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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 30, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” – Proverbs 3:11-13

Did you know that God loves us so much that He will discipline us to keep us under His sovereign protection and guidance? Much like we will do anything for our children whom we love and care for despite the wrong they have and/or will do. As children of God, we tend to do things that our heavenly Father does not approve. Then there are times when we just allow ourselves to go above and beyond our limitations where disobedience is common for us. But God will reach down and place His mighty hand on any and all disobedience and make Himself present in that situation and bring order, even at the expense of denying us our deires. God loves us so that he will protect us from anything that He knows will not prosper us into the things of God. He wants the very best for us. He desires us to live holy, disciplined lives, but if our own desires interfere with His plan for His children, He will intervene, and make the situation understandable for us to learn from, even if it means a little pain is involved for truth to be revealed. Know that God has our best interests at hearts, better than we know ourselves. Gaining God’s understanding through His Holy Spirit will help prevent us from making choices that will bring God’s discipline upon us. But gain this understanding: even though He disciplines us, His love for us does not diminish or takes away from His chastening of our disobedience. Know that God loves with all His heart, that we to may do so unto Him as well. Have a blessed day friends in all that you do.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 29, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

*To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.* Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit. [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.” – Psalm 51:1-14

Acknowledgement, admission, confession, repentance, and your plan of prevention is what we ought to do when sin is prevelent in our lives. The process was evident in King David’s life, and it can be the same in ours. Don’t allow sin to reign in your life. Seek God, and His righteousness with your whole heart. Always! Be blessed this day, in Jesus’ Name!!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 26, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

Do you ever feel sometimes like when you’re going through something and you wonder if God is there? It may be a relationship gone bad; or maybe you and your spouse have are contemplating separation and you think where is God when you need Him most. Or maybe in life you can’t find your way and you’re looking for direction but can’t seem to find it. Well, God is there, and always have been. As a child of God, He rejoices over us in every area of our lives. No matter what we go through, He has purpose for that situation and assures us that He’s right there, and that He is right in the midst of every little detail. He loves us so much that He can’t or won’t allow us to be comfortless. We need to know, as well as understand, that we are His greatest creation and He has always cared for us, but we sometimes allow our situations or circumstances to overwhelm our need for our Creator. He knows what we go through, our struggles, our hurts and pains, and He still is right there to bring us out and let us know that His love is always there, it’s eternal, and we can always count on Him to love us through it all. One of the most common stumbling blocks of not knowing that God is there is fear. Some of us are so fearful of being loved and cared for because we may have never experienced that in our homes from parental upbringing. But God wants us to be assured that His love and care for us in all the details of our lives is endless and abounding with unconditional affection. Today, know that God is there for you in all things. You may not see it because of your situation but He’s right there in the midst of it, with the love, the caring and the comfort that we need when we least expect it. Have a wonderful, peaceful and victorious day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 25, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask [them] not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” – Luke 6:30, 31

We live in a world that has so many unfortunate people living day to day, not knowing where their next meal will come from. We see the hearts of men being worn on their sleeves, seeking handouts, desperately crying out for any and all kinds of assistance from anybody. Sometimes we become judgmental and think that those who are less fortunate can change their position if they just get a job, assert themselves and go after what they lack. But for them, it’s not as easy as we may think. There amy be some struggles with hurts, wounds, lack of self-esteem, determination, which has plagued them from stepping out in boldness and faith. When someone asks of us, regardless of their situation or status, God’s Word instructs us to give to them. Whether it’s food, assistance, a ride to a location, clothing, etc., it’s a need. If we have it, then blessed them with it, and count it all joy that they are now no longer without. We should not look or judge them because of what they lack since we were once as such before we came to know the Lord Jesus Christ, and look what He has done for us. We ought to desire to treat others as we would wnat them to treat us. Even those of us who believe we are truly blessed, we need to look for others, and in turn, be a blessing to them so that they might be able to turn the corner and be a blessing to someone else. Yes, everyone may not be as sensitive and eager to share, but that’s where we leave that in God’s hands. Being obedient and submissive for the cause of Christ, and to the kingdom of God, will be a blessing to others because someone was a blessing to us.
Today, be a blessing to others, give unto those who don’t have what we have, and watch their perspective change for that day. This is what our heavenly father desires us to do. His joy not only will bless them, it will be comforting to us to know that God used us to help others, and make a difference where there was no difference. That, my friends, might be the only Jesus they may see today. Have a great day, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

A Prayer for Our American Government . . .

