A YEAR IN THE NOW

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August 28: REJOICE EVERMORE!

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 “Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always).”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16 – AMP)

 
 
“Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him];
again I say, Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 – AMP)
 
 
 
1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the joy of the Lord is my strength, I have a song in my heart and a good report in my mouth. I am cheerful, positive, optimistic and full of faith for the future. I have too much to be happy about – too much to be thankfu for – to allow myself to succumb to a bad mood, much less a spirit of depression. Today is a great day to be alive . . . a great day to praisethe Lord . . . a great day for the Kingdom to come! Today is the day that the Lord has made and I will REJOICE and be glad in it!
 

 2. Today I will remember that the sun is shining up above the clouds, even during the darkest thunderstorm. The sky is blue above the clouds every day. The weather is beautiful above the clouds every day. Today I will know where to look for the sunshine, and I will find it!

 

3. Today I will locate my joy and return to an internal place of happiness. It is written: “[The Lord God says,] And the redeemed of the Lord shall RETURN and come with singing to Zion; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.'” (Isaiah 51:11 – AMP)

 

4. Today I will exercise dominion in the interior world by choosing to be happy regardless of outward circumstances. “. . . He who has a merry heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15),  so I will set my own table and serve my own banquet, living the Kingdom life from the inside out. The joy of the Lord is my strength!

 

5. Today I will rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

 

6. Today I will encourage myself in the Lord.

 

7. Today I will rejoice that my sins are forgiven and I am at peace with God. It is written: “The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will REJOICE over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction], and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17 – AMP). I sing because I’m happy today, and today I will live in the now!

 

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Father, sing for joy over me today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

August 28, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Dealing with depression, Dealing with stress, Devotional, Kingdom of God, Mental Health, Peace of Mind | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

March 13: CREATE JOY!

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“. . . Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have access to my unalienable, Kingdom rights to righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Ghost! I have joy by the answer of my mouth – His strength-giving joy that keeps me young, vibrant, and healthy today. I will use my creative ability to allow the issues of life to flow from my heart, out into the world around me, causing the landscape to lighten up and live!

2. Today I will not have to wait for external things to bring me joy and happiness. I am joyful now! Because Jesus has given me His own supernatural, inward joy – a fruit of the recreated spirit (the fruit of the spirit is joy) – I am able to be genuinely joyful, regardless of outward circumstances or situations. My cup runs over!

3. Today I will use the solid front of Kingdom joy to ward off and repel oppression and depression, sadness and anxiety. My renewed mind is positively hopeful and optimistic in Christ, as I walk in a different dimension from those who dwell in daily drudgery.

4. Today I will create an atmosphere of joy by my words and attitude – my reactions – my laughter – my peace of mind. The joy of the Lord, in cooperation with my own joy, will be influentially inspirational and corporately contagious. It will enable me to help make the world a better place in which to live today.

5. Today I will be radiant with the glory of the Lord – His joy – His praise – will cause me to be attractive and highly favored today. The strength that comes from godly joy will win the day, and bring satisfying success to me, as I prosper in relation to the prosperity of my soul.

6. Today I will turn a long-standing and negative situation around through the force of joy. The paradigm shift that I experience will pull down strongholds of despair and hopelessness. The joy of the Lord makes anything possible today.

7. Today I will be a singer, a dancer, a praiser, and a warrior for the Kingdom of God. His praise shall continually be in my mouth, and with joy I will draw water out of the wells of salvation. Victory is mine today, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, help me to create joy today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 9: REALITY CHECK!

 

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“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a real person, experiencing the real God in the real world. I will live truthfully today, understanding the difference between walking by faith instead of by sight, and living in denial of reality. Today I will reconcile my preparation for the worst case, with my expectation of the best case in every situation that arises.

2. Today I will be sober without being sullen – mature, but not morose – levelheaded, yet lighthearted at the same time! Harmony, balance and a genuine sense of serenity will display the peace that passes understanding through my life. The peace of God makes me shockproof today, so that, come what may, I am calm, cool, and collected in every circumstance.

3. Today I will not waste my time trying to be someone or something that I am not. The people in my life will have an authentic sense of trust in me, because my self-truth will give them permission to be who they really are, and to like who they really are.

4. Today I will embrace the inevitable. If I can’t change it, I will adapt to it, and will live freely and peaceably, choosing to go with the flow, accepting life as it really is. Today I choose truth-inspired tranquility, and welcome honesty-induced happiness. Parting with illusions will bring great relief to my soul, as I live the liberated life with godly contentment.

