Dear Beachside Family and Friends:
Before my feet hit the floor in the morning I take time to thank God for His goodness and for giving me another day of life. Each new day brings its' own opportunities to achieve success and each day brings its' own challenges. The most important thing is to live life one day at a time, unfettered by yesterday and unafraid of tomorrow.
I can't change what happened yesterday and I cannot control the events of tomorrow. My responsibility is to live today to the fullest, and by doing so position myself for success tomorrow. Jesus said "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matt 6:34) Since tomorrow will take care of itself, I am free to focus on what needs to be done today.
Choosing not to worry about tomorrow is essential, but no less so than not brooding over yesterday. So many people choose to be prisoners of the past, trapped by failure, hurt, and rejection. When yesterday controls today, I miss out on the blessings God has in store for me now. Enjoying the benefits of the kingdom of God depends on leaving the past behind. Luke 9:62 tells us "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
What I focus on today will determine my destination for tomorrow. If I want my life to be different tomorrow, I must choose to change today. Instead of looking at the negative circumstances that are around me, I turn my eyes to the Word of God. If I need health and healing I begin to quote the following verses out loud:
(Pro 4:20-22) My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thine heart.22 For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh.
(Psa 107:19-20) Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble,And he saveth them out of their distresses.20He sent his word, and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
(Psa 103:1-5) Bless the Lord O my soul: And all that is within me, bless his holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits:3 Who folrgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases;4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;So that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s
(Ex 15:26) ....I am the Lord that health thee.
(Matt 8:16-17) When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
(1 Peter 2:24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousess: by whose stripes ye were healed.
(3 John 2) Beloved, I wish above all things that
thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
If I need God's intervention financially, I quote these verses out loud.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Cor 9:8)
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, Which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. (Isa 48:17)
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good omeasure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweoth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (2 Cor 9:6)
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,That there may be meat in mine house,And prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, If I will not open you the windows of heaven, And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,And he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time iln the field, saith the Lord of hosts. (Mal 3:10-11)
Honour the Lord with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,And thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (Pro 3:9-10)
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, And he addeth no sorrow with it. (Pro 10:22)
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do acclording to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shoalt have good success. (Josh 1:8)
I speak these verses out loud over and over again. I do this every day in order to leave the past behind and look forward to the future.
Living one day at a time is the formula for successful living. As we live our lives to the full each day, we will walk free of the past and face tomorrow with confidence of victory!