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Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell is an internationally known author, speaker, and authority on Biblical Manhood and Family.


Called to the encouragement and lifting up of men throughout the world Colin is an author of books, teaching CDs and DVD's.


As author of Where Are The Real Men of God? and 21st Century Patriarch DVD studies, Colin often speaks at family retreats  and Men's groups throughout the year also.


Believing God’s plan is "building godly generations" through men and families, he seeks to impart God’s truth to the next generation and their children too.




 

FightGoodFight2Men, just as Israel had to fight with great commitment and determination in order to possess their promised land, even so we have to rise up and fight to take our promised land.

1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” The word “profession” actually means “confession.”

Just in case some may dislike the whole idea of fighting, this Scripture tells us it is a GOOD FIGHT! Some folks are laid back and would rather retreat from the battle. Others just love to get into the midst of the fight; they can’t help themselves.

However, not all fighting is good. If the fight has no spiritual value it is better for us to stay out of it and not get involved. Those who are always wanting to fight it out with someone would be better to spend time and energy fighting the GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH against the devil, instead of people.

Every Christian must get the revelation that we have all been called to fight. If we don’t stand up and fight the devil will win and cheat us out of our land of many promises. We must fight to maintain our confession of truth. All the promises of God hold within them “eternal life,” the abundant life, the dynamic spiritual life that we are to lay hold of (Ephesians 6:12).

Eternal life is not only futuristic or only for when we get to heaven. No, a thousand times no. This attitude tends to complacency. “Laying hold” in this context means “to seize and hold ground from the enemy.” The enemy does not have the power and authority to stop us from possessing and laying hold any promise from God, but he tries to trick us, deceive us, and resist us in every way possible. We must not let him cheat us. We must not allow him to fool us any longer, for greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

We have been called to fight. We will arise and fight. We will lay hold, grasp, snatch, and seize every square inch of the promises He has bequeathed to us by our inheritance in Christ.

Men, we need to ask ourselves: what promises are we fighting to lay hold of and possess today? Giving mental assent to truth is not good enough for it does not require much fighting We must get into the action of believing in our hearts and CONFESSING WITH OUR MOUTHS (Romans 10:9, 10). Only then will we possess ground.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WePossessIsrael has always been the Promised Land ever since God promised it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 15;13-21; 26:3; and 29:13). God divinely mandated the land to them in 1913 BC. However, they did not begin to possess it until 1451 BC., under the leadership of Joshua, whose name means the same as Jesus (Savior). The land of promise had to be conquered.

The Bible records the many great and famous battles they had to fight in order to take all the mountains and hills, valleys and plains. The children of Israel had to fight against giants and powerfully fenced cities with high walls. They could only win these battles and take every square inch of this land by absolute dependence upon God. They fought these battles with the direction, strength, and strategies provided by God as the leaders sought Him.

As New Testament believers in our heavenly Joshua (Jesus Christ) we are also possessing a promised land which is heavenly and with many “exceeding great and precious promises” ( 2 Peter 1:4) that are to be claimed and appropriated even while we are here on this earth marching towards our heavenly Zion. It is a far greater type than the earthly promised land.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Promises2 Peter 1:4: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

More than ever, I am convinced God is seeking to awaken the church to its total responsibility to actively appropriate ALL the promises of God. If we confess we believe in God and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, what evidence of His saving power do we display to the needy world around us? There is no question as to the greatness of the corruption, deception, turmoil, and pain that surrounds us in the lives of our fellow countrymen. Even our own Christian families struggle with life-threatening diseases and trials.

Has not God given to us EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS promises that by these promises we are able to escape the corruption that is in this world? Not only through immoral lusts, but also the corruption of spiritual attacks, e.g. fears, oppressions, depression, inferiorities, poverty, sickness, and diseases.

God has given us many amazing promises. The Bible is full of them. How sad it is that although we say we believe in the God of miracles, we miserably fail to demonstrate His miraculous power in our daily lives. Every promise of God remains static and ineffective until we act upon it by appropriating faith.

