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RECOVERY TIP FOR THIS WEEK – FOCUS ON THIS!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 1, 2017

BEING TRANSPARENT – NOBODY CAN BE THE BEST YOU BUT YOU!

How many know who you are? I’m serious!! How many people know exactly who you are? Now that’s a question that many of us take for granted because we automatically assume that everyone in our sphere of influence knows exactly who we are. But in a lot of cases there is some false pretense there and it could be a loaded question .

Well, for one thing, people who “know” us have a good perception of who we are, and it’s due to the fact that they have spent significant time with us in a lot of situations we face daily. They have seen us angry and upset; they have experienced us go through some emotional ups and downs; they have observed us under stress and pressures that bring out the good and the bad in us. Yes, people have seen us at our best and at our worst. But let me ask you this . . . . Do people really “Know” who you are from the inside? Let me go deeper.

How many people in your life know your deepest struggles in life, and I’m talking about temptations, indecision, weaknesses, hurts or trauma from your past, secrets that you’ve never told anyone ever? Some of us may have one or two people in our lives that know maybe one or two of those concerns. That’s good! But I believe everyone ought to know us for who we actually are, and that’s going to take a lot of vulnerability and courage to overcome. I’m not saying to open up our lives to every Tom-Dick & Harry that comes along our journey. What I am saying is that those of us who have struggle with identity, knowing and understanding who we are in this life, we need to begin the process of sharing with those we trust and value as friends and close brothers and begin to share our inter-most feelings with them and let them know what’s going on inside of us. Some of us have issues concerning opening up to others because of what we’ve gone through, the pain and hurt we’ve experience, and we basically feel that it’s none of anybody’s business from the get go. There is some truth to that. But how long will that be kept that up and not address those issues and concerns by getting some help with those issues. As long as we continue to hold on to our pains, our hurts, our shame and our guilt, we’ll never overcome those issues and we’ll be stuck there in life back there. Where is God in all of this? After all, didn’t Jesus Christ die for all of this? Our sins, our pains and hurts, these are the very things that are keeping so many of us from moving forward. I sought out help to get some understanding about who I was, why am I feeling like I do, and how can I get past this. I want people to know me for who I am, and not just what they see. Yeah, we all go through some things in our lives and many of us can’t overcome them because the pain is too much; the hurts are too much bare again. But for those of us who are in recovery, as you begin to learn about transparency and understand that process, and allow God to minister to your hurts and pains, He will heal you of that and you’ll begin to walk in that healing by being you. Nobody can be the best you but you! So if you’re still struggling with not letting who you are shine because of the issues aforementioned, I encourage you to seek out some help and get some understanding and begin to deal with those issues. Moving forward is what we want to do while in recovery. These issues can be barriers and distractions can and will prohibit us from progression ultimately failure in all of our efforts.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 21, 2017

IN CHRIST WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN BUT SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

Are you struggling in areas of your life where you just can’t seem to be free from? Or maybe you having to battle the issues of addictive behaviors and have been for quite some time and  just want to be free from that lifestyle? I know I’ve used words that sound like war-battle, struggle, slaves-and I used those words because when you’re dealing with kinds of issues in life that’s exactly what it is, a war! And if for one minute you even think there’s no truth to that statement you’re allowing yourself to be deceived big time! If we look at our lives today, whatever we love the most in life that’s what we are a slave to. If its money, pleasure, material things, sex, whatever, we are a slave to its every desire. It transforms us, it shapes our mindset, and it leads us down a road spiraling out of control which will eventually lead to destruction, even death. We are blinded by the rewards, the “high” of obtaining it through the process it creates. I know what these things will do because I’ve faced those challenges over the course of my brief life and it had led me down that road, almost to the brink of death. But because of God’s Word, as I read and studied how His love and grace has and is saving me daily, I am no longer a slave to that lifestyle but a slave unto holiness and righteousness. Christ died for my sins that I committed by going to the Cross, shedding His blood and raising from the dead so that I might have life eternal with Him and no longer be bound by sin, by those things that had kept me from living a life free of those behaviors that had ensnared me for years. I am a slave to righteousness in Christ now. I no longer desire those things but desire holiness, peace, the comfort of Christ in safety of His loving arms. I no longer desire the things that made me crave pleasure and more of it. Now, I desire to be conformed in the image of Jesus Christ and the entire process that it takes because it involves seeking Him with my whole heart, mind and soul. I get into His Word daily, and trust Him to do in me what He began before the foundations of the earth were formed-and that’s create me, design me and conform me to be like His Son. And being a slave to righteousness brings hope and desire that cannot be attained by human hands, but only by the hands of Almighty God Himself, Jesus Christ. I’m free, living and walking in that freedom today because I chose the only to be set free from what I was going. I’m a slave for righteousness in Jesus Christ, and that, my friends is true freedom!

