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We Are Ready With the Word!

Posted By at Wednesday, July 10, 2019

In the years after Jesus ascended to heaven, Peter 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 Jesus, born into a living hope, given spiritual protection during this life, and guaranteed eternity in heaven with their Father. We also can learn from that instruction.

1 Peter 1:13-15 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. As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance. But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.

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

His FIRST instruction relates to our 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 really caring for us, then we will feel less threatened by any hard circumstances. But if we decide we must rely on our own ability or strength to get us through hard times, 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 situation worse and last longer! Preparation for the future starts with each of us developing sound, Word based thinking. 

The SECOND instruction from Peter is: To be sober. In other words, to maintain our balance in the midst of crises, and rest our hope fully upon God's grace. Many use the excuse "I can't help it, it's my personality." But no, we are each to use the Word to put down our fleshly faults and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit; walking in love, joy, peace, patience, self control and also in how we conduct ourselves to those around us. In short, when they look at us they should see Jesus!

That requires us to resist quick fixes to problems and refuse 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. Thankfully by living in the Word we can prepare ourselves spiritually for whatever our future holds.

There are two ways to prepare for life’s difficulties: Biblical thinking and balanced judgment.

Peter has this THIRD instruction included in vs. 13: Rest your hope. 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 be used as opportunities to learn more about God’s faithfulness, so we must draw on His strength if we want to experience personal growth.

Peter's FOURTH point in vs. 14: Not conforming yourselves to the former lusts. That means resisting our former lifestyle and faults. It means renewing our mind. 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 lifestyle does not fit us anymore, that has passed away and is no longer a part of us at all. We are new creations with NO PAST!

Then, FIFTH and finally 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 almost be a part of everyday life, and none of us are immune, we do not have to be overcome by them! In Christ we have already overcome them, what a blessing!

Have a wonderful week following the Lord.

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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The Word Promises and Delivers!

Posted By at Wednesday, July 03, 2019


Jesus said in John 10:30 "I and My Father are one."

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Speaking about Jesus, the Apostle John said in John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

Then, way down near the end of the Bible in Revelation 19:13 we read; "He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God."

So Jesus is the Word of God. Everything the Father speaks, the Son is and does. Jesus only sought in His ministry to do the will of the Father.

In other words, God and His Word are one. That means that everything that Jesus is, the Word is. And everything that Jesus can do, the Word can do. 

The Bible also tells us that the Word of God is a seed and as we know, seeds only grow when they are planted.

Mark 4:14 The sower sows the Word.

Peter tells us we are born again by that seed in 1 Peter 1:23 "Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever."

Inside every natural seed, or cell exists the DNA, or pattern, for a new person or plant. In the same way the life of God is inside every seed of the Word of God.

John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

'The Him' John is referring to is the Lord Jesus, who is the Word; so the DNA of God is in His Word.

Within every promise in God's Word is an opportunity given by God in our life to produce and manifest His life to others, as well as ourselves. Within every seed of the Word of God there is the pattern and the plan for the fulfillment of that promise in our lives, in embryo form for us to develop fully.

The very life of the thing which is promised is in the seed; whether it is salvation, healing, the Holy Spirit, wisdom, getting out of debt or deliverance! 

What we need to realise is that this opportunity is not in our thinking; it is not in our wishing; it is not in our hoping. The opportunity is in our faith in the Word, the seed, for every situation in life. The infinite, eternal Zoe-life of God is in the seed.

The way to release the life that is in a seed is by planting it into our spirit, according to Mark 4:14.

When we plant the seed of God's Word in our hearts, we release the life of God that is stored up within the seed into our life, and the possibilities of that seed are infinite and unlimited! We need to sow the Word by reading the Bible and listening to faith filled messages to find His promises for every issue of life, each and every day!

2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJ For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Notice the various 'in Him' references in the above scripture. In Christ all the promises of God are fulfilled and are ours when we stand in faith and believe on them. All the answers for every situation we could ever need were ALREADY fulfilled in Christ Jesus, we just need to recognise it, and find the seed of God's Word to meet our needs.

People are hungry for a display of God's power in these last days, and it should be demonstrated in the everyday lives of every Christian, as well as on the platforms of every ministry around the world. There are so many sceptics and scoffers but when we stand on His promises, and receive answers to prayer, they see the power and goodness of God demonstrated, and the Lord gets the glory through our act of obedience to His Word!

What a blessing that is!    

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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Unchangeable Truths in God's Word

Posted By at Wednesday, March 06, 2019

There are four main unchanging truths to be found in God's Word that become activated when we are born again. 

The FIRST TRUTH is when we are born again and enter into a relationship with the Godhead. The Father and the Son are un-changeable so our relationship through the new birth is solid.

Malachi 3:6 I am The Lord and I change not!

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever!

The SECOND TRUTH takes place after we are born again. The Holy Spirit becomes one with our own spirit and leads us into ALL TRUTH.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

The THIRD TRUTH is when we are born again is that God’s Word is unchanging; it remains the same for we who are New Covenant people.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

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

The FOURTH TRUTH is when we are born again we now belong to an unchanging eternal Kingdom.

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Norman

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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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How do you read the Word of God?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Joshua 1:8 (The Names of God Bible) Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them.

Only then will you prosper and succeed.

Psalm 1:1-2 NLT Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.

I want to encourage you with a few simple rules to help you in reading your Bible today.

When we read God’s Word we do so with respect. As we read we think about what you read silently and meditate on it reverently, allowing God to speak to our heart and reveal His Will to us about that passage we are reading.