As parents we owe it to our children to teach them how to appropriate the promises of God. Every promise of God has a miraculous element to it. Every promise of God has a spiritual element to it. Every promise of God has to be appropriated, acquired, acted on, claimed, believed in, and fought for.

Passive believism is intellectual, mental assent that believes the promises, but does not fight for them in order to possess them. We may sing about them, such as “Standing on the Promises,” but singing alone, without active faith is static and dormant. We may even preach about them and yet still do nothing to appropriate them. It takes effort and the will to fight for the land of the promises.

And this is where God’s people hesitate. People may say, “Hasn’t Jesus fought the great battle for us at the cross? Indeed He has. Amen and Amen. But this does not exempt us from the warfare. We have to fight to take the ground Jesus fought Satan over in order to experience full salvation.

The devil does not want us to inherit all the promises Jesus won for us. He fights us all the way, and in every way, to deceive and cheat us out of our inheritance of all God’s amazing promises. But he has no authority to defeat us and we can push him back. We can overcome him by the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 12:11 says: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Are you a “possessing the promises” man?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SameGospelHebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

Hebrews 3:1: “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” The word “profession” in this Scripture is the Greek word “homologeo” which means “to say the same thing another is saying.”

Jesus Christ is the author, founder, and instigator of everything we confess. Therefore we must be careful to say the exact same things He told us to say. We better not confess what He has not told us to speak about. All that we say as followers of Jesus Christ must align with what Jesus Christ said in His Word and what He is still saying today. His message has never changed for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Jesus Christ has an unchangeable priesthood. Hebrews 7:24 says: “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.” His message has not changed. He still wants all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).

When Peter went to the house of Cornelius the Gentile, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, he opened his mouth and spoke: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

What Jesus did then, He still does today through those He has anointed. God the Father validated the words of Jesus with healing and miracles to reveal, as proof and evidence, that God was with Him. This has not changed to those who care enough to believe it. As much as we confess the power and authority of Jesus Christ to forgive repentant people of all their sins, even so must we confess His power to heal all those who are oppressed of the devil.

To those who confess that the age of miracles, signs, and wonders is over, it will be over for them, because they do not confess what Jesus said in Mark 16:15-18: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

As the High Priest of our profession, Jesus said it to his disciples, and He continues saying it today. If we are not saying what He said, and may I add, all that He said, and are saying something different, then He is not the High Priest of our profession. And we must be false prophets.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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HoldFastRomans 10:9, 10: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The above Scriptures show that we are declared righteous by believing with our hearts in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. But our full salvation comes to us as a result of confessing with our mouths what we believe in our hearts. Verse 11 says: “For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Men, there is something terribly wrong if we do not confess with our mouths that Jesus was put to death, buried, and raised again the third day. I believe our confession of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection on our behalf should never be considered a onetime act, but rather a present continuous confession. In other words, we are to believe and keep on believing, as we confess and keep on confessing.

The word “confession” in the Greek is “homologeo.” It means to agree and confess what another is saying and in this instance that other person is Jesus Christ Himself.

Hebrews 4;14: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (homologeo).”

Hebrews 10:23 says: “Let us hold fast the profession (homologeo) of our faith without wavering.”

Whenever we have the opportunity we must not be ashamed to confess our faith. To be ashamed reveals that is something very wrong with our believing. But this is just the beginning. We are to believe and confess all of God’s promises to us. This is the only way we can appropriate all the good things God has provided for us.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WhatFeedingColossians 3:16: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.'

Men, we live in days of great unbelief and negativity. We can expect this of the word because they have not yet met the One who alone can make all the difference to what we believe in our hearts and speak with our mouths.

Unfortunately, many in the church continue to confess unbelief and negativity because they do not let God's Word dwell in them richly. Because of this failure to let the written words of God dwell in us richly we allow the enemy to fill us with doubts, fears, and negatives that do not profit us or anyone listening to us. In doing this we unintentially take sides with the devil by confessing all the fears, worries, and anxieties with which he loves to fill our hearts and souls.

