Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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God is Not a Disappointment!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

John 11:20-21 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

We can quite easily imagine the disappointment of Mary and Martha when Jesus did not come to Bethany immediately to heal their brother Lazarus and keep him from dying.

They knew that Jesus had the power to prevent their brother’s death, and they had made their request respectfully, as between close friends. But their initial hopes were dashed.

Though He ended up doing a greater thing, Jesus did not do what they had first asked.

This kind of disappointment is sinful because it’s selfish and demanding. We resent that we didn’t receive something in our way, and in our timing. Or we’re shocked when our plans don’t work out. Or we question God’s goodness. Or we wonder whether there’s any point in praying in the future. These kinds of thoughts show a distinct lack of faith in God’s Word and His ability.

But there is another kind of disappointment, and this is nothing more than the sincere brokenness of heart that comes from a desire that God seems to have left unfulfilled for the time being. In Gethsemane, was Jesus 'disappointed' when God did not seem to 'hear' His plea to be spared from the cross? God never says no to any honourable request.

Paul says in 2 Cor 1:19-20 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was "yes".

20 For all the promises of God in him are "yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us."

But the key is our sincerity in wanting the Lord’s will to be done. If that’s what we desire, then we can be sure our sincere desires will never be disappointed!

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!

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

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Are You Prepared if the Enemy Attacks?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Peter, the Apostle, knew that hard days lay ahead for his fellow believers. So he reminded them about their security as children of God, they were chosen by Him, born into a living hope, given spiritual protection during this life, and guaranteed eternity in heaven with their Father.

1 Peter 1:13-14 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance. 15 But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

Peter then gave them specific ways to prepare for the coming trials. His words, divinely inspired by the Lord, can guide us as well.

His FIRST instruction relates to their minds - "Therefore gird up the loins of your minds." What we believe has a direct impact on our response to life’s problems. If we trust that God is caring for us, then we will feel less threatened by hard circumstances. But if we decide we must rely on ourselves to get us through, then we are more likely to react poorly to situations beyond our control. A negative attitude—whether from anger, fear, worry, or jealousy—can make a hard time worse. Preparation for the future starts with developing sound Bible thinking.

The SECOND instruction from Peter is to - "be sober." In other words, to maintain our balance in the midst of crises. That requires resisting quick fixes to problems and refusing to embrace ungodly ideas or philosophies. Our old enemy satan is quick to offer suggestions designed to trip us up or turn us away from God’s way and God's Word.

But with the Holy Spirit’s help we can learn to stand firm in a crisis and steadfastly follow the Lord.

Much of the world's culture is increasingly distancing itself from Jesus Christ and opposing His followers. Are you preparing spiritually for whatever the future holds? Now more than ever we must be counter-culture in our daily lives.

These two ways prepare us for life’s difficulties; biblical thinking and balanced judgment.

Peter has this THIRD instruction included in vs. 13 - "and rest your hope fully upon the grace." No matter how hard the circumstances, life has purpose and meaning in Christ.

The Saviour has promised always to be with us and to keep watch as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power, troubled times can become opportunities to learn more about God’s faithfulness, draw on His strength, stand up under them, and experience personal growth.

Peter also says in his FOURTH instruction in vs. 14 - "not conforming yourselves to the former lusts." That means resisting our former lifestyle. It means renovating our minds. When troubles come, it's tempting to revert to ungodly habits. In these seasons of life, satan will encourage us to pursue any path that leads away from the Lord. We need to remember that we are New Creations whose lifestyles are to match our position as God’s children. That old behaviour does not fit us anymore, that lifestyle has passed away and is no longer a part of us at all.

Then his FIFTH instruction he says in vs. 15 - "you also be holy in all your conduct." Making holiness our goal or being holy, or set apart, begins with giving up control over our life to the Holy Spirit. As we submit to Him, He will begin to express the life of Christ through us. By learning what pleases God and acting accordingly, we cooperate with His efforts to conform us to the Son’s image.

While struggles can be part of almost everyday life, we do not have to be overcome by them!

Jesus said in John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Amen, what a comfort. 

Think about the specific steps you can take, remembering Jesus’ promise, and continue to carry out Peter's instructions today.

Have a wonderful week following The Lord.

Norman

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Stay Strong in the Word For Success

Posted By at Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

We stay strong and develop our faith by reading and speaking God's word. The Bible tells us that as we renew our minds to The Word, we will be transformed.

If we're feeling defeated, it could be because we've been listening to the lies of the enemy.

Jesus said in John 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

We need to study and let God's word tell us who we are and what we have. Don't give any attention to anything that tells you differently. God's Word is the truth.

3 John 2 summarizes the benefits in our New Covenant position and describes our Father God's desire for our lives. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

This scripture reminds us of what belongs to us as believers in Christ Jesus. Part of what is included in our New Covenant benefits is the promise of long life.

We need to acknowledge, agree with, recognise, confess and speak, the Word of God only.

