Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Your Words are Your Faith Speaking

Posted By at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Do you realise when you speak your faith is talking?

Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

Whatever we have put in our hearts will eventually come out of our mouths. What we ‘believe’ will be coming out of our mouths, whether positive or negative.

The Apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:13 "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, "I believed, and therefore have I spoken," we also believe, and therefore speak."

The point I want to make is; whatever is in your heart will be coming out of your mouth and that, whatever it is, will be you releasing your faith, whether you can accept that view or not.

So with that thought we need to be careful what we are saying, because we are guiding and charting our course in life by our words.

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinketh in his heart so is he!

Eventually what we think, we will begin to speak out of our mouths and so we become what we say!

Proverbs 4:23 Good New Bible Be careful what you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

It's important to discipline our vocabulary because the things that occupy our thoughts will come to pass as we talk about them. They become our words of faith! Whatever you say is your faith speaking!!

Romans 10:8 Living Bible For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths.

Proverbs 18:21 Living Bible Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!

Think about that ,"Men have died for saying the wrong thing!"

That is a powerful statement from the Word; and unfortunately there are many people who have already died because they made wrong statements in their lives, & those statements came to pass. It is very important what we say.

I know many Christians who believe that their words are not important, but many of them seem to be in some sort of difficulty.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit!

Do you realize today that The Word going INTO your life produces fruit? And it's The Word coming OUT again that produces faith!

So it's your choice what you are going to say. Your words are containers for good or bad, positivity or negativity.

There is tremendous power in words because we are made in God's image. Whether they are written words, spoken words, or words set to music. Words will lead you along the right path or take you down the wrong path in life. We live by words; we speak them, we read them, we even think them. We communicate with words every day. People who speak negative words will eventually reap the results of speaking those words, because they reproduce after their own kind; failure, defeat and sorrow and even death!

They can be filled with ungodliness - hate, doubt, fear, and unbelief. Or they can be filled with godliness - love, joy, peace, happiness, and faith.

Words can curse, or words can bless.

Words can discourage, or they can encourage.

Words can wound, or they can make whole.

Words filled with the power of God will linger with you and literally change your life.

The words you hear will either help you along life's path or hinder you!
 Words can build confidence into people, or words can destroy faith and confidence in people.

Biting or stinging words spoken in the morning by a husband or wife can rob them both of efficiency throughout the day. But loving, tender and beautiful words will fill their day with strength that leads them to victory.

Why is it that some families grow up strong and stable, always winning in life?

One reason is that right words were spoken at home. The atmosphere in our homes is a product of our words.

What are you building into your children, friends, associates and colleagues? Are you building failure and defeat? Or are you building success and victory?

We cannot afford to talk failure.

Remember; when you speak it is YOUR faith talking!

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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If Faith Seems a Struggle

Posted By at Wednesday, July 19, 2017

James 1:5 tells us that God gives wisdom to anyone who asks. However, he goes on to warn that if we doubt, our prayers will not be answered. But at times, many struggle with some degree of doubt.

What are some reasons for doubt?

1. Faith is not human reasoning, it is accepting the Word of an unseen God and believing all things are possible through His name.

For example, when we are in financial difficulty, logic says to save every penny, whereas God says He will bless the generous giver.

2. Feelings of fear, inadequacy, or guilt can interfere with trusting biblical truth that produces faith.

Fear is faith working in the opposing direction. I believe there are 365 times 'Fear not' appears in God's Word, that's one for every day of the year.

3. Too often we focus on the circumstances rather than our Father's Word. He is working all the time to bring us to a place where He can bless us, yet we fail to see His hand.

So you must get your eyes off the problem and onto the answer, His Word.

4. Too much uncertainty about God’s will leads people to doubt Him.

Wavering faith has severe consequences: missed blessings, lack of peace and joy, and a heart that is easily thrown off course when difficulty arises. James said in James 1:8 the double minded person receives nothing.

How, then, can you avoid faltering in your faith?

In Mark 9:23-24 a man pleaded with Jesus to rebuke the spirit possessing his son. Jesus replied, “All things are possible to him who believes.” The father said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” And Jesus granted his request to heal his son and cast the spirit out of him. Like that man, we can ask the Lord to increase our faith. 

But faith only comes by hearing God's Word as Rom 10:17 says, so we should also spend time reading God’s Word and meditating on His promises. We are the ones who have the ability to increase our faith, God gives the means but we must exercise our faith just like the athlete exercises his muscles.

From the same story in Luke 9, we know that doubt is common and that God is patient and understanding. Faith comes from hearing His Word. 

So when you are at a crossroads and the right response requires faith, or even when you pray and notice doubt, ask Him to help you believe to increase you faith to overcome the situation and He will help you as you read His promises and obey them.