We who call ourselves Christian need to take stock of what we confess to one another. As the day of Christ's coming draws ever nearer we are to exhort and encourage one another with life-giving speech from the Word of God (Hebrews 10:25). It's only God's Word that has the power to lift us up our of despair and heaviness of heart and mind.

Sad to say, most Christians have very little understanding of this truth. They would die quickly if they fed their bodies the same miserable diet they feed their souls.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ThoughCaptiveWe cannot walk by faith if we allow any willful disobedience to anyone in authority over us. Faith only operates through obedience. Taking every thought captive to obey Christ is a catalyst in spiritual warfare.

It is in our thought life that we win or lose every battle. Proverbs 23:7 says: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Satan seeks to infiltrate our minds with unbelief, fears, doubts, questions, pride, and rebellious thinking. If we do not resist these thoughts and take them captive to the obedience of Christ, the eventually become strongholds which hold us back from obtaining the victory we seek.

Obedience to every word of Christ is paramount to our success in spiritual warfare. Every parent is blessed if they have compliant and obedient children to their parental authority. How grieving when children choose to be defiant and disobedient.

God speaks through Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 1:2: “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.”

In response to their disobedience He continues: “When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear . . . If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (read Isaiah 1:15-20).

Men, we need to take stock of our obedience to Christ. God does not approve of grudging obedience. He wants us to give Him willing obedience.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 states: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ChangedConfessionRomans 4:17: “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

What evidence do we display before God and our fellowman that we are indeed people of faith? Hebrews 11:1 calls faith a “substance” and an “evidence.” Do we demonstrate in our lives that we believe in things that as yet we do not see with our natural eyes?

We believe we are saved through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We believe that our sins are atoned by the shedding of His blood. I believe the difference between people of faith and the people who are not of faith is the substance and evidence of a changed lifestyle. A big part of this changed lifestyle is a changed confession.

Psalm 116:10 states: “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” Also confirmed again in 2 Corinthians 4:13: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken: we also believe, and therefore speak.”

Our faith is revealed by our confession. Romans 10:9, 10 states: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The word saved is “sozo” which means full salvation--saved, healed, delivered, preserved, protected, and made whole. It is the same word Jesus used when he healed the people and they were “made whole” from that moment.

Considering our faith is revealed by our confession, why do we so readily quote Isaiah 53:5 “With his stripes we are healed” and at the same time confess our sicknesses? This is an opposing confession.

James 3:10 says: “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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GreaterProblemPhilippians 4:6: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

The more we dwell on the negative circumstances problems that surround us, the bigger the problems become to us. The more we are anxious, mulling over anything that goes wrong, the more anxious we become. Anxiety and worry wear us out. They burn us out spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

“Be careful for nothing” means we should not be anxious about anything. Don’t fret about anything. The NCV translation says: “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, ALWAYS GIVING THANKS.”

Worries and cares are part of the devil’s weaponry to defeat us. We need to wake up to the root cause of all our anxieties.

“Be careful for nothing” is not an exhortation that is impossible to apply to our lives Multitudes in this great and free country are bound with worries and anxieties, even in the Christian church. Living in a free country does not exempt us from worrying about all sorts of things. Instead of prayer and supplications, coupled with thanksgiving, many take anti-depressant drugs or stifle their problems with alcohol.

The more we worry, the more we magnify the problem, resulting in our becoming exhausted and defeated. The devil claps his hands and jumps for joy to see us miserable and defeated. The more we dwell on anxiety the more we magnify the devil.

Conversely, the more we pray and supplicate, coupled with the most important ingredient of thanksgiving, the more we magnify the Lord. Faith is released. We understand that God is on our side and He is much bigger and greater than our problems, whatever they may be.

The great question is: will we be foolish enough to magnify the devil’s attacks and strategies, or will we instead magnify God by turning each problem over to Him.

The greater the problems, the greater we should pray and intercede. The greater the problems, the greater we should worship, thank, and bless our great God.

