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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 19, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 3:7-15 . . . .

“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 14, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: James 2:1-13 . . . .

“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

 

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 14, 2017

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 13, 2017

WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU A SLAVE TO? WE’RE SERVING SOMEONE OR SOMETHING, AND ONLY YOU KNOW THE ANSWER.

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When we think of slavery we automatically think of people in chains, being forced or led to being treated less than a human being, no rights or acknowledgement in life. It’s not just with one specific cultures but it involves all culture across the board because every culture has experienced some type of form of slavery. So let’s just clear that aspect up right there. But what I’m talking about goes even further than the outward perspective of slavery-I’m talking about spiritual slavery where your mind, heart and soul are ensnared, enslaved, and you feel like you’re in a prison that you cannot escape. There are so many of us that feel that way, especially those of us who have been a slave to the sin we’ve allowed in our lives. What kind of sin am I talking about? Addictive behaviors, adultery and infidelity, pornography, lust, drugs, alcohol, a sower of discord and confusion and so on. These are just a few of the negative behaviors that so many people are trapped by, and it has taken control of their actions in life. They appear to serve and obey its every wish or desire which makes them a slave to it. On the other hand, for those who serve the Living God, Jesus Christ, if we try to live our lives according to God’s Word, obey His commands and remain obedient to His statutes and precepts, that shows and demonstrates that we are a slave to righteousness. But in both cases what really face is a choice of one or the other. In recovery, all of us have that very same choice. We can choose to live the life that we have been accustomed to living with all of its pleasures and desires that come with it, or, we can choose to live holy and righteous lives by following God’s Word on how to do just that. As I continue to work with men who are struggling in these areas, I’m reminded of how God has enabled me to overcome some of these obstacles, to get to a place in my own recovery where I’m walking in freedom daily with structure in my life, with boundaries and accountability to support my efforts. But I can’t help but reach out to those who continue to struggle, and have a chance to make the same choices that I did and come out of that life of sin and slavery.

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I do want to make it abundantly clear that this slavery I’m talking about is not just about a problem for men but also for women as well. The real frightening truth about this slavery is that it has reached down into the generations of our children and their children and we’re not doing enough to protect, educate and discern our children about this epidemic. There is help out there but because of the shame and guilt that results from that sin, we as parents have become afraid to reach out because we never dreamed or thought anything like that would or could ever happen to our children. Here’s a newsflash for you: SIN PLAYS NO FAVORITES! IT WILL COME AFTER ANYONE AND EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN!

So I believe we have to ask ourselves those two proverbial questions that we all have avoided on many occasions-what are you a slave to and what is it that has your obedience more than anything or anyone else? If we really take a moment and truly ask ourselves those two questions we’ll discover a lot about why we’re in the predicaments we’re in; why certain things are happening in our lives, why our marriages and families are like they are; and am I serving myself, the sin in my life or something else. What it comes down to is the truth, and if we are willing to accept that truth, I truly believe that can be the start of change and transformation in lives, marriages and families. We can be set free if we acknowledge our sin, repent and allow that process to begin to allow transformation to take place in our hearts and minds, and it will save generations to come but it takes courage to make a stand for righteousness. If you’re struggling with enslavement, ensnarement or with any of the behaviors I just shared with you, make a stand for righteousness and declare to the world “No more a slave to sin” for yourself and begin to turn around with the help of those who you know are walking in freedom, and seek their guidance on how they overcame and continue to overcome daily.

Just some encouraging thoughts coming from a brotha that’s thankful and grateful for what God has done in my life so that I can consistently walk in true freedom, not going back to that life of sin. I’m free because my Lord and Savior has set me free. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! Just saying . . . . Image result for slaves to sin

 

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”  –  Romans 6:15-18

 

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 13, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Colossians 3:5-11 . . . .

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.”

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 12, 2017

.  .  .  GOALS: CHASING AFTER THEM OR RUNNING FROM THEM?

Image result for chsing goalsSo we’re in recovery working on rearranging priorities, allowing God to renew, transform mindsets and our thoughts. And along this journey we’re taking we’ve decided to map out some goals that we’d like to achieve, or at least attempt to reach since we have such a great climb to embark on. So where are you in your goal chasing now that you’ve settled in on your recovery and all of your efforts that you’ve committed to? Or have you set some goals that you’ve overestimated and have decided that you can’t or won’t reach? Or, have you decided that some goals you have set for yourself seem to be too demanding and it’s taking you out of your comfort zone so you’re not pursing them any longer and you’re running from them because the challenge is too much for you? Either way, goals are motivation, and as we continue in our recovery we need goals to shoot for because they will encourage us to go after something that we desire and hope for.

In recovery, there is a place we want to get to at least maintain a consistent life of walking in freedom from the mess we’ve been fighting most of our life. We want to get past the lying to people; we want to able to be honest and sincere without having to deceive or manipulate those around us to gain advantage; and we want to live a life that’s pleasing to God without saying we’re committed to Him but the life we’re living is anything but holy and pure. I think these goals that I have just mentioned are just a few that many of us want to achieve or at least get to that point just to know that you can actually do it. I’ve been asked often by those who read our articles through some comments that when I explain some issues or concerns about what many people are going through in life they ask . . . “It sounds like the people you’re talking about are a little off . . . Are those you speak about that out of touch with life that they don’t get it?” As I read their comments, my heart speaks and cries out for all those who struggle because I know where they are in life with their struggles because I was once there. I know what setting goals are about, not reaching them; not having the confidence or ambition to overcome and settling with whatever life throws at me. That’s not living a productive and God-fearing life! There are those in life who need encouragement, who need motivation to persevere and move forward into the destiny that God has already prepared for them. So I stand in defense for all those who “don’t get it” and those who “are a little off” because it may not have been their fault. Everyone can turn things around, some just need a little push or infusion of courage to move forward in their goals in life. Image result for running from goals

Goals are set for specific reasons. I don’t believe any of us wants to remain where we are in this life, especially when we know that God has so much more for each and every one of us. Whether we’re chasing our goals or running from them for whatever reasons, we can stop right where we’re at and change the course of action we’re taking and begin again. It’s never too late, especially in recovery. Even if we see the challenge is overwhelming, and we’ve had to second-guess our goal-don’t look at the feat or what it’s going to take and how long, look at that goal and declare . . . “You know I set you some time ago and you scared me. But you know what-I’m not going to allow you to dictate what I can or cannot achieve. I will achieve you and I will come out on top!” 

Just some thoughts from a brotha who has set a number of goals, and everyday that God has given me life, health and strength, I will continue to take the attitude that I can and will overcome all obstacles and goals that are before me and in my way in life. I am an overcomer, and I will succeed if I stay the course, trust God in all things, and keep Him first in everything I set out to do in this life. Just saying . . . .

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

–  Philippians 3:12-14 

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 12, 2017

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 12, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD! 

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10 . . . .

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 11, 2017

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 11, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-21 . . . .

“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.) And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me. ”Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.” So Samuel lay down until morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He answered, “Here I am.” And he said, “What is the word that the Lord spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you.” Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.” So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”

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