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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 7, 2017

 

  TO BE SURROUNDED BY THOSE WHO SPEAK LIFE AND NOT SLANDER OR DECEIT

This day, Father God, I pray that you will help me in placing those around me who will edify me, strengthen me in the things of your Word; those who have your Holy Spirit living and breathing in their lives manifested by what you’re doing in their own lives to share, to offer up wise and loving counsel to my situations. Let them have a heart to offer suggestion with a spirit of kindness and not being critical; that they would be led by your wisdom and guidance; bring them into my life, for I desire your chastening Lord God with true and honorable correction.

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”  –  Proverbs 12:18

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Today, I Will Trust God . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on July 17, 2017

.  .  .  TO LEAD ME UNTO ALL TRUTH AND UNDERSTANDING IN ALL THAT I DO!

Today O God, I ask and pray that you lead me in the righteous ways of your Word; that in all my efforts and endeavors I might please you Lord God with my words, my thoughts, and my actions. Lord God, help me to focus on what is true, what is right in your sight, that I may be led by the Holy Spirit with guidance of truth, justice and righteousness. When you allow me to rise each morning, that you will be the first One on my mind and in my heart Father 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.”  –  Psalm 5: 1-3 

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 16, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4:17-32 . . .

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”      

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 8, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Proverbs 3:1-26 . . . .

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 4, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Psalm 103:1-22 . . . .

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

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RECOVERY TIP FOR THIS WEEK – FOCUS ON THIS!

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 1, 2017

BEING TRANSPARENT – NOBODY CAN BE THE BEST YOU BUT YOU!

How many know who you are? I’m serious!! How many people know exactly who you are? Now that’s a question that many of us take for granted because we automatically assume that everyone in our sphere of influence knows exactly who we are. But in a lot of cases there is some false pretense there and it could be a loaded question .

Well, for one thing, people who “know” us have a good perception of who we are, and it’s due to the fact that they have spent significant time with us in a lot of situations we face daily. They have seen us angry and upset; they have experienced us go through some emotional ups and downs; they have observed us under stress and pressures that bring out the good and the bad in us. Yes, people have seen us at our best and at our worst. But let me ask you this . . . . Do people really “Know” who you are from the inside? Let me go deeper.

How many people in your life know your deepest struggles in life, and I’m talking about temptations, indecision, weaknesses, hurts or trauma from your past, secrets that you’ve never told anyone ever? Some of us may have one or two people in our lives that know maybe one or two of those concerns. That’s good! But I believe everyone ought to know us for who we actually are, and that’s going to take a lot of vulnerability and courage to overcome. I’m not saying to open up our lives to every Tom-Dick & Harry that comes along our journey. What I am saying is that those of us who have struggle with identity, knowing and understanding who we are in this life, we need to begin the process of sharing with those we trust and value as friends and close brothers and begin to share our inter-most feelings with them and let them know what’s going on inside of us. Some of us have issues concerning opening up to others because of what we’ve gone through, the pain and hurt we’ve experience, and we basically feel that it’s none of anybody’s business from the get go. There is some truth to that. But how long will that be kept that up and not address those issues and concerns by getting some help with those issues. As long as we continue to hold on to our pains, our hurts, our shame and our guilt, we’ll never overcome those issues and we’ll be stuck there in life back there. Where is God in all of this? After all, didn’t Jesus Christ die for all of this? Our sins, our pains and hurts, these are the very things that are keeping so many of us from moving forward. I sought out help to get some understanding about who I was, why am I feeling like I do, and how can I get past this. I want people to know me for who I am, and not just what they see. Yeah, we all go through some things in our lives and many of us can’t overcome them because the pain is too much; the hurts are too much bare again. But for those of us who are in recovery, as you begin to learn about transparency and understand that process, and allow God to minister to your hurts and pains, He will heal you of that and you’ll begin to walk in that healing by being you. Nobody can be the best you but you! So if you’re still struggling with not letting who you are shine because of the issues aforementioned, I encourage you to seek out some help and get some understanding and begin to deal with those issues. Moving forward is what we want to do while in recovery. These issues can be barriers and distractions can and will prohibit us from progression ultimately failure in all of our efforts.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2017

WHAT’S INSIDE OF US WILL ULTIMATELY FIND ITS WAY OUT THOUGH OUR MOUTHS: LET’S BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT WE SAY TO ONE ANOTHER

 

