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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.

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Numbers 33:55 says, "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thrown in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell."

Despite all the rhetoric coming out of Washington concerning our national safety and awareness, the question still remains, "How safe are we really?"

Since 9/11 2001 the general public who regularly travel through airports are given the impression that our government genuinely looks out for our safety. However, any one in their right mind understands that while our southern border continues to remain as porous it is to this very day, with literally tens of thousands of illegals permitted to gate crash our immigration system every year, that our airport security is only window dressing to make us feel falsely secure. Our present federal government is virtually standing at the border with a big celebration cake full of goodies in order to make would-be terrorists feel welcome and safe in a America. What a joke.

The reason I point this it is because the Christian church, as far as its spiritual borders are concerned, parallels the nation with its wide borders that allow the world, the flesh, and the devil to come pouring in at an unprecedented rate. And often with the same welcome cake to celebrate their arrival. I think that as far as border security is concerned, the southern border reflects the border state of the church and will continue to do so until the church wakes up to what we are negatively allowing in to destroy our morals, our marriages, and our families.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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StandtallPsalm 118:6 says, "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?"

Our Homeland Security arose to new levels of vigilance following 9/11. As Christians, we must also constantly be on the alert for spiritual and immoral terrorists that seek to attack and destroy our moral values in individuals, families, homes, churches, and the nation.

To be honest, I believe that spiritual vigilance regarding our nation's values is the first line of defense and needs the most attention. Our nation's border defense systems against physical enemies, e.g. Islamic terrorist organizations are secondary, although I do not seek to undermine their strategic importance. The question is: how safe are we? Even if we have all our borders and ports of entrance covered with the most sophisticated technology (which we do not), if our national morals and godly values are not vigilantly guarded, are we really safe?

As a nation, we must understand that real protection comes from God. Unless He is on our side, we remain vulnerable for all kinds of attack. Moral values are under serious erosion in our nations. The sanctity of marriage is under massive attack--both from the homosexual agenda as well as unfaithfulness and divorce, even in the church. Abortion is the shedding of innocent blood and that blood continues to flow in an ever increasing stream throughout our nation's abortion clinics. How is that we are so indignant at ISIS slashing innocent people's throats while our own nation slashes the throats of our own unborn babies? What hypocrisy and blindness.

As families, churches, and nations we must never ever forget that God is our most important line of defense. True homeland security is very much a spiritual thing.
If God is not watching over us to protect us from all enemy attack then we are of all people most vulnerable.

We should make it our most urgent business to keep God on our side. Whatever is an offence to God must also be an offence to us. We must never, as a nation, take God's protection for granted. I fear this what we have done and continue to do.

Psalm 127:1 says, "Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Wake-Up-AmericaToday is 9/11 2014. 9/11 2001 was a wakeup call for America. Despite what many think, I believe America did right by responding with appropriate action to strike back at the two nations who were mainly responsible for harboring and assisting the Al Qaeda terrorist organization that cruelly and callously attacked and killed so many thousands of innocent peace-loving Americans. They had done them no harm nor threatened them. This was a premeditated murder of American citizens simply because they hate us because we are not Islamic and practicing their Sharia law. And also because as Christians we support Israel who they also hate.

They have to know that we owe it to our nation to show appropriate response to their attacks.

The big question is: How aware are we? Having dealt them a massive blow in both those countries, we decided to withdraw and take a more softer and tolerant approach toward them. Now we reap the tragic results with an even bolder and more barbaric ideology in new and improved terrorism.

America woke up for awhile but soon drifted back into dozing. America has been called to wake up and stay awake. As Christian families we must learn that prayer is the method God uses to keep us awake and alert. We must be on the alert spiritually, for our nation's sake.

I believe God is calling for families, as well as individuals, to wake up and pray as never before. If ever there was a time in all our history to pray, that time is NOW.

Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 22:46: "Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation."

Be encouraged. Colin Campbell

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mosesHandsLiftedBattle fatigue is as real in the spiritual realm as it is in the natural. In the day of attack it is a good strategy to surround ourselves with like-minded people who will help to hold up our hands when we become weary and fatigued.

There are two major components to every battle, the physical and the spiritual. Exodus 17:11, 12: "And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun."

In this passage of Scripture, Joshua and his army were fighting against the Amalekites who were attacking Israel. God clearly demonstrates that the physical victory for the armies of the Lord was very dependent on the spiritual battle being fought on "the top of the hill" (Exodus 17:10). Moses held up his hands with the "rod of God" (the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Word of God). This same rod had performed many miracles before Pharaoh in Egypt. It was used to divide the Red sea.

Even in this current battle against ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, the Muslim Brotherhood and many other terrorist organizations there are still two components--the natural and the spiritual. To defeat these modern day Amalekites we must be men and women (and of course families) like Moses, Aaron, and Hur who will hold up holy hands with the "rod of God" and attack the spiritual evil powers that drive the Amalekites.

Thank God for the coalition of western powers who are doing what they can physically do, but relying only upon the physical when fighting against evil will not and cannot defeat the forces of wickedness in the heavenlies. Remember that "the top of the hill" signifies that the battle must be won in the heavenly realm in order for the physical armies to prevail.

This is where we fathers, along with our families, have a very important role to perform The battle against extreme Islam is a spiritual fight. We fathers must teach our growing sons and daughters how to fight in the heavenly realm. We must teach them what it means to lift up holy hands with the high praises of God in our mouths and a two edged word in our hands (Psalm 149:6).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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handsraised1 Timothy 2:8: "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

Psalm 134:2: "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord."

Psalm 141:2: "Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice."

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