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Tradition - Try to avoid it

Posted By at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

   

Tradition is a killer of spiritual life and it will rob you of the blessings of God, it can hold up your healing and your provision so you come to a place where you actually believe God is not blessing you.

Jesus said in Matthew 15:6 Amplified Bible, "So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God - depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect."

The King James "Thus have you made the commandment (or Word) of God of none effect by your tradition."

What is the point? Man's religious tradition, even Pentecostal traditions, will negate the power of the Word of God!

If you have any traditional teaching in you, the Word won't work for you! That's pretty plain... but that is what it comes down to!

Jesus went on to say in Matthew 15:7 "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah [Isaiah 29:13] prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

If you desire to progress spiritually, you're going to have to eliminate the traditions of men from past teachings that may be still lurking around in your spirit!

We have all been taught things in the past that are just not in line with the truth of the Word of God.

We have to dredge these old teachings and traditions out of us; if we don't, they will make the Word that we do receive of none effect in our lives!

Some of the Christians I have met kid around about the tradition that they used to be a part of from such and such a church group, but it's a serious business! Those very things that they are kidding around about may be holding them back spiritually!

We need to keep our spirits clear of all the muck of tradition!

Prov 4:23 NLT Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

2 Cor 7:1 CEV "My friends, God has made us these promises. So we should stay away from everything that keeps our bodies and spirits from being clean. We should honour God and try to be completely like him."

Cleanse yourself of any traditional thinking.

Get into the truth of God's pure Word; the Word will fill the void left by the tradition and the power of God will work to a greater degree in your life!

Listen to the Spirit of God every day, and pay attention as we teach you how to walk in the Word and be free of these traditions that rob us of the power of God. Just kick over those sacred cows of tradition and get on with your new life in Christ.

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]

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 very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding.

It's exciting 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!

160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park, Victoria 3082 [on Corner of Plenty Road and Centenary Drive]

We are also mentoring a number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them also.

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A Vision For Your Life!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 

Why do you think we need a clear vision for our lives? Because it gives us a much clearer picture of the future. We have one life to store up treasures for eternity. Having a clear vision for our life helps us to make the most of our life. Having a clear vision for our life helps us to number our days. Each day once lived can never be regained. Each day is a gift from God. Knowing and following God’s will for our life enables us to make the most of every day of our life here on earth.

The Lord said in Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”

We are able to make better choices in life because our future is determined by the choices that we make today. Having a vision helps us make wise choices in life each day. We cannot change our past but we can make wise choices in the future. Having a Kingdom focus for our life helps us to be disciplined when we face temptations and trials of the enemy.

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.”

Another translation says: "Where there is no progressive vision the people dwell carelessly."

With a clear vision for our life we can make plans to see the vision come to pass. As we continually commit our plans to the Lord He will guide and direct our every step in life, helping us correct our plan to get in line with His plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you," says the Lord, "plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

As we are faithful in the little things God begins to enlarge His vision for our life. A clear vision for our life helps us to make plans and to take steps of action to see the vision come to pass.

Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

God has a special plan for each believer's life and it leads to the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The moment a person enters into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they also enter into God’s plan for their life. As believers we must continually maintain a close and intimate walk with the Lord, so as to ensure that we stay on course with what God has planned for our life. Given the times that we are now living in, it is imperative that each believer knows God’s will for his or her life. Jesus Himself warned that in the last days many would be offended and betray one another and because of lawlessness, the love of many would grow cold.

Maintaining an intimate walk with the Lord is crucial in our times and is the key to continually knowing the will of God for our life.

The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Paul also wrote in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

God's plan for our life is far greater than we could imagine. God is never limited by our ability but only by our availability. If we wholeheartedly follow God’s plan for our life we will see Him performing great things in and through us. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness and He empowers us to do great tasks for His glory. He is also able to redeem our lives from the deepest of pits and to turn around the circumstances in our life for our good.

Norman

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Be Thankful

Posted By at Wednesday, February 07, 2018

 

Most people have a whole lot to be thankful for, yet many of us sit around complaining about what we don't have. Even if the only thing that God did for us was to send Jesus to die for our sins so that we may avoid hell, and spend the rest of eternity in heaven, then that alone should motivate us to always give thanks each day for the rest of our lives here on earth.

