Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Using Your God Given Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, August 28, 2013

 

The Holy Spirit who indwells us has the power and desire to bring about great change in our character and our perspective in life. However, first, we must believe such a life is possible.

According to John 8:32 Jesus said that as we know the Truth it sets us free.

Paul said in Romans 12:1-2 We are to be transformed by renewing our minds.

As believers we are not saved by our good works, but by our faith in God's grace.

But after salvation, we’re to choose to live holy lives using the Holy Spirit's power and leading.

According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 We now are His righteousness.

Part of fallen human nature is to desire control, to do things ourselves. However, when it comes to righteousness—whether for salvation or for living—we must accept that God has done the work.

Faith, really is believing God has done as He promised, it's not something we drum up inside ourselves. Our role is to go about our lives—making decisions, handling crises, raising our families, and so on, just as if God cannot lie and will keep His Word.

The story of David’s battle against Goliath is a wonderful illustration of faith. The giant had threatened the army of Israel, leaving them paralysed with fear and hidden in caves.

Notice that David did what he knew how to do, while trusting God to do the rest.

Think of any challenge or problem you may be facing.

What is your role?

What is God’s part?

David walked into the valley for the battle with the giant in response to what he believed God would do, not in reaction to his circumstances.

David's previous experiences with the lion and the bear gave him confidence that God would deliver Goliath into his hands.

Either people react to a problem, or they respond to it, based on God’s truth.

When you are face to face with a giant problem; do you find yourself thinking, "Oh, God! I know what I should do. But I don’t know if I can do it!"

If so, you may be trying to rely on your own abilities to produce your own righteousness and strength, which will lead to failure most of the time.

The answer is to pray something like this: "Oh, God, this is too big for me to handle, but I trust You to help me respond to it properly."

Faith is the Holy Spirit’s signal to go into action.

The time for deciding how to respond to temptation is before we face it. Companies hold fire drills BEFORE any fire - not during the fire. Preparation and prayer always precede any actual battle with the enemy.

Take a little time to plan how you can do your part to face any giant by meditating in God's Word every day