Encouragement

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 11/16- “More Than We Could Ever Imagine!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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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: 11/16- “More Than We Could Ever Imagine!” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Premise Question: Do we, as believing members of The Company of The Redeemed, ever put Papa God in a box, by limiting Him to what we can only imagine He could or would ever do, or what we think is plausible, possible or realistically, actually in the realm of reality?

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” (‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

It is at this present time and following, for all time, that we recognize and are keenly aware of who He, The One True Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty is and what He is capable of. For He is more than qualified, as well as, being completely proficient in accomplishing way beyond anything we could ever picture, perceive or hope for, or even desire to happen in our lives. He does all this through His inexhaustible power that is also incomparable, and that is presently, even at this very moment, operating with great efficiency and effectiveness deep inside of each one of us, within the within of our inmost being. Therefore, it is for this reason that all praise, all honor and all glory, within The Church—The Company of The Redeemed, and in His Son—Jesus Christ, shall, throughout every generation past, present and every generation that follows, be His, The One True Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty’s, for ever and ever, without end! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Simply put: Don’t ever limit Papa God, in what He may want to do in your life or the life of another. And, always make room for Him, by giving Him all the space He desires and requires to operate, in order to fulfill and accomplish His divine will, purpose and plan, in and for your life.

And finally, always remember, don’t ever neglect or forget, but believe and accept this wonderful, undeniable and established truth, that with Papa God, there isn’t anything that’s beyond the realm of possibility, to all those that choose to believe! (Mark 9:23) And, there isn’t an eye that has seen, or an ear that has heard, nor even a mind that could ever even begin to imagine, all that Papa God has in store for those that truly love Him! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 11/14- “Papa God’s Plans For You!”(Jeremiah 29:11)

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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: 11/14- “Papa God’s Plans For You!”(Jeremiah 29:11)

Premise Question: As a believer, just how excited, encouraged, enthralled, enlivened and even emboldened, can and should one be, with such a wonderfully comforting, and completely assuring, prognostication?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
(‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

For I, The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, am not in the dark, ill prepared nor unaware, when it comes to knowing what My future plans entail for your life. Therefore, I, The LORD, emphatically affirm and declare, making it a certainty, with this pronouncement, that my blueprint for your life will be carried out to fruition; which is, to assure your success in seeing that you flourish in the place that I’ve planted you, and that, without suffering loss or injury. Furthermore, My blueprint for you shall bring an expectant hope, that will not fail or disappoint you, but shall, with confidence and full assurance, restore unto you a bright future, filled with many wonderful prospects and satisfying rewards. (Jeremiah 29:11 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Now, before someone gets their dander up, about personalizing the principles and promises of this scripture, spoken to a specific people for a specific time, there are plenty of other examples in scripture which clearly delineate Papa God’s wonderfully gracious and glorious plans for His children’s future.

So, how excited should and can we be? Extremely exhilarated, with an exaggerated, exuberant explosion, of joyful expressions of praise, worship and thanksgiving! F.U.T.U.R.E.- Finally Understand That U R Eternal! Accept it! Rejoice in it! Share it with others!

Upon further review, check these scrips out…(Hebrews 2:5, Romans 8:17,18,19,23, Ephesians 4:4) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 11/02- “The LORD Is A Faithful Friend, Trustworthy Teacher And My Redeeming Rescuer!” (Psalms 25:14-15)

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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: 11/02- “The LORD Is A Faithful Friend, Trustworthy Teacher And My Redeeming Rescuer!” (Psalms 25:14-15)

Premise Question: Why is it so significantly important for a person to give true honor, due respect, and to revere and fear, with reverential awe, The LORD?

“The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.” (Psalms‬ ‭25:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

The LORD discloses and imparts His mysteries and secrets to His confidants; those whom He considers trustworthy, because of their faithfulness shown towards Him, by honoring, revering and respectfully worshiping Him. He enters into an agreement with them, by enacting, establishing and giving them a deep understanding and awareness of His intent and divine purpose for them. Therefore, let it be known, that my focus, with rapt attention, shall at all times be constantly upon the magnificent majesty of The LORD’s power, grace and mercy, for it is He and He alone, that can set me free from all of my falterings, failings and falling into a pit or being tripped, tricked or trapped and ensnared by the enemy of my soul. He, The LORD, is our best, greatest and only hope. For apart from Him, there is no other hope! (Psalm 25:14-15 PDCP)

Bottom Line: There are a number of extremely important, being really significant reasons, along with some great benefits and wonderful results, why a person should choose, or may in fact, want to decide to give serious consideration, to giving The LORD the true honor, due respect and reverential awe, that should absolutely always only go to Him.

