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Remembering The Veterans

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 31, 2011

There are those of us who don’t know exactly what you really went through when you fought on the battle lines. There are those of us who don’t understand why it had to be you to go there. There are those of us who have some understanding but don’t know the real truth behind what you did because we weren’t there. There are those of us who have read the whys, the wheres, the whos, the hows,the whats. There are those of us who really don’t know the answers. But this one thing I do know . . .

I AM EVER SO THANKFUL YOU DID WHAT YOU DID SO I CAN ENJOY THE THINGS IN THIS LIFE AT THIS TIME BECAUSE OF YOUR HEART, YOUR DILIGENCE, YOUR DETERMINATION AND YOUR DIGNITY. YOU WENT THROUGH SOMETHING I CAN ONLY WONDER ABOUT. I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU AND SO MANY OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR ME SO THAT I MAY HAVE THIS MOMENT TO SAY WHAT I’M SAYING. AND THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US, THANK YOU FOR THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH WE LIVE BECAUSE YOU SHOWED ME AND THE WORLD HOW MUCH YOU CARED. THANK YOU ALL, VETERANS, FOR OUR FREEDOMS!

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Being Free!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 31, 2011

OUR WEEKLY ARTICLE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Volume 1 Article 37 May 2011

Being Free!

As time goes on in this life I often ponder about how I’m living this journey called life. Since birth, and on through my years of adolescence and adulthood, I’ve learned and am still learning the meaning, purpose, and my contribution to it.
I realize my purpose now, and each day that God allows me to be a part of that day He has created I rejoice, and thank Him for the opportunity to glorify Him with my life. I know what He has brought me through, the changes that He has made in my life along with healing my thought process. God has transformed my life into what He originally created me to do: to glorify Him and be a light to the world.
But taking a serious inventory of my journey, looking at my motives and desires, I still question myself “After all that God has brought me out of, am I really free?” I believe this is a question that many men who have struggled with addictions and immorality ask themselves. We are exposed in and through our indiscretions, shame and guilt sets in, we then repent and seek after recovery through divine intervention by God’s Holy Spirit. That process has made me transparent, open to being honest with myself, others, as well as with my wife, and has guided me into a restored relationship with Jesus Christ. And one would think that with all that diligence that would solidify a man’s freedom from such illicit behavior.

Sometimes it’s not so easy to recognize freedom when we still carry around our shame and guilt. After seeking out help and spiritual guidance through our churches, support groups, Christian organizations and such, we understand that it’s a process that has no immediate conclusion. Our thoughts are “Will we ever be free from this?” “When will I know that the process I’m going through has actually accomplished what it set out to do?”

I believe the very first thing we need to realize is that God wants us to be free in every area of our lives. When we were bound and ensnared in our behavior we were slaves to sin. We were not created to be slaves to anyone or anything. The Word of God says “Jesus answered them (Disciples), I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house (place of bondage) forever, but a son abides forever (John 8:34). We are sons of the Living God Jesus Christ! Therefore, we don’t have to continue in our behavior because He died for that. He shed His innocent blood for that sin. By this, we come to realize the truth, and Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). So understanding that we were not meant to be slaves, we now know that we are designed to be free because we have the Father, Jesus! Jesus also said “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31). But we also have to realize that remaining in sin is a choice, and the most popular reason is because of familiarity (another article coming soon).

So, as we seek truth, honesty and transparency, we begin to see the light of freedom as it is manifested through our diligence and commitment in seeking after the Truth, Jesus Christ! We must learn daily to abide in His word. How do we do that?
Spend time in the Word. Not just reading the Word but studying, meditating on it. Let His Word be in and on our minds and hearts constantly. When His Word is saturated in our lives it becomes a part of daily activity. His Word comforts us and brings peace to everything we do. God’s Word comforts our environment and everywhere we go. There is no room for erratic behavior on our part. When we get to this point in our recovery we have peace, knowing that we don’t have to hide or lie anymore. We don’t have to pretend to be someone or something that we could never be on our own. God will replace that sinful lifestyle with His Love and grace. He will restore you to your original purpose with desire and determination to serve Him and Him alone. Your marriage and family will be restored. You will have a stronger desire for your wife that you’ve never known. Your focus in life will be open to caring and having a passion for hurting people because you were once there. You’ll desire to see other men set free just as He has set you free.
When these things have taken place in your life, your recovery, you will experience being free with a loving passion for serving God. It’s transforming really. Everything you do will have new meaning and understanding because you are trusting in God totally and completely without hindrances and distractions. There are no worries because He is in control of everything you do. Peace and understanding will reign in your life, which bring forth the freedom we so desperately desire in our hearts from bondage to sin. And always remember . . . .
“Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!”
John 8:36

Men of Redemption 2011

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The Tares Among Your Wheat Field

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 24, 2011

OUR WEEKLY ARTICLE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Volume 1 Article 36 May 2011

The Tares Among Your Wheat Field

Okay. So now here I am on this journey to restore what I allowed to be taken from me through my misbehaviors and addictive mentality.
I have accepted exposure, which truly revealed my heart to everyone including those that I really love and love me. The truth is out; I was embarrassed and shameful of the lifestyle I portrayed; now it’s time to make amends for my actions. This is a big step for a guy who had centered his thinking on himself for pretty much most of his life. I mean everything was all about me. But it didn’t last very long and with severe consequences I might add.
As I surrounded myself with men of integrity and accountability I found myself having to share, to talk, to communicate my feeling and thoughts with these guys, something I had never done in my entire life. It was hard for me to do that. It was challenging, yet, I wanted freedom and was willing to do whatever it took or cost me at this point in my life so I complied. After several months of this, consistently, I finally got it! It was, as still is, a part of my life just as oxygen and blood are needed for survival. I have my foundation laid and set for success in my recovery. This is my field that I have planted and I wait patiently for the fruits of my labor.
During my labor of waiting I learned that I needed to keep focused on the task at hand by watching my recovery with a fine toothed comb. I had plenty of accountability, and the men of integrity I surrounded myself with continuously stayed in my face to make sure I was following my plan for freedom. But I had to be aware of is those that don’t want to see me succeed in my endeavors. I never thought that there were those who wanted to see me fail or fall right on my face. I discovered that these individuals were people who were doubters of my intentions, unequally yoked friendships and unbelievers.
The doubters were pretty obvious. They came at me with a vengeance proclaiming “You’re never going to make it in your recovery man. It’s too much for you!” They didn’t shy away from me but came right in my face with no shame. These were some friends and family members. I was shocked, but after the pain and deception I caused, can I blame them for their honest feelings?

I shared with them my intentions and how I was going to accomplish this but they weren’t really trying to hear it. I guessed when my behavior had negatively influenced them straight into not trusting me at all I shouldn’t have expected them to believe me anyway.
I didn’t give it any attention so I trusted God to give me strength and obeyed His Word; “But Jesus looked at them (His disciples) and said to them, with men, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Then I learned about those who were unequally yoked with me. These were the guys who gave me the impression that they wanted to be in my corner and support me throughout my journey. These guys said to me “Hey Ernie, we’re recovering too. So we’ll help you in any way we can.” But as I continued in my journey and requested prayer, or adding an accountability partner some of them were still involved in their mess and deviant behavior so their support couldn’t do anything for me let alone for themselves. But I said to myself, wait a minute. They are trying to seek freedom themselves, how can they help me if they’re struggling with their own issues? Then I discovered some of them pretended to support me. They appeared like they wanted to help; they looked like they wanted to help; but in reality all they wanted was to look like they wanted to help me and cause a stumbling block in my efforts. In essence, they really didn’t care about recovery at all. It was just a facade of friendship, pretending they wanted recovery and never really intended to help in the beginning. This reminded me of the Parable Jesus shared about the Wheat and the Tares. (Matthew 13:24-30) Jesus was sharing how the kingdom of heaven was like a man who sowed good seed (my recovery) in my field. But while he was asleep his enemies (unequally yoked folk) came in and sowed tares among the wheat. Now tares resembled wheat (guys who say they’re here for recovery) but are poisonous to human beings. These tares look like wheat but when their fruit appears you see a huge difference in appearance.
And then there were unbelievers who I had to understand. These were people, family members who never believed I could change. They saw the task I set before me but never encouraged me or asked me if there is anything they could to help or support me. When I told them what I planned to do they acted in disbelief and appeared as though this task is unachievable in their eyes. So I couldn’t rely on certain folks because they never believed me in the first place.
But you know, I never cast blame at any of these people for any reason. I realize the pain, the mistrust. the deception, the hurt I caused and I knew it was going to take me a long time to make this up to everyone. I trusted God, His Word, His Spirit, and I kept focused on my task of seeking freedom through God’s redeeming love.
And now, several years later, those very same people have a very different opinion of me today. They saw my diligence and concentrated efforts in allowing God to transform me into who He intended for me to be. They saw the change in life in my marriage, my family life and other areas of concern in my life. The fruits of my labor were blooming. But I didn’t rest there. I understood I wanted more of God and I knew He had more for me.
Today I’m still just as hungry for freedom as I was then, if not more. I want to remain pure in God’s eyes and in my marriage. The only way that’s going to happen is if I continue doing what I’m doing and not give up!

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Leadership Quotes

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 22, 2011

Being a leader requires following someone or something, being mentored and discipled under his or her guidance and instruction, willing to adapt for the betterment of those who follow you. Everyone is always looking for someone or something to follow.
Here are some quotes that will give perspective to being a good leader.

“Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Harold R. McAlindon

“A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.”
General Douglas MacArthur

“There is always room for a man of force and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Proverbs 29:18

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
George Patton

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Rebuilding a Devastated Marriage

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 20, 2011

Written by Jeff Colon, Purelife Ministries

Internet pornography and sexual sin has flourished in the Church in recent years, destroying innumerable marriages in the process. In an online poll of 10,000 Christians conducted by Focus on the Family several years ago, 47% stated that pornography had been a problem in their home. No doubt this onslaught of sexual sin has played a part in the fact that the divorce rate within Christian homes is hovering around 50 percent—about the same as the rest of our nation. Commenting on this phenomenon, Barna Project director Meg Flammang said: “We would love to be able to report that Christians are living very distinct lives and impacting the community, but in the area of divorce rates they continue to be the same.” Christians divorcing at the same rate as unbelievers? Is it possible that we can do no better than the unbelieving world in dealing with our problems?

My own marriage could have easily become one of those statistics. Rose had every reason to divorce me, and she most certainly would have if God had not intervened and performed a miracle. That was over 15 years ago. Since then, I have been privileged to witness countless marriages lifted from the ash heap and transformed into beautiful representations of God’s love and forgiveness. That’s what can happen when both husband and wife live in repentance and appropriate God’s tremendous promises for their lives.

Ultimately, marriage is a matter of the heart. If a marriage is to be preserved, then hearts must change. This is where God always does His work in a person’s life. And it’s amazing how all of the other problems besetting the marriage are somehow resolved as God deals separately with each spouse’s heart.

My book, From Ashes to Beauty, is drawn from Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes found in Matthew 5 are meant to become a spiritual foundation in each heart. God can use those building blocks to raise a marriage out of the ashes of sexual sin and into His glory. If the Holy Spirit is allowed to have His way, He will construct a marriage truly reflecting Christ’s beauty on earth.

The truth is that the Beatitudes reveal seven states or qualities of the spiritual life that God desires for His people. They also represent seven aspects of His character. It could be compared to the spectrum of colors generated by passing a beam of light through a prism. The light is broken down into seven distinct colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Just as we can observe that there are seven different colors in the same beam of light, so the Beatitudes enable us to behold and appreciate each of the aspects of God’s character individually. He desires His children to reflect these divine qualities in their own lives. This is the greatest reflection of His glory possible.

In the same way that those seven blessings provide a road to spiritual recovery for a life ruined by sin, so too they provide a blueprint for the restoration of a marriage devastated by sin. Let’s take a cursory look at how this process unfolds.

Before this rebuilding process can begin, there must first be a solid foundation. Thus this building project must begin with poverty of spirit. God must bring both spouses to an end of their own resources, abilities and strengths in order to accomplish His work in their lives. It is as they stand empty-handed at the foot of the Cross, that He is able to begin the work of rebuilding their lives and marriage.

The first place the Lord begins this marvelous restorative work is teaching each spouse how to focus on his or her own failures, rather than on those of their mate. This awareness of one’s sinfulness brings about a sense of godly sorrow: blessed are those who mourn. As each spouse acknowledges and repents over their own sin, they become compassionate toward their mate’s struggles. This new camaraderie further strengthens the foundation within the marital relationship.

Sinful behavior, and the marital problems that result from it, are ultimately rooted in a lack of submission to God’s authority. But the repentance that comes about through godly sorrow humbles the person into a state of meekness: a subjection of one’s will to the will of Another. As both spouses begin to obey and to actually live God’s Word, a new atmosphere fills their home. Mutual support and camaraderie replace the selfishness, defensiveness and finger-pointing.

Inevitably, meekness begets a hunger for righteousness. As the couple grows in their desire to please God, Christ is able to reign in the center of the marriage. This new mindset will cause the couple to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Couples will need to examine their priorities in life, including how they invest their time and resources. God can only bless a marriage that is in line with His desires. Ultimately, a marriage can only glorify God when both spouses hunger and thirst to be like Jesus.

It is the merciful who are promised mercy from God. Most marital problems arise from a selfish preoccupation with one’s own rights and desires. However, the process of repentance found in the Beatitudes brings people into the love of God, and this is especially true in the marriage setting. Consequently, rather than each spouse settling into a selfish preoccupation with their own rights and desires, they both learn to consider the needs of the other. “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” said Jesus. (Acts 20:34) One of those blessings is that the more each mate shows mercy to the other, the more they are sure to receive in return.

By this point in the process, another fruit of repentance, purity of heart, will emerge. Not only will the pure in heart see God, as the beatitude promises, but they will also enjoy freedom from controlling sin. The effects of habitual sin on the marriage are deep and pervasive. As both spouses proceed through the process of repentance, however, sinful attitudes are exposed in the Light. Issues that are buried deep within the heart come to the surface and are dealt with. Little by little their hearts will become purified and they will gain a greater sight of God. What is happening in their individual hearts will also be expressed in the marriage.

Finally, as a couple allows the first six spiritual truths to be worked into them, this last beatitude simply arises as the culmination of all the others in God’s transforming process. The closer a person comes to Christ, the more he or she will become what Jesus called a peacemaker. Where once strife and disunity permeated the marriage, the couple is now able to reconcile differences and enjoy godly communication with each other. Harmony in the marital relationship is the crowning fruit of a life of repentance.

The previous section offers a roadmap for the restoration of an ailing marriage. Having a clear-cut path to marital unity should be a great source of encouragement to the sincere husband and wife. However, that map to success is only valuable to the degree that it is actually followed.

Sometimes when we come to God for help, His answers are not what we want to hear. There were times the Pharisees were so frustrated with Jesus’ answers that they were ready to kill Him. It takes humility to hear and receive a “hard word.” Most couples who have come to Rose and me for counseling through the years have come expressly looking for solutions to their marital problems. Many times, however, what we tell them doesn’t sit well with them. Some couples are interested only in a temporal fix for their marriage while God is interested in building His kingdom.

