SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/01- “Live At The Corner Of Peace And Holiness!” (Hebrews 12:14)
Premise Question: What is your “www” (walk, work, worship) address; where are you living, how are you walking, what are you working on, and, who are you worshiping?
“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14 NLT)
See to it that you always strive to thrive, in establishing a lifestyle that produces peace and tranquility, without duress, between you and everyone; whether it be a friend, neighbor or even a foe, and earnestly determine to live an honorable, upright holy life, declared righteous by The LORD GOD Almighty. Therefore, pursue, with a dogged determination, your divine purpose of living a life of holiness, because without it, there’s no way around it, and no one will be able to circumvent it by taking a circuitous route, in order to be able to see and reach The LORD GOD Almighty, as there is no other way! (Hebrews 12:14 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Nowadays, everyone that has something to say, show or sell, can get and utilize a “www” (World Wide Web) address to effectively reach, teach, preach or even present themselves as a desirable peach; in order to accomplish their goal, aim, ambition or mission in life.
For each of us though, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, there is also a “www” (our walk, our work, our worship) address that we should all be well aware of, and with diligence, devotion and sincere earnestness, be living our daily lives, at that address, and in such a way and fashion that we make it our goal, aim, ambition and mission in life, to always be pleasing to Papa God, in every area of our lives; how we are walking, what we are working on and who we are worshiping, so that, one day, when we see Him face to face, we shall hear His voice say to us: “Well done, my good and faithful servant, now enter into all that I’ve prepared for you, and that, for all of eternity!”
So, our walk should be one that is upright and pleasing to Papa God. Our work should be a work that brings glory and honor to His Name. We will accomplish this if we’ll make every effort to work at being at peace, as much as it is up to us, with everyone, and to also work diligently at living a pure and holy life, with the help of The LORD’S Spirit living inside us. Otherwise, we won’t ever see Papa God or hear His wonderful compliment and invitation.
And finally, we should abandon ourselves in worship to The Most High, holding nothing back in reserve, but giving Him all the honor, glory and praise that is due only Him!
Where do you live, what’s your address? Hopefully, it’s at the corner of Peace and Holiness Boulevard! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 08/13/15- “Mandates That Are Central And Vital To Our Lives!” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/13/15- “Mandates That Are Central And Vital To Our Lives!” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Premise Question: What are we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, internalizing and personalizing, and what are we teaching the generations that follow and succeed us to internalize and personalize?
“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NLT)
These righteous directives that I’m giving to you today, are for your benefit, as they are imperative mandates for living your lives, each and everyday, in a righteous way. Therefore, you must make them a vital and essential focus, becoming the central part of your lives, by deeply embedding them into yours and your children’s hearts. These mandates should also become the strongest teaching influence and inspirational guide in your children’s lives; reproducing, by internalizing and personalizing, committing to their memory, in them, Papa God’s righteousness. Speak, discuss and teach them while you’re in your home, whether it’s mealtime, family time, or even downtime, make these mandates the topic of conversation, no matter when or what particular course of life you are pursuing along the path, during your sojourn; whether you are reclining or recumbent, retiring at the end of your day for rest or sleep, or awakening and arising to begin your day, keep them before you and your children, at all times, on all occasions, no matter the situation or circumstance. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The premise question could have been, since we are now deeply embedded in the age of computers and use of personal devices; do you have an IP address, what is your IP address, what and who is your IP address connected to, and are you following its protocol?
As each computer and personal device has an IP address of its own, so too, has each individual in humankind been assigned their own spiritual “IP” address, by Papa God; which is both personal and unique, as it’s a one of a kind, for there’s not another one exactly like it that has been or ever will be issued.
We, all of humankind, are referred to as being fearfully and wonderfully made, Papa God’s own unique and beloved, made with His own hands and then, given His own breath, creation.
We, all who’ve become members of The Company of The Redeemed, are called a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, the very offspring of The Most High!
It is The Most High that has called and required us to follow His specific righteous directives and imperative mandates, His procedures and protocols, and that, for our own benefit, in order to promote a flourishing, fulfilling, satisfying and successful life, during our sojourn here on earth; but to also have an impact on our eternal existence and future as well.
When we internalize something, it becomes a central part of influencing who we are and in determining our values, mores, our motives, attitudes, ethics, our outlook on life and our belief system.
When we personalize something, it marks us, very much like a tattoo marks the outer layer of skin of an individual and then becomes something that the individual identifies with, as well as, others identifying the individual with the mark, so too, our heart and very soul becomes marked with whatever we’ve allowed ourselves to internalize and personalize, for it becomes incorporated as an integral part of our identity, within the within, of who we are, and clearly shows and demonstrates what we’ve come into agreement with in our lives.