First and foremost, topping the list, is the direct command given to us through Papa God’s Holy Scriptures, which tells us, that fear of The LORD is always the place to begin; as it is the only solid and unshakable sure foundation of divine wisdom and knowledge! We are exhorted and strongly encouraged, with faithfulness and an undivided heart, to earnestly pursue and acquire wisdom, while always hating evil and perverse speech.

The benefits derived from choosing to fear The LORD are huge and plentiful; as they provide the person with excellent instruction for life, security and protection from evil and harm, escapes from snares and traps, long life, true wisdom and real treasure.

The incredibly wonderful results that ensue and that will most assuredly follow a person’s wise decision to always fear The LORD, by giving true honor, due respect, with reverential awe, are numerous—here is just a sampling:

Great insight and understanding of the mysteries and secrets of The LORD, complete joy, real peace, good judgment and discernment, having all that a person will ever need, growing in knowledge and strength, becoming stronger and stronger in faith, not having to ever be afraid of anything or anyone, and always knowing the direction and path to take in life; because, The LORD is our ever faithful friend, our wise and trustworthy teacher and our wonderful redeeming rescuer—The Savior of humankind! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/31- “Papa God’s Holy Light Living Inside Of Us!” (John 8:12)

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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: 10/31- “Papa God’s Holy Light Living Inside Of Us!” (John 8:12)

Premise Question: Is it possible for a person to be unaware that they’re even unaware of the darkness and depravity they’re living in, even to the point of fully believing, thinking, determining and then accepting, that the darkness and depravity that they’re living in is full of light and life; when in reality, is actually full of eternal death, annihilation and utter destruction?

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (‭‭John‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

When Jesus again, began to address those who had gathered in the temple courts, at the break of dawn, to hear Him teach and expound upon the Scriptures; He declared unto them without equivocation, but with exactness and clarity, “I Am the resplendent radiance and source of all life and light in the world! For I Am not only the igniter and spark of life, but the total illumination of all enlightenment. I Am the blaze that has been burning even before time began, as the eternal flame, never to be extinguished holy fire of The Almighty Sovereign LORD GOD! Therefore, whoever chooses to pursue Me, with their whole being, spirit, soul and body, will never be hopelessly lost; stumbling around in the darkness and depravity of this world, with it’s perverse system, but will have Papa God’s Holy Light, living inside of them, leading, guiding and directing their steps, in this life.” (John 8:12 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Yes! I believe it is possible to be so unaware of your surroundings that you are completely deluded and deceived and literally unaware that you are in darkness, without the ability to clearly see or perceive the depth of depravity and darkness that is all encompassing, enveloping and pervading every part of your life!

It’s been said: “How great the darkness must be that is called light!” We are even warned about the evil one that may appear to be light and full of life, but in reality is only full of lies, deceit and empty promises of satisfaction and fulfillment, and only, always delivers a life full of shame, degradation, guilt, remorse, spiritual depravity, and ultimately, a loss of everything; leading to eternal death and separation from the glorious, full of tranquil peace and refreshing joy, of the presence of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty.

Thank You Papa God, that You sent The Light that shone in the land full of darkness and that the people living there in the darkness can now see The Light and be led out of the captivity and depravity of the darkness, to be completely set free, to walk, live and flourish, in The Light of Your presence; by having every step they take in this life, being directed, led and guided, by the presence of Your Light and Spirit living in them, to do Your will, fulfill Your purpose and to be pleasing to You in all that they will ever do and say.

Dear Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, Light of the world, shine Your Light through all of us, into this world and into the lives of those that are being held captive, in its darkness and depravity, in order to bring release and deliverance to all those who are unaware that they’re even unaware of the depth of the darkness and depravity, that is having a huge influence and significant impact upon them! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: (A) PDCP- 10/29- “Our Boasting Should Never Be In Or About Ourselves, But Only In And About God And God Alone!” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

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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: (A) 10/29- “Our Boasting Should Never Be In Or About Ourselves, But Only In And About God And God Alone!” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Premise Question: Concerning the provision of our freedom, our redemption, new life and our eternal salvation, is it ever appropriate to boast in or about anything or anyone, other than Papa God and His Only Son Jesus Christ?

