SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/04/15- “The Spirit Of Papa God Gives Life!” (Romans 8:11)
Premise Question: Besides the obvious and most excellent benefit of receiving everlasting life; what is the greatest benefit, being the most helpful one, for living our lives now, that we, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, have received as a direct result of having The Spirit of Papa God living in our finite, being perishable, earthly bodies?
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Romans 8:11 NLT)
Not only have you been put right with Papa God, but when His Spirit, The Holy Spirit, which is the One who was charged with the responsibility of restoring life back into The Savior’s deceased earthly body, by raising Him up from the grave, has taken up permanent residence within you; then, you too shall have your finite, being temporal and perishable, earthly body restored back to life, in the very same way and manner that The LORD had His earthly body restored, as this also is accomplished by and through the same Spirit of Papa God that now lives and resides within the within of your innermost being. (Romans 8:11)
Bottom Line: The greatest benefit that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed have and enjoy, is full, free and unfettered access to the empowering presence, comfort and refreshing, as well as, the divine guidance and wisdom of Papa God’s Spirit, The Holy Spirit; who helps us to overcome and be victorious in every area of our lives, but especially in the intense struggle that rages within each one of us, between our old sinful nature and its desires and our new life and its new nature, that desires to honor and please Papa God. Therefore, we ought to continually thank Papa God for His life giving Spirit that lives deep within the within of our innermost beings. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/03/15- “Papa God’s Love, Put On Display, For All To See!” (Romans 5:8)
Premise Question: Why did Papa God put on such a remarkable, spectacular exhibition and display, of His magnanimity, His incomparable gracious favor and His marvelous love, for all to clearly see?
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8 NLT)
Even so, Papa God clearly proved and made it known to everyone everywhere, with a spectacularly huge in magnitude, being utterly incomparable, display of His extravagantly magnanimous perfect love for all of humankind, by dispatching from Heaven, His One and only Son, The Agent of righteous redemption, The Anointed One, to hang upon a cruel cross for each and everyone of our sinful transgressions. And, that’s not all, for incredible as it may seem, He actually did this, amazingly enough, even while we were at our very worst and still His enemies; being in a helpless, hapless, hopeless and completely unrepentant and unredeemed deathlike state. (Romans 5:8 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Why? Because of this one great and preeminent desire and divine purpose! The salvation and complete redemption of humankind; restoring, renewing and healing the breach, spanning the chasm, reconciling and bringing back to life and in right relationship and sweet fellowship, with Papa God’s greatly cherished, being most precious and dearly loved, creation, His heart’s desire. (John 3:16) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/23/15- “Put It On, Put It All On!” (Ephesians 6:11)
Premise Question: Is it really necessary, or is there even a remote possibility, that we’ll have the capacity, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, to withstand all of the tactics and schemes of the enemy, and also have the ability to live a successful life, that’s satisfying, flourishing, completely overcoming and victorious, without ever fully utilizing the full protection of Papa God’s armor that He’s provided for us; or can we just be a “put on” and be successful, without actually putting on His armor?
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11 NLT)
Don’t be a “put on,” but do put on the full armor of Papa God, by utilizing every part of it to counteract and defend against the schemes and tactics of the enemy of your very soul, the devil; then, you’ll have the full capacity and steadfastness, to withstand any and all of the insidious, cunning approaches and nefarious attacks of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:11 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Refuse to ever be anything but authentic! Don’t be a “put on,” but, do put on the armor of Papa God! Don’t try to live and fight “the good fight of faith” on your own, relying on your own strength and acumen, without fully utilizing the armor of Papa God! Don’t get waylaid, outsmarted or outmaneuvered, by the enemy and his insidious schemes and brutal tactics, because of your pride, arrogance, insolence or even your ignorance! For if your plan of defense/offense doesn’t include and involve putting on and fully utilizing the provision and protection of the armor of Papa God, then, you may as well, plan on experiencing a complete and utter miserable failure, with absolute defeat and destruction, in your life, as a believing member of The Company of The Redeemed! So yes, it’s absolutely an imperative necessity, and no, there’s not even a remote possibility, that we’d ever have the capability of defeating the enemy, without the full utilization of Papa God’s armor, period! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/21/15- “Freedom To Serve In Love” (Galatians 5:13)
Premise Question: What is the greatest temptation, for the most part, given the blessings that have been bestowed upon us here in America, that The Church has to overcome, in order to fulfill the reason and purpose Papa God has given us the freedom we enjoy?
