A YEAR IN THE NOW

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January 4: ONLY BELIEVE!

 

“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue,

 ‘Do not be afraid; ONLY believe.'” (Mark 5:36)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I hear the voice of Jesus speak to my inner man the words that He spoke to Jairus, and I will obey those words. I will not be afraid today, but I will ONLY believe. God has not given me a spirit of fear, and my faith in the now will be enough to put me over, no matter what happens.

2. Today I will not be devastated by any bad news, or negative report that I may hear. I will not overreact, because my heart is established and I walk in the illogical peace that passes understanding. I will believe the report of the Lord. I will overcome all obstacles to my faith by His word spoken to my heart.

3. Today I will prevail over my emotions, and will conduct myself according to what I believe rather than by what I feel. I will resist the temptation to be anxious or fretful. I will not waste my time worrying, because the Lord, my Shepherd, will make me to lie down in green pastures, and lead me beside still waters. He will restore my soul.

4. Today I will be calm and steady in my mind. The circumstances around me will not distract me. I will focus on what God is doing in the now, and in the now I will find my confidence. I will rise to the occasion today. I will accomplish my goals for today. I will win!

5. Today my words will reflect that I ONLY believe. I know that I cannot believe and doubt at the same time, any more than I can travel north and south simultaneously. My words will be words of faith, victory and success today. My tongue, like the rudder on a ship, will guide me through dangerous waters into safety all day long. I will have what I say.

6. Today I will avoid negative people and their influence as much as possible. I will not believe the words of those who do not ONLY believe. I will attract faith-filled and positive individuals who will inspire me to continue to believe, and will confirm the truth on which I stand. Our speech together will be seasoned with salt.

7. Today I will understand what the word ONLY means in a whole new way. Because I declare the end from the beginning, I call this day a good day even before I live it. I will not dilute my pure faith with compromise. I will be radical in my ability to believe, and things will change in my life for the better because of it. Today I am fearless! Today I will ONLY believe, and today I will live in the now!


Father, help me to ONLY believe today. 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 17: KEEP BELIEVING!

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[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped on in faith

 that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised….

(Romans 4:18 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my ability to walk by faith and not by sight enables me to dare to do what hasn’t been done before.  God has called me to be a pioneer and a visionary, so I must keep believing, no matter what things look like in the natural realm.  The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, and His witness in my inner man propels me to fulfill all the prophecies spoken over my life!

 

2.       Today I will repent of any religious attitudes that remain in me, refusing to revere the past, as I recognize new realms of revelation.  I make the decision to live this day in the now, because no matter what report I hear from the religious, who are rebellious to the realities of Christ, I realize that these are the good “new” days, and they are getting better because the best is yet to come!

 

3.       Today I will not be afraid of the radical change that comes from living in the now.  The fire that is shut up in my bones is ignited by the Holy Ghost and He is effective in all of His endeavors to establish and enlighten me.

 

4.       Today I will keep believing as I see the plan for my life unfold.  Even if I don’t know the next step to take, I remember that Abraham went out not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8), so I move with God in faith and trust for His moment-by-moment direction.  In Him     I move.

 

5.       Today I will listen for God’s voice, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!

 

6.       Today I will meditate His Word, in an effort to locate the gifts of faith which He has imparted to me.

 

7.       Today I will be glad that change is on the horizon and that I am not frozen in time so that     I am unable to accept it.  Today, when I pray, “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” I will really mean it from the bottom of my heart; I will pray it in faith!  I want heaven to change this earth, and I will continue in my believing to see that God’s Word is performed in my surroundings. Even if everybody else in the world gives up on their faith today, I will keep on keeping on because I have come too far to turn back now!  Today my faith will put me over, and today I will live in the now!

 

By faith, in Jesus’ name, I will keep believing today!


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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 20: ULITMATE WORKOUT!

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“Therefore . . . work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do
for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12, 13)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the courage to accept the responsibility of taking ownership of my unique and personal salvation, and I will move toward that goal today. I will MIND MY OWN BUSINESS, knowing that I can only legitimately compare myself to Jesus, and to no one else – striving to remove the plank from my eye, instead of attempting to remove the splinter from my brother’s.

2. Today I will MOVE AY MY OWN PACE. My “work-out” requires that I flow with my own times and seasons, and allow others the liberty to do the same. Jesus has done what only He can do concerning my salvation, but today I will move in Him toward becoming the best version of me that I can be, as my life in Christ issues from the inside out.

