A YEAR IN THE NOW

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August 28: REJOICE EVERMORE!

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 “Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always).”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16 – AMP)

 
 
“Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him];
again I say, Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 – AMP)
 
 
 
1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the joy of the Lord is my strength, I have a song in my heart and a good report in my mouth. I am cheerful, positive, optimistic and full of faith for the future. I have too much to be happy about – too much to be thankfu for – to allow myself to succumb to a bad mood, much less a spirit of depression. Today is a great day to be alive . . . a great day to praisethe Lord . . . a great day for the Kingdom to come! Today is the day that the Lord has made and I will REJOICE and be glad in it!
 

 2. Today I will remember that the sun is shining up above the clouds, even during the darkest thunderstorm. The sky is blue above the clouds every day. The weather is beautiful above the clouds every day. Today I will know where to look for the sunshine, and I will find it!

 

3. Today I will locate my joy and return to an internal place of happiness. It is written: “[The Lord God says,] And the redeemed of the Lord shall RETURN and come with singing to Zion; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.'” (Isaiah 51:11 – AMP)

 

4. Today I will exercise dominion in the interior world by choosing to be happy regardless of outward circumstances. “. . . He who has a merry heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15),  so I will set my own table and serve my own banquet, living the Kingdom life from the inside out. The joy of the Lord is my strength!

 

5. Today I will rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

 

6. Today I will encourage myself in the Lord.

 

7. Today I will rejoice that my sins are forgiven and I am at peace with God. It is written: “The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will REJOICE over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction], and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17 – AMP). I sing because I’m happy today, and today I will live in the now!

 

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Father, sing for joy over me today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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April 15: FIND FAVOR!

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Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem

in the sight of God and man. 

(Proverb 3:3, 4)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I expect to receive supernatural favor from God and man today.  My promotion in the now will come from the Lord (“For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south.  But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another” – Psalm 75:6, 7), and I will conduct myself with the confidence that comes from the consciousness that He is in my corner!

 

2.       Today I will be competitive only with myself, striving for my own, personal best, without comparing myself to others.  I will be inspired by those who are successful—not intimidated by them—knowing that my success is unique to me and that I can do what no one else can do by being true to my own individuality.

 

3.       Today I will humble myself in the sight of the Lord, that He may lift me up (James 4:10), giving God the glory and my gratitude for His guidance and grace!  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and I am gaining more strength as I honor Him and give Him the credit due Him.

 

4.       Today I will let the Lord prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, knowing that He will anoint me with the oil of joy above my contemporaries.  He will vindicate me and set me in a large place as I trust Him.  My latter will be greater than my former!

 

5.       Today I will recognize the flow that comes from godly favor.  I will only go where I am celebrated—not where I am tolerated.  My gift will make room for me today and will bring me before great men (Proverb 18:16).

 

6.       Today I will accept affirmation (valid compliments) from authentic admirers without argument.  I will receive gifts, knowing that I have given to others.  I will embrace promotion, and the added responsibility that it brings me, without any fear.  I will renounce any bogus feelings of unworthiness, knowing that He has made me worthy and righteous and acceptable in His sight!

 

7.       Today I will walk in the boldness that comes from having God’s favor on my life.  I will expect good things to happen to me today, because the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.  Today I know that I have an edge, and today I will live in then now!

 

Father, I thank You that I find favor for my life 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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March 19: HIDDEN ROOMS!

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The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths* of his heart.  (Proverb 20:27)

 [*literally: “rooms of the belly”]

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the events of this day will serve to reveal the treasure within me.  I am greater on the inside than I am on the outside, and my destiny is being discovered today through the process of practically prevailing over my personal problems, all things working together for good to identify the hidden rooms of my heart.

 

2.       Today I will be guided by the “lamp of the Lord” by being sensitive to the inward witness and by listening to the internal voice of His Word that is written on my heart—the Word that is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  I will use the tools of confirmation and agreement to my advantage and will find the flow where I can function fearlessly as I face forward in faith!

 

3.       Today I will be aware of those who speak to me on a level where “deep calls unto deep”—those who see my spirit and prophesy to my potential—and will hear what they say to me with spiritual ears, finding the discipline resident in me to be obedient to inspirational and insightful instruction.

