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: 01/05- “The Lips Versus The Heart” (Isaiah 29:13)
Premise Question: Why is it, that just giving “lip service,” to The LORD GOD Almighty, is woefully inadequate and isn’t sufficient enough honor given in our worship of Him?
And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. (Isaiah 29:13 NLT)
So, this is what The LORD has to say about humankind and their made up traditions and celebrations they love so much: “These people make bold claims and huge declarations, with their mouths they offer up recitations of worship and honor to Me in a memorized pledge of allegiance, which includes much fanfare, about how they belong to Me, but it is entirely meaningless and worthless lip service, because the words of their mouth are not connected to their hearts in any meaningful way, shape or form. Therefore, I, The LORD GOD Almighty, am greatly displeased with these people, for their hearts are far removed from My presence.” (Isaiah 29:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When the celebrating, just for the sake of celebration, of our feasts and traditions, becomes the central focus, rather than, the focus being on the central figure and reason for the feasts, traditions and celebrations; we are just giving “lip service,” while participating in a meaningless pompous display of inert apathetic activity and motion, which doesn’t have any real purpose or honor. In order for the words and expressions of praise and worship coming from our mouths to have any authentic impact and meaning, at all, those words coming out of our mouths must be connected and generated from grateful and thankful hearts, that are in right relationship with The LORD GOD Almighty! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 12/03/15- “O LORD You Are My LORD GOD And Perfect In All You Do!” (Isaiah 25:1)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/03/15- “O LORD You Are My LORD GOD And Perfect In All You Do!” (Isaiah 25:1)
Premise Question: Why should we praise The LORD GOD Almighty?
“O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.” (Isaiah 25:1 NLT)
Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth and everything therein; You, O LORD, The One True GOD, are my LORD GOD! I, Your humble and grateful servant, choose to extol You, with exuberant and extravagant joyful praise and worship. I do this, by lifting my voice and heart up in exaltation of Your Holy Name, which is above every name, to the highest place of honor and recognition; for You, O LORD, are always completely faithful in performing, with extraordinarily perfect precision, every gloriously incredible and wonderful thing that You do, have done and will yet do. All this, You have done, from before the very beginning of time, being divinely purposed, planned and determined, as to what is to happen, according to Your desired will and supreme design, which has already been eternally established, even before the foundations of the world. (Isaiah 25:1 PDCP)
Bottom Line: We, the people of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, being accepted and sealed members of The Company of The Redeemed, should, without intrepidness, shame or reserve, declare and proclaim to everyone everywhere, that He, The LORD God Almighty, is The One True God, Whom we love, honor and serve; and, that we should also be telling everyone everywhere, of His glorious gracious acts, as well as, tell all of His great love and wonderful deeds. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 11/25/15- “Don’t Just Give Papa God Thanks Now And Then, But Give Him Thanks Everyday, Continually, All The Day Long, Now And Forevermore!” (1Chronicles 29:13)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/25/15- “Don’t Just Give Papa God Thanks Now And Then, But Give Him Thanks Everyday, Continually, All The Day Long, Now And Forevermore!” (1 Chronicles 29:13)
Premise Question: Is there ever an inappropriate, wrong time or occasion for the people of Papa God to express thanksgiving and gratitude, offered up in sincerity, coming from hearts full of gratefulness, by giving all thanks, honor, praise and true worship unto His matchless and most glorious Name?
““O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!”
(1 Chronicles 29:13 NLT)
Without any delay or procrastination, at this present moment in time and on this exact occasion, as well as, into the immediate future and beyond, at all times and on every occasion, we, Your very own chosen ones, all ascribe to You, Papa God, The Creator of Heaven and earth, our Sovereign LORD God Almighty, thanks, from the very depths of our hearts. And, we also give to You our highest, most joyful, exuberant praise and worship, with the greatest of honor, unto You and Your wonderful, matchless, marvelously and gloriously filled Name, which of course, is above every name. (1 Chronicles 29:13 PDCP)
Bottom Line: There is not ever a time, occasion, situation or circumstance, whereby, we, the people of Papa God, should not always be found giving all thanks, praise, honor and glory unto The King Eternal, The Creator of Heaven and earth and everything therein, The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, our lavishly loving and kind, gracious and most merciful Papa God, our Redeemer and rescuing Savior! Not just occasionally, now and then, but at all times and on all occasions, let your thanks, praise, honor, glory and worship, of The LORD, be heard, seen and known, not only by Him, but everyone! Let your worship roar! Blessings…
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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: 09/27/15- “Papa God’s Spirit Lives Inside Us!”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Premise Question: Having this indisputable knowledge of our miraculous transformation, of knowing that The Spirit of The Most High lives and dwells inside all of us who’ve called upon The Name of The LORD, because of the revealed truth in Papa God’s Holy Writ, The Scriptures; why does it seem and appear, at times, that some of us, in The Company of The Redeemed, act and comport ourselves as if we are completely unaware of and totally oblivious to, this established, verifiable fact and most obvious truth?