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NLT)

For it is only because of Papa God’s unmerited favor, His loving kindness and His unfailing great love shown towards you, that you’ve been rescued and redeemed from certain death, becoming righteous members, in right standing, in The Company of The Redeemed; and this, because of your personal confession of faith and belief in His Son—Jesus Christ, when you placed your complete trust and reliance on and in Him. And even then, it’s not based on anything that’s been generated by your best behavior, significantly important actions or your good deeds; for there’s not any sort of effort, work or accomplishment that you can do or attempt to do, that will suffice; as it is indeed solely based entirely upon His love for you and His free merciful gift of salvation, provided by and through the mighty works of Papa God Himself and His Son. Papa God has done it in this way and manner, so that, there wouldn’t ever be any personal aggrandizement, by anyone; for when it comes to our salvation, there’s no boasting allowed, except in The LORD GOD Almighty, and what He has done for each one of us! (Ephesians 2:8-9 PDCP)

Bottom Line: When it comes right down to it, unless we are willing to truthfully address, consider or speak about the only reason we have our freedom, redemption, new life and eternal salvation, we will be forever lost!

For we must first come into the full realization, complete acceptance and ultimate understanding, that, as far as there being anything or something that we can effectively do, be, say, earn or ever deserve, or even that we personally could ever have anything to do with, have any real bearing on, or whether or not we can achieve it on our own, or that somehow, someway, perhaps we may possibly have the innate ability to be redeemed and rescued from certain death and being eternally separated from the eternal presence of Papa God and His Son, our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, on our own and outside of the only way that Papa God has offered and provided for all of us; then unfortunately, we would be woefully misguided and sadly mistaken!

In essence, essentially all that we can do, is to acquiesce, assent, concur, consent and come into agreement with, Papa God’s divine purpose and will for our lives.

So, no! No one can do it on their own, as everyone is completely dependent upon Papa God’s love, mercy and grace for salvation; therefore, it is not ever appropriate for anyone of us to boast about anyone or anything, other than boasting about what Papa God and His Only Son Jesus Christ has done for us, in rescuing and redeeming us from certain death, eternal damnation and punishment without end!

Thank You Papa God, that at the very moment we first confessed with our mouths and believed in our hearts, that Jesus Christ is LORD, by calling upon His Name for deliverance from our own sin and the darkness, and evil one of this world; that it is at that very moment, that salvation, eternal life, redemption and freedom became ours forevermore.

For The Light of the world, in the person and presence of The Spirit of The LORD, comes to live in each one, by taking up personal residence, to forever dwell, deep within the within of each our innermost beings, even our hearts!

Remember, no matter what we can spectacularly ever do, be or accomplish in or with our lives, in this life, it will still only ever be nothing but dirty laundry; stained and soiled with our guilty sin and shame!

Only Papa God, through the efficacious shed blood of His Son, can completely cleanse and remove all the guilty sin, stains and shame from our lives. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: (B) 10/29- “We are Papa God’s Incredible Handiwork—His Superb Masterpiece!” (Ephesians 2:10)

Premise Question: What is Papa God’s perfectly designed plan, His divine purpose and wonderful will for all of humankind?

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

The art and skill it took to make us what we are, which is, a unique, one of a kind creation, is beyond our comprehension. For we are wonderfully shaped by the work of Papa God’s own hands, brought into being out of His own imaginative design, made brand new in Christ, in order to perform honorable, virtuous, worthy of excellence, righteous good works; which by the way, was already in Papa God’s mind, as His divinely inspired prepared plan for His own—all of us who are believers, well in advance and even before we were saved or perhaps yet even born into this world, so as, to carry out and do, by bringing to fruition, His ultimate divine purpose and perfect plan of reconciliation for all of humankind! (Ephesians 2:10 PDCP)

Bottom Line: To ultimately bring all of humankind, whosoever will, back into right standing and close intimate fellowship, in an honorable and beautiful, satisfying and completely fulfilling relationship with Him—Papa God and His Son—Jesus Christ; The Creator of Heaven and earth, humankind and everything therein, and to also do His good work and will, by fulfilling His divinely designed, perfect will, holy purpose and ultimate plan that was already prepared long ago, even before we existed! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/27- “The LORD Gives A Peace, That Overcomes The World!” (John 16:33)

