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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 31, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” – Matthew 8:5-13

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, so why wouldn’t He do for us what He did for the Centurion? God will demonstrate His love for His people as we exercise our faith in Him, depend upon Him, knowing that He will do what He says He will do. I’m sure this Centurion heard about the miracles, signs and wonders from afar through the people of his time. He took God at His word, even though he was a leader and a high ranking officer he still trusted Jesus that if He just spoke the word that his servant would be healed. How about us? If Jesus just spoke His word, which He does through His Word if take some time to read it, do we receive it with such faith that any circumstance or situation would be healed? A good lesson for us to receive about having faith, trusting in God’s spoken and living Word. Just saying.
Have a wonderful day friends, and receive the written, spoken and living word of God today in all that you do. Be blessed, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 30, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” – Matthew 5:10-12

Being a child of God brings on many challenges as we try to live out our Christian walk. The relationship we try to live out is in total disagreement with worldly standards and precepts. The world hates righteousness because it glorifies Christ in every aspect of our being. Sometimes they will do everything they can think of to ridicule us, to show hatred and dislike because of our faith in Him and whom we choose to follow. People will go to extremes to show us, and those who are with them, that the life we’re living is not the best thing for us. No matter what the world says or does, we are to cling to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through it all. It may get to a point verbal and physical abuse, but God says rejoice and be exceedingly glad because our reward is in heaven waitng for us because of our stand for righteousness. Don’t allow the hatred of the world to deter you from our faith. They persecuted Christ Himself, and He told us that if they persecuted Him surely they will us. So gird yourself, stand strong in the faith when others come against you because of your faith and your stand for righteousness. God is there with us and for us, and He will protect us from all persecution. Remember, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Have a wonderful and victorious day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
– Joshua 1:8

Reading the Bible is critical in learing about who God is and what His will is for our lives. Most of us grew up in the church, attending Sunday School, involved in childrens programs, choir members, etc.. But as we have matured in those blessed ministry opportunities, hopefully, we’ve concluded that we need to study and meditate in and on God’s Word. Our way of life as children of God is written clearly in His Word for our observation and application. How can we live a Christian life without knowing who our heavenly Father is, what He desires for us to do and being a light or witness to others if we’re not knowledgeable of who He is? We can’t. Keeping God’s Word, and living what we read by the revelation of His Holy Spirit will enable us to be successful and prosperous as we fill ourselves with His Word, His peace, His joy, and all that He has for us. The abundant life He has brought to us guarantees us peace and tranquility in Him. Get into His Word, study His Word, and be filled with the joy of the Lord God. Have a blessed day friends.

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Don’t Allow Fear to Stop You from Moving Forward

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 28, 2013

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement
Article #117 Volume 2
Overcoming Fear
Every one of us have goals in life that we’d like to accomplish, and most of us recognize that it’s going to require of us a certain amount of faith, diligence and preparation to achieve them. When we became aware of those desires they were heartfelt, meaningful and sincere, but the challenge was to pursue them without fear or doubt. An unfortunately, that’s where a lot us tend to be intimidated with our future – knowing what must be done to achieve said goals but are unwilling to move forward in the process. This carries over also in our daily lives as well. This is called fear, and fear should not have that type of affect on us when we’re attempting to move forward in life. Yes, there are two distinct types of fear – fear in reverencing God, and the fear of intimidation. If we have the fear of reverencing God there would be no fear of intimidation, but many of us, because of being wounded, hurts, betrayal, passivity and other emotional setbacks, allow these fears to hinder us from going forward. We also tend to look at our deficiencies and inadequacies as a reason for our lack of forward progress. So many courageous people in God’s Word had the same problem when we look at their lives. One leader that comes to mind is Moses. As God was preparing him for a challenge Moses couldn’t even conceive himself doing, God showed him who He was, and the power of His might. But Moses was still not convinced.

“Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’” – Exodus 4:1

The Lord has showed Moses His power and leadership but Moses was still concern about what the enemy would say or think instead of hearing and listening to the Lord. And that’s the way some of us look at life: we have our eyes on the enemy and the circumstances that we have to face in life, which takes our eyes off of God who will sustain us, deliver us through it all. The root of this problem in all aspects is doubt. No matter how we look at it, doubt is the primary cause of fear because we’re not in tune with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ. We know about Him, but we haven’t had an encounter with God that will show Him Majesty and Almighty in our lives.
Moses still was leaning on his inadequacies as God was still demonstrating His glory to him.

“Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” – Exodus 4:10

This lack of encounter hinders our faith, hinders our momentum that it’s going to take for us to push through the fears that keep us from moving forward. Its God desire that we all prosper but if we keep allowing these fears to have dominion and authority in and over our lives we’ll never reach or see our potential, or even achieve any goals we set for ourselves. What can we do to break or stop this vicious cycle of fear in our lives and allow the presence of God to strengthen us in moving forward?
One thing we can do cast out all fear because God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Remove all doubt in our hearts and began to trust the lord with our whole heart.When we trust God in all things He will open up the windows of heave and pour out blessings that we couldn’t imagine.
But have to learn to trust God, and His Word, if we are going to move forward in what He has for us. When we look at everything we’re doing we need to ask ourselves “Am I trusting God for the accomplishment of these goals before me, and also do I trust Him to see me all the way through it?” No matter what you’re going through, or the goals you’ve set to accomplish, casting out all fear and doubt will help us see what God has for us without the discouragement or fear of moving forward.
Another thing we can do is surround ourselves with people who are spirit-filled, knowing how to overcome fear with understanding and wisdom. Make it decision today and start trusting God to remove any doubt in your lives so you can move in the direction He intended for you: FORWARD!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 28, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” – Psalm 85:8

Hearing from God is crucial for every Christian who is trying to live a life of righteousness before Him. How else will we learn what God wants or expects from us if we’re not reading, praying, meditating and listening for that still, small voice He speaks with to His people. But if we’re not in tune to hearing God speak to us, we become fixated on what had our attention before we were chosen out of the world: the sounds and cries of worldliness. We heard it very clearly and was advised of its benefits the easy way – we lived it with passion. But as children of God, we ought to be in tune to hear our Heavenly Father’s voice on a daily basis. If we’re not listening or in tune with God, then what are we hearing or listening to? It would then be easier to return to what we’re familiar with – the things we were doing and hearing before we were saved, and we don’t want to return to that life at all! As God gives us life, let’s allow His Holy Spirit to shift our hearing towards the things of God and hear from God with attentive ears for His voice. God is speaking His love, joy and peace to us constantly, and we ought to be listening for His instruction with full alertness. Make it your focus today before you involve yourselves in your daily activities, and ask God to strengthen you so that you can hear Him clearly. You never know, He may have a mission of rescue to the needs of others just being at the right place at the right time. He that hath an ear(s) let him/her hear what thus says the Lord God. Have a beautiful day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 25, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
– Hebrews 6:1-6
When we received the salvation of the Lord and became an heir to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, our old life was buried and we became renewed by the blood of the Lamb. Those habits and lifestyles we lived were no longer alive in us. Therefore, as children of God, we ought to be moving forward in the things in God. Progress in our Christian walk is evident when we continue to strive and diligently seek after Him. Why would we want, or desire, to return or go back to that lifestyle after tasting and experiencing His love, His grace, His Holy Spirit and a renewing of life through Him? Was not His dying on the cross evident enough that He loves us so we wouldn’t have to go back and return to our sin? His Word say that when we return to our old habits and lifestyles we are crucifying Christ all over again and shows that we doubt and didn’t believe what He did for us at Calvary. If we have truly experienced God’s love and salvation, let’s continue therein and not be swayed to the left or right. Let’s not bring shame to our Savior’s name by returning to the former lives we were living. Let God arise in you with fervency and confidence that our Savior reigns in all areas of our lives, that He will be glorified and not crucified again. Everytime we repeat those habits that is what we are doing. Make a stand and say “I will not crucify my Lord Jesus again!” Declare and stand on that, and He will strengthen us to arise in Him! Have a beautiful day and may His presence and favor rest upon you all, in Jesus’ Mighty Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 24, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:14-18

Yesterday we shared about putting on the whole armor of God for our daily protection. Today we want to look at that armor in the above verses for clarity and purpose. As a warrior goes out to defend his country and honor, he prepares himself from head to toe, inside and out. That’s what God’s armor does for His people. His breastplate of righteousness, preparing us to stand for the cause of Christ; prepares us with the gospel of peace; our shield of faith which defends us from the weapons or darts of the enemy; salvation, the knowledge that He is sovereign and in control; our sword, which is the Word of God for daily devotion and study; preparing us with prayer, keeping us alert and aware of anything the enemy will try to accomplish. With this kind of armor cover and protecting us inside and out, who can stand against us? That’s right, no one and nothing! Are you putting on your armor today, and every day for the safe, divine protection of God to be equipped to defend His honor? We should. Then He God will defend our honor as we step into His guidance by His Spirit. Challenge yourselves today, and be equipped to fight the good fight of faith with God, our heavenly has provided for us. I don’t see how we can do what God desires in us with His armor and His Holy Spirit to lead us. Have a wonderful day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 23, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
– Ephesians 6:10-13

As we are blessed with another day of life, we never know what that particular day will bring. Some of us are hopeful and prayerful that whatever the day brings that we are confident that God will sustain us throughout it’s entirety. But God desires more than that according to the apostle Paul. Each and every day we ought to put on the whole armor of God for our protection no matter what we may think or understand what any may bring. Challenges, decisions, social and personal confrontations, yes we experience them daily but are we prepared spiritually to accept or deal with them? By putting on the whole armor of God, He equips us with the right mindset, the right mental perspective as well as the right heart as we engage in our daily activities. And did I mention the onslaught of the enemy of our souls, the devil, who wants to kill, steal and destroy us? God’s armor also protects us from him and his demons as well. We can’t fight the good fight of faith without it! So let’s not assume that when the Lord God gives us another day of life and take for granted that everything will fall into place. Nothing is given without a challenge to our character, our state of mind, our spiritual awareness and our emotional being. Get girded up with God’s armor, and know that He is Lord, and He will protect us without fail because He never sleeps nor slumbers. Have a great day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 22, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
– Romans 8:28

Do we really have an understanding of what God’s purpose is in this life? It’s His glory. God wants to bring glory to Himself through His creation, and that’s you and me. There is a reason why He allows the trials and tribulations of life to occur: wars, discontent, crime, dishonesty, all of these and more – it’s to bring glory to Himself. By moving through us by His Holy Spirit, we demonstrate God’s omnipotent power and presence in the earth. Overcoming and the working of miracles in signs and wonders creates an atmosphere of holiness, peace and overwhelming joy in our environments. The more we love God, the more the world will see the manifestations of His glory in us as we humbly place our lives in the Father’s Hands. It’s about bringing our heavenly father the glory He rightfully deserves through everything we encounter in this life. How about you? Are you using every opportunity God allows you in life to bring glory to Him? Let’s not look at why we go through what we face, but see it as a privilege to bring glory to God in all things. His favor will rest upon us as we continue to submit in obedience to His will. Trust Him today, and bring glory to Him with all that you say and do. Have a great day friends!

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Religious But Lost

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 21, 2013

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement
Article #116 Volume 2

Nicodemus coming to the Lord by night
Coming unto the saving to saving grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has made a difference in our lives as we continue to seek after God with our whole heart. We’ve allowed Him to renew, transform our minds and hearts so that we are void of worldly thinking processes, doing things our way. We began to surround ourselves with the people of God that can influence us and persuade us towards the things of God in love and with compassion. We enjoy to company and fellowship of hanging out people who are likeminded, desiring the same things we are seeking for the cause of Christ. Some of us even attend church several times a week, besides Sunday morning worship and hearing the Word. I’d say that individual is on his or way to experiencing the grace and peace of God with intentional focus and purpose.
Well, it looks good. It sounds good. It even feels good when you listen to how I described the picture, but is that really what’s in the heart of all of us? Our intentions are real but sometimes we get caught up in “appearing” like we’re doing all the right things and saying all the right things. Then we want to go out and share what little wisdom and knowledge we’ve learned with others, and that makes everyone who knows what you’re doing feel good as well.
Well, unfortunately, this could lead to a false since of understanding who and what God is, and what He has done to get us to a place of obedience and understanding.

“Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” – John 3:4

In the book of John, chapter 3, there was a man named Nicodemus who was a man of the Pharisees, who were the “religious” authorities of Jesus’ time. He came to Jesus by night inquiring about being born again. After reading his question, you would think “Wow, come on now, we know that’s impossible to enter our Mom’s would again!” But being the “religious” man that he appeared to be, we would think he would have known that. But that’s exactly my point. Sometimes we’re so excited and intrigued about our own spirituality that we miss the teaching of what God is saying to us or giving revelation for understanding. Then we take that and use it to “appear” as though we know what we’re talking about. When others see us at church, at work, or out in our environments of social gathering, they relate to us by what they’ve seen in us as they know us. But if we’re giving them that impression that we’re “religious” because we go to church, or we’re in the choir, or we’re at Bible study three nights a week, who are we fooling? Really, we’re fooling nobody but ourselves.

“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?” – John 3:5-10

Nicodemus, who was a part of a group of people known to be knowledgeable of the laws, but like all the Pharisees, were not really practicing or living in obedience of the law. They gave the impression, or appeared to be religious in front of all Israel, and therefore were observed as a person of religious influence. But when Christ was explaining the process of being reborn he was surprised because he was under the influence of his own thinking. He marveled at what Jesus was talking about and even questioned Him further. But Christ turned it around and told him asked him, being a teacher of Israel, or you give the appearance that you are a teacher, and you do not know these things?
Nicodemus

If we are children of God, and our hearts’ desire is to be like our Creator, then we ought to desire the heart of God. We get that heart by first and foremost yielding to God’s Spirit and allowing Him to take complete control of lives, minds and hearts. When that transformation takes place, He will give us a heart of understanding to be real with ourselves and others. He will not allow us to portray a lifestyle to please others with appearing like we’re religious or like we’re attached to the things of God and we’re really not. This is also so prevalent in marriages today, giving the impression that families are all together because they go to church every week, sit in the front pews, but after service has ended they argue, they fuss and fight on the way home over disagreements.
Let’s start being real about our identity in Christ and who we are. The things we say and do are observed by many, and we don’t want to give the impression or appearance that we know it all because of what we do or involved in. Nicodemus’ heart was honest and sincere, but he lacked the understanding that can only come from God when we submit ourselves totally under His authority. Let’s stop giving the perception of being religious people and live holy and acceptable lives in front of others and God.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:1, 2

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