Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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2012 is Almost Over

Posted By at Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Well another year has almost past. 2012 came with great expectations and much has happened in the world in these past 12 months. Social media, Facebook and Twitter etc have become a phenomenon with multi-millions of people posting and tweeting. We even had tweets back from the Mars Rover.

America had an election and retained its President and that pleased some and worried others. Other things have happened around the world in many places, all pointing to the soon return of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Here at home in the Campbell household, we have had a great year.  The Lord has been blessing us as He promised to do. At Family Faith Centre we have raised [at this time] $17,000 of the needed $55,000 for the children in Philippines. We thank all those who gave and believe we shall soon have the rest that is needed to finish the project.

Yesterday, being Christmas Day, all our family came to be with us for the afternoon. Our three adult children and their spouses with our nine grandchildren; [who age from 21 years right down to almost 3 years] and one extra girlfriend of the oldest grandson. So we had 18 come for lunch. One of our sons-in-law prepared most of the meal and was helped by others who provided various treats. Everything was a great success. My job was to make sure everyone got a gift; and no I didn't wear a Santa hat even though everyone thinks I look like him.

Elizabeth and I really enjoyed the day with the family, and we are thankful to The Lord for them all. We had paused earlier in the day to think about those in less fortunate conditions than ourselves and prayed for the soldiers around the world who are away from their families this year.

We have much to be thankful for and give God the praise and honour for what He has done.

Our prayer for you for 2013 is this: That you be abundantly blessed and debt free in two-0-one-three.

In Jesus' Name

Norman

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Make the Right Choices

Posted By at Wednesday, December 19, 2012

God really wants us all to see things His way or as He sees them. He encourages us to look beyond what is seemingly obvious to see the reality of His lifestyle for believers.

1 Corinthians 1.27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.

29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the temple, Simeon saw past the actual baby child and saw the Saviour of the whole world.

Luke 2.28 Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God.

29 "Lord, I am your servant, and now I can die in peace, because you have kept your promise to me

30 With my own eyes I have seen what you have done to save your people."

When the great multitude of people who were following Jesus became hungry, Jesus told the disciples to give them something to eat.  They found a boy with a small lunch.

Matthew 14 17 But they said we have only five small loaves of bread and two fish.

The disciples could only see the lunch of one small boy, just enough to feed him but when Jesus saw it He looked past the lunch to see the provision of God.

We need to have our spiritual eyes opened like the old prophet’s servant in 2 Kings 6. The servant could only see the enemies around about but the actual reality was there were more on their side that he could not see with his natural eyes.

2 Kings 6.17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

We have to be able to see the invisible if we want to do the impossible. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4.18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

God is not looking for your ability He is looking for your availability. You may seem to have nothing in the natural realm but in the spirit realm you are more than a conqueror and have all your needs supplied according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

When you make spiritual decisions based on God’s Word and not based on your natural situation or circumstances you are starting to move into faith and that pleases God, those are not foolish choices.

This special Holy Season, can you look past the stress and confusion that the trappings bring and see the Cross of Calvary, the real reason the babe came to the earth as a man.

I still get amazed when seemingly wise people make foolish choices. We should all make wise and right choices as His Holy Spirit leads us. So learn to become adept in your decision making. Learn to listen to God's Spirit and be led by Him in all your decisions and you will not regret it.

First and foremost, decide to serve God and then make all your choices with Him and His will in mind, even if some of the choices seem to be unpopular with other folks.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2013.

Norman

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With God it's Not Too Late

Posted By at Thursday, December 13, 2012

Faith isn't something we can lay claim to because we were born to believing parents or have citizenship in a Christian country like Australia. Nor can we attain it by attending or even teaching the Sunday school, though I've often heard such incorrect assertions. Instead, the following should be true of genuine believers.

Just because you are a Christian it does not automatically follow that you have faith.

A man or woman of faith chooses to surrender to Christ, embraces the Word of God, and lives fully for the Lord. True believers no longer muddle through the practices of religion out of habit, but instead worship and rejoice in a vibrant personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. God is looking for that kind of person to use in the Kingdom.

Genesis 17.1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.”

Did you notice how old Abram was when the Lord appeared to him? Abram was 99 years old!

It’s never too late for God to appear in your life and it’s never too late to turn and begin to build your faith in God either.

Joel 2:25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar and the palmerworm…”.

When the Lord Jesus heard that His friend Lazarus was sick, He said to His disciples, John 1.14 “This sickness is not unto death…”.

Jesus then remained where he was for another two days. By the time He got to Bethany where Lazarus lived, the Bible says John 11:17 “… he found that Lazarus had lain in the grave four days already”.

Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters were grief-stricken, and Martha spoke out: John 11.21“… Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died”.

They were so pained that Jesus didn’t respond on time to save their brother. To them, Jesus was “too late.” After a little dialogue, Jesus said, John 11:25“… I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”.

What a powerful statement! He didn’t say, “I HAVE resurrection power”;

He said, “I AM the resurrection, and the life!”

That means as long as He’s on the scene, even that which is dead will come back to life.

That’s why I’m telling you today, “With God it’s never late!” Nothing is impossible with Him. He’s the God that Rom 4.17 “…  quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were”.

He reverses even the most hopeless cases and brings dead situations back to life.

This is one reason you can never be disadvantaged. It doesn’t matter the negative report you got from the doctors; believe in the God who raises the dead!

Maybe they told you the job you prayed about has been given to someone else, hence no vacancy for you; refuse to be moved! Believe in the God who specializes in reversing impossible situations.

It’s never too late with Him, and nothing is too difficult for Him!

Even when it seems like time isn’t on your side, relax!

With one step, He’ll restore the time you lost and transport you to the place of your dreams. He’s never, ever late!

One Word from God can change your life forever.

God keeps His promises according to Eph 3.20-21.

Have a wonderful week!

Norman

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When Jesus Defeated satan - You Defeated satan!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 05, 2012

1 John 3.8 …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Colossians 2.14-15 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

 The New King James uses the term in vs. 14 wiped out. The Greek translation infers that it means to wipe out and wash totally away by the anointing!

This is what Romans 5.17 means when it says we reign in life in Him.

In Him we conquer over all the problems and satanic difficulties and reign in life in Him.

Hebrews 2:14 For as much as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.

At Calvary Jesus destroyed the devil and all his works and took the keys of death, hell and the grave from the devil. The devil had originally taken them from Adam, but Jesus came as the last Adam to take back what the devil had stolen.

Notice he took on the form of humanity, not of the angels because he had to die as a man to deliver men from the burden of satan’s rule in their lives since the first Adam.

You need to recognise that the ultimate purpose of Christ’s coming was the destruction of the devil and the deliverance from the fear of death and all it's consequences for you and me.

You are in Him and He is in you, so start to live the victorious life He came to secure for you.

Have a wonderful week.

Norman