 

4.       Today I will find the fruit of my future hidden in a room of the heart.  I will know that there is a bigger vision stored somewhere in my internal warehouse, and I will be relentless in my search for it knowing that, when the times comes to reveal it, I will have the faith to see it to its fruition.

 

5.       Today I will maintain contentment with the present but will find the motivation to move mountains in preparation for the miracles that are going to be mightily manifested in and through and for me!  Today is a great day, but tomorrow will be greater!

 

6.       Today I will believe that the rooms containing greatness really are in me; everything that I need to succeed is there now!  And I will not be discouraged when I find a room locked, but will search for the Kingdom Key that will release on the earth what is currently a reality in heaven, where I am already seated with Him in power!

 

7.       Today I will talk up my future and my purpose and my destiny.  Today I will be energized by all that I have to look forward to, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to discover the hidden rooms of my heart.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 12: GOOD NEWS!

 

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“As cold water is to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” (Proverbs 25:25)1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because my life is built on the foundation of the good news – the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is good, and His will for mankind is that the people of His earth be blessed with genuine well being, living in peace with Him, as well as with one another. Jesus came to manifest that will – to make it possible – to give life, and life more abundantly to all who come to Him.

2. Today I will give a good report, and will hold others to the standard of excellent speech that I create by my own example. Because my heart is established, I am not afraid of evil tidings, realizing that things are rarely (if ever) as bad as they first appear. My soul is anchored in the God-kind of faith, and my life is centered and balanced by His word.

3. Today I will look for the good in every situation, putting a positive spin on each account that I give concerning the day’s activities. I will see to it that all of the stories of my personal history will have happy endings, because my faith speaks up for the outcome of my life today.

4. Today I will not be overcome by evil, but I will overcome evil with good. I will speak words of edification to nourish the hungry souls of those around me. I will build people up with the language of life, instead of tearing them down with gossip, slander and accusation. My lips will produce good fruit today.

5. Today I will be energized by news that produces a confident and favorable expectation. I have hope because I have good tidings of great joy in my life, every day of the year. I believe that my future is bright!

6. Today I will tell someone the story of Jesus – not just the one found in the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – but the one that represents the gospel that I live every day. My life promotes the proof that the gospel is practical!

7. Today I will move my life in a positive direction, away from all that is negative, and counterproductive to the purposes of the Kingdom. My flow of good news will make the world a better place in which to live today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to share the good news 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.

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February 17: LIVIN’ LARGE!

 
 
“I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a LARGE PLACE. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? . . . It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

(Psalms 118:5, 6, 8 – KJV)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am free to be myself in God, with no need to try to be something or someone that I am not. No man can DEFINE MY PERSONALITY. “Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let Him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and He’s in heaven” (Matthew 23:9, The Message).

2. Today I will live in a large place because no man can DETERMINE MY POTENTIAL! “It is God Himself who has made us what we are . . . ” (Ephesians 2:10, Living Bible).

3. Today I will live in a large place because no man can DETER MY PROGRESS! “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid” (Psalm 27:1)? “. . . If God is for me, who can be against me” (Romans 8:31)?

4. Today I will live in a large place because no man can DELAY MY PROMOTION! For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge; He puts down one, and sets up another (Psalm 75:6, 7).

5. Today I will live in a large place because no man can DECREASE MY PROSPERITY! “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).

6. Today I will live in a large place because no man can DESTROY MY POSSIBILITIES! “. . . With men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

7. Today I will live in a large place because no man can DEFEAT MY PURPOSE! “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to His PURPOSE” (Romans 8:28). The only person who could stop me today is me – but, since I believe in myself, I will help myself have a true Kingdom day of progress and productivity in Christ. Today is a big day for me, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, help me to live the Kingdom life, as You live big in me today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 15: IT’S POSSIBLE!

 

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a believer whose mind is continually being renewed to think positively, and to abandon all self-defeating and limiting mental images. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING, so today I am changing my opinion to take dominion!

2. Today I will really let myself believe that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes'” (Mark 9:23). I will not be naïve and unrealistic, but my faith will definitely allow me to visualize the evidence of things not seen and to feel the substance of the things that I hope for!

3. Today I will remember to NEVER SAY NEVER. The atmosphere is now so heavy with possibilities that I will not rule out anything or anybody being used by God today to bring miracles into my life. He will even use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.

