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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 11, 2017

 

.  .  .  TO HELP ME GLORIFY YOU WITH THE GIFTS YOU’VE GIVEN ME.

Today, Heavenly Father God, help me lift up and glorify your name with all that you’ve blessed me with; You have given me talents, gifts, wisdom and understanding along with discernment-show O God how to use them affectively to draw others to you. Help me not be caught up in building up myself but edifying others so that they might know your Word, that they might come to relationship with you Father God and experience your love, grace and mercy like I have come to know you and even more so. Strengthen my desire to serve with gladness and a cheerful heart Lord God, that I might show myself diligent in drawing others to the kingdom of your light O God.

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”  –  Romans  12:3-8 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 28, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 4: 14-27 . . . .

“Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on. For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble. My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.”

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A Writer’s Thoughts on . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 4, 2017

INDEPENDENCE-CELEBRATING ON ALL FRONTS OF VICTORY!

Yes, on this date every year we celebrate our country’s independence, remembering the battles that were fought to gain freedom and independence. The men and women who risked their lives, fighting on the battle fronts because they believed in what our country stood for, freedoms for all mankind everywhere, that the future of this country would have a solid and formable foundation to stand on for many generations to come. They saw something in their purpose that will make a difference in the lives of their children, their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on to risk everything they had so that we could have the freedoms we enjoy today. I’m grateful and thankful for their courage, fighting side-by-side knowing the battle was worth fighting for. Freedom costs something people. The one thing I think a lot of people miss is that it costs even more to maintain that freedom after you have achieved it.

Looking at how obtaining freedom through recovery works in familiar efforts, if we who are in recovery would take a serious look at what it took for those who fought for us centuries ago for us to get to this point in life it was much more than we could ever imagine. Yes, the battles were won and victory was obtained through commitment, dedication, determination, diligence and having the right mindset to go after what they thought was important to them. I see the same focus in recovery where men and women struggle with addictive behaviors, looking for freedom but don’t see or understand what the battle or battles are all about. It’s not about going to a counselor, having a few meeting, making minimal progression and after a several sessions you’re free from your behaviors. Not at all! Those of us who have and are still fighting, daily, to consistently walk in freedom are attempting to fight and risk everything so that those who are struggling and will be struggling have the same opportunity to enjoy that freedom like we are. I strongly believe we who are in recovery should evaluate where we are in our journey, and ask ourselves some serious questions: “Am I giving everything I got to this cause?; Am I in all the way with full purpose and intent on finishing the fight with victory in sight?; Am I committed, dedicated, determined, diligent and have the right mindset to move forward in this battle?” How can we go into recovery thinking that freedom will eventually come, all I have to do is attend a few meetings for a few months and freedom is right there. As an individual who has fought this battle and fighting it daily, I assure you without having these questions answered your journey in recovery will be in vain. I celebrate my freedom, walking in it daily because those that have gotten victory and paid the price for me to be able to see those victories, that I can experience those victories in my own life, and I am ever so thankful and grateful. I know what they had to endure. I’ve read their testimonies. I’ve listened to their struggles, and what they did to overcome and achieve walking in freedom to this day. They had things in place. They prepared themselves and they became focused. Those are the tangible efforts I learned from them that helped me start my journey and what’s helping me focused daily to maintain walking in my freedom.

So when I celebrate Independence Day I reflect back not only on my country and what those who fought for my freedoms did, but also on all fronts. We can be free on a general scale from a country’s perspective, but what about being free on a personal and spiritual front? I see so many men and women living their lives trapped, ensnared, in bondage by addictive behaviors, a life of compromise saturated with promiscuity, full of hurts, trauma that have remained suppressed because they’ve chosen to not deal with it because of the pain, that’s not freedom. Freedom, like a lot of things in life is a choice. We don’t have to live like that and those that are struggling can make that choice just like you decide to go do something you enjoy. If you’re someone who is struggling with that choice, talk to someone whom you trust, who will listen to your heart and let them know you want to make that choice to be free and ask him or her how can you make that happen. I pray that you do find the courage to step up to the plate and realize that the fastball that’s coming at you at 100 miles per hour can be hit and knocked out of the park if you’re committed, dedicated, determined, diligent, and have the right mindset my friend.

Just some thoughts from a brother who is grateful and thankful what God has done in his journey through the lives of those He has placed in my life to bring understanding, wisdom and instruction for me walk in freedom and begin to enjoy life as Christ intended for me to enjoy it, with purpose, intention and fullness of joy. That’s true freedom and independence!

