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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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My Daily Devotion – Getting God’s Word in Me First Thing Today!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 30, 2018

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2 Corinthians 8:8-15 . . . .

“I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago, but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.””

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My Morning Devotion – Making God The Priority

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 20, 2018

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From The Book of Titus 1:17-23 . . . .

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 17, 2017

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Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 . . . .

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 11, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: James 2:1-13 . . . .

“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 26, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 . . . .

“But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,  not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

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My Daily Devotion – (Don’t Leave Home Without It!)

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 16, 2017

GET GOD’S WORD INTO YOUR DAY!!

Today’s Reading:

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 . . . .

“But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,  not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 14, 2017

daily-devotionalGETTING GOD’S WORD INTO YOUR DAY!!

Today’s Reading:

1 Peter 1:3-12 . . . .

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.

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Doing Something Different in Your Recovery for 2017? You Should

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 4, 2017

The 2016 year is over, it’s gone, never to return. There’s no need to look back. The new year is upon us. Every new year we look for things to do differently, changes to make, our thought process to be improved, and bringing on new perspectives. We’ve overcome some challenges, some obstacles so now heading into 2017, what are our plans, our goals, and our understanding to do better, to be a better person in the new year? I know, we’ve vowed to do something different but some of us have already made up our minds that we’ve made enough changes in our lives and recoveries that it should be enough for us if we just keep moving forward with those plans and perspectives. Well, if you’re one of those individuals who have settled for that train of thought, I want to encourage your thinking and perspective: if you bring the same mentality in something new you’re bound to repeat it with the same results or worst.

Taking an inventory of what we’ve accomplished thus far in our recovery is one thing we must do. Sure, we’ve made some gains, steps in the right direction, and most of all some serious consistency in all of our efforts. But at the end of the day, we still find things we could’ve done to make them better. Or there were some choices we made that could’ve waited for further understanding instead of rushing the situation. Now, with that being said, what kind of changes or something different will you pursue in your recovery that will make a complete difference in what you did last year? Being honest, there are a whole lot of things we could do. And I think one of the very first things we can do is . . . Be more intentional about purpose and perspective.

We already have a recovery structure that’s basically designed to help place disciplines in our lives where there weren’t any so that’s a start. We’ve worked on that all year and we’ve achieve some consistency. We’re happy, and feel better about ourselves than we have in quite some time. But there is that thought of “I could’ve done better. I could’ve done more!” Or, we’ve even began questioning our own decisions: “Did I make the right choice in this situation? I should have waited for that until I spoke to . . . “ So now we understand that our efforts were honest, but we could’ve done more or had more patience in making our decisions prematurely. We don’t want to take the same mindset we used in 2016 into 2017 because we will get the same results. So what to we do differently this year? Well, let our intentions be honorable and not self-centered. We need to stop thinking that every step we make in recovery is a victory. In some instances it is, but remember some steps end up being steps taken backwards and we have to count those. Denial has to leave! And then there is our perspective. How we see ourselves in recovery and what we’re doing is a big challenge for a lot of us. We have to trust the process in which we’re involved in. If we didn’t give 100% last year because we thought our efforts were good enough so  we slacked off in pursuing purity, we’ve only deceived ourselves, and our perspective has been warped. We need to have a permanent focus on what we’re attempting to do and stick with it no matter how hard or difficult it may appear or get along our journey.

So when we decide on what changes we want to make for this year, 2017, consider the above, and really look at ourselves and be real. See where we’ve could’ve done better and be better! Look at what we’ve could’ve done and just do it! Get intentional, focus on the goal of pressing on for the higher calling and watch this year turn into the best year you’ve had in recovery. EVER!!

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

–  Philippians  3:12-14

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 20, 2016

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 . . . To Help Me Live in Obedience to My Purpose in Life

Father God, I thank you for life, grace, and your faithfulness; you are the Creator, Author and Finisher of my faith. You are the Lord God Almighty, and I submit to you and you only; I pray this day that you help me in my weakness, in my lack of obedience to your will, to your statutes and commands, that I may humbly commitment everything that is within me to your precepts; I cannot do this thing called life without you leading and guiding me Lord God. I want to live in obedience to your Word, your desire, and please you with the life you have given me for your purpose and your pleasure. Strengthen me where I am unable to understand that I might follow you in all my ways.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 2, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: Luke  6:46-49 . . . .

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Let your witness be established on the firm foundation of God’s Word!

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