Month: April 2015
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/20/15- “Hope Filled Expectations!” (1 Peter 1:3)
Premise Question: How and why are we to live our lives now, in what state of mind and frame of reference?
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, (1 Peter 1:3 NLT)
Let every forgiven, blood bought, cleansed and washed member, of The Company of The Redeemed, offer extravagant joyful expressions of exuberant praise and worship, with hearts filled to overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving, unto Papa God, The Father of The Anointed One, His Son, our LORD and Savior, The Messiah, Jesus Christ. For it is truly only due to Papa God’s august, unsurpassed, benevolent compassion and goodwill shown towards all of humankind, that we have been given this wonderful opportunity to be revitalized and have a fresh start, a new beginning, and that, because Papa God reanimated, by His Spirit, the body of His crucified and buried Son, Jesus Christ from death, hell and the grave. And furthermore, that is the very reason why we can live now, with such an overwhelming sense of joy and hope filled expectations. (1 Peter 1:3 PDCP)
Bottom Line: How are we to live? Circumspectly, honoring and obeying The Commands of The LORD; which are, love Papa God and love people! Why? In order to fulfill Papa God’s will and divine purpose for our lives! What state of mind? The mind of Jesus Christ; walk humbly, love being merciful and be a person of integrity, honor and peace! What frame of reference? Live with the full assurance and confidence of The LORD’S Spirit living in you, knowing that you are more than a conquering victorious overcomer, through Jesus Christ your saving and empowering LORD and Redeemer! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 04/21/15- “Find Rest, Peace And Safe Haven, By Living Under Papa God’s Canopy Of Love, Grace And Mercy!” (Psalm 91:1)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/21/15- “Find Rest, Peace And Safe Haven, By Living Under Papa God’s Canopy Of Love, Grace And Mercy!” (Psalm 91:1)
Premise Question: Do we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, take full advantage of the comforting protective covering provided us, by Papa God; and, do we tell others about the many wonderful benefits attached to it, by encouraging them with this great and precious promise?
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalms 91:1 NLT)
All those who choose to dwell, by taking up permanent residence, in the provided comfort and security of The Most High, will not ever be unsettled or have any reason to be afraid of what’s going on around them, inside or outside the presence of their divinely protected dwelling place; for they shall be at perfect peace and serene rest, with a constant refreshing, under Papa God’s, safe and secure, canopy of love, grace and mercy, for He is, The Sovereign LORD God Almighty. (Psalms 91:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Choose to live in the presence of Papa God, by deliberately, with devotion and diligence, practicing His Presence on a daily basis, moment by moment of each day, spend your time praising, thanking and honoring The LORD, no matter where you are or what you’re doing; for whatever presence you choose to practice, will have a large bearing and huge influence on the kind of fruit you will bear, produce/harvest, in your life! When we choose to take advantage of living daily, moment by moment, under the protective and comforting covering of the canopy of The Most High, it won’t matter what kind of storm of life we may have to go through, or the degree or level of difficulty, of the vicissitudes of life that we may encounter, for Papa God’s presence, where we have taken up residence, will always be there with us, comforting, leading, guiding, encouraging and strengthening us, by renewing and restoring us, as well as, protecting and providing us with a safe haven of perfect peace and rest. And then, let us always, without fail or neglect, be ready to share, with others, the many blessings and benefits of this great promise of Papa God! Oh, one more thing: whatever you do, don’t ever take a vacation, time out or detour away from the presence of The LORD! It never produces the harvest we desire or need, nor will it be pleasing to Papa God. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/16/15- “The Smartest Thing!” (Proverbs 4:7)
Premise Question: Can we, or should we even attempt to, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, successfully navigate the seas of life, and ultimately make good, right, just and wise decisions, that will have the desired and most preferable result, of us being able to thrive, flourish and survive in this life; without ever seeking after and actually be in possession of, in order to be led, guided, influenced and directed by, Papa God’s divine wisdom?
