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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 26, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 6: 1-11 . . . .

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 25, 2017

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HOW DO YOU REACT TO IT.

I face this daily. I’m a man. I know what I like and I know what I love. I know what draws me away from something to another. I know what keeps me focused once I have committed to it. I know what will keep me somewhere when I choose to remain there. This is what I call knowing me, my limitations and my weaknesses. This helps me understand how to deal with life, deal with struggles, and most importantly, deal with TEMPTATION. 

I don’t know how most people deal with this subject because it has many forms and affects everyone in different ways. Some look at temptation as a challenge, to see how far they can go, how close they can approach the line before going over it and have committed themselves to it. Others see temptation as something very evil, something that they don’t want to face or deal with so they avoid it at all costs. Either way, if you are a living breathing human being you will have to face temptation regardless of how you see it. The key to dealing with temptation: Your reaction to it.

 

What is temptation? TEMPTATION: “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise: a thing or course of action that attracts or tempts  someone.” 

I get tempted while I’m at work. I get tempted while I’m driving to and from my destinations of choice. I get tempted when I wake up every morning and proceed to begin my day. I get tempted going to the grocery store or the mall. I easily get tempted when I get around large crowds or at the beach, anyway where there is anything enticing to my liking. Maybe you have endured such temptation or maybe you haven’t. I’ve learned something about temptation over the years: temptation is not a sin-it’s our reaction to it that determines it’s outcome. I’ve learned to deal with temptation by acknowledging it; seeing it for what it truly is-a lie from the pits of hell. The I rebuke it by denouncing it and it deadly intentions and speak the Word of God against it! The temptation looses it’s effectiveness and retreats. It won’t stop coming at me, but for that moment he will retreat and will attempt to try to catch me at another time when I’m more vulnerable. The good thing about how I reacted-I  know he’ll be back and I’ll always be ready for his persistent attacks. I have to keep God’s Word on my mind and in my heart, to use His Word as a sword to defend myself against the wiles and devices of the enemy(2 Corinthians 2:11). And no better example I know of than when Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Image result for temptation of jesus

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” –  Matthew 4: 1-11

I strongly believe that this real life example of the Lord demonstrating how temptation should be approached and dealt with is exactly how we as children of God, Men and Women of God, should respond to temptation. Lest I forget not that I do understand that some of us are weaker than others, and they want to overcome and be strengthened to stand up against temptation. I’ve discovered that the only way to stand against the enemy of our souls is two-fold: Know who you are in Christ Jesus, and know the weapons of warfare and their utilization of them. God’s Word, knowing that you are a child of the Most High God Jesus Christ, and knowing the weapons for our defense are critical to standing against attacks of temptation. I know no other way that’s successful, that’s intentional, or that’s credible that what I’ve just mention above. I have to know me, my limitations and what draws me away from my first love: and that the Love of Christ and my relationship with Him. I choose to deal with temptation this way, and as long as my Lord and God gives me life and strength I will continue to fight in this manner, led by His leading and guidance in this spiritual battle. Image result for whole armor of god kjv

 

“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.”  –  Ephesians 6: 10-18

 

 

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 25, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 4:1-13 . . . .

“Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 24, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:18-30 . . . .

“And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high. So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day. Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 21, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1-17 . . . .

“It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

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Today, I Will Trust God . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 20, 2017

 

 

  TO HELP ME KEEP MY WORD AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH RENEWED DILIGENCE.

This day Father, in Jesus’ Name, I pray that you would help me stay true and accountable to the words, the promises and declarations that I speak to others; that my intentions are clear and pursuant of righteousness and holiness in all that I say or do. I’ve failed at this considerably,  have admitted and confessed to you dear God of my weaknesses in this area; you have forgiven me Lord God with your grace and mercy and I thank you O God; but help me Lord God to exemplify your truth in my life, my countenance and my intentions more clearly that I might be a light instead of a hindrance to others.

“My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, You are snared by the words of your mouth;You are taken by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”    Proverbs  6: 1-5 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 20, 2017

START YOUR DAY OF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Romans 6:1-14 . . . .

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” 

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Today I Will Trust God . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 19, 2017

 

. . . . TO STRENGTHEN ME WHEN I SUFFER FOR RIGHT AND WRONG.

This day Father God, I’m trusting you to keep me from harm and evil from those who are against me because of my faith in you; protect me O God from the slander and evil deeds of those who don’t want me to succeed in this life. Help me to hold on that blessed hope that is in me that you have placed there in my heart. I trust you O God that you protect me from the threats and anguish of the disobedient.

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

– 1 Peter 3: 13-17

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 19, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Psalm 3: 1-8 . . . .

Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah. But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah.”

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 18, 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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