A YEAR IN THE NOW

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December 31: IT’S DONE!

 
 

 

“Then He Who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’
And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’
And he said to me, ‘IT IS DONE!
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.'”
(Revelation 21:5, 6)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am whole and complete in Christ, in Whom everything begins and ends, having come full circle in my destiny as it relates to His Kingdom purposes in Creation. These words are not only faithful and true, they are indelibly written upon the tablets of my heart. Everything that has happened in my life – every experience, whether positive or negative – has been working together to bring me into Him in His fullness. He is not just THE Alpha (The “A”) – He is MY Alpha! My “A!” He is my beginning, my starting point, my personal Genesis, my eternal source and history. He is not just THE Omega (The “Z”) – He is MY Omega! My “Z!” The Author of my faith is the Finisher of my faith. The One Who began a good work in me will complete it until the day of the Lord. He will finish what He started in me! He is my destiny, my eternity, the consummation of my life experiences, my latter that is greater than my former, my happy ending . . . the One Who has been there all along, declaring the end from the beginning. The One Who has ever lived to make intercession for me in order to save me to the uttermost! I am utterly saved – utterly fulfilled – utterly complete – utterly vindicated — utterly in Christ!

2. Today I will look at every unanswered petition, every unmet need, every unfulfilled wish, every incomplete dream in my life, and boldly declare by the God-kind of faith, “It is done . . . finished . . . consummated . . . executed . . . complete!”

3. Today I will drink freely of the water of life and be totally satisfied and filled. Out of my own belly will flow rivers of living water. I am filled with the Spirit!

4. Today I will walk in the full revelation and demonstration of my sonship in Christ. Even though I am a son, I will learn obedience through my suffering and I will come through every fiery trail – no matter how hot – absolutely smoke-free!

5. Today I will overcome instead of looking for an escape. Deliverance is no longer my desire — my ultimate goal is to inherit all things! The Kingdom has come in me! Christ’s work is finished in my behalf, and the travail of His soul is satisfied!

6. Today I will love His appearing – His revelation — in all aspects of my earth-life!

7. Today I will see all things made new, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
I decree that it is done! In Jesus’ name, amen!
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December 18: HIDDEN MANNA!

 

 

 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17)  

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have a heart to seek out the mysteries of God – to search for the treasure buried in a field – to violently take the Kingdom by the force of my desire for revelation. It is written: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).  As a king, I have the need to search out the hidden manna . . . to look for the truth hidden in parables . . . to dig deep for the pearl of great price!

2. Today I will remember that there is a white stone with my new name written on it. It is the standard by which the whole of my life is judged. It represents the ideal version of me that I am becoming as I am continually conformed to His image by going from glory to glory!

3. Today I will accept revelation of that new name (“. . . a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it” – Revelation 2:17), developing a new self-perception in Christ. I am Who He says that I am, and I am becoming Who He says that I am becoming, whether anyone else can see it or not!

4. Today I will overcome in my attitude by being “up” in a down world. I will be a conqueror in my internal world. I will find hidden manna in the personality that God is helping to develop in me from the inside, out!

5. Today I will overcome in my reactions to negative forces released through the negative words of those around me. The shield of faith will flow in its function today!

6. Today I will overcome in my ability to believe for the impossible – to “hope against hope” – by the faith resident in me that overcomes the world!

7. Today I will overcome weakness through the knowledge that I have a white (pure, washed) stone (strength, revelation) with my new name written on it – I have godly strength, personalized for my life! I am empowered by the hidden manna today, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, help me see into Your mysteries today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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December 12: NO TEARS!

 

 “Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’ And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'”

(Revelation 7:13-17) 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because, regardless of any tribulation that I must endure, I am of good cheer! Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. IN THE WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). My robes have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, and I have come through the fire of tribulation without the smell of smoke on them!

2. Today I will appreciate my position before the throne of God here on the earth. I will serve Him DAY AND NIGHT in His temple, before I go to heaven where there will be no day or night. He is dwelling with me, and in me, HERE and NOW!

3. Today I will stand on the promise of Jesus that they who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled! I cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, and I am nourished spiritually by the manna from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ.

4. Today I will not be overcome by the heat of the day – the stress, pressure and anxiety that comes from too much responsibility. Jesus’ burden is easy and His yoke is light. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul!

5. Today I will drink from the fountain of living waters – the artesian well of joy that flows in my life, even in the midst of hardship and persecution. With joy I will draw water from the wells of salvation, and I will be happy, even when I shouldn’t be (according to the natural world). My joy comes from a supernatural source and provides me with supernatural strength.

6. Today I will sow in tears so that I can reap in joy! Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. God is wiping the tears from my eyes today!

7. Today I will choose to be happy, and today I will live in the now!

 
 Father, fill my mouth with laughter today. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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DECEMBER: A Month for Revelation

 

A MONTH FOR REVELATION

 

Tis the season

for

Celebration of the Incarnation (The Word made flesh)

and

Inspiration for the Imagination (The Womb of the spirit)…

The babe laid in a manger…

Emmanuel, the embodiment and earthly expression of the eternal God –

Is now revealed TO you as

Christ IN you,  the Hope of Glory,

Being revealed THROUGH you as the King of Kings…

Joy to the world,  the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!

Now the hopes and fears of all the years

Can be met in the miracles made possible by your meditation in the Word.

 

Why waste the season by just walking in a winter wonderland

when you could be giving birth to the impossible?

