Courage and boldness
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/16/15- “A Faith That Pleases Papa God!” (Hebrews 11:6)
Premise Question: Is your faith pleasing and award worthy to Papa God?
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)
And if it be your great aim and desire, in your life, to please Papa God, The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, with your life; then, when you humbly, but with boldness, approach His Splendid Magnificence, you must first exhibit an authentic strong belief and certitude in the reality of His existence, for without an authentic faith, it’s quite absurd, as well as, a complete exercise in futility, to ever think you’ll have any success in pleasing Him! And, one other premise to fully understand and accept, for it is a promise that He, Papa God, The Sovereign LORD GOD Himself shall fulfill; that is, He will always give a just recompense award, to all those who intentionally make it their purpose and life’s quest, to diligently pursue Him and to do His will. (Hebrews 11:6 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Our greatest quest, being our most sincere desire and aim in life, should always be, to please Papa God, The LORD GOD Almighty, by exhibiting a faith that believes He exists and is willing to do His bidding, in order to accomplish, His divine purpose and will for our lives. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/12/15- “Finish Strong, Complete Your Divine Assignment!” (Acts 20:24)
Premise Question: What should be the most important aspect and factor of completing the divine assignment given to us, by The LORD Himself?
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 NLT)
Notwithstanding, it matters very little to me, with regard to what may or may not happen to me personally, for I deem and recognize that my existence has very little value or usefulness, except, for only one reason and divine purpose, that of being entirely spent on what is most important to me, being my greatest aspiration; which is, to wrap-up and complete with a flourish, my life’s only ambition, the great undertaking, that The LORD Jesus Christ personally charged and assigned me with, entrusting to me the divine assignment of His divine purpose of announcing, with huge fanfare, a declaration of the “best and greatest news” humankind has ever or would ever receive, telling everyone that I have the privilege of coming in contact or have opportunity to interact with, have influence on, or in some way, might impact, of the incomparable and wonderful Good News of Papa God’s unfailing, extravagantly gracious, loving kindness. ( Acts 20:24 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, should make it our ultimate goal and aim in life, to finish strong, by completing the divinely assigned task of the “Great Commission” that has been entrusted to each one of us, by The LORD Jesus Christ, Himself; which of course is, telling everyone, everywhere, as we have opportunity, of Papa God’s great love, magnificent mercy and His wonderful saving grace. The Apostle Paul tells us that he gave his all, spent his all and became all he ever needed to become, in order to have the best and blest opportunity of reaching out to everyone, everywhere, no matter who they were or from whence they came, so that, perhaps, they might respond to the Good News and be eternally saved! The famous 19th century evangelist and teacher, D. L. Moody, had his own unique experience of not giving an opportunity to those who had attended his meeting one night, to respond to the message of the Good News and it was later that night, that the conflagration that is known as the Chicago Fire, broke out, with many perishing that night in the fire. It has been purported that of those that died in the fire that frightful night, many had been in D. L. Moody’s meeting earlier that night. It had such an impact upon the evangelist that he vowed to not ever close another meeting without giving a clear and strong presentation of the Good News to those in attendance, by granting them an opportunity to be forever changed now and for eternity, by the power and presence of a loving, most merciful and gracious Papa God through His Son, The LORD and Savior of humankind, Jesus Christ. One of my favorite quotes attributed to D. L. Moody is: “No man (one) ever sent by God is a failure!” The message that I’ve always taken from this quote is, no matter the outcome or results of whatever we do or wherever we may go, the most important aspect and what factors most, is that we have answered and been obedient to the call to go and faithfully finish strong, by completing the task and divine assignment given to us; therefore, we should and most necessarily leave the outcome and results to The LORD! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/06/15- “Note To Self—Then Too Everyone Else!” (James 1:2-3)
Premise Question: Is there ever any good thing that can come, when we, The Company of The Redeemed, choose to complain, mumble, grumble or groan; rather than, looking at it with joy and considering it a privileged opportunity to grow and see the purpose and will of Papa God revealed in us?
