SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/13- “He, The LORD, Will Make You Strong!”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
Premise Question: How often and when does The LORD GOD Almighty make us, His precious and beloved children, strong?
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)
But the magnificent and most merciful LORD GOD Almighty set me straight, with this greatly encouraging admonition: “My ever faithful, loving kindness is all that you will ever need, it will always suffice, for My efficacious ability to accomplish and fulfill My divine design, will and purpose for your life, becomes ideal and absolutely impeccable, when in your frailty, inadequacies, infirmities and afflictions, you choose to completely rely upon Me!” Now that, is the reason why I’m more than happy and joyful to speak, with excessive pride, in an exaggerated manner and grandiose fashion, about my inglorious inadequacies, frail infirmities and noisome afflictions; knowing full well that The LORD GOD Almighty Himself is empowering me to do all that He desires, fulfilling and accomplishing in me and through me, His divine design, purpose and will for my life and ultimately, all for His Glory. (2 Corinthians 12:9 PDCP)
Bottom Line: He does it always through His sufficient grace and by His power. For He, The LORD GOD Almighty, will always make us strong, in our weaknesses, as we choose to rely upon His strength and not our own.
Sometimes though, our own strengths can become our weaknesses, when we choose to rely on them, rather than relying upon The LORD’s strength and His all sufficient grace. But, even still, in our own strength/weaknesses, when yielded to Him, He will make us strong! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/04- “As Long As I Have Breath—I Will Praise The LORD!” (Psalms 63:4-5)
Premise Question: For what duration and in what way and manner, should we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, honor The Name of The LORD GOD Almighty?
“I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.” (Psalms 63:4-5 NLT)
It is of my own volition, that I deliberately, with great diligence, devotion and determination, each and everyday of my life, for as long as I shall have breath, choose to honor You, O LORD, wholeheartedly, with every fiber and all the strength of my being, by offering up to You, my highest and most extravagant praise and worship, unto Your magnificent, incomparable and splendidly glorious Name. In so doing, I shall be filled with the glory of Your presence, being completely content, absolutely gratified and supplied abundantly, with every kind of the most delectable of fare. Therefore, I shall not ever stop lifting my hands, my heart and my voice, with expressions of great and exuberant joyful praise unto You, LORD GOD Almighty. I will utter these ecstatic expressions, with my mouth and lips, and with singing, that shall come from the very depths of my most grateful and satisfied heart and soul, even within the within of the innermost part of my being. (Psalms 63:4-5 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, as fully accepted and sealed members of The Company of The Redeemed, should always be joyfully ready and willing to, at all times, on all occasions and in every circumstance and situation, without exception, offer up unto The LORD GOD Almighty, by invoking, bestowing upon and honoring His Name, with constant expressions of extravagant praise and worship; in songs, that are filled with exuberant joyful singing, which should ultimately come from deep within the within of our innermost beings, being forever grateful, full of joy, extremely thankful, hearts and souls.
Therefore, as long as I have breath—l will praise The LORD! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/27- “Everyday Is Thanksgiving Day!” (Psalms 100:4)
Premise Question: Why should everyday be a day of Thanksgiving, and how does one enter through the portal into the very presence of The LORD?
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalms 100:4 NLT)
The key to entering through the portal that gives and gains one access, to the passageway that leads one directly into the very presence and inner sanctum of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, is a grateful heart, filled with thanksgiving, appreciation and honor for Him. And once there, inside the very courts of His manifest presence, all honor, all worship, all glory, all praise and all thanks should lavishly, with great exuberance and joy, be given and lifted up unto His Holy Name, which is The Name above every name; being the most marvelous, gracious and glorious, name, The Name of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty. (Psalms 100:4 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Everyday of our existence should be a day of Thanksgiving; each and everyday deliberately entering The LORD’s presence, spending time with Him, giving Him the honor, glory and worship, with thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude, that’s due His Name.
Therefore, refuse to ever spend a whole day without gaining access, at some point during each day, to spend precious time in His presence; for if you do, you will benefit greatly, when you choose to diliberately, with great diligence and consistent devotion, take the time and blessed opportunity to honor The LORD thus. Happy Thanksgiving Day Everyday! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/24- “Its A Brand New Day, Therefore, It’s A Great Time To Sing About You, O LORD!” (Psalms 59:16)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/24- “Its A Brand New Day, Therefore, It’s A Great Time To Sing About You, O LORD!” (Psalms 59:16)
Premise Question: What day is it, what time is it, what are we to do about it and where are we to go?
