Month: September 2015
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/30/15- “First Things First—Priorities!”
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Premise Question: What should we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, actively be doing, be fully engaged and involved in, with a sense of great urgency, by making it our first and foremost, highest priority, according to The Apostle Paul, in his first letter to Timothy?
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT)
First and foremost, let’s get our priorities in line and on board with Papa God’s priorities. He insists, by strongly admonishing us, with persuasive urging, that we should devote ourselves to being aware of all people’s needs, by drafting petitions with specific names and requests on them, in order to offer up intelligent prayers, and humble supplications, on their behalf; being willing to intercede, standing in the gap before The LORD, asking Him to intervene and act, in accordance to their needs and to their greatest benefit, always giving thanks, at all times and on all occasions, with a heart of gratitude and blessing. We have been given this responsibility, by The LORD Himself, to make sure that this is happening, on a regular basis, for all people everywhere; especially though, for those who are in positions of leadership and all those who have been given authority, with influence and power, to make decisions that affect our daily lives. We are commanded to do this, so that we may live our lives in a serene, peaceful and tranquil state of being; having the opportunity afforded us to live a godly, virtuous, devoutly righteous life, that will bring honor and glory to Papa God. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When it comes to prayer and petitioning, entreating, interceding, inquiring, pleading, intervening, advocating and making requests to Papa God, on behalf of others, it seems, all too often, to be left and relegated as being the last resort, the final option, lowest on the list of priorities, and then, is only considered as being viable and comes into play, after finally exhausting all of our own opinions, attempts, wisdom, efforts and all other options; when it ought to be our first and foremost, prima facie priority, resort and option! Once we’ve actually gotten our priorities in line and on board with Papa God’s priorities, concerning prayer, then it is of the utmost importance that we be ready and willing to fully engage, putting our feet and hands, our hearts and minds, in motion, by having an active, deliberate, devoted and diligently consistent prayer life; praying for all people everywhere, asking Papa God to help them, by meeting their unique and pressing needs and always remembering to give thanks for them; but especially, we are urged to offer up specific prayers for all those who are leaders and rulers, as well as, for all those who are serving in positions of authority and wield great influence. The divine purpose and urgent call for making prayer, not just an occasional activity or priority that we sporadically or rarely participate in, but one that we absolutely make as our first and foremost activity and highest priority, is so that we will have the opportunity afforded to us to be able to live our lives in peace and quiet, to be recognized and characterized as being full of dignity and righteousness. Let’s make first things first, by making prayer our first and foremost priority! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/29/15- “When You Call Upon Me, I, The LORD, Will Answer You!” Jeremiah 33:2-3)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/29/15- “When You Call Upon Me, I, The LORD, Will Answer You!” (Jeremiah 33:2-3)
Premise Question: What assurances do we have that Papa God indeed hears our requests and desperate cries for help, and during those difficult times, how does The LORD respond to us and what does He show and tell us?
“This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.”
(Jeremiah 33:2-3 NLT)
Listen carefully, by paying close attention to the spoken Word of The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, Papa God—The Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything therein. Listen to The One who shaped and established the heavens and the earth, by forming it, as a master potter, with His own hands, giving life to everything, with just the breath of His spoken Word. For He is The One that has a Name above every other name. His Name is The LORD, who rules and reigns, as The Supreme Ruler, over everything and everyone, and this is His personal invitation to everyone everywhere: “Cry out to Me, look to Me, inquire of Me, seek My face, and I, The LORD, will not only hear and answer your request and cry for help, but will also give you great insight and understanding into things that you haven’t any knowledge or awareness of; secret, mysterious, hidden things, that have yet to be explored, discovered or revealed.” (Jeremiah 33:2-3 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The assurances that we have and have been given, through Papa God’s Holy Writ, The Scriptures are, first and foremost: “I Am The LORD your God, I do not and will not ever change!” (Malachi 3:6) The LORD told Jeremiah, while he was in confinement, that He The LORD would never abandon His people! The writer of Hebrews tells us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8) The LORD told Jeremiah that He was going to raise up a righteous descendent from King David’s line that would bring cleansing and joy, not only to the people of Judah and the city of Jerusalem, but to all the people of the earth! So this Word of The LORD was and is not just to the prophet Jeremiah and the people of Judah, but to the whole earth and to all peoples everywhere and for all times! This He absolutely did and fully accomplished by sending His Only Son, Jesus Christ as The Savior and Redeemer of Humankind! In the New Testament book of James, the writer, inspired by The Holy Spirit, encourages and implores everyone, that when they draw closer to Papa God, then He will draw close to them! (James 4:8) The LORD also told Jeremiah that He was a God that was close by and not far away! (Jeremiah 23:23) The LORD told His disciples in The Gospel according to John, that He would not ever abandon them as orphans! (John 14:18) And the writer of Lamentations laments of his troubles to The LORD and declares that when he cried out from the pit, The LORD heard his cry for help and came to him with the comforting words of “do not fear!” (Lamentations 3:55-57) The most important aspect, to me, concerning this divine principle and wonderful truth is; that during those times of desperation and difficult challenges The LORD is always faithful and true to His Word, and therefore, has always, does always and will always hear our cries for help and will come very close, even getting right next to us, in order to communicate, share and reveal to us some incredible things, that without Him telling and showing us, we would not otherwise, have ever known. And then, He ultimately, thoroughly and completely rescues us for all of eternity!
