Month: May 2016

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/21- “The Only Thing That Really Matters!” (Galatians 5:6)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/21- “The Only Thing That Really Matters!”
(Galatians 5:6)

Premise Question: What is the most important thing, the thing that really matters the most, and is superior to everything else, as it relates to the daily focus of our lives, as true followers of Jesus Christ, in our walk of faith?

For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬ NLT)

For when you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, you become an integral and most valued part of the family of Papa God—The Company of The Redeemed. And, it matters not what background, race, culture, or station in life that you’ve come from, as it doesn’t have any relative worth or real significance. The one and only thing that really matters or has any meaning at all, for it is superior to any and all other things and nothing else will actually work or have the desired effect, so is therefore, absolutely meaningless, is our belief in and our walk with Papa God; always showing by our overt and caring actions towards others, that we are walking in His love, when we are loving others and giving His love away unconditionally! (Galatians 5:6 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Once we become members of The Company of The Redeemed, which are the true followers of Jesus Christ, our priorities and focus must change and be transformed.

It is quite commendable to become a scholar, an apologist and linguist in biblical languages, history, culture and anthropology. It’s wonderful to be able to quote, from memory, large portions of The Holy Scriptures, to have great understanding and insight into doctrine and the tenets of faith. It’s a remarkable thing to be able to express your knowledge and wisdom of all the great mysteries of The Scriptures to others, expressing yourself as an orator or writer.

To be recognized, by others, for following a strict standard of rules to live your life by, or incredible accomplishments and great achievements, world travel, building of magnificent edifices, your unique talents, abilities or being really gifted, may be a great honor and feel good, but it is not nearly as important as the thing that really matters the most!

The most important and significant thing that really matters is our authentic faith expressing itself in real, genuinely authentic love—the love of Papa God being expressed towards everyone. For it surpasses and is far superior to all other expressions, activities and accomplishments, that we could ever do or be involved in.

Our faith expressing itself in love towards others is the true barometer and measure, the revealer of the real condition and authenticity of our actual faith walk! Check out 1 Corinthians 13! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/20- “It Was An Absolute Necessity—That He Had To Do It All—Just For Us!” (1 Peter 2:24)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/20- “It Was An Absolute Necessity—That He Had To Do It All—Just For Us!” (1 Peter 2:24)

Premise Question: Why was it an absolute necessity, that Jesus personally take upon Himself, by carrying in His physical body, all the sins of humankind?

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
(‭1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭24‬ NLT)

He, The King of Kings and The LORD of Lords, The Creator of Heaven and earth, while hanging on the cruel cross, personally received and took upon Himself, in His body, all of humankind’s iniquities, transgressions and vile sins. This, so that we would no longer be subject to the power that sin has over us; thereby, enabling us to completely die to the depravity of our pernicious ways and evil desires, so that, we can begin to fully realize all that He’s done for us and then, live righteously for Him. The wounds and afflictions He received in His body, now produces and provides healing and release in ours. (1Peter 2:24 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Jesus Christ personally took upon Himself, by carrying in His physical body, upon the cruel cross, all of humankind’s transgressing sin. Furthermore, He willingly took upon Himself, as a direct result of sin, their deserved death sentences, by dying for them in their place.

This was all absolutely necessary, in order to fulfill and satisfy completely, the righteous requirements of Papa God’s Holy Law. For without the offering up of Papa God’s only Son, the perfect sacrifice, on behalf of humankind, no amount of sacrificial offerings, work or humankind effort, on our part, will ever suffice, procure or produce a righteous life of being absolutely set free to live life victoriously, and then, ultimately, life eternal—living in the glorious light and personal presence of The King of Kings and The LORD of Lords—to forever experience the fullness of His joy and perfect peace, without end.

Something to take note of is: Papa God’s provision of His gracious favor and His merciful redemption was made on behalf of all of humankind, each and every individual, even for those who choose to reject it, by not believing and receiving His only Son as the provision of payment for their sin and death sentence; for Jesus bore their sins, as well!

