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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 31, 2016

Devotions“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. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”   –  GALATIANS  6:1-10

Today’s Point of Focus:

Let us learn to do good, be generous, and bear one another’s burdens for the cause of Christ, to glorify His Name in the earth!

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 30, 2016

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor Devotionsgiving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  –   ROMANS  12:8-21

Today’s Point of Focus:

Let’s live a life that displays the character and person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 29, 2016

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My Thoughts on . . . . The Battle Within Your Recovery.

Where do you think our most fiercest battle is happening in our life today? It’s not with our neighbors. It’s not with the bosses or co-workers that we spend a majority of our work week with. It’s not with the cars who cut in front of us illegally day in and day out. And it’s certainly not with those who we think or believe are our enemies. No, our biggest battle we face daily is with ourselves and what we choose or allow to dominate our thoughts. I hear from time to time how so many men, and women, declare how they are struggling with thoughts, with anger or frustration with life and those attached to it. We tend to “label” our issues according to who is attached to it. For instance; if someone is in agreement with something that is bringing hurt or harm to you but it wasn’t their fault, we automatically assume that they are involved and our wrath is focused against them. But I think it’s deeper than that. I believe we permit, or allow, these struggles and frustrations in life to infiltrate our hearts and minds by choice, therefore affecting our thoughts and imaginations which build up anger, animosity, even hatred to some degree. We’re mentally and psychologically fighting against ourselves because of what we allow to enter our being because we’re not happy or satisfied with what’s happening around us. So much of what we battle with is really unnecessary and uncalled for but we allow it anyway because we don’t how to or want to deal with it in the right manner. We don’t talk with anyone about because we feel they wouldn’t understand. So what do we do-we suppress it within, and eventually we’ll end up exploding because we can’t take too much more of it to a certain point.

This battle, or these battles we face daily are not the natural battles of every day life. These are spiritual battles that are aimed to destroy us from within, to make us go crazy and blame it on life, medications, believing in strange voices and other hypnotic situations. These are also called vain imaginations, allowing the mind to take in thoughts that are contrary to peaceful living and understanding. When we begin to understand this, we will know that it’s nothing but the trickery and schemes of the enemy of our souls, Satan, to distort our thinking and take our thoughts and minds off of God any way possible. But, as children of God, we know we don’t have to accept these thoughts, or the imaginations that the enemy throws at us. God’s Word protects us from these devices, and strengthens us to know what they are and overcome them by His Holy Spirit. Yes, we do have to choice to allow or permit what’s in our minds and hearts to either strengthen us or destroy us. I pray that you take a serious look at what you’re allowing into your heats, minds, and thoughts.

Just some thoughts from a Man of God who has overcome these fears, who has gained victory over what I used to allow to enter my minds and heart that caused collateral damage in my life, my marriage and family. I know longer allow those thoughts, those vain imaginations, or anything else that’s contrary to what God has for me because it’s His Word that I allow to reign in this temple of God! Just saying . . . .

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

2 CORINTHIANS  10:3-6

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 29, 2016

Devotions“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  –  ROMANS  8:18-30

Today’s Point of Focus:

Though we suffer, God’s plan and purpose will make all things work out for good to those who love him with their whole heart.

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Recovery Tip For The Week

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 28, 2016

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Recovery Tip for This Week . . . . Don’t Forget to Exercise! 

Here we go! Here’s something we ought not o forget while in recovery . . . We need to get our exercise in guys! We can be so focused on the practical principles of work-book instruction and totally forget about the physical body. That is a huge mistake! We need to spend some time, at least 30-minutes a day doing some kind of exercise, to maintain a healthy flow of endurance and stamina. Whether you choose to walk, jogging, riding a bike, working out at the gym, swimming, or whatever you feel like enjoying as long as its something that keeps you physically agile and moving. Exercise helps keep the balance with everything we’re doing so that we’re not always bored or doing just one thing. Make it a point daily to take a break, work on that body for a few moments, relax, and then sit down and have a nice bowl of fruit and thank God for trying to stay fit.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 28, 2016

“And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you Devotionsmay learn them and be careful to observe them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive. The Lord talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said: ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. ‘You shall have no other gods before Me. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.  –  Deuteronomy  5:1-10

Today’s Point of Focus:

The Lord God will bring us out and deliver us, because He is the great I AM!

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 25, 2016

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My Thoughts on . . . . True Intentions.

What are people’s true intentions? Are they purposeful? Do they have meaning? Or do they have an agenda that will only serve their advantages and deceive us into thinking they are honorable? It’s hard to tell these days with all the hypocrisy and selfishness in the world. I’m not perfect in no way, shape, form, or fashion, and I’ll be the first to admit that. After spending a season of my life living in that deception, I’ve learned quite a bit about being real with my intentions in life, especially in recovery where our intentions have a real purpose.

I find myself concerned with the men I am blessed to work with that whatever they decide to do in their recoveries, they need to be honest and transparent in all their endeavors when it pertains to doing the right thing. If we have protocol to follow, let’s stay within the confines of that protocol and do as we are instructed in order to obtain the prize we are passionately seeking-walking in freedom from years of disobedient behaviors. We should want to live our lives with true intentions instead of fabrication or living in a world of selfishness that we allowed the enemy to design for us. It’s not about us or what we can get out of life-it’s about being honest, open, and living for truth in everything we set out to do. When I see a brother struggling in his ways, it isn’t always the mistakes he’s making. It could be that whatever it is he’s attempting to do is somehow failing him, and he wants to correct that immediately because he doesn’t want to be found out about what he really wants to do. That’s disturbing to me! How can I really trust that brother if he has a hidden agenda and no one knows his true intentions? Whatever our intentions, they must be made known to those in his sphere of influence. He will be understood by those who know him and by those he spends his time with. We need to speak and live with purpose, with focus, as we take on life’s challenges and let everything be in the light. We cannot operate successfully in life in the dark and expect the very best to happen for us if our motives, our agendas, or our focus is to do unto others with false pretenses.

Just some thoughts from a brother who is against the lies of hidden agendas, not being real and not having true honest intentions with those we surround ourselves with. Mu purpose in recovery is to help those men who are faced with the strongholds of dishonesty, living the lie, and help them overcome that deception of the enemy of our souls, and guide them unto all truth and understanding through the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word as a foundation for true intentional living. Just saying . . . .

“But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

–  Ephesians  5:13

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 25, 2016

Devotions“Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.”  –  LUKE  7:1-10

Today’s Point of Focus:

Proclaim and declare your over all that you have, and trust that God will do what He says He will do.

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An Encouraging Quote

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 24, 2016

C. S. Lewis“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” 

 

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 24, 2016

Devotions“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.   –  LUKE  5:1-11

Today’s Point of Focus:

The Lord Jesus is always calling us to extend ourselves beyond what we may believe we know or understand.

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