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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 18: CUTTING EDGE!

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For the Word that God speaks…is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow

[of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. 

(Hebrews 4:12 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because the true Word of God is cutting through all of my old, dead, religious, self-defeating strongholds and thought patterns, setting me free to develop His picture of my life in this world.  The sword of the Lord divides my soul and spirit, bringing health and wholeness to me by discerning and discovering my genuine self in Christ!

 

2.       Today I will dare to do what hasn’t been done as I discover destiny through the door of dreams!  The “now” Word is activating me to realize the vision of God for my life as he makes my dreams come true in order to unfold His purpose and plan for me.  The realization that anything is possible continues to dawn on me, increasing steadily as the light of day.

 

3.       Today I will cut through my unnecessary tradition, repenting of any idolatry to the past, in order to discover the pioneering spirit in me that is searching for new frontiers of revelation knowledge.  I will think clearly today, because my mind is uncluttered and my vision is focused.

 

4.       Today I will cut through the fear of failure and will be free to be faithful to my faith.  With God on my side, I will not shy away from the urge to go out on a limb, get in over my head, or bite off more than I can chew!  His Word will be my anchor as I courageously launch out into the deep!

 

5.       Today I will flow with God’s ideas, God’s dreams and God’s vision, knowing that He finishes whatever He authors.  I trust him completely with my life, destiny and future.

 

6.       Today I will allow the good fight of faith to bring out the best in me, to develop my character and to build my confidence as a mighty warrior of God!  Because I know that I cannot walk in fear and faith at the same time, any more than I could travel north and south at the same time, I am resolved to move forward with God’s sword in my hand and His praise in my mouth (Psalm 149:6).

 

7.       Today I will use His sword to cut out all of the nonsense in my life, refusing to put up any longer with that which is counterproductive to His purposes.  I will keep the sword sharp today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to keep my life on the cutting edge today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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March 2: PARADIGM SHIFT!

 

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“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:2 – The Message)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the ability to change my life by changing my mind! I am not bound to think like everybody else. I can think beyond my culture and heritage and generation. I can imagine things that exceed my experience, and move past my past points of reference. My mind and thoughts are my own, willfully submitted to the Lordship of Jesus, and are bringing my life into the now!

2. Today I will dare to dream, even when the apparent reality in my life shows no promise of changing or improving. I will expose myself to new ideas, and childlike faith . . . to let myself believe that dreams, even illogical and improbable ones, can and do come true!

3. Today I will empathize with someone else. My spirit of understanding will enable me to see the situation through their window, and to stop trying to force them to see through mine. I don’t have to be right today – someone else may have a valid point that I will be willing to acknowledge and accept. I will even overcome my fear and dread of letting myself finally see myself the way they see me! The truth will set me free!

4. Today I will allow vigorous discussion and idea-exchange with those who do not necessarily think like I do, and the stimulus will release creative energy in me that will flow from the inside out. In speaking with those who may even disagree with me today, I will remain confidently confrontational, without becoming combatively contentious.

5. Today I will listen, learn, read, talk, inquire, investigate, ask, think, converse, reflect, meditate, study, and pay attention to the world around me, in an effort to keep my mind open . . . vital . . . flexible . . . pliable . . . changeable. I will maintain an attitude of youthfulness and sense of wonder, by refusing to let my mind become petrified in its prejudices.

6. Today I will welcome a mental revolution – a brainstorm – a radical idea – an inspiration!

7. Today I will have a new outlook on my life, and today I will live in the now!

 

 
Father, show me where I need a paradigm shift today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 27: OPEN VISION!

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“. . . in those days there was no OPEN VISION.” (1 Samuel 3:1 – KJV)

1.  Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have an open vision – a continuing and increasing revelation of God’s Kingdom and power in the earth. Because of the free flow and flexibility of faith in my heart, I am able to embrace my ACCEPTANCE OF CHANGE, as revelation knowledge stretches my mind, and transports me to the next level of glory. Vision-inspired change is good and necessary for my growth and well being, and I welcome it into my life today without any fear.

2. Today I will exercise my ABILITY TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF GOD. The Holy Spirit, my mentor, tutor, and guide, writes the true Word on the tablet of my heart daily, as my capacity for vision increases. The Word is not bound, and the knowledge of it continually makes me free from falsehoods and fables concerning the real Jesus.

