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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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zealofthelordMen, we need to be fixed and established in our hearts regarding the doctrine of obedience to Christ. What on earth is the relevance of Scripture knowledge concerning Christ and praying in His name if we are weak on the practice of daily obedience to the voice of His Spirit?

Romans 8:14 says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Men, this is so very important. When we are led by the Spirit of God we validate our sonship. It is easy for us to hit and miss on this matter of being led by the Spirit. We often do not recognize the promptings of the Spirit because we are so busy listening to our own reasoning and logic.

Obedience is paramount for God's blessings on man. Deuteronomy chapter 28 speaks of the most amazing blessings God pours out on the obedient and the terrible curses that come upon those who are disobedient. Saul, the first king of Israel was rejected and the Spirit of the Lord departed from him because of partial obedience, which God still sees as disobedience (1 Samuel 15:11-23).

1 Samuel 15:22-23 says, "Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Praying FamilyMen, we have to pioneer the breaking through of prayer with our families as promised by Jesus, "If two of you shall agree as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:19-20).

What a wonderful thing it is for us to provide for our families, two times per day, the opportunity for the presence of God to be known and felt in our midst. The presence of Christ is a blessing we cannot afford to do without. It will do much more for the development of our children's godly character than anything else we can provide for them.

Men, we have to ask ourselves honestly: why do we not see more breaking through prayers where we see the answers coming forth more frequently? I believe one of the answers is very plain. It is simple obedience to what He tells us to do. Jesus tells us in John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." We should not only read God's Word for the purpose of gaining godly knowledge. This is not wrong in itself, but it's even more important to read and hear the Word of God. We must do it and apply it quickly to our lives. We will then find we can open our mouths wide , ask great things, and God will give us the breakthrough.

Psalm 81;8-10 says, "Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me: there shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.. I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Obedience Pioneering"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, OBEYED; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Hebrews 11:8-10).

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"Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). If we don't walk with God as the true sons of God, we will soon gravitate to imitating the sons and daughters of men. The world's mindset becomes our mindset. The world soon becomes our friend."

~ Colin Campbell

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pioneering4Pioneering is breaking through barriers. Pioneering families who daily pray together will experience many breakthroughs. The devil fears the families that agree together in prayer because their praying has awesome power to bring destruction to the devil's evil kingdom.

Family prayer must be re-pioneered. The twice daily Family Devotions is without a doubt a great assistance to prayer.

Prayer should be spontaneous, but it should also be ordered. We love to eat spontaneously. However, what would life be like if we did not order our families to eat together at the table? It would be a hopeless task for the mother to prepare food and organize cleanup if we do not have such a thing as order.

Prayer is quickly crowded out of our lives if we do not order it. The same happens to the daily habit of reading the Bible to the family. It is speedily overtaken with less important things if we do not apply the rule of order. The Scripture says we should "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This inspires continuous and spontaneous praying. However this does not negate the daily order of prayer. 2 Chronicles 8:14 talks about the morning and evening praise and prayer to the Lord, "as the duty of every day required."

The disciples, Peter and John, went up the temple at the hour of prayer (Acts 3:1).

Lydia, a seller of purple, was converted to Christ at a riverside ordered prayer meeting (Acts 16:13-15).

Matthew 18:19, 20 reminds us, "If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Ordered times for prayer and reading the Bible are appropriate for even small families who desire God's presence in their midst.

How can two or three get together on a regular basis in order to have the prayer of agreement if no one has ordered it? It would soon become haphazard and die out.

Our God is a breakthrough God and He has ordained prayer to accomplish every breakthrough.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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