3. Today I will MAKE MY OWN HAPPINESS. I will not wait for external things to improve my feelings, but will take the initiative to activate the joy that is already in my heart through the Holy Spirit. As David did, I will encourage myself in the Lord today!

4. Today I will MINIMIZE MY OWN STRESS. Working out my own salvation means that it is up to me to “let not my heart be troubled.” No matter what happens today, I make the choice to walk in peace. Accepting the fact that I can’t control what others do or say to me, I exercise my ability to control how I let what they do or say affect me.

5. Today I will MEASURE MY OWN PROGRESS. Whatever strides I make toward success in God today will only be done to please Him, and for my own satisfaction. I will work OUT what God has done IN me, regardless of the praise or criticism of others.

6. Today I will MANAGE MY OWN PERSONALITY. He who rules his spirit is greater than he who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32). I will celebrate and accentuate my strengths, with full acceptance and understanding of my limitations.

7. Today I will MANIFEST MY TRUE SELF, being who God made me – not who everyone else thinks I am, or should be. The process of working out my own salvation is a joint effort with the Author and Finisher of my faith, and I trust Him to do what I cannot do for myself. Today He and I together will produce the synergy necessary to accomplish His will for my life, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me to work out my own salvation with godly fear today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 16: LOOK UP!

 
 
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“And the Lord said . . . ‘Lift your eyes NOW and look from the place where you are . . .'” (Genesis 13:14)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the ability to lift up my eyes and look beyond the limitations of my present circumstances. By faith I am able today to observe the unseen things of the spirit realm that are eternal, rather than just the seen things of the visible world that are temporal. I will use my spiritual eyes today to determine what is my reality.

2. Today I will have the courage to be optimistic . . . a nonconformist to the negative majority of people around me. I will exhibit my individuality simply by not going along with the defeatist conversation that I hear. I will not cooperate with those who wallow in doubt and unbelief, even if I make myself unpopular with them.

3. Today I will find my direction through my God-inspired vision, rather than by my natural education. I will allow myself to be led by the
Spirit . . . to be “other-worldly” . . . to have the nerve to express my convictions. I will look up, and look beyond the boundaries of my natural mind to “count the stars” as Abraham did.

4. Today I will have the confidence to look beyond my own perceived weaknesses, and begin to see them as strengths – for in my weakness He is made strong! I consider myself today to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, to the point that I am able to “glory” in my weaknesses and infirmities.

5. Today I have faith . . . today I trust God and have my assurance in Him, which results in my own self-assurance and confidence. Because I can look up, I will maintain a spirit of bravery, valor, and boldness to overcome. I can defy danger because I see from my heart instead of from my head. I will have the audacity to keep going when everyone else says I should quit!

6. Today I will look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. My spirit will be His candle, and His Word will be a lamp for my feet (in the immediate), and a light for my path (for my destiny). I look to His Word for direction.

7. Today I will not be afraid of any bad news, for my heart is established and fixed. I will be peaceful in the midst of the storm . . . calm, relaxed, stress-free, and centered, because I can see past the chaos. I see the Lord, today, high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. I “look and live” today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me remember to look up 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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February 9: HE IS!

 

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“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I understand that God is in the now . . . that He is the “I Am” . . . that He lives in eternity where one day equals a thousand years (and vice versa), so that He is not bound by the limitations of natural time. Anything can happen today!

2. Today I make the decision to walk by faith for the next 24 hours, because I know that faith is now and that it is impossible to please God without faith. I will conduct the affairs of my day according to what I believe, rather than by my five natural senses. I will walk by faith today, and not by sight.

3. Today I will not hesitate to approach the Throne of Grace, because it is written that “he who COMES (continually) to God” will have God-pleasing faith. My righteousness consciousness will prevent my heart from condemning me, so that I can make myself comfortable in God’s presence and can feel at home there!

4. Today I will diligently seek God and His Kingdom. In every circumstance that occurs today, I will look for the Kingdom truth or principle that is being communicated to me. I will listen diligently for the voice of the Good Shepherd in every conversation that I have. I will be relentless in my pursuit of Him today.

