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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 28, 2012

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

Do you really know how blessed we are to be a child of the King, the Most High God, Jesus Christ? Upon receiving His salvation, His Holy Spirit came to us and resided in our spirit. We have full access to the Father and He shows us things that can only be known to us by His Spirit. When we were in the world living our lives in an unsaved manner, we only knew how to deal with life, situations and problems by how we were taught and guided. With God’s Spirit dwelling and living in us we have access to know what is true and righteous in His sight for holy living. We didn’t, and couldn’t understand the things of God. But praise ye the Lord we have grace that is sufficient for us. Recognize the spiritual discernment that is already in you and live in that strength that can only come from the Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Have a wonderful, complete, and victorious day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 27, 2012

“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.”
– John 1:35-42

When we asked Jesus Christ into our hearts He changed us forever. With that transformation, it made us alive in Him. With that transformation, is our lives doing the same for others? If God has brought such a change in our lives, with direction of life and purpose, are others desiring to follow who we are following? Our lives, and the way we live ought to depict His life-changing grace that others should see it daily. It’s the difference He has made in every area of our being. Just as Andrew heard John speak about the Lord, he was compelled to share and bring others to Christ. Is that our hope and desire? Has Christ made such difference in your life to where you’ll want to go and lead others to Him? As children of God, let’s allow the Lord to have complete authority over everything we say and do. The world is watching us, and they’re looking for something or someone to guide them. Let them see who’s guiding and leading us. Tell someone about Jesus today! Have a great day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 26, 2012

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

The Word of God is our road map. His Word is where we receive the instructions to live, to fight the good fight of faith, and where we receive the wisdom and knowledge to remain strong against the devices of our enemies. God’s divine and inspired Word will bring life to every situation we enter regardless of what we may believe the outcome will be. God’s Word knows our hearts and our intentions, whether we’re honorable or dishonable; whether we’re being truthful or deceiving. If you are a child of God, begin to honor and reverence the Word of God. We are held accountable for every word that we receive from God in hearing and doing. Make a decision to place His Word in your heart today. Be blessed, and have an exciting day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 25, 2012

“So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Are you confident in knowing that once we die we’ll be in the presence of the Lord God Almighty? God’s Word assures us that we live our lives by faith, trusting and believing that His Holy Spirit will direct our paths in righteousness. This body that His Holy Spirit dwells in, is temporary, and soon we will meet our Creator at our appointed time. But we need not worry because we will see God in His glory. Death is not something we like to talk about or discuss, but we need to be sure about our salvation, where we will spend eternity. God gives us that assurance in His Word right here. Let this mind be in you that when we leave this life, will be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever. Be comforted in knowing this my brothers and sisters in the faith, that eternal life awaits those that know and live for the Lord our God. Have a wonderful and blessed day friends!

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The Double-Minded Man: Pt. 4 – Denying Worldly Lusts

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 24, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Volume 2 Article 105

We’ve talked about our Hearts, our Stability, and our Indecision. Now, in our final installment of Double-Mindedness, we want to share about “Denying Worldly Lusts.”
All three of these previously mentioned are influenced by our topic of discussion for today. But I want to point out something first and foremost: Lust isn’t always centered on the opposite sex. As a matter of fact, lust can not be associated with the opposite sex all together, and this is where, in my opinion, it is the most dangerous. First, let’s take a look at some of the meanings of lust.

Lust:
“Intense sexual desire or appetite; a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually followed by for); ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish: an enviable lust for life. pleasure or delight. desire; inclination; wish.”

As a man living in a society that’s fueled by sexual promiscuity as a way of life, it can be difficult to keep my mind on the things that are important to me and my family. Everywhere I turn, everywhere I look, and everywhere I go the opportunity for lust to take affect is right before my eyes. As we see in the above definitions, we find that lust can be different in many forms. I want to look at a couple of them for perspective understanding.