We all need to come into agreement with Papa God’s command to internalize and personalize His life giving Word, His righteous directives and imperative mandates, into the innermost part of our beings and into every part of our daily existence, as well as, being devoted, deliberant and with great diligence, to train up, teach, mentor and guide the generations that follow, to also internalize and personalize Papa God’s Word into each and every moment of every day of their own sojourn here upon this earth, no matter what! For it truly is our prime directive! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/22- “Love, Do Good, Bless And Pray For The Difficult People In Your Life!” (Luke 6:27-28)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/22- “Love, Do Good, Bless And Pray For The Difficult People In Your Life!” (Luke 6:27-28)
Premise Question: Are we, The Company of The Redeemed, truly willing to listen to what The LORD is trying to tell us, and then, do we show that we’ve accepted what He is saying to us, by actually following, fulfilling and carrying out the specific instructions He has given us, as His stewards, to do?
““But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28 NLT)
But to those of you who are willing to take to heart what I’m sharing here with you, let it teach and guide you, becoming the motivation for how you live your life: Love those who you’ve become distanced from, those who are no longer friends, but are now your enemies; therefore, you are not wanting to have anything to do with them any more, due to the virulent and perhaps violent animosity that now exists between you and them. Do good to and for those who now hate you, not just assenting in your mind to the ideal, but in your actions and deeds. And while you’re at it, choose to bless, not curse them, by speaking good things over them—things that will bring refreshing and bountiful provision into their lives. And finally, always devote yourself to praying specifically for those who have and presently are mistreating you! (Luke 6:27-28 PDCP)
Bottom Line: So, are we really willing to listen, willing to love, willing to do good, willing to bless and willing to pray? It’s an easy thing to listen to someone, knowing you don’t have to follow through with, or agree with what they are saying, but it is quite another thing if you know the one talking has the ultimate authority, power, position and influence over you!
It’s easy to love those who love you and don’t despise you, but quite a different thing to love those who do not love you, and in fact truly despise you!
When someone is nice to you and does good things for you, it’s a no brainer to be nice and good back to them, but entirely separate and excruciatingly difficult to be nice to and do good for those who, not only despise you, but literally hate and even have an aversion towards and absolute abhorrence of you!
And when you are being blessed by someone, oh how easy it is to reciprocate and return the blessing, but when someone is cursing you, it’s probably not going to be your initial reaction or response to bless them; but according to The LORD’S instruction, it most certainly should be!
And finally, we are more than happy to cry out to the LORD on behalf of those we love and adore and who’ve been so accommodating, generous and loving towards us, but The LORD’S specific command here, which is not by any means or stretch of the imagination a mere suggestion, is to pray earnestly for those who’ve, in any way, shape, form or fashion, hurt, wounded or harmed you; which includes physical, emotional, mental, or even your reputation and good name!
One more thing: we should not ever make excuses, give explanations, rationalizations, justifications, or equivocations, with surrounding or swirling mitigating circumstances. For although The LORD is completely understanding and compassionate, He still is not going to go against His own specific instructions and commands, by then coming into agreement with you and say; “well, in your case, I’ll make an exception!” Not going to happen, dear brothers, sisters and precious friends.
We all must choose, with The LORD’S help, to love, do good to, bless and pray for, even the most heinous and truly difficult people in our lives.
Remember the prayer of our LORD, uttered from the cross—”Father, forgive them and don’t hold it against them for what they have done to me, as they are unaware of what they have done and are still doing.” Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/19- “Real, Genuine True Love, That’s Expressed And Shown, Towards Everyone!” (1 John 3:16)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/19- “Real, Genuine True Love, That’s Expressed And Shown, Towards Everyone!” (1 John 3:16)
Premise Question: What does it really mean and how can we, The Company of The Redeemed, truly express real love towards others, but especially towards our brothers and sisters?
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1 John 3:16 NLT)
In order to fully experience, with a true understanding of what real genuine, self-sacrificing, unconditional, for the benefit of others, love is, we must be willing to follow the ultimate, the truest and purest example of the absolute personification of real love; which is, Jesus Christ—The One True Sovereign LORD GOD of all, who willingly descended from the heights of Heaven to the lowest parts of the earth, so that, we could one day, also enjoy, with Him and each other, the wonder and magnificent splendor of Heaven. He, Jesus Christ, freely gave His life up for us, by allowing Himself to be nailed to a cruel cross, even to the point of abject humiliation. And we, the beloved and most cherished of The LORD, should also then, reciprocate with the appropriate response of; likewise being willing to express our love towards others, but especially towards each of our brothers and sisters, in the same way, manner and fashion. (1 John 3:16 PDCP)
Bottom Line: In regards to authentic, real, genuine true love; Jesus Christ is the “real deal!” For He is the ultimate, being the absolute personification of the full and true expression of real love!
