SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/12- “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 honored 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… http://www.theshipministry.com papadoncox.wordpress.com #completeyourdivineassignmentandfinishstrong
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: 08/04- “Love Others As Papa God Loves You!” (1John 4:11-12)
Premise Question: What is the unmistakable evidence that Papa God’s love is obviously present and readily seen, as living in and flowing out of a member of The Company of The Redeemed, and when is it conspicuously noticeable, that it is, in truth and fact, downright, blatantly apparent, that it is not?
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” (1 John 4:11-12 NLT)
Beloved and most cherished friends, I implore you to earnestly consider, that since the time when The Sovereign Papa God Almighty put His unconditional, unfailing, unending, benevolent, and affectionate love on display, for all of humankind to see, by sending His perfect and without sin, most precious and honorable only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place, we also, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, should exhibit and have the same attitude, action and behavior, in our love expressed, towards each other. No human has ever seen The Sovereign Papa God Almighty face to face. But if, (indeed a big if) we choose to exhibit and express our love towards each other, in the same way and manner that Papa God has towards us, then His presence is living inside of us, and thus, His perfect love is brought to complete fruition and the fulfillment of its ultimate purpose, when His perfect love lives in us, and is expressed through us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed. (1 John 4:11-12 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The absolute empirical, being completely unmistakable, irrefutable and undeniable evidence, that the love of Papa God is living in and flowing out of a person’s life, is when that person is expressing Papa God’s love and affection towards others.
It is patently false, to accept or believe, that one has the love of Papa God living inside of them, if they are not willing and in fact are not practicing, expressing His love towards others, whether they be enemy, friend, family or foe. For we all are strongly admonished to share, show and express the same love that Papa God has shown, is showing and will continue to show us, towards others!
The phrase used in the NLT version of this scripture is: “we surely ought!” There is no ambiguity in that phrase, no wiggle room, nor any doubt or uncertainty, as to its meaning, but rather, it leaves us to wrestle with the the truth of the matter, which is not even unreasonable or impossible to accomplish, but is, of a certainty, our spiritual duty, our honorable obligation and really what’s expected of us. So, we must all choose to come into full compliance, with the help of The LORD, and just do it.
The LORD’S Word is quite clear, that if we refuse to love our brothers, our sisters, and others, then the love of Papa God is simply not living in us, or at the bare minimum, we are not yet allowing the full and truest expression of His love to permeate the deepest regions of our hearts and lives, and are therefore, incapable of truly expressing the full force and sheer magnitude of His great love shown us, toward others!
Papa God’s Holy Writ goes on to say, that ultimately, if we refuse to love others, then we will remain in death and will not experience everlasting life.
His Word further states, and this may be difficult to accept or comprehend, for some, but we must choose to accept it, because His Word declares it to be so; that anyone who hates his brother, sister or others, is in effect, committing murder!
Wow! Help us Papa God to love and express Your love toward others, as You have, and are continuing to express Your love towards us!
So, it is unmistakable and completely obvious that Papa God’s love is living inside of us, when we choose to express His love towards others, as it is also, conspicuously noticeable, being downright, blatantly obvious, that His love is not the controlling influence and ruling force in our lives, when we refuse to express His love towards others!
Let’s all choose to love others the way Papa God has chosen to love each and every one of us! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/29- “Husbands, Love Your Wives!” (Ephesians 4:25-26)
Premise Question: What could happen, what would it actually look like and what kind of results would it produce in the unions between men and women, who’ve chosen to enter into Papa God’s long standing established institution of marriage, which He characterizes as being blessed, holy and sacrosanct; if husbands would truly follow the perfect example Christ left for them—clearly written down in Papa God’s Holy Writ?