Norman

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Never EVER Give Up!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Some of the most successful people in history experienced significant setbacks as they followed their dreams, but instead of being discouraged and defeated, they refused to give up.

Henry Ford was an entrepreneur who tried and failed five times at business until he finally invented the automobile and became a financial success.

Walt Disney actually had to go through bankruptcy several times in the process of building Disneyland.

The famous minister, John Wesley encountered many difficulties and opposition as he preached the Gospel but refused to give up, and eventually saw hundreds of thousands of souls come to the Lord as a result of his ministry.

Most people don’t ever experience the life of their dreams simply because they give up way too easily. Not giving up on your dreams also means being smart. You can try all you want but if you’re taking the wrong set of actions, you’re not going to get very far.

We may fail at one thing or at several things, but that does not make us a failure. The truth is, we are never a failure unless we give up.

If you face opposition to your dream or calling and think it's easier to just let it go, there are some radical adjustments you must make in your thinking that will strengthen you so that you will not quit.

Here are some things to consider, as you make these adjustments.

1. There is always “a way.”

When the devil or people say, “This will never happen,” it's easy to become discouraged. But the truth is, there is always A WAY because Jesus is “The Way!” [John 14:6] Even the prophet Isaiah said that God would make a way in the wilderness [Isaiah 43:19].

It may not be easy, convenient, or happen quickly, but if you will simply 'keep on keeping on' and refuse to quit, you will accomplish what God has put in your heart.

2. Consistency is key.

If we want to make progress in any area of our lives, we need to keep doing the right thing; not always the same thing, but the right thing, over a period of time. In fact, that is what consistency means. Someone said that the greatest testimony we could have is, “I’m still here.” The Apostle Paul finished what he was called to do even though he had ample opportunities to give up. But he declared to Timothy in 2 Tim 4:7 “I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

3. You have authority over satan.

Jesus said in Luke 10:19 “Behold I give you power (authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

We are to use the Word of God and the Name of Jesus as our authority and drive the devil and his cohorts out of our lives, our affairs and our areas. We must take responsibility to speak God's Word to the devil and drive away the evil forces that hinder our lives and what God has called us to do. The Word says in James 4:7 that as we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us. So stand your ground and resist him in the power and anointing of God.

One of the primary reasons people give up is that when they try things and don’t succeed, they then feel like a failure. The truth is, we're never a failure unless we give up altogether. We can always win no matter what we feel like.

Just remember; 'a setback is just a setup for a comeback!'

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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Steps to Success

Posted By at Wednesday, June 22, 2016

   

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I want you to note today; I see that there are four steps to success.

The successful person is Imaginative, Committed, Affirmative, and Never gives up. The words begin with letters that spell I CAN!

Firstly, successful people are "I CAN PEOPLE." They have great an Imaginative mind and won't let circumstances hold them back!

They say: "I can and I will."

Now that we've considered that first word let's look at the others.

The second step to success is to make a Commitment to your dream and to your Goals. For genuine success, I believe this involves a prior step and that is to commit your life to Jesus Christ. I do not believe that God promises success to a person who does not make that commitment. You can make a lot of money, but if you have not Christ, all the money in the world is nothing. You may not have much money, but if you have Christ, you have everything. So commit yourself to Him and things will change!

Third, advance Affirmatively toward your goal. You'll probably have to think bigger than you have been. God has bigger plans that you've ever thought of up to this time. Perhaps you've heard the story of the fisherman who would keep the little fish he caught in a bucket, but the big fish he would throw back. When asked why? He said, “Very simple, I only have a small frying pan!”

Hey, silly fisherman, you don't select your fish by the size of the frying pan! You need to think bigger—you affirm that you need a bigger pan and then you go get it!

Fourth: Never give up! Winston Churchill delivered a commencement address at his old school, Harrow, that consisted of those three words repeated three times: “Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!” When he sat down, people sat in stunned silence. Then they gave him a standing ovation! What more really needed to be said to the graduates than, “Never give up!"

Remember what Jesus said in Luke 9:62 "No man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Quitters never win and winners never quit! Quitters are already beaten before they start. God is not a quitter! He didn't give up on you, so don't you give up on you either!

Today I want you say it out loud: - I CAN!

We will be having communion this coming Sunday morning, 26 June at Family Faith Centre, so why not come along if you're in the area, and enjoy fellowship and good teaching and a light lunch afterwards!

Norman 
 

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Give it All to Jesus

Posted By at Wednesday, March 02, 2016

 

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

These verses have a lot to say to us about the personal challenges we go through and God's encouragement.

In Psalm 55:22 there are three main words are:

  1. Cast
  2. Burden
  3. Sustain

CAST means "to throw, hurl, abandon, or toss away as no longer needed or wanted." It also means: "to dispense with something in such a way as to have nothing more to do with it."

