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A Psalm of Praise For You This Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 28, 2016

praisePRAY TO GOD IN TIME OF TROUBLE

“Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

PSALM  43:1-5

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 28, 2016

Devotions“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.  –   COLOSSIANS   2:11-23

Today’s Point of Focus:

Christ’s death on the Cross, His resurrection justifies our right to live in Him and through Him always.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 27, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsAs I read God’s Word, I give Him Praise, Honor and Glory for His Word because every time I get into His Word there is revelation about something or someone. I thank God for revealing how awesome and true His precepts are, His commandments are so righteous, and that every word pertains to every once and cell of my being. Out all the books that I have ever read, nothing has ever come close to being so life-giving, so full of wisdom and power as the Word of God! From cover to cover, from the beginning to the end, His Word stays and remains true in all its fullness. I praise God for loving me so much that he died for me when I was yet still in my sinful nature. I honor God because His statutes and precepts remain faithful true to this very hour. And I glory in the Father because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent in His being, His character and His deity. I see all of this when I pick up His Word and read about who He is and what He desires of me, a man of God. He shows me in His Word my purpose in this life, and that is to bring glory to His Name and to the kingdom of God.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 27, 2016

Devotions“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.   –   1  JOHN  4:1-6

Today’s Point of Focus:

Know the Spirit of the Lord for yourself. Receive Him with joy, gladness and certainty!

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Recovery Tip For This Week

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 26, 2016

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Don’t Cast Blame on Anyone for Your Struggles

You’re doing well in your recovery, and everything is going according to your plan with consistency and committed efforts on all fronts. Then comes along those who are watching and observing your efforts and they begin to speak doubt and criticism over all that you’re doing. You’re distraught, surprised and even angry because you thought they would be in support of you  in all that you’re doing. Not! They start denying your commitment and really begin to rattle you emotionally and you feel disenchanted, blaming them for how you feel. You start to declare that if they weren’t saying those things you wouldn’t be struggling as you are. Or you might even go as far as saying it’s their fault because of this behavior or action. Stop it! Stop blaming others for your behaviors or actions because they are not in support of you and what you’re doing in recovery. No one is to blame for you for what you’re doing. You’ve made some poor choices, some bad mistakes that have affected others, and you’ve acknowledged it. Now, you’re working diligently to bring some amends to damaged relationships and it will take time. But never cast blame on others when they criticize your efforts or even question your ability during this process of recovery. You’ve accepted responsibility for your actions and behaviors. You’ve repented and asked for forgiveness, now the process of healing and renewal of mind and heart begins and you have to understand that those who have not forgiven you yet are still hurting and that will take some time. So blaming others while you’re in the process is not the right thing to do. This is called “Blame-Shifting” in recovery terminology. Looking to blame other can send you spiraling back into your mess and it’ll be even harder to get back out again! When you feel the pressures of recovery, don’t cast blame, just speak to yourself . . . .

“Lord God, I realize the pain and hurt that I have cause family, friends, co-workers and others. I’m sorry for making those choices and decisions. But I pray that you would strengthen me to not blame others but move forward in my recovery as you renew my mind and transform my heart that I may please you Father God.”

Then read this . . . . Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”  –   PSALM  19:14

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A Psalm of Praise For You This Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 26, 2016

praiseTHE KING OF GLORY AND HIS KINGDOM

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah. Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.”

PSALM  24:1-10

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 26, 2016

Devotions“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.”  –  PROVERBS  4:1-13

Today’s Point of Focus:

The wisdom of God brings life and security always and forever.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 23, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsEarlier this week my devotional readings have been focusing on Contentment, talking about where we are and are we happy with that present position in our lives. As I continue to read God’s Word, I find myself happy and confident in my reading, as well as my understanding of God’s Word. But I have to say this emphatically: I am not content in where I am as far as reading His Word. I have discovered that the Word of God has so much more to reveal about life, about knowing who my Savior is, about how to become a better, stronger Man of God, and also how to love and treat others, especially my wife. I will never say that I have enough understanding because God doesn’t have limits, and there is so much more to Him and His Word, that I desire to keep on reading to find out more. I don’t want to just settle with just enough knowledge about God’s Word. I want more! I want as much as God will give me, as much as He wants me to know and understand, that I might take that wisdom, that understanding and give it others that they, too, might come to know Him in a real and special way. So, to say that I am content with where I’m at, in my present position in my spiritual life would be a false statement on my behalf because I know I can learn more, understand more, and most assuredly, I’ll be able to give others His love and understanding as God gives to me what He desires for me to receive from reading about Him in His Word.

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A Psalm of Praise For You This Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 23, 2016

praiseTHE BLESSED STATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS

“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.”

PSALM  112:1-10

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 23, 2016

Devotions“Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.  He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”   –   JOHN  12:42-50

Today’s Point of Focus:

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and know that He is the Light of the world!

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