Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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When is the right time?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 18, 2019

                   

Many times in the Word we read NOW, or TODAY, as the time the Lord sees as important. So what are the things God has told us to focus on TODAY?

- To be saved! 2 Cor 6:2 NLT For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the 'right time' is now. Today is the day of salvation! 

John 5:25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live."

1 Cor 12:27 Now you are Christ's body, and individually, members of it. 

1 Peter 2:10 ..for you once were not a people, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 

Romans 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

- To accept His righteousness! Romans 4:26 ...So now, because we stand on the faithfulness of Jesus, God declares us righteous on his eyes!

Romans 5:9 For through the blood of Jesus we have heard the powerful declaration, "You are now righteous in my sight."

Romans 5:17 But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!

- To have faith and believe! Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

- To be teachable! Hebrews 4:7 He again fixes a certain day, "Today," saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, "Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."

- To praise our Heavenly Father! Isaiah 33:10 "Now I will arise," says the Lord, "Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up."

- To worship our Heavenly Father! John 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers."

- To live in peace! Romans 15:3 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

2 Thess 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. 

- To walk in love! 1 Cor 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Romans 5:5 This hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can no experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!

Romans 8:38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God's love.

- To be an encourager! Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

- To live in the Spirit! Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I'm sure there are some I've missed, why not search more out this week, and add them to the comments below. 

God bless.

Norman

Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org

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. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful 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!

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Our God is ABLE!

Posted By at Wednesday, September 11, 2019

           

I was looking at the phrase "He is able" and thought you might enjoy this short study.

Daniel 3:17 The God we serve He is able to deliver us.

Daniel 4:37 "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honour the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride."

Romans 4:21 ...and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. 

Romans 16:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, 

2 Cor 1:4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  

2 Cor 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 

Heb 2:18 He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Heb 7:25 Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Jude 24 Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling.

Philippians 3:21 ...according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

This same power is at work in us right now; He is still able!

It's the same power that calmed the wind and waves on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus spoke to the storm.

It's the same power that caused Lazarus to come out of the tomb, even though he was bound by grave clothes and had been dead for four days.

It's the same power that healed ALL those who came to the Lord on the hillsides of Judea.

It's the same power that multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed thousands.

It's the same power that cast out devils and defeated ALL the works of evil.

It's the same power that raised Christ from the tomb in spite of the fact that His body had been lacerated, tortured and all his bones put out of joint just three days before.

  • He is ABLE
  • He is ABLE to do
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond all we can ask
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond all we can ask or think
  • He is ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond all we can ask or think, pray or imagine!

God is able to do all this according to the power that is, right now, at work in each of us who believe Him!

His enabling power is in His Word. When we speak His Word in faith, we release His power to achieve what it is we need because He is still able, and through Him, we are able too! What a mighty God we serve, praise Him forever!

Have a wonderful week.

Norman

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Victory In Christ!

Posted By at Wednesday, September 04, 2019

John 16:33 Amplified Bible I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

When faced with difficult times in life and things look hopeless, we can do one of two things. We can try to overcome them all in our own power or strength or intellect.

Or we can surrender them to the Lord Jesus Christ and let Him turn the obstacles and problems into victory for us.

1 Peter 5:7 AMP Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

We must learn to trust Him completely.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Faith means to actively believe what God has said in His Word, to trust and rely on Him. He will never get involved in our life without our invitation. He is just waiting for us to ask Him for help.

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

We need to know God is BIGGER than any problem we will ever face in our life.

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

The more our every day life aligns with Jesus [The Word] the greater and more victorious that life will be, for ourselves and those around us. When we call out to the Lord Jesus Christ for help, we are acknowledging He is our Lord and the strength and salvation of our life!

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.

Psalm 107:28 Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble and He brings them out of their distresses.

Norman

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Abiding Brings Joy

Posted By at Wednesday, August 28, 2019

As we read in Sunday's NORMality, in John 17 Jesus prayed for you and for me. Part of what He prayed was:

John 17:13 TPT "But now I am returning to you so Father, I pray that they will experience and enter into my joyous delight in you so that it is fulfilled in them and overflows."

Whatever Jesus said out of His mouth was pure scripture, it was the Word of God. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 says.

This joy of God comes from the Word of God. The Word of God abiding in our spirit will produce God's joy in us. God's joy is not affected by circumstances.

God's joy cannot be over-run by the devil.

I want you to notice Jesus also said in John 15:7 "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."

Did you notice the little word "If"? That means it's our choice whether or not we have the abiding Word in us. If we are constantly re-filling ourselves with the Word each day, it produces joy in our hearts and overflows in our lives and relationships. Our joy-tank is full and we can use it to fulfil God's purposes in our lives. If we don't abide in the Word we won't have much of God's joy stored in our spirit. Not because joy is not available, but because we haven't been diligent to put it in our heart, mind, and spirit.

Joy comes from the abiding Word. That's the reason why we need to be meditating in the Word every day. How can we abide in the Word?

  1. By mediating the Word
  2. By studying the Word
  3. By speaking the Word

Being in the Word every morning gives us the strength and joy to face and overcome whatever the devil is planning against us that day. It's the abiding Word that makes to difference.

