“Our daily devotions are the most needful of our daily works, and the most pleasant of our daily comforts. Prayer time must be kept up as duly as mealtime.”
~ Matthew Henry
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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.
“Our daily devotions are the most needful of our daily works, and the most pleasant of our daily comforts. Prayer time must be kept up as duly as mealtime.”
~ Matthew Henry
“If the incense of prayer is to glow all day, it has to be renewed and kindled daily. The modern talk about being independent of times and seasons, so not needing definite periods of worship, is worse than rubbish. No man will have reverence diffused through his life, unless he has a consecrated reservoir of worship in the background of his life.”
~ Alexander MacLaren
The following are the qualities of a man who would lead the church of God. However, they should also be the qualities of all men, especially husbands and fathers. Each one of us have our own little church, our family. God shows us the way to lead our families. Let’s check list our lives against God’s Word:
“He must be a man whom no one can criticize. He must be the faithful husband of one wife. He must be abstemious, wise in the art of living, with an ordered beauty in his life.
He must be hospitably inclined and he must be skilled in teaching. He must not be too fond of wine. He must be gentle and not pugnacious. He must be peaceable and money must have no attraction for him.
He must preside well over his own family, with children who give him complete obedience and perfect respect. If a man does not know how to preside over his own household, how can he look after one of God’s congregations?
He must not be a new convert, in case he should become inflated with a sense of his own importance, and so incur the same judgment that was passed on the devil for his pride.
He must have a good reputation among those who are not members of the church, for he must never incur the risk of making himself a target for abuse, and he must never pride ammunition for the slanderer” (1 Timothy 3:1-7 William Barclay translation).
God reveals His glory in the fact that He is abundant in truth (Exodus 324:6). God is full of truth and He never holds it back from those who really want it.
John 8:32 says: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
John 1: 14 says: “(And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The world does not like people who speak the truth. Perhaps that’s why so many Christian people do not want to vote for the most truthful. They prefer someone who does not really speak the truth and thus people are deceived.
The Bible is full of the real truth and those who love God’s Word enough to read it daily will be the bearers of the truth.
God’s abundant goodness is His glory that He revealed to Moses, but also to us. (Exodus 34:6). God’s goodness toward us is lavish. God does not give sparingly, but exceedingly and generously.
Annie J. Flint writes:
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
It does us well and good to think and dwell upon the abundant goodness of the Lord toward us.
May we also be abundant in goodness toward our wives, families, and fellow man.
God’s glory is revealed in His longsuffering (Exodus 34:6).
Psalm 86:5: “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”
In Numbers 14:18 Moses reminds God of His longsuffering when he stands in the gap and makes intercession for the children of Israel who had rebelled against God because of their lack of faith to go in and possess the land. God reveals just how much longsuffering He had toward them, especially when they came out of Egypt. They murmured, grumbled, and complained.
Numbers 14: 11, 27: “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.”
Verse 22 tells that they tempted God ten times! And thus He says: “Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto the fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it” (v. 23).
This is a sobering passage to all Christians, teaching us not to take our salvation too cheaply. Some think they can tempt God and get away with it, but there comes a time when God says Enough is Enough!
The truth is that we can praise God for His amazing longsuffering towards us all. This is an amazing aspect of the glory of God.
Men, we also should know our heavenly father and show great longsuffering towards those who provoke us and offend us.
God’s glory is revealed in His graciousness (Exodus 34:6). The Hebrew word “gracious” means “to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, to bestow.”
The graciousness of our God is amazing and beautiful because He stooped and bent down so far to save us. In fact, He humbled Himself and stooped all the way down from the heights of heaven to the old rugged cross in order to save us from our sins and lift us up into heavenly places with Him.
When Jesus spake, the people all “wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth” (Luke 4:22).
They hymn writer says:
O the love that drew salvation’s plan,
O the grace that brought it down to man,
O the mighty gulf that God did span
Men, we ought to be the most gracious men that walk on planet earth because His grace lives in us by His Spirit. Does your wife, your family, and your friends know you as a gracious man?
