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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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If You Want to Lead

Posted By at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Matthew 5:41 Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

By law, a Roman citizen or soldier could compel a subject from one of Rome's conquered lands to carry his backpack, or load, for him for one mile, but one mile only. As Jesus was preaching His Sermon on the Mount, He said, "If someone compels you to go one mile, you should double up and go two."

The first mile is required of us. The first mile is always the hardest. Ask the distance runner. The second wind never kicks in on the first mile. The truth is, it's not as easy to enjoy the things we have to do, as it is to enjoy the things we want to do.

The Christian life has its own mandated mile that's motivated by God’s law. It is tough to get started on the first mile. Ask any first-century Jew under Roman rule. The first mile interrupts your schedule when you are compelled to perform it. It causes you to swallow your own pride and bear an extra burden.

Likewise, often the most difficult part of the Christian life is getting started on the first mile. This is true with almost everything in life; with exercise programs, dieting and scores of other disciplines. Even in scripture memorization! 

In fact, many try to jump over Matthew 5:41. That is, they want to enjoy the little extras of the second mile, but they do not want to deal with the requirements of the first mile.

But according to Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

If we really want to succeed in life; we need to find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it, find a barrier and pull it down. The secret to personal success is to meet a need!

Any business will only be a success if it seeks to serve its customers honestly.

That means it is impossible to serve without putting the other person first. Isn't that just what Jesus did for you and for me in denying Himself and taking up the cross? And He said we should do the same if we want to be His followers.

I heard it described this way; 'to be a servant you must be willing to bear the cross and you can't succeed unless you serve'.

I also heard it said this way; 'a missionary is not someone who crosses the sea but someone who sees the cross'.

Jesus said if you want to be a leader, you first become a servant, deny yourself and seek to serve, not to be served.

Matt 20:26 Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.

Norman

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Our Faith Must Be Unreasonable

Posted By at Wednesday, July 04, 2018

There were times in Jesus' ministry when He didn't allow unbelief to be around Him. An example was the time He went to raise Jairus' daughter from the dead. Jesus took with Him only those who would believe that He was the Anointed One who could raise the dead.

Only those who can believe by-pass their own human reasoning will see God move miraculously in their life.

Mark 5:36 Jairus is told that his daughter was dead. But, "...As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said unto the ruler of the synagogue, be not afraid, only believe."

So Jesus headed for Jairus' house with only three of His disciples.

Mark 5:37 "And he allowed no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James."

He only took the ones He knew could believe for miracles.

They got to the house and saw everyone crying, and then Jesus made a statement of faith: "...Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth."

Now that statement was absolutely unreasonable to their natural mind and their emotions, they had already begun to weep because they knew she was dead!

"And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out…."

When Jesus went to deal with the spirit of death, He made sure there would be no contaminated faith around. There only had to be unreasonable faith, pure and simple.

Sometimes you will have to put out those who cannot believe or those who laugh at you using faith!

Imagine for a moment if you can, someone's relative just died and the whole family is at the house. They're crying and carrying on as it normally happens.

Then Jesus walks in and says, "What are you crying for? She's not dead, she's just sleep."

Now the parents had made a decision already to believe God; remember Jairus said in Mark 5:23 "...come lay your hands on her heal her and she shall live!"

So, when Jesus got there, He took her little girl by the hand and told her, "Little girl get up." The girl got up. Praise God! She was alive and healed at 12 years of age.

It's when we decide to believe what God said, that we will have victory. Even though the circumstances look bleak, we must believe God's Word anyway. And when we believe the Word of God over our own human reasoning, when our faith becomes unreasonable to the human standard of thinking; we will have our desired result.

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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Your Faith Will Get God's Attention

Posted By at Wednesday, April 18, 2018

 

Luke 8:43-48 A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and…told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

I want you to notice three important things in this story:

1. She did something she’d never done before.

She decided to try Jesus. That's always a wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God’s grace at work in unexpected ways. Deciding to trust God irrespective of the circumstances.

