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

GoldMin15Jesus Christ is our true measurement. He is our foursquare measurement. Everything about His life and character was divinely measured. His prayer, worship, and intercession were divinely measured.

This divine measurement has been given to us by His Indwelling Spirit. If our prayer life does not match with His praying, Indwelling Sprit then we are unbalanced. If the wheel of a car is not balanced correctly the car will shake and the ride uncomfortable. Our Christian lives need to be balanced with prayer, the truth of God’s Word, as well as being filled with His Holy Spirit.

Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23, 24). This is divine measurement. Unless our prayers come from our spirits, motivated by His Indwelling Holy Spirit, then they are not much more than hot air (whipped up human emotion) or cold air (without fervency, life, or true desire.)

Praying in the Holy Ghost and in truth is a subject we have much to learn about.

Praying in truth means that:
1. We do not pray with a desire for self-glory.
2. We do not pray just because of political correctness. Because it is expected of us, but our hearts are not in it. Because we are asked to pray, but not because God motivates us.
3. We pray and worship because the Word of Truth motivates our hearts.
4. We pray in the spirit of love, without hate or desire to bring judgment on our brothers and sisters in Christ.
5. We pray in the spirit of meekness, not with any desire to show that we are more spiritual than others.
6. We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus to the Father so He will receive our prayers.
7. We pray, not pleading our own worthiness or righteousness, but only that which is ours in Jesus Christ.
8. We pray in faith claiming all the promises of God regarding His will.
9. We pray, desiring only His will be done, not our own.
10. We pray that God’s name will be glorified, not ours.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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The whole of our Christian life is divinely measured by God’s Word. We cannot worship at the divinely measured golden altar until our self life and flesh is crucified at the brazen altar.

God spoke to Moses in Exodus 25:40: “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which had showed thee in the mount.”

Worship, praise, prayer, and intercession are divinely measured at the golden altar. Remember, the altar was foursquare. Everything done at the golden altar had to line up with Scripture. Severe retribution came from God if any service or ministry before God was not executed correctly.

Regarding the anointing oil which was also divinely measured Exodus 30:33 states: “Whosoever compounded any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.”

Regarding the incense to be used at the golden altar, representing prayer and worship, Exodus 30:37, 38 states: “And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD. Whosever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.”

Leviticus 10:1-3 tells the story of Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, who offered strange fire: “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censor, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is that the LORD spake, saying I will be sanctified in them that come night me, and before all the people I will be glorified.”

When David sought to bring the ark of God’s presence, which was also divinely measured back to Jerusalem, he did not seek God for His divine plan for the way it was to be carried. Therefore, when Uzza put up his hand to steady the ark when the oxen began to stumble, God was angry. 1 Chronicles 13:10 says: “And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.”

Nadab and Abihu were out of divine measurement when they offered strange fire. Uzza was out of divine measurement when he put up his hand to steady the ark. From the moment you stepped on to the hallowed ground of the tabernacle from the brazen laver to the ark of the covenant, you had to observe the divine measurement. Substituting your own measurement would cost you your life.

People say that all of this only pertained to the Old Testament. We are now under grace. Therefore, nothing of the divine measurement applies. Excuse me! What about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11? They failed to measure up to the divine measurement and lied to the Holy Ghost. It cost them their lives.

Just because we do not see the Ananias and Sapphira situation happening these days does not mean that God’s judgment day is over.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15: “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be; burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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GoldMin13The power of God’s presence should be one of the highest objectives in our lives.

THERE IS JOY IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Psalm 16:11 says: “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” When God shows us the path of life He reveals that His path of life leads to His glorious presence where there is fullness of joy and everlasting pleasures. Read 1 Chronicles 16:27.

THERE IS HEALING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Luke 5:17 says: “And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”

THERE IS REST IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Is your soul restless? Go into God’s presence. There is where you find your rest. Exodus 33:14 says: “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”

MOUNTAINS MELT IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Are you facing mountains in your life? Mountains melt in His presence. Psalm 97:5 says: “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the LORD of the whole earth.” Read also Judges 5:5; Micah 1:4; and Nahum 1:5.

THERE IS PROTECTION IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Although Psalm 91, the protection psalm, does not use the word “presence” it mentions all the blessings of divine protection to those who make the Lord their habitation, which is the place where God dwells.

Psalm 95:9, 10 states: “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is thy refuge, even the most High, thy HABITATION; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Those who make the Lord their dwelling place will experience His presence for God’s presence is His habitation, where He lives.

It goes without saying that those who call themselves the people of God should also be the people of His presence.

Have we lost sight of the power of God’s presence? Are we more content with the powerlessness of our own presence? God forbid. Many Christians, in the church and their individual lives, have never experienced the power of His presence. And yet we were born to experience His presence, in our earthly life, as well as in the hereafter.

ENEMIES PERISH IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

Psalm 9:3: “When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.”

GOD’S PRESENCE PROVES OUR SEPARATION

It is not removing ourselves from the affairs of this world, but the power of God’s presence in our lives that proves we are the separated people of God. Exodus 33:15, 16 (NKJV) says: “Then he said to Him, If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

THE POWER OF GOD’S PRESENCE IS OUR RIGHT

Matthew 18:20 says: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Perhaps we need to re-examine what it really means to gather together in “His name.” We need to de-emphasize the names of our denominations, the name of our pastor, our own names, and instead train our hearts and minds to exalt and magnify only the name of Jesus Christ. When we gather in His name it stands for reason that what we do and say must have the approval of His worthy name.

We can longer try to stamp the approval of the name of Jesus on our gatherings together if Jesus Himself does not approve of the way we gather. To know and experience His presence is the stamp of His approval that we truly gather in His name.

The power of God’s presence will change our lives. And the lives of our families.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FathersJob“Where is the business that is so important as to justify a man’s evasion of the sacred duties which he owes to his own family? There cannot be any other work in this world which a man can do that will excuse him at God’s bar for having neglected the care of his own home and the training of his own children. No success in any department of the world’s work can possibly atone for failure here. No piling up of this world’s treasures can compensate a man for the loss of those incomparable jewels of his own children.”

~ J. R. Miller (1840 – 1912).

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GoldMin12The reason the golden altar of prayer is so important is that it ushers us right into the Holy of Holies.

In our failure to place our lives on this golden altar of incense/prayer, we fail to walk in the power and blessings of God’s presence. How easy it is to say to friends or acquaintances who are going through great tragedy: “You will be in our prayers.” We even hear it coming from the lips of politicians and leaders.

“You are in our prayers” can be so politically correct. And yet at the same time we don’t allow it in our public schools! Therefore, it is nothing more than pious lip service. It sounds nice, but it is wrong to say these words and not pray! There was a time in our political and national history when these words were backed up by action.

There are many who are going through tragedy in their lives and need our prayers, not our ever-so-nice platitudes. It’s so easy to talk about prayer and yet not pray!

Hebrews 4:16 says: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grade to help in time of need.”

All our needs are met at this altar. There is no other way.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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