Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Plugging Into a Higher Power

Posted By at Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Prayer is our contact and conversation with God. It is always a two-way conversation, both talking to and listening to God, our Heavenly Father. We can talk to God at any time, in any place, and in absolutely any circumstance. It's not the position of our bodies that God is interested in; He cares more about the condition of our hearts.

Fellowship with the Father is the very heart of a successful prayer life. We can only put our faith and confidence in God to the extent that we know Him. By spending time in fellowship with Him, we will become personally acquainted with our heavenly Father. The more time we spend with our Father in the Word, the more His desires will become our desires. Then, when we pray, we will simply be voicing His will.

John Wesley said, "It seems God is limited by our prayer life...that He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him."

Effective praying comes from our heart, not our head. Even as Paul said in 1 Cor 14:15 when you pray with your understanding you should still be praying from your heart.

As you read and meditate on the Word this week, it will help you distinguish between your heart and your head.

The Word will help you to cultivate sensitivity to people, situations and circumstances around you, by your spirit. That sensitivity is very important in prayer because we are spirit beings and God is a spirit; so the way we contact Him is through our spirit (or our heart).

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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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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How Quiet Can You Be Before God?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

When we, in our humanity, and God in His glory meet, we all understand that what God says has infinitely more worth than what any person says. And yet so often our prayer consists of what we need, that we give God no time to speak to us. It’s often ‘I want,’ ‘I need!’

Isaiah 30:15 In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

It’s a great lesson to learn that if we can be silent before God, it's the secret of real adoration. It's only as the soul bows 'self' before Him in honour and reverence that our hearts will be opened to receive the divine impression of the nearness of God and of the working of His power.

God’s voice is steady and unwavering and we must quiet ourselves to hear it. Too often, we succumb to the crackling, grace-robbing intensity of the world's static around and within us.

Such worship of God is the surest way to give Him the glory that is due Him. It will lead to a blessedness that can only be found in quiet prayer.

Don’t think that it is time lost. Don’t abandon it if at first it appears difficult or fruitless. Rest assured that it brings us into the right relationship with God.

Quietening ourselves before God opens the way for us to fellowship with Him. It leads to the great assurance that He is looking on us in tender love and working in us with His divine power.

Acts 4:13 The officials were amazed to see how brave Peter and John were, and they knew that these two apostles were only ordinary men and not well educated. The officials were certain these men had been with Jesus.

As we become more accustomed to it, we will experience His presence abiding within us all day long and then other people will begin to sense that we have been with Jesus, just like they did with Peter and John.

Norman

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Prayer is Important!

Posted By at Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In his book; WHY REVIVAL TARRIES, Leonard Ravenhill says one of the reasons is "we lack urgency in prayer, we pray with a take it or leave it attitude, we pray chance prayers, and we do not even have a strong desire; but in fact are rather fitful, moody and spasmodic."

If there is any truth in the above statement at all, then we must do all that is possible to become people who are praying according to God's own pattern, and therefore people who get God's guaranteed results.

As a person once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!"

The main thing is to know the Lord and abide in Him. To know the Lord intimately we must of course fellowship with Him. It would be impossible to know anybody in an intimate way without communication with them. For us Christians this is where prayer comes in.

Prayer, simply put, is communication with God. It is a dialogue not a monologue!

Luke 18:1 NIV...they should always pray and not give up.

Luke 18:1 NKJV ...men always ought to pray and not lose heart.

Luke 18:1 TLB…they must keep praying until the answer comes.

Like 18:2 TM…for them to pray consistently and never quit.

Notice Jesus links inconsistent prayer and losing heart together.

The word 'and' used here is a joining word and we could easily read the verse in this manner for learning purposes ...they should not lose heart and they should keep praying.

PRAYER MUST BECOME A PRIORITY!

Jesus clearly taught us about prayer when He gave the model prayer:

Matthew 6:9 "Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever."

We must press in to take our prayer life to the next level and not simply say 'I'm just waiting on Him to move in His perfect timing etc'. The truth about the matter is most of the time He is waiting on us to move first! God has already moved for us. He sent Jesus to die a violent death on the cross to pay for your sins.

God raised Him from the dead and then gave us His Name, His blood, His Word, and His Holy Spirit to help us pray. If you have been discouraged take heart. If you are weary and the road has been rough in your journey this past year, please don't give up! Pray consistently according to God’s Word.

Norman

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You can change it!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States ever produced. His views were not necessarily as we see God's Word today, but there were Biblical truths in what he had to say.

He said, "The greatest discovery of our generation is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes."

Consider that for a moment; its your thinking and your thoughts, not your circumstances that determines your happiness.