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT)
Are you still yet unaware, of the miraculous transformation that has occurred inside your body; that of you becoming the very dwelling place of The Spirit of The Most High, who is The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, from Whom you have obtained this marvelous miracle of His very presence taking up residence inside of you? Therefore, you are no longer on your own, hopelessly lost, destitute and without a promising future, but you have been purchased, at a great cost to Papa God Himself; for He has redeemed you, to become His very own, by and through the sacrifice of The Lamb of God, His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. Now, since this is the case, (reality) the more prudent way, with the greatest benefits and blessings, is to always choose to give due reverence and proper respect, to The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, by honoring Him in your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Many of us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed, perhaps, really need to have a reminder wake up call, to the actual reality of; that it is the actual Spirit of The Living God, The Holy Spirit of The Most High, that has now taken up residence, within the within, of the innermost part of every one of us who have called upon The Name of The LORD for personal salvation. In essence, each of our bodies have now become a holy temple and the very dwelling place of Papa God’s Spirit! So, once we’ve truly come to the full realization of this truth, which is the absolutely incredible, being the most miraculous and marvelous transformation that could ever take place in any person’s life; we should make sure to always honor the presence of The LORD’s Spirit living and dwelling inside of us, by keeping our bodies clean and pure, by staying away from partaking of or participating in, anything that would sully or defile our body, which is the very temple of Papa God’s Spirit. Nor should we ever diminish our testimony or reputation, by giving our bodies over to sinful practices and behaviors, and thereby, end up grieving and hurting Papa God’s Spirit and His reputation and testimony among humankind. None of us should ever try to manage, escape or circumvent the knowledge of this wonderful truth! What we should do, though, is avoid, no matter the cost, from ever giving in to our base nature and acting as if we are ignorant and unaware of the tremendous high cost that was expended on our behalf, by Papa God! Therefore, recognize who you are and who it is that is living inside of you, and then, honor Him always, in and with your body, at all times, on all occasions and in every situation and circumstance you may encounter or go through in this life! Please remember, the repercussions from not recognizing and honoring this truth and The LORD, will never be worth it, very pleasant nor will it ever produce any good thing! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/09/15- “Genuine, Authentic, Without Any Pretense, Real Love!” (Romans 12:9-10)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/09/15- “Genuine, Authentic, Without Any Pretense, Real Love!” (Romans 12:9-10)
Premise Question: Does it ever portend or bode well for anyone who chooses to act the “big pretender” by putting on airs, feigning authenticity and playing a game of pretense and make believe, and does it or will it ever really end well, by producing a good, right, just, honorable and holy result?
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:9-10 NLT)
In order for love to be characterized as being genuinely authentic, real, faithful and true, it must be free of all hypocrisy, without any pretense, falsehood or deceit. There should be an utter abhorrence, having an extreme aversion, to all that is morally wrong, detesting every evil practice. Always making sure to adhere closely to actual reality, by embracing and holding on tight to all that is morally excellent, genuinely good and reliably righteous. Be strongly attached to one another, by exhibiting a loyal, affectionate and unfailing love towards each other, refusing to let go of one another. One more thing: always choose to honor one another, with integrity, respect and, in your actions, by joyfully preferring and considering others before yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When we just pretend to love someone, no matter how it looks or sounds, we are not really loving them! Our love must be sincere. And, in the same vein, it’s not enough to say we abhor, detest and despise evil, but our thoughts, actions and behaviors must prove that we hate even the appearance of evil; and therefore, will refuse to participate in anywise, by grasping firmly and then holding onto all that is good, right and holy, without ever letting go of our convictions and devotion, no matter what may come our way! Our love for each other should always be clearly reflected in the way we honorably treat, provide for and support one another. As a matter of fact, we should be more than happy to serve one another, in what ever capacity is needed, and that, with much joy and delight! So, there should never be any pretense or faking it, in anything that we do in The Kingdom; whether it be how we approach and treat each other or in the good works of service that The LORD has ordained and purposed for us to do, in His blessed, most holy and righteous Kingdom, that He is establishing and accomplishing through us, here on earth and beyond. Let’s all choose to be genuinely authentic, without any pretense, and allow our faith to be expressed with real love towards each other and the world in which we are presently living. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/02/15- “We Find Refreshing Rest In Him!” (Psalms 46:10)
Premise Question: What does it truly mean, for the people of Papa God, to be still and know, that He is The Great I Am, The Most High, Sovereign LORD God Almighty?