Choose to see yourself as God sees you and speak out these truths even when you don't yet see the reality. Learn what God says about you and accept God's opinion of you. Believe what God says about who you are in Christ and you will become what you are in Him. By faith, believe the truth and act on what you believe.

In Judges 6:12, when the angel of God called Gideon a mighty warrior there was no evidence to suggest that it was true. God saw and spoke what Gideon was in His eyes.

Then in Romans 4:17, it says we need to start to call those things that be not as though they were. Calling things as though they WERE. The word WERE means 'as they were before anything else existed'. God saw each of us successful, fulfilled, and whole BEFORE the foundation of the world.

We will build our faith as we constantly remind ourselves of who God says we are in Christ.

Read the following teaching, scriptures and pray to remind yourself of God's promise of long life and how to lay hold of it.

If you deal with trouble emotionally, I would recommend you print out these scriptures and stick them on your refrigerator door.

Put them on your refrigerator because that is a place you go every day! When you go to the kitchen, before you open that refrigerator, open your mouth and say what the Scripture says; "BECAUSE God is my help in time of trouble. Father, I want to thank you for it."

When we read and put the Word in us, it is powerful enough to keep us safe, and the Word causes us to be victorious.

When we put the Word of God in us, that is what comes out of your mouth in times of trouble. Instead of being stricken with fear, we will speak out the Word of God in that situation.

And it is the Word that brings us deliverance. So here are some scriptures for you to put on your refrigerator door. Take a dose by speaking the Word of God every time you see it.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalm 3:1-3 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 20:1 The LORD will hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob will defend thee.

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion, in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me, therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Proverbs 3:1-2 My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. For length of days and long life and peace, shall they add to thee.

Proverbs 11:8 The righteous are delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish, why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Norman

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Faith Can Change Your Life

Posted By at Wednesday, May 01, 2019

               

Jesus said we could move mountains (obstacles, hindrances) out of our way by using our faith and speaking to them to go.

Mark 11:22-23 Living Bible In reply Jesus said to the disciples, “If you only have faith in God—this is the absolute truth—you can say to this Mount of Olives, ‘Rise up and fall into the Mediterranean,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and have no doubt!"

We can speak things into existence in our life like Father God does. In Genesis, at the creation, God said and it was so:

Genesis 1:3 And God said

Genesis 1:6 And God said

Genesis 1:9 And God said

Genesis 1:11 And God said

Genesis 1:14 And God said

Genesis 1:20 And God said

Genesis 1:24 And God said

Genesis 1:26 And God said

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Paul then says in Romans 4:17 He (God) calls those things which do not exist as though they did.

Because words created this natural realm (the earth and everything in it including the materials that make-up our bodies), everything in this natural realm responds to spoken words. Things will respond to your faith filled words.

Jesus said in Luke 17:6 “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, be pulled up by the roots and be planted into the sea and it would obey you.”

God gives each of us, as New Creation beings, the ability to change our circumstances by speaking to them in faith and expecting a supernatural result, just like God said we could have, but it's according to OUR faith.

Norman

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Faith Hope Love

Posted By at Wednesday, April 24, 2019

             

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

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

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

I wonder as you go through this year of 2019 are these the qualities you 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 God Himself.

Galatians 5:6 says Faith works by love.

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

Many people in today's church even lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since 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 Corinthians 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, then 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 an even greater measure of His faith, His hope and His love and then be a bigger 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.

This year make a determined effort to be all that God has already planned for you!

Norman

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Faith Connects With God

Posted By at Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

To receive salvation, the only thing required of us was faith. God did all the work for us, and we get all the benefits. Our part is the faith to believe. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

We were saved by grace. Grace is unmerited favor. We didn’t do anything to deserve salvation, but He gave it to us anyway because He loved us. Even the faith which we use to connect to Him is a gift from Him.

Salvation is the benefit package that contains everything that Jesus has so generously provided for us through His death and resurrection.

The method through which we initially received salvation is the same method we use to receive everything that has been provided for us in salvation.

How exactly, were you saved?

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Two things are required for us to be born again: the heart and mouth connection.

  1. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead.

If you take these two steps, then I believe you are saved!

Norman

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Come Up Higher

Posted By at Wednesday, April 10, 2019

James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work; this one will be blessed in what he does.

It's not just by positive thinking alone that we can make spiritual progress, but rather from thinking positively on God’s Word and doing what that Word instructs us to do, and then learning and growing from what we’ve done. Whoever makes an honest attempt to do what God’s Word has taught him to do, that person, James says, will be blessed in what he does.

We move up to higher ground not by meditation alone, but by obedience to and by moving on the Word. Our conscience is a cautionary faculty that warns us when we’re about to violate God’s principles. It was given to restrain each of us. But sometimes we do need to be stimulated and the conscience should do that also.

It should move each of us to act in ways that ARE consistent with His principles. Often, however, we fail to act because we're afraid of making a mistake, so end up doing nothing. And consequently, we LEARN nothing. By failing to act on the best of our present understanding, we forfeit the opportunity to grow and improve in that understanding.

Improvement is the result of examining what has been done and adjusting accordingly. The more we do, the more we have a chance to improve. But if we wait to do anything until the circumstances exactly right, we’ll probably do very little. Perfect conditions for action rarely present themselves, and the person who waits for them is wasting valuable time.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

In the real world, we all have to go ahead and do the best we can. Spiritual growth has more than one dimension. On the one hand, it requires us to shun evil. But on the other, it requires that we all do the good we know to do, and then learn to do even better and more efficiently.

2 Peter 3:17 "You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen."

Maturity comes from actions carefully considered beforehand, and then carefully evaluated afterwards.

Renewal is the principle and the process that empowers us to move on an upward spiral of growth and change, of continuous improvement. Moving along the upward spiral requires us to LEARN, COMMIT and DO on increasingly higher planes, so we continually move deeper in our faith and relationship with God.

Norman

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Our Faith Can Change Our Destiny

Posted By at Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Thousands of people, who once lived without hope, have discovered the promises of God’s Word, have believed and have produced faith in their heart and then acted on them. As a result, their lives have been transformed. One such man who lived in Old Testament times was named Jabez. This man’s name means 'sorrow, pain, and trouble.' Every time his name was called, it cried out to him, “Pain! Trouble! Sorrow'! Jabez was probably convinced that he would be confined to weakness, pain and sickness all the days of his life.

But one day he heard about the God of Israel and how God was a covenant keeping, wonder working, all powerful God.

The scripture says in 1 Chron 4:9-10 And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bare him with sorrow." And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!" And God granted him that which he requested.

Jabez changed his destiny the day he began calling upon God. Progress in the kingdom of God or any other area doesn’t happen accidently.

Jabez asked the Lord to bless him and enlarge his coast. The scripture says that God answered his prayer. Dennis Burke said that we can create abundance from God in our futures if we are willing to make changes today.

Here are some things we must do if we want to receive God’s blessings in our life.

  1.  Put God first in our life. God is not opposed to us having things, but God will not tolerate things becoming more important to us than Him. The scripture says in Matt 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
  2.  Let go of traditions. Someone said, “Every Sunday people carry into church something that is more powerful in their lives than God’s Word. It is their traditions.” But Jesus said in Mark 7:13 “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."
  3.  Let go of all reasons for lack. There are always reasons why God’s people are not living in the blessings of God. Proverbs 26:2 says “The curse causeless shall not come.” There are reasons why people do not walk in the promise of abundance and blessing. These include such things as lack of knowledge, failure to give, disobedience, laziness and being unteachable. They will stop the flow of God’s blessings.
  4. Expect to receive a harvest. Jesus told His disciples to expect to receive when they give. In fact, what they received would be greater than what they gave. In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” Just like Jesus told His disciples to expect a return when they gave, He tells us through His Word, that we should do the same.

And like Jabez discovered, our lives should be more than struggling and labouring to just get by. We are not born again to strive but to thrive and increase in every area.

God wants us to be blessed so that we can be a blessing.

Norman

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Faith Gets God's Attention

Posted By at Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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 a wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God’s grace at work in unexpected ways. Medical science had failed her and cost her everything she had. She heard about this itinerant preacher who was doing miracles, it was her last chance.
  2. She recognized her moment. She knew that Jesus was visiting her town, and might not be back. There are some God-moments in life when we’ve got to overcome our fear and move out in faith. If we don’t, we’ll miss the opportunity and it may not come our way again.
  3. She also 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; she led the way to receive from Jesus that others had not even contemplated.

Matthew 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’s looking for people who are willing to break with their religious traditions. When He finds them, He uses them to open doors and new dimensions of His power, so that others might be blessed and made whole.

Norman

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Today You Need to Know This

Posted By at Wednesday, March 20, 2019

We are Loved, Accepted, Secure, and Significant. We are EVERYTHING the Word says we are, so let this be our confession today and hereafter!

I AM LOVED

Father loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)

I can experience the Father’s love and affection (John 16:27)

Nothing can separate me from God’s love (Romans 8:39)

The Father loves me as much as He loves Jesus (John 17:23)

I AM ACCEPTED

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15)

I belong to the Father (1 Corinthians 6:19)

I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)

I am chosen by God (Ephesians 1:3)

I have been forgiven (Colossians 1:13-14)

I have direct access to God’s throne (Hebrews 4:14-16)

I AM SECURE

I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2)

I am assured God is for me (Romans 8:28)

Troubles can't separate me from God’s love (Romans 8:35)

I am hidden with Christ in the Father (Colossians 3:3)

I am established, anointed & sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

I am a citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20)

I am filled with power, love and have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)

I can find grace and mercy when I am hurt (Hebrews 4:16)

His perfect love casts out any fear (1 John 4:16)

The evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

The Father holds me when I am afraid (Isaiah 66:12-13)

I AM SIGNIFICANT

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)

I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6)

I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

I can approach God with confidence (Ephesians 3:12)

I can do all things with and through Christ (Philippians 4:13)

I am intimately known by the Father (Psalm 139)

Norman