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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 31, 2012

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice:” – Psalms 95:6, 7

Do we realize the awesomeness in who we serve as children of God? When we take some time out and recognize who God is, what He has done, the creation of the universe and life speaking it all into existence, we can’t help but worship and adore His greatness! He is our Lord and Savior! He created us! We belong especially and exclusively to Him! We are His! Just having an understanding of that fact is rewarding enough. He loves us so much, and it doesn’t matter what we’ve been through or what we’ve done. He knows us all by name. He calls on us to assure His love for us. Do you hear His voice today? Take some time out and listen to the voice of our creator. He has something special He wants to say to us, EVERYDAY! Have a wonderful, exciting and tremendous day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 30, 2012

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” – Revelation 21:22-27

As a child of the Most High God, Jesus Christ, have you ever stopped in you’re daily activity and wondered what our heavenly home will be like? We so busy involved in our work, the responsibilities of life and can forget that we’re only here on this earth for a short time. Revelation 21 and continuing into chapter 22 gives us a brief description of what our new home, the New Jerusalem, will be like as gave John a vision of our destination. Imagine the glory of the Lord being our light with no need of electricity or gas or water. He will be everything we need. There will be no night or darkness there. There will be no death, illness, desease or anything that brings defilement or intrusuion into our new home. The gates to our home will never be closed. It will pure, transparent glory in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because He will be our light, our water, our bread, and everything we need. And only those whose names are written in the book of life shall enter into it. Our natural homes are good, and have their purpose,but let’s not live like this is our only destination of residence. Let’s live like what it really is: temporary until our Father returns and takes us to our real home, forevermore with Him. Have a beautiful and exciting day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 29, 2012

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Matthew 7:1, 2

Sometimes we find ourselves in this predicament of judging others without even knowing it. We see the things that people do around us or to us, and if we don’t agree with it we tend to cast judgment on them. We try to decipher their motives for doing what they do. Or there are times where we just observe others and the way they live their lives, and if they aren’t serving God we start to criticize and ridicule their actions. Jesus wants us to understand that people, even His own children, will do things that aren’t pleasing to the Father. But judging others is not Christlike. Loving others despite their actions is what Jesus desires us to do. Wasn’t it Jesus dying on the Cross crying out to His Father “Forgive them, for they know not what they do!” We ought to do likewise, forgive, and pray for them. Unfortunately it’s too common that we’re quick to judge others because our intention is to strike back verbally in vengeance. Remember, God tells us that the same judgment we used upon others will be used against us. Let’s look at people, and ourselves with compassion, because we all have faults and character deficiencies. Isn’t that one of the reasons why Jesus died for us? Think twice, and let’s love instead of judge. It’ll bring others closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. Enjoy a victorious day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 28, 2012

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” – Psalms 25:4, 5

Coming to understand who God is to you can be comforting as well as rewarding. When we seek after God’s divine wisdom He’s moved with compassion as the faith of His people is activated. He shows us His mercy, His grace and His goodness in our lives and those around us. God is everything to us. Without Him, where would we be? I know, let’s not even think about it or give place to it. We grateful that we have a loving, kind and considerate God who cares deeply for His people. Let’s seek Him daily, desire to learn His ways, commandments and statutes. Wisdom is a blessing. His knowledge is a gift. I will wait all the day long for You Lord Jesus! Have a great day in all you do with the favor and blessing of the Lord!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 27, 2012

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Jesus was explaining to His disciples about how hard it is to enter heaven if the riches and glory of this world were the center focus of your life when they were astonished at His words. We see a focus on the things of this life and where it can lead us, even the elect of God if we succumb to it’s lure. But if we place our faith and hope in Christ, anything we attempt to do through Him is always possible. If you’re uncertain about the challenges you face in life, and don’t have the faith or understanding to believe God can accomplish it in your life, think again. As long as we continue to believe in the Father, Jesus Christ, everything is possible. We must maintain that hope by living and staying faithful to Him alone. Don’t get caught up in trying to do things by yourself. It will not work or last. Trust Jesus to do the impossible. It’s really like this: with the world it’s impossble; with God, “Im-possible!” Have a beautiful and inspired day, in Jesus’ Name!

