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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 4, 2017

YOUR APPROVAL GOD IS ALL I NEED! Image result for wrapped in Christ's Word

As a child of the King of lords and Lord of lords, I desire to know as much about my Savior Jesus Christ as possible. To me, that means I should want to make time in my daily schedule to mediate in and on His Word, and spend reading the Bible and allowing His Word to saturate itself in my spirit-man so that I am well aware of who my Savior is. It’s not about absorbing knowledge or the consumption of. It’s about relationship with the Father who is in Heaven. I want His Word in me so that when others see me they will see Him first before they come to know me. I desire to be equipped spiritually to provide wisdom and understanding to those who seek the same. But I truly desire to be genuine and sincere in all that I do as a child of God. I don’t want to mislead people others into believing or thinking that my relationship with the Father is not real, not concrete or not legitimate. I know who I am in Him because His Word clearly declares that, and I believe it with all my heart. But I also understand that in order to be an effective witness I must live in that light and submit myself to His guidance in all things and in all areas of my life. Enough said. Let me continue to do this as He gives me life.

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 11, 2017

 

.  .  .  TO HELP ME GLORIFY YOU WITH THE GIFTS YOU’VE GIVEN ME.

Today, Heavenly Father God, help me lift up and glorify your name with all that you’ve blessed me with; You have given me talents, gifts, wisdom and understanding along with discernment-show O God how to use them affectively to draw others to you. Help me not be caught up in building up myself but edifying others so that they might know your Word, that they might come to relationship with you Father God and experience your love, grace and mercy like I have come to know you and even more so. Strengthen my desire to serve with gladness and a cheerful heart Lord God, that I might show myself diligent in drawing others to the kingdom of your light O God.

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”  –  Romans  12:3-8 

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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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WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION ON RECOVERY?

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 5, 2017

My Question is . . . .

 

“My husband is currently in recovery working out some addictive behaviors we’ve discovered recently. I hate him for what he has done to me and our children. But I’m struggling with how do I, and how can I deal with this because I’m wondering if I did anything to bring this on. Is there help for me in understanding this?     

This is a great question and I hope there are wives reading this question because this is where so many wives are. First of all, THIS NOT IS YOUR FAULT! You didn’t cause those behaviors to happen. There was nothing you did or could’ve done to make or encourage your husband to do what he did. The reason for that is it was a choice to do what he did. Chances are your husband probably brought those behaviors into the marriage. He probably was struggling with them before he met you, and he thought either marriage or an active “sexual relationship” with you would make them go away. Knowing this now, I would encourage you to begin to seek out some mature women whom you respect and talk to them about what you have experienced with this. I will add that those mature women ought to be God-fearing women who have been through some things, maybe even what you’ve experienced, so that you could relate to their struggles and what they did to bring some understanding to their situations. Then I would suggest that you look for and seek out a strong women’s support group that ministers, supports and walks alongside you in this experience. It’s one thing to talk and share about your experiences, but after the talking is done you still need that offline support when you have to begin to move forward and face the reality of what has happened because the problem is still there. It’s not going to go away because  you still have to face what has been done until you get some understanding, as well as healing for yourself. You’re angry, hurt, betrayed, and you never saw this coming. Yes, your husband is getting the help he needs in a good support group but with you being the victim in this, you need support and encouragement to help you process it and how you need to move forward in your life and your marriage. I do want to encourage you to pray for your husband as he continues to get the help he needs. As you begin to receive your encouragement, understanding about this issue, I believe God will minister to your heart and bring that understanding as well as wisdom. It’s so easy for a wife to take to open door and say “I’m out” or “I’m done” because she would be responding out of anger. That would be the wrong thing to do. But getting some wisdom and support, and really looking at the real root of the problem together with your husband will help both of you bring the understanding to this problem, and getting the right help will help bring some resolution. It’s not going to happen over night, but when you make that decision, that choice to move in this direction it’s not going make a huge difference in your marriage, your life but also in your legacy as well.

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WHAT’S YOUR QUESTION TODAY?

Posted by Men of Redemption on May 29, 2017

MY QUESTION IS . . . .

How long is long enough to remain with a support group? I’ve been attending this one group faithfully for the last nine months and I’ve seen good progress in my life. I’ve asked my group leader how long I should stay in the group but he hasn’t given me a clear answer and I don’t want to stay in the group forever. So how long should I remain in the group if my progression shows I’m doing well?

