Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster


What about your vision?

Posted By at Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no progressive vision the people dwell carelessly."

I have been thinking a lot about this word recently, I mentioned it before in our messages. The word contains a lot of truth even in itself.


Starts from one small point and the two arms gradually reach out, wider and wider, showing us the unlimited possibility in a God given vision.

Paul says in 1 Cor 2:9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."


In fact it appears twice, showing us that each individual is involved in the vision. We should not be alone in the vision, it's a joint effort. Two also happens to be the number of witness and testimony, and is also the number of increase. It is in addition to number one.

The Bible teaches us in Deuteronomy 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

Eccl 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.

Eccl 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Eccl 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Eccl 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


Zion is the Church and represents our gathering together unto Him. God our Father has great plans for the church. He didn’t bring it this far to let it go. If the Church assembly is without a vision it will perish.

Isa 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isa 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!


True vision is in the purposes of God and on target! We should be in the ways of God and on the right path. The word indicates that vision is for now; it is present tense.

Psa 23:3-4 Living Bible Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.


God said in Matt 17:5 “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

The Bible says in Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Remember the words of the chorus:

"Lift your vision high, in a way you have never done before.

Lift your vision higher and you will see the glory of the Lord.

For without a progressive vision you will dwell carelessly.

For without a progressive vision you will dwell carelessly.

So lift your vision higher and you will see the glory of the Lord.

We thank God today for the ongoing vision of the Church."


SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection continues Thursday September 6, 2018 from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Please pray about these monthly meetings, they will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through 2018. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! There will be BRIGHT SINGING and also I will bring a word about successful living. There will be opportunity for prayer for needs and testimonies to praise God.


Get Back Up!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 08, 2018

You can always get back up and overcome any failure if you really want to. So stop wallowing and start winning.

I Remember Jerry Savelle said, "A set back is just a set up for a come back!"

Walking by faith does not mean we will be free of trouble.

Jesus said in John 16:33 Amp 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]."

We have all probably experienced some failures and made some mistakes in our lifetime. In fact, successful people often have more failure in their lives than average people do.

It's how we respond to failure and mistakes that is one of the most important decisions we can ever make any and every day in determining our ultimate success.

Throughout history, most great people at some point in their lives experienced some form of failure. Remember it's only those who do not expect anything that are never disappointed.

I read about an invitation that was extended to many influential people to witness one of humanity’s most historic moments – the Wright brothers’ first flight in their heavier-than-air machine. But only five people turned up. Think what the others missed out on, seeing the first airplane flying.

Once as Dr. Billy Graham preached, a missionary’s daughter battled an almost uncontrollable urge to run out of the meeting. It was Ruth; his future wife but it wasn’t conviction that made her squirm. It was her response to what she considered appalling preaching.

They said; "He’s balding, skinny, but can dance a little!" They were talking about Fred Astaire at his first audition, boy did they ever miss it.

Would-be crime novelist John Creasey received an unbroken succession of 743 rejection slips. But now over sixty million of his books have been published.

Since failure is common to many people, one of the most important life-skills we can learn is how to respond to apparent failure.

Successful and resilient people know how to turn every failure or set back, into a learning experience—a stepping-stone to their future success.

So what does God's Word say?

Micah 7:8 NLT Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

When you fall you shall rise again! That means GET BACK UP!

Prov 24:16-18 NLT The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. 17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. 18 For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.

Even if you fall seven times GET BACK UP!

Your life is like a boxing match. You are not defeated each time you fall, but only when you refuse to stand back up again and continue to fight.

When you feel the worst and when failure is breathing down your neck, press into God's Word as never before! You may need to meditate on a particular scripture for days, and even weeks sometimes, trying to get a revelation of it, seemingly without success. Then suddenly, like the dawn of the morning, light will come pouring in. You'll see the way to break through. God's Word never fails so keep on keeping on!



We Have a Heavenly Home

Posted By at Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Jesus said in John 14:2 "I am going…to prepare a place for you."

All that stuff you see in the films, like fog banks and angels floating round in some nether world to the eerie sounds of Celtic music – forget it, that's all Hollywood ideas! Not HOLY GHOST TRUTH!

1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Heaven will be:

1. A home built just for you by Christ.

Are you worried about where you go when you die or where your loved ones have gone?

Don’t be; just make sure you are born again because Jesus said John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

2. It will be a city you’ll love!

Rev 21:2 "I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem."

Rev 21.9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, "Come hither, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Vs. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God."

This Great CITY--Heaven--looks like a great and high mountain that comes out of Heaven--out of space in other words.

It’s an exact square of 1,400 miles, or 2,353 kilometres. It stretches from the Carolinas to California, from Canada to Mexico, or almost from Melbourne to Mackay.

It’s 40 times the size of England, 10 times the size of France and larger than India.

