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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2016

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. . . . To Keep My Mind Focused on The Word

Yes Lord, I come before you this day seeking your divine wisdom that I might learn how to keep my mind stay on your Word throughout my day that you have given me; help my mind remember your Word, that I might resort to your Word when I’m unsure, when I’m confused and doubt tries to set in; I pray Father God that keep those things that are unfruitful and negative to my life out of my thoughts that they might be cast out in Jesus’ Name! Impure thoughts, illusions and things that are surrounding me, Father, I pray that vain imagination is removed so that I may think clearly on your Word without distraction or interruption. Have your way with my mind O God!

“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  10:4-6  

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: James  1:21-27 . . . .

“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.

It’s always good to hear the Word, but most importantly . . . LET’S DO WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS!!

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 29, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: Acts 9:1-9 . . . .

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.”

If God has a purpose for you, He will gain your attention affectively and most assuredly.

 

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Recovery Tip For This Week!

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 28, 2016

Road_RecoveryThis week’s tip . . .

 

 

Be Humble in All Your Victories in Recovery

Well, you’ve been in recovery for a while now and things are moving forward just you prayed to God for. You have consistent sobriety; you’re spending daily, quality time with the Lord in prayer and reading His Word; your accountability structure is in place and active with full support; you’re learning and growing in the things of God as you have been applying His principles and guidelines to your life. All is well with your recovery structure. Now the hardest thing to do as you continue to move forward-KEEPING IT THAT WAY!

So many times we can get so excited about our efforts in all we do in recovery, and rightfully so, because it’s hard and you want to feel good about it. But the one thing that I discovered early on in my recovery is that the enemy of our souls is not going to sit back and watch us have victory over his efforts to bring us down that easily. That’s why I’ve grown to humble myself in my recovery by being thankful and honoring God for all that He has strengthened me to go through and to accomplish. Remember, everything we have done in recovery is not by our own doing. There had to be a humbling experience, exposure to some of us, and that wasn’t a very pretty thing for many of us. It was down-right embarrassing!

But God has a way of humbling us before Him, getting our attention because He loves us that much. In doing so, I’ve learned, and still learn to this day, to keep things in perspective by giving God honor and praise for bringing to this point in my life because I realized where I’d be if I had continued in my mess. So I thank God daily. I pray for His goodness and mercy to surround me always as He gives me life to move forward. It wasn’t anything that I did or done, it was His grace that He showered me with to see Him as my Savior and Lord to bring me out of what I was going through. So every day that God gives me life, I’m thankful and blessed to receive healing and grace to continue in my recovery and be consistent in all my efforts. I’m grateful, I’m thankful, and I give Him the glory for everything He has done, is doing and will continue to do as I faithfully continue to submit myself to His authority and guidance.

 

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 28, 2016

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. . . To Become More Obedient to Your Word

Lord God, my heart yearns to become more obedient to your Word, to hear and listen to guidance and instruction that will help me understand my purpose, your purpose for my life; help me to yield to the Holy Spirit that I might have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to me for direction. Lord God, I pray that you strengthen me to submit to wisdom, to those that you have placed around me to lead me unto all truth and understanding; I will trust Father God that thy will not my will be done according to your desire; Help O God that I would adhere to instruction, to your Word, that you would bring life to every situation I face and that I surrender all in obedience to you Father God.

“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”    Romans  6:16

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 28, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: 1 John 4:7-16 . . . .

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Experiencing the Love of God is crucial in expressing true genuine intimacy.

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2016

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My Thoughts on . . . . 

 

Disobedience to God’s Word

Okay, so everybody can’t obey every word that’s in the Bible, even though all of us who are Christians are held accountable to every word. That’s true, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t try. I know through the course of history no one has actually obeyed every word that God holds us accountable to from His Word but Jesus Christ Himself. But we have to give credit where credit is due-there are many who have tried and continue in trying to follow His Word, to stay true to His commandments and statutes. Yeah it’s hard, but it’s only as hard as we make it. And God doesn’t expect us to try to keep His Word by our own human understanding. That’s why He has given us the Comforter, The Holy Spirit, to help us and bring all things to our remembrance (John 14:25, 26). With that being the case for helping us, what are some hindrances that are keeping us from doing what God says? Well, I struggle with obedience on a daily basis, not emphatically  disobeying God but missing out in many areas; blaming it on not enough time in the day, too busy, too tired, other things I’m tied to, etc.. I don’t think I need to go on so you see where I’m going with this.

I believe God’s Word is clear on obedience for the Christian follower if he or she makes it a part of their life to pick up His Word and read it for themselves. I know God doesn’t expect perfection, but He does expect submission and obedience. I think that’s where so many of us fail as true believers when we see that we’re not following God’s Word as we should. We allow that lack of understanding to be disguised as “pressure” and some of us tend to fall away from following His Word all together. But there are other hindrances that keep us in disobedience to God’s Word.

 

A few hindrances that come to mind are hidden agendas, addictive behaviors, habits, lack of faith, disbelief or lack thereof, secrets, etc. These hindrances have kept many people of God from obeying Him. I know, I had been one of those people in disobedience. But I had to realize what God’s Word said about this very important topic . . . .

