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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 27, 2015

devotionsCHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR – WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  –  ROMANS 12: 9-21

Why does the world have a strange and varying view of what a Christian is supposed to act like or be when they see one? Besides not developing good Christ-like characteristics, spiritual maturity being guided by God’s Holy Spirit, many of us fall short in our quest to imitate our Savior because we tend to think we can’t reach that level of acceptance. That is a misconception that many Christians adhere to due to maybe a lack of confidence or simply not trusting God to do in us as He said He would. In this portion of scripture we can learn to develop those characteristics and even more understanding about our Savior if we just allow Him to renew and transform us with His plan. Then, we will be able to live that abundant life that Jesus came back to give us because that’s what He wants for us as His people. We can’t do this thing called life without God’s guidance, His understanding and His grace. When people see God’s grace and mercy genuinely working in our lives, they’re attracted to it and they’ll want to experience that love as well.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 26, 2015

devotionsENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD

“Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”  –  1 SAMUEL 17:40-47

How do you feel when you’re intimidated by someone, whether it’s by size, someone’s countenance, or maybe even spiritually intimidated? That does happen a lot in the Christian community, and many of us don’t know how to deal with that. We see others who appear so superior to us in stature and intellect, we become mesmerized, and can’t seem to find the words or the courage to stand up. Well, David had some similar fears himself, but what he knew was knowing who he was in God’s eyes. Just like before his confrontation with Goliath, David girded himself, encouraged himself, and knew who his God was and didn’t think twice about it. He believed, he trusted in the creator of his soul to see him through to victory no matter how intimidating his enemies were. And just like David, we too, can be victorious in all of our battles if we just know and understand who we are in Christ, and how He will fight our battles for us. We just need to learn how to stand and declare victory in Jesus’ Name!

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 25, 2015

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BY FAITH 

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age,because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”  –  HEBREWS 11:4-12

All of the characters listed above knew that in order to please the Father, they had to have some kind of faith, believing and trusted faith that whatever would come they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God would come through for them. Even though they never physically seen all that they hope for, had faith for, they trusted God that it would come to pass. How can we please God if we don’t exercise our faith? Faith is key in anything we do in this life because nothing is guaranteed to us in this life except eternal life. So while we live this thing called life, let’s put our trust, our faith and our belief in The One who assures us that anything we do can and will be directed by our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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We’ll All Be Having A Seat There Shortly – Will You Be Ready?

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 24, 2015

 

Do you know that every person who ever lived will have to have a seat in “The Seat” of seats, The Judgment Seat of Christ? The SeatWhat are you going to say or do when the Lamb’s Book of Life is opened and your name isn’t found there? When Christ shows your entire life to you from the moment you were born, all the good and the bad you ever done, what explanation(s) are you going to give to justify those actions? And will it be revealed that you were introduced to Jesus Christ, denied Him, and turned to the pleasures of this life instead of eternal life in Him?

The answers to these and so many other questions will be revealed openly at that time when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears before the world in all His glory! As Christians, as the people of God, we eagerly look forward to the most eventful day this age has ever seen since His resurrection. But while we wait for this historical moment in time, how are you preparing for it? There is still a lot we can do before our Savior arrives even though we don’t know the time or day. What can we do? Let’s look at some of those things and hopefully you will pondering a couple of them.

LOVE GOD MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”  –  DEUTURONOMY 6:5

As children and people of God, we are His greatest creation. He has given us life and a free will. We choose Him because He first chose us. So when we receive the Lord and Savior, and the gift of eternal life, we become heirs to the Throne of Grace and are His inheritance to the Kingdom of God. God desires us to love Him, and Him alone, more than life itself because He gave us life. Each and every day He allows us to awake, arise with ability and strength in our body we ought to give Him praise and glory for it. That’s something this life can’t or ever will give us with the grace He has afforded us.

REST YOUR HOPE IN HIM WITH HOLINESS

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”  –  1  PETER 1:13-16

The Lord Jesus desires us to let our hope be in Him only, always referring to Him for and in all things pertaining to life. He desires obedience, being holy in our conduct no matter where we are, either at home, at work, at school, in our relationships, no matter where we go let holiness be our integrity at all times that the world may see Him instead of us. Being holy demonstrates being set apart from the world and all it has to offer. We ought not take up the ways and character of the world, but take up holiness, godliness, walking in the statutes and commandments of the Father and His Word.

TELL OTHERS OF HIS GLORIOUS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOUR LIFE

“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.”  –  PSALM 66:16

Allow what God has done in your life to be a witness to the renewing and transformation of who you used to be because of His love, grace and mercy. Let being a new creation in Christ proceed you in all you say, see, hear and do. His glory ought to be all over you and become contagious that everyone who sees you will want what you have, if, God has done what you claim He has done. If He has, the fruits of that transformation will overwhelm you, and them, because you won’t be able to contain it. You’ll want to declare on the mountaintops and everywhere you go. GRACE

These are just a few things God’s Word instructs us to do as His people. He never forces Himself upon us. But at the same time, He also says He will never leave us nor forsake us(HEBREWS 13:5).