I suppose the question has been and still today could be asked. Does Papa God have a direct line, or a 911 number that we can call, in order to personally get in touch with Him? Yes, He certainly does and has published and made it readily available for anyone and everyone to use! Jeremiah 33:3…Papa God’s phone number…use it now, use it often…you won’t ever get an answering service or a busy signal, for He is always ready, willing and waiting for His people, who are humble and contrite, to call upon His name, and then, He will always do what His Word says He will do! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/28/15- “Give All Praise, All Glory, All Thanks And All Worship, Unto The King Eternal!” (Psalms 100: 4-5)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/28/15- “Give All Praise, All Glory, All Thanks And All Worship, Unto The King Eternal!” (Psalms 100:4-5)
Premise Question: What must one do, in order to secure seeing and fully experiencing the unfailing love and faithfulness, the wonderful presence and benevolent goodness of The LORD, who is The King Eternal; ad infinitum, without end or limits?
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
(Psalms 100:4-5 NLT)
No one is ever allowed to enter into the presence of The LORD God Almighty except, by and through the gate, (the door) which Papa God has offered to and provided for all of humankind to enter into, namely, The Name of The LORD. Therefore, when one enters through this gate, it should be with a heart full of thanksgiving and gratitude. And, once one is inside, in the midst of Papa God’s Kingdom, there in The courts of The King Eternal; exuberant, boisterous and outrageous praise and worship should be continually offered up to Him, with many expressions of thanks being declared, along with multiple proclamations of exulted praise that’s offered up unto The Name that is above every other name. For The Name of The LORD God Almighty is full of gracious benevolence and His unfailing, as well as undying love for all of us, shall endure throughout and even beyond every generation, faithfully, forever and ever, without end. (Psalms 100:4-5 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The entire one-hundredth Psalm gives us a succinct and most beautiful picture of what The LORD requires and desires for us to do, in order to fully secure, that we will see and experience His unfailing love and great faithfulness, as well as, being able to enter into His glorious wonderful presence and be the blessed recipient of His benevolent goodness, ad infinitum, without end or limits. Here it is: Shout for joy, unto The LORD! Worship The LORD, with a glad and free heart! Always come before Him, with joyful singing, that emanates from a heart full of gratitude and thanksgiving! Be ever vigilant to continually acknowledge The LORD as being The One and Only True Sovereign LORD God Almighty! Make it a daily activity to enter into the entrance of His presence with thanksgiving and then go further and deeper into His very courts, praising Him, giving thanks to Him, exalting and extolling His Name above all else; because The LORD is good, and His benevolent mercy and grace extends and endures, ad infinitum, without end or limits, throughout all generations. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/27/15- “Papa God’s Spirit Lives Inside Us!”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Premise Question: Having this indisputable knowledge of our miraculous transformation, of knowing that The Spirit of The Most High lives and dwells inside all of us who’ve called upon The Name of The LORD, because of the revealed truth in Papa God’s Holy Writ, The Scriptures; why does it seem and appear, at times, that some of us, in The Company of The Redeemed, act and comport ourselves as if we are completely unaware of and totally oblivious to, this established, verifiable fact and most obvious truth?