2. She recognized her moment.

She knew that Jesus was visiting her town and might not come back. There are God-moments in life when you’ve got to overcome your fear and move out in faith. If you don’t, you’ll miss them. Sometimes you just need to make the move and not be moved by what others might think.

3. She opened the door for others.

Up until this time no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus’ garment. So her act of faith opened the door for others.

Matt 14:35-36 People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

God is looking for people who are willing to break with their traditions and to get away from religion. When He finds them, He uses them to open doors and new dimensions of His power, so that others too might be blessed and made whole.

Norman

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Be Like Jesus and Face 2018 in Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

These words in Isaiah 50 are the prophetic words of the Master Jesus Himself. What better time in the year than to look at the words of the King of the universe, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Praise the Name of The Lord!

Isaiah 50:4-5 "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away."

This is Jesus describing His personal training by God, His Father, through the Holy Spirit from His childhood. He was obviously, as the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit from His birth, as was John the Baptist. He also had human teachers [Psalm 119:97-104]. Eight times He claimed while on the earth to speak only what God had given Him to speak, [refer to John 7:16, John 8:28, 46 & 47, John 12:49, John 14:10, 24 & John 17:8.]

I wonder when you woke up two days ago on Christmas morning did you wish Jesus a Happy Birthday?

Jesus is the first person I talk to most days and He is the last person I commune with in the evening. He is the most important person in anyone's life and I know I still have some ways to go until I know Him as He knew His Father. The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His Father God was very close while He was on the earth. It was not just a passing "hello" every once in a while, but a daily one on one love relationship.

So guess what? This is what He desires for each of His children, to be ONE with Him as He was one with His Father.

Maybe you already have a good relationship with Jesus but I'm sure it could always be better! My wife Elizabeth and I will be married more than 54 years in 2018 and we love each other more now than we did when we first married. But I know it can only get better if we keep loving and considering each other. It takes time to develop a deeper love relationship with somebody, and it also requires effort to keep it that way.

It's the same in our relationship with Jesus. It just doesn't grow stronger automatically, it takes time and effort to make a strong relationship flourish. This is exactly what we see in the life of Jesus with regards to His relationship with His Father - time and effort.

Not just occasionally, but each and every day of His life the Master gave much of His precious time to prayer to His Father. If the Lord needed to do this, you and I need to also, if we are going to be His true disciples.

Jesus was awakened each morning by His Father; to do what? You got it - to pray!

As the scriptures declare, this was His custom, to arise early and commune with His Father. It was not something He half-heartedly did once in a while, but was His daily habit. So we can see here just a small part of the price that was necessary for the Master to walk intimately with His Father. Make no doubt about it, for you and I to draw nearer to God, we will have to pay a similar price the Lord paid in prayer time with the Father. 'Being established in prayer' is the first of 'Three goals for every Christian', as the Lord spoke to my heart some weeks ago. Prayer is so important to the Christian. It was necessary for Jesus to succeed in following the will of His Father and it is vital if we are to succeed also.

Someone once said, "Every Christian failure is a result of a prayer failure."

One pastor also said, "All backsliding starts with forgetting to pray."

Yonghi Cho, the Pastor of the largest Church in the world when asked, what was the secret to his success, replied, "I pray... then I obey!"

The Lord Jesus said we are to pray always.

I believe the Lord is saying more prayer is needed by the Church.

What am I talking about here? Just get together with a group of believers and throw a few prayers around and hope that some get answered? No! What we need is a people that will be devoted to daily communion with the Lord in prayer.

This was why we were created in the first place; to fellowship with God. Jesus has much to say about prayer in His Word. It is such an important issue and there are so many reasons why we should pray, but there are two reasons alone that ought to provoke us all to diligent prayer. The Lord mentioned these many times to His disciples, which I believe reiterates their importance to every Christian today... even more so in this late hour in which we now live.

Matt 24:42,44 So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming, You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 13:35-37 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming - in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Luke 23:46 Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."

As you can see from these scriptures there are two main areas He is speaking about.

