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Keep on Going

Posted By at Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In 1 Kings 18 'Elijah the prophet told King Ahab that the drought in the land was over and the rains were coming. Then Elijah told his servant, "Go up now, look toward the sea."

So he went up and looked, and said, "There is nothing."

So seven times the old prophet said, "Go again."

Then it came to pass the seventh time, he said, "There is a cloud, as small as a man's hand, rising out of the sea!"

In versess 43-45 Elijah said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you'"... in the meantime... the sky became black... and there was a heavy rain... '.

Now notice, seven times Elijah said, 'Get up and go again.'

You must learn to persist! If you don't, you'll miss what God wants you to have.  Furthermore, if you don't recognise and celebrate small miracles they may be only 'the size of a man's hand', you'll miss the bigger blessings when they rain in on you.  Blessings that are so essential to your future.

I read about a runner named Beth-Anne De Ciantis.  She had to complete a 26-mile marathon in less than two hours and 45 minutes to qualify for the 1992 Olympics.  She reached the final straight in two hours 43 minutes, with just two minutes left.  Two hundred yards from the finish she stumbled and fell.  Dazed, she stayed down for almost twenty seconds.  The crowd yelled, 'Get up!'  The clock was ticking - less than a minute to go.  Beth-Anne staggered to her feet and began walking.  Five yards short of the finish, with ten seconds to go, she fell again. As the crowd cheered her on, she crossed the finish line on her hands and knees.

Her time? Two hours, 44 minutes and 57 seconds.

So my word for you today is 'Get up and keep on going'.

Norman

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Are You Going God's Way?

Posted By at Wednesday, October 24, 2012


In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me."

At times we have to deal with situations in our lives that aren't going the right way. We may try all kinds of ways but God has only ONE WAY.

Tell-tale signs such as confusion, pain, or disgrace will reveal that something isn't right. Often we believe there is little we can do. Human tendency is to walk away when we see something wrong.

Many ignore what's not right. Sometimes we can't walk away because we may simply be too close to the situation. In those cases, we probably just ignore the problem and hope it will go away. But it rarely does.

Another option is that we retreat within ourselves. We close up and distance ourselves emotionally from the problems we face. We get proactive in staying out of situations that involve pain or turmoil.

We find ourselves retreating farther and farther into our shell. These options don't solve the problems. We choose to do nothing because we actually believe we can't make a difference anyway, and we aren't responsible for the outcome.

But if we allow The Holy Spirit to guide us, He knows the way through the problem and can lead us to the victory.

Norman

If you're interested; last Sunday's message was TAKE A STAND.  If you would like a copy, simply make a donation to the Children's Philippines Fund at Family Faith Centre. 

If you would like the CD sent post free, just send a check or postal note to:

Dr Norman Campbell
PO BOX 600
South Morang VIC 3752
Australia

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Don't Be Easily Discouraged!

Posted By at Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Negev Desert, Israel

As the children of Israel journeyed in the wilderness, the Word says in Numbers 21:4 “The soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.”

Discouragement will get us off the track.  Just think what the children of Israel could have focused on as they journeyed through the wilderness.  God had delivered them from Egypt with a mighty hand and opened the Red Sea so that they could cross over on dry ground.

God provided them with a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. He gave them fresh manna every day and provided water out of the rock.  For the entire forty years they wandered in the desert, their clothes and shoes did not wear out.  In spite of all of these supernatural manifestations of God’s provision, they still became discouraged because they looked at “the way.” Does this sound familiar to you?

Instead of getting discouraged because of the way, we’ve got to encourage ourselves by looking at what God has done.  How do we encourage ourselves?

a. We must continue to hear the Word.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” 

Our attitude toward God’s Word will determine the outcome of the challenges we face.

b. We must continue to believe the Word.

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him.  If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Beck's Translation for this verse “Everything is possible for a believer!”

In that case, statements words like “I can’t, I won’t, and I never will,” should never exist in our vocabulary.

c. We must continue to speak the Word.

Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”

If you’re not happy with what you have in life, check up on what you’ve been saying.

d. We must continue to go to the throne of grace.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We will find help in God’s presence as we ask according to the Word and we ask in faith.

e. We must continue to offer the sacrifice of praise.

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

You don’t have to be discouraged because of what you see.  But choose to encourage yourselves in the Lord and experience God’s best!

Norman

If you're interested; last Sunday's message was YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL.  If you would like a copy, simply make a donation to the Children's Philippines Fund at Family Faith Centre. 

If you would like the CD sent post free, just send a check or postal note to:

Dr Norman Campbell
PO BOX 600
South Morang VIC 3752
Australia

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Your Home Can be Heaven on Earth

Posted By at Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We live in a time of great marital discord and family disintegration.  At the beginning of the twentieth century the divorce rate was very low.  Back in Ireland where I came from, divorce was frowned upon.  Our parents taught us all when you make your bed, you have to lie in it.  In the 1980's the divorce rate was just under 50% but has stayed around that rate ever since.  That's just about one in every two marriages have failed.

We would expect that with the great rise in the standard of living in many countries, families would be in a better state in the 1990's than they were in the 1890's.  There is no question that, materially speaking, most are much better off than they were 100 years ago.

The problems in the family in recent years are not economic but spiritual.  The 20th Century is the century of unbelief and apostasy, the century in which secular humanism replaced Christianity as the predominant world-view.  It is the children of those who rejected Biblical Christianity after the Second World War who have cast off all restraint.  Thus, since the 1960's, we have experienced the youth rebellion, the so-called generation gap, the drug culture, the romanticisation of socialism and the sexual revolution.

Joshua 24:14-15 Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt.  Serve the Lord!  And if it seems evil to you to serve the lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

A Christian home means a home with Christ-in.  It's a home where Christ is welcome and invited in and where the family can take their difficulties to Him, confident of His help.  God's love is what makes a house a home, where you can live and excel.  His love is the foundation that a successful home is built on.

In God's mind, your home is not some insignificant thing.  It was the first institution He ever ordained.  He established the family to be a place where men and women would be trained to know Him and to walk with Him.  He has always blessed the homes of those that fulfilled His plan and purposes.

God set up the home before He ever set up government or the church.

Living in a home filled with God's love and peace is almost like living in heaven on earth.  We all know that's true.  We all want to live in such a home.  Yet, time and again, people shortchange their families.  So many use their kindest words and biggest smiles on those in the world outside their own front door.

Satan's battle plan is simple.  He will do everything he can to create conflict in the home.  When family members agree, they create an atmosphere in which God's miracle-working power is free to flow!  Satan is constantly tempting us to ruin that atmosphere through strife.  All to often we fall for his tactics, simply because we don't realise just how dangerous discord really is.

You should determine today to not let the enemy divide and destroy your home, and the atmosphere in your home will be like heaven on earth.

Norman

If you are interested, last Sunday's message was YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL.  If you would like a copy, make a donation to the Children's Philippines Mission.

If you would like the CD sent post free, just send a check or postal note to:

Dr Norman Campbell
PO BOX 600
South Morang VIC 3752
Australia

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Our Walk in the Lord

Posted By at Wednesday, October 03, 2012

                                      

As Christians, we are called of God to walk in a very specific way and in a very specific direction.  We are not a wandering generality but meaningful and specific and our walk should be supernatural and full of power.  These verses say that we are to do the walking.  In other words, God isn't going to walk for us; rather, He empowers us as we walk in Him.  These scriptures show that we are not going on a stroll, but on a power walk.

Other scriptures give us a description of how we are to walk as believers in Christ.

Walk in God's Word

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Walk in good works

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Walk in newness of life

Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Walk in the Spirit

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Walk in Love

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Walk in the light

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.

So we are to walk with the Lord Jesus in an orderly fashion, walking in step with Him day by day.  Our walk should reflect our calling and demonstrate to all who see us that we walk with divine purpose.  We are not wandering aimlessly as though we have no place to go and nothing to do.  We are walking in step with the Lord and it is a walk that is in fact supernatural.

Have a great week.

Norman