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. (Proverbs 4:7 NLT)
Diligently pursuing and chasing after wisdom, with everything you’ve got, and with all your might, for the ultimate ideal purpose of being in full possession of it; in order to be led, guided, protected and directed by it in this life, should be your greatest ambition, and will prove to be the most important focus and the smartest decision that you’ll ever make in this life! And then, the desired result will be; that no matter whatever else you do in this life, you’ll always have the necessary acumen and wherewithal to grow and mature in ethical integrity, and also have the ability to see and judge things in a most excellent, honorable and praiseworthy way. (Proverbs 4:7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The “Captain Obvious” answer to the Premise Question is: an absolute, NOPE! WISDOM-Seek it, ask for it, apply it, be taught and trained by it and don’t settle for anything less than God’s divine WISDOM! For if you choose to do this, it will be the smartest, being the most brilliant, thing you ever do in this life and it will be a decision that will reward you with great benefits and one that you’ll never regret or have any residue of remorse! There isn’t anything, in his life, more precious or that holds more value, or that will be more helpful and beneficial to you, than having Papa God’s divine wisdom leading, influencing, guiding, protecting and directing you in this life! For without it, you won’t be making very good choices and decisions! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/15/15- “Revelation Comes Through Our Obedience!” (John 14:21)
Premise Question: What does The LORD Jesus reveal to those that love, accept and obey His commandments?
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” (John 14:21 NLT)
Everyone who has acquired My commandments, by having them in your possession, whether they be in their heart, mind or in some written form, and by consensually acquiescing that they are indeed true; must also devote themselves to coming into compliance with them, by diligently following and deliberately obeying them. This will clearly show and prove that they truly do love Me! And, for this very reason and by virtue of their provable love for Me, My Father, Papa God, will lavish His unconditional, unfailing and forever enduring love upon them. And that’s not all! There’s more, much more! For I, The LORD Jesus Christ, will love them with an everlasting and intimate love, by revealing My full and true self to each one of them, through the gift of My Holy Spirit. (John 14:21 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The full revelation, accompanied with His wonderful blessings and benefits, of knowing intimately who the Savior, our LORD, truly is; only comes through our sincere devotion and obedience to His righteous commandments! For it’s not sufficient enough to merely have in our possession or even know what they are, but, we must also be diligent in our compliance with His commands, following them closely, by obeying them fully, then, by so doing, we will truly show and prove our authentic love for The LORD Jesus Christ. Again, with obedience comes blessing and benefits, but, with dis-obedience comes curses and consequences…Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/14/15- “Impossible To Measure Or Grasp!”
Premise Question: Today, in our contemporary Christian society and generation, how are we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, responding to these two presumed questions and real concepts, and do we fully accept the prophet Isaiah’s august declarations of absolute truth?
