A YEAR IN THE NOW

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February 15: IT’S POSSIBLE!

 

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a believer whose mind is continually being renewed to think positively, and to abandon all self-defeating and limiting mental images. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING, so today I am changing my opinion to take dominion!

2. Today I will really let myself believe that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes'” (Mark 9:23). I will not be naïve and unrealistic, but my faith will definitely allow me to visualize the evidence of things not seen and to feel the substance of the things that I hope for!

3. Today I will remember to NEVER SAY NEVER. The atmosphere is now so heavy with possibilities that I will not rule out anything or anybody being used by God today to bring miracles into my life. He will even use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.

4. Today I will TRY, TRY AGAIN. I will overcome and move past my failures, and work through the embarrassment of my mistakes. “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21 – AMP). My cooperation with God makes my success a possibility.

5. Today I will THINK WIN/WIN. I will see obstacles as opportunities, give a good report, and just keep going. “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally” (1 Corinthians 9:25 – The Message). Today I see myself as a winner!

6. Today I will demonstrate that GOD IS GOOD. I know that His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations, so I will seize this day with all the faith, expectation, hope, motivation, energy, and vision that is in me!

7. Today I will confess that JESUS IS LORD. I have authority in three worlds through the Name of Jesus . . . in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth (Philippians 2:10, 11), so I will see the salvation of the Lord today through my tenacious faith in the power of His might. Because I am seated with Him in the heavenlies, I can see my life from His vantage point and am, therefore, aware that anything is possible with and through Him today. Today I believe that IT’S ALL GOOD, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 

 
Father, help me to remember that all things are possible today. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

February 15, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, possibilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

January 18: LET GO!

 

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,

forgive him and let it drop (leave it, LET IT GO)

in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you

your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.  (Mark 11:25 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am not held in the past by unresolved issues and unfinished business.  I am too busy to be bitter.  I have more important things to do with my time than to waste it by holding on to things that I cannot change in the natural.  I will forgive, not just because I have been commanded to do so, but because it is for my own benefit.  Forgiveness moves me into the now.

 

2.       Today I will let go of unrealistic expectations that I have in and for other people.  Jesus is enough for me.  His grace is sufficient.  I can depend on Him.  His faithfulness allows me to give a break to someone who has disappointed me.  His power helps me to keep people in perspective.

 

3.       Today I will let go of my regrets.  That was then.  This is now.  I will learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for my actions, and do what I can to make my life what it should be.  If  I can change something that I don’t like, I will.  If I can’t, I’ll shut up about it!

 

4.       Today I will let go of my pettiness.  I will choose greatness by taking the high road with others.  I will do the right thing, whether anyone else does or not.  I will be mature and noble and wise. I will stop blaming everybody else for what I don’t like about the world. I will not complain about what I permit.

 

5.       Today I will let go of my anger.  I will retire from nursing my high-maintenance grudges, and stop allowing myself to be exhausted and burned out from my hatred and prejudices.  I will be a peacemaker, even with myself.

 

6.       Today I let go of my negativity.  God is good.  Life is good (or at least better than I usually realize or admit).  The world is a beautiful place to live.  So I let it all go…bad attitude, self-pity, pain and sadness…and I will not take comfort in the familiarity of these things any longer.

 

7.       Today I let yesterday go.  I can’t go back there; I have to keep moving, so I will make the journey easier by lightening my load.  I will not hold on to the past, but will move with the rhythm and flow of life.  Today I say “good-bye and good riddance” to what I should release, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to let go today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Letting Go | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

January 4: ONLY BELIEVE!

 

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken,

He said to the ruler of the synagogue,

“Do not be afraid; ONLY believe.”  (Mark 5:36)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I hear the voice of Jesus speak to my inner man the words that He spoke to Jairus, and I will obey those words.  I will not be afraid today, but I will ONLY believe.  God has not given me a spirit of fear, and my faith in the now will be enough to put me over, no matter what happens.

 

2.       Today I will not be devastated by any bad news or negative report that I may hear.  I will not overreact, because my heart is established and I walk in the illogical peace that passes understanding.  I will believe the report of the Lord.  I will overcome all obstacles to my faith by His word spoken to my heart.

 

3.       Today I will prevail over my emotions and will conduct myself according to what I believe rather than by what I feel.  I will resist the temptation to be anxious or fretful.  I will not waste my time worrying, because the Lord, my Shepherd, will make me to lie down in green pastures and lead me beside still waters.  He will restore my soul.

 

4.       Today I will be calm and steady in my mind.  The circumstances around me will not distract me.  I will focus on what God is doing in the now, and in the now I will find my confidence.    I will rise to the occasion today.  I will accomplish my goals for today.  I will win!

 

5.       Today my words will reflect that I ONLY believe.  I know that I cannot believe and doubt at the same time, any more than I can travel north and south simultaneously.  My words will be words of faith, victory and success today.  My tongue, like the rudder on a ship, will guide me through dangerous waters into safety all day long.  I will have what I say.

 

6.       Today I will avoid negative people and their influence as much as possible.  I will not believe the words of those who do not ONLY believe.  I will attract faith-filled and positive individuals who will inspire me to continue to believe and will confirm the truth on which I stand.  Our speech together will be seasoned with salt.

 

7.       Today I will understand what the word ONLY means in a whole new way.  Because I declare the end from the beginning, I call this day a good day even before I live it.  I will not dilute my pure faith with compromise.  I will be radical in my ability to believe, and things will change in my life for the better because of it.  Today I am fearless!  Today I will ONLY believe, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to ONLY believe today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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