A YEAR IN THE NOW

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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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March 4: LOVE YOURSELF!

 

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“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others AS WELL AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:37-40 – The Message)”. . . he who loves his wife LOVES HIMSELF. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” (Ephesians 5:28, 29) 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now, because the power of God’s unconditional love allows and enables me to live my life in the present. Because I am accepted in the Beloved, I can give myself permission to love myself as I am now, knowing that I am improving by continually being conformed to His image.

2. Today I will love myself without being conceited, arrogant, puffed up with pride, or condescending. I will not feel inferior to anyone else, nor will I feel superior to anyone else, but will be balanced and mature in the way that I relate to everyone around me.

3. Today I will love myself, and still maintain a mindset of servitude and humility. I will selflessly consider the needs of others by taking up my cross to follow Jesus.

4. Today I will forgive myself for the ways in which I have disappointed myself. I will stop being angry with myself, and punishing myself for my mistakes, having the same patience with myself that God has with me.

5. Today I will speak well of myself, building a healthy self-esteem with verbal building blocks. I will not sin against my own potential by speaking self-destructive words, but will say about my life what God says about it, because I am in agreement with His word.

6. Today I will be good and kind to myself. I will not feel guilty for doing something nice just for me, with no obligation to any bogus, religious ideas of my own unworthiness.

7. Today I will walk in the God kind of love with the people in my life, and will be a blessing to them. They will see Jesus in me today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 

 

 
Father, give me the courage to love myself today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 18: FORGIVE SOMEBODY

   
 
“For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses . . . neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14, 15 – AMP)

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1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I will not be tied to the past by the familiarity of my resentments. My ability in Christ to forgive will be a path into the present for me, and a bridge to my better future. Forgiveness will create a world of possibilities for me, enabling me to rise above the fray, and to move on to greatness.

2. Today I will have a realistic grasp of the definition of forgiveness. I will know what it is, and what it is not. I can forgive without having to condone or accept the actions of someone who has seriously wronged me, with the awareness that, even though I have released them from their debt, things may never be the same between us again.

3. Today I will manage my time wisely. I will not fall into the trap of going over and over again in my mind or in my words the injustices done to me. I will not waste someone else’s time by talking to them about situations over which they have no control or influence. I will be sensitive to the Spirit when He tells me that it is the time for me to be silent.

4. Today I will experience a sense of relief from the stress caused by the maintenance of a grudge. As I forgive, I set myself free from oppression and negative emotions and will walk in supernatural peace today, knowing that I AM forgiven because I HAVE forgiven. This peace will cause me to be healthier spiritually and even physically – free from the “dis – ease” that causes disease.

5. Today I will experience a genuine flow in my life as I remove the obstacles and barriers that bitterness has built in me. My mind will be clear today – my thoughts undistracted – my heart free from impurities – which will allow me to be highly productive and effective in my sphere of influence.

6. Today love will prevail, and Jesus will rule and reign through me as I demonstrate His forgiveness on earth as in heaven. The sins that I remit will be remitted, and His Kingdom will come today!

7. Today I will be empowered by the ability to forgive . . . even 70 x 7 will be possible to me because faith works by love. The freedom flowing through me by forgiveness will prove that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to forgive someone today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Agape, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, forgiveness, Kingdom of God, Love, possibilities, relationships | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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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 20: NO CONDEMNATION!

 

There is therefore NOW no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

 who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  (Romans 8:1)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because no condemnation exists for me in the NOW.  He who knew no sin became sin for me that I might become His righteousness—and I am the righteousness of God in Christ now.  I am forgiven now.  I am holy now.  I am justified now.  I am clean now.

 

2.       Today mercy is working on my behalf, to withhold from me what I really deserve.  I will make myself comfortable at the mercy seat, because Jesus has enabled me to do so.  I am accepted in the beloved, and today I will act and feel like I am accepted.

 

3.       Today grace is working on my behalf, to pour out on me what I really don’t deserve.  I will make myself at home at the throne of grace, because Jesus has invited me to do so.  My transgressions have been removed from me as far as the east is from the west, and today  I will think and speak like I am forgiven.

 

4.       Today the blood of Jesus is working on my behalf, to wash away all of my guilt and shame.  He was wounded for my transgressions and bruised for my iniquities.  His cleansing blood is alive now through the Eternal Spirit.

 

5.       Today the word of God is working on my behalf.  It is written in the logos word that my sins have been thrown into the sea and have been cast behind His back.  It is spoken in the rhema word that He is saving me to the uttermost, as He lives to make intercession for me.

 

6.       Today the Holy Spirit is working on my behalf as He leads me into all truth.  I will walk in the Spirit today and not in the flesh.  As He reveals Himself to me as the Spirit of Adoption, I will be secure in the family of God, boldly crying, “Abba, Father!”

 

7.       Today I will enter into rest, knowing that I do not have to be motivated by fear.  My heart does not condemn me and, therefore, I have confidence before God.  I will glory in the cross, believe the resurrection with my heart, and confess His Lordship with my mouth.        I am saved!  I have eternal life!  I am a new creature in Christ!  I have passed from death unto life!  Today I will know that God is good, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to walk in the Spirit today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 18: LET GO!

 

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,

forgive him and let it drop (leave it, LET IT GO)

in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you

your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.  (Mark 11:25 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am not held in the past by unresolved issues and unfinished business.  I am too busy to be bitter.  I have more important things to do with my time than to waste it by holding on to things that I cannot change in the natural.  I will forgive, not just because I have been commanded to do so, but because it is for my own benefit.  Forgiveness moves me into the now.

 

2.       Today I will let go of unrealistic expectations that I have in and for other people.  Jesus is enough for me.  His grace is sufficient.  I can depend on Him.  His faithfulness allows me to give a break to someone who has disappointed me.  His power helps me to keep people in perspective.

 

3.       Today I will let go of my regrets.  That was then.  This is now.  I will learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for my actions, and do what I can to make my life what it should be.  If  I can change something that I don’t like, I will.  If I can’t, I’ll shut up about it!

 

4.       Today I will let go of my pettiness.  I will choose greatness by taking the high road with others.  I will do the right thing, whether anyone else does or not.  I will be mature and noble and wise. I will stop blaming everybody else for what I don’t like about the world. I will not complain about what I permit.

 

5.       Today I will let go of my anger.  I will retire from nursing my high-maintenance grudges, and stop allowing myself to be exhausted and burned out from my hatred and prejudices.  I will be a peacemaker, even with myself.

 

6.       Today I let go of my negativity.  God is good.  Life is good (or at least better than I usually realize or admit).  The world is a beautiful place to live.  So I let it all go…bad attitude, self-pity, pain and sadness…and I will not take comfort in the familiarity of these things any longer.

 

7.       Today I let yesterday go.  I can’t go back there; I have to keep moving, so I will make the journey easier by lightening my load.  I will not hold on to the past, but will move with the rhythm and flow of life.  Today I say “good-bye and good riddance” to what I should release, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to let go today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Letting Go | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment