Month: June 2015
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/11/15- “The Thing That Matters Most!” (Philippians 1:9-10)
Premise Question: What is the thing that really matters the most, for us who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, and should take the preeminence over and above anything and everything else, in our daily walk and sojourn of faith; being recognized and accepted, as having the greatest value, is the most crucial and of the utmost importance?
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. (Philippians 1:9-10 NLT)
Here is my supplication, a prayerful petition offered up to Papa God on your behalf: I entreat You O Lord, that Your precious people will increase exponentially, without measure, in their love for seeking and having a greater awareness and insightful perception of Your superior knowledge, as well as, a profound desire to go deeper and deeper in understanding the complexities and intricacies of Your true nature; so that, Your children may have the ability to distinguish clearly, what’s most advantageous for them, and may also be absolutely free from any contamination, being untainted, without guilt or blame, able to stand before Jesus Christ, on the day He judges all things. (Philippians 1:9, 10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Love is the absolute definitive answer! The unfailing love of Papa God being expressed through our daily lives towards others, in our walk and sojourn of faith, supersedes everything else; for there is nothing, in this life, as important as His love overflowing out of our lives, by us allowing our faith to express itself with the unfailing love that never runs out, comes up short or is ever on empty, but always has an unlimited supply, with more than enough left in reserve, to be drawn upon whenever needed, for whatever occasion, situation or circumstance, to be poured out copiously into the lives of others! We are urgently encouraged to continue to grow deeper and broader in our knowledge and understanding of Papa God’s true nature, which is the greatest and most authentic love that’s ever been known or experienced by humankind. We should not stop growing and increasing exponentially in His pure love, as it will enable us to keep living a life that is pleasing to Him, helpful and refreshing to others, and will also keep us blameless and ready to stand confidently, with full assurance, before The LORD, upon the day of His glorious appearing. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 06/10/15- “In The Struggle Between Light And Darkness, Light Wins! (John 1:5)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/10/15- “In The Struggle Between Light And Darkness, Light Wins!” (John 1:5)
Premise Question: Do we, as members of humankind, personally have any impact or bearing on the ultimate outcome of the struggle/battle between light (righteousness) and darkness (evil); what is our part, in the overall scheme, and how should we respond, to the outcome of said struggle?
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:5 NLT)
The visible radiance of the illuminating light of the world, the person of Jesus Christ, The One True God, has come forth, shinning in all of His glorious splendor and magnificent brilliance, dispelling the darkness of the enemy of our souls, and its evil wickedness, dispatching, conquering and overcoming the darkness completely, because, in the conflict and struggle between light and darkness, light will always overwhelm and vanquish the darkness and is forever established as the victor. (John 1:5 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The only impact or bearing, if any at all, that we, humankind, have on the ultimate outcome of the struggle/battle between light and darkness, good and evil, righteousness and wickedness, is that we are one of, if not the primary, reasons the battle was waged; for it was an intense struggle/battle for our very souls! But light, which already has and always will win the war between darkness and light has triumphed over the darkness and everything within it, death included! Jesus Christ is our Champion, our Victor and Conqueror, as He is The Light which has vanquished the darkness and every kind of evil that lives in the darkness; for the Prince of darkness was no match for the glorious and Holy Light who is the origin of all that is good, Holy and righteous, for He is The Light sent into the world to dispel the darkness and rescue humankind from the clutches of the evil one, the enemy of our souls, who resides in the darkness. Our part is to accept Papa God’s gracious and most merciful gift, His Son Jesus Christ, as our personal LORD and Savior, and our privileged obligation and dutiful response should be to immediately and faithfully, empowered by His Spirit, to begin to live in His Light even as His Light lives in us and shines forth out of us and into the world, dispelling the darkness around us! L-I-G-H-T- Live In God’s Holy Tent!
