Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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A Vision For Your Life!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 

Why do you think we need a clear vision for our lives? Because it gives us a much clearer picture of the future. We have one life to store up treasures for eternity. Having a clear vision for our life helps us to make the most of our life. Having a clear vision for our life helps us to number our days. Each day once lived can never be regained. Each day is a gift from God. Knowing and following God’s will for our life enables us to make the most of every day of our life here on earth.

The Lord said in Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”

We are able to make better choices in life because our future is determined by the choices that we make today. Having a vision helps us make wise choices in life each day. We cannot change our past but we can make wise choices in the future. Having a Kingdom focus for our life helps us to be disciplined when we face temptations and trials of the enemy.

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.”

Another translation says: "Where there is no progressive vision the people dwell carelessly."

With a clear vision for our life we can make plans to see the vision come to pass. As we continually commit our plans to the Lord He will guide and direct our every step in life, helping us correct our plan to get in line with His plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you," says the Lord, "plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

As we are faithful in the little things God begins to enlarge His vision for our life. A clear vision for our life helps us to make plans and to take steps of action to see the vision come to pass.

Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

God has a special plan for each believer's life and it leads to the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The moment a person enters into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they also enter into God’s plan for their life. As believers we must continually maintain a close and intimate walk with the Lord, so as to ensure that we stay on course with what God has planned for our life. Given the times that we are now living in, it is imperative that each believer knows God’s will for his or her life. Jesus Himself warned that in the last days many would be offended and betray one another and because of lawlessness, the love of many would grow cold.

Maintaining an intimate walk with the Lord is crucial in our times and is the key to continually knowing the will of God for our life.

The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Paul also wrote in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

God's plan for our life is far greater than we could imagine. God is never limited by our ability but only by our availability. If we wholeheartedly follow God’s plan for our life we will see Him performing great things in and through us. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness and He empowers us to do great tasks for His glory. He is also able to redeem our lives from the deepest of pits and to turn around the circumstances in our life for our good.

Norman

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Our Lives Should Please God

Posted By at Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

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.

Everyone needs to be born again and to do that means we repent of all sins, turning from our own way and coming over to God's way. That simply means acknowledging that Jesus The Christ is Lord over all our life. Then God's Holy Spirit gives us the power to live this overcoming life. We can trust the Holy Spirit to lead us into all the fullness of the life God wants for us individually, and as a body.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

This abundant life only comes when we live life His way, being led by His Spirit on a daily basis and walking in faith daily.

In John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

In obeying The Lord we will have to do some new things in our new lifestyle and probably do some other things differently. The Word of God is the wisdom of God for us now.

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

As you read and meditate on His Word, God will speak to you through it and give you direction.

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

Psalm 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

God will encourage you by His Word!

Psalm 119:107 I have been afflicted very much; revive me, O Lord, according to Your Word.

The Word is like a love letter from God to us!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

As most of you already know, you are not saved by your good works, but by God's race and your faith.

Romans 10:9-10 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. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

That's a heart and mouth condition for walking in the fullness of all God has for us. Living our lives in a way that pleases God is our faith confirmation to God that Jesus truly is Lord over all our life.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING and POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES will be the key!

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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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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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Who Are You Joined to?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

One of the greatest promises Jesus ever gave us is found Matt 11:28-30 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Why would Jesus talk about being yoked in a harness, which suggests hard work and then talk about rest in the same breath?

To most people, rest means laying down in their bed. But that's not the kind of rest Jesus was thinking about.

A yoke is a harness that goes around the necks of two oxen so they can pull a load. Accepting Jesus' yoke is a picture of your submission to Him.

It's also a picture of help, because you're not pulling the load alone. In each team of oxen one is the leader and the other just follows. Jesus will take the lead and the load but you must be yoked to Him to get the benefit.

So start to enjoy intimacy with Him as you bow before Him and accept His will. Jesus promises that His yoke won't choke you, it won't be wearisome or confining; you won't chafe under it, because it will be easy and it will be light. In fact, the irony is, if you want to be truly free you must allow yourself to be yoked to Jesus by submitting your will to His.

Now it's possible to accept Christ's yoke then start pulling against it when life doesn't go the way you want it to. Peace and rest come only when you relax in the yoke and let Christ lead the way and you follow Him.

Norman

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It's Not About a Bunny But The Lamb!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

It's just a few days to Easter again this year and the shops are filled with chocolate eggs and bunnies; all there to tempt the children. Again there is very little said in the community about Jesus and the real reason for this Easter season.

I can remember as a child in Ireland, the culture that was created around Easter was about bunnies and eggs. We collected flowers from a certain wild bush to colour the hard-boiled eggs yellow and then paint them with designs or faces. Then we all went to a hill outside the village and rolled the eggs down the hill to see whose egg did not get broken. We then ate the hard-boiled eggs at a picnic.

I never knew and had never been told this tradition of rolling the egg down the hill was symbolic of the stone being rolled away from the tomb of Jesus. Through the years the Spiritual aspect had been forgotten and taken over by the fun and the picnic and the Easter bunny. It's much more commercial in today's culture.

Many Christians still embrace the egg hunting and the Easter bunny thing while we personally feel that the added chocolate and egg hunting takes attention off the real reason for Easter.

We believe that people, especially children, need to be taught truth. It is only the Truth that sets people free as John 8 tells us.

Look at Paul in Acts 17:16-33 NKJ 16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. 17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. 18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?"

Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.

19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? 20 For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.” 21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” 33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them..

At Family Faith Centre we are currently seeing new people on Sunday mornings because we continue to preach the Good Word of God. One man on his second visit received Christ last Sunday morning when I taught about Elijah and Elisha and passing the baton and anointing.

What about your church; what will they do for Easter?

What will be the result?

