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A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2015

Writer's thoughts

My Thoughts on . . . . JEALOUSY.                                                                                                                                                 

It’s everywhere. No matter where I look, someone is always envious, desiring to have what others have; wanting to be what others have become; looking for the affirmations and affections of others for approval or acceptance. It doesn’t matter what venue I’m in, whether it’s on my job, the places I go, the events I attend, and even in the church, people can’t stand to see others in a position that God has placed them in. Why is jealousy such a problem to so many people? I believe that those who succeed in life have a root of commitment planted in their lives, understanding that in order to achieve and move forward it starts with them. Success is not always the focus but knowing that I have committed myself to a cause that will benefit others around me, my environment where I live or work, what I do, it’s about others not myself. But those who dislike the committed because that desire is not instilled in them, or wasn’t spoke into their lives for edification, their aim or agenda is to disrupt, even sabotage the success or rewards of their efforts. That type of jealousy can lead to even more serious actions, and that’s where it becomes out of control. I can think of many an examples of jealousy but the one that comes to mind is King Saul, and his dislike of David his servant.

“Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well. When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.    1  SAMUEL  18:5-9

David was totally committed to King Saul, anything the King desired because he was King, the reigning authority of Israel. David knew his position and placed himself under his leadership and guidance. But because of David’s success, and the affirmation of the people of Israel for his victories over Goliath and many other battles, King Saul saw those accolades and instantly became jealous. Saul had the Spirit of God in him and over his life, but because of his disobedience and fear of the people , their acceptance or ridicule of his decision-making, he allowed that to interfere with God’s purpose for his reign and chose the people’s approval over God’s guidance. I see the same thing daily as I live wherever I go. It doesn’t have to be this way. If I humble myself, realize that I have purpose in this life with the plan God has already ordained me and for His glory, then I will see the goodness of the Lord in all that I do. So it’s not about what others have or accomplished, it’s about what am I committed to, my purpose in all my endeavors, and what is God speaking or saying over my life. I don’t have to look at other’s successes, their rewards for their efforts or how they got to where they are. I want to gain God’s approval for everything that I do in this life, and He will reward my efforts so that others will be blessed and that nothing that is achieved, no matter how successful, will be looked at to where myself is built up, only God, and the purpose He put in my life should be seen. I don’t want what others have, I want what God has specifically for me because there is purpose in that blessing. With that mentality, jealousy will not reside in my heart, my mind or my thoughts.

“For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.”

2  CORINTHIANS  12:20

Just some thoughts from a writer who wants to see the goodness of the Lord in everyone’s life, that they may come to know, personally, of the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just saying . . . .

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2015

Way of Wisdom

 

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

–  PROVERBS 6:16-19

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2015

DevotionalTHE PARABLE OF THE MUSTARD SEED

“Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”   –  MARK  4:30-34

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2015

Way of Wisdom

 

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” 

  •  –  PROVERBS  29:2

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2015

THE HEAVENLY HOPE Devotional

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”   –   HEBREWS   11:13-16

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Happy Thanksgiving To You This Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2015

From all of us here at Men of Redemption, we’d like to declare to all of our readers and supporters that have supported us over the years, that we truly appreciate you and thank you for taking the time to preview our articles and resources. We pray that the holidays bring you peace, comfort and blessings from our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ during this Thanksgiving Season.

 

 

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I’m Thankful For Today . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2015

Thankful for today

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A Quote of Understanding

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2015

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“True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. People describe intercession by saying, “It is putting yourself in someone else’s place.” That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective.”
Oswald Chambers

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2015

DevotionalPRAY FOR ALL MEN

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”   –   1  TIMOTHY  2:1-7

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I’m Thankful Today For . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2015

Thanks

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