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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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ShowingMercyGod is more merciful than we are. He is PLENTEOUS in mercy and FULL of compassion.

Nehemiah 9:17: “Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.”

Psalm 103:8-11: “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”

Psalm 145: 8, 9: “The LORD is gracious , and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

I often find myself tempted to get stirred up in my spirit at people who are not considerate to others, especially people who are too pushy and want to control others. Thank God, I do not get aggressive and have learned to quickly take control of my spirit so my mouth does not react too badly.

God is so much more gracious with people’s offences than we are. However, we must all realize the danger of all forms of anger, whether it be violent or just mild and simmering. We must not let anger or disappointment hinder our prayers.

Prayer is one of the greatest needs of this hour and we must allow nothing to weaken or hinder it. To love the people of God with all their faults and failings is paramount.

One of the best ways to pour water on anger or offence is to pray for those who persecute us or offend us. This quickly sweetens our spirits.

Matthew 5:44 says: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them at curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Proverbs 14:29 says: “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FlowingOutPsalm 4:1: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast ENLARGED ME WHEN I WAS IN DISTRESS: have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”

We have recently faced much pressure as a family with two of our grandsons from the same family (the Allisons) being in the same hospital. There has been lots of driving back and forth to the hospital (one and a half hours away). Arden is now diagnosed at stage 3 or 4, but we continue to believe that our loving heavenly Father will give him a miracle of healing.

We are assured that not only are our sins atoned for at the cross of Christ, but also “by his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 and Matthew 8:16, 17).

Isaiah, who had the terrible car crash and was diagnosed with major brain injury is wide awake, sitting up in a chair, talking perfectly, moving all his limbs, and pushing the staff to let him start walking. He is only in his third week. He is an unbelievable miracle.

And then, at about 5.30 pm last night our niece Melissa’s husband (who lives next to us) was involved in a head on collision coming home from work. We could hardly believe we were facing another attack. But God is so good. We thank God for His great mercies. Cal survived and has no serious injuries, but the other driver was air-lifted to Vanderbilt (but have heard that he will be okay). Both vehicles were completely crushed and passersby could not believe their would be any survivors.

Despite all the negatives, I am amazed how God lifts up our spirits during our nightly prayer and worship meetings. I am not sure we would cope the same without them. It is truly amazing.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

 

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FirstThingsFirstMatthew 6:14: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

In order for our prayers to be answered we must realize the great importance of unity. The devil does all he can to hinder our prayers. First of all, he tries every trick in the book to stop us from praying. Then, if he can’t stop us praying, he tries to find a way to hinder our prayers from being answered.

One of his strategies is to get us into disunity with one another. Disunity pours buckets of cold water on our prayers, no matter how artfully they may be crafted, how fervently they may be spoken, or how long they may be said.

Effective prayer must be in the spirit of agreement. Jesus says in Matthew 18:19 states: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” However, this powerful statement concerning united agreement in prayer must be seen in the context of the preceding verses (v. 15-17) where everything possible is done to restore broken fellowship with anyone and everyone who has trespassed against us.

In Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus speaks very strongly against all who angrily speak hatred and unloving words against their brothers and sisters in the Lord. Verse 24 exhorts us: “Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; FIRST be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

We must earnestly make things right between each other before expecting God to accept our prayers, praises, or anything we seek to offer Him.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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GodIsFaithfulLamentations 3:22, 23: “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

While Nancy and I were ministering at the Above Rubies Family Retreat in San Diego, California, our grandson, Arden Allison was taken into the Critical Care facility at Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville for a more thorough check out of what’s really happening in his body.

Most believe it is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. However, his condition is deteriorating rapidly whereas Hodgkin’s is usually slower. We hope to receive results today. We pray he will not need to have chemotherapy which would hinder his fertility. They are newly married and desperately long for children.

Isaiah, of similar age, is in the Trauma facility in the same hospital and miraculously recovering well from his near fatal car crash. We will leave soon to go up and visit them again today.

Our nightly prayer meetings still continue. We are now in our ninth week. Our eyes are upon Jesus Christ who bore all our sins and sicknesses on the cross. We believe for God’s miracle of healing for Arden.

All that has happened has caused us all to draw much closer to God. Even in the midst of so mu h crises, God holds up our spirits. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers at this time.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WearyGalatians 6:9: “Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

As the multiplying needs around us challenge the strength and tenure of our faith, our natural mind cries out, “How much more fighting this fight of faith can I take?” When we wonder how much more fighting we can take we have to change our attitude.

Men who go to war with that kind of attitude should really stay at home. Cannot God give us a willing and zealous hearts for the good fight of faith? We have to come to a place where we actually enjoy the battle. In God, I believe that we can.

God’s battles are not for the nervous and faint-hearted. God’s battles deserve soldiers who are more than timid, complaining, griping whiners. This good fight of faith needs soldiers who will run like David did to slay the giants of sickness, disease, and all the evils of our time. There is no failure or shortage of strength to win the fight from God’s perspective.

Our attitude should never be, “How much more can we take?” We have been born again, not to cruise through life on soft, cushy beds of roses. Never. Perish the thought. “Through our God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies” (Psalm 108:13).

Our attitude should be, “Wow, how exciting is the battle. Bring it on, God.” “Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

David’s mighty men of valor were certainly not men looking for a way out to escape the fight. No, a thousand times, no. Because of our faith relationship with Jesus, the mightiest Warrior of all, we can face the giants of cancer, damaged brains, and broken backs with willing zeal and inner joy.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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