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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 10, 2017

 

 

.  .  .  TO HELP ME BECOME LIFE GIVING BY THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK.

For this day, Lord God, I pray and ask that you heavenly Father strengthen me to speak with the wisdom and grace of your Word so that others will see You O God in me and not myself; that encouragement and edification would be received and understood by those whom I speak them to. Instill in me Lord God, a peaceful and contrite spirit, where love, joy, longsuffering and kindness rests upon the walls of my heart; Teach Heavenly Father how to know humility, to love one another as you have loved and continue to love me. Let your peace reign within me that what comes out of me will bring hope and lead them to you O God.

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.”  –  Proverbs 18:4

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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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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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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 17, 2017

WE KNOW GOD BY KEEPING HIS WORD, DOING WHAT HE SAYS.

 

Okay men and women of God, let’s get real now. As people of the Most High God, the Lord Jesus Christ, we know that God’s Word is our road map of life. The Word of God is filled with promises, instruction and guidelines that will fulfill our lives with purpose, intentionality and abundance. But our Heavenly Father does require His children to know Him, and that comes by getting into His Word and knowing Him intimately, and doing what the Word of God says. We all know that there are so many so-called “Christians” that claim they know the Father but their lives show us different. We don’t see the change, the transformation of heart and the renewing of the mind that comes when we finally understand what a relationship with God means and does. We will do what His Word instructs us to do. We become obedient to His will, desiring to please Him, to live in such a manner that see our hearts and knows we have Him in our hearts and lives. We are doing what His Word tells us and instructs us to do, hands down! But we cannot keep talking about knowing the Father if our live don’t demonstrate it. Normally, the way we lead our lives on a daily basis reveal who we follow, who and what our faith is in. So what do we have to do to make sure we’re doing what we ought to be doing? First, take a long look in the mirror and ask ourselves . . . “Am I really doing what God Word tells me to do? Am I understanding what it is that God desires of me and from me? What am I doing that’s keeping me from doing and following His Word?” I strongly believe when we can honestly answer these questions we will make a conscious decision and start doing the right thing when it comes to adhering to God Word. No, we won’t do or consume everything but we ought to start and trust God in teaching and guiding us by His Holy Spirit because He left the Holy Spirit here for that specific purpose-to lead and guide us, and to bring all things to remembrance that He has taught us. So what are we waiting on? If you’re not doing what the Word tells you to do then His Word says we really don’t know Him. Start knowing Him today by beginning to read His Word and start doing what His Word says.

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

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 17, 2017

START YOUR DAY OFF WITH GOD’S WORD!

Today’s Reading:

1 John 2:3-11 . . . .

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

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Today, I Will Trust God to . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 14, 2017

HELP ME TO DO WHAT I READ IN YOUR WORD AND LIVE IT OUT LOUD

 

This day, I pray O God that you help me understand your Word as you speak it to my heart; that I have a listening ear and receive your instruction with gladness. Now Father God, bring understanding that I might do your will in the earth by obedience and submission to your desires and purpose; that my life would be a walking epistle for others to read as I am living your Word out loud with my walk, my hands, my feet, my speech; so that you O God will be exalted in the earth  because of your mighty works! Strengthen my desire to walk worthy, to stand for righteousness and holiness as your Holy Spirit leads and guides me; Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O God! Let the fear of your presence be before me as I stand in awe of you Lord God. You desire obedience more than sacrifice so I commit myself to absorbing your Word daily to experience your grace, your grace and your mercy.

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”  –  Luke  6:46-49

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Read Your Word This Morning? The Tongue is a Dangerous Member of the Body!

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 10, 2017

read-your-wordLike Momma Said . . . “Watch Yo’ Mouth”

 

I know many of you have heard your mother say this time and time again so I’m not preaching to the choir. Growing up, no matter where you lived, we all have said things that we shouldn’t have said but they came out anyway. We were young and immature so that was our temporary “free pass” until we got old enough to know the difference. Now, as young and mature adults, we oftentimes hear the same thing, except it’s coming from our spouses and others not our mothers. But why are we still saying the things we are saying? Don’t we understand that our words can bring or speak life and/or death over those we speak them to. I’m reading in God’s Word in the Book of James where he talks about how dangerous the tongue (Chapter 3), the words that we speak can be so very dangerous. Where did we get such vocabulary? Was it our home life and the way we were brought up? Was it the way our parents spoke in our home? Was it our environment we grew up in? Or was it how people related to one another no matter where we were-at work, at school, in the military, or at church? I know that last one caught some of you off guard but it’s so true. Some of the most critical people I’ve ever been around belong in the church because in all actuality they are probably still hurting from the wounds they have suffered by the way people have spoken into and over their lives. Real talk ya’ll! If we really took some time out and heard some of the things we say on a daily basis, we’d discover and ask ourselves . . . “Did I actually say that? . . . Why would I say something like that? . . . I didn’t mean to say that to him or her!” Yep, that’s about right! But it’s not so much as to why I said what I said, whether we meant or not, it’s about what’s inside of you that made you say what you said. Oftentimes we get caught up saying so much and talking about nothing. We do it so often that we don’t even realize it. Then when someone says something to us that may offend us then we go right into verbal assault mode, and continue on until someone says something that cut’s you like a knife. When does it stop? Where does it end? I believe we should stop and take a serious look at what’s in our hearts. Just like a tree that yields good fruit, it’s connected by its roots into good soil to produce good fruit. Likewise, if we are not connected to solid foundation we will welcome anything and everything to come in and shape our character, our thoughts and mindset. It’s not like we wake up every morning and decide how we are going to verbally assault someone. God says in His Word exactly why our tongue can be out of control, and I’ll leave it right here from His Word . . . .