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” (James 1:2-3 NLT)
Acknowledge, accept and embrace the difficult times in your life. Recognize them all, as honored and privileged opportunities, to experience the ultimate in pure delight, with great felicity, my dearly beloved fellow members in The Company of The Redeemed. For whenever, whomever and wherever you may encounter these difficult people and times, which will be hardships that are numerous, varied and sundry in kind, don’t ever let any of it, in any way, throttle or disable you, due to the reality of what you should already be aware, “au courant” of and familiar with; that being, the ongoing process, in your sojourn and walk of faith, of the evaluation and verification of your full confidence and complete trust and reliance that you’ve placed upon and in The LORD GOD Almighty. This then, will have the perfect result and effect of bringing into existence into your life, not just a lofty desire, thought or wonderful aspiration, but a valiant tenacious courage, a resolute determination and steady persistence, which will empower you, enabling you to stay on, not stray from, and to walk uprightly upon the path of Papa God’s divine purpose for your life. (James 1:2-3 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Nope! Complaining, mumbling, grumbling and groaning has never brought or bought anything good or righteous into our lives! Therefore, here’s something for everyone of us to seriously consider, then diligently, with devotion and dogged determination, follow! Note to self, then to everyone else: no more giving into moaning and groaning, mumbling and grumbling, bumbling and stumbling, crumbling into a heap of desperation and despair, being depressed and oppressed, completely suppressed, kept under duress. But, choose to joyfully accept, embrace and endure the hardships in your life, as part and partial of the process, for they are only a trace of Papa God’s unique and divine purpose being fully accomplished, in your sojourn of this life. So, choose to always rejoice in the midst of your ordeal and trial, knowing full well, that His perfect purpose is soon to be fulfilled. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/30/15- “The LORD GOD Almighty Always Fulfills His Word!” (Malachi 3:1)
Premise Question: Who specifically is The LORD GOD Almighty, through His servant and mouthpiece, the prophet Malachi, speaking of?
““Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” (Malachi 3:1 NLT)
“I, The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, shall send my appointed courier, to clear and prepare the way, as a forerunner, announcing the Good News of the arrival of My Anointed One. Then, all of a sudden, The LORD and Savior that you’ve been earnestly seeking and patiently waiting for, shall appear in His temple, as The Agent Messenger of the new covenant of My redemptive gracious love; for The One you’ve most desired, shall appear at His appointed time,” says The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty! ( Malachi 3:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The prophet Malachi has faithfully written down, for all to see, hear and receive, the clear and precise Good News message, which was personally delivered from the very mouth of Papa God Himself, who is The One True Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, of the sure and certain coming of the promised Anointed One; who will, in the fulfillment of His Word, release, set free, cleanse and purify all those who, in humility and contriteness, call upon The Name of The LORD for salvation. He saves and delivers them completely, by removing the penalty of sin and death; which is eternal punishment and separation from the presence of Papa God. His wonderful message of Good News is that He is sending one, John The Baptist, who will come in The Name of The LORD, preparing the way of The Anointed One, Jesus Christ, who, upon the cross, has already accomplished His divine mission, is now continuing to fulfill His Word and mission, by ever interceding, on our behalf and shall yet do, all that He has said, in His Everlasting Word, that He will do!
Our divine mission now, is to be His appointed and anointed messengers, His personal ambassadors, boldly declaring and proclaiming, with courage and clarity, Papa God’s wonderful Good News about The Redeemer, Jesus Christ, to everyone everywhere, in this present world! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/01/15- “The Ordinary Becomes The Extraordinary!” (Acts 4:13)
Premise Question: Just how does the ordinary transform into the extraordinary; the everyday commonplace become the amazing and remarkably uncommon, thus giving way to a surprising rise of producing the exceptional, the astounding and the wonderful?