I will be teaching Christ; the Lamb of God and Him crucified and resurrected this Easter. I won't be talking about bunnies.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Norman

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His Blood Was Necessary!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Hebrews 9:22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS

When we turn back to the Old Testament of the Bible, we see that after sin entered into the world, God required the blood of animals for the atonement of the sins that men committed.

Leviticus 16:29 ...in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you.

Leviticus 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

2 Chronicles 29:24 And the priests killed them [he goats], and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.

Leviticus 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat. 

Leviticus 16:16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

Hebrews 10:4 ...it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Consequently, the Levitical priesthood had to keep offering sacrifices, not just for the sins of the people but for their own sins, too. They had to sacrifice over and over again, year in and year out. A better sacrifice was needed.

About 600 years before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, God told his people, the children of Israel, that he was going to make a new covenant with them.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, "Knowthe LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD.  For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

The shedding of the blood of animals under the Old Testament was a picture of what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would do in the New Testament.

THE NEW TESTAMENT: THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

The old tabernacle had to be sanctified by the sprinkling of blood, nothing could be considered as purified without the mark of shed blood. So it is in our spiritual life, it is the shed blood of Jesus that brings about the forgiveness of our sins.

I was thinking about the film Titanic, and remembering that the vessel had been built in Belfast, I wondered why it's sinking was such a disaster. As I thought about it I realized the reason was there was not enough lifeboats to evacuate all those on board. The 20 lifeboats that Titanic did carry could only accommodate a few hundred, despite the fact that there were 2,224 on board. If everyone had insisted on getting into the lifeboats they would have sunk anyway because of the overcrowding and no one would have survived. Many gave up their lives so others could live.

That brings the question: Would you choose death so someone else could live?

Jesus chose death so you and I could be saved, He was in a way our lifeboat. He shed His blood at Calvary so anyone who believes can be released from the penalty of their sins.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

All you have to do is ask for forgiveness and accept it and live your life for Him.

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

160 Centenary Dr [PVAC Building] Mill Park 3082 (on corner of Plenty Rd and Centenary Dr)

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

We are WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park so if you are not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be welcome. God has been blessing those that come along many have got new jobs, or new or replacement cars, much blessings.

We were able send $40,000 to orphans in Philippines a few months ago. Just recently we gave our totally Sunday morning offering to another local church just to bless them and encourage their young pastor.

We are now supporting a children's outreach in Romania!

It's exciting what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

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Are You Born Again?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Someone once said if you are only born once you will die twice, but if you are born again you will only die once, unless Jesus comes back first.

So if you are saved or born again things will change!

When you received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour something exciting happened to you. God, by His mighty power, took you out of the devil's family and placed you into His own Heavenly Forever Family.

John 1:12 says it like this, "But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God...All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them."

You may not understand what has happened; but God sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins so you could be in Heaven with Him forever.

Jesus said in John 3:7 "You must be born again!"

To be born again simply means you have chosen to turn away from sin and accept God's standard for your life in the future.

2 Corinthians 5:17 "When a person becomes a Christian, he is not the same any more.  A new life has begun."

A person who is born again has no past any more because it is finished!  God does not see any of your past life so neither should you. Your old life with its problems and sin consciousness has been swept away by the blood of the Lamb Jesus!

Any person who becomes a Christian is changed first on the inside even though he looks the same on the outside. Then, as the person searches and obeys The Word of God and the Holy Spirit, what is on the inside will start to be revealed on the outside.

Are you at the place in your life where you are ready to make a personal commitment to follow Christ & make him Lord of your life? All you have to do is reach out to Him in prayer. He loves you and is waiting to come into your heart and help you in whatever you are going through right now. If you would like to pray and receive Christ as your personal Lord & Saviour, please pray this simple prayer, or go to our website, watch the video and pray along with me as I lead you to receive Jesus.

'Lord Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me of all my sins. I confess my sins before you this day. I denounce satan and all his works. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. Thank you for saving me. I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth that you rose from the dead. I am saved. Write my name in the Lamb's Book of Life. I choose to live my life for you from this day forward. I am free! I pray this prayer to the Father in the name of Jesus! Amen!'

If you just prayed this prayer, welcome to the Heavenly Forever Family! Get in touch so we can help you live for Christ and grow as His disciple. Please email, mail, call or contact us. We'd like to bless you & send you a free booklet and a CD to help you understand your new life in Christ. Further articles on this Blog will bless you too.

Norman

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE
160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building]
Mill Park Victoria 3082

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

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Are You Ready For Jesus?

Posted By at Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Matthew 24:38-39 "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."

Matt. 24:38-39 The Message Bible The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah's. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away."

Jesus is prophesying that when He returns it will be just as in Noah's day, people will be dominated with the temporary affairs of this life, their normal every day, eating and sleeping, going to work lifestyle; instead of eternal spiritual truths. Before His return, there will be plenty of signs to show that the time is drawing near, but few will heed them. Preoccupation with the affairs of this life can dull people to the spiritual realities. The Lord kindly, but seriously points out the urgent need to be ready for His return. In the same way that a thief comes when people are the least prepared, so our Lord will return in a time when people are not looking for or expecting Him.

This is not because our Lord desires to surprise everyone and see how many He can catch unprepared. On the contrary, He is urging us to be watchful so that we will be prepared. Jesus gave us the signs of the end times to help us be prepared. He is simply prophesying that there will be a condition of apathy in the latter days that will tend to lull even the faithful to sleep if they don't take heed to His words.

Believers will not be assembled on a mountaintop somewhere waiting for the Lord's return. They will still be going about their daily routines.

In Luke 19:13 The Lord told us in the Church to, "Occupy till I come."

We should be ready for the Lord to come back at any moment, yet work as if His return was still far off.

Norman