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalms 46:10 NLT)
Be strengthened, encouraged and uplifted, with full assurance, by the reality of who it is that says, “Cease and desist from all your laborious activity and worrisome thoughts. Pause and reflect, resting in My tranquil serenity and peaceful presence. Comprehend and then, apprehend, by possessing fully, this wonderful knowledge, that, I Am The LORD God Almighty; therefore, because I Am The LORD God Almighty, I will be lifted up to the highest place of praise and honor, in the midst of every tribe, tongue, kindred and creed, I will be extolled and worshiped, by all the nations that inhabit and live in the earth, which I love and created, with My spoken Word.” (Psalms 46:10 PDCP)
Bottom Line: To be still and know that Papa God is The Great I Am, is to fully accept and recognize Him as The LORD of Heaven’s Armies; the One who is our refuge and strength, and is ever ready, at a moments notice, to bring protection, deliverance, joy, healing and help, for His own. So, there is never a reason or instance to fear or be frightened, no matter what may be going on in our life, the life of the nation or even the world. Who He is and what He wants to be to each of us, as well as, do for every beloved individual person in His creation, is to have a personal and intimate relationship, with each person, setting them free, by releasing them from captivity and the bondage of sin; so that, we can truly worship, honor and praise Him in Spirit and in Truth. So, when we are still, and really know Papa God, we have accepted, as factual and true, who Papa God truly is; and therefore, will remain calm, cool and collected, even in the midst of chaos and great turmoil! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/21/15- “The Way Of Humility Is Best Chosen!” (Proverbs 18:12)
Premise Question: Just what is the marked differences between haughtiness and humility and where does each of them end up?
“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.”
(Proverbs 18:12 NLT)
In advance of a disastrous failure overtaking a person’s life and causing their complete undoing, resulting in ruination of a respectable reputation, and also accompanied by great loss; the issue begins in the innermost part of the person’s being, which is, the seat of their emotions, ethics, desires and attitudes, their heart. Now, unfortunately for them, when a person gives the self over to being highfalutin, pretentious, arrogantly supercilious and disdainfully contemptuous, disaster always follows. But, when an individual approaches life with a “down to earth,” genuinely meek, as well as, modest and humble heart, by not ever exhibiting an air of superiority, thinking they are better than someone else; then, that is the precursor that shows up, by making an appearance ahead of the huge blessings and benefits, along with the great honor, respect and high esteem, that will be conferred upon each individual’s life, who displays such humility. (Proverbs 18:12 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Haughtiness, which creates a debilitating blind spot in a person’s life, is accompanied by its self-centered, cantankerous, being recalcitrant and stubborn attitudes, as well as, being entirely incorrigible, intractable and snobbish, while displaying, disdainfully proud and obstinate behaviors, which are full of scorn and arrogant pomposity, will always pave the way for a person’s life to be ushered onto the path that will ultimately lead to utter devastation, complete ruination, ending in total destruction of one’s life and reputation!
Humility, conversely though, with its attitudes and behaviors of lowliness, meekness, gentleness, deference, reverence, respect and regard for Papa God and others, creates perfect vision and discernment in a person’s life, as it opens up the lines of communication with Papa God’s Spirit, in order to develop a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ, who then becomes our spiritual guide, by the Spirit, directing and leading us to the way and upon the path of eternal life, divine wisdom, perfect peace and the fullness of everlasting joy! Therefore, always remember: The way of humility is always best chosen! Haughtiness is the quickest way to wreck yourself! Humility is the only way to great honor! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/17/15- “In Papa God’s Time, Not Our Time!” (1 Peter 5:6)
Premise Question: What does authentic humility look like, involve and entail?