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. (Acts of the Apostles 4:13 NLT)
What the members of the ruling council of men perceived with their own eyes and understanding dumbfounded and flabbergasted them, for what was standing before them were two undistinguished, quite unexceptional common place, run of the mill, with a woeful lack of education, as well as being somewhat inferior, to them, men, Peter and John, full of bold courage, without timidity or fear, and who overwhelmed the council with their presence, causing them to observe and notice that these men exhibited, with distinction, characteristics of speaking and acting with the same authority and power of The One they had interaction with and had been close companions of, so, therefore, they were no longer just ordinary men, but had become extraordinary, because they had been been with Jesus! (Acts 4:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Take note: Just as the members of the ruling council took note of the obvious and undeniable dramatic transformation that had taken place in the disciples lives, even though they had not had any formal education or specialized training and instruction in the Holy Scriptures, but they had just spent the last three plus years with Jesus; so too, should we, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, take note and accept as factual reality, that it will make a huge difference in our effectiveness and how others will perceive and respond to us, based upon how we spend our time, what we spend our time doing and who we spend our time with! We are only truly renewed by Papa God’s Word! We are only truly effective when we are empowered by His Spirit and we are only truly filled with His joy, peace and wisdom, when we invite the very presence of The LORD to take up residence and make His home in our hearts, within the within, dwelling in our innermost being! So, in order for this transformation to come to fruition, in our individual lives, where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary, our timidity turns into boldness and courage, the unimpressive becoming the amazingly impressive and it becomes completely obvious and apparent to everyone just how different we are, as a result of spending time with The LORD in prayer, His Word and in worship; we must and need to accept and understand that there is great significance in how and what we spend our time doing and who we spend our time with; for whatever presence we practice, will bear fruit in our lives! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/27/15- “Contending For The Authentic!”
(1 Timothy 6:12)
Premise Question: What must we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, with fervor and ardor do, in order to attain and contain, sustain and remain, in the truth; while contending for the authentic faith?
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12 NLT)
Contend for the authentic faith, by earnestly and eagerly, ever striving to thrive, when driving to arrive, safe and secure, surviving the ride and staying revived, all the while, holding on tight, to all that is right, until at the end of your sojourn you land, into the two loving and eternally secure arms and hands, of Papa God; thereby, finally realizing your full potential of your highest calling and your divine purpose, which you so eloquently accepted and declared, when your personal testimony of salvation you shared, in the midst of The Company of The Redeemed. (1Timothy 6:12 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, must thoroughly reject the profane and the inane; in order to attain and contain the authentic, so that, we will be sustained and remain in the divine purpose and will, of our high calling, given and conferred upon us, by Papa God. We must do this, with a fiercely passionate fervor and intensely devoted ardor; pursuing, with an earnest eagerness, a life that is characterized as one that is lived out of an authentic faith, with true and honorable intentions, always displaying godliness and real love, along with an enduring righteous perseverance, that continually shows kindness and meekness, having a gentle spirit. Let us compete well, giving our greatest effort, empowered by the power and presence of The Spirit of The LORD in our lives, enabling us to honor Papa God, and with eloquence, tell others, by faithfully living and testifying, with boldness and courage, all about the redemptive grace, mercy and love of Papa God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is The LORD and Savior/Redeemer of humankind. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/24/15- “The Purpose Of Pentecost!” (Acts 1:8)
Premise Question: When does the power of The Holy Spirit come upon us, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, and for what purpose?
