A YEAR IN THE NOW

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August 21: MAKE CONTACT!

humanity 

 

“Then He turned to the host. ‘The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be – and experience – a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned – oh, how it will be returned! – at the resurrection of God’s people.'” (Luke 14:12-14 – The Message)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the love of God in me is enlarging my heart to such a size that it is having to break out (and break free) of the little fortress of selfish interests that I have built around it in a vain attempt to protect it from harm. My enlarged heart will reach out to make contact with someone, even if it is risky . . . even if it is dangerous . . . because there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear!

2.  Today I will love the unlovable and touch the untouchable. The Christ in me will flow like a river of reconciliation to those who have been rejected and refused. I will gladly fill the role of a good Samaritan when the opportunity presents itself and, in so doing, the Kingdom will come and the will of the Father will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

3. Today I will not be overly and unnecessarily concerned with protecting my reputation when it comes to reaching out to someone who really needs my help. I will lay down my life for them, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

4.  Today I will make time for people and will show a genuine interest in what is happening in their lives. I will show respect for others and make the people around me feel important and special — by making eye contact when we speak; by a firm handshake; by listening and reacting appropriately; by calling people by their names; by displaying good manners; by being thoughtful and considerate; by being helpful and generous; by showing them the real Jesus.

5. Today I will pray for someone else’s needs, taking them as seriously as I would take my own.

6. Today I will communicate to others on their level – relating to them in a real way. I will not be insensitive or judgmental, accepting people as they are and ushering them to the mercy seat of the Christ Who loves them unconditionally.

7. Today I will be kind to strangers, knowing that I may be unwittingly entertaining angels (Hebrews 13:2), and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to make the right contacts 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 25: KINGDOM, COME!

 

Your Kingdom come.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6:10)

 

Therefore, since we ARE RECEIVING a Kingdom which cannot be shaken,

let us have grace….  (Hebrews 12:28)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am a part of His Kingdom, and His Kingdom is coming now!  The King is reigning in my life now.  His government is increasing now.  The kingdoms of this world are becoming the Kingdoms of our God and of His Christ, now.

 

2.       Today I am not encumbered with the pointless rules and regulations of religion, because the Kingdom of God is not meat or drink, but it is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  I will interpret my day be these three things and will make seeking them my first priority.

 

3.       Today is a day to demonstrate righteousness.  He who knew no sin became sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God in Christ, and it is from this righteousness consciousness that my self-esteem and confidence flow today.  By this I am able to show that He has made me the head and not the tail.

 

4.       Today is a day to walk in peace—not as the world gives—but as Jesus Himself shares His supernatural peace with me.  I let not my heart be troubled because I have the peace that passes understanding.  I will not be agitated, frustrated or anxious today, because of my Kingdom right to walk in Kingdom peace.

 

5.       Today is a day to celebrate joy in the Holy Ghost.  I will not be sad or depressed today because His joy is in me and, therefore, my joy is full!  The Kingdom joy working in me will be my strength and will give me the winner’s edge.

 

6.       Today I will seek the Kingdom first in every situation.  Before I have a chance to think about it in the natural…before I analyze it or react emotionally…I will look for the Kingdom before  I do anything else about anything at all.  He is reigning in and through me today, and every name that is named must bow to His Name!

 

7.       Today I live a life that shows the world that I am a royal subject of the ultimate Kingdom and, therefore, I cannot fail or lose or be defeated.  Jesus the King shall reign forever and ever, and He is my Lord, my personal friend, my elder brother.  Today I say, “Long live the King!” and today I will live in the now!

 

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 12: NEW THING!

 

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.

 Behold, I will do a NEW THING, NOW it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 

 (Isaiah 43: 18, 19)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the new thing that God is doing is causing (forcing) me to update my thinking.  I am making the effort to stop considering the things of old, so that I can recognize the new thing when it springs forth.  The question is, “Shall you not know it?” and the answer is, “Yes, I will!”

 

2.       Today I will stop complaining about the wilderness and start looking for the road out of it.  The way out is the way into the Promised Land, and if He promised that the new thing would be a road (way) in my wilderness, then I am ready to travel on that new road, no matter the condition of it.  The road will give me direction.

 

3.       Today I will stop worrying about surviving in the desert and will search for the river that comes from the “new thing.”  I will not be afraid of the river, even if it is deep and has white water rapids and treacherous falls in it.  The river represents life, and I am ready to have it and to have it more abundantly.  Even if I have to move through my fears to navigate the new river, I know that it will lead me to my destiny.

 

4.       Today I will allow the Holy Spirit to do His unique work of making all things new.  He is the source of life Who causes miracles in the now.  His is the only way, and I will spontaneously obey His instructions, excitedly expecting the outcome.  He only brings good, life, peace, health and blessing—He is perfect in all His ways.

 

5.       Today I will have a new outlook and attitude in preparation for the new thing that God is doing.  The “springing forth” of it will not startle me, because I am flexible and aware of the work of the Spirit.  I am in a state of anticipation.  I am ready!

 

6.       Today I will not fret over the chaos that the new thing may cause in my world.  I will not be oppressed by the words and wishes of those who cannot accept the new or the now.  If the new thing from God disrupts my life as I know it, then so be it!  He is my Lord.  He doesn’t have to clear it with me, even though He has offered to do so.  My life belongs to Him.  He can do with it as He pleases, even though He has given me the control over my life.  I have freely given the control back over to Him!

 

7.       Today I will recognize the role that people play in bringing about God’s new thing for me.  I will be open to meeting new people who will bring new things to my life and will rethink the people who are already affecting me.  All of it will work together for my good.  The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.  Today I am looking for the new thing to spring forth, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to recognize the new thing that You are doing.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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