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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 31, 2017

DON’T ALLOW OTHERS TO DISTRACT YOU FROM YOUR DESTINY OR PURPOSE

 

Those of us who know our purpose in life can be easily distracted by those who have no purpose but to stop you from reaching yours. We all have people in our lives like that. We’re on a mission. We’re focused on moving forward in life. We have the tools necessary to build our future. Our momentum is in full gear. Then those that have every intention to stop or prevent you from reaching your goals or future and are right there in full force. Sometimes we don’t know who they are, and a lot of times we do. The strange thing about knowing who they are is they are those who know our story, our purpose and what we’re trying to do. You would think those that know what we’re trying to do would support us, would encourage us to persevere no matter the pressures of life or what would come against us. But in most instances that’s not the case. Maybe those that don’t want to see us succeed have a motive or an agenda to see us fail; maybe because they don’t have any dreams or goals for themselves; maybe they’ve been denied opportunity and didn’t have the strength or perseverance to fight through it; or maybe they just don’t like us for whatever reason. The one thing I do know is that if have a strong core of faithful and true believers praying and interceding for us on all fronts, we can achieve our purpose and all of our goals despite the distractions for others. When we are focused, determined, and trusting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to see us through it all we cannot and will not fail. Keeping our eyes on Him, His plan for our lives along with trusting Him in the process will help us in all of our endeavors, even when we are challenged when we are called to the carpet because of what we believe or stand for. Whatever your goals in life are, whatever God has placed in your heart to achieve, remain focused and determined to carried that mission to fruition as you trust the Savior to see you through it to the end. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Don’t be distracted by others, for they have no place in your life, in your purpose or in your dreams.

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 31, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Nehemiah 4: 12-23 . . . .

“So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.” Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses. “And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us. “So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared. At the same time I also said to the people, “Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day.” So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.”

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 30, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Nehemiah 4: 1-11 . . . .

“But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.” Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity! Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders. So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night. Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.”

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 29, 2017

THE TEST OF OBEYING GOD: REMAINING FAITHFUL TO THE VERY END

 

WOW! How do you handle the challenges of your faith when you are tested in the area of faithfulness? So many times I find in God’s Word that many of the people in the Bible are challenged daily, the testing their integrity, their character, as well as their heart’s intentions to see if they will remain faithful to God in all they face in life. In Joseph’s situation, he stood the test, even to the point of going to prison. God had a call on Joseph’s life, and with purpose and intentionality. Joseph also knew and understood that calling. Looking at our lives today, with the way our society and culture has accepted immorality, these are the same challenges we face even with God’s favor and anointing resting upon us. The struggle is real people! How many times are we faced with the challenge of making a decision of remaining faithful in our daily lives? It’s truly a daily thing for many of us. I read almost daily about how so many teachers, leaders, people in authority such as politicians, executives, educators and pastors continue to compromise their positions in society due to careless choices and selfish advantage to further their own purpose or agenda. It’s happening on all levels and society has accepted it just a problem that someone can just go and see some counselor or treatment center for a couple of weeks and they are healed from their indiscretion. Whatever happened to just making a stand for righteousness, doing what God would want us to do, and being obedient to His Word? Doesn’t His Word mean anything to us anymore? Has the enemy made sin that much enticing that the Word of God has become like another novel of interest where we’ll read it if the title sounds interesting? God forbid! His Word is true and real, and His Word does not return to Him void. If we are truly people of God then His Word is our foundation, our purpose and reason for life, and we must remain faithful in all things, even to the very end of life itself. Our God is looking for obedience in His people, and just like Joseph, a people who will make a stand for holiness and righteousness despite the circumstances or consequences. What are you willing to stand for or do for righteousness?

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 29, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Genesis 39: 1-10 . . . .

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.”

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 28, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Matthew 18: 21-35 . . . .

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.  The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.  Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 27, 2017

PUT WHAT WE READ IN GOD’S WORD INTO PRACTICE – AND DO IT!