He lavishly poured out His great love upon all of humankind, but each individual must choose to believe and accept personally, Papa God’s love, grace and mercy offered through His Son, our Savior Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Let each one of us, of humankind, believe and accept personally, Papa God’s most merciful and gracious provision. Then, let us choose to die daily to self and the sinful desires of the flesh, in order to live victorious and free.

And, finally, always be ever thankful for the wonderful provision of healing, made available to us, because of the afflictions and wounds Jesus endured and took upon Himself! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/19- “The Way We Choose To Speak!” (Proverbs 15:1)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/19- “The Way We Choose To Speak!” (Proverbs 15:1)

Premise Question: Why does the tone of the words we speak and the attitude, way and manner in which we choose to deliver them, have such a huge impact on the resulting outcome of any situation or circumstance that we may be confronted with, or indeed must address?

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

When responding to someone or something, in any situation or circumstance, a soft and kindly reply will tend to bring calm to the person or situation and will reverse the position or course, in a good and positive way, to a much preferred outcome and resulting consequences; while conversely, choosing to react with strong, severe language and an unpleasant attitude, will most likely instigate immense and intense emotional distress, producing an exacerbation of the offense and hurt, which foments and fosters great feelings of displeasure, resulting in horrible consequences! (Proverbs 15:1 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The words we choose to speak, along with our tone, the way and manner, as well as, the attitude that we have while delivering our words, will have a huge impact on determining the resulting outcome of any situation or circumstance being addressed.

We basically have two distinct choices, in any given situation. We can choose to react, using inflammatory words, or we can choose to respond, using calming and healing words. For when we choose to react, rather than respond, the resulting consequence could very well be described as, throwing gasoline on a fire; which has a strong possibility of turning into a conflagration, an out of control blazing fire that spreads quickly, with the potential of consuming and destroying everything and everyone in its path.

Conversely though, when we choose to respond, rather than react, with words that are full of meekness and humility, that are gentle, kind, calming, refreshing and encouraging, it will be conducive in promoting and creating an atmosphere of healing, peace and tranquility; effectively minimizing, reducing and perhaps even completely extinguishing the flame of the fiery situation or circumstance.

The way we choose to speak or address someone or something will always have ramifications, for it will either produce positive results or dire consequences.

Here are a few sayings that have either been used in the past or have recently come into vogue: “You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!” “Don’t speak to me in that tone of voice, young man!” “Don’t pour salt into an open wound!” “Stop picking at that scab and let it heal!” “If you don’t change your attitude you’re going to be changing your address!” And finally: “You’ll attract and catch more bees with honey than vinegar!”

So, choose your words wisely, have the right attitude of gracious humility and deliver your response with supreme aplomb, by being gentle, kind, meek and merciful. Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/18- “Get Rid Of It All!” (James 1:21)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/18- “Get Rid Of It All!” (James 1:21)

Premise Question: Why is it so vital, being critically important and extremely significant, for us to rid ourselves of all the filth and evil, from our lives, and humbly accept Papa God’s Word that has been placed deep within the within of our innermost being, and what purposes does it serve?

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NLT)

Therefore, as a result of us being made fully aware of what we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, should do, as a consequential necessity, we must choose to deliberately, with diligence, eliminate and discard, by fleeing from and becoming free of, all encumbrances of sinful and harmful conduct. This is to include all corrupt, foul, impure, vile thoughts, actions, deeds and behaviors, that have become widespread, with a wide effect. And then, we must choose to exhibit a meek, submissive, subservient heart; reconciling ourselves to come into agreement with the Word that’s been buried deep within the within of our innermost being, by Papa God Himself, in order to establish and rescue us from certain spiritual death and damnation, which results in eternal separation from Papa God’s presence! (James 1:21 PDCP)

Bottom Line: It is critically vital for all of us, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, to “keep our hearts free from all debris,” by getting rid of and purging all the filth and evil from our daily lives. “Flush the flesh and stay refreshed!” So that, we will not be greatly hindered or stunted, in our spiritual growth and maturity, thus becoming and staying spiritually anemic, sick and weak, lacking the power and vitality to be effective in accomplishing Papa God’s divine purpose, will and mission for our lives and His glory.

