Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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You Can Have Perfect Peace

Posted By at Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. This is why people try New Age methods like astrology and psychics to discover what life is all about.

But when your life has a steadfast purpose you can carry on through almost anything. Without it, nothing is bearable.

Isaiah complained in Isa 49.4  "I have laboured to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing"

Job lamented in the Good News Bible Job 7.16, "I give up; I am tired of living. Leave me alone. My life makes no sense".

Medical doctor Dr. Bernie Siegel found that he could predict which of his cancer patients were most likely to survive by asking, "Do you want to live to be 100?"

Those with a deep sense of purpose, and answered "yes", were the ones who would live.

Having a steadfast purpose makes life simpler. It defines what you do and what you don't do. It becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not. Without purpose you have no real foundation on which to base your decisions, allocate your time and use your resources. You tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and whatever your mood is at that moment.

When you don't know your purpose you try to do too much, and that causes stress and conflict. It's impossible to do everything people want you to do; you have just enough time to do God's will. If you can't get it all done, you're trying to do more than God intended.

A steadfast purpose makes your lifestyle simpler and your schedule saner.

And it leads to peace of mind: Isa 26.3 "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on Thee".

Stayed means steadfast.

Norman

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Only say What the Word Says

Posted By at Wednesday, January 23, 2013

When you don't know who you are or what you have, you can be easily manipulated and deceived. As a Christian, you must know that you have been saved; you must know you have been healed and you must know that you have been given a rich supply.

Too many people today, Christians especially, are saying what they feel instead of what God says about them in His Word.

We must decide to speak the Word only.

I often hear, Well, I just don’t feel as though the Holy Spirit is with me.

Or

I just don’t feel like I am going to make it this month, we are short of funds.

It is not about feeling. It is about believing God's Word and speaking His Word out in the face of the circumstances.

2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.

Proverbs 18.21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

The Living Bible says Men have died for saying the wrong thing.

So make sure you are saying the right thing according to God's Word every day.

Norman

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You Are Valuable to God

Posted By at Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today, if you're suffering from lack of self-worth, here's a thought to help you.

Don't allow anybody but God to tell you what you're worth. 

That's too much power to give anyone. If people can label you, they can limit you. Until you know how God feels about you, you'll know neither your worth as an individual nor your life's purpose.

You'll worry about how you look, what others think, and whether or not you're going to succeed in life.

But when you believe God's promise in Jeremiah 31.3-4 'I have loved you with an everlasting love… I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt… '

Then you're free to focus on improving and reaching your God-given potential. What life has torn down, God alone can rebuild and improve.

Norman

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Who Will Be First in 2013?

Posted By at Wednesday, January 09, 2013

This year of 2013 who will be first in your life's decisions? Will it be your own self-interests or will Christ be first in your life?

Colossians 3.2-4 “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Living for Christ puts Christ at the front and centre of our life.

It’s only as we learn to die to self-interests that we begin to really live for Christ.

Our natural human nature seeks everything for itself and nothing for Christ. But when we become Christians, we're no longer the front and centre of our life; Christ now is.

Our life has a new centre, a new direction. Christ now comes first. His plan for our lives replaces our own. It’s no longer what we would like to do but what the Lord wants us to do. We now say “Not my will, but Your will Lord, be done.”

Dying to our self-serving interests and growing in Christ - this is what Christian living is all about.

While we’re thinking how this or that will affect us, whether it will benefit us to make this sacrifice or that self-denial; while we are consulting our own self-ease, our own self-comfort, our own self-interest or our own self-advantage in any form, we have not yet learned fully what the love and life of Christ means to us.

Norman

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Persevere in 2013

Posted By at Wednesday, January 02, 2013


My FIRST word to you for this new year of 2013 is PERSEVERE!

Galatians 6:9 We will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Perseverance means:

Succeeding because you’re determined to, not because you’re entitled to.

Achievers don’t sit back and wait for success because they think the world ‘owes them a living’. No, if you’re wise you’ll ask God for direction, stand firm on the Word He has given you, go forward and refuse to quit.

You must adopt the attitude of the one who said, “We are determined to win. We’ll fight them until hell freezes over, and if we have to, we’ll fight them on ice.”

Recalling the trials he’d faced, Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 The Message Bible  “I started, and I’m going to finish. I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door… And that’s not the half of it”

One word describes Paul - perseverence; does this describe your attitude for 2013?

Norman