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 20, 2017

BE HONEST AND TRUE IN ALL THAT YOU ENABLE ME TO DO LORD

Today, I will not lean to my own understanding Lord God but I will trust in you to help be honest and true in all my doing; that you will give me a heart to do what is right in your sight and not my own. For I know that my flesh will try to overrule my intentions and my thoughts, and I know there is no good thing with my flesh being involved; I need the strength and power of your Holy Spirit to direct my conscience, my desires, to be truthful and sincere in everything I put my hands, heart and mind to; Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me that I might not sin against you heavenly Father; Give the right words and encouragement to apply to my own life that I might see your goodness. Let honesty and truth go before me, before I think, before I consider a matter, that wisdom has her way in my heart and flows out of me with love and sincerity that will glorify your name, the Name of Jesus Christ. I want to fear your Name, to know that you are Almighty God, and to know it in my heart, to live in reverence to your name O God; I will trust you Father God to do in me what you desire and only you for your purposes.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 17, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

1 John 2:3-11 . . . .

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 13, 2017

STRENGTHEN ME TO SHOW LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY TO OTHERS

 

On this day Lord God, teach me to show love to others as you have shown your love to me; allow the comfort of knowing the Father’s love on a personal and intimate level resonate in the lives I encounter as this unfolds. Let your lovingkindness engraft the hearts of those who have been hurt by abandonment; let those who have been abused emotionally who refuse to love and be loved again know that being in the arms of a loving God will wash away those feelings, those hurts; let them see in me your love in how I love others, how I love my family and how I love you Father God. I’m trusting you Lord God to use me in helping make a difference in those I work with, those that laugh and cry with, and those that I celebrate with. Strengthen O God to be the exception, to stand out and not conform to love of this world but stand for righteousness and love of my Holy Father because you are love, and you are good.

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  –  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Read Your Word This Morning? (Trying To Live A Holy Life)

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 6, 2017

HOW ARE YOU LIVING BEFORE THE FATHER?

 

As a child of God, do you find it difficult to live a life acceptable to God? Many Christians do, and the surprising thing about it is that living the Christian life isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I finding out that the problem isn’t primarily the life itself-the problem is God’s chosen people placing themselves under His authority and allowing Him to reign in our lives which includes dying to self, and giving God complete control over all that we do. That would include our thinking, our desires, our hearts, everything! The problem: not very many Christians understand this is what God requires of us if we have chosen to be His children. Just like those of us who have children, they must adhere to our authority and governing of their lives so that they may mature in the leading and guiding of righteousness as we as parents follow Christ. It starts with us, giving up our purpose and surrendering ourselves to God for His purposes. God then leads and guides us into living holy and righteous lives by following and doing His Word. He changes our thinking process from self-dependence to depending upon Him. He changes our hearts from selfish and agenda-motive focus to loving others as we love ourselves. God is about molding and shaping His greatest creation into the very image of His Son, Jesus Christ. So when we choose to live a holy and acceptable life according to God’s Word, we don’t live according to worldly standards, or according to the wisdom and knowledge of what we learned from the systems of this world. We should want to please our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by being obedient to His Word, doing what His Word instructs us to do, and trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us and bring us into all truth and understanding. Our lives will display the characteristics of a Christ-center life that genuinely loves and cares for people. Our thoughts become compassionate towards helping and caring for others as Christ did. And if we need guidance from God’s Word to know what some of those characteristics are,  just go to His Word . . . .

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”  –  Philippians 4:8-9

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 23, 2017

KEEP MOVING FORWARD: YOUR LIFE IS AHEAD OF YOU, NO REASON TO RETURN TO YOUR FORMER SELF.

 

This is probably one of the most problematic concerns most of us as Christians face when we become born again to experience new birth and newness of life in Christ: wanting and desiring to return to our old selves. At first, we are so excited about a new life in Christ Jesus-the change of heart, the renewing of our minds, transformation of old into new-all invigorating and anticipated to achieve. But when most of us realize that this new life isn’t easy because doing the right thing requires honesty, transparency, and vulnerability, that’s too much work for some. These efforts of disciplines, righteousness and holiness requires a person to leave his/her former self (dying to self) and allow the Holy Spirit to bring the change of life that can only come from God. It’s a genuine change that will destroy those old desires and replace them with the true character of Christ and His love for one another. But when we find ourselves having to “submit” to something that will bring change from within, and the patience it brings in the transformation process, we discover that our patience level aren’t that high so we want to resort to going back to what we are accustomed to being or doing-and that’s going back to our old selves. We liked the behaviors because it didn’t cost us anything. We love the exciting things of taking risks no matter who it hurts or why. That life we had, which was filled with much sin and turmoil, dishonesty and greed. Why would we want to return to such a life when we have been introduced to a life of purity and holiness through Jesus Christ? Is that former lifestyle we had more exciting than the newness of life in Christ? To some, it is. They have the relationship with that former life and it’s hard to break up with our first love. But that’s where the Love of Christ comes in and replace that desire that will radically change that taste for the excitement of the world and bring us peace, joy, the kind of life that Christ promises is more abundant and rewarding. Christ will show us who we are in Him, His destiny for our life, and walk right beside us every step of the way until we reach that desired pinnacle of our lives. So when God shows us our future, He will also show us the path to get there, and He did say it won’t be easy. Why? Because there are things we must allow Him to eradicate from our lives-relationship ties to things, people, places, areas of our lives that will surely interfere with our destiny. Moving forward in life with Christ is rewarding if we allow Him to lead us and guide us unto all truth and understanding. There’s nothing in our past lives that should make us want to return to it except the sin that we were able to get away with. And with God, we cannot have a sinful life and expect Him to prosper us in the way of success. Let’s focus on what God has done in our lives, the changes that He wants to make for our good so that we can move forward in this life with His leading and guiding.

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