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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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CeremonialSword3The ceremonial sword represents false Christianity. Jesus despised and hated it. The whole of Matthew 23:1-29 describes the falseness of the Pharisees. They were the epitome of the counterfeit.

Jesus Christ, the only beloved Son of the Father, who was God (Immanuel) in the flesh, could never be labeled a ceremonial sword. Every day of His ministry He fought against the powers of darkness and their hold upon the children of men. Jesus Christ was the Word made flesh, and the Word is the Sword of the Spirit. This sword flashed every day against all His enemies, including the established religious status quo who were mainly nothing else than ceremonial swords.

Jesus’ sword was the true Word of God and it eventually took Him all the way to Calvary’s cross to fight the greatest battle of all--to be crucified on our behalf in order that we might become completely free from the kingdom of darkness.

The truth is that Jesus Christ did not fight every day of His life until His death so that we would become prissy flowers or pompous ceremonial swords. Dash that thought from our thinking forever. Rather, He redeemed us so that we would become true flashing swords, looking and living as He did upon the earth.

Why then, do so many Christians have no appetite to fight? Many will not even put up a real fight for themselves, let alone their perishing fellowman. Shame on us. Considering the price Jesus paid for us (His own precious blood), how is it possible for any of us to be ceremonial swords and yet call ourselves Christians. It is a crime against the blood of His cross.

On the day when He comes to count up His jewels, be assured if this truth that there will be no fake ones amongst them. Malachi 3:18 says: “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”

Most of all, right now, we need discernment for ourselves. Philippians 2:12 exhorts us: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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DevilScoffRead the whole chapter of Matthew 23:1-39. The scribes and Pharisees epitomize the ceremonial sword.

1. (v.2). They loved to sit in Moses’ seat, but they were nothing like Moses. Numbers 12:3 says: “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” Moses was intrinsically meek, but they were inherently proud.

2. (v.3). They talked with their mouths but did not carry it out in their actions.

3. (v.4). “They bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” Jesus Christ, on the other hand, lifted burdens from the brokenhearted. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4 and 60:1-3).

4. (v.5). They did everything for men to see. They loved the praises of men. Jesus was “meek and lowly of heart” (Matthew 11:28-30).

5. (v.5). They broadened their phylacteries (small cases for carrying Scriptures), but they did not show it in their lives. It could be said of them: “The bigger the Bible, the bigger the hypocrite.”

6. (v. 5). They lengthened the tassels of their garments. They were prideful and religious show-offs.

7. (v.6). They loved the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues. I am sure that when Jesus went to the synagogue that he didn’t sit in the chief seat. A thousand times no. He would have sat amongst the people.

8. (v.8). They loved religious titles and to be called Rabbi or Master.

9. (v.14). For a pretense they prayed long prayers.

10. (v. 27). These ceremonial swords are described as “whited sepulchers,” looking beautiful outwardly, but within were “full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness . . . full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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CeremonialSwordMen, we must beware of the ceremonial sword. It gives the appearance of warfare, but never sees the battle. It never gets involved in hand to hand combat. It is a coward when it comes to fight it out. It may give the façade that it is involved and it may talk the talk, but it will not walk the walk.

The ceremonial sword loves the pomp, parade, and ceremony. This sword loves the decorations and the fancy designs. It loves the admiration of the crowds, but it shrinks at the sight of blood. It hates the stains of blood, scars, and true warfare.

This sword is often made of fake, light, alloy material, perhaps chrome plated, or plastic. It is blunt so it does not pose any danger to those who may pick it up. To the casual eye it appears strong, but in fact it is delicate and has no intestinal fortitude to wage war. It likes to be continually cleaned and polished, but never sharpened. It is most comfortable when it is gently tucked away in its highly decorated sheath.

There are many ceremonial swords turning up each Sunday for their church parade while the dirty, dark demons and devils gleefully advance their cause. These devils do not fear these ceremonial swords the slightest bit.

Isaiah 34:6 says: “The sword of the LORD is filled with blood.”

Jeremiah 48:10 says: “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully (negligently), and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.”

It’s time to get into the battle, men. And fathers, we must not raise our children to be ceremonial swords. Never. We must prepare them for battle also.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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GlitterSword2 Timothy 2:3, 4: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

Men, if any one of us was a commander with a commission from our government to handpick a special task force to conquer a strategic enemy stronghold, would we choose men with blunt, rusty, and decayed weapons? It is absurd to even imagine such a thing. There is something wrong with the current character and discipline of a man, even though he was considered useful in the past, if he carries a blunt and corrupted weapon.

Jesus Christ, our supreme Commander and Chief, only chooses overcomers, those who have overcome in the past and who are continually overcoming.

Revelation 2:26, 27 says: “And he that overcometh and keepeth my works UNTO THE END, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron.”

Revelation 17:14 says: “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are CALLED, and CHOSEN, and FAITHFUL.”

Men, there are far too many who are not ready and prepared for true engagement in the Lord’s battles. Maybe one of the main reasons is that we have not been raised with the mentality that the Bible instructs us to be soldiers (2 Timothy 2:3, 4).

As fathers, we must raise our sons and daughters to be flashing and gleaming swords in spiritual warfare.

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GlitteringSwordDeuteronomy 32:41: “If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.”

The English Standard Version and most other versions read: “If I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and will repay those who hate me.”

The word “glittering” means gleaming, sparkling, flashing, and lightning.” God’s lightning Word spoken through Spirit-filled people is very attractive to those who are hungry, but esome and fearful to those who are His enemies.

Proverbs 20:15 says: “There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”

Psalm 19:8: “The commandment of the LORD is pure enlightening the eyes.”

Luke 4:22: “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.” Obviously when Jesus spoke the word it had a glittering affect and a special attraction on those who heard Him. His words were like sparkling jewels to His friends, but a sparkling sword to His enemies.

Luke 4:36, 37: “And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.” Jesus used His lightning sword against an unclean devil.

Men, God calls for parents (fathers and mothers), to speak His flashing and lightning words of life to their children. When God looks at His collection of swords to find a sharp, effective sword, He looks for a glittering and gleaming sword. He picks it up, smiles at it, and says, “I will use you, for your gleaming and lightning will put fear in my enemies.”

A rusty sword that is stained, tarnished, and unpolished is blunt and will not cause devils to tremble. Does the worldly, godless spirit of this age fear our modern, politically correct, “nicey picey” tolerant church? I do not think so. Nor for a moment. But gleaming swords put fear into the enemy. Ah, they make him afraid. Who wants to use a corroded sword? Not me. And most certainly not God!

Fathers and mothers, keep your children from all forms of corrosion because we are polishing glittering and flashing swords for God to use against His enemies.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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