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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 29, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.” – John 13:13-16

Here is where our boldness in Christ shows what we believe. If we confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, we ought to do the very things He did when He was walking this earth. He brought life to the hopeless; He showed compassion to others when there was no compassion; He gave of Himself when others were without; He comforted the widows; He brought hope and a future where the past failures of life dominated present mindsets. Christ has enabled us to do these very things through His Holy Spirit. As God blesses us to see another day, it’s another opportunity to bless others with what He has given us to bring glory to Him, and to build the kingdom of God. Don’t worry about the reaction of others. Just share, show, shine God’s love on everyone and watch His grace and mercy be displayed upon the lives of the needy. We have the perfect example to follow, and that’s our Savior. If you don’t know how, pick up His Word, read His Word, and pray that His Word transforms you into His image to do all that He purposed you to do in His name. Make it a point to show some love without any in return. It’s may make someone’s day because you’re doing something that isn’t popular in our society as a whole. Have a blessed and wholesome day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 28, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 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 1:6-10

Everyday we see people in life professing, declaring and decreeing that they are of God or sent by God. Many of us proclaim that we love the Lord God, but our lives and the fruits of our labor don’t give us that indication. We each in church or at Bible study but during the rest of the week, a life of sin is displayed while involved in a lifestyle contrary to the Word of God. Those that are living in this manner are deceiving themselves as well as others. They don’t believe they are living in sin because they continue to attend church and try to do what is right. God’s Word tells us that this is a lie and His truth is not in us. Everyday God gives us life, and because of our sin nature, we have the potential to sin in word, thought and deed. If we think there are days when we won’t, we are only fooling ourselves. We have to learn to trust God that this potential to sin will decrease daily so that the enemy won’t increase it’s consistency. Then it becomes a practice or way of life. Confession of sin brings hope, life and transparency to an otherwise life of denial through life and those surrounding us. If we live as though we are perfect, then God’s Word says we make Him a liar and His truth is not in us. Confession also brings honesty and sincerity to our lives so that we will live openly and truthfully in the eyes of God and others. We are human beings, created to glorify God. We’re going to have trials and tribulations that we have to fight through, but it doesn’t give us a license to sin or continue therein. How do we stay away from denying our sin nature? Stay in God’s Word! Remain faithful and true to His precepts and continue to surround ourselves with people we can be held accountable to that will strengthen us to remain on course. We will still have the propensity to sin, but the effects of remaining in that sin will diminished more and more daily as we comply and surrender to His Word and guidance. Let’s not fool ourselves. Confess our sins daily to God, and ask Him for forgiveness. But also ask Him to help you forgive yourself, as well as forgive others. His Word also tells us that For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) So let’s be mindful and attentive to our lives, and begin to trust God that our tendancy to sin will diminish more and more daily. Have a great day friends. I’m praying that you do, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 27, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
– Matthew 12:36

Being a child of God is the most comforting and assuring inheritance we could ever hope for in this life. God gives us instruction through His word, His Spirit, and guides us through life with mercy and grace. He also gives us instruction on how we are speak to and with one another. But sometimes we act selfishly and say things without thinking. Then there are times where the words that we say just seems to not come out right. We try to blame it on excuses of “I didn’t mean to say that” or “I’m sorry for saying that” or we reacted without thinking. But what about when we just talk or speak about things that are not even relevent or idle? We tend to waste our time and speech talking about things that elevate ourselves, saying things that bring unhealthiness to ourselves and others. These things we’re saying ought not to be in God’s sight. We ought to be building one another up with our words and encouragement. Sharing and speaking life into others ought to be a purpose in our daily lives. What many of us don’t realize is that we’ll have to give an account to God for all the idle words that come from our mouths and hearts. Yes, all those things that we’ve said that were foolish and self-gratifying, those things we’ve said that brought shame and defeat to others, God says we’ll have to answer to Him about that. And that day will be in the day of judgment that every man and woman will. So let’s be mindful and careful about the things we say to one another and others. Edify and strengthen each other by speaking life, wholeness and encouragement to all that we encounter. This is what God desires in us. Make it point today to guard your words and conversations as the Spirit of God leads you. Have a great day friends in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 26, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith? 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 6:25-33