Here is an important caveat, a quote from a famous revivalist from the 20th Century, that we all need to seriously consider, with a heart of sincerity: “If you don’t do your part, don’t blame God.” Billy Sunday…Let us rejoice and be glad, worshiping and praising Papa God, with hearts full of thanksgiving and gratitude, that our enemy has been defeated and completely vanquished, by The One True Light of the world, Jesus Christ, and because of that, we can now live victoriously in His Light! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/09/15-“Wise Speech!” (Colossians 4:5-6)
Premise Question: Why is it so extremely important for members of The Company of The Redeemed to be ardently circumspect in their speech, their personal behavior and deportment towards those who are still unaffiliated; and why should their speech be wonderfully fascinating, filled with intriguing words and concepts that are interesting and pleasantly refreshing to those who are still unacquainted; whenever an opportunity arises to be engaging, with a satisfying and appropriate response for them?
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6 NLT)
Be prudent, with proper discernment, in regards to the manner of your deportment towards those who presently are not yet a part of The Company of The Redeemed, the family of Papa God; be compelled, with great temerity, taking full advantage on every occasion of each favorable condition presented to you. Let your interactions with others, through the words that are spoken and exchanged, without exception, be abundantly flavored with expressions that preserve and refresh them and are filled with favor, goodwill and kindness; this, so you will properly perceive, with complete comprehension and understanding, coming into the full realization of how to respond correctly, with an appropriate reply, to every person you may engage. (Colossians 4:5,6 PDCP)
Bottom Line: It is of the greatest import, that in our approach towards others, the unaffiliated and unacquainted, that we ourselves always remain approachable! It’s never a good approach or idea, nor is it ever very effective, to passionately prove your point and that you are most definitely right, in order to prove that others are definitely wrong! We all were, at one time, definitely lost and wrong; for it is only because of Papa God’s great love, mercy and gracious favor shown toward us, that we were able to approach Him and be made right! And may we not ever forget, that it was when we were at our worst, that Papa God gave His best, His Son Jesus, up for us! We will not ever reach those that we are commissioned to reach and love, if before we even have an opportunity to engage them, we’ve already cut them up, cut them down and literally cut them off! So, with humility and grace, the gracious favor, mercy and love of The LORD, we should choose to be civil, kind, long suffering, exhibiting a patient endurance, care and great concern for those who are presently unaffiliated, who’ve not yet been captivated by the Good News of The Savior; which is that of being set free, released from darkness and brought into the glorious light and enlightenment of a loving, merciful, full of grace and forgiveness, Almighty Sovereign Papa God. If it be our true intention to fulfill Papa God’s divine purpose and will for our lives, then we must make our true intentions clear, by obeying and fulfilling The Great Commission and His greatest command, which simply is: Love Him, love others and then, go and tell everyone everywhere about His love for all of humankind! Here’s an old saying that speaks volumes: “Claim you are right and you will start a fight!” I’ve shared this acrostic before, but it’s apropos to do it again here. SODA-POP- Seek-Out-Divine-Appointments-Pray-Obey-Persevere! This is something we should be doing on a daily basis! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/08/15- “Control Your Tongue And Live!” (Proverbs 13:3)
Premise Question: What must we do to control our tongue?
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. (Proverbs 13:3 NLT)
When one is able to have control over the content of what they allow to escape out of their heart and mind, slipping over their tongue, through their lips and out of their mouth; it will have the wonderful effect of protecting and maintaining their continued existence, and will fill up their life up with an effervescence of joy and peace. Conversely, though, when there is no restraint or thoughtful consideration, but an acting with haste, with a total lack of prudence, while articulating, it will result in arriving at a place of certain downfall; producing a life that’s ravaged, resulting in a thoroughly and utterly devastating complete loss, irretrievably injured, without any possibility of repair! (Proverbs 13:3 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Choose to always speak words that promote life, encouragement and refreshing; words that will build up, repair and renew, not words that foment death