11/08-SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/08/15- “Love And Embrace The LORD’s Discipline!” (Proverbs 3:11-12)
Premise Question: Why, and for what specific purpose, does The LORD discipline those He cherishes and loves, and how should one respond to The LORD’s discipline, when on the receiving end?
“My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” (Proverbs 3:11-12 NLT)
My most beloved and precious child, do not regard with contempt, disdain or disgust, The LORD’s faithful instruction and training in righteousness; for it is for your greatest good and benefit, as it produces godliness in you. Rather, welcome and embrace it! Don’t try to hide from it, escape or avoid it, but always relish and revel in it. Be ever thankful for it and take it as a wonderful sign, an indication and beautiful expression, of His great love for you. Furthermore, don’t ever try to circumvent, obfuscate, finagle or manipulate it, but always quickly accept it, with a grateful heart, for you’ll be better off, in so doing. And, whatever you do, refuse to take offense or be annoyed, irritated, irked or indignant, when The LORD decides to reprimand you because of His disapproval of your ungodly behaviors, actions and attitudes. For He only ever brings His directed correction into the lives of those He truly cherishes and dearly loves. Even as a loving and caring earthly parent will administer carefully crafted correction to their own precious child, whom they take the greatest of pleasure, enjoyment and contentment in, knowing that the discipline they administer will bring much benefit to the child; so too, it is for this very reason, that The LORD faithfully administers, with great care, His loving discipline to His own children. (Proverbs 3:11-12 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The simple and most obvious reason why The LORD disciplines those He loves, is because His greatest desire is to have a holy, honorable, right, good, satisfying, flourishing and completely fulfilling relationship, with a strong unbreakable connection, that will not ever be disconnected, discontinued or broken, with them. He derives His greatest pleasure and delight from interacting, protecting, providing for and seeing His very own unique creation, revel, rejoice and succeed in life. He, The LORD GOD, The Creator, absolutely adores us, as He has placed His great love and strong affinity for us above all others and everything else in His creation; whether they be in Heaven or on earth. His allegiance and unfailing love shown towards all of humankind, by not holding His best back from them, but freely offering the very best of Himself, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ and the power and personal presence of His Holy Spirit, to redeem, lead, guide, direct and help them in their daily lives. In all of this, He proves His undying love, care and concern for His very own chosen and unique people.
Now, for the specific purposes, that He disciplines His own, I’ve already touched on, but here is the central core of what His purpose is. He does it for our own good and greatest benefit, as well as, the benefit of others and so that we will not only be completely fit, in spirit, soul and body, but also that we will be fit for The Kingdom and enabled to do the work of The Kingdom. He will be faithful and diligent to make sure that we will become, achieve and do all that we were intentionally designed and created to do. This, because we are His greatest masterpiece and workmanship, in the whole of His creation.
Finally, our response to The LORD’s discipline being administered to us in our daily lives, should be one of gratitude, thankfulness, great appreciation and also, that it is such a huge honor to be so fortunate to be loved and cherished in this manner and fashion, by our creator, The LORD GOD Almighty. So, love and embrace The LORD’s discipline in your life. You can’t go wrong by doing it; and it really is in your best interest and for your greatest good! Blessings…
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/11/15- “Papa God’s Eyes Are Upon The Righteous!” (1 Peter 3:12-13)
Premise Question: Where does the hope, confidence and assurance of the righteous, each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed, come from, and is there any hope for the wicked, who’ve not been redeemed?
“The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil.” Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?” (1 Peter 3:12-13 NLT)
For The LORD God Almighty’s eyes, with rapt attention and close observation, are focused upon all those who are living right, and His ears are ever ready, inclined towards, in tune and near them, while monitoring closely and listening intently to hear the supplications, entreaties and prayers of the righteous. But the countenance and visage of The LORD God Almighty turns away from the wicked and their evil practices, for He ever resists them, will always be opposed to them and will never grant them His approval. Who, whether of this world or not of this world, will ever have the ability to bring eternal injury or harm to you, if you make it your earnest desire, with The LORD God Almighty’s enabling help, to always do what is morally excellent, honorable and genuinely good? (1 Peter 3:12-13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The righteous, those who’ve been made righteous, in the sight of Papa God, through the sacrificial offering of His Only Begotten Son on the cross, making it possible, then, for everyone in humankind to experience the redeeming love, mercy and grace of an obedient Savior and loving Papa God, when upon the recognition of their personal sin and need for individual salvation and redemption, they confess and repent of their sin and place their complete faith and full trust in Papa God’s gracious provision of His spectacular gift of a new and eternal life, which is empowered by The Spirit of Christ living inside each believer! Each and every member of The Company of The Redeemed can be fully assured, with complete confidence, that The LORD God Almighty is fully aware of who you are, where you are and what you are doing, for He is ever watching over you, and is ever listening intently to the prayers of His own. A couple of phrases from the Scriptures gives us great hope and confidence, these phrases were also utilized as comforting lyrics in a couple of songs from long ago: “He never sleeps, He never slumbers, He watches over me both night and day!” (Andrea Crouch & The Disciples version is my favorite) “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me!” (Mahalia Jackson version is my favorite) Now, with regards to the wicked, those who’ve not yet been redeemed, there is hope for them if, and only if, they choose to accept Papa God’s overture of love, mercy and grace that He has provided and shown them, in His Son Jesus Christ, The Savior and only hope of humankind; otherwise, there is no hope ever for the wicked! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/06/15- “Live Your Life With Eternity In View!” (Colossians 3:1-2)
Premise Question: So, now that we, as sealed members of The Company of The Redeemed, have a completely new lease and perspective on life, along with the promised and positively blessed prospects for our guaranteed, absolutely certain, joy filled future of a perfect and full of peace everlasting life; what are we doing with this amazing truth, we know as, the Good News?
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 NLT)
Since the time of the resurrection of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, you too have now been raised to a new life, with Christ, being removed out of darkness and despair, into His glorious light and pure joy, with the ultimate result of being rescued from eternal death into eternal life. Therefore, you ought to now choose to set your earthly affections and attentions, your intentions, desires and ambitions, on heavenly things; things that are immutable and eternal, where Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning in His place of honor, right beside His Father, our Papa God, who is The Sovereign Almighty God. You should now, therefore, fix your thoughts, your goals, aspirations and dreams, with a laser focus, on being fully consumed with Heavenly things, that have intrinsic value, not earthly things, which are temporal and filled with the cares of this life, your daily needs, challenges and worries alike. Act like you’re living life with eternity in view, don’t allow the here and now to be the dominating focal point! (Colossians 3:1-2 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Once we’ve allowed the seismic shift, of the completely transformative change, that redemption and salvation has upon our lives, to take full effect; then we must take a different approach, having a brand new perspective and positive outlook on our present life, with a hopeful and joyful expectation for our future everlasting life. In our daily life, we need to practice being positive, thankful, appreciative, always choosing to express sincere gratitude, grace and mercy towards others. We should accept, as truth, that no matter what we may experience or have to endure, during our time spent here on earth, we can relax, be comforted, encouraged and refreshed with, “and this too shall pass” and therefore, can not begin to be compared to our joy filled and glorious, hope filled future! We ought to take the long view of things and not focus on the short term and present conditions of our lives. Taking the long view means that we will deliberately choose to focus on the things of Heaven, things that have intrinsic value and are eternal, as they shall never diminish or pass away; rather than being consumed and overwhelmed by the immediate and the temporal, which do not have any intrinsic or eternal value, but shall absolutely one day pass away and be no more. Just a quick word of exhortation; don’t ever deny, reject, mock or minimize the miraculous in your life! Always choose to live your life with eternity in your sights! Take the long view, dismiss the short sighted view, and choose to share the truth of the Good News with everyone! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 07/04/15- “We Haven’t Any Reason To Fear!”
(1 Timothy 1:7)
Premise Question: Why is it that Papa God has given us, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, an inspiring and animating influential power that lives within each one of us, which is the conscious disposition of being able to love, with a strong heart and sound mind, while living a self-disciplined life, that’s not ever subject to being overcome by fear and trepidation?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
Papa God Himself has imparted and provided to us, The Company of The Redeemed, His great and precious promise, The Gift of The Holy Spirit, which enables and empowers us, God’s Holy remnant, to not ever having to be subject to fear, trepidation, intimidation or being afraid of or manipulated by, the tactics and schemes of the enemy of our souls, but rather, Papa God infuses and fills us, His dearly beloved and precious own, who are personally chosen by Him, with His all sufficient strength, assuring confidence, divine ability and authority, as well as, His efficacious firepower, to effect a change, by “blowing things up,” both in the physical and spiritual realms, in order to produce a favorable altering affect and righteous influence in the atmosphere and our environment, which results in us having the ability to exhibit His undying, unfailing, unrelenting, absolute unconditional love, way beyond our own capacity, towards others, and, with a calm, well balanced, and disciplined mind, be fully determined to endure, never giving up or quitting, but finishing strong. (2 Timothy 1:7 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Papa God has put upon each individual member of The Company of The Redeemed His seal of approval and acceptance, and deposited within each one His Spirit, in order to empower His beloved precious own, setting them free to do great exploits, by fulfilling His divine purpose and will for their lives, while living an abundant, victoriously overcoming, successfully flourishing and refreshing life that is satisfying and pleasing to The Sovereign LORD God Almighty. The Spirit of The LORD that is upon and within each member of The Company of The Redeemed should be the divine influence and righteous agent that encourages, operates and pervades their every thought, feeling, practice and action. The disposition and attitude of each member of The Company of The Redeemed should always be that of The Spirit that now dwells within and upon each one, The Spirit of The LORD Jesus Christ! For as the Scriptures says, we no longer living our lives for and unto ourselves, but now should live our lives in obedience and service unto The LORD and others and His divine purpose. We, therefore, shouldn’t ever be subject to experiencing or having any reason for ever be intimidated, fearful or timid! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/27/15- “Contending For The Authentic!”