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Discipleship: It’s Part of the Healing Process

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 27, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Volume 2 Article 101

Discipleship: It’s Part of the Healing Process

After years of struggling with addictive behaviors that plagued my family in ways I could never have imagined, I finally came to a crisis of truth that lead me to understand what was really important to me. I was in denial of what I had been going through as a man, assuming that all men had gone through what I was being challenged with. I really believed in my heart that every man experienced this kind of behavior because that was what I saw in men all around me. But when I discovered the reality of it all, I was ashamed for allowing it to happen to me, as well as to my family. It affected every relationship I ever had. I struggled with being honest and transparent with people. After acknowledging my sinful behaviors, confessing them before God, and repenting, I began to allow God to have the authority in and over my life that He should have. That’s when my healing took place when God became the center of my life. That was the part of the healing process that eventually brought me to where I am today, a men serving God, my marriage, my family and others for the cause of Christ. I have been humbled as well as transformed by His mercy and grace, and I am ever grateful to the Lord for bringing me out of that lifestyle into His marvelous freedom by His Holy Spirit. Along the way during this journey I like to call it, I had to understand, and accept, that it was going to cost me something and it made sense to me as I experienced this process. I’d like to share those costs, and their influence on my life today as a result of those decisions.

Denying Myself –

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 16:24, 25

One of the very first things I had to acknowledge was getting out of that “self” mentality that I had everything under control. I gave myself all the credit for everything I was doing in life at that particular time in my life. But I failed to realize that that’s what got me into the mess I was in. It was all about me and how I did everything for selfish gain. God had humbled me in a way where He got my full attention, and He did, and I immediately listened in submission because I really had no choice. It was either to continue in what I was doing and not adhere to His calling, or deny myself, and acknowledge that frightful calling.

It was scary but I had to pay attention because I was at a point where I was about to lose everything, including my marriage and family. If I wouldn’t have made that decision to listen to God at that time I don’t know where I’d be today. But I’m grateful and blessed that I had enough sense left in me to make that conscious decision, a right one for a change. The choices I made then were not benefiting anybody but me so denying myself, and allowing God to take total control was a struggle at first. As I began to allow God total authority He began that healing process in my life as I became obedient and submissive to His will and not my own. He gave me real life that I can live for Him instead of for me.

Denying Others –

“If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
Luke 14:26, 27

As God began to transform me I had to realize through His Word that denying others was part of the process as well. I discovered that as I was willing to allow God total control over and in my life, there were those whom I had allegiance to, loyalty to. God had showed me that those relationships had to be severed for a time because they would interfere with what He needed to do in my life. In the book of Luke 14:26, God talks about hating those that may impede His work in us. That word “hate” doesn’t mean what it says as we know it. It means having a less desire of and more of yielding to. When God was doing His work in me I had those family members that thought I was still being selfish, thinking again about myself, never really changing. But what I was doing was giving God “ALL” of my attention and focusing on what He wanted to do in me. That’s what happened when is working in and on us when we surrender to Him totally. I didn’t come around family or talk to friends as much as I used to because God had my attention in all things of my life. I had to bear my cross, or basically pick up my struggles, my sins, my pains and behaviors and walk with it as a sign to remember what I am overcoming and trust God as He leads me. Just like Christ carried His Cross all the way to Golgotha (called the Place of the Skull), He was carrying the sins of the world on His back acknowledging those sins. That’s what I had to do as part of this process.

This also included friends and relationships, whether illicit or immoral, whether close or distant. I had to give everything to God if I wanted to be complete in Him. I prayed that they would understand, but that was the extent of my interaction with them because I was focused on God alone.

Deny the Lies & Seek Truth –

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”
Psalms 86:11

For years I was influenced by what I was around. There was infidelity, lusts, lies, cheating and deception. That was a lifestyle that I allowed to influence my thinking as well as my perception of life. It only got me to a point in life where everything was a temporary and not eternal. God showed me as I sought after Him diligently and with my whole heart that I would walk in His ways, living my life for His purposes and not my own. He began to change my heart, changed how I see people through His eyes. I became compassionate and sensitive to the things of God where people mattered to me no matter what they’ve gone through. His Word was convicting me, giving me understanding about what was important in life, not what I could get out it or who I could manipulate to gain self advantage. I learned that my issues were not just a behavior issue, it was a heart issue. God renewed my thinking and transformed my heart into a heart of compassion and love for others. I sought Him, and His Word, and He did in me and to me exactly what His Word said it would do.

How has this transformation changed me and making a difference in my life today?

