Posted by Men of Redemption on March 1, 2017
WE ARE COMMISSIONED BY JESUS HIMSELF TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS!
I was reading in Matthew 28 where the Lord Jesus was speaking to His disciples at a place He had designated for them to be. He met them there and they worshiped Him. But as the Word says, some of the Disciples doubted Him still. I was thinking . . . . Has God ever told me to go somewhere, wait there until you hear from me, and then I will tell you what it is that I want you to do? Probably so, and with all that I’ve been through in this brief time I’ve had on earth, I know I didn’t pay attention or acknowledge Him at all. When I read passages of scripture like this one it makes me think long and hard about when did God say to me to go, to wait, and to listen for His instructions. I look back on my life and I can definitely pick out those moments where those very words were spoken to me just as clear as I’m hearing them now. It’s just a point of whether I will take the time to acknowledge, adhere, and receive God’s divine instruction and wisdom in obedience. In this case, Jesus was telling His Disciples to go into their world, share the Gospel and be an example of His life and love that He showed them while He was here on earth. And Jesus is telling us those very same words today! Some of us are doing in many ways: through missionary work abroad, witnessing and sharing our testimony with others, and many of us are using social media to spread the Gospel all over the world. So as children of God, are you doing your part to disciple the nations around you? Nations to many of us would be considered our present environment-our neighborhoods, our places of employment, or any outside venue where there are people, especially those who don’t know or have a relationship with the Father. Do those people in our areas of influence see Jesus in our life? Are they seeing God’s love and passion for Holiness and mercy in what we do and/or say? If not, as children of the Most High God, how can we disciple if that same love is not represented in our lives for them to see? Some of us may have doubt just like the disciples that followed Jesus, seeing all of His miracles of healing and bringing people together for one common goal and still they doubted Him. It’s sad to say but that’s the way some of us as Christians live our lives. We don’t verbally say we doubt Him but our lives speak that doubt in what we do. So what do we need to do? Get into His Word and read about how to experience His love, grace and mercy, and then you too, will be able to disciple the nations around you as begin to fulfill His commission for all of us make disciples of all nations!
“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen“
– Matthew 28:16-20
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 28, 2017
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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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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 27, 2017
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Proverbs 6:20-35 . . . .
“My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent. People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house. Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.”
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 24, 2017
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John 8:1-12 . . . .
“But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.””
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 23, 2017
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2 Timothy 2:14-26 . . . .
“Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 22, 2017
WHAT IS GOD’S WORD SAYING TO YOU TODAY?
I want to speak to the children of God this morning. Okay, so we are a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We carry His name everywhere we go. We share about what He has done in our lives with people who we know need to hear about how good He really is. So can I ask you something? How’s your daily devotion with our heavenly Father going for you these days? It’s not a question to startle anyone or to question your relationship with Father God, but a real question about are we spending the quality time with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that He wants and desires from us? I mean, many of us children of God spend a few minutes a day reading a quick devotional that contains a few verses and a few comments of strong biblical preparedness. And that’s about the extent of our time for a lot of us. Yes, that time does count, but shouldn’t we desire more time with our Savior? If He has done all these marvelous things in our lives; if He has saved us from the clutches of sin and enslavement; and if He has delivered us from the destructive behaviors that would have cause collateral damage to every relationship we’ve ever had, then wouldn’t we want and desire to spend much more time with this Savior than what we’ve been spending today? Yeah, we all say yes to that question, but why aren’t we doing it? Does our heavy schedules not permit us to make time to spend with God? Are we too tired with all that we go through on a daily basis then give God the few minutes we have left before we turn in for the night? God’s Word tells us, or let me put it to us as His Word says it: God’s Word instructs us to STUDY His Word! And we all know what study means-to make time and get into it, for understanding! That’s what God’s Word is saying to us today! He may have something specific to say specifically to us. He wants to speak to us daily and as often as we will listen to Him. He wants to tell us how much He loves us. He wants to tell us He will protect us in those moments of discomfort and pain. He wants to tell us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He also wants to tell us that He died for the sin we are about to commit so don’t do it! These are just a few of the conversations that our Heavenly Father wants to have with us but we need to make time to hear Him, to listen to His voice. For just one day, drown out all the noise of your world and tell yourself . . . “Today, I will listen and hear the voice of my Savior Jesus Christ, and hear what He wants for me. I will be attentive to the unction of the Holy Spirit, and tune my ears that I may hear His voice clearly and receive what it is that He wants to say to me!” Then watch with spiritual awareness as He whispers in your ears His desires, His thoughts, and His instructions for you that day, and bless your day abundantly. Then you can tell the world what God is saying to you this day!
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 22, 2017
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2 Timothy 2: 1-13 . . . .
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 21, 2017
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Matthew 6:25-34 . . . .
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
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Posted by Men of Redemption on February 20, 2017
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Daniel 1:1-21 . . . .
“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.“
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