Conversations with others, reacting to others, advising others, this is what we do as human beings through communication. It may sound elementary, even idiotic if you see yourself as far more mature than this after reading something like this. You’re probably thinking ” My kids even understand this!” Rightfully so. But think about this for a minute . . . . Do we ever actually stop and realize what’s coming out of mouths when we speak? We’re so in tuned with getting things out, giving orders or instructions, making things clear and concise to those we think or believe my not understand. But do we consider how we say it, the tone of what we say and the posture in which we say it? All of these things have a lot to do with the words that come out of mouths. God’s Word is very specific about how we as children of God ought to speak to one another and the things we say. We all have so much going on and we can be driven by what’s inside of us. It could be anger; it could frustration; it could be hatred. On the other hand it could be disappointment; it could be pain or heartache; it could be hurt of trauma. Either way, whatever is inside of us will eventually manifest itself. Our words, the things we say to one another has tremendous impact on those we communicate with. A lot of times we say things out of the things mentioned previously-pain, hurt, anger, etc.-and they come out negatively onto those who weren’t expecting it or deserve it. Is that fair? Not at all! If something is going on inside of us, we ought to be aware that we shouldn’t take things out on others because of what’s happening inside of us. We can cause considerable damage to unsuspecting friends, family members, our spouses, our co-workers, and how they receive it can alter someone’s day, their thoughts, their hearts towards us, even cause emotional disconnect. No matter what’s going on with us we have to also realize that we can speak kind, considerate words to others and at the same time we speak negatively, cursing and degrading others and this should not be friends. We need some disciplines in our lives so that our words don’t hurt one another no matter what’s going on inside of us. There are things we can do to help us in this struggle because it is for some. What’s going on with the person who uses profanity every other word that comes out of his or mouth? What’s going on with a person who has nothing but negative or disappointing comments or remarks  to everything? A lot is going on with that person. We don’t know their struggles or what it could be, but we can make a difference by watching what we say to others and being considerate of their feelings as to what we say to them. Some are more sensitive to what say than others. Let’s be mindful of our word and what we say or share.

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 21, 2017

IN CHRIST WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN BUT SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

Are you struggling in areas of your life where you just can’t seem to be free from? Or maybe you having to battle the issues of addictive behaviors and have been for quite some time and  just want to be free from that lifestyle? I know I’ve used words that sound like war-battle, struggle, slaves-and I used those words because when you’re dealing with kinds of issues in life that’s exactly what it is, a war! And if for one minute you even think there’s no truth to that statement you’re allowing yourself to be deceived big time! If we look at our lives today, whatever we love the most in life that’s what we are a slave to. If its money, pleasure, material things, sex, whatever, we are a slave to its every desire. It transforms us, it shapes our mindset, and it leads us down a road spiraling out of control which will eventually lead to destruction, even death. We are blinded by the rewards, the “high” of obtaining it through the process it creates. I know what these things will do because I’ve faced those challenges over the course of my brief life and it had led me down that road, almost to the brink of death. But because of God’s Word, as I read and studied how His love and grace has and is saving me daily, I am no longer a slave to that lifestyle but a slave unto holiness and righteousness. Christ died for my sins that I committed by going to the Cross, shedding His blood and raising from the dead so that I might have life eternal with Him and no longer be bound by sin, by those things that had kept me from living a life free of those behaviors that had ensnared me for years. I am a slave to righteousness in Christ now. I no longer desire those things but desire holiness, peace, the comfort of Christ in safety of His loving arms. I no longer desire the things that made me crave pleasure and more of it. Now, I desire to be conformed in the image of Jesus Christ and the entire process that it takes because it involves seeking Him with my whole heart, mind and soul. I get into His Word daily, and trust Him to do in me what He began before the foundations of the earth were formed-and that’s create me, design me and conform me to be like His Son. And being a slave to righteousness brings hope and desire that cannot be attained by human hands, but only by the hands of Almighty God Himself, Jesus Christ. I’m free, living and walking in that freedom today because I chose the only to be set free from what I was going. I’m a slave for righteousness in Jesus Christ, and that, my friends is true freedom!

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 20, 2017

BE HONEST AND TRUE IN ALL THAT YOU ENABLE ME TO DO LORD

Today, I will not lean to my own understanding Lord God but I will trust in you to help be honest and true in all my doing; that you will give me a heart to do what is right in your sight and not my own. For I know that my flesh will try to overrule my intentions and my thoughts, and I know there is no good thing with my flesh being involved; I need the strength and power of your Holy Spirit to direct my conscience, my desires, to be truthful and sincere in everything I put my hands, heart and mind to; Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me that I might not sin against you heavenly Father; Give the right words and encouragement to apply to my own life that I might see your goodness. Let honesty and truth go before me, before I think, before I consider a matter, that wisdom has her way in my heart and flows out of me with love and sincerity that will glorify your name, the Name of Jesus Christ. I want to fear your Name, to know that you are Almighty God, and to know it in my heart, to live in reverence to your name O God; I will trust you Father God to do in me what you desire and only you for your purposes.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 20, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

Acts 5:1-11 . . . .

“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.” Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.”

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