Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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You Can Trust God!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

I want to start this Mid Week Faith Booster dealing with a scripture which I'm sure will show you that God can be trusted. It's the middle verse of the entire Bible and I believe the hand of our Father God specifically placed it there!

The Bible is actually a library of 66 books containing 1189 chapters, written by 44 authors over a period of some 1,500 years.

This verse is exact in the middle of the whole Bible. On the left side of this scripture is Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible, and on the right side is Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. Just take a look at what this middle of the Bible verse says!!

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Paul affirms it in 2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are YES, and in Him AMEN, to the glory of God through us.

Have you ever noticed that before? ALL of the promises given to us by our Father in Heaven are backed up by a big "YES!" and then further by a big "AMEN!" (so be it).

Praise God that's very good news for all of us! The exact number of promises I can't tell, but I have read several accounts ranging from 3,000 to 5,467 to 8,000, [you could do a study when you have a few months and add them up!]

However, there are literally thousands of promises given to us as God's children in the Bible that cover every possible area of our life, our health, our finances, our marriage, our family and even our ministry, if you are involved in that.

It's possible for us as believers to walk in complete victory in this life every day if we can take God at His Word.

There is one BIG difference between a promise given by God and a promise given by a man. Many men [and women] have been known to break their promises, and I've experienced that on a number of occasions, especially since being in ministry, often promises of support for the ministry never eventuated. But the great Creator God has never broken one - and He never will! God is a promise keeper. Every promise He has ever given to anyone He is obligated to keep, otherwise the whole Bible would fall into disrepute. But it can't happen because He is faithful and true.

1 Kings 8:56 Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to His people Israel, according to ALL that He promised. There has NOT failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.

We serve a God who is full of integrity and can be trusted to keep His Word. He does not lie, so therefore He will not break His promises. Many people have been known to break their promises - however not God.

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Romans 3:3-4a For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.

We receive the promises of God in our lives when we place our faith in the One who promised, and not in people. So many people at one time or another have been disappointed in life because the people they trusted, let them down by breaking promises.

This happens by placing too high an expectation on the word of people, when we should have been placing our expectations on God's Word. God can be trusted to keep all His promises.

What God says about us is true.

What God promises we can do - we can do because He says we can.

What God promises we can have - we can have because He said we could have it!

All God has promised to us, as His children will certainly come to pass in our lifetime, if we will simply put our faith and trust in Him to bring it to pass.

I know for some of you this is very basic faith information I am presenting today, but you must admit that the majority of the Church across the world have a long way to go before they inherit all of God's promises in their life.

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]

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.

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!

160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park Victoria 3082 [on Corner of Plenty Road and Centenary Drive]

We are also mentoring a large number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them. If you would like to be on the list to receive the teaching by MP3 email each week, let me know.

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What is Prayer?

Posted By at Wednesday, December 06, 2017

 

Prayer is dialogue with God. Prayer is talking with God. It is called dialogue because it is a two-way conversation and involves you not only talking, [which is monologue], but also listening and then obeying His words to you.

We get to know God by spending time with Him. Just as a husband gets to know His wife better each year of marriage, so too, as we spend time with God we get to know Him better and better and our understanding of His character and ways deepen.

His voice becomes more familiar and we respond to Him as He speaks with us on a daily basis.

Jesus said in Luke 18:1 "Men should always pray and not faint!"

Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Always keep on praying."

We can talk to God about everything. He is always within call, and His ear is open to our prayer, as a mother listens to her baby.

We should pray in faith! When we pray it must be in faith, believing God will hear our prayer and that He will answer.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24 "Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe you have it! It's yours!"

Prayer is a powerful force that can change governments, circumstances, situations and the things that are against us can be changed! God shapes the world by our prayers.

Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things."

1 John 5:13-15 "I have written this to you who believe in the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are sure of this that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then, we can be sure He will answer."

Ephesians 3:20 "Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes."

What about the Lord's model Prayer?