Psalm 5:3 TPT Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.

Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Abiding in the Word gives us anointing for the day. His joy enables us to be strong to face anything the devil may throw at us and helps us think positively and successfully overcome his threats.

Norman

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Cast Your Care

Posted By at Wednesday, August 21, 2019

There are many people who may appear to be carefree, but really have anxieties only God understands; money problems, employment issues, health challenges and marital concerns.

So to all of us, God says in 1 Peter 5:7 Transfer all your anxieties to me.

When we walk by faith, transferring the cares to our Heavenly Father, we receive answers to prayer that challenge human reasoning. And looking back, we're often amazed at how the Lord brought us out, and realise we couldn't have come up with a better solution ourselves.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.

We need to continually put ALL our troubles where we have put our sins. We have put our sins onto Jesus, so we must learn to put our troubles there also! 

As soon as the trouble comes, tell it to your Father in heaven! Don't put up with it for one second! Remember, the longer you take telling your trouble to God, (and the longer you wallow in it), the longer you will have to wait for peace. The longer the frost lasts, the more likely the ponds will be frozen over.

Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Putting our burden upon the Lord is the way to soothe sorrow, grief and anxiety. When we are troubled, we must learn to put our burden upon the Lord immediately! This day! Let Him carry it, He's the burden bearer. 

Life should be a joy and not a burden. We should live victoriously, ever master of our experiences, and not tossed by them like a leaf on the dashing waves. Every earnest Christian wants to live a truly beautiful life, whatever the circumstances may be.

Everything in the Word of God is a light and a blessing to me when I came to Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

I learned from a footnote that the Greek reads, 'Do not be anxious about tomorrow'. Cross-references point out that God says, "Do not worry."

If you've are worrying today, why not roll it over unto Him and become carefree.

Norman

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Keep on rejoicing!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 14, 2019

         

James 1:2-4 The Message Bible Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed not deficient in any way.

Do you realize you can rejoice even in the midst of any temptation!

The reason we can rejoice is because God gives us the ability and power to overcome every temptation we face.

In John 16:33 AMP Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]"

He will never abandon us any time we are being tested. The grace of God is sufficient to enable us to meet every obstacle victoriously.

We must let joy be our source of strength as it says in Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Joy is a very high form of faith. Being joyful in the midst of difficulty releases the power of God to work on our behalf.

God tells us to rejoice in the very face of tests, trials and temptations, because Jesus has already deprived it of power to harm us. Remember, by rejoicing we are releasing our faith and the power of God goes forth to overcome any barrier. Our rejoicing is IN God not in or for the test, trial or temptation.

James 1:13 TPT When you are being tempted don't ever say, "God is tempting me," for God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he is never the source of temptation.

The reason many have not taken advantage of these verses is because they have been misunderstood. Many people could not reconcile rejoicing over tests, trials and temptations. If someone continually gives thanks for temptations, they actually open the door for more tests and trials to come.

Learn to thank God IN the situation not FOR it - thank Him FOR His wisdom that brings grace to cause you to overcome the situation.

Praise God for what He has done instead of glorifying the devil in his attacks. The attacks, temptations and trials have not come from the Lord. There is a fine line between the two attitudes that is of the utmost importance.

As we rejoice in God's grace to overcome the temptation we will be standing on the Word in faith. This is called patience or steadfastness. As we are patient and consistent, God promises we will be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. We put ourselves in a position to experience God's blessings.

James 1:12 TPT  If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life's difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!

Norman

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Consider Jesus!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 07, 2019

This Christian life isn't always easy. When we face health problems, a financial crisis or trouble with our children, it's easy to lose our perspective and become discouraged. It happened to two of Jesus' disciples on the Emmaus Road. They were discouraged about Jesus' death, according to Luke 24:15-16 The Message Bible "They were going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their… questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who He was."

The problem occurs when we take our eyes off Jesus, begin to feel helpless about things; we lose our sense of purpose and vision. Many people say, when facing a major crisis, that they tend to be the kind of person whose vision becomes blurred and their perceptions are shot, that their contemplations one-sided and they shut out the very people who can help them; just like these two disciples. 

Their vision was blurred about the very person who was walking with them and talking to them. The One whose death they were mourning was really alive but they didn't realize it because their focus was on the wrong thing. They were more concerned about His death than His promise to rise again from the dead.

Luke 24:30-31 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

Everything changed the minute they recognized Him. When they recognized Him they didn't need to see Him physically, they needed to believe without seeing.

Luke 24:32-33 TPT Stunned, they looked at each other and said, "Why didn't we recognise it was him? Didn't our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!"

In an instant they went from drifting to determined, from fear to courage, from pain to joy and from despair to hope. No matter how bad things may appear to be, when we set our eyes on Jesus He will fill us with the strength to endure and hope for the future. Our antidote is to see and savour Jesus Christ from His Word. 

Paul writes in Ephesians 1:18 That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

We often are concentrating too much on our problems instead of concentrating on His promises of healing and deliverance. I stir myself first, because I'm prone to become overwhelmed; Consider not the circumstances but consider Jesus! 