(1 Timothy 6:12)
Premise Question: What must we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, with fervor and ardor do, in order to attain and contain, sustain and remain, in the truth; while contending for the authentic faith?
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12 NLT)
Contend for the authentic faith, by earnestly and eagerly, ever striving to thrive, when driving to arrive, safe and secure, surviving the ride and staying revived, all the while, holding on tight, to all that is right, until at the end of your sojourn you land, into the two loving and eternally secure arms and hands, of Papa God; thereby, finally realizing your full potential of your highest calling and your divine purpose, which you so eloquently accepted and declared, when your personal testimony of salvation you shared, in the midst of The Company of The Redeemed. (1Timothy 6:12 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, must thoroughly reject the profane and the inane; in order to attain and contain the authentic, so that, we will be sustained and remain in the divine purpose and will, of our high calling, given and conferred upon us, by Papa God. We must do this, with a fiercely passionate fervor and intensely devoted ardor; pursuing, with an earnest eagerness, a life that is characterized as one that is lived out of an authentic faith, with true and honorable intentions, always displaying godliness and real love, along with an enduring righteous perseverance, that continually shows kindness and meekness, having a gentle spirit. Let us compete well, giving our greatest effort, empowered by the power and presence of The Spirit of The LORD in our lives, enabling us to honor Papa God, and with eloquence, tell others, by faithfully living and testifying, with boldness and courage, all about the redemptive grace, mercy and love of Papa God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is The LORD and Savior/Redeemer of humankind. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 04/27/15- “Freedom For All Who Turn To The LORD!”
(2 Corinthians 3:17)
Premise Question: Just what does it truly mean and encompass, and what is required of us, in order to fully experience the reality of the completely liberating freedom, that’s found only where the Spirit of The LORD is present?
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT)
Now, since it is a given and has already been established and understood, that The LORD and The Spirit are absolutely one and the same, and that, whenever and wherever, at anyplace, anytime, anywhere, everyplace and everywhere, The Manifest Presence of The Most High, which is The Spirit of The LORD, shows up and is present, there is absolute liberty and freedom for all, who turn to Him, to be had. (2 Corinthians 3:17 PDCP)
Bottom Line: *What it truly means for us to experience true freedom is: we are no longer subject to being held captive by the covenant of the law of sin and death, but have now been set free to see, by a new and living covenant of life, with all blinders and mind blocks, on our ability to comprehend, perceive and receive, with complete understanding, being utterly removed. *What it encompasses is: the ability and spiritual anointing to minister effectively no matter where we are or who we’re with, or what the situation or circumstances may be. We will, without fear, and with great courage, be able to live free, speak freely, and with boldness, because The Spirit of The LORD’S presence is always with us. *What is required of us, is to turn to Him, believe and receive Him, as our LORD and Savior, then rely on Him to lead, guide and direct us, in our new found freedom. The old way had a glory that was fading away, but the new way, by and through The Spirit, will never fade away, or ever be diminished in its capacity; for the law always ends in death, but, The Spirit always brings freedom, with life everlasting, because wherever The Spirit of The LORD is, there is life and freedom! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/26/15- “I Shall Not Ever Forget!” (Psalms 119:93)
Premise Question: Why, how and for what reasons should we never forget the commandments of Papa God?
I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life. (Psalms 119:93 NLT)
I, with a diligently devoted heart, shall always carefully choose to follow closely, Papa God, Your life giving precepts, Your wonderful statutes, and without defects, perfect commandments; without any delay or procrastination, by treasuring them and making sure not to ever neglect, dismiss, discount, put aside, ignore or in anywise or manner, disregard or compromise them in anyway. (Psalms 119:93 PDCP)
Bottom Line: WHY, we should never forget: First and foremost, is because they are Papa God’s commandments that He’s given to us to follow and obey and that, with great benefits. Secondly, is because they are full of life that remains and sustains us, keeping us pure. HOW, we should never forget: By committing to memory, internalizing and personalizing, Papa God’s holy commandments, they will continually revive us, causing us to thrive in any and all situations and circumstances, that we may face or go through in life. For WHAT reasons, should we never forget: Life is more vivacious and vibrant, filled with enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfillment, because we follow Papa God’s commandments! They also are filled with His complete joy, His perfect peace, His courage, common sense and divine wisdom, keeping us from lying to ourselves and others, which is desperately needed, in order to live and flourish in this life! Just a few reasons we should not ever forget Papa God’s commandments. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/16/15 “A Can Do Attitude Of Fortitude!”
