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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 10, 2017

AFTER SERVICE, IT’S TIME TO GO OUT AND DO IT IN OUR WORLD! Image result for doing the will of god

This is a major challenge for a lot of people. Okay, so we attend a service of our choice, whether it’s early, mid-morning, afternoon or evening church service. We hear a great word from the Pastor, really invigorating and satisfying to our spirit. The Word preached spoke volumes of truth and conviction to us and we are excited because we believe that Word was for us specifically. Service has ended, and now we’re full from receiving a Word from the Lord about something we needed or someone else needs. What to do we do with that Word we just received? Well, for one we apply that Word to our lives and receive exactly what God has for us. Then we are to turn right around and go out into our world and share, give that Word to someone who might need that Word or need to hear it. So many of us just hear the Word, retain it for ourselves and leave it right there. God doesn’t want His Word to just rest upon us, but us going out and doing His Word with action and purpose to be a witness to a hurting world looking for truth and righteousness. When God gives commands He expects His children to be obedient and take His Word out to others and share, living it out loud in front of them. We benefit from God’s Word and He wants others to benefit from it as well. There are also statutes that God desires us to follow as His children that lead to purposeful living and holiness in His sight. So when we hear His word spoken or even when we read His word, we need to take that Word and do what it says whether it’s a command, statutes, instruction or guidance. Be intentional in receiving God’s Word because His Word isn’t just for us, it’s for everyone. Let’s go out and do His Word and let’s put that Word in action today!

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READ YOUR WORD THIS MORNING?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 22, 2017

IS SIN REIGNING IN YOUR LIFE OR IS IT RIGHTEOUSNESS?

Sin. God’s Word emphatically makes it very clear that He cannot be in the presence of sin because it’s an abomination to Him. There is nothing good about sin. All throughout His Word He makes it evident that He will not stand for it-especially in His own people! We were created to glorify God, to be witnesses throughout the land that we dwell in and be light to the darkness so that they will know we His creation (Matthew 5:14-16). Take a serious look at what we’re doing in life, we children of God, as let’s ask ourselves this question: Are we practicing sin or practicing righteousness? We’re doing one or the other, and we are the only ones that can answer that question. Are we being the light that God desires us to be by walking in purity, wholeness in Christ with the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) being genuinely manifested in our daily lives that people are blessed and encouraged? Or, is the life we’re living full of disobedience, waywardness, uncertainty and selfishness? The bottom line is really this: Is God pleased with you by what He sees you do day in and day out? Well, this isn’t pointing the fingers at anyone. These are simple questions that we all need to consider as God continues to give us life, health and strength, even when we don’t deserve it. This is what God’s Word speaks about when it comes to character and knowing who His children are, just like when people look at our children-they know who their parents are because they emulate them in character, word and deed. Let’s read God’s Word and get that clarity we need, daily! 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 25, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 3:1-15 . . . .

“Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall all around Jerusalem. Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days. And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places. Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 2, 2017

 

 

 .  .  .  TO KEEP MY FEET ON THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Today, I pray Heavenly Father that I allow you to keep my feet on solid ground, the solid rock of Jesus Christ. I trust you Father God that you will enable me to see unrighteousness and wayward direction clearly so that I may decide to choose righteousness and the high road of obedience. Let me not be swift to run to mischief, to not gather with those whose intentions are to harm, to bring down, or to bring calamity and discord to the innocent; strengthen me to walk after and towards those whose mind and heart is after you in all things Lord God.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”  Psalm 1:1-3

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 31, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Matthew 5: 1-12 . . . .

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” 

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Today, I Will Trust God . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 17, 2017

.  .  .  TO LEAD ME UNTO ALL TRUTH AND UNDERSTANDING IN ALL THAT I DO!

Today O God, I ask and pray that you lead me in the righteous ways of your Word; that in all my efforts and endeavors I might please you Lord God with my words, my thoughts, and my actions. Lord God, help me to focus on what is true, what is right in your sight, that I may be led by the Holy Spirit with guidance of truth, justice and righteousness. When you allow me to rise each morning, that you will be the first One on my mind and in my heart Father God.

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”  –  Psalm 5: 1-3 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 3, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 12:3-11 . . . .

“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 7, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Philippians 3:1-14 . . . .

“Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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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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