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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 31, 2012

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!” – Psalm 119:1, 2

God desires us to seek after Him with our entire being. He wants to bless us, keep us happy and secure, and know in our hearts that He is always there. As obedience to Him is priority to us, God will give us the desires of our heart. But we ought to keep His Word hidden in our hearts as well. Living a Holy and Christian life requires us to maintain strict disciplines that we are to adhere to, thus, holding onto His testimonies, His statutes and His commands. This will keep the devourer, Satan, and his demons away from placing his clutches of evil in our lives. Give God your all in everything you do in life, and He will guide and direct you in all things so that you will succeed in all your endeavors. Have a wonderful and prosperous day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 30, 2012

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22

Isn’t it a joy to know that we have a foundation in Christ that was built and established by the prophets for us to acknowledge and continue in? Yes, we are family, joined together for the cause of Christ. We have been built as a family, together, to live and exist for the Spirit of God to dwell in our midst. Christ is our solid rock, the cornerstone as the Word teaches us, of our faith, our belief, our desire and our hope. We recognize who we are in Christ. We are citizens of the kingdom of God! Christ is the reason for all seasons. We are a family that no man or no entity can destroy. We are God’s property and He is our Lord. Let’s live like it fellow saints, and display the joy of the Lord through obedience to our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day my friends!

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Building Friendships That Last

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 29, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Volume 2 Article 110

Building Friendships That Last

How many real, true friends do you have? When we observe the friends we do have, can we actually say that they would be there at a moment’s notice or call? Would they stop what they’re doing and come to our assistance or aid without excuse or hesitation? As we start to really think about it some of us might begin to see that number we assumed dissolve rather quickly. Are those whom we call our friends really that? Well, to some, it really depends on what we call a friend.
To some, a friend could be someone who is a person whom we have developed social relationship with through hanging out with; or maybe a friend could be someone we grew up with and have known all of our lives; or even just someone who is there who we need an ear to listen to us. Whatever your definition of a friend is, at least you have them in your life for a reason. There is nothing like having friends, close, distant or just next door. Those relationships took time to develop and should continue to develop as we live. Let’s look at a friendship that is an example of God’s idea of friendship and companionship: the friendship of David & Jonathan in the Bible. This was a friendship that developed with mutual respect and admiration for one another and their desire to be honest and sincere. We don’t want anyone to misconstrue this friendship in any other way than as it is shared. This was a friendship that was fostered and built on genuine, authentic commitment to one another.

David had just finished slaying the Philistine giant, Goliath, when he and Jonathan, King Saul’s eldest son began their friendship. These were two young men who were very different in a lot of ways. David was a sheperd, the son of Jesse. Jonathan was from a royal family, a prince, and had everything he wanted.

“Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” – 1 Samuel 18:1

The Bible talks about how David and Jonathan were bound together to care for one another’s needs, such as what they stood for, what they believed in, and the cause for righteousness and truth. Their understanding was in tune with one another, same like-mindedness in all things because they developed that friendship seeing each other’s heart. They really appreciated one another. These types of attributes can solidify a friendship forever. They valued one another’s godly qualities.
When we begin to develop friendships with honest intentions we are setting the foundation for successful relationship. Knowing a person over a period of time strengthens your belief in them and them in you. We find favor with that person. Some people would call a person of such relationship a “best friend” and he or she would have preference over other friends because of the level of friendship. From God’s perspective, this is the type of relationship He desires us to have with everyone. But it’s almost unthinkable in the times we live in because of the disloyalty, lack of trust, and hidden agendas of some people. We have placed boundaries of protection over our hearts and minds because of past betrayals, people not appreciating our values and morals or our belief system. So that makes it hard for us to trust or develop true, honest relationship. Many of us want and desire friendships that will last but it so difficult sometimes. David and Jonathan knew what kind of friendship they had, and made a covenant with one another because of the love for they’re friendship.

“Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.” – 1 Samuel 18:3, 4

So you ask, how can you develop or begin to develop friendships that will be lasting and true. One of the lessons we can learn from David and Jonathan is we must have a common bond with that person or persons. The Lord God was their bond. They knew who the Lord was in each of their lives. They shared, and ministered to one another. They were there for one another in word, thought and deed. They respected one another. They were honest with one another. When we begin to trust God to look at each other’s hearts we’ll discover who that person is and their honest intentions. Then we pray to God that He will mold and shape our friendship into glorifying Him in what we say, think or do. Let honesty and truth be key components in establishing relationship with others. This will, in turn, allow us to be transparent to one another. But this has to go both ways not just on one person’s part. It’s going to take two people together to make this friendship work. If we develop friendships like this, it will help us understand those whom we desire to allow into our space, our lives and our relationship.