3. Today I will demonstrate my ABANDONMENT OF PREJUDICES. My renewed mind delights in diversity, as vision enables it to proudly wear the coat of many colors today. I am open-minded, enlightened, mature in Christ, and sensitive to God’ voice, as I persistently seek the truth that liberates people and promotes the Kingdom of God.

4. Today I will celebrate my ACCESS TO NEW INFORMATION. Mentally and spiritually, God is doing a new thing in me, as He makes ways in the wilderness, and streams in the desert for my life. I have the Mind of Christ, yet I am eager to learn . . . to grow . . . to rethink a problem . . . to experience a paradigm shift concerning my past.

5. Today I will appreciate the ABSENCE OF RELIGIOUS CONFINEMENT in my life. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life – and I am alive! My mind is free from the limitations of the old wineskins – the old order – the system of rules and regulations that tries to compete with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Vision and revelation has brought me into a large place, activating me to become a liberator of legalists, an emancipator of elitists, with a platform that persistently provokes the pious.

6. Today I will use my ACTIVITY IN THE WORLD to bring glory to God. I will get involved with life today, as a player instead of a spectator, and will make a positive difference when and where I can. My ever-increasing vision demands my “doing!”

7. Today I will show my APPRECIATION OF NOW, because today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, keep my vision open today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 16: LOOK UP!

 
 
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“And the Lord said . . . ‘Lift your eyes NOW and look from the place where you are . . .'” (Genesis 13:14)

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the ability to lift up my eyes and look beyond the limitations of my present circumstances. By faith I am able today to observe the unseen things of the spirit realm that are eternal, rather than just the seen things of the visible world that are temporal. I will use my spiritual eyes today to determine what is my reality.

2. Today I will have the courage to be optimistic . . . a nonconformist to the negative majority of people around me. I will exhibit my individuality simply by not going along with the defeatist conversation that I hear. I will not cooperate with those who wallow in doubt and unbelief, even if I make myself unpopular with them.

3. Today I will find my direction through my God-inspired vision, rather than by my natural education. I will allow myself to be led by the
Spirit . . . to be “other-worldly” . . . to have the nerve to express my convictions. I will look up, and look beyond the boundaries of my natural mind to “count the stars” as Abraham did.

4. Today I will have the confidence to look beyond my own perceived weaknesses, and begin to see them as strengths – for in my weakness He is made strong! I consider myself today to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, to the point that I am able to “glory” in my weaknesses and infirmities.

5. Today I have faith . . . today I trust God and have my assurance in Him, which results in my own self-assurance and confidence. Because I can look up, I will maintain a spirit of bravery, valor, and boldness to overcome. I can defy danger because I see from my heart instead of from my head. I will have the audacity to keep going when everyone else says I should quit!

6. Today I will look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. My spirit will be His candle, and His Word will be a lamp for my feet (in the immediate), and a light for my path (for my destiny). I look to His Word for direction.

7. Today I will not be afraid of any bad news, for my heart is established and fixed. I will be peaceful in the midst of the storm . . . calm, relaxed, stress-free, and centered, because I can see past the chaos. I see the Lord, today, high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. I “look and live” today, and today I will live in the now!

 

 

 
Father, help me remember to look up 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 7: NO FEAR!

 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am free from the paralysis of fear; in Him I live and MOVE and have my being.  In Christ I am a mover and a shaker…a Kingdom risk-taker!

 

2.       Today I will not be afraid to explore the vastness of the real world that lies beyond the limits of my comfort zone.  I will ignore my tendency to always do the safe and easy thing and will accept the challenges of living the faith life.  I will violently take the Kingdom by force in my own realm of influence today.

 

3.       Today I will look beyond my own insecurities and see all of the possibilities around me that are worth striving for.  I will not allow the fear of failure or rejection to prevent me from moving toward the fulfillment of my purpose, because I know that I will be all right, even if I fall or fail!

 

4.       Today I will not be afraid to voice my vision.  I will write it upon the tablet of my heart so that I can read it and run with it.  I am not intimidated by the potential of it which I see moving and growing and evolving into something much bigger than what it is right now.

 

5.       Today I am not afraid to do what I need to do to be productive.  Productivity is a choice—my choice.  My productivity will be magnetic today; it will draw success into my life and cause me to increase and multiply my own resources.

 

6.       Today I am not afraid to be myself…to be real…to express my needs to those who can appropriately fill them.  With Jesus as the Lord of my mind, I will not be afraid to think for myself…to be original and true to my own unique call and purpose.