We have not grown up into maturity as a church unless we put this principle into action in our own lives and in the lives of our families and friends.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WorthyPsalm 34:3: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name TOGETHER.”

Speaking about Abraham, Romans 4:20, 21 says: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”

Praising and worshipping God is a great booster, worshipper, and precursor of faith. When we magnify God, we enlarge Him in our faith. Faith cannot remain small in the souls of those who constantly magnify and extol Him. Magnifying God does not make God any greater than He is. Magnifying God opens up the eyes of our hearts to realize more and more just how great He already is so that we can apply the realization of His greatness to our every need.

Psalm 34:1, 2 states: “ I will bless the LORD AT ALL TIMES: his praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth. My soul shall make her BOAST IN THE LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” There is not a time when we are exempted from praising and worshipping God, no matter how bleak and dark the outlook. There will always be something for which to praise Him.

Apart from Jesus Christ, I do not think anyone could have suffered more than Job and yet he still found a way to bless the Lord. Job 1:20-22 says: “Then Job arose, and rent his mangle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

Praise and worship increases our faith. Right now, more than ever, the world needs the church to be full of faith and power. Acts 6:8 says: “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”

It seems wrong to me, and I am sure more so to the Lord, that when we sing the great hymn, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long” on Sunday that we do not practice it through the week. When will we learn that the more we magnify Him, the greater will be the release of our faith?

We will soon have revival when we daily release our hearts to worship our most worthy and awesome God. Acts 2:46, 47 says: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart PRAISING GOD, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to church daily such as should be saved."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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UseTongueWorship is the greatest antidote to all the infirmities and negatives we are called to go through.

Having escaped the bondage of cruel slavery in Egypt, the children of Israel were not destined to immediately arrive in Canaan, the Promised Land. Before they could set their feet on the soil of the Promised Land they had to go through the fiery trials of the wilderness. Without the wilderness experience they would not learn how to trust and obey. They would not learn how to depend on God’s strength and wisdom rather than their own.

It wasn’t a coincidence or accident they went through the wilderness. God allowed it by His determinate design and will. God did not desire to have an unprepared and self-reliant people to fight the giants of Canaan. Nor could they bring down the high walls of their cities by the strength and power of their own arm. A thousand times, no.

They had to learn God’s strategy for every battle. Every battle would be a different plan of attack. The only principle that would remain the same for every new encounter with the enemy was the principle of seeking God afresh to find exactly His plan. What He wanted them to do. When He wanted them to go. Where He wanted them to go.

Seeking God was often accompanied with praise and worship. In a spiritual sense, this same principle applies to us today for we are fighting spiritual foes. In some situations, even in Canaan, singers and musicians sang and worshipped God as they went out a head of the armies of Israel. Trumpeters went before the army in the battle of Jericho. Also in Jehoshaphat’s time.

2 Chronicles 20:21, 22 states: “And when he (Jehoshaphat) had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

The first thing we should do when the enemy attacks us is to worship the Lord and invite Him to come in and fight our battles with us and for us. Worship and praise are great ways to invite the powerful presence of God to our defense. Worship and praise take away our fears and help us focus on the awesome power of God. This is the way we lift up the gates of our mouths, using our tongues and voices to praise the greatness of His strength power. As we worship and praise the Lord of hosts (the God of the armies of heaven) comes in! Yes He does.

If we do not praise and worship, we tend to talk more negatively about the battle. Our tongues will talk, no matter what. Therefore it is far more beneficial to use them to praise and worship the greatness and power of our awesome God.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ThunderWord"I love those that thunder out the Word,...the Christian world is in a deep sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can awaken them out of it."

~ George Whitefield

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CommunicatingEffectuallyPhilemon 1:6: “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

Men, we must communicate (make known) our faith in a way that greatly influences those around us. One of the primary ways to communicate our faith is through our tongue. We do this as we acknowledge (take into account and fully discern) EVERY GOOD THING that is in us because Christ Jesus is alive in us.