When we read God’s Word we do so with an expectancy. Expect that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us from what we are reading. It's through the Holy Spirit’s power that the Word becomes ‘alive’ in us. I encourage you to make a definite effort to read through Psalm 119 [all 176 verses] it’s all about the blessings of God’s Word!

When we read God’s Word we must pay careful attention to it. Read God’s Word carefully and try to understand it from your human ability standpoint, and look to the Holy Spirit to help you understand it in more depth.

When we read God’s Word we must make our mind up to do what it says. Every part of our life spiritually, mentally and physically must come under the influence of the Word. If you don’t understand at first, read the passage over and over again and ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

Matthew 4:4 NLT But Jesus answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’"

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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Not Only a Hearer But a Doer of the Word

Posted By at Wednesday, November 07, 2018

         

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Luke 6:46 "But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say."

The Word of God is the Bible Speaking directly to each of us! The Bible is The Word of God that is all the Promises paid in full by the Blood of The Lord Jesus Christ for each of us - once and for all time! The Bible is the Instruction Manual for each and every Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ only confirms His Written Word. If what we are seeking is not in His Word, He will not confirm or answer it. Hearing the Word of God without possessing and becoming a doer of the Word will make our faith, powerless and dead.

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 2:17-18 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

A farmer can have a complete knowledge of every facet of bringing in an abundant harvest. But if he doesn't take that knowledge and apply it with to action, his fields will still be empty. The Word of God requires us to take action, to possess the Promises of Jesus Christ through a Living Faith in Him and His Word!

Luke 8:21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

The more we read (see) hear (listen), meditate (muse, mutter & ponder) and act (do) the Word of God, then the Greater our Faith will be. The Lord Jesus Christ confirms our living Faith with power through His Word!

The more time we spend in His Word the more we will know Him and possess His promises.

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Mark 4:24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given."

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.

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

So we must start doing what the Word says, and not just listening to it and so deceiving ourselves, and we will grow to be what God planned.

Norman

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Meditating God's Word - Out In On!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 

Many Christians read their Bibles and pray, but are they really meditating on God’s Word? And do they understand what this means?

The Lord called Joshua to lead Israel after Moses’ death. In Joshua 1:8 he told him, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”

The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the people according to God’s standards and God's commands. That’s exactly what He wants to do in our lives as well. If we’ll meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold His truths and His instructions to us.

To meditate on God's Word we must do at least three things; I've said it like this: Out, In, On!

* Shut OUT the world.

That means no to television, iPhones and iPads etc. or other outside distractions.

* Shut yourselves IN with God.

Meditation is not a group activity but a private time alone with the Lord.

* Focus your attention ON a passage of Scripture.

This is not just a casual reading time of God’s Word but a D & M [deep and meaningful] private conversation with the Lord.

Begin by asking God to reveal what He wants to say to you. Then listen for His instructions and guidance while reading, thinking and praying about the passage.

Then there are the 4 'P's!

  1. Priority - The devil will always try to thwart our efforts to focus on God’s Word because he knows we are absorbing it into our souls and spirit. If meditation is not a priority in your lives, you probably won’t even do it.
  2. Place - Find a private place to meet alone with God; not in the family room with the TV going and other family members talking.
  3. Purpose - The purpose of meditation is to commune with and hear from the Lord. When we concentrate on His Word and seek His guidance, He sometimes uses very specific passages of Scriptures to answer our requests. Once we’ve understood what He’s revealed, our trust in Him increases and our worries start to abate.
  4. Plan - We must plan to set aside regular time to meet with the Lord privately to read His Word, ask for direction and to listen for His voice. This opportunity to be alone with Him soon becomes the most precious part of each day as we learn to know almighty God more intimately, and hear Him speak to us personally through Scripture.

This is what meditation is all about!

Norman

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The devil is busy!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 06, 2018

 

I'm sure you have often heard the expression, "The devil finds things for idle hands to do."

Have you ever had some time off from work and thought, "I'm going to relax and just watch TV for a little while?"

But as soon as one program is over, you decide to watch one more program and before you know it, you have wasted a whole evening.

Most of us can probably relate to this! There's nothing wrong with relaxing, but often those times when we have nothing to do are the times we can get into trouble. When boredom sets in, we become a target for the devil.

In Proverbs, chapters five through seven, it is dealing with a young man who gets into sexual promiscuity. One portion of the story describes the man as sauntering through the streets. The Hebrew brings this out. Then the young man's mind begins to wander and think about what was happening on the other side of town. Eventually, he finds himself involved with a prostitute who brought about his destruction. All of this began with boredom in the man's life.

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

That means take God into your works as your partner, then they will succeed. As soon as we wake up and our day begins, we should commit our works to the Lord, and verbally invite Him into partnership with us for that day's work. Because when our works are committed to the Lord, our thoughts will follow and be established. We should aim to begin our day like this every day.

This is because the devil attacks mainly in the thought realm.

That's why Paul instructs us to renew our minds.

Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit already dwell in our spirit. So real growth comes from the renewing of the mind and our thoughts becoming established in the things of God.

Philippians 4:8 "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things."

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.

Isaiah 55:9 God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.

To understand that statement you must read verses 7 & 8 to see whom the Lord is talking to!

Isa 55:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," saith the Lord.

In these verses God is talking to the unrighteous and the wicked. So if you are born-again that is not you He's talking to!

So how do we attain God's thoughts?

It's not only by studying His Word; it's also by committing our works to the Lord each day.

What about your works today? Are you looking for ways to get out of work and have a few more moments of leisure time?

Or are you really looking for ways to fill up your day working with The Lord to expand His kingdom?

Norman