Month: July 2015
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/31/15- “The LORD Isn’t Dragging His Feet!” (2 Peter 3:9)
Premise Question: Ultimately, what’s really at stake and what is the final outcome going to sound and look like for the righteous, who are members in good standing of The Company of The Redeemed, and for the wicked, who are not members of The Company of The Redeemed?
“So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.” (2 Peter 2:9 NLT)
The One True Sovereign God, who is The LORD of all, is not slow, sluggish or slack, nor is He dragging His feet, so to speak, waiting for time on the “Clock of Humankind” to expire and run out, in fulfilling and satisfying completely, holding Himself accountable, to every declarative, expressed assurance He’s made, in regards to rescuing the righteous, as some would assume or conclude, based upon their own comprehension of what it means to be slow. Rather though, The LORD is purposeful, being quite deliberate in His approach toward each individual person of humankind. For He is exhibiting an extraordinary amount of His liberating love, His glorious grace, His marvelous mercy and His perfect patience, with each individual person. He does this, because His greatest desire is that not even one individual person living on the earth, shall die, suffering utter destruction, eternal separation and spiritual death, and that every individual person living on the earth will have the time needed and opportunity given them to experience salvation, through a turning away from and repenting of all their sin. But, for those wicked individuals who willfully choose to refuse Papa God’s overture of His merciful and most gracious love and redemption, before their time expires here on earth, by rejecting His Son Jesus Christ, they will be held and punished in Hell, until the day of final judgment arrives. (2Peter 3:9 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Ultimately what’s at stake is a choice between becoming righteous, through Papa God’s gracious gift of salvation, with the glorious outcome of being able to enjoy and experience eternal life in the very presence of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, or continuing to be wicked, by refusing and rejecting Papa God’s gracious and merciful provision of redemption, and thus, incurring the horrible outcome of Papa God’s judgment for wickedness, which unfortunately is, enduring an existence of being eternally separated from the presence of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, experiencing an eternal spiritual death, while being forever punished and tortured in the body and soul.
The righteous will one day hear the voice of The LORD say: “Well done, for you have been a good and faithful servant! You did not reject or deny Me before others, nor did you refuse My offer to rescue you; therefore, you may now enter into and forever live, rejoicing in My presence, to fully experience and thoroughly enjoy all that I, The LORD, have prepared and made ready for you to be blessed by, and take pleasure in. Conversely though, the wicked dead will hear, those who are held captive in Hell, a torturous place of unrelenting punishment, loneliness and despair, until the day of final judgment, which takes place at The Great White Throne, where Hell and the earth give up all of the wicked unrighteous to be judged for eternity; “Depart from Me, you wicked evil doer, for I never knew you! Your name is not written down in The Lamb’s Book of Life, for you are not covered by My shed blood, as you chose to reject Me, by refusing My gracious offer of redemption and salvation, My divine plan of rescue for your spirit, soul and body; therefore, I cast you into The Burning Lake of Fire, along with all the other wicked, to forever be separated from My Glorious Presence and to be eternally punished, in your body and soul, for your wickedness!”
Those of us who are still here and alive on this earth, having not yet experienced physical death, let us, if we’ve not already done so, stop dragging our feet, and accept Papa God’s gracious gift of salvation, redemption and the miraculous rescue of our souls, before it is too late, to one day enjoy and experience life on a outrageously delightful and extremely glorious level. Let us thankfully accept and joyfully receive our own personal escape from Papa God’s judgment, which is an eternal death, separation and the unrelenting torment, torture and punishment of the body and soul. What is your eternal stake and outlook? The choice is now, and forever will be yours! Choose the righteous life that is yours for the taking, accepting and receiving; so then, you can experience and enjoy its splendid benefits throughout all of eternity. Just confess, repent and believe on The Name of The LORD Jesus Christ, who has purchased your escape from eternal torment and death, and salvation is yours! ESCAPE: Eternal-Salvation-Came-At-Perfections-Expense! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/30/15- “Integrity To Follow, Obey, Seek!” (Psalm 119:1-2)
Premise Question: As a member of The Company of The Redeemed, what must one do, in order to enjoy and experience fully, Papa God’s gracious favor, and the wonderful resulting blessings and benefits that the presence of the joy of The LORD, in one’s life, faithfully produces on a daily basis?
