Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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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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Meditating

Posted By at Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

Recently in one of our Sunday services, I spoke about the importance of taking time every day to spend time alone with God.

Even Jesus as the God man saw the need to get away from the crowds to be alone in prayer, as we see in Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35 and Luke 6:12.

In those quiet times, prayer is important. So is Bible reading! But, just as important as a discipline that we sometimes tend to overlook – is meditating on God’s Word.

God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8 “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. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

David wrote in Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."

To meditate on the law of God means to think carefully about it, to consider what it means, and put it into practice in our lives. It means to chew it over and consider it, to be like the cow and re-chew it several times.

Is there a promise that God is making?

Is there something God is telling you that you need to be doing?

Is there something God is telling you that you should stop doing?

Part of the value in meditation is letting God’s Word remain in our thoughts throughout the day. Just as Mary in Luke 2:19 “..kept all these things [about Jesus] and pondered them in her heart”, so we need to think carefully about what God is saying to us as we continue with our daily responsibilities.

I give you a challenge today; Instead of just making a decision to read through the Bible in the year (as many do at New Year and that is commendable), I challenge you to also meditate on one verse or two verses every day as well. Allow God to speak to you through those verses as you ponder them, filling your hearts and your minds.

Psalms 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; Yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”

Something to think about & incorporate into your day!

Norman

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Do Others Want Your Light?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 

We need to always remember that people around us are looking at our lives—would they want what we have?

Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Although we do need to be culturally relevant to the lost, at the same time we must hold fast to the integrity of God's Word and not become like them.

Rom 12:2 NLT 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.

We have been called to be a reflection of Jesus Christ and let His light shine. We must show Christ, not some religious organization, and not list rules and regulations that come from that religious experience.

Very often Christians tend to remain in the comfort of their church and familiar social circle of believers. As a result, they become totally isolated and separated from people who need salvation. Then they wonder why they never have the opportunity to lead someone to Jesus.

God has done a good work in each of us; He has opened our spiritual eyes, and we have been enlightened by His wonderful Word. We are challenged to let the world see the evidence of this enlightenment through our obedience to walk in the fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 tells us.

So what impact have you made on the people around you?

Have you added the life of Christ to any of them?

Learn to look for and take every opportunity - whether on the job, a social function, a family gathering, in a classroom, helping the needy, or wherever your day takes you - to let your light shine before men!

Norman

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Your Financial Future

Posted By at Wednesday, May 09, 2018

 

Your financial future really depends on 3 things; what you SPEND, SAVE and SOW!

2 Cor 9:6-11 NLT Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

Your financial future starts with whatever you have RIGHT NOW, nothing is too small to be multiplied if it is sown and put into the hand of God.

God wants you to succeed financially.

Deut 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.

Jesus taught that giving was the way to prosperity and plenty.

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

He taught His disciples the way to fish so they could improve their fishing business in Luke 5.

He showed them how to find money in a fish to pay their taxes in Matthew 17.

He was always showing people where they could find the money they needed.

You have to believe that He is really interested in your finances. You can't take money to heaven, but you can use it to send people to heaven.

Of the 38 parables in the New Testament, 16 of them deal with the right and wrong use of money. One out of every 10 verses in the Bible speaks on the issue of finance. There are 500 verses on prayer and 500 verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on finance and its correct use.

Prosperity from God’s point of view is multifarious. He includes in it prosperity for spirit, soul and body, in relationships as well as financially!

If you would like a copy of my Biblical Money Management Manual [144 pages] send a check for $30 to the ministry and request it, and it will be sent post free. [Dr Norm Campbell PO Box 600 South Morang, Victoria 3752, Australia]

Norman

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You can change it!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States ever produced. His views were not necessarily as we see God's Word today, but there were Biblical truths in what he had to say.

He said, "The greatest discovery of our generation is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes."

Consider that for a moment; its your thinking and your thoughts, not your circumstances that determines your happiness.

That is exactly what God's Word says.

Proverbs 23:7a KJV For as he thinks in his heart so is he.

Ephesians 4:23 NLT There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

So we can change if we want to. If you really want to change for the better, let me give you some suggestions to follow:

1. What do you really want?

When you are popular and others like you, it makes you feel good about yourself. If you're successful you create joy within yourself. That means happiness is an inside job.

2. Plan your days in prayer!

To achieve God's goals for your life you must plan with prayer. Here is something I wrote in my prayer manual; Prayer and preparation precede the pouring out of God's power! [Prayer manual EFFECTIVE PRAYER is available for $30 from this ministry post free].

Proverbs 16:9 Living Bible "We should make plans counting on God to direct us!"

3. Don't expect others to make you happy and successful.

God gave you the Word to study and He calls it seed, so start planting it and watch it grow.

Galatians 6:4-5 Message Bible Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Why not try these suggestions today and look to God for other things to improve your day. If you ask Him, He will soon show you what you need to do, you can change it if you really want to.

Norman