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RECOVERY QUOTE OF THE DAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 19, 2017

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 28, 2016

Devotions“Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”   –   JOHN  20:24-29

Today’s Point of Focus:

Believe that the Lord Our God is who He says He is! For He is, and is to come and reign forever!

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Our Encouragement For Today

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 29, 2015

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Praying For Others Can Move Mountains If You Believe

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 6, 2014

Praying for others Do people come to you and ask you to pray for them about something they’re going through or something they would like you to be in agreement with them for? Or do people just say “Pray for me! Include me in your prayers today!” Well, if you’re a follower of Christ, a believer of prayer, you’re probably asked this a lot. Is there a time or moment where people should learn to pray for themselves? Yes, there is! Should people pray for others? Yes they should! Are people praying? Yes, I truly believe they are. But sometimes due to a lack of faith, not trusting God all the way through it can and will lead others to doubt their prayers, even doubt if God will do what they ask of him in they’re prayers. To some degree there is some truth to that. But with the discouragement and doubt comes the severity of the kind of life we live. If we are truly children of God, God wants to hear from us, his children, everyday, all the time without fail. He doesn’t want to just hear from us when we need something. He wants to hear from us when things are going well, in our favor, when we feel like we’re on top of our circumstances. But oftentimes those very same circumstances we have allowed to overwhelm us, and that’s when we cry out to God because we want him to save us from the consequences that we must face because of the choices we made. This was the same understanding with the people of Israel in the book of Numbers, chapter 21.

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.” – Numbers 21:4-6

After God had delivered them out of the land of Egypt after years of slavery and bondage, they were out in the wilderness after defeating the Canaanites, and began to speak against God and Moses, all that He had done for them with Moses leading them. A lot of times we get so complacent with where we’re at in life after we’ve had a little victory and overcame some stuff. But when we lose sight of where we’re going, or that we never really follow through in furthering our progression towards our destiny, we run into problems or struggles and we tend to take our eyes off of The One who has brought us through it to that point. We tend to doubt, wonder why we’ve come this far and haven’t reached our goal of accomplished our feat of conquering. Just like the people of Israel, that’s who we are sometimes. We’re never happy until we get it all! God will never gives us all that He desires because once we get it, then we would say to ourselves “Thank you Lord, I got what I want. I don’t need you anymore!” And that’s exactly what God does not want from His children. Because of Israel’s disobedience and turning against God, God sent fiery serpents among the people and they died because of their bite. So what does Israel do? They go to Moses and ask him to pray for them, to take away the serpents so that they shall not die. Isn’t that like us sometimes? When we’re faced with turmoil at the hands of ourselves and our choices we want someone to pray for us, to intercede for us so that the consequences of our actions can be lifted away from us. God just gave Israel a victory over the Canaanites that they asked for because He listened to His people and their petitions. Now, literally moments later, they began the doubt and discouragement of God’s glory and blessing. Man, nothing like reading about history in God’s Word and seeing it being repeated in our own lives today.
But the good thing about praying for others is that we ought to follow through in they’re request for prayer regardless. God has ways of helping His people understand His point of view and not our own. Moses was asked to pray for Israel and to take away the serpents, and he did. God gave Moses instructions and he carried them out as instructed by God and the Israelites were spared, and eventually moved on (Numbers 21:7-10).
What’s the lesson in all of this? Praying for ourselves is one of the essentials of Christian conduct and character when it comes to following our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Going to Him in prayer, regardless of what we’re asking, shows the Father that we love Him, we care and adore about what He wants to do in us and through us, as well as communing with Him, getting to know our heavenly Father in a real, intimate way. Let’s not just go the Father and pray for what we need or because an opportunity has arisen and we got to have it. Let’s go to Him because He is our God, The One who first loved us when we didn’t or couldn’t even love ourselves. There’s nothing wrong or insensitive about requesting others to pray for us, but we must come to a place in our own lives where we must put all of our trust and faith in Him, and believe that He is who He says He is, and trust that He will do what He says He will do. I ask people to pray for me all the time, but I also take the time out to pray for myself, and not depend on the prayers of others but join my faith with theirs. And when that happens, God moves on our requests because He see the hearts of His people coming together, believing in Him to do all that we ask in His name. With God’s favor and blessing, we can move mountains at just the mention of His name. Look at what James 5:16 says . . . .

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Pray for others when they least expect you to pray. Pray for our leaders in government on all levels all the way to the top of our nation. Pray for your family, your marriage, your children, jobs, even pray for you daily activities. We need God’s blessing and protection. Prayer is our greatest weapon against to forces of evil. Are you using it or are you depending on others to use it for you? Make a stand, and begin to pray fervently, consistently and daily, and watch God do what He does best – glorify Himself in all that He has created.

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