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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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Having Another Spirit

Posted By at Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

God speaking about Caleb in Numbers, said in Chapter 14:24 My servant Caleb has a different spirit.

Caleb, as a young man came back from spying the Promised Land, and didn't consider safe living but stood with the minority and announced, "With God on our side we'll take it!"

At 85 years old he was still slaying giants, claiming mountains and leading his tribe to do the same. That's because he had 'a different spirit'. He didn't go with the flow.

Richard Edler author of 'IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW' writes: "Safe living generally makes for regrets later on. We are all given talents and dreams. Sometimes the two don't seem to match. But usually we compromise both before ever finding out. Later on, we find ourselves looking back longingly to that time when we should have chased our true dreams and our true talents for all they were worth. Don't let yourself be pressured into thinking that your dreams or your talents aren't prudent. They were never meant to be prudent. They were meant to bring joy and fulfillment into your life."

If a caterpillar refuses to get into its cocoon it'll never transform and will be forever relegated to crawling on the ground, even though it had the potential to fly in the bright blue sky and enjoy the sunshine.

What do you believe God's called you to do? Start to do it!

God's not limited by your IQ but He is limited by your "I will".

Someone said: "If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win but you think you can't, it's almost certain you won't. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who believes he can."

It's all about your state of mind.

The spirit of Caleb is the "can do" spirit! Have you got it?

Norman

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Stay Built Up in the Word if You Want Success

Posted By at Wednesday, June 28, 2017

 

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

We build our faith by reading and speaking God's word. The Bible tells us that as we renew our minds to The Word, we will be transformed.

If you're feeling defeated, it could be because you've been listening to the lies of the enemy.

Jesus said in John 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

Let God's word tell you who you are and what you have. Don't give any attention to anything that tells you differently. God's Word is the truth.

3 John 2 summarizes the benefits in our New Covenant position and describes our Father God's desire for our life. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

This scripture reminds us of what belongs to us as believers in Christ Jesus. Part of what is included in our New Covenant benefits is a promise of long life.

Acknowledge, agree with, recognise, confess and speak the Word of God only! Then choose to see yourself as God sees you and speak out these truths even when you don't yet see the reality as yet.

When God called Gideon "A mighty warrior..." in Judges 6:12, there was no evidence to suggest that it was true. God saw and spoke what Gideon would become.

Learn what God says about you and accept God's opinion of you. Believe what God says about who you are in Christ and you will become what you are in Him. By faith, believe the truth and act on what you believe.

You will build your faith as you constantly remind yourself of who you are in Christ.

Read the following teaching, scriptures and prayer to remind yourself of God's promise of long life, and how to lay hold of it.

If you are someone who deals with trouble emotionally, you should print out and stick the following scriptures on your refrigerator door.

Put them on the refrigerator because that is a place you go everyday! When you go to the kitchen, before you open that refrigerator, open your mouth and say what the Scripture says; "God is my help in time of trouble. Father I want to thank you for it."

When you put the Word in you, it's powerful enough to keep you safe and the Word causes you to be victorious.

When you put the Word of God in you, that's what will come out of your mouth in times of trouble. Instead of being stricken with fear, you will speak out the Word of God. And it's the Word that brings your deliverance.

So here are some scriptures for you to put on your refrigerator door. Take a dose by speaking out the Word of God every time you see it.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalm 3:1-3 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 20:1 The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Proverbs 3:1-2 My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Proverbs 11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Norman

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Running For Gold!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 01, 2017

1 Cor 9:25-26 The Message You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

Olympic athletes prepare to compete and no sacrifice is too great; no morning too early to rise up and train, no cost too much to pay for the opportunity to run for the gold.

No matter what our job or vocation is, we should do the best we possibly can, give it our all and go for the gold. If we do our best not even expecting anything in return, God will see to it that we are rewarded.

We have a friend called Betty, who won FOUR Olympic gold medals at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Betty Cuthbert AM, MBE is an Australian athlete and a fourfold Olympic champion. During her career, she set world records for 60 metres, 100 yards, 200 metres, 220 yards and 440 yards. She remains the only Olympian, male or female, to have won gold in all sprinting events; 100m, 200m and 400m.

Betty quotes: "You've got to stick at a thing, a particular thing, until you succeed. I feel that's the only way to succeed - by concentrating on something in particular. Once you know what you've got to do you will succeed. You will succeed.

I realised from a very early age that God gave me a gift and that gift was to run and I wanted to use it to the best of my ability.

Everything I did that required effort, I opened my mouth. Even to catch a ball, I opened my mouth.

I always felt free when I ran. I suppose that's what was good about it.

My salvation was a free gift. I didn't have to work for it and it's better than any gold medal that I've ever won."

A number of years ago we invited Betty to come to our church and speak, she was an inspiration to all who came to hear her. She now lives in a retirement home and is 79 years old. She was and still is to all who know and love her, "Australia's GOLDEN GIRL."

Norman 

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Are You Considering God's Word?

Posted By at Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 

It's an interesting fact that every second of every day, we have a decision to make – what are we going to focus on and consider? Will it be what God says or our circumstances?

