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Just Believe God!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 

Acts 27:25 NLT So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.

Paul was on his way to Rome when he said this, and he was in a great storm. Perhaps you are in a storm this week, I pray you can learn some lessons from this study and just believe God.

a. Disobedience can cause a storm!

God used Paul to warn the owner of the ship about the coming storm, but he refused to listen. His disobedience cost him dearly; he lost his ship, his cargo and almost lost his life. We need to learn that our disobedience to God's Word can cost us our health, our family, our finances, our career and almost as certainly our life.

b. Everyone probably faces a storm at sometime!

You may be in a storm today but you are not alone, God knows what you are facing and He can send His angels to watch over you.

Acts 27:23-24 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ 25 So take courage!

c. God is on your side so you will be fine!

Even though Paul was a prisoner and bound in chains; he actually had more authority than the captain. He was freer in his captivity because he was on a mission for God the creator.

Isaiah 54:17 NLT But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord their vindication will come from me I the Lord, have spoken!

Don't let the storm faze you; you are safe IN the storm just don’t let it get IN you!

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

www.familyfaithcentre.org

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection continues Thursday July 5, 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.

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The devil is busy!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 06, 2018

 

I'm sure you have often heard the expression, "The devil finds things for idle hands to do."

Have you ever had some time off from work and thought, "I'm going to relax and just watch TV for a little while?"

But as soon as one program is over, you decide to watch one more program and before you know it, you have wasted a whole evening.

Most of us can probably relate to this! There's nothing wrong with relaxing, but often those times when we have nothing to do are the times we can get into trouble. When boredom sets in, we become a target for the devil.

In Proverbs, chapters five through seven, it is dealing with a young man who gets into sexual promiscuity. One portion of the story describes the man as sauntering through the streets. The Hebrew brings this out. Then the young man's mind begins to wander and think about what was happening on the other side of town. Eventually, he finds himself involved with a prostitute who brought about his destruction. All of this began with boredom in the man's life.

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

That means take God into your works as your partner, then they will succeed. As soon as we wake up and our day begins, we should commit our works to the Lord, and verbally invite Him into partnership with us for that day's work. Because when our works are committed to the Lord, our thoughts will follow and be established. We should aim to begin our day like this every day.

This is because the devil attacks mainly in the thought realm.

That's why Paul instructs us to renew our minds.

Rom 12:2 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 learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit already dwell in our spirit. So real growth comes from the renewing of the mind and our thoughts becoming established in the things of God.

Philippians 4:8 "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things."

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.

Isaiah 55:9 God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.

To understand that statement you must read verses 7 & 8 to see whom the Lord is talking to!

Isa 55:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," saith the Lord.

In these verses God is talking to the unrighteous and the wicked. So if you are born-again that is not you He's talking to!

So how do we attain God's thoughts?

It's not only by studying His Word; it's also by committing our works to the Lord each day.

What about your works today? Are you looking for ways to get out of work and have a few more moments of leisure time?

Or are you really looking for ways to fill up your day working with The Lord to expand His kingdom?

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

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If you are down, there is hope!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 30, 2018

 

I wonder if you sometimes feel depressed? If so, you're not alone; it's a serious problem even among many Christian people, though so many don't recognise it. Today I hope this gives you some direction and help to deal with the problem.

King David suffered depression! He talked about it in Psalm 42.

Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

David’s depression is described in the Word as follows:

- He had spiritual dryness - Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 42:9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

- He cried continually - Psalm 42:3 "My tears have been my food day and night."

- He felt shame and defeat - Psalm 42:3 While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”

- He had lingering memories - Psalm 42:4 "When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise. With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast."

- He had overwhelming circumstances - Psalm 42:6-7 "O my God, my soul is cast down within me. Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar. 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls, all Your waves and billows have gone over me."

God's Word has made spiritual provision for those with depression:

- Look WITHIN and ANALYSE your heart - Psalm 42:5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance."

- Look UPWARD and RECOGNISE your help comes from The Lord - Psalm 42:8-9 The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will say to God my Rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

- Look ONWARD and REALISE your hope and faith in His Word - Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

If depression is a problem with you, I suggest you seek help from your minister or counsellor. I do have a manual on the subject called HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION, a study in Psalm 42 & 43. If you would like a copy it's available for $25 [Post free] from Dr. Norm Campbell PO Box 600 South Morang, Victoria 3752 Australia.

Norman

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Meditating

Posted By at Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

Recently in one of our Sunday services, I spoke about the importance of taking time every day to spend time alone with God.

Even Jesus as the God man saw the need to get away from the crowds to be alone in prayer, as we see in Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35 and Luke 6:12.

In those quiet times, prayer is important. So is Bible reading! But, just as important as a discipline that we sometimes tend to overlook – is meditating on God’s Word.

God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

David wrote in Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."

To meditate on the law of God means to think carefully about it, to consider what it means, and put it into practice in our lives. It means to chew it over and consider it, to be like the cow and re-chew it several times.

Is there a promise that God is making?

Is there something God is telling you that you need to be doing?

Is there something God is telling you that you should stop doing?

Part of the value in meditation is letting God’s Word remain in our thoughts throughout the day. Just as Mary in Luke 2:19 “..kept all these things [about Jesus] and pondered them in her heart”, so we need to think carefully about what God is saying to us as we continue with our daily responsibilities.

