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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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LoveUrEmemiesJesus said in Matthew 5:43, 44: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Men we must teach our children these great truths for they are the principles and commandments of Christ’s kingdom. The Jews, scribes, and Pharisees who sought to teach the law given by Moses called the Gentile nations whom they regarded as enemies, “dogs” and “unclean.” Gentiles were not to be touched by a handshake or kissed on the cheek. This was most likely the reason why the man who was robbed and beaten on the road to Jericho was left unattended. The priest and the Levite, who both were most holy teachers of the law, showed no compassion to the seriously wounded man even though he was a neighbor (and possibly a Jew). But he had been violated by unclean dogs (the Gentiles) and therefore was unclean.

Jesus taught that God loves all men. Even though they are unclean through sin, He still loves them. If they despitefully use us or persecute us we must pray for them and come against the powers of darkness that control them.

Right now, here in our nation of USA, we are seeing almost every day police (who are seeking to do their job to protect the people of our cities) being gunned down by black men who are deceived and under the control of the powers of darkness. As Christian fathers we have an obligation to our nation, our cities, and our police force to pray that this evil will stop.

We must pray for all the black people of America that they will be delivered from the murders being committed by their own people upon themselves. Of course, black lives matter, but even more importantly, all lives matter, no matter what the color. The lives of our policemen matter also. We must pray for divine protection to be upon their lives so that they will not be afraid to do their job. The devil wants to put fear into our police force, because of concern for their own safety, so that crime will increase.

Even when we are despitefully used by people of a different color we must pray for them, right now. We must never let the enemy divide us and cause us to hate one another.

Men, please gather your families together each day to pray for our nation and against the hate which the enemy seeks to stir up amongst the races. Color is only skin deep.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FireCoalsPsalm 37:10 says: “For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.” Men, the question is: do we let an evil person take everything we own? Do we lie down and let him beat us to death? How many miles do we really have to walk with someone carrying his bags?

I think that on the basis of what Jesus was saying, one is entitled to show righteous resistance after being struck on the second cheek, after we have given the second garment, or after we have walked the second mile. I do not believe, as some do, that Jesus taught passivity or tolerance towards evil.

However, in order to convict, if possible, the one who is doing the evil and make them realize just how mean and unkind they are, Jesus exhorts us to repay their evil with acts of kindness. In the Christian movie, WAR ROOM which is currently playing in the theaters, the woman who was about to lose her marriage was encouraged to stop fighting with her husband and reacting with bad attitudes in response to his bad behavior. Instead, she began to pray in the closet for him and go to war against the evil powers that were controlling her husband. This paid off and her marriage was saved. Praise be to God.

I do believe that the Holy Spirit will show us when enough is enough. He will show us when it is time to take action. Yet, even when we return love for evil done to us we should remember that love is taking righteous action. Prayer is taking righteous action. In doing so we heap coals of fire upon their heads.

Romans 12:20, 21 says: “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Every act of love is another coal of fire. Every act of kindness done in Jesus’ name is another coal of fire upon your enemy’s head. Eventually, if our enemy does not repent, God Himself will come to our aid. All the coals of fire will explode and there will be nothing left of our enemy.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SecondMileIn Matthew 5:38, 39 Jesus said: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Offering the second cheek is something that is most unnatural for the natural man. Giving the one who wants to take your coat your overcoat (cloak) as well is also something we may consider lunacy or crazy. Going the second mile when someone forces you to take them one mile is not what most people consider normal. Giving to those who ask you for help and lending to those who ask you and not turning away is also something the average financial adviser would definitely frown upon. Loving our enemies and blessing those who curse us definitely flies in the face of human wisdom.

Jesus said all these things belong to the children of God who do for others the same as their heavenly Father does for His enemies. All this is part of the “exceeding righteousness” (Matthew 5:20).

Men, this is the why we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This exceeding righteousness is far beyond the righteousness required by the law and can only be accomplished by a Spirit-filled life. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we step out of natural righteousness into the miraculous righteousness which alone enables this to happen.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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IntegrityUprightnessPsalm 25:21: “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”

Romans 8:31-34: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?
Who is he that condemneth?”

Men, when God is with us, who dare lift his finger against us? However, when an individual or nation rebels against God, He can eventually turn to become their enemy.

Isaiah 63:10 says: “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

1 Samuel 12:15 states: “But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.”

I believe we are living in a time when God’s amazing grace towards this nation is being abused, taken for granted, misunderstood, and treated with disdain. To those who have never known Him, He is patient and longsuffering, not willing that any should perish. But to those who claim they know Him, and yet think they can do despite to His grace by continuing to live in sin without repenting, may be shocked to find that God is no longer for them, but against them.

When we forsake truth, we forsake God, When we forsake integrity, how can the God of integrity preserve us? Our nation has largely forsaken both truth and integrity. No wonder we as a nation are falling so fast.

Men, it is imperative that we educate our children in truth and integrity for it is for the preservation of their souls.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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InGodTrustPsalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”

Isaiah 26:2: “Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation, which keeps the truth may enter in.” The United States, like Israel, was founded upon the truth, “God is the LORD.” “In God we trust” is the founding statement of this nation.

Not all that left Egypt truly trusted in the Lord, for there was a mixed multitude among them. Exodus 12:8 says: “And a mixed multitude went up also with them.”

Nehemiah 13:3 says: “Now it came to pass when they heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.”

Likewise, the United States was founded primarily by people who trust in God. However, there has always been a “mixed multitude” of people of other faiths, or no faith at all.

Numbers 11:4 says: “And the mixed multitude among them fell a lusting.” It appears that the mixed multitude who did not really fear or trust in God caused Israel to sin. They were most likely the people who dwelt in the “uttermost parts of the camp” (Numbers 11:1).

There were gates God wanted Israel to go through but the mixed multitude weakened their stand for truth and integrity. The same principle applies today. We must not allow the doctrines of the mixed multitudes to dilute our nation’s truth, “In God we trust.” If we as a nation allow other faiths or doctrines of the mixed multitude amongst us to dilute our integrity we will not be able to possess the gates of our enemies either.

The only way to possess the gates is to “keep the truth.” God gave Abraham promises because of his obedience. Genesis 22:16, 17 says: “Because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”

If we do not keep the truth, not only will we not be able to possess the gates of our enemies, but sad to say, our enemies will possess our gates. This is happening in our land even as I write. Our colleges are full of the philosophies of the mixed multitudes. Our president is very pro-Islam. Our churches are invaded with political correctness, which in itself if a bunch of lies, and anything but correct as far as God’s truth goes.

Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18: “Upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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