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” (Psalms 119:1-2 NLT)
Most highly favored, filled with blissful joy, are those who choose to conduct their lives in a habitual manner of walking in integrity, in every area of their lives; in complete agreement and harmony with, while being ever influenced and guided by, the Holy Instructions of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty. Most highly favored, filled with blissful joy, are those who choose to follow closely, holding onto, guarding and protecting, observing and maintaining, Papa God’s Holy Instructions, which is the permanent record of the divine will of The LORD God Almighty, written down in His Holy Scriptures. And also, most highly favored, filled with blissful joy, are those who choose to fully comply, with His purpose and will for their lives, by obeying His commands, and then, holding nothing back or in reserve, but with their whole hearts, will urgently search for Him, seeking and looking for Him in every situation, circumstance, and moment of their everyday lives. (Psalm 119:1-2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Anything that is built must begin and end with integrity and a sound plan. Whatever is built must have a strong and sure foundation. The structure that is built upon the foundation must have structural integrity. And while it is being built, in order for it to be built to withstand the challenges that may come up against it, that will surely try and test its fortitude, strength and integrity, the plan must be followed very closely, no cutting corners or codes, but a strict adherence, compliance and obedience to what is called for in the building code, which comes directly from the laws that govern the building of the structure, for the benefit, protection and enjoyment of everyone.
Our life can be characterized as a structure that we are building and erecting. Our joy, success and fulfillment in life is predicated on us having integrity; the integrity and strong foundation of The LORD operating in and flowing out of our daily existence. We too, must follow the plan and blueprints, the specific instructions that Papa God has left for us in His Holy Scriptures, in order to truly have, enjoy and experience, a flourishing success story in this life and the life to come. So, let’s have the integrity to follow, obey and seek; by building our lives with integrity and honor, the integrity of The LORD, and then honoring Him in all that we do and say, having the integrity to follow His instructions carefully, while building the structure strong and right, always maintaining a strict adherence, compliance and obedience to His Word, making it our practice and daily routine to ever search for Him, by seeking His face, not only His hand, wholeheartedly every day of our lives! His integrity and sound plan + His structural integrity + our routine of integrity = stability and our success story, in this life and the life to come! For when we do this, His complete joy is ours forevermore! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/29/15- “Just Live Life By Faith!” (Romans 1:17)
Premise Question: Why is it so difficult for some of us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, to figure out and finally come to the full realization and truth of how important it is to just live life by faith?
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:17 NLT)
As has already been established, The Good News was sent by The Most High Sovereign Almighty Papa God, Creator of Heaven and earth, to the earth, on behalf of all of humankind, for the divine purpose of revealing His righteousness and redeeming His very own fallen creation. Papa God sent, in the form of a humble servant, His Only Son, known to us as The Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, our LORD and Savior. This righteous Good News, that came from Papa God, must initially be personally and individually accepted by faith, and then, lived out by faith, throughout the entire sojourn here upon the earth. For just as it has been faithfully recorded and written down, in Papa God’s Holy Writ, by His anointed prophet Habakkuk: “Shun evil and choose to live by faith and you shall not only survive, but flourish, because those who live a righteous life, live their individual life by faith. And, in so doing, are faithful to The One who gives them life. So, whatever you do in life, just remember to do it by living by faith; the faith of a person who has been made right in the sight of Papa God, from start to finish, by initially putting their faith in The LORD and then continuing to have faith in The LORD, throughout their entire life, and you will enjoy and experience everlasting life.” (Romans 1:17 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Whenever anyone, who is a member of The Company of The Redeemed, attempts to go it alone and do life their own way, without the vital and significant input of The LORD, by choosing to live their life outside the parameters of what The Creator has spoken in His Holy Writ, which clearly delineates His divinely purposed and divinely designed plan for His unique and greatly loved creation, humankind; then the difficulties will abound and the cause and effect results begin to surround, pressing in all around! Life is difficult enough on its own, but when we refuse The LORD’S help, wisdom, instruction, counsel and life giving advice, then we make it all the more difficult! The reality is; we will not ever be successful in figuring out life until we figure out, that what needs to be figured out is that we must, if we are going to have and live the life that Papa God desires, has purposed and has divinely designed for us to fully enjoy and experience, is that it’s not going to ever happen until and unless we choose to surrender our lives to living a life of faith, in The LORD, and then, just live our life by faith! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/28/15- “Only The Word Of The LORD Is Faithful, Right And Forever Rings True! (Psalms 33:3-5)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/28/15- ” Only The Word Of The LORD Is Faithful, Right And Forever Rings True!” (Psalms 33:3-5)
Premise Question: How significantly important is it for Papa God’s children, each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed, to deliberately, with diligence and a determined dogged devotion, abandon themselves completely to Him, by giving Him all honor, glory, praise and worship that’s due His Name; as well as, accepting and fully trusting His Word, as being the only faithful and true, right and exact, Word of The LORD?
“Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the LORD fills the earth.” (Psalms 33:3-5 NLT)
Allow for a new song to form upon your lips and come out of your mouth, one that flows from the innermost part of your heart. Sing it out, with complete abandonment, to The LORD. Increase and develop, through knowledge and with deliberate practice, your aptitude for playing instruments skillfully and with great excellence. Shout joyous praise to Him, with loud, boisterous and exuberant exultations; lifting your voice to Him and giving Him all that’s within you, holding nothing back in reserve. For there is only One Word that is genuine, authentic and exact, faithful and true, and that shall last forever; it is The Word of The LORD; trustworthy, always reliable, ever dependable, as He, Papa God, is faithful, and consistently constant, to keep all of His promises in everything that He ever says and does. The LORD is greatly pleased when His people live righteously, sharing His goodness and acting justly before all of humankind, according to His principles and precepts in His Holy Scriptures. The whole earth is filled to its utmost capacity with His inexhaustible, profoundly tender and compassionate, unfailing and deeply affectionate, love. (Psalm 33:3-5 PDCP)
Bottom Line: There is nothing more significant or important, than for each and every individual child of Papa God, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, to completely abandon themselves to Him in worship, praise and service! When we choose to honor The LORD, first and foremost, by placing Him above and putting Him before all others and everything else in life, our lives will become enriched, strengthened, renewed and refreshed, as He will faithfully order each and every day of our lives; putting us at peace, filling us with His joy, through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit in our personal individual lives, by leading, guiding, providing, sustaining and comforting us, no matter what we may encounter or have to go through in this life. Remember and be greatly encouraged this day, by the absolute truth that’s clearly delineated and shown in Papa God’s Holy Scriptures: His Word is faithful and always rings true and exact! His Word always proves true and has the ring of truth, as it always holds true, fully supported by His resounding character and truth of His Everlasting Word! We, therefore, can always count on Him and His ever reliable promises and His unfailing love to do all that He says it will do and be; for His enduring love, goodness, gracious favor, mercy and justice is pouring down from His heavenly abode, into and upon all of His children, filling and covering the whole earth! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/27/15- “Unbelievable, Incomprehensible, Inconceivable, Inmitable!” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/27/15- “Unbelievable, Incomprehensible, Inconceivable, Inimitable!” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)
Premise Question: Are we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, truly looking forward to the day when the unbelievable becomes the believable, the incomprehensible is finally understood and comprehended, the inconceivable and the unthinkable becomes the conceivable and thinkable and finally the absolutely inimitable is clearly seen and personally experienced by each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed?
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)
Nevertheless, just as it’s been written down in Papa God’s Holy Scriptures, and therefore, has been forever established: “it is beyond unbelievable, quite improbable and extraordinarily remarkable what human eyes will one day see, as well as, incomprehensible, literally impossible to understand now, at this time, what human ears will hear on that day, and, it is completely inconceivable, far out of reach, for any human mind to imagine, the inimitable things that Papa God has in store for those who show their love for Him,” by honoring and obeying His Word, and loving their neighbors, as themselves.
