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Today’s Focus Is On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 28, 2014

giving thanksGIVE THANKS TO GOD IN AND FOR EVERYTHING!

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”     COLOSSIANS 3:16-18

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”  –  HEBREWS 13:15

“giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”  –  EPHESIANS 5:20

“And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”  –  EZRA 3:11

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  –  1 THESSALONIANS 5:18

Oh what a Savior God we serve. He took it upon Himself to go to the Cross for your sake and mine, to be the ultimate sacrifice for all mankind that our sins be forgiven and that we might be partakers of His abundant life. He didn’t have to but He did, because He loves us so much. What’s in your life that you would be willing to go to your cross and die for? There’s nothing in this life that could or ever will replace the unconditional love of the Father Himself. He loves us that much! No matter what you’ve done, He has forgiven you. Oh what a mighty God in Jesus Christ we serve!!

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His Word For Me Today . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 28, 2014

fruitWALKING IN THE SPIRIT

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders,drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”  –  GALATIANS 5:16-26

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A Time of Giving Thanks For Blessings and Life

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2014

THANKSGIVING

On behalf of all the men of “Men of Redemption” and the women of “Wives’ Redeemed Hearts” our ministries would like to say have a warm and hearty Happy Thanksgiving to all of you this special day as you rejoice and embrace with family and friends. Thank you for your prayers for us, and we, as always, will continue to pray for you daily. May God’s blessings and  everlasting favor rest upon you and yours, in our Lord and Savior’s Name, the Name that is above all names, Jesus Christ!

 

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Today’s Focus Is On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2014

saulTHE CONVERSION ON THE DAMASCUS ROAD

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.”  –  ACTS 9:1-9

Sometimes we all need a Damascus road encounter once in a while in life. There are times when we feel no one can tell us anything because we think we have all the answers or we know it all. And I say this about us as Christian folks as well. We tend to get all-spiritual and all-knowing because we go to this church or attend this conference. Our egos start to expand because we think the little knowledge we have has influence over those who are without it. Just like Saul, the same thing can happen to us no matter where we are in our spiritual walk. Every once in a while we need God to just call us right from where we tend to feel “on top” and get our attention, letting us know that He is in control and not us.

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His Word For Me Today . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2014

libertyTHE LAW OF LIBERTY

“Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord;and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”  –  ROMANS 14:1-13

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Today’s Focus Is On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2014

CAST DOWN BUT UNCONQUERED

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.”  –  2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-15

Living the Christian life is one of the hardest most challenging things we will ever do. We really are vessels who are called to glorify the Lord God, Jesus Christ, and show His glory in the earth that all people might come to the saving knowledge of the Lord. But with that life comes criticism, persecution, even death for the cause of Christ. But just like Christ rose from the dead, we too, will be protected and raised from our difficulties and struggles of life and be victorious in all things if we faint not. His love, grace and mercy is everlasting to everlasting in every situation no matter what we go through.

 

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His Word For Me Today . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2014

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”  –  LUKE 6:27-36

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Today’s Focus Is On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2014

redeemedREDEEMED AND SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  – EPHESIANS 1:3-14

What can I say that hasn’t already been said. His Word speaks truth always and forever. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your Word.

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His Word For Me Today . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2014

light bearersLIGHT BEARERS

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.”  –  PHILIPPIANS 2:12-18

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Coming To Grips With Your Addictive Behaviors, PT 1

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 24, 2014

recoveryDISCOVERING THAT I REALLY DO HAVE A PROBLEM

We’re living in a society where our culture is saturated in compromising moral and ethical values. Yes doesn’t mean yes and no doesn’t mean no anymore. We are willing to adjust, modify, revert to uncertainty for the simple fact that we really don’t know what to do so, we go along with the norm, what everyone else is doing. Even in the areas of sexuality, we are constantly bombarded with compromise; Do we wait for marriage and remain celibate, or have sex anyway because eventually it’s going to happen; should I live together with this person and see how it works out and if I don’t like it I can leave without commitment or responsibility; or should I pursue this person because he or she has an interest in me even though I’m married because everyone else is doing it. These and so many other choices and decisions have gripped our minds and hearts, causing so many men and women to compromise truth and “go with the flow” of life, not realizing the consequences until they happen.

