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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 23, 2018

PLEA FOR PURITY

From The Book of 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 . . . .

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 22, 2018

Image result for Colossians 1PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST

From The Book of Colossians 1:9-18 . . . .

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

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Peace and Purpose in A Psalm

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 21, 2018

PURPOSE . . . . AN APPEAL FOR ISRAEL’S REPENTANCE

Psalm 81:1-16 . . . .

Sing aloud to God our strength; Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and strike the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the lute. Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, A law of the God of Jacob. This He established in Joseph as a testimony, When He went throughout the land of Egypt, Where I heard a language I did not understand. “I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets. You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah. “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me! There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. “But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels. “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, But their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

 

 

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 21, 2018

JESUS, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

From The Book of John 10:7-21 . . . .

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

 

 

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Recovery Quote for This Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 18, 2018

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Peace and Purpose in A Psalm

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 18, 2018

PURPOSE . . . . FOR WISDOM AND FORGIVENESS

Psalm 39:1-13 . . . .

“I said, “I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.” I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good, And my sorrow was stirred up. My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue: Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly, every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them. “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions; Do not make me the reproach of the foolish. I was mute, I did not open my mouth, Because it was You who did it. Remove Your plague from me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand. When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make his beauty melt away like a moth; Surely every man is vapor. Selah. “Hear my prayer, O Lord, And give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner, as all my fathers were. Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength Before I go away and am no more.””

 

 

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 18, 2018

DEFENDING THE GOSPEL Image result for Galatians 2

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

“Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and them to the circumcised. They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.

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Questions and Answers About Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 17, 2018

MY QUESTION IS . . . .

I’ve completed the 7 Pillars of Freedom workbook. It took me a little more than a year. I have seen tremendous growth; my relationship with God has really developed and I feel so much better about myself and life as I am beginning this new walk in life. Now, what do I do now that I have no more group to attend? Is that the end of recovery and I move on? “

It’s definitely not the end of your recovery that’s for sure! You are one of the very few men who has made it this far after completing the 7-Pillars of Freedom workbook. You’ve overcome a lot, and now, this is the start to see if everything you’ve endured for the last year and some change is paying off and will continue to pay off. You’ve experienced a lot with concrete guidelines, principles, and tools that will help you maintain a good, positive and wholesome lifestyle of purity and freedom. What you do now is continue the process of which you’ve just completed by making application of those experiences. Every day is a miracle and you continue to take one day at a time. You have a recovery structure that consists of daily disciplines of prayer, Bible reading and studying, as well as having an accountability cord that lasts a lifetime. Just because you have chosen not to attend group any longer doesn’t mean those relationships you’ve developed during that time has to stop developing! If you still have a passion to hang out with those relationships you might want to consider becoming a part of the Leadership Team and volunteer as a co-leader to help those group leaders out. I’ve always suggested to our guys who are near completion that God just doesn’t want to heal you, get your priorities right and leave you alone. No! He desires us to want to help another brother because those that are still hurting, struggling and in their mess are looking for the same thing, freedom, and purity, just like we did. And never forget your recovery is ongoing and always life-changing. Be an example to other men who are looking for what you have. I tell my guys all the time: “Start walking in freedom so loudly that they can’t hear what you’re saying!”

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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 17, 2018

DOERS – NOT HEARERS ONLY! Image result for doers of the word

From The Book of James 1:21-27 . . . .

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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Peace and Purpose in A Psalm

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 16, 2018

PURPOSE . . . . FAITH IN THE LORD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS Image result for God's righteousness

Psalm 11:1-7 . . . .

“In the Lord, I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”

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