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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

SleepingChild2Today we come back to our series on FATHERHOOD IN GOD’S IMAGE

Psalm 11:3 states: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Fatherhood, without doubt, is one of the most important foundations upon which we build a healthy society!

Fatherhood is one of the greatest roles a man can have the privilege to live and fulfill.

Without the function of true fatherhood, society quickly fails. Strong fathers are necessary to make strong families and strong families make a strong nation.

Christian men are greatly privileged to know God as their Father. Jesus said in John 14:6: “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” To know God as our Father is indeed a priceless treasure to experience. In the Gospel of John alone the name of the Father is mentioned approximately 123 times. Jesus spoke of God as Father more than any writer in the Bible.

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus taught us to pray: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). To me, this surely means that the name of God as Father is a hallowed name, a name to be reverenced, to make holy and sacred.

God is the prototype of all true fatherhood. There is a strong sense of love, intimacy, care, protection, and mercy that God graciously provides for us through our relationship with Him as our personal father. God is the greatest Father of all. He is perfect fatherhood.

We are so amazingly and unbelievably privileged to always address Him each time we pray as “Our Father” or even better, “My Father which art in heaven.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

Painting by Terri Meyer (watercolor). The artist describes the painting: “My grandson melted into my father's arms.”

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GodSeatedUsMen, just as Moses took his position on a hill overlooking the battle that was raging between the sons of light and the sons of darkness, so we must also, by faith, take up our position in Christ who has ascended into the hill of the Lord on our behalf. This hill of the Lord into which Jesus Christ has ascended is the highest position of all.

Ephesians 4:10 sates: “He that descended is the same also that ASCENDED UP FAR ABOVE ALL heavens that he might fill all things.”

When it comes to prevailing prayer and seeing our prayers answered, it is important for us to see ourselves seated together with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). This enables our faith to rise and become strong because it is not based on our righteousness, but on His righteousness.

Psalm 24:3: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?"

When we look at all the moral and ethical qualifications listed in the following verses in Psalm 24, we could easily shrink back into our own hopeless despair. However, we have the amazing truth that through identification with Christ Jesus, we have the privilege of being not only welcomed up into the holy hill (heavenly places), but we are given a front seat!

In fact, even more than front seat. We are given a governing seat in Christ at the right hand of the almighty throne of God.

Psalm 15:1-5 also speaks of the righteous qualifications of those who can dwell in God’s holy hill.

We Christian men but not view ourselves apart from Christ-worthiness. This is where we so often fail to see our prayers answered. We must appropriate our ascended position in Christ.

From our position of being ascended and seated at the Father’s right hand of total and complete power, we dare not plead our own name. God has given Jesus a name which is above every name and at the mention of this name “every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10,11).

This name has been given to us to plead in the place of our own unworthy name.

1 Corinthians 1:30: “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

Colossians 2:10: “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”

Teach Your families these truths so they can have their prayers answered.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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AllOurHeartsMen, what appears to be happening very quickly in this Trump administration is huge and amazing. We should be most grateful to God for all that happened in this first week. All federal funding for Planned Parenthood has been abolished. Thank, Lord! We must continue to pray that abortion will be completely overturned.

The Trans Pacific Partnership has been overturned, making it better for the United States to negotiate their own deals with nations individually.

Obama Care, with all its liberal agenda and unaffordable costs is in the process of being repealed and overturned.

Immigration, designed to stop easy access and illegal entry of terrorists through porous borders is being put into effect as we speak. About time!

So many things are changing for good, almost daily. I think It is hard for the media to get focused on any one thing, for as soon as they do, there is immediately more ground-breaking, earth-shattering news that freaks out the liberal media and makes them increasingly dumbfounded. The Lord is indeed giving us a window of opportunity to push back the forces of darkness and to advance the kingdom of righteousness.

We must be watchful and pray like we never have before. We must pray that . . .


• God will continue to give our president great favor, coupled with much wisdom, and understanding.
• Pray that he will continue to have the strength and stamina that will enable him to stay the course.
• Pray that he will not flag in his zeal for good, righteous government.
• Pray that all those he has chosen to govern in all areas of his administration will do their job well and with honor.
• Pray that all their marriages and families will be kept strong so the enemy will not be given any opportunity for slander.
• Pray that none will compromise in any matter of morality or ethics.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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LiftUpHandsMen, it is time right now, while we have this window of opportunity, to gather our families around us and pray for our president and all his cabinet.