 

Here’s the real challenge for all of us as people of God: Will we do what God Word says and what He tells us to do? It’s exciting and rewarding that as we have received salvation, a new life in Christ Jesus along with everything that comes with the transformation but we tend to struggle with doing what God requires of us. He doesn’t ask us to do anything that we cannot do or anything that He won’t equip us to do. God’s main concern about His people is that we keep His commandments, love Him with all of our hearts, and love one another. That is a lot for many of us, especially if we’ve had trouble with keeping our word or promises, or are not very good at developing relationship. But that’s where the love, joy and peace of God comes in. We can’t do or live the Christian life on our own understanding or by what we think we ought to do. God’s Word has instructions, disciplines and purpose for our lives, each and every one of us. It’s really a question of obedience on our part. Will we do what God says is the main question. We can read His Word every day; we can attend church 2-3 times a week; we can think of all the good deeds we can do to help others; but if our motives or our agendas are not genuine we’re missing the whole point of Christianity. As we read His Word, making application by doing what He says is the key. When he says to love thy neighbor, some of us wouldn’t even dream of loving the people living next door to us, or the co-worker we work with every day, or the stranger that we run into by accident. But God say love him anyway. What do we do? We ask God to show us how to love others, then God will ask you “How do I love you?” and show them that same love. That goes across the board with everything we do in life. If we don’t know how to do what He says, all we have to do is ask Him and He will give us the strength and the understanding to do exactly what He desires of us. But we as people of God need to get understanding (Proverbs 19:8) and wisdom (Proverbs 4:7) so that doing what God desires of us demonstrates obedience and submission to His Word. Begin to trust God to strengthen you to apply His Word as you receive it through your reading.

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My Daily Devotion – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 27, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’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.”

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My Daily Devotion – (Don’t Leave Home Without It!)

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 24, 2017

GET GOD’S WORD INTO YOUR DAY!!

Today’s Reading:

Luke 12:22-34 . . . .

“Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 23, 2017

KEEP MOVING FORWARD: YOUR LIFE IS AHEAD OF YOU, NO REASON TO RETURN TO YOUR FORMER SELF.

 

This is probably one of the most problematic concerns most of us as Christians face when we become born again to experience new birth and newness of life in Christ: wanting and desiring to return to our old selves. At first, we are so excited about a new life in Christ Jesus-the change of heart, the renewing of our minds, transformation of old into new-all invigorating and anticipated to achieve. But when most of us realize that this new life isn’t easy because doing the right thing requires honesty, transparency, and vulnerability, that’s too much work for some. These efforts of disciplines, righteousness and holiness requires a person to leave his/her former self (dying to self) and allow the Holy Spirit to bring the change of life that can only come from God. It’s a genuine change that will destroy those old desires and replace them with the true character of Christ and His love for one another. But when we find ourselves having to “submit” to something that will bring change from within, and the patience it brings in the transformation process, we discover that our patience level aren’t that high so we want to resort to going back to what we are accustomed to being or doing-and that’s going back to our old selves. We liked the behaviors because it didn’t cost us anything. We love the exciting things of taking risks no matter who it hurts or why. That life we had, which was filled with much sin and turmoil, dishonesty and greed. Why would we want to return to such a life when we have been introduced to a life of purity and holiness through Jesus Christ? Is that former lifestyle we had more exciting than the newness of life in Christ? To some, it is. They have the relationship with that former life and it’s hard to break up with our first love. But that’s where the Love of Christ comes in and replace that desire that will radically change that taste for the excitement of the world and bring us peace, joy, the kind of life that Christ promises is more abundant and rewarding. Christ will show us who we are in Him, His destiny for our life, and walk right beside us every step of the way until we reach that desired pinnacle of our lives. So when God shows us our future, He will also show us the path to get there, and He did say it won’t be easy. Why? Because there are things we must allow Him to eradicate from our lives-relationship ties to things, people, places, areas of our lives that will surely interfere with our destiny. Moving forward in life with Christ is rewarding if we allow Him to lead us and guide us unto all truth and understanding. There’s nothing in our past lives that should make us want to return to it except the sin that we were able to get away with. And with God, we cannot have a sinful life and expect Him to prosper us in the way of success. Let’s focus on what God has done in our lives, the changes that He wants to make for our good so that we can move forward in this life with His leading and guiding.

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