Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Your Faith Will Get God's Attention

Posted By at Wednesday, April 18, 2018

 

Luke 8:43-48 A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and…told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

I want you to notice three important things in this story:

1. She did something she’d never done before.

She decided to try Jesus. That's always a wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God’s grace at work in unexpected ways. Deciding to trust God irrespective of the circumstances.

2. She recognized her moment.

She knew that Jesus was visiting her town and might not come back. There are God-moments in life when you’ve got to overcome your fear and move out in faith. If you don’t, you’ll miss them. Sometimes you just need to make the move and not be moved by what others might think.

3. She opened the door for others.

Up until this time no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus’ garment. So her act of faith opened the door for others.

Matt 14:35-36 People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

God is looking for people who are willing to break with their traditions and to get away from religion. When He finds them, He uses them to open doors and new dimensions of His power, so that others too might be blessed and made whole.

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. I have an exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's exciting what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

We are also mentoring a number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them also.

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection continues on Thursday May 3, 2018 from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Please pray about these new monthly meetings, they will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! There will be BRIGHT SINGING and also I will bring A STRONG WORD ABOUT HEALTH AND HEALING that as a Christian you have the RIGHT TO BE HEALED. There will be opportunity for prayer for needs and testimonies to praise God. There are already a number of testimonies from last month.

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Paid in Full

Posted By at Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

At a Good Friday service I was sharing on the last words Jesus spoke on the cross, some of them in John 19:30 were, "It is finished."

I pointed out that in the Greek language of the New Testament, it was one word 'tetelestai' and that it was a banking and accounting term of the day, which translated out as PAID IN FULL

When Jesus uttered those words He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt He had to pay, because He was sinless but rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by us all — the debt of our sin.

We owed a debt we could not pay, and He paid a debt He did not owe, and we are now free from the penalty of it.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I read recently that when the accounting books of a certain Scottish doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of the accounts were crossed through with a note, 'Forgiven too poor to pay'.

However, the physician's wife later decided that these accounts should be paid in full and she proceeded to sue the clients for the money.

When the case came to court, the judge asked only one question. "Is this your husband's handwriting?"

When she replied that it was, the judge responded, "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word forgiven has been written on it."

One of the problems common to many people, if not most of us, is that we find it very difficult to forgive someone who we feel has hurt us deeply, especially family members. But you know having an attitude of unforgiveness just locks us into that situation of judging that other person.

Jesus said in Luke 6:37 “Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven."

The Good News is that when we confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness, He forgives us totally and absolutely. He does this not because He ignores the just penalty for our sins, but because He sent Jesus to pay that penalty for us. In His everlasting love for us that He gave His Son, Jesus, to pay that cruel penalty for us through His death on the cross. It was His love for you and me that held Him on the cross, not the nails that penetrated His wrists and ankles.

If we have confessed our sins to God and asked for his forgiveness, we need to accept his forgiveness by faith—regardless of how we feel, and make sure we also forgive others.

Norman

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Empowered to Prosper

Posted By at Wednesday, April 04, 2018

 

God's intent is not only to make us a member of His Kingdom and to make a great nation out of the family of God, but it's also God's intention to empower us to prosper. It's His will for us to prosper.

Gen 12:2 "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing."

God said to Abraham, "I'll make your name great, and you shall be a blessing." In other words, God said, "not only will I empower you to prosper, but you'll be so blessed that you'll be able to empower others to prosper."

Deuteronomy 28 not only lists the blessings for obedience in verses 1-14, it also lists the curses that come upon the disobedient.

Galatians 3 says Christ came to redeem you from the curse.

Thank God, we have been redeemed from the curse, but we have not been redeemed from the blessings!

After reading what the blessings are, it is very easy to see that the will of God is to empower us to prosper. God wants to empower us to prosper.

So we know that the blessing began before the Law and continued through the Law. The Word of God tells us that we have a better covenant, established upon better promises in Hebrews 8:6, Jesus is the surety of the new covenant with its better blessings.

Jesus did a miraculous thing in His life. He was born in the earth. Then He died and defeated the devil for you. He brought in a new and better covenant for His people! Three days later He was raised from the dead. He put you in His will and then came back from the dead to make sure you got all that was named for you in the better covenant. In other words, Jesus made sure that the blessings of the old covenant, or Old Testament, are maintained in your life. The curses were done away with. The blessings are yours to keep along with the blessings of the new and better covenant. It is God's will that you be empowered to prosper, and to seal this deal, He gave you Jesus as a guarantee that you would get and maintain all that the Old Testament promised and much more in the new. He has empowered you to prosper.

Norman

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Develop a Hunger For God

Posted By at Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 

If you're dissatisfied inside and feel a little dried up spiritually; I can help you with this life changing and challenging news today.