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 31, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Romans 12:9-21 . . .

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  

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REMEMBERING THOSE WHO GAVE . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 29, 2017

All of us here at Men of Redemption and Wives’ Redeemed Hearts want to take a moment to acknowledge those who were before us. Those men and women who gave, who sacrificed their freedoms so that we could have a country we could be proud of; those that saw something in the future that doing what they did and will do, will make a difference in the lives of their generations to come; those that trusted in God and believed that this fight was and is worth fighting for. We’ll never know the courage, the heart, or the mindset it took for those men and women to make the decisions they made because it’s obvious they were looking at our opportunities to life, our children being able to succeed, and our chances to survive, they wanted that more than we could ever imagine. So we thank you men and women for your service, your diligence, commitment and your sacrifice for everything you have done and still are doing. You bring remembrance to all of us when you see you wearing your uniform, your service cover for every branch of our military. You keep us focused on what it took to make it this far. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ preserved you for such a time as this and we so grateful, so thankful to you. We salute you always. You, men and women of our armed forces are the true backbone of our country. We celebrate you, we honor you, we remember you, ALWAYS!!!

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What’s On Your Mind?

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 4, 2015

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? policing wives

TOPIC: POLICING YOUR SPOUSE

Are we to keep each other accountable for doing homework and assignments while we are in recovery?

In recovery this is what we facilitators call “policing your spouse” and this is not something that’s should be done. Attempting to insure that either spouse is doing what he or she is supposed to be doing will only lead to more hurt and disappointment. In recovery, a person has a commitment to endure and uphold. In this process, he or she is being reminded daily that doing the right thing will overcome any self-seeking desires to satisfy their on urges or wants. If his or her spouse is hounding or trying to “enforce” their diligence to adhere to their commitment, they are going to cause them to either become angry, bitter, and cause resentment towards them or go back into their mess and stay in isolation. You can’t be in his or her face about homework or required assignments. He or she will eventually learn that the process involves completion in everything they do. If they are doing all that’s required of them, it will show not only in their assigned work but in their character as well. It will spill over into other areas of their life, and the beneficiary of those positive efforts will be the spouse. So if you’re worried or concerned about your spouse not completing his or her work, pray to God, and ask God to show you how you can support your spouse without sending signals of unapproved to his or her mind and heart. Believe me, they will feel like the very one thing he or she is trying to do right is all for nothing, then at some point return back to his mess because there wasn’t any resistance there. Let the Lord do the policing because He will bring the necessary conviction to encourage and strengthen him or her to move forward instead of backwards.

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What’s On Your Mind?

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 1, 2015

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? husband

TOPIC: SEEING RESULTS TAKES TIME

How soon should it be before I see results in my husband’s recovery?

Simple. It solely depends on your husband, and his level of commitment to the recovery process. So many times the wives of the husbands want results because of several reasons, mainly this is caused by their anger for what the husband did to the wife as a result of his addictive behaviors. She wants to see him healed, walking in his freedom so she can “forget” the incidents never happened. This is her way of “crying out” because she doesn’t want to go through it again. If she believes he’s doing the right thing, then she expects to see change instantly, or the sooner the better. But this recovery process is not designed for the quick fix. Not at all! So much has to take place in his life, first with the renewal of his mind and heart (Romans 12:1,2). He then must acknowledge his sinful ways and life shattering behaviors, confess it and turn it over to God. Ask Him for forgiveness, accept God’s forgiveness, and begin to work towards change by committing to a support group where he can receive the help and encouragement he needs to move forward. Just that movement alone will take a minimum of 4-6 months with consistency. Once that is established, he then begins to share with you his journey; how’s he’s feeling, what’s going on in his mind and heart, and where does he feel God’s is leading him in his life at this point. With all that going on, expecting him to change soon is really premature. This process is something totally different and strange to your husband, and he needs time to get familiar with this new-found life. Before you know it, the changes you expect are already taking shape in the redevelopment of character, maturity and integrity. It’s not about just stopping the behavior or getting results quicker, it’s about getting a new mindset, changing the heart and what’s inside. If you really want him to accelerate in his recovery, the best thing you as his wife can do is support him and pray for him-daily! He needs an encourager, a cheerleader in his corner, and that person is you, his wife. Be that person, and he will be more confident than ever to work on his recovery with diligence and perseverance.