Premise Question: Will and does the strength of The LORD truly empower and equip us to do everything?
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
(Philippians 4:13 NLT)
Armed with, “a can do attitude of fortitude,” being fully assured, that no matter what I may have to face or endure, in this life, I will always be sufficiently supplied, by and through Jesus Christ, with His efficacious power and might, to always have the courage, (nerve) to face anything, always being equal to any task and up for every challenge. (Philippians 4:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Yes! There is nothing that is equal to, nor can stand against, the all powerful, all mighty, strength of The LORD! The only caveat though, is whether or not we, as believers, choose to place our complete trust, faith and reliance upon The LORD and His true and faithful, intentional promise, given to us in this verse of His Holy Writ. For we must take upon ourselves the mind, and attitude, with the perspective of Christ, that being a “can do attitude of fortitude” with a resolute determination of “persistent perseverance.” Then, we’ll have the courage and nerve to face anything in life! Check out Romans 15:5 and Philippians 2:5. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/14/15- “No Greater Love!” (John 15:13)
Premise Question: Are there illustrious examples today, that are clearly seen, being put on display, exemplified and recognized, before our very own eyes and ears, that show this kind and level, of the extreme ultimate expression, of sacrificial love, where all is given for another, without expectation of a return, and with nothing held in reserve, for one’s own regard?
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13 NLT)
There never has been, nor will there ever be, a more significant or magnificent display, of the ultimate expression, of true, selfless, sacrificial love, than when someone chooses to lay down their own life, in service and ultimately death, for another. (John 15:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Absolute YES! The LORD Jesus Christ is, of course, the greatest example of “No Greater Love,” as He not only laid down His life voluntarily, giving His life, as the ultimate perfect sacrifice, for the redemption of humankind, but He also gave up the splendor and majesty of His heavenly throne, humbling Himself, by taking off His regal robes of glory and descending to earth to become just like us, experiencing life in human form and on an earthly level; so that, He could, by laying His life down for us, renew, restore and reconcile us back to Papa God, to forever live in His presence.
The great examples of this kind and expression of love today, I believe, is seen in the way soldiers volunteer to serve their country, family, friends and fellow citizens, willing to lay their lives down in service and death for their fellow soldiers and others. It is also, I believe, seen in the lives of first responders, who daily are asked, by fellow citizens, to put their lives on the line for others, without regard for their own safety. There are many others that could be put up as wonderful examples, such as, all those, from different walks of life, that constantly put the care and welfare of the lives of others, before themselves, especially those who put themselves in harms way, when dealing with those who are sick, with infirmities, are weak and diseased, without personal regard for themselves.
We all, as fellow believers, ought to be willing to put our lives on the line, in serving and dying for others, for there is no greater example of our love for one another, than this: to be willing to die for another. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/13/15- “Don’t Give Up, No Matter What!”
Premise Question: What is it, that would have to happen in our lives, that would be so annoying, that it causes us to give up, quit, becoming exasperated, to the point of complete exhaustion and total burnout, so that we would succumb, by throwing in the proverbial towel?
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9 NLT)
So, let’s understand a vitally important spiritual principle, by getting it straightway, upfront and right out into the open. Perish and put to death any thought of ever giving up on achieving and doing what is right, just and that which fulfills Papa God’s will and purpose for your life! Don’t even entertain it a little bit. Don’t ever become lackadaisical or passive in your effort to serve others and please Papa God; for when you make the decision, in your heart, to trust Papa God and to not ever give up, no matter what, there will come a time, a perfect and exact moment in time, when you shall experience and receive your just reward, which shall be a huge blessing of an abundant harvest, from The LORD. (Galatians 6:9 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Whatever it is, that would cause us to give in or up and throw in the proverbial towel, we need to decide right now, in our hearts and minds, deep within the within, that we shall have a calm resolve and an utter dependence and reliance upon The LORD, that no matter what, we are not going to give in or up, but we are going to press in and up to Papa God, trusting Him for the victory and the accomplishment of His will and purpose, in our lives! So, let’s all be determined to always: Call on Him! (Jeremiah 33:3) Wait on Him! (Isaiah 40:31) Don’t give in to fear! (Lamentations 3:57) Desire to do His will! (Psalm 40:8) And, Always draw and stay close to Him! (James 4:8) Blessings…
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