Matthew 6:9-13 "Our Father in heaven, we honour Your holy name. We ask that Your kingdom will come soon. May Your will be done here in earth, just as it is in Heaven. Give us our food again today, as usual, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Don't allow us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen."

This is a model prayer Jesus taught it to His disciples as an illustration.

If you read it carefully you will see it shows you how to approach God.

He IS YOUR FATHER. This is all because of Calvary.

HE IS IN HEAVEN. Because He is sovereign and is the Creator of the whole universe.

HONOUR HIS HOLY NAME. He is your provider, your healer, your righteousness, your peace. Learn what all His Names and character means to you.

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Ask Him to help you reach others with the gospel.

GIVE US OUR FOOD AGAIN TODAY. Thank Him; He is our total source, everything we have comes from Him. Pray every day!

FORGIVE US OUR SINS. Accept His free forgiveness of sins and forgive others who wrong you.

DON'T ALLOW US INTO TEMPTATION. Temptation is not a sin, it's when you yield to it and satisfy it’s calling on you, that it becomes a problem. Yield not to temptation!

DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. God can strengthen you on a daily basis, as you yield to Him not the evil one. He has made the way of escape, and cleansing and forgiveness.

Although this is commonly called The Lord's Prayer, His prayer for you and me is found in John 17, why not go there and read that passage today and see what He prayed for you!

Remember to talk with God daily, this should be a daily habit that becomes a lifestyle.

Norman

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You Can Be Healed Today!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

Acts 10:38 "And you no doubt know that Jesus of Nazareth was anointed by God with the Holy Ghost and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the demons, for God was with Him."

Healing is part of our covenant rights!

As Christians we are part of a covenant; that's an agreement made by God with man, through Jesus. God represented Heaven and Jesus represented man, (you and me) in that agreement. God cannot fail and Jesus did not fail so therefore the New Covenant cannot fail. The new covenant is a health covenant (as well as many other aspects).

3 John 2 "I want that you should prosper in every way and that your body be healthy as your soul (mind and will) prospers."

The Old Testament people (before Calvary) had healing. Everyone Jesus healed in the Gospels received what they were already entitled to under the old covenant, but when Jesus hung on the cross at Calvary He said in John 19:30 "It is finished."

He meant the old covenant had finished. He had brought it all to completion and the new covenant had arrived. No longer only healing, but divine health became available because of Calvary.

God is interested in your physical well-being! In fact Divine Health is all His idea.

He is as interested in your health just as much as he is interested in your spiritual condition. Calvary took care of the physical as well as the spiritual. In Isaiah 53 the prophet looks down through the corridor of time and describes Jesus at Calvary hundreds of years later.

Note Isa 53:3-5 Amplified Bible "He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness. And like one from whom men hid their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

4 Surely He has borne our grief's (sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains - yet we (ignorantly) considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God (as if with leprosy).

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities. The chastisement (needful to obtain) peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes (that wounded) Him we are healed and made whole."

1 Peter 2:24 Amplified Bible "He personally bore our sins in His (own) body on the tree (as an altar and offered Himself on it) that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed."

Psalm 107:20 Amplified Bible "He sends forth his word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction."

Isaiah 58:8 Amplified Bible "Then your light shall break forth like the morning, and your health (your restoration and the power of a new life shall spring forth speedily, your righteousness (your rightness and justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you (conducting you to peace and prosperity) and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard."

Just remember this faith is what you have when you don't have what you want!

When you have what you want you don't need faith for it any more.

You can walk in health by walking in God's Word. Take God's Word for the state of your body, not what your body tells you. Your body has nothing to tell you but you have something to tell your body!

Norman

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Focusing on the Good

Posted By at Wednesday, November 22, 2017

'When life hands you a lemon just make lemonade', so the saying goes.

But why settle for making lemonade when there are so many more positive possibilities you could check out?

