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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 19, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM: JOHN 17:1-26 . . . .

JESUS PRAYING FOR HIMSELF, HIS DISCIPLES, AND FOR ALL BELIEVERS

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 18, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

GALATIANS 5:16-26 . . . .

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 17, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

PSALM 5:1-12 . . . .

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against You. But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 16, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY 7:1-11 . . . .

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face. Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.” 

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RECOVERY REFLECTION: In God’s Word, He tells me and shows me that I am a chosen people, those who have Him as Lord and Savior, who have accepted Him and belong to Him. From the beginning when God created man, we were and still are the apple of His eye, His greatest creation. God desires for me to serve and worship Him as our God, our Creator, and Sovereign Holy God! He also realizes that we all have fallen short in life, and it all began because we chose to place that desire He put inside of us for Him only towards our own “selfish” desires such as wants, passions, idolatry, lusts, and so on. But He loves enough so that He won’t turn His back on us because He cares for us that much and more. Looking at my former issues and my recovery, I’ve done some bad things in my life and hurt a lot of people whom I love and that love me. His forgiveness, His mercy and grace was and is sufficient and has been sufficient for me even then and all God desires is for me to return to my first love, God Himself!! If I return to Him and start keeping His Word, His commandments and statutes, that’s what God desires of me, and He will rebuke the devour of my soul. God has and will continue to redeem me, and welcome me back into the sheepfold of His pasture.

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 15, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

THE BOOK OF 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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RECOVERY REFLECTION: When I look at how Joseph dealt with temptation that encouraged me tremendously because that’s how I desire to be in all my challenges with temptation. One of the main reasons I’m in recovery is because of the choices I made regarding the temptations in my own life starting back when I was a child. Temptation is not the proiblem or the issue. The problem is my reaction to temptation and how I allow that reaction to resonate in my life. My hope is that I continue to develop my relationship with the Lord God in such a way that my faith, my strength, and my desire is to be led by the Holy Spirit to overcome and learn from those experiences and challenges I face daily. While at work, when I’m out and about running errands or interacting with people, even while I’m at church and ministry functions, the challenge of temptation is real and it doesn’t play favorites or is fair. No matter what we do, where we work or what we involve ourselves in we will face temptation always. The key to overcoming temptation is staying rooted and grounded in God’s Word and trusting God that He will protect and provide a way out so that we will not fall to its affects just as Joseph did in Genesis.

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 12, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

1 PETER 2:13-25 . . . .

“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

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RECOVERY REFLECTION: When I was in my mess, I was a servant, a slave to a negative authority and I served that authority with everything within me. I obeyed the “rules” and did everything I could to let that authority know I was true to the cause. But now that I’m free from being a slave to sin to a slave of God, I serve the true, Living God Jesus Christ! And God’s Word tells me to submit to the ordinances of man-govenment, city, and local authorities-and be prepared to suffer for the cause of righteousness. If I submitted myself to the cause of sin, how much more am I willing to submit myself for the cause of righteousness? Even while in recovery, I will suffer because of what I’ve done to others because it’s called consequences of my actions, even so, Christ suffered for my sakes. Therefore I am thankful and grateful to be a servant of the KING of kings and LORD of lords.

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 11, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

MATTHEW 16:13-20 . . . .

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

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RECOVERY REFLECTION: Here’s a question I always remind myself daily about who I say and believe Jesus Christ is, and most importantly, who He is to me! I’ve learned to declare and proclaim in my recovery who Christ is with boldness and without fear or condemnation. He is the Lord God Almighty, the Sovereign, Holy, and Righteous Lord God of all creation. He is The One who shed His blood and died for my sins so that I might have life and that more abundantly. He is The One who saved me from myself and delivered me from addictive behaviors and a lifestyle that was eventually going to take me out of this life. He is The One who comforts me, guides me, gives me understanding and grace to make it each and every day through this thing called life. That’s who I say Jesus Christ is and who He is to me!

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 10, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

JOHN 10:1-16 . . . .

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” 

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RECOVERY REFLECTION: I can tell you with complete joy and excitement that I am so grateful that I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ! In His Word He uses the analogy of His people as sheep, knowing and belonging to Him, the good shepherd. He knows the way I should go in life, in my recovery, and what direction and purpose I have to move forward in life. He comforts me when I’m discouraged or indecisive about things or even when I’ve lost my way. I’m not trying to find another way around Him to get or receive blessings or doing salvation on my terms. It will never work. He is the door to eternal life through Him, and while I’m in recovery I will submit totally and honestly to His leading and instruction. I know His voice, His Word, and He guides my comings and goings with purpose and intentionality.

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 9, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

ROMANS 13:11-14 . . . .

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

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RECOVERY REFLECTION: Before I came into my recovery, I came to a point in my life where I had a to make a conscious decision about my struggles, whether I wanted help or continue living like I was. It was a tough and difficult decision because I was deceived by the enemy by believing what I was doing was a normal lifestyle and everyone was going through it. But that was a lie from the pits of hell. My behaviors caused so much turmoil and collateral damage that I couldn’t see what all I had done to so many people, especially those that loved me. But I made that decision to end my relationship with sin and seek the redemptive love of Jesus Christ and moved in the direction of healing and transformation. The lifestyle I was living was utter darkness. But because of His grace, His love, and His forgiveness, the Lord Jesus Christ gave me another chance to come home and be redeemed. I made the decision to put off the works of sin, of darkness, and seek repentance, forgiveness, righteousness, and holiness. I desire now to walk in His light, the Light of the Lord God Almighty. I am a new creation in Christ!

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 8, 2019

OUR PASSAGE COMES FROM:

LUKE 10:38-42 . . . .

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”” 

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RECOVERY REFLECTION: In my recovery structure I have things in place that keep my focused and determined on the goals I’ve set for myself. I can get so busy in all that I do and lose track sometimes that I have to remember to take time out to be thankful and grateful to God for taking me through this process. Getting caught up in a structured purpose of life can be a demanding and vigorous challenge. But I realized that taking time to allow myself to thank God for saving me, for bringing me out of what I’ve just come out of should be a part of that process as well. Let me encourage you, that even in your recovery, do yourself a blessing and incorporate some quality time, some time of peace and thankfulness to reflect how good the Lord God has been to you and what He’s brought you through and out of.

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