So today, spend time with the Lord in His Word, let it speak to your heart and unveil the answers you need to deal with the issues you're facing. He will help you see the answer instead of the problem.

Norman

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Our Wake Up Call!

Posted By at Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Romans 8:18-23 TPT I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God's glorious sons and daughters! For against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin. But now, with eager expectation, all creation longs for freedom from its slavery to decay and to experience with us the wonderful freedom coming to God's children. To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth. 

Verse 23 And it's not just creation. We who have already experienced the first fruits of the Spirit also inwardly groan as we passionately long to experience our full status as God's sons and daughters - including our physical bodies being transformed.

We are living in the last of the last days. It is our responsibility to help bring to fulfilment all that Father God has planned for the end of the ages. Surely all the signs are in the sky, in the earth, and in the supernatural realm that the trumpet of the Lord could sound at any moment now. The world calls these signs 'global warming' but we believers have expected an increase of these events, because God warned us they would happen at the end of the age, just before Christ's return.

The earth itself is groaning and the birth pangs are evident. We believers often also experience these same groanings of the Spirit as we pray and intercede for the ones the Father places on our hearts. These events are a wake up call to tell us to get ready for our soon departure. Have you got your wake up call yet? 

Luke 21:28 King James 2000 Bible When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.

I pray that we have not only prepared our own hearts for what's ahead but that we are also getting everyone around us ready too. May we all be in unity, with a boldness of Spirit to win more souls and bring home more prodigals than we ever have at any time in the church. We cannot do it without trusting God and walking by faith, so let’s do it!

Ephesians 5:14 AMPC Therefore, He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. 

I pray we continue to keep Jesus and His ministry first. Our prayers are with you for protection and boldness, thanks for standing with us in these days.

Norman

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Ready! Alert! Active!

Posted By at Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Matthew 24:38-39 "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."

Matt 24:37-39 The Passion Translation "For it will be exactly like it was in the days of Noah when the Son of Man appears. Before the flood, people lived their lives eating, drinking, marrying, and having children. They didn't realise the end was near until Noah entered the ark, and then suddenly, the flood came and took them all away in judgement. It will happen the same way when the Son of Man appears."

Jesus is prophesying that when He returns it will be just as in Noah's day, people will be preoccupied with the temporary affairs of this life, their normal, every day eating sleeping, going to work, making money lifestyle; instead of pursuing eternal spiritual truths. In these last days before His return, there are plenty of signs to show that the time is drawing near, almost daily we hear of earthquakes, fire, flood, hurricanes, conflict in the Middle East, the list goes on. As Christians we should be heeding these signs and warning others of the imminent return of our Saviour.  Preoccupation with the affairs of this life can dull us to spiritual realities. The Lord kindly, but seriously, points out the urgent need to be ready for His return. In the same way that a thief comes when people are the least prepared, so our Lord will return in a time when people are not looking for, or expecting Him.

This is not because our Lord desires to surprise us and see how many He can catch unprepared. On the contrary, He is urging us to be watchful so that we will be going about His business, preparing ourselves and others around us for His return. Jesus gave us the signs of the end times to help us be ready. He is simply prophesying that there will be a condition of apathy in the latter days that will tend to lull even the faithful to sleep if they don't take heed of His words.

Matthew 24:44 TPT "So always be ready, alert and prepared, because at an hour when you're not expecting Him, the Son of Man will come."

Believers will not be assembled on a mountaintop somewhere waiting for the Lord's return. We will still be going about our daily routines.

In Luke the Lord told us, the Church, in chapter 19 verse 13 to "Occupy till I come."

We should be ready for the Lord to come back at any moment, yet working for His kingdom business as if His return was still far off.

What is the Lord's business?

Matthew 25:34-36 and 40 TPT "...Come and experience the full inheritance of the kingdom realm that has been destined for you from before the foundation of the world! For when you saw me hungry, you fed me. When you found me thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you invited me in, and when I was poorly clothed, you covered me. When I was sick, you tenderly cared for me, and when I was in prison you visited me...Don't you know? when you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me."

Norman

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Freedom In Christ

Posted By at Wednesday, July 17, 2019

             

In both the Old and New Testaments we learn that Jesus was anointed to preach the message of FREEDOM. Sometime between 701 and 686 years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah preached of the Good News of Salvation that would one day appear to all men, both Jew and Gentile alike.

Isaiah 61:1-2 Living Translation "The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord's favour has come..."

This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus spoke these words as recorded in Luke 4:18-19 AMP "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]."

Verse 19 "To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favours of God profusely abound]."

Jesus told the people of His day that His Words were GOOD NEWS that would make them FREE, if they would just accept it. The people had been so blinded by religion and trying to live up to The Law, that they didn’t even know they were in bondage.

John 8:32 and 36 And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Jesus was sent to preach and teach the GOOD NEWS of the MESSAGE OF FREEDOM that God had promised through Abraham all those years ago, and it's still the same today! If we accept it as THE TRUTH we can be FREE, because if we are in Christ we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise, just as Paul said.

Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Enjoy a great freedom week!

Norman