Now please don’t misconstrue the depth of developing friendships with everyone. Everyone is not meant to be in our lives for specific reasons. Some people have motives that are aimed to bring discouragement and doubt with intentional purpose. We have to use wisdom lead by God’s Spirit to discern between what is right and wrong. Our sin nature has caused this problem because the enemy comes in with a plot to destroy any efforts of coming together on our part. So be wise and attentive to the hearts of others.

Just like David and Jonathan, we can develop friendships that can be lasting. Are you willing to be open and transparent in your conversations and thoughts? Are you able to be honest and truthful with your intentions? That’s where it starts. Look at those that call you a friend. Are you there for them? Are they there for you? Is there mutual admiration and understanding between the two of you? Think about it. Let God establish in you friendships that will be lasting and true based on His Word, His Truth, and His Spirit.

“If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.” ~Samuel Johnson

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 29, 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.” – Galatians 5:1

The Apostle Paul is making it very clear to the Galatian people, and us, to make a stand to live in the freedom that Christ provided for us through His death, burial and resurrection. But he also declared that we shouldn’t return to that life of sin as well. Our Savior desires for us to live a life that’s holy and acceptable by Him and through Him. He defeated death, and gave us life, and that more abundant. Some of us have lived a life to this point that we’re really ashamed of because of guilt, shame and disappointment. But through His sacrifice and resurrection, we were made whole, free to live in the power and might of His glory. Make a stand today, and refuse to hold on the that sinful lifestyle of doing life your way. Do life God’s way, and live in the freedom that has been prepared and ordained for all of us. It’s Monday, so start living in that freedom right now, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 26, 2012

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.” – Psalm 119:33-35

Instruction and guidance from the Word of God is our anthem. How can we live our Christian life without it? In order for us to be the light of the world, to live our lives holy and obediently, we must adhear to Biblical instruction lead by His Holy Spirit. Our ways and thoughts will be clearer; our direction and understanding will be established; and the joy and peace of our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be in us so that no weapon formed against us will prosper. The challenge is can we and will we follow after God with our whole heart, and not just lip service. As children of the Most High God, let’s together seek after our King with the diligence and desire that will make our Heavenly Father pleased with us. Have a wonderful day, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 25, 2012

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

All the day long we are counted as sheep for the slaughter, as the Bible teaches us. There are those who don’t want to see us succeed in anything we say or do, and they will do anything and everything they can to prevent us for achieving our purpose. But God’s Word says don’t be overcome with evil. Don’t allow the enemy, Satan, to deceive you, to discourage you by showing you your faults or past sins so that you can’t move forward. Those that persecute you, God says to love them and show kindness and mercy to them, and allow His Holy Spirit to show you how to do that. I realize it’s hard to do in the natural, but if we ask God for His guidance through His Spirit, He will guide us to display the kind of love that’s needed. Don’t retaliate or seek revenge on others that hurt you or despise you; God will strengthen us and put the love of the Jesus within us and show us how to overcome evil with goodness and mercy. Try it today, and let God’s goodness make a huge difference in your day and relationships. Have a beautiful day my friends.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 24, 2012

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14

As we attempt by the grace of God to live our lives with purpose, one of the things we all must learn is perseverence. We get stuck sometimes with discouragement, with indecision and frustration, and this hinders our walk with Christ. But God has a higher calling on our lives and He wants us to keep pressing through to meet that expectation from Him. God has so much more for us as His children, much so as we do for our own children as they grow into maturity. We tend to worry too much about our past, and the things we have done that were sinful. This takes our focus off the task at hand: lvining and growing in the Lord. Let’s stop placing our thoughts and energies on the past, and let’s put all of our efforts on what Christ wants to do for us and in us today. Persevere through your struggles because God wants to bring you out of them into marvelous victory in Him. This my friends is our higher calling in Jesus. Welcome Him today to lead and guide you unto everlasting truth, freedom and understanding. Have a victorious and blessed day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 23, 2012

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” – Matthew 7:21-23

Are we paying careful attention to our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Are we trying to obey His Word and His commandments? These are some concerns we ought to engage in everyday the Father gives us life. Even though we may appear to be living a holy life; may say the right things at certain times; and even pray for others in sincerity, if we don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ it will be all for naught. We ought to ask ourselves “Am I doing the Lord’s will? Am I following His commandments and statutes?” We ought to know our Father in Heaven, spend time with Him, get to know His heart and character through His Word and through His Holy Spirit. Let’s just not know Him in our thoughts or our lips, but in our hearts. Lip service only is just like false witnessing to others. Our witness is untrue, and doesn’t hold true and honest testimony. Strengthen your relationship with Christ by diligently seeking after Him with your whole heart, and know Him for who He is, our Creator and Lord. He knows us by name, so why shouldn’t know our Father? Have a beautiful day, be blessed, and know that Jesus is Lord!