and despair, that shred, tear apart, tear down, demolish and destroy. Don’t allow words to come forth, out of your mouth, impulsively, unchecked and unbridled, lacking propriety and appropriateness, causing a spontaneous combustion that can turn into a conflagration, having the potential to obliterate and destroy everything and everyone within range of hearing and then, once it spreads, everywhere else it’s carried to and repeated! It’s much more prudent to have a good, wise and strong filter, with a shut off valve at the ready. I can remember hearing some of these sayings in years gone by: “Put a lid on it!” “Zip your lip!” “Think before you speak!” “Be careful little mouth what you speak!” “Put a guard on that tongue and lock it down!” “Zip it, lock it and throw away the key!” “Measure twice, cut once!” A variation of that one is: “Be very careful before you speak, measuring every word carefully before you choose to speak, so you won’t throw caution to the wind and speak thoughtlessly and carelessly; therefore, measure your thoughts and words twice before you speak them out!” The problem arises when we allow inappropriate words to escape across our tongues and out of our mouths. But the root of the problem and the real issue is what is already entrenched, fomenting and waiting for an opportunity to release and express itself, in our thoughts and heart. For as The LORD Himself said: You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. (Matthew 12:34 NLT) So, if we don’t want to mis-speak, which can produce unwanted, chaotic and destructive results; then we must be willing to deal with what is in our heart, in an appropriate way and manner and in a prudently chosen, appropriate time and place, along with wise counsel and the powerful agent of forgiveness, walking in release and applying the entirety of Papa God’s Holy Scriptures, to our life, in every situation, circumstance and in all our different and various relationships! Remember, the mouth will, perhaps inadvertently, at an inopportune time or occasion, eventually speak what is hidden in your heart and thoughts. So, as I am wont to say: “Keep your heart free of debris, flush the flesh and stay refreshed!” Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 06/07/15- “All Of Papa God’s Holy Scriptures Are Inspired!” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/07/15- “All Of Papa God’s Holy Scriptures Are Inspired!” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Premise Question: What are the vital reasons Papa God’s Holy Scriptures were revealed and given to us and for what divine purposes?
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)
All of the Holy Scriptures, both in the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by and come directly from the heart and mouth of Papa God; delivered to humankind through the very breath of The Holy Spirit; therefore, it’s exceedingly helpful in teaching us truth and imparting His wonderful knowledge, as well as, developing skillfully, the talents and abilities He has conferred upon us, for doing great exploits, that will bring Him glory, honor and praise. His Holy Writ is also given for our great benefit, in reproving and reprimanding all error and rebellion, truing any mistakes or faults, by correcting them, while giving intense instruction in the disciplining process, for the purpose of attaining righteous conduct and behavior, so that, the one who is serving Papa God, will have at their disposal, being completely provided with, whatever is needed for the undertaking, of achieving all possible benevolent, morally excellent, virtuous activities and deeds.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The vital reasons The Holy Scriptures have been given to all of us, humankind, is to reveal Papa God’s heart of love to and for His creation, to show us the path of reconciliation, in order to be restored back to Him in right relationship. He accomplishes this by utilizing The Scriptures to teach us the truth, exposing the wrong within us, correcting us when we make mistakes, refining and purifying us, instructing us in righteousness, in order to enable us to do what is right. The divine purposes for which The Holy Scriptures were given are; to fully equip and prepare His people, developing the skills, talents and abilities, that He’s conferred upon each one of us. This, in order to do great and astonishing exploits, that produce a harvest of good works and deeds; which accomplishes His greatest purpose, will and desire for humankind, that of being reconciled and restored back to Him, for a flourishing and refreshing relationship of perfect peace, love and harmony, which results in us experiencing sweet and unbroken fellowship. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/06/15- “Put To Death The Person You Once Were!” (Galatians 2:20)
Premise Question: What is the most important decision that each one of us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, must necessarily make on a daily basis?