And, it’s also extremely important for us to humbly accept Papa God’s Word. The Word that He’s planted deep within the within of our innermost being, because He, Papa God, always rejects and opposes those who are arrogant and full of pride, but will always accept and freely give His gracious favor to those who are meek and humble in their approach toward Him.

Basically, there are only two ways we can choose to go: Humility or Humiliation—we make the choice!

Finally, the two main purposes it serves is: First and foremost, it has the power to save our eternal souls, and secondly, it is the enabling force that empowers us to pursue, with great efficacy, the intended divinely designed, divine will, purpose and great mission of Papa God, for our lives and benefit and ultimately, for His glory! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/17- “A Verifiable Statement Of Truth!” (1 Timothy 1:15)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/17- “A Verifiable Statement Of Truth!”
(1 Timothy 1:15)

Premise Question: What is a trustworthy statement and why is this particular one so very important for everyone, all of humankind, to personally receive and accept, as The Truth?

This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
(‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭15‬ NLT)

Right here and now, in this very place and at this very moment, it is an absolute imperative, that everyone hear and accept this verifiable statement of truth, which is completely dependable, being the most reliable, and which merits everyone’s utmost attention and full consideration, as well as, their highest favorable reception: Jesus Christ entered into this realm, sent by His Father, Papa God, from Heaven, to rescue and redeem all of humankind, everyone a transgressor, who is desperately lost and without any hope or prospect of ever being saved—of which, I am the most egregiously wicked one of all! (1 Timothy 1:15 PDCP)

Bottom Line: A trustworthy statement is one that is accurate and without dispute, worthy of full credibility, deserving of complete trust, as it is absolutely verifiable, reliable, steadfast and secure, and can confidently be counted on as always being faithful and true, no matter what may come.

This particular trustworthy statement of truth, found here in scripture, is critically vital and extremely important to everyone who is a member of humankind, because, of the fact of the matter, that it pertains to eternal life and death, and that it has been personally delivered to all of humankind, by The Holy Spirit, coming from Papa God and through the Apostle Paul, describing just exactly what Jesus Christ did, on behalf of Papa God, by telling everyone the specific and divine purpose for the redemption and salvation of all of humankind.

It is of the greatest import, that each individual of humankind choose to receive and accept this trustworthy statement of truth, because it is the only truth that can give and bring hope to each and every individual of humankind, by setting them free with The Truth, filling their hearts with love and creating within them a pure heart and clean conscience; that becomes an authentically righteous and genuine faith, full of hope and joy that will never disappoint.

We now, The Company of The Redeemed, should be making this pointed trustworthy statement of truth, with clarity and conviction, using all avenues, ways, means and methods that are available and possible, to reach out to all of humankind, those that are lost and in darkness, without help or hope, with this statement of truth, the message of hope and new life, so they too, will then have the wonderful opportunity of responding to this magnanimous offer presented to them, in order to receive and accept The Truth, thus being set free by The Truth, and thereby, not missing out on everlasting eternal life, which then, subsequently, allows them to absolutely avoid eternal death, hell, the grave and everlasting damnation. Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/16- “No Matter What You Say Or Do!” (Colossians 3:17)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/16- “No Matter What You Say Or Do!” (Colossians 3:17)

Premise Question: Is there ever a time or an occasion, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, where we take some time off, a vacation break, personal days or sick days, from being a representative of The LORD and offering thanks to Papa God?