“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” (Psalms 59:16 NLT)
But as for me, I will choose to begin each new day by rising up and singing a song, about Your marvelously strong and all powerful matchless strength. I will choose to rejoice, with celebratory worship and praise, by singing out, at the top of my lungs, using all of my breath, letting everyone, within earshot, know of Your incomparable, always constant, never failing, immeasurable love. For You, O LORD GOD Almighty, are my place of refuge, the tower of strength, that I run into for shelter and cover, my place of safety and aid, and my escape from all that is troubling, harmful, harassing and dangerous. You, O LORD, are my sanctuary of peace, my eternal resting place and my all sufficient provision for all of my needs. (Psalms 59:16 PDCP)
Bottom Line: I don’t know about anyone else, and therefore, I won’t speak for anyone else. But, this one thing I do absolutely know for sure! Each and everyday of my existence, I know what day and time it is, and I do know what I’ve decided to do about it and where and what direction I’m headed and going towards!
I accept and rejoice that each and every day is a brand new day, given to me by The LORD, that I have the privilege, honor and blessed opportunity to say: This is the day that The LORD has made! Therefore, I will rejoice and be very glad in it! I will choose to sing of the mercies of The LORD everyday! I will sing about His marvelous works and how His unfailing love endures forever and is extended to all generations everyday! I will sing everyday about how He is my safe hiding place, the place that I always run into when I’m in trouble or distressed, in desperate need of His comfort and peace, His protection, aid and relief and my strong shelter during life’s tumult and storms.
What day is it? What time is it and what should we do about it? It’s a brand new day, and therefore, it’s a great day to sing, shout and proclaim to everyone, including declaring it to ourselves, that The LORD is good and greatly to be praised and worshipped, with songs of thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/19- “Hold On—Don’t Ever Let Go—No Matter What!” (Hebrews 10:35-36)
Premise Question: Is there, has there or will there ever be any good reason, righteous justification or vindicable mitigating circumstance, that could be construed as making it somewhat or even entirely understandable and completely acceptable, for being a determining factor, as to whether or not one should ever let go of their faith in The LORD?
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”
(Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT)
So, do not abandon, by turning away from and letting go of, the firm grasp you now hold on your faith; that of having a fully assured belief and trust, that you shall be triumphant and declared a victorious Overcomer. For you will be rewarded, with an abundant supply of all that you have need of, in this life and the life to come, as you, with a sense of urgency, persist in making the greatest desire in your life, to be the pursuit of the fulfillment of Papa God’s divine purpose and will for your life. Then, you shall receive the just recompense and reward, of having everything that The LORD GOD Almighty has promised, given and provided to you. (Hebrews 10:35-36 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The absolute, as well as, being the only acceptable and beneficial answer to this premise question is: NOPE! For we should always be ready, willing and with The LORD’s very capable and extremely effective help, to persevere, with patient endurance, anything and everything, no matter what may come our way; regardless of the situation, scenario or circumstance.
We should not ever give up, or give in, by throwing the proverbial towel in the air, but we should always press into The LORD, by holding on tight, refusing to ever let go of Him and our faith in Him.
Thus, we are to utterly rely on Him and His strength, peace, comfort and provision to us, of giving to us whatever is needed to carry us on through to our ultimate victory.
So hold on tightly to your faith, without ever wavering; for Papa God can absolutely be trusted to come through for you. Therefore, be absolutely resolute, don’t ever put away or aside, nor ignore or neglect, The LORD or your faith; as it is not only not worth it or ever appropriate to do so, but it also will not ever truly work out to your benefit, favor or advantage, if you ever so choose to give up or give in, by letting go of the tight grasp you now have on your faith and upon The LORD!
Always remember: Hold On—Don’t Ever Let Go—No Matter What! For if you do not faint, better days and better things are just ahead, as well as, there being a most incredible, tremendous and incomparable reward, that most assuredly awaits you! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/14- “Be Bold, Be Strong—Unafraid And Unashamed!” (Romans 1:16)
Premise Question: Why would anyone, who has already experienced, and is actually in the know, ever succumb to being afraid or ashamed of sharing openly, with those who are in desperate need, the very thing—The Good News of Jesus Christ, that will truly deliver and set them completely free; giving and granting them an everlasting life, full of love, joy and peace forevermore?