  1. Being prepared for His coming, and
  2. Resisting temptation.

Prayer will keep us ready for His soon return.

Prayer will keep us strong so we're able to resist temptation.

Determine in your heart if you have not already, that prayer will be the most high priority in your daily routine. As you live this way you will not only be prepared for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, but your life will inspire others to get busy and be ready also. May your life be a witness of the goodness and greatness of your God in 2018!

I pray that His will be done in and through you, your family, and ministry in 2018 - to His eternal glory!

Norman

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Jesus Can 'Make' or Change You

Posted By at Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Understand this: Jesus doesn't invite you to follow Him because you believe in Him, He invites you to follow Him because He believes in you! He does not see you as you are but He sees you as what He can make you if you obey and follow His Word.

In Matthew 4:19 He said, "Follow Me and I will make you."

He knows what you can become when His grace touches your life.

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Matthew was a Jew and yet he collected taxes for the Romans, who had enslaved his people. In the people's eyes he was lower than low. Yet when Jesus called him, he became an Apostle and wrote the first book in the New Testament.

When Jesus called Phillip and Nathanael to discipleship, as recorded in the first chapter of John, beginning in vs. 43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 

44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’

Nathanael's scepticism was understandable; at that time Nazareth was an obscure little hill town, remote and of no consequence. It was not sophisticated or glamorous -quite the opposite. It was not a place that anyone expected the Messiah to come from. Despite his scepticism, Nathanael followed Philip to meet Jesus.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, He said, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” (verse 47). Nathanael accepted this description as true and wondered how Jesus knew his character, having never met him before. Jesus explained, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you” (verse 48).

Nathanael then immediately recognized Jesus as the Christ, calling him the 'Son of God' and the 'King of Israel'. (verse 49).

Even after three years of exposure to Jesus and His miracles and messages, many of the disciples still had doubts.

How often did Jesus say to them things like, "You of little faith… why do you not believe?… If only you believed you would see."

Jesus knew they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to Heaven, so He said in John 14:16-17 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

The Greek word for comforter is parakletos and that means 'one who comes alongside to help.'

Just remember there will never be a day when you don't need God's help!

So Jesus simply says "Come as you are, come and I will change you. You've tried your way and it didn't work, now try My way!"

Come follow Him and you won't be disappointed!

Norman

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How Much Do You Want It?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

Matthew 15:22-28 A Canaanite woman...came to him, crying out, "Lord...My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession" ...He answered, "I was sent only to...Israel. It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.''

This Gentile woman was not an Israelite, she was an outsider, a Canaanite; yet she pushed through and got what other, too comfortable insiders often miss out on.

She had to overcome some hurdles!

First, Jesus refused to answer her.

Second, He said, "What I have is only for the Jews."

Finally He said, "It wouldn't be right to give the children's bread to dogs."

Most people would have walked away offended at that point. But not her! She cried, "Have mercy on me."

She wasn't asking for what she deserved, she was crying out for what she needed; that was her daughter to be healed.

As a result of her faith, Jesus removed every obstacle and answered her prayer.

So if we persist, He will do the same for us too. In reality, this woman told Jesus, "Let the children have the bread, all I need are the crumbs!"

Many in the church become so complacent that we neglect the bread, waste the bread, complain about the bread, and many times don't even come to church to get the bread.

But people who get desperate enough pick up the crumbs and find life!

We need to remember that if there's power in the loaf, there's also power in the crumb. And if a crumb is all you can get, a crumb is all you need.

So what do you need from God today and how much do you really want it?

Norman

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How is Your Eyesight?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." And the people answered him not a word.

Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You command me to come to You on the water.”29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

This message is powerful and relevant today. I hope you enjoy it! So many songs have been written and so many sermons preached about Jesus walking on the water, probably more than any other miracle Jesus performed during His three-year ministry. One of the outstanding features of this incident is Peter walking on the water but ultimately sinking, only to be rescued by Jesus and helped back into the boat.