5. Today I will tell the truth, plain and simple. My stories will need no embellishment, my memories will remain intact, my ambitions will be realistic. I will see life the way that it is, and call it as I see it. Whatever is built on a lie in my world will fall, because it should fall, and I will have no fear today, because the Lord is my shepherd, and I do not lack or want for anything.

6. Today I will not get involved with the silly games that people play when trying to relate to one another. I will let my “yes” be “yes,” and my “no” be “no,” providing a safe haven for those, like me, who seek the truth in the world. I will move on from those who refuse to live in authenticity.

7. Today I will get a grip on reality. I will not fear telling the truth, or hearing the truth, taking both praise and criticism in stride. Today I will enjoy the effect of speaking the truth in love, even to myself, and today I will live in the now!

Father, help me to live truthfully today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

March 9, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, self-image | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

February 10: KEEP SMILING!

 
 
“. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the joy that Jesus Himself has given me to bring me through every circumstance of my day. I “count it all joy,” even when I have to deal with negative situations in my life, because the power of supernatural joy always causes me to win!

2. Today I celebrate my Kingdom rights to righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost! My merry heart will do me good like a medicine and will enable me to partake of a continual feast today.

3. Today I will not be worried or anxious; I will not be fearful and depressed. I know that, regardless of what things may look like right now (in the natural), I actually have a great life and can afford to let myself be happy. I can smile, laugh, sing, and be absolutely positive in my attitude . . . and because I can, I will!

4. Today I will not be in denial of whatever trials I may have to deal with, but I will endure every cross for the joy that is set before me. I can declare the end from the beginning, and call those things that are not as though they are. In my heart I know that everything is going to be all right.

5. Today I will do something to help me maintain a high level of joy . . . take a walk . . . get some fresh air . . . laugh with a friend . . . sing a song . . . accept a compliment . . . help somebody . . . be a blessing . . . get some exercise . . . eat something delicious . . . meditate the Word . . . do something fun . . . praise the Lord . . . be good to myself . . . let go of a grudge . . . learn something new . . . play . . . change my thinking.

6. Today I will expect the best, but will find satisfaction with what I have now. I will be content, without becoming complacent.

7. Today I will be strengthened by joy, even in the midst of a fiery trial, and I will come through that fire without the smell of it on my clothes! I will speak words of life, be proactive in every situation, keep a good attitude, and will, basically, just have a great day because I have His joy. I will overcome today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me to keep smiling today, and to remember that Your joy is my strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Kingdom of God | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

January 9: REJOICE TODAY!

 

This is the day the Lord has made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalm 118:24)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I understand and appreciate the energizing power of rejoicing in the now.  Today I joyfully celebrate the present and all of the possibilities that it presents.  I exercise my will—I will rejoice, and I WILL be glad in this day!  Today I choose to wear the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness.  I choose happiness!  I choose joy!

 

2.       Today I will resist the temptation to whine, complain, murmur, grumble, mourn, lament, moan and groan, be depressed, feel sorry for myself, feel down and out, feel dejected, feel discontented, feel oppressed, be sad or even be in a bad mood.  Instead, my merry heart will do me good like a medicine…I will glory in my infirmities (for when I am weak, then I am strong)…I will count it all joy when I fall into various trials…I will leap for joy at persecution…the joy of the Lord will be my strength!

 

3.       Today I will laugh, finding the humor in my current situations.  I will recognize what is funny, and I will not hesitate to enjoy it.  I will not waste today by living in regret, but with joy I will draw water out of the wells of salvation.  I will even find the proper way to appreciate the absurd and the ridiculous.  I will let God use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise around me.

 

4.       Today I will enter the Kingdom by becoming like a little child…laughing…playing…having fun…not taking life too seriously.  I will make the effort to enjoy my day.  I will smile at people.  I will be a pleasure to be with.  People will enjoy my company today because my joy will be both attractive and infectious.  I will be a blessing to others.

 

5.       Today, for the joy that is set before me, I will endure my cross.  I will know the reality of the resurrection and, therefore, will see no situation as hopeless.  Life will always triumph over death.  I will celebrate my life.  The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will live big in me today!

 

6.       Today I will be optimistic.  I will see the glass half full.  I will think positively.  I will think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of a good report.  I will walk in the Mind of Christ.  I will be proactive in dealing with the people around me and with all of their issues.  My joyful mind will cause me to think like a winner!

 

7.       Today I will be thankful to God and grateful for my life.  I will make melody in my heart to the Lord in an attitude of praise and worship.  I will be renewed by the refreshing laughter of Christ in my spirit.  This is my day that the Lord has made—I will rejoice and be glad in it and, today, I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to remember to rejoice today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments