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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 30, 2012

“Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.”
Proverbs 29:26

Approval and affirmation is something all of us desire sometimes in life, especially when it comes from our spouses, and even our children when we make them happy. Many of us sure would appreciate it if it came from our bosses or supervisors every once in a while. Then there are those of us who just want that “pat on the back” because we think we deserve it. When we really look at what we truly have, we should be looking for that approval and affirmation from our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One who gives us the strength, the wisdom and understanding to do what we do in this life; our careers, our families, our marriages, and our relationships. If we are diligently seeking to please Him in all these areas, His stamp of approval ought to be what we look for because we know that He guides us and leads us unto all truth by His Holy Spirit. Getting God’s righteous judgment in all that we do grants us the peace of knowing that He is happy with our lives and that should be all that matters when trying to please anyone. He is our provider, and looking unto Him, the author and finisher of our faith, His righteousness and judgments are true, and they never waver. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 29, 2012

“As Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17

There is nothing like being around brothers who want and desire to see the very best in us. Being around men of God helps strengthen our character, our integrity and our spiritual walk. We all need to be held accountable to and for the things we say and do. When we do this God sees our intentions as well as our hearts, and that there is agreement to stand with others for righteousness’ sake. Having others who are spiritually mature in the Word of God in our lives builds us up in the things of God; wisdom, knowledge, dependence upon Him, understanding. All these attributes enable us to keep one another focused and alert in our daily lives. Sharing with others keeps the honesty and transparency in relationship in tact. When we say we’re going to do something our brother or sister holds us accountable to that to make sure we follow through. Encouraging one another is one of our greatest relationship building blocks we have in this life. Let’s continue to edify one another in all things that will bring strength and growth to one another and to the glory of God. Have a great day my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 28, 2012

“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3, 4

As we seek God, and His wisdom in all things, we are, through His Holy Spirit, establishing a foundation by which our lives and families can stand on. Living according to His Word, obeying His commandments and statutes, sanctifies us from worldly living and association to stand out from conformity. We learn to understand His precepts through obedience as we depend upon Him for our total existence and purpose. The benefits of seeking God’s wisdom and understanding: peace in our homes; love and covenant relationship in our marriages; blessing and favor over our children, as well as peace with all men. We are laying a foundation now for generations to follow. Let obedience and understanding become pillars in our lives, in our homes, on our jobs and in everything we do. Enjoy a blessed and wonderful Wednesday my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 27, 2012

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23:7

Our minds are constantly bombarded with all kinds of activity during the day. At work we’re multi-tasking. At home we’re engaging with with family. In our social relationships we’re interacting with others. But what’s really going on in our minds? Our lives display exactly what’s going on in that brain of ours. God’s Word tells us that what we think about will surely manifest itself in our actions. What are you thinking about during your day? Are they good thoughts? Are they bad thoughts? Or are we thinking about what matters only to ourselves? What we fill our minds with will eventually show others what we are consumed with. If the Word of God is being poured into our minds we will display the fruits of the Spirit. Anything else that occupies our minds that is not of God will display the fruits of those roots. Let’s be careful of what we think about as live each day to glorify our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ. Have a great day friends!

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Don’t Be So Easily Distracted

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 26, 2012

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Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Article 79 Volume 2

Don’t Be So Easily Distracted

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1, 2

It seems like everyday that we are allowed to arise and see another day we are faced with some type of discouragement in some way or another. And it doesn’t just begin when you wake up. Some of us were distracted in our sleep, whether we were dreaming or not. In our subconscious we allow the perception of accommodating thoughts, ideas and compromises to engage our thoughts, and when they seem appealing and desirable to us we want to make them reality. That is a very difficult thing to do in reality, unless of course, we are determined to make it happen at any costs, and it will cost you something my friend whether it be financially, commitment, or your time.

