SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/21- “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 the blessings of our freedom. (Galatians 5:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: I truly believe that The Church in America has been especially blessed, even to the extreme, for the specific divine purpose and reason of having the great ability to bless and reach those who are less fortunate. I believe that Papa God has blessed and given The Church in The United States of America a fiduciary trust. He desires that we be and do good, by being honorable and faithful steward servants, in utilizing 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 with an opportunity to get on the path that enables them to experience freedom, and then, to succeed in life; thereby, fulfilling Papa God’s commands, His will and purpose, and one of the main reasons He granted us freedom in the first place, which, if we’ll do, will be highly pleasing to 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: 02/06- “Papa God, Already Knows!” (Luke 12:29-31)
Premise Question: Why would we, as practicing believers, ever allow the daily needs of life, to distract, dominate or consume us, given Papa God’s absolute promise of provision, for everything we have need of, delivered to us by none other than His Son, our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ Himself?
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (Luke 12:29-31 NLT)
Stop allowing the cares of this life, as it pertains to, what kind of or whether or not you’ll have enough food and nourishment to sustain you, as well as, being troubled and bothered by what kind of or whether or not you’ll imbibe enough libation, in order to stay refreshed. Refuse to be tormented, vexed or bossed around by these things! Don’t ever allow them to cause mental anguish, consuming your thoughts, by domineering and dictating your behavior, as a practicing believer. Otherwise, you are acting just like every other person, in this world that is a nonbeliever, a scoffer, who are always subject to being dominated by such things, because of their unregenerate mind; conversely though, you don’t have any reason, as a practicing believer, to act in the same manner, as you have Papa God’s absolute promise of provision and the known fact that He is cognizant, being fully aware, of all of the essentials needed for living this life. So, all you really need to do, is to make it your life’s quest, your aim, to seek Papa God’s Kingdom, first and foremost, in your life and then He will make provision to you the totality of all that you will ever have need of, in order to sustain you, in this life. (Luke 12:29-31 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Why? Because if you are constantly, as a practicing believer, consumed and filled with dread, always living in a state of angst, because of your perceived situation and circumstances; then you are not thinking or behaving like a practicing believer, but conversely, you are actually thinking and acting just like any other non-believer does or would, everywhere else in the world! So, choose to accept the fact, as reality, that Papa God already knows, not only what you have need of, even before you ask or need it, but also, when you’ll need it! Therefore, focus on seeking His Kingdom and Righteousness to be established in your life, first and foremost, and leave the rest to Him. And then and only then, you shall have everything that you have need of, according to Papa God’s absolutely reliable promise, that it will be provided to you, by Him, when He knows that you are in need of it, no matter what it is, because He already knows, and wants to meet you at the place of your need! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 01/17- “Our Love For Papa God And Our Love For Fellow Believers, Must Be Synonymous!” (1 John 4:21)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 01/17- “Our Love For Papa God And Our Love For Fellow Believers, Must Be Synonymous!” (1 John 4:21)
Premise Question: Tell me again, why is this command, so vitally critical and most important to accept, understand, come into agreement with and into complete compliance?
And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1 John 4:21 NIV)
This vital and most critically important command, that Papa God, The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, has given to each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed is: Anyone, meaning everyone, without exception, who says they love Papa God, must also, with the same love, express, show and have love towards each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed, their fellow believers. (1 John 4:21 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Love for our fellow believers, which are our most precious and dearly beloved brothers and sisters, must be one and the same, without exception, as it is for our Papa God, Whom personally implemented this divine rule, that must be followed, with strict adherence and full compliance. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/17/15- “I’m All In, With My Whole Heart!” (Psalms 119:10)
Premise Question: What place, position, preeminence and precedence should seeking, serving and worshipping The LORD have, be and take in our lives?
“I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands.”
(Psalms 119:10 NLT)
I, therefore, completely surrender my entire being, not holding anything back or in reserve, but with a deliberate diligence, abandon myself wholeheartedly, to serving and worshiping You alone, The One True Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty; so, my dear LORD GOD Almighty, I urgently and with a sincere heart, humbly request that You help me, by keeping me from ever deviating, stumbling or leaving Your righteous path, that You, O LORD, have clearly marked and paved, with Your life giving, sustaining and preserving commandments, for my life. (Psalm 119:10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Seeking, serving and worshiping The LORD should never be relegated to something we just poke or pick at, or just have in our lives as an enjoyable hobby or as an activity that we use as a way to socialize. We should and must abandon ourselves completely to Him; His righteous way and His perfect will and His divine purpose for our lives. You’ve heard it said before…”Either The LORD is LORD of all or He’s not LORD at all!” Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/22/15- “Shipwrecked Friendship!”