I was concerned in my spirit last night as I lay in bed thinking about the screaming protestors around the country and across the world, protesting over almost everything President Donald Trump seeks to do for the good and protection of our country.

I was reminded of what I believe God spoke to me on the final day of our elections. He challenged me that if he would give America Donald Trump to be our next President, would I pray for him daily? I did not want to be presumptuous or careless with my answer, knowing how easy it is to say Yes to something, but not follow through. And so, I answered, “By your grace I will commit myself.”

I never realized at the time just how quickly such yelling, hateful speech actions and protests would immediately happen. Much of it is inspired by a reprobate, liberal, and extreme socialist media, as well as being financed by the wealthy communist, George Soros.

I am reminded of the battle between Israel and the Amalekites in Exodus 17:8-16. Verse 11 says: “And it happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”

Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands on both sides. Trump, like Joshua, is physically fighting against the enemies of our country and constitution. Many of these people prefer Islam above Christianity. They prefer abortion and death of innocent unborn children. They oppose life and all that is godly. Romans 1:28 says that God gives them up to a “reprobate mind.”

When Moses was up on the hill with his arms held high and the rod of God in his hand, Israel prevailed. The rod of God is now in the hands of Jesus Christ, the son of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1). Men, we must get up in the high hill of the Lord (Psalm 15) and lift holy hands. Get your wife and children to join in the fight and hold up your hands together for our land.

1 Timothy 2:8: “I will therefore that men pray every where, LIFTING HOLY HANDS, without wrath and doubting.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4: “I exhort therefore, that FIRST, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior: Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PrayPresidentMen, I believe we should be most grateful for our new president. God, in His mercy, has given us a president who wills to work very hard to save America from the extreme socialist agenda and global ideology of our last president, Barak Obama. Hilary Clinton would have taken this country further into the pit of destructive liberalism.

Now that God has so graciously answered our prayers, we must be faithful to pray daily for our new government.

When listening to Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer give his second interview with the press, he was asked how the new administration felt about the woman’s demonstration. He defended their rights to free speech, which to my mind was a compromise, as much of the demonstration protest was loud and filthy abuse of the liberty of free speech.

The people of America, or any country for that matter, should not have to have such vulgarity displayed before their eyes and the eyes of their sons and daughters. This is plain straight abuse of freedom and liberty of public, moral decency. It would have been good if he had brought this to the press’s attention. However, he is doing a good job with the press.

When Donald J. Trump was first nominated to be president of this nation, God challenged my heart to pray for him. At that time, I sent out some pointers to pray for the president. Now that he is in augurated and in power, I feel it is important to remind one another to keep praying. He is only a man, and he cannot do this job without the anointing, wisdom, and help of Almighty God. He needs the prayers of God’s people.

Can I ask you to faithfully pray for him each day? You can do this personally, but, I would also encourage you to pray with your families.

Here are some pointers for you:

1. That he will personally seek God. Pray that instead of being a man of the flesh, he will be become a man of the Spirit. 2 Chronicles 26:5 says of Uzziah: “As long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.”

2. That he will seek God for:

a) Wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:7-10).
b) Godly counsel
c) Humility before God and man
d) Righteousness

3. That he will choose righteous people to take the key positions in our federal government, cabinet, Supreme Court, etc.

4. That he will gather around him godly advisors—God-fearing men and women who stand uncompromisingly for God’s ways and for the Constitution.

5. That he will be fearless and strong against all national and international ungodly, unjust, liberal agendas, especially foreign policies.

6. That he will expose and deal with all government corruption.

7. That he will not compromise on all matters of importance, e.g. life (against abortion and euthanasia), marriage, Common Core, national security, border control, military, etc.

8. That he will stand for ISRAEL and not give in to the UN and the Palestinian propaganda.

9. That he will increasingly have his eyes opened to God’s ways. That he will have discernment between good and evil, right and wrong, clean and unclean, e.g. homosexual agenda. Ezekiel 44:23 states: “They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Read also Jeremiah 15:9 and Ezekiel 22:6.

10. For divine protection for him and his family, Mike Pence, and his family. Pray against assassins.
11. That he will take the office of the presidency seriously and be a godly example to the nation and to the world. Pray that he will be a great example for good, respected both at home and abroad, and all enemies will shut their mouths.
12. That he will be gracious and kind, but bold and strong when appropriate.

“God Forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23).

“I exhort therefore, that, first, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty . . .” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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