Just remember, there is no situation so completely hopeless that something positive and constructive cannot be done with it.

When you are faced with a minus, do what you can to make it a plus.

When you practice an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness you will be able to extract un-dreamt outcomes from the most terrible situations.

There are no really hopeless situations, there are just hopeless attitudes. So don’t be one of them because we all have a tendency to adopt the attitudes of those we spend time with! As someone said, "If you hang around with the dogs you end with fleas!"

Paul wrote Romans 1:12 Your faith will help me and my faith will help you.

Paul also said in Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

When you choose to forgive and then focus on what you can control; that is your attitudes and your opportunities, this increases your energy, builds your potential and takes the limits off your faith and your future!

Have a great week and come along this Sunday to Family Faith Centre for a great service.

Norman

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Jesus Can 'Make' or Change You

Posted By at Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Understand this: Jesus doesn't invite you to follow Him because you believe in Him, He invites you to follow Him because He believes in you! He does not see you as you are but He sees you as what He can make you if you obey and follow His Word.

In Matthew 4:19 He said, "Follow Me and I will make you."

He knows what you can become when His grace touches your life.

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Matthew was a Jew and yet he collected taxes for the Romans, who had enslaved his people. In the people's eyes he was lower than low. Yet when Jesus called him, he became an Apostle and wrote the first book in the New Testament.

When Jesus called Phillip and Nathanael to discipleship, as recorded in the first chapter of John, beginning in vs. 43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 

44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’

Nathanael's scepticism was understandable; at that time Nazareth was an obscure little hill town, remote and of no consequence. It was not sophisticated or glamorous -quite the opposite. It was not a place that anyone expected the Messiah to come from. Despite his scepticism, Nathanael followed Philip to meet Jesus.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, He said, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” (verse 47). Nathanael accepted this description as true and wondered how Jesus knew his character, having never met him before. Jesus explained, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you” (verse 48).

Nathanael then immediately recognized Jesus as the Christ, calling him the 'Son of God' and the 'King of Israel'. (verse 49).

Even after three years of exposure to Jesus and His miracles and messages, many of the disciples still had doubts.

How often did Jesus say to them things like, "You of little faith… why do you not believe?… If only you believed you would see."

Jesus knew they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to Heaven, so He said in John 14:16-17 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

The Greek word for comforter is parakletos and that means 'one who comes alongside to help.'

Just remember there will never be a day when you don't need God's help!

So Jesus simply says "Come as you are, come and I will change you. You've tried your way and it didn't work, now try My way!"

Come follow Him and you won't be disappointed!

Norman

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God Still Performs Miracles

Posted By at Wednesday, November 08, 2017

I spoke to someone recently and they seemed surprised when I said that God still does miracles today. They seemed to think miracles were a thing of the past and only happened in Bible days. I assured them God had not changed as Malachi 3:6 tells us He is the Lord and He does not change!

But what is a miracle? A miracle is described as 'an extraordinary event wrought by God that cannot be explained by any natural means'.

Every time you stretch and use your faith, you please God according to Hebrews 11:6, and He performs miracles in response to your faith, I believe every time.

God does perform miracles today and I myself am proof.

Back in 1971 when I came to Australia with my wife and two children, I was a registered disabled person following a major motor accident in which I received five compound fractures in the left leg. I developed a problem with gangrene due to road dirt getting into the breaks. I was in hospital in 1967-68 for 14 months and had 14 major surgeries, including bone and skin grafts. It took a further two years to recover and my left leg was some five centimetres, (2.5 inches), shorter than the right, due to surgeons trimming the bone to try to get it to knit. It was during that hospital period that I got born again and committed my life to Jesus Christ. When we came to Australia I went to a meeting and was prayed for by Australia Evangelist Pastor Norm Armstrong [who became my mentor]. God wonderfully and immediately replaced the 5 cms of bone that had been removed during the trimming of the bone in the 14 operations back in Ireland. Up to that evening I had been wearing a built up shoe to help with walking and staying level.

