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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 12, 2018

LISTENING AND DOING GO HAND-IN-HAND Image result for hearing and doing the word

This morning’s devotion focused on hearing God’s Word and also being a doer of His Word. We, as children of God, are blessed to have God’s Word available to us, with a powerful revelation that speaks to every situation, every problem, and every instance of our daily lives. But we oftentimes forget that hearing God’s Word is just the beginning of that revelation which we receive-it’s about receiving that revelation and applying that Word to all of those situations, problems, and instances. Reading His Word gives us clear instructions on what and how we can apply His guidance with intent and purpose. His Word never fails us and won’t disappoint. But as we receive that Word we must know in our hearts that His instruction and guidance will help us live whole and consistent lives that He approves of. If we look throughout God Word, the Bible, we’ll see how He gives clear instruction to us to better ourselves; to bring wisdom and understanding to situations and dilemmas we face that we are uncertain about; and gives us direction and purpose when we don’t know what to do or where to go. If all we’re doing is just hearing and listening to His Word we’re just downloading information that we really don’t intend to use until we have a problem or need Him. My encouragement to you, as well as to myself, is to take God’s Word and let that Word saturate into our hearts, then ask God to give us understanding into how to apply what we’ve just received. God’s Word just isn’t there for us to accumulate data and conceal it-it’s to live in and make application to our lives, then others will see that something is going on in our lives and might want to know what it is that we’re doing and how we’re living in such victory. Let’s be doers of God’s Word and be faithful in what He has given us, His Word, and watch our lives and purpose be transformed to bring glory to His Name!

 

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READ YOUR MORNING THIS MORNING?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 18, 2017

CARNAL LIVING IS DEFEATED! IT’S A RENEWED AND TRANSFORMATION LIFE NOW!

The world has shown us that carnal living is the main stream of life these days. Our culture says it’s okay to be who you want to be. It says you can be with who you want to be with. It also says you can do anything you desire to do just as long as you don’t hurt anyone or cause collateral damage in the process. Sounds like a serious license to sin to me. But what the world is not telling you is that you’ll have consequences to pay for the choices you make while you’re enjoying that desired lifestyle. But as a child of God, that lifestyle has been defeated. In Christ, His death, burial and resurrection paid the price for us as children of God to experience newness in life and that more abundantly. He died for us that we don’t have to live our lives that way. We are renewed and transformed, and our being is in Him now. No more do we have to live life according to the standards of this world. Image result for new man in Christ

We learned that being in Christ, meaning allowing Christ to live in and through us, we subject ourselves to righteousness and holy living. No, it doesn’t mean we’re perfect but it does mean that we can turn our backs on the sinful life of what the world offers and move towards a life that God created and intended for us to live. Many of us were ensnared in lifestyles that were filled with selfish desires, pleasures of this life designed to bring self-gratification and the lusts of this world. As we see on a daily basis, it has blindly ensnared so many people, men and women, into the bondages of promiscuity and deviant sexual behaviors. But as children of God, we now have a life that is pleasing to our creator, that blesses Him! I ask you today: what kind of life are you living today and is God being glorified and lifted up by what you’re doing? You might be doing all the right things according to worldly standards-not in jail or committing crimes, being as moral and upright as possible, or even attending church regularly. God doesn’t look at those attributes because they are superficial and don’t tell the truth about what’s really in the heart of man. Everyone can do those things but really, what are the intentions of the heart? We as children of God can live a life that is transparent, open and honest about our intentions, as well as knowing who we are in Christ. We rid ourselves of those things that unfruitful in our lives and add those things that edify us and others around us, drawing them towards God and not ourselves. It’s a life of freedom, something that we all long for. Image result for new man in Christ

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

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READ YOUR WORD THIS MORNING?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 17, 2017

IF WE THINK FOR ONE MINUTE WE CAN OVERCOME TEMPTATION  . . . .

WOW! This is a subject most of us really believe we have a fairly good hold on to when it arrives. I’ve encountered a lot of men over the years who have told me, explained to me, and even proclaimed that when it comes to temptation that they are strong enough to stand against it and not fall to the devices of its lures. I don’t laugh, I don’t try to persuade or argue with them that they’re wrong or misguided because they are set in their ways and strongly believe their words. I pray for them that they will be able to stay true to their words and depend upon God the Father for strength, because the power of the enemy when it comes to temptation is a lot stronger than we want to give credit to.