(1 Corinthians 2:9 PDCP)
Bottom Line: What we, every individual member of The Company of The Redeemed, shall see one day with our own eyes, which at this present time has not yet been revealed or seen by those who are still alive and well here in this world; is beyond all improbability, and is going to absolutely astonish, amaze and stagger us, as the unbelievable, the impossible to ever believe transforms and becomes the possible and the believable right before our very eyes! Our ears also shall be transformed, as we will no longer be baffled or limited, when we hear something that seems to be fathomless and beyond our comprehension of ever knowing or fully understanding that which is now, the incomprehensible; for we will have ears that will hear, know and comprehend perfectly. And our minds, which are incredible, but at this present time doesn’t have the wherewithal to even begin to imagine, what for us is, the unimaginable, as it is completely inconceivable and too wonderful, glorious and extraordinarily beautiful for us to even to think of or consider, shall also be transformed and completely renewed. But, the day is coming, and perhaps sooner than we think, when we all, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, shall stand before Papa God and His Son Jesus Christ, and see, in person, what once was and still is, the inimitable, all that has been and presently is being prepared for all those who love, honor and obey Him and His Son; which is far beyond ever being matched, surpassed or imitated, as it shall be supremely unequalled, unparalleled and magnificently glorious to behold and forever experience. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/26/15- “The Great I Am Is Always There!” (Isaiah 41:10)
Premise Question: Knowing and fully accepting the premise that Papa God is completely for us, who are members in right standing, of The Company of The Redeemed, and that He is always on our side fighting all of our battles, who is it that could ever really be successful in coming or going against us, His precious and dearly beloved own children?
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)
So, do not, under any circumstance you face, or situation you are going through, allow yourself to be overwhelmed, with distressing, worrisome, anxious thoughts, for I AM, The Great I AM, The Sovereign One True Almighty Papa God, Creator of Heaven and earth, will always be right there with you, close by your side. Do not, at any time or upon any occasion, give yourself over to being disheartened, lacking courage, wanting to just give up, but stay bold and courageous, for I AM, is your Papa God. I AM, will never leave you in a weakened state, without help, hope or provision, for I AM, will strengthen you, making you strong enough to face whatever is challenging you in the moment, I AM, will always help you. I AM, shall forever support and defend you against any and all opposition; keeping you from sinking into the depths of despair and eternal death. I AM, will accomplish this, with My incomparable, strong and victorious, filled with all honor and might, Glorious Righteous Right Hand. (Isaiah 41:10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: If Papa God is for us, who or what can be against us? Nothing and no one! No one and nothing will ever be successful in keeping Papa God’s will and purpose for our lives from coming to fruition. Therefore, there is never going to be a valid time or reason why we should ever be fearful, frightened, distraught, timid or afraid! Papa God has promised that He will never leave or forsake us! Whatever He says He will do, He most definitely will do, because He is ever faithful, and when He does it, He will do it thoroughly, completely and that, with excellence, honor and glory. When The LORD tells us to not even allow our hearts to ever be troubled or to be dismayed, we can take Him at His Word! When He tells us that in this life, this world, we are going to experience trouble, trials, temptations, attacks, ridicule, suffering, persecution, but, we are to be full of joy and cheer, and to not be discouraged because of any of it, as He has overcome this world and everything that could ever happen to us in this life, we are to rejoice and be glad, for He has promised to give us His strength, His peace, and His comfort, encouragement, refreshing, restoration and renewal! Our’s is the victory forever and always, because The Most High, Papa God, The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, is our LORD and Savior, The Great I Am, who is always there for us! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/25/15- “The Search For Authenticity, Let Papa God Be The Final Arbiter!” (Psalm 139:23-24)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/25/15- “The Search For Authenticity, Let Papa God Be The Final Arbiter!” (Psalm 139:23-24)
Premise Question: Is it ever a good idea or does it ever work out to our own advantage or benefit, when we try to manage, hold things back or keep things in our lives hidden away from others and The LORD?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalms 139:23-24 NLT)