 

7.       Today I will live a carefree lifestyle, far removed from fear.  I will not live the safe life…the sheltered life…the small life, but I will joyously break forth into a new world of freedom from intimidation and cowardice.  God will approve of me today as I please Him with my faith and as I do exploits for His Kingdom!  Today I am simply not afraid, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to live the fear-free life for Your glory today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 6: BE FREE!

 

Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description,

careless in the care of God.  And you count far more to him than birds.

(Matthew 6:26 The Message)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am free!  He/she whom the Son makes free is free indeed.  I know the truth, and the truth that I know sets me free.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is (where the Spirit is Lord), there is liberty!

 

2.       Today I will live free from small-mindedness and limited vision.  I will not feel obligated to think on a lower level just because the people around me are inclined to do so.  I can love them unconditionally and still move toward my higher purpose and larger destiny.  Today I can see the big picture of my life!

 

3.       Today I will live free from religious tradition.  I will gladly discard whatever still exists in my belief system that is archaic, passé, or irrelevant, in an effort to repent my way into the NOW Kingdom where God lives.  My liberated mind will prevent tradition from making the Word in my life ineffective.

 

4.       Today I will free myself from the captivity of living in the past, and from the weight of my own emotional baggage, by practicing the power to forgive.  I will allow myself to breathe today’s fresh air, no longer having to struggle with memories that suffocate my soul and attempt to create a claustrophobic atmosphere for my spirit to contend with.

 

5.       Today I will live free from fear and worry.  I will consider the lilies of the field and will observe the freedom with which the birds of the air demonstrate a faith, a trust, and a confidence that reveal the Kingdom.  I am free to let faith come to me by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

 

6.       Today I will live free from doubt and unbelief.  I am emancipated to receive the evidence of things not seen and to allow my God-like faith to give substance to those things for which I hope.

 

7.       Today I am free to let God be God, and to allow myself to be His unique workmanship.  He is the only true God, and He has set me free to be the only true me!  I will celebrate my freedom today, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to walk in real freedom 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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January 10: KEEP MOVING!

 

For in Him we…move….  (Acts 17:28)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because I am moving…I am mobile…I am not stuck in the past.  In Him I live, and MOVE and have my being.  My life is a river, not a stagnant pool.  My life is a road…a path…a highway—not a parking lot.  I understand why the windshield in my car is much bigger than the rearview mirror…it is much more important for me to see where I am going than for me to see where I have been!

 

2.       Today I will keep pace with God. I will MOVE with the cloud.  I will not lag behind Him, nor will I run out ahead of Him.  I will run WITH the vision for my life.  I understand the importance of timing—His timing.  He makes all things beautiful in His time.  In am in sync with Him, moving in tandem to his direction for my destiny.

 

3.       Today my steps are ordered by the Lord.  I will MOVE by His leading.  I will not dismiss His “miracles in the now” (no matter how seemingly insignificant they may presently be) as mere coincidence or chance.  I do not experience flukes.  I am not “lucky.”  Rather,  I progress daily as I move up in God, going from glory to glory, being conformed to His image.  I am led by the Spirit of God and am a son of God.

 

4.       Today I will accept the fact that movement inevitably brings change.  I will appreciate the seasons of my life.  I will release from unrealistic expectations those who cannot—or will not—change with me.  I will be responsible for my own movement and will allow others in my life to move at their own pace, without my judgment.

 

5.       Today I will relish the excitement of not knowing every detail of my journey (“By faith Abraham…went out, not knowing where he was going” – Hebrews 11:8), but will simply rejoice in the fact that I am in motion.  I will welcome the adventure, trusting the Good Shepherd to lead the way.  I will go with the flow without question or hesitation (“The wind blows where it wishes….” – John 3:8), knowing that I am a visionary, not a vagabond.  My movement has meaning.  My path has purpose.

 

6.       Today I will discern the necessity of baby steps.  If my progress is incremental, I will not despise the day of small things, but will be encouraged that some movement is better than no movement at all.  He who began a good work in me will complete it as the A and the Z, the author and the finisher of my faith.

 

7.       Today my youth will be renewed because I keep moving….growing…learning…changing.  Movement keeps me vital and involved with the work of God in the now.  My finger is on the pulse of Christ’s living body.  No matter how tempted I may be to stay where I am, today      I will keep moving, and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to keep moving today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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