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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2016

Devotions“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”      

–   JOHN  8:31-36

Today’s Point of Focus: I am free in Jesus Christ!

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2016

Way of Wisdom

 

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.”

–   PROVERBS  11:24, 25

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 28, 2016

Devotions“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 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. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”   

–   JAMES   1:21-27          

Today’s Point of Focus: When you read or hear the Word of God, do what it says and please the Father!

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 28, 2016

Way of Wisdom

 

“The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.”     

–    PROVERBS   11:17, 18

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Some Encouraging Words . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2016

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“It is the glory of God, we are told, to conceal a thing, and it most certainly is for the happiness of mankind that he should conceal their future. Supposing that bright lines were written for us in the book of destiny, and that we could read those bright lines now, and be sure of them, we should probably loiter away our time until we arrived at them, and should have no heart for the present. If, on the other hand, we knew that there were dark days of trouble in store for us, and had a presentiment and full conviction as to when they would come, probably the thought of them would overshadow the present, so that the joys which we now drink would be left untasted by reason of our nervous fears as to the distant future. To know the good might lead us to presumption, to know the evil might tempt us to despair.” 

–   Charles H. Spurgeon,  on The Future

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2016

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“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”  

–   2   CORINTHIANS   5:1-8

Today’s Point of Focus: This body is temporal, but our heavenly bodies await us with His Love abundantly!

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The Way of Wisdom

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2016

Way of Wisdom

 

“When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes. The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.”     

–   PROVERBS   11:7. 8

 

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 26, 2016

Writer's thoughts

 

 

My Thoughts on . . . . Trusting in our own Understanding.

What’s wrong with going with your own understanding these days? Are we as a people who inconsistent that we can’t even trust our own thoughts, our own ideas or even our own judgments? What are we as human being coming to? Well, mu perspective is this: We as people are so easily influence by the wisdom of this world that every time the wind blows we’re changing our minds or the direction we’re traveling. Why can’t we stick with what we’ve decided on? Maybe the influences we allow in our lives or what we see as successes in other’s lives can easily persuade us to assume that their way of moving forward can work for us perhaps? Maybe? Maybe not. But why do we desire to consider others’ paths and direction when we don’t want to stick with our own understanding. Some may feel like “That’s sounds like a good idea!” Others would say “You know what, I’m gonna move in a different direction now.” It’s not that we don’t trust our own understanding but who are we listening to and why them. Who is influencing us in our understanding of what we want to do to make us, or encourage us to “flip the script” sort of speak? Well, I think it’s who we allow to influence our thoughts and choices. The one thing I see wrong with that is we put too much trust in what others are doing, and we base tat trust on their performance for the “now” and not the future. We’re anticipating that their influence will be productive for our lives just as it is or was for them. Does that mean we don’t trust our own understanding? Possibly. But then again, it’s about who we’re listening to, and what is their track record for success for this influence?

If there is any influence in my life when it comes to understanding, trusting in my decisions or choices, it’s going to be influenced by the Lord Jesus Christ. I know He has a better track record than anyone in this life because His Word tells me that. When I put my trust in Him, I know and realize that He has my best interest at heart for my past, present and future life. He will lead me in a direction that is secure, that will eventually lead me to His peace and His understanding. It’s not that I don’t trust my own understanding. It’s just that I know that in my infinite mindset, I’m going to fail and I can’t make the sound decisions I need to make based on my own intelligence or intellect. I need the wisdom and understanding of the Lord God Jesus Christ. How do I get that? I stay in His Word. I pray and establish a relationship with Him, that He may lead me to all truth and understanding. Sure, they’ll  come some times of uncertainty but I don’t allow that to interfere with judgment or direction, I just trust Him totally in all things and He reveals to me what it is I need to do or act upon with His guidance.

I know it’s hard for some to accept such vulnerability and allow someone to have such jurisdiction over one’s decisions and perspectives, but it’s all about trust, and trusting in The One will never let you down, nor will ever leave us nor forsake us, ever! That, my friends, is the Lord God Himself, Jesus Christ.

Just some thoughts from a follower of Christ who is praying for all mankind to come unto the saving knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ while we still can. His grace is sufficient for all of us, and there is now therefore no condemnation to those that love the Lord. I’m just saying . . .

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Some Encouraging Words . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 26, 2016

charles spurgeon

 

“And when you trust God in spite of all outward appearances and surrounding circumstances, it is comfortable proof to yourself that you are on good terms with God, that you are walking in sweet fellowship with him, and it is one of the most blessed facts in your whole history.”   

–   Charles H. Spurgeon, on Trusting God

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 26, 2016

Devotions“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.””   

–   JOHN   3:1-8

Today’s Point of Focus: You must be born again!

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