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MY MORNING DEVOTION -MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 21, 2018

THE UNTAMEABLE TONGUE

From The Book of 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.” 

I realize every one of us is busy during our daily lives no matter what we’re doing. Many of us are at work, at school, and some of us are working from home. But do we take time out to think about the very words we say to others during our daily activities? Being busy with the hustle and bustle of work, meeting deadlines, setting up meetings and organizing schedules, our thoughts are all over the place and we tend to not want to bothered or disturbed. But our conversation and how we project our comments or statements can do one of two things: they can either build others up or tear them down. God wants us to be mindful of the things we say and how we say them. Sometimes the pressures of life get to us and we allow ourselves to be affected by its actions or conclusions. Our reactions to things and others really demonstrates how we deal with them and our feelings towards them. Even in our conversations outside of work, in relationship, being mindful of our what we say to one another should be something we need to consider when talking or sharing with others. Our mouths, when we aren’t careful can cause considerable harm and pain, and that’s exactly what we ought to avoid in all things.

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MY MORNING DEVOTION -MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 20, 2018

LIVING BEFORE GOD

From The Book of 1 Peter 1:13-21 . . . .

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” 

For those of us who are in recovery I have some news for you: You are not who your sin says you are! Don’t believe the lie! That lie has influenced so many people who many of us have believed that’s where their identity lies at the core of their very being. God doesn’t identify you by your sin. Those of you who believe the lie have lived a life that’s in disobedience to God and His Word. When we have accepted God as Savior and Lord of our lives we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) and all things have been eradicated (our sin) and behold all things become new (healing of addictive behaviors). There’s a new life that we live and it’s created especially for you. Our conduct and countenance changes and our lives have purpose and intentionality. We are covered by the Blood of the Lamb and there is new life Christ! Desire to live a holy life filled with God’s goodness, grace, and mercy. That’s what He desires of each and every one of us!

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MY MORNING DEVOTION -MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 19, 2018

YOUR FRUIT WILL REVEAL WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART

From The Book of Luke 6:43-45 . . . .

“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” 

Looking at the analogy of children being a tree gives us understanding in knowing our lives give meaning to what we’re going through in this life. Our successes, our failures, our overcoming and our struggles, they all give clear indications of what we’re producing in life. In layman’s terms, it’s the results of all that we do. While we were in our mess, the results were usually bad fruit, behaviors that brought about shame, deception, and discontent. But there was so much going on inside of us that we didn’t have room or desire to allow goodness and mercy to reign in our lives. We were fixated on the sin, the pain and the hurt we’ve experienced that caused us to medicate our pain, therefore displaying addictive behaviors to cover it all up. But because of God’s grace, His love for us, we now can learn how to bear good fruit and have honest and true intentions in all that we do while in recovery. We should always desire to look at our hearts, take some inventory of our feelings and make sure our heart is right, pure, and focused on what God wants for us.

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MY MORNING DEVOTION -MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 18, 2018

A LAME MAN HEALED

From The Book of Acts 3:1-10 . . . .

“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” 

Have we ever been in a position of desperation, needing something, anything, that could give us some hope to help us out our situation or dilemma? Many of have, and we felt the embarrassment and shame that came with it. Just like this man at the temple gate. There he was, everyday, sitting there, begging and reaching out for someone to help him in any way they could. Just like many of us who have struggled in our addictions, we sat there at the corner of Same Blvd and Guilt Ave wondering if anyone would help us and not ask about our problems or issues. So what do we do when someone wants to help us, not look at our mess and what we’ve done, and offers us to something we cannot see or feel speaks prophetically and healing words over us while we’re in our mess? We hear it and receive it. Sometimes that’s what we need to give us hope and encouragement to get up from where we are in life and receive some hope to move forward. Allow the Word of God to minister to you and bring that hope we all are looking for and that we all need to pick ourselves up from the depths of despair. With God, all things are possible!

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MY MORNING DEVOTION -MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 17, 2018

WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

From The Book of 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.” 

Being in recovery is like no other journey in life. As we continue to allow the mercy, grace, and goodness of God to renew and transform our minds and lives, we can’t help but think about the life we came out of. None of us wants to return to the previous lifestyle we had because we’ve discovered the collateral damage we administered to the people we love and care about. But because of God’s grace, we can look at that lifestyle and give Him thanks for His healing and deliverance and look forward to living a life of wholeness, healing and holiness in Him. That’s why it’s called the former life because we don’t desire to go back to it. Now, we have a life that we seek after daily as God gives us understanding and guidance with love, no more guilt and shame. We should seek after the fruits of the Spirit, and we’ll not return to any of the former things that ensnared us or those things that kept us in bondage.

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MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY EVERY MORNING

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 14, 2018

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

From The Book of Matthew 5:43-48 . . . .

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” 

 

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MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY EVERY MORNING

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 13, 2018

STAY ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN THE WORD OF GOD

Colossians 2:6-10 . . . .

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” 

 

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MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY EVERY MORNING

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 12, 2018

THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE US FREE

From The Book of John 8:31-36 . . . .

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

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MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY EVERY MORNING

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 11, 2018

WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT

Matthew 5:13-16 . . . .

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

When we accepted salvation, our lives, our purpose, and our direction in life changed forever. We began a process of allowing the Word of God to transform our minds and hearts, then we accepted that fact that we don’t want to return to our former lifestyle. As this process developed, righteousness and holiness became our focus, and that desire became our passion. We want to share that life-changing experience with others. That means removing ourselves from worldly ways, doing those things that were in contrary to what the Word of God says. And standing up for righteousness and holiness means being different, standing up to wrongness of life, and being a light to draw others from that life of uncertainty just as we were drawn away from it. This declares us as light. Being different, doing things that are not in conformity as the world goes against what is common. But our new-found life in Christ brings something totally strange and unique. That’s what salt does to something-brings a different and unique flavor or taste to change its situation. Our newness through salvation will make a person think about their current perspectives. Being a light, letting God shine through our lives and all that we do, and being salt will enlighten those who are wondering and undecided about how they are living their lives. Let’s continue to be light and the salt of the earth. Being different is not a crime but a blessing.

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MAKING GOD MY PRIORITY EVERY MORNING

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 10, 2018

NEED THE GOSPEL MORE THAN KNOWLEDGE

Romans 10:1-4 . . . .

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” 

As children of God, we ought to always seek after His righteousness and wisdom in everything we do. So often we think, even believe that we have the answers because we’ve made the decision to follow Christ. That’s professing that we’ve arrived and that so far from the truth. I remember times when I acknowledged salvation and began to feel good about that decision. I felt like, man, I’m good now! I began making decisions on my own, believing that God gave me the strength and intelligence to make the right choices regarding my situations. But I failed to realize that God never gave me authorization to make decisions without leaning on Him and not trusting in myself (Proverbs 3:5-6). It’s His righteousness and understanding that I need to seek after daily, and He will bring wisdom and understanding to my every situation.

 

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