We also, should be then, the “real deal” and thus, express fully, the same, real, genuine true love, that The LORD has shown and expressed for and towards each of us, toward everyone, but especially towards those who are members of The Household of Faith—The Family of Papa God, who are all the blessed and beloved members of The Company of The Redeemed!
People of The Most High, choose to be the “real deal” by choosing to love others, and if needs be, willing to lay your life down for others, especially those who are your precious brothers and sisters in The LORD!
Deliberately, with great diligence and devotion, choose to be a real blessing to others and be blessed…be a refresher to others and be refreshed and renewed…be a comfort to others and be comforted…be an encourager to others and be encouraged…be a giver to others and then receive the satisfaction and fulfillment of having your own needs met…be a lover of The LORD, love others with the love of The LORD and you will be loved this day and every day that follows, even throughout all of eternity! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 07/18- “Don’t Judge And Condemn Others, If You Want Forgiveness!” (Luke 6:37)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/18- “Don’t Judge And Condemn Others, If You Want Forgiveness!” (Luke 6:37)
Premise Question: Is it even a remote possibility for us to receive and experience the forgiveness of Papa God, if we refuse to forgive others?
““Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”
(Luke 6:37 NLT)
Refuse to pass judgement on others, by coming to a quick conclusion based upon your own opinions, thoughts, inferences or the input of others; thus, you will not incur Papa God’s judgement upon your own life. Do not ever indicate your strong disapproval upon others, by condemning them, declaring them unredeemable, incurable, or without hope, and you then, will not be thus, condemned by Papa God. Always, on all occasions, in any situation or circumstance, and with every opportunity that you are presented with, choose to forgive others, by absolving them, walking in release before them, giving up your rightful claim that you have against them, and then, canceling the debt you are owed. Do this, then Papa God will forgive and pardon you, releasing you from the debt that you owe to Him and are unable to pay, by remitting every one of your sins. (Luke 6:37 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Nope! Not even a slim chance or remote possibility! Not gonna happen! For if we refuse to forgive others, then there is no forgiveness for us, as Papa God will only forgive us for our own sins, transgressions, failings, faults and mistakes, if we will choose to freely forgive, with the same degree and in the same manner that Papa God has so graciously forgiven us, the sins, transgressions, failings, faults and mistakes of others. (Matthew 6:15, Luke 17:4, Colossians 3:13, Mark 11:4, 25, Ephesians 4:32)
Our own forgiveness is connected and conditional upon us forgiving and releasing others. The more you give and extend forgiveness to others, the more forgiveness you’ll receive and experience. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/12- “Love Your Neighbor, But Love Your Enemy Too!” (Matthew 5:43-44)
Premise Question: What have we heard, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, and what are we doing with what we have heard?
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-44 NLT)
“I’m quite sure that you are well aware of the Oral Law, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’ having heard it taught by the Scribes and Pharisees, but that is a perverted view of Papa God’s Word; which they have established as their own traditions and does not come from My Father who is in Heaven. What I’m telling you now, is the proper view and right understanding of Papa God’s Word. It is, love your enemies, those with whom you have conflict, are hostile towards or have an adversarial relationship with, and stand in the gap for them, when they persecute you, by praying for them, even when they are persistently harassing, oppressing, afflicting and being entirely unfair or cruel towards you,” (Matthew 5:43-44 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, have heard it said, “love Papa God and love your neighbor!” And now, we’ve also heard it said, by The LORD Himself, to love our enemies, and not only that, but to pray for and bless them as well!
We are encouraged, exhorted and strongly admonished to love, pray and even bless, all those who presently may be actively pursuing us, with ill intent, in order to persecute, irritate and attack us, with the desired purpose and focus of inflicting pain and harming us, and that, seemingly, for no rhyme or reason!
They may mock us, tell and spread lies about us, saying all kinds of things that don’t add up or make any sense at all—stirring up people’s emotions, thoughts and feelings, so that others will have a twisted and wrong headed perception of us, and exhibit an absolutely horrible and terrible animas towards us!
Yes and yes again, it is for all those that are our enemies, that we are to exhibit love towards, to pray for and then, ask The LORD to bless them!
We must choose to do it The LORD’S way! We must decide to deliberately, and with great diligence and an enduring patience, love, pray for and bless, not only our neighbors, but our enemies as well! Blessings…
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