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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 28, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
– Ezekeil 36:26

When we were living under the influence of worldly living we submitted ourselves to choices, compromises and indulgences that it offered for temporary pleasures. After accepting Christ as our personal Savior, and salvation, we realized that the life we lived was a selfish life and that He came to bring us life. Along that process, God promised to give us new life, and with that life came a new heart. In the Word of God, a new heart is described as a revelation and perspective to understanding life as it truly is, people and loving God. With the new heart God gives us, we are transformed from the inside, becoming spiritually sensitive to what really matters in life with righteousness and holiness as guides because that’s what God looks for in us. So then we ought to be like-minded in the same manner. Before Christ, we were accepting anything that brought us happiness no matter what came with it. After Christ, we now recognize that God wants the very best for us and that we are not to settle, compromise or even entertain anything less than what God has for us. A new heart opens our eyes and understanding to His ways, His thoughts, His desires and His love. Being connected to God in like-manner gives us total fulfillment with His joy, peace and understanding. Have you asked the Lord God, Jesus Christ to create in you a new heart? He will, if you ask Him. We have not because we ask not. Enjoy a beautiful and prosperous day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 27, 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 armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” – Ephesians 6:10-12

Every day that God allows us to live, we will face the inevitable dilemmas of frustrations, trials and tribulations that will affect our walk with Christ. It starts with the attack of the mind, our thoughts, right as we wake up in morning. We may have had dreams of doing things that were not glorifying God or thoughts centered on our own selfishness. Either way, we must take control of those thoughts quickly because this battle we’re in is for our souls, not just for our minds. How do we combat the attacks of the enemy so early in the morning so that we can have a day filled with God’s protection, mercy and grace? First, His Word says we ought to put on the whole armor of God. The minute we arise in morning, begin to give God praise and glory for being blessed to see another day and to be in His presence. Prepare for your day by getting into His Word before you walk out of the house. Pray with your spouse, or if you’re not married, pray in your room seeking God’s protection over you and all your daily activities. Ask God to establish your ways today that He may be glorified in everything you say and do with others. Then ask God to manifest His presence to you in all things so that your mind will be stayed on Him continuously. Speak to God throughout your day, and be ready to listen when He speaks to you. Yes, it’s a lot involved in our spiritual walk, but if we’re focused on what God wants for us and the things He desires to protect us from, we won’t have any time to fulfill the desires of the flesh. You’ll be too busy doing kingdom work, and before you know it your day will go by so fast you won’t even realize that you’ve worked because God will have sustained you through it all. Develop a closer relationship with God by incorporating a time of communion with the Lord before starting you day. It’ll change your perspective on life because He is in total control. Have a great day friends, and be blessed in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 26, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

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

Those of us who attend church, Bible study or Christian events hear the Word of God at every moment that’s presented. The revelation of God’s Word manifests its presence in word, thought and deed. But what do we do with that Word when we hear it? The Word is comforting yes, but there is so much more to the Word than just hearing it. We should apply the Word to our lives, make application of its understanding by living out what it says. God’s Word is filled with understanding, power and wisdom that helps us get through this thing called life. The Word guides us, protects us, comforts us throughout the trials and tribulations that we will go through. James is pointing out to us that by doing the Word, applying the Word to our lives will provide the needed knowledge to sustain us in all we set our hearts and minds to. God expects us to live out His very Word, the Bible. What good does it accomplish if we hear the Word and not do what it says? Absolutely nothing my friends, nothing. When we hear the Word of God, begin to apply what we’re hearing to our lives, to every situation, and watch the power of God move upon that situation, change its direction and purpose, and make all things work for our good, to those who are called accdording to His purpose. Have a great day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 25, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19, 20

Okay, I believe this is pretty self explanatory to all of us who have a pulse. Many people in our society are quick tempered, ready to react or respond to anything whether it’s on the defensive or the offensive. Sometimes we tend to overstep our intentions with our own perspectives onto those who really don’t see it coming. Then throw in a little attitude with a dose of our own take, now we have someone who is all talk and never listens. These particular verses point out that we as children of God ought to not jump at every opportunity to give advice, tell others what they ought to do and not do, and not to allow the frustration when others don’t listen to us. We tend to get angry quick when things don’t go our way. James says, in essence, just relax and be attentive to what is before us. Holding our tongue knowing what we’re going to say before we speak it; being a listener first, and not getting angry when things don’t happen in our favor. These tendencies can and will result in unrighteousness, and cause us to do things that are unproductive in our witness of faith. Let’s not allow the frustrations of life to overwhelm us and cause desention. Let’s begin to relax, listen more and hear the hearts of others, and be not quick to getting angered because someone or something has upset or bothered us. Afterall, maybe God is trying to tell us something or perhaps help us learn a lesson. But if our own objectives are getting in the way, how will we hear the Lord speaking to us? Just a thought. Have a beautiful day, and be encouraged to listen and hear the hearts of others.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 22, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” – Proverbs 1:33

Listening to God can be a difficult task for many of us. During the daily activities of our life, we can go through so much with coming and going, deciding to do this or that, and just having to make the right decision is a strong challenge for some. Here in Proverbs, we are asked to listen, to be advised, to understand God in all that we do. When we do this, His Word gives us assurance that any evil that may come our way, and it will if we are adhearing to His Word, we will remain safe in His comfort. God is our shield, our protector, and He will not allow anything to happen to us unless there is a lesson to be learned or understood. If that is the case, He will see us through it without harm. Are you listening to God in your everyday activities? He’s tugging at our hearts daily, speaking in that still, small voice that we do hear but sometimes don’t acknowledge. Drown out the noise of this world and listen to what God is saying to you today. Have a great day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 21, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10