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A Husband’s Confession

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 22, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Volume 2 Article 109

A Husband’s Confession

First and foremost I want to begin by saying I’m sorry for what I’ve done,
I know my words have been nothing but emptiness one by one.
I have no excuses for my behaviors and irrational living,
But I need to start doing life right, first to you by giving.

For many years I neglected our marriage vows for selfish reasons,
My mind was occupied with thoughts of previous seasons.
Behaviors that controlled my mind and my heart,
That negative influence was what tore us apart.

I allowed that behavior and mentality to get the best of me,
It was a choice I made, but the wrong one I see.
I allowed those wrong choices to influence our lives together,
Casting a stain of sin, that wanted destruction forever.

I confess to you my wife, that I made mistakes that cost us time,
Mistakes that I would sadly acknowledge, and pay for my crime.
I’ve sinned against God and against you as well,
To you both I share my heart, with conviction I am compelled.

It was my words of disrespect, my thoughts of selfishness and greed,
It wasn’t my sincere intent, but the sin in my life was my need.
I neglected you in every area without thinking with a clear mind,
But you never left nor forsaken me, even over all this time.

I know saying sorry doesn’t take the pain and misery go away,
But I know I have to start somewhere so I’m choosing to say it this day.
Lord God, Jesus Christ, please forgive me for hurting You, and my wife,
Help me to overcome my problems, and begin to live in You a holy life!

I’m asking you, my wife, to please find in your heart to forgive me,
And I know it won’t happen in a day, or week, or month, but somehow, maybe.
Your trust in me has been violated, and I want to rebuild it on God’s Word,
It’s going to take me some time, something I’ve said before that you’ve heard.

I know I have a long way to go to prove myself worthy and dependable,
But I refuse to go back to that life where I allowed everything to be expendable.
I’m re-committing my life to Christ, and will obey Him in word and deed,
I’m committed to placing structure in my life, a time of help that I need.

The changes that will take place will require diligence and dedication on my part,
It’s a renewing and transformation of mind, spirit and heart.
I need these changes because they are what it’s going to take for me to be free,
I’m not neglecting you again, just committed to working on me.

I’m turning for help to those who are committed to giving me exactly what I need,
Spiritual integrity, men full of godly wisdom, not sin and not greed.
I’ve forsaken the behaviors that got me where I am today,
And I want you to know, I’m doing life God’s Way!

So in my heart of hearts, I ask you, my wife,
Please continue to be by my side for the rest of my life.
And I will spend the rest of my days working anew,
Showing and demonstrating how much I truly and honestly Love You.

This confession is dedicated to those men that want to say this but haven’t gotten to this point in their lives because of their struggles with what their battling. They are still fighting with the enemy in passivity, depression, anxiety, hurts, and habits and so on. These negative influences have kept so many men from stepping into their destiny, and they don’t have the voice to really share what’s in their hearts. Until they get to that point, I want to be that voice for them. I believe somewhere in every man’s heart, there is a strong Man of God inside crying out, wanting to speak with boldness and truth. But the shame and guilt of past and present sins have suppressed those desires. I want to encourage you men who are struggling with your issues, God is here for you. He died for your sins. He has forgiven you of past, present and future sins. Turn to Him today, and seek Him to come out of your struggles because you don’t have to remain there. Once you come out from your struggles, you will begin to say what’s inside your heart, and YOUR voice will be heard. I’m praying for all men who can relate to this because it’s in you and me. We can’t deny it. Let’s be bold, and allow God to heal, transform and renew right now, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 22, 2012

“A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.” – Proverbs 14:16

We all know the difference between right and wrong. But sometimes we allow compromise and selfish ambition to interfere with our judgment. If we know this we ought to do the right thing without hesitation and not give the enemy of our souls, Satan, any open door to take full advantage to tempt us. When compromise enters the thoughts of our lives we ought to run, flee, and cast down those thoughts under the obedience and captivity of Jesus Christ! When we try to handle our life’s situations on our own the Bible says we’re acting like a fool because we’re dependent upon self and not God. Let’s be wise in all our doings, and trust God that He may guide us unto all truth and understanding. Have an encouraging day my friends!

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