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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 31, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Jeremiah 24:1-10 . . . .

“The Lord showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad. Then the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.” Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. ‘And as the bad figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad’—surely thus says the Lord—‘so will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the residue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt. I will deliver them to trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.”

 

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A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 30, 2017

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. . . . Breaking The Chains!!!

I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with men who have and are struggling with Sexual Addictive behaviors, helping them understand what  has caused them to be subjected to being overwhelmed with sexual sin. Yes, there is sexual sin in this life and it’s a bigger problem than you could ever imagine. Every time I listen to the radio, or turn on a news broadcast there is someone who has committed a sexual crime, indecency with minors, alleged rape, educators having sex with their students, or pastors being over-familiar with those who attend their church, and this is happening with men and women committing these crimes. And dare I say it’s happening in the church and has been for a long time but it’s not being dealt with on any level in the church because we have pastors who seriously don’t know how to deal with it. That’s a true fact! So what do we as a society do about this because it’s affecting all of us in some capacity? Our sons and daughters are being influenced by those they attend school with; by those they walk daily with in life; by those we work with; and by those we actually sit and listen to who have our undivided attention. So I hope I have your attention now because it’s all around us no matter where we look. no-chains

I strongly believe there are a number of organizations, support group ministries and treatment centers out there that can help these men and women overcome the behaviors that have ensnared them for many years. Many of these behaviors are a result of past hurts, wounds or trauma that they had incurred and never dealt with. The pain, the hurt, the shame and guilt that comes with this are the results of consequences that have resonated in the lives of men and women today causing so much deceit, deception and damnation. I’ve discovered that there are other things that these same men and women go through that also lead to sexual sin as well. Envy, depression, suicide, jealousy, as well as porn and infidelity. All of these working at the deep levels of the hurts and wounds of the afflicted can and will cause both men and women to medicate their behaviors with sexual sin so that they won’t have to deal with them again because they really don’t know how to with the pain, shame and guilt involved.

But I do know who can make the difference in setting the captives free: Jesus Christ! Those very chains of sexual sin had me bound for decades, causing so much pain for those in my sphere of influence-my family, my job, my church and everyone I was connected with. This problem is that big! But I’ve got news for you this day: There is no sexual sin too big for my Savior, Jesus Christ, to handle and set those who desire freedom to be set free. We just have to want and desire to be set free. It can’t and won’t happen as life goes on, we have to be pro-active in all of our efforts, get connected with a good, Bible-based curriculum with high levels of accountability and side-by-side communication recovery efforts. So breaking the chains is never easy, but if you seriously want to walk in freedom from those addictive behaviors, commitment yourself to a good program (Pure Desire Ministries International is a great one!) and follow the process, then experience the transformation of walking and living in purity through Jesus Christ.

Just some encouraging thoughts from a brother who has lived that life of addictive behaviors and has overcome, and still overcome daily as I continue in my efforts for my recovery, and assisting other men in overcoming as well so that they, too, can have a chance with a life surrendered to purity through Jesus Christ. Just saying . . . .

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  –  1 Corinthians 6:18-20

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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 30, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Nahum 1:2-15 . . . .

“God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies; The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, And dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither, And the flower of Lebanon wilts. The mountains quake before Him, The hills melt, And the earth heaves at His presence, Yes, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies. What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. For while tangled like thorns, And while drunken like drunkards, They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried. From you comes forth one Who plots evil against the Lord, A wicked counselor. Thus says the Lord: “Though they are safe, and likewise many, Yet in this manner they will be cut down When he passes through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more; For now I will break off his yoke from you, And burst your bonds apart.” The Lord has given a command concerning you: “Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile.” Behold, on the mountains The feet of him who brings good tidings, Who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; He is utterly cut off.”