This is one of the most consistent questions that is asked from every man going into support group setting. Even before they put their hands on the curriculum they’re going to use, even before they attend their first group meeting. And believe me, this is something every group leader knows and expects from first time arrivals to their groups. I try to share with the guys that this should not be a question that hovers at the front of their minds. You see, your emphasis is already on the end when you haven’t even began the group. We want that energy, that focus to be centered and enforced at the beginning of your journey to recovery. It’s not about how long should you stay, it’s about what are getting out of the group, it’s curriculum and it’s accountability efforts that making a difference in your life. Your group should be impacting your life on extreme levels so that your life is changing, transforming and evolving into the creative design that God created you to be. If the group has influenced your perspective on life, helped you identify who you are in Christ, and you are walking in healing daily and consistently, chances are that leaving or concerns about leaving won’t be at the forefront of your mind or heart. If God has, and is doing what you’ve been praying for, you’ll not want to concern yourself about leaving but what and how you can invite another brother to come and receive what you have received. When you have received and are walking in your healing, I’ve known guys to not want to leave but stay and help the group, become a part of the leadership team, or even take the program they’ve just completed to their church and start a group there. So it depends on what you’re expecting to achieve when you complete the curriculum. Even more importantly, it’s about what God is saying to you or speaking to you about and what He wants you to do when you complete the program. Don’t base your success on how well you think or believe you’re doing but what is God saying to you and what He wants you to do. God has purpose for each and every one of us, and His thoughts and ways are far above ours(Isaiah 55:8), so finished the program or curriculum, and while you’re doing that continue to pray and ask God what it is that He wants you to do when you’ve completed it. You might be surprised at the answer. I surely was!!

 

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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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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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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 18, 2017

GUIDE MY ATTITUDE AND MOTIVES TO GLORIFY YOU GOD AND NOT MYSELF

 

Today, I place myself under the authority and guidance of you Heavenly Father to lead me in seeking you with my whole heart, mind, body and spirit; I need your mercy and grace to keep me focused on you, your Word, with true and honest intentions. Holy Spirit, instruct me on how to seek the Father without centering on myself but others and the kingdom of God; give me the right attitude and motive to live in harmony with others so I might not seek an advantage or take form others what is not mine. I will trust and depend upon you O God to deliver me from my selfish desires and focus on what you want me to do this day, to glorify you in all I do. Help me to seek wisdom and instruction in your Word that I might learn what it means to have the right mindset, to trust you totally, and move forward with power, victory and authority in Jesus’ Name! So Father God, I will trust in you to do as you will in and for my life this day moving forward no matter what I face; You are my Savior, my Lord, and I will follow you.

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 13, 2017

STRENGTHEN ME TO SHOW LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY TO OTHERS

 

On this day Lord God, teach me to show love to others as you have shown your love to me; allow the comfort of knowing the Father’s love on a personal and intimate level resonate in the lives I encounter as this unfolds. Let your lovingkindness engraft the hearts of those who have been hurt by abandonment; let those who have been abused emotionally who refuse to love and be loved again know that being in the arms of a loving God will wash away those feelings, those hurts; let them see in me your love in how I love others, how I love my family and how I love you Father God. I’m trusting you Lord God to use me in helping make a difference in those I work with, those that laugh and cry with, and those that I celebrate with. Strengthen O God to be the exception, to stand out and not conform to love of this world but stand for righteousness and love of my Holy Father because you are love, and you are good.

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  –  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Read Your Word This Morning? (Trying To Live A Holy Life)

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 6, 2017

HOW ARE YOU LIVING BEFORE THE FATHER?

 

As a child of God, do you find it difficult to live a life acceptable to God? Many Christians do, and the surprising thing about it is that living the Christian life isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I finding out that the problem isn’t primarily the life itself-the problem is God’s chosen people placing themselves under His authority and allowing Him to reign in our lives which includes dying to self, and giving God complete control over all that we do. That would include our thinking, our desires, our hearts, everything! The problem: not very many Christians understand this is what God requires of us if we have chosen to be His children. Just like those of us who have children, they must adhere to our authority and governing of their lives so that they may mature in the leading and guiding of righteousness as we as parents follow Christ. It starts with us, giving up our purpose and surrendering ourselves to God for His purposes. God then leads and guides us into living holy and righteous lives by following and doing His Word. He changes our thinking process from self-dependence to depending upon Him. He changes our hearts from selfish and agenda-motive focus to loving others as we love ourselves. God is about molding and shaping His greatest creation into the very image of His Son, Jesus Christ. So when we choose to live a holy and acceptable life according to God’s Word, we don’t live according to worldly standards, or according to the wisdom and knowledge of what we learned from the systems of this world. We should want to please our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by being obedient to His Word, doing what His Word instructs us to do, and trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us and bring us into all truth and understanding. Our lives will display the characteristics of a Christ-center life that genuinely loves and cares for people. Our thoughts become compassionate towards helping and caring for others as Christ did. And if we need guidance from God’s Word to know what some of those characteristics are,  just go to His Word . . . .

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”  –  Philippians 4:8-9

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