Rose and I have been counseling for nearly 15 years and are still amazed at the level of resistance we face from Christians who claim to believe the Word of God. In spite of the fact that our counseling is all based in Scripture, it is amazing how often people respond with statements like, “God wouldn’t expect me to do that,” or “That’s not what Dr. So-and-So wrote in his book.” Still others protest, “You don’t understand what I have been through.” It grieves me to hear these kinds of responses, because I know these people are only evading and prolonging what God needs to do for them.

To put it bluntly, marriages fail because people are unwilling to conform their lives to God’s Word. Restoring a marriage is difficult, and the work of restoration nearly always goes against the grain of our natural tendencies. Winning this battle requires people to consistently do things that are uncomfortable.

Rose and I are continually amazed at the goodness and mercy of God. He has blessed our lives and marriage more than we ever could have imagined. He is a “more than” God: more than able, more than willing and more than sufficient. He always goes beyond our expectations and there are no limits to His offer of mercy. He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

Jeff Colón is a minister of the Assemblies of God. He has served as the campus pastor and residential program director since 1996, and is the President at Pure Life Ministries.

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Psalm 51 – A Prayer of Repentance

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 19, 2011

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned , and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest , and be clear when thou judgest . 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean : wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice . 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise . 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

This chapter points to the real heart of the matter. I find that by examining myself daily I see areas in my life that I could improve on from the previous day. But I thank God that prayers such as Psalm 51 are written that I can keep things in perspective. I know I am nothing without God so why should I try to be someone who I am not? I desire to pure in His sight. I desire to love others unconditionally. But I also desire to have that right spirit in me with a clean heart. I desire to have honest motives when dealing with people. Whatever my desire, I truly want to please the Lord with my whole life completely. I don’t look for excuses: “But I’m only human” or “I’m just a man and I can’t . . . ” Stop. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Enough said.

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Quotes on The Fears of Failure

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 18, 2011

As men we sometimes perceive success and a plan to accomplish that goal as an impossible task. But what keeps us from striving and persevering through it all to get success? What do we allow in our mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual capacities that prohibits us as men from attaining success? Yes, it’s the fear of failing in our efforts to achieve success.
Here are some quotes that will help us all get some clear understanding as what might deter us from succeeding and their advice on how we can push through it.

“We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.”
Samuel Smiles

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
William Shakespeare

“One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.”
Henry Ford

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”
Washington Irving

“The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction.”
Tom Browne

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Theodore Roosevelt

There is a central theme to all of these quotes: Never even trying.

Sometimes we need to really look at our plan to achieve and ask ourselves is this really attainable? Did I set the bar too high for myself? And why am I afraid to do something in this life that I’m setting out to do?
Don’t ever let anything, including your doubts, what others might say or might think, sway your decision to go after success. Be persuaded, and fully confident that this task can and will be completed, no matter how long it takes. Then just go out and do it!

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Wisdom: Get it!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 16, 2011

OUR WEEKLY ARTICLE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Volume 1 Article 35 May 2011

Wisdom: Get It!

Being caught up in a lifestyle full of addictions and immorality can be earth shattering and down right depressing. But one thing I never realized during my season of “abnormal behavior” was how “smart” I thought I was. And I’m speaking smarts from an addictive mindset, not good student smarts or Bible school smarts.
When I was ensnared in the lifestyle everything about me had changed, including my perspectives on life and what I wanted, to intelligent and meaningful dialogue to manipulate at getting what I wanted. It was a type of “charisma” as Joe Dallas, my therapist and counselor told me in the many sessions we had together back in January of 2000. It was a countenance that gave people, women, the impression and understanding that I had it going on and they believed me. There was something about that charisma that deceived and manipulated the hearts and minds of people, especially women, to be sympathetic to my advances, positive or negative.
I was in the know on just about everything in life during that season which made me appear to everyone that Ernie was in the know about everything. But really I wasn’t. I just made it appear that way. My thinking was systematically conducive to whomever I wanted to influence for my own desires. Wow, that’s really scary just sitting here thinking about it knowing that’s exactly what I was doing. The painful thing about it was I didn’t care who or what I was doing.
My knowledge of current events and various daily happenings benefited me tremendously with the ladies. So I rolled with it and it took me to places and divers situations I never dreamed. So being in that mindset of using my own “wisdom” against those I really perceived as the weaker individual cost me more than I ever knew. I paid for it the hard way: the loss of opportunities, relationships and friends I had made over the years, all took a turn for the worst. And that’s what this mess (I call it mess), will do to you if you continue to allow it to have a stronghold in your life! And when I made that conscious choice to get the help I needed and return back to my Savior Jesus Christ, my life changed for the better. But how did I do it? Believe me it wasn’t easy.