If we look at life, and everything it brings toward us, we have to understand it is geared toward focusing our attention on things that are self-serving, gearing to take our minds off of what’s really important to us. Take, for instance, the single guy. He has no commitments or obligations to anyone but himself. So what is he facing daily: choices and decisions to please himself wherever, whenever and however he chooses. He may have plans for that day, but all it takes is one serious distraction and it can alter his entire plan for that day. Now, let’s look at the married man. He has a commitment, a covenant relationship with his wife, and an obligation to his children to raise and care for them. If he is easily distracted, all of his decisions and choices will affect his wife and family, regardless of what they are because he is the spiritual leader of his family. As the spiritual leader of his home, having distractions can affectively deter his family’s trust and dependability upon him and see him as misguided and confused. Who wants to follow someone who appears misguided and confused? And we wonder why so many wives are leading their households all across America, and even the world! It’s not that they want to, it’s because they don’t have a choice if they want their families to survive! See how the impact of being distracted can affect a marriage, a family, and even generations to come! I’m reminded of a family in the Word of God that this very same thing affected them, but I’ll mention that a little later.

Now these distractions can be anything from just what’s before us to actual pre-meditated conceptions in our hearts. And that’s the worst kind of distraction. Distractions can be the computer, your cell phone, your job, habitual concerns, friends, hobbies. Am I giving you a clue as to where I’m going with this? Hope so! Everything we do in life can be a distraction to ourselves as well as to others, especially our wives and children, the ones whom we affect the most. For the single guy, he only affects himself, but he also affects his future with the decisions and choices he makes now. No one escapes, my friends! So what is a man to do when he is distracted? I did two things to help me handle distraction, but understand one thing before I mention these two things: It didn’t happen over night and I’m still using these as purpose for my life today.

“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)

One, I cast down anything that exalts itself over my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That’s what distraction aims to do, to take our focus off of whom and what is important to me. When I’m preparing for my day that I’m blessed to be a part of, I’ll be facing a world, and the enemy of my soul that’s aiming to kill, steal and destroy me in every way possible. I ask God, before I leave my home, to guard and protect my mind and heart from distractions of every kind, from those that enter through what I see and those that appear before me. The more I speak against those distractions the less they appear. It’s a constant battle daily but I persevere, and I’m winning the battle with God’s leading by His Holy Spirit.

“But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28 (KJV)

Two, I try to keep my heart and thoughts clean and pure. I try not to allow thoughts to enter my heart through my mind and sight because once it gets to the heart it’s just as well done. God’s word says that when we look upon a woman in a lustful manner we’ve already committed adultery with her in our hearts. That’s where a lot of the distractions of life begin, in the heart. If our hearts aren’t right, the enemy will work his way in there and cause all kinds of havoc. He will have us desiring things that aren’t pure and righteous.
I extended that a little further and asked God to create in me a clean heart. With a clean heart, my thoughts remain pure in His sight, and that’s pleasing to God! I fill my heart with His Word, and His Spirit is already residing there anyway. I realized several years ago that when God created me He reserved a special place in my heart especially for Him. I want to renew that place everyday with His love and mercy.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10 (KJV)

Now, remember when I mentioned earlier about a family being affected by distraction, and soon brought destruction, even death to his family members. That man was
King David, a man after God’s own heart. Many of you are very familiar with this story as it is used time and time again. But the example is too revealing to pass by (2 Samuel 13).
During the spring months, when most kings were supposed to be out at war with their armies fighting the battles, David was at home. After deciding to take a stroll on his rooftop, he notices a woman bathing below. Gazing at her, he inquired of her by way of his servants. And even after finding out who she was, he still pursued her. He eventually had relations with her and she conceived a child. Many of you know the rest of the story. But what I want to point out is this: Bathsheba was a distraction. And that distraction entered David’s heart. And once that distraction entered his heart, it was just a matter of time before the physical act occurred. That’s what will happen if we give distraction attention long enough. Now, let’s look at how it affected his family.

His son Absalom ended up killing his brother Amnon because he raped their sister Tamar. Then Absalom was killed by David’s general, Joab. You see, because of distraction, it whittled on down into the family; Amnon’s death because he was distracted by his sister’s beauty, and Absalom’s death because his father David wasn’t there for him when he needed him, therefore, he was distracted and influenced by authority and power. This very same thing can happen to us today when we allow distraction place in our lives.

