The imagination, innocence, playfulness, and sense of wonder of my youth still remain buried in my sub-conscious (spirit), and the Keys of the Kingdom are unlocking the prophetic imagery that is produced by the positive parts of my past. I will also know when it is time to put away childish things.

3. Today I will listen to the messages that my dreams and night-visions are conveying to me. Instead of being haunted by horrible images from yesterday, I will recognize that my soul is bringing these things to the surface in an effort to help and heal itself for a better tomorrow.

4. Today I will know the difference between what needs to be resurrected and what needs to stay buried. My sense of timing and propriety, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, will help me to know what to do and say, and what not to do and say.

5. Today I will see my life as a whole entity, and will accept it for what it is. I will not complain, nor slow my progress through the pointlessness of regret, “But by the grace of God I am what I am . . . ” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

6. Today I will keep talking myself into my future, propelling my faith to maintain the motivation for mental mobility in a mature manner. I can’t afford to get my life stuck in a time warp now, because I know too much and there is too much for me to do. The future is calling me, so I must move forward!

7. Today I will believe that I am not getting older, but that I am getting better as I grow in God and learn my life-lessons. I will embrace the sage-like wisdom and oak-like strength that comes from having lived a full life. Today I will travel the road of life successfully, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to appropriately navigate my past and my future today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 25: HIS MAJESTY!

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…He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth…

All this energy issues from Christ:  God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne

in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments,

NO NAME AND NO POWER EXEMPT FROM HIS RULE.

And not just for the time being, but forever.  He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything.  At the center of all this, Christ rules the church.  The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.  The church is Christ’s body,

in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.

(Ephesians 1:10, 19-23 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I worship the Creator—the “I AM”—revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.  My knees bow and my tongue confesses to the glory of God that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

2.       Today I recognize Christ’s rule of the universe, and I derive confidence from knowing that I am His sibling and His joint heir, as well as His servant and loyal subject of His Kingdom that reigns over every living thing!

 

3.       Today I decree the rule of King Jesus over every name that names itself in my life today. I demonstrate His/my authority in three worlds: the earth, things above the earth and things beneath the earth!

 

4.       Today I declare the majesty and dominion of Christ the King over every second of every minute of this day.  This day must come into divine order and submit to His/my authority, as His will is done on earth as it is in heaven!

 

5.       Today I will prevail and conquer as someone who is a champion of the chosen generation, a revealer of the royal priesthood and a harbinger of the holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)!  Jesus rules and reigns through my life today!

 

6.       Today I will speak the word only and will expect to have what I say.  “Where the word of a king is, there is power” (Ecclesiastes 8:4).  I will not waste my royal vocabulary on the petty and the trivial.

 

7.       Today, as a king in the earth, I willingly worship the King of kings and, as a lord of the earth, I am eager to exalt the Lord of lords.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Almighty God, my Father, I worship You in Spirit and in truth.

Help me to recognize Your majesty in my own life today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 5: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!


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“I returned and saw under the sun that – The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I can discern the importance of this day, and the opportunities for growth that it presents. By walking in the Spirit, my sense of timing will put me in the right place at the right time – not ahead of schedule, nor falling behind – but perfectly in the zone for realizing potential and creating success.

2. Today I will be perceptive to the people that God has placed in my path to help me progress and to prosper. I will be receptive to the results that my relationship with them will allow me to realize, as I rise to a higher realm of revelation!

3. Today I will recognize the remarkable, and consider it confirmation to God’s plan for me when things seem to fall into a pattern of perfection, not dismissing the extraordinary events of the day as common coincidence. All things will work together today for my good, as God perfects that which concerns me!

4. Today I will be noticed and commended for my diligence, discipline, determination and drive! I will do what needs to be done for the development of the discovery of my dreams, because faith without works is dead, and I am more than just a hearer of the word!

5. Today I will prepare for promotion, knowing that it ultimately comes from the Lord, but that I can do my part to facilitate the favor that I need to find it. As I bind mercy and truth around me, I will obtain the favor with God and man that will surround me like a shield.

6. Today I will be sensitive to ministry opportunity around me, looking to the fields that are ripe for harvest. I will redeem the time, and work while I have daylight to illuminate my path. God can and will use me today as his instrument of influence.

7. Today I will turn a corner on my journey, and will discover that I have only just begun! What I have perceived as a closed door will be seen as a new beginning for me. Today will make a difference in my life, and today I will live in the now!

 

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Father, help me to hear the door when opportunity knocks today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 28: ON TIME!

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that man cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 – AMP)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the God of the NOW, the “I Am,” lives in and through me, and He is the Lord of time. One day with Him is as a millennium; because in eternity, where He exists, time is nonexistent . . . eternity is always NOW. Yet He maintains Lordship over time, because in my realm of existence, time is very real, and very important. But, as His will is done in earth as it is in heaven, eternity (now) supersedes and dominates the restraints of earth time, and the workings of His supernatural Kingdom can prevail in my natural life.