Father, in Jesus’ name, we give thanks for the United States and its government. We hold up in prayer before You the men and women who are in positions of authority. We pray and intercede for the president, the representatives, the senators, the judges of our land, the policemen and the policewomen, as well as the governors and mayors, and for all those who are in authority over us in any way. We pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them.
We believe that skillful and godly wisdom has entered into the heart of our president and knowledge is pleasant to him. Discretion watches over him; understanding keeps him and delivers him from the way of evil and from evil men.
Father, we ask that You compass the president about with men and women who make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel and do that which is right in Your sight. We believe You cause them to be men and women of integrity who are obedient concerning us that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. We pray that the upright shall dwell in our government — that men and women blameless and complete in Your sight, Father, shall remain in these positions of authority, but the wicked shall be cut off from our government and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
Your Word declares that “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). We receive Your blessing. Father; You are our Refuge and Stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). So we declare with our mouths that Your people dwell safely in this land, and we prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!
It is written in Your Word that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord and that You turn it whichever way You desire. We believe the heart of our leader is in Your hand and that his decisions are divinely directed of the Lord.
We give thanks unto You that the good news of the Gospel is published in our land. The Word of the Lord prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. We give thanks for this land and the leaders You have given to us, in Jesus’ name.
Jesus is Lord over the United States! Amen.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 23, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” – Revelation 3:3

Are you preparing to receive the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns for His bride? Many Christians take this historic event for granted and we see this in the way we’re living our lives. Our expectancy of the Lord Jesus is not paramount in our lives because we don’t know when He’s coming. It could be any moment, any day or any time. God tells us to remember everything we’ve been taught, to hold on to the truths and commandments of His Word, and patiently watch for His triumphant arrival. Most of us have more anticipation waiting for a check to be mailed to our homes, knowing what’s coming and can’t wait but anticipating its arrival because it’s something that we can use or have plans for. Well, I’ve got news for you: God’s anticipated arrival and return will be the greatest event in the history of the world next to His birth, death, burial and resurrection. God wants us to be ready, expecting Him with sincere and overwhelming anticipation. But if we’re not living as though He’s coming at any moment, it will be as a thief who comes in unawares, and we’ll never know that he came because we were never expecting him. Be aware that God is returning for His bride, us, the church, and understand that He’s bringing His heavenly host with Him in all His glory, a sight for all the world to see. Will you be ready? Are you aniticpating the arrival of the Creator of the universe and Him in all His splendor? If not, start preparing yourself by staying in His Word, being prayerfully minded and watching for glorious return. Have a great day in all you do friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 22, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

We’ve all have done things in our lives that we’re ashamed of. We’ve brought shame and guilt to ourselves as well as to others through the words we may have said; through the things and behaviors we have allowed to influence us negatively; as well as through our thoughts and imaginations. Probably the most difficult bearance of all this is that most of us are walking around in life carrying all this burden upon our own lives and really don’t know how to release it and remove it. God’s Word says that confession is good for the soul, that we can confess those sins to Him, He will forgive us and remove them from our minds and hearts so that we can live the life He has chosen for us. His death on the Cross, His burial, and His resurrection assures us of redemption through His blood, a new beginning! Still having a sinful nature, daily we ought to confess any and all sin that has plagued our lives through word, though and deed. When we carry around our sins, they affect every area of our lives, bringing unfavorable attention and results to make things even worst. God says that He will forgive our sins, no matter what we’ve done or said, and He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But our understanding is to come before Him and make confession of the sins that we have allowed in our lives and also, the sins against others. If God is faithful in keeping His word to forgive us for the wrong we have done, we ought to be faithful to acknowledge our sin, bring it to Him, and confess it, and sincerely ask for His forgiveness. Remember, when we sin, we sin against Him first. Be of good courage, and acknowledge our shortcomings, because we have them everyday, and seek God’s forgiveness daily because we’re not perfect people, just forgiven. Have a wonderful and victorious day my friends, in Jesus’ Name.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 19, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
– Romans 14:10-12