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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: 10/27- “The LORD Gives A Peace, That Overcomes The World!” (John 16:33)

Premise Question: When one chooses to receive and follow Jesus Christ as their personal LORD and Savior, thereby, becoming a full fledged member of The Company of The Redeemed, with all of its afforded incredible rights and privileges, and its wonderful blessings and benefits, does that mean then, that one can assume and fully expect that they will avoid having to face or go through any difficult trial, trouble, tumult, tragedy or tribulation during their life here on this earth?

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“I, The LORD, have been completely open and transparent with you; making you aware, of some things that are hard to hear and accept. But, I’ve done this purposely, for your comfort and assurance of having and being at perfect peace in Me. Although, you will definitely experience many trials, trouble, tribulation and distressful sorrow, while living in this world, I, The LORD GOD Almighty, personally encourage you to not allow any of that to rob and deprive you of your joy that I’ve given you! So, be brave, stay strong in The LORD, with the unalterable and completely immutable fact, that I, The LORD GOD Almighty, have utterly defeated the world, with an overcoming triumphal victory; therefore, that makes you an Overcomer, as well! (John 16:33 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The quick and absolutely true response to this premise question is: NOPE! But, that quick and abruptly succinct response doesn’t even begin to adequately nor properly convey the full ramifications of what surrounds this question, nor does or can it truly depict the complete joy, the all surpassing peace and great comfort that comes to one, as a direct result of one choosing to give their life over to Christ!

For, every promise of The LORD GOD Almighty is faithful and true, being most reliable and trustworthy; and is therefore, absolutely and totally forever dependable!

So, when The LORD GOD Almighty, our Redeemer, and wonderfully gracious and most merciful Savior—Jesus Christ, says that we most assuredly will experience trial, trouble, tumult, tragedy and tribulation, while sojourning here upon this earth, but, then, reassures us that we are to take heart and are to be entirely alright and completely at peace about all of this, because He, The LORD GOD Almighty, has overcome the world and all of it, for our sakes! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/23- “We’ve Been Granted Freedom To Be Free And To Stay Free!” (Galatians 5:1)

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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: 10/23- “We’ve Been Granted Freedom To Be Free And To Stay Free!” (Galatians 5:1)

Premise Question: Once any of us has been released from the bondage of sin, having been set free from the perilous darkness and certain death sentence, and are hereby, now a full fledged member of The Company of The Redeemed, having truly tasted and fully experienced the real freedom that only Jesus Christ can provide, with all of its blessings and benefits, why would any of us ever choose to return to our previous state of hopelessness, held in captivity, and in bondage to our sinful plight?

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

It is for our great benefit of individual personal liberty, that Christ has provided freedom to all who choose to become members of The Company of The Redeemed; granting them the ability to move freely, while enjoying all the rights and privileges afforded to them, because they’ve been released and set free from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death and destruction. Therefore, stay strong, firm and resolute in the wonderful knowledge and blessed assurance of your freedom; not allowing yourself to ever become entangled by the strangling cords and heavy weights of the onerous obligations of an agency of oppression, that’s restrictive and controlling, by putting you, once again, back into restraints of bondage and captivity. (Galatians 5:1 PDCP)

Bottom Line: What a great premise question for all of us to ponder, and to seriously, with grave sincerity, consider.

To expound upon the premise question even further; why would any of us, after having tasted and experienced The LORD’s goodness and gentleness, His mercy and kindness, His gracious favor, and real freedom, ever subject ourselves again to being under the influence and control of the brutal authorities, the powers of darkness and evil rulers of this world?

There are many reasons that can possibly be given, even some of them, could quite probably, fall under the heading of mitigating circumstances; but most, if not all of them, can be attributed to our own personal decisions and choices, our own actions, behaviors, thoughts, habits, practices and weaknesses, and especially, our own inappropriate personal desires!

Here are just a select few that we all need to be aware and extremely leery of, for our own benefit and well being, as well as, for the benefit and good of those around us: Isolation, insulation, arrogance and pride, being full of conceit, self confidence and pomposity, given to being slothful and lazy, lacking discipline and integrity, being anemic and weak, due to an insufficient prayer life, a lack of fellowship and intimacy with The LORD—through spending quality time in His Word and a significant and sufficient amount of time in worship and praise of Him, both personally and corporately, with other believers.