2. Today I will see beyond the limits of time, and will draw the strength needed to succeed in my endeavors from the eternal life resident in me.

3. Today I will believe that I receive WHEN I PRAY (Mark 11:24), not having to wait to believe sometime out in the future, when I see the manifestation of the answer to my prayer. “NOW faith is . . .” – hope is in the future, faith is in the now (Hebrews 11:1)!

4. Today I will have otherworldly patience, and when I add that patience to my faith, I will inherit the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12)!

5. Today I will not worry about deadlines – the first shall be last, the last shall be first – if I come to work in the vineyard at the eleventh hour, I will still receive the same wages as those who have labored all day long! He will restore to me the YEARS that the pests in my life have eaten away, and because He is in the now, time is on my side!

6. Today I will appreciate the seasonal work of God in my life, believing that He really has made everything beautiful in its time. I will rest in Him when the pace of my progress is unsatisfactory to me, totally trusting in Him, and in His perfect timing for my life.

7. Today I will water the eternity that God has planted in my heart with the water of the Word, becoming whole by integrating my past, present, and future under the authority of the timeless Christ. I will be right on time today, and today I will live in the now! Father, help me to stay in sync with Your timing today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 24: WORSHIP GOD!

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Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a worshipper of the I AM.

 7 Affirmations of Worship in the Now for Today:

1. Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? You in your mercy have led forth the people whom you have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation. (Exodus 15:11, 13)

 2. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is]. That which is now already has been, and that which is to be already has been; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself]. (Ecclesiastes 3:14, 15 AMP)

3. And in that day you will say: Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst! (Isaiah 12:4-6)

4. Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard (difficult) for You. You are great in counsel and mighty in work [deed]…You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day…and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day. (Jeremiah 32:17,19,20)

5. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. (John 4:24 The Message) 6. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

7. Allelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory…. (Revelation 19:6, 7)

 

Today I rejoice, and today I will live in the now!

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February 19: HELP SOMEBODY!

 

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” (Matthew 25:40) helping-hands2

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because of my God-given ability to move beyond the limits of my selfishness, into the universe of usefulness. I will make my life count today by being a blessing . . . translating what I believe into what I do . . . making a positive difference in the surrounding environment.2. Today I will make a genuine effort to bring Kingdom solutions to the people in the world around me, using my covenant prosperity to be a blessing to mankind. I am a giver . . . a contributor . . . a benefactor . . . a participator in the pursuit of purpose . . . an opener of doors and a builder of bridges.

3. Today I will invest in my future as I sow into relationships that will prove to be part of my destiny. I will lend a helping hand, knowing that I may need help later. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10).

4. Today I will look beyond the faults of those who need my help, and will supply their need, to the best of my ability, with a spirit of non-judgmental, unconditional love. I will help someone, just because it is the right thing to do.

5. Today my mind will be full of ideas of how to help, and my creativity will give birth to those ideas. I will be a light in the darkness . . . a healer . . . a world changer.

6. Today I will really listen to God, and to the people who need my help. I will follow His leading in how to meet needs, and I will hear with spiritual ears the cries of the hearts of those that He has placed around me. The field is the world, and I will be a laborer in the harvest.

7. Today I will not be overwhelmed by the demands of those who need my help, because the Spirit – the Paraclete – the Helper – will be with me today to help me as I help others. By His grace I will do what I can, but I will also rest in Him, and cast my care on Him, because the government is on His shoulder. Today I will help to make the world a better place in which to live, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, show me how to be there today for someone who really needs my help – help me to be helpful. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 4: WORK HARD!

 

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might….  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am a “doer.”  I can get things done today.  I can accomplish necessary things, important things—even great things—with my life.  I am strong, able, equipped, focused, and goal-oriented.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

 

2.       Today I will make the effort to find the pleasure in my work.  I will show my positive attitude toward today’s tasks by doing them all in the Name of Jesus.  “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).

 

3.       Today I will give 100% of myself, but my work will not consume my life.  I will not live under undue stress or pressure, nor will I allow myself to become overwhelmed or burned out.   I will maintain a healthy balance in my daily routine by not allowing my diligence to become dysfunctional.

 

4.       Today I will not let pride or any other negative stronghold in my mind prevent me from asking for help from others when I need it.  I will make the effort to be a team player today and will unselfishly celebrate the rewards of collaboration.

 

5.       Today I will take advantage of the assistance offered to me from “the Helper, the Holy Spirit” who stands by me and works with and through me.  With His help, I will run and not be weary; I will walk and not faint.

 

6.       Today I will inspire those around me to be motivated, to be thankful, to take pride in their own work.  My words and actions will be a source of energy for those who interact with me.  Whatever the challenge today, as a proactive participant I will not be a part of the problem, but a supporter of the solution!

 

7.       Today Jesus is made unto me wisdom.  I have His mind, His strength, and His faith.  I am not lazy, disoriented, or confused.  I know what I am here to do, understand my job description, and have the incentive to “make it happen.”  Today will be a good day for me to get things done, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to work hard today, while remaining in Your rest.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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