Premise Question: What are some of the telltale signs that show up when one is being influenced and affected by the villainous activities and ruinous behavior of a troublemaker; versus, what are some of the indicators that one is experiencing the wonderfully beneficial results, as a direct result, of the righteous handiwork of a peacemaker?
“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”
(Proverbs 16:28 NLT)
An obstinate, cantankerous troublemaker, is a vile person who is always looking for opportunities to sow gossip seeds of discontent and evil lies about others, with the intent of causing a great conflagration of irrationality that will enrage emotions to the point of being out of control and wreaking havoc even amongst the dearest and closest of life long friends, ultimately causing such a rift that it is beyond repairing the shipwrecked friendship. (Proverbs 16:28 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The telltale signs that one is dealing with a troublemaker are: They stir up dissension, contention, discord and descent among friends, family, spouses, associates and neighbors, through the use of divisive and hurtful words, pointing out discontentment and exacerbating situations and circumstances, through the twisting, turning and manipulation of emotions, events, struggles, weaknesses, personal mistakes and failings, proclivities, perceptions, opinions and personality traits of those we know into a veritable perfect storm, which heretofore, had been calm seas and smooth sailing. Troublemakers are agitators, inciters and expert provocateurs, who are proficient at making incendiary remarks that stoke fires that need to be extinguished and put out, causing tumult and strife to flourish, a fire that rages on and on, turning into a conflagration, a fire that is out of control and eventually burns down, tears apart and utterly destroys everything and everyone it touches or comes close to; even to the separating of the closest of friends and families and neighbors, through the nefarious planting of insidious seeds of evil speak, gossip. We should never allow a troublemaker to have influence in or access to our lives or the lives of others.
On the other hand, though. Peacemakers are quickly identified by the wonderful and blessed direct results of their righteous handiwork that’s being experienced in our lives. They will have a calming effect and bring comfort, joy, peace, assurance, hope and strength to difficult and stormy situations or circumstances. Some of their blessed results will be healing, reconciliation, restoration, resolve and peaceful resolutions and solutions. They will not tear down, or tear apart, but will build up and renew, as they will stir up others in love and unto good works. Let’s all choose to be peacemakers and refuse to be or participate in the actions and behaviors of troublemakers, who have as their ultimate goal and ambition in life, to Shipwreck Friendships! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/10/15- “Get Rid Of It All!” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
Premise Question: Why would any member of The Company of The Redeemed ever even consider choosing to hold onto things, that if they don’t deliberately choose to get rid of completely out of our lives, will eventually end up destroying them and weakening their faith; when if they would confess those things as sin and release and replace them with the exact opposite attitudes, behaviors and practices, their lives would be full of love, joy, peace and release and their faith would be made stronger, regardless of the kinds of attacks, hurts, insults hurled, or harm that may be directed against them?
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
(Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT)
Don’t allow yourself even another scintilla of a moment of being encumbered, weighted down or influenced by, some intense, antagonistic, grievous and resentful attitude or hostility you have towards someone or something to turn into an out of control blind rage of belligerent behavior, because you’ve determined that somehow, or in someway, you’ve been horribly wronged by something that happened or by someone’s words, attitude or actions towards you; therefore, you are then subject to immediately being thrust and literally propelled into acting out in a malicious and retaliatory way, with the express intent and overwhelming purpose and desire of inflicting injury, harm and suffering upon something or someone. Rather though, choose to exhibit and model a benevolent and kind nature, with quite an indulgent disposition of showing extreme compassion and patience toward each other, by releasing and forgiving one another, being loving, overlooking the offense and being long suffering, with great grace, mercy and kindness in the same way that Papa God, through His Son Jesus Christ is forgiving, loving, gracious, merciful, kind and long suffering towards you. (Ephesians 4:31:32 PDCP)
