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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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DeepWellsPsalm 78:15: “He cleaved the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.”

Shallow wells do not always contain the best water. The water that comes from deep wells are fresher, cooler, healthier, and more satisfying. Jesus Christ Himself is the deepest well of all. There is no end to His depths. He was the Rock that was cleaved in the wilderness. 1 Corinthians 10:4 says: “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

Romans 11:33 says: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”

God wants His people to also be people of depth. He does not want us to be shallow people.

Shallow Christians have no depth of experience with God.
Shallow Christians have not learned what it means to suffer with Christ (Philippians 3:7-11).
Shallow Christians want everything handed to them on a silver platter.
Shallow Christians do not want to go down into the deep places with God where the flesh screams out in pain.
Shallow Christians do not want to deprive their own fleshly desires (Titus 2:11, 12).
Shallow Christians are self-oriented.
Shallow Christians do not desire to step down into a suffering world. Jesus came from the highest down to the lowest in order to set the captives free.

God’s Word is a deep well and the Holy Spirit wants us to keep digging into it. Prayer is another deep well and the Holy Spirit will deepen us greatly as we dig into Him.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WellDiggersWe begin a new series today, WELL DIGGERS.
Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

Isaiah 44:3: “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.”

Prayer, waiting upon God, and meditating in God’s Word deepens our wells. Men, the patriarchs of Israel were well diggers. They did not live close to a great river--the Nile that flowed through Egypt or the Euphrates river that flowed through Assyria. Canaan relied heavily on rains and the small Jordan river for its main water supply. In order to have water in the dry seasons for their own needs as well as their stock, they dug wells to make use of the water under the ground.

God promised the patriarchs numerous times that the land of Canaan would be their own inheritance for ever. God gave it to them for an everlasting possession (Genesis 12:5-8; 13:14-18; 17:8; 26:2-5). However, when they lived in that land they were sojourners, living as pilgrims and strangers.

Wells were not easy to dig in those days compared to how we dig them today with steel bits that can drill through rock as if it were butter. Back in those days they used specially designed iron or wooden staves, or a combination of both, a possible primitive form of our spades and shovels. If they dug and did not find water, their animals as well as their families would die of thirst.

Ever believer in Christ is a well to be filled over and over again with the water of life, but God looks for deep wells where the water is not contaminated by the decay and filth of the surface flotsam. It takes effort to deepen the wells.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BreakingEnvySolomon 8:6: “Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”

Jealousy can take on many different forms:
Pastors can be jealous of the size of another church because of its success.
People can be jealous of other people’s gifts, other people’s good looks, riches and possessions, wives or husbands.
People can be jealous of their neighbor’s success; that they get more attention than you, or that they have more friends.

The mature way of hearing of someone else’s success is to be glad and rejoice for them. There is something wrong with us when we criticize others just because we are jealous of them. This is childish. Romans 12:15 says: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one to another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

I think it is wrong to be hard on yourself and allow yourself to be condemned just because someone else is rejoicing in their success while you are not. You are not a failure just because someone else has success. Stop condemning yourself and start being glad for other people’s success or blessings.

Cain was jealous of God’s respect for Abel’s offering and ended up murdering his brother. Instead, he should have learned the lesson on the type of offering God wanted. Instead of being jealous, be glad for others and see if there is a lesson to be learned for your own blessing.

Sow goodness to others bountifully and see how quickly you will begin to reap your own rewards.

It’s time to seek the Lord to break these terrible chains.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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JealosyEnvyProverbs 14:30: “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

Matthew 27:18: “For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.” This Scripture reveals how destructive envy can be for it drove the religious leaders of Israel to crucify their Messiah and Deliverer.

They were envious of the power of God that flowed through Him--healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, casting out devils, and raising the dead. They were envious of the great crowds that followed Him. If they had not been envious of Him, the river of God flowing through Him would have healed them also.

If they had not been so envious they would have received Him as their Messiah. John 1:11, 12 says: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Not only did envy stop them from becoming the sons of God, it caused them to murder Him on a cruel cross.

The chain of envy was on the Jews to stir up major persecution against Paul and Barnabas (Acts 43:45-52).

The chains of jealousy and envy have the potential to not only hold back revival from coming to us, but to actually stop revival when it comes.

Envy of others being successful in their ministry causes us to be jealous and speak negatively. This grieves the Holy Spirit and binds the free flowing of the water of life. How sad! We must guard against this sinful chain. We must watch that we are not dragged into its enticing, but deadly net.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ShepherdSheepAmos 3:3: “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”

Psalm 23:2 ”He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside he still waters.” Sheep need peaceful pastures where they are not threatened by raging, dangerous waters. In the same way, how can God’s sheep feed and grow healthy if the leadership are in conflict and disunity? How can the sheep be healthy and strong in the midst of in-fighting and strife among themselves?

Even though our Shepherd “prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies” you can guarantee the table and immediate surroundings would be safe and the sheep would feel safe. Enemies are forced to retreat from the immediate presence of our great Shepherd.

We must not allow the spirit of criticism, gossip, and back-biting to invade our immediate presence--not even our home tables, let alone our church gatherings.

We desperately need to have our heads anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit every time we meet together. We desperately need our cups to run over with the water of life. All too often we allow unforgiveness, jealousy, and envy to destroy the precious moving of the Holy Spirit in our marriages, our families at home, and our church family.

It is not ISIS, Boko Haram, Hamas, or a suicide bomber we should fear gate-crashing our gathering together as much as critical and judgmental attitudes that divide the brethren and hinder the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. These chains must be broken.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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