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Our Encouraging Word for Today!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 30, 2015

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Posted by Men of Redemption on April 30, 2015

PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS AND JUSTICE devotions

“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,  In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”  –  PSALM 111:1-10

 

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What’s On Your Mind?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 29, 2015

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? prayer

TOPIC: BEING THE SPIRITUAL LEADER IN YOUR MARRIAGE

“My wife and I have agreed to start praying together for the first time. We’ve been married for a few years and I’m struggling on how to begin. How can I lead in this area and become the spiritual leader of my marriage?

Begin talking with your wife about what you both want spiritually in and for your marriage. Sharing with one another your desires, your wants, and letting them be known to each other is key to understanding what you’re going to be praying for. In the beginning, you both want God’s blessing in and over all that you do. And in understanding that, the husband, has to recognize that he is the initiator of prayer within the marriage relationship. Your wife expects you to be the leader and should encourage you to do so. This may feel like pressure but in reality it’s really biblical teaching. After you both have come together and shared your desires, come together as one by touching and agreeing, speaking to God about those desires and wants, and asking Him to provide the means necessary for those desires to become alive in you both. Then begin to thank God for your wife. Thank Him for her love for you, her companionship, for putting you two together, for allowing you two to live life as one and meeting each others needs without fail and unconditionally. Be consistent with this each and every day, and even allowing your wife to pray if she so desires. The more consistent you become, the more your prayers will flow into everything you do in your marriage. That includes praying over major decisions, major purchases, which direction in life you both should go, everything you do together should involve God’s blessing and guidance. God wants to be right in the middle of you marriage so that you two shine together. Being the spiritual leader by praying and submitting yourself to daily prayer will provide the leadership necessary to lead your marriage in every area.

VERSE HELP: “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”  –  1 PETER 3:7

 

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An Encouraging Word For Today!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 29, 2015

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“You and I cannot be useful if we want to be sweet as honey in the mouths of men.
God will never bless us if we wish to please men, that they may think well of us. Are
you willing to tell them what will break your own heart in the telling and break
theirs in the hearing? If not, you are not fit to serve the Lord. You must be willing to
go and speak for God, though you will be rejected.”

 Charles H. Spurgeon, on Boldness

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 29, 2015

SPIRITUAL WISDOM devotions

“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.   –   1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-16

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Our Encouragement For Today!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 28, 2015

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His Word For This Day Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 28, 2015

THE BLESSING AND SUFFERING OF THE GODLY devotions

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed. I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” My enemies speak evil of me: “When will he die, and his name perish?” And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it. All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt. “An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.” Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up, That I may repay them. By this I know that You are well pleased with me, Because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And set me before Your face forever. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.”   –   PSALM 41:1-13

 

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Addiction Recovery Process: TOOL #4 – A Support Group

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2015

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TOOL #4: SUPPORT GROUPS 

Being a part of a support group is conducive to any recovery process because of its strong  focus on giving men and women the opportunity to see that they are not the only ones who go through issues and concerns where trust and betrayal has been violated. You learn about communicating your hurts, your pain and your frustrations with others who desire to share those emotions with those who can relate to you. In a support group, which is facilitated by someone who has been through the process, has overcome the obstacles that the participants in the group have or is currently going through, you will discover real life experiences from those who desire help, understanding and guidance to everything that they’ve suffered in due to bad decisions and/or choices. A good support group will bring truth and awareness, outlining the roots of your problems and issues, then discuss how you can make a decision to incorporate new disciplines, a renewed perspective of correcting those errors in judgment by making conscious decisions without distractions from negative influences. There are many support groups out there that offer assistance for every kind of concern or problem but you must take a close look at what’s better suited for your particular concern.

Support groups aren’t about male/female, husband/wife bashing, exposing the intimate details of your life or struggles to any and everyone for the sake of putting your business  on blast, but to the contrary. They should provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for those who choose to become a part of a group to share, to gain some insight and wisdom into their issues, concerns, that have plagued their lives and want to find ways to change their perspectives so they can move forward in life without the shame or the guilt. The one most important ingredient to a good support group is level of confidentiality. If confidentiality is not a focus of the group, chances are that group will fail and not meet you exactly where you’re at. This is critical in any support group setting because no one wants to be hurt again, especially within a group of strangers. So if you’re looking for a support group, keep in mind these very important critical criteria:

Confidentiality –  (Is it a safe and secure environment to share without condemnation)

Right Group for My Needs – (Is the group geared towards my specific issues and concerns)

Hours Conducive for Meeting – (Are the meeting times conducive to my availability)

The Curriculum Used for Support – (What type of resource, if any, are they using for understanding and guidance)

 

VERSE HELP: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”  –  GALATIANS 6:1-5

THIS WEEK’S ENCOURAGEMENT:

If you’re going through some struggles in life because of bad decision-making or choices you regret and want to get some help, consider seeking out a support group that is conducive to your concerns or issues that will provide you with the necessary tools and information that will help put you on the right road to recovery. If you’re uncertain of a group’s purpose or can’t locate one, seek your local church or pastor for guidance and direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Encouraging Word For Today!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2015

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2015

BE AWARE OF PERSONAL FAVORITISM devotions

“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.   –   JAMES 2:1-13

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