Let me welcome you to my FIRST MID WEEK BOOSTER for 2017 and again, can I say thanks to all of you who receive it and for those of you who have supported the ministry during the past year.
If you want to get the most out of 2017, I suggest this is something you should do:
SWIM AGAINST THE RISING TIDE IN 2017!
James 4:7-8 Submit yourself then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded.
And as James says in chapter 1:8 about a double-minded person. He is unstable in ALL his ways.
I read somewhere that someone has explained how in the cold waters off Greenland, thousands of icebergs float around. More than 75% of their bulk is under the surface. Some are very tiny while others tower skyward. At times the small ones move in one direction while their tall and gigantic counterparts go in another.
Why is this?
The small ones are pushed around by the winds blowing on the surface of the water but deep ocean currents carry the huge ice masses along.
In our culture in these last days, there is a great TIDE of pressure for all of us to go with the crowd, to be politically correct, to do the convenient thing regardless of whether it's right or ethical or not. Even in many church circles this is happening. Many have got away from preaching The Word and become more like a social club, even in the choice of worship music!
Paul said in Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
The reality is, however, unless we have deep roots in God and in His Word, we too can easily be swayed by the popular winds of the opinion to be more appealing to certain sections of the community. And that simply means we would then be double-minded and unstable in all we do.
Now think of Jesus, He never worried about being politically correct or pleasing the crowd or the religious leaders of His day or even King Herod for that matter. His only concern was to do right and what pleased God His Father.
John 8:29 NKJ "And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him."
He did right and pleased His Father regardless of the consequences. For you and me to make a difference we, too, need to stand for The Truth and do right regardless of the consequences. We are supposed to stand out not to blend in with the world.
To do this we need backbone, commitment and perseverance; and not giving up when the pressure comes on to go along with the crowd, even the church crowd.
As someone has said, "Any dead fish can float down the river but it takes a live fish to swim against the flow and make it upstream."
Furthermore, if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
How will you be swimming in 2017?
Dr. Norman Campbell
Some of you have sent a special offering at this time to help a camp for underprivileged young people in Romania in 2017, [we presently have about $2,000], so if anyone else feels led to contribute, please you can send a check made payable to FAMILY FAITH CENTRE, and post it to Family Faith Centre, PO Box 600 South Morang, Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA. For a donation of any amount to this outreach I will send you a set of teaching CD's free and post paid.