Over the years I’ve listened to many sermons, attended many conferences where the subject or topic of temptation is discussed and every orator or presenter has concluded that we as children of God don’t have a clue as to how powerful temptation can be because it really hasn’t affected most people as it has with those of us who are in recovery. I mean, when you have faced the reality that because of your decision or choice to allow something that had tempted you to exceed in its purpose to literally destroy you, then you have finally admitted that it got the best of you. But by then you’ve lost a lot; your marriage, your job, relationships, maybe your life. This is why we can not take temptation lightly at any cost or on any level. We can not play with or entertain temptation because it has only one purpose: to draw us away from what is real and get us to cling to the imitation of our desires. Take a listen and hear what Pastor Joseph Prince shares about temptation, sexual sin and immorality.

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READ YOUR WORD THIS MORNING?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 12, 2017

BEING COMMISSIONED IS PART OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD! Image result for the great commission

This morning’s reading is reminding us as children of God that there’s more to being a child of God than carrying His Name or identifying ourselves as His beloved. We have purpose and intention as a believer and we need to understand what the Father has instilled in us for the tasks before us. In order for us to reach those around us with the Gospel-“The Good News”- we need to equip ourselves with God’s anointing and take His message into the world as His disciples. Just as God sent His Son into the world, He also is sending us into our world-our families, our jobs, our neighborhoods, and everywhere we go-to spread and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God didn’t create us as trophies that just sits upon a shelf to be  looked at or gazed upon for recognition or affirmation. We have purpose to go forth and declare the good news to others that they might know who Jesus is and see Him actively moving and working in our lives. Our witness is powerful if we are in relationship with the Father because the world will see God’s goodness and mercy in all that we say or do. He has equipped us with His Holy Spirit to go forth in power, victory and authority, so we have no reason not to go forth in His Name. We can not let doubt, inadequacies, low self-esteem, keep us from taking the Word of God into a hurting and dying world. Even if we don’t know how to deliver the message, that’s why He gave us His Holy Spirit to empower us, to encourage us to stand and be intentional in sharing His Word with others. We are commissioned by our Heavenly Father because that’s His desire for us as His children, to draw others to the Truth, the Way and The Life! When God empowers us we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Go out into your world and make disciples of men and women everywhere, in Jesus’ Name!

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 10, 2017

AFTER SERVICE, IT’S TIME TO GO OUT AND DO IT IN OUR WORLD! Image result for doing the will of god

This is a major challenge for a lot of people. Okay, so we attend a service of our choice, whether it’s early, mid-morning, afternoon or evening church service. We hear a great word from the Pastor, really invigorating and satisfying to our spirit. The Word preached spoke volumes of truth and conviction to us and we are excited because we believe that Word was for us specifically. Service has ended, and now we’re full from receiving a Word from the Lord about something we needed or someone else needs. What to do we do with that Word we just received? Well, for one we apply that Word to our lives and receive exactly what God has for us. Then we are to turn right around and go out into our world and share, give that Word to someone who might need that Word or need to hear it. So many of us just hear the Word, retain it for ourselves and leave it right there. God doesn’t want His Word to just rest upon us, but us going out and doing His Word with action and purpose to be a witness to a hurting world looking for truth and righteousness. When God gives commands He expects His children to be obedient and take His Word out to others and share, living it out loud in front of them. We benefit from God’s Word and He wants others to benefit from it as well. There are also statutes that God desires us to follow as His children that lead to purposeful living and holiness in His sight. So when we hear His word spoken or even when we read His word, we need to take that Word and do what it says whether it’s a command, statutes, instruction or guidance. Be intentional in receiving God’s Word because His Word isn’t just for us, it’s for everyone. Let’s go out and do His Word and let’s put that Word in action today!

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 5, 2017

BE THE LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD.  Image result for children of light

Everyone is aware of the kind of world we live in. We are surrounded by selfishness, materialistically driven perspectives, with little regard for authority or discipline. Oh, and not to mention the lack of respect. That’s where we are in this life. But as children of God, we are called out from among that darkness into His marvelous light. We are to walk in that light and be the light the world is searching for. But how does the world know what true light looks like and where do they find it? Our reading today talked about being the light in our world. We are to follow God, obey His statutes and commandments, then our fruits will yield results of something they have longed to see – something true and consistent that’s genuine, separated from what they are used to seeing, and transformation from the heart. The world longs to see someone who isn’t doing what they are doing, someone or something that’s different and gets their attention at the very core of their being. The world wants to see truth; they want to hear and see goodness in the lives around them; and they also want hope. What is it about us who call ourselves children of God that is different from what they see every day? That very light that our reading talked about this morning. Let’s begin to be the exception and allow God to transform us into His marvelous light and be the difference the world is looking for.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 4, 2017