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NLT)

And whatever, anything or everything, no matter whatsoever and without any specification, you do, whether it be in the words you offer or in the deeds you perform, regardless the circumstances or situation, always do it as if you were doing it unto The LORD, in His Name, not yours, never neglecting to freely give thanks to Papa God—The Father, with a heart full of appreciation, gratitude and thanksgiving, offering it first and foremost to Him, through Jesus Christ our LORD and Redeeming Savior. (Colossians 3:17 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Whatever, whenever, wherever! Anything and everything! Anywhere and everywhere! We are to be ready, at all times, on all occasions, in all situations and circumstances, to be The LORD’s representative, and to be prepared to give a response to anyone we come in contact with, no matter the time or occasion or where it’s at or who it’s with! Whether or not it’s convenient, easy or comfortable or not very convenient, extremely difficult and way out of our comfort zone. We are always His representatives and should always endure every hardship, be joyful, give thanks, praise and pray continually always depending and relying on the strength, wisdom and peace of The LORD to guide and sustain us.

Here are a few scripture references to consider and be encouraged by: (Ephesians 5:20, 1 Timothy 2:8, 2 Timothy 2:12, 4:2-3, 5, 2 Corinthians 6:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

And here is a true story that illustrates the message of this scripture: A person had been violently ill for seven days, not able to eat any food nor keep any fluids down and therefore, had become dehydrated. This person thought they had a bad case of the flu, was actually convinced that this was the case and therefore, pressing into, with much prayer, agony and faith, was trusting The LORD for relief and deliverance. When relief was not forthcoming, it was decided, for this person, that a trip to the emergency room was in order. Upon arriving, it was quickly determined that the problem was a bad appendix that needed to be removed immediately. During the procedure, there were complications that necessitated a longer than usual hospital stay and care. So the individual with the recently removed bad appendix was put in a room with another individual who was also in for a extended stay in the hospital, due to their issue. It was not a pleasant, easy or convenient time for either individual, but one of the individuals was a representative of The LORD, while the other individual was not, and in fact, was not only suffering because of their physical issue, but was going through a very difficult time in their marriage, as their spouse had just left them for another, during the hospital stay and ordeal!

Long story short: The LORD’S representative was at the exact place and at the exact moment in time, that they were supposed to be, all for the divine appointment, set up by Papa God, because of the love and compassion that He had for the individual who was not yet a representative of The LORD, but because of this “chance” encounter, received great encouragement and refreshing and ended up being a very thankful, full of gratitude and joyful representative of The LORD!

We all need to be willing to not only be used by The LORD, but also be willing to be used up, by The LORD, if that’s what it takes to reach another. His will be done, regardless, not our will be done. Paul said that he became everything to everyone, so that, perhaps they would be rescued. Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/15- “Papa God’s Great Love For His Most Beloved Creation, Humankind!” (John 3:16)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/15- “Papa God’s Great Love For His Most Beloved Creation, Humankind!” (John 3:16)

Premise Question: What should our immediate response be to Papa God’s great overture of love towards us, what actions should follow our response and how should we then comport our daily lives?

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

For Papa God, the Supreme Ruler—The Creator of Heaven and Earth and everything else created therein, had, and still does have, a profound and great propitious love, a benevolent affection, for all of humankind, His most beloved creation. He voluntarily provided, by furnishing the perfect, efficacious sacrifice, His exclusive, one of a kind Son, who was and is and is to come; who being The Living Word, from before the beginning, became flesh, in order to dwell among us, so that, whoever places their complete faith and trust, their full confidence, in Papa God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who is The Savior/Messiah of the world, shall not ever be destroyed, as they shall never cease to exist or die a spiritual death, but will experience an everlasting, perpetual, ceaseless, without end, eternal life of everlasting joy and tranquil peace! (John 3:16 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Our response to Papa God’s great overture of love towards us should be to immediately believe in and accept His gracious and most merciful provision of an absolutely necessary Redeemer, His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, as our personal LORD and Savior.

And then, we should, with a heart full of thanksgiving, appreciation and gratitude for His love, mercy and gracious favor and for all that He’s done for us, and will yet do for us, in providing us a new life of eternal joy and peace, along with a sure escape from certain eternal death, punishment and eternal separation from the mighty and magnificently glorious presence of The LORD.