That is exactly what God's Word says.

Proverbs 23:7a KJV For as he thinks in his heart so is he.

Ephesians 4:23 NLT There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

So we can change if we want to. If you really want to change for the better, let me give you some suggestions to follow:

1. What do you really want?

When you are popular and others like you, it makes you feel good about yourself. If you're successful you create joy within yourself. That means happiness is an inside job.

2. Plan your days in prayer!

To achieve God's goals for your life you must plan with prayer. Here is something I wrote in my prayer manual; Prayer and preparation precede the pouring out of God's power! [Prayer manual EFFECTIVE PRAYER is available for $30 from this ministry post free].

Proverbs 16:9 Living Bible "We should make plans counting on God to direct us!"

3. Don't expect others to make you happy and successful.

God gave you the Word to study and He calls it seed, so start planting it and watch it grow.

Galatians 6:4-5 Message Bible Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Why not try these suggestions today and look to God for other things to improve your day. If you ask Him, He will soon show you what you need to do, you can change it if you really want to.

Norman

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Be Like Jesus and Face 2018 in Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

These words in Isaiah 50 are the prophetic words of the Master Jesus Himself. What better time in the year than to look at the words of the King of the universe, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Praise the Name of The Lord!

Isaiah 50:4-5 "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away."

This is Jesus describing His personal training by God, His Father, through the Holy Spirit from His childhood. He was obviously, as the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit from His birth, as was John the Baptist. He also had human teachers [Psalm 119:97-104]. Eight times He claimed while on the earth to speak only what God had given Him to speak, [refer to John 7:16, John 8:28, 46 & 47, John 12:49, John 14:10, 24 & John 17:8.]

I wonder when you woke up two days ago on Christmas morning did you wish Jesus a Happy Birthday?

Jesus is the first person I talk to most days and He is the last person I commune with in the evening. He is the most important person in anyone's life and I know I still have some ways to go until I know Him as He knew His Father. The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His Father God was very close while He was on the earth. It was not just a passing "hello" every once in a while, but a daily one on one love relationship.

So guess what? This is what He desires for each of His children, to be ONE with Him as He was one with His Father.

Maybe you already have a good relationship with Jesus but I'm sure it could always be better! My wife Elizabeth and I will be married more than 54 years in 2018 and we love each other more now than we did when we first married. But I know it can only get better if we keep loving and considering each other. It takes time to develop a deeper love relationship with somebody, and it also requires effort to keep it that way.

It's the same in our relationship with Jesus. It just doesn't grow stronger automatically, it takes time and effort to make a strong relationship flourish. This is exactly what we see in the life of Jesus with regards to His relationship with His Father - time and effort.

Not just occasionally, but each and every day of His life the Master gave much of His precious time to prayer to His Father. If the Lord needed to do this, you and I need to also, if we are going to be His true disciples.

Jesus was awakened each morning by His Father; to do what? You got it - to pray!

As the scriptures declare, this was His custom, to arise early and commune with His Father. It was not something He half-heartedly did once in a while, but was His daily habit. So we can see here just a small part of the price that was necessary for the Master to walk intimately with His Father. Make no doubt about it, for you and I to draw nearer to God, we will have to pay a similar price the Lord paid in prayer time with the Father. 'Being established in prayer' is the first of 'Three goals for every Christian', as the Lord spoke to my heart some weeks ago. Prayer is so important to the Christian. It was necessary for Jesus to succeed in following the will of His Father and it is vital if we are to succeed also.

Someone once said, "Every Christian failure is a result of a prayer failure."

One pastor also said, "All backsliding starts with forgetting to pray."

Yonghi Cho, the Pastor of the largest Church in the world when asked, what was the secret to his success, replied, "I pray... then I obey!"

The Lord Jesus said we are to pray always.

I believe the Lord is saying more prayer is needed by the Church.

What am I talking about here? Just get together with a group of believers and throw a few prayers around and hope that some get answered? No! What we need is a people that will be devoted to daily communion with the Lord in prayer.

This was why we were created in the first place; to fellowship with God. Jesus has much to say about prayer in His Word. It is such an important issue and there are so many reasons why we should pray, but there are two reasons alone that ought to provoke us all to diligent prayer. The Lord mentioned these many times to His disciples, which I believe reiterates their importance to every Christian today... even more so in this late hour in which we now live.

Matt 24:42,44 So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming, You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 13:35-37 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming - in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Luke 23:46 Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."

As you can see from these scriptures there are two main areas He is speaking about.

  1. Being prepared for His coming, and
  2. Resisting temptation.

Prayer will keep us ready for His soon return.