4. Today I will TRY, TRY AGAIN. I will overcome and move past my failures, and work through the embarrassment of my mistakes. “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21 – AMP). My cooperation with God makes my success a possibility.

5. Today I will THINK WIN/WIN. I will see obstacles as opportunities, give a good report, and just keep going. “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally” (1 Corinthians 9:25 – The Message). Today I see myself as a winner!

6. Today I will demonstrate that GOD IS GOOD. I know that His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations, so I will seize this day with all the faith, expectation, hope, motivation, energy, and vision that is in me!

7. Today I will confess that JESUS IS LORD. I have authority in three worlds through the Name of Jesus . . . in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth (Philippians 2:10, 11), so I will see the salvation of the Lord today through my tenacious faith in the power of His might. Because I am seated with Him in the heavenlies, I can see my life from His vantage point and am, therefore, aware that anything is possible with and through Him today. Today I believe that IT’S ALL GOOD, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 

 
Father, help me to remember that all things are possible today. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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February 13: BE BLESSED!

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 28:2)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I understand the power of the blessing of the Lord. Because I know that God is good, and that His mercy endures forever, I am not ignorant of the blessings available to me today. I will not be destroyed for a lack of knowledge!

2. Today I will do what I need to do to keep myself in the realm of blessing. I will not be lazy, but will maintain a standard of excellence by hard work and diligence. I will keep my heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23), because the hand of the diligent makes rich (10:4), and shall bear rule (12:24). I will remember that the soul of the diligent shall be made rich (13:4), and the thoughts and plans of the diligent lead to plenty (21:5); the diligent shall stand before kings (22:29)! Today the BLESSING OF THE LORD WILL MAKE ME RICH, and He will add no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22)! But, more importantly, I know that I AM BLESSED WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING today in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)!

3. Today I will not allow any bogus feeling of unworthiness to prevent me from receiving my blessings. I am the righteousness of God in Christ, and am blessed because of His grace.

4. Today I will not be satisfied with mediocrity. Because I am so blessed, I can expect the best of myself and strive for excellence in every area of my life. I will not give in to any fear of success, but will act and move like I am the head and not the tail.

5. Today I will not settle for only being blessed, but I will make the effort to be a blessing to those around me. I will be kind, thoughtful, encouraging, giving, generous, and helpful to others. I will salt the earth and light my part of the world today.

6. Today, because I obey the voice of the Lord my God, all these blessings shall come upon me and overtake me! I will be blessed in the city and in the country. The fruit of my body shall be blessed, and I will be blessed in the basket and in the store! I will be blessed when I come in and when I go out, and God will command His blessing on my storehouse, and on everything to which I set my hand!

7. Today will be a blessed day for me, and today I will live in the now!

Father, show me how to receive every blessing that You send today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 5: GIVE LIBERALLY!

 

The liberal person shall be enriched,

 and he who waters shall himself be watered. 

(Proverbs 11:25 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my life is improved and enlarged by the power of giving.  My liberal lifestyle produces a flow of affluence that is a blessing to mankind and enables me to salt the earth and light up the world around me.

 

2.       Today I will sow bountifully into my world, increasing my sphere of influence by my reputation of benevolence and charity.  I will be thrifty with my expressed opinions, frugal with my agendas, and stingy with my judgmental ideas.  I will withhold what needs to be withheld and give what needs to be given.

 

3.       Today I will contribute generously.  I will give of myself.  I will give my undivided attention to those with whom I speak.  I will be unselfish with my time and will consider the needs of others.  I will esteem them highly.  I will be respectful and understanding.  I will love unconditionally.

 

4.       Today I will remember that the tithe is holy and belongs to the Lord.

 

5.       Today I will look for those whose giving to me has been activated by my own cheerful giving, and will allow them to return to me good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.  I will walk in the reality of the one hundred fold return, overcoming the persecution that comes with it.

 

6.       Today I will rise above a poverty mentality, knowing that I prosper as my soul prospers.   I will not be cheap, stingy, miserly or small-minded.  I walk in a real vision of abundance.  The blessing of the Lord makes me rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

 

7.       Today the Lord gives me the power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant with me.  I will make a withdrawal from the investments that I have made into others and from the treasures that I have laid up in heaven.  People will notice my prosperity and will be inspired by it.  I will live like a well-watered garden today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to give liberally today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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