Since that time I have been privileged to see God perform many miracles with other people as we have prayed for their need to be met. A number of people have been healed from incurable conditions, several people have been raised back to life by His miracle working power, all glory to His Name.

Today here is a question! Is there a problem in your life that needs a miracle?

Perhaps you have already decided that nothing is going to change! If that is so, then it, unfortunately, is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How do you know things won't change? Is it because it has been that way for so long you see no chance of it changing? You have become so used to the situation, just like old comfortable slippers or jacket you don't want to get rid off.

But God wants you to stretch your faith today and supersede all the laws of nature and of man. God has done it many times in the past and He can do it again for you if you can believe His Word.

Matthew 19:26 New Living Translation Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."

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

God is still in the miracle working, mountain moving business! So don't ever doubt or underestimate what He wants and can do in your life if you can believe.

Jesus also said in Mark 11:23-24 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

You have to speak God's Word LOUDER than the mountain or the problem is speaking to you.

Finally in John 14:12 Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

Go on, today, try to get your faith operating and get ready for the miracles! God is greater than any situation you find yourself in everyday.

Norman

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God is Trustworthy

Posted By at Wednesday, November 01, 2017

We live in a fallen changing world where promises are often broken, almost every day. But God always keeps His Word.

Malachi 3:6-7 “For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you…”

In the Word, we learn Sarah was 90 years old when God told her husband, Abraham, in Genesis 17:15-16 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”

Sarah means 'mother of many princes'. Abraham considered this so unlikely, he laughed, Sarah was barren and never had a child and now was 90 years old.

But God was truthful and faithful to His Word.

In our world people put little value on their words. We’ve seen politicians retract campaign commitments once they've taken office.

Though many people "swear to tell the truth" in court, many resort to lying for self-preservation.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know whom and what we can trust.

Thankfully, there is One who keeps His Word and never changes.

Hebrews 10:23 tells us, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He [God] who promised is faithful."

God always keeps His promises—the same today as He did in the Bible days. Yet some people become discouraged because they fail to see results after asking for His assurance. We can avoid frustration by understanding how Scripture teaches us to claim His promises.

First, be aware that some promises are limited to a certain situation. God told Abraham he would have a son. However, Genesis 17:16 is not a general promise for everyone to claim personally, as it was meant specifically for the Abraham and Sarah. However, you could remind God of His promise to Abraham and tell Him you need His intervention in your childless marriage, just like He did for Abraham.

Second, many promises are intended for all believers, such as God’s assurance that He’ll never leave us.

Hebrews 13:5 says, Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Third, some promises are conditional.

For example Psalm 37:4 requires obedience: “Delight yourself in the Lord AND He will give you the desires of your heart.”

When evaluating a Bible promise, we should ask yourself:-

Am I asking for this promise with a spirit of submission to the will of God?

Will the answer to my petition harm any person or interfere with God’s will for their life?

Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased by my request?

Does it contradict the Word of God?

Will my desire advance my spiritual growth?

If you claim the Lord’s promises with a right spirit and pure motives, you will honour Him, receive what you ask and grow in intimacy with your loving Father.

In today's changing world where vows are often easily broken, it’s reassuring that believers serve a God who keeps His word. Think about the hope His promises provide, and praise Him for the way they reveal His character.

Norman


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Victory in Jesus

Posted By at Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

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.

Get this truth, this mighty truth into your heart, soul and your body: You have victory through Jesus Christ! Yes, victory has already been given to you. That means you have total and complete victory in every area of your life and over all the power of the enemy. You now have absolute victory in Jesus Christ. Victory is a gift you receive in Him the moment you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Think it, dream it, talk it, and you will live it.

The Word of God is filled with promises guaranteeing God's help and provision for you. As you continually fill your mind with these blessings, you will rise up and walk in the realm of victory. Victory is already yours; you don't have to try and get it. You already have it! The knowledge of that truth sets you free from the limitations of your old life. You are liberated to walk in the light of the new creation reality.

Your victory is not dependent upon educational degrees, Sunday school certificates, or perfect attendance at worship services. Victory is yours because of what Jesus has done. The work of redemption was completed through His suffering, His death, and His resurrection. 'The work' is finished. The thing for you to do is believe it. Just consider that it is done.

Continual confession of what you have in Christ builds a fortress in your mind. It establishes a pattern of response to situations and circumstances.

Philemon 1:6 "That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus."

God is watching over His Word to perform it in your life, as Jere 1:12 says.

So speak the Word and watch Him perform the victory in your life.

Norman

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Real Freedom

Posted By at Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Rom 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a]who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

John 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

Over the years I have discovered that self-confidence can be dangerous; even to the most serious Christian. We're all in danger of forgetting that we really are nothing without Jesus Christ and that He is our all in all. This very day people imagine themselves to be 'free', whilst embracing the current 'free' lifestyle purported by many so called free thinkers!

Many people boast more of their 'background' than anything else. It truly is a great privilege to have good ancestry - it is good with which to start out in life - but beyond a certain point it does not really count.

The first question may be, “Who is your father?” Parents may lead a child to believe they are part of a Christian family and thereby in right relationship with Christ even from infancy, but when the child is old enough for moral accountability they need to accept Christ by a personal faith. Nothing else really brings forth salvation. We must all become Christ-conscious to enter Christ's kingdom as individuals.

Abraham had descendants who were far enough away from his virtue and whom he would scarcely wish to recognize as his children. Sadly, many Godly parents today have sons and daughters who many may consider to be useless individuals, but don't give up they can be saved.

Then the illusion of freedom, while one is really in chains, is not altogether rare. Many people living in sin imagine they are the only free people there are. They have thrown off the restraints of religion and of the law and they think they are free, while they regard those who follow Christ as slaves to religion.

Sin plays strange tricks with men. Insane people sometimes imagine themselves to be the only great people. The devil often puts similar notions into the heads of his deluded followers. None are free but those who take it upon themselves to walk as Christ walked.

John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Apply this thinking to your life today. Have you deluded yourself?

Are you living a life of compromise and merely pretending to be free?

Or are you really FREE?

Norman

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Use Your Time Wisely

Posted By at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Time is something everyone thinks we have plenty of. During the school year students think, "When will it ever be summer?"

But we need to be good stewards of our time. We need to make use of our time wisely.

Luke 12:16-20 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?" 18 So he said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?"

We all need to spend time alone with God. I'm not talking about those five minutes every morning. I'm not even talking about that one hour every morning. I'm talking about a continual communion between you and God. You don't have to be like a monk and live up in a monastery. You can be alone with God and still have your normal lifestyle by just getting rid of some things. We all have so much busyness in our lives, even we who are in ministry.

Turn off the television in the evenings. Turn off the radio in your car. Spend time by yourself in your room with no distractions. When it's quiet and you have nothing to distract your mind, you can hear that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. When God knows He has your undivided attention, He will impart wisdom and understanding to you. You will begin to grow and mature. You will begin to sharpen your edge.

We have been conditioned to think we must always be doing something. If we're not in school, we must be at football practice. If we're not at a practice, we must be at work. And if we're not at work, we must be at home getting ourselves ready to start all over again the next day.

Have you ever had your electricity go down during a storm?

It can get very quiet. No radio, no television and no computer or table if you haven't charged it up—you don't even hear the hum of the refrigerator. During those times you think, "What am I going to do? There's nothing to watch, nothing to listen to, nothing to input into my brain."

It's just very still and quiet. What do you do? Do you make it a family time where you just sit and talk? Do you take advantage of the quiet?

Don't wait for the electricity to go out and you're forced to be quiet before God. If you're waiting for that, you've probably lost the edge already!

Get committed to having that rich communion time with Him every day.

Norman