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    LIVING IN GOD’S LOVE, LIGHT, AND WISDOM  FROM THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS 5: 1-21  (The Passion Translation) “Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters. And continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ, for he surrendered his life as […]

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    GODLY CHARACTER OF JESUS’ SERVANTS  FROM THE BOOK OF 1 THESSALONIANS 2: 1-12  (The Passion Translation) “My dear brothers and sisters, it’s obvious that our ministry among you has proven to be fruitful. And though we had already suffered greatly in Philippi, where we were shamefully mistreated, we were emboldened by faith in our God to […]

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    INSTRUCTIONS TO THE SINGLE AND WIDOWED  FROM THE BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS 7: 25-38  (The Passion Translation)  “Now let me address the issue of singleness. I must confess, I have no command to give you that comes directly from the Lord. But let me share my thoughts on the matter, as coming from one who […]

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    FROM SLAVERY TO SONSHIP  FROM THE BOOK OF GALATIANS 4: 1-11  (The Passion Translation) “In a similar way, God has promised our ancestors something better, but as long as an heir is a minor, he’s not really much different than a servant, although he’s the master over all of them. For until the time appointed […]

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    THE FAITH-REST LIFE FROM THE BOOK OF HEBREWS 4: 1-13  (The Passion Translation) “Now God has offered to us the same promise of entering into his realm of resting in confident faith. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. […]

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REGAINING TRUST WHILE IN RECOVERY

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 13, 2020

Regaining Trust After Infidelity | Marriage.comTRUST WILL COME WITH CONSISTENCY AND COMMITMENT – IN TIME

As we continue to focus on our recovery efforts, we still should keep our intentions on being as consistent as possible, along with staying committed to the process. If you’re in a Pure Desire 7-Pillars support group, that process will take us anywhere from 3-5 years to get to a place in our lives where we can maintain a consistent style of living in purity, wholeness, and holiness. I know some guys who have attended our Pure Desire group in the pass enter our group with the expectation of completing the workbook in six months, have a little accountability, and think they’re healed from their addictive behaviors. There is no truth to that statement at all, nothing but a lie from the enemy of our soul. We have to commit ourselves to the process, staying focused, and intentionally on the task in completing all three components of Group Dynamics (Faster Scale/Commitment to Change/Homework). When our wives see the consistency and commitment in our recovery efforts, it gives her understanding that she can see trust down the road, the light at the end of the tunnel. It won’t automatically return, but progression and moving forward is always a good indicator that we men in recovery are doing the right thing. Staying the course, never giving up no matter how strong the struggle becomes, as long as we continue to remain focused, be consistent, and stay committed to the process, the trust will gradually find its way back.

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ACCOUNTABILITY AND COVID-19: IS IT POSSIBLE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES? IT SURE IS.

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 10, 2020

 

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Let me get the facts straight as to what I have to be in compliance with says our Federal Government:

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Now include the no physical contact, no gathering of more than 5-10 people at any given time and that means not going to church or Bible Study. That also means for those of us who are in support groups and have been for years, no more meetings in person as a group until further notice! WOW!! I mean, I get it, being a pandemic and the life-threatening situations that can result in life or death, I get it! No argument or discussion here! But what do you tell a guy or woman who has permanently installed accountability into their recovery efforts, and it is the one constant thing that is working for them and has worked for them for years, that we cannot meet any more for a while due to COVID-19? Well, I’m one of those guys in recovery and I have to face this and understand what is being demanded of me. It’s a life or death question with really a sensible response. But my question is: Can accountability still work during these times of worldwide crisis? Yes, it can.

I have the ground rules as far as no physical contact, 6 feet apart from one another, and no gatherings are the components to curving this virus. Now, in my recovery, that’s exactly the opposite of my structure. What will I do now! First of all, I will comply and follow all mandated rules per local, state, and federal government statutes. Next, I will look into opportunities and find ways to continue my group meetings, remain in constant contact with my group members and follow all the protocol that I have set up for myself without going against the grain. I have done that and here’s what it looks like.

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When the government handed started handing down the required mandates regarding gatherings and its limits, we looked into getting our groups to do an online forum, which basically is the same thing except for meeting in person. There were a number of options out there for us to choose from, from teleconferencing to flat out online face-to-face meetings via streaming options. We are able to see one another and take accountability as we see one another o0n our computer screens. We are also able to communicate our daily accounts of our actions, activities, and voice our concerns during this transitional period. This has, in some respects, brought about a new dimension of accountability and recovery group protocol to the recovery side of the support, and has given both men and women a more confident and transparent confession when it comes to being real with their group members. We still do our homework and go over our lessons online within the group online setting so nothing really changes but the physical presence of us being together.