He does not dwell in us to speak negatively to those around us. Instead, we have a divine responsibility to share with our tongues, as well as our deeds, ALL the good things that are in us because of Christ Jesus.

Rejection, criticism, negative gossip, and slander are not in the indwelling Christ. All the things that divide and separate us are not in Christ Jesus. Sickness and disease are not Jesus. Therefore, we have no right to confess them unless we are calling for prayer for divine healing.

Can we ever count up all the good things that are ours by virtue of the indwelling Christ? I think not. Jesus Christ is a minefield of infinite treasure. It is our responsibility to discover and take knowledge of ALL His benefits and blessings and share them with others. This is why we must make every endeavor to know Him more intimately. Not only is Christ a minefield full of treasure, but He has brought all His treasures into us and He wants us to effectively share them with others.

We don’t share our faith stingily, half-heartedly, or fearfully. The great Hoover Dam in Colorado was not made only for the people of Colorado, but to supply energy to other states as well. Wouldn’t it be a shame if the only energy that came from that great dam flowed through a three-quarter inch pipe to provide energy for one house only? We must speak generously of the great reservoir of Water of Life that dwells in us.

Psalm 116:10: “I believe, therefore have I spoken.” How much we believe determines how much we speak. If we are going to speak of ALL the good things that are ours in Christ Jesus, we need to do a lot more discovering. This should be our lifetime pursuit.

Colossians 2:3: “In whom (Christ) are hid ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PrepareHeartsMen, the tongue has the power to create unity in order for our prayers to be answered and blessings to be commanded (Psalm 133:1-3).

Acts 2:1 tells us that the disciples “were all with ONCE ACCORD in ONE PLACE. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” We know this was the correct attitude for these somewhat self-opinionated Jews to have for such a divine out-pouring of the Holy Spirit to suddenly take place. I think that their all being in ONE PLACE and in ONE ACCORD was quite miraculous in itself.

I believe we can all learn a very good lesson from this first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the newly born New Testament church. We also cannot expect the Holy Spirit to fill us and empower if we as a family, a group, or a church are gossiping, slandering, or criticizing one another. We need the Holy Spirit so desperately to move in our lives and empower us to be effective witnesses, coupled with signs, wonders, and miracles.

The church in general is riddled with all types of illnesses and life-threatening diseases, including oppressions and depressions. Medical drugs and all types of prescription medicines and anti-depressants are the only way many in the church are barely functioning. What has happened to the modern church that has caused it to abandon the laying on of hands and the appropriating the healing power of Jesus’ name?

To experience a revival that sweeps thousands, and possibly millions, into the kingdom of God, we Christians need to immediately begin laying a foundation of true unity and love. The precious Holy Spirit desires ever so much for us to come into this fullness and power, but is continually grieved by our divisions and disunity.

Our tongues are so often used to backbite, slander, and divide one another. Instead, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must use our tongues to edify, encourage, and speak loving and forgiving words to each other.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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GoodPleasantPsalm 133:1-3: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! . . . for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.” Unity is a very important prerequisite to see our prayers answered.

Currently we face a huge fight for the life and healing of our grandson, Arden, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. We would so appreciate your prayers for him. Most of our extended family who live around us meet at our home every night at 7.30 to pray for him. Arden has only been married just over four months. You can imagine what a burden this is for his precious, young wife. We know that many families have had to face similar attacks, but we thank you so much for your prayers for him too.

The enemy of our souls tries his best to divide us with all sorts of offenses to spring up so that as a family we would be rendered powerless.

We firmly believe that there is healing in the atonement along with forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah 53:4 states: “Surely he hath borne our griefs (the Hebrew word is “sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (the Hebrew word is “pain”)".

This prophetic messianic promise of Jesus’ death upon the cross is confirmed in Matthew 8:16, 17: “They brought unto him (Jesus) many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed ALL that were sick: THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 53:4), saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”

Isaiah 53:5 says: “With his stripes we were healed.” This is also repeated again in the New Testament in 1 Peter 2:24: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree . . . by whose stripes ye were healed.”

