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

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 5, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Colossians 2:6-15 . . .

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 11, 2016

Writer's thoughts

 

 

Some Thoughts on . . . . MINDSETS.

“A set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines one’s behavior, outlook and mental attitude.”

MINDSET

“What were you thinking!” was a common phase during season with addictive behaviors dominating my life. After reflecting from time to time I seriously had to ask myself, “What was I really thinking?” And then I’d answer myself and say I don’t know. Crazy! I’m the one doing the thinking, allowing all these crazy, wild, and erotic thoughts to enter my brain and thought life and I have no answer for it. But after realizing through intense recovery efforts, I developed a mindset that life was all about me and what I wanted to do. Anything and everything that appealed to me, exciting or pleasurable, I wanted it or wanted to be a part of it. Anything or anyone who wasn’t in agreement with it I didn’t associate with or isolated myself from them. My outlook on life, I thought, was positive because I felt I wasn’t hurting anyone with what I was doing. That was a typical addictive mindset. I’ve learned so much about mindsets that it scares me to even think I allowed myself to go there! That’s how deceptive that mindset was. My thoughts were cloudy, confused, even uncertain at times.

While in recovery, I learned about the brain, how it functions and how I allowed all that “mess” to infiltrate my mind, as well as my life. I also learned that much of it was generational influenced and I was jus another carrier of the problem. I’m walking in freedom now for all of those behaviors, and I have clear, pure perspective on life with a renewed relationship with my heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ. Yeah, I was Christian during that season in my life but my actions and attitudes didn’t emulate the Christian life I talked about having. It was the exact opposite. But praise God I’m free from that lifestyle, and walking in the newness of life by His Spirit! I had some choices to make in life, but I had to learn to get the right mindset, allow the Lord to take complete control of who I was, and allow Him to guide my thoughts and understanding. No, I never thought I was crazy or going off the deep end. The enemy had such a grip on my conscience that his ways seemed right because it gave me what I wanted. It all boiled down to the main problem; Self. When I began to take my eyes, my heart and my mind off of self, God began to show me who I was in His eyes, and that’s what matters most to me. Now I know who I am, and in Christ, and I don’t have to think about it. I am who God says I am.

Just some thoughts from a brother in Christ, a man of God, a mighty warrior, man of valor, sharing some of his victories and how he overcame the struggles of addictive behaviors that so many men today are facing daily. I pray that you, men, become aware of your struggles, make a stand for righteousness, and get some help for your struggles today because the enemy of our souls is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Just saying . . . .

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”  

–  Peter  5:8-10

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