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT)
Are you still yet unaware, of the miraculous transformation that has occurred inside your body; that of you becoming the very dwelling place of The Spirit of The Most High, who is The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, from Whom you have obtained this marvelous miracle of His very presence taking up residence inside of you? Therefore, you are no longer on your own, hopelessly lost, destitute and without a promising future, but you have been purchased, at a great cost to Papa God Himself; for He has redeemed you, to become His very own, by and through the sacrifice of The Lamb of God, His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. Now, since this is the case, (reality) the more prudent way, with the greatest benefits and blessings, is to always choose to give due reverence and proper respect, to The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, by honoring Him in your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Many of us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, perhaps, really need to have a reminder wake up call, to the actual reality of; that it is the actual Spirit of The Living God, The Holy Spirit of The Most High, that has now taken up residence, within the within, of the innermost part of every one of us who have called upon The Name of The LORD for personal salvation. In essence, each of our bodies have now become a holy temple and the very dwelling place of Papa God’s Spirit! So, once we’ve truly come to the full realization of this truth, which is the absolutely incredible, being the most miraculous and marvelous transformation that could ever take place in any person’s life; we should make sure to always honor the presence of The LORD’s Spirit living and dwelling inside of us, by keeping our bodies clean and pure, by staying away from partaking of or participating in, anything that would sully or defile our body, which is the very temple of Papa God’s Spirit. Nor should we ever diminish our testimony or reputation, by giving our bodies over to sinful practices and behaviors, and thereby, end up grieving and hurting Papa God’s Spirit and His reputation and testimony among humankind. None of us should ever try to manage, escape or circumvent the knowledge of this wonderful truth! What we should do, though, is avoid, no matter the cost, from ever giving in to our base nature and acting as if we are ignorant and unaware of the tremendous high cost that was expended on our behalf, by Papa God! Therefore, recognize who you are and who it is that is living inside of you, and then, honor Him always, in and with your body, at all times, on all occasions and in every situation and circumstance you may encounter or go through in this life! Please remember, the repercussions from not recognizing and honoring this truth and The LORD, will never be worth it, very pleasant nor will it ever produce any good thing! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/26/15- “Pure Love Is—Pure Love Is Not!”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Premise Question: Does authentic pure love really exist, or is it just some high ideal and lofty concept, an unrealistic hope, that is far removed from anyone ever being able to actually experience it in a real and meaningful way?
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT)
There is nothing in this world that is more patient, having the greatest capacity for being long-suffering, persistent, persevering, enduring hardship, pain, forbearing and forgiving, at all times, than Papa God’s pure love. There is not another love that is more propitious, obliging, considerate, indulgent, showing benevolent kindness at every turn to everyone on all occasions and in every situation and circumstance. Pure love never allows feelings of discontent, resentfulness or covetousness to turn into jealous envy, influencing love’s thoughts and behavior towards others. Pure love refuses to ever exaggerate, by boasting about itself in a braggadocios manner, nor will it ever exhibit a haughty spirit of vain pride. Pure love does not treat others with disdain or contempt, by shamefully and disgracefully dishonoring them in an inappropriate or rude way. Pure love does not pursue self-gratification, nor does it selfishly only look after its own interests to the exclusion of all others. Pure love is not cantankerous or irritable, having a “short fuse” that quickly explodes into fits of malicious anger and rage. And furthermore, pure love never, ever, without any exception, equivocation, mitigating circumstances or justification, shall ever keep track, for any reason, of a record of wrongs done. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Authentic pure love really does exist! Pure authentic love is real! Pure love can and should be seen, exhibited and put on display, for all to see, everyday of our lives. Pure love can truly be experienced personally, as a couple, a family, a group of friends, a crowd, a community, a people group and even by all people groups, reaching and extending throughout the entire world. Pure love is not just some high ideal or lofty concept that we put high upon a pedestal, far beyond anyone being able to reach or attain! Pure love is truly what we should all be aiming for and aspiring to attain personally, and to fully experience, on all levels, in every area of our life; and, as much as it is up to us, with all people everywhere. When authentic pure love is seen, experienced and fully expressed, there’s not anything that is impossible, for all things are absolutely possible whenever and wherever pure love is present! This particular Scripture is a wonderful and great way to evaluate and test whether or not Papa God’s authentic pure love is operating in our own lives, the lives around us and in those that are in the rest of the world. Take the authentic pure love checkup today, right now, for it’s always going to initially begin with each of us, on an individual and personal basis, of truly experiencing Papa God’s authentic pure love. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/25/15- “Stand Firm, Stay Fixed And Focussed, Serve Fully, Achieve Success!” (1Corinthians 15:58)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/25/15- “Stand Firm, Stay Fixed And Focussed, Serve Fully, Achieve Success!” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Premise Question: What does it truly mean and entail to be strong and immovable, and that, whenever, wherever and whatever we are involved in, when doing the work of The LORD, we are to always exhibit great joy and enthusiasm, as a member of The Company of The Redeemed, while doing the work of The LORD?