Thanksgiving should not be an occasional acknowledgment of God's hand on our lives. Neither should it be relegated to the clapping of hands and singing of praise, or limited to a single day of thanks.

Rather, thanksgiving is a continual and genuine demonstration of appreciation for God's hand in our lives, a daily demonstration of thanks for His grace and goodness to every one of us.

We need to take time to enjoy and appreciate God's vast goodness towards us as we fellowship with Him.

Thanksgiving is a vital key to releasing the power of God in our lives. God's activated power, the anointing, will destroy every single yoke and remove every burden.

Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

We have been taught in some of our churches that the anointing breaks the yoke of bondage; but anything broken can be repaired again. But Isaiah actually said the anointing destroys the yoke of bondage. Anything destroyed is beyond repair.

Jere 30:19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honour and they will not be disdained.

Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17).

It is in our best interests to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from God. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self-centred. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.

Expect Him to lift every bit of depression, disappointment, discouragement, and defeat as you keep thanksgiving alive in your life. You will experience God's power and anointing in every area of and in every situation in your life!

God designed thanksgiving to be an essential characteristic of His followers. It's time for us to take thanksgiving out of the occasional Sunday morning and instead make it a daily lifestyle.

Norman

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Don't Waste Time

Posted By at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 

Time is something we all think we have plenty of. Some people think they have plenty of time but circumstances or sickness cuts a life short so often.

My father retired at 65 years old, expecting to enjoy a long retirement with my mother after nearly 45 years of marriage together; but his life was cut short within three months by a sudden aneurysm in his aorta.

So we all need to make preparation for eternity. Live like you have a long time but prepare like it's today.

God expects us to be good stewards of our time. We need to use our time wisely and not waste it.

We all need to spend time alone with God. I'm not just talking about those five minutes in the morning and I'm not even talking about a one-hour session every morning. I'm talking about a daily communion between you and God. But you don't have to be living like a monk in some monastery up in the hills.

You can be alone with God and still have your normal lifestyle by just getting rid of other things that add so much busyness to your life. Turn off the television in the evenings. Turn off the radio in your car. Spend time by yourself in your room with no distractions. Switch off your phone or I-pad.

When it's quiet and you have nothing to distract your mind, you can hear that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. When God knows He has your undivided attention, He will impart wisdom and understanding to you. You will begin to grow and mature. You will begin to sharpen your edge.

Most people have been conditioned that they must always be doing something. If they're not in school, they must be at football practice. If they're not at practice, they must be at work. And if they're not at work, they must be at home getting themselves ready to start all over again the next day.

Have you ever had your electricity cut off during a storm? It can get very quiet with no radio, no television, no telephone—you don't even hear the hum of your refrigerator.

During those times many people are at a loss as to what to do, they have not practiced the presence of God on a regular basis!

What are you going to do? There's nothing to watch, nothing to listen to, nothing to input into our brain. It's just very still and quiet. Do you make it a family time where you just sit and talk? Do you take advantage of the quiet? Take time to meditate God's Word, listen to a teaching CD and learn from it.

Don't wait for the electricity to go out and you're forced to be quiet before God. If you're waiting for that, you've probably lost the edge already!

Why not commit to having that rich communion time with Him every day, make it your habit in 2018. Jesus made it a habit of spending time with His Father.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts next week, Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING, POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES and PRAYER FOR NEEDS will be the key!

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He is Our Daily Strength

Posted By at Wednesday, January 24, 2018

                             

Psalm 84:5-7 NKJ Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

God declares you are blessed because your strength is in Him.

Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is the strength of my life…"

God's own strength and power dwells in you. You have His ability, His force, His might, and His energy. All of God's strength is yours in Christ.

You are daily increasing in strength. Every moment you are getting stronger, and are going from one degree of strength to another as you meditate in God's Word; because it is what builds you up and gives you strength.

God has not given you a defeated attitude or one that cowers in fear, but rather He has given you a "spirit of power and love and a sound mind." Paul says in 2 Tim 1:7.

When we make Jesus the Lord of our life, we exchange our weakness for His strength. As a result, we are now strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as Eph 6:10 says.

