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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 28, 2013

Manna in the Morning

Developing Healthy Friendships

Father, help me to meet new friends — friends who will encourage me. May I find in these friendships the companionship and fellowship You have ordained for me. I know that You are my source of love, companionship, and friendship. Your love and friendship are expressed through my relationship with You and members of the Body of Christ.
According to Proverbs 27:17 CEV, as iron sharpens iron, so friends sharpen the minds of each other. As we learn from each other, may we find a worthy purpose in our relationship. Keep me well-balanced in my friendships, so that I will always please You rather than pleasing other people.
I ask for divine connections — good friendships ordained by You. Thank You for the courage and grace to let go of detrimental friendships. I ask and receive, by faith, discernment for developing healthy relationships. Your Word says that two are better than one, because if one falls, there will be someone to lift that person up.
Father, You know the hearts of people, so I won’t be deceived by outward appearances. Bad friendships corrupt good morals. Thank You for quality friends who help me build a stronger character and draw me closer to You. Help me be a friend to others and to love my friends at all times. I will laugh with those who laugh, I will rejoice with those who rejoice, and I will weep with those who weep. Teach me what I need to know to be a quality friend.
Develop in me a fun personality and a good sense of humor. Help me to relax around people and to be myself — the person You created me to be. Instruct my heart and mold my character, that I may be faithful and trustworthy over the friendships You are sending into my life.
Father, Your Son, Jesus, is my best Friend. He is a Friend Who sticks closer than a brother. He defined the standard when He said in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends.” Thank You, Lord, that I can entrust myself and my need for friends into Your keeping. I submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 27, 2013

Manna in the Morning
“A Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips. O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:1-11

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 26, 2013

Manna in the Morning

Daily Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit and by Your grace, I join with the heavenly host making a joyful noise to You and serving You with gladness! I come before Your presence with singing!
Lord, I know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that You are God! It is You who made us, not we ourselves [and we are Yours]! We are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture.
Father, I enter into Your gates with thanksgiving and present an offering of thanks. I enter into Your courts with praise! I am thankful and delight to say so. I bless and affectionately praise Your name! For You are good, and Your mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting. Your faithfulness and truth endure to all generations. It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to You, O Most High.
Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, perfect the fruit of my lips. Help me draw thanksgiving forth from my innermost resources; reach down into the most secret places of my heart that I may offer significant thanksgiving to You, Father.
Thank You for my parents who gave me life. I am grateful for the victories and achievements I have experienced in spite of my hurts—the bruises and the abuses that boxed me in when I was a small child. You used them for good even though Satan intended them for my destruction.
You prepared me to listen to the inner voice—the voice of Your Holy Spirit.
Thank You for Your grace, which is teaching me to trust myself and others. Thank You for life—life in all its abundance.
It was You Who gave me a desire to pray, and I am grateful for the prayer closet where we meet. I thank You for Your Word. Life is exciting, and I am grateful that I am alive for such a time as this.
Thank You for past and present relationships. I learn from those who oppose me and from those who are for me. You are teaching me to recognize and understand my strengths and weaknesses. Thank You for giving me discernment and spiritual understanding. I enter Your gates with thanksgiving in my heart.
You are my Father. I am Your child, loved by You unconditionally. I rejoice in You, Lord, and give thanks at the remembrance of Your holiness.
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony.
In the name of Jesus, amen.

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 25, 2013

Manna in the Morning

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”– Psalm 91:1-16

God is our everything when we make Him our everything. He will protect, guide, lead and provide. What assurance it is in knowing that we have an advocate in the Lord Jesus Christ. What more can I say. Have a wonderful day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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Our Morning Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 24, 2013

Manna in the Morning

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses, For they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins.”
– Psalm 25:4-18

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What’s the biggest problem Christian men face today?

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 21, 2013

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What do you think is the biggest problem among Christian men today? It’s a problem in the Church that everyone knows, but no one dares talk about.

It’s amazing how close our production team has gotten since we started work on the Conquer Series. A subject none of us ever thought we’d muster the courage to mention amongst ourselves, let alone share with transparency, is now a topic we’ve become so familiar with, it’s scary. But I guess this is what happens when you shed truth to something as ugly and shameful as pornography.

Statistics of pornography addicts in the Church:
67% of men.
25-30% of women.
50-58% of pastors.

Because sexual sin has such contemptible connotations amongst Christians, few dare to examine it for what it really is. It’s like a disease that no one wants to get close to, but denying the existence of an epidemic doesn’t stop it from spreading. Hosea 4:6 says: “My people perish for lack of knowledge…”

As we’ve come to understand what sexual sin is and Christ’s redemptive power on the Cross, as well as the scientific facts that corroborate God’s Word, we’ve realized that this knowledge – this truth – has the power to set men free, where they no longer have to live each day with shame and guilt.

A close friend who has experienced this first hand is Eric Hovind. His father, Kent Hovind, is a world-renowned Creationist public speaker. Eric is the president of Creation Today and has debated some of the nation’s fiercest defenders of Evolution.

The first time Eric was exposed to pornography was at age 5 – at a Christian school. He was brave enough to share his testimony on how God freed him from his struggle with pornography. You can watch a preview by clicking on the image.

Many men want to be freed from pornography, but they expect God or someone else to do the hard work. They pray and then blame God for not removing the problem. There is a process of renewing their minds in Christ before seeing the results of complete restoration. Viewing porn is not about sex, it is about how men have learned to medicate the pain in their lives.

