A YEAR IN THE NOW

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April 9: BORN AGAIN!

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Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right.  Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above,

it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s Kingdom.”  “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up?  You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again.  What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above talk’?”  Jesus said, “You’re not listening.  Let me say it again.  Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind hovering over the water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible,

a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s Kingdom.” 

 (John 3:3-5 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am born from above—supernatural in origin, “other-worldly,” a partaker of the divine nature!

 

2.       Today I will “see” the Kingdom operating in my world.  I will be able to perceive and understand the rule and reign of Christ as it is exercised through my God-given authority on this planet.

 

3.       Today I will be renewed in my soul because of the continual process of being reborn—going from glory to glory—so that my life today will not be stale or boring or predictable.  I am refreshed by the washing of the water of the Word, born again of the incorruptible sperm of God (1 Peter 1:23).  I have His nature!  I have His life!

 

4.       Today I will not have to wear a “WWJD?” bracelet to remind myself to ask “What would Jesus do?” because He is doing what He is doing RIGHT NOW through me!  In Him I live and move and have my being in the now, because the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me!

 

5.       Today I will be a witness through my words and actions—God’s instrument of reconciliation.  I will not take eternal life for granted and will allow the flow of the good news to replenish the dry and thirsty ground within the lives of those around me.  I will be a river in the desert today.

 

6.       Today I will anticipate change, because I am being conformed to His image.  I will reproduce after my own kind, helping to bring many sons to glory, as I awaken their spirits to the truth of Jesus, the King.

 

7.       Today I will repent and enter the Kingdom, seeing the world from God’s vantage point and marching to a different drummer.  Today I will rejoice that He lives big in me today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, give me a fresh understanding of what it means to be ‘born again’ 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.

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February 14: GOD’S LOVE!

 
“. . . God is love.” (I John 4:8)

Behold what manner of LOVE the Father has bestowed on me, that I should be called a child of God (1 John 3:1)! In this the LOVE of God was manifested toward me, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that I might live through Him. In this is LOVE, not that I LOVED God, but that He LOVED me, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for my sins (1 John 4:9, 10). For God so LOVED me that He gave His only begotten Son, that if I would believe in Him, I would not perish, but would have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to me to condemn me, but that I, through Him, might be saved (John 3:16, 17). For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrated His own LOVE toward me, in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:7, 8)!

LOVE has been perfected in me in this: I may have boldness in the Day of Judgment, because as He is, so am I in this world. There is no fear in LOVE, but perfect LOVE casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in LOVE. I LOVE Him because He first LOVED me (1 John 4:17-19).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, I have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also I have access by faith into this grace in which I stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And, not only that, but I also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the LOVE OF GOD has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit who has been given to me (Romans 5:1-5).

Today I will LOVE the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is similar to the first . . . Today I will LOVE my neighbor as I LOVE myself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22:37-40). Because of the LOVE of God in me, I will suffer long, and be kind. I will not envy, will not parade myself, and will not let myself be puffed up. I will not behave rudely, nor look out only for my own best interest. I will not be easily provoked, or think evil about others today. I will not rejoice in iniquity, but will rejoice in the truth . . . will bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)!

Today, by His grace, strength and power, I will LOVE my enemies, bless those who curse me, do good to those who hate me, and pray for those who use me for spite, and persecute me (Matthew 5:44). In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Him who LOVES me. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate me from the LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus my Lord (Romans 8:37-39)! I am LOVED, and today I will live in the now!

 

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