You have been strengthened with might by God's Spirit in your inner man, as Paul says in Eph 3:16.

Resurrection power is flowing through you by the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 10:27 says "you have an anointing from God that destroys [not breaks] every yoke of bondage".

You never have to be afraid again because you know who you are, and whose you are. You know who Jesus is and what He has done for you. His Word makes all the difference.

You have realized that meekness is not weakness, but rather a total dependence on Jesus. He is strong. The government is upon His shoulders and you are part of His body.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts next week, Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING, POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES and PRAYER FOR NEEDS will be the key!

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Our Lives Should Please God

Posted By at Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Everyone needs to be born again and to do that means we repent of all sins, turning from our own way and coming over to God's way. That simply means acknowledging that Jesus The Christ is Lord over all our life. Then God's Holy Spirit gives us the power to live this overcoming life. We can trust the Holy Spirit to lead us into all the fullness of the life God wants for us individually, and as a body.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

This abundant life only comes when we live life His way, being led by His Spirit on a daily basis and walking in faith daily.

In John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

In obeying The Lord we will have to do some new things in our new lifestyle and probably do some other things differently. The Word of God is the wisdom of God for us now.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. and in all your getting, get understanding.

As you read and meditate on His Word, God will speak to you through it and give you direction.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

God will encourage you by His Word!

Psalm 119:107 I have been afflicted very much; revive me, O Lord, according to Your Word.

The Word is like a love letter from God to us!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

As most of you already know, you are not saved by your good works, but by God's race and your faith.

Romans 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

That's a heart and mouth condition for walking in the fullness of all God has for us. Living our lives in a way that pleases God is our faith confirmation to God that Jesus truly is Lord over all our life.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING and POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES will be the key!

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Are You Switched on Yet?

Posted By at Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 

We all have a myriad of electrical appliances in your homes, from kitchen gadgets and vacuum cleaners, to television and entertainment equipment, DVD players etc. Some may even be Christmas gifts you received this past few weeks.

If you turn on your electrical appliance and nothing happens, you generally look to try to see what the problem is. More than likely, it's because the appliance has not been plugged in and switched on at the power point. No matter how good the appliance is, without power it becomes a useless piece of equipment. Every week I see such items put out for the rubbish collection in my area.

It's the same in our Christian walk; if our spiritual life does not seem to be functioning, we should check if we are plugged into the divine power source, otherwise you might be as useful as the discarded equipment by the street-side, waiting to be collected by the rubbish collector.

A branch only produces fruit because it is still connected to the tree. If we abide in Christ we are plugged into God’s power source. As a result we will naturally start exhibiting the traits of a Christ-like life.

Sadly, many people try to produce the fruits of Christianity using their own power, and then wonder why their burdens are still heavy and not light, as God's Word says they should be, and why they are constantly under stress and don’t have the joy and peace promised in the Bible.

The truth is, if we are not abiding in Christ and are not plugged into the divine power source by prayer and regular study of the Word, or are not switched on; then we are just like the discarded appliances just taking up space and good for nothing.

John 15:5-6 The Message “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.

So are you switched on yet?

Norman

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING and POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES will be the key!

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Be Strong & Courageous in 2018

Posted By at Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 

In this New Year of 2018 I want to start out by challenging you to be strong and courageous as you face this whole year. None of us really know except the Holy Spirit reveals to us what the year will hold by way of challenges and opportunities. But we do know that God's Word contains many wonderful promises for those who obey His Word.

Joshua 1:6 NKJV Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Just as there were some prerequisites that were required of Joshua and Israelites to go into the Promised Land, the same things are required of us to receive the blessings of God today. God told Joshua to be strong and of courageous. Why? In order to inherit the blessings God promised them, today we must also be strong and courageous to inherit the blessings for ourselves.

We can't be weakling's in the army of the Lord. We have to stand up and realize that we can’t live the way the world lives and still have God’s blessings. God sees us as who we really are, born again and His very own precious possessions and He desires us to have our inheritance and to use it wisely. He doesn’t want it to slip through our hands like it did before we became good givers and tithers.

