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Recovery Tip For This Week

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 31, 2016

Road_RecoveryThis Week’s Tip . . . .

 

 

AVOID THOSE WHO DOUBT YOUR INTENTIONS

Be grateful that we have those in our support system that believe in what we’re doing as far as recovery goes. They are the ones who pray for us; they are the ones who encourages and assist us in our efforts to fight the battle for purity and wholeness in Christ. That support system should be the basic foundation of every man and women in recovery who strives for freedom in Christ. But there are those who don’t believe that we’ll ever get there because they perceive that the damage caused by our actions is far too greater than the forgiveness and healing of Jesus Christ. They see the pain, the hurt, the deception as well as the betrayal of what we’ve done. In their eyes it’s hard to see forgiveness, even after a time of healing and transformation has taken place in our lives. It’s not about if we’ll ever turn the corner and begin to live a life worthy and acceptable in their sight, but to them it’s about have we paid the costs of the collateral damage we’ve caused. Is it or was it long enough that now forgiveness can finally be looked at from their perspective. Well, I’m here to share with those of us in recovery that no matter what you have done in your actions or behavior, the Lord Jesus Christ has (1) known about our actions and behaviors from the very beginning, (2) forgiven us of those actions and behaviors when He died on the Cross, (3) He rose from the dead to give us and bring us new life and that more abundantly and (4) He desires us to seek Him with all of hearts that He might lead us in living a life of purity and wholeness by His Holy Spirit. Yes, we acknowledge our transgressions, we repent of our wrong doing. But we must pick up our cross and follow Him, go after Him with all of our being and not look behind us or what we have done. If we continue to hold on to those who doubt our new intentions, we stay stuck, stagnate, and in our minds we’ll never be able to move forward. Once we have apologized to those we have harmed, our next step is to trust and depend on God to help us in bring renewal and transformation to our hearts and minds. Those that we have hurt, they will need time to forgive us, and rightfully so. But in the meantime, we need to begin to surround ourselves with those who will guide us, encourage us, and those who are like-minded who desire to help us in this journey. We’re not ignoring the issues, we’re just moving in a direction of healing and purpose. So pray for those who are not in agreement with us, and ask God to place those people in our lives, our recoveries, that will help us get to where we need to go and need to be. This will strengthen our purpose and desire to allow our hearts to manifest our true intentions to those we’ve hurt.

 

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Today I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 31, 2016

 

 

TO GIVE ME STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH THIS DAY

Yes Lord. As I arise this morning and begin my devotional reading and quiet time with you, I’m praying for strength, the strength that will sustain me throughout the day I’m about to embark on. I don’t know what it’s going to bring but I need your guidance, your protection and your discernment to navigate my mind and heart through it all. I know there will be challenges, situations and circumstances that will be beyond my understanding. Help me Heavenly Father to be mindful of your grace and mercy that I might do everything this day that will be pleasing to you and you alone. I need your Holy Spirit to lead me unto all truth and understanding because I cannot lean to my own. So Father God, help me get through this day with your strength, your power, that I might glorify you with this life you have blessed me with this day!

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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A Psalm of Praise . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 31, 2016

praisePROMISED FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD

“I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me; He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me. He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land.”  –  PSALM  101:1-7

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 31, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: 1  Peter 5:5-11

“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Stop playing games with the devil and submit to a much higher authority, Jesus Christ!

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A Psalm of Praise . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 28, 2016

praisePRAYER IN TIME OF CHASTENING

“O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure! For Your arrows pierce me deeply, And Your hand presses me down. There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds are foul and festering Because of my foolishness. I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are full of inflammation, And there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You. My heart pants, my strength fails me; As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me. My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague, And my relatives stand afar off. Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, And plan deception all the day long. But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth. Thus I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth is no response. For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God. For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, Lest, when my foot slips, they exalt themselves against me.” For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin. But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied. Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good. Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”  

PSALM   38:1-22

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 28, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: ROMANS  4:13-22

“For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.

It is through faith that God’s promises are granted to us.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 27, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: JAMES  3:1-12

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.  Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Our words can bring life or death so let’s be mindful of what we say to one another daily.

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A Psalm of Praise . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 26, 2016

praisePRAISE TO THE LORD FOR HIS HOLINESS

“The Lord reigns; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim Let the earth be moved! The Lord is great in Zion, And He is high above all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name—He is holy. The King’s strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool—He is holy. Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the Lord, and He answered them. He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them. You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds. Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.”

PSALM  99:1-9

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 26, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: 1  THESSALONIANS  4:13-18

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Comfort ourselves in knowing Christ’s return is as real as life itself.

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 25, 2016

Writer's thoughts

 

 

My Thoughts on . . . .

Overcoming The Mountains in Our Lives

Our lives are filled with challenges on a daily basis, some we can see and others we can not. We know there are things in this life that seem overwhelming to us at times, more so in our vulnerable moments than when we are expecting them. But what about those challenges or “mountains” as the Word of God calls them, that seem too much for us to overcome? These “mountains” can be a number of things; debt, financial hardship, real life decisions, loss of employment, betrayal, addictive behaviors, failing marriages, faith, hope. I could go on because that’s where so many of us are in this day and age. Our focus is on how can we overcome these mountains in our lives and still have some sanity  left to cope with life? That in itself is a challenge already! I have struggled with these same challenges and as I live and breathe I will continue to see these mountains in my life. But the understanding to dealing with these mountains is not trying to figure out how to overcome them, but recognizing them, acknowledging them and asking God what is it that He is trying to get me to understand why they are there. We don’t want to deal with the mountains in our lives because it interferes with our tasks, our plans, and all it does is impedes our forward progress. I believe we have to understand first and foremost is that there is reason(s) why they are there. God has purpose for everything we go through in life, and He wants to see us overcome in all areas of our lives. One way to strengthen our focus and to begin to overcome is seeing how bad we want to succeed and trusting Him in that process.

I’m reminded of the story in the Bible in the book of Zechariah 4:1-9, where Zerubbabel was to rebuild the temple but was discouraged and didn’t know how that was going to happen. The tasks to complete this temple were overwhelming and it became evidently clear that he didn’t know how this was to happen. But God, through His prophet Zechariah, informed him to tell Zerubbabel that . . . . “it is nor by might nor by power but by my Spirit.” And that is the best way we can overcome any and all mountains in our lives. We need to trust God to reveal the nature of the mountain and seek His guidance to overcome it. We’ll never overcome anything in this life by leaning to our own understanding. It will never leave us and we’ll spend the rest of our lives trying to beat our mountains down anyway we can, exhausting ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. If God is willing to show us how we can overcome, why are struggling and not trusting Him to do what He wants to do in us and through us? Who better to help us in our time of need that the Almighty God, Jesus Christ Himself?

 

So no matter how high or difficult your mountain(s) may appear to you, if you just begin to trust The One who can remove them from your way you will be able to proceed with less difficulty and more focus. These mountains are mere stubble in His sight, and God wants us to recognize that they, too, can be the same way we see them if we trust Him through it all. It’s God’s Holy Spirit that will direct us to overcoming all mountains in our lives, no matter how they manifest themselves or appear to us through the struggles of this life. God can do it because He has overcome the world!

Just some thoughts from a brotha who lives and believes that we all can overcome if we just allow God to be the God of our lives. He delights in bringing us joy and life more abundantly when we declare Him God over all we are and are becoming. Just saying . . . .

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