Still Able to Make My Calls 

Despite the no meeting together mandate, I am still able to make my required phones without changing or modifying their intentions. I am required to make anywhere from 3-5 calls per week to my group members and I have been doing that without interruption. That part of my recovery has not changed at all. In fact, they are going so well, that I encouraged myself to increase my calls and sharing past the minimum and exceed expectations. This shows that accountability has not and will not be interrupted by any mandates because it doesn’t affect the communication lines of recovery.

I’m Able to Send Out and Receive Any Group Information 

Whether I’m on the run or busy doing something, I can receive information regarding group changes, announcements, or requested information via email or instant messaging. The internet is a valuable source of communication for online group support when transmitting valuable or pertinent info when needed. I don’t have to wait until our next meeting or when I see my group leader. The accountability in this effort helps keep all of us aware as to what’s happening in and about our group and lets everyone know what really going on without the secrets and hiding to shed accountability efforts.

I Can Catch Church Services and Bible Studies Online for Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Online Church Services - Northwestern Illinois District Church of ...Part of my recovery was to attend my local church and stay connected to that for spiritual growth and enrichment. Even though we cannot meet, our church has streamed all of its services, including those ministries that happen during the week, online for all of us to watch and still receive just as if we were there. The information, teaching, and wisdom that continues to go forth are very tangible and informative for all of us to receive and apply to our lives, marriages, and relationships. I can interact at home in worship with my church family and participate with the service with songs and the reading of the Word of God. I can even participate in giving online, staying committed to desire to tithe as God’s Word asks of me.

So accountability can and will continue to go forth no matter what happens in life or interrupts us in what we’re doing. I know life happens, and it brings all of its challenges for us to face. I also know that every challenge is a choice, and how we choose to deal with it, to obey the requirements to sustain us through it all or do our own thing and face the consequences. Either way, accountability can still be as effective, if not more effective despite any change in any circumstance.

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” 

ISAIAH 54:17

 

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WORDS OF WISDOM

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 9, 2020

GOD CALLS MOSES WITH SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS 3:1-15 

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover, He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.”

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 8, 2020

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

FROM THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS 2:6-15  (The Passion Translation) 

“In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him! Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you in their attempt to lead you away from Christ’s fullness by pretending to be full of wisdom when they’re filled with endless arguments of human logic. For they operate with humanistic and clouded judgments based on the mindset of this world system, and not the anointed truths of the Anointed One. For he is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe! Through our union with him, we have experienced circumcision of the heart. All of the guilt and power of sin has been cut away and is now extinct because of what Christ, the Anointed One, has accomplished for us. For we’ve been buried with him into his death. Our “baptism into death” also means we were raised with him when we believed in God’s resurrection power, the power that raised him from death’s realm. This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we’ve been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins! He canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained soul—he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation. Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!”

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 1, 2020

DIFFICULT TIMES WILL COME 

FROM THE BOOK OF 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-17  (NASB) 

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

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A WRITER’S THOUGHTS . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 30, 2020

REFLECTING ON MY FIRST ARTICLE . . . . WHAT IS GOD LOOKING FOR IN ME? 

I was sitting at my computer just waiting to hear from God, what He wants me to write about, a good topic that would speak to our readers and bring hope and understanding to some questions, concerns or thoughts they may have. Then God led me to go back into my archives and look at some older articles I’ve written over the years and I saw one that spoke out to me and at me. This was the very first article I published on this site back in 2010. I didn’t look at where I was then or my writing skills, or even my perspective back then. What I asked myself was this: Am I a better person, a stronger man of God, and have I made an impact in helping those I purposed to began this blog by reaching those who desire support and understanding in their struggles for freedom and hope from Sexual Addictive behaviors?

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I’ve oftentimes wondered what God really looks for in a man. I’ve heard it said many, many times: “God is looking for a man that loves Him” and “God wants a man that is willing to do whatever He asks.” Both of those statements hold a lot of truth to them, but God truly has some specific requests of man to identify within his existence here on Earth.

As I was growing up in the church being involved in Sunday School, the Usher Board, Young Adult Bible Study, I saw a lot of men I thought were good role models in our church. I knew who they were. I knew their kids because we played together. But I always wondered, what does a real man of God look like and how does he act when it comes to the things of God?
My dad was a Pastor for several years but not until later in my young adult life. He was a good man when it came to getting things done at home like cleaning up, repairing things, and starting new projects like gardens (ugh!). Hated garden season! But when it came to the things of God I didn’t see what I was looking for. I was looking for some type of leadership by example so that I could follow after. I had a desire to be mentored. I never got that while growing up. So instead, I was drawn to someone else, my uncle, my dad’s brother, and there, began a rearing that influenced my young adult life with years of addictive behavior issues that I am still fighting against to this day. Praise God I have found some help and healing, and God is restoring relationships and redefining my purpose in life.

