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Covenant Relationship!

Posted By at Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

In this day in which we live in 2019, society generally knows very little about the sacredness of a covenant. That should be obvious by the number of marriages that break up [many of them with just cause], however, marriage is a ‘blood covenant’ relationship.

In the Bible generally a covenant is made for two reasons; love or necessity. As the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have all been called into a covenant; it is a covenant of love. The precious blood of Jesus Christ seals this covenant and it operates through His Divine love.

However, when we came into covenant with God we also came in of necessity [by God’s command] and we also came into covenant with one another and are now in the same family; we are blood brothers and sisters. We have been commanded to love one another as He loves us [John 13:33-34].

One of the great expressions of what a covenant is all about is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-4 where it describes Jonathan being knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved David as himself. Now to help you understand the sacredness and high calling of covenant, it says in 2 Samuel 9:1-13 that after Jonathan’s death, David was still looking for his covenant brother and he said, “Is there anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

3 And Ziba said unto the king, "Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet."

4 And the king said unto him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said unto the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar."

5 Then king David sent and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he answered, "Behold thy servant."

7 And David said unto him, "Fear not: for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually."

Kindness is the true expression of covenant love, as David showed to the little boy who was lame in his feet but was Jonathan’s son. As the King, David could have banished Saul’s memory forever, but David was motivated by the spirit of covenant love and not by the spirit of the world. I believe the Body of Christ needs to understand this kind of covenant love today.

Matthew 10:8 “…freely ye have received, freely give.”

Because God poured out His love on each of us unconditionally through Jesus Christ, He calls us as His body to do the same. We have received freely now we must freely give!

What are we motivated by?

Many are motivated by a judgmental spirit, and many are motivated by a sectarian spirit, yet others by a critical spirit. Our job is not to JUDGE or CRITICIZE. We are to LOVE and to GIVE.

It’s not a question of, “Does this person deserve my love!”

But “Does the covenant I have with God require me to love this person unconditionally?”

We may not like what others are doing, but we don’t have the right to judge them in that, because that is the job of the Holy Spirit. We are not qualified to do that.

David was a man after God’s own heart, not because he never made a mistake, [and he made a few], but because he understood the power of covenant friendship and kindness. 

We must all reflect a spirit of FRIENDSHIP and COVENANT KINDNESS in our every day lives, not judging or criticizing but loving and giving, just like Jesus did.

Norman

I want to thank each of 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.

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 and they receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them to share it also.

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]

160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park Victoria 3082

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The Shepherd Psalms

Posted By at Wednesday, January 09, 2019

I was sharing at a funeral for a 90+ year old member of the church on Monday morning. He had specifically requested me, some 10 years ago, way back in 2008 when he was in his early 80’s what he wanted me to share at his funeral, as he wanted to be prepared and ready. It was a delight to officiate at his funeral because he knew the Great Shepherd.

For those of you who are not regular Word people or Bible readers; Psalm 23 is right in the middle of three SPECIFIC PSALMS written by David the shepherd boy who defeated the giant Goliath and eventually became King of Israel. The three Psalms are all prophetically speaking about Jesus who came to earth in a three-phase ministry. He came as a Prophet, He now is our Great High Priest but He’s coming back as the King of Kings. That’s all in Psalms 22, 23 & 24.

Psalm 22 is about the GOOD SHEPHERD who gave his life for the sheep. It is now PAST TENSE; it has already happened! [See John 10:11 and Matthew 27:46!]

Psalm 23 is about the GREAT SHEPHERD who cares for the sheep in His pasture; that is the Church. [See Hebrews 13:20]

Psalm 24 is about the CHIEF SHEPHERD who is coming again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. [See 1 Peter 5:4]

If you don’t know the GOOD Shepherd of Psalm 22 who died for you and as you and in your place, then you can’t know the provision of the GREAT Shepherd of Psalm 23 who NOW is your Shepherd and is providing all your needs right now, and you won’t know the reality of the CHIEF Shepherd when He comes again to catch away the church and hand out the crown of life. So are you ready for his coming?

Psalm 23:1 The Lord IS my shepherd; I shall not want.

I shall not be in WANT for anything

Psalm 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

I shall not want for REST

Psalm 23:2 He leads me beside the still waters.

I shall not want for REFRESHMENT

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul;

I shall not want for RESTORATION or refurbishment or renewal that all happens when we come to Jesus.

Psalm 23:3 He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

I shall not want for RIGHT DIRECTION and GUIDANCE. Jesus give us His righteousness.

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;

I shall have no fear of death, BECAUSE IT IS JUST A SHADOW and the shadow of a big dog can’t bite.

Psalm 23:4 For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

I shall not want for COMFORT, He keeps me on track.

Psalm 23:5-6 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

I shall not want for NOURISHMENT and PROVISION He has taken care of all my needs.

Psalm 23:6 You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

I shall not want for the ANOINTING, it is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage.

Psalm 23:5 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

I shall not want for God’s GOODNESS and MERCY it’s following me every day of my life.

Psalm 23:6 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

I shall not want for an ASSURANCE of my ETERNAL DESTINY because I KNOW the Shepherd! 

Do you know Him?

Norman

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May Our Eyes be Wide Open in 2019

Posted By at Wednesday, January 02, 2019

I read this little story on Christmas Eve and I thought I would use it to open up for 2019, I didn't want to wait another 12 months to use it next Christmas.

At Christmastime in 1897, a newspaper reporter in Boston saw three little girls standing in front of a store window full of toys.

One of them was blind. He overheard the other two trying to describe the toys to their blind friend.

The reporter said he never thought of how difficult it would be to explain what something looks like to someone who is blind. So, he wrote a story about the three girls for his newspaper.

Two weeks later, the reporter attended a gospel meeting conducted by Dwight L. Moody where he had intended to write a critical article attacking the evangelist. But to the reporter’s surprise, Moody quoted from his newspaper article about the three girls at the toy store window.

Moody said, "Just as the blind girl couldn’t visualize the toys, so an unsaved person can’t see Jesus Christ in His glory."

Moody preached that God opens the eyes of anyone who will acknowledge their sin and accept Christ by faith.

The newspaper reporter was touched by Moody’s words and realized he was a blind man who needed his spiritual eyes opened. That day he accepted Jesus as his Lord.

People who are in darkness cannot see the light.

2 Cor 4:3-4 “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel.”

In John 8:12 Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness."

We are all like that reporter; only Jesus can open our spiritual eyes. Have your eyes been opened yet to see the glorious things God has prepared for those that love Him?

If you read these blogs and have never accepted Jesus please do so today! If you do, you’ll see God and live your life differently.

Norman