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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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strongholdsThere is much more to obeying Jesus Christ than we realize. Many believe that as long as somewhere in their lives they answered an altar call to receive Christ as Savior, were obedient to be baptized, and go to church regularly, that this is all that is required of them as far as obedience is concerned. The truth is that we are exhorted to be obedient to the everyday leading of the Holy Spirit which validates us as true sons of God. Romans 8:14 says "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."

There is another area where we need to be very obedient and is in the area of our thought life.

It is in our thought life that the real spiritual battle rages. It is in the thought life where the enemy of our souls builds up his strongholds. These strong places in our minds where the enemy wants to dwell may be places of fear, insecurities, moods that control not only oneself but also others around us, and impure and unclean thoughts which if allowed to continue will destroy the immature and weak Christian and negatively affect others as well.

Anger and an overly-controlling spirit can destroy your marriage and fatherhood. Many marriages suffer destruction because of this. Worldly thinking and being more concerned with self are fortresses that must be brought down by the use of spiritual weapons. Ambition for fame and men's applause, and addiction to money or any other addiction are strongholds that have to be torn down.

Second Corinthians 10:3-6 says, "For thou we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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EarsToHearMen, it would be a very good thing, and many of our problems would quickly resolve, if we would be obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit to our conscience as well as the written Word.

How can the Holy Spirit lead us if we have a problem with obedience? The only way the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth as mentioned in Numbers 14:21 is when all His people will be willingly obedient to whatever He says through whoever or whatever way He is saying it.

We need to pray that God will give us ears tuned in to hear what He wants to tell us at any given moment. God may speak to us through visions, dreams, His living Word (a good reason to read it regularly), friends, circumstances (positive or negative), as well as the preaching and teaching of the Word. The most important thing is that we have ears to hear.

Matthew 11:15 says, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Men, it is true that even though we have ears to hear many things we often fail to hear what God says to us personally. Jesus mentions this word about hearing eight times in Revelation (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 19; 3:6, 22; 13:9).

It is possible for us to hear and obey grudgingly and this is not acceptable to God. Even on the subject of giving God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Cheerfulness applies to obedient hearing as well. Psalm 110:3 says, "Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power."

Hebrews 5:8 says that even Jesus "learned obedience by the things that He suffered."

And Psalm 95:7, 8, and Hebrews 3:7, 8, and 15 warn us, "Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."

Men, how can we expect our children to be joyfully obedient to us if we are not joyfully obedient to our Heavenly Father?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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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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