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A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 30, 2015

Writer's thoughts

 

 

On God Getting Our Attention . . . .

As we live our lives we are constantly focused on what our next challenge is and what we need to do to bring assurance and victory to that situation. We are willing to do whatever it takes because we all want to succeed in all of our endeavors. Many of us contemplate our next move, where do I go from here; what’s next on my list of achievements to conquer. During our quests for advancements in life, do we, or have we considered what God wants for us or what He desires to do in our lives so that an abundant life is within our grasps? We tend to sometimes get so focused on our accomplishments and our own purpose in life that we forget that the Creator of our very souls has a plan for each and every one of us, and it’s put on the back burner because we leaned to our own understanding and not His guidance. I find that when that is so evident in our lives, God will do something or allow something to take place in our lives to get our attention. No matter what we’re involved in or with in life, God desires to have our complete attention so that He can fulfill that purpose in us. There are two examples in the Bible that makes this so eloquently clear.

Saul –                                                                                                                                                                     

“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.”  –  ACTS  9:3-6 ((Later became Paul, writer of most of the New Testament)

Jonah –  

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”  –   JONAH   1:1-3 (Jonah repentance lead to the saving of a nation)

Both Paul and Jonah were missions of life with different agendas from different perspectives. Saul had become blind for three days in order for the Lord to get his attention. Jonah, in his fear and disobedience, was swallowed up by a whale and kept in its belly for three days and three nights(Jonah 1:17). Both men God had a purpose with an intention to fulfill a mission in their lives but they were so focused on their own purpose and desires. I believe God desires to get all of our attention at some point in our lives. Maybe not to the extremes of what happened with Saul and Jonah, but we’ve all encountered a moment in our lives where we know something has happened or is happening that is wants to change to direction or intentions of our lives. Is it fear, is it disobedience? Only you can answer that question. I pray that you take some time out of your busy schedule and give God your attention. It’ll probably be better if you voluntarily seek Him rather than Him getting your attention His way. Just some thoughts from a concerned writer desiring the goodness of God in everyone’s life. Just saying . . . .

 

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 30, 2015

Way of Wisdom

“My son, let them not depart from your eyes—Keep sound wisdom and discretion; So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.  –   PROVERBS   3:21-26

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 30, 2015

THE TEMPTATION AND FALL OF MAN Devotional

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.””  –   GENESIS   3:1-13  

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 29, 2015

Way of Wisdom

“Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways; For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, But His secret counsel is with the upright. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just. Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble. The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.  –  PROVERBS   3:31-35

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 29, 2015

DevotionalFEAR GOD, HEED HIS WORD

“For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken.” Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait on the Lord, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him. Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the Lord of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.   –   ISAIAH  8:11-18  

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 28, 2015

Way of Wisdom

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”  –  PROVERBS   3:11, 12

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 28, 2015

DevotionalDEALING WITH A SINNING BROTHER

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”  –  MATTHEW 18:15-20

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A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 27, 2015

Writer's thoughtsOn Judging Others . . . .                                                                                                               

Oftentimes I find myself observing interactions or encounters with others where they are criticized or looked upon as condemned beings. Their opinions and comments about those who don’t measure up to the “status quo” of life sounds degrading and down right disrespectful. I’ve learned over the course of my life that people in general either like you or they don’t; they love you or they hate you. The ones in between we don’t know or are unsure of so we call them lukewarm, fence-straddlers, and we distance ourselves from them. When we do something that offends others, make a mistake because we probable didn’t understand something or its instruction along the way, people are quick to judge us for not really understanding what has happened or the reason for what we’ve said or done. All we want are the results and they trust that we could get it done. We tend to forget that we are human beings with frailties that prove that very fact. But instead of asking what happened, we form comments that tear them down, demeans their efforts and the lack thereof. They give them the interpretation that they’re always right in their perspective of things or life and forget that they too were in our position at one point or another. How did they overcome their lack of understanding? Didn’t they have to go through this as well? Yes they did. And at the same time, aren’t we’re taught to hear people out before we judge others for something they did or may not have done? I wanted to know what God’s Word says about judging others and how He feels about this and this is what I discovered.

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  –  Luke  6:37

So I examined my own intentions and asked myself: Am I judging others thinking that I won’t be judged with the same intent? Am I condemning thinking that I am exempt from the same? I can’t escape the judgment that I pronounce on others if my life is not in alignment with I believe as well. I too, must not judge others based on what I see or what they do. I’m learning to take time to understand people, their hearts, and encourage their desire to do the right thing. We all will make mistakes daily, but I don’t want to point the finger at someone for their lack of, or a mistake based on their misinterpreting instruction for the furthering of my needs or requests. Lord God, help my lack of understanding of others and grant me the patience to help and encourage those who desire the same thing.

Just some thoughts from a concerned writer who desires to see the goodness of the Lord in everyone. Just saying . . . .

 

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 27, 2015

Way of Wisdom

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.”  –  PROVERBS  3:5-8

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 27, 2015

THE PARABLE OF THE UNFORGIVING SERVANTDevotional

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”   –  MATTHEW  18:21-35

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