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Make today count

1.  Own Your Day

2.  Order Your Day

3.  Occupy Your Day 

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Make today count

"The rest of my life will be the best of my life."  We here these little positive affirmations all the time.

And while it's great to keep a positive outlook on life, there are no power in these words.

To capture the power of positive thinking, you need look no further than God's words!


1 Peter 2:9 ESV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.


The Bible DOES want us to be positive


Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” He doesn’t promise a perfect or easy life, but He does say that we can have joy, even in the midst of our trials:

“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


We’re gonna have a great day because we’re in church

     Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:13


From Don Gossett’s Book, What You Say Is What You Get

“My Never Again List”

  • Never again will I confess “I can’t” for “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

  • Never again will I confess lack, for “My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

  • Never again will I confess fear, for “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

  • Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

  • Never again will I confess weakness, for “The Lord is the strength of my life.” (Psalm 27:1) “The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

  • Never again will I confess supremacy of Satan over my life, for “Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

  • Never again will I confess defeat, for “God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

  • Never again will I confess lack of wisdom, for “Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

  • Never again will I confess sickness, for “With His stripes I am healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus “Himself took my infirmities and bare my sickness.” (Matthew 8:17)

  • Never again will I confess worries and frustrations, for I am “Casting all my cares upon Him, who careth for me.” (1 Peter 5:7) In Christ I am “care-free.”

  • Never again will I confess bondage, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

  • Never again will I confess condemnation, for “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) I am in Christ; therefore, I am free from condemnation.

  • Never again will I confess loneliness, Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20) “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

  • Never again will I confess curses or bad luck, for “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)

  • Never again will I confess discontent because “I have learned, in whatsoever state (circumstances) I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

  • Never again will I confess unworthiness because “He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)


Make Today Count

Psalm 118:24, this is the day the lord has made


He didn't say...


When tmrw gets here, you're just gonna rename it. 


But I can't believe what happened...that was yesterday. But u don't understand what I have to do...that's tomorrow. 


1. Own your day.

Stop Making Excuses


Your decisions today, shape your tomorrow


Drunk joke


Your attitude and actions about your day are your own responsibility. Don’t blame others -- an annoying co-worker, the government, the economy, your spouse, etc. --


You won’t get very far in your life if you constantly make excuses instead of taking responsibility of your present day.



Times may be hard, and you may be in a difficult situation because of your own choices or someone else’s, but you don’t have to play the victim. 


You may not have control over circumstance or situation, but you need to learn how to master them or you’ll always end up being controlled by what has occurred in your past.


The most important factor in determining whether or not someone is a happy person is the outlook they choose for themselves.


Apostle Paul Mamertine prison.  He could’ve come out of prison angry and rise up.



2. Order your day.


Have a plan.  You can’t leave where you’re at until you decide where you want to be.  


Order is the accurate arrangement of things. God is a God of order, and we are made in His image. When you straighten up your garage, it feels good because we have that value of “order” inside of us. When things are disordered, we can become distracted and disturbed. Order is important! 


One guy gets up, gets dressed, and goes to work.  The other guy…..


Order your day by making a plan to accomplish the things that matter to you.  Airport.  Just as a ship never picks up its anchor until it has a destination, you should have a plan for where you’re going and what your days are going to accomplish.


 learn something new every day.  If you are not learning and changing, doing things differently than you did yesterday, how will the rest of your year be different than the part that has already passed?


2014 Kobe Bryant…..

    Can’t let the fear of failure or criticism keep you from trying again


Spending time with the Lord everyday. God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 199:105), but it needs to go before us to light our way, just has we would always look at the map before the journey, not afterward.


Give everyday.  A third concept is to try to be generous every day. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...” Giving is in God’s nature, and it’s part of who we are as well. Look for ways to be a blessing to others in your day.


3. Occupy your day.

Wherever you are, be all there. Don’t just watch the parade; join the parade! Don’t come to church and only watch the work God is doing in others’ lives; get involved in building God’s kingdom and being planted in God’s house.


Be a PART of it!  


One of the keys to happiness is living for more than yourself.  Being a part of something bigger than you.  If you’re whole purpose is self-centered, you are going to self-destruct!


Living a God-first life is paramount.

Living a God-first life is paramount. This means putting God first in everything - your heart, your health, your relationships, your career, your finances, etc. 

You can get started on your successful path now by owning your day, ordering your day, and occupying your day. If you have a successful day today and do the same for the next seven, then you have a successful week. Four of those makes a successful month, and 12 of those makes a successful year - 1 Peter 2:9 ESV 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.


The difference between who you were yesterday

and who you will be tomorrow

lies in what you will do today!

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