We are too prone to worry, self-doubt, self-hate, self-loathing, being fearful, full of anxiety, shame and remorse, allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by all of this and more, and then, becoming completely exasperated, whereby we end up yielding and then finally succumbing to failure and defeat.

Other mitigating reasons, valid or invalid, perhaps may include sleep deprivation, deception, falling prey to some scheme, snare or trap, thus becoming entangled in an intricate plan and web of deceit and despair, taken advantage of in a moment of weakness and vulnerability, thus becoming entrapped and ensnared by the actions, will and desires of someone else.

Or there is always the established sage wisdom and obvious accepted fact, that a fool and his money, as well as his good reputation, will soon be separated! Added to that sage statement is the one from Solomon: “As a dog returns to his vomit, so too, a fool returns to his own folly!”

But, we are not without hope! Even if we have fallen prey to our own devices or the devices and schemes of others or even life itself and all of its vagaries and vicissitudes! We can be set free, we are set free, we can continue to stay free, if we will not allow ourselves to once again be enslaved by our own devices, and thus, become subject again to the laws of sin, death and the rulers, principalities and authorities of this world! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/15- “If Thirsty, Come Drink And Believe, For Then, You’ll Be Forever Changed!” (John 7:37b-38)

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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: 10/15- “If Thirsty, Come Drink And Believe, For Then, You’ll Be Forever Changed!” (John 7:37b-38)

Premise Question: What do we truly hunger and thirst for, that we are ever searching, looking and desperately hoping to somehow achieve and eventually receive fully, in this life, here on earth?

“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (John‬ ‭7:37b-38‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“Let anyone and everyone, from anywhere and everywhere, who has an unquenchable thirsting for real truth and authentic love, beat feet quickly, without delay, to Me—The One True Authentic LORD GOD Almighty! For I Am The Real Truth and The Only Authentic, Pure Love! Come drink till you’re full and spilling over! Come drink to your hearts content and full delight, even till you’ve become a fountain of real truth and authentic pure love! Whoever, from wherever, places their complete faith, trust and reliance in Me—The One True LORD GOD Almighty, in accordance with what has been recorded in The Holy Writ—Papa God’s Word, shall have gushing out of them, rushing rivers of the life-giving flow of The Living Water, bursting forth from deep within the within, of the innermost part of their being; becoming a pure source of The Fountainhead of the life-giving flow of all life, which is, Papa God’s Holy Spirit—The Spirit of Christ!” (John 7:37b-38 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Every individual person that is born into this life upon the earth, and then, has the opportunity to grow up and live long enough to experience the culture and life around them, no matter what that life or culture may be, has deep within themselves, a Papa God (The Creator of humankind) given innate hunger and thirst to be loved, accepted, embraced, understood and then, a desire for their life to have significance, purpose and meaning; hopeful that they can achieve a legacy, to leave behind, after they’re gone from this world.

They will have a desire to have compassion shown towards them, to be able to personally experience sympathy and empathy, for themselves and have it towards others; to receive and give relief, aid, help, comfort and encouragement; and to have and experience complete joy, real peace and safety; to take and drink in the fullness of life as a huge cup of satisfying, thirst quenching cheer; to celebrate life with a thanksgiving toast of gratitude; lifting their cup of salvation up to The Giver of all life, Jesus Christ, The Fountainhead, The Holy Spirit, The One who fills us to overflowing with gushing and rushing rivers of life, which then causes us to thrive and flourish, thus being completely satisfied and fulfilled, while finding refreshing rest, solace, succor and success, here on this earth and beyond.

The LORD Jesus says that He is The True Bread from Heaven and The Only Real Living Water! And if anyone, anywhere will come to Him, their search for true food will be over; for they will never again hunger, nor will they ever really die! Furthermore, He says, that if anyone, anywhere will believe in Him, they will never ever have to look for that satisfying, thirst quenching drink ever again; for their deepest hunger and thirsting will be completely satiated and satisfied!

