PEOPLE OF THE WORD!!! Don’t Ever Lose H-E-A-R-T—
Keep them going and flowing in your daily every day life; no matter, come what may!
Don’t ever allow or let any situations, circumstances, disappointments, hurts, disagreements, hindrances, blockages, nor any influences occur, that would inhibit the free and full flow of a happy, joyful and generous heart; to continually express itself to the world, with love, joy, encouragement, refreshing and the perfect peace of Papa God; which would also include, and yet, not limited to, your immediate family, friends and neighbors! Blessings…
TODAY, 3-17-(Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!) IS THE NINTH DAY, OF THE 12 DAYS OF “W’s” TRANSITION, FROM WINTER INTO A NEW SPRING, IN OUR LIVES!!!
Are you ready for it to be Spring, already, in your life? Many of us need to transition to a New Beginning…The #9 is the # for finality and judgement…We need to finally make sound/good judgements, in our lives…
In Winter, things die, in Spring, things can come back to life, using sound/good judgement, which requires us utilizing Godly WISDOM, the ninth “W” word!!!
We began this transition on March 9th and will complete it on March 20th, the first day of Spring. We’ll be looking at a different “W” word on each day!
Day 1, the “W” was WILL-yield yours to His!
Day 2, the “W” was WORSHIP-abandon yourself to Worship Him wholeheartedly!
Day 3, the “W” was WORD-Keep it, feed upon it, daily!
Day 4, the “W” was WORK-Hard and wise/smart-endure to WIN! Wise Observation Reinforces Knowledge! Work It Now!
Day 5, the “W” was WALK-Straight, His way/humbly!
Day 6, the “W” was WORTH-Recognize God’s WORTH for us, knowing and understanding the value and love that He has for each one of us!”WORTH”-having value; quality is good or important enough to justify and redeem, ie. highly esteemed! Which is exactly what He has done for us! Wow! That’s just amazingly awesome!!!
Day 7, the “W” was WAIT-Prayer, Wait upon Him and don’t Worry! Waiting involves; actively serving, praying, tarrying, travailing, trusting, hoping, with great patience and that, without worrying or fretting…
Day 8, the “W” was WASH-Me white as snow, cleanse me thoroughly Lord, spirit, soul and body, that I may be given the strength and ability to then work out my salvation with humility, fear and trembling, through the power of Your Holy Spirit working in me!
The ninth “W” of the “12 W’s” to consider how to live, as believers, as we leave Winter and enter into a new Spring is:
WISDOM-Seek it, ask for it, apply it, be taught and trained by it and don’t settle for anything less than God’s WISDOM! Scripture to consider:
But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:5-8 GNT) Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom. But if in your heart you are jealous, bitter, and selfish, don’t sin against the truth by boasting of your wisdom. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven; it belongs to the world, it is unspiritual and demonic. Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy. And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace. (James 3:13-18 GNT)“I am Wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with me. (Proverbs 8:11 GNT) For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the lord. (Proverbs 8:35 NLT) Wisdom has built her house and made seven columns for it. (Proverbs 9:1 GNT) A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. (Proverbs 24:3, 4 NLT)
So, if we lack WISDOM, we can ask for it, as long as we ask without doubting, for if we doubt, then we are double-minded and should not expect to receive anything from The Lord! We can’t afford too, nor should we be indecisive! Let our yes be yes and our no be no! Godly WISDOM is characterized by; purity, peacefulness, being considerate, submissive, merciful, productive, impartial and sincere. We should desire WISDOM more than we desire anything else, in life, for nothing in this life even begins to compare with having WISDOM, which results in bringing us a true fulfilling and satisfying life, along with God’s favor!
Our house is built with WISDOM, which becomes strong through the good sense that WISDOM brings and also fills our life with precious valuables, from The Lord!