And that’s just the ground floor; it’s as tall as it is wide; 600,000 stories, more than enough space for billions of people to come and go. And come and go they will. The gates never close. Why shut them? The enemies of God will be banished, leaving only a perfect place of perfected people.

Vs. 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Vs. 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

This city is a light source in itself, shining with a glorious light like that comes from a precious gemstone, like jasper, meaning diamond! So this city refracts light that comes from within and it shines like a diamond, clear as crystal! It looks beautiful! It comes from God Himself!

Vs. 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates on the south three gates; and on the west three gates

Vs. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

There is a great wall around it with 12 gates in it, made of giant pearls, as we can read in the scripture.

This outer wall has 12 foundational layers, one for each of the 12 apostles.

Vs. 15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Vs. 16 And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the HEIGHT of it are EQUAL!

Vs. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

The angel measured the length of the city as 12,000 furlongs long, which is about 1,500 Roman miles, or about 1,400 English miles which amounts to about 2,200 km! But that is just one side of it. And as its surface is a (four) square, it has four sides that long, altogether about 8,800 km around! That's as big as Europe! THIS IS A GIANT CITY! ENORMOUS!

But, it also says that the length and the width AND THE HEIGHT of it are equal! So it is not some flat city... but goes up 2,200 km as well! 

Now you can imagine that anyway you want, like a big cube or something, or a mountain, the mountain of the Lord's house! It might very well look like a gigantic box, rising 2,200 km out of the earth's atmosphere (that goes up only about 10 km!)

What a city! WOW!

3. You will be with Christ - the One you love most!

Paul, who had the privilege of visiting heaven, wrote in Phil 1:23 "For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better."

So don’t get too comfortable here on earth, like Paul, we don't plan to stay here forever. Jesus is coming soon to take us all home!



We can do nothing to save ourselves

Posted By at Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The reason we cannot save ourselves is because we all miss the mark and fall short of God’s standard of absolute perfection.

Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

No matter how good we are, any sin, no matter how trivial it may appear to be, spoils the perfection that God requires.

James 2:10 “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Whilst some people are better than others, being better is not good enough. It's like two people trying to jump over a deep canyon. If one falls only a couple of feet short of the other side, he is no better off than the other who only makes it half way.

Because we have all been born into a sin nature due to Adam's failure in the Garden of Eden, not one of us is able to save ourselves. Not one of us is good enough to get into heaven. But because God loves us He sent Jesus to pay the price and offer us eternal life as a free gift.

Why should God offer anyone the gift of eternal life?

Psalm 145:8-9 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

Joel 2:13c “For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

In fact the Bible says in 1 John 4:8 “... for God is love.”

Because God is a loving God in fact He is just love and He is also merciful, He does not want to punish us. However because He is also perfectly just, He must punish sin! So Jesus became sin for us and took our punishment on Himself in order to save us. God’s love does not overrule His justice.

Deuteronomy 32:3b-4 “Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice. A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Exodus 23:7c “For I will not justify the wicked.”

Isaiah 13:11 “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity.”

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”

If God were to overlook sin because of His love, He would not longer be just. His law is perfect and His sentence has been passed.

Rom 6:23 “The wages of sin is death!"

However, God in His wisdom has brought His love and His justice together in the person of Jesus Christ!

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus is God and He was fully man and fully God and He took your place at Calvary, and now expects us to take our place in the heavenly realm.

Eph 2:6 Amplified Classic Edition And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us [a]joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).



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.



Our Faith Must Please God

Posted By at Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What is faith? I've been asked that many times! In all the years I've been teaching on this subject, I still get amazed at the number of Christians who think it some strange doctrine to talk about faith.

Heb 11:1 NLT Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Faith, basically, is the ability to trust God and His Word. It is believing in Him and His goodness towards us, it is depending on Him no matter what, it is obeying Him and His Word and keeping your eyes on Jesus Christ.

The fist step towards building a strong faith is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to the point He is your best friend. To have a friend means you have someone to talk to and share your thoughts and ideas with.

God's Word is God's plan for the life of His people, it reveals Him and His attributes. The faith that worked for people in the bible days will work for you too if you apply it faithfully.

God has given you the measure of faith, that's the same measure He used to raise Jesus from the dead, but it's like a muscle so it has to be developed, so it can increase and mature.



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.



Meditating God's Word - Out In On!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Many Christians read their Bibles and pray, but are they really meditating on God’s Word? And do they understand what this means?

The Lord called Joshua to lead Israel after Moses’ death. In Joshua 1:8 he told him, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”

The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the people according to God’s standards and God's commands. That’s exactly what He wants to do in our lives as well. If we’ll meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold His truths and His instructions to us.

To meditate on God's Word we must do at least three things; I've said it like this: Out, In, On!

* Shut OUT the world.

That means no to television, iPhones and iPads etc. or other outside distractions.

* Shut yourselves IN with God.

