A YEAR IN THE NOW

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March 26: TAKE DOMINION!

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Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply;

fill the earth and subdue it; have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

  (Genesis 1:28)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because, as I celebrate my dominion in the earth, I progressively perceive my position in Christ.  Because I can do all things through Him, I have confidence in my abilities.  Because I believe in myself, I try harder, doubling my efforts for Him as I move boldly ahead toward destiny discovery.

 

2.       Today I will dare to question established methods and fixed policies, including the religious systems in the earth, and will fearlessly initiate alternate ways of looking at life and getting things done.  When I am thwarted in my efforts, I will discover innovative ways to reach my goals through the Mind of Christ.

 

3.       Today I will not be afraid of facing a crisis, because my dominion mentality forces me to not only work at resolving it but to try to find something beneficial in the situation.  The Christ in me conquers the chaos as I manage to discover that fine vein of positive thinking that can lead to new chances for success!

 

4.       Today I will hang in when the going gets tough, because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.  I am actively dedicated to surviving, so I have no choice but to continue to struggle with a problem until I either find a solution or uncover new information concerning it.  The just shall live by faith, and I am a walking illustration of that fact!

 

5.       Today I will notice my door of opportunity, even if it is slightly ajar, and, if that is the case,  I will seize my chance to push it open the rest of the way.  If I am rejected, I will try to change the situation and alter the circumstances in my favor.  The God who never sleeps or slumbers will be my strength!

 

6.       Today I will exercise the authority resident in the Name of Jesus and will use it to dominate depression, disease, disorder, discouragement, demons and even death itself.  My effectual, fervent prayers will avail much, and the sword of the Lord will enable me to be a gladiator for God!

 

7.       Today I will fulfill God’s mandate for covenant dominion, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, I decree that, in the name of Jesus, I will walk in dominion today!

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March 24: SURPRISE PARTY!

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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)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I believe that the day is filled with wonderful surprise events that God has before-ordained for me, and I will arrive at the right place at the right time to experience all of them as I follow Him!

2. Today I will delight in the beauty and natural wonders around me. I will enjoy the little things: the laughter of children, the flower ready to burst into bloom, the sweet smell of the air after a rain. God is a good God and He is good all the time! His goodness is everywhere…all around me today…overtaking me with His blessings!

 3. Today I will enjoy the adventure of locating God’s surprises with an upbeat, optimistic attitude. I will channel my thoughts and words into uplifting and encouraging ideas and observations. I will experience the good things that are happening in the present, knowing that the past is a library of information from which to learn, and the future is a happy, inviting land of unlimited promise!

4. Today I will dream winning dreams and will not be defeated by anyone who attempts to strip away my coat of many colors from me. Those colors have been so internalized that I have unshakeable, childlike faith in happy endings, and I refuse to quit until my dreams are realized.

5. Today I will delight myself in the Lord and He will give me the desires of my heart—and when the desire comes, it is a tree of life!

6. Today I will navigate the uncharted waters of my current circumstances with complete confidence and consistent courage. I will demonstrate boldness by beginning to release the hidden winner within me into the external world.

7. Today I will not miss my window of opportunity. I am present in my present, as I stay in His presence! Today is my day, and today I will live in the now! Father, I thank you for what You are preparing for me today!

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March 10: FRESH START!

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“. . . Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 – AMP)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because today is a new day, with new vision, and new opportunities for my life. Because His mercies are new every morning, I have a chance to begin again, knowing that I have not exhausted His grace for my life. I can still reach my potential, and fulfill my destiny. It’s not too late – I can still make it!

2. Today I will glorify God in my mind and personality by abandoning the old, counterproductive thought processes and negative patterns. It’s a new day, and I am walking in a new way because of the freshness of the flow of the Holy Spirit. There is a river of God, and I am finding new ways to move in it effectively.

3. Today I will make room in my life for the bigger picture of my future. I recognize that more is coming – abundance is on the way – increase is on the horizon . . . so I call myself a planner, a doer, a mover and a shaker. I am stirred up today, excited about what is coming. I declare my future as I prophesy to the wind, and call the nonexistent things into existence! I am prepared for the next wave – the new thing in my abundant life.

4. Today I will invest in the next generation, as my own youth is renewed like the eagle’s. I am not getting older, but am continually experiencing a recreation in my spirit that affects my mind and physical body. I have access into the Kingdom, as I remain childlike, and child-friendly.