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT)
“There is, very soon, coming a time, when you will receive the promised gift of The Holy Spirit being poured out upon your lives; wait for it, for it will surely come, and when He does come upon you, His very power and personal presence will empower you, like never before, with an overwhelming desire to go and tell everyone everywhere, throughout the whole earth, the Good News about Me! You will personally testify about Me; first in Jerusalem, then all over Judea, and after that, everywhere in the whole earth, even those places that are difficult to reach and are extremely dangerous.” (Acts 1:8 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Before Jesus came to earth, Papa God’s Spirit was all around us. When Jesus came to earth, Papa God’s Spirit was with us; Immanuel, God is with us. When Jesus left the earth and ascended into Heaven, since then and even now, Papa God’s Spirit lives within us. We, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, need a personal Pentecost to occur in our lives and not just for our own benefit, but to activate the power and presence of Papa God’s Spirit within us; for the express purpose of reaching and releasing everyone, with the Good News. We need an outpouring, a mighty baptism of Papa God’s love in our lives, to the point, where our focus and concern is no longer upon ourselves and our wants desires or needs, but is urgently upon those in the world around us! OUR CONCERN AND LOVE FOR THE CONDITION OF THE LOST SOULS OF HUMANKIND EVERYWHERE, SHOULD TRUMP AND FAR OUTWEIGH ANY CONCERN OR FEAR WE MAY HAVE FOR OUR OWN PHYSICAL WELL BEING, SAFTEY AND COMFORT! If we do not have the power and the presence of The Holy Spirit operating in our lives, leading, guiding and empowering us, we will have the greatest of difficulty in fulfilling the unique mission and calling that Papa God has placed upon our lives to accomplish. Papa God’s Word tells us, that without His empowering Spirit living in us, no other amount of might or power will be able to do what only His Spirit working in us and through us can do. Our own personal salvation and redemption is wonderful, but once that occurs, we must now focus on being filled and empowered with the fullness of Papa God’s Spirit, in order to capture the vision and mission of Papa God, which is to go into the entire world, and be His witnesses, by sharing the Good News with everyone everywhere, as His personal messengers sent to testify of His love, mercy and grace and His desire to set humankind free from the burden of sin and the penalty of death; that’s upon everyone who has not called out upon The Name of The LORD! The initial spread of the Gospel came as a direct result of the persecution of the Church! Whether or not we are ever persecuted in the way and manner that many of our brothers and sisters are presently experiencing in the world or how the first century church experienced, we are commanded to fulfill The Great Commission of Papa God. Let us all pray for AMORE- A Mighty Outpouring Releasing Everyone! Let us all walk in His love and give it away! Let us all cry out to Papa God for a baptism of His love and Spirit to indwell and then pour out of our lives, as a delivering, refreshing flow of the power and presence of The LORD God Almighty, releasing everyone! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/28/15- “Safe And Secure, In The Arms Of The LORD!” (Proverbs 29:25)
Premise Question: Is it really possible for one not to be afraid of or concerned about, what others may think of them or in fact, could possibly do to them?
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety. (Proverbs 29:25 NLT)
Giving deferential regard to the crowd, because of feelings of apprehension or distress about what they think or may do, will establish and set in one’s path a perilous trap, designed to ensnare, entangle and capture; but, when one places their complete reliance and trust upon the integrity, strength and ability of The LORD, by fully relying on Him to be faithful to His Word, it will be the wisest decision that one will ever make, and will result in one being held secure in The Arms of The LORD, in a safe place, free from all harm and jeopardy, because He, The LORD, who is watching out for everyone, is trustworthy and totally dependable! (Proverbs 29:25 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Absolutely Yes! It’s not only a possibility, but in actuality, a factual reality! For when one chooses to accept, by placing all of their hope and reliance in the fully assured promises of The LORD, who does not lie, (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2) will not only, not ever have any reason to be fearful of what the crowd may think of or try to do to them, but will also be completely safe and secure in the arms of The LORD. Papa God’s Word encourages us to place our total trust and faith in Him, with our whole hearts and to not depend upon our own understanding and insight, but to recognize and acknowledge Him for who He is, and then, He will give the needed direction and guidance in our walk and sojourn in this life. He promises to never leave, forsake or abandon us and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He’s not going to change His mind or intentions towards us, as He will fulfill and bring to pass every word that He has spoken and has written down. (Hebrews 13:5, 8, Isaiah 45:23) So, be safe, secure and forever protected, in the arms of The LORD, my friends. Blessings…
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