Furthermore, our quick and deliberate actions should be to prepare ourselves and others adequately, in order to send them and to go ourselves, armed with the ability to share, Papa God’s clear and concise message of great joy and good news, with everyone everywhere.

Finally, the daily comportment of our lives should be lived in such a way, that it will bring glory and honor to our LORD, by obeying His Word, desiring and then doing His will, and then living our lives as an offering of spiritual worship and praise unto The King Eternal, The Most High, The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty—Jesus Christ The LORD! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/14- “Papa God Has No Peers!” (2 Samuel 7:22)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/14- “Papa God Has No Peers!”
(2 Samuel 7:22)

Premise Question: What insight, instruction and understanding, can we gain and take away from this magnificent statement of truth, that was spoken by King David, in a time of thoughtful, thankful praise and prayer, which he offered up to The Sovereign Most High, Papa God?

“How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you! (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7‬:‭22‬ NLT)

How magnificently great and awesome You are, with all power and authority, The Utmost Excellent Supreme Ruler, The Almighty God and Sovereign LORD, who is exalted preeminently above all others! Nothing and no one is worthy of comparison, for You are most distinguished! You have no peers! You alone are Papa God, The Most High! The record is clear, everything that’s been told about You and that we continue to see and experience personally, verifies the Truth of who You are! (2 Samuel 7:22 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The insight that we gain is: Papa God hasn’t any peers that can be compared to Him, because there is no other God like Him; none that preceded or predated Him, nor none that has, does, or will ever supersede Him, for they have never existed, do not exist, nor will they ever exist!
(2 Samuel 7:22)

The wonderful life giving instruction that we can learn and should faithfully follow and devote ourselves to is: Papa God is to be worshipped, honored, obeyed and praised above all others and all else; for He should take the preeminent place in our hearts and lives, and our life house should be built upon Him and Him alone, The Solid Rock! (1 Chronicles 16:29, Luke 6:48)

The place of understanding that we come into is: He is the sure, Solid Rock, foundation and that whatever He says and declares shall come to pass and be completely fulfilled! (2 Samuel 22:31-32, Isaiah 55:11)

Finally, we all should accept, as truth, this powerful statement made in First Chronicles: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.” (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ NLT)

Why? Because, Papa God has no peers! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/13- “Attention Everyone! Listen Up!” (James 1:19-20)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/13- “Attention Everyone! Listen Up!”
(James 1:19-20)

Premise Question: Is there a practical reason, purpose and benefit for us, beyond physiology, (tongue in cheek) that we’ve been given two ears to hear and only one mouth to speak?

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭19-20‬ NLT)

Listen up! I want you to pay very close attention to what I’m saying to you, my dearly beloved kinfolk of the fellowship of The Company of The Redeemed. We must all be fully aware and put on ready alert to respond appropriately to every situation and circumstance that may challenge or confront us in life. Everyone’s first response should always be, to immediately have a keen listening ear; secondly, we are to have a mouth that will be measured, with a fair amount of serious thought before ever attempting to elucidate; and finally, be extremely deliberate, in exhibiting great patience, by slowing the pace, before becoming angry, because in our humanity, our acting out in anger, will never begin to accomplish any good thing, as it relates to fulfilling Papa God’s righteous purpose for us or anyone else, for that matter!
(James 1:19-20 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Most of us have heard the old adage about the reason and purpose we’ve been given two ears and only one mouth. It’s actually very wise and quite prudent, being excellently good to adopt and put into practice in our daily lives. We should, therefore, always be ready to listen, learn and hold our tongues and thoughts, with sincere contemplation, before we ever even begin or attempt to respond with words that may not have been very well thought out and perhaps are coming forth and up out of one’s anger or a knee jerk reaction, rather than calmly waiting and organizing our thoughts and words for a well measured and appropriate response.

