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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 16, 2018

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My Morning Devotion – Making God The Priority

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 16, 2018

MY DEVOTIONAL READING FOR THIS DAY: SALVATION AND LORDSHIP Image result for salvation and lordship

From The Book of Colossians 2:1-10 . . . .

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

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Recovery Quote of The Day

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 15, 2018

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 12, 2018

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My Morning Devotion – Making God The Priority

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 12, 2018

MY DEVOTIONAL READING FOR THIS DAY: PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD! Image result for whole armor of god images

From the Book of: Ephesians 6:10-20 . . . .

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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What’s Your Question About Being in Recovery?

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 11, 2018

MY QUESTION ABOUT BEING IN RECOVERY . . . .

When do I know that I’ve been healed and delivered of my sexual addiction? 

This is a seldom asked question because most guys are more concerned about how long is this healing process going to take! Wow! Well then, let’s get right after it my friend.

I want to assume first of all that you’ve been in recovery for a while now, presumably about a year or two if I’m safe to suggest. With that stated, there are several factors involved in determining or believing when you’re healed and/or delivered. I don’t want to give misconceptions or unproven facts to your answer but I do want to make certain that you thoroughly understand. Here are four points of concern.

One, ask yourself has there been a renewing of your mind. When you entered recovery, if you were involved in a strong support group like a Pure Image result for renewing of your mindDesire group, you would’ve understood that your mindset needed a complete over hall. You had to completely get rid of the “stinking-thinking” that you had before you got into recovery. You could’ve had gone through, and are going through recovery with the same mindset, it just won’t work! Your thoughts, the way you see life, people, your marriage(if you’re married), your relationships, your perspective, all of these must change because your understanding has been warped by the influences of the enemy of your soul. He has altered the way you think, the way you see things because they were distorted and twisted with selfishness, lust, promiscuity and anything else Satan could’ve thrown at you and everything you allowed him to give you.

Image result for transformation of the heartTwo, has there been a transformation of the heart. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually, all of these were infiltrated with desires that were built on your hurts, wounds and bad experiences that you’ve faced in life. We have allowed the enemy to substitute a counterfeit love that drew us to the things that made us feel that way and we were convinced that our sexual acting out was the answer to our problems, a medicating of the pain. Therefore, our feelings have changed towards the sensitive matters of our lives and that could mean a lot of things-who we love and care for, who and what is important to us, what we like, don’t like, hate, value, so many other things. Our passions for the true things in life has been turned upside down. Image result for god fearing relationships

Three, relationships have to change. There is no way that we can be successful in recovery, and work towards healing if we’re still holding onto those relationships we had when we were in those behaviors. Their influence is toxic, no matter what they try to convince us of. They encouraged you to act in those behaviors, to continue in sin. Now, we have to let go of those relationships and begin to develop relationships with those who are like-minded, those that want the same things as us, and that’s healing and deliverance from those behaviors. We ought to desire to surround ourselves with people who will build us up and no tear us down. This is crucial in determining if were getting our healing or not.

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Four, are you walking(living) consistently in freedom and purity. If your recovery is consistent with all that you’ve set out to do as of the beginning of your recovery, and that includes: facing the temptations of life and standing in righteousness; trusting God to lead you and His Holy Spirit to direct your paths unto all truth and understanding; surrounding yourself with men of accountability and spiritual wisdom; and are you consistently seeking after God as you’re walking this freedom out after turning your back on the past lifestyle of addictive behaviors.

Yes, I realize that’s a lot for a simple answer of say maybe after a year, after two years. That’s easy. But let me say this: there is so much more involve in knowing that you’re free from your addiction. Being set free from sexual addiction is not a feeling or a phase. It’s about a complete, renewal and transformation of our entire being because the enemy of our souls has done some serious damage, and not to mention the collateral damage that our behaviors have cause in relationships, family and our marriages. So I say the answer to your question is this: Ask yourself do I have all these points in place; have I experienced any or all of these and how do I see and look at my recovery in the time I have put into my recovery. When we can answer yes to all of these questions, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has done something (Healed & delivered) in me, then yo know that you are healed. Here’s a proven fact: Once God has touched in your recovery (or at all!) you are never the same as you were before. EVER!! That doesn’t mean that you’ll never be healed or delivered or even sin again! Having these points in place, you’re trusting God, and with accountability, will strengthen you and enable you to stand against the wiles and devices of the enemy of our souls with consistency. Your life will show that you are healed and delivered, in Jesus’ Name!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” 

–  Romans 12:1, 2

 

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 11, 2018

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My Morning Devotion – Making God The Priority

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 11, 2018

My Devotional Reading for This Day: THE RENEWAL OF ISRAEL 

From the Book of Ezekiel 36:16-38 . . . . Image result for rebuilding of israel

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.” ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”’”

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 10, 2018

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