I give you a challenge today; Instead of just making a decision to read through the Bible in the year (as many do at New Year and that is commendable), I challenge you to also meditate on one verse or two verses every day as well. Allow God to speak to you through those verses as you ponder them, filling your hearts and your minds.

Psalms 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; Yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”

Something to think about & incorporate into your day!

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection continues Thursday June 7th. 2018 7.30 - 9.00pm. Please pray about these new monthly meetings this New Year. 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.

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Do Others Want Your Light?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 

We need to always remember that people around us are looking at our lives—would they want what we have?

Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Although we do need to be culturally relevant to the lost, at the same time we must hold fast to the integrity of God's Word and not become like them.

Rom 12:2 NLT 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 learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

We have been called to be a reflection of Jesus Christ and let His light shine. We must show Christ, not some religious organization, and not list rules and regulations that come from that religious experience.

Very often Christians tend to remain in the comfort of their church and familiar social circle of believers. As a result, they become totally isolated and separated from people who need salvation. Then they wonder why they never have the opportunity to lead someone to Jesus.

God has done a good work in each of us; He has opened our spiritual eyes, and we have been enlightened by His wonderful Word. We are challenged to let the world see the evidence of this enlightenment through our obedience to walk in the fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 tells us.

So what impact have you made on the people around you?

Have you added the life of Christ to any of them?

Learn to look for and take every opportunity - whether on the job, a social function, a family gathering, in a classroom, helping the needy, or wherever your day takes you - to let your light shine before men!

Norman

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Your Financial Future

Posted By at Wednesday, May 09, 2018

 

Your financial future really depends on 3 things; what you SPEND, SAVE and SOW!

2 Cor 9:6-11 NLT Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

Your financial future starts with whatever you have RIGHT NOW, nothing is too small to be multiplied if it is sown and put into the hand of God.

God wants you to succeed financially.

Deut 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.

Jesus taught that giving was the way to prosperity and plenty.

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

He taught His disciples the way to fish so they could improve their fishing business in Luke 5.

He showed them how to find money in a fish to pay their taxes in Matthew 17.

He was always showing people where they could find the money they needed.

You have to believe that He is really interested in your finances. You can't take money to heaven, but you can use it to send people to heaven.

Of the 38 parables in the New Testament, 16 of them deal with the right and wrong use of money. One out of every 10 verses in the Bible speaks on the issue of finance. There are 500 verses on prayer and 500 verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on finance and its correct use.

Prosperity from God’s point of view is multifarious. He includes in it prosperity for spirit, soul and body, in relationships as well as financially!

If you would like a copy of my Biblical Money Management Manual [144 pages] send a check for $30 to the ministry and request it, and it will be sent post free. [Dr Norm Campbell PO Box 600 South Morang, Victoria 3752, Australia]

Norman

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You can change it!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States ever produced. His views were not necessarily as we see God's Word today, but there were Biblical truths in what he had to say.

He said, "The greatest discovery of our generation is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes."

Consider that for a moment; its your thinking and your thoughts, not your circumstances that determines your happiness.

That is exactly what God's Word says.

Proverbs 23:7a KJV For as he thinks in his heart so is he.

Ephesians 4:23 NLT There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

So we can change if we want to. If you really want to change for the better, let me give you some suggestions to follow:

1. What do you really want?

When you are popular and others like you, it makes you feel good about yourself. If you're successful you create joy within yourself. That means happiness is an inside job.

2. Plan your days in prayer!

To achieve God's goals for your life you must plan with prayer. Here is something I wrote in my prayer manual; Prayer and preparation precede the pouring out of God's power! [Prayer manual EFFECTIVE PRAYER is available for $30 from this ministry post free].

Proverbs 16:9 Living Bible "We should make plans counting on God to direct us!"

3. Don't expect others to make you happy and successful.

God gave you the Word to study and He calls it seed, so start planting it and watch it grow.

Galatians 6:4-5 Message Bible Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Why not try these suggestions today and look to God for other things to improve your day. If you ask Him, He will soon show you what you need to do, you can change it if you really want to.

Norman

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FAITH + HOPE + LOVE

Posted By at Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love."

Faith, hope and love [that is God's kind of love agape love] are all Godly attributes.

Satan possesses none of these and he hates everyone who does possess them.

I wonder as we go through this year of 2018 are these the qualities we possess?

God is the God of faith, the God of all hope, and God is love. These are His characteristics.

Those who genuinely possess these qualities are God possessed, for these only come from and through the Lord Himself.

Galatians 5:6 “Faith works by love.”

Yet many Christians who profess faith certainly do not exude this love. They often act like they have no love. How can this be?

Many people in today's society lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since before God breathed His life into man and they will be here as long as He continues to live in men's hearts. They abide regardless of political systems.

Men, however, under the direction of the devil, have tried to eradicate them, but their efforts have fallen short and always will.

* Love never fails according to 1 Cor 13:8.

* Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4.

* Hope we are saved by it according to Romans 8:24.

These are the qualities that give our lives meaning and great enjoyment.

These characteristics distinguish men from animals. Remove them and people begin to act like wild animals.

However, if we inject faith, hope, and love even into the vilest heart it can be melted and reshaped in the image of God. Living without faith, hope and love diminishes the quality of life.

Satan seeks to strip men and women of these three God-like qualities while God never wants us to be without them. There is constant warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness over these three special virtues.

Today, let God fill you with His faith, His hope and His love and then be a channel through which He can release these virtues to those who need faith, those who need hope, and those who are starving for true 'agape' love.

Norman

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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

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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