1 Cor 15:1 Amplified Bible And now let me remind you [since it seems to have escaped you], brethren, of the Gospel (the glad tidings of salvation) which I proclaimed to you, which you welcomed and accepted and upon which your faith rests.

Paul the Apostle is writing to born again, spirit-filled church people and he said that he needed to remind them about some things.

Oftentimes we hear things but they don't make an impact on us and so we need to hear them again and sometimes more than once, that’s why I repeat things over again often in my teaching.

Paul tells them to hold on to what they have learned and remind themselves of it often. He said in Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God.

We should hunger and thirst after righteousness because Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 Message Bible "You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God."

God will respond to your hunger and thirst for His Word and Jesus said when we hunger and thirst we will be filled.

Don't wait for God to move, you make a start today and make your move towards God. When you demonstrate to Him you are hungry for His Word and His presence, then He will move and bring you all you need to be blessed with and for you to be a blessing to others. You will see His glory and power and you will be blessed beyond measure; He wants to bless you with overflow.

Don't wait any longer, get busy and desire His move in your life; get hungry and thirsty today, and you will be filled!

Norman

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Just Stay Calm

Posted By at Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Proverbs 17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

It is dangerous to let your mind become so agitated that you can't consider your actions carefully. Having a calm mind is a great asset in this life. Without it your devotional life will not bear much fruit. If your heart is troubled, you are vulnerable to the enemy of the soul. When you're agitated, you are not able to make good decisions. You will stumble into the devil’s snares.

Our old adversary the devil specializes in confusion. He loves to prey upon minds that are torn and upset by multiple worries, and often has his greatest success in tempting us when we're so beset by cares that we act on impulse, failing to consider the consequences of our actions.

Note that Solomon observed, in the verse above, that a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

But how can we have a calm spirit when many stressful things come at us at once, all of which seem to have to be considered? There surely can be no question that this is one of life's most difficult challenges and there are no easy answers. Like most difficult things, however, cultivating a calm mind is a matter of training.

Our brains may have a more complicated connection to our spirits than the other parts of the body, but the brain is still a part of the body and as such, it has to be trained to serve, rather than hinder the spirit man.

Naturally unruly, and seemingly with a will of its own, the mind has to be put in its place, disciplined and taught to help us get to heaven.

Training our minds to be calm is like every other kind of training in that it has to be done in small steps. It's a matter of incremental growth over time.

What we must do is put ourselves on a deliberate regimen of training as we exercise our minds each and every day. We find some little thing we can do today to help calm our minds, and that victory encourages us to do the same tomorrow.

At the very least, we need to consciously value a calm spirit. We need to pursue it and when we find ourselves without it, we need to be wise enough to see the danger we're in, and make Godly efforts to recover our calmness as soon as possible. If we can't always be calm, we can certainly grow in that direction.

Today, like every day, there are steps we can take that will lead to a mind that's more peaceful -- and more careful.

What is that step?

Paul, in Romans 12:2 tells us what to do. "Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is!"

Norman

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Don't Let Fear Hold You Back!

Posted By at Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  

Is fear of failure holding you back and keeping you from doing things you want to do? Then it’s time to break through the fear barrier!

Fear starts in our thoughts. To overcome fear, we need to change the way we look at things, and change the way we think about them. Fear is rarely a reflection of our current reality; it's usually a result of anticipating negative future events. Fears have a way of mushrooming when we keep thinking about them; they seem bigger than they really are. When we stop feeding fearful thoughts, they lose their power.

The thing you fear the most is often the one thing that's standing in the way of what you really want. So don't let fear rule your life.

Let me tell you first up what fear really is: F. E. A. R. It is False Evidence Appearing Real!

2 Cor 10:5 "Cast down imaginations, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

I'm sure you've probably heard the phrase, 'feel the fear and do it anyway'; it's possible to feel fear, but yet move past it and go for what you want regardless. You can learn to say no to fear.

In the past when I first started out in ministry, I'd let fear hold me back from doing many things that I really wanted to do. I eventually decided that it was time to do something about it. I didn't want to get to the end of my life and be full of regret for all the things I hadn't done. I decided it was time to face my fears and push past them. Then, I started to ask myself, "What's the worse thing that could happen if I did ...?" "Would that really be so bad?"

I began to realize that I'd been letting insignificant thoughts and fear stop me from stepping out of my comfort zone. I had a choice. I could carry on being afraid and let those fears stop me from doing things, or I could face the fears and go ahead and do things in spite of feeling afraid. I decided that I wasn't going to let fear of failure stop me any longer, so I pushed through and thousands of people have been helped as a result.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

So today I encourage you to press on and do what needs to be done, if necessary, do it trembling. There is no magic solution. The key is to recognise the fear for what it really is, and refuse to let it hold you back from your dreams. The antidote to all fear is faith.