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)
By my own free will, I have chosen to put to death the person I once was. I do this continually, each day, by personally choosing to identify with Christ’s crucifixion; and therefore, I lay my life down and die daily to my old self, and then, I follow Him only. For now, it is the life of Christ living inside of me that leads, guides, directs, motivates and sustains every part of my life, spirit, soul and body. My existence, as I live and breathe here on this earth, is now lived out of my faith and my complete trust placed in Jesus Christ, The One and only Son of The One True Sovereign Papa God, who showed His love for me, by personally laying His life down; thereby, immediately paying the ransom required and demanded, for the redemption of my life. (Galatians 2:20 PDCP)
Bottom Line: There comes a time, in the life of every believer, when, with much humility and sincerity, a decision must and should be made, to no longer live for one’s own desires and pleasures. For that time, at the moment of our salvation, has already come and past and should be long gone; the time where one lives their life for and only unto themselves, being self-centered, self-indulged and completely self-consumed. So, it is therefore, much wiser and much more prudent, to put to death the old flesh and self-life and allow the new life and walk of faith to come fully alive, along with the wonderful blessings and benefits attached to living a new self-less life, and no longer living the flesh self-life, which produces dire curses and consequences. Because Christ now lives in me, and I now live my life in Christ, He lives in me, through me and for others! This is the most important decision that we, as believers and members of The Company of The Redeemed, must necessarily make each and every day of our lives! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/05/15- “Run Your Race With Dogged Determination!” (Hebrews 12:1b-2)
Premise Question: How are we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, supposed to approach the race we’ve each been given in this life, how are we to run the race we’ve each been given in this life and finally, how are we to finish the race we’ve each been given to run in this life?
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
(Hebrews 12:1b-2 NLT)
Be doggedly determined, while running the race of your life, proceeding with a sense of urgency, persistently steady, regardless of the obstacles or challenges you encounter along the course and path that’s been clearly marked out for you to follow. Refuse to acknowledge anyone or anything else that would distract you and take you off course and path, in your race; always staying focused, with your eyes gazing intently only upon The Savior of humankind, Jesus Christ, who is the first, the pathfinder, The One to forge a new path, by entering and clearing the way for all of us to enter into a faith that is without any flaws, entirely faultless and beyond improvement, being entirely perfect. Because of the exhilarating extreme joyful delight that was presented to Jesus, by Papa God, His Father, namely; the deliverance and salvation of the whole of humankind; He willingly yielded to the abject, contemptible disdain and the disgracefully painful ignominy of the cruel cross. Following this, though, Jesus sat down in the most highly exalted, most honored and His rightful place, seated right next to His Father, The Sovereign Almighty Papa God, upon His eternal throne. (Hebrews 12:1b, 2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, are to approach our individual race, with an attitude of humility, awe, having hopeful expectations and great excitement, along with a joyful enthusiasm. We should devote our lives to running well, always looking up, not down, moving and pressing forward, looking ahead, not behind. We are to run our individual race, with a dogged determination, completely resolute and tenacious in running our race. Refusing to quit, never giving in to the pressures, temptations and vicissitudes of life, but always relying on the leading, guiding and empowering of The LORD’S Holy Spirit. And, perhaps, when on an occasion we are distracted by something or someone, causing us to stumble and fall by the wayside; then, we must not allow ourselves to stay down on the ground, just laying around, on our path and course, stewing and wallowing in defeat, shame and ignominy, just waiting, and at times, even wanting to die. But, we must arise, get up, repent and begin again! Remembering that as long as we are still here, there is still something we’ve not done; and so, we must finish the race we’ve been give to run and complete. Speaking of finishing: We are to finish strong, the race we’ve been given to run, in this life! We may not be able to run as fast as we once did, when we were younger, but we can still choose to sprint to the finish line and lean into the tape at the end with a flourish! Then, we will hear these words from our LORD: “Well done! Way to go! You ran great, my faithful servant and dear friend! Come on in and enjoy all the rewards I’ve prepared for you! You are victorious! You have overcome and won your race!” I once heard a man describe life, our race, as being the – (dash) between the date of our birth, both physical and spiritual and the date of our death, in this life. The – (dash) in each person’s life is different, in that each one is given a certain amount of time to run their race and each one is given a different kind of race to run. Some may have a very short race, like a fifty-yard dash, while others may be given a hundred-yard sprint, and still others may be given longer and more difficult races to run, such as, a three-thousand meter steeple race, with many obstacles. Then, there are some that will even be given a marathon to run, which I would say, most of us are given, as it is a life long, in for the long haul kind of race. Whatever race we’ve been given to run in this life, we need to run like the wind, giving our greatest effort and devotion, with a dogged determination to finish strong the race we began, the one given to us to run, by The LORD Himself. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/04/15- “Have Mercy On Me, Papa God!” (Psalms 51:1-2)
Premise Question: Why would Papa God ever entertain hearing our request for mercy or even seriously consider answering our desperation call to be made clean and pure, by removing all our disgusting sin, stigma of guilt and every one of our transgressions of His Holy Law?