I suggest we consider God's character and promises directly from Scripture, the Bible, God's Word! Why do I say that? I have been reading it regularly for almost 50 years, studying it, teaching and preaching it for over 40+ years as a pastor.  I have found the Bible to ring true as the Word of God. One thing that has impressed me as evidence that it is truly the Word of God, is that it was written over a period of some 1500 years, by at least 39 authors of different backgrounds and social standings, that covered many different subjects, but who all combined together to belong to a common theme, and that in the original writings there are no real contradictions. 

The Word is important because it is a weapon to be used to advance the Kingdom of God, fight off temptation and cast down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.

It says about Abraham who was the father of the faith family, Romans 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb.

I find it interesting to read what some of the most notable leaders in history [not necessarily Christians] have said about God's Word, the Bible.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the great British Prime Minister, statesman, historian and author said: “We reject with scorn all these learned and laboured myths that Moses was only a legendary figure. We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally.”

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), known as the father of the scientific method said: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God, then the volume of the Creatures [Creation], which express His power.”

William Gladstone (1809-1898), a famous 19th-century British prime minister said: “I have known 95 of the world’s great men in my time and of these, 87 were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin and an immeasurable distance separates it from all its competitors, there is but one question of the hour: How to bring the truths of God's Word into vital contact with the minds and hearts of all classes of people."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), a German writer and statesman said: "I consider the gospels to be thoroughly genuine; for in them there is the effective reflection of a sublimity which emanated from the person of Christ; and this is as divine as ever the divine appeared on earth."

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the 28th President of United States said: "A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world, who has deprived himself of this knowledge of the Bible. When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.'

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1864), the 16th President of the United States said: "I have only to say that it is the best gift God has given to man."

John Locke (1632-1704), the noted English philosopher said: "The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.”

The great Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), said: "The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one Volume. The most deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant he finds the ore; new light continually beams from this source of heavenly knowledge to direct the conduct, and illustrate the work of God and the ways of men; and he will at last leave the world confessing that the more he studied the Scriptures the fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance and of their inestimable value.”

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the 18th President of United States said: "Hold fast to the Bible as the anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts on your heart and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for the progress made and to this we must look as our guide in the future."

When learned and notable men such as these and many others hold such a high opinion of God's Word, I think we, as His children should do no less and consider and value it more intently and more frequently than most of us actually do.

Like the law of gravity, the Bible will never become redundant.

Norman

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You Can Be a Winner in Life

Posted By at Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The 12 spies Joshua sent into the Promised Land all saw the same thing. But 10 came back saying Numbers 13:28 & 33 NIV "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are…very large… We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…."

They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader, and go back into Egyptian slavery. That's incredible thinking, but many Christians are similar in their attitudes today and want o remain where they are comfortable and never venture out into new territory.

But not Caleb! He had a different spirit as Numbers 14:24 tells us "But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it."

Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 "We should go up and take possession… for we can certainly do it."

Then years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes, in Joshua 14:10-13 Caleb stepped forward and said …"Here I am today, 85 years old…just as vigorous… as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…"

Then Joshua blessed Caleb and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

Caleb was a winner because:

  1. He remembered the promises of God and acted on them.
  2. He dared to take an unpopular stand when others wanted to go back.
  3. He refused to quit when the pressure was on - he just believed God.
  4. He saw possibilities where others saw only problems and he had vision.
  5. He kept his mind young even when his body was old, he refused to act and think like an old person!

Does that describe you? Elizabeth says often: "No old people noises now," as we get up or down from our seats.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJ The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 34:19 Living Bible The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

John 16:33 Amplified Bible 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.]

As you face continued challenges, God wants to show you what He can do in you, for you, with you, and through you if you will let Him; because He has already declared you to be the winner in Christ!

Norman 

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You Can Win in This Life

Posted By at Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When Joshua sent out the 12 spies into the Promised Land they all saw the same thing. But 10 of them came back saying in Numbers 13:28 & 33 "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are…very large… We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…."

They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader and go back into Egyptian slavery. That's incredible defeatist thinking.

But not Caleb! He had a different spirit or a different attitude as Numbers 14:24 tells us.

Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 "We should go up and take possession…for we are well able to do it."

Then years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes in Joshua 14:10-13 Caleb stepped forward and said …"Here I am today, 85 years old…just as vigorous… as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…"

Then Joshua blessed Caleb…and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

Caleb was able to win because:

  1. He remembered the promises of God and acted on them.
  2. He dared to take an unpopular stand when others wanted to go back.
  3. He refused to quit when the pressure was on, he just believed God.
  4. He saw possibilities where others saw only problems, he had vision.
  5. He kept his mind young, even when his body was old, he refused to act and think like an old person.

Does that describe you making God's Word statements or are you making 'old people' statements? Remember Caleb was 85 when he made these statements.

2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 34:19 Living Bible The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

John 16:33 Amplified Bible 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.]

Even though you may face continued challenges in your life, God wants to show you what He can do IN you, FOR you, WITH you, and THROUGH you - if you will let Him; because He has already declared you to be the winner in Christ!

Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

Have a great winning week.

Norman 
 

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Choose to Rejoice

Posted By at Wednesday, June 08, 2016

 

Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Your joy as a Christian should not depend on your circumstances. Joy comes from God and is already on the inside of you and therefore it cannot be affected by what is outside of you.

Joy is a fruit of a Spirit led life as Galatians 5:20-22 shows.

Don't be fooled into letting the actions of others determine your joy. True joy comes from knowing that God Himself lives within you and has fellowship with you, regardless of your environment. Real joy lies in the knowledge that Holy God has completely forgiven you of every sin, and even now, He has a home prepared in Heaven where you can spend eternity with Him. Jesus said in John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you may also be where I am."

The circumstances of your life cannot change these eternal truths.

Paul and Silas faced some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. They were falsely accused, arrested, and imprisoned. They were beaten and shackled in the darkest, coldest section of the prison. But they refused to allow their horrific situation to dampen their joy! They did not blame God for allowing these things to happen to them. Instead, they praised Him for His goodness! In the darkness of the night, they prayed and they sang hymns.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

God brought a miracle that released them from their chains, but perhaps the greater miracle was that His Holy Spirit could so fill them that even in their painful imprisonment they could overflow with joy! The joy of the Lord truly became their strength when they choose to rejoice.

Do not allow difficult circumstances to cancel the joy of knowing you are a child of God. Choose to allow God's Spirit to fill you with His unquenchable joy and your life will be a miracle to those who watch you face the trials that come - you overcome them in His strength.

Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

God gives you the opportunity to make the choice and He tells you what is best for you and your family. You can have joy and peace if you choose to obey His Word, it works every time. 

Norman 

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Jesus is the door!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

John 10:7 "So Jesus said to them again, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep."

George Adam Smith, the 19th century Biblical scholar was educated at the Royal High School, the University of Edinburgh and the New College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Smith then studied during summer semesters at the University of Tübingen (1876) and the University of Leipzig (1878) in Germany. After travelling in Egypt and Syria, he entered the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland and was appointed Professor of Old Testament Subjects in the Free Church College at Glasgow in 1892. In 1909 he was appointed Principal of the University of Aberdeen, a post he held until his retirement in 1935. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1916, and was knighted in the same year. He served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland in 1916-17. Most of his papers are held in the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh.

Smith tells of travelling one day in the Holy Land, and coming across a shepherd and his sheep. He fell into conversation with him and the man showed him the sheepfold into which the sheep were led at night. It consisted of four walls, with a way in.

Smith asked him, "This is where they go at night?"

"Yes." said the shepherd, "When they are in there, they are perfectly safe."

"But there is no door?" said Smith.

"I am the door," said the shepherd.

The shepherd was not a Christian man and wasn't speaking in the language of the New Testament. He was speaking from an Eastern shepherd's viewpoint.

Smith looked and him and asked, "What do you mean, 'You are the door?'"

"When the light has gone and it's night," said the shepherd, "and all the sheep are inside, I lie in that open space. No sheep ever goes out but across my body, and no wolf ever comes in unless he crosses my body. I am the door."

And that's what Jesus is for all of us, His children, He is the door and we are the sheep of His pasture. You can sleep safely tonight knowing He is the door.

Norman  

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Sow the Seed & Seek God Not Things

Posted By at Wednesday, February 17, 2016

God says in Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you to give you a hope and an expected end.

In 1 Samuel 1:4-5 we find Elkanah, a righteous man who loved Hannah and gave her a double portion even though the Lord had closed her womb. He was perhaps giving her the portion for the son she was to have by faith.

Sometimes a door will open only when you understand why it was closed in the first place. In the story of Hannah, she wanted a son but God wanted a prophet.

Then she prayed in Vs. 11 “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

God not only gave her Samuel but also six more children, as 1 Samuel 2:5 says. When you pray for a harvest God will give you a seed to sow. He ONLY gives seed to those willing to sow. The seed may be something you love and want to cling to, but don't cling to it, just surrender it to God in faith. Hannah discovered she couldn't be satisfied with less than God's will for her life. When she released the seed - then she got the harvest.

Elkanah had two wives, but he loved Hannah the most and granted her 'a double portion' of his possessions, as I said in my opening remarks.

When you're not doing what you know God has truly called you to do, the love of people and material things won't satisfy you. Ordained people are not just those recognized by denominations! Hannah was ordained to be a mother. You may be ordained to be a secretary, a gardener, a painter or a teacher.  Just find out what God's ordained you to do and do it for Him to the best of your ability!

Finally, Hannah's desperation led her to her destiny: 'The Lord... had closed her womb.' Why?  Probably to get Hannah's attention and to draw her closer to Himself! Difficult times often cause us to re-examine and re-evaluate our priorities in life and seek God as never before. Our emphasis then changes from "Lord, this is what I want." to "Lord, what do You want?"

Then He blesses us, because as Hebrews 11:6 says '... He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him'.

To get the reward become a diligent seeker, then He will bless you abundantly far above what you can ask, think or even dream of.

Norman