Are you thirsty and hungry, my friend, and you’ve not ever truly been satisfied or fulfilled, seemingly always something a bit amiss or not quite there? Come drink to your fill, to your heart’s delight, quenching your thirst, being completely consoled and fully satisfied! You won’t ever, throughout all of eternity, regret it! Blessings…
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The Benefits of STORMS in our lives: STRUGGLES—TRIALS—OBSTACLES—REJECTION—MISERY—SUFFERING! (Psalm 23)

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With all the storms going on right now, both in the physical world and spiritual realm, here is a repost from a while back, for perspective…😇

The Benefits of STORMS in our lives: STRUGGLES—TRIALS—OBSTACLES—REJECTION—MISERY—SUFFERING! (Psalm 23)

Jonah 1: Papa God uses a STORM, ( circumstances) to get Jonah to consider doing what He, Papa God wanted him to do, in order to fulfill Papa God’s will for his life!

Papa God hid Jonah in the belly of a very large fish (perhaps a Monster Goliath Grouper) for three days and three nights, so that he could be all alone, without any distractions or interruptions, to contemplate life and his decisions and choices! Papa God, in a sense, had a captive audience that finally was willing to listen and obey the voice of The LORD!

This story of the STORM in Jonah’s life, somewhat, reminds me of a STORM I once encountered way back in the mid 1970’s. If I am remembering correctly, I believe it was the summer of 1977. At the time, I was a youth pastor, children’s pastor, and had recently launched a concert ministry called, “Sonshine Concerts” and was also working a full time summer job at Peterbilt motors, in Newark, CA.

It definitely was a whirlwind schedule, with little time for anything but activities and work! Needless too say, I was neglecting my personal time with The LORD, and had replaced it with work and the work of the ministry! It should be quite obvious that staying busy, even if it is the work of The LORD, is not necessarily doing the will of The LORD! I believe, too many of us have substituted a true, authentic and genuinely real relationship with The LORD, with being busy for The LORD; even justifying our actions and behavior with the worn out excuse of “I just don’t have time to spend on my personal relationship, with The LORD, and besides, He’ll understand!” It is true that He does understand, but He doesn’t have to agree with you! For if we don’t have the time, by choosing not to make it a priority to spend time with The LORD, in intimate personal fellowship, in developing a right and holy relationship with Him, then we are too busy!

It’s time to re-prioritize our life and schedule, making room and time for the manifest intimacy of a right relationship with The LORD, if not, then He might just do it for you, because He really does love you that much!

The LORD looks at the heart and if He sees that you have just gone haywire, but knows that you truly down deep want to do His Will, He loves you enough to make sure you will have an opportunity to do His will. He will, therefore, utilize an event, (STORM) situation or circumstance in order to get you alone, so that He can convey His thoughts and will for your life at that time, in order to get you on the right track and moving back in the right direction!

The following account is what happened to me, with regards to being too busy, in the summer of 1977!

I was working at Peterbilt Motors, in Newark CA, in a grinding booth with two other young men. The booth was elevated five feet above the floor of the factory, with heavy plastic panels draped down all the way around it. The plastic panels were very dirty and covered with debris from all the material that was used to grind, as well as the wax that was used to help in keeping that which was being ground down, (metal steps, doors, brackets for the gas tanks, etc.) from getting too hot.

My job was to work on a huge grinder with a very large sandpaper belt grinder. I usually did the steps and the brackets while the other two young men did the doors with smaller hand held grinders.

There were times when we were inundated with work and then there were times when we would go for long stretches without any work. The work was not ever steady work, and yet, we were not allowed to leave the booth, because at anytime there may be a piece that needed to be cleaned up and ground before it was needed back on the assembly line almost immediately.

There was little toleration for stopping the line while they waited for a part from the grinding booth! So, to deal with the down time, my two young friends would devise games that they could play, while waiting for the next project to come into the booth. One of their favorites was “Home Run Derby” in the booth! They fashioned a bat from a piece of 2×4 and formed a ball out of the wax used to cool during the grinding process. It was during those times that I would go to a corner of the booth and stand on the edge looking out for any work that may be headed our way. Ok, so to be completely truthful, I was also the un-official lookout, as well!