How do you arrive home to your family? Like a wet blanket with a frown and a gruff voice? Or do you bring joy and happiness to your family the moment you arrive home? Come home with surprises. Come in with an encouraging word and a smile for everyone. What a difference you can make to your wife who has been home with the children all day! Let your wife and children anticipate your homecoming with joy and excitement.
~ Colin Campbell
Exodus 34:6: “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”
We have written about knowing God in the last two posts. We now see in this scripture that God’s glory is revealed in His mercifulness, or we could say, fullness of mercy. Where would we be if I wasn’t for His mercy?
Lamentations 3:22, 23 say: “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
What an amazing glory we discover in His mercies towards us. None of us have earned a single atom of His mercy--and that is the truth! What an insult to God it must be if we take His mercy for granted and we are not grateful.
Psalm 57:10: “Thy mercy is great unto the heaven.”
Psalm 37:21: “But the righteous showeth mercy and giveth.”
Men, considering God has shown us such great mercy, shouldn’t this motivate us to be much more merciful towards our wives and families? In fact, we should be merciful toward all men.
Men, even though God answered Moses’ request to show him His glory, he was only allowed to see God’s back parts for God said, “There shall no man see me, and live” (Exodus 33:20). The actual seeing of God’s rear or back parts would have been very special to Moses. However, I am sure that when God proclaimed who He was in the essence of His character that this would have meant far more to Moses than anything else.
Moses realized that the full revelation of the goodness of God’s character would take more than a life time to comprehend. God’s glory cannot be limited to a moment of time. It will take the ages to come for God to show us “the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).
To know the glory of God is not just a onetime experience, but a life time and beyond experience. To know who God is in a daily experience is what it takes to know the glory of God. As the hymn writer says:
More about Jesus would I know
More of His love to others show,
More of His saving fullness see
More of His love who died for me.”
In Philippians 3:8-14 the apostle Paul mentions that the ambition of his life was to know Christ and then he states that he was PRESSING ON for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Hosea 6:3 says: ”Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.” The moment we plateau or flatten out, thinking we know Him sufficiently, we are in a dangerous place. Knowing God and making Him known should be the greatest joy and fulfillment of our lives.
How can we possibly make known the glory of God if we do not increase in the knowledge of God? The glory of God is an inexhaustible treasure of the finest gold. There is no end to His glory.
Today we begin a new series, THE GLORY OF GOD’S NAME
TO KNOW THE NAME OF THE LORD IS TO KNOW HIS GLORY
We read in Exodus 33:18 that Moses BESEECHED God to “Show me thy glory.”
God replied: “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I WILL PROCLAIM THE NAME OF THE LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (verse 19).
In Exodus 34:6 we see what God did: “And the LORD passed by before him and proclaimed, the LORD.” What was the proclamation of the name of the Lord?
In Exodus 3:13 Moses asked God: “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?”
God replies in verses 14, 15: “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Take notice, men. The glory of God is associated with His name. God’s goodness is bound up in His name. We can only really know His glory as we press in to experience day by day His goodness and amazing grace.
To be continued. We have so much to discover about God’s name.
Men, today we must continue to pray earnestly for the voters in the states of Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi. Pray earnestly as people vote in each of these states that God, in His great mercy, will give Ted Cruz great favor. He is the most conservative, God-fearing, Bible-loving, constitution-upholding, and uncompromising candidate. This country desperately needs someone like this at this time.
Proverbs 10:19: “In the multitude of words there wanted not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.”
The doctrine of Donald Trump is “flexibility.” During the No. 11 debate last night in Detroit, Donald Trump made it clear that he believed that it was okay to be flexible and change your mind, no matter what you may have said or believed in the past. Wow, I thought that this is what had made the people of America so angry. They want politicians who won’t change their minds.
Throughout his campaign Trump has reiterated over and over again that people are sick and tired of politicians who say one thing and when elected to Washington change their minds. This to me is plain, straight hypocrisy for he criticizes others for doing what he believes in doing himself.
He says he is not a politician. He is a business man who is very flexible in order to get a good deal for himself. If he is the nominee for the GOP, I think he will fit in perfectly with the Washington cartel establishment. To Donald Trump, what you say is not that important; what is important is what you get.
People are fickle and believe that what he says he will do. But the big question is, especially after his backing down when faced with questions and answering that he will be flexible is: will he really do what he says he will do?
