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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 10, 2017

 

 

.  .  .  TO HELP ME BECOME LIFE GIVING BY THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK.

For this day, Lord God, I pray and ask that you heavenly Father strengthen me to speak with the wisdom and grace of your Word so that others will see You O God in me and not myself; that encouragement and edification would be received and understood by those whom I speak them to. Instill in me Lord God, a peaceful and contrite spirit, where love, joy, longsuffering and kindness rests upon the walls of my heart; Teach Heavenly Father how to know humility, to love one another as you have loved and continue to love me. Let your peace reign within me that what comes out of me will bring hope and lead them to you O God.

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.”  –  Proverbs 18:4

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Recovery Tip For This Week!

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 12, 2016

Road_RecoveryThis Week’s Tip of the Week . . . .

 

 

Kick Anger and Frustration To the Curb!

It has no place in your recovery plan. I know you don’t plan for it, but somehow and for some reason they find a way to infiltrate themselves subtly right into the very heart of all of our efforts. We’re focused, following our recovery plan  from A to Z, then we run into a “pot-hole” in the journey and we allow anger and frustration to have place. It’s so easy because they are human emotions, typically camped out right at the front door of our brain so that when we struggle or have an unexpected delay or set-back, they jump right out there and make themselves visible. And everybody around us can tell exactly what’s happening in us and around us. How can we prevent this from happening? Well, sometimes emotions are tough to handle or deal with, especially our own. For me, when these two “enemies” attempt to rise up, I speak to them by confronting them with the power and authority of Jesus Christ! I say and declare, “No anger and frustration, you will not get me upset, bothered or rattled! You have no place in my recovery, my mind or my life!  In Jesus’ Name, I speak authority and victory over you!” I have to do it this way because God gives me the authority and strength to stand up against to wiles and devices of the enemy. After I speak to anger and frustration, God comforts me and my mind and heart become at ease, at peace, and they have no more “life” to rise up against me! And whatever my situation or circumstances are that brought them to light, it now becomes dead with no “life” to invade or destroy. Begin to speak to the anger and frustrations of you your life, and watch the power of God bring strength and comfort to all of your difficult situations while you’re on your journey in recovery. What does not have life becomes and remains dead. Always!

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 13, 2016

Devotions“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.   –   GENESIS  3:1-7

Today’s Point of Focus:

Be mindful of those who we allow to influence us. Not everyone has our best interest at heart.

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What Are You Saying or Speaking Over Your Marriage?

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 17, 2014

wordsHave you ever said something to someone and hurt their feelings? Or how about ever making a comment about something that the person or persons to whom it was directed towards received it in such a manner that it affected how they look at you? The things we say to one another can have a positive and/or negative effect on those we speak with. Most of the time when we’re talking with others, we get so wrapped up in the moment of speaking or talking that we really don’t hear what’s coming out of our mouths, and once the words are out we can’t take them back. It’s really damaging when the receiving person or persons heard us clearly and wonder “What did you say?” So many times during the course of the day we tend to forget that people do listen to the words that are coming out of our mouths, how we are saying them and the tone in which they were spoken. Yeah, some of you might be thinking ” Awww, I didn’t mean it that way”; “Grow up. That’s the way it is in life so don’t be so sensitive!”; What I meant was . . . ”

Well, it has been proven that the average male speaks 40,000 words a day and the female speak 60,000. No, this isn’t an article about women/male bashing. This is about bringing some understanding to what our words are doing to others, our spouses and those we interact with on a daily basis. With so many things to say daily, it’s a wonder we don’t stop and listen to ourselves. But my focus is on this; what does God’s Word say about the words we speak.

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”  –  JAMES 3:6

Our words can cause emotional, mental and even spiritual damage to those speak with and to those we love. Let’s not take a passive approach to this topic because this very same concern is causing more and more marriages and relationships to divorce and dissolve before they even get started, even afterwards. God’s word clearly state how affected our words can be. Sometimes we take what we say to people for granted, assuming they understand what we’re saying or they “know us” kind of approach. We don’t know what that person is or has gone through that day or in his or her life about how people speak to them.

yellingFor instance, you may someone who has always been degraded by the words of their mother of father growing up. They were called names, verbally abused in every sense of the word. They get into their adult lives and they hear the same thing, people getting treated the same way. Fear and intimidation can set in, affecting them to move forward in opportunity for advancement; causing them to not be able to confront things or issues. Our words have that kind of effect on people! We may never see it or hear about it, but there are so many people who have this problem because of what has happened to them in the past.

 

In a marriage, it’s so critical how as to how speak to our spouses. Sure, we love them with all our hearts. But what about the times when they say something that upsets us and we’re not prepared to receive it? Yes, marriages do have issues, every marriage does, and it is a part of marriage. But how we address those issues and concerns in the manner of our words is key to resolution. Name-calling and disrespect are not words we ought to use in resolving problems or issues. When talking with our spouses we ought to speak life, peace and understanding into and over them as fitting for the edification of strength and glory to God.

In church, we worship and praise God with our mouths. We sings hymns and songs of adoration, lifting up His Holy Name with our words. But what does God’s Word say regarding our words . . . “With it(our tonguewe bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so(James 3:9, 10). So do we ever wonder how God looks at us when we are like this in communing with Him?

It goes across the whole spectrum of life as we live it. Our words have power and influence over others in a positive and negative way. Are you paying attention to what’s coming out of your mouth? Did you ever thing that maybe because of what we say, it’s maybe something within us that’s triggering the words that are leaving our faces? Could be! What about you? Are you speaking life into others? Have you seriously taken notice as to what you’re saying to your spouse on a daily basis regardless what he or she has said or done? Let’s be mindful of what we say to others, and allow God and His Holy Spirit to give us the words to say and share with others. Let’s put God’s Word into our hearts and let that word be the words coming from within. It’s powerful and can do a lot more than we could ever do. our words

 

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  –  HEBREWS 4:12

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Power Punch with Proverbs

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 2, 2014

Power PunchPROVERBS 10:11

“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”

Do we ever really consider the words that we speak to others as edifying or destructive? Our words can bring life or death to those we speak with. We can encourage one another by giving a word from God or just being in support of others with kind, uplifting conversation to enlighten their struggles or burdens. But then sometimes we tend to just say things because that’s what we want them to hear. Then we’re speaking or sharing out of our hurts or pain not considering if that’s what God wants us to say to that person or persons. If we have a hidden agenda for working to our advantage then our speech is full of greed and selfish wisdom, only to edify ourselves, and not to build the kingdom of God. Let’s rid ourselves of the selfishness that fills our lives and in all we say, think or do. Remember, we will give an account for every word we speak and every thought that we allow to enter our minds and hearts. It’s called being mindful.

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Power Punch with Proverbs

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 1, 2014

Power PunchPROVERBS 10:10

“He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall.”

How can a simple wink of the eye cause so much trouble? Well, think about it. What’s your purpose or intent of communication? From the outside a person can look at it as a complement or agreement. But on the other hand, there’s a intended, unknown action or actions left to be desired. No one knows for sure what or why that action was necessary. All of us would like to think that it’s honorable but do we really know for sure? It’s deceptive, unknown, and certainly not obvious to what a person is conveying through their actions. A lot of times it could be misleading and perverted. Other times it may be that we like what we see. Let’s just cut to the chase and communicate verbally with our intentions. Speak those things that we intend to say or share without hiding behind what we really think or feel. Just saying . . .

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 29, 2014

Breakfast of Champions “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” – Revelation 4:1-11 (NKJV)

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 18, 2014

Breakfast of Champions “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:2-20

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