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Don't Be Anxious

Posted By at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

           

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When our hearts are anxious and filled with cares, we are trusting in our own strength and understanding.

Anxiety will take our hearts and minds off the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. He is waiting for us to call upon Him for help!

Psalms 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

When we go to the Lord with our prayers and then thank Him in advance for the victory. Then our hearts will enter into the realm of His worry free peace. The Lord cannot help us unless we give Him all of our cares and worries.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Hebrews 4:16 Shows us how to approach God, Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Once we give Him our cares, then He can move mightily on our behalf! The greatest obstacle to receiving from God Almighty is trusting in our own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

We trust in Him and not our understanding, for the victory.

When we pray, we cast all of our cares on Him and start thanking Him in advance for the victory. At that moment in time, the peace of God that surpasses all of our understanding will surround our hearts, life and minds. We will be in His glorious presence of peace instead of the midst of the storms and cares of life. In His presence is the fullness of joy.

1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "...in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

Confession here is 'homologia' in Greek, which means saying the same thing God says in His Word.

Norman

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Just Believe God!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 

Acts 27:25 NLT So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.

Paul was on his way to Rome when he said this, and he was in a great storm. Perhaps you are in a storm this week, I pray you can learn some lessons from this study and just believe God.

a. Disobedience can cause a storm!

God used Paul to warn the owner of the ship about the coming storm, but he refused to listen. His disobedience cost him dearly; he lost his ship, his cargo and almost lost his life. We need to learn that our disobedience to God's Word can cost us our health, our family, our finances, our career and almost as certainly our life.

b. Everyone probably faces a storm at sometime!

You may be in a storm today but you are not alone, God knows what you are facing and He can send His angels to watch over you.

Acts 27:23-24 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ 25 So take courage!

c. God is on your side so you will be fine!

Even though Paul was a prisoner and bound in chains; he actually had more authority than the captain. He was freer in his captivity because he was on a mission for God the creator.

Isaiah 54:17 NLT But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord their vindication will come from me I the Lord, have spoken!

Don't let the storm faze you; you are safe IN the storm just don’t let it get IN you!

Norman

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If you are down, there is hope!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 30, 2018

 

I wonder if you sometimes feel depressed? If so, you're not alone; it's a serious problem even among many Christian people, though so many don't recognise it. Today I hope this gives you some direction and help to deal with the problem.

King David suffered depression! He talked about it in Psalm 42.

Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

David’s depression is described in the Word as follows:

- He had spiritual dryness - Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 42:9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

- He cried continually - Psalm 42:3 "My tears have been my food day and night."

- He felt shame and defeat - Psalm 42:3 While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”

- He had lingering memories - Psalm 42:4 "When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise. With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast."

- He had overwhelming circumstances - Psalm 42:6-7 "O my God, my soul is cast down within me. Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar. 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls, all Your waves and billows have gone over me."

God's Word has made spiritual provision for those with depression:

- Look WITHIN and ANALYSE your heart - Psalm 42:5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance."

- Look UPWARD and RECOGNISE your help comes from The Lord - Psalm 42:8-9 The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will say to God my Rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

- Look ONWARD and REALISE your hope and faith in His Word - Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

If depression is a problem with you, I suggest you seek help from your minister or counsellor. I do have a manual on the subject called HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION, a study in Psalm 42 & 43. If you would like a copy it's available for $25 [Post free] from Dr. Norm Campbell PO Box 600 South Morang, Victoria 3752 Australia.

Norman

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Be Strong & Courageous in 2018

Posted By at Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 

In this New Year of 2018 I want to start out by challenging you to be strong and courageous as you face this whole year. None of us really know except the Holy Spirit reveals to us what the year will hold by way of challenges and opportunities. But we do know that God's Word contains many wonderful promises for those who obey His Word.

Joshua 1:6 NKJV Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Just as there were some prerequisites that were required of Joshua and Israelites to go into the Promised Land, the same things are required of us to receive the blessings of God today. God told Joshua to be strong and of courageous. Why? In order to inherit the blessings God promised them, today we must also be strong and courageous to inherit the blessings for ourselves.

We can't be weakling's in the army of the Lord. We have to stand up and realize that we can’t live the way the world lives and still have God’s blessings. God sees us as who we really are, born again and His very own precious possessions and He desires us to have our inheritance and to use it wisely. He doesn’t want it to slip through our hands like it did before we became good givers and tithers.