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. (Ephesians 5:25-26 NLT)
Men, who’ve willingly chosen to be joined together in holy matrimony, with a woman; should profoundly love their wives, with great honor and affection, undivided attention, gracious consideration, always being concerned for their welfare, while ever cherishing, treasuring and being thankful for them, in the same way that Christ displayed His benevolent affectionate love towards us, The Church—His most cherished bride, as His much desired and valued precious treasure, His very own chosen and redeemed family of Papa God; by laying His life down willingly, as a ransom, for the redemption of humankind, in order to transform, change, and make us new, taking us from a place of utter defilement to a place of holy consecration, set apart unto Himself, for His sacred purpose. He has accomplished this, by washing us clean, with His shed blood, removing all sin, filth and defilement, and then, by giving us continual access to Him, through His Word, which is the fountain of life, the springs of living water that continually promote and produce a healthy and thirst quenching, satisfying spiritual life. (Ephesians 5:25-26 PDCP)
Bottom Line: in answer to the premise question, what could happen is, a lot of marriages that typically end up on the heap of debris of broken promises and vows, could and would be renewed, restored and reconciled, by being placed back on its true foundation, The Rock, which is Jesus Christ, who, by example, ended up making the ultimate sacrifice, not satisfying His own desires or His own personal needs and concerns, but giving His all, by laying down His life for His Bride—The Church; which He loves more than Himself or anything else!
Then, what it would actually look like, when husbands begin to love their wives more than themselves and their self-love of their own bodies, is that their relationship with their wives will now have the potential and best case scenario to be glorious, victorious and become the ultimate thriving, surviving, flourishing and always refreshing loving relationship that’s possible to have between a husband and wife. It must mirror, though, the relationship that Jesus Christ has with His Bride—The Church.
He, The LORD, always chooses to forgive, endure, reassure and comfort. He always chooses to be genuinely kind, courteous, patient and extremely generous, holding no good thing back from His Bride.
The kind of results this would produce is a harvest of righteousness and good, honorable and commendable things. There would be great rejoicing, remarkable exploits and a true harmonious and tranquil peace established throughout The Church, The Company of The Redeemed!
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ truly loves His Bride—The Church! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 04/07- “Leave An Example, A Legacy To Be Followed And Emulated By Others, Of Working Hard, Always Endeavoring To Give Relief And Remedy To Those In Need!” (Acts 20:35 PDCP)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/07- “Leave An Example, A Legacy To Be Followed And Emulated By Others, Of Working Hard, Always Endeavoring To Give Relief And Remedy To Those In Need!” (Acts 20:35 PDCP)
Premise Question: What will be said and remembered about the example that we, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, leave as a legacy for others to see and follow, with regards to our diligence, devotion and earnest effort, of working hard, to make sure that we’ve met the needs of others, with the needed provision, teaching/mentoring, nurturing and the appropriate help that will enable them to successfully overcome the challenges of life?
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts of the Apostles 20:35 NLT)
As I, Paul, have not ever wavered in my effort and great exertion, always striving and endeavoring to be completely reliable, persistent and perpetually consistent, in setting the perfect example, which should be followed by everyone, of how to serve and contribute, in order to bring relief and remedy to those who are in great peril and need; I also exhort you to be wise and really prudent, which will be extremely pleasing to Papa God, for all of us to recall the strong word of exhortation and the perfect example left, by The LORD Jesus, when He declared: “It is much more blissful, being full of supreme joy and great favor, to provide for and facilitate the needs of others, rather than, having your own needs furnished and provided by others; for the greatest blessing is in the giving, not the receiving!” (Acts 20:35 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The answer to the Premise Question is quite simple: Love and serve Papa God and love and serve people! (Matthew 22:37-40, 1 John 4:11) Treat others as you would prefer others to treat you! (Matthew 7:12, “The Golden Rule”) Accept what Papa God says is good and what He requires and expects from us, which is: Do what is just and right, with integrity; constantly show lovingkindness and mercy towards others; and last but not least, clothe yourself with humility, by walking in devoted obedience and in sweet fellowship with Papa God! (Micah 6:8) Do these things faithfully and with consistence, and you will be successful in leaving a wonderful example and legacy for others to emulate and follow! Blessings…
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