What are we worried about? Do we not know that we are precious in His sight? He has everything we need. He has given us everything we need to be successful in this life – His Holy Spirit, His Love, His protection, His mercy, His grace, His peace, His Son. We are His greatest and prized creation. When we finally know this, our perspectives, our intentions and our purpose will be redefined and we’ll walk in the newness of life through Him. How do you get this love? Ask Jesus Christ into your heart and life; receive Him with open arms and He will come into your life right where you are. Then, let the love begin. Have a great day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 25, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“And he said unto me, These sayings [are] faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And I John saw these things, and heard [them].” – Revelation 22:6-8

Are you ready for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christs’ return? Many of us have heard about His return and we live as though He’ll return after we finish living our lives the way we see fit. We become complacent in expectation for His arrival. But the one misguided understanding is that Christ could return at any given moment. He could return while you’re reading this devotional! Are you ready? Christ says He will return quickly. We mustn’t forget that our time is not God’s time. In the previous verses, John shares with us about the New Jerusalem, what heaven will be like. There are things that must take place prior to His return, and that includes our participation in that process. Are you doing your part as a child of God to help usher in His triumphant return? The book of Revelation is for our understanding, not to bring fear to God’s people. When Christ says be ready for His return, He wants and desires us to remain faithful in obedience and submission to His will in all things through til the very end (His return). This will, in turn friends, discipline us to remain focused and determined to welcome Him to gather His bride. Let’s not worry about the things or matters of this life with overwhelming concern. It’s about preparing ourselves for the greatest reception in the history of life as our beloved King of kings and Lord of lords makes His presence to everyone in all His glory! Are you preparing for His return? Will you be ready? I pray that you will be. Stay true, remain faithful, and no matter what life looks like – rest assured Jesus’s return will be glorious and unimagineable. Have a wonderful day friends, and be blessed always!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 22, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.” – Haggai 1:5-7

In our daily Christian walk, do you ever really think about all that we try to do for ourselves? It always seems that either it’s not enough or we need to get the next thing. We’re always wanting something more. Being content with what we have is almost of non existence anymore. But our Lord God asks us to consider our ways. That means take a serious look at what we’re doing in and with our lives, and see if we’re making a difference in moving forward with grace and diligence or are we just going through the motions of repetition. Most of us like to think that we’re doing pretty good; we’re not in jail, we’re not starving, we’re doing okay by survival standards. But did you know that God has so much more for us than just settling for mediocrity? Most are happy just where we’re at, getting by without severe struggles or tramatic intensities of overwhelming efforts. But what are we really doing when we’re just leaning upon our own understanding? We’re never full, always wanting more, and that goes across the board in almost every area of our lives. Let us understand what God is saying: look at what we’re doing and ask ourselves “Is the way I’m living my life pleasing and acceptable to God?” If we’re honest, we all need vast improvements of some sorts. God wants, and desires us to allow Him to lead us in every area of our lives. That direction will always lead to completion and satisfaction by and through His Holy Spirit. Concsider your ways; Are you happy with the way you’re doing life and all that it entails? If not, consider allowing God to lead you. How is that possible? Just pick up His road map (The Bible, His Word) and He’ll gladly direct you towards exactly what you’re looking for – peace, contentment in Him, success, and a life pleasing unto Him. Have a wonderful day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 21, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.” – Luke 8:25

There’s a question that we often sometimes ask ourselves when troubles, trials and tribulations are upon us; “Where is your faith? We say we have faith, and that we believe in our Savior to do all things for us. But the minute we hit a roadblock in life where it will challenge our desires, our purpose, our careers, our decisions in family and marriage life, our faith tends to waiver or short-circuit for some reason. If we knew in our hearts who is at the helm of our lives we wouldn’t worry about our outcomes. Jesus is in control; always has been and always will be. Sometimes we get caught up in our understanding and think we got a situation covered because we feel God has bigger things to do than to worry about the little details of our lives. On the contrary, God wants to be involved in everything we do, and that means coming to our aid when we need to activate our faith. He expects us to trust and believe that He will do what He says He will do. Our faith has to and must be in Him and in the strength of His mighty hand. We cannot allow fear or intimidation to dictate our decisions or outcomes. We ought to trust, depend and rely on God in all things, from the smallest to the greatest details of our lives. Today, activate your faith with purpose. Put your hope, trust and reliance in Christ totally, and watch the grace and favor of our Lord Jesus Christ operate in full capacity. Faithful is that puts his trust in the Lord. Have a wonderful day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 20, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“For thou [art] an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that [are] upon the face of the earth.”
– Deuteronomy 7:6

Do you know who are in Christ? When the Lord our God calls His people a special, chosen people of this world, that means we chosen over all other creation because we are in Him. He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us. Not only that, God has specific purpose for every one of us. No more do we have to live our lives wondering or trying to figure out what it is that God wants us to do. He has a plan for us all. He protects us from all hurt, harm and danger. He will open doors that no man can or will close. He guides our hearts and direction by His Holy Spirit. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He will bless us with the desires of our heart. He chose us before the foundations of this world were ever established. We’re special in God’s eyes, and we ought to live like it! How do we do that or what does that look like? By reading and following His Word with all our hearts, minds and souls. When have someone who loves and cares for you more than anything, willing to give up what matters most to Him, why wouldn’t you want to feel loved, adored, appreciated, and called for His purpose. Knowing we’re special in God’s sights should comfort us in every area of our lives. Peace, goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives because He chose us! Do you believe it? Know that the Lord God is good! Tell someone today you are chosen of God, and let your light shine before men that they may see your works, and glorify the Father who is heaven. I know I’m special! How about you brothers and sisters? You are as well. Have a great day friends, in our loving, gracious, and merciful Father’s Name.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 19, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19, 20

The great commission, going into all the world and sharing the Gospel with others is probably our greatest witness. Our story, telling others how we accepted Christ, and how He changed our direction and purpose through transformation of our hearts and minds, is truly a story no one can deny. What Christ has done in our lives can influence others by touching their hearts with compassion, showing victory over the trials and tribulations of life. This is what Jesus wants, and desires of us is to share this good news, the Gospel, with others everywhere we go. No matter where we go; at work, visiting friends, at the grocery store, our neighborhoods, wherever. No matter what environment we place ourselves we ought to have that desire to share the Gospel with others. As we share Christ, they will have a witness’s account of His saving grace in our lives, and if they are receptive and receive our witness, the seeds of righteousness are planted. We may never know the impact or results until later, but we did what the Father desires for us to do. Don’t worry about how your witness or testimony will affect them. Trust God, and the power of His Word, and He will bring the increase. Wherever you go today – work, school, traveling near or far, share the Gospel with someone. It might be exactly what they are looking for where they are in life. Be obedient to His Word, and make a difference in someone’s life today. Have a great and victorious day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 18, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

Do we ever stop and think about the things that travel through our minds on a daily basis? We get so caught up in daily activities that so many things rush through our minds and we don’t even realize it. But do we allow the things that should be in our thoughts to have place there? If our hearts are right with God, and we’re trusting Him to guide us daily and in our thoughts, then we ought to allow the things of God to occupy our minds as mentioned in the above verse in Philippians. If we’re thinking on these things there is no time or place for the things of this world to have place or dominate our thoughts. In this letter to the Philippians, Paul shares about what we ought to think on daily as children of God. If we have any praise and thankfulness in our hearts, we’ll desire to give God praise and glory for His goodness in our lives. Today, think on these things and watch how God’s joy and peace keeps our thoughts clear and directed on Him and His goodness. Have a beautiful Monday my friends in Jesus’ Name!

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