Prayer will keep us strong so we're able to resist temptation.

Determine in your heart if you have not already, that prayer will be the most high priority in your daily routine. As you live this way you will not only be prepared for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, but your life will inspire others to get busy and be ready also. May your life be a witness of the goodness and greatness of your God in 2018!

I pray that His will be done in and through you, your family, and ministry in 2018 - to His eternal glory!

Norman

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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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The Lord's Model Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Lord’s Prayer [Matthew 6] is the greatest prayer ever prayed, beyond doubt. Even though technically Jesus shared this prayer with His disciples. The Lord's prayer is really in John 17 where He prayed for you and for me and His followers.

Matthew 6:10 gives the basis of the prayer that God's will be worked out in the earth in our lives as it is already worked out in heaven.

More people have been encouraged by the words of this model prayer in the past 2,000 years, than by any other single prayer.

It begins with, "Our Father,” not "My Father." God was the Father of Jesus, and He is your Father and mine. Jesus used the word "Father", simply showing that God is the Father of all who follow Him. That is why this prayer will never pass away. Every human being needs to know that she or he has value: worth and self-esteem in God's eyes. We all need to know that we are important in His sight. When you belong to a powerful family, you know you are somebody and we all belong to the most powerful and beautiful big family on earth. It is the family of a God Who is love. "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name."

That word "hallowed" means honourable. I was reading about a man who was a very devoted believer in Jesus. And as he was dying, an unbelieving friend at his bedside said to him, "What do you think is going to happen to you?"

So the man replied, "I think I’m going to continue to live in a dimension where God will be." Then his unbelieving friend said, "But what if God doesn’t greet you and save you and give you life?"

The man then said, "Then God would lose a lot more than I. I would simply lose my soul, but God would lose His honour."

"Our Father in heaven, honourable is Your name.”

Norman

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Are You in Touch With Headquarters?

Posted By at Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Andrew Murray said, 'Many Christians look upon it as a burden and a duty and a difficulty to get alone with God! That is the great hindrance to our Christian life everywhere.'

In Jeremiah 33:3 God says, 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great... things, which you do not know.'

He says:  Call unto ME, not to Buddha or Mohammad or anyone else.

The answers to all of life's problems you seek can be found on your knees.

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.'

Prayer is like a platinum Credit card; it gives you access to God's wisdom and resources immediately.

In Romans 12:2 Paul writes: '... continuing steadfastly in prayer.'

I read the story of a soldier in World War II who was caught creeping back into his quarters from some nearby woods. Brought before his commanding officer and charged with communicating with the enemy, he said he had just gone out to pray.

His commanding officer asked, 'Do you make a habit of spending hours alone in prayer?'

The soldier replied, 'Yes, sir!'

The officer immediately ordered him to, "get down on your knees and pray now for you've never needed it more!'

The soldier knelt down and prayed so powerfully that his CO shouted, 'Enough, you may go, I believe you! If you hadn't been so often at drill, you wouldn't have done so well at review.'

Prayer isn't like a spare tyre on a car, you can't just leave it in your boot [trunk] and expect it to be effective when you need it.

You must 'be consistent and persistent in your prayers.'

In other words, stay in constant contact with Headquarters.

Norman 

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Are You Hearing What God is Saying?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Are you like little Samuel? Saying; "Speak Lord, for I am listening."

1 Sam 3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears." So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Learning to recognize God's voice is not a skill that's acquired overnight, because God speaks to us at different times, in different settings and in different ways.

  1. It requires you to mature spiritually. In John 10:4 Jesus said His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. Did you notice, Jesus said that His "sheep", not His lambs who know His voice. Baby sheep just follow adult sheep until their senses are trained. Thank God there's grace for those who are immature. If your Spiritual ears are not yet developed, God will work with you until you learn to recognize His voice.
  2. It requires guidance and confirmation from Godly leadership. Heb 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you . Who's your Spiritual leader?
  3. Don't be limited to your previous experiences. God spoke to Moses on a mountain that shook. He spoke to Elijah through a still small voice. So don't limit God; He will speak to you through The Word, through those qualified to teach you His Word, through a song, sometime even through a difficult situation the devil brings along, and even your own thoughts and desires when you're submitted to Him. The key is to stay close to God and keep your heat open.
  4. Above all else, it requires obedience. Psalm 27:8, "When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."

When it comes to hearing from God, what's your response time?

"When I get around to it?… I'll see if I can fit you in!… I'll think about it!"

All wrong! God speaks, and continues to speak, to those who listen and obey, and continue to listen and obey His Word!

Norman