If we take a serious look at what we’re doing on a daily basis in preparing for our day, is preparing for distraction on the list? I believe we can all learn a lesson or two from King David when he shares his heart with the Lord:

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Psalms 51:1-3 (KJV)

If we confess our sins daily, and realize that it’s God whom we sin against first and foremost, we’ll want to seek His forgiveness and keep our hearts pure. This will, in turn, allow us by the power of His Spirit to keep our thoughts clean and focused on Him. When distraction arises, we can cast those thoughts and vain imaginations under the captivity and obedience of Jesus Christ. We will think clearly, make wise and sound decisions in our lives without affecting our marriages and families negatively.
So let’s not be so easily distracted. The enemy is out there day and night trying desperately to trip us up. Let’s not help him by aiding and abetting him. Stand up for righteousness and begin to win the battle. Remember, if you don’t stand up for something you’ll fall for anything.

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 26, 2012

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7

All of us try to live our lives the very best we can by doing the right thing, being honest in our intentions and speaking the truth. Our lives are an exact display of what’s in our hearts. And we’re living right before the ones who are influenced the most by what we do: our children. If we’re doing the very best we can, and being lead by God and His Holy Spirit, His Word tells us that even our children will be blessed! Are we living a life we can be proud of? Is God proud of how you’re living? Let’s live and walk our lives with sincere integrity and purpose. Remember, our children are watching, and they will desire to be just like us if we’re walking in the statutes of God. I want my children blessed, don’t you? Have a blessed day my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 23, 2012

“Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.” Proverbs 19:20

It’s a blessing to have people in our lives who give us instruction and guidance. Although sometimes we believe we may know it all, our heavenly Father, Jesus Christ knows we lack understanding in all things. That’s why God places certain people in our lives to help us, to guide us, to speak wisdom and understanding into us so that He lead us unto all truth. As we continue to grow and mature, our faculties become weary, and slowly decrease in knowledge. But God wants us to stay focused on Him, His Word, and He will sustain us during those formable years. Having a mentor, a man or woman of God, filled with wisdom and knowledge, speaking in and over our lives strengthens our hearts and minds daily to do what is right in the sight of God. Let’s take heed to those who are placed in our lives for this very purpose, to help us, that as we approach our older years we remain aware and alert in all things. Have a wonderful, blessed, and enjoyable weekends friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 22, 2012

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21

Sharing with others can be such a blessing, and knowing the right things to say can be even more of a blessing. But saying the wrong things, sharing words that don’t bring life to the situations of others can be devestating. We can either edify and enhance someone’s life by our words or we can speak defeat and destruction. Allowing our Lord Jesus Christ to govern our thoughts, minds and hearts will give us the words, the encouragement and the understanding to say what needs to be said. Let’s guard our tongues wisely, and be careful what we say to one another. Begin to carefully build up one another and let the Spirit of God lead us when sharing or encouraging. He knows the right things to say, at the right time, to all people. Speak life into others, and watch the hearts of those become refreshed and revitalized in the hope that we speak about, Jesus Christ! Have a great day my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 21, 2012

“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.” Proverbs 17:27

Being filled with the wisdom of the Word provides us with considerable understanding in the streams of dialy life. Encouraging others is very important to men or women of God, as we ought to desire to strenthen one another by the sharing and edifying in the things of God. Knowledge in God brings peace, and that’s what we should desire to share with others. When we do, others are comforted, and blessed, knowing that the love of the Father is in us. Share that love with others, and let’s give His peace to all mankind. Remember, it’s not ours to keep. It’s a gift to give away for all to experience. Have a blessed and exciting day friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 20, 2012

“He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” Proverbs 16:20

Knowing that when we seek after God’s Word for our lives it is instruction for guidance, comfort, direction, which will lead us unto all peace in everything we do. Trusting His Word will supply us, His creation, His children, the blessings of wisdom and knowledge to succeed in life in our families, our careers, and even our relationships. Everyone wants to be happy. Trust the Lord, and His Word, seek after Him, and happy we will be. Have a great day friends!

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