 

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2017

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Direction. Purpose. Understanding. Wisdom. These are words I gravitate to when I read the Word of God. I’m intentional and focused every time I sit down and make time for reading His Word. In this life I’ve discovered that so many times I am at a loss for words, not knowing certain things and facing crossroads where I’m not sure what the best course of action is for me. Yeah, I could call on a friend and get some strong, confident advice, but when he’s not available and I need an answer yesterday what do I do? I go to my Word, pray and ask God what is it that He desires for me in this and any situation I’m facing. I may read a chapter or two, maybe just a few verses should that be what it takes from God, but either way He will lead and guide me into all truth and understanding with His purpose in mind. For me, it’s all about taking the time to sit down and see what God wants for me because He knows what’s best for me better I know myself. I don’t want to get all caught up in what everybody else is doing, thinking that all decisions and choices are relatively easy to sort if we just take our time and remember it’s about what’s best for me. I’ve learned that life, in itself, is not about me but about others, being a light by allowing God’s wisdom and knowledge to lead me with purpose and direction. As He leads me, I will have that understanding I need to move forward in power, victory and authority in His Name. This is why I stay in His Word. I want and desire to know Him, to experience real true knowledge and guidance from The One who is all and above all, my creator and Lord, Jesus Christ.

“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.”  –  Psalm 20:4

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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Isaiah 54:9-17 . . . .

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. “O you afflicted one, Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, And lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”

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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 26, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Isaiah 54:1-8 . . . .

“Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited. “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. For the Lord has called you Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, Like a youthful wife when you were refused,” Says your God. “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” Says the Lord, your Redeemer.”

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 25, 2017

 Whenever I don’t read the Word of God it seems like something is missing in my day. I’ve been used to getting into the Word of God daily now for some time, and it has actually been a part of my life for I don’t know how long. The Word is like a member of my body; I can tell right away when its missing, or when I didn’t get it in that day because something just isn’t right. That wisdom, that encouragement, that strength that I get daily from purposely indulging myself with God’s love and what He wants for me and in me is what I desire from reading His Word. When I look at the times I don’t get my reading in, those are the days when things just seem to not go right, chaos is going on all around in areas where there isn’t suppose to be, and what could go wrong somehow begins to go wrong. Reading the Word of God is that important to me! I look at how I start my day-first of all thanking God for life, ability and strength to arise out of bed. Then preparing my mind and heart to follow His guidance by His Holy Spirit in and over my day and activities. Then I purposely take time to read and make time for devotion with prayer to follow, praying over my wife, my daughters, my home, my job and everything we involve ourselves in for that day. Then I leave for work. That’s it! When any of those characteristics of my life is missing I know it boils down to something I didn’t do that morning. I want victory in every day that God gives me life so I realize how important it is to maintain reading the Word of God daily. Maybe you’re not reading every day, and you see that there are some things that are not going your way or you’re always having to deal with adversity when you believe you shouldn’t have to. Take a look at what you’re doing as you start your day and evaluate where yo put your focus before you leave the house. Is God at the front of all that you do as you walk out of that door? Is He leading you and directing the path that you are choosing to walk this day? And what about the decision or choices you have to make, is He The One who is giving you the wisdom in making the right choice? Something to consider when you’re trying to trust God as you read His Word.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”  –  Proverbs 3:5, 6

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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 25, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Nehemiah 5:14-19 . . . .

“Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the governor’s provisions. But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God. Indeed, I also continued the work on this wall, and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work. And at my table were one hundred and fifty Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from the nations around us. Now that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this I did not demand the governor’s provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people. Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.”

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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 23, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Nehemiah 5: 1-13 . . . .

“And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren. For there were those who said, “We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live.” There were also some who said, “We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.” There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards.” And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, “Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.” So I called a great assembly against them. And I said to them, “According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?” Then they were silenced and found nothing to say. Then I said, “What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies? I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury! Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them.” So they said, “We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say. Then I called the priests, and required an oath from them that they would do according to this promise. Then I shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property, who does not perform this promise. Even thus may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord. Then the people did according to this promise.”

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My Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 20, 2017

daily-devotionalToday’s Reading:

Zechariah 8:14-23 . . . .

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘And I would not relent, So again in these days I am determined to do good To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear. These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the Lord.” Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth month, The fast of the fifth, The fast of the seventh, And the fast of the tenth, Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts For the house of Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.’ “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Peoples shall yet come, Inhabitants of many cities; The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, “Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord, And seek the Lord of hosts. I myself will go also.” Yes, many peoples and strong nations Shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, And to pray before the Lord.’ “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

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