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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 28, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Luke 21:7-19 . . . .

“So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place? “And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.  You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

1 Corinthians 10:1-13 . . . .

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 26, 2017

ALL OF US HAVE A CALLING: SO DON’T ALLOW EXCUSES TO HINDER THAT CALLING

 

Have you ever asked God what your calling is on your life? Or maybe you don’t even know there is a calling for your life, and it has a purpose you weren’t even aware of. Well, we do! God just didn’t create human being just for the sole purpose of creation. He has a purpose, a plan, because he knew what the world was going to be like, especially when He gave us all the gift of free will. God knew that every created being was going to live life as they perceived it in their own minds. But He also created a small part in our hearts that’s especially designed for us to commune with Him, and that part has been infiltrated with worldly thinking, worldly concepts among other things we allowed to influence. No matter, God has intended purpose and calling on all of His creation and we cannot run from it. Some of hear God calling everyday, and yet we look for reason, for excuse to avoid acknowledging Him or run from His calling. We say things like . . . . “Who was that saying that? “Something keeps telling I should be doing that!” Or “This thing has been on my mind since I could remember!” Chances are, that’s God still trying to get our attention and make known His calling to us. Then we have some of us who know what God is saying to us and we feel we’re not good enough to do what He asks or requires of us. For whatever reason, we believe we’re inadequate, not qualified, and we look for a reason to tell Him maybe He has the wrong person. I’ve got news for you-God knows what He wants, who He wants and exactly what He wants that individual what to do. He will not call anyone to anything without equipping them to handle the tasks He ordains. There were many people in the Bible that portrayed the same mentality and mindset. What causes someone to run or attempt to avoid their calling-many things. Just to name a few- fear, lack of trust, sin, doubt and so on. Any of these has worked for so many since the beginning of time. How about you? Do you recognize any of these examples? Are you running from your calling from the Lord God, your creator? We can’t run from God, nor can we hide from Him. What He starts and begins in you He will complete, trust me on this. One day, some how, some way, He will get our attention, and hopefully we ill acknowledge Him and say . . . . “Yes Lord, I’m sorry for running. Here I am Lord, send me!”  

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 26, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Jeremiah 1:4-10 . . . .

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 25, 2017

HELP ME BE INTENTIONAL IN MY FAITH: WHAT I SAY AND WHAT I DO

 

Father God, I desire to be intentional in my faith towards you; I cannot depend upon my mind or my heart to keep me focused on seeking after you because they both can be deceptive if given opportunity to go wayward. My desire is to love you with all my being; to be consistent in seeking relationship with my creator, my Savior and my Lord. I want to be mindful of what I say and what I do when it comes to you O God; I don’t want to waver to the left or to the right, but be purposeful and direct in pleasing you Father God. I will not look to others or what the world will say, but I will pursue you Lord God daily, constantly, without fail. Help me stay focused and committed in the things I say and do. Help me to do your will, and keep me protected from distraction or from those who do not have my best interest at heart. Strengthen Father God to see you in ways that I never could see or imagine. Have your way in me Lord God.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 25, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 . . . .

“Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool’s voice is known by his many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed—Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.”

 

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2017

WHAT’S INSIDE OF US WILL ULTIMATELY FIND ITS WAY OUT THOUGH OUR MOUTHS: LET’S BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT WE SAY TO ONE ANOTHER

 

Conversations with others, reacting to others, advising others, this is what we do as human beings through communication. It may sound elementary, even idiotic if you see yourself as far more mature than this after reading something like this. You’re probably thinking ” My kids even understand this!” Rightfully so. But think about this for a minute . . . . Do we ever actually stop and realize what’s coming out of mouths when we speak? We’re so in tuned with getting things out, giving orders or instructions, making things clear and concise to those we think or believe my not understand. But do we consider how we say it, the tone of what we say and the posture in which we say it? All of these things have a lot to do with the words that come out of mouths. God’s Word is very specific about how we as children of God ought to speak to one another and the things we say. We all have so much going on and we can be driven by what’s inside of us. It could be anger; it could frustration; it could be hatred. On the other hand it could be disappointment; it could be pain or heartache; it could be hurt of trauma. Either way, whatever is inside of us will eventually manifest itself. Our words, the things we say to one another has tremendous impact on those we communicate with. A lot of times we say things out of the things mentioned previously-pain, hurt, anger, etc.-and they come out negatively onto those who weren’t expecting it or deserve it. Is that fair? Not at all! If something is going on inside of us, we ought to be aware that we shouldn’t take things out on others because of what’s happening inside of us. We can cause considerable damage to unsuspecting friends, family members, our spouses, our co-workers, and how they receive it can alter someone’s day, their thoughts, their hearts towards us, even cause emotional disconnect. No matter what’s going on with us we have to also realize that we can speak kind, considerate words to others and at the same time we speak negatively, cursing and degrading others and this should not be friends. We need some disciplines in our lives so that our words don’t hurt one another no matter what’s going on inside of us. There are things we can do to help us in this struggle because it is for some. What’s going on with the person who uses profanity every other word that comes out of his or mouth? What’s going on with a person who has nothing but negative or disappointing comments or remarks  to everything? A lot is going on with that person. We don’t know their struggles or what it could be, but we can make a difference by watching what we say to others and being considerate of their feelings as to what we say to them. Some are more sensitive to what say than others. Let’s be mindful of our word and what we say or share.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’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.”

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 21, 2017

IN CHRIST WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN BUT SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

Are you struggling in areas of your life where you just can’t seem to be free from? Or maybe you having to battle the issues of addictive behaviors and have been for quite some time and  just want to be free from that lifestyle? I know I’ve used words that sound like war-battle, struggle, slaves-and I used those words because when you’re dealing with kinds of issues in life that’s exactly what it is, a war! And if for one minute you even think there’s no truth to that statement you’re allowing yourself to be deceived big time! If we look at our lives today, whatever we love the most in life that’s what we are a slave to. If its money, pleasure, material things, sex, whatever, we are a slave to its every desire. It transforms us, it shapes our mindset, and it leads us down a road spiraling out of control which will eventually lead to destruction, even death. We are blinded by the rewards, the “high” of obtaining it through the process it creates. I know what these things will do because I’ve faced those challenges over the course of my brief life and it had led me down that road, almost to the brink of death. But because of God’s Word, as I read and studied how His love and grace has and is saving me daily, I am no longer a slave to that lifestyle but a slave unto holiness and righteousness. Christ died for my sins that I committed by going to the Cross, shedding His blood and raising from the dead so that I might have life eternal with Him and no longer be bound by sin, by those things that had kept me from living a life free of those behaviors that had ensnared me for years. I am a slave to righteousness in Christ now. I no longer desire those things but desire holiness, peace, the comfort of Christ in safety of His loving arms. I no longer desire the things that made me crave pleasure and more of it. Now, I desire to be conformed in the image of Jesus Christ and the entire process that it takes because it involves seeking Him with my whole heart, mind and soul. I get into His Word daily, and trust Him to do in me what He began before the foundations of the earth were formed-and that’s create me, design me and conform me to be like His Son. And being a slave to righteousness brings hope and desire that cannot be attained by human hands, but only by the hands of Almighty God Himself, Jesus Christ. I’m free, living and walking in that freedom today because I chose the only to be set free from what I was going. I’m a slave for righteousness in Jesus Christ, and that, my friends is true freedom!

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 21, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Romans 6:15-23 . . . .

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 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? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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