NORMality Weekly for Monday December 29th. 2008
Praise The Lord,

He is STILL ADEQUATE;

He is STILL SUFFICIENT,

He’s STILL more than ENOUGH through all 2008.

 

Here’s something I read this week: Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought!

Today’s Study

THE NEW YEAR OF 2009

 

On December 31st when the clock strikes midnight ushering in New Year There will be another three hundred and sixty-five days to fan the flames of your unfilled hopes and dreams. It's a gift full of promise. But you must accept it, unwrap it and use it. But you know not everybody does.

Maybe you dread what the New Year holds:

Retirement, the empty nest, perhaps a serious illness, unemployment, life without a loved one

Well, God loves to take people who have reached the end of their rope and set them on the road to peace, joy and victory.

He's the expert at drying tears, calming fears, injecting courage into anxious hearts and removing the sting of old memories.

Revelation 21.5 says He that sat on the throne said Message Bible Look! I'm making everything new. Write it all down--each word dependable and accurate.

However He never leads you backwards, just forward.

Isa 30.18 NLT But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.

The Lord just longs to be gracious to you; to bless you and take care of you if you will let Him, but you must come to Him for help.

So what do you want to see one year from now?

Does it include owning your own business?

Perhaps losing some weight?

Reuniting with your family?

You alone know what makes your heart leap.

Stephen Covey the writer of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People says, "Begin… with the image of the end of your life as your frame of reference… Each day will then contribute to the vision you have of your life as a whole."

So I suggest you seek God. Determine your goals, write them down; and then leave the outcome to Him who "longs to be gracious to you." And remember to include a few short-term objectives. Nothing encourages you like seeing some dreams come true along the way.

IT'S ALL STILL ALL IN THE BOOK IN 2009

Philippians 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

For the average Christian, this verse is not one you need to stop and think about because you have heard it so many times over the years.

It’s probably right up there with John 3:16 in your Word knowledge.

Did you ever think about the fact that it was written while Paul was in prison?

He had no job, no church to speak in, and was completely at the mercy of the Roman government. Soldiers stood outside his cell to guard him and he was limited to the clothes he was wearing and writing materials.

The Roman government did not supply Paul’s needs. But Paul knew God was his source of supply.

The concept of Philippians 4:19 has been with us since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.

It has never been a better time for us as believers to trust in Jehovah Jireh the Lord our Provider.

God supplied for the children of Israel when they were four hundred years in captivity in Egypt.

He also supplied for them for forty years in the wilderness.

Where are you ever going to find provisions in slavery and in the desert?

God met their every need, every day; their clothes and shoes never wore out. He was a guiding cloud by day and a fire by night to comfort them.

God supplied the THREE Hebrew children when they were in the furnace of fire.

He supplied for Daniel when he was in the lion’s den.

He supplied for David when he ran through the desert for his life.

Elijah & Elisha and other prophets of the Old Testament saw God come through and supply for them during famines, droughts, and natural disasters. He supplied oil to the widow, raised the dead to life.

SO WHAT ABOUT TODAY?

He’s the SAME God we just have to believe Him like the Old Testament people did, the difference is we have become too educated; too knowledgeable; too busy; too free. 

With the collapse of the financial markets in most countries, many Christians are wondering what they are going to do.

They are watching their retirement, savings, and bank accounts dwindle and disappear daily before their eyes.

I recently heard a minister say that God is simply asking us if we are willing to be content with Him and His presence if we do not have enough money.

I hope the answer for your life is yes.

Hebrews 13:5 tells us to be content with what we have.

I certainly want to be content with what I have. I never want it to be said that my trust is in money or the possessions God has given me.

Yet, despite the economy, the condition of our financial markets and the weakness of the governments around the world, Philippians 4:19 is still in the Bible.

Prosperity is still the will of God for His people.

Through the despair of the past few weeks in most nations, not one promise of prosperity has changed.

The Bible still reads the same in all areas.

God still wishes above all things that we prosper and be in heath as 3 John 2 tells us.

God still promises in Luke 6; 38 if we give to Him, it will be returned to us good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

El Shaddai (the All Sufficient One) has not changed His name He is still the same God who provides for His people.

God did not promise to take us where the financial blessings are. When we believe God for money, He does not transfer us to another part of the city, country, or planet.

We may not see real good times in our particular country in the days to come, but one thing is still certain:

God will still bring the blessings to me!

I don’t need to look for another city or country to relocate to.

The God who brought manna to the Israelites will still do the same for me and you today.

We can still say with David in Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet, I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His descendants begging bread.

Continue to pray for the government; the nation and its future, but do not worry.

Our Father God, who continues to provide for the birds and flowers, will not forget you. You are far more precious to Him than anything else in creation.

 

Dr. Norman Campbell <OXEYE><

THERE SHOULD BE MORE FUN IN LIFE!   

A Pastor went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard. He telephoned the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the Pastor to the Health Department.
They explained, "Since there was no health threat you'll need to call the Sanitation Department."
When the pastor called the Sanitation Department, the Manager of the Sanitation Department said, "I can't pick up that dead mule without authorization from the mayor."
The Pastor was not at all too eager to call the mayor, who possessed a very bad temper and was always extremely unpleasant and hard to deal with, but, eventually, the Pastor called the mayor anyway.
The mayor did not disappoint the Pastor. The mayor immediately began to rant and rave. After his continued rant at the pastor, the mayor finally said, "Why did you call me any way? Isn't your job to bury the dead?"
The pastor paused for a brief prayer, and asked the Lord to direct his response. The Lord led the pastor to the words he was seeking, "Yes, Mayor, it IS my job to bury the dead, BUT I always like to notify the next of kin first!"

 

 

 

Norman