Behind closed doors he secretly explains to others his flexibility who agree to a gag order. Could it be that he doesn’t mean to carry out what he said about sending all illegal immigrants back? Will he be flexible on the issue? He will not allow us to hear what was said in the secret meeting. What’s he got to hide from us?
One thing for sure from last night’s debate is that Donald Trump stated with his own mouth that he will be involved in current court battles over his business deal with Trump University for a number of years to come. There could be other legal battles over his business dealings. The question is: if elected, would this affect his work as president of the United States?
Isaiah 28:5, 6 says: “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.”
Washington DC is the gateway of this nation. We must fervently pray for the coming president to be a truly godly man, not just one who says he is a Christian. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”
Because Donald Trump is doing so well in the primaries, there is now a great concern, to the point of a great divide among the Republican establishment. Many may think this is a good thing because the GOP needs to be shaken up. This of course if true. However, because of Trump’s past record, he proves himself to be more a liberal democrat than a conservative republican. He most definitely is not a conservative. Check the following:
1. Many fear that he will turn Obama Care into a single payer system wholly supported by the government. This of course is what Obama wanted in the first place.
2. Many fear that he will support Planned Parenthood because he constantly tells the public that they do “Many wonderful things for women.” But they are the biggest abortion provider in the country and even sell body parts of unborn children.
3. Many fear his foreign policy. It is one of great concern because he originally supported the Iraq policy of George W. Bush, but as the war dragged on, he took the side of the democrats and denounced it.
He professes to have a neutral stand on the Palestinian/Israel conflict. This is a dangerous stand for the protection of Israel.
4. Many fear his stand on the right to bear arms.
5. Many fear his proud stand for the gay/homosexual agenda.
6. Many fear that although he makes great boasts about building the wall between Mexico and USA, there is now a big question as to whether he will keep his word about sending illegals back home. Although this has been his big campaign speech, there are now rumors of a change of mind.
7. Many fear and have great concern as to who he would nominate to the Supreme Court to replace Judge Antonin Scalia. Since Trump himself is not a conservative and is weak on abortion, Planned Parenthood, and same sex marriage, will this affect his own judgment in this huge matter?
8. Many fear that if Donald Trump gets the nomination that many, many republicans will not vote in the final election. I am hearing more and more conservatives who say they will not vote in the final elections if Donald Trump is the nominee as he is far from a conservative. Therefore, sad to say, that would give Hilary Clinton the presidency. I myself could not in good conscience cast a vote for Donald Trump.
Although Trump is a successful business man and showman, is he any better than George Soros or Warren Buffet or a lot of the wealthy elites in the democratic party? Why is it that so many democrats are voting for Trump? Is it not because they know he is one of them at heart?
God can still turn the battle at the gate. We must pray more fervently than ever. Christians should vote according to the past fruit of a man, not only by what he says now.
A few extra links for you to read:
http://hubpages.com/politics/A-Biblical-Response-to-Trump ( a well-researched article).
http://www.firebreathingchristian.com/archives/12093 about Jerry Falwell Jr.
Today is Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the 2016 presidential primary season. Voters in 13 states will determine the fate of our nation today: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming, and American Samoa.
I have been seriously fasting and praying that the candidate who is the most conservative, the most God-fearing, and who will never negotiate with his enemies by bribes, lies, or false promises will be favored by God to win the GOP nomination.
Some people may think that a pastor should not be political. I strongly disagree. I feel strongly that we should do all we can to further the cause of righteousness in all areas of life and political leadership for this influences the nation for good or evil.
Personally, I am disgusted with many Christian leaders who endorse Donald Trump. This reveals just how shallow their Christianity is. Trump upholds Planned Parenthood because they do “wonderful things for women.” But Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in this country and even selling the body parts of unborn babies that have been aborted.
He uses bad language when it suits him. He boasts about how many women he has slept with and his casinos have adult sex clubs and who knows what goes on in them. He boasts that he led the gay parade rally in Israel. If that’s all he thinks of Israel, may God have mercy on us.
Trump calls himself a good Christian. I believe that he is a deceiver and we are told in Matthew 7:15, 16: “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” I believe that Donald Trump is a wolf, parading as a conservative in sheep’s clothing.
Ted Cruz is disliked because he is a strong Christian who will not be bribed by lobby groups or anyone else. He is the strongest defender of the constitution of any of the candidates and will never compromise godly values. He will keep his promises and has a track record for doing so.
You will not go wrong voting for Ted Cruz because it is a vote for righteousness and integrity.
2 Chronicles 31:21: “And in every work that he (Hezekiah) began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”
“After serious consideration and looking over a very deep and qualified field of potential candidates, I have decided to give my support, my personal endorsement if you will, to Senator Ted Cruz. Ted has been a stalwart supporter of Israel and our people. He is one of the few leaders in the U.S. government with the intestinal fortitude to call terrorism ‘terrorism’, and directly address the threat of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Ted has proven to be fearless in fighting against the odds when he must, something I as the leader of a tiny nation surrounded by enemies can relate to.” He concluded, “Over the last two years Ted and I have been in regular contact, we have worked closely together on policy. To say the least, he (Cruz) has been an unwavering ally; and what’s more he’s been a true friend. I would ask the American people, and the freedom loving members of the world community to join me in supporting Ted Cruz as the next U.S President.”
"I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" (Isaiah 62:6, 7).
We continue to asks ourselves some sober questions.
3. Does the nation of Israel have a place in our foundations? And from where do our ethics and values come?
There are people who will always cry out, “Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). Many of the wealthy Jews in Europe did not believe those who told them that Hitler would try to exterminate them all if he could. They regarded those who warned of approaching danger as alarmists and doomsday extremists. Those who fled Europe by whatever means they could saved themselves, along with their families. Those who believed they would survive by continuing to stay were fed as fuel to the concentration camp oven fires and mass graves.
The main reason why we elect a new president once every four years is primarily for our own protection. However, being the rich, powerful, and blessed nation we are, with a foundation based on biblical values, we need a president who will stand with the little nation of Israel which is the cradle nation for our Judeo/Christian ethics and values.
God has blessed our so-called “Christian nation” because we have stood with Israel over the years--until this last administration. God has promised to bless those who bless Israel. God said to Abram in Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
We are almost the only nation in the whole world that has stood by Israel, but now much of the liberal press, the liberal government, and even the liberal church have been deceived by Palestinian propaganda.
Throughout the President Obama era Israel has been snubbed and threatened, especially the area of the West Bank, along with their amazing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel is surrounded by nations that hate her with an unholy vengeance and they want to destroy her from off the face of the earth.
I believe God will remove our protection if we do not stand up for Israel’s protection. We must have a president at this time who will not force Israel to surrender any more of its ancient boundaries that were given by God’s divine mandate, and which they also won back as a result of being attacked. We cannot have a president who is pro-Palestinian because they hate Israel and want to completely destroy it.
Israel wants peace with is neighbors, but cannot afford to give them the strategic West Bank which makes them more vulnerable to attack from the heights of these mountains.
All the nations that once blessed Israel and have enjoyed great prosperity and peace had better not forsake her. If they do, they forsake their blessing. Sadly, many Christian nations have already become pro-Islam, pro-Palestinian, and anti-Israel and now their angelic defense is departed from them. Now they are under ISIS attack, plus many forms of spiritual attack.
P.S. Have you check out this link? It is important to get your understanding from the Scriptures rather than the media: http://aboverubies.org/EverlastingPossession
Why are many young people and students voting for Bernie Sanders and his extreme socialist/communist policies? He believes that even Obama and Hilary Clinton are not far enough left in socialism and makes no apologies that he is an outright socialist. This reveals how far the USA, one of the most blessed countries of the world has, and still is, drifting away from our biblical, conservative foundations.
The other night I listened to Trump on Hannity where he stated that because he is a great deal-maker he would use his skills to try for a peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israel. He admitted that it would be a great challenge, even to him. “But I will give it one hell of a shot,” he said (Trump language!).
To be honest, this is one of the things that scares me most about Trump. We should all be aware of the natural disasters that have hit the United States of America every time we have forced Israel to give up the West Bank, which is THE HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL and includes part of Jerusalem. (Have you read the book, “As America has Done to Israel?” by John P. McTernan?)