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. (Isaiah 40:28 NLT)
Are you trying to convey to me, that you are so woefully informed, that you’ve not ever been made aware of, or at any time in your life, that you’ve really never even overheard someone talk about The August Sovereign LORD God Almighty? And, are you furthermore, trying to feign complete ignorance, by saying you lack any knowledge or even a modicum of understanding? Well, whether or not you have ever heard of, or have any understanding of any of this; it still won’t ever change the fact and absolute truth, that The Sovereign LORD is The Everlasting Papa, The Almighty God and The Creator and Grand Divine Designer, of the entire realm, of the earth and everything therein. For it is He, who hasn’t ever, nor shall He ever, succumb to becoming frail, impotent, deficient, decrepit or diminished in any way or capacity; nor shall He ever be subject to being tired, fatigued, or exhausted mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually spent. For the sheer magnitude of the degree and extent of who He is, is immeasurable, being impossible to get to the bottom of, and is also inestimable, being limitless, in scope and comprehension, and is, by far, way beyond our capacity or ability to grasp. (Isaiah 40:28 PDCP)
Bottom Line: I question, at times, if some in the present day modern contemporary Church, perhaps have come to the conclusion or may have come to surmise, that they are beyond needing to acknowledge or accept this august knowledge, with sincere discernment? I wonder, if some may have lost their sense of urgency, of the absolutely crucial and necessary edict, to truly honor, with holy reverence, praise, worship and awe, The Almighty, for who He is? Are we now, prone to take it all in stride or maybe just for granted? I feel very strongly, that we, still today, should be approaching and responding to these questions, concepts and declarations of truth, with the same urgency and holy reverence and awe that the prophet Isaiah did long ago! There are times, though, that I’ve perceived an air of familiarity, accompanied, with a sense of entitlement, by those who approach Papa God. I not saying that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, don’t have the privilege and honor of making requests and entreaties to The LORD God Almighty, for He Himself, has in His Holy Word, encouraged us to do just that! But, when we approach Him, we need to come before Him in reverent awe and with an attitude of humility and contriteness, offering up to Him the honor, glory, praise and worship that’s due only Him! We have and serve an Awesome Papa God! His grace, mercy and love is beyond measure and too magnificent to grasp! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/13/15- “Fruit That Far Surpasses Inspection!”
Premise Question: Who is responsible for, how does the process take place and for what purpose and reason why, should there be different kinds and amounts of useful, being spiritually beneficial, fruit, that ought to be produced, as a gold standard yielding righteous harvest, in and from each of our lives, as members of The Company of The Redeemed?
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
But when The Holy Spirit is allowed full and free reign in the believing and practicing member of The Company of The Redeemed’s life, then, there will be an entirely different result of the kinds and amounts of fruit that’s produced in their redeemed lives. Because now, His all consuming and unfailing love will take center stage in their lives, as their hearts will be full of Papa God’s exuberant, full of glory and refreshing joy, His conciliatory and tranquil, harmonious peace, His ever steady and calmly composed patience, His benevolent kindness, His reliable trustworthiness and faithfulness to His Word, His meek and gentleness that He displays towards us, we will display towards others, and His restraint and perfect poise and control that He clearly exhibits in every situation, circumstance and on every occasion. There isn’t any rule or established law, that would ever hinder or prevent us from, with the help and enabling of Papa God’s Spirit, to be producers of this kind of fruit! (Galatians 5:22-23 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Who is responsible is: each one of us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, working in conjunction with The Holy Spirit. How the process takes place is: that we, with diligence, will allow The Holy Spirit to have full and free reign to plow up and plant deep every field and area in our lives with the righteous seeds that will bring forth a bountiful yield, each after its own kind. Why and for what purpose is: so that, a righteous harvest is produced in each one of us; one that is a veritable abundant harvest of every varietal and kind of every good fruit; and that, for the express and urgent purpose of meeting the desperate needs of those who would benefit greatly, by the growth, production and maturity thereof, of each believer. Which is, of course, a life-giving, being thoroughly nourishing and fully refreshing, as well as, completely satisfying, and having the desired result of everyone experiencing the wonderful and greatly needed blessing for all those who come in contact with and partake of the fruit being produced in the followers of Christ, so that they then, will have the ability to flourish and be completely renewed themselves. We really ought to be producing copious amounts of every kind of spiritually good and righteous fruit. There’s a great need in the world today, for The Company of The Redeemed to produce and exhibit, with liberality, this kind of good fruit, that not only will pass inspection, but surpasses it! And there isn’t any rule or law against it! For nothing prevents us, as members in good standing of The Company of The Redeemed, with full access to the enabling and comforting power and the encouraging presence of Papa God’s Spirit, from having the full capacity and capability of producing this kind of fruit, except, our own impertinent attitudes, personal behaviors and stubborn ways. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/12/15- “Sin Has Lost Its Venomous Stinger!”
(1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
Premise Question: Why was sin given such power, for what purpose was sin given such authority and how does sin wield its power over humanity?
