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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 29, 2016

Writer's thoughts

 

 

My Thoughts on . . . . Having a Daily Devotion.

With this topic, I want to speak to the followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, Christians for a few moments. I know you’ve heard this time after time, but it’s so crucial that we as believers, children of God, have a daily devotion. We know that that a daily devotion is a time set aside where we get alone with God, letting our hearts, minds and spirits commune with God listening and sharing with our Creator. He has so much He wants to say to us, so much He wants to reveal to us but we’re not taking the time, the necessary time to spend with Him so that that he can commune with us. We talk about it all the time but I find that most men and women spend maybe, at best, a few minutes a day saying a short prayer and read a few scriptures from the Bible and that’s their devotion. I’m not trying to dictate someone’s devotional time or their commitment to a daily devotion, it between the individual and God Himself. But as children of God, and if we call ourselves people of God, then the fruits of that labor will show itself through our lives in all that we say and do. We can’t help but display what our devotional life exudes from our lives if we’re consistent with it. And I’m not talking about sitting down and spending hours reading the Bible to show you’re doing it. No! Really, it’s about a relationship with God, that’s what I’m talking about. We’ll want to have a devotional life and get to know our Lord and Savior on a more personal, intimate level. I can’t see how we can go through this life, trusting in our own understanding knowing that Father God, the Creator of all, has a plan and purpose for every one of us and we not spend time with Him wanting to find out what that is. What are we occupying ourselves with if we are not seeking Him on that level?

I have a daily devotion, and I spend time with God every morning before I get into the very day that He created. I give Him thanks and praise for allowing me to see another of life, with strength and ability in my body to use for His purpose in my life. Then I sit down and begin to read His Word, the Bible. I thank Him for giving me the opportunity to talk with Him, to listen to Him for what He desires for me that day. Then later on that day, sometime in the evening I spend a little more time with Him reading, listening to His still, small voice for instruction or guidance that He wants to tell me. I make time for my Lord because that’s where we are at in our relationship. I want to hear from Him daily, and the only way I truly want to hear His voice is spend time with Him. Yes, He speaks to me throughout the day as He guides me in my decision-making. He also strengthens me to do what is right when I’m faced with temptation, trials or tribulation. I’m grateful for His leading me unto all truth and understanding. His Word is truth. It has never failed me. And as children of God, His chosen people, why wouldn’t we want to spend time with Him and receive that kind instruction? Maybe you already have a daily devotion, and a good relationship with God on a consistent basis. I’m grateful for you, and pray that you continue to receive the remnants of that labor. But what about those who are not there yet? And what about those who are children of God but don’t have a daily devotion? It’s not too late to develop one. If you’re not sure how to start or where to begin, I suggest you contact a good faith believing, god-fearing brother or sista who has one and ask them for assistance. Folks, I can’t tell you how important this will be to your life, your spiritual life and even as vital to every relationship you have.

Just some thoughts from a brother who desires the strengths and blessings of God to all those who want to be all that our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ has for us. He wants to bless us, equip us with holy and successful living, and it comes by way of having a daily tome spent getting to know Him on an intimate level. Just saying . . . .

 

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Recovery Quote of The Day!

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 29, 2016

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This Week’s Recovery Tip

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 29, 2016

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Tip For This Week . . . . Be Intentional with Telling the Truth.

Let’s make a real honest attempt at telling the truth this week. I know we sometimes tell “little white lies” but those are the very “little” sayings or comments that get us in trouble big time. In God’s sight and understanding, a lie is a lie, no matter how big or how small. If we can focus on being honest, being truthful in all our daily doings whether in word, thought or deed, we’ll discover that there is freedom in being truthful with others because there is no hiding, no fabricating, just being who you are. And that my friend is exactly what we want to do, just being ourselves. Have a great week!

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 29, 2016

Devotions

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, God will always help us fight the battle all ate the same spiritual food,  and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”   –   1  CORINTHIANS  10:1-13

Today’s Point of Focus: Know that the Lord Jesus Christ will always help us in the battle against sin.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 26, 2016

Devotions

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.   –   JOHN  15:1-8

Today’s Point of Focus: Stay connected to the vinedresser, and your fruits will bless the world!

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An Encouraging Quote

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 25, 2016

C. S. Lewis

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” 

–  C.S. Lewis

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 25, 2016

Devotions“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.   –   PSALM  103:1-10

Today’s Point of Focus: Be thankful and grateful for all of God’s mercies!

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An Encouraging Quote

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 24, 2016

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God comes into our heart—He finds it full—He begins to break our comforts and make it empty; then there is more room for grace. The humbler a man lies, the more comfort he will always have because he will be more fitted to receive it.” 

–   Charles H. Spurgeon, on Humility.

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Mt Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 24, 2016

Devotions

“A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.   –   PROVERBS  6:12-19

Today’s Point of Focus: Keep the behaviors of the wicked from your life. They have no place in God’s people.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 23, 2016

Devotions“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.” Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.”   –  ACTS   5:1-11

Today’s Point of Focus: Always keep a pure, honest and sincere heart in your walk with Christ.

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