I don’t really know why on this particular occasion I had positioned myself where I did, but it was definitely not the safest place to be, as you’ll soon understand and realize why. First one to bat was the right handed batter. He struck out on three wax ball pitches. Next up was the left-hander. He did not strike out, but was hitting the wax ball all over the booth. I don’t know if his hands got sweaty or just tired, but he took an especially big swing and missed the wax ball completely—a swing and a miss! Just before he took that mighty swing, I had moved behind him to get a better vantage point to see if anyone was coming towards the booth. Someone surely was, so I turned to tell them, and it was at that very moment that the bat came out of the lefty’s hands and smashed me, with full force of his mighty swing and a miss, directly on my mouth! “Whack!” I immediately was knocked out and fell backwards off of the platform on to the concrete floor five feet below! I was told later that my arms went down to my sides an I took a “Nestea ice tea plunge” into the concrete head first!

The young men were absolutely shaken and stunned! They told me later, that when my head hit the floor it sounded like a watermelon splitting! What I experienced at that very moment was the sense of falling back onto a huge cushion made of the softest down imaginable.

I distinctly and clearly remember hearing the voice of the safety officer having a conversation with the company’s nurse. They were discussing my vitals. The safety officer was checking for a pulse and the nurse was checking my blood pressure. The safety officer said to the nurse, “I don’t have a pulse” the nurse said in response, “I only have one number for the blood pressure, it’s 20!” Then I heard, “we’re losing him!”

The very next thing I remember was being enveloped by overwhelming waves of joy and peace washing over me, while completely surrounded and immersed in the most wonderful, incredibly beautiful light! It literally took my breath away, to the point of not being able to breathe! The light was so bright that it was difficult to see anything but the brilliance of the light surrounding me. It was then that my eyes began to focus and adjust to the light, that I was finally able to see my surroundings! I cannot describe adequately with mere words what I saw, but to say, that it was absolute serenity, with the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen anywhere or anytime here in this existence!

I was standing in the midst of a field that was covered with a myriad of different kinds of plants and trees, all exemplified by beauty and grace. I began to realize and ponder…”Wow, I can’t believe it, this is it, I’m really going to be in the very real presence of The LORD! I’m shocked, I thought I had so much more time with so much more to do and experience! I still hadn’t had any children, was still pretty much a newlywed, with so much in life to look forward too, not to mention all the ministry I was involved in and one day hoped to accomplish and do!”

As I was pondering, I heard and felt, at the same time, a voice penetrating my mind, heart, and every part of my being. It was a strong, resonating, reassuring, comforting, soothing and quite pleasant voice, with many layers, speaking to me and through me all at the same time. I understood it to be the very voice of The LORD! He gently conveyed to me that I had become too busy to hear His voice and therefore, He needed to get me all alone, without any distraction or hindrances, so that He could speak to me and I would listen. Listen, I did!

During this incredible and most divine encounter, I was never at anytime afraid or apprehensive. The LORD indeed did speak to me about things that would happen in my life and what He intended for me to do, with regards to ministry. I didn’t remember a lot of it, as I believe was His intention, but He did show me many faces of those who would be impacted by Him, because of the ministry He had called me to do. It was quite overwhelming, extremely exhilarating and quite exciting! I do well remember though, The LORD giving me the opportunity to choose whether or not to stay with Him or go back! He really does give us free will in letting us determine our destiny!

I also remember asking The LORD what He would want me to do, stay or go back? Without even hearing His response, I felt a strong sense and urge that I was to do His will, which was to go back and finish the work I had been given to do! As soon as I concurred, with His will for my life, I was seemingly hovering above a crowd of people that were all focused and looking intently at something on the floor in the midst of them. I quickly moved towards them and peered through the crowd to see what they were all gazing and murmuring about. What I saw, was myself lying on the floor looking very peaceful and serene, maybe taking a little snooze, while on the job.

It was an unreal experience, to say the least. My two young co-workers were having a frantic conversation about what they should do! They were both overwhelmed, being distraught and stricken with fear! Then, I heard the lefty say these words; “I don’t know what we should or can do, but I know what Don would do!” Then I heard righty say, “what’s that!” Lefty…”He’d pray right now!” Righty…”we don’t know how to pray!” Lefty…”yes we do, remember, Don said praying to God was just like talking to someone when you are having a conversation!” Righty…”yeah, that’s right, let’s pray!” Righty and Lefty…”dear LORD, please help Don and don’t let him die, amen!”

As they said amen, I opened my eyes and looked up and saw both Righty and Lefty with there eyes closed and tears running down their faces. The safety officer shouted, “I’ve got a pulse!” The nurse exclaimed, “his blood pressure is returning to normal!”