You are very important to God. He is concerned about everything that concerns you. He sees each of you as precious and valuable no matter what you may have done. Now all that is left is for you to see yourself the same way He does, so that you can walk in His blessings.

Joshua 1:6 says to be strong and courageous. Well, that’s just the beginning. Later God said it again in V9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

And in order to be strong and courageous you must observe to do according to the law. In other words, we must accept God’s Word as the law in our life. Your attitude should be, “God said it. I have believed it so that settles it. That’s the way it’s going to be. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t even have to like it. But because I trust God and I know that He loves me and He’s awesome in my life, I will do it because He said it.” That’s the attitude that will cause you to win and be victorious.

When you enlist in the army of the Lord the enemy will attack you. You had better believe that. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be an enemy. He is doing what an enemy does.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The enemy comes with the purpose of stealing and killing and destroying but He [Jesus] came to give you life in all it's fullness and total victory every day."

So we have to be strong, be courageous, observe and do the Word of God and meditate it daily. When you do that, you will inherit the land, make your way prosperous, and you will have good success.

Norman

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No Fear Here!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 09, 2017

 

2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The Lord Jesus did not give us fear when He came into our hearts. He doesn't have any to give us. He gave us love and grace.

The Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid, or tongue-tied, or ashamed, it is to give us boldness and a faith voice.

Fear is the opposite of faith and fear always comes from our enemy the devil.

The Message Bible says: God doesn't want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

The atmosphere inside of us is positive because God is love and those perfected in love never fear anything.

I remember in the film The Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion was afraid of his own shadow. He forgot how to be who he was supposed to be; the King of the Jungle.

Well, God's Holy Spirit working in us doesn't make cowards out of us. He has made us more than conquerors as Romans 8:37 says we are to be in Christ.

Norman

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God Has Already Planned Your Victory

Posted By at Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

When the circumstances around you seem to be contrary, don't be moved by fear of what might happen, but move on in faith in what God says in His Word.

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

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

So Father God and Jesus are always the same, that means God's Word is always the same. For God to change His Word, He would have to change and that is not possible. If He did change everything would collapse because He holds everything in place by the power or integrity of His Word.

Psalm 112:1-10 Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands.

2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.

3 They themselves will be wealthy and their good deeds will last forever.

4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.

5 Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.

6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.

7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.

9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.

10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

You can be strong and know that God's Word is still the same so don't be moved by the circumstances. God is not going to leave you or desert you. He has promised to stay with you, so be strong and boldly declare God is making a way for me right through this situation!

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.

God already has a plan for your success.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

In Christ you have what it takes to be successful.

Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

YES YOU CAN WIN!

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

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 with new jobs or new or replacement cars, many blessings are abounding.

It's exciting 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!

Family Faith Centre [PVAC Building]
160 Centenary Drive [on Corner of Plenty Road and Centenary Drive]
Mill Park Victoria 3082

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Are You Ready For Victory?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 03, 2017

 

Romans 16:20 The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. . .

The two key words here are: crush and shortly.

The word 'crush' explains how thoroughly powerless our enemy has been made since his defeat at Calvary, it indicates total destruction.

The other word, 'shortly' tells us how soon we can expect to see this destruction, it indicates that we do not have long to wait; as soon as you get revelation on the fact.

In the original Greek text, the word translated 'crush' is suntribo (soon-tree-bo), which is a verb meaning, "to crush completely; to shatter; to brake in pieces; to pulverize, disintegrate, torpedo, annihilate."

The word represents an image of all the works of the enemy being thoroughly taken apart and destroyed.

What a promise of total victory for us as Christians.

In the original, 'shortly' is an expression made up of two Greek words: en and tachos. It is defined as, "in haste, as soon as possible, without delay, suddenly, swiftly, with all speed."

This too is very encouraging for us the believers.

So do you have a problem? God wants you to realise that the enemy has been crushed under your feet and you can shortly enjoy the victory as you get revelation knowledge.

Quote this verse as your confession of faith:

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

You could say it like this:

"The God of peace has already shattered the enemy under my feet and the victory is mine without delay!"

God has promised that you will tread on satan and his demons. Your feet are shod with the gospel of peace.

Are you ready for the victory right NOW in Jesus name?

Norman

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Become God-Inside Minded

Posted By at Wednesday, November 30, 2016

 

One of the most important revelations we can gain from God's Word is the fact that we have God in us.

It seems impossible to the human mind because human reason cannot grasp it. Our natural mind is staggered by it, nevertheless it is true because 1 John 4:4 tells us, “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.”

