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RECOVERY QUOTE OF THE DAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 16, 2017

AS YOU COMMIT YOURSELF DAILY TO THE CAUSE, ALLOW GOD TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR:

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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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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . . Conforming to Christ’s Image

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 15, 2017

GOD IS SHAPING US INTO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON – BUT FIRST HE WANTS TO . . . .

 

I’m reminded of how my life was when I didn’t know Christ as my personal Savior. It was a pretty site, with all the problems and struggles I had going on with people, relationships and perspectives. I had no clue what was happening in life. I thought I did, but those thoughts were centered around selfishness and ego. I wasn’t a very likeable person. But when I finally decided to give my life, my everything to God and allow Him to transform me and my life, that’s when things really began to change for me. I wanted change because I needed change, the way I was going. I had no direction, no purpose, and didn’t know who I was, especially in Christ. So I had to allow God to reshape me-and that meant in mind, body and spirit.

I tried to change myself by attempting to be nicer, be more courteous and more respectful but that didn’t last long because it wasn’t genuine or consistent. It had to be an internal change, a heart change. The only way that could happen was me allowing God to shape and mold me into the image of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And what came with that was the eradication and pruning every area of my life. I wasn’t too acceptable for change but I knew if God was going to do in me what was best for me, I had to let go and let God do what He does-and that’s transform, renew and conform into the image of holiness and obedience. 

My Mind (Romans 12:2)

My thinking had to be renewed. God changed the way I was thinking by giving focus on the things of God. I needed to concentrate and meditate on His Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me unto all understanding and truth by bringing clarity and wisdom to all that I involved myself. I had to give up thoughts of selfishness, the things I thought was best for me, and allow God to direct my mind with purpose and direction as I submitted myself totally to His will and not my own.

My Heart (Romans 12:2)

My Heart had to be transformed. After having a heart that was all about me, what I wanted, and what was best for me, I had to first die to self and acknowledge that I needed a Savior. That the only way that a man like me could ever change was allowing The One who created me to transform this heart from what it was and allow God to give me a heart that loves people, that has passion for the things of God. I needed to learn how to love people and love God. Love was what I was missing because The love I had in my heart was not the Agape Love God intended for me in the beginning. He has taught me and showed me what love is by how He shows His love towards me.

My Spirit (Psalm 51:10)

I needed the right Spirit in my life. Whatever was inside me didn’t concern itself with others, nor did it concern itself with what God had for me. I had to let God re-enter my heart, speak His loving words to me where it really mattered and allow me to see me for who I really am and understand my purpose in this life. His Holy Spirit, which was giving to me at salvation, was not operating in my heart as He should have been, thus, God removed whatever was in me and the Holy Spirit became more occupied and resident in me and my heart. He exchanged the cold, deceptive, agenda-laden motives for the fruits of His Spirit-kindness, joy, love, peace, joy, longsuffering. My heart was never the same again after He changed it to a heart of compassion and worship.

So God is still working on shaping and molding me into the image of His Son. To this day, I desire to shaped, stretched, torn and broken so that I can confirm to His image and not my own image of what I think I should be. I want to be like Christ, in character, in word and in deed. I know that’s a lot of molding and shaping, but you know what, if God is in control I know when the finished product comes to light I know He will be proud I said “You have me Lord, you have my mind and my heart. I trust in you O God!”

Just some encouraging words from a brotha who knows what God has done in his life, the changes that He made and is still making to conform me into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful I’m not where I used to be and who I used to be. I am a better man now because of His grace, His mercy and His love for me. And I will shout it on the mountaintops until He returns for me, because He is a good God! Just saying . . . .

“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”  –  Jeremiah 18:6

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 17, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: Ephesians 4:17-24 . . .

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

We are no longer subjected to our former conduct, therefore, we are a new creation in Christ Jesus!

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 22, 2015

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My Thoughts on . . . . Transformation.                                                    

When I say transformation I’m not necessarily writing on the actual “physical” change but the “internal” change. Although the physical anatomy will often change with the process, but it’s the inward parts, the heart, the mind that I’m writing about. The first thing most people think about when mentioning transformation is always the body, the physic. Well, if it changes that’s a good thing. But I want to look at the internal parts because that’s what makes up who we are. Some of us are still carrying the mindset we had when we were younger, doing things that were self-centered, only thinking and caring for or about ourselves. That type of mindset displayed a focus on one individual only, self, and could care less about anything or anyone. That lifestyle can and will lead to some difficult consequences, and eventually a person will want to change his or her ways. Now we’re talking changing something internal, the mind, and how a person thinks. That process now involve looking at his or her heart, really discovering who they are and what it is that they want to do in life.

