“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”
Isaiah 45:1-3 NIV
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB
✓ Now is longer than you think.
“A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”” Proverbs 26:13 NIV
“A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!” Proverbs 19:24 NIV
“As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.” Proverbs 26:14 NIV
✓ Now is the most powerful time in your life.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20 NIV
✓ Now is what makes next happen.
“If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.” Deuteronomy 28:13 NLT
1. Grow now
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” 1 Timothy 4:12-15 NIV
What discipline should I start?
What time & energy waister should I stop?
What person should I empower?
What system should I create?
What relationship should I initiate?
What risk should I take?
2. Give now
We say, “when I have more _____________ then I will give, serve, and make a difference.”
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10 NIV
“If you take care of what God’s given you He will give you more.” — Peggy Richards
3. Go now
“As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 NLT