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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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HowRuleSpiritMen, because there is so much going on behind the scenes in many Christian marriages and families, it is important we learn how to take control and rule of our own spirits.

Ephesians 3:16 says: “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” The word “might” is “dunamis” meaning” ability, miraculous power, strength.”

We begin looking at a few points at how to rule our spirit (and will continue).

1. WE MUST DEPEND UPON THE DUNAMIS POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We must do this daily. There are some who can rule their spirit without divine assistance in certain areas of their lives. A man may rule over his spirit when it comes to alcohol and substances that lead to addiction, and yet fail in morality, attitudes, and temper.

Our spirits are affected by many worldly influences. Therefore, we need the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us, to make us aware at all times of the things that are harmful to us and grieve the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit desires and deserves a clean house in which to dwell.

We must never be so self-reliant to think, even for a moment, that we can rule over our own spirits without the assistance of God’s Holy Spirit, especially in this world that is filled with many negative influences.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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RulingSpiritProverbs 25:28: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

Some people think more about ruling other people’s spirits than ruling their own spirit. However, if we do not have our own spirits under control, we have no right to rule the spirits of others, especially family members.

There is something terribly wrong when people feel they have to be careful what they say or how they act around you. In other words, they have to walk on egg shells, hoping none will be broken. Either all hell is likely to break lose or they will be given the “cold war treatment.” This type of behavior is a negative way of taking control of other people’s spirits.

People should not have to feel they have to constantly do things to humor you, serve you, or bow down to you in order to live with you. Perish the thought!

God wants every person to feel the spirit of freedom around you, certainly not the spirit of slavery.

It is very important we rule our own spirits so that we do not control people around us by negative moods. These put others in a strait jacket of negative servitude or fear lest they say the wrong thing to us. This is satanic and devilish.

I will continue writing on how to rule over our own spirits.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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AreSlowProverbs 16:32: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

The man who is slow to anger is far more mature than a person whose anger rises quickly. Controlled anger may have its legitimate place, especially in dealing with the sinful, unjust, rebellion of those who practice evil at the expense of the defenseless, innocent, and poor.

A person who is slow to anger has learned to rule their own spirit. We need the divine assistance of the Holy Spirit to help us in this important matter. As Christians we must never be known as angry people. As disciples of Christ we are called to peace and meekness (Matthew 5:5, 9).

Anger does not assist peace making. When people rub us up the wrong way, it is easy to let anger go to a more negative level. Some may think it’s okay to be angry as long as they don’t yell, scream, or throw things around. However, I think that quiet anger that refuses to talk, refuses to acknowledge, refuses to listen, refuses to look in the eye, and that quietly plans revenge is just as dangerous as those who give vent quickly.

Both types of anger are not good and must not be allowed to reign in our spirits. God wants to fill our lives with better and greater things.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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MakePeaceIsaiah 58:12: “Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”

Men, it is very important for us to be ministers of God’s peace, especially within our own families, as well as those who are close to us. In order to be vessels whom God can use to bring peace to troubled hearts around us, we first of all have to go to all those whom we may have offended (rightly or wrongly), humble ourselves, and seek to put things right.

If we make a practice of doing this, which may have to be repeated over and over until the breakthrough comes, we will discover that God’s healing peace will lift people up out of all heaviness, depressions, and hurts. it will set them free. It will restore the moving of Gods Spirit in both your own life as well as their lives.

In most cases, it is very important to act as quickly as possible so the enemy of our souls does not have time to make matters worse, which he loves to do. The enemy, Satan, is always trying to destroy the unity and peace God provides for all families that belong to Him.

If we do not seek to heal the breaches, genuinely seeking peace, then the enemy will quickly divide and destroy us. It is very easy to stand aside and speak negatively of what we perceive as the wrong doing of others. If we are going to get our tongues involved, we must use them to pray and speak only the things that somehow and in some way minister peace, healing, and restoration.

Sadly, there are so many families that are tearing themselves apart when they could bring peace and unity, if only they would set their hearts to do so.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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TeachablePsalm 25:90: “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”

True meekness is not only willingness to be merciful and gentle with people, but to demonstrates a teachable spirit. How can we be taught if we do not listen to correction? How can we know which way to go if we do not listen to direction?

When God told Solomon He would give him anything he wanted, he asked for a listening heart. in 1 Kings 3:9 (GW) Solomon said: “Give me A HEART THAT LISTENS so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and bad.”

There are those who are too big for their boots. They are high in their own estimation. They refuse to be corrected. Perhaps they will learn from their own mistakes, but even then, some will not because they refuse to be meek.

It must be difficult for a judge to deal with people who have multiple offenses for some type of crime. These people spend years in prison because they refused to be meek enough to hear instruction.

Proverbs 12;15: "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

Proverbs 15:5: “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.”

Proverbs 15:12: "A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.”

A teachable spirit is a beautiful thing to behold. It is easy to be around those who want to learn and are eager listeners. Bull-headed people, full of their own opinions, are difficult to be around. A man may have a high IQ and be very gifted, but if he does not have meekness and is not a good listener, who wants to be around him for any length of time? I am sure that God feels the same way.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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