Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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May 2019 be Your 'Best Blessings' Year

Posted By at Wednesday, December 26, 2018

This is my last Mid Week for 2018; I trust you have all enjoyed the Blogs I sent out through the year. To those of you who read the items, thank you for that. To those of you who use them for research and preaching, be blessed with them all. To those who sent financial support, may it be multiplied back to you - 100-fold return we call it in for you.

It's always interesting to look back, not with regret but with thanks for the year past, even though the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:13 "No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."

The start of this New Year 2019 is an ideal time to reflect on the past, to take stock of your Christian walk and consider the direction God may want to lead you in next year. Set aside time to pause and pray and evaluate your spiritual condition as you seek God's presence.

Instead of making New Year's resolutions, consider making a Bible commitment not to break any promises you might make. Promises are easily broken because many times they're just so many empty words, though often earnestly spoken and even with some sincerity at the time of promise.

But God's Word transforms each individual by the Holy Spirit making us complete as we spend time alone with Him and He will begin to change us from the inside out.

Some of you probably already have your sheet of paper ready to write down your New Year Resolutions for this coming year of 2019. Well, I haven't done that as I decided a number of years ago that I was not making lists but simply making a commitment to spend more time in prayer with the Lord.

I believe the spiritual condition of my life is more important to the Lord than trying to keep promises to do such and such. He says my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I found out a long time ago that those long lists of dos and don'ts either get lost or are too soon easily forgotten.

The things that really matter to us is what we will spend time on; because we will only do what pleases our heart to do.

If we don't read our Bible regularly; it's because our heart isn't in it. If we don't pray regularly; it's because our heart isn't in it. If we don't go to church regularly; it's because our heart isn't in it. If we don't tithe and give regular offerings; it's because our heart isn't in it.

But too often we will always find time for our favourite hobby or TV program because our heart is in that.

Rom 14:17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Matt 6:33 Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

What is the Kingdom of God? It is righteousness, peace and joy.

If we seek those three things; everything else will fall in to place. If we aim to please the Lord by living by faith as Hebrews 11:6 says we should, we will find out what He wants us to do, then it will all work out. I know He tells us to seek wisdom because it is the principle or most important thing. So if we do just that our health issues and financial priorities will begin to change.

The Bible tells us His mercies are new every morning, so I daily ask Him what He wants me to do. There is nothing wrong with accomplishing some short-term goals, but never let them consume your entire energy by making them so hard they are beyond your reach. Simply trust God to help you each step of the way! Get a fresh start each day, talk with the Lord FIRST. We should meet with God personally early EVERY morning, long before meeting with anyone else. It's the one way of prioritizing Him above everything and everyone. It's also a way of making sure you're at your best, spiritually and emotionally. Then, by the time we start interacting with the rest of our family and the world, we've already had time with God.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I find it best to limit my desires (or wants) each year to a few things and concentrate on the really important needs; whatever they might be, as my heart directs me.

Many people want a fresh start in life. Those that are sick want a clean bill of health. Those in financial trouble want to be out of debt. We can do all these things, but we need to work on them one day at a time, seeking His face first.

I didn’t make any commitments last year except to love God more, to appreciate my wife Elizabeth and our family, and to pray for our friends and our partners in the Ministry. I think I made it ok, but only God has the score.

Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many good intentions. You can't be all things to all men no matter how much you might want to.

Remember; people will do what they want to do most, whatever the cost. Pray and ask the Lord what you might need to work on in your life, spiritually, financially, and maybe even how to improve relationships or your health, but don’t get bogged down with too many resolutions you know you will never keep.

I believe for God's best and greatest blessings in your life, family and ministry! So to Him, let there be all the glory for all the good that He is about to bestow upon you as you seek Him in 2019!

Norman

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It's ALIVE!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 19, 2018

I once heard the late brother Rev. Harry Greenwood share a story many years back, and he told about a man who was enthusiastic to share the Gospel in Hyde Park in London.

He had spent some 20 minutes standing on a corner but no one stopped to listen to him, they were just all too busy with their urgent lives. He was about to give up when he had heaven-sent inspiration. So he put his little bible on the ground and set his hat on top of it and started to shout out; "It’s ALIVE!"

Very soon a crowd gathered around him eager to see what was under the hat that was alive. When he had a reasonable crowd he lifted his hat and began to preach, "Yes folks, the Word of God is alive and can change your life if you let it."

Apparently, several came forward for prayer and got saved afterwards!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Passion Translation says; Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. 17 Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfil any assignment God gives you.

Have you ever read a selection of Scripture that you have read many times before, but then suddenly the words seem to jump off of the page? Perhaps every time before, you may have just skimmed over the words. Yet this time around, the words reveal something amazing and new to you? It’s as if God is speaking directly to your spirit through the words on that page.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Do you realise that when you read Scripture, the Scriptures are also reading you because Jesus is the Word of God made flesh! He’s reading your spirit, your current circumstances, and is aware of the spiritual battle raging around you. You may not know it, but it is reading you and me!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

AMP CE For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life [soul] and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

That’s why the Bible is so important. It’s not just an ancient piece of literature filled with stories. It’s not just a book filled with law, doctrine, and poetry. It is alive!

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

This is why it is so vital to read Scripture every single day. It’s not just for head knowledge, but it guides and feeds you spiritually and leads you through every situation. 

Sometimes a verse is meant for a day, a season, or a life. Perhaps this week, start to pray and ask for God to reveal a Scripture to meditate upon today, this week, and during this season of life.

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I want to thank you once again, for your continued willingness to give into the kingdom of God through this ministry.

Your faithfulness will one day be rewarded in heaven. Until then, know you are making an eternal difference in the lives of every person reached through the written and spoken Word we send out each day around the world.

Thank you for your faithful support.

Norman

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What's LOVE Got to do With it?

Posted By at Wednesday, December 12, 2018

                  

Naomi Nonu is my daughter and leads worship at Family Faith Centre with her husband Ulu who plays keyboard. She also heads up the SuperKids Program as well as sharing the preaching/teaching program. This is an article she wrote a while back for the weekly church newsletter, so I felt to share it with you today! I thought it appropriate as we near Christmas; the season of God’s love for all of us!

Norman

Recently, Dr Norman (my Dad), spoke to us about ‘Love’. It was an excellent message!

So maybe you’re saying, “Well what’s love got to do with me, I’m too young to get married?” or “I’m already married, so what’s love got to do with me now?”

Love has everything to do with our lives, not just in marriage, but as Christians!

We are ambassadors for Christ here on the earth. The Word says His love is in our hearts (Romans 5:5), so we must be obedient stewards of that love. But let’s talk about a specific kind of love…

The love of children towards their parents – and not just small children – I’m talking about us as adults loving our parents.

Ephesians 6:1-2 Amplified Bible: “Children obey your parents in the Lord [As His representatives], for this is just and right. Honour (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother, this is the first commandment with a promise.”

This is for all of us, no matter what age we are. It is a command and it has a promise.

Look at verse 3, “That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.”

I love what Pastor John Osteen said, “If your parents are elderly, it’s not enough to just help your parents financially when they need it. You need to show your love and affection. You need to fellowship with them. It is far more precious to them that you share your life personally than just send them a cheque each month! Honour, esteem and value as precious your father and your mother! That is the answer to long life!”

My mum [Elizabeth] always said to me that LOVE is spelt T-I-M-E, if you love someone, you spend time with them, listening to them. That’s why I spend time with my parents. Ian [my brother] and Dad meet each week for Father-Son fellowship time, and my older sister visits several times a week to help mum with her housework. Mum and I love to do craftwork together or feed the ducks at the local pond and chat. I love to fellowship with my parents.

Perhaps you could find something your parents enjoy and do it with them and encourage them. If you're older and your parents have passed away, then you’ve got a job to do!! You need to teach this to your children and grandchildren if you haven’t already. Leave them a heritage to be proud of, so they can esteem you and say, “My mother/father/ grandmother/father always prayed for me, spent time with me, encouraged me in the Word and in the love of God.”

Maybe you could start something special with your child (regardless of their age) like going out for Saturday morning breakfast together where YOU listen (without butting in!), really listen to what is in their heart, and encourage them.

People are THE most important thing to God. They should be to us too. With each of us doing our part as we ought, we get our job done for the Lord and show a mighty witness to the world while we’re at it.

Share God’s heart with your family today.

Naomi Nonu


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Wisdom is Betther Than Money

Posted By at Wednesday, December 05, 2018

                   

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Think about this today. Wisdom will defend you and money will defend you. But wisdom will not only defend you, it will add life to you and remedy the situation.

We may think the answer is money, but it's not. Divine wisdom is the answer to every problem. It comes from God, so make a practice of seeking wisdom from above.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Money is only a temporary solution to a problem. Wisdom is the eternal answer that keeps on producing life and increasing prosperity.

God’s wisdom is better than ours.

James 3:15-17 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make straight, what he has made crooked?

God does not make things crooked, we just think they are. Sometimes God’s answers seem complicated to us and we think our wisdom is better than God’s because it makes sense to our natural mind.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 This I have found, that God has made man upright but they have sought out many inventions.

The NIV says: This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.

Mankind always seems to have an “invention” or “scheme” to help make God’s plan better.

But God’s plan is always better for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLV "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope."

God wants to accomplish the same things in us He has accomplished in the past; prosperity, forgiveness, healing and much more.

There is nothing new under the sun. His plan is the same because he does not change, and it also includes doing things in similar ways He has done them previously in your life.

Why don’t you let God be God? Let Him work out His plan for your life in the way He wants to.

The only thing left is for you to rest; stop worrying and trying to create new ways of deliverance which are not God’s ways.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

Today I am offering you a free CD - HOW TO DEFEAT THE STORMS OF LIFE. God has given us His grace to fulfil our destiny and purpose in this life, learn why it's essential for us to walk in God’s wisdom in our daily lives.

I want to thank you once again, for your continued willingness to give into the kingdom of God through this ministry.

Your faithfulness will one day be rewarded in heaven. Until then, know you are making an eternal difference in the lives of every person reached through the written and spoken Word we send out each day around the world.

Thank you for your faithful support! Don't forget your CD!

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

Norman