Meditation is not a group activity but a private time alone with the Lord.

* Focus your attention ON a passage of Scripture.

This is not just a casual reading time of God’s Word but a D & M [deep and meaningful] private conversation with the Lord.

Begin by asking God to reveal what He wants to say to you. Then listen for His instructions and guidance while reading, thinking and praying about the passage.

Then there are the 4 'P's!

  1. Priority - The devil will always try to thwart our efforts to focus on God’s Word because he knows we are absorbing it into our souls and spirit. If meditation is not a priority in your lives, you probably won’t even do it.
  2. Place - Find a private place to meet alone with God; not in the family room with the TV going and other family members talking.
  3. Purpose - The purpose of meditation is to commune with and hear from the Lord. When we concentrate on His Word and seek His guidance, He sometimes uses very specific passages of Scriptures to answer our requests. Once we’ve understood what He’s revealed, our trust in Him increases and our worries start to abate.
  4. Plan - We must plan to set aside regular time to meet with the Lord privately to read His Word, ask for direction and to listen for His voice. This opportunity to be alone with Him soon becomes the most precious part of each day as we learn to know almighty God more intimately, and hear Him speak to us personally through Scripture.

This is what meditation is all about!



Obedience is the Fountain For a Life of Blessing

Posted By at Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Luke 11:28 Blessed rather are those hear the Word of God and keep it!

John 13:17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them!

Job 36:11 NLT If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.

Obedience to God's Word unlocks the keys to all blessings in our lives. It gives us the ability to walk in the fullness of Abraham's promised blessings. To obey God means that we do all that God tells us to do, by His Spirit and by His Word. Then, as we obey His written Word and heed to the leading of the Holy Spirit, the end result is that God will make us the head and not the tail.

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if you do these things you shall never fall.

James, the earthly brother of Jesus, said not to be just a hearer of the Word, but a doer of the Word in James 1:22. But we don't just listen to God's word. We must do what it says. Otherwise, we are only fooling ourselves.

James said that if we love Jesus, we should obey Him.

The prophet Samuel said in First Samuel 15:22 NLT of the Old Testament; 'But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the LORD, your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams."'

Obeying God is a day-to-day act of walking in faith and following His Word. The Holy Spirit will prompt you in many ways that may seem small, but as you obey His voice, you will learn to hear more clearly and gain confidence to step out in faith.

Jesus said in Luke 6:47 "Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a wise man who digged deep and builds his house on the rock..."

In Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.

Love is based on obedience, not how we feel, but on what we do. Our faith only works by our love.

Galatians 5:6 For in Christ neither circumcision avails anything nor un-circumcision but faith that works by love!

Obedience is the only standard of measure of our love in God's reckoning. Obedience energizes our hearts with faith. Obedience causes us to do the very things Satan fears we will do, such as spending time with God, studying the Word and learning to listen to the Word being taught at church.

We may know the basics of God's will, and obey His Word by living a righteous and moral life, but there are specifics to His plan for our lives that can only be found through time spent with Him in prayer, reading the Word and listening to what He says through the pastoral teaching. Priority one is being obedient to make time for Him in our everyday lives above other pursuits that bring us pleasure and relaxation; such as, films, sports etc.

What many do not realize is that there is a high cost to disobedience.

It takes only a moment’s reflection to realize that the cost of disobedience has been high. The world as we know it is not the good world God originally created, nor do we human beings resemble the image of God in which we were first made. Tragically, that image has been tarnished and the world is filled with sin, sorrow, and suffering.

The “break” from God's plan began with one act of disobedience by our first parents in the Garden of Eden. By a deliberate choice that was rooted in pride and unbelief, they acted in defiance of God’s revealed will. Their self-centered drive for autonomy to manage their own lives apart from God, was passed down to every human being ever since. That is why we must be born again and choose to obey God's Word every day.



Just Believe God!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Acts 27:25 NLT So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.

Paul was on his way to Rome when he said this, and he was in a great storm. Perhaps you are in a storm this week, I pray you can learn some lessons from this study and just believe God.

a. Disobedience can cause a storm!

God used Paul to warn the owner of the ship about the coming storm, but he refused to listen. His disobedience cost him dearly; he lost his ship, his cargo and almost lost his life. We need to learn that our disobedience to God's Word can cost us our health, our family, our finances, our career and almost as certainly our life.

b. Everyone probably faces a storm at sometime!

You may be in a storm today but you are not alone, God knows what you are facing and He can send His angels to watch over you.

Acts 27:23-24 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ 25 So take courage!

c. God is on your side so you will be fine!

Even though Paul was a prisoner and bound in chains; he actually had more authority than the captain. He was freer in his captivity because he was on a mission for God the creator.

Isaiah 54:17 NLT But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord their vindication will come from me I the Lord, have spoken!

Don't let the storm faze you; you are safe IN the storm just don’t let it get IN you!