Thoroughly examine and scrutinize me, Sovereign Almighty Papa God, and know with certainty and a clear perception, completely understanding the very core of who I am at the innermost part of my being, the seat of my emotions; test and try me, in order to determine and evaluate my authenticity and genuineness, and clearly discern my mental anguish, as I am afflicted with great distress and concern. Perceive whether there be any displeasing, rebellious, insolent, unpleasant, disagreeable or repugnant manner, unacceptable attitude or inappropriate behavior in me; for I fully surrender myself to Your leadership, Your purpose and perfect will for my life, being confidently assured that You shall guide and direct my path upon the everlasting divine way of Your eternal truth and life. (Psalm 139:23-24 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We don’t ever really gain any kind of edge, benefit or advantage when we, on our own, try to just manage our sin, challenges and issues going on in our lives; by keeping things hidden in compartments of our lives, away from the view and knowledge of others, under lock, chains and keys of secrecy. For all that we end up accomplishing is a self-imposed incarceration of being held captive in a prison of our own doing and our own mind! We will never truly be successful in trying to keep those things under wraps, as they eventually become unmanageable and begin to come apart at the seams, unravelling at an alarming rate, completely out of our’s or anyone else’s control, save The LORD’S! That’s why it is so vitally important to be open, transparent and accountable to The LORD and others, by confessing our sins, faults, mistakes, misgivings and failings with those, who also confess their own sin, challenges and issues with The LORD and others. The LORD doesn’t need us to tell Him what’s going on in our lives, even the parts we think are hidden and buried deep, within our within, with a no access or trespassing sign, gate and huge lock and chain on it! For in The LORD’S case, it’s completely impossible to keep anything hidden away from His view or knowledge, as He sees all, hears all and is fully aware of all, at all times, on all occasions, as nothing ever escapes His omniscience. Papa God wants us to be open and transparent with Him, because it is what we need and should do, in order to come clean, be made clean and have the ability to have a just, right, satisfying and fulfilling, authentic, intimate, personal relationship with Papa God; as this will work to our greatest advantage and extreme benefit in every area and compartment of our lives. So, in our search for authenticity, validation and acceptance, let Papa God be the final arbiter of everything in our lives, as He will faithfully lead and guide us upon the path of eternal truth, life, with complete joy and perfect bliss. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/24/15- “There’s Power In Confession And Prayer!” (James 5:16)
Premise Question: Is it even remotely possible, to have the sensational and absolutely miraculous outcome, that effectuates and produces the greatly needed and desired results of total healing, real restoration and complete deliverance, for a person who is in sin, and needing to be made whole, without an open and truthful confession by them, along with, serious in intention, purposeful prayer, offered up urgently, with diligence and devotion, by a person who is righteous?
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 NLT)
So then, because there are wonderful results when we utilize the power of prayer, in our everyday lives, our ordinary interaction with one another should be, that we openly acknowledge, owning up to our own faults, our willful and deliberate lapses in good and right behavior, which are violations and transgressions of Papa God’s Holy Law, by being open, transparent and accountable to each other. We should also stand in the gap for one another, by offering up specific prayers of entreaties and requests for complete healing and restoration of spirit, soul and body; both for the individual and for the entire Company Of The Redeemed. The very act and ordinary practice of praying, with purposeful intent, as an individual member of The Company Of The Redeemed, is most potent; for it has a most desirable effect of exerting a great and mighty force, not of this world, that produces an efficacious result; which also prepares and makes ready, the individual, as well as, the whole Company Of The Redeemed, for works of service in Papa God’s Kingdom. (James 5:16 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The quick and succinct answer to the premise question is: NOPE! Not-Obtainable-Possible-Ever! The reason it is not even remotely possible, is because where there is sin present and being practiced in an individual’s daily life, there is a greatly diminished capacity and availability of Papa God’s efficacious power to operate in the individual believer’s life; due to the fact that sin completely nullifies the marvelous and the miraculous from happening in the life of the believer who continues to participate in and practice sin. Without a sincere, humble, open and honest confession of one’s sin and desperate need for wholeness, healing, restoration and deliverance, along with the efficacious and fervently offered up prayers of a believer in right standing with Papa God, the believer in need will not experience the desired and greatly needed results. For it is only the righteous who are granted the power and authority necessary to effect, in a positive way, the desperate condition of the one who is in need of deliverance and healing! So, let’s confess our sins one to another, and then, pray for one another to receive the total healing and complete deliverance and restoration that’s made available to everyone of us, through the righteous among us, from Papa God, The Sovereign LORD God Almighty! There is power in confession and great deliverance through prayer, with the emerging result of wholeness and healing for every believer! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/23/15- “Seek And Desire The Approval Of Papa God, Not Man’s!” (Matthew 6:1)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/23/15- “Seek And Desire The Approval Of Papa God, Not Man’s!” (Matthew 6:1)
Premise Question: Is the approval, admiration, applause and adulation of man worth the risk of loosing the recognition, ratification, rewards and recompense of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, our Papa God?
““Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1 NLT)
We should be ever mindful, taking extreme caution and care, to not make it our habit or custom of openly putting on display, before others, our righteous practice of doing good deeds, our generosity and acts of kindness, shown on every occasion, with the expressed intent, desire and purpose of being recognized, seen and acknowledged by others for them. If we so choose to practice our righteous conduct before others, in this manner, then we will not receive our just reward and recompense; that of being recognized and acknowledged by The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, our Creator and Papa God, who lives and rules from His Heavenly abode. It should be our greatest desire, in this life, to always honor and please only Him, in everything we do and say. (Matthew 6:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: NOPE! The approval, admiration, applause and adulation of man cannot and will not ever begin to compare to the recognition, ratification, rewards and recompense of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, our Papa God!!! For man’s expressions of praise and approval is temporary and fickle at best; while being commended, recognized and rewarded by Papa God is intrinsic, ever faithful and true, as it is everlasting and eternal. Case in point: “For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!” (Isaiah 64:4 NLT) And: (“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT) May we never succumb, for any rhyme or reason, to the temptation and scenario that Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, where he exchanged his inheritance and eternal rewards of great blessings for the satisfaction of a temporary need and condition! Don’t ever choose to exchange the intrinsic for the temporal, for one lasts forever and the other soon fades away into nothingness! Therefore, always choose to seek and desire the approval and recognition of Papa God, not man’s! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/22/15- “Love, Do Good, Bless And Pray For The Difficult People In Your Life!” (Luke 6:27-28)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/22/15- “Love, Do Good, Bless And Pray For The Difficult People In Your Life!” (Luke 6:27-28)
Premise Question: Are we, The Company of The Redeemed, truly willing to listen to what The LORD is trying to tell us, and then, do we show that we’ve accepted what He is saying to us, by actually following, fulfilling and carrying out the specific instructions He has given us, as His stewards, to do?
““But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28 NLT)
But to those of you who are willing to take to heart what I’m sharing here with you, let it teach and guide you, becoming the motivation for how you live your life: Love those who you’ve become distanced from, those who are no longer friends, but are now your enemies; therefore, you are not wanting to have anything to do with them any more, due to the virulent and perhaps violent animosity that now exists between you and them. Do good to and for those who now hate you, not just assenting in your mind to the ideal, but in your actions and deeds. And while you’re at it, choose to bless, not curse them, by speaking good things over them, things that will bring refreshing and bountiful provision into their lives. And finally, always devote yourself to praying specifically for those who have and presently are mistreating you! (Luke 6:27-28 PDCP)
Bottom Line: So, are we really willing to listen, willing to love, willing to do good, willing to bless and willing to pray? It’s an easy thing to listen to someone, knowing you don’t have to follow through with, or agree with what they are saying, but it is quite another thing if you know the one talking has the ultimate authority, power, position and influence over you! It’s easy to love those who love you and don’t despise you, but quite a different thing to love those who do not love you, and in fact truly despise you! When someone is nice to you and does good things for you, it’s a no brainer to be nice and good back to them, but entirely separate and excruciatingly difficult to be nice to and do good for those who, not only despise you, but literally hate and even have an aversion towards and absolute abhorrence of you! And when you are being blessed by someone, oh how easy it is to reciprocate and return the blessing, but when someone is cursing you, it’s probably not going to be your initial reaction or response to bless them, but according to The LORD’S instruction, it most certainly should be! And finally, we are more than happy to cry out to the LORD on behalf of those we love and adore and who’ve been so accommodating, generous and loving towards us, but The LORD’S specific command here, which is not by any means or stretch of the imagination a mere suggestion, is to pray earnestly for those who’ve, in any way shape, form or fashion, hurt, wounded or harmed you; which includes physical, emotional, mental, or even your reputation and good name! One more thing: we should not ever make excuses, give explanations, rationalizations, justifications, or equivocations, with surrounding or swirling mitigating circumstances, for although The LORD is completely understanding and compassionate, He still is not going to go against His own specific instructions and commands and then come into agreement with you and say; “well, in your case, I’ll make an exception!” Not going to happen, dear brothers, sisters and precious friends. We all must choose, with The LORD’S help, to love, do good to, bless and pray for, even the most heinous and truly difficult people in our lives. Remember the prayer of our LORD uttered from the cross, “Father, forgive them and don’t hold it against them for what they have done to me, as they are unaware of what they have done and are still doing.” Blessings…
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