Jesus talking to one of His disciples Judas (not Iscariot) . . . “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23, 24) So what appears to be the biggest reason why we are not obedient to God-it appears to be a question of whether or not we love our Savior. It’s sad to say for a believer but that’s where a lot of us are. If we love the Father, then we ought to obey His Word. In comparison to growing up, when our guardians told us to obey what they say we had a choice to be obedient or suffer the consequences for disobedience. God has consequences as well. A life led without obedience leads to doing life without His protection, His wisdom and understanding in all things, and not to mention we place ourselves in direct line of fire of the enemy. And any follower of Christ knows that is a dangerous place to be without God’s protection.

I believe its time for us followers of Christ to seriously take a look at our relationship with the heavenly Father. If we are not in obedience with His Word, then what and who are we obeying? We are obeying someone or something, and it’s up to us to make that distinction like yesterday. If any of those hindrances mentioned above are keeping you from obeying your Creator, ask the Father to give you strength and understanding to start getting real and intentional in your walk with Him. He’ll forgive you of your disobedience and help turn you around toward Him and His love. He is a loving and forgiving God. Don’t allow not loving God keep you from truly knowing Him. That’s what He desires in us is to love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. He is love because He first loved us.

Just some thoughts from a man of God who desires for all of his brother and sisters in Christ to become obedient to the Word of God without fail. I know we’re not perfect or anywhere close to it, but we can come together and not allow the enemy of our souls to have dominion and power where Christ is supposed to reign. Let’s re-commit ourselves and do what’s right in God’s sight. Just saying . . . .

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”  –  Luke  6:46-49

 

 

 

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2016

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 . . . . To Fill Me With Your Holy Spirit

Father, in Jesus’ Name, this day I seek you with all of my heart, and ask you heavenly father to fill me with your Spirit; I realize that I can not do this thing called life without you. I need your guidance and supernatural authority to overwhelm me with love and grace and mercy so that I may show the love of Christ to all who I encounter. I need your Spirit to empower me when I’m being attacked by the adversities of this life in my vulnerable moments; I need your Spirit to enlighten my mind and heart to the things of God when I don’t know or have the answers; I will depend upon you and you only Lord, and the Holy Spirit to bring me through every situation no matter what or how it presents itself. I will trust you O God to lead me by the Holy Spirit because I cannot do it by myself.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”  –  John  14:15-18

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: John 20:20-31 says . . . .

“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

What is your “Unless I see . . . ” to know that Jesus is alive to you in your life?

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 24, 2016

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 . . . . Being Thankful    

Wow. Where do I begin. Well, I guess I’ll begin by saying that I’m thankful that I’m alive, being able to write these thoughts I’m sharing with you. I realize I could be not in my right mind, thinking things I shouldn’t be thinking, but I’m not. I could be occupied with something that has my attention on selfish desires, but I’m not. Or I could be doing something that brings me pleasure in all the ways I would like, again, but I’m not. But I’m thankful that my mind and heart has been and always will be stayed on Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I’m thankful because I’m not living that life that I lived for so long that was centered on selfishness, aligned with my desires and thoughts to advance my own agendas. A lot people were hurt because of my erratic and out of control behavior. But I’m thankful for God exposing me, making me face the pain I’ve caused to others and humbly apologizing to every one of them. Now I’m making amends to them by living a life that has been transformed by the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for that opportunity for redemption and wholeness through His saving power. It wasn’t the end of that season in my life but the beginning of a new one. I’m thankful!

The fruits of my labor bring me joy, peace beyond anything I could ever imagine. The renewing of my mind, and the transformation of my life has and is bringing eternal blessings to every situation and relationship I’m involved in. The men in my life, whose accountability with myself has truly brought transparency and honesty to every area of my being. I’m thankful!

I have a wife and family that believes in me, and still believes that I will continue to allow God to develop me into the Man of God He created me to be. They continue to pray for me, encourage me, support me in all that I’m doing to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ despite what I have done to them. I’m thankful!

My friends and family members, after much disappointment and shame that I have caused them over the years, most of them now support me as they have witness God’s transformation in my heart and life. Our communication is better, more real and genuine. They see me for who I really am, not whom I wanted them to think I was. God has brought restoration and newness to our relationship. I’m thankful!

But I could never be thankful enough for the men I surround myself with every Monday night – Men of Redemption! These guys have contributed a huge part to my life in all facets. They have been through the hurts, the pains, the disappointments as well as the daily victories and successes in my life. I am accountable to every last one of them. The honesty and transparency they hold me to is unmatched by any other. They are there for me 24/7 with God’s grace and mercy as well as His love. Sharing, caring, knowing about each other on all levels-personal, emotional and spiritual, as well as professional, has developed a true honest relationship that will never be broken. I love every one of these guys. I’ve never had such a great group of guys in my life that really cared and supported me the way they have. Guys, I am so grateful and thankful to God for every one of you!

Just some thoughts from a man of God who knows who he is and whose he is. God has done some wonder-working, supernatural stuff in this short life He has allowed me to have. And until He calls me home, every breath that He allows me to breathe, every step He strengthens to take, and every opportunity He places in front of me, I will share and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just saying . . . . I’m thankful!!

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” 

–  Matthew  28:18-20

 

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