Several years into my recovery I began to take the Lord Jesus more serious than I ever had in my entire life. I developed a consistent prayer life; I studied His word more intensely; I had developed a consistent devotional life; my circle of friends had changed. All these things needed to change. They did. But also the very thing that got me into that horrible and dangerous lifestyle, my dependability on myself and my own knowledge.
I had to learn, yes learn, to “Trust in the Lord with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding.”(Proverbs 3:5) That was hard because that was what got me all the so called “success” I had with relationships, if that’s what you want to call them.
I spent time in the Word daily, and with caring for the Word, not just reading some words in a book. And when God created in me a clean heart and renewed a steadfast spirit in me (Psalms 51:10) my life has never been the same. I didn’t depend on myself or any knowledge I thought I had to get me through life anymore. I turned to God in all things because I was going nowhere fast. God showed me that I needed to “In all my ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct my paths.”(Proverbs 3:6) I had to let go, and release that “worldly” knowledge and learn how to be filled with the Spirit of the Living Water! My thinking has changed tremendously! I no longer had a need to depend on anything that the world had to offer. I had to seek after the wisdom of God because His wisdom is true and never fails. The Bible says that “She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.”(Proverbs 3:18) He also says that “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”(Proverbs 3:13)
I wanted to be happy. I wanted to experience something that I didn’t bring to myself. And the only way that could happen was to desire, and seek after a closer relationship with God. That was my only way.
Today, I know no other wisdom other than the wisdom of God! He has shown me daily His precepts and His peace through His Word and through His Spirit. I count it all joy to be in His presence. I’m thankful as well as blessed.
How can you get there? Stop wherever you are in your life and acknowledge God right where you are. No matter what you’re going through; no matter where you are in your marriage or not married; and just give God glory for who He is. Ask Him to revive you, to create in you a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in you, and acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths in His newness of life! Then go after God with a vengeance!! And don’t stop!! The harder you seek after God the closer He will draw toward you! He promised! Then watch the transformation take place as your life begins to change. Others will see it before you do.
Allow God to take control of your life and put purpose and expectation in your life with healing and perseverance. He will never fail you. He’ll bring you through it all no matter where you’re at in this life. Don’t settle for what the world says and its mediocre standards. God has a way of life for that the world doesn’t understand. Be aggressive. Stand firm. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! Be blessed!!

Men of Redemption 2011

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Interesting Quotes on Character

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 15, 2011

Here are a few interesting quotes on character.

“It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.”
Washington Irving

“Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one’s abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.”
Horace

” In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.”
John Churton Collins

“Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Surmounted difficulties not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles.”
James Sharp

“Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.”
William Hazlitt

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”
Thomas Paine

“It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them.”
J. Petit Senn

“Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life.”
John C. Geikie

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What are Your Top 10 Expectations Being a Man of God?

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 12, 2011

Every man has had expectations placed upon him either because he chooses to put himself in a position of responsibilibity or authority. Being a husband, a father, a leader in the home or on the job, all of these can be awfully demanding at times and expctations will grow even more as life goes on. But those of us who have accepted the challenge will succeed if we have a plan to achieve these expectations. What about your spiritual life?
Take some time out today and write down the top 10 expectations you have for yourself as a man of God. It will give you some perspective into where you are in your walk with the Lord. Please feel free to share your top 10 list in our comments so that others might receive some understanding and helpful suggestions to add to their list.

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