A YEAR IN THE NOW

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March 9: REALITY CHECK!

 

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“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am a real person, experiencing the real God in the real world. I will live truthfully today, understanding the difference between walking by faith instead of by sight, and living in denial of reality. Today I will reconcile my preparation for the worst case, with my expectation of the best case in every situation that arises.

2. Today I will be sober without being sullen – mature, but not morose – levelheaded, yet lighthearted at the same time! Harmony, balance and a genuine sense of serenity will display the peace that passes understanding through my life. The peace of God makes me shockproof today, so that, come what may, I am calm, cool, and collected in every circumstance.

3. Today I will not waste my time trying to be someone or something that I am not. The people in my life will have an authentic sense of trust in me, because my self-truth will give them permission to be who they really are, and to like who they really are.

4. Today I will embrace the inevitable. If I can’t change it, I will adapt to it, and will live freely and peaceably, choosing to go with the flow, accepting life as it really is. Today I choose truth-inspired tranquility, and welcome honesty-induced happiness. Parting with illusions will bring great relief to my soul, as I live the liberated life with godly contentment.

5. Today I will tell the truth, plain and simple. My stories will need no embellishment, my memories will remain intact, my ambitions will be realistic. I will see life the way that it is, and call it as I see it. Whatever is built on a lie in my world will fall, because it should fall, and I will have no fear today, because the Lord is my shepherd, and I do not lack or want for anything.

6. Today I will not get involved with the silly games that people play when trying to relate to one another. I will let my “yes” be “yes,” and my “no” be “no,” providing a safe haven for those, like me, who seek the truth in the world. I will move on from those who refuse to live in authenticity.

7. Today I will get a grip on reality. I will not fear telling the truth, or hearing the truth, taking both praise and criticism in stride. Today I will enjoy the effect of speaking the truth in love, even to myself, and today I will live in the now!

Father, help me to live truthfully today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 9, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, self-image | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

March 4: LOVE YOURSELF!

 

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“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others AS WELL AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:37-40 – The Message)”. . . he who loves his wife LOVES HIMSELF. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” (Ephesians 5:28, 29) 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now, because the power of God’s unconditional love allows and enables me to live my life in the present. Because I am accepted in the Beloved, I can give myself permission to love myself as I am now, knowing that I am improving by continually being conformed to His image.

2. Today I will love myself without being conceited, arrogant, puffed up with pride, or condescending. I will not feel inferior to anyone else, nor will I feel superior to anyone else, but will be balanced and mature in the way that I relate to everyone around me.

3. Today I will love myself, and still maintain a mindset of servitude and humility. I will selflessly consider the needs of others by taking up my cross to follow Jesus.

4. Today I will forgive myself for the ways in which I have disappointed myself. I will stop being angry with myself, and punishing myself for my mistakes, having the same patience with myself that God has with me.

5. Today I will speak well of myself, building a healthy self-esteem with verbal building blocks. I will not sin against my own potential by speaking self-destructive words, but will say about my life what God says about it, because I am in agreement with His word.

6. Today I will be good and kind to myself. I will not feel guilty for doing something nice just for me, with no obligation to any bogus, religious ideas of my own unworthiness.

7. Today I will walk in the God kind of love with the people in my life, and will be a blessing to them. They will see Jesus in me today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 

 

 
Father, give me the courage to love myself today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, forgiveness, Jim Earl Swilley, Love, self-esteem, self-image | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

February 8: BE SOMEBODY!

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re Kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

(Matthew 5:48 – The Message)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am fearfully and wonderfully made – I am His workmanship – I am the righteousness of God in Christ – I am the head and not the tail, above only, and not beneath – I am bought with a price – I am somebody!

2. Today I will refuse to believe anything about myself that is contrary to what God believes about me. I will not regard any word spoken about me that does not confirm what God says about me. I will agree with God and His will for my life, even if it seems illogical and impractical to do so.

3. Today I will carry myself in a way that demonstrates my godly self-confidence. I will speak well of myself without bragging or being offensive to others. I will show that I believe in myself, without thinking more highly of myself than I ought to think. I will love my neighbor as I love myself today.

4. Today I will not waste my time on unimportant and trivial things – the “beggarly elements of the world.” I will forsake the temptation to give in to silly pettiness, and will pursue great ideas and noble thoughts. I will conduct my affairs with a flair for grandeur and loftiness, without becoming pretentious and out of touch with reality. Today I will feel neither superior nor inferior to anyone else.

5. Today I will remember that I am who God says that I am – I have what God says that I have – and I can do what God says that I can do!

6. Today I will walk like a winner, and lose my loser mentality. I am a champion – a king – an overcomer. I have favor, creativity, confidence, the Mind of Christ, prosperity, success, supernatural ability, and uncommon favor. Anything can happen today, and my expectation of faith will attract the positive to my life. If God is for me, who can be against me?! No matter what others have said to me or about me – no matter what I have said about myself – today is a new day of self-realization for me.

7. Today I am somebody, and today I will live in the now!

Father, help me to remember today that You have enabled me to be somebody! In Jesus’ name, amen.

February 8, 2009 Posted by | A YEAR IN THE NOW, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Devotional, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-image | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment