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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.




 

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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SpeechGraceJohn 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Grace is sweet like honey, but grace must also be accompanied by truth which is the salt. Colossians 4:6 says: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Gracious words are not harsh, brash, and cutting. Gracious words are not judgmental, condemning, and cold. Rather, gracious words are sweet, uplifting, and life-giving.

Proverbs 18:21: ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it.” Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible says: “Death and life are much determined by the power of the tongue and he that uses this power rightly shall live because of it.”

Proverbs 10:11: “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life.”

Proverbs 10:20: “The tongue of the just is as choice silver.”

Proverbs 10:21: “The lips of the righteous feed many.”

Luke 4:22: “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth.” Men, grace in itself is a beautiful virtue. It’s nice to be around. It’s not a passive virtue; it not only looks beautiful, but speaks beautifully. It is helpful, loving, encouraging, and healing speech.

Grace also affects our walk. It gets into our feet and takes us to where people sit in darkness to give them the light of Christ. Matthew 4:16 says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Grace affects our hands. We caress and comfort the wounded souls. We lay hands on the sick n the name of Jesus to bring healing. Grace brings sweet and understanding smiles to our faces to light up the world.

Have you ever wondered why God created beautiful roses in the midst of thorns? Did He do it to protect the rose? Perhaps, but I think here is a deeper and more mysterious answer. Truth can be like thorns that lovingly prick our conscience and expose our sinfulness so that we will repent. We are all attracted to Christ, the beautiful Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1), but at the same time we all need to be lovingly pricked by the thorns of truth. We need to be convicted of the sins that hold us back from being like Christ, the beautiful rose. Another wonderful thing about roses is their exotic, sweet, rich fragrance.

Men, it is high time for us to be the strongest, and yet the most sweetest men on planet earth. Surrounded by the thorns of loving truth, sweet graciousness will make others attracted to the Rose of all Roses who lives within us. Ephesians 4:15 says:” “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SweetSacrificesToday we return to the theme of SWEETNESS AND SWEET SACRIFICES - GRUDGES AND BITTERNESS AGAINST OTHERS HINDERS OUR PRAYERS

God said to His people in Jeremiah 6:20: “ To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.”

Having shared about the four compromises Pharaoh tried so hard to get Moses to yield to, let us not forget the main purpose God wanted His people out of Egyptian slavery and bondage. He wanted them to be a sweet people unto Him, using their freedom to offer Him free will sacrifices and offerings from grateful and willing hearts.

They were to demonstrate this through their lives and hearts that were not only willing and sacrificial towards God, but also towards one another. Only then could God accept their offerings and sacrifices as a sweet-smell to His nostrils.

The truth is still the same today. We deceive ourselves if we hold grudges, judgments, and coldness towards our spouse, any members of our family, or friends and neighbors, and at the same time still expect God to have regard to our ever-so-sweet offerings and sacrifices of praise, prayer, and worship. Such prayers and worship are not sweet to God at all.

In fact, such religion smells very bad to God. Frankly it stinks. Malachi 2:12, 13 says: “The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.”

Let’s also read the next verses in Malachi 2:14-16 NLT: “You cry out, ‘Why doesn’t the LORD accept my worship?’ I’ll tell you why! Because the LORD witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows. Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And why does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. ‘For I hate divorce?’ says the LORD the God of Israel.”

Our Christian lives, prayers, offerings, and sacrifices are only acceptable unto God when we have learned to forgive one another, bless one another, pray for one another, and do good to one another, no matter what the cost. Do we want God to answer out prayers?

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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NotAHoofExodus 10:24-26: “Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God.

The was the fourth and final compromise Pharaoh tried to put on Moses in order to keep the children of Israel under slavery. Their cattle and sheep were their livelihood. Not only were they a source of food for themselves, but also for the sacrifices and offerings to offer to the Lord when they reached a three day journey out of Egypt.

I love the phrase, “THERE SHALL NOT A HOOF BE LEFT BEHIND”! Moses was steadfast in his confession: “We are leaving Egypt “lock, stock, and barrel. You have had more than your “pound of flesh” from us. We owe you nothing. Through slavery we have built your treasure cities, Pithom and Ramses. You have afflicted us with great and heavy burdens. We are leaving Egypt to start a new life of sacrifice to our God who has redeemed us from your bondage and slavery. From now on we serve only the Lord our God.”

Thank God for men like Moses who did not fear the power and glory of Pharaoh. We need more leaders and fathers today who will not bargain and compromise with the pharaohs of this generation.

Colossians 3:17: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” They could not offer sacrifices and offerings in the midst of Egypt for that was an abomination to the Egyptians ( Exodus 8:26). A life of sacrifice is still an abomination to border line Christians. The world believes that we should please our flesh, not realizing that it leads to bondage and slavery.

One of the greatest addictions of all is the addiction to our self life. There is only one way to break the chain of this addiction--to apply the cross of Christ to our self life. We may live in a Christian country, belong to a Christian family, and attend a Christian church, but still be in bondage and slavery to an Egyptian self life. It is a daily experience to apply the cross of Christ to our lives (1 Corinthians 15:31).

Jesus said in Mark 8:34-35: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”

We now gladly offer our lives--our livelihood, our home, family, and everything we possess as a daily free will offering and sacrifice to the One who gave His all for us. If we use these things to only gratify our self nature, we have not yet left Egypt. We are still in bondage.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell.

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LetPeopleGoExodus 8:1: “The LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, LET MY PEOPLE GO, that they may serve me.”

Exodus 9:1: “The LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, LET MY PEOPLE GO, that they may serve me.”

Hebrews 10:3: “And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? LET MY PEOPLE GO, that they may serve me.” The main purpose for the Israelites to leave the bondage of Egypt was to be free to serve God with sacrifice and offerings, coupled with complete adherence to His laws.

The third compromise that Pharaoh offered Moses was that all of the people of Israel were to remain in Egypt, except the men.

We read about this compromise in Exodus 10:8-11: “And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go, for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.”

And what did Pharaoh reply? “Not so: go now ye that are men.”

The problem today is that we Christians have fallen for this compromise with our modern day Pharaohs. Somewhere and somehow we decided that Egypt’s education was better for our sons and daughters than the education God wants for our children. We men have given over ourselves, our wives, and our young and our old, to a humanistic government to look after us and provide for us. This results in our failing to look to God to provide, lead, and guide.

Our state teaching institutions are hot beds for humanism, socialism, agnosticism, and atheism. Moses had it right, no matter how tempting. Egypt had the best education system, outside of God, the world at that time had to offer. But Moses would have none of it. Nor even a bar of it! Even though he grew up in that education system himself. It took 40 years for God to get that education out of Moses in order to prepare him to be one of the greatest leaders in history.

Why would we submit our precious children to have their heads crammed full of humanistic propaganda and ungodly morals? We must never forget the mighty signs and wonders God did in Egypt in order to show that generation, and generations to come, that He wants His people free from all bondage.

God spoke to Moses when he was on his way back to deliver His people from Egypt: “And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn” (Exodus 4:22, 23).

God did not pay such a high price for us so that we could decide for ourselves how close to Egypt (the world) we should live. Or that we should sacrifice our children to “Egyptian” colleges or get caught up in “Egypt’s” worldly system. God wrought mighty signs and wonders in Egypt so that His people would be free to serve Him where He wanted them.

We must teach our families that having been delivered out of Egypt, serving God is not optional. Where we camp is not optional. We must keep the three day gap. It is part of our reasonable service as we are exhorted in Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, which is your REASONABLE service.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

P.S. One more compromise to go!

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LoveNotWorldThe second compromise Pharaoh offers Moses in order to negate or dilute the three day gap principle is found in Exodus 8:28: “And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall NOT GO VERY FAR AWAY.” Pharaoh wanted them to stay close to the border of Egypt.

But God who mandated the three day gap principle means exactly what He says. God can only respect offerings and sacrifices of His people who are prepared and willing to serve God the way He wants it done--a three day journey from Egypt.

There are still far too many Christians who want to remain on the border of what God wants. Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom (Genesis 13:12). It was not long before he was actually living in Sodom (Genesis 19:1). Despite Sodom’s great wickedness, Lot and his family were border line in their separation to God. Sodom was hardly the place to offer sacrifices.

Abraham chose to live in the land of Canaan, surrounded by the mountains of God and had respect to His sacrifices (Genesis 13:14-18).

Border line Christians are weak and often defeated. They cannot go far in the things of God because they are too half-hearted, double-minded, and lukewarm. We can only become strong in the ways of the knowledge of God when we place ourselves on Heaven’s side of the three day gap.

Men, we must also teach our families by our example to not live on the border of Egypt (the world). Our responsibility is to live, worship, and sacrifice to God three days away from the border!

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ThreeDayGapExodus 3:18: “Thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.”

As New Testament believers, we must not forget the mandate God gave to His people when leaving Egypt. God made it very clear to Moses, even in His first encounter with him at the burning bush, that the children of Israel were to put a THREE DAYS’ JOURNEY gap between them and the Egyptians. This was for the specific purpose of offering sacrifices to God.

God did not want to receive sacrifices from His people while they were still slaves to the bondage of Egypt. God wanted His people to offer sacrifices to Him only after they had put a three day gap between Egypt (which is a type of the world and slavery to sin) for this is bondage. This three day gap was an issue that Pharaoh (representing Satan, the god of this world) continually resisted. Pharaoh tried hard to make Moses compromise.

COMPROMISE NO. 1
Exodus 8:25: “And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land (Egypt).”

What did Moses reply? “We will go THREE DAYS’ JOURNEY into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us” (Exodus 8:27). Moses would not compromise one inch.

Far too many Christians want God to accept their sacrifices while they remain in Egypt, caught up with the love of this world, entertainments, lusts, and perversions. They regard themselves as Christians, but have no understanding of God’s three day gap. Even though they belong to the church, to which they occasionally go, they are still in bondage to Egypt.

They may even offer sacrifices to God of tithes and praise and worship, but can God accept their sacrifices without the three day gap principle being applied to their lives?

Husbands and fathers, we must apply this principle to our own hearts and lives and teach it by example to our children.

We will continue to look at the other ways Pharaoh tried to make Moses compromise.

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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OurWholeHeartsRomans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

The Old Testament sacrifices were sacrifices that were killed. Of course, the grain offerings and fruits of the harvest that were offered to the Lord still had life in them. All the dead sacrifices pointed to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who willingly lay down His life so that we who were dead might live. God no longer calls for dead scarifies to be offered for our sins for it was accomplished ONCE AND FOR ALL in the death of His Son (Hebrews 9:28).

There is something very powerful about living sacrifices because they accomplish much more than dead sacrifices. The truth is that just as God was displeased when His people offered up dead sacrifices with the wrong attitude (out of duty, tradition, unwillingly, without due reverence and honor) in the same way God is displeased when we offer up ourselves as living sacrifices without due honor and respect for what He rightfully deserves.

Shallow, half-hearted offerings that contain no true heart feelings will also not be respected by God.

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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AcceptableOfferingPsalm 40:6-8: “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God, yes, thy law is within my heart.”

2 Corinthians 9:7: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

It seems a paradox that on one hand God has no desire in sacrificial offering, burnt offerings, and sin offerings, and yet on the other hand, Jesus Christ the Messiah is prophesied as coming into this world to be the ultimate fulfillment of all the Old Testament sacrifices. The understanding of this seemingly conflicting passage is that man’s sacrificial offerings were often tainted with selfish ambitions, religious pride, and coupled with ritualistic religion without heart affection.

Many offered their sacrifices out of duty. Malachi 1:7-9 says: “Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and ask, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by our means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.”

Throughout the entire chapters of Malachi, he speaks about the sacrifices and offerings with which God is not pleased. Malachi 3:4 states: “Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.” This refers to the second coming of Christ as stated in verses 2, 3: “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers soup: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

Men, we must teach our children to “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this word: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2). We must do this wh

We as husbands and fathers must set this standard in our own lives so they will be an encouragement to our families. As they see us offering ourselves as a living sacrifice each day to the Lord, they in turn will offer up their lives as living sacrifices, wholeheartedly and cheerfully, without any reservation. It is only this type of giving that is acceptable to God.

We must expose and submit ourselves to the refining fires of the Holy Spirit so that all of our giving will be acceptable to God. Let us not forget the offerings of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:3-5). God had no respect for Cain’s offering. His offering represented the work of his own hands which showed no repentance or humility for his own shortcomings and sinfulness. God hearkened to Abel’s offering for the lamb that he offered as a substitution for his own sins pointed to the coming of Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (1 John 1:29).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WillingHeartsNo matter how sweet the spices, the heart must be willing. Men, we must show by example to our families that no offering is sweet to God, no matter how expensive or sweet, if it does not come from a willing heart.

Exodus 25:6 speaks of the oil and incense which were to be made with sweet spices: “Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense.” However, we take note in verse 2 that these spices, along with all the other offerings, could only be received by Moses on the behalf of God from those who gave willingly: “Of every man that giveth it WILLINGLY with his heart ye shall take my offering.”

Exodus 35:5:¨”Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of A WILLING HEART, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD . . .” Once again this speaks of the importance of the attitude of a willing heart in giving an offering to the Lord. God does not want to receive anything from any person who gives out of duty, obligation, or forced against their own will.

Exodus 35:21, 22: “And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made WILLING, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle . . . And they came, both men and women as many as were WILLING HEARTED.”

Exodus 35:26: “And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.”

Exodus 35:29: “The children of Israel brought a WILLING offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them WILLING to bring all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded by the hand of Moses.”

We must teach our children that while it is appropriate to worship, read the Bible, and pray as an offering to the Lord, God does not accept it unless it is done with a willing heart. Unless we offer to God with a willing heart, we may as well not do it at all.

Psalm 110:3: “Thy people shall be WILLING in the day of thy power.”

2 Corinthians 9::7: “God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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