A couple of years ago, The Lord led me to do a 40 day fast, which ended on the 37th day, (that is a story to tell another time), but during the fast, while spending a copious amount of time in The Proverbs, The Lord showed me, without any other source but The Word, The 7 Pillars of WISDOM referenced in Proverbs 9:1! At least this is what I believed He showed me:
(1.) FEAR OF THE LORD-it is the foundation and the beginning of WISDOM. Honor, respect, give glory to, worship, obey and serve with your whole heart. (Proverbs 9:10)
(2.) KNOWLEDGE- is understanding and applying what you know and have learned in appropriate, good, and beneficial ways. (Proverbs 9:10) Also, KNOWLEDGE-brings wealth. (Proverbs 24:4) (3.)DISCRETION/DISCERNMENT-having good counsel, advice, insight and sound judgement. (Proverbs 8:12,14, 15:22)
(4.) PRUDENCE-being wise to overlook insults, do what is right, honorable and pleasing to The Lord. (Proverbs 8:12, 12:16b, 21:3,33) (5.) INTEGRITY-an upright heart in all dealings in life. (Proverbs 11:1,3, 13:6, 20:10,23)
(6.) CORRECTION-discipline, don’t despise it, yield to it, don’t ignore it, heed it and be honored! Hate it and die! Listen to instruction and live! (Proverbs 12:1, 13:18, 15:10, 15:32, 8:33)
(7.) HUMILITY-walk, clothed in it! Power, wealth and honor comes through humility. We all have a choice…we can choose HUMILITY or choose to be humiliated…we make the choice! (Proverbs 11:2, 22:4, Micah 6:8, 1st Peter 5:6)
I realize this is quite long, but I want to close this “W” day with a prayer I prayed on the tenth day of the fast…
Teach us, Oh Lord, the ways of WISDOM, discipline and understanding. Give to us Your insight for living a disciplined and prudent life. May we choose to do what is right, just and fair. Let us never reject Your WISDOM, but may we always walk in The Light of who You are and fear, (honor and respect, especially revere) The Lord at all times, despising not Your Supreme WISDOM! Without You Lord, we will not find enjoyment and fulfillment in this life, much less in the life to come! May we always please You, so that we may continue to receive and experience Your joy, peace, WISDOM, knowledge and happiness. We know and accept that it is You, Oh Lord, Who makes all things beautiful, in its time! Help us all to live the good life of being happy, full of joy, while doing good while we live. Let us enjoy our work, the work You have given us to do, while we are living. Help us to quickly fulfill our vows made with our lips. Thank You Lord, for Your gifts of health, wealth and the wonderful provision of Your WISDOM, but especially for The Gift of Salvation, Jesus Christ…Amen and Amen!!!
Check out and meditate upon this thought for today from The book of Proverbs!
“Hearing and seeing are gifts from the Lord. Our inner thoughts are a lamp from the Lord, and they search our hearts.” (Proverbs 20:12, 27 CEVUS06)
Thank The LORD GOD Almighty that He does give us the ability to hear and see and that He gives us an inner voice that shines its light upon our hearts and inner life!
Just because we have physical eyes and ears, doesn’t mean we are able to see and hear spiritually—They are most precious and treasured, gracious gifts from Him!
I encourage each one of us to individually breathe this simple prayer as we begin each new day…
PRAYER: “Dear LORD GOD Almighty, open my spiritual eyes and ears, that I might see and hear correctly, with understanding and insight, all that You desire for me to comprehend and to do in this new day.
Thank You LORD GOD Almighty for the inner voice of conviction, that is the searchlight of my heart!
I pray the inner voice will always be heard and that its light burn bright upon, in and through my life each day; for it is my desire, O LORD, to do Your will…Amen!”
His, Papa God’s Holy Word-know it, hide it in your heart, rehearse it, meditate upon it, feed upon it, let it guide you, lead you, restore you, refresh and encourage you, train you, teach you, give you wisdom, knowledge, understanding, peace, joy, comfort and forgiveness, always rejoicing in your salvation, with a thankful heart! Blessings…
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 12/30- “We are Papa God’s Incredible Handiwork—His Masterpiece!” (Ephesians 2:10)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/30- “We are Papa God’s Incredible Handiwork—His Masterpiece!” (Ephesians 2:10)
Premise Question: What is Papa God’s, perfectly designed, divine plan, purpose and 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 incredible skill it took to make us what we are, a unique, one of a kind creation, is beyond our comprehension, for we are wonderfully shaped, by the work of Papa God’s hands, brought into being out of His own imaginative design, made 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 prepared plan for us, as believers, well in advance and even before we were saved, or perhaps, yet even before we were born into this world, so as, to carry out and do, by fulfilling and bringing to complete fruition, His ultimate divine purpose and plan of reconciliation for all of humankind! (Ephesians 2:10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Papa God’s perfectly designed, divine plan and purpose was to ultimately bring all of humankind, whosoever will, of His greatly beloved and most cherished part of all of His creation, back into right standing and intimate fellowship, in an honorable and beautiful 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! Blessings… http://www.theshipministry.com papadoncox.wordpress.com #doHiswillHispurposeHisplan #wearehismasterpiece
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/29- “Humility Is The Way—And Don’t Ever Worry!” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Premise Question: Just how important is it for us, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of Papa God, and then, to not worry, be offended or be anxious about anything?