Your plan may never be that perfect, but make adjustments as you discover what works for you and what doesn't. When you start taking action the fear will begin to lose its power. Keep focused on your plan and take some action every day.

Franklin D Roosevelt said, "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear … is fear itself."

Mark Twain said, "Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain."

Fears may try to resurface from time to time; they have a habit of creeping up on you when you're not expecting them. Just tell them that you're not going to listen to them, take a deep breath, reach out to God and dare to live life the way you want to live it. You have better things to do than to live in fear.

Romans 8:37-39 37 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

When we step out of our comfort zone and start to do things that we've been afraid of doing, we soon begin to discover that the fear was really an empty bluff and there really wasn't anything to be afraid of. Things are rarely as bad as we think. So don't let fear rob you of your dreams. Do something towards overcoming those fears every day. Keep pushing through and silence your fears forever.

I read somewhere that God has put 365 'FEAR NOTS' in His Word; so that's one for every day of the year.

Lena Kellogg Sadler said, "The only known cure for fear is faith."

Norman

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What Goes Around Comes Around

Posted By at Wednesday, March 07, 2018

 

In 2 Samuel 12 the story is told about God sending the prophet Nathan to David to tell him a story about two men.

2 Sam 12:1 So the LORD sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story, "There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor."

2 "The rich man owned many sheep and cattle."

3 "The poor man owned nothing but a little lamb he had worked hard to buy. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man's own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter."

4 "One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing a lamb from his own flocks for food, he took the poor man's lamb and killed it and served it to his guest."

5 David was furious. "As surely as the Lord lives," he vowed, "any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!"

This story is not really about a rich man taking a poor man's lamb. It is really about David taking another man's wife and then having the man killed in war so it looked like an accident of war.

Why the pretence? I think the Lord was letting David dictate his own punishment.

In Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

This is what happened to David. He received what he gave out.

David demanded the death penalty and much more. This man not only had to pay with his life, but was made to make four-fold restitution. This is what happened to David, David's baby son died and the sword would never stop pursuing David.

More than that, God permitted evil to rise out of David's own house to afflict him. David's wives were taken from him the same as he had taken Uriah's wife. Although David committed his sin privately, God would execute His judgment publicly.

We can all praise God that we have a superior and better covenant.

Heb 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, in-as-much as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

God will not judge us the way He judged David under the Old Covenant, because Jesus bore all that judgment for us.

However, there is still the principle of reaping our own judgment. People will treat us the way we treat them. If we are harsh and unforgiving, then people will treat us that way.

Those who show mercy receive mercy!

James 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

We don't have to learn everything the hard way, we can learn by other people's mistakes. David should be an example to us all. We need to remember that the way we judge others is the way we will be judged.

If we want to be treated mercifully; now would be a good time to start sowing mercy. Remember you will get back what you give out. You will reap according to your sowing. It works just like a boomerang.

Norman

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Success Starts on the Inside

Posted By at Wednesday, February 28, 2018

 

Prov 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

Prov 4:23 GNB Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

How often have you heard a speaker ask; "Is the glass half full or half empty?"

How you answer this question reveals your attitude to life, towards yourself and towards God. It reflects the level of your own self-esteem. Those with a healthy self-esteem know who they are in Christ and see themselves as such. They see themselves as valuable and worthwhile, whereas those with a low self-esteem put little value on their opinions and ideas and constantly see themselves as not good enough.

A low self-esteem negatively affects every area of your life; your relationships, your job situation, your income level, your business, your ministry or whatever you're involved in.

However, I have good news for you today! It’s never too late to change your life by changing your thinking. You can raise your self-esteem to a positive and healthy level physically, financially, in your marriage and every other area of life; even if you're now an adult and you have had a self-image problem since childhood.

It's a known fact that you will become what you think about. People who meditate, ponder and examine dark and evil things will eventually go and do something stupid, it's hard to get free from those images once they are embedded in your thinking.

You should change the way you think about your life if you are a negative person.

You are today exactly where your thoughts have brought you to and you will be tomorrow where today's thoughts take you.

Start accepting God’s opinion of you as He says in His Word.

Deut 28:13 You are the head and not the tail.

Deut 28:13 You are above only and not beneath.

John 1:12 You are God's child.

John 15:15 You are a friend of Jesus Christ.

John 15:16 You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Rom 5:1 You are justified.

Rom 8:1-2 You are not condemned.

Rom 8.37 You are more than a conqueror.

