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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March 29: IMAGINE POSSIBILITIES!

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And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible to them. (Genesis 11:6 AMP)

 1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the power of my God-given imagination enlarges me and allows me to rise above the limitations of the finite world and the rigors of the day’s responsibilities. The Mind of Christ is the source of my creativity and intellectual liberty, and today is a good day to just let the river flow! His thoughts are higher than mine and they elevate me to a higher dimension in Him—revelation and illumination working together.

2. Today I will imagine the possibility of life without the restraints of time—eternal life emanating from the “I Am.” I will believe I receive when I pray, inheriting the promises through faith and patience because I know that, to God, there is no difference between a day and a thousand years!

3. Today I will make the effort to bring my spirit, soul and body into complete agreement and unity (1 Thessalonians 5:23). In the same way that God declared that the people’s unified imagination made anything possible for them, I say that “I am ONE” (whole, unified, interconnected) and nothing that I imagine to do will be impossible to me because I have ONE LANGUAGE…the Word of God…and it is my final authority!

4. Today I will seek the perspective of someone who is able to think outside of the box, allowing iron to sharpen iron through creative dialogue. I will not consider it coincidence when I connect with someone new, who brings me a now word.

5. Today I will refuse to be retarded by religious prejudice and archaic thinking. I will not engage in the foolishness of answering a matter before I hear it, but will listen to the wisdom that cries out to me from the streets.

6. Today I will nourish the prophetic in me, allowing my inner young man to see visions and my inner old man to dream dreams. Today I will dream the dreams of God Himself, wearing my coat of many colors with no timidity!

7. Today I will leave my tent as Abram did and will get out and look up into the night skies, counting the stars to increase my vision. In my heart I believe that there is no problem facing me today that I cannot rise above in my imagination, and my faith will become the substance of the things that I hope for. Today I will remember my supernatural potential for doing great things in this way, and today I will live in the now!

Holy Spirit, help me to imagine possibilities today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 26: TAKE DOMINION!

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Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply;

fill the earth and subdue it; have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

  (Genesis 1:28)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because, as I celebrate my dominion in the earth, I progressively perceive my position in Christ.  Because I can do all things through Him, I have confidence in my abilities.  Because I believe in myself, I try harder, doubling my efforts for Him as I move boldly ahead toward destiny discovery.

 

2.       Today I will dare to question established methods and fixed policies, including the religious systems in the earth, and will fearlessly initiate alternate ways of looking at life and getting things done.  When I am thwarted in my efforts, I will discover innovative ways to reach my goals through the Mind of Christ.

 

3.       Today I will not be afraid of facing a crisis, because my dominion mentality forces me to not only work at resolving it but to try to find something beneficial in the situation.  The Christ in me conquers the chaos as I manage to discover that fine vein of positive thinking that can lead to new chances for success!

 

4.       Today I will hang in when the going gets tough, because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.  I am actively dedicated to surviving, so I have no choice but to continue to struggle with a problem until I either find a solution or uncover new information concerning it.  The just shall live by faith, and I am a walking illustration of that fact!

 

5.       Today I will notice my door of opportunity, even if it is slightly ajar, and, if that is the case,  I will seize my chance to push it open the rest of the way.  If I am rejected, I will try to change the situation and alter the circumstances in my favor.  The God who never sleeps or slumbers will be my strength!

 

6.       Today I will exercise the authority resident in the Name of Jesus and will use it to dominate depression, disease, disorder, discouragement, demons and even death itself.  My effectual, fervent prayers will avail much, and the sword of the Lord will enable me to be a gladiator for God!

 

7.       Today I will fulfill God’s mandate for covenant dominion, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, I decree that, in the name of Jesus, I will walk in dominion today!

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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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