Christianity is not a religion, not a science, not a philosophy, it is a relationship with God the Father through Jesus the Son.

It is God living His life in us and then out through us. Hebrews 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a Son over His house; whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope.

We become the house in which God lives.

1 Cor 2:16 We have the mind of Christ.

The sooner we become God-inside minded, the quicker we learn to use the power that's within us, so when any difficulty arises we can remind ourselves, “The Greater One in me is GREATER than this difficulty.”

When some apparently insurmountable problem comes that stumps us, again, we can say quietly, “Lord, I need your Wisdom to get through this problem.”

What a way to live your life, always having the Greater One living in you. Always there, always ready. Everything He is, all came into you when you were born again. His healing ability, His mental alertness plus His love and His power all came inside you.

The very power that raised Him from the dead is NOW in you too. Our great need is to educate ourselves through the Word, that we may be ever conscious of His indwelling presence.

No matter how great the difficulties or what the trouble may be, I know that 1 John 4:4 says, “Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.”

May our hearts grow continually to consider Him as living in us, helping us face this fallen world, until He comes to take us all home to be with Him and Father God forever. 

Norman

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE
We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!
160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building]
Mill Park, Victoria

 

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You Can Win in This Life

Posted By at Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When Joshua sent out the 12 spies into the Promised Land they all saw the same thing. But 10 of them came back saying in Numbers 13:28 & 33 "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are…very large… We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…."

They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader and go back into Egyptian slavery. That's incredible defeatist thinking.

But not Caleb! He had a different spirit or a different attitude as Numbers 14:24 tells us.

Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 "We should go up and take possession…for we are well able to do it."

Then years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes in Joshua 14:10-13 Caleb stepped forward and said …"Here I am today, 85 years old…just as vigorous… as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…"

Then Joshua blessed Caleb…and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

Caleb was able to win because:

  1. He remembered the promises of God and acted on them.
  2. He dared to take an unpopular stand when others wanted to go back.
  3. He refused to quit when the pressure was on, he just believed God.
  4. He saw possibilities where others saw only problems, he had vision.
  5. He kept his mind young, even when his body was old, he refused to act and think like an old person.

Does that describe you making God's Word statements or are you making 'old people' statements? Remember Caleb was 85 when he made these statements.

2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 34:19 Living Bible The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

John 16:33 Amplified Bible I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Even though you may face continued challenges in your life, God wants to show you what He can do IN you, FOR you, WITH you, and THROUGH you - if you will let Him; because He has already declared you to be the winner in Christ!

Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

Have a great winning week.

Norman 
 

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Don't Settle For Second Best

Posted By at Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 

Coming in second just means you are the first of the last.

KJV James 1:2-3 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Vs 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

I have to admit it's hard to be enthusiastic about going through tests and trials. But can you get excited about being totally supplied in every way and in wanting nothing?

New Living Translation "Dear brothers and sisters when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."

The Message "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way."

You must realise that God does not send trials; they are a work of the enemy to get you off course and away from what God is doing in your life. But you can turn the tables on him and use them to your benefit.

According to the Word of God, if you will use these trials to develop patience, you're going to be in precisely that position! 

Matthew Henry's Commentary says: As good people are liable to be scattered, they must not think it strange if they meet with troubles. These outward afflictions and troubles are temptations to them. The devil endeavours by sufferings and crosses to draw men to sin and to deter them from duty or unfit them for it; but, as our afflictions are in God’s hand, they are used for the trial and improvement of our graces.

You see, patience doesn't mean what you thought it meant. Most people think patience is just sitting back and letting life run over you like a freight train.

It does not mean settling for second best while someone else wins.

It does not mean standing meekly by while the devil tramps all over you. 

No, patience is a POWERFUL word. The New Testament meaning of it (as translated literally from the Greek), is: To be consistently constant or to be the same way all the time, regardless of what happens.

To understand how much power is involved in that, you have to realize that it's one of the most outstanding attributes of God Himself.

The Bible says God’s the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Malachi 3:6 Amplified "For I am the Lord, I do not change."

Heb 13:8 Amplified "Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages)."

Think about that for a minute. The one who cannot be changed by anyone or anything is an extremely powerful person, wouldn't you say?

Obviously, God has that much power. But you know what? You do too! By the power of the Holy Ghost working within you, you can be the same every day no matter what happens! If you'll put your trust in the Word of God and let patience go to work, it won't matter what happens, you still are a winner.

But you won't ever have to accept anything less than total victory again.

Now that is something to get really excited about.

Norman