Unfortunately, these decisions and uncertain choices lead to what is commonly known in life  in the recovery world as “Addictive Behaviors” and many of us take it for granted that these behaviors are just that, a behavior, and can be changed by simple modification in daily living. Well, being a person who has overcome that type of lifestyle and thinking, I’m here to tell you that that is a total lie from the very pits of hell. Despite what some clinicians, psychologists and recovery experts may suggest, behavior modification is not the answer. Behavior modification has its purpose in a variety of areas. I have discovered through intense counseling efforts with some very reliable professionals who have gone through these issues and overcome themselves, that the heart of these issues lie in the root of the problem, which could stem from generations of long ago. Attempting to understand this statement, we must first learn and realize that we have a problem, I mean really have a problem, acknowledge this problem and confess out loud to ourselves and to God. Our flesh will tell us that we don’t have a problem but our behavior and mentality will speak otherwise in our actions and thoughts. I’m not doctor or therapist, but I have overcome years of addictive behavior that affected my family, my marriage and those in my sphere of influence through rigorous counseling sessions, saturating myself in renewing my mind and thoughts with God’s Word by understanding His grace and what He has done for me. I had to stop at a point in my life and declare I have a problem, and truly understand what this “addictive behavior” thing was.

addictionMen and women today are finally coming to grips with this issue of addictive behaviors because they are experiencing the consequences, the collateral damage that they’re causing in their marriages, relationships, their homes and on their jobs. And yet, these issues have even found their way inside the church where even society tells us that’s where you ought to turn for help. They are tired of the denial, the guilt and shame that they face daily because of bed choices and decisions, not being able to face confrontation because of exposure of what’s going on in their lives. When we come to grips with our problems, it starts the process of transparency and truth coming together because they have to work hand-in-hand. Just like I did, I came to a point where I couldn’t continue in life like this because of the hurt, mistrust, and deception I was causing by my actions. I was living a life that was out of control. But at the same time my flesh was saying “You’re okay. Everybody goes through this. It’s a “learning” process to everybody goes through. You’ll get over it. Remember, you can stop when you want to.”

I declared and accepted the fact that I had a problem, acknowledged it, and committed myself to doing something about it. With the help of my endearing wife who was in full and total support of my decision, we proceeded into this journey called recovery. It started with me, confessing, acknowledging and being pro-active in reaching out and seeking the help I needed. After a while of diligence, true commitment, emptying myself of me and allowing God’s Love, grace and mercy to bring clarity and understanding  about my problems, I began to see myself as God sees me – a man of valor, a conqueror in Christ, a new creation, and most importantly, a child of God. The paradigm of my life shifted, and I became transformed by the renewing of my mind through God’s Word. To this day, I cling to this process without fail!

I truly believe that there are so many men and women out there that are looking for answers, ways and direction to get out of the enslavement, the bondage of addictive behaviors but don’t know where to turn. I want to proclaim with you – There is a way out! By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us on Calvary’s Cross, there is help available if you want it. Listen to this testimony from John, and what addictive behaviors had done in his life, the damage it caused and how he’s dealing with exposure and finding freedom.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=baMmb1yFdjI

So those of you who feel there is no hope, please rest assured there is hope, and that hope is in Jesus Christ. He had placed the resources, the guidance and direction for freedom in my life that I needed, and now, I’m living a life a purity and wholeness lead by His Holy Spirit without those behaviors having dominion and reign in or over my life. And yes, it’s a struggle because the enemy of our soul doesn’t want to let go of me, but I’m trusting God through it all that He’ll protect me along this journey called recovery as long as it takes or until He calls me home, or He returns. Be not overcome with fear, for He has overcome the world!

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