Month: June 2015
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/30/15- “Let Papa God Repay!” (Proverbs 20:22)
Premise Question: Are we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, most commonly referred to as Christians, ever supposed to take matters into our own hands and reciprocate in kind, in order to even the score, after we’ve been put upon or wronged?
Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. (Proverbs 20:22 NLT)
Refuse to react, by declaring with malicious intent, what you will do to others who’ve hurt, wounded, injured, caused you trouble, pain and or injustice; rather, choose to respond to them, by waiting patiently with a calm assurance, knowing that The LORD Himself will come to your aid, your rescue and defense, by repaying in full those who’ve come against you, thorough and complete, for no one can repay and settle a score better than The Sovereign LORD God Almighty! (Proverbs 20:22 PDCP)
Bottom Line: In answer to the premise question: Absolutely not! Let The LORD repay, because He does it a lot better and is completely thorough! In saying that, though, we should not ever have the attitude of, well, The LORD says He’ll take care of it for me; so go ahead LORD! Make my day! Go get em LORD! You have my permission to obliterate them! And while You’re at it, LORD, do make sure you get em real good! And I do mean really good, with thunder bolts of lightening and everything that can come with it! Sic ’em Jesus! Now, none of that really fits the appropriate attitude we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, are to display and have towards those who’ve hurt, wounded, wronged, insulted or offended us. For we should not ever relish or feed those thoughts, but should perish and rid ourselves of all those thoughts and attitudes! We ought to refuse to react out of our hurt and pain, our injury and insults that we’ve endured and received from being mistreated, maligned, abused and wronged, by attempting to settle the score, make it right or give payback that’s due. We are not to be revengeful and reciprocating, by replying in kind, with our own returns of volatile volleys, but should always choose to respond to them with kindness and grace, displaying great patience and endurance, while showing them mercy and love. Therefore, by doing this, we will always allow and leave room for The LORD to act on our behalf. And, we should also rejoice when persecuted in this fashion, for it shows that we’ve been counted worthy to be treated in the same way and manner that our LORD was! Let Papa God Repay! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/29/15- “Restore Our Joy!” (Psalms 51:12)
Premise Question: Does any of Papa God’s dearly beloved children, have the capability of experiencing the fullness of His joy and His gracious gift of redeeming salvation, without initially approaching Him, with a humble and broken spirit and a heart that’s inclined to obey Him?
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (Psalms 51:12 NLT)
Bring me, Your humble, broken and extremely grateful servant, back to the place and moment where You first shared with me the epitome and very essence of Your complete joy, in it’s highest degree and fullest measure, Your salvation, my redemption. I entreat You, Sovereign LORD God Almighty, to bestow upon me, Your humble, broken and full of gratitude servant, a right disposition in my spirit, with a willing heart that’s determined to always honor and obey You; for only You, O Lord, can truly sustain me. (Psalm 51:12 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Quick answer: Nope! Papa God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power and personal presence of The Holy Spirit’s influence, guidance and the pouring out into and upon our lives of His comfort, peace and joy, which restores our soul, renews our spirit, refreshes our body and returns us back to The LORD, in right relationship, in order to fully experience the sweet fellowship and the full and the complete restoration of His joy and redeeming, merciful and gracious, personal deliverance, even the salvation of our entire being, it is a complete and total impossibility. For it truly is He, and only He, The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, our loving and most merciful and gracious Papa God, who has the ability to renew and refresh, revitalize and restore us back to Him, as His joyful delight and His emancipated, set free to worship and adore Him, precious and beloved very own children. We should desperately want and seek to be restored by the joy of His salvation, for we all are in dire need of it! We can only find, acquire and get it, though, if we are inclined to obey Him, with a humble heart that’s broken and contrite. The LORD God Almighty is no respecter of persons, so if you desperately want and earnestly seek Him, and desire to do His will and to be restored with the joy of His salvation, in your life, you will find Him, if you seek Him with all of your heart, in humility, brokenness and obedience. Remember, The LORD says that He will never turn away from, refuse or despise, a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. (Psalm 51:17) Restore our joy, O LORD! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/28/15- “Actions Speak Louder Than Words!” (1 John 3:18)
Premise Question: So, what is the truth we truly believe and live out in our daily lives; is it just expressed in our words or do our actions, that should certainly follow and line up with our speech, truly prove the truth we so loudly proclaim, declare and believe deeply, with all of our heart, soul and strength?
