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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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lion2Proverbs 29:1 says, "The righteous are BOLD AS A LION." Men, when you are in a conversation that compromises truth, it's not that difficult to speak out, even if it is a small, poignant word of disagreement. Boldness is a masculine virtue. It complements righteous men.

The Spirit of God is a Spirit of boldness. The early church recognized their need of boldness to proclaim the message of salvation in the midst of great opposition. They had just been commanded "not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus" (Acts 4:18), but what do they do? Cry out to God for MORE BOLDNESS.

Acts 4:29-31 says, "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant unto thy servants, that with ALL BOLDNESS they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus, And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they SPAKE THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS."

The Spirit of this age seeks to feminize men in order to make them more tolerant, more gentle, and less offensive toward enemies. This type of femininity is crippling our military and causing us to lose in the day of battle.

But God's army has no dainty, pansy, fearful, tip-toeing, castrated men fighting His battles. God's army consists solely of BOLD MEN who will not shut their mouths when it's time to speak up. They will not keep their swords sheathed when it's time to draw them. They will not say nothing when they have the opportunity to say something in order to throw a wrench in whatever compromising discussion the world, the flesh, or the devil is promoting. They are not a disgrace to God's army of righteous bold soldiers.

1 Chronicles 12:7 describes the soldiers in David's army, "Men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose FACES WERE LIKE THE FACES OF LIONS, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains."

Jeremiah 48:10 says, "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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"The righteous are BOLD AS A LION" (Proverbs 29:1).

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SaltEarthEphesians 5:11 challenges us to "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."

Salt, is a wonderful spice for enhancing the flavor of food and is also a powerful preservative. The Scripture spiritualizes the value of salt, especially in these two areas. As believers, we are the salt of the whole earth. We are to make the earth palatable to God. As salt destroys corruption and purifies in order to preserve what is good, so we are to actively attack all corruption around us. Whenever we discover corruption in our own lives, or in our families, we must activate the salt shaker.

We must dispense the salt wherever we go. We need to shake our salt all over Washington DC. We must REPROVE the works of darkness, or as other translations say, EXPOSE the works of darkness.

I believe the whole nation needs to be shaken with a heavy dose of salt. We Christian men have access to the same salt that Jesus had, the Word of Truth coupled with a Spirit-filled life. Most Christian men are not using the salt shaker liberally, therefore corruption abounds.

Let's be filled with the Holy Spirit and God's Word--and keep on shaking the salt.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SaltEarthJesus said in Matthew 5:13, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Men who are salt shakers sprinkle salt on everything. Salt Shakers have solid convictions based upon the truth of God's Word. Salt Shakers are not afraid to stand up for these convictions before their fellow men. Salt Shakers are the greatest need of this hour.

We must realize more than ever the importance of having God's Word deeply entrenched in our lives. In John 15:7 Jesus said, "If he abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

Many confess they are Christians and are "in Christ" as it tell us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Yet, they do not have the Word of Christ abiding in them. How can we have strong convictions, based on the truth, if the truth is scarcely abiding in us? Not only should we be constantly reading and meditating on God's Word, but we should also have our spiritual ears wide open to hear what God wants to speak to us on a daily basis.

If we find ourselves in the midst of situations that conflict with the Word of Christ within us, we must stand up for what we know to be right and SPRINKLE THE SALT!

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, DO IT WITH THY MIGHT!"

"If a man does not have a full time job, he has a full time job looking for a job!"

Men, if work is hard to find, do not give up. Look Harder. In hard times, it is often more difficult to find real hard working men that to find a decent job to work hard at. There are too many ordinary men that are barely average in their work ethic.

Manliness is best expressed by an extraordinary work ethic. Men who go far beyond what is normally expected are rare indeed. Men who put their shoulder to the task, who roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. These are the men who make themselves indispensible. They are the last ones to be laid off, and the first to be re-hired.

Men who work really hard are always respected and admired for what they do. One does not have to be doing manual work to as it were "roll up your sleeves" for all work requires it.

I have also noticed that hard working men are rarely overweight, but usually lean and sinuous because of their vitality. No dragging the chain here! No slouching. No mooching. Let's get the job done! They don't have time to get soft and flabby. Who wants to hire soft, overweight men?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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