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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January 1: NEW BEGINNINGS!

 

Then He who sat on the throne said,

“Behold, I make all things new.”  (Revelation 21:5)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because He who sits on the throne declares that He makes all things new for me!  I will behold His power in my life as I allow the renewal process to take place without any fear of the unknown.  I can begin again!   I am a pioneer!  I am not afraid to explore new territory!

 

2.       Today I will accept new beginnings in every area of my personal world, even if they challenge all of my comfort zones.  I will embrace the now with no unnecessary allegiance to the past.  My only obligation is to the now.  My only interest is in the now.  My total focus is on the now.

 

3.       Today I will share the concept of new beginnings with others, as I allow them the grace to start over.  I will not bind others with the words “you always…” or “you never…;” I will give them the gift of new beginnings, and I will reap in my own life what I sow into theirs.  I will live in the now and love in the now.  I will give someone who has disappointed me another chance.

 

4.       Today I will see the chaos and disorder around me as a necessary means to a new beginning.  I will not be moved by what I see.  What would normally appear to me as a negative circumstance or situation will be seen by me today simply as the natural messiness of the birth process.

 

5.       Today I will not be afraid to embrace the essential experience of death in my life—to die on one level, so that I can be resurrected to the next one.  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24).  I will celebrate the mercy killing of all that needs to die in me.

 

6.       Today I will rethink an old problem.  Because of the possibility of new beginnings, I will be proactive and innovative in my approach to that which has been all too familiar.  The prospect of beginning again will resurrect hope in me.

 

7.       Today I will open a new chapter in the book of my life.  I will learn something that I did not know before (or didn’t know that I knew); I will think a new thought…speak a new word… sing a new song…pray a new prayer.  I make the choice today to live in a world full of new beginnings as darkness is replaced by dawn and winter is replaced by spring.  Today is a new beginning for me, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to believe for new beginnings today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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JANUARY

JANUARY

 

 

The month that sets the tone for the entire year.

 

New beginnings . . . a fresh start . . . putting the past behind you . . .

 

a time for discovering destiny through the door of dreams

 

. . . for voicing vision

. . . for prophesying possibilities

. . . for sowing seeds for success.

Write down your goals for the new year, but write them in pencil.

Speak your faith:

. . . declare the end from the beginning

. . . call those things that are not as though they are

. . . prophesy to the wind—

but in all of your endeavors of faith,

always leave room for God to do

exceeding, abundantly above all that you can ask or think.

 

 

 

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.  (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP)

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