The disciples understood the truth of healing in the atonement. It’s about time the church stopped balking about healing for today too.

The enemy tries to do everything he can to destroy our unity in order to stop our prayers being answered, but we will never give in to the devil for he must flee at the sound of God’s people speaking forth the name of Jesus.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BeTheReason1. WE NEED TO SPEAK MORE SWEETLY continued.

In yesterday’s post we noticed the power of the tongue to destroy and minister death. Today we highlight the life-giving power of the tongue. I believe with all my heart that we all need the light bulbs to burst forth in our minds and hearts concerning the power we have in our tongues to minister the glory of life through this little member of our bodies.

The power of the tongue is strongly mentioned in James 3:1-18. In fact, the whole chapter describes the potential of the tongue for good or evil.

James 3:2 says: “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”

Verse 3 likens the tongue to the small bit in a horse’s mouth and how it can control the large animal.

Verse 4 speaks of how a very small rudder controls a great ship, even though the winds are fierce.

Verse 8 states that the tongue is an untamable member that no man is able to discipline. This is why we need the powerful assistance of the Holy Spirit in our lives in order to use this small, but powerful member of our bodies for good.

Everyone needs to be encouraged in one way or another. So many people could accomplish greater things in their lives if they were only be encouraged by someone’s loving and genuine tongue. If only we could realize what powerful things we can accomplish to change people’s lives through our tongues.

We should daily encourage our wife and family with loving, encouraging, and kind words--even when we may feel that we are the ones who need to be encouraged.

Never forget that the best way to receive encouragement is to give it to others!

Luke 6:38: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” This not just talking about money. In the context of verse 37 it talks about not judging and condemning, but rather forgiving. And guess what? You have to use your tongue to forgive!

Show me a person who has risen up and made something great of their lives that has not been encouraged by someone. I don’t think there are any. The whole world languishes for encouragement and believers are the right ones to fulfill this great task. Encouragement is the great antidote to oppression, self-pity, rejection, failure, and heartache. If we fail to use our tongues to encourage one another to put our eyes on Jesus and keep on believing His promises, the devil will fill the vacuum with negativity, the opposite of the principles of life.

Hebrews 3:12,13 (NASB): “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Pray right now that God will give you someone to encourage today. Start in your own home. Go out of your way to do it. Remember, one of the main reasons God gave you your tongue! is to encourage others!

Be encouraged today.

Colin Campbell

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PowerWords1. WE NEED TO SPEAK MORE SWEETLY continued.

Proverbs 12;18: “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”

Men, sweet words are very powerful for good. We are reminded of Proverbs 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” I think that more people are destroyed every day by the power of the tongue than by any other means. Amazing, but true.

People may not be in literal coffins because of slaying, critical words from fathers and mothers. However, we may be surprised how many could actually be in an early grave because of the tongue’s devastating effects on their lives.

One can be emotionally, spiritually, and physically in a coffin while they are still walking. There are multitudes in our amazingly free western nations that are deeply wounded and bound because of the negative power of the tongue. These people may not be in wheelchairs literally, but they are in wheelchairs and hopelessly crippled because of a spouse’s or father or mother’s tongue. Many talents and gifts are crushed and countenances are lifeless. They will not every reach their fullest potential unless someone with sweet, life-giving words ministers healing to them.

Husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, let the Holy Spirit get control of your tongue, right now. Today. Before it does any more damage! The tongue can be such a wrecking ball, but on the other hand, it can be such a power for good.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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LetsGetPracticalHow can we be practically sweet to our wives, families, and friends? We first need to lay claim to the sweetness that is ours in Christ. We must not depend upon our natural state for the manifestation of this fruit. I believe sweetness is a fruit of the Spirit, although it is not listed as such. However, sweetness is contained in all nine fruits of the Spirit--love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith, and self control (Galatians 5:22).

Because sweetness is a fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit we need to lay hold of the fullness of the Spirit through prayer. As we are filled with the Holy Spirit sweetness naturally flows out through us to others.