Of all the things that I was looking for, I discovered that God is looking for righteousness in every man. The Bible says that “The Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.” (Psalm 11:7) God is looking for a willing heart, a man who will do what He desires. How can I, a man who has done so many things that have brought shame, guilt, and despair to his family, to others, and to God Himself, and expect God to still desire to find righteousness in me? In me? I seriously doubted it for years. But because of His death on the Cross; because He shed His blood for me; and because He rose from the dead for me, I now have that chance to live in righteousness, having been redeemed, and to live that abundant life He promised to me at His Resurrection!
God cleansed me from my sinful lifestyle and continues to mold and shape me in my miry clay. He took all that insecurity, all that passivity, lack of self-confidence, lack of self-control and self-esteem, and turned into strengths and victory in everything I’m doing in life! I seek after righteousness daily because I want to glorify my Father, Jesus Christ, with my life.
I have learned and still learning, to put my trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-7) and depend upon Him only for everything I need in this life and beyond. God knows the way for the righteous (Psalm 1:6) and He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).

So what does God look for? He looks for righteousness throughout the earth, seeking someone, anyone who is willing, who thirsts after righteousness and desires to follow Him as he denies himself. I try daily to deny myself and depend upon God for everything in my life. God blesses those who desire righteousness. It is a lifestyle, a commitment to change by His Spirit. Let’s stop looking for the approval of man and seek the approval of God. Because if we seek God’s approval, we will find favor with Him and man as well.
Remember . . . “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

I remember this article as if I wrote it yesterday preparing it for publishing as I do with all of my articles to this day. That was over 10 years ago, and I’m so thankful and grateful for the Lord’s Hand in leading, directing and guiding me in this opportunity. I love writing, putting my heart and passions in print. My purpose is not to bring glory and notoriety to myself but through my overcoming of what I struggled with for years regarding addictive behaviors and sexual integrity issues, that someone would find the hope and the peace that I’ve found through allowing and trusting the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ, to resurrect my life from that lifestyle and be changed, transformed, and renewed by His Word, the Holy Spirit, and His love that He faithfully shows me every day he gives me life.

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TODAY, I WILL TRUST GOD TO . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 25, 2020

Image result for trusting godHELP MY LACK OF TRUST AND  UNDERSTANDING IN YOUR PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE 

“Lord God, I realize I’m not where I should be and a long way from where I desire to be. I trust you Father God but there seem to be times where my trust fails in following through in trusting you completely. I’m so easily influenced by the outside world around me, seeing the tragedies and turmoil that are before me. The choices and decisions that people are making scare me but I want to get back to the place in you where I know I can trust you through it all. I know for myself that I sometimes look to my own understanding and try to decipher what is right and is best for me but the majority of the time it appears that my decisions are inaccurate or just not enough. I know getting back to you, and learning to trust you will provide the guidance and security I need and what I’m looking for. 

“Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now, I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’ “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. “And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.’” 

2 CHRONICLES 7:12-22

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 17, 2020

THE RENEWAL OF ISRAEL 

FROM THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL 36:16-38 (NKJV)

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me, their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.” ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.””

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TODAY, I WILL TRUST THE LORD . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 16, 2020

FOR GUIDANCE AND INSTRUCTION IN AND OVER MY LIFE

Lord God, I try to live my life according to your purpose and plan, but there are times of uncertainty and understanding. The challenges I face daily can cause me to doubt, even trusting in my own instincts and end up realizing that those choices were not what you had planned for me. I pray that I seek you and your wisdom in all that I do but sometimes I get distracted by everyday life and the influences that surround me. I need your help, your guidance, and your protection over my mind and heart that I depend on you totally without second-guessing myself not being directed by the Holy Spirit. I need you to lead me onward and always Lord 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. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You, I will worship toward Your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You. But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord will bless the righteous; With favor, You will surround him as with a shield.” 

PSALM 5:1-12

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MY QUESTION ABOUT RECOVERY IS . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 3, 2018

MY QUESTION IS . . . . 

In one of my lessons it talks about Self Care, and where I’m at in my life I’m out of shape and don’t have the energy to work out or join a gym. So how do I manage Self Care as an older mature man? 

Good question. Please don’t get the wrong impression about Self Care meaning that you have gone and join a gym, participate in some vigorous workout regiment. Not the idea at all. Self Care involves taking a sincere, in-depth observation of how you’re taking care of yourself on all levels. That includes, but not limited to: eating, hygiene, grooming, exercise, medical check-ups, vision care, enjoyment, friends and crafts. These are areas that many men in recovery have neglected while we were in our “mess” and it shows while we’re trying to do the right thing now in recovery. Our addictive behaviors have overwhelmed us with desires that influenced us to overlook these vital areas, personable as they are, and we never take the time to re-aquaint ourselves with the things that we should be doing for ourselves that we grew up doing. So basically, we want to return to what’s really important to us as men because we’ll need to improve ourselves when those opportunities arrive such as a new job, new relationship, or new perspectives in direction and purpose with and from the Lord. So don’t get caught up in thinking or believing it’s about working out, it’s more than that my friend, surely I promise you that!

“But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

1 Timothy 4:7-10 

 

 

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