SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/16- “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, futhermore, there is 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, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, (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 not only believes He exists, but is also diligently devoted to willingly do His bidding, in order to fulfill and accomplish completely, His divine purpose and will for our lives. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/11- “Believing Is Truly Seeing!” (Hebrews 11:1)
Premise Question: Seeing is believing, or, believing is truly seeing; which thought and statement is most authentically appropriate for those of us who are believing members of The Company of The Redeemed?
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
Now concerning our Rock Solid unshakable faith, which is the sure foundation upon which everything in our existence is built on, for faith is what gives us the supreme confidence, being fully convinced, that what we hope for, in this life and beyond, even though we can not actually see it, with our physical eyes, we still have the absolute assurance of our strong convictions; therefore, our faith is all the evidence that we need, in order to believe in what we can not see with our physical eyes. (Hebrews 11:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Near the end of The Gospel according to The Apostle John, Jesus had an encounter with The Apostle, known as “The Twin,” and who has since been referred to as “Doubting Thomas” and who, on a personal level, had some serious doubts about whether or not Jesus had actually, in fact, really risen from the grave. He even struggled with the personal eye witness accounts and reports of his closest friends and associates; boldly and definitively declaring that he was not going to believe their reports unless he was personally able to see with his own eyes, and then, place his own fingers in the actual holes of The LORD’s hands and feet, thus the thought and statement, “seeing is believing” rather than the thought and statement of faith of “believing is truly seeing!”
In this riveting and most unique encounter we don’t see The LORD rebuke Thomas for his doubts, but The LORD surely encourages Thomas to take a look, feel and then, see and believe that He is real and that He really has risen from the grave.
I personally don’t feel, nor do I think, The LORD is put off by our doubts, for it is us that are actually put off by our own doubts and unbelief.
So, just as Thomas was encouraged to see and believe, but was also encouraged to have a greater faith, which is to believe—being full of assurance and expectant hope, confidently seeing with the eye of faith—The LORD is now encouraging us to believe and truly see!
We should therefore, take a firm grip upon our faith, but even more important, is allowing our faith to take a strong hold upon us! For whether it’s in the past time, present time or some future time, the concept of “now” always applies and should therefore, be a continuum for all time, when we sincerely consider the matter of our faith!
So, when evaluating our own faith, “seeing is not believing,” but, “believing is truly seeing” confidently, with the eyes of faith, while being fully assured, with a heart full of joy-filled expectant hope! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/06- “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 resolutely!
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 always 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: 12/01- “Time To Buck Up, Soul!” (Psalms 42:11)
Premise Question: Should we really attempt to have a serious conversation with our own soul, when we are down and out, discouraged and disturbed?
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” (Psalms 42:11 NLT)
Why, O my soul, and for what earthly reason could there ever be an occasion, on which I would ever allow you to stay in a state of despondency; spiraling downward, feeling dejected, disheartened and depressed? Why, O my soul, would you perpetually be distressed, disrupted and disturbed deep within the within of my inmost being; in disharmony and in complete disarray? Listen up, here’s what you should immediately do, O my soul, because it’s what I’m going to do whether you want or are even ready for me to do so! I firmly put, I resolutely place, I fasten tightly, my complete hope, faith and trust, in and upon The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty! I determinedly do this right now, by worshiping, with exuberant and joyful praise, The LORD GOD Almighty, my Redeemer and my most merciful, loving and full of gracious favor, Papa God! (Psalms 42:11 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Yes! We need to have a serious conversation with our soul, expressing to our soul, that no matter what is going on in our life, there is nothing in this world that we should fear or be worried about. For He, The LORD Himself, will quiet and put us at perfect peace, deep within the within of the inmost part of our being.
And, He, and He alone, is able to truly satisfy the hunger, quench the thirst and fulfill the deepest yearnings, longings and desires of our souls!
It’s time, children of Papa God, to tell our souls to buck up! Blessings… http://www.theshipministry.com papadoncox.wordpress.com #donotbesadbegladputyourhopeinTheLORD
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 11/29- “Thankfulness Provides Strength And Stability In Our Faith!” (Colossians 2:7)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/29- “Thankfulness Provides Strength And Stability In Our Faith!” (Colossians 2:7)
Premise Question: Why is it so vital and critically important, as well as being absolutely imperative, that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, be deeply rooted and established in The Truth of The LORD?
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
Allow yourself to grow down deep and wide, being deeply entrenched, and firmly implanted in The LORD, producing a strong foundation, that will be able to support a solid structure that is fortified and stabilized, by your strong certitude and convictions, that you were taught and brought up in; even, your stalwart belief and faith in The Truth—our Blessed Hope, that causes you to always be abounding in great measure in superabundance, teeming and overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We must, each one, be willing to be buried in Him, (in order to become “B-I-G” in God, you must first be willing to be Buried-In-God—planted down deep in Him, like a seed that is planted in the ground and dies, but then germinates and is brought back to life to produce a harvest after its kind, so too, must we be willing to die to self, so that we can then produce a harvest after its kind—a righteous one) thoroughly and completely immersed, totally embedded in His presence, being literally surrounded and covered by His righteousness; while growing down and out, initially, in order to create a strong root system that will then give us a sure foundation, so that we can build a strong and stalwart life structure, that will have the ability, strength and capacity to withstand the various trials and storms of life, in order to enable us to mature, by growing up and then spreading out, with hearts filled with gratitude and thanksgiving, so that we can then flourish, having an efficacious and powerfully reaching impact, not only upon our own lives, but the many lives of others living in this world, as well.