5. Today I will be energized by my faith in the Ancient of Days. I will not let myself be burned-out, cynical or depressed, but I will drink from the fountain of hope that springs eternal, as the Dayspring arises in my heart. Wherever I go today, I will create an atmosphere of anticipation because of the Zoë life of God that flows out of my inner man.

 6. Today I will get it together concerning regret. No time for crying over spilled milk for me today – now is all that matters. I redeem the time by my faith and understanding of what is eternal and important.

7. Today is going to be a great day of influence for me. I will be a walking illustration to the world at large of the new creation species, demonstrating “in-Christ realities” to everyone that I encounter. I am believing that today is the first day of the rest of my life, and today I will live in the now! Thank you, Father, for a fresh start in my life today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 5: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!


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“I returned and saw under the sun that – The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I can discern the importance of this day, and the opportunities for growth that it presents. By walking in the Spirit, my sense of timing will put me in the right place at the right time – not ahead of schedule, nor falling behind – but perfectly in the zone for realizing potential and creating success.

2. Today I will be perceptive to the people that God has placed in my path to help me progress and to prosper. I will be receptive to the results that my relationship with them will allow me to realize, as I rise to a higher realm of revelation!

3. Today I will recognize the remarkable, and consider it confirmation to God’s plan for me when things seem to fall into a pattern of perfection, not dismissing the extraordinary events of the day as common coincidence. All things will work together today for my good, as God perfects that which concerns me!

4. Today I will be noticed and commended for my diligence, discipline, determination and drive! I will do what needs to be done for the development of the discovery of my dreams, because faith without works is dead, and I am more than just a hearer of the word!

5. Today I will prepare for promotion, knowing that it ultimately comes from the Lord, but that I can do my part to facilitate the favor that I need to find it. As I bind mercy and truth around me, I will obtain the favor with God and man that will surround me like a shield.

6. Today I will be sensitive to ministry opportunity around me, looking to the fields that are ripe for harvest. I will redeem the time, and work while I have daylight to illuminate my path. God can and will use me today as his instrument of influence.

7. Today I will turn a corner on my journey, and will discover that I have only just begun! What I have perceived as a closed door will be seen as a new beginning for me. Today will make a difference in my life, and today I will live in the now!

 

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Father, help me to hear the door when opportunity knocks today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 17: ACT NOW!

 

Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise,

which, having no captain, overseer or ruler,

provides her supplies in summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

(Proverb 6:6, 7)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am a doer of the Word, someone who takes action.  I will seize the day, live in the moment, and perceive the power of the present—and at the same time take charge of my life by preparing for my future.  What I do today will make a difference in the world around me.

 

2.       Today I am making plans…planting seeds for a desired harvest…watching and praying…but I am doing it all without taking thought for tomorrow.  I make wise preparation, all the while considering the lilies of the field!  This is impossible to do in the natural, but with God all things are possible.  I am blessed to be balanced in Him.

 

3.       Today I am a co-laborer with God.  I am His fellow worker.  I can decree a thing so that it can be established, but I can also cast my care upon Him.  He will not do everything for me, and I do not have to do everything for myself.  God and I are in perfect harmony with one another.

 

4.       Today I will recognize opportunity when it knocks.  Jesus is made unto me wisdom.  I have the knowledge of witty inventions.  I have the Mind of Christ.  I know when to move and when to act.  I also know when to be still and wait.  I walk in the Spirit.

 

5.       Today I will not walk in stress or under undue pressure.  The government is on His shoulder.  I have the energy and the will to pursue success, but I also have the grace to let go.  Through faith and patience I inherit the promises.

 

6.       Today I have a keen sense of timing.  I will not run ahead of God, nor lag behind Him.  I will move with the cloud.  I will not act prematurely, nor will I procrastinate.  I am in sync with God, moving in tandem to his perfect leadership.

 

7.       Today I make good and right decisions.  I am not afraid to trust my instincts.  I will patiently wait for the “blade” and the “ear,” but when the “full corn in the ear” is ripe, I will not hesitate to thrust in the sickle and reap!  I will discern my moment of visitation.  I will not miss my window of opportunity.  I can do something powerful and important today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, show me today how to “act now.”  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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