Ezekiel, chapters 36 - 37 are prophetic promises to His people, Israel. (Take time to read these amazing chapters). They are God’s specific promises about the mountains and waste places of Israel which are all in the West Bank. They have all been prophetically promised to be restored and populated with God’s ancient people.
Will Trump seek to negotiate with Israel to give the West Bank back to the Palestinians, as if it always belonged to them? The Heartland of Israel is filled with the evidence of certain tribes of Israel living there. They also took it back by a miraculous war after they were attacked by Arab armies coming at them from strategic parts of the West Bank.
Israel needs these center of their land, firstly because it was given to them by God for an “everlasting possession,” and secondly, because when Israel controls the West Bank it lessens their vulnerability from enemy attack .
We must pray for our own sakes that America will not go against God’s will for ALL of Israel’s promised land. The United Sates of America is a big and powerful nation, but like banks and motor companies, is it too big to fail? I think not.
If we meddle with the foundations of little Israel we could find ourselves fighting against our God who is still the God of Israel! God can easily take America down from its pedestal. * **
We need a president who understands these biblical truths. Our own foundations have been seriously eroded under Obama. We must be prayerful and careful who we chose this time.
May God have mercy on us for we have become deceived by glamour and surface popularity. Foundations are meant to be deep and solid, not glitzy, showy, prideful, and deal-making. These things are just surface, building on the sand.
Be encouraged Colin Campbell
P.S. Check out this link:
* Genesis 12:3; Psalm 129:5; Jeremiah 51:24; Ezekiel 25:7; 35:1-15; 36:1-7; 38:18-23; Joel 3:1, 2; Obadiah 15; and Zechariah 12:1-9.
** Our God is called THE GOD OF ISRAEL 203 times in our Bible, although He is also called THE GOD OF JACOB and many other similar names. If our God is not the God of Israel, we worship a different God from the Bible. And if He is the God of Israel, as He is, we had better have His understanding of Israel and the land.
The picture for this post is of vineyards growing on the Mount of Blessing, Har Brakha, on the West Bank of Israel. This area is where the Israelites first came into Israel when they came into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 11:29-32). This picture is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy as these luscious and fruitful vineyards grow out of stones and barren dirt. Only according to the Word of the Lord which states in Ezekiel 36 that when God brings His people back to the land that these barren mountains will “shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come”
The picture for this post is of vineyards growing on the Mount of Blessing, Har Brakha, on the West Bank of Israel. This picture is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy as these luscious and fruitful vineyards grow out of stones and barren dirt. Only according to the Word of the Lord which states in Ezekiel 36 that when God brings His people back to the land that these barren mountains will “shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come”
No one in their right mind would build a house on the ground without a solid foundation or the storms, floods, and severe winds would quickly destroy it.
One of the first things we do when purchasing a house that has already been built is to employ a qualified building inspector to check its foundations. Even though the house may be of the finest design, expensive trimming, superb paint work, and the surroundings look like a beautiful park; if the foundations are weak, cracked, or compromised, who would be foolish enough to purchase it?
During the 2010 Tennessee floods, a house approximately half a mile down the road from us was completely carried away overnight. There was no trace of it to be seen in the morning. It was a relatively new double wide trailer that had not been adequately tied down to a firm foundation. Fortunately, the occupants got out just in time before it was destroyed.
One cannot help but wonder why people who want to live in a safe house fail to build their own lives on a solid foundation. The teachings of Christ are the only foundations upon which we should build our lives. All other teachings are seriously flawed. Jesus Christ alone is the Solid Rock as the old hymn says:
“On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”
To be continued.
P.S. We ourselves were affected by the May 2010 Tennessee floods. The Duck River close to us exceeded its record level by almost 10 feet, flooding or destroying homes, roads, and agricultural land. The road down to our spring was completely washed away. To this day we cannot drive on it. Although we live on a hill and a secure house, the water came up through the concrete floor, squirting through the tiles and thoroughly flooding our downstairs. The Cumberland river crested at 51.86 feet, a level not seen since 1937. Twenty-one deaths were recorded in Tennessee.