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    WALK IN THE LIGHT NOT DARKNESS FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN 12:42-50 . . . “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 44 Then Jesus cried […]

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    GENEROSITY IS ENCOURAGED FROM THE BOOK OF 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-15 . . . “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, […]

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    THE PURPOSE OF PARABLES FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 13:10-17 . . . . “And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not […]

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    HOW GOD WORKS FROM THE BOOK OF 2 PETER 3:9-18 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a […]

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    CONVICTION FOR THE BELIEVER FROM THE BOOK OF PSALM 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of […]

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL READING

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 7, 2019

OUR PASSAGE FOR TODAY: Galatian 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.” 

Recovery Reflection: The battle isn’t against flesh and blood. The battle is in the mind. Ephesians 6 tells us this very thing, but so many of us struggle with decisions, which way is the best way, if I do this or should I do that. So many choices and we never relax and really take the time needed to see what God wants us to do. We live in a culture where whatever we do the decision has to be quick and decisive, no prolonging or waiting. When we take time to allow God to let His presence be felt in all things, and that includes in the waiting, our decision and choices will be much clearer. And when we trust God we will begin to walk in His Spirit, and fulfill the desires and the lusts of the flesh.

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MY MORNING DEVOTION – MAKING GOD MY FIRST PRIORITY

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 10, 2018

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From The Book of Hebrews 4:1-10 . . . .

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

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Regaining Trust While in Recovery

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 8, 2017

Praying Together Develops the Foundation of Renewed Trust.  

I realize that at the beginning of all of our recovery efforts, praying together may not be the first thing on our wives’ mind because most of the time they’re not receiving any support or ministering to early on. And then on the other hand, I was kind of embarrassed and ashamed to begin that process, too much guilt. But I had to learn to fight through that by trusting God to help me not bask in my guilt, my shame, and asked Him to increase my faith, my desire to move forward in that despite how I was feeling emotionally. It was hard because I didn’t think Jackie would believe my words or that I was at a place where I could boldly do that. But again, I had to fight through that because it was a lie from the enemy and the pits of hell! With what little faith I had, I trusted God to move upon that measure and show my faithfulness in what I did have. God honored that, and increased my desire as I continued and consistently worked toward making time to pray with Jackie. Our prayer time was short at the beginning but as I became more comfortable and at peace with myself and her our prayer time increased gradually to the point where it is now. We pray every morning before I go to work, and at least three times a week in the evenings because of our work schedules. That effort has drawn us closer together and gave her the security and peace, along with all of my other recovery efforts, to allow the trust in our marriage to gradually return. I don’t focus on attempting to gain all of her trust but I’m thankful, grateful, for the progress I’ve made and currently still making to reach that ultimate goal. No matter where you are in your recovery you can begin to earn your wife’s trust by doing the simple foundational principles that establish stability in your marriage. And as long as you continue to trust God to make that happen, trust will eventually find its way back to your marriage.

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WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION TODAY?

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 29, 2017

MY QUESTION IS . . . .

How long is long enough to remain with a support group? I’ve been attending this one group faithfully for the last nine months and I’ve seen good progress in my life. I’ve asked my group leader how long I should stay in the group but he hasn’t given me a clear answer and I don’t want to stay in the group forever. So how long should I remain in the group if my progression shows I’m doing well?

This is one of the most consistent questions that is asked from every man going into support group setting. Even before they put their hands on the curriculum they’re going to use, even before they attend their first group meeting. And believe me, this is something every group leader knows and expects from first time arrivals to their groups. I try to share with the guys that this should not be a question that hovers at the front of their minds. You see, your emphasis is already on the end when you haven’t even began the group. We want that energy, that focus to be centered and enforced at the beginning of your journey to recovery. It’s not about how long should you stay, it’s about what are getting out of the group, it’s curriculum and it’s accountability efforts that making a difference in your life. Your group should be impacting your life on extreme levels so that your life is changing, transforming and evolving into the creative design that God created you to be. If the group has influenced your perspective on life, helped you identify who you are in Christ, and you are walking in healing daily and consistently, chances are that leaving or concerns about leaving won’t be at the forefront of your mind or heart. If God has, and is doing what you’ve been praying for, you’ll not want to concern yourself about leaving but what and how you can invite another brother to come and receive what you have received. When you have received and are walking in your healing, I’ve known guys to not want to leave but stay and help the group, become a part of the leadership team, or even take the program they’ve just completed to their church and start a group there. So it depends on what you’re expecting to achieve when you complete the curriculum. Even more importantly, it’s about what God is saying to you or speaking to you about and what He wants you to do when you complete the program. Don’t base your success on how well you think or believe you’re doing but what is God saying to you and what He wants you to do. God has purpose for each and every one of us, and His thoughts and ways are far above ours(Isaiah 55:8), so finished the program or curriculum, and while you’re doing that continue to pray and ask God what it is that He wants you to do when you’ve completed it. You might be surprised at the answer. I surely was!!

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 8, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Proverbs 3:1-26 . . . .

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 4, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Psalm 103:1-22 . . . .