As far as the questions mentioned previously, I believe as children of God, the people of God, if we are doing these things God will equip us to do them and many more things that He desires of us. Our lives will be an open book to the testament of God’s goodness in our lives which is pleasing in His sight. So we won’t have to worry about those questions of conduct; those uncertainties of questionable integrity or lack thereof; or if our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Once we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, and begin living a holy, spirit-filled life guided by His Holy Spirit, and don’t allow sin to dominate our lives, we will remain in His comforts and on the wings of eagles as His Word tells us(ISAIAH 40:31).

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 24, 2015

devotionsLIVING BEFORE THE FATHER

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” –  1 PETER 1:13-21

The abundant life is a life filled with promise and hope in Jesus Christ. As Christians, many of us tend to not realize the importance of living well in the world. Maybe it’s because of a lack of understanding or maybe it’s because of what we have been told or instructed on how to live. God’s Word says it all right here in reference to mind, body and spirit. Our key word here is hope, knowing that Christ is with us to lead, guide and direct our steps as we step out in faith trusting Him in all things. Being holy as He is Holy is a great comparison but we ought to realize that being holy creates a life pleasing to the Father, and that’s what we should strive for with our entire being.

 

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 23, 2015

ISOLATION HAS NO PLACE IN A CHRISTIAN’S LIFE devotions

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.”  –  PROVERBS 18:1, 2

I know a young man who looks at himself very highly, well-educated, very well spoken, and seems to have all the right answers most of the time. Sometimes he would suggest things as though they came straight from his own mind, never ever thought of before in life. But one thing I did notice about him was he would never take any advice from anyone, leaving himself to lean-to his understanding whatever that may have been. I discovered that those around him saw him as a person who is isolated from others, not wanting or desiring to be around those who want to grow, to be stimulated intellectually as well. If all a person talks about is himself, how he got to where he is today, this is a man or woman, that is prideful and not open to sharing with others to edify, to help those of us around him become better. We don’t necessarily need people like that, but we glean off of each other for edification purposes. Let’s take some time out of our schedules today and see if we tend to isolate ourselves from others when God probably has us where we are in life to build up others and share the love of Christ.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 20, 2015

devotionsTHE VALUE OF A FRIEND

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”  –   ECCLESIASTIES 4:9-12

Accountability was designed for us and has been since way back in the beginning. If we look back in Genesis 1, we see that the first evidence of accountability began with God The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. God desires us to have friends that will build us up, that will strengthen us when we appear weak or without encouragement. Those friends will be there for us when no one else understands. They will work with us together and not make us feel condemned because of our lack or our inadequacies. They will treat us with the love of God and be there in our time of need. Do you have friends that walk this journey called life with you with that kind of companionship? Surround yourselves with those who are like-minded, who are in agreement with you as you seek the Lord with all your heart.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 19, 2015

devotionsLOVE THROUGH IT ALL DESPITE

“Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry. You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have.”   –  GENESIS 45:1-10

There’s so much we can learn from Joseph. Here’s a young man who was disowned, neglected, thrown into a pit by his brothers to die, and had every right to use his position as Pharaoh’s right hand man to impose a payback. But because of his love and devotion to God, he used the raising up from obscurity to glorify God and rejoice in revealing himself to his long-lost brothers who did him evil and left him for dead. Maybe in our own families we left on bad terms or something similar like in Joseph’s situation and God is using you to help bring them back into the fold by blessing their life and making you a light that draws others to God. Remember, where we are isn’t for our purpose but for God’s purpose to bring those who persecuted us back to a life in Christ.

 

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 18, 2015

devotionsDOERS AND NOT JUST HEARERS OF THE WORD

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”   –   JAMES 1:22-25

Hearing a powerful and inspiring message on the Gospel can be refreshing and invigorating. When we hear the Spirit of God speaking to our very souls, bringing conviction and truth to the things in our lives we should be doing that we aren’t doing. It’s really inspiring when we can take that Word and apply it to our lives. Hearing God’s Word is good and edifying, but when we apply that Word and do what He says the Word provides the necessary comfort and instruction in knowing that we’re living our lives as God desires us to. Acting on God’s Word shows obedience and understanding as well as keeping ourselves in alignment with His purpose and plan for us. Let’s begin to actively pursue His Word with compassion and intention. It’ll keep that smile on His face!

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 17, 2015

devotionsBUILD ON THE ROCK

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”   –   LUKE 6:46-49

In our daily activities it’s a blessing to call upon the name of the Lord because He’s a comforter to us. We need Him daily and when we request prayers we want God to answer us. But what about when God says for us to do something He would like done from His Word? He may ask us to intercede for the broken-hearted; He may ask us to give generously to the poor; or He may ask us help that brother who hasn’t had a meal in a week. Are we as attentive to what He’s asking, and willing to accomplish it with the same desire He has to grant us our petitions? Let us be mindful to remember that we ought to do what His Word asks and be as joyful to adhere to His Word as He is to bless us with answered prayers. He loves doing that for us!

 

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