1 Cor 3:16 You are God's temple.

1 Cor 12:27 You are a member of Christ's body.

2 Cor 1:21-22 You have been established and anointed.

2 Cor 2:14 You are a winner.

2 Cor 5:17-21 You are a minister of reconciliation for God.

Eph 1:6 You are accepted.

Eph 1:3-8 You have been chosen by God and adopted.

Eph 2:6 You are seated in heavenly places.

Eph 2:10 You are God's workmanship.

Phil 3:20 You are a citizen of Heaven’s Kingdom.

Phil 4:13 You can do all things through Christ.

Phil 4:14 You are able for anything.

Col 1:13-14 You have been redeemed and forgiven.

Col 2:9-10 You are complete in Christ.

Col 3:1-4 You are hidden with Christ in God.

Heb 4:14-16 You have bold access to the throne of grace.

Begin now to see yourself through the positive eyes of God’s Word and your life will be raised up from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary.

God’s Word is the key to your new way of thinking.

Today, you can start to turn your life around. Even this very instant, you can say yes to a new way of positive thinking it will change your lifestyle and level of living in every area.

Norman

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Tradition - Try to avoid it

Posted By at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

   

Tradition is a killer of spiritual life and it will rob you of the blessings of God, it can hold up your healing and your provision so you come to a place where you actually believe God is not blessing you.

Jesus said in Matthew 15:6 Amplified Bible, "So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God - depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect."

The King James "Thus have you made the commandment (or Word) of God of none effect by your tradition."

What is the point? Man's religious tradition, even Pentecostal traditions, will negate the power of the Word of God!

If you have any traditional teaching in you, the Word won't work for you! That's pretty plain... but that is what it comes down to!

Jesus went on to say in Matthew 15:7 "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah [Isaiah 29:13] prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

If you desire to progress spiritually, you're going to have to eliminate the traditions of men from past teachings that may be still lurking around in your spirit!

We have all been taught things in the past that are just not in line with the truth of the Word of God.

We have to dredge these old teachings and traditions out of us; if we don't, they will make the Word that we do receive of none effect in our lives!

Some of the Christians I have met kid around about the tradition that they used to be a part of from such and such a church group, but it's a serious business! Those very things that they are kidding around about may be holding them back spiritually!

We need to keep our spirits clear of all the muck of tradition!

Prov 4:23 NLT Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

2 Cor 7:1 CEV "My friends, God has made us these promises. So we should stay away from everything that keeps our bodies and spirits from being clean. We should honour God and try to be completely like him."

Cleanse yourself of any traditional thinking.

Get into the truth of God's pure Word; the Word will fill the void left by the tradition and the power of God will work to a greater degree in your life!

Listen to the Spirit of God every day, and pay attention as we teach you how to walk in the Word and be free of these traditions that rob us of the power of God. Just kick over those sacred cows of tradition and get on with your new life in Christ.

Norman

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A Vision For Your Life!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 

Why do you think we need a clear vision for our lives? Because it gives us a much clearer picture of the future. We have one life to store up treasures for eternity. Having a clear vision for our life helps us to make the most of our life. Having a clear vision for our life helps us to number our days. Each day once lived can never be regained. Each day is a gift from God. Knowing and following God’s will for our life enables us to make the most of every day of our life here on earth.

The Lord said in Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”

We are able to make better choices in life because our future is determined by the choices that we make today. Having a vision helps us make wise choices in life each day. We cannot change our past but we can make wise choices in the future. Having a Kingdom focus for our life helps us to be disciplined when we face temptations and trials of the enemy.

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.”

Another translation says: "Where there is no progressive vision the people dwell carelessly."

With a clear vision for our life we can make plans to see the vision come to pass. As we continually commit our plans to the Lord He will guide and direct our every step in life, helping us correct our plan to get in line with His plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you," says the Lord, "plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

As we are faithful in the little things God begins to enlarge His vision for our life. A clear vision for our life helps us to make plans and to take steps of action to see the vision come to pass.

Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

God has a special plan for each believer's life and it leads to the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The moment a person enters into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they also enter into God’s plan for their life. As believers we must continually maintain a close and intimate walk with the Lord, so as to ensure that we stay on course with what God has planned for our life. Given the times that we are now living in, it is imperative that each believer knows God’s will for his or her life. Jesus Himself warned that in the last days many would be offended and betray one another and because of lawlessness, the love of many would grow cold.

Maintaining an intimate walk with the Lord is crucial in our times and is the key to continually knowing the will of God for our life.

The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Paul also wrote in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

God's plan for our life is far greater than we could imagine. God is never limited by our ability but only by our availability. If we wholeheartedly follow God’s plan for our life we will see Him performing great things in and through us. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness and He empowers us to do great tasks for His glory. He is also able to redeem our lives from the deepest of pits and to turn around the circumstances in our life for our good.

Norman