Pastors can become effective heart surgeons when they understand these principles. Unfortunately many men who struggle with sexual sin, and dare admit it to their pastor, have to go along with the typical Church response: “We’ll pray for you.” The next time he tells his leader that he viewed porn again the pastor says: “Well, stop it because we’re praying for you!”. Where does that get you? Nowhere. God can miraculously heal men instantly, but typically it is a 2-5 year process of renewing the mind and becoming a new creation in Christ.

There is no question that a man who struggles with pornography needs to pray and enlist God’s power, but it shouldn’t stop there. There are practical steps to take, adjustments that can be life-changing, but it all begins with knowing what sexual bondage is and God’s weapons and strategies for His children.

A Discipleship Tool for the Church
My goal is to empower pastors with this discipleship tool. I know it’s not an easy or comfortable topic to talk about. This is why I have put everything on hold to produce the Conquer Series. Christian men struggling with sexual sin in the Church is a subject too important to ignore. Once men know the truth about hell’s master plan, they will find boldness in talking about it.

We’ve extended the pre-order sale price of the Conquer Series, since we’ve been receiving requests for the special pre-order savings. If what you think I shared with you is of value to the Church, but no one likes to talk about it, then please be the voice. Share the Conquer Series with your Pastor, Men’s ministry leader or friend. The Conquer Series is the easiest and most effective way to present this sensitive topic to your church.

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 21, 2013

Manna in the Morning

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” – 2 Corithians 5:1-9

Did you know, as children of the Most High God, Jesus Christ, that our bodies are called tents, and that we dwell in them temporarily until the Father comes and gives us our eternal, glorified bodies, being like Him? Yes indeed! Scripture teaches us here that while we are in these “tents”as Paul teaches us, we will groan, suffer and have discomfort because that’s part of the human flesh. But we are to comforted in knowing that once we are rid of this mortality, our lives will be changed forever into eternal glory. As we continue to walk by faith, God assures us that even until death, these tents will return back to where the came and we don’t have to worry about where we’ll be after this life is over. Paul clearly explains that we are to comforted by God’s Spirit in the revelation that to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. All of us, at some point in our spiritual lives have wondered how life will be after we past on into glory with the Father. But isn’t it so good to know that we’ll be spending eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ where there is no groaning, aching, and life is joyous and loving with our Creator! But also remember, Paul also instructs us that while we are in this tent, we are to aim to please the Lord in all things, absent from the body or not. God’s Holy Spirit is preparing us for life with Him after this life is over. So let’s not worry about this body of ours by worrying or being discouraged. Let’s do our best to take care of it and glorify God with it in all things, and the Spirit of God will keep us in perfect harmony. Have a great day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 20, 2013

Manna in the Morning

“Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” – John 4:30-34

Jesus had just returned from a long journey after meeting with the woman at the well in Sychar near Samaria when His disciples were trying to encourage Him to eat something , considering He ought to be hungry from His trip. But little did they realize that our Lord had unfinished business in His heart and on His mind. He was about His Father’s business, doing the will of God. He expressed to the disciples that He has food that they are unaware of, and that food is doing the will of God. Much like us, the disciples seem to be focused on concerning themselves with things that may get in the way of important matters such as witnessing to someone about Christ, or bringing the invitation of salvation to the lost and discouraged. And because of concerns that we may be tired, or because we’ve been so busy doing this or that, others will say “You’ve been busy, take some time off and relax!” There is a time to relax and rest, but when our focus, our desire or our determination is soul winning, God provides us our rest. That food, the Word of God, is our nourishment and it will sustain us through our daily activities and help us get through whatever we need to do to reach our purpose or goal. That’s what God’s Word does for us. What does the food we eat do to us? It make us tired, sluggish, not wanting or desiring to do anything but rest, which turns into sleeping, and eventually out for the day. But the food that Jesus is talking about strengthens us, brings life and revitalization to one’s life and spirit. Are you about your Father’s business? Step back and take a look at your life and ask yourself that question, and let God reveal the answer to you. You might get revitalized and energetic to be about your heavenly Father’s business as well. Have a beautiful day friends, in Jesus’ Mighty and wonderful Name!

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 19, 2013

Manna in the Morning

“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” – Luke 6:31

Do we sometimes wonder why people treat us so cruel and disrespectful? We think because we’re children of God that we ought to be treated better than most in some cases. But God’s Word tells us that this is not the case. If expect to be treated right and fairly, we must also do the same to others. Whatever we desire that men should do to us we must be willing to do the same to them. Yes, we want respect, to be acknowledged and supported in all we do, but if we’re not make a conscious effort to do the same for others how can we expect the same in return? God is no respecter of persons, and so should we in like manner. Doing for others out of the kindness of our hearts shows the love of Christ in us, therefore, when that love is displayed it will touch the hearts of those who it is intended to reach. Then the Holy Spirit takes over and it will return back to us in the same way. Treating others like we want to be treated brings peace and harmony to almost every situation and friendship. How about you? Are you treating people like you want to be treated? Don’t wait for someone to be nice and respectful to you. Take the initiative, extend yourself, and let the joy of the Lord that is in you bless others that they may see the Him who you serve. Don’t worry about others being receptive of your kindness. God is your protector and He will keep you in perfect peace. Have a blessed day friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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Our Manna in the Morning

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 18, 2013

Manna in the Morning

“A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah” – Psalm 24:1-10

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