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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.

ConductDevotions3. CONDUCT FAMILY DEVOTIONS WITH YOUR FAMILY

2 Timothy 3:15 says: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Be concerned for the over-all well-being of your children. This means their spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. Be concerned enough to earnestly bring about positive and constructive changes.

4. WATCH OVER YOUR CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING

This means their spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. Be concerned enough to earnestly bring about positive and constructive changes.

5. BE RELATIONAL TO YOUR CHILDREN

Take time to converse in a positive, friendly way, as regularly as possible, depending upon the age of your children. In most cases, daily.

6. SHOW GENUINE INTEREST IN THE THINGS THAT INTEREST YOUR CHILDREN

Talk to them about the books they like to read, the hobbies they enjoy, their sporting activities, the food they love to eat, the wholesome movies they like to watch, the friends they have, and much more.

7. TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO FUN PLACES

Take your little children to places where they can have fun on the swings and slides etc. Take them for walks in the woods and around the rocks at the beach. Take them to creeks and caves.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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TurnedHeart2jpg2. A TURNED HEART INVOLVES CHANGED PRIORITIES

Next to God, who is without doubt the highest priority, a man’s wife and family is his highest priority.

1 Timothy 5:8 says: “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” Even though a man may mentally agree with the high degree of family priority, it may not necessarily translate into action. It takes more than agreement to accomplish the result. A man who has a bad valve in his heart may agree with his doctor that he needs an operation. However, his agreement must be backed up with action to get the job done.

James 1:22-25 says: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

It takes the divine Elijah anointing to turn hearts. Malachi 4:5, 6 says: “Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Just as mental agreement is not sufficient to make one a good parent, desire can also be insufficient unless we submit our desires to God’s enabling. Agreement and desire both need to be bathed before God in earnest prayer.

Some men think that so long as God sees they AGREE that parenting should be a high priority and they DESIRE to be a better parent, that this should be enough. And yet they still drop their children off at daycare centers. They continue to let the state (with all its ungodly, worldly agenda, plus the uncontrolled peer pressure of the playground) teach their children. There is something wrong with this mindset.

Mental agreement and uncommitted desires that do not result in righteous actions to materialize godly priorities will not “cut it” in these critical days.

It is high time for each one of us who call ourselves Christian parents to take a fresh stock on just how our top priorities affect our families, right now.

Is there anything today in my life that hinders my family from being my highest priority, next to God?

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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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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