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. (1 John 3:18 NLT)
Dearly beloved children of Papa God, my precious brothers and sisters, who are the cherished offspring of The Redeemer, pay close attention to what I’m telling you, for it is of the utmost importance, being significantly most vital for you to understand and follow, with great diligence; it is not adequate nor sufficient enough to merely express your love towards others through encouraging words or with eloquence of speech, but true authentic love will, and necessarily must, also be accompanied by caring, thoughtful actions, that will clearly put on display, for all to see, the truth of your love for others, for as it has been said, our actions will always speak louder and have a much greater impact, than just a mere expression of our words. (1 John 3:18 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Is it just our words, the concepts and precepts, that we think and hold to be truth, in our minds, speak out of our mouths, with eloquence of speech and aplomb, or that we choose to keep to ourselves, for our own pleasure and benefit, protected, safely tucked, locked and hidden away in our hearts, only to be seen and known by ourselves and perhaps a select few or small circle of close friends and family; or, is it truly, also, an absolute imperative necessity, that we love each other and others, with more than just beautiful rhetoric, uttered with eloquence of speech and words of encouragement? YES! ABSOLUTELY! Our words and thoughts are not enough! For our walk absolutely needs to line up with and completely support and be in compliance with our talk! Our walk and talk needs to come into agreement with and closely follow up and match what our attitudes, activities and actions are, that we are involved in, in our daily practice and thoughts, in our lives! I pray that our lives will truly become a demonstration of Papa God’s love, joy and power, releasing, refreshing, renewing, with His efficacious righteous deliverance, all those we are given opportunity to touch, with His unfailing love, mercy and grace! Rise up Church of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty! Let The Great Company of The Redeemed say so! Because, our actions do speak louder than our words! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/27/15- “Don’t Get Stuck On Stupid!” (Proverbs 12:1)
Premise Question: What is the prudently wise, being the utmost effective way in producing the most preferred and desired results, in order for a person to learn, develop, grow and mature spiritually, emotionally, socially and then, to also have a high degree of mental acumen?
To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. (Proverbs 12:1 NLT)
No matter who you are, if you’ll relish discipline, by fully embracing and allowing it to thoroughly train and equip you, in order to develop obedience in you, and, if you’ll be a lover of knowledge, by cherishing the principles of truth, it will increase your insight and understanding; causing an awareness in you of the great benefits derived from being one who loves, rather than disdains and despises discipline. But, if you are one who dislikes intensely, having an extreme hostility for and a detestable aversion of correction, by not yielding yourself to it, and then, allowing the necessary and appropriate remedy, along with any properly proposed adjustment to be applied to your wrongful thinking, inappropriate behavior or actions; then, you are simply quite foolish, without any sense, common or otherwise, and can therefore, be identified as being just plain stupid. (Proverbs 12:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Whatever walk or ilk a person comes from in life, there is going to come a time in their lives where they can no longer feign being ignorant or unaware. There may be a time in their lives though, that they are unaware that they’re even unaware! But once they’ve become aware, and been given the opportunity, through discipline and correction, to gain knowledge, understanding and insight, so as not to be unaware and ignorant any longer, they must necessarily take full responsibility for their thoughts, actions and behaviors. For when a person becomes aware and then chooses to not let go of their ignorant ways of thinking, with the accompanying behaviors, they can, at that time, be considered to be a stupid fool! It’s therefore, an absolute imperative, that in order to learn and acquire the knowledge needed to develop, mature and grow, in all areas of life, a person should embrace and love the discipline and correcting process; for it is, without a doubt, the most judiciously prudent way and will have the greatest effect, while producing the ultimate and most desired results. There’s an old saying: “You can’t fix stupid!” So don’t get stuck on stupid, by hating correction and discipline. Ignorance can be corrected and ultimately fixed, but there’s pretty much no hope for the belligerently stupid. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/26/15- “Hold On Tight!” (Hebrews 10:23)
Premise Question: What is our blessed hope and the great promise that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, are urgently, and with great insistence, compelled to grasp on to tightly and to not ever consider letting go of, no matter what may come our way?