YOUR APPROVAL GOD IS ALL I NEED! Image result for wrapped in Christ's Word

As a child of the King of lords and Lord of lords, I desire to know as much about my Savior Jesus Christ as possible. To me, that means I should want to make time in my daily schedule to mediate in and on His Word, and spend reading the Bible and allowing His Word to saturate itself in my spirit-man so that I am well aware of who my Savior is. It’s not about absorbing knowledge or the consumption of. It’s about relationship with the Father who is in Heaven. I want His Word in me so that when others see me they will see Him first before they come to know me. I desire to be equipped spiritually to provide wisdom and understanding to those who seek the same. But I truly desire to be genuine and sincere in all that I do as a child of God. I don’t want to mislead people others into believing or thinking that my relationship with the Father is not real, not concrete or not legitimate. I know who I am in Him because His Word clearly declares that, and I believe it with all my heart. But I also understand that in order to be an effective witness I must live in that light and submit myself to His guidance in all things and in all areas of my life. Enough said. Let me continue to do this as He gives me life.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 2, 2017

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TEMPTATION? Image result for temptation

This morning’s devotional read gave some of us something new that we’ve never thought about, and maybe to some something you never even knew. Yes, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan himself, and much like ourselves at moments of vulnerability Satan will use every trick in his arsenal to persuade and convince us that what he’s offering is the real deal. So in your vulnerable moments, how do you deal with temptation? First, let’s understand what “vulnerable moments” are. I want to use the acronym H.A.L.T.. 

HWhen we are hungry. We want something that will satisfy us immediately, not later on but right now.

A  – When we are angry. No matter what has made us frustrated or feeling mad about something or at someone, we want immediate retaliation. 

L  – When we are lazy. We don’t feel like doing anything, which leaves our defenses down, and open to any and all suggestions form the enemy. 

TWhen we are tired. We just want to be left alone because we are drained, physically and emotionally, which opens us up to compromise. 

So where do you see yourself in these vulnerable moments as you go through your daily lives? We all face all of these at some point during the day or week, and they are bound to make an unexpected appearance at the most opportunistic times for the enemy of our souls to show us how weak we really are. Remember an important fact of life: Temptation is not the sin or the problem-It’s how we choose to deal with it. Will we honor God by making the right choice or decision regarding a temptation or will we submit to the desire of self or the flesh? Whatever your choice there will always be consequences involved on either side. Hope you have received some understanding about temptation that you didn’t already know my friend. Be blessed and encouraged in dealing with temptation.

 

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READ YOUR WORD THIS MORNING?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 27, 2017

WE ARE NO LONGER BOUND BUT SET FREE IN CHRIST!

Do we really no what it means to be set free in Christ? Looking at our passage this morning we discover that we are no longer slaves to sin because of Christ’s death He paid on the Cross of Calvary. Christ loved us that much that He gave Himself up for us so that we might be part-takers of His mercy and grace. When that happened, Christ defeated death, with death never again to have reign or dominion over us that we might have life and that more abundant. So are we living in that freedom today? Are we walking in the newness of life as children of the Most High God? The sin in our lives was not meant for us to accept or live in because we don’t know how to overcome it. Christ died for that sin, and we are no longer bound to it! We can rest assured that we are free in Christ in all things! What does that mean and what does that look like? For me, I can walk through this life assured and confident that whatever I may go through in life it is temporary and it doesn’t define me as to who I am. I don’t have to live or settle with the struggles I’ve allowed myself to face daily because that isn’t me anymore. I have a new identity, a purpose in this life, and I trust the God in me (Christ) to walk in that victory! I made the choice to die to sin and live for Christ, to experience true freedom as I consistently seek Him with all of my heart. I have been renewed and transformed in Him, and that’s what I’m living and walking in today!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 

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READ YOUR WORD THIS MORNING?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 25, 2017

ARE WE APPLYING THE WORD OR ARE WE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT?

This morning’s reading was direct and to the point. So many times we often call on the Lord, make our petitions known as He instructs us to do, but when He tells us to do something we don’t follow through or apply His guidance. God says we are like a man who builds his house on a foundation that is unstable, which has no stability. We hear God giving us instruction clearly but we’re not taking that instruction to heart. If we are Christ-followers we ought to do what His Word says, not just call on Him and hear what He says but actually do it! I believe we’ll be very surprised at the results when we actually begin to do what His Word say, and apply that word to our very own lives. Let’s begin to take God’s Word more serious today than we ever have. God is pleased when He knows His people are heeding His instruction and just not using lip service. Let’s be intentional people of God. Stop playing games with the Father and let’s do what our Heavenly Father says to do. His Word is as clear as day! Let’s do it! 

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