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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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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 2, 2016

Writer's thoughts

 

 

My Thoughts on . . . . Helping My Brothers in The Battle.

The Battle is real guys! I’m talking about the battle of addiction, and its ever-changing strongholds on men all over the world, especially the Men of God. I know it’s real because it had a hold on me, and almost took me out, marriage, family and life! But I’m grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ that He had a different plan for my life, and He brought me out of that battle. This battle I’m talking about, the sinful and addictive lifestyles of immoral behaviors, sinful living, integrity issues. Now you know what I’m talking about? Sexual Addiction! Yes, it’s a killer, and it has only one purpose, and that’s to get you, man and woman, hooked for life and serving the flesh. I came out of that because I made a conscious decision to trust God and His grace brought me out. But what about those brothers who are still in the battle, struggling daily, wanting and desiring to come out just like I did? Do I turn my back on them and just be thankful I got out? No Way!! When God brought me out of that battle, God touched my heart, transformed my mind, and commissioned me to help those who are still in the battle and give them what He gave me. Give them truth, share with them the process by which I brought you out and lead them unto victory as I have led you the Lord told me. It didn’t happen over night or in a few months. It’s happening daily, one day at a time. I have vowed to the Lord that I will spend the rest of life, as He gives me life, to help lead, guide and co-labor with hurting men who are in the battle who want freedom. I can not, and will not sit back, knowing how God brought me out, and watch men struggle, cry out, and come to the breaking point in their lives and not do something about it. I hurt for them, but I know they can get free from the strongholds of the enemy! I know this because I was set free!

I have been working with men for many years now, helping men become overcomers and winning the battle of sexual addiction, the struggle with integrity issues. It’s hard, and trying, but with God’s help, His Holy Spirit, and the right curriculum of support and guidance, every man can be victorious in their efforts to be set free. It’s a process that requires commitment, diligence and perseverance in all aspects of our being. We have to learn how to involve other men, men who have overcome and are walking in victory daily, in our lives for support and guidance. I have seen the love and grace of God work in so many lives and He continues to bring healing and restoration to their lives, and I am truly grateful to be in a position to help, to give back and bring others to where I am and are going. It’s nothing but the love and grace of God operating fully in our lives. Men are truly finding out who they are in Christ, and that scares the jeebies out of the enemy. But we need to keep helping these brothers in the battle because the fire and intensity is being turned up in life to astronomical levels where it’s harder to leave. But God . . . . He is the way out! We have friends, family members we know who are struggling in these areas, and we need to let them know that there is a way out. But we have to get out, have daily victory and consistently walk in that, then point them in the direction of help and support.

Just some thoughts from a brother who is an overcomer, whom God has transformed and renewed his mind to think on the things of God and allow His guidance and leadership to exhibit the Christ-like characteristics of victory in his life on a daily basis. I’m thankful, and I’m grateful for His healing power in my life. And I want to help other receive the same so that they too, can walk in freedom, daily! Just saying . . . .

“Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”  –   2   CORINTHIANS   10:1-6 

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 16, 2015

Writer's thoughts

 

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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Don’t Allow Sin to Overwhelm You With No Way Out

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 4, 2014

The Cross
Sin.
Here is the one thing in life that changed, influenced and ensnared so many of us throughout the course of history that caused so much turmoil it has created since Adam and Eve. Yes, everyone knows the story of Adam and Eve, how she was tempted, deceived, and how she deceived Adam, and the rest of the story is history. It seems like sin is only recognized for that specific incident, then is silently tucked back into the archives of Biblical understanding. As life continues, we are seldom reminded of that story but it’s impact on human life goes on without really discovering it’s intent and purpose. We treat sin like it’s just a phase we go through, our parents just slap us on the hand and tell us not to do it again and it’s over. Or we do something that was not ethical, taint our integrity and character with dishonesty, then those who are with us suggests we acknowledge our indiscretions, apologize and move on, never really getting to the root issue as to why we’ve done what we did. When we look at sin from that perspective it’s no wonder why we continue therein. We think as long as there are no consequences, I mean “real” consequences, we can keep doing what we’re doing until it becomes too much or unbearable, then make a decision to stop. In other words, we “think” or “believe” we have sin under control. And those of us who have been under the influence of sin know better, we cannot or will never be able to control sin no matter how convinced we are of that notion.
Sin has many identities and it disguises itself in so many forms that we can never know who or what it is until it’s too late. Sin works through people behind false promises. Sin perpetrates intentions by creating a life or perspective of promised happiness, riches and accommodating lifestyles. And we’ve all been victims of sin, some of us still are overwhelmed by it’s deceiving suggestions of trusting in self and not in anything or anyone else. We believed the lie, and many of us have become ensnared by sin, allowing sin numerous strongholds on every area of our lives. Sin has become so overwhelming that we appear in such a deep hole that it looks like there can be no way out. But the interesting thing about this is we don’t even realize it until we actually see ourselves struggling where we can’t get ourselves out of our mess. Why? Because we thought we had our sin under control when in all intent and purposes it had us under control.
Drowning in sin
Our sin can overtake us to the point where we’re looking up at it, never realizing that we’re drowning. Sin gives us that false sense of security that everything will be alright. Again, we’ll believe the lie if it means continuing in the self-serving gratification of the flesh. God’s Word talks about the indwelling sin in our lives on numerous occasions, and we still act like we can control sin because “we’re not as bad as the next guy” mentality reigns in our thoughts. And sin does not play favorites or is partial to certain entities. Sin will dominate anyone and anywhere it is given place or authority. What we should do is live in the Spirit of God, forsaking the flesh and turning to God for all matters of need and provision. Living our lives in the Spirit will assure us of holy, righteous relationship if we remain obedient to the utterance of the Holy Spirit. Read what God’s Word says about the flesh and living in the Spirit . . . .

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” – Romans 1:1-8

If you’re trying to live a righteous and holy life through Christ and appear to be stumbling, or even struggling because you know you have sin in your life and think you have it under control, stop and realize that it’s a lie from the enemy and from the pit of hell. Sin will reveal it’s ugly head in your demise after it has done what it had intended to do in you and through from the beginning when you least expect it. According to John 10:10, our enemy (sin) comes to steal, kill and destroy. If we are not spiritually prepared, suited up in our armor of God(Ephesians 6) and ready for battle, that’s exactly what he will do because we chose not to equip ourselves for battle. We will have no one to blame but ourselves.
So how are you dealing with the sin in your life? Everybody has sin (Romans 3:23) and we all must face and deal with it at some point in our daily lives. Are you reaching out to God, Jesus Christ, for guidance, for protection by His Spirit to equip you to stand against the wiles of the enemy? It’s never too late. Stop believing the lie the enemy has been telling you, make a stand for righteousness, resist the devil and he will flee from you. I’m praying and believing that you will, in Jesus’ Name!

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Conversion Involves Eradication of Old

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 31, 2014

New Man
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.
Transformation
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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