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23 NLT)
Grasp, with a firm tight grip, never letting go of or deviating one iota from your declared profession of allegiance to the blessed, fully assured expectation of the complete realization of our hopeful promise; because, The One True Sovereign All Powerful and Most Mighty Papa God, who is reliable and worthy of our entire trust, is The One who has made this hopeful promise to us and it is He, who will do due diligence to make sure it performs and satisfies completely all that it’s promised and expected to do. (Hebrews 10:23 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Our Blessed Hope is also our Redeemer, Savior, Healer, Baptizer, Comforter, our Helper, Succor, Provider, Shepherd, Pastor, Teacher, Brother and Friend; for He is The Prince of Peace, The King of Kings, The LORD of Lords and The Great I Am, who was and is and is to come, for He has rescued and set us all free from the darkness, death, despair and sin that plagues us and has brought us into the radiance of His splendid light and right into His glorious presence! The LORD fills us with a hope and expectation that gives us full assurance, with an absolute certitude, that we shall not ever be disappointed. For He is ever Faithful and True! He was before the beginning and will be there long after the end! We are urgently compelled, for He is quite insistent, that we are to hold on tight and to never let go, waffle, waver, vacillate or fluctuate, no matter what may come our way or what we may have to face or endure, but to continue to grasp tightly to the promise that He’s left us with, that one day, we will be spending all of eternity in the presence of His Holiness and His Glorious Light! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 06/25/15- “Humility Elicits Papa God’s Gracious Favor And Power Every Time! (James 4:6-7)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/25/15- “Humility Elicits Papa God’s Gracious Favor And Power Every Time!” (James 4:6-7)
Premise Question: When do we, as believers, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, actually have the full power, authority and backing from Papa God, to tell the enemy of our soul, the devil and all his minions, to get lost; and at what point does our enemy have to comply?
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:6-7 NLT)
And, as Papa God’s Holy Writ clearly delineates, His gracious favor will never run out, come up short or in anywise ever be found deficient, but will always be more than enough, being completely sufficient on every occasion and in any situation or circumstance. Although Papa God will always be ever ready and willing to grant the full measure of His grace and favor towards those who remain humble, He will also, always be hostile towards, with great resistance, those who persist in being insolent and full of pride. So then, yield yourself, in humble submission, under the power and authority of Papa God Almighty, making this your first and foremost priority in your daily spiritual walk and life. For when you permanently revoke the license of the enemy of your soul, the devil, to no longer have the ability to gain access, in order to operate and create havoc in your life, by you always humbly submitting and yielding yourself to Papa God Almighty, you’ve not merely just temporarily suspended the license of your enemy, the devil, to operate in your life by just resisting, but have now, by striving and standing against him, with the help of The Almighty, he, the devil, shall and must take flight in fright, swiftly, without delay, moving far far away from you. (James 4:6, 7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The key to effectively resisting the devil and all of his devices, schemes and evil minions, and then to have him cease and desist his actions taken against us, so that he then takes flight and leaves us alone; is to first, rid yourself of any and all insolence, arrogance and pride, by coming before The presence of The LORD in total humility, respectfully and humbly, submitting ourselves before The Almighty, Papa God, in reverential awe. We can resist the devil until we’re blue in the face or until the cows come home! But, it will all be for naught and will have no effect, unless and until we do first things first, which is to humbly submit ourselves to The Almighty, Papa God. The devil and his minions do not have to listen to us one iota, as long as he is still being given access to our life because of our illicit, wayward and disobedient ways. For until and unless we choose to humble ourselves in obedient submission, by coming into agreement and full compliance with His Holy Writ, we still haven’t revoked his license to operate in our lives! We all need to stop granting the devil and his minions access to our lives, and immediately choose to humbly submit ourselves to Papa God, so that our resisting will not be in vain, and our enemy, the devil, must then, get lost forever! Remember, when we humble ourselves and submit to Papa God, that’s when we have all power and authority to resist the devil, and it is at that point, that the devil must comply, by taking flight and fleeing! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/24/15- “Humility And Awe!” (Proverbs 22:4)
Premise Question: What’s the real benefit and intrinsic value that’s realized by the person who is genuinely humble, with an authentic and healthy reverential awe for The LORD?
