A YEAR IN THE NOW

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May 17: TIME TRAVEL!

Time Travel


   

 

“. . . there is a time appointed for every matter and purpose and every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17 – AMP)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the power of memory and vision are enabling me to put the now into perspective. With the eye of truth I am able to see into the distant past, and solve the mysteries of my life — and with the eye of faith I am able to see into the distant future, and declare the end from the beginning.

2. Today I will travel back in my memory to get in touch with my childhood, knowing that Jesus made childlike-ness a requirement for entrance into the Kingdom. The imagination, innocence, playfulness, and sense of wonder of my youth still remain buried in my sub-conscious (spirit), and the Keys of the Kingdom are unlocking the prophetic imagery that is produced by the positive parts of my past. I will also know when it is time to put away childish things.

3. Today I will listen to the messages that my dreams and night-visions are conveying to me. Instead of being haunted by horrible images from yesterday, I will recognize that my soul is bringing these things to the surface in an effort to help and heal itself for a better tomorrow.

4. Today I will know the difference between what needs to be resurrected and what needs to stay buried. My sense of timing and propriety, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, will help me to know what to do and say, and what not to do and say.

5. Today I will see my life as a whole entity, and will accept it for what it is. I will not complain, nor slow my progress through the pointlessness of regret, “But by the grace of God I am what I am . . . ” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

6. Today I will keep talking myself into my future, propelling my faith to maintain the motivation for mental mobility in a mature manner. I can’t afford to get my life stuck in a time warp now, because I know too much and there is too much for me to do. The future is calling me, so I must move forward!

7. Today I will believe that I am not getting older, but that I am getting better as I grow in God and learn my life-lessons. I will embrace the sage-like wisdom and oak-like strength that comes from having lived a full life. Today I will travel the road of life successfully, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to appropriately navigate my past and my future today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

May 17, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Moving forward, perception | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

April 10: STRESS FREE!

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He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have Jesus’ peace reigning in my heart…so I am stress-free, laid-back, chilled-out, settled-down, alright, going-with-the-flow, and calm, cool and collected in Christ! Today is my day to just let all the pressure go and say, “It’s all good!”

2. Today I will claim this verse: “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God” (Philippians 4:6 AMP).

3. Today I will also claim the next verse: “And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 AMP).

4. Today I will go ahead and claim the verse following the other two: “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]” (Philippians 4:8 AMP).

5. Today I will not take everything so seriously. I will find something funny and really laugh at it. I will avoid negative people who drain me and always stress me out. I will have some well-deserved fun today.

6. Today I will take some time for myself and relax and get some quality rest for my spirit, mind and body. I will go with the flow, let the stress go and learn to say “no” when it is appropriate to do so!

7. Today I will let the Lord be my Shepherd and quietly follow Him wherever He leads me. I will bow before Him—not before deadlines and pressure and expectations and demands. This is the day the Lord has made for me, and I will rejoice in it today. I will get my stuff done without making mountains out of molehills. Today I claim calm nerves, regular blood pressure, steady heartbeat, peace of mind, a positive attitude and an ulcer-free stomach. Today I am seated with Him in heavenly places, and today I will live in the now!

Father, help me to live a stress-free life today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 24: BIG PICTURE!

 

While we do not look at the things which are seen,

 but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,

but the things which are not seen are eternal.  (2 Corinthians 4:18)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I have made the decision to see my current circumstances in the light of the spiritual realm.  I will see my life as a whole—something entire and complete.  Although I am making the effort to live in the moment,  I always know that there is more to my life than what is happening right now.  Now is certainly important, but it is not all that there is to my life.

 

2.       Today I will be able to regard my present circumstances as important pieces to the puzzle of my life, and I will cooperate with the Holy Spirit in assembling those pieces until the picture is complete.  Seeing things come together to manifest God’s purpose for my life is an enjoyable adventure, even when the process is precarious.

 

3.       Today I don’t have to understand exactly how the plan works for me, because I know that it always works out for me!  In the big picture, all things are working together for my good, and that is all that really matters to me.  I trust in the Lord with all my heart by not leaning unto my own understanding.

 

4.       Today I will not allow negative, limiting voices from my past to create a defeatist mentality in me, because my spiritual eyes are on the big picture.  I am able to maintain a “can do” attitude in all things, regardless of what I may be facing today.

 

5.       Today, even though the big picture is painted in broad strokes, I will not be unaware of how important minute details are to the finished product.  I will pay attention to the still, small voice of God in my inner man, and I will obey all of His instructions, not despising the day of small things (Zechariah 4:10).  His every wish is my command.