Being God’s greatest creation ought to be recognized by every one of us as we live for His purpose. To the very fiber of our being, God created us with specific design and intent, purposefully and with divine acknowledgement that we will complete all that He set out for us to do. We are designed and created like no other living being, and we ought to recognize this with expected joy. God chose us before the foundations of the world specifically to carry out His will. That means we are special. So understanding that, are we walking in that anointing and grace which He gave us to execute in the world lead by His Holy Spirit. We should be walking in His power and glory to let others know of His redeeming love and mercy because of that same redeeming love and power He has blessed upon our lives. Taking His Word, adhearing to His commands, doing His will, is all a part of glorifying our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s look at what we’re doing in life and examine ourselves to see if we’re doing all we can that He enables us to do to bring glory and honor to His Name. Remember, it’s not about us, it’s about Him! Have a blessed day my friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 20, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.”
– Proverbs 27:9

Who do we go to when we need advice or instruction regarding decisions or critical choices to make in life? Most of us will consult our parents, some will go to close friends and others will seek out worldly counsel because of their experience in that specific area. God’s Word says that we ought to seek out wise counsel that is found in a true friend. A true friend ought to be someone who first must show himself or herself friendly, and one who is spiritually minded, who listens and hears from God when you need guidance on matters of decision or choice. He, or she, will pray with you, seeking first God’s understanding before any decision is concluded. They would speak or guide us by hearing from God, not their own perspective or opinion. Sure, others have good advice and want the very best for us in these matters but having a friend or friends whom we know will give us a word from God could be the difference in us making the right decision with the right purpose, and that’s exactly what we should desire the right answer! Look at who you seek after when you need advice or instruction. Are they filled with the Spirit of God? Then you will have the type of guidance that God will use to give you the answer you’re looking for. Have a great day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 19, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:31-33

God’s Word assures us that we don’t have to worry about anything we need in this life. Daily we get caught up in wondering, worrying and anticipating what we will do, how our activities will turn out or will there be provision in our lives if this or that happens. These moments of concern are included in the Father’s will to make daily provision for us. But God wants us to put Him first in all things concerning our lives. We all have needs and desires, wanting to succeed in life and be prosperous. But God wants us not look at what we need, but look at Him who supplies and knows our needs even before we know we need them. Putting God first in every area of our lives shows God that He is our priority. When we do this, He makes our needs and provision priority. He’s our Creator, our Provider. He’s everything we need, if we allow Him to be that in our lives. Seeking Him first and foremost ought to be our number one desire before anything we could ask Him for. Is He the Lord of your life? Do you seek Him first in all things by going to Him when we are in need, or knowledge and wisdom required for critical decisions in our families and marriges? Make God first in your life today, and seek Him first in all that you do, then watch all that you desire with true, honest intentions come forth in abundance according to His Word. Have a blessed day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 18, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left [their] nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” – Matthew 4:18-22

Are you hearing the voice of God where you’re at in life? Peter and his brother Andrew did. They were fishermen, doing what they do best. But Christ saw them, and wanted to make them more than just fishermen. And this is exactly what God wants to do for us. He sees and knows our potential when we can’t or refuse to see it. He wants, and desires for us to meet that potential with His help and guidance. He knows what it’s going to take for us to reach that level of potential. So we have to ask ourselves do we really want to go there. In order to hear God calling us to our potential, we have to know how to hear Him when He calls us. The way we do that is commune with Him in prayer, study His Word, and listen to His Holy Spirit. We will learn to hear His voice, listen to His quiet but soft words of instruction and guidance that lead us unto all truth and understanding. What’s calling you out in life that it has your full, undivided attention, that you will always hear its cry? Make that cry the voice of the Lord. Then we will see His unlimited righteousness in all we set our hearts, hands and minds to. Have a wonderful day, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 15, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5

We live in a generation that’s defiant, with no respect for authority anymore. Life is all about what we can out of it at any cost, even the cost of marriage and family. But one of the things that God’s Word teaches us about is pride and the fruits of its desire. We all have, at one point in life, always felt we knew it all and no one could tell us anything. We disrespected our parents, teachers, authority figures, and it has carried on over into our adult lives. Now our children have inherited these rebellious behaviors and we see where it has taken our society as a whole. As children of God, the Word instructs us to remain humble, and seek after the wisdom that was set before us. Taking advice from those who teach understanding, share wisdom to do the right thing, and grow from that instruction will help us get through this thing called life. We should not be afraid to receive guidance because we don’t know everything we should. We are still making mistakes, and correction is inevitable to us all. No matter what we have achieved in this life, receiving instruction and guidance from those God places in our lives will help lead us unto all truth and understanding by His Holy Spirit. Let’s get out of ourselves, seek out those before us who are filled with the wisdom and Spirit of God, always remembering that those before us are the ones who have paved the road for us to accept the challenges of life with strength and vigor to succeed. Lean not unto your own understanding, trust God, humble yourself, and put your faith in the One who knows all things because He is the One who created all things. Have a great weekend friends, and give glory to God in all things, not in what you’ve done but what He has done to provide you the opportunity to shine.

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