I declared my thanks, gratitude and appreciation to everyone for their help and looked at Righty and Lefty and thanked them for their prayer of faith! They both had astonished and happy expressions upon their faces, as well as, much relief!

I went for a ride to the hospital in an ambulance, was thoroughly checked out with a battery of tests, then pronounced completely fit and good to go, except for the busted lip and loose teeth in my mouth. My head, which had hit a concrete floor, from a five foot free-fall backwards, didn’t have a scratch, knot, or contusion of any kind! Now that was a miracle in itself! I really did fall onto a cushion of incredibly soft heavenly goose down!

I went back to work the next day with fat lips and loose teeth, which I had to have crowns put on, eventually. Righty and Lefty were never the same after that and were more open than ever to the things of The LORD!

I was able to share my story on a number of occasions, with great results of people being encouraged and responding to The LORD in positive ways. I also re-prioritized my life and focused more on my personal relationship with The LORD, with less activity and more of Him. Oh, and by the way, there were a lot less games played after that, with a lot more talks about life and God.

I, to this day, thank Papa God for His wonderful grace and matchless mercy shown to me on so many different occasions, so many times and in so many ways in my life!

Like Jonah, The LORD placed me alone, in a corner, in life, whereby, I too could hear His voice, listen, then obey, His will for my life at that time. His love truly does endure forever!

Please don’t get too busy and then, not take the time needed and absolutely necessary to build and be in right relationship with The LORD! Make room for Him in your life and don’t limit Him and what He wants to do in and with your life! Desire, above all else, to do His will!(Ps. 40:8)

And always please remember this: If and when STORMS come into your life, they may be sent from or allowed by The LORD for your benefit, and that, because He loves you and wants what’s best for you and also to have a personal intimate relationship with you!

Finally this: With obedience comes blessings and benefits, with disobedience comes curses and consequences!

I should know, I’ve experienced them both! Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/14- “When All Else Fails—He Still Remains The Same And Continues To Sustain!” (Psalms 73:26)

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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: 10/14- “When All Else Fails—He Still Remains The Same And Continues To Sustain!” (Psalms 73:26)

Premise Question: Regardless of what may happen or what we may have to go through and endure in this life, what and who always remains a constant and through it all, will never abandon, forsake or let us down, but will in fact, continue to remain, forever and ever, the same?

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” (Psalms‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“Everything around me, including my health and my heart, may falter and fail, but The LORD GOD Almighty, is now, has been, and shall always continue to forever be, without end, the unfailing, ever refreshing, truly encouraging and renewing, joyful strong force and strength of my innermost being; deep within the within, of my heart and soul, as He shall always be, (for nothing else can even begin to fulfill or satisfy) my portion and lot in life—the epitome of all that completely fills and sustains my life.” (Psalms 73:26 PDCP)

Bottom Line: There are probably, in many of our individual lives, going to be an occasion, a time, an event, situation or circumstance, whereby, we may be subject to slipping, faltering, floundering, fizzling or falling short and perhaps even completely failing, and as a result, becoming embittered because of it all; torn up on the inside, by resentfulness, malice, hate and an unforgiving heart, lacking any physical or spiritual vim, vigor or vitality, completely bankrupt and devoid of a flourishing and refreshing life.

But, The LORD GOD Almighty, who is ever merciful and enduring, faithful and true, will come to our aid and rescue, when we call upon His Everlasting Name! And then, He will lift us up out of the mire and mud, stuck in the ditch, trench or chasm we’ve fallen into, and set our feet upon solid ground, even The Rock of our salvation.

It is then, that The LORD GOD Almighty begins leading, guiding and giving us wise counsel, that directs our feet onto the path and into the way, that will bring us back into a right and holy relationship with Him and that ultimately leads us to our most glorious and divine destiny.

That is why we desire Him more than we desire anything else upon this earth! Because He, The LORD GOD Almighty, is the quintessence of our existence, as He is our treasure trove, our wellspring of life and the secret to a thriving, more than just surviving, flourishing, completely satisfying and fulfilling existence!

When all else fails around me, even when I fail, He remains ever the same; for I am His and He is mine, nothing’s ever going to change that, for He will always continue to sustain me, forever and forever, without end! Blessings…
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