The transformation that takes place will be like no other process he or she has ever been through. Your thought process will change, beginning with what you allow to enter your mind. Some of us have allowed negativity, selfishness, evil and revengeful ideologies to occupy that little 3-pound blob of muscle that’s seated in our heads. We need to allow the presence of God’s Spirit to bring truth and understanding to our minds and hearts if we are to allow transformation to be real in our lives. It’s like going into something new with the old “stinkin-thinkin” concepts tagging along. We will fail in all our efforts of change or transformation. In order for true transformation to take place, the “new man” if we will, we’ll have to rid ourselves of those things that have held us back in life, which includes the previous ideologies listed, but also a change in direction and purpose in life. Our conduct must change. Our perspectives must change. Our influences must change. And with all the change, truly those that have impacted our lives in a negative way must also change. So transformation in part, will involve a process that at the end of it all, we will appear different, we will not be the same as we were when we first started. We will become new, something that is unlike the previous person we are trying to change. Many of us desire change and transformation but don’t know how to proceed and be successful in that. Therefore, surrounding ourselves with those who have been through that process will help us understand what it will take to get there if in fact that’s what we desire. The struggle? It’s between the beginning and the ending. Everything we do during the process will determine our outcome.

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them,because of the blindness of their heart;who,being past feeling,have given themselves over to lewdness,to work all uncleanness with greediness.But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

EPHESIANS   4:17-24

Just some thoughts about transformation and change, being genuine and real for my Christian brothers and sisters for edification from a writer who wants to see honesty and transparency illuminate in their lives. Just saying . . . .

 

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 16, 2015

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My Thoughts On . . . . Moving Forward.

For years I struggled with moving forward in life. I was under the impression that if I had a good job, taking care of business and my affairs(responsibilities everyone); doing the right thing, I figured that was enough to put me in the seat of moving forward. But little did I realize that it wasn’t about doing what I just mentioned, it was about understanding my purpose and what it was that I was destined to do in life. I’ve found out that in life you can be doing all the right things, pleasing all the right people, having all the assets of a successful entrepreneur, but if don’t know what my purpose is in life, what it is that I’m supposed to be doing, I won’t know where I’m going or what I should be doing.

I took some time out of my day and sought the Lord, asked Him what is my purpose in this life, what is it that I should be doing and where am I going with my life. I didn’t get my answer right away, but I remained alert to hearing of His voice so that I may know His answer for me. And I got it! It was clear, and it was strategic with intention to succeed. I received it, and now I’m walking in that purpose with a determination of unwavering faith. I now know what it is that I am to do and why, so that I may move forward in life with God’s guidance and purpose in mind. The one thing I had to do to understand that, was to release the past. I had to let go of all the things that were holding me, preventing me from moving forward. What are those things? Let’s see; old habits, former relationships, unwise thinking, bad choices and bad decision-making, doubt, lack of trusting in God, fear, and negative influences were just a few of them. I had to release them, let go, walk away from them with God’s strength and His Holy Spirit directing me so I could see my purpose. I had to stop dwelling, thinking and re-visiting my past because in a lot cases I would end up going back there, and that my friends, is exactly what I don’t want to do! How did I allow God to do this in me? I made the choice, the decision, to let Him direct me by His Holy Spirit unto all truth and understanding. His wisdom and power has never failed me.

Just some thoughts from a follower of Christ who desires the things of God to be present in the lives of my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Something encouraging for your to ponder and receive. I’m just saying . . . .

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  

    ROMANS   12:1, 2

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A Quote of Understanding

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 24, 2015

C. S. Lewis“Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self–in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 9, 2015

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Change or Transformation . . . . Which is more Real?

Now there’s a question for you. What’s more real, change or transformation. Isn’t that a rhetorical question or an oxymoron? Well, I asked myself that question some time ago and I got a real true answer. But I want state for the record my thoughts on this and then you ponder it for a moment.

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I look at change as something that we do, something we modify or adjust to present to others or ourselves a different perspective. I want to lose weight; so I modify my eating habits, exercise or workout. I’m changing my appearance and hopefully my appetite in how I eat. I want to stop having a bad attitude and have a better outlook on life; so I change how I think and focus on the positive things in life. I’m changing my thoughts and how I see things. I want to treat my spouse better and be a more loving husband or wife. I’ll help her around the house, participate more helping with the children and speak nice things to him or her. I’m making a change so that my spouse will see that I’m serious about loving him/her more. Everything is based on what others perceive, or what we want them to observe.