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)
Consequently, my dearly beloved and greatly cherished brothers and sisters, who are all members in good standing, of The Company of The Redeemed, as a direct result of our guaranteed success of ultimate victory being granted to us through Jesus Christ The LORD; Stand firm and upright in your gloriously attained position, not yielding. Stay fixed and laser focussed, without ever wavering, being impervious to any and all things that may attempt to get you to take a detour or alter your course, change your perspective or leave your post. Serve fully, giving yourselves in complete abandonment, holding nothing back, or in reserve, (“burn the plough”) being ever vigilant, constantly consistent and entirely tireless, in your relentless, persistent pursuit of your spiritual endeavor and vital undertaking, in order to complete every critical assignment and then, fulfill the divine purpose of The LORD; because you are well aware that your struggle and diligent effort, in doing The LORD’s work, is not done in futility, but will, for you, as well as the multiplied of many others, achieve success, not only for the here and now, but also throughout all of eternity. (1 Corinthians 15:58 PDCP)
Bottom Line: To be strong and immovable means that we are not going to wilt or wane, give up, give in, quit or just throw the proverbial towel in, when challenged or tempted, by the difficult hardships and the everyday typical vicissitudes of life; or, it also means and entails, that even when we do falter, fail or succumb, by falling under the weight and giving in to the pressures of what we have been assigned and tasked to do, go through or endure, we will be absolutely resilient every time, because we are resolute in our complete reliance and utter dependence upon the renewing, restoring and reconciling power and enabling of The One who dwells and lives deep within us, The Spirit of Christ; as it is He, that has called and redeemed us out of darkness and into His glorious redemptive light, giving us new life, setting us free to worship and serve Him for all of our days, enthusiastically, with great joy and rejoicing, in all that we do and say, in this life and the life to come! So, let us all be diligent in our determination to stand firm in our faith, stay fixed and focussed upon the divine task at hand, by abandoning ourselves fully to only worshiping and serving Him, and then, wait patiently for the ultimate result of achieving a smashing success. Remember, when we do our part, He, The LORD, will definitely do His part! And oh, by the way, The LORD will help and enable us to accomplish our part, through the power and presence of The Holy Spirit working in and through us! Finally, I leave you with one of my all time favorite D. L. Moody quotes: “No man (person) ever sent by God is a failure!” The point is, if you answer the call to go, even if you don’t see the results and success you were expecting, you were still a smashing success because you did what The LORD asked you to do! We must focus on the divinely assigned task, not on the results, and whether or not we think it was a success. Just don’t ever quit or give up! Always leave the ultimate outcome and result to The LORD! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/24/15- “Recognizing Papa God’s Incredible Workmanship!” (Psalms 139:13-14)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/24/15- “Recognizing Papa God’s Incredible Workmanship!” (Psalms 139:13-14)
Premise Question: Do we, all of humankind, truly realize how we were divinely designed and came to be, and do we honor, recognize, acknowledge and accept, with appropriate laudation, that we are the most incredibly precise and intricately complex, harmoniously perfect workmanship (handiwork) of a wonderful loving, most merciful and gracious Papa God, who is The One and Only True Sovereign LORD God Almighty, The Creator of the heavens and the earth, and everything therein?
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Psalms 139:13-14 NLT)
From Your unmatched creative imagination, You, The Sovereign Almighty God, who is the creator of the heavens and the earth and everything therein; meticulously designed me, by weaving together the most delicate parts of my innermost being inside my mother’s womb. I honor and give You, Almighty Papa God, my highest praise, because You alone, O LORD, are worthy to be venerated, honored and worshiped, above everyone and everything else. Therefore, I am full of reverential awe, being absolutely astonished, at just how amazingly intricate, and marvelously wonderful, that I am put and held together with precision and in harmonious perfection. Your workmanship, O LORD, is spectacularly glorious and beyond measure or compare! I am fully aware, in every part of my incredible being, of the magnificence of who You are and what You have done. (Psalms 139:13-14 PDCP)
Bottom Line: In order to fully realize, with a complete understanding and comprehension, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we must first consider and then fully accept, the truth contained within Papa God’s Holy Writ, The Scriptures; which not only convey and reveal to us that He has designed and made each and every delicate and critical part of our bodies, but has then, with great care and precision, assembled and put all the different and diverse parts together, to function properly, by each part doing what it was designed to do, which is to work in perfect harmony with every other part. It is of the utmost importance that we recognize Papa God for what He has done, by acknowledging Him and lauding Him with the highest of praise, honor and worship, ascribing all the glory and honor that is due Him and Him alone! Finally, it would be wise, good and extremely prudent to remember, that Papa God also reminds us, in His Word, that He knew us before we were formed in our mothers womb; He already had a purpose, plan and work for us to do, and that He sees every moment of our life from the end all the way back to before the beginning! Let everyone that has breath recognize and praise The LORD for what He has done! Blessings…
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