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   –  Matthew 12:34-37

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . . The True Vine and Staying Connected

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 7, 2017

Writer's thoughtsABIDING IS THE KEY TO STAYING CONNECTED TO THE VINEDRESSER

I am an admirer of the beauty that I see all around me in life-the skies and the cloud coordination of how they stay together; the different colors of flowers and bird life; the plants for food that provide us with nourishment and healthy living. For some specific reason or reasons these are sustainable because of one common purpose, I believe, and that is they are and remain connected to their vine. I see the clouds as they form within the circumference of the atmosphere, displaying various shapes and sizes that give us humans something to ponder as to what is God showing us as they congregate together. They are connected to something. Then I look at the plants and bird life, how each accommodates one another by feeding and nurturing, bringing life because of what they have to offer one another. They are connected to something I know. But then I look at life as a human being, what it is that we do and what our intended purpose is and I see so much in the potential we have for one another and even for ourselves. The interesting thing though is seeing all this great potential and not seeing the consistency of that potential, I’m wondering, what are we connected to? What makes us so special out of all that God has created that we are His prized creation? I’d like to think that we are connected with our creator, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself by His Holy Spirit, but sometimes that’s hard to see with all the hypocrisy that is in our lives. No, I’m not casting stones or making myself better than any of you, not at all! What I am saying is that in order for us as human beings, God’s creation and children of the Most High God, Jesus Christ, there has to be something that we are connected to that produces the fruits that display the beauty that is within us, the potential that is embedded in many of us. I strongly believe that connection has to be abiding in the vinedresser, the Lord Jesus Himself. How can we exhibit the traits and characteristics of who we really are if we’re not connected to Him on all levels? We have to abide in Him as He is our vinedresser.

Knowing God on an intimate level makes us and connects us with who He is and what our purpose is through obedience. We reverence the Father, our Creator, and fear His glory, His power, His presence because He is the reason we live, breathe and have our being. Staying connected to God is difficult for a lot of us because once the excitement of salvation has entered our lives we tend to relax and become complacent in this new relationship and that it’s enough to show my allegiance or association. But those that do that don’t realize that this is only the beginning because God has so much more for us. Plant life continues to grow, staying connected to its vine as it produces life and multiplies producing more seed. The clouds seem to multiply daily, never knowing if the clouds we saw yesterday are still there or they have increased in number. Nevertheless, because of their connection to their creator, life is sustained, and the beauty and elegance of our creator is revealed through their connection with Him. Just think if we as human beings, God’s greatest creation, stayed connected to Him, our vinedresser, just think of what God’s unlimited purpose and intention could be in all of lives! We would be a blessings not only to others but to everyone in our sphere of influence. People would see the fruit of our lives and know without a doubt that we are connected to some type of life-giving source where people are blessed, healed and living in His presence. Spending time with our creator is key to staying connected to the vine, as we cannot bear fruit without Him. Making time in our day, that day and time that God Himself created for us so that we will make time for Him is purposeful in itself. Be intentional in making time with the vinedresser, Jesus Christ, and stay connected to Him for all things so that we can be a producer of life as God strengthens us for His purpose and His will.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”  –  John 15:1-8

 

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on February 20, 2017

daily-devotionalGET GOD’S WORD INTO YOUR LIFE TODAY!!

Today’s Reading:

Daniel 1:1-21 . . . .

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.

 

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on December 23, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsGod’s Word is filled with so much power and authority that as I read His Word I see His glory in every story, every situation and I can’t help but be in awe of His righteousness. He is Holy, and there is none like Him. But I ask you this question: Whom do you say God is? It’s easy to say that He is God who is in heaven; He is the one who knows all things and does all things; and He is the Creator of the Universe and Life. Those are all right and true statements, but whom do YOU say He is? When we’re faced with answering that question in the midst of unfamiliar environments, or when we least expect someone who challenges us with such a question unexpectedly. How do you really answer that question and give clear, sound foundational evidence that what you’re preparing to say is going to make the difference in possibly their decision to accept Him or reject Him? That’s why reading His Word daily prepares us and equips us to be ready in season and out of season to answer such questions that challenge or beliefs. One disciple had such a question posed to him and he answered the Lord God, Jesus Christ, with conviction and intentionality (Matt. 16:13-16). Peter knew who Jesus was, and he didn’t have to think about it. How about you? Are you comfortable enough in your relationship with the Lord to make a stand and proclaim in any situation at any time, boldly-Whom do you say that He is? It’s something we ought to think about and prepare for because there will come a time when we may have to stand before authorities and give an answer for our faith. Are you prepared?

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”  –  Matthew 16:13-17

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