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2017

WHAT’S INSIDE OF US WILL ULTIMATELY FIND ITS WAY OUT THOUGH OUR MOUTHS: LET’S BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT WE SAY TO ONE ANOTHER

 

Conversations with others, reacting to others, advising others, this is what we do as human beings through communication. It may sound elementary, even idiotic if you see yourself as far more mature than this after reading something like this. You’re probably thinking ” My kids even understand this!” Rightfully so. But think about this for a minute . . . . Do we ever actually stop and realize what’s coming out of mouths when we speak? We’re so in tuned with getting things out, giving orders or instructions, making things clear and concise to those we think or believe my not understand. But do we consider how we say it, the tone of what we say and the posture in which we say it? All of these things have a lot to do with the words that come out of mouths. God’s Word is very specific about how we as children of God ought to speak to one another and the things we say. We all have so much going on and we can be driven by what’s inside of us. It could be anger; it could frustration; it could be hatred. On the other hand it could be disappointment; it could be pain or heartache; it could be hurt of trauma. Either way, whatever is inside of us will eventually manifest itself. Our words, the things we say to one another has tremendous impact on those we communicate with. A lot of times we say things out of the things mentioned previously-pain, hurt, anger, etc.-and they come out negatively onto those who weren’t expecting it or deserve it. Is that fair? Not at all! If something is going on inside of us, we ought to be aware that we shouldn’t take things out on others because of what’s happening inside of us. We can cause considerable damage to unsuspecting friends, family members, our spouses, our co-workers, and how they receive it can alter someone’s day, their thoughts, their hearts towards us, even cause emotional disconnect. No matter what’s going on with us we have to also realize that we can speak kind, considerate words to others and at the same time we speak negatively, cursing and degrading others and this should not be friends. We need some disciplines in our lives so that our words don’t hurt one another no matter what’s going on inside of us. There are things we can do to help us in this struggle because it is for some. What’s going on with the person who uses profanity every other word that comes out of his or mouth? What’s going on with a person who has nothing but negative or disappointing comments or remarks  to everything? A lot is going on with that person. We don’t know their struggles or what it could be, but we can make a difference by watching what we say to others and being considerate of their feelings as to what we say to them. Some are more sensitive to what say than others. Let’s be mindful of our word and what we say or share.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 19, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Colossians 2:1-10 . . . .

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 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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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 18, 2017

GUIDE MY ATTITUDE AND MOTIVES TO GLORIFY YOU GOD AND NOT MYSELF

 

Today, I place myself under the authority and guidance of you Heavenly Father to lead me in seeking you with my whole heart, mind, body and spirit; I need your mercy and grace to keep me focused on you, your Word, with true and honest intentions. Holy Spirit, instruct me on how to seek the Father without centering on myself but others and the kingdom of God; give me the right attitude and motive to live in harmony with others so I might not seek an advantage or take form others what is not mine. I will trust and depend upon you O God to deliver me from my selfish desires and focus on what you want me to do this day, to glorify you in all I do. Help me to seek wisdom and instruction in your Word that I might learn what it means to have the right mindset, to trust you totally, and move forward with power, victory and authority in Jesus’ Name! So Father God, I will trust in you to do as you will in and for my life this day moving forward no matter what I face; You are my Savior, my Lord, and I will follow you.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 17, 2017

WE KNOW GOD BY KEEPING HIS WORD, DOING WHAT HE SAYS.

 

Okay men and women of God, let’s get real now. As people of the Most High God, the Lord Jesus Christ, we know that God’s Word is our road map of life. The Word of God is filled with promises, instruction and guidelines that will fulfill our lives with purpose, intentionality and abundance. But our Heavenly Father does require His children to know Him, and that comes by getting into His Word and knowing Him intimately, and doing what the Word of God says. We all know that there are so many so-called “Christians” that claim they know the Father but their lives show us different. We don’t see the change, the transformation of heart and the renewing of the mind that comes when we finally understand what a relationship with God means and does. We will do what His Word instructs us to do. We become obedient to His will, desiring to please Him, to live in such a manner that see our hearts and knows we have Him in our hearts and lives. We are doing what His Word tells us and instructs us to do, hands down! But we cannot keep talking about knowing the Father if our live don’t demonstrate it. Normally, the way we lead our lives on a daily basis reveal who we follow, who and what our faith is in. So what do we have to do to make sure we’re doing what we ought to be doing? First, take a long look in the mirror and ask ourselves . . . “Am I really doing what God Word tells me to do? Am I understanding what it is that God desires of me and from me? What am I doing that’s keeping me from doing and following His Word?” I strongly believe when we can honestly answer these questions we will make a conscious decision and start doing the right thing when it comes to adhering to God Word. No, we won’t do or consume everything but we ought to start and trust God in teaching and guiding us by His Holy Spirit because He left the Holy Spirit here for that specific purpose-to lead and guide us, and to bring all things to remembrance that He has taught us. So what are we waiting on? If you’re not doing what the Word tells you to do then His Word says we really don’t know Him. Start knowing Him today by beginning to read His Word and start doing what His Word says.

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