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His Word For Me Today Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 30, 2015

devotionsFEAR OR FAITH

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,”Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””   –   MATTHEW 14:22-33

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Struggling With Unbelief: Trust In The Lord, PT. 2

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2015

 

unbeliefIn Part 1 of this article we looked at a reason why there is unbelief in our lives and it brought some interesting comments and reactions from our readers, mostly all positive. At large, many people and most of our readers agree that trust has a substantial influence and overview of what we perceive in life as being real, confident and influential. In part 2, we want to look at another reason for unbelief in our lives today: A Lack of Faith.

Everyone who has read in the Bible the story about Thomas, the disciple also known as Didymus, and how he wouldn’t believe that Christ was alive and that he needed to see Christ for himself in order to believe the truth.

“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen doubting thomas
the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  –  JOHN 20:24-29

Not only did Christ inform all of His disciples that He would return unto them, but He said this would happen before He died and told them to prepare for His arrival. But as we have learned, Thomas had a lack of faith, not trusting in the Lord God, Jesus Christ after seeing miracle after miracle, obviously still not convince of whom Christ really was. And that’s much like a lot of us today. Our lack of faith tends to cause doubt about what is real, what is true in life. We need to see physical presence of something in order to place our faith in it. But if that were the case, faith would be obsolete, and there would be no need for a savior. But the Word of God tells us different . . .

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  – HEBREWS 11:6

Every day we are faced with the improbability of certainty, why the constant waiting and hoping for reality when it’s right before our eyes. But everything isn’t always what it seems to some. I realize that as a child of God, I pray for God’s best in everything I say, see, hear and do. I can’t see the very best always but I have faith and believe that God will reveal it to me in His time, not mine. So patience is an additive of peace, waiting and trusting that it will come to past. But because we live in a society where everything is I can’t wait; I need it yesterday and I don’t have time to wait or place my faith in waiting for the inevitable. We truly show a lack of faith in everything we do. Whose fault is it? It’s not a matter of whose fault it is, it’s a matter and point of who are you trusting in and why. As children of God, we understand that faith is key in everything we do. Our heavenly Father, Jesus, desires us to trust, to believe in Him to carry out all that we ask of him in His Name. If we’re not trusting and having faith in Christ, who are we or what are we trusting and believing in? We all are placing our faith in trusting something or someone. Is it ourselves? Is it a certain person or machinery? Or is it the intelligence of someone we know whom we place our faith in that appears in the know about everything? What happens when we’re disappointed by that someone or something? All of these questions are relevant and the answers aren’t too difficult to comprehend. Just look at the results. God’s Word says . . . .

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  –  HEBREWS 11:1

So when I say that a lack of faith is probable cause for unbelief, I pray that you see where we tend to bypass God and lean to our own understanding. Do we need to see the end results of something before we put our faith in something or someone? Not really if you are a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus has never failed me and has shown up in circumstances and situations in my life time and time again. I have never been disappointed in my Savior’s diligence in granting the blessings of faithful living according to His riches and glory. You, too, can experience God’s goodness and grace if you place your faith and trust in Him. Stop traveling through life hoping and believing in something or someone you think is or might be the answer to your search for success or progress, and place your faith, or the lack thereof, in Jesus Christ, and I promise He’ll never let you down, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s always been there for me, and He will always be there for you, IF, you trust and believe in Him.

 

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His Word For Me Today Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2015

devotionsMADE ALIVE IN CHRIST

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  –  EPHESIANS 2:1-10

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His Word For Me Today Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 28, 2015

devotionsLOVE IN ACTION

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”   –   ROMANS 12:9-21

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His Word For Me Today Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2015

 

LIVING AS THOSE MADE ALIVE IN CHRIST devotions

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these:anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self,which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  –  COLOSSIANS 3:1-17

 

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His Word For Me Today Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 26, 2015

devotionsTHE LIVING STONE AND CHOSEN PEOPLE

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  –  1 PETER 2:4-10

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Struggling With Unbelief: Trust In The Lord, PT. 1

