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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.

TurnedHeart1. POSITIVE ATTENTION VERSUS NEGATIVE ATTENTION

There is something seriously wrong when a father is so absorbed in himself, his own interests or needs that he shows very little attention to the emotional and physical needs of his children.

Some fathers think that so long as they provide the financial needs of their family, that is all that is required of them. There are some fathers who have succumbed to the entitlement mentality that the world owes them everything, that they do not have any responsibility to find a job and diligently work for their own needs, as well as their wife and family. Such men are not worthy to be called fathers. They have grown up with a deceived mentality.

While fathers need to be at some form of employment, they miss the mark if they do not see the importance of positively imparting into the lives of their children. Ephesians 6:4 states: “Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up (don’t pull them down) in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Children need the positive influence of both parents daily.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FathersHeart2Isaiah 49:15: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”

Men, it is imperative to guard our hearts, so they will be alert and sensitive to the needs of our children. The end time Elijah revival is primarily about the “turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers" (Malachi 4:6).

How sad that we live in an age of such disintegration of parental love for their own children. Divorce creates great havoc in multitudes of Christian families, turning the hearts of the children away from one or even both parents. One of the greatest gifts parents can give to their children is a very loving and secure marriage. This creates a stabilizing sense of security that every child deserves. Children born out of wedlock in a relationship where they refuse to get married does not provide an environment of loving, parental care and protection.

All these things stint the heart relationship that can only come from hearts that have been truly turned by God toward children (their own children and embracing God’s heart toward children). This enables the children to have their own hearts turned to their parents.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FathersHeartMalachi 4:6: “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.” Scripturally speaking, the heart is the center of affections and feelings. It is the storehouse of love, loyalty, valued relationships, and all that we hold dear.

We say that people have “no heart” who are cold, withdrawn, and indifferent.

To have a heart of love and affection for children and family is a very godly, noble, and honorable thing. Man’s heart is the garden of the Lord. God has innately put into the hearts of fathers and mothers the instinct to love their children and to do what is best for them. To sacrifice for them, to provide, nurture and sustain them (emotionally, physically, and spiritually) to the best of their ability. There is something radically wrong with parent’s hearts when they are cold, unloving, and uncaring towards their own offspring.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ArisePray“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).

Pray daily. Pray individually, and pray corporately as a family for Donald Trump, our President Elect:

1. That he will personally seek God. Pray that instead of being a man of the flesh, he will 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. Mike Pence is heading up the transition.

4. That he will be fearless and strong against all national and international ungodly, unjust, liberal agendas, especially foreign policies; and that all government corruption will be exposed and dealt with.

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

6. That he will continually 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.

7. That God will give divine protection over him and his family, Mike Pence and his family. Pray against assassins.

8. That he will take the office of the presidency seriously (not casually), and be a godly example to the nation and the world.

9. That he will be a great example for good, that he will be respected both at home and abroad, and that his enemies will shut their mouths.

10. That he will be gracious and kind, but bold and strong when appropriate.

Keep praying,

Colin Campbell

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BeFaithful2Millions of God-fearing people prayed around the world the night of the elections. It was a miraculous deliverance from a government sold out to an agenda of extreme socialism, big government, legalization of moral perversions (such as abortion and homosexuality) and anti-American constitutionalism. This nation was about to go over the cliff and down into the abyss of anti-Christ extreme liberalism and moral bankruptcy.

God, in His great mercy heard our prayers and gave us another window of His mercy and grace. We were so close to losing without God’s divine intervention.

You may remember from my earlier writings during the time of the primaries that I did not endorse Trump, but voted for Ted Cruz. However, that was not to be. In the end, it came down to the fact that we had to vote for a conservative or extreme liberal agenda. God knows what He is doing far beyond our finite minds and has given us a man who will make things happen. But ultimately He saved us from disaster.

Many prophetic words have come to God’s people (some of these given a long time ago) stating God would give Trump for president and that he would be like a Cyrus who helped the people of God, even though he was a heathen. Read Isaiah 45 of God’s word to Cyrus, the king of Persia. God says to him: “I have even called there by thy name . . . though thou hast not known me.” (It’s interesting that Trump will be our 45th President).

The day before the election I felt the Holy Spirit speak to my heart: “Colin, if I give you Trump, will you be faithful to pray for him every day?” I was taken aback. Could I do this in my own strength? I answered, “Yes, Lord, only by your grace.”

I believe we must all arise against every entrenchment of the devil and apply ourselves with earnest and heart-felt prayers, coupled with every endeavor to live a godly lifestyle that will impact the nation and the world.

Will you join with me in praying for our President Elect every day? This is a man who walked in the flesh. However, as God’s people arise and pray, he can become a man who walks in the Spirit. Imagine what can happen to our nation and the world if every God-fearing Christian interceded for him every day?

I will write a separate post with 10 points to pray for Trump. You can print this off and keep it in your Bible, or of course, keep it on your iPhone to remind you.

We must also pray against any evil agenda Obama would seek to enforce in his last 90 days of office. Pray for God’s divine protection.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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