A YEAR IN THE NOW

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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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October 9: WILDERNESS ADVENTURE!

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“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the WILDERNESS . . .” (Matthew 3:1)

“While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.’ John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy: Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!” (Matthew 3:1-3 – The Message)

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the WILDERNESS . . . From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:1, 17)

 

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am not afraid of the wilderness experience, for the preaching of the Kingdom always begins in the wilderness . . . away from the organized paths and paved roads . . . away from the structure of the world system . . . in a place where I must walk by the faith that relies entirely on God’s ability to make ways in the wilderness, and streams in the desert  (Isaiah 43:19).

2.  Today I will repent of long-held paradigms of my personal wilderness, rethinking my present position as Jacob did when he had the vision of heaven’s gate (“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.’ And he was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God . . . the gate of heaven!'” – Genesis 28:16, 17). Awaking from my sleep today, I will see my salvation, right where I am in the now, embracing my own wilderness, and saying, “How awesome is THIS place!”

3. Today I will recognize the power and potential that is present in what I have in my hand, for that is where the Kingdom is. The Kingdom is not just at hand, it is at MY hand – it is “handy” — so I will do what I know to do today with excellence and with all of my might  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)!

4.  Today I will find a river of life in the wilderness as John the Baptist did, and I will follow his example and get busy with the work of the Kingdom . . . where I am . . . with what I have to work with . . . just as I am.

5. Today I will preach (prophetically) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

6. Today I will say (conversationally) that the Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17).

7.  Today I will be happy in the wilderness, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to discern why I am in the wilderness today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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April 7: FEAR NOT!

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the nature of God in me which produces the courage to face all of my fears and to overcome them. He has not given me a spirit of fear and there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear! Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world!

 

2. Today I will not be afraid to embrace change. I will not be afraid to tell the truth. I will not be afraid to be myself. I will not be afraid to accept a challenge. I will not be afraid to try something new. I will not be afraid to listen to a different point of view. I will not be afraid to give my opinion. I will not be afraid to fly.

 

3. Today I will not be afraid to try again after I have failed at trying something. I will not be afraid to admit when I am wrong. I will not be afraid to believe again, even when I have been greatly disappointed. I will not be afraid to be vulnerable. I will not be afraid of rejection. I will not be afraid of bad news.

 

4. Today I will not be afraid to be great at something. I will not be afraid to believe in myself. I will not be afraid to learn from a mistake. I will not be afraid of the devil or of demons. I will not be afraid of death or of hell. I will not be afraid of the end of the world or “signs of the times.” I will not be afraid that I won’t make it. I will not be afraid of what I don’t understand.

 

5. Today I will not be afraid to go to the doctor. I will not be afraid of disease. I will not be afraid of the symptoms in my body. I will not be afraid to grow old. I will not be afraid that I am unloved. I will not be afraid of pain. I will not be afraid of being talked about or falsely accused. I will not be afraid of poverty or lack. I will not be afraid that I can’t pay my bills. I will not be afraid of tragedy.

 

6. Today I will not be afraid of added responsibility. I will not be afraid of success. I will not be afraid of promotion. I will not be afraid of having a nervous breakdown or of losing my mind. I will not be afraid of losing a loved one. I will not be afraid to be alone. I will not be afraid of the dark or of nightmares.

 

7. Today I decide to live fear-free and what fears I do have remaining I will use as a catalyst to unleash my superpowers (when I am weak, then I am strong)! Today I will keep my mind stayed on Him so that He may keep me in perfect peace, and today I will live in the now!

Father, I thank You that I do not have to be afraid of anything today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 7: NO FEAR!

 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am free from the paralysis of fear; in Him I live and MOVE and have my being.  In Christ I am a mover and a shaker…a Kingdom risk-taker!

 

2.       Today I will not be afraid to explore the vastness of the real world that lies beyond the limits of my comfort zone.  I will ignore my tendency to always do the safe and easy thing and will accept the challenges of living the faith life.  I will violently take the Kingdom by force in my own realm of influence today.

 

3.       Today I will look beyond my own insecurities and see all of the possibilities around me that are worth striving for.  I will not allow the fear of failure or rejection to prevent me from moving toward the fulfillment of my purpose, because I know that I will be all right, even if I fall or fail!

 

4.       Today I will not be afraid to voice my vision.  I will write it upon the tablet of my heart so that I can read it and run with it.  I am not intimidated by the potential of it which I see moving and growing and evolving into something much bigger than what it is right now.

 

5.       Today I am not afraid to do what I need to do to be productive.  Productivity is a choice—my choice.  My productivity will be magnetic today; it will draw success into my life and cause me to increase and multiply my own resources.

 

6.       Today I am not afraid to be myself…to be real…to express my needs to those who can appropriately fill them.  With Jesus as the Lord of my mind, I will not be afraid to think for myself…to be original and true to my own unique call and purpose.

 

7.       Today I will live a carefree lifestyle, far removed from fear.  I will not live the safe life…the sheltered life…the small life, but I will joyously break forth into a new world of freedom from intimidation and cowardice.  God will approve of me today as I please Him with my faith and as I do exploits for His Kingdom!  Today I am simply not afraid, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to live the fear-free life for Your glory today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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