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 24, 2015

help my unbeliefYou ever sit down and think about what’s really going on around you in life, why you are where you are, the position, this particular moment in time? Many of us don’t make time to contemplate that thought because we’re too busy trying to “survive” in life instead of enjoying it, trying to get to the next level of financial freedom, or making the next move up the corporate ladder. But when the decision or choice comes to determine which way to go, who’s right or wrong in their forecast of future aspirations for success, there’s a sense of doubt, and it’s safe to say that it could be unbelief. Yes, unbelief. We have heard over the years so many prognosticators making economical proclamations to us to invest here or there; our parents encouraging us to save our money for the rainy days; and then we have the get-rich-quick schemes that ultimately end up as such-a scheme! What are we to believe when the ones we tend to trust are not living their according to their own advise. How can we believe the prognosticators when they’re investing and losing at the same time. And then our parents telling us to save for a rainy day when their lives are barely hanging in the balance financially. But there are some people who have surprisingly well-made good decisions and choices, stood the ground and believed strongly in the idea whatever it may have been. But what do you do when you’re struggling with what to believe because everything is so uncertain or mystical? There are so many ideas, theories, and suggestions that sound so good and so real that our belief systems are tossed to and fro and there seems to be no ideal concept or foundation to stand on. It’s like we’re just hanging above sea level, barely surviving and seeing the potential but what are we standing on as a foundation? unbelief

Well, as children of God, Jesus Christ, we learn to understand that we can’t stand on what man says because his intent is temporal, only satisfying for the moment. But even children of God struggle with unbelief, and we need to go back to God’s Word to see what He’s said about unbelief and what we are to do about it. But why is there unbelief among the children of God, where believing is part of our DNA? Let’s look at one reason why: TRUST.

TRUST

So many times when we pray, we ask God to do something, to change something, to make something better or take away something that is not good for us or someone. We ask because His Word tells us to ask (JOHN 14:14). And when we read that scripture we take it to heart, believing and “trusting” that God will do what He says. But what we tend to forget is the very verse that’s before it, verse 13, which says . . . “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” It’s real easy to pick out the verses that appeal to us when it means we’re getting something or it’s going to benefit us personally because it’s in the Bible. But what are we really saying to God when we ask for certain things, especially when it pertains to our situation? Is what we’re asking God for going to glorify the Lord; is it going to bring hope and honor to His name? And when it doesn’t happen we tend to wonder, even doubt, if God really blesses His people. We ask and if it doesn’t happen within a prescribed time period we tend to not believe it all the way through, we “want it right now” kind of mentality. This happen so much with God’s people because of our lack of patience in waiting on Him, and in His timing.

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  –  PSALM 27:13, 14 belief

So when we start to wonder and doubt we then tend to trust not in God but in our own intelligence, our own understanding, and that we got from those we’ve learned from or heard not realizing that it’s not eternal and everlasting. Just because someone famous said it doesn’t make it a fact of life and we put all of our stakes and trust in it. We need to learn to trust God in all things and wait for His decision because He is all-knowing. Here’s what His word says in relation to understanding Him . . . .

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.”  –  PSALM 3:5-8

Yes, that’s what God thinks of the world’s knowledge, evil. Sure, the world’s thinking will get you only as far as the world is going, and that’s not going to be very far according to His Word. So let’s stop doubting our Savior and begin to take Him at His Word, and believe Him whole-heartedly, all the way through until it comes to fruition. We need to be careful and wise to whom we listen to or take advice from because everyone doesn’t have our best interests at heart unless it’s going to put a few dollars in their pockets. Search God’s Word, hear from His Holy Spirit, and trust Him always and He will guide you to all truth and understanding. Always!!

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His Word For Me This Day Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 23, 2015

devotionsBE PATIENT AND PERSEVERING

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.”   –  JAMES 5:7-12

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His Word For Me This Day Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 23, 2015

 

ALL HAVE SINNED devotions

“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written:“There is none righteous, no, not one;There is none who understands;There is none who seeks after God.They have all turned aside;They have together become unprofitable;There is none who does good, no, not one.” Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;“The poison of asps is under their lips”;“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”  –  ROMANS 3:9-20

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His Word For Me This Day Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 22, 2015

devotionsTHE BEGINNING OF WISDOM

“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity;To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion—A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” –  PROVERBS 1:1-7

 

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