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A Writer’s Thoughts on . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 16, 2018

BELIEVING THE LIE INSTEAD OF TRUSTING IN THE TRUTH Image result for BELIEVING THE LIE

As I continue to work and minister with men in recovery, I see a familiar pattern of uncertainty and a lack of belief in the process. Going into recovery I try to prepare them for the battle against the enemy of our souls, Satan, and his will to influence men that Christ won’t do what He says He will do and for some reason, it’s given some attention. They know the struggle is real, and they can’t do recovery on their own as proven throughout history according to the experts in the study of addictive behaviors. Even myself when I was in my “mess” I tried to do recovery, make needed changes, do the right thing, but I failed every time. So having that experience of failure, knowing what it looks like in not being able to succeed in recovery, I’ve used that season in my life as an example to let men know that I’ve been there and that I’ve learned and continued to learn that accountability is strongly needed and essential to the recovery process. But there is a stigma that is attached to every recovery journey that most seems to dwell on the lie that my recovery won’t happen because of all the shame and guilt that I’ve caused and infiltrated into the lives of others and myself. That is a lie from Satan himself and from the pits of hell! Satan knows that Jesus Christ is the answer to all situations, problems, and recovery success, and he wants to distort or influence us into not believing Him or the process involved. We can see an example of God’s Word regarding the negative influence that Satan had on creation in the beginning with Adam and Eve.

Image result for adam and eveNow the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”   –  Genesis 3:1-5 

When men come to the end of themselves where they have nowhere else to turn but up, they’re faced with no other choice but to cry out. I’ve been there. They get into a men’s support group, usually by a recommendation from a counselor, Pastor or friend, and the recovery journey starts. But as the journey begins, the enemy is right there observing that man because he has “sifted” him knowing he isn’t strong enough to take on this important challenge he’s about to embark on. With the recovery facilitators and group leaders in one ear, and the enemy in the other, the man is confused and often disoriented about his decision to make this venture happen. His thoughts are how can this happen or is this real, and this is a waste of time. If he goes into recovery thinking like this, how much harder is it for those of us who are committed to helping him if the decision to not succeed has already been made? This is where we who are working to help the men have to understand where they are, where we were in our mess, and let them know we are there for them, and we’re trusting God, not the lie that has been spoken over them by the enemy. Being there involves understanding their struggles and defining where the lie began. Bringing truth to his struggles is embarrassing, to say the least, but it must happen. With Adam and Eve, God brought truth and reality back into focus. Image result for adam and eve

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.””   –  Genesis 3:6-13

This is exactly what happens to us who have struggled or are struggling with addictive behaviors. We believed the lie. We were convinced and influenced that it wasn’t as bad as it seems or appears. Everything looks good, nobody will get hurt or would even be involved because it only involved me. We see how the lie distorts and influences our thoughts. When the truth comes to the forefront, that’s when the shame and guilt take effect, and just like a turtle when he wants to protect himself he ducks back into his shell not wanting to be seen to avoid exposure. Those of us who work with men in recovery have a difficult task ahead of us as some already know. But the challenge remains-doing everything we can as facilitators, group leaders, counselors, pastors, and lay-ministers, to help men understand and trust God, and not believe the lie because that’s exactly what that is, an untruth, deception, just a flat-out LIE!! 

 

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My Morning Devotion – Making God The Priority

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 9, 2018

MY DEVOTIONAL READING FOR THIS DAY: THE TEST OF KNOWING GOD Image result for KNOWING gOD

From The Book of 1 John 2:3-11 . . . .

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 27, 2017

DO WE REALLY KNOW HIM? Image result for knowing God

Today’s Reading: 1 John 2:3-11 . . . .

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 14, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: John 14:1-11 . . . .

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 12, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

1 Timothy 4:1-16 . . . .

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

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My Daily Devotion – (Don’t Leave Home Without it!)

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 23, 2017

GET GOD’S WORD INTO YOUR DAY!!

Today’s Reading:

Galatians 4:8-20 . . . .

“But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.

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Some Encouragement For Today . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2015

charles spurgeon

 

I think we have greater reason to ask the Lord to impress more deeply upon us the truth we have received than to ask him to give us more truth; for what we already know might suffice us if we did but know it better; and if we kept in mind the things which we have already heard, we might almost be satisfied even if we heard no more.

Charles H. Spurgeon, on Accountability

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