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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February 20: ULITMATE WORKOUT!

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“Therefore . . . work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do
for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12, 13)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the courage to accept the responsibility of taking ownership of my unique and personal salvation, and I will move toward that goal today. I will MIND MY OWN BUSINESS, knowing that I can only legitimately compare myself to Jesus, and to no one else – striving to remove the plank from my eye, instead of attempting to remove the splinter from my brother’s.

2. Today I will MOVE AY MY OWN PACE. My “work-out” requires that I flow with my own times and seasons, and allow others the liberty to do the same. Jesus has done what only He can do concerning my salvation, but today I will move in Him toward becoming the best version of me that I can be, as my life in Christ issues from the inside out.

3. Today I will MAKE MY OWN HAPPINESS. I will not wait for external things to improve my feelings, but will take the initiative to activate the joy that is already in my heart through the Holy Spirit. As David did, I will encourage myself in the Lord today!

4. Today I will MINIMIZE MY OWN STRESS. Working out my own salvation means that it is up to me to “let not my heart be troubled.” No matter what happens today, I make the choice to walk in peace. Accepting the fact that I can’t control what others do or say to me, I exercise my ability to control how I let what they do or say affect me.

5. Today I will MEASURE MY OWN PROGRESS. Whatever strides I make toward success in God today will only be done to please Him, and for my own satisfaction. I will work OUT what God has done IN me, regardless of the praise or criticism of others.

6. Today I will MANAGE MY OWN PERSONALITY. He who rules his spirit is greater than he who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32). I will celebrate and accentuate my strengths, with full acceptance and understanding of my limitations.

7. Today I will MANIFEST MY TRUE SELF, being who God made me – not who everyone else thinks I am, or should be. The process of working out my own salvation is a joint effort with the Author and Finisher of my faith, and I trust Him to do what I cannot do for myself. Today He and I together will produce the synergy necessary to accomplish His will for my life, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me to work out my own salvation with godly fear today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

January 25: KINGDOM, COME!

 

Your Kingdom come.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6:10)

 

Therefore, since we ARE RECEIVING a Kingdom which cannot be shaken,

let us have grace….  (Hebrews 12:28)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am a part of His Kingdom, and His Kingdom is coming now!  The King is reigning in my life now.  His government is increasing now.  The kingdoms of this world are becoming the Kingdoms of our God and of His Christ, now.

 

2.       Today I am not encumbered with the pointless rules and regulations of religion, because the Kingdom of God is not meat or drink, but it is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  I will interpret my day be these three things and will make seeking them my first priority.

 

3.       Today is a day to demonstrate righteousness.  He who knew no sin became sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God in Christ, and it is from this righteousness consciousness that my self-esteem and confidence flow today.  By this I am able to show that He has made me the head and not the tail.

 

4.       Today is a day to walk in peace—not as the world gives—but as Jesus Himself shares His supernatural peace with me.  I let not my heart be troubled because I have the peace that passes understanding.  I will not be agitated, frustrated or anxious today, because of my Kingdom right to walk in Kingdom peace.

 

5.       Today is a day to celebrate joy in the Holy Ghost.  I will not be sad or depressed today because His joy is in me and, therefore, my joy is full!  The Kingdom joy working in me will be my strength and will give me the winner’s edge.

 

6.       Today I will seek the Kingdom first in every situation.  Before I have a chance to think about it in the natural…before I analyze it or react emotionally…I will look for the Kingdom before  I do anything else about anything at all.  He is reigning in and through me today, and every name that is named must bow to His Name!

 

7.       Today I live a life that shows the world that I am a royal subject of the ultimate Kingdom and, therefore, I cannot fail or lose or be defeated.  Jesus the King shall reign forever and ever, and He is my Lord, my personal friend, my elder brother.  Today I say, “Long live the King!” and today I will live in the now!

 

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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