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My Morning Devotion – Making God The Priority

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2018

MY DEVOTIONAL READING FOR THIS DAY: STEPPING INTO TEMPTATION Image result for STEPPING INTO TEMPTATION

From The Book of James 1:13-20 . . . .

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 firstfruits 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. 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.

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My Daily Devotion – My Quiet Time With God

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 20, 2017

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Today’s Reading: James 1:12-18 . . . .

“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 firstfruits of His creatures.

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 25, 2017

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HOW DO YOU REACT TO IT.

I face this daily. I’m a man. I know what I like and I know what I love. I know what draws me away from something to another. I know what keeps me focused once I have committed to it. I know what will keep me somewhere when I choose to remain there. This is what I call knowing me, my limitations and my weaknesses. This helps me understand how to deal with life, deal with struggles, and most importantly, deal with TEMPTATION. 

I don’t know how most people deal with this subject because it has many forms and affects everyone in different ways. Some look at temptation as a challenge, to see how far they can go, how close they can approach the line before going over it and have committed themselves to it. Others see temptation as something very evil, something that they don’t want to face or deal with so they avoid it at all costs. Either way, if you are a living breathing human being you will have to face temptation regardless of how you see it. The key to dealing with temptation: Your reaction to it.

 

What is temptation? TEMPTATION: “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise: a thing or course of action that attracts or tempts  someone.” 

I get tempted while I’m at work. I get tempted while I’m driving to and from my destinations of choice. I get tempted when I wake up every morning and proceed to begin my day. I get tempted going to the grocery store or the mall. I easily get tempted when I get around large crowds or at the beach, anyway where there is anything enticing to my liking. Maybe you have endured such temptation or maybe you haven’t. I’ve learned something about temptation over the years: temptation is not a sin-it’s our reaction to it that determines it’s outcome. I’ve learned to deal with temptation by acknowledging it; seeing it for what it truly is-a lie from the pits of hell. The I rebuke it by denouncing it and it deadly intentions and speak the Word of God against it! The temptation looses it’s effectiveness and retreats. It won’t stop coming at me, but for that moment he will retreat and will attempt to try to catch me at another time when I’m more vulnerable. The good thing about how I reacted-I  know he’ll be back and I’ll always be ready for his persistent attacks. I have to keep God’s Word on my mind and in my heart, to use His Word as a sword to defend myself against the wiles and devices of the enemy(2 Corinthians 2:11). And no better example I know of than when Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Image result for temptation of jesus

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” –  Matthew 4: 1-11

I strongly believe that this real life example of the Lord demonstrating how temptation should be approached and dealt with is exactly how we as children of God, Men and Women of God, should respond to temptation. Lest I forget not that I do understand that some of us are weaker than others, and they want to overcome and be strengthened to stand up against temptation. I’ve discovered that the only way to stand against the enemy of our souls is two-fold: Know who you are in Christ Jesus, and know the weapons of warfare and their utilization of them. God’s Word, knowing that you are a child of the Most High God Jesus Christ, and knowing the weapons for our defense are critical to standing against attacks of temptation. I know no other way that’s successful, that’s intentional, or that’s credible that what I’ve just mention above. I have to know me, my limitations and what draws me away from my first love: and that the Love of Christ and my relationship with Him. I choose to deal with temptation this way, and as long as my Lord and God gives me life and strength I will continue to fight in this manner, led by His leading and guidance in this spiritual battle. Image result for whole armor of god kjv

 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”  –  Ephesians 6: 10-18

 

 

 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 14, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 . . . .

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”  Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 4, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: James 1:12-18 . . . .

“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 firstfruits of His creatures.”

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 12, 2017

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 . . . . Keep Me Faithful When I am Tempted

Father God, In Jesus’ Name, this day I pray as you lead and guide me by your Holy Spirit, that I lay hold of your righteousness and stand in the moments when I am tempted by my adversaries; that I stand on your Word and fight against the wiles and devices of the enemy when I am tempted with compromise; when I am tempted with the persuasion of those who come after me with the allure that entices me from former lusts. Father I pray that you will rescue me when I feel weak at times when I’m vulnerable and when my mind is cluttered where I don’t see my way. I need your protection, your comfort to keep strong, and to keep my mind and heart stayed on you O God.

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 21, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: James  1:12-18

“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 firstfruits of His creatures.

Even in the very midst of trials, trust the Lord God Jesus Christ through it all.

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 2, 2016

Devotions“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;  nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”  –  1  CORINTHIANS  10:1-13

Today’s Point of Focus:

We are not under our forefathers’ cloud or the law; we are under grace, so let’s like we are, in Jesus’ Name!

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 2, 2015

BY FAITH THEY OVERCAME devotions

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.   –   HEBREWS 11:30-40

 

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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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