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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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SaltMeltsIceMark 9:50: “Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”

Jeremiah 23:29: “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

It is tragic when Christians, for whatever reasons, allow the enemy to divide us. It is true that we may disagree on certain issues or interpretations on doctrine or behavior. It is not unrighteous to beg to differ or to disagree with one another, so along as we do not allow the disagreement to divide us on the matter of love. Love does not allow disagreement to cut each other off.

I am not talking about a major addiction to some type of immorality, which if not repented of will not only bring disagreement, but is a just cause for cutting and severing the relationship of fellowship. But even then, the love of Christ will not allow us to hate the person, only their sin. We should still continue to love and pray for them.

The devil wants Christians to be divided. He does all that he can to separate and divide us, and more than that, to actually bring us to the point of hating, gossiping, and slandering each other. In the midst of disagreement, we must never give up praying for one another because prayer enables us to keep on loving.

John 13:35 says: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Romans 13: 8 says: “Owe no many any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” All our divisions and icy, cold separations hinder our prayers and the flow of the Holy Spirit’s life, power, and anointing.

Truth coupled with love is the salt that makes for peace.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SaltyThirstyWhen we lose our thirst for God we need to add more spiritual salt to our daily diet. The more truth we receive from God’s Word, the more truth we will want to receive. Unfortunately, much of Christian America has lost its love for truth, especially the truth that brings correction. It is a sad day when God’s children refuse to be corrected.

So many of us want a God that fits into our plans, but the God of biblical truth desires a people who thirst and pray to fit into His plans for them. Although there are Bibles all over America, in almost all hotel/motel rooms as well as bookshops, there is still a great drought for the truth in the inward parts.

Psalm 57:6 says, “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inwards parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”

Although it is important to have a mental knowledge of the truth of God’s Word, it is much more important to apply the truth deep in the heart and the spirit. David thirsted for the truth in the inward parts.

Prayer is so critically important to reading of God’s Word. For this reason we fathers must teach our children to pray/read the Scriptures. Prayer takes the Word from the intellect into the depths of the spirit. There is an intellectual thirst and there is a spiritual thirst. The intellectual thirst can be prideful, shallow, hypocritical, and without application. The spiritual thirst is more important than the intellectual. God seek worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Men, although it is wonderful to see our children memorizing Scripture, we must understand that these words must filter down into their hearts. It is only then that the Word of truth can bring change. Teaching our children to pray what they are reading and memorizing Scriptures causes them to thirst after truth and to be changed by the truth.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BadGoodSaltPsalm 34:8: “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Psalm 119:103: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Truth establishes the right flavor in Christians. It provides a godly flavor that is well-pleasing to God. It balances grace. Truth is often viewed as the law only, which in itself is good if we keep it without failing. However, we continually break the law of God one way or another through our weakness in the flesh, we then fall under the penalty of the law which is death.

Thankfully, the law is not all there is to truth. The doctrine of mercy, forgiveness, and grace are also powerful aspects of truth. Jesus Christ was filled with the truth in both law and grace.

John 1:17 states: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Grace, truth without any reference to the law, quickly becomes loose, liberal and sloppy. Law, truth without the doctrine of grace, quickly becomes religious, sterile, hard, and cold.

Jesus Christ had the right flavor. He was the salt that made people desire the truth. He was the whole truth. He was THE truth (John 14:6).

Men, as we conduct our Family Devotions with our wife and family on a daily basis all through their young lives, we must make sure that we make the truth palatable. We want our children to love our family Bible and worship time.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PreservingChildren4We know that salt is used to keep food from decaying. In ancient times, long before refrigerators, salt was very valuable because of its necessity for preserving. It was also expensive to purchase.

In ancient covenants salt was used as an important part of the covenant. We have often heard the saying, “You are worth your weight in gold.” In ancient times, they said the same thing, except they said “salt” instead of gold. Salt symbolized the preservation of the covenant as well as the value of the covenant.

In the Scriptures salt represents truth and its ability to preserve nations, cities, and individuals. Salt is directly related to the purity and holiness of the Christian who seeks to apply to the truth to keep himself pure.

Purity is the opposite to decay and applying the truth halts decay, impurity, and backsliding.

As fathers, we must at all times apply the truth, first to our own lives, then to the lives of all our precious children who can so easily be led astray by not only neighbor’s children and school children, but also children in the church or even homeschool groups.

Fathers and mothers, we must never relent on giving our children daily doses of the salt of God’s Word. God’s Word alone has the power to preserve and keep our children holy and free from decay.

2 Peter 1:4: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promise: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Hebrews 12:14: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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AreUSaltyAs Christians we have the honor and privilege to be the salt of the earth. As married men we are raising sons and daughters to be the salt of the earth in this generation.

Jesus raises the question in Matthew 5:13: “If the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

The earth can only be spiritually salted by the disciples and followers of Christ. God ordained it and there is no other way for this to happen. The Greek word for “savor” is “moraino” which means “to become insipid, to be a simpleton, become a fool, make foolish.”

As Christians we are the truth shakers and salt shakers of the earth. The question is: How salty are we? Are we spicing the earth? Are we influencing the world? Or are we insipid? If we are insipid salt and without flavor, how can we influence the world for good?

Are we speaking the truth to our fellow man regarding the Supreme Court’s wrong decision on gay marriage? What about abortion and the selling of unborn body parts? Will we continue to stand up against this evil of murder in our society?

Why should God protect our cities from ISIS, Al Qaeda, or lone wolves when we do not protect the earth against the shedding of innocent blood in abortion clinics all over the land? The reason why multitudes of evils prevail in our western nations is because the salt has pretty much lost its savor.

Thank God for those who stand up and address the evils of our society with the salt of truth. But compared to those who call themselves Christians, they are few and far between. Those who will not stand up for whatever reason, be it the fear of man, or they do not want to rock the boat, etc. would do well to take note of what Jesus said. They are “henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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