A YEAR IN THE NOW

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March 25: HIS MAJESTY!

abundance

 

 

 

…He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth…

All this energy issues from Christ:  God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne

in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments,

NO NAME AND NO POWER EXEMPT FROM HIS RULE.

And not just for the time being, but forever.  He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything.  At the center of all this, Christ rules the church.  The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.  The church is Christ’s body,

in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.

(Ephesians 1:10, 19-23 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I worship the Creator—the “I AM”—revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.  My knees bow and my tongue confesses to the glory of God that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

2.       Today I recognize Christ’s rule of the universe, and I derive confidence from knowing that I am His sibling and His joint heir, as well as His servant and loyal subject of His Kingdom that reigns over every living thing!

 

3.       Today I decree the rule of King Jesus over every name that names itself in my life today. I demonstrate His/my authority in three worlds: the earth, things above the earth and things beneath the earth!

 

4.       Today I declare the majesty and dominion of Christ the King over every second of every minute of this day.  This day must come into divine order and submit to His/my authority, as His will is done on earth as it is in heaven!

 

5.       Today I will prevail and conquer as someone who is a champion of the chosen generation, a revealer of the royal priesthood and a harbinger of the holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)!  Jesus rules and reigns through my life today!

 

6.       Today I will speak the word only and will expect to have what I say.  “Where the word of a king is, there is power” (Ecclesiastes 8:4).  I will not waste my royal vocabulary on the petty and the trivial.

 

7.       Today, as a king in the earth, I willingly worship the King of kings and, as a lord of the earth, I am eager to exalt the Lord of lords.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Almighty God, my Father, I worship You in Spirit and in truth.

Help me to recognize Your majesty in my own life today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 23: START NOW!

 

Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity],

because the days are evil.  (Ephesians 5:16 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I have realized how important my time is and how necessary it is for me to stop wasting it.  I can do something to advance the Kingdom of God now!  I can do something to make the world a better place in which to live now!  I can do something to help somebody I love now!  I can do something to improve my life now!

 

2.       Today is a day full of opportunity and promise.  I don’t have to be victimized by the swift passage of time, because I have the ability to redeem it.  The eternal “I AM” lives in me and, therefore, time is on my side.  It is never too late for a miracle!

 

3.       Today I will stop delaying my destiny.  I will be a proactive producer rather than a prosaic procrastinator.  I will not be lazy.  I will stop making excuses for myself.  I will not put off until tomorrow what I should go ahead and do today.

 

4.       Today I will move toward the fulfillment of the prophecies over my life.  I will find ways to start making my dreams come true, and I will enjoy the journey every bit as much as I do the destination.  To accomplish this, I will start making the necessary changes in my thinking immediately.

 

5.       Today I will not allow an unfounded fear of failure prevent me from getting started.  So what if I fall?  Stepping out of the boat is more important to me now than trying to stay out of the water.  In fact, I would rather be a wet “water-walker” than a dry “boat-dweller”!

 

6.       Today I will trust that God will stop me before I take a wrong step, because I have prayed over my path.  My faith will distance me from the pack—those who are too careful or too afraid—and I will ride with God on the high places of the earth.

 

7.       Today I will be brave enough to take the initiative in pursuing my best destiny.  I have experienced enough to know that I don’t have to be afraid anymore.  I am ready to get started today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Jesus said, “No procrastination.  No backward looks

 You can’t put God’s Kingdom off till tomorrow.

Seize the day.”  (Luke 9:62 The Message)

 

Father, give me the courage to get started on my journey today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 2: “I AM!”

 

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”

 And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,

‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  (Exodus 3:14)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the same God who revealed Himself to Moses as “I AM” is revealing Himself to me in the same way.  He is speaking to me in the now because I live by every word that proceeds from His mouth.  I am standing on holy ground today.

 

2.       Today I will recognize that He is not the “I WAS.”  Even though He has always been there for me in the past, He is speaking to me in the now.  I can only hear His voice in the present: “God is our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).  I will not listen to the voices of regret, bitterness and painful memories.  I will not live in a haunted house.  My God is the “I AM!”

 

3.       Today I will recognize that He is not the “I WILL BE.”  Even though I trust Him with my tomorrow, I will take no thought for it, for His Kingdom only exists in the now (Matthew 6:33, 34).  I will not listen to the voices of fear, worry and anxiety.  I will not ask for more than my daily bread.  My God is the “I AM!”

 

4.       Today I will let that abide in me which I heard from the beginning (1 John 2:24).  I will listen for my eternal voice and live my eternal life.  I will not be manipulated or limited by time, but I will locate the eternity that He has planted in my heart and let it rule my day.  One day with me will be as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.  Time is irrelevant to the real me today, and yet I will get every necessary thing done on time!

