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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 31, 2012

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

We all love to quote scripture and bring a word to someone who might need a little encouragement. It’s a blessing to hear God’s Word, and receive it with gladness and humility. It’s also a blessing to hear the Word shared or preached by those who are inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring it to a captivated audience. But it’s also imperative that the Word we hear we ought to do it and follow it. Many times we hear God’s Word but don’t apply what we hear. Taking His Word and applying that word to our lives instills God’s assurance of protection, wisdom and knowledge to lead us in this life. What good does it do us if we just hear the word and not do the word? God’s Word gives life, gives instruction for godly living and divine wisdom so that we won’t be deceived in these deceptive times. When we hear God’s Word, let’s make an honest attempt and do what He says for us to do. His Word will change our lives for the best. That’s what He desires for us. Have a blessed day friends!

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Relationship Development Has It’s Rewards

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 30, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement
Article 87 Volume 2

Do you ever wonder if you’re in good graces with the Lord? Maybe I should try to explain what I mean when I ask this. It’s not a trick question, just a real one because many of us seem to think if we’re on God’s “good side” we’re alright with the Father. But before I attempt to discuss this question, let me make this disclaimer: God doesn’t have a “good” or “bad” side to Him. He is God! He’s merciful. He’s Omnipotent. He’s Omnipresent. Most of all, He’s Holy! Always has been, and always will be! Now, with that in mind, let discuss this question, and maybe ask ourselves are we finding the favor of God in our lives.

Being in good graces with someone entails having a relationship or standing with an individual that has developed into a belief that he or she is dependable, and has established a sense of trust in that relationship or standing. We can look at some examples of this in our everyday lives: on our jobs with our employers, performing at a level above and beyond expectations, earning high acknowledgement and praise for consistent work-related performance; being dependable with every relationship that shows your commitment to bringing out the best in everyone by edifying and serving others; and even in obedience by following direction and guidelines that procure a trail of success and improvement for all concern. Each of these examples display a common characteristic that enables the “good graces” to be manifested in our lives and that is: developed relationship.
To some, these can be looked at as perks, or special favors, or even enhancements to the highly intellectual. But either way we look at it, something I happening in people’s lives who receive certain honors, privileges and access toward their benefit. It has to do with relationship.
When we have developed relationship, we’re establishing a cord of understanding and true meaning with others. When God becomes our Lord and Savior, we begin to allow Him to establish a relationship with us and us with Him, as such which opens us up to commitment to one another. Once this relationship is established, along with consistent efforts of moving forward through all kinds of trials and tribulation, we develop a trust that we have between the two. We become familiar with one another; we know each other’s hearts, motives and intentions. Then, when time comes for understanding and clarity, we both step up and support one another in our efforts to bring peace, joy and success to all concern because of that relationship.

Look at Noah in the Bible. The Bible clearly states why Noah found favor and good graces with God.

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:8, 9

Noah had a relationship with God. He followed God throughout his life. That word “perfect” means a consistent lifestyle of following God in all areas of his life. God had a relationship with Noah that exceeded expectation. And this is what we need to develop, a kind of relationship that exceeds our expectations. God saw something in Noah that he didn’t see in any other man in the world at that time: trust and dependability based on his relationship with God. As that relationship took its course, as God decided to change the course of the world and time, He used Noah to serve His purpose in the implementation of that purpose by preserving some forms of life to begin again. And God gave Noah specific instructions to adhere to . . . “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” (Genesis 6:22) Just imagine if every one of us did as God has asked us to do! Can we even think about how our lives would be if we all just did as God instructed us to do? And those of us who remember the story later on in Genesis 9, God eventually blessed Noah and his family tremendously with favor beyond recognition by giving Noah and his sons favor, replenishing the earth beginning with his family; having every living thing that moves upon the earth as food for them. Nations came out of Noah’s family, his sons, and the graces of God were manifested.

Looking at this wonderful example, and comparing it to our times today, we can have the same impact in our lives, probably not at the scale of Noah, but as impactful. If we become relational focused, develop relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ with a consistent lifetime effort walking with God, we too, can find that favor from God on us as well. It’s not about what we can get or receive from God; it’s about understanding that our relationship with God is the most important gift we have. Obedience and the development of this relationship is critical to any success we have as children of God. We want the favor and good graces of our Lord Jesus Christ, but they come through obedience, submission to His Word, and by the guidance of His Holy Spirit. Our walk with the Lord, with a lifestyle of consistency in following God, is required to find His favor. We can’t assume we’ll receive His favor just because we’re children of the Most High. This is where we get it wrong, and selfishness comes into play with wrong motives and intentions only to glorify self.
There are so many more examples of finding God’s favor in His Word. Take some time out today and really look at your relationship with God. Are happy where you’re at in that relationship with Him? If not, what do you intend to do about it? Are you contemplating recommitting, re-establishing or rededicating your life to Christ and letting that relationship flourish? These questions need to answers from all of us. He’s coming back soon. Will you be ready?

