Always be ready to give someone the reason why you are so hopeful and full of joy
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/08- “Make Sure You Are Ready And Equipped!” (1 Peter 3:14b-15)
Premise Question: Why is it so vitally important, with tremendous significance attached to it, that we, each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed, live our lives before others, without worry or fear, and that we are always, at the ready, equipped and fully prepared, to give a quick and cogent response to anyone who may ask us why we are so joyful and why we have such a hopeful outlook on life, now and even into the distant future?
“So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3:14b-15 NLT)
Do not ever allow the threats being directed towards you, by your enemy, to foment worry and fear, to the point of being frightened into a state of paralysis of thought and inactivity. Rather though, continue to trust The LORD for your safety, while acknowledging, with a Holy reverent worship, at the very core and the inmost part of your being, Jesus Christ, as LORD and Savior. On every occasion and circumstance, without exception, make sure you are ready, being properly prepared and thoroughly equipped, to deliver, in a cogent, quick and simple manner, an appropriate response and answer, to anyone, anywhere, anytime, all the time, meaning absolutely everyone, who may request of you a basis and justification for why you are so obviously filled with joy and such an expectant hope; for not only the here and now, but into the future, as well. Be very careful though, showing extreme consideration, remembering to be polite, gentle and kind, always showing the greatest amount of esteem, honor and respect towards them, while engaging and interacting with them. (1 Peter 3:14b-15 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The LORD has given us clear and concise instructions, commands, exhortations and encouragements, in His Word, to not be fearful, fretful, afraid, troubled, moved by threats, no matter the threat level, but to always stand firm, without wavering, upon our faith and our trust that we’ve placed in, and fully surrendered to The LORD.
We are also commanded not to ever allow anything to dissuade, dismay or discourage us from doing the work of spreading the Good News, among and with those that we’re given the divine opportunity to do so; being ever ready, prepared, rehearsed and fully equipped, to share our own personal story, in a simple, quick, clear and concise, cogent way and manner.
We, as believers, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, should make it our priority to be able to answer cogently and explain quickly and simply, to anyone who may ask us why we are the way we are; which should absolutely be, that we are full of joy, hope, compassion, generosity, patience, encouragement and are refreshing to be around!
Others should see us openly, unashamedly and unabashedly, worshiping The LORD in every area and part of our lives; honoring Him above everything and all others.
We should each, therefore, develop and hone our own convincingly persuasive and believable personal story, (no embellishment needed or necessary, just the wonderful truth) of how we came to know and accept The LORD Jesus Christ into our lives; sharing who we were before we knew Him, explaining how, when and why we accepted Him as LORD and Savior and then, telling those who may ask or inquire, with great enthusiasm and joy, what has happened and transpired in our lives since we first believed. When we faithfully and consistently do this, then, as a direct result, we will grow, mature and flourish, in our personal relationship with The LORD.
Make sure you are ready, prepared and equipped, with the Good News and your own personal story, to give to anyone and everyone, at a moments notice, the reason why you are so hopeful and full of joy! Blessings…
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