Frequently, I've heard it said, “As long as Peter had his eyes on Jesus he was all right. When he stopped looking at Jesus and started to look at the water, that’s when he began to sink.”

Some preachers imply it is an either or situation. Peter either looked to Jesus in faith or he looked at the water in fear. This has been very much the normal explanation given. Verse 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” A closer look at a key word 'doubt' opens up the incident to an overlooked fact of simultaneous double vision. The word 'doubt' here is the Greek word distazo.

Dis is double stazo from statis meaning 'standing or status'. So distazo means 'standing in two ways'. It also means 'standing and looking where two ways come together.' Peter was actually looking AT Jesus AND also AT the boisterous waves simultaneously. His gaze wasn’t going back and forward between Jesus and the waves. Peter had one eye upon Jesus and one eye upon the stormy waves.

Distazo was used by Jesus to remind Peter that he began to sink because he was pulled apart by double vision. Peter was seeing two opposites at the same time with the same gaze.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Many Christians do this a lot. They believe they are focusing their eyes on Jesus then a problem comes or they get tired of waiting and they still look to the Lord, but one eye is on the problem the other on Jesus. Then uncertainty comes in and with it, the doubt, fear, and confusion.

Twenty-twenty vision is the technical term for equality in eyesight. When I joined the police force in Northern Ireland almost 60 years ago, I had 20/20 vision. Anything less was not acceptable in those early days, but times have changed. It means both eyes functioning in a harmonious pairing of vision. The Lord can help us with our spiritual vision to be 20/20.

Distazo is 'divided focus.' Jesus, by His Spirit, unites our sight faculties so that we may concentrate our gaze directly upon Him at all times, rather than looking two ways at Him and the problem. As many Australians say we must become one-eyed!

Norman

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His Blood Was Necessary!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Hebrews 9:22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS

When we turn back to the Old Testament of the Bible, we see that after sin entered into the world, God required the blood of animals for the atonement of the sins that men committed.

Leviticus 16:29 ...in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you.

Leviticus 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

2 Chronicles 29:24 And the priests killed them [he goats], and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.

Leviticus 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat. 

Leviticus 16:16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

Hebrews 10:4 ...it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Consequently, the Levitical priesthood had to keep offering sacrifices, not just for the sins of the people but for their own sins, too. They had to sacrifice over and over again, year in and year out. A better sacrifice was needed.

About 600 years before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, God told his people, the children of Israel, that he was going to make a new covenant with them.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, "Knowthe LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD.  For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

The shedding of the blood of animals under the Old Testament was a picture of what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would do in the New Testament.

THE NEW TESTAMENT: THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

The old tabernacle had to be sanctified by the sprinkling of blood, nothing could be considered as purified without the mark of shed blood. So it is in our spiritual life, it is the shed blood of Jesus that brings about the forgiveness of our sins.

I was thinking about the film Titanic, and remembering that the vessel had been built in Belfast, I wondered why it's sinking was such a disaster. As I thought about it I realized the reason was there was not enough lifeboats to evacuate all those on board. The 20 lifeboats that Titanic did carry could only accommodate a few hundred, despite the fact that there were 2,224 on board. If everyone had insisted on getting into the lifeboats they would have sunk anyway because of the overcrowding and no one would have survived. Many gave up their lives so others could live.

That brings the question: Would you choose death so someone else could live?

Jesus chose death so you and I could be saved, He was in a way our lifeboat. He shed His blood at Calvary so anyone who believes can be released from the penalty of their sins.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

All you have to do is ask for forgiveness and accept it and live your life for Him.

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

160 Centenary Dr [PVAC Building] Mill Park 3082 (on corner of Plenty Rd and Centenary Dr)

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

We are WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park so if you are not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be welcome. God has been blessing those that come along many have got new jobs, or new or replacement cars, much blessings.

We were able send $40,000 to orphans in Philippines a few months ago. Just recently we gave our totally Sunday morning offering to another local church just to bless them and encourage their young pastor.

We are now supporting a children's outreach in Romania!

It's exciting what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.