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NLT)
You will do well, and, do yourself a huge favor, when approaching The LORD, to come before Him with a humble and contrite spirit; serving and putting The LORD and then others, before and above yourself is the key, and that, without pride or arrogance, but with a gentleness, meekness and a respectful submissive attitude. Consequently, by submitting yourself underneath Papa God’s superior ability, skill, power, strength, authority, His unique purpose and specific divine will for your life, in such a manner, He will support and undergird you, by lifting you up and placing you in the perfect position, in order to accomplish His unique purpose and divine will for your life. There is one caveat, though, He will not do this in your time frame, but in His perfect timing, when it is due, on time, and not a moment before or after His appointed time. So, don’t spend any valuable time or resources on expending yourself in worrisome anxious thoughts or activities, trying to please others, but leave all of that anxiety with The LORD, and accept the truth, that He loves and cares for you much more than anyone else ever could or would even have the capacity or ability to do so. (1 Peter 5:6-7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: In humility, love and serve Papa God—The LORD GOD Almighty, first and foremost, with your whole heart, mind and strength, in your life!
Then, love and serve others, as a humble, gracious and most grateful servant of The Most High. Leave the timing of any and all promotions up to The LORD, and definitely don’t waste any time or resources on being anxious or offended about anything, in your life, because He, The LORD, truly loves and cares for you much more than you could ever imagine or even begin to comprehend! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 12/28- “There’s No Reason To Fear, Our Victory’s Already Here—A Done Deal!” (Isaiah 41:10)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/28- “There’s No Reason To Fear, Our Victory’s Already Here—A Done Deal!” (Isaiah 41:10)
Premise Question: What have we, The Company of The Redeemed, who are the greatly beloved and cherished children of The Most High, to be afraid of or discouraged about?
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)
So, because I Am, The Supreme Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, has already personally selected you to be my cherished choice servants, do not ever be frightened of anything or anyone, for there is nothing to be afraid of, as I Am, The Supreme Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, shall always be with you and shall never abandon, leave or forsake you. Therefore, don’t ever allow the things that are happening around you to dissuade, distress, discourage, dismay or terrorize you, for I Am, The Supreme Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, am your Protector and Everlasting Redeemer. I Am, The Supreme Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, will make you strong, with the power of My might; which shall be there, as an ever present help and strong support during difficult and troubling times. I Am, The Supreme Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, have taken a firm hold on you with My righteous right hand and shall never grow weary and then let go or release you from My, already assured, victorious strong , everlasting grip. (Isaiah 41:10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: There’s really no need to ever be afraid of anything or anyone in this world. Even though we will definitely encounter trouble, trial, tribulation, tumult, pain, suffering, hurt, disappointment, distressing hardships, as well as difficult and troubling times, during our brief time and spiritual sojourn here on this earth, there is still not ever a reason to lose hope, but there is always a reason to remember and not ever forget this: He, The Supreme Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty has overcome it all, on our behalf, and will always be there with us, to comfort, to help, to encourage, to protect, to strengthen and support us, by empowering us to also be overcomers.
It is because of His great promise, that He will never abandon, leave or forsake us, that our victory is already assured, no reason to fear, or to ever be discouraged, as our victory is already achieved and is here—a done deal! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/27- “Go—Stay—Wait!” (Matthew 28:19)
Premise Question: Should we, with a great sense of urgency, GO or should we just stay put, sit idly by, while patiently waiting for the world to somehow find their way, on their own, to our, The Church’s, front door?
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 NLT)
Therefore, because all authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me, The LORD Jesus Christ, I now command you, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, to not sit idly by, waiting for the world to come to you, but to make haste and quickly go out into the world, with urgency, raising up authentic followers, from every people group, everywhere in the world, training them in righteousness, teaching them The Truth, mentoring and nourishing them to maturity and baptizing them, by immersion, into the great Company of The Redeemed, in the name of The Holy Father and of His Only Son, Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior and of The Holy Spirit, The One who comforts, guides and empowers you to do this divine work of The Most High. (Matthew 28:19 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The only time we are to stay, is to stay in The LORD’s presence and will, in order to fulfill His purpose!
The only time we are to wait, is to wait upon The LORD, in order to be endued with His efficacious power, so that, we can do and accomplish the divine work of The LORD!
Within the message of the Great Commission, you won’t find the concept, “If You Build It, They Will Come,” rather, what you specifically do find is a resounding urgent command of “GO!”
Unfortunately though, in some instances and cases, it would seem, The Church has either forgotten or completely neglected the “GO” part of the Great Commission, and perhaps, has adopted the concept of “If You Build It, (stay put and then just wait patiently) They Will Come” mentality; thereby, staying put, sitting idly by, while waiting patiently, for the Nations (people groups) of the world to come on their own initiative and somehow find their way to the front door of The Church, rather than, The Church being specifically called, commissioned and commanded, to be compelled, with a great sense of urgency and compassion, to “GO” to the Nations, building roads and paths, through right relationships and service, that will effectively reach out to them, connecting The Church to them exactly where they are; thus, fulfilling Papa God’s Great Commission! Blessings…
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