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NLT)
Sin acts as a stinger, injecting a venom into each one us, that is extremely painful, absolutely lethal, being quite deadly. It has the full weight, authority and power, of Papa God’s righteous law behind it. But, all thanks and praise goes to Papa God, for providing the anti-venom, through the shed blood of His Son, our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ! For He and He alone, is the only truly efficacious antidote, graciously made available to us, that completely counter-acts the power of the law of sin and death, and in so doing, gives us all, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, a most excellent and gloriously triumphant victory and huge success over our sin and death. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Papa God established and gave His Holy Law, in order to judge sin in humankind. Sin was given the full backing and support of Papa Gods Holy Law, in order to carry out the just recompense, upon all of humankind, by paying just wages to each one, according to their own sinful practices and transgressions of His Holy Law. Sin was given great authority, for the express purpose of clearly pointing out the sheer futility and inadequacy of humankind ever being able to even begin to attempt to try and satisfy the righteous requirements of Papa Gods Holy Law; for it is an absolute impossibility to do so! But, with Papa God, all things are possible, especially to those who will place their complete faith and trust in Him! Finally, sin wields its lethal, legal power and authority over all of humankind, with dire consequences and curses, punishing and torturing, the sinner, which ultimately ends in eternal separation from Papa God’s presence, in eternal punishment and death. All thanks and praise to You, Papa God and Your Righteous Servant, who came and fulfilled every righteous requirement of Your Holy Law; thereby, providing complete victory over sin, death, hell and the grave, giving all who believe and receive Your Son, as their personal LORD and Savior, eternal salvation and an ESCAPE from eternal death!
E-S-C-A-P-E…Eternal Salvation Came At Perfection’s Expense! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/10/15- “Deep And Wide!” (Colossians 2:6-7)
Premise Question: Why does the apostle Paul give such an urgent exhortative admonition, with such great significance and importance attached, that we, as followers of The LORD Jesus Christ, should, with sincere diligence, make it our greatest ambition and aim, to continually develop and mature, by growing deeper and ever wider, in our faith and relationship with Him; and, what are the benefits and positive results, that can be directly attributed to having greater depth and width in our faith and relationship with The LORD, when we allow this to transpire and take place in our lives?
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7 NLT)
So then, since you have become a qualified member, in good standing, of The Company of The Redeemed, by receiving Papa God’s gracious gift, His Son Jesus Christ, as your personal LORD and Savior; it is of great importance, to you personally, in your walk of faith, that you now make it your greatest ambition and aim to be constantly consistent, in diligently chasing after and persistently pursuing Him, above all else. Do this, by allowing Papa God to plant you deep in the chosen ground of His presence, His Word; so that, you will be completely immersed and begin germinating in His Holy Ground, which will cause you to develop a strong root system that will forever anchor you to Him and in Him, thereby, giving you a depth and width that will support, as a sure foundation, the building of faith that shall be built above the ground, which shall be representative of your life and ministry, for all to see, and will bring glory to Papa God. The most obvious and wonderfully amazing result of having a huge dose and impartation of Papa God’s truth deeply entrenched in your life is; your massively fervent, being vigorously active, walk of faith and intimate relationship, with The LORD, that shall produce a veritable deluge of overwhelming expressions of appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Anytime a seed is planted in properly prepared ground, it must be planted at the right depth, width and spacing, with consideration given to sunlight, water source and season, and also must be planted in soil that will be conducive to nurturing and protecting the seed, in the growing process, in order to ultimately produce a bountiful harvest. We are very much like the seed planted in the good ground (soil). For we are buried deep in the soil of The LORD, His precious and completely nurturing Word. We are continually being fed, watered and taken care of by the Light of The Son and the presence and protection of The Holy Spirit’s loving guidance. But, we must be willing to grow deeply, down and out, before we ever begin to grow up and out of the soil we are planted in! We must be willing to be patiently hidden, buried deep in Him, before we ever surface and are brought out into the open! And this promotion must be done by The LORD, no self-promotion allowed! So, great benefits and positive results are fully derived, experienced and attributed to this wonderful process of growing and developing, in Papa God’s time, our most precious faith and intimate relationship with The LORD. He provides us with His comfort and peace, His joy and refreshing, His enduring love and compassion, His mercy and grace, His encouragement, courage and strength, as well as, His lovingkindness and more than enough provision for all of our needs. When we are grounded and pounded, being made strong and thoroughly established in Papa God’s Truth, then we will flourish and produce a bountiful righteous harvest, in season, that will cause us to overflow with gratitude and thanksgiving. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/09/15- “There’s Only One Bona Fide Will Of Papa God!” (Romans 12:2)
Premise Question: With regards to Papa God’s will for our lives, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, are there alternatives or options given to us, such as; option (A) His “good will,” option (B) His “pleasing/acceptable will,” or option (C) His “perfect will”?