All of this will have the glorious effect of producing within us and others, a great and bountiful, successful harvest of righteousness; wherever we go, wherever we are and with whomever we have the wonderful and blessed opportunity to love, bless, help and serve.
Remember though, in order for any of us to grow, flourish and then produce a successful and righteous harvest with our lives, in this life, we must first, for there is no other way, be willing to be planted, buried deep (die) in the ground of The LORD; growing down deep and spreading out wide, so that a sure and strong, solid foundation is put in place, in our lives, that will and can support and sustain an appropriate and divinely designed and ordered structure of The LORD, in our lives, that will surely grow up, flourish, spread out wide and remain, thereby, blessing not only our own lives, by producing a successful harvest of righteousness, which is pleasing to The LORD, but will also affect, in an efficacious, good, acceptable and most perfect way, the lives of many others, in this life. Grow down and out before ever attempting or expecting to grow up and out! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/11- “Salvation Is Our Ultimate Reward!” (1 Peter 1:8-9)
Premise Question: What is our sure and certain reward, how do we qualify for it, and what kind of affect/effect does it have on us, and produce in us, now, as well as into our eternal future and beyond?
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT)
Even given the fact that you’ve never actually seen The LORD Jesus Christ in person, you still love, honor and worship Him, with everything that is within you. And though you presently are not able to see Him in the flesh, your belief, trust and unshakable faith in Him causes an explosion of joy to go off inside of you, deep within the within, of the innermost part of your being, that fills you to overflowing, with His fountain of living water, His wonderful glorious presence, which there are no words that can be uttered that will even begin to adequately express what you are receiving and experiencing from The LORD. For this is what comes forth in your life, as a consequence of yielding and surrendering to Him when you’ve placed your complete trust and faith in Him; even your redemption, the eternal salvation of your entire being—spirit, soul and body. (1 Peter 1:8-9 PDCP)
Bottom Line: All glory honor and praise belongs to The One True Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and everything therein and even beyond, and who has provided a way of escape from death, hell and the grave, deliverance from all sin, darkness, captivity and bondage, for all those who will call upon The Name of The LORD, by placing their complete trust, hope, faith and reliance in and on The Name of The LORD—Jesus Christ!
Our sure and certain reward is eternal salvation—the total and complete redemption of our spirit soul and body! We are saved…regeneration of our spirit…we are being saved…sanctification of our soul…we will be saved, glorification of our body.
We are pre-qualified for our reward, as long as we simply put our complete reliance, faith, trust and hope in Him, by calling upon His Name—Jesus Christ, confessing our sin and believing in our heart that Jesus is The LORD.
The affect/effect that this decision to trust The LORD Jesus Christ with our eternal soul, is one of total exultation, outrageous celebration, completely enjoyable, being so full of joy that it is impossible to describe with mere words; for it is so wonderfully glorious that no amount of words or any type or kind of words expressed would do it justice, as it is far beyond our capability to do so! Our decision to trust in The LORD produces in us an assurance and peace that surpasses all comprehension and understanding!
Therefore, rejoice, celebrate, take delight, for our resplendent, being more than marvelous, magnificently brilliant, redemptive salvation, our ultimate reward, is drawing nigh! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/29- “Just Live Life By Faith!” (Romans 1:17)
Premise Question: Why is it so difficult for some of us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, to figure out and finally come to the full realization and truth of how important it is to just live life by faith?
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:17 NLT)
As has already been established, The Good News was sent by The Most High Sovereign Almighty Papa God, Creator of Heaven and earth, to the earth, on behalf of all of humankind, for the divine purpose of revealing His righteousness and redeeming His very own fallen creation. Papa God sent, in the form of a humble servant, His Only Son, known to us as The Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, our LORD and Savior. This righteous Good News, that came from Papa God, must initially be personally and individually accepted by faith, and then, lived out by faith, throughout the entire sojourn here upon the earth. For just as it has been faithfully recorded and written down, in Papa God’s Holy Writ, by His anointed prophet Habakkuk: “Shun evil and choose to live by faith and you shall not only survive, but flourish, because those who live a righteous life, live their individual life by faith. And, in so doing, are faithful to The One who gives them life. So, whatever you do in life, just remember to do it by living by faith; the faith of a person who has been made right in the sight of Papa God, from start to finish, by initially putting their faith in The LORD and then, continuing to have faith in The LORD, throughout their entire life, and you will enjoy and experience everlasting life.” (Romans 1:17 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Whenever anyone, who is a member of The Company of The Redeemed, attempts to go it alone and do life their own way, without the vital and significant input of The LORD, by choosing to live their life outside the parameters of what The Creator has spoken in His Holy Writ; which clearly delineates His divinely purposed and divinely designed plan for His unique and greatly loved creation, humankind, then the difficulties will abound and the cause and effect results begin to surround, pressing in all around!
Life is difficult enough on its own, but when we refuse The LORD’S help, wisdom, instruction, counsel and life giving advice, then we make it all the more difficult!
The reality is: we will not ever be successful in figuring out life until we figure out, that what needs to be figured out is that we must, if we are going to have and live the life that Papa God desires, has purposed and has divinely designed for us to fully enjoy and experience, is that it’s not going to ever happen until and unless we choose to surrender our lives to living a life of faith, in The LORD, and then, just live our life by faith! Blessings…
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