You are very important to God. He is concerned about everything that concerns you. He sees each of you as precious and valuable no matter what you may have done. Now all that is left is for you to see yourself the same way He does, so that you can walk in His blessings.

Joshua 1:6 says to be strong and courageous. Well, that’s just the beginning. Later God said it again in V9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

And in order to be strong and courageous you must observe to do according to the law. In other words, we must accept God’s Word as the law in our life. Your attitude should be, “God said it. I have believed it so that settles it. That’s the way it’s going to be. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t even have to like it. But because I trust God and I know that He loves me and He’s awesome in my life, I will do it because He said it.” That’s the attitude that will cause you to win and be victorious.

When you enlist in the army of the Lord the enemy will attack you. You had better believe that. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be an enemy. He is doing what an enemy does.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The enemy comes with the purpose of stealing and killing and destroying but He [Jesus] came to give you life in all it's fullness and total victory every day."

So we have to be strong, be courageous, observe and do the Word of God and meditate it daily. When you do that, you will inherit the land, make your way prosperous, and you will have good success.

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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Keep Christ in Christ-Mas

Posted By at Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Hi Everyone - Merry Christmas!

Remember to keep Christ in Christ-mas this year and worship Him.

It's almost that time again, everyone is busy preparing presents and food to share with family and loved ones for their special Christmas day celebrations.

But we must remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus! I'm very glad that He came to save me and you!

My prayer is that we will finish the rest of 2017 strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, and that 2018 will be our best year ever.

Though the darkness is increasing around us on many sides we, as Christians will arise and shine and do great exploits in His name, to the glory of our Father. May we all walk well pleasing to Him in 2018 and cause many to come into the Kingdom.

Our Father loves us and cares for our well-being in every area of our lives. He desires that we prosper and be in health as He says in 3 John 2.

Like any good father does at Christmas time, He desires the very best presents for us His children. He knows full well what we need but He still requires us to ask Him for it.

Did you notice we are to ask Him - not people?

There is a lot of begging going on out there in the Body of Christ and this is not God's way. Many ministries are asking people for 'special' gifts this Christmas time. They all know that giving slows down over Christmas, so they cleverly ask for 'special' gifts.

But we are to look to Him for our supply and not to people. Even though He may choose to use people as an avenue of blessing, we are to keep our hope and trust in Him. The moment we start begging people for help we have stopped trusting God. He is more than capable of taking care of each one of us if we will but trust Him and use the faith He has given us.

The scriptures declare He knows what we need.

Our Father God is all knowing or omniscient.

He knows us much better than we know ourselves! He is always looking out for our interests and He is thinking about us continually.

Consider the following scriptures from the Psalms and see how much He surely loves and as His thoughts toward us are innumerable!

Psalm 139:17-18 How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, You are still with me!

As we ask for our daily supply the Lord will get it to us. But understanding the ways in which the supply will come greatly enhances our ability to receive, and we won't be as likely to let the blessings pass us by.

Look a little further at the two main avenues by which our daily supply comes to us.

1. His Word

John 8:31-32 If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

You notice it's not the Word that you know about, or heard about once that makes you free. It's the Word that's abiding in you that makes the difference.

The scriptures declare Jesus as the Living Word. He is the Bread from heaven that we are to feed on each and every day if we are to be well nourished and strong spiritually.

God will speak to us and direct our lives each and every day through His Living Word that abides in our heart. If we will make feeding on His Word a daily priority, then go ahead and obey it as if the Lord Himself is speaking and giving instructions, we will be blessed indeed.

2. His Presence

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The difference between true Christianity and all the other religions of the world is that our God is living in us and we can know Him intimately. His presence is so wonderful and so satisfying. We were created to fellowship with the Creator Himself and nothing else will ever truly satisfy. We are to not just know about God, but to know Him intimately as a faithful friend and to know His voice. If we will spend time and make the effort to draw near to God, He has promised in His Word He will draw near to us.

So many will be bitterly disappointed on that great day when the Lord will look into their eyes and say, "I never knew you." This should be the number one desire of every believer to know Him personally.

May God bless you richly as you live your life for Him in the coming year!

Again have a truly Happy Christmas and an Abundantly Blessed Year in 2018.

Norman