True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. (Proverbs 22:4 NLT)
Genuine humility, emanating from a person’s heart that is meek, contrite and shows due reverential awe and respect towards Papa God, The LORD of all; ushers in, with due diligence, its full recompense of a bountiful reward, for it compensates that person, enriching them with an over abundance of intrinsic value, along with, benefits of wealth, health and great worth, and it carries with it, the distinct honor of being highly favored and esteemed, as well as, being blessed with an extended duration of existence, while here on earth, that’s way beyond the normal life expectancy. (Proverbs 22:4 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When we, as humankind, deliberately and with diligence, walk in humility before others and have and show proper reverential awe that’s due Papa God, The LORD of all, then and only then, are we on the right path in this life. And, as a direct result, will be shown the way to go, in order to receive the real benefits and rewards and also fully realize the intrinsic value and divine destiny purposed for our lives. The LORD Himself will go before us, as our guiding Shepherd, to make sure this happens and to fulfill His Word. When the path of humility is taken, it will lead to an enriched life, one that will extend and flourish beyond this life here on earth, to being able to experience eternal life, with rewards beyond the imagination heaped upon them; for no eye has seen nor mind comprehended all that will happen and is being made ready and prepared for those who choose the path of humility and reverential awe towards The LORD. But, if one chooses not to take the path of humility, they will surely have chosen most foolishly and will ultimately be led down the pathway that leads to abject humiliation, dishonor, poverty and even perhaps a shortened life, and in the end, damnation, destruction and eternal death. Let’s choose the path of humility and reverential awe, and in effect, choose life, eternal life, filled with eternal and intrinsic value and rewards. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/23/15- “We Are The Victors!” (Romans 8:37)
Premise Question: Against all odds, and notwithstanding, given the amount of severe and calamitous events and circumstances that many, if not all of us, may have to endure, when being confronted, face to face, with the hardships and difficult challenges that come our way, in this life; how is it even remotely possible, that we would ever be crowned the undisputed, overwhelmingly victorious victors, and personally experience this outrageously, over the top, being unimaginable and unthinkable, absolutely stunning and decisive, one for the ages, victory, over it all?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NLT)
There’s not a trouble or trial, nor a persecution, with threat of execution, whether we’re hunted or hungry, destitute or in constant danger; none of these difficulties or challenges will ever keep us from the overwhelming and complete victory that is assured for those who have placed their complete trust, faith and hope in Jesus Christ, who by laying down His life, as a ransom and perfect sacrifice, in our stead, has shown His great unfailing love toward us, thus making us “The Victors” through Him. (Romans 8:37 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, are declared “The Victors,” because of the work done in Heaven and on earth, upon the cross and then in the grave and beyond, by Papa God and His Son, our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ; for He and He alone, has defeated the evil one, the enemy of our soul, our sin, death, hell and the grave; therefore, He is our Champion, The One who gives us the victory, and thereby, has made us to be the conquering victors for all of eternity. Like His word tells us: There’s not anything in this world or out of this world, that can separate us from Him and His great love for us! Even if we suffer or experience calamity, difficult times, trouble, trials or tribulations, in this life, none of it is ever an indicator or sign that He no longer loves us, or that His love for us has diminished in any way, shape, form or fashion. Some of us may even experience the threat of death and even further still, some may even be slaughtered and killed for their faith! But, thanks be to Papa God, that in all and through all of this, we are made “The Victors” and shall triumph over all, through Christ Jesus our LORD! Just remember the words of the Apostle Paul: And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (Romans 8:17 NLT) Blessings…
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LOVE WINS, EVERY TIME!
