A YEAR IN THE NOW

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July 14: KINGDOM REVOLUTION!

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“I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up
— how I long for it to be finished!”

(Luke 12:50 – The Message)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because Jesus, the King, is reigning in and with and through me, changing me from the inside out – in my mind, in my heart, and in my faith – so that I can change the world around me, and make it a better place in which to live for future generations. I am changing my mind today – learning to think in a new way – so that I can enter the Kingdom, and bring necessary revolution through the revelation of repentance from my present reality into the realm of righteous rebirth! There is a new world coming, and Christ is already reigning from there.

2. Today I will disassociate myself from demonic strongholds that are resistant to authority and to change. I will do what I can to expose the death that is religion.

3. Today I will make room for the new thing that God is doing in my interior world. I will throw out the non-essential numbers that usually define me, including age, weight, and height, and will adopt a new way of seeing myself (then we shall know even as also we are known – I Corinthians 13:12). A new definition of my personhood is being written on my heart and in my imagination. The Kingdom within is causing changes without, and is creating within me a vision for real revolution!

4. Today I will preserve what is good in my world, and will change what needs improvement. If what needs to be changed is beyond my ability to improve it, I will get help, knowing that revolution requires a responsible team effort.

5. Today I will embrace the excitement and adventure of transition, even the frightening kind, knowing that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away! The violent take the Kingdom by force, and today I will welcome the shaking of God in my life, not fearing the violence around me. In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me!

6. Today I will overcome the seduction of staying with the familiar and the temptation to let tradition go unchallenged and unchecked. I will outgrow my comfort zone today, and will move into the next chapter of the book of my life, knowing that the ending of the story will be a portrayal of my personal triumph!

7. Today I will run with the vision that is written on my heart by Jesus, the Revolutionary, and I will be changed for the better because of it. Today is the day for my miracle, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, let Your Kingdom come, and revolutionize my life today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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April 13: PROSPEROUS SOUL!

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Beloved, I pray that you may PROSPER in all things and be in health,

just as your soul prospers.  

(3 John 2)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I have a mindset and attitude that is conducive to prosperity, one that attracts good things to my life.  My soul (my mind, will and emotions) is prospering, and taking me to a higher level of success and productivity as it unlocks the treasures hidden in the field of my life’s potential.

 

2.       Today I will comprehend the definition of true prosperity, which involves more than just my financial status.  Peace of mind, excellence of character, sphere of influence, manifestation of leadership ability, and a virtuous life of unselfishness are all viable parts of real prosperity…the kind of prosperity that is a blessing to humanity.

 

3.       Today I will not contaminate my prosperous mentality with thoughts of guilt—the useless emotion that kills effectiveness—or worry, which is the mirror refection of guilt.  Guilt is past-oriented and worry is future-oriented, and both ensure that absolutely nothing worthwhile will be achieved in the present!  A prosperous soul is one that only functions in the now!

 

4.       Today I will remember that my state of mind is affecting my health and that good health is more than just the absence of sickness and disease in my body.  Today I will speak words that encourage my body’s natural immune system and re-creative ability to medicate itself from the inside out, but I will also see the big picture of mental and social health, longevity of life and contribution to the health and improvement of the world, and make that my ultimate goal.

 

5.       Today I will let my prosperous meditation unblock my energy and creativity.  “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he MEDITATES day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall PROSPER” (Psalm 1:2, 3).

 

6.       Today I will expose myself to information that bends my attention toward prospering, unlocking hidden rooms of potential within my spirit.  I will not lose precious time by letting my problems become obsessions (replaying painful thoughts and memories), but will be empowered by the will to be proactive.  Jesus has already completed His work for me, and nobody else can make me prosper, so I will make the Word work for myself!

 

7.       Today I will get it together in my soul-life.  I will do whatever is necessary to change my negative thought patterns and self-destructive inner voices, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to live my life today with a prosperous mentality.

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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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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