I’m grateful and thankful to God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because it is He whom I live my life for. He has restored to me a life to use for His glory; He has restored my marriage and family with a purpose and foundation centered on His Word; He has blessed me in every area of my life where I lack nothing or having desire for anything that I don’t need. I understand my purpose in this life and who I am in Christ Jesus. His influence in my life has made me a light that is making a difference in those I surround myself with. God has placed in my life men of spiritual integrity, people with wisdom and knowledge of His Word to edify me, to pour into me and my family through ministering and prayer. I’m more confident and bold in the things of God than I’ve ever been before. He is the ultimate authority in my life now, and forevermore! I now abide in Him daily through a life of obedience and submission to Him alone.


And all this, and much more, is a result of what can happen when you face a crisis of truth in your life when you acknowledge the call of God. God loves us too much to allow us to continue in the sin that we succumb to because of bad choices or decisions. He wants to bring us out of that mess and restore relationship with Him. He also has a purpose for you, just like He has for me. So I encourage you, no matter what you’re going through at this point in your life, whether it be addictive behaviors, immorality, battling with struggles in your mind, it doesn’t matter. God is a God of healing, love and transformation. He can, and will, do the same for you if you allow Him to. If you’re at a crossroads, give God the opportunity to change your direction. Somewhere, sometimes in our lives we all need a U-turn. Come back to Him today.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “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, 32

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 24, 2012

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” – Psalms 51:10, 11

As we shared yesterday regarding confession, and how confession brings freedom, today we share about speaking that confession from the hearts. And who better an example of that than the man after God’s own heart, David. After his sin with Bathsheba, David cried out to the Lord with confession and an open heart. He asked God to empty himself of his existence and give him a new heart and put the right spirit, the Holy Spirit in his life. David wanted a new start in God. When we ask God to create something new in us He removes the old man, transforms him into a marvelous and holy man of God for His purpose to do His will. Everything changes, beginning with our hearts, minds and how we see things. We start to see things as God see them. After experiencing true repentance and freedom, we don’t ever want to go back to that life we knew before. How about you? Would trade the life you now have in Christ to go back to who you once were? Seek God daily, confess your faults and sin one to another as the Word of God instructs us to do. It will make a difference in your life as well as those you share them with. Have a great day and weekend my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 23, 2012

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:8-10

As we have being sharing about exposing the darkness for what it truly is, this revelation of truth brings comfort in knowing that we have faults we need to confess. Because of our human nature to sin, our lives are influenced daily by decisions and choices we make that sometimes bring negative results. When we recognize these faults, or sins, we must confess them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the forgiver of all sin. Confession brings healing and truth to us. The Truth is Jesus Christ. We should not allow unconfessed sin to contniue in our lives because it will hinder us from moving forward in the things of life, and with our relationship with God. We all know we’re not perfect, but knowing that Jesus Christ has forgiven us brings understanding and hope that we don’t have to live a life of sin. He died on the Cross for our sin. And we can’t live in denial, which can indicate that the Truth is not in us. Confess your sin daily to the Lord. Paul did it three times a day, everyday, even though he wasn’t practicing sin, he wanted to keep his flesh under the obedience of Christ. Let that be our prayer for our lives as well. Have a blessed day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 22, 2012

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:6, 7

As we shared in yesterday’s morning devotional, darkness can be a huge hinderance to our lives as believers. Even as we begin to mature in the things of God, our fellowship can be hindered by fear of the unknown, and we tend to develop a sense of false pretense in our walk with Him. If we say that we are children of God but we’re still living in a lifestlye of our old nature, we’re living a lie as the Word tells us. We are not living or practicing what the Word of God tells us to do. We are fooling ourselves and others. This is called deception. This is not of God. But if we learn to walk in the statutes and commands of the truth, which is the Word of God, we are covered by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. This is the light we ought to live in and desire for ourselves as remain obedient to His Word. Let’s continue to walk in the light, the Lord Jesus Christ, and experience the freedom of truth, and transparency will follow us all the days of our lives. Have a wonderful day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 21, 2012

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5

We have heard since we were children that God is the light of the world. We learned that Jesus is the bright, Morning Star. Light brings illumination to the things that are dark and unseen. This is what our Lord and Savior does. He is the light we need that brings hope and salvation. When Jesus speaks or His presence is manifested by the Holy Spirit, darkness flees, and has no authority or power against Him. What about the darkness in our lives; fears, discouragements, hidden agendas, secret lives? It’s all darkness. When Jesus resides in our hearts, He exposes that darkness, and shows us what it truly is. Do you have the light? And is that light shining and casting out all darkness in your life? Trust the Lord God Jesus Christ to remove all darkness from your life by confession, repentance, acknowledgement and acceptance. Have a victorious day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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