“God allows what He hates to accomplish what He loves…”
A great quote that has been used by many different individual people, to respond to those folks who may ask why Papa God allows terrible and absolutely horribly awful things to happen…I’ve seen this quoted this past week by some of the family members of the victims of the racially motivated, murderous actions of an individual filled with anger, malice and hate. The kind of hate that can only be overcome with the love and goodness of Papa God, who Himself put on display, when He offered up His precious Son, Jesus Christ, who was without sin, upon a cruel cross, filled with abject shame and humiliation, to bear and carry all of humankind’s sin and transgressions, in order to overcome the darkness and evil that’s within each and every heart of humankind! Papa God’s only begotten laid His life down, as a ransom payment, so that He could purchase us, to be set free from sin and its penalty, taking us out of the darkness into His Holy Light, by removing every transgression and purifying every heart of all sin and iniquity, including all envy, jealousy, prejudice, resentment, hate, malice and murderous thoughts; and replacing it all with His unfailing love, undeserved mercy and abounding grace and His great loving kindness, so that, we can live in His presence of perfect peace and everlasting joy for eternity!
It has been quite encouraging and incredibly inspirational to see Papa God’s people of Mother Emanuel AME, as well as, all the people of Charleston, SC and beyond, allow His goodness and love to overcome and conquer the evil that was sent to steal, kill and destroy…When the people of God do this, love wins every time!
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. (Romans 12:21 NIV, NLT) It would be a good thing to take in the entire chapter of Romans12…Blessings…
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 06/22/15- “Pursue Righteousness And Unfailing Love, And You’ll Find Life!” (proverbs 21:21)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/22/15- “Pursue Righteousness And Unfailing Love, And You’ll Find Life!” (Proverbs 21:21)
Premise Question: Where in the world can a person go to and who can they run to, in order to find a satisfying, really enjoyable, abundant living, virtuous, spiritual life, of dignity and renown; that’s sustainable, as well as, having the greatest amount of longevity, and, that’s also full of an inexhaustible, completely trustworthy, reliable, never ending, matchless love?
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. (Proverbs 21:21 NLT)
It matters not who you are or from whence you came, for if you choose to strive to gain, following hard after, in order to attain, right and just living, as well as, with earnest devotion, seek Papa God’s love, the only love known to humankind that’s unfailing, incomparable and freely given, a redemptive love that endures forever, you shall prosper; enjoying and experiencing to the fullest, a life filled with His goodness, His love, His everlasting joy and peace and that, with great value, dignity and high honor. (Proverbs 21:21 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Where can a person go to find dignity and real life and who does a person run to, in order to experience authentic love, be valued and given great honor? Well, it really is quite simple and easy to answer; for anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere, can go to the place of safety, comfort and refuge, the place of The Almighty’s presence. And then, once there, can choose to run into the anxiously awaiting, accepting and embracing, loving arms, of the full of grace and mercy, Sovereign LORD, Papa God Almighty, and there receive the fullness of everlasting joy and peace, living eternally in His glorious presence and light! We, as humankind, have a holy quest and are to run this race of life, treating it and approaching it, as the greatest and most honorable thing in this life, a lifelong pursuit of His holiness, His righteousness, with honor and Papa God’s great endless love! Blessings…
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