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”
(Romans 1:16 NLT)
I am more than eager and well prepared to share, with anyone and everyone, at anytime and everywhere, without any hesitation, reservation or restraint, holding nothing back in reserve, but with an openness and boldness, being ever ready to declare, for all to see, hear and know, of my undying devotion and allegiance to The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is absolutely the most excellent and incredible Good News, (the best ever in the history of the world) given to humankind; whereby, anyone and everyone, no matter what nation or station in life one hails from, all those who will embrace The Good News, by placing their complete trust and reliance in The LORD Jesus Christ and the incomparable, unsurpassed power of Papa God, which brings freedom, deliverance and salvation to everyone, shall be set free for all eternity. First, to those He first appeared to, the Jews, and then, to every other nation and people group in the whole world. (Romans 1:16 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Perhaps, some of us are afraid and ashamed, at times, and are therefore, then prone to be subject to, and succumb to, the lies and pressures of the influences that surround us. Such as: family or peer pressure, the culture, social mores, what may be accepted as popular or unpopular, couth or uncouth, cool or uncool, or even because we may be fearful of being embarrassed, ridiculed, shamed, persecuted, or that we may in some way suffer harm, for our faith, beliefs, practices, standards and way of life. Whatever the case, we do not really have any valid reason to ever be subject to nor succumb to, being afraid or ashamed! For as Papa God’s Holy Writ clearly says, as well as, strongly encourages us to accept and believe: “If Papa God Is for us, (and He absolutely most assuredly is) then who could ever be against us!” No one and nothing!
Therefore, because we are inspired and filled with the power and personal presence of The Holy Spirit, within the within of our innermost being, we should, can and ought to become strong and bold, courageous and fearless, in sharing the Good News of The LORD Jesus Christ—who is the only One who can release, deliver and set humankind free; from the power of sin and the influence of darkness and the evil one!
And remember, Papa God has commissioned us, The Company of The Redeemed, with this great and vital divine mission, of sharing the Good News with those that are lost; whose deliverance and salvation is actually depending on us being bold and strong, unafraid and unashamed! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/09- “Genuine, Authentic, Without Any Pretense—Real Love!” (Romans 12:9-10)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/09- “Genuine, Authentic, Without Any Pretense—Real Love!” (Romans 12:9-10)
Premise Question: Does it ever portend or bode well for anyone who chooses to act the “big pretender” by putting on airs, feigning authenticity and playing a game of pretense and make believe, and does it or will it ever really end well, by producing a good, right, just, honorable and holy result?
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them! Hate what is wrong! Hold tightly to what is good! Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:9-10 NLT)
In order for love to be characterized as being genuinely authentic—real, faithful and true, it must be free of all hypocrisy, without any pretense, falsehood or deceit. There should be an utter abhorrence, having an extreme aversion, to all that is morally wrong, detesting every evil practice; always making sure to adhere closely to actual reality, by embracing and holding on tight to all that is morally excellent, genuinely good and reliably righteous. Be strongly attached to one another, by exhibiting a loyal, affectionate and unfailing love towards each other; refusing to let go of one another. One more thing: Always choose to honor one another, with integrity, respect and, in your actions, by joyfully preferring and considering others before yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When we just pretend to love someone, no matter how it looks or sounds, we are not really loving them! Our love must be sincere. And, in the same vein, it’s not enough to say we abhor, detest and despise evil, but our thoughts, actions and behaviors must prove that we hate even the appearance of evil; and therefore, shall and must refuse to participate in anywise, by grasping firmly and then holding onto all that is good, right and holy, without ever letting go of our convictions and devotion, no matter what may come our way!
Our love for each other should always be clearly reflected in the way we honorably treat, provide for and support one another. As a matter of fact, we should be more than happy to serve one another, in whatever capacity is needed, and that, with much joy and delight!
So, there should never be any pretense or faking it, in anything that we do in The Kingdom; whether it be how we approach and treat each other or in the good works of service that The LORD has ordained and purposed for us to do, in His blessed, most holy and righteous Kingdom, that He is establishing and accomplishing through us here on earth and beyond.
Let’s all choose to be genuinely authentic, without any pretense, and allow our faith to be expressed with real love towards each other and the world in which we are presently living. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/06- “Live Your Life With Eternity In View!” (Colossians 3:1-2)
Premise Question: So, now that we, as sealed members of The Company of The Redeemed, have a completely new lease and perspective on life, along with the promised and positively blessed prospects for our guaranteed, absolutely certain, joy filled future of a perfect and full of peace everlasting life; what are we doing with this amazing truth, we know as, the Good News?