 

 

TRANSFORMATION Transformation

To me, transformation begins on the inside and works its way toward the outside. When someone is transformed, everything on the inside is renewed; the mind and the heart is completely emotionally, spiritually and mentally turned around for the better. The things that a person did or has done is now forgotten and his/her direction in life is forever recalibrated. They don’t do the things they used to do; don’t say the things they used to say. The one thing about transformation is that it’s genuine and will last much longer than change ever will. It becomes a way of life for the individual in so many ways. Transformation makes you look back at what you used to be like and say “I don’t want to be like that anymore.” I’m a new creation and I like what I have become.

You see, change can always revert back to who that person was because the door was never shut on old habits or behaviors. You can still go back to what you once were because that’s what you’re familiar with. When someone gets under your skin or makes you angry when you tried to be nice, we immediately react the same way we did the way we used to. We only change so that people, our friends or loved ones can see something different for a while. Then it’s back to the same ole same ole. But with transformation, everything is new and refreshed with purpose, direction and intent. I guess I may be old school when it comes to simple things like this, but it does make tremendous sense. My thoughts, and I’m just saying . . . .

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 18, 2015

 

devotionsTHE NEW MAN

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”   –   EPHESIANS 4:17-24

 

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Conversion Involves Eradication of Old

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 31, 2014

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As we live in this thing called life, there are many challenges that define our character and bring our identity right beside it. The choices we make, the decisions we ponder, all work together to form the personality that displays who we are. Lest we forget, some of us have challenges that we never overcame that proved overwhelming in our lives that resulted in past behaviors we regret. We’ve caused harm to others, probably not intentionally, but nevertheless, it happened, and we feel bad about it because that’s not who we are now. So many people that we know today base their understanding of us on who we were then instead of who we are now. Is it right? Is it wrong? Do we deserve, or believe we deserve another chance or opportunity to get it right because we were young and didn’t know better? In God’s eyes, his grace is sufficient, and He will allow us another chance or do over.
But realizing our shortcomings, there is always room for improvement. God recognizes this and gives us every opportunity to get it right because that’s His desire for us to prosper in all things. But in order for us to move forward in that desire, we first must put off the “old man” before we can put on the new man. That “old man” is that man who involved himself in things, a lifestyle, which displayed a character that was selfish, full of sin and “all about self” mentality. Look what the Word of God calls this old man . . .

“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.” – Colossians 3:5-7

We were living in disobedience according to what God says. We walked in this sin. In other words, that was what we did, what we learned and what we displayed in our character whether we thought it was good or bad. We lived in that. That was what people identified us with, what we did and surrounded ourselves with. Looking back at this, can we see the person we were? Were we happy with that person? Probably not. But thank God He’s a God of second chances. When we accepted Christ as our personal Savior, God began a renewing and transformation of our minds and hearts to convert us into the man He designed us to be, holy and acceptable in His sight (Romans 12:1,2). During this process, our part is to eradicate those things that were destroying our lives. How do we do that? We first must ask God to remove that desire out of hearts, then He will move within our hearts and do what we ask. Then we turn our focus onto His Word by reading, studying His Word, praying daily, and surrounding ourselves with men of God who will build us up in righteousness, strengthening us in the things of God. As we consistently work on this, His work in us will transform and renew our hearts and minds into the Man of God he desires. This conversion will build a relationship in God that will be unmatched by any other. Therefore, we have eradicated those members by cutting it off at the root, never returning again to torment or ensnare us again. Now, understand a truth: these former member will not return unless you invite them to return. That’s where we have to remain faithful and true to God’s Word by doing what got us to where we are now. The enemy cannot return where he is not invited.
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Now the new man has clearance to manifest himself now that the old man is defeated and gone for good. God will lead and guide you unto all truth and understanding as you allow Him to do just that and more. Let’s begin to understand what the Lord wants and desires for our lives.

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
– Colossians 3:12-17

We are called His elect! God calls us as He sees us! And when we look at ourselves as God sees us, we recognize that we are not that old man that caused hurt and harm to those of our past, our present or our future because He loves us that much and more. We don’t have to live in that past mentality of who we use to be. We are the Children of God, the Most High God, Jesus Christ, and we are instructed to live in that. No more living in who we thought we were but who we are now, today, in Jesus’ Name! Stop allowing your past mistakes, your former character of sin to determine your identity or character for today. You’re not that man anymore! Live in who Christ says you are, His very elect!!

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