5. Today I will believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I will be perceptive enough to recognize a reward when it comes to me today, and I will have the boldness to accept it and enjoy it. The discovery of rewards will cause this day to be a great adventure for me. It will be a day of increase for me!

6. Today I will be thankful for what God has done for me previously, but I will pull myself out of the past (where He was), so that I can live my extraordinary faith-life where HE IS! I believe that God IS . . . HE IS! . . . HE IS! . . . HE IS!

7. Today I will not miss one miracle that is headed my way. My expectation and faith-filled words will cause me to attract God’s best, and to repel what is negative and counterproductive to the Kingdom. I know that I am blessed today because I know that God is, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, I come to You today, believing that YOU ARE, and that You are my rewarder because I diligently seek You. Help me to keep my focus on You today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 6: BE FREE!

 

Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description,

careless in the care of God.  And you count far more to him than birds.

(Matthew 6:26 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am free!  He/she whom the Son makes free is free indeed.  I know the truth, and the truth that I know sets me free.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is (where the Spirit is Lord), there is liberty!

 

2.       Today I will live free from small-mindedness and limited vision.  I will not feel obligated to think on a lower level just because the people around me are inclined to do so.  I can love them unconditionally and still move toward my higher purpose and larger destiny.  Today I can see the big picture of my life!

 

3.       Today I will live free from religious tradition.  I will gladly discard whatever still exists in my belief system that is archaic, passé, or irrelevant, in an effort to repent my way into the NOW Kingdom where God lives.  My liberated mind will prevent tradition from making the Word in my life ineffective.

 

4.       Today I will free myself from the captivity of living in the past, and from the weight of my own emotional baggage, by practicing the power to forgive.  I will allow myself to breathe today’s fresh air, no longer having to struggle with memories that suffocate my soul and attempt to create a claustrophobic atmosphere for my spirit to contend with.

 

5.       Today I will live free from fear and worry.  I will consider the lilies of the field and will observe the freedom with which the birds of the air demonstrate a faith, a trust, and a confidence that reveal the Kingdom.  I am free to let faith come to me by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

 

6.       Today I will live free from doubt and unbelief.  I am emancipated to receive the evidence of things not seen and to allow my God-like faith to give substance to those things for which I hope.

 

7.       Today I am free to let God be God, and to allow myself to be His unique workmanship.  He is the only true God, and He has set me free to be the only true me!  I will celebrate my freedom today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to walk in real freedom today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 8: FAITH IS!

 

NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I understand the now-ness of the God-kind of faith.  My faith has a voice that speaks in the present tense, and today it will produce results for me because of the power of these three words: NOW FAITH IS!

 

2.       Today I will live my life according to what I believe.  The faith-realm, rather than the sense-realm, is my reality today.  Because of that reality, I will not be moved by what I see, hear, touch, smell or taste, but will, instead, move through this day guided by the sixth sense, which is (my) supernatural faith.

 

3.       Today I will create the world in which I want to live by my faith-filled words.  I will do this because I am in the God-class, and because God created His worlds by the words of His mouth.  And, as God maintains His worlds by His words, I will maintain the quality of my world through the creativity and authority of my words.  My words will have power because they will be filled with His Word, and His Word will not return to Him (or to me) void.

 

4.       Today the pressure applied to my circumstances by my faith will change them for the better.  I will reshape the seen world by changing things in the unseen world.  I will look to the unseen things because they are eternal, and will prevail over the seen things because they are temporal (2 Corinthians 4:18).  My faith celebrates the triumph of what is eternally real.

 

5.       Today I will have the substance of the things that I hope for.  Although hope is in the future, the substantive material of my faith will pull what is out there in tomorrow into my eternal “now.”  I will believe I receive when I pray, because faith says, “I have it now.”  The future is now because of the substance of my faith.

 

6.       Today I will have the evidence of things not seen.  I will need no other confirmation than the evidence of my God-kind of faith.  My faith is enough to overcome the natural world today, so that the material becomes immaterial to me—matter will not matter—faith is what is real!

 

7.       Today I will live by faith because I am justified, and the just shall live by faith.  My kind does not live by bread alone—or by the air that we breathe…or by the life in our physical bodies—we live by faith, period.  Because faith IS (not WAS), I will believe and not doubt; I will walk by faith and not by sight.  Today the power of faith will enable me to live the champion’s life, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, today I will walk in “now” faith, by Your word.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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