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 NLT)
Since the time of the resurrection of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, you too have now been raised to a new life with Christ; being removed out of darkness and despair, into His glorious light and pure joy, with the ultimate result of being rescued from eternal death into eternal life. Therefore, you ought to now choose to set your earthly affections and attentions, your intentions, desires and ambitions, on heavenly things; things that are immutable and eternal, where Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning in His place of honor, right beside His Father, our Papa God—The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty. You should now, therefore, fix your thoughts, your goals, aspirations and dreams, with a laser focus, on being fully consumed with Heavenly things, that have intrinsic value, not earthly things, which are temporal and filled with the cares of this life, your daily needs, challenges and worries alike. Act like you’re living life with eternity in view; don’t allow the here and now to be the dominating focal point of your life! (Colossians 3:1-2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Once we’ve allowed the seismic shift, of the completely transformative change, that redemption and salvation has upon our lives, to take full effect, then we must take a different approach; having a brand new perspective and positive outlook on our present life, with a hopeful and joyful expectation for our future everlasting life.
In our daily life, we need to practice being positive, thankful, appreciative, always choosing to express sincere gratitude, grace and mercy towards others. We should accept, as truth, that no matter what we may experience or have to endure, during our time spent here on earth, we can relax, be comforted, encouraged and refreshed with, “and this too shall pass” and therefore, can not begin to be compared to our joy filled and glorious, hope filled future.
We ought to seriously take the long view of things and not always, because of the pressures of life, just focus on the short term and present conditions of our lives. Taking the long view means that we will deliberately choose to focus on the things of Heaven, things that have intrinsic value and are eternal, as they shall never diminish or pass away; rather, than being consumed and overwhelmed by the immediate and the temporal, which do not have any intrinsic or eternal value, but shall absolutely one day pass away and be no more.
Just a quick word of exhortation: don’t ever deny, reject, mock or minimize the miraculous in your life! Always choose to live your life with eternity in your sights! Take the long view, dismiss the short sighted view, and choose to share the truth of the Good News with everyone! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 08/05- “Serve As A ‘Real Life’ Example Of Papa God’s Love!” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/05- “Serve As A ‘Real Life’ Example Of Papa God’s Love!” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Premise Question: In actual practice, not just some ethereal premise that’s described with some wonderful sounding, highfalutin platitudes and soaring rhetoric, uttered sonorously and euphoniously, how are we, The Company of The Redeemed, really supposed to imitate, live out and follow the perfect example of Papa God’s unfailing love—His Son’s sacrificial offering up of His life for us, and then, truly serve The LORD and others, which will produce the desired result of a pleasing aroma, from our worship and service, that will ascend into the high and holy place, the very presence of Papa God?
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
(Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT)
Serve as a “real life” exemplary illustration of Papa God’s great example of His unfailing love, that He has shown towards all of humankind; for He desires that we, The Company of The Redeemed, should emulate and fully implement His example of unfailing love into our own lives. Therefore, as the highly cherished children, that we are, we need to choose to conduct ourselves, making it our daily routine habit, to love in the same manner and way that Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior, loved us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, when He voluntarily laid down His own life for us, without expecting anything in return, as the most delightful and pleasing sacrificial offering of obedience, completely surrendering His will to the will and divine purpose of His Father, our most loving, merciful and gracious Papa God, The One True Sovereign Almighty God. (Ephesians 5:1-2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: First of all, let me acknowledge that the premise question is a huge mouthful to chew, swallow and then digest, in just this bottom line. But let me try and distill and simplify it a bit.
We have all the unique and innate ability to imitate Papa God because we are His children, created in His image, to do good works; works of kindness, to be long suffering, show favor, be merciful, gracious and to always be motivated and moved to compassion and genuine concern, by His great unfailing love for humankind.
We can choose to follow and emulate the perfect sacrificial example of Jesus Christ, by also choosing to lay our lives down for each other, with expressions of encouragement and support, generosity, hospitality, civility, empathy, while exhibiting great patience, as well as, always expressing our heartfelt gratitude, thanksgiving and sincere appreciation for and towards each other.
When we are successful in emulating/imitating Papa God, by following the true example of Jesus Christ, always endeavoring, making it our life’s ambition of living our lives, being influenced, motivated and moved to action by the unfailing love of Papa God, then our worship of Papa God and our service to each other, will become a sacrificial offering, that will produce a pleasing aroma, that ascends into the heavens and throne room of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty! Blessings…
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