A YEAR IN THE NOW

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April 14: BURNING BUSH!

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…looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

(Exodus 3:2-4)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the spiritual sensitivity to realize when God is trying to get my attention through unusual means…when wisdom is crying in the streets. I will not be too busy today to “turn aside and see this great sight” as Moses did, but will be prepared to obey His instructions for me, no matter how impossible the requirement may seem in the natural.

2. Today I will recognize divine confirmation when I see it—those signposts from heaven that let me know that I am on the right track. I will move through this day on the assumption that there are no accidents, coincidences or flukes, and will take to heart the words of the mouth of two or three witnesses. If God is speaking, I will pick up on the message!

3. Today I will not be dull of hearing or as a brute beast before the Lord. My freedom from religious prejudice, willingness to think outside the box and openness to revelation knowledge will enable me to know how to appropriately respond when faith comes by hearing the rhema Word. My obedience today will be better than sacrifice.

 4. Today I will be willing to do the ridiculous so that God can do the miraculous. I will remember that the “burning bushes” that I observe in my life are God’s way of using the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and that what seems absurd to the logical world makes perfect sense to the Mind of Christ!

5. Today I will be aware of the presence of God in my life and will know when I am on holy ground. I will reverence His name and come before His presence with singing. I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart and go into His courts with praise. Most importantly, when He makes Himself known, I will respond by saying, “Here I am.”

6. Today I will be aware that the bush does not burn up, proving God’s persistence and purposeful intention. He will not advance me instructions beyond my last act of obedience, so I will not insult Him by my procrastination!

7. Today I will open my eyes and ears to God, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to notice the burning bushes in my life today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 9: HE IS!

 

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“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)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I understand that God is in the now . . . that He is the “I Am” . . . that He lives in eternity where one day equals a thousand years (and vice versa), so that He is not bound by the limitations of natural time. Anything can happen today!

2. Today I make the decision to walk by faith for the next 24 hours, because I know that faith is now and that it is impossible to please God without faith. I will conduct the affairs of my day according to what I believe, rather than by my five natural senses. I will walk by faith today, and not by sight.

3. Today I will not hesitate to approach the Throne of Grace, because it is written that “he who COMES (continually) to God” will have God-pleasing faith. My righteousness consciousness will prevent my heart from condemning me, so that I can make myself comfortable in God’s presence and can feel at home there!

4. Today I will diligently seek God and His Kingdom. In every circumstance that occurs today, I will look for the Kingdom truth or principle that is being communicated to me. I will listen diligently for the voice of the Good Shepherd in every conversation that I have. I will be relentless in my pursuit of Him today.

5. Today I will believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I will be perceptive enough to recognize a reward when it comes to me today, and I will have the boldness to accept it and enjoy it. The discovery of rewards will cause this day to be a great adventure for me. It will be a day of increase for me!

6. Today I will be thankful for what God has done for me previously, but I will pull myself out of the past (where He was), so that I can live my extraordinary faith-life where HE IS! I believe that God IS . . . HE IS! . . . HE IS! . . . HE IS!

7. Today I will not miss one miracle that is headed my way. My expectation and faith-filled words will cause me to attract God’s best, and to repel what is negative and counterproductive to the Kingdom. I know that I am blessed today because I know that God is, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, I come to You today, believing that YOU ARE, and that You are my rewarder because I diligently seek You. Help me to keep my focus on You 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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