The Obvious: Sexual Desire

This form of lust is probably the most common among us men. Because we are creatures of visual adaptation, anything that appeals to our sense of sight will cause immediate re-direction of all thoughts and desires. Before the fall of Man, when Adam took of the apple, both Adam and Eve walked the Garden of Eden totally naked and unashamed as the Bible states. But after the fall, their eyes were opened, and the shame and guilt of life was introduced, and our perception of decency was warped forever. Along with that futile exposure came the infiltration of demonic influence that turned the indecency into what it is today, and is world-wide accepted. Because of Man’s weakness, and his passivity to be influence by what he sees, the enemy of our souls, the devil, has turned what was once a life of pure holiness into a distorted and destructive appetite for sexual pleasure. This is totally an abomination to God! And men today are so drawn to this lifestyle that we have ultimately chosen to partake of this lifestyle because we’re drawn to it. This disobedience has influenced so many men to abandon our marriages, families, homes and even our jobs. That’s the kind of influence this particular form of lust has on so many men all over the world. They have developed a passion, a desire for it, they crave it.

“Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” – 1 John 2:15

Worldly Lusts

When we look at the world and all that it has to offer: fame, fortune, extravagant living, and all the beautiful women in the world to choose from, we wonder why we men can’t and won’t stay at home or stay committed to our marriage vows. The enemy has made the beauty and holiness of the woman so distorted that it has turned man’s desire for holiness into his desire for pleasure. It has even gotten to the point where it has become his god.
Not only that, but it has carried over into every area of man’s life. It has affected man in his career of choice in the area of power. Once a man reaches a point or position in his career, it changes his perspective to where he desires more power and wants to gain even more. It has entered his heart, his mind, and will not stop until he reaches that pinnacle of strength where he is on top of the (his) world.
What about the lure of money? Once a man begins to make money, he sees the potential to make even more. When that desire reaches a point of wanting even more money, a transformation and desire creeps in and he begins to focus on obtaining more of it and will do whatever it takes to get, even if it means doing the illegal thing or compromising his values and morals. The influence of money has drawn so many men to the brink of destruction, and even death, because of what it brings men if they keep seeking it. The problem with that we don’t know when enough is enough. We’re captivated with desiring more once the flow has begun. We just can’t get enough of it.
Then we look at the material things that this form of lust can bring. Men tend to want more of the pleasure of life that the world can bring. I’m talking about prestige and notoriety. Being known for what we have, as far as possessions or toys; the boats, the cars, the homes, how much land or property we own. We can get caught up in this so easily. In life it’s called “Keeping up with the Jones’” in many cultures. If our neighbors got something new, we’ll want to try to match it and get something better to show them we can afford the good things in life too. That right there is mentality that has gripped men and our society for centuries, and it has become a way of life, competing against each other, and sacrificing our marriages and families for its glory. This is where we’re at in life, and have been for some time now.
I know this is old news to some of us, but what can we do about it to stop the cycle so that our children and grandchildren don’t continue in it? We can’t love both God and money. This is where we as men have problems with indecision.

Well, for one we ought to desire to instill the fear of God in our children that they might learn to know the will of the Father for their lives. Teach, share and show them what God’s Word says about the things of the world. Just as we had a desire for the things of this life, show our children how we allowed God to turn that desire around for Him and His Word, His Holy Spirit, and the love He has for us. Fearing the Lord will show our children how to reverence God for who He is. They will learn to appreciate the blessings of God because they came from Him, not the world. Therefore, the desire to have, to crave, to long for, will be for the Lord God Himself. God will remove the scales from our eyes and show us the true meaning of life seen from His perspective by His Holy Spirit. These things of the world are only temporary, meaning, they won’t last, and we’ll only desire it more when it runs out. God is love and He is the Living Water that flows and never runs out.
Take time out today and look at your own life. Are you lusting after the things of this world and don’t realize it? Are you trying to keep up with the Jones’ and get everything they have to show how you compare or compete? Greed, desiring more of what the world offers shows a dependence upon the world. The Bible teaches that we are in the world but not of the world once we are saved. We no longer need to depend on its values or worth. Depend on the Word of God today, and everyday, and we shall not fulfill the desires of the world or the flesh.