 

5.       Today I will walk in wholeness by integrating all the parts of my life: past, present and future.  Like God, I also “am who I am.”  I will accept and make peace with my whole life—who I was and who I will be—for they are both a part of who I am.  I will be complete in Him.  I will be perfect (mature) and entire, lacking nothing.

 

6.       Today I will be myself.  I will walk in the truth of who I really am.  I will not have the need to impress anyone or to try to gain anyone’s approval.  I am accepted in the Beloved.  I will simply manifest my own uniqueness with no apology.  Today I will let God be God, and He will let me be me.

 

7.       Today my revelation of God as the “I AM” will give others around me the courage to live in the now.  The atmosphere of peace and liberty that my faith will create will encourage them to be who they are.  Today I will be a burning bush for them, with God speaking through me, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, reveal Yourself to me as the “I AM” in a new way today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Introduction

 

 

For this third edition of A Year In The Now, I wanted to write a new introduction.  Enough time has elapsed since I first wrote this devotional that I can now read it with real objectivity and so it actually ministers to me in a way that makes it seem as though someone else wrote it.  People tell me all the time that, every day when they open the book, the word that they need right then is always there for them on the page…and now I can say the same thing for myself!    I am amazed at how many times the title of an entry or a phrase in one of the affirmations is uncannily pertinent to my current situation.  It confirms to me that I didn’t write this six years ago…I wrote it IN THE NOW!

 

And that’s because God is in the NOW!  God is always in the now!  God revealed Himself as the “I AM” to Moses in Exodus 3:14…not as the “I Was” or the “I Will Be.”  He is I AM, and “AM” is current…present tense…NOW!  He even went on to say to Moses that “I AM” would be His eternal name…“This is My name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations” (v.15 AMP).

 

God is eternal and eternity is best defined as “THE NOW.”  And it is only in the NOW that we can experience the “PRESENCE” of God.  PRESENCE means that He is PRESENT…not past…not future…PRESENT…NOW.  The Psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-PRESENT help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 TNIV).

 

Many, if not most, people miss the miracle of the NOW because they are too distracted by regret over the past or fear of the future.  But the God Who calls Himself “I AM” encourages us to “forget those things which are behind” (Philippians 3:13) and to stop worrying about tomorrow.  Jesus said, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing RIGHT NOW, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34 The Message).

 

When you let go of past-regret and future-anxiety, you can finally say with confidence that THIS is the day the Lord has made!  THIS IS…not was…not will be.  That’s why the writer of Hebrews declares that faith is always “NOW”…“NOW FAITH IS being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 TNIV)!

 

And then a few verses down he says, “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 NKJV).

To come to God—or to come into the “PRESENCE” of God—you must believe that HE IS (another tense of I AM).  Before you can even begin to believe that He is a rewarder, you must first establish that HE IS (or HE IS I AM).  The verse says, “must believe that He is AND, AND, AND that He is a rewarder.”  When people believe for rewards without first believing in His “IS-ness” or “AM-ness” (if you will), they are out of order.

 The IS (or AM) always comes before anything else.  That’s why so many people are frustrated in their prayer life—they have never just concentrated on believing that HE IS, so it brings imbalance into their lives when they attempt to believe that He is a rewarder, even when they diligently seek Him.  The bottom line is that if you don’t embrace the NOW, you cannot seek HIM—you just end up seeking rewards that never come, which ultimately keeps you in a constant state of unsettled disappointment.

But there is no disappointment in the I AM, and nothing is more important than right NOW.  Every time you pick up this book, you are “COMING TO GOD,” in a sense, and those who come to God MUST believe that HE IS.  I pray that A Year In The Now will help you fulfill the requirement, so that you can say, “I do believe that HE IS!”  I pray that it helps you to let yesterday go.  I pray that it enables you to stop worrying about tomorrow.  I pray that it allows you to realize that regret is a waste of time and that anxiety never creates anything positive.

Thank you for receiving this book into your hands and into your life.  Thank you for reading it every day.  Thank you for speaking the affirmations out loud.  Thank you for living in the NOW.  Thank you for passing it on to others.

Thanks to all who have helped to make AYITN what it is…a very big THANK YOU to Patti Cook…a very big THANK YOU to Pastor Avery Rogers…a very big THANK YOU to Robyn Darby…and, as always, a very big THANK YOU to René Babcock!

I also want to thank the brilliant Dr. Kelley Varner for his very kind words which have been added here to the words of others whom I love, respect and admire.  And a special THANK YOU goes out to Kirk Talley, who I have only met once but who has promoted this devotional more than anyone ever has, outside of my own ministry.

And the ultimate THANK YOU to THE GREAT I AM—all power, honor and glory be unto Him forever!!!

GOD IS NOW!  NOW FAITH IS!

G0D IS!  NOW FAITH!

GOD!  NOW!

 

Stay in the now,

 

Bishop Jim Swilley

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