Bottom Line: What a great question for each one of us to answer for our own spiritual sojourn and daily walk of faith! Why would anyone hang on to things that can ultimately destroy them? Here is a brief list: Wounded spirit, resentfulness, holding bitterness, which can turn into holding a grudge and being vengeful, which leads to refusing to forgive and release someone or something that has happened to them. These are all quite understandable and typically, an all too common reaction and practice, given the amount of hurt and suffering it can bring or heap on a person’s life. Even though The LORD completely understands and is sympathetic and compassionate, He doesn’t have to come into agreement with us on how it should best be resolved! For He desires that a person learn and choose to respond to the other person or situation, in the same way and manner He would and has prescribed, rather than just going nuclear and having a meltdown of their reactor! Our natural tendency is to react, one could even say that it is actually in the DNA of our old fallen humankind nature to do so. But, we now have a new life, with a new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ and His attitudes, mindset, behaviors, characteristics of His Spirit living in us; for the old is passed away and died and the new life has come and taken up residence inside of us, completely transforming us into a new person, to do His will and fulfill His divine purpose, bringing honor and glory to Him! (Galatians 2:20)
So, in order for this to truly happen, we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, must read Papa God’s Word, know His Word, fully accept all that He is conveying to us in His Word, (the “B” in Bible doesn’t stand for buffet, we can’t just pick and choose what we want or are most comfortable with) and then, we must deliberately and with great diligence and devotion, trust and obey Papa God’s Word, by putting into practice in our daily lives, the perfect example, that’s been clearly delineated for all of us in Papa God’s Word, The Living Word, Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/07/15- “Blinded By The Light, That Gives Us Sight!” (1 Peter 2:9)
Premise Question: What are we, The Company of The Redeemed, not like; why are we not like that, what and who are we likened to, and for what specific reason and divine purpose is there, as well it should be, such a stark contrast and obvious difference between the two?
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NLT)
But you, The Company of The Redeemed, have the unique distinction of being a most preferred selected people, in the lineage of priests that are directly related to royalty; therefore, you have been declared sacred, as a dedicated people group, purchased by The Almighty Sovereign Papa God, as His own precious, valuable treasure, so that you may put on display, with fanfare, a very public extolling, with great enthusiasm, the goodness and greatness of a loving, filled with grace and merciful Papa God, who has summoned you to come out of darkness, no longer being held captive and blinded by its evil power and authority, but rescued, delivered and given new sight, by being brought into His magnificently marvelous, gloriously wonderful, supremely brilliant, excellent light. (1 Peter 2:9 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, The Company of The Redeemed, are not anything like those who rejected The Cornerstone of the Holy Temple that’s being built by Papa God Himself. For they were the very ones that were initially given the incredible responsibility and blest opportunity to be the builders of The Temple of God, but instead, they chose to reject, despise and hate Him, Jesus Christ, whom Papa God has personally chosen for great honor and glory. We, on the other hand, are not like those who choose to reject and despise Papa God’s magnanimous overture of unfailing love, His incredible grace, marvelous mercy and His great favor shown towards humankind, offering them salvation, deliverance and redemption; for we are likened to being living stones, Papa God’s own possession, a holy nation of people that are purchased and paid for through redemption. We have been personally chosen by Papa God, to serve as holy priests in His Holy Temple; offering up our individual spiritual sacrifices of praise and worship, to The King Eternal, which pleases Papa God greatly! So, because we have chosen to accept, believe, obey and receive Jesus Christ, as The Cornerstone of The Holy Temple being built by Papa God, which He is erecting with each of us, as individual living stones, we will not ever stumble, be crushed or disgraced by The Rock, which will fall upon and crush all those who reject Him. But we, who have chosen to fall upon The Rock, are now able to stand firm, tall and strong upon The Solid Rock, which is Jesus Christ, The Cornerstone of the Spiritual Temple being built by Papa God. Finally, the specific reason and divine purpose there is such a stark contrast and difference between those of us who are members of The Company of The Redeemed and who’ve accepted the goodness of Papa God and His Son Jesus Christ, as The Cornerstone, and those who’ve chosen to reject the goodness of Papa God and His Son, as The Cornerstone of Papa God’s Holy Temple, can be likened to the contrast and difference one can obviously see between darkness and light. Those who reject Jesus Christ, The Cornerstone of The Holy Temple, are choosing to stay in the depravity of the darkness of this world, and therefore, shall never experience being delivered out of darkness into Papa God’s wonderful light and will be forever blind, without the benefit derived from being blinded by Papa God’s Holy Light and then being delivered out of the depravity of darkness into His wonderful light! But not so for us who have personally experienced being delivered from the depravity of darkness into Papa God’s glorious and wonderful light, for once we were blind, but now We can see! Choose this day to open your eyes to The LORD, to be blinded by the light that gives you sight, The light of the world, Jesus Christ, and be set free to see and be, letting your light shine bright for all to see! Blessings…
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