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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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GreaterProblemPhilippians 4:6: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

The more we dwell on the negative circumstances problems that surround us, the bigger the problems become to us. The more we are anxious, mulling over anything that goes wrong, the more anxious we become. Anxiety and worry wear us out. They burn us out spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

“Be careful for nothing” means we should not be anxious about anything. Don’t fret about anything. The NCV translation says: “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, ALWAYS GIVING THANKS.”

Worries and cares are part of the devil’s weaponry to defeat us. We need to wake up to the root cause of all our anxieties.

“Be careful for nothing” is not an exhortation that is impossible to apply to our lives Multitudes in this great and free country are bound with worries and anxieties, even in the Christian church. Living in a free country does not exempt us from worrying about all sorts of things. Instead of prayer and supplications, coupled with thanksgiving, many take anti-depressant drugs or stifle their problems with alcohol.

The more we worry, the more we magnify the problem, resulting in our becoming exhausted and defeated. The devil claps his hands and jumps for joy to see us miserable and defeated. The more we dwell on anxiety the more we magnify the devil.

Conversely, the more we pray and supplicate, coupled with the most important ingredient of thanksgiving, the more we magnify the Lord. Faith is released. We understand that God is on our side and He is much bigger and greater than our problems, whatever they may be.

The great question is: will we be foolish enough to magnify the devil’s attacks and strategies, or will we instead magnify God by turning each problem over to Him.

The greater the problems, the greater we should pray and intercede. The greater the problems, the greater we should worship, thank, and bless our great God.

We have not grown up into maturity as a church unless we put this principle into action in our own lives and in the lives of our families and friends.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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EachDayDeuteronomy 33: 25: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”

Are you worrying about what you have to do tomorrow? Are you wondering how your current situation is going to turn out? Are you fearful about things you are facing? Dear mother, God doesn’t give you strength for tomorrow. He gives you strength for today. And when tomorrow comes, He will be with you and carry you through tomorrow. Nothing you face is bigger than God.

And did you know that this promise is especially tailor made for mothers? God gives these words in a prophetic blessing upon the tribe of Asher where it says “Let Asher be blessed with children” and then it concludes with “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” It’s in the context of having children! How about that?

You may think, “How on earth could I ever cope with another child? I’m already overwhelmed.” Dear Mother, God is your strength for today. He doesn’t give you strength and energy for a baby that has not yet come to you. If God sends you another blessing from Heaven, He will give you the strength when He gives you the baby. What a wonderful God we have.

Rejoice in God’s strength and anointing He gives you for today.

Blessings,

Nancy Campbell

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WorthyPsalm 34:3: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name TOGETHER.”

Speaking about Abraham, Romans 4:20, 21 says: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”

Praising and worshipping God is a great booster, worshipper, and precursor of faith. When we magnify God, we enlarge Him in our faith. Faith cannot remain small in the souls of those who constantly magnify and extol Him. Magnifying God does not make God any greater than He is. Magnifying God opens up the eyes of our hearts to realize more and more just how great He already is so that we can apply the realization of His greatness to our every need.

Psalm 34:1, 2 states: “ I will bless the LORD AT ALL TIMES: his praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth. My soul shall make her BOAST IN THE LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” There is not a time when we are exempted from praising and worshipping God, no matter how bleak and dark the outlook. There will always be something for which to praise Him.

Apart from Jesus Christ, I do not think anyone could have suffered more than Job and yet he still found a way to bless the Lord. Job 1:20-22 says: “Then Job arose, and rent his mangle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

Praise and worship increases our faith. Right now, more than ever, the world needs the church to be full of faith and power. Acts 6:8 says: “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”

It seems wrong to me, and I am sure more so to the Lord, that when we sing the great hymn, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long” on Sunday that we do not practice it through the week. When will we learn that the more we magnify Him, the greater will be the release of our faith?

We will soon have revival when we daily release our hearts to worship our most worthy and awesome God. Acts 2:46, 47 says: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart PRAISING GOD, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to church daily such as should be saved."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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UseTongueWorship is the greatest antidote to all the infirmities and negatives we are called to go through.

Having escaped the bondage of cruel slavery in Egypt, the children of Israel were not destined to immediately arrive in Canaan, the Promised Land. Before they could set their feet on the soil of the Promised Land they had to go through the fiery trials of the wilderness. Without the wilderness experience they would not learn how to trust and obey. They would not learn how to depend on God’s strength and wisdom rather than their own.

It wasn’t a coincidence or accident they went through the wilderness. God allowed it by His determinate design and will. God did not desire to have an unprepared and self-reliant people to fight the giants of Canaan. Nor could they bring down the high walls of their cities by the strength and power of their own arm. A thousand times, no.

They had to learn God’s strategy for every battle. Every battle would be a different plan of attack. The only principle that would remain the same for every new encounter with the enemy was the principle of seeking God afresh to find exactly His plan. What He wanted them to do. When He wanted them to go. Where He wanted them to go.

Seeking God was often accompanied with praise and worship. In a spiritual sense, this same principle applies to us today for we are fighting spiritual foes. In some situations, even in Canaan, singers and musicians sang and worshipped God as they went out a head of the armies of Israel. Trumpeters went before the army in the battle of Jericho. Also in Jehoshaphat’s time.

2 Chronicles 20:21, 22 states: “And when he (Jehoshaphat) had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

The first thing we should do when the enemy attacks us is to worship the Lord and invite Him to come in and fight our battles with us and for us. Worship and praise are great ways to invite the powerful presence of God to our defense. Worship and praise take away our fears and help us focus on the awesome power of God. This is the way we lift up the gates of our mouths, using our tongues and voices to praise the greatness of His strength power. As we worship and praise the Lord of hosts (the God of the armies of heaven) comes in! Yes He does.

If we do not praise and worship, we tend to talk more negatively about the battle. Our tongues will talk, no matter what. Therefore it is far more beneficial to use them to praise and worship the greatness and power of our awesome God.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ThunderWord"I love those that thunder out the Word,...the Christian world is in a deep sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can awaken them out of it."

~ George Whitefield

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