 

6.       Today I look at those things that are eternal, because eternity is now.  I do not have to look to the past.  I don’t even have to look to the future.  The big picture is now, and I walk in the revelation of it in the spirit, instead of in the intellect.

 

7.       Today I am unmoved by natural scenarios.  I am a visionary and, therefore, can see what most people can’t.  Because of this ability, I am strong, steady, patient, and focused as   I work out my own salvation.  Today I will enjoy seeing my personal path unfold as the big picture of my life manifests the glory of God.  I will not underestimate the importance of today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to begin to see the big picture today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 24, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional | , , | 2 Comments

January 18: LET GO!

 

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone,

forgive him and let it drop (leave it, LET IT GO)

in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you

your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.  (Mark 11:25 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am not held in the past by unresolved issues and unfinished business.  I am too busy to be bitter.  I have more important things to do with my time than to waste it by holding on to things that I cannot change in the natural.  I will forgive, not just because I have been commanded to do so, but because it is for my own benefit.  Forgiveness moves me into the now.

 

2.       Today I will let go of unrealistic expectations that I have in and for other people.  Jesus is enough for me.  His grace is sufficient.  I can depend on Him.  His faithfulness allows me to give a break to someone who has disappointed me.  His power helps me to keep people in perspective.

 

3.       Today I will let go of my regrets.  That was then.  This is now.  I will learn from my mistakes, take responsibility for my actions, and do what I can to make my life what it should be.  If  I can change something that I don’t like, I will.  If I can’t, I’ll shut up about it!

 

4.       Today I will let go of my pettiness.  I will choose greatness by taking the high road with others.  I will do the right thing, whether anyone else does or not.  I will be mature and noble and wise. I will stop blaming everybody else for what I don’t like about the world. I will not complain about what I permit.

 

5.       Today I will let go of my anger.  I will retire from nursing my high-maintenance grudges, and stop allowing myself to be exhausted and burned out from my hatred and prejudices.  I will be a peacemaker, even with myself.

 

6.       Today I let go of my negativity.  God is good.  Life is good (or at least better than I usually realize or admit).  The world is a beautiful place to live.  So I let it all go…bad attitude, self-pity, pain and sadness…and I will not take comfort in the familiarity of these things any longer.

 

7.       Today I let yesterday go.  I can’t go back there; I have to keep moving, so I will make the journey easier by lightening my load.  I will not hold on to the past, but will move with the rhythm and flow of life.  Today I say “good-bye and good riddance” to what I should release, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to let go today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, Letting Go | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

January 7: WAKE UP!

 

And do this, knowing the time,

that NOW it is high time to awake out of sleep….  (Romans 13:11)

 

Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead

and Christ will give you light.”  (Ephesians 5:14)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my spiritual eyes are wide open, and I am aware of all that God is doing for me…in me…through me…today.  I will not sleepwalk through this day.  I am alive!  I am awake!  I am aware!  My spiritual senses are heightened!  I am sensitive to God’s presence in me and all around me!  And, because I have been awakened, I have also been enlightened—Christ has given me light!  I will walk in the light today.

 

2.       Today I will recognize the positive.  I will appreciate the beauty in the world.  I will locate the noble in others.  I will be thankful.  I will be grateful.  I will be aware of the benefits with which I am daily loaded.  I will believe that all things are at work together today for my good.

 

3.       Today I will notice the needs of people around me.  I will be moved with compassion for others.  I will make the effort to be less self-centered than usual.  I will prefer my brother/sister.  I will be aware that it’s not all about me today and will find joy in caring about someone else.  The selflessness will be a relief to me.  I will find pleasure in listening—really listening.  I will look at people.  I will make eye contact.  I will make spirit-contact.  I will make a difference.

 

4.       Today I will not complain about my surroundings or my routine, but will see, instead, how blessed I really am.  I will notice the details of my life today and will enjoy them.  I will embrace and celebrate my normal life.  I will even find excitement in the usual as I stay “awake.”

 

5.       Today I will look at things from God’s perspective.  I will empathize with God and try to discern His perspective on things.  I will sit with Him in heavenly places.

 

6.       Today I will rightly divide the Word and my state of awareness will produce new revelation in me.  I will awake to the necessity of spiritual warfare when needed and will fight the good fight of faith.  I will not wrestle with flesh and blood.  I am spiritual first and, therefore, will live spiritually today.  I will awaken to spiritual reality and will not be bound to the limits of the natural realm.

 

7.       Today my spirit is awake.  My soul is awake.  My mind is awake.  My creativity is awake.  My perception and discernment are awake.  My wisdom and understanding are awake.  My body is awake.  My senses are awake.  Because I am awake, I will see things that I never saw before, and today I will live in the now!

 

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

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