Papa God’s Word tells us that if we are not quick to listen, and too quick to answer, perhaps because of our anger, before we have all the information necessary to give an appropriate response, then we will be labeled a fool. (Ecclesiastes 7:9, Proverbs 14:29, 29:11)

For there are always two sides, or more, to every story or matter, so don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions. (Proverbs 18:17)

We should never allow our anger to stew and grow in us, as it will eventually begin to control us, and if we do not confront and address it, by ridding ourselves of it, then the enemy of our souls will be able to establish a foothold in our lives and wreak havoc through the resulting bitterness, anger and malicious hate that will proliferate, as a direct result of not dealing with it, in Papa God’s prescribed manner in our lives. (Ephesians 4:26-27, 31, Colossians 3:8)

So, therefore, let us all determine to be quick to listen, slow to speak and very slow to become angry. Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 05/12- “Be A Responder, Rather Than A Reactor!” (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/12- “Be A Responder, Rather Than A Reactor!” (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

Premise Question: How are we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, known and perceived by those who may interact with us on some level, or that we have some kind of connection to—responders or reactors?

See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭15‬ NLT)

Just because someone has been ruefully hateful, hurtful or harmful towards you, in any way shape or form, doesn’t mean that you should immediately reciprocate, by reacting in kind towards them. It would be absolutely prudent, on your part, to refuse to do so! Rather, though, it would be most righteous and wise, on your part, to choose to deliberately respond to them, by walking in release before them, while exhibiting a mercifully forgiving heart and attitude, that’s full of refreshing kindness, goodness and grace, and that always attempts to give to others what is recognized and accepted as being best for them and everyone; which is in complete compliance and accordance with Papa God’s Word. (1 Thessalonians 5:15 PDCP)

Bottom Line: How are we known and perceived by others and how do they interact with us? Do people feel it necessary to walk around us in fear and trepidation, not wanting to displease or upset us, by tiptoeing or walking on egg shells trying to avoid, at all costs, an outburst of emotion or an angry reaction that could be characterized as us turning into a nuclear reactor meltdown? Or are they relaxed, calm and at peace around us, knowing that if something does happen, they are confidently assured that they are not going to incur the wrath of some venting, unstable, immature, acting out crazy person, but a person who is measured, calm, spiritually mature, full of peace and The Holy Spirit and one which chooses to respond rather than react to every circumstance, situation, issue or event that may happen around or to them?

Papa God’s Word gives us clear instructions and commands, not suggestions, on how we are to deliberately choose to be a responder, rather than a reactor! Through the Apostle Peter, He tells us to not repay or retaliate when we’ve experienced evil, but if you must repay or retaliate, then do it with blessings, not curses! (1 Peter 3:9) Peter, in his second epistle, goes on to say that we should make every effort to respond to Papa God’s promises, by adding a whole litany of things to our faith and ends the list with, that we should have brotherly affection and love for everyone. (2 Peter 1:5-6)

Not to mention, The Beatitudes, which are listed in The Gospel of Matthew chapter five, for they are the attitudes that we ought to adopt as our own and then actually live out and be!

The Apostle Paul, in addressing the Romans, says that evil should never be repaid with evil and that revenge should never be an option that’s on the table. Instead, if you have an enemy that is hungry or thirsty, you are to give them something to eat and drink, for we are to not ever be conquered by evil, but we are to overcome and conquer evil by doing good! (Romans 12:17-21)

Finally, a few words to the wise from the wise, Solomon. A soft and gentle response will deflect anger, but the utilization of a harsh reaction will only stir up and inflame, perhaps even causing an out of control conflagration. (Proverbs 15:1)

Dear friends, let us all choose to be responders, first and foremost, with love and compassion, when we are reviled, maligned, insulted, or misunderstood and lied about; rather than reactors who react out of anger or hurt.

Let’s all learn and choose to walk in love, humility and release before everyone, leaving the results, ramifications and the rest up to Papa God. Blessings…

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