Why are we so quick to look at or judge others when they do something wrong or questionable in life? The minute someone does something that seems to not meet our approval or brings some dissatisfaction to our lives we want to observe them as untrue, or uncertain about their motives. Have we looked at ourselves lately? We’re doing the same things, it’s just that we do such a good job of covering them up. But the disappointing thing about that is, that we’ll have to answer and give an account to God for everything we do in this life, including judging and looking at our fellow man in the light we choose. We see others and what they do in life and then form opinions and try to decifer legitmacy, or we tend to judge others based on the things they say or do. If we have dispute with it we form our own thoughts and choice comments, usually descibing those individuals in a not-so-favorable manner. But we too, will be observed in like-manner when we face God at the Judgment Seat of Christ. We will have to give an account as to what we did with what God blessed us with, the words we spoke, the thoughts we entertained, the company we chose to keep, and other things that written in His Word that are directly related to our character and well being.
So when we start to judge others and look at them under a magnifying glass, think again. The same thing we do to others will be done unto us, only with more authority and majesty conducting the hearing. Let’s treat each other, speak to and about each other like we want the same in return. The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Have a blessed day friends, and share you slavation with someone new today.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 18, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Today, a prayer for those who need encouragement in the area of using descretion . . .

Father, I thank You for the virtue of discretion.
Lord, You give me knowledge and discretion. Discretion protects me, and understanding guards me.
I preserve sound judgment and discernment; I will not let them out of my sight; they will be life for me, and an ornament to grace my neck. Then I will go on my way in safety, and my foot will not stumble; when I lie down, I will not be afraid; when I lie down, my sleep will be sweet. I have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for You, Lord, will be my confidence and will keep my foot from being snared.

Father, I pay attention to Your wisdom, and listen well to Your words of insight, that I may maintain discretion and my lips may preserve knowledge. Godly discretion defers anger and gives me patience; it enables me to overlook an offense.

Father, You are my God and my Teacher; You instruct me in discretion.
All this comes from You, the Lord Almighty. You are wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. Praise the Lord!

In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 17, 2013

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” – 1 John 2:4

So many people in the world today make claims that they know the Lord Jesus Christ, or that they are a Christian or follower of Jesus. They speak boldly and with authority, quote the scriptures with conviction and even present themselves as using the gifts of the Spirit. But how do you tell if they are real in their declarations and what they profess? It’s not that we are trying to judge others but God says there is evidence of the fruits of those who are truly His. In the book of 1 John, he tell us that there are those who do this but if they are not keeping God’s commandments, His precepts, His Word in their hearts and minds, the truth is not in him. If those that proclaim they are of God, then the evidence of that relationship will have fruits, or results of that relationship by the way they live, how they conduct themselves, and what comes out of their hearts when they speak. Sometimes the words that others say can be so thoroughly convincing that some will believe everything they say. We who are true believers and followers of Christ have to be mindful that these individuals speak on their own understanding and not being lead by the Spirit of God. If we claim we know God, that we have a relationship with the Father, then our lives will resemble a lifestyle that Christ lead when He was here on earth. It’s all recorded in His Word if we want to know how He lived. So if we look at our lives, can we say that we trying to live a holy and acceptable life lead by His Spirit? Trying our best, lead by His Spirit, will yield the fruits that are evident of our efforts. Let’s take some time out today, as the Apostle Paul said, and examine ourselves, and see if we’re keeping His commandments, His Word and His precepts. Remember, obedience is better than sacrifice. Have a great and victorious day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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