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. (Psalms 51:1-2 NLT)
Almighty Papa God, The Supreme Sovereign Creator of Heaven and earth, I humbly request that Your kind benevolent forbearance and divine gracious favor be shown towards me, the offender of Your Holy Law. May Your magnanimous mercy be fully consistent with Your inexhaustible, absolutely dependable, never failing, endless love, and that it be in complete agreement with Your remarkable, exceptionally deep empathy and compassion for me, having a strong desire to alleviate completely my desperation, by obliterating and wiping out all of my reproach and disgrace, removing every violation of Your Holy Law. Purge and purify me, taking away entirely, out of existence, every last bit of my wickedness, making me thoroughly clean and spotless of all evil, by removing every one of my transgressions of Your Righteous Law from my life. (Psalm 51:1-2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: How great is Papa God’s unfailing love, His constant care and concern, His depth of enduring compassion for us, His unique and special creation, humankind! For it is way beyond description or compare! We were in His thoughts and heart even before we were formed in our mother’s womb! He was well acquainted with us, having a strong inclination and affinity for us, knowing us intimately, every part of us in every way. It is because of His great love and affection, His strong and not to be denied intent and inclination, as well as His unyielding affinity that He has for us, that He not only hears us, but also responds to our humble and contrite requests, by answering and fulfilling our greatest need; which is to be restored and reconciled back to Him in right relationship and sweet fellowship, being forgiven for all of our sin, having all of our guilt and shame, as well as, every one of our transgressions of His Holy and most Righteous Law removed from our lives. He, Papa God, has provided us with the perfect solution to our condition and problem, our irreconcilable differences, our irreparable and irretrievable situation, our indefensible, impossible to resolve and absolve circumstances. Because Papa God, in His great love, mercy and grace, gave us resolution and absolution, through the sacrifice of His Son upon the cross, for all those who believe and receive His perfect answer and resolve, solving our greatest problem and need, by absolving us of all our sin, guilt and transgressions, with great efficiency, He sufficiently removed our deficiency, with His unfailing love, mercy and grace. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/02/15- “Our Prime Directive!” (John 13:34-35)
Premise Question: What is the undeniable, absolute proof, that truly shows the world, all of humankind, that we, The Company of The Redeemed, are the true followers of The LORD Jesus Christ?
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35 NLT)
The prime directive that I’m giving you to implement immediately, as a controlling influence, in your attitude and behavior towards each other, is fresh and brand new. This new command, that you exhibit openly an undying and unfailing love towards each other, should be the overarching authority and influence in your life. In the same manner that I have openly exhibited My undying and unfailing love for each of you, so too, must you openly exhibit this same love towards each other. As a direct result, of you following this new specific directive; everyone, in all of humankind, will clearly see and comprehend, without a scintilla of doubt, for it shall establish forever, that you are My true followers, if you freely choose to openly exhibit an undying and unfailing love towards each other. (John 13:34-35 PDCP)
Bottom Line: It is not our eloquence of speech and soaring rhetoric, nor is it our beautiful edifices, filled with traditional, contemporary, alternative, highbrow, lowbrow or even unibrow forms of worship, that proves we are true followers of Jesus Christ! It’s not our missions and outreach programs to clothe and feed the poor, although it should be our common practice to do so; nor is it even our higher institutions of learning, training and doctrinal purity, in preparation for ministry and mission, that is the proof! The prime directive/command, which trumps everything else we may say or do, in regards to what our attitude should be and how we are to approach, treat, honor and comport ourselves towards one another and the world, and that we, The Company of The Redeemed, have been given to completely satisfy and fulfill; is the one that has been clearly put on display, described, delineated and defined by our ultimate example, our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ! It’s time for all of us to get on board His love train, in order to be trained by His true love, the love He has for us and which has been put on display for all to see! We then, must ourselves prove that we have this true love, which is The LORD’S love, that He’s shown towards us; and, that now we should put on display towards one another, showing all of humankind that we are His true followers, by the exhibition of this love! Blessings…
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