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

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 31, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Revelation 1:9-20 . . . .

“I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.” 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 14, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Romans 2:1-16 . . .

“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”

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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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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 6, 2017

read-your-wordThe Delays of Life Have Intended Purpose For Us

 

None of us enjoy waiting on things. It seems that in all aspects of life there is always something that we’re waiting for. And for some reason it always ends up our patience level get lower and lower.  Reading God’s Word really addresses this concern of ours with more patience that we’ll ever know. Numerous times in scripture I find where waiting on God for an answer, for direction and for intention is paramount in determining the right disposition for every situation. Every delay we encounter means we are waiting for God in one way or another. So we have to understand that all situations are governed by God who has all authority in everything. He controls our day-to-day inconveniences and frustrations. I believe there are three answers that God gives as reasons for delays: Yes, No, and Wait. The first two we can accept because we draw our own conclusions to them. The last one, Wait, drives some of us towards frustration because we want an answer sooner than later, afraid that the “opportunity” may pass us by if don’t act immediately. As I continue to read God’s Word I’m learning that even with those three reasons for delay, God has intention and purpose for granting an answer to our situations or concerns. Being a Christian, first of all, learning to wait is extremely important as we’ll never be able to walk in obedience to God. It’s not about getting our answers and then moving on-It’s about knowing that God has purpose and intentionality to bring glory to Himself through us. We are not living for or to ourselves, but for others to see and obtain what we have, Jesus Christ Himself! We as children of God must learn to trust His judgment, not just on the big decisions of our lives but also on the small, trivial ones as well. When we begin to become sensitive to God’s instruction, each delay will have something important for us to learn. Remember next time when we have to face an unexpected wait or delay that it is no surprise to God. His Word teaches us that there is something He wants to teach us or grow us regarding patience and increase our faith in Him. He is more interested in developing godly character in us than He is making sure our schedules run according to our own plans. In your waiting, trust God that He will strengthen and encourage you where there is the hope of His sovereign love and grace in all of your situations.

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 28, 2017

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

Today’s Reading:

Colossians 1:9-18 . . . .

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

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Daily Devotional

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 3, 2017

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Today’s Reading . . . .

2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 14, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: James  5:7-12 . . . .

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.

The Lord God is compassionate and merciful to the patient and those who persevere.

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 23, 2016

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. . . . To Give Me Patience in Waiting

Father God, this glorious day, I pray that I’m humbled by your Holy Spirit to enable me to learn to wait and patient in all that is before me; that Lord Jesus, I wait, and know what that means by your mercy and grace that you have shown me as waited for me come unto salvation. Teach O God to persevere through the decisions, the choices that I might this day to wait and hear from you; knowing Father God that you have the decision already decided, the plan for my day, my life already in your hands, ready to reveal to your servant as I learn to remain comforted by your Spirit. Take away any selfish needs or desires that may interfere with what you have for me, and allow your will to be done.

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”  –  Psalm  27:14

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 26, 2016

Devotions“Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.”  –  PROVERBS  4:1-13

Today’s Point of Focus:

The wisdom of God brings life and security always and forever.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 22, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsReading God’s Word has really helped me Develop Patience in my life. As I read about the lives of several people in the Bible and see how they were being used by God, I constantly observe how they wait on God for His next move as trust Him and remain obedient. Oftentimes I see myself wanting, desiring that same patience in my own life, waiting patiently for God to do what He desires in my life instead of trying to hurry up the process because of pressures to go it done or get to the conclusion of the situation. I am learning, even to this day, that God has a timeline all His own and He will not be rushed in order to fulfill anything anyone wants for their own timeframe but according to His purpose and timing. That’s one of the things I truly love about our Heavenly Father-He will move in our lives if we give Him permission but will operate in His own sequence and time. In this life of mine, timing is of great essence on my job, in relationships and just about everything I’m involved in. But I rest assured, that when I learn to wait on God, trust Him to do all that He says He will do, and wait, I know He will deliver right on time! Every time!

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”  –  PSALM  27:14

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