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” – Revelation 3:15-18

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 24, 2012

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” – John 17:20-23

Did you know that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is praying for us? Think about that concept for just a minute. Here is the Creator of all heaven and the universe, the author and finisher of our faith, praying for us! Surely we’re not worthy! But in His eyes, we are that precious in His sight. We are His greatest creation. Just after He prayed for His dsiciples, He began to pray for us as well (John 17:6-19). Jesus tells us that He desires us to be in unity and harmony with one another just as He is with the Father. He also desires us to be the same with Him. This is the affection that our Creator, our Lord, our Savior, and our Redeemer has for each and every one of us. How much more should we, as His children, ought to love Him more than life itself? Take some time out this day, and recognize the love that Jesus has for us, no matter what we may have said or done. Have a wonderful and blessed day my friends, in our King’s Name, the Lord Jesus Christ!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 21, 2012

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” – Galations 5:1

The price that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ paid on Calvary’s Cross was the greatest sacrifice this life has ever known. God loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to ever go back to the life we lived before He saved us by way of His redemptive salvation. So Paul is encouraging us to stand fast, don’t waver, be strong in our faith, and don’t lose heart, no matter what we are challenged with daily. The enemy knows our weaknesses and he will continue to try to cast doubt on our decision to serve God and our commitment to the kingdom. Those of us who have struggled in so many areas, we know we don’t want to go back and be entangled, or ensnared with that sin or the out-of-control lifestyle. He has set us free from that season of our lives. We were trapped in that lifestyle before, so let’s not make the same mistake twice. God is with us, and if that’s the case, then who could be against us? No one, nobody, or anything shall separate us from the love of Christ. Be strong and victorious my friends, this day, and every day, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 20, 2012

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,to turn one away from the snares of death.”
– Proverbs 14:26, 27

Fearing the Lord Jesus Christ brings a confidence and assurance that our faith cannot be moved. We learn to stand firmly on His Word, speak boldly about our faith, and know that God is with us through it all. We also know that He conforts us with His love as we faithfully remain connected in Him. Giving reverence and glory to God because of who He is, and what His Word is to us helps us understand the nature of God, to acknowledge Him for His mercy and grace in our lives. He is Almighty God, the Lord of lords and King of kings! He is majesty! When we come to know our Savior we’ll glorify Him just because of who He is, not for what He can do for us or how He will bless us. It’s about Him, His presence in our lives, His Holy Spirit. Develop a closer, stronger relationship with the Father, and begin we’ll see the glory of His character and being so that we will know who God is, and reverence Him just because He is the great I AM! Have a beautiful and victorious day my friends, in Jesus Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 19, 2012

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”
– Proverbs 13:20

Do we see those who we hang out with or associate with as a source of strength and eidifcation? All of us have people in our lives for several reasons. We have those who are there for friendship, others for support as well as for advice or encouragement. But what about those who we associate it that have no purpose? We do have them in our lives. Proverbs talks about surrounding ourselves with wise people who will strengthen us, will encourage and build us up in the things of God. Who we associate with has a direct reflection on the direction we’re traveling in life. Who are you spending time with? Who are you allowing to come into or speak into or over your life? Let’s be wise in whom we allow in our lives because everyone doesn’t have good and honest intentions with the purpose of building us up. They are doing one of two things: they’re either buiding you up or they’re tearing you down. Be wise in your association my friends. Have a bless day, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 18, 2012

“Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” – James 5:19,20

It’s disappointing when we hear or find out that a family member has wandered away from us, doing things that we don’t approve of or believe in. That’s how we should feel when a believer wanders away from the family of God. That’s also why our walk with Christ is so evident to those around us. Like any wandering family member, we want to help restore them back to our family and bring them home. Regardless of why he or she has turned away, we, as the family of God, ought to desire to bring them back as God leads and guides us in this effort to restore him or her. When they make the decision to return, James says we have restored him, and the sins of his actions while he was away are forgiven when he comes unto repentance. Because of our efforts to help in this process we have assisted in covering a multitude of sins. We all know of someone who is wandering away from the truth. Let’s make a conscious effort and do our part, and let’s seek after those we know who have strayed away from the truth. They belong to God and the family of God. Have a wonderful day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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