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 30, 2012

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9

We’d like to believe that our honest intentions in life pleases God with every effort we make toward being Christ-like. Yes, that’s our ultimate goal to be like our heavenly Father, to imitate His lovingkindness; to love and serve others with compassion; and to glorify God in every area of our lives. These are all honorable and pleasing to our Father. But it’s even more pleasing when we allow God to establish how we live by the graces of His Holy Spirit. When we learn to depend on the Father for guidance and understanding, He makes our lives more foundationally established in His Word as we become more and more obedient to Him in all things. He protects us from uncertainty; He leads us by the direction of His Holy Spirit; He keeps us in perfect harmony with Him; all this and more, if, we allow Him to reign in our lives and be to us who His Word says He is, and that’s our loving, graceous, merciful and everlasting Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ. He loves us so much, and wants the very best for all mankind. Let’s allow the Creator of all things in life to establish our ways, manifest His presence in our lives, and bring joy, happiness and peace to all of us as we totally submit to Him alone. Have a blessed and encouraging day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 29, 2012

“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”
1 Corinthians 15:33, 34

Being careful about the company we keep is very important to us as children of God. God wants us to be a positive influence those in our lives by living a godly and holy life. But if we surround ourselves with those who do not know His Word or are not like-minded it can cause us to stumble in our own walk with Christ. Three things we ought to do when dealing and undertsanding relationship. Prayer – pray for those who tend to pull you away from the Lord; Separation – we may have to break off relationships if they are hindering our walk with Christ; and Perseverence – If the negative relationship doesn’t change, and God doesn’t tell you to break the relationship or association then He wants us to persevere through it. Let’s use wisdom in defining who is an influence in our lives and who is not. Growth and understanding can be at stake if we are unwise in our efforts to maintain truth in our walk with Christ. Have a great day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 28, 2012

“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” – Luke 23:39-43

Even unto death, the Lord Jesus Christ remembers us. On this day, let’s keep in perspective what this Memorial Day is about. Yes, it’s about honoring and respecting those men and women who fought, and died, for the freedoms we enjoy today. But it’s also about remembering what Christ did on Calvary’s Cross that made those freedoms evident to fight for. His death, burial and resurrection was, and is, the ultimate sacrifice of all time in the history of the universe. Making time to thank the Lord Jesus for His sacrifice, having us on His mind as He was dying on that cross when He said “forgive them, for they(we) know not what they do.” Remembering His love for us will always keep our hearts focused on where it all began. Blessings to all those who have diligently sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy what we have today. Men of Redemption thanks you, and we pray for your families and homes as our Lord and Savior Jesus lives through us, may His grace, mercy and peace rests upon you and yours always!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 26, 2012

“He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.”
Proverbs 14:21

Who is our neighbor? Every man and woman that crosses our pathway. And as children of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, we ought love our neghbors and do good unto them. I realize the times we live in, and the protective stands that people make, but with God’s divine intervention, He will allow us to have compassion for others in their time of need. We ought to meet our neighbors right where they’re at in life and offer help, encouragement or whatever the Lord instructs us to do. He will make a way out of no way. Do good to someone today, and be a blessing to a person who least expects it. It might be the only joy they receive this day. This will bring joy to you, and peace shall reign in you always. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Have a great weekend friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 25, 2012

“I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.” – Psalms 101:1-4

Being faithful is one of the keys to living a godly life. When we put God first over every area of our lives we are proclaiming that He has dominion and authority over every decision, every choice, every outcome, and every opportunity that presents itself. There’s nothing in this life that has more meaning to us as children of the Most High than our relationship with God. We will keep our hearts pure from perverse and evil thinking. He will protect us from those who practice evil and wickedness. He will surround us with the pure in heart, that we might remain faithful and obedient to Him alone. Strengthen and encourage yourselves today, and know that He is God alone and be faithful in all that you do. Have a great and blessed day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 24, 2012

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8, 9

If we ever wanted to know what it is that we as Christians ought to be consumed with, just read what the Apostle Paul instructs the Philippian people to dwell on. All of these things: being true, noble, just and pure, things that are lovely and of good report, consume ourselves with them. God desires these things to be a part of our lives as well as our character. Doing this will help us remain confident and solidified in our efforts to please Him. We ought to meditate on these things consistently, keeping our thoughts and minds pure of defilement and evil. Those that are around us will be drawn to that fruit in our lives and God will be glorified, pleasing Him. Let’s allow these things to become a part of daily activities so the Lord Jesus Christ will be lifted up. Enjoy a wonderful and blessed day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 23, 2012

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
– 1 John 2:3-6

There are a lot of people that walk around this life professing that they are Christians, and that they “know” the Word of God, but their life style shows no reflection of it. If one knows God he will abide in Him by living a life constantly seeking after Him, reading and applying His Word to our lives and allowing His Holy Spirit total reign of every fiber of our being. A life that is controlled by the Holy Spirit is a life that abides in Christ. His Word tells us that people who don’t keep His Word or keep His commandments are a liar, and the truth(Jesus) is not in him. If we profess our Christian identity let’s live as Christ lived; honestly, faithfully, obediently and holy. God will lead us unto all truth. Have a great day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 22, 2012

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
– Galatians 5:13 (NKJV)

Each child of God has been called to liberty. Liberty is freedom to live in Him, to be joyful, full of the happiness that our Lord and Savior gives us. But we need not to rejoice for ourselves but for others. One of the keys to this verse is to not boast in oneself but share this liberty with others that they might find the same. Some Christians use this as an opportunity to build on themselves but God wants and desires us to serve one another with the love He has blessed us to have. As the Lord God leads you today, share this love by serving others in joy. It might be the only joy they see or experience today. Enjoy your day my friends!

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