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13 NLT)
The freedom that Papa God has granted all of us to experience, enjoy and live in, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, was not given to us, so that we could spend it all upon ourselves, by satisfying and gratifying our own sinful desires of the flesh. Rather, though, it’s been given to us, so that we would be fully equipped, with every provision, in order to have the necessary capacity and ability, to love and serve others, with our freedom and blessings. (Galatians 5:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: I truly believe, that The Church in America, has been extremely blessed for the divine purpose and reason of having the great ability to bless and reach those who are less fortunate. I believe that Papa God has given us, The United States, a trust. He desires that we be good, honorable and faithful servants, to utilize what He’s given us to reach and bless those, first, who are amongst us, then, those who are outside the church, and finally, to the rest of the world. So we’ve been given a choice, of how we are going to use our new found freedom and blessings: #1. We can choose to enjoy and use the blessings of our freedom, by spending the biggest portion upon ourselves, building our own kingdoms, by satisfying and fulfilling our own desires, goals and dreams. Or, instead, #2. We can choose to use our new found freedom to love and serve others, by meeting their needs, helping them to get on the path that see them succeed in life; thereby, fulfilling Papa God’s commands, His will and purpose, and one of the main reasons He for granted us freedom in the first place, which, if we’ll do, will highly please Him! And that’s a good thing. Let’s begin to inquire of The LORD, as to what He wants us to spend and use our freedom and blessings on, rather than always lavishly spending it all upon ourselves. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/04/15- “Me, Afraid? Of What?” (Psalm 56:4)
Premise Question: In reality, is there any reasonable, or even unreasonable proof, that we, who are children of The Most High, should ever be frightened by anything or afraid of anyone, in this life?
I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalms 56:4 NLT)
With grateful homage, great tribute and high praise, I exalt and extol The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, for His declarations of certitude, made on my behalf and for my greatest benefit. Papa God has assured me, with His word of honor, His absolute sure guarantee, upon which I place my complete hope, trust and reliance in; so, for what cause, or for what reason, should I ever be apprehensive, being filled with terror or anxious about anything, or fearful of anyone? After all, what can mortal flesh and blood really do to me, a favored child of The Most High? (Psalms 56:4 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Promises, promises! They’re made all the time, by multitudes of individuals and most of the time, with good intentions, but there’s only One who has always faithfully kept every one He’s ever made, Papa God. We can place our complete confidence and trust, with full assurance, that Papa God will do all that He says He’ll do, every time, on time, with perfect timing! So, when Papa God is for us, it doesn’t matter who or what may be against us! (Romans 8:31) Papa God has promised that He will not ever fail or abandon us! (Hebrews 13:5) Papa God tells us that He is always at the ready to give us His help, strength and protection! (Psalm 46:1) Papa God assures us that even when we are surrounded by our enemies and facing some dire straits, that His presence is surely all around us, with His comfort, peace, protection and provision. (Psalm 23) And, He’s promised us, that one day we will receive all the rights and privileges of His rightful heirs, including a glorious new body, one that will last for all of eternity, which will be spent in His glorious presence. (Romans 8:23) So, me, afraid? Afraid of what or who? Ha! Nothing and no one! (Job 42:2) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/26/15- “Little With Fear VS Abundance With Trouble!” (Proverbs 15:16)
Premise Question: Is this concept, found in Papa God’s Holy Wisdom Book, (that we are better off having a meager existence with a healthy reverential awe for The LORD, rather than, to possess an unusually large fortune that’s accompanied by inner strife and unrest) truly something that we, as believers, accept, believe and practice?
Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. (Proverbs 15:16 NLT)
Even though it may seem insane, or a nonsensical concept to accept, believe or practice, it is much more preferable, being full of superior wisdom, to live and have a meager existence, with a healthy reverential awe for The LORD, rather than, an unusually large, extravagant fortune, accompanied by internal turbulence, tumult and great unrest. (Proverbs 15:16 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Perhaps the answer to this question can be addressed with: It all depends on the perspective that you’re coming from and the experience you’ve had, in life! For, if on the one hand, you’ve always been blessed with an abundance of wealth and you’ve never had the opportunity to know what it’s like to live on a meager existence, it is incongruent to you, and therefore, you may not be able to relate. While, on the other hand, if you’ve always been challenged to live on a sparse amount, having never experienced what it’s like to live with an over abundance of riches, then you may have a difficult time in accepting the concept, as well, but just from a completely different perspective. So, what source should and can we believe, as being true and, who and where do we go for the definitive, being superior, answer? Let’s look at Paul The Apostle: He said that he had lived in both scenarios and had come to understand that the secret was to learn to be content, no matter what the scenario. (Philippians 4:11-12) Paul also tells Timothy that true godliness, with contentment, is itself great wealth. Because after all, in actuality, we were born with nothing and there’s not anything we’ll be able to take with us when we leave this world. So, we ought to be content if we have enough to eat and clothes to wear. Paul goes on to say to Timothy, that those who desire to become rich, may open themselves up to all kinds of tempting snares and thus, could be subject to falling for them, with devastating repercussions. He continues with, the love of money, not money itself, but the inordinate affection of money, is the “tap root” of all kinds of nefarious activities and one with that root in their life, could end up with a boatload of regrets and plenty of sorrows! (1 Timothy 6:6-10) Now we could continue this discussion, but for the sake of space and time, let me leave you with a couple other scrips to consider: (Mark 4:19, Matthew 6:20, Luke 12:34). Finally, no matter what scenario we may be experiencing, in life, let’s believe, accept, receive and put into practice, the wise counsel of The LORD, and experience true wealth, which is, godliness, with contentment. Blessings…
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The Benefits Of Storms, In Our Lives: STRUGGLES, TRIALS, OBSTACLES, REJECTION, MISERY, SUFFERING (Psalm 23)
The Benefits of STORMS in our lives:STRUGGLES, TRIALS, OBSTACLES, REJECTION, MISERY, SUFFERING! (Psalm 23)
Jonah 1: God uses a STORM, ( circumstances) to get Jonah to consider doing what He, God wanted him to do, in order to fulfill God’s will for his life! God hid Jonah in the belly of a fish 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…God, in a since, 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 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 working a full time summer job at Peterbilt motors, in Newark, CA. It 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 and 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! If we don’t have the time to spend 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! 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 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 the right direction! This is what happened to me, with regards to being too busy, in the summer of 1977!
I was working 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, it was not ever steady work, and 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 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 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 stunned. They told me later, that when my head hit the floor it sounded like a watermelon splitting! What I experienced at that moment was the sense of falling back on to a huge cushion made of the softest down imaginable. I 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 loosing 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 able to see my surroundings! I cannot describe adequately with 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 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 to, 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 strong, reassuring, comforting, soothing and quite pleasant, all at the same time. I understood it to be the very voice of The Lord. He 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 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 and extremely exilerating and 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 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 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 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 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 it self! I really did fall on to 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 God for His grace and mercy shown to me 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 endures forever!
Please don’t get too busy and 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 remember, if STORMS come into your life, they may be sent from The Lord for your benefit and that, because He loves you and wants to have a personal intimate relationship with you!
Finally this; with obedience comes blessings and benefits, with disobedience comes curses and consequences! I know, I’ve experienced them both! Blessings…
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