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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 19, 2018

UNITY AND DIVERSITY IN ONE BODY

From The Book of 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 . . . .

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact, the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 18, 2018

BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE

From The Book of 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 . . . .

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

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What’s Your Question About Recovery?

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 17, 2018

MY QUESTION IS . . . .

I’m in a support getting the help I truly need. I’m committed and believe in the process. My goal is to attend every meeting and get out of it everything I can. But my job has me traveling periodically around the nation and I don’t get the privilege to select my destinations and how long I’ll be gone. This has caused a serious problem for me in my recovery and with my group. I love my group but this challenge is so out of my hands. What can I do to maintain my commitment and connection with my group?

This is a common question that’s brought to every group leader’s attention where one or more of his guys have this dilemma and struggle with trying to find a comfortable solution. It’s important that you develop a relationship with your group and establish a true connection with everyone. In essence, it’s not as difficult as it may sound or appear. In our groups, I’ve run across this same situation with many of our guys and I’ve handled every one of them in exactly the same manner. Your job is your livelihood, and it supports and provides for you and your family for those of you who are married. For you single guys, it’s your provision as well but with less responsibility. Your first ministry is your marriage and family, and that would include your job. God has blessed you with a way of provision and he holds you accountable to do exactly that. Now, with your recovery and all that you’re seeking to get the help you’re looking for, inform your group leader of your dilemma and inquire from him as to what options do you have at this point. Your group leader should be able to suggest at least a couple of ways how this can work out for all concerned. 

One, the group leader should recognize if this is an ongoing action with you as far as employment is concerned. His suggestion should include suggesting that you take a leave of absence from the group until your schedule permits you to be here more consistently and as your group requires. I realize you may have at least six or seven months already invested and you certainly don’t want to start over, and I can see that clearly. Two, he can also suggest to you that due to you active travel and your attendance being sporadic at best, maybe this isn’t the season to be a part of a group due to you having a lot on your plate. The requirements of your job wouldn’t allow you to attend and be a consistent participant that you desire to be. Now, even though in both suggestions you’re away from the group, maybe, if the group has the capabilities to move in this direction, possibly an online connection with a group leader or one of the guys is possible for you to stay in communication while you’re on the road. There are even online groups that functioning very effectively for guys in similar situations. This does work and is proven effective on all fronts. There is one major concern with this option: accountability, and that truly needs to be a face-to-face interaction. In our society today, even that is compatible with some media devices so the options are there if you choose the right one for you.

Either way, don’t feel because of the travel that remaining connected to your group is impossible. First of all, with God, all things are possible! God will make a way out of no way, and He will put the things needed in place and provide you with the opportunity get what you’re seeking. Trust God to make a way for the difficult challenges you face no matter what they are.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”  –  Matthew 7:7-8 

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 17, 2018

KNOWING AND SEEING GOD THROUGH LOVE

From The Book of 1 John 4:1-16 . . . .

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this, you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this, we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this, the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this, we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 16, 2018

LIVING BEFORE GOD OUR FATHER

From The Book of 1 Peter 1:13-21 . . . .

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 13, 2018

THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRIFTING AWAY

 

Earlier this week we shared about the signs of drifting away, whether it’s from the faith, from our marriages or relationships, and even from society and life. We saw isolation, selfishness, other interests, the pleasures of this world, and unproductive influences. We saw how those influences drew our attention, our perspective, and as well as our mindset away from everything we’re connected to, and how easy it was for that to happen. Now, we need to look at the consequences that those influences inflict upon us. Lest we forget, if we make that choice or decision we can be assured that there will be consequences. We never seem to understand that every time there is a change of direction, purpose, or intent, it involves a consequence, good or bad. It happened with the children of Israel when they were en route to the Promised Land. But before we go any further with this example, read this quote from a renowned Pastor . . . .

“A life adrift is outside of God’s will and therefore is sin. The Holy Spirit pricks the conscience to send a message when a believer is off course, but a drifter is prone to ignore such warnings. If a Christian continually excuses his wandering ways and denies sin, his conscience gradually gets numbed.” 

Dr. Pastor Charles Stanley, In-Touch Daily Devotional Readings, July 2018

When Israel crossed the Red Sea on they’re way to the land God had promised they’re forefathers, there was much speculation, doubt, and even fear. That doubt, fear, and speculation also led to rebellion. Thus, the people of God ended up in the wilderness a lot longer than God planned for them. What was planned for 11 days ended up being 40 years in the wilderness. That wasn’t God’s plan, that was the people’s choice and mindset! Consequences! And those consequences were unbelief, deceitful sin, and hardened hearts. Those are some of the same consequences many of us face when we drift away from our recovery as well. We were taught the principles, the guidelines of a recovery structure and what it means to follow good disciplines and God’s leading in His Word (Bible). We said at the beginning of our recovery that we would comply, we agreed to follow those procedures but somewhere, somehow we drifted and eventually made the choice to drift away and now some of us are suffering in those consequences today. This isn’t anything new to us. It started at the beginning with Lucifer before the world was created and then carried on with the fall of man and inherently made its way to where we are now in this life. God’s Word says it this way . . . .

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.” For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”  –  Hebrews 3:7-19 

I did forget to mention one other consequence that fits right alongside the ones mentioned above: that one would be disobedience. All of these consequences affect us in so many ways and those that we surround ourselves with see these consequences in everything we do, especially with those we’re in the relationship with. So how do you see your recovery, the efforts that you’re making? Are you in the midst of consequences, coming out of or about to face a consequence? Take some today and see if you’re drifting away from God, from relationships, from your marriage, or maybe even from life!

 

 

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Recovery Quote For This Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 13, 2018

“Man invents mechanical forms and modes in order to get away from the horrible
necessity of thinking, but in doing so he destroys his soul.” 

Charles H. Spurgeon, on Distraction 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 13, 2018

BEWARE OF FAVORITISM

From The Book of 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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My Morning Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 12, 2018

GLORY OF THE NEW COVENANT

From The Book of 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 . . . .

“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 11, 2018

THE CHANGELESS PROMISE AND PURPOSE OF THE LAW

From The Book of Galatians 3:15-25 . . . .

“Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” 

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