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His Word For Me This Day Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 27, 2015

devotionsCHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR – WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  –  ROMANS 12: 9-21

Why does the world have a strange and varying view of what a Christian is supposed to act like or be when they see one? Besides not developing good Christ-like characteristics, spiritual maturity being guided by God’s Holy Spirit, many of us fall short in our quest to imitate our Savior because we tend to think we can’t reach that level of acceptance. That is a misconception that many Christians adhere to due to maybe a lack of confidence or simply not trusting God to do in us as He said He would. In this portion of scripture we can learn to develop those characteristics and even more understanding about our Savior if we just allow Him to renew and transform us with His plan. Then, we will be able to live that abundant life that Jesus came back to give us because that’s what He wants for us as His people. We can’t do this thing called life without God’s guidance, His understanding and His grace. When people see God’s grace and mercy genuinely working in our lives, they’re attracted to it and they’ll want to experience that love as well.

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His Word For Me Today Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 7, 2015

 

devotionsTHE POWERFUL ATTRIBUTE OF PATIENCE

“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.  –   HEBREWS 6:9-15

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Struggling With Unbelief: Trust In The Lord, PT. 2

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2015

 

unbeliefIn Part 1 of this article we looked at a reason why there is unbelief in our lives and it brought some interesting comments and reactions from our readers, mostly all positive. At large, many people and most of our readers agree that trust has a substantial influence and overview of what we perceive in life as being real, confident and influential. In part 2, we want to look at another reason for unbelief in our lives today: A Lack of Faith.

Everyone who has read in the Bible the story about Thomas, the disciple also known as Didymus, and how he wouldn’t believe that Christ was alive and that he needed to see Christ for himself in order to believe the truth.

“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen doubting thomas
the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  –  JOHN 20:24-29

Not only did Christ inform all of His disciples that He would return unto them, but He said this would happen before He died and told them to prepare for His arrival. But as we have learned, Thomas had a lack of faith, not trusting in the Lord God, Jesus Christ after seeing miracle after miracle, obviously still not convince of whom Christ really was. And that’s much like a lot of us today. Our lack of faith tends to cause doubt about what is real, what is true in life. We need to see physical presence of something in order to place our faith in it. But if that were the case, faith would be obsolete, and there would be no need for a savior. But the Word of God tells us different . . .

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  – HEBREWS 11:6

Every day we are faced with the improbability of certainty, why the constant waiting and hoping for reality when it’s right before our eyes. But everything isn’t always what it seems to some. I realize that as a child of God, I pray for God’s best in everything I say, see, hear and do. I can’t see the very best always but I have faith and believe that God will reveal it to me in His time, not mine. So patience is an additive of peace, waiting and trusting that it will come to past. But because we live in a society where everything is I can’t wait; I need it yesterday and I don’t have time to wait or place my faith in waiting for the inevitable. We truly show a lack of faith in everything we do. Whose fault is it? It’s not a matter of whose fault it is, it’s a matter and point of who are you trusting in and why. As children of God, we understand that faith is key in everything we do. Our heavenly Father, Jesus, desires us to trust, to believe in Him to carry out all that we ask of him in His Name. If we’re not trusting and having faith in Christ, who are we or what are we trusting and believing in? We all are placing our faith in trusting something or someone. Is it ourselves? Is it a certain person or machinery? Or is it the intelligence of someone we know whom we place our faith in that appears in the know about everything? What happens when we’re disappointed by that someone or something? All of these questions are relevant and the answers aren’t too difficult to comprehend. Just look at the results. God’s Word says . . . .

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  –  HEBREWS 11:1

So when I say that a lack of faith is probable cause for unbelief, I pray that you see where we tend to bypass God and lean to our own understanding. Do we need to see the end results of something before we put our faith in something or someone? Not really if you are a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus has never failed me and has shown up in circumstances and situations in my life time and time again. I have never been disappointed in my Savior’s diligence in granting the blessings of faithful living according to His riches and glory. You, too, can experience God’s goodness and grace if you place your faith and trust in Him. Stop traveling through life hoping and believing in something or someone you think is or might be the answer to your search for success or progress, and place your faith, or the lack thereof, in Jesus Christ, and I promise He’ll never let you down, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s always been there for me, and He will always be there for you, IF, you trust and believe in Him.

 

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