 

 

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April In The Now!

rainfall 

 

 

APRIL

 

 

A month to be reminded of the life-giving properties of rain.

 

Every day is a beautiful day, regardless of the weather . . .

 

that’s why the birds sing every morning, no matter the conditions,

 

and why Jesus commanded that we consider the birds of the air

to understand how to function in the Kingdom.

 

The water helps the earth through its times of transition,

 

and enables the trees of the field to produce their fruit.

 

Every manifestation of weather is beautiful in its own way . . .

 

even the deadliest storm has its own majestic beauty,

 

as it brings its harsh purging to the stubborn earth.

 

Don’t be afraid of the thunder and lightening above you, for it will soon pass.

 

Enjoy

 

the volume of the thunder . . .

 

the velocity of the lightning . . .

 

the violence of the winds . . .

 

and know that your God is a great and mighty God.

 

 

 

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth from MY mouth; it shall not return to ME void [empty, without fruit], but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:10, 11)

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April 1

PURE GOLD!

 

The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl.

And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.  (Revelation 21:21)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because my life has been purified by the fire of the Holy Ghost and I am coming forth as gold that is refined to the point of being transparent.  Having been purged, I can live this day with no pretense, phoniness or hypocrisy, giving myself permission to be a real person seeking the real God in the real world!

 

2.       Today I will accept the fact that my life has also been purified through tribulation (“…We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22), so I will make peace with my past, releasing all regrets, walking in the wisdom that comes only by learning from failure and mistakes.

 

3.       Today I will embrace openness, living an honest life before the world—no hidden agenda, no camouflage of religion, no axe to grind.  The pure gold within me allows me to walk in harmony with my surroundings, going with the flow, enjoying my Kingdom rights to righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

4.       Today I will accept my acceptance in the Beloved.  I will strive to be open about who I am, revealing the many aspects of my personality (my coat of many colors) and will not be afraid to let others see my flaws and shortcomings, as well as my winner qualities.  My transparency will allow me to admit when I am wrong and to stand up for what I believe when I believe that I am right.

 

5.       Today I will work toward peer Kingdom relationships where the partners are neither right nor wrong—where both  are human, make errors, share frailties—and are mutually respect-ful and loving (love covers a multitude of sins).

 

6.       Today I will realize that perfection is a false image, fostered by religion and is not only unobtainable, but unhealthy and undesirable.  It is only “in Christ” that I can be complete, so I will not demand others to be, individually, what I will not expect myself to be, individually.  Only the unified, corporate Body of Christ can achieve His perfection under His headship as it is “fitly joined TOGETHER.”

 

7.       Today I will use the pearls of my life (gems evolved through pressure and pain) as gates into the Kingdom.  All things will work together for my good today, so I will not try to prevent the process today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to come out of the fire as pure gold today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 24: WORSHIP GOD!

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Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a worshipper of the I AM.

 7 Affirmations of Worship in the Now for Today:

1. Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? You in your mercy have led forth the people whom you have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation. (Exodus 15:11, 13)

 2. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is]. That which is now already has been, and that which is to be already has been; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself]. (Ecclesiastes 3:14, 15 AMP)

3. And in that day you will say: Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst! (Isaiah 12:4-6)

4. Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard (difficult) for You. You are great in counsel and mighty in work [deed]…You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day…and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day. (Jeremiah 32:17,19,20)

5. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. (John 4:24 The Message) 6. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

7. Allelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory…. (Revelation 19:6, 7)

 

Today I rejoice, and today I will live in the now!

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January 1: NEW BEGINNINGS!

 

Then He who sat on the throne said,

“Behold, I make all things new.”  (Revelation 21:5)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because He who sits on the throne declares that He makes all things new for me!  I will behold His power in my life as I allow the renewal process to take place without any fear of the unknown.  I can begin again!   I am a pioneer!  I am not afraid to explore new territory!

 

2.       Today I will accept new beginnings in every area of my personal world, even if they challenge all of my comfort zones.  I will embrace the now with no unnecessary allegiance to the past.  My only obligation is to the now.  My only interest is in the now.  My total focus is on the now.

 

3.       Today I will share the concept of new beginnings with others, as I allow them the grace to start over.  I will not bind others with the words “you always…” or “you never…;” I will give them the gift of new beginnings, and I will reap in my own life what I sow into theirs.  I will live in the now and love in the now.  I will give someone who has disappointed me another chance.

 

4.       Today I will see the chaos and disorder around me as a necessary means to a new beginning.  I will not be moved by what I see.  What would normally appear to me as a negative circumstance or situation will be seen by me today simply as the natural messiness of the birth process.

 

5.       Today I will not be afraid to embrace the essential experience of death in my life—to die on one level, so that I can be resurrected to the next one.  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24).  I will celebrate the mercy killing of all that needs to die in me.

 

6.       Today I will rethink an old problem.  Because of the possibility of new beginnings, I will be proactive and innovative in my approach to that which has been all too familiar.  The prospect of beginning again will resurrect hope in me.

 

7.       Today I will open a new chapter in the book of my life.  I will learn something that I did not know before (or didn’t know that I knew); I will think a new thought…speak a new word… sing a new song…pray a new prayer.  I make the choice today to live in a world full of new beginnings as darkness is replaced by dawn and winter is replaced by spring.  Today is a new beginning for me, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to believe for new beginnings today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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