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
(Romans 12:2 NLT)
Do not comply with, by trying to emulate, impersonate or imitate, the prevailing paradigm, in its fads, fashions, or standards and practices, of this age, or any age. But alter your course and actions, by deliberately choosing to be a completely different person, one that’s transformed and changed, by and through the power of Papa God, in every way and every area of your existence; in your character, attitude, behavior and even your appearance. Consistently make it your daily habitual practice to be restored and renewed continually, in your mind and heart, with Papa God’s word. Then, and only then, will you be able to test (certify) and know for sure, that the only acceptable (bona fide) will of Papa God for your life, is the one that pleases Him, which is a good thing, meaning it’s filled with His excellence and virtue; because, His will, for your life, is absolutely flawless, being perfect in every way! (Romans 12:2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: In my experience and time here on this earth, I’ve heard many different takes and presentations on this particular passage of scripture, as it relates to Papa God’s will for the believer’s life. I’ve long held a strong personal belief, a specific position and view on this particular passage and the subject matter it addresses. My view is: there is truly only one “bona fide” will of Papa God, for our lives, as members of The Company of The Redeemed! It’s the one that is completely authentic, being entirely genuine, qualified, legitimate and real and can only be accomplished fully, with the enabling help and transforming power of Papa God’s Word and Spirit having full and free reign to influence and change our hearts, minds and lives. So, here it is, my view: The only acceptable and good will of Papa God for our lives, is the one and only one, that is pleasing, pleasant, gratifying and completely satisfying to Him, and that, my friends, is perfect in every way, manner, shape and form, being His perfect will! Some may ask or say, though, what about those who’ve blown it, at some time or occasion in their sojourn in this life? Furthermore, they may muse. How could they ever have the ability or opportunity to ever be perfect once they’ve completely blown it, by failing miserably in their walk? Papa God is the God of new beginnings…He is never at a loss for words, nor is He ever surprised by anything or anyone! He is not ever frustrated to the point of exasperation, throwing His hands in the air, without a clue, as to what to do! He is not twiddling His thumbs in boredom nor is He ever wringing His hands in worry and angst! You will not ever hear, nor has He or will He ever announce, “well, I sure didn’t see that one coming!” He never sleeps nor slumbers! (Psalms 121:4) His eye is even on the smallest sparrow! (Matthew 10:29) He sees all! He knows all! (Proverbs 24:12) He makes all things beautiful in His time! (Ecclesiastes 3:11) He is aware of everything! He is never ever without the perfect plan or strategy to completely restore, renew, reconcile and accomplish His perfect divine will, plan and purpose for our lives, for His glory! He is more than able to do this, as He, Papa God, sees and knows everything from the end all the way back to the beginning! (Isaiah 46:10) He will not settle for anything less than His perfect will for our lives, and He doesn’t have to, because He will do whatever it takes, in order to accomplish His divine plan, purpose and will for His own! (Hebrews 7:25) Blessings…
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