1. WE NEED TO SPEAK MORE SWEETLY

We need to be men of sweet speech to all those who we live with, especially our wives and children. On the surface, it might seem a sweet thing to buy gifts for your wife and family, but what’s the point of gifts if we do not speak sweet and kind words to them on a daily basis? I know that many of us men are far from perfect in this area of our lives. I’m not talking about absolute perfection, and I do not think wives and families should get upset because the husband and father loses his cool occasionally. However, it would be a great blessing for men to be generally speaking far more sweetly with all their loved ones. Men should aim, with God’s help, to improve in this area.

Many women also need to improve in this area and remember that “A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1).

Proverbs 25:15 says: “ A soft tongue breaks the bone.” Some women may think their husband has a thick skull when it comes to temperament. However, the best answer to any problem comes in the form of a soft, sweet answer.

Men, remember that these two Scriptures were not just written to women. They apply to men as well.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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HowSweetJesus is the sweetest name I know,

And He’s just the same as His lovely name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

Men should be strong, courageous, and masculine, but our families should know us to be sweet men. Sweetness is certainly not effeminate. Our Lord Jesus Christ was definitely not effeminate. He was strongly opposed to hypocrisy. With righteous zeal He made a whip and turned over the tables of the money changers who should not have been in the temple doing their business. With strong words He drove them all out of God’s house and rebuked them for not reverently regarding it as a house of payer. The demons knew who he was and fled at the word of His command (Matthew 21:12-17).

Painters have depicted Christ as being weak and effeminate in character, but the winds obeyed His voice. At this command blind eyes opened. Deaf received their hearing. He cleansed the lepers and raised the dead. And yet at the same time He was the sweet Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the valleys, and the Chiefest apple tree among all the trees of the woods (Song of Solomon 2:1-3).

John the apostle knew His sweetness and even as a grown man at the Last Supper leaned on the breast of Jesus, resting and basking at the heartbeat of his divine love. Mary, the sister of Martha knew how sweet He was. She anointed the feet of Jesus with a pound of very costly spikenard and wiped His feet with her hair (John 12:1-3). How sweet He was to those who met Him and knew Him.

Men, how can we really be Christ-like if we do not have His sweet Spirit coursing through our own veins?

Men, the world needs fathers who are strong, rugged protectors and providers, yet as sweet as men can possibly be in the midst of a hurting and bitter generation of fathers who are so disengaged with their wives and families.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

 

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BalancedLifeMen, grace on its own can be very unbalanced. It can tolerate evil. It may not necessarily approve evil, but tends to overlook it.

Truth on its own can also be very unbalanced. It tends to coldness and harshness. Harshness tends to cut people off who do not agree. Truth is revealed as coming through Moses and all those who did not obey it completely would be cut off without mercy (John 1:17 and Hebrews 10:28). It is difficult for some people to be gracious and sweet towards people who offend them or those they do not agree with (on many things, or even just a few things).

The answer to this problem is to reckon ourselves to be crucified with Christ to the old, hard, unforgiving nature and learn to receive and apply the sweet grace of Christ to all those who you find offensive.

On the other hand, there are many Christians who are not offended by evil such as fornication, adultery, pornography, and homosexual activities, etc. They are sweet towards them and treat these sins as normal. They believe they do not need to lovingly confront them with the claims of Christ and His call to holiness. They believe we should love these people no matter what, and make them feel comfortable around us, even in their sin.

The answer to this problem is that these Christians who believe in a cheap grace gospel need to get a revelation of the truth. The cross of Christ cost Him everything, including His own precious blood. It was our sin that He bore on the cross in order for us to be set free.

The truth is that God hates sin, but loves the sinner and gave His only beloved Son to free us from all sins and bondages. Jesus Christ was not only love and sweetness (although this was a great part of His life), but He was all about hard-nosed truth. He spoke judgment on all sin and called men to repentance.

Jesus Christ was full of two seemingly apposing truths, but they met perfectly together in Him. He was full of grace (sweetness and love) and truth (pricking thorns).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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