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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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LordSpokeMoses cried out to God, "I beseech thee, show me thy glory" (Exodus 33:18). Men, the enemy of our souls will do all that he can to stop us from truly seeing God.

Many will say they see God in all of nature surrounding us and that is enough. There is a biblical basis for beholding God in creation. Romans 1: 20 says: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and God head, so that they are without excuse." However, it is possible to see God in creation and yet not really see Him.

Moses obviously saw Him in creation as well as experiencing His holy presence at the burning bush (Exodus 3:2-6).
Moses met with God on the top of Mt. Sinai when God gave him the Ten Commandments. He dwelt in the immediate presence of God for forty days and forty nights (Exodus 30).
Along with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, plus the seventy elders of Israel, Moses saw God (Exodus 24:9-11).
Moses spake with God "face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend" (Exodus 33:11).

Anyone else would have been satisfied, but not Moses. In Exodus 34:13 he earnestly prays: "I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight."

In verse 18 he prays: "I beseech thee, show me thy glory."

Do we who have the privilege of seeing God through looking at His Son, Jesus Christ, have this same unquenchable desire to see more of God. Do we really want to know Him? Do we long to see His glory?

Is it impurity that robs us of this greater vision of God? Or is it plain apathy? In a sense, apathy is an impurity.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Colossians29Colossians 2:9, 10: "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."

Men who set the eyes of their hearts to seek God for the purpose of deep and intimate relationship with Him will be those who best reflect and mirror Christ to a needy world. It is not purity of our own manufacturing that enables us to see God, but purity that we receive by our abiding relationship in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:30, 31: "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

Personal holiness that enables us to see God is not self-manufactured. Self-manufactured holiness is deception, cloaked in pride, and is not acceptable to God. It is only as we lay claim to Christ's holiness to keep our heats pure that we will be able to see God. We must never have faith in our own righteousness or holiness to obtain favor with God.

God the Father has given us all the privileges of claiming and pleading the holiness of His Son without our help.

Men, the world today is full of distractions to turn away our eyes from looking at Jesus for our personal holiness. To have a real impact of purity upon our families, friends, and the world we must lay hold of Christ's holiness alone.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PureHearts2John 14:8, 9: "Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him . . . he that hath seen me hath seen the Father."

Men, seeing God should always be the earnest desire of our hearts, and all of God's people. Those who are truly converted to Christ are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who seeks to focus our attention on Jesus Christ.

How often have we sung . . .
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace."

God, the Father has privileged us to see Him and what He is like by sending His beloved Son into this world. By looking at Jesus the Son we see God the Father.

The world right now is in desperate need for a church made up of true born again families who have their eyes firmly fixed on Jesus Christ. If our eyes are not upon Jesus, the question is, what are we looking at? We always reflect what we look at.

Children desperately need fathers and mothers who steadfastly look at Jesus. How can we mirror Christ if we do not steadfastly look at Him?

2 Corinthians 3:18 says: "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WithoutHolinessHebrews 12:14: "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."

Men, the pure in heart are blessed by being able to see God. What an amazing blessing!

It is unfortunate that the doctrine of holiness is not preached enough these days. It's an unpopular subject because it goes against the casual and loose lifestyle of the modern day church. Wherever purity and the holiness of God are preached, people become more God-fearing, circumspect, and pure. God's people should always avoid unseemly and inappropriate behavior. Going off to watch and be entertained by movies that promote promiscuity, lust, and fornication deliberately defile the temple of God.

Youth groups within the umbrella of even our biggest and so-called best churches have a far-too-tolerant attitude toward fornication. I don't want to jump up and down on the soap box of holiness, denouncing all those around me. Far be it. However, the church in general is responsible, as well as parents, to make sure all its families and adherents know the truth regarding purity of heart as well as the doctrine of holiness.

Church attendance, praise and worship, knowing the Scriptures, and having lots of fun and fellowship is not enough to prepare us to see the Lord. We have to have holiness, and without it we will not see Him.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PureHearts"Blessed are in the pure in heart: for they shall seek God" (Matthew 5:8).

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10).

As I write on this beatitude I feel a strong excitement welling up in me. I sense the Lord will give me some very challenging thoughts and revelations to share.

To have a pure heart in the midst of a polluted world is a miracle. However, the God we serve is pure and holy, far beyond our limited understanding, and our God is in the business of performing miracles. I think that the heart of man is where miracles are needed most, don't you?

Most civilized men seek to keep their physical bodies clean on a daily basis, but God is far more concerned with the cleanness of men's hearts than the cleanness of his body. The body of a man who is unwashed and unclean is difficult to be around for any length of time and most people shun his presence. However, although a man may clean himself ever so much in order to be acceptable in the presence of his fellow men, God smells the hearts of men and is not so concerned with his body.

The only fragrance that impresses the heart of our Holy God is the fragrance that comes up to Him from the pure hearts of His true people. Just as we don't like to be around smelly bodies, God does not like to be around smelly hearts where all sorts of filth and disgustingly dirty lusts are allowed to reign.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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