That means our cares and our burdens are to be thrown away, abandoned into God's care, dispensed with so that we have nothing more to do with them.

BURDEN is a word used to describe a load of anxiety that weighs a person down. It has to do with one's lot in life, our particular sphere of influence, our daily duties and responsibilities and the associated stress of them all.

A number of notable Bible scholars have defined the expression of your burden in the following ways: "God's gift to you," "your hope," "your allotment," "your portion," and "your cares, travails, and troubles that go with your business or your occupation."

SUSTAIN is a good word. It has to do with upholding, feeding, nourishing, supporting and taking care of. God gives us a life to live and then invites us to turn over to Him the weight of it all so He can carry all the responsibilities and us as well.

Peter, quoting from the Old Testament gave us the same words in the New Testament setting, 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

God cares for you. The Amplified Bible says: 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.

Just give it all to Him. He knows how to deal with it!

Norman 

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Get Up and Keep Going!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This is my last MID WEEK BOOSTER for 2015, the next one will be January 6, 2016. It's time to launch out into another year in the things of God. Let me say thank you to all who read the Mid Week Faith Booster and also our Sunday NORMality Newsletter. And a special thanks to all who have purchased any of our CDs and books this year, and also those of you who have financially supported this ministry.

I was wondering how many of you who read this weekly Blog have experienced some failure this past year?

I was reading the Living Bible [by Kenneth Taylor] and got to 2 Cor 4:8-9 which says, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going."

That caused me to think about those of you who may have had some setbacks. As Willie Jolley says in his book:  "A setback is just a setup for a comeback."

When something negative is happening it's tempting just to give up. But you can't; you must 'get up again.' Failing doesn't make you a failure - it's quitting that makes failures. As someone said, 'The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee.'

A failure-free life feels safe, but it can be boring, with apathy and low self-esteem. Ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of what you've learned? No, he wants you to keep reliving all the painful details.

So learn the lesson then forget the details!

Victory requires building on what you've learned and moving on.

We have all experienced failures of some sort in our lives but don't give up just because you have experienced some setback.

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.

Many people considered successful today have faced failure with either small or large setbacks.

  • Bill Gates' first business failed, but he went on to become one of the world's riches men.
  • Albert Einstein didn't have the best childhood. In fact, many people thought he was just plain stupid.
  • Jim Carrey the actor revealed that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family. His father was an unemployed musician and as the family went from lower middle class to poor, they eventually had to start living in a van. 
  • Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten.
  • Richard Branson the successful millionaire businessman has dyslexia.
  • Stephen King the author had his first novel rejected 30 times.
  • Oprah Winfrey gave birth at age 14 and lost her baby.
  • Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.
  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
  • R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
  • English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before publishing 564 books.

An article in a financial magazine said, 'You've failed many times although you may not remember."

You fell the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim.

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

The Apostle Paul said in Phil 3:8 "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ!"

H. Jackson Brown Jr, the American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, gives two rules for winning:

  1. Rule One: Take one more step.
  2. Rule Two: When you can't take one more step, refer to rule number one.

I say GET UP AND KEEP GOING, God has 2016 already planned for you with amazing surprises. So have a Happy New Year!

Norman   

 

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Keep on Rejoicing

Posted By at Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

James 1:2-4 The Message Bible 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.

Do you realize you can rejoice even in the midst of any temptation!

The reason you can rejoice is because God gives you the ability and power to overcome every temptation you face.

In John 16:33 AMP Jesus said, 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.]

He will never abandon you any time you are being tested. The grace of God is sufficient to enable you to meet every obstacle victoriously.

Let joy be your source of strength as it says in Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

It is a very high form of faith. Joy releases the power of God to work on your behalf.

God tells you to rejoice in the very face of tests, trials and temptations, because Jesus has already deprived it of power to harm you. Remember by you rejoicing you are releasing your faith and the power of God goes forth to overcome any barrier. Your rejoicing is IN God not in or for the test, trial or temptation.

The reason many have not taken advantage of these verses is because they have been misunderstood. Many people could not reconcile rejoicing over tests, trials and temptations. If someone continually gives thanks for temptations, they actually open the door for more tests and trials to come.

Learn to thank God IN the situation not FOR it - thank Him FOR His grace that causes you to overcome the situation.

Praise God for what He has done for you instead of glorifying the devil in his attacks. There is a fine line between the two attitudes that is of the utmost importance.

As you rejoice in God's grace to overcome the temptation you will be standing on the Word in faith. This is called patience or steadfastness. As you are patient and consistent, God promises you will be perfect and entire, wanting nothing as James 1:4 says.

Norman