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” (1 Peter 5:6 NLT)
Do yourself a huge favor, by coming before Papa God with a humble and contrite attitude and approach, without pride or arrogance, but with gentleness, meekness and a respectful submissive attitude. So in consequence of you submitting yourself underneath Papa God’s superior ability, skill, power, strength, authority, unique purpose and specific divine will for your life, in this 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; of course though, you must be willing to accept and understand, that He will not do this in your own time frame, but in accordance to His perfect timing, when it is due, on time, and not a moment before or after His divinely appointed time. (1 Peter 5:6 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Here is what I believe authentic humility looks like: Leading by example, for our actions and behavior must align with our words. We must be modest, clothed in humility, meekness, gentleness, kindness, with the obvious absence of any self-promotion, arrogance, pride, or egotism; not given to being vengeful, spiteful or full of guile, nor insolent, indolent or impetuous, but courteous, kind, polite, obliging, showing respect and honor towards others and with a complete reverential awe towards Papa God.
This is what I believe authentic humility involves: Waiting obediently, relying, yielding, trusting fully in Papa God. Sacrificing our own wants and desires for His, with a joyful, expectant, confident and patient, hope filled faith; having an attitude and approach of servitude and submission to Papa God, our elders and to others; putting others needs before our own, by engaging in the interests, emotions, and challenges of others, being touched and moved with compassion and genuine concern, to identify with them and then, embrace them in their plight, with the love of Papa God.
Finally, I believe authentic humility entails: Our faith in and love for Papa God and His Son Jesus Christ, our redeeming LORD and Savior, which compels us to, with thanksgiving and gratitude, eagerly serve Papa God and others, as it is a necessary consequence and outgrowth of our faith and devotion to Papa God, as The Spirit of Christ now living in us propels us into action and puts a demand and requirement upon our lives that encompasses our time, talent and treasure. Our motivation though, for becoming humble, must never be to do it because of what we may derive, or are going to get out of it, but simply, that we humble ourselves before Papa God because we are eager to serve Him and desire to please Him. And we must always remember, it’s not about our perception of time, but it’s all about His perfect timing, for He does all things well, in His time. So we wait patiently, full of joy and an expectant hope, upon His never early or late, but always on time, divinely appointed and established time. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/24/15- “Humility And Awe!” (Proverbs 22:4)
Premise Question: What’s the real benefit and intrinsic value that’s realized by the person who is genuinely humble, with an authentic and healthy reverential awe for The LORD?
True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. (Proverbs 22:4 NLT)
Genuine humility, emanating from a person’s heart that is meek, contrite and shows due reverential awe and respect towards Papa God, The LORD of all; ushers in, with due diligence, its full recompense of a bountiful reward, for it compensates that person, enriching them with an over abundance of intrinsic value, along with, benefits of wealth, health and great worth, and it carries with it, the distinct honor of being highly favored and esteemed, as well as, being blessed with an extended duration of existence, while here on earth, that’s way beyond the normal life expectancy. (Proverbs 22:4 PDCP)
Bottom Line: When we, as humankind, deliberately and with diligence, walk in humility before others and have and show proper reverential awe that’s due Papa God, The LORD of all, then and only then, are we on the right path in this life. And, as a direct result, will be shown the way to go, in order to receive the real benefits and rewards and also fully realize the intrinsic value and divine destiny purposed for our lives. The LORD Himself will go before us, as our guiding Shepherd, to make sure this happens and to fulfill His Word. When the path of humility is taken, it will lead to an enriched life, one that will extend and flourish beyond this life here on earth, to being able to experience eternal life, with rewards beyond the imagination heaped upon them; for no eye has seen nor mind comprehended all that will happen and is being made ready and prepared for those who choose the path of humility and reverential awe towards The LORD. But, if one chooses not to take the path of humility, they will surely have chosen most foolishly and will ultimately be led down the pathway that leads to abject humiliation, dishonor, poverty and even perhaps a shortened life, and in the end, damnation, destruction and eternal death. Let’s choose the path of humility and reverential awe, and in effect, choose life, eternal life, filled with eternal and intrinsic value and rewards. Blessings…
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