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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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Patience9In the following posts I want to give you a few of the many Scriptures on the subject of patiently waiting on God.

Isaiah 40:29-31: "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." This is a favorite Scripture to many.

In these times of great challenges, none of us want to be faint and weak. In times of economic stress, war, and famine, even strong young men can eventually fall and fail, but they that learn to wait upon God, young or old, will renew their strength. We will have strength to rise up, to walk, to run, and not to be faint.

Men, we must teach our children to memorize and claim this wonderful Scripture. We must explain to them what it means to daily wait upon God. If we do not encourage our children in this truth we are setting them up to be weak and fail.

This Scripture has promise for both the natural and the spiritual. Just as we want our young people to be strongly athletic and vibrant in the natural, so we should desire that they will be strongly athletic and vibrant in the spirit. Our nation desperately needs young men and women who are morally strong, who have godly character, and who will be able to fight back the forces of darkness. This strength is not limited to the young, but is available to all.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BreadofLifeDavid had to go through many testings of patiently waiting before he could reign over God's people, Israel. In the same way, we who are being prepared to reign with Christ when He comes with His saints to reign over all the earth, must walk through the patience tests.

In a sense, we are learning to reign with Christ even now before His second coming. I am not in any way saying that Christ's millennial reign is in the here and now. What I am saying is that through the power of the indwelling Sprit of Christ we are meant to reign in victory RIGHT NOW over the world's temptations that wants to draw us into its mindset. We are meant to reign RIGHT NOW over our fleshly appetites. We are to reign RIGHT NOW over the devil's occupations, oppressions, and depressions, doubts, fears, devil suggestions, and pride. When Jesus said, "Get thee behind me, Satan" He was declaring His reign over Satan's subtle attack on Him through Peter (Matthew 8:33).

Jesus Himself was tested on the subject of patience during His forty day trial in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). He was tempted by Satan at a time of hunger to command stones to be made into bread. But Jesus knew that He was not meant, in any way, to heed Satan's advice as Adam and Eve had done in the garden (Genesis 3:1-7). He told Satan that bread made from God's Word was the true Living Bread.

Fathers, we must teach our children not to eat the bread suggested by the devil. The devil's bread is made from dead stones. It is heavy, lifeless, and it kills. Too many people are feasting on the bread of stones--including weak, immature Christians.

The bread from Heaven is worth patiently waiting on God for. It does not come in the clamor, rush, and bombardment of our modern media and high-pressured secular education and entertainment. Rather, the Living Bread we partake of comes in the early morning dew to those who patiently wait for the Living Bread.

Hebrews 6:12: "Be not slothful, but followers of them who through FAITH AND PATIENCE inherit the promises."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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patience7By refusing to patiently wait on God we are now find ourselves in a mess. We have organized our own programs in our churches. We have figured out how to run a successful church based program on the successful ideas of how to run a secular business.

The early church got it right from the beginning and became the prototype for every generation following. They were told to WAIT in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father which was the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). The Holy Spirit came after a ten day prayer meeting where they continued with one accord in prayer and supplication (Acts 1:13, 14).

Acts 2:1-4 tells us what happened on the day of Pentecost. From that day forward the Holy Spirit filled, empowered, and directed His waiting and dependent people who understood the principle of what it meant to patiently wait upon God in prayers and intercessions. If the end time church is going to be successful, from God's perspective, we must teach and practice what it means to wait on the Lord.

As fathers we must teach our families, but by example and instruction, this very important truth.

We must refuse to put our own organization above God's organization, lest we organize God out of our families, as well as our churches.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Patience6When you consider the many great promises and blessings that come to those who patiently wait on God, it's amazing that there are so few who actually do it. This is the weakest point of our humanity. The spirit is quick to acknowledge the need to be patient and wait upon God at all times, but the flesh is weak. We try to cover this weakness up by offering to God at least one hour per week of church entertainment, and even that is somewhat boring to the flesh of many.

To be honest, I think we would be astounded and ashamed of ourselves if we took time to consider the great victories we could win if we would spend more time waiting upon God.

Hosea 12:3-6: "He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; even the Lord of hosts, the Lord is his memorial. Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and WAIT ON THY GOD CONTINUALLY."

This passage reminds Israel of what happened in their beginnings when Jacob fought with the angel all night long and refused to let him go until he received the blessing. At this point his name was changed to Israel, which means "as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Jacob knew what it meant to wait upon God even when it meant wrestling with God all night (Genesis 32:24-30).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PourOutSpiritPatiently waiting upon God is a most rewarding virtue. Each one of us face many challenges, trials, and temptations that assail us almost daily. As men who earnestly desire for God to break through for us it is imperative that we learn this truth and never ever forget it.

It is very obvious that in every battle Israel had to face all throughout their history, they had to first wait upon God to give them the right wisdom and strategy for each battle, or at least obtain His approval, protection, and favor on what they planned to do. If what they planned to do did not have agreement with God, they were meant to patiently wait for God to reveal His will.

For this purpose of divine direction and special revelation concerning God's will He raised up prophets. Their sole ministry was to patiently wait upon God in order to give God's people, both singularly and collectively, His revealed direction and will for them

Without doubt, the ministry of the true prophet is very much needed in the New Testament church today. I believe that our modern day churches have put far too much emphasis on the ministry of the pastor to the detriment of the other ministries, including the prophetic ministry (1 Corinthians 12:28). In this way, the church in a general sense, has deprived itself from necessary warnings, specific exhortation, and direction.

1 Corinthians 14:3: "He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." Read also Acts 2:17, 18 and 21:9-11.

If the early church needed prophets, then surely in this hour of great deception we also need prophets of God. Men, it's high time for us to wait patiently upon God in order for these ministries to arise and take their rightful place in our 21st century church. We are in great danger if we silence the voice of the prophet. Like Philip the evangelist, who had four daughters who prophesied, you are also raising sons and daughters to speak God's Word in this hour. We must learn to think outside the box if the box in which we worship does not line up with the Scriptures.

Acts 2:17, 18: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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