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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March 27: PERCEIVING PURPOSE!

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Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.

(Proverb 16:1  – The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am tapped in to the reality of my synergistic relationship with God and to the awareness that He and I together are co-creating destiny.  “The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue” (Proverb 16:1 AMP).

 

2.       Today I will flow with God, recognizing the harmony of our natures, the unity of our purposes and the manifestation of our mutual creativity. “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart)”  (v. 2).

 

3.       Today I will think with my spiritual, infinite mind, breaking free from an average attitude and a mediocre mentality in order to develop a divine dimension in my daily discipline.  “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed” (v. 3).

 

4.       Today I will discern the purpose of the dark side, understanding the positive things that are being developed in my life through negative forces.  “The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and HIS OWN PURPOSE—even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil” (v. 4).

 

5.       Today I will meditate God’s Word to develop sensitivity to His Spirit’s leading, paving my path with the progressive presentation of His perfect plan!  “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure” (v. 9).

 

6.       Today I will exercise my royal right to regulate my life through the revelation of my righteous decrees…my purpose is being revealed through the words of my mouth.  “Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king….” (v. 10).

 

7.    Today I will see the big picture of my purpose, by the Spirit, with my visionary eyes of faith.  “The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him]” (v. 33).  I will remember all these things today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to perceive the significance of what is really happening to me today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 16: LOOK UP!

 
 
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“And the Lord said . . . ‘Lift your eyes NOW and look from the place where you are . . .'” (Genesis 13:14)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the ability to lift up my eyes and look beyond the limitations of my present circumstances. By faith I am able today to observe the unseen things of the spirit realm that are eternal, rather than just the seen things of the visible world that are temporal. I will use my spiritual eyes today to determine what is my reality.

2. Today I will have the courage to be optimistic . . . a nonconformist to the negative majority of people around me. I will exhibit my individuality simply by not going along with the defeatist conversation that I hear. I will not cooperate with those who wallow in doubt and unbelief, even if I make myself unpopular with them.

3. Today I will find my direction through my God-inspired vision, rather than by my natural education. I will allow myself to be led by the
Spirit . . . to be “other-worldly” . . . to have the nerve to express my convictions. I will look up, and look beyond the boundaries of my natural mind to “count the stars” as Abraham did.

4. Today I will have the confidence to look beyond my own perceived weaknesses, and begin to see them as strengths – for in my weakness He is made strong! I consider myself today to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, to the point that I am able to “glory” in my weaknesses and infirmities.

5. Today I have faith . . . today I trust God and have my assurance in Him, which results in my own self-assurance and confidence. Because I can look up, I will maintain a spirit of bravery, valor, and boldness to overcome. I can defy danger because I see from my heart instead of from my head. I will have the audacity to keep going when everyone else says I should quit!

6. Today I will look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. My spirit will be His candle, and His Word will be a lamp for my feet (in the immediate), and a light for my path (for my destiny). I look to His Word for direction.

7. Today I will not be afraid of any bad news, for my heart is established and fixed. I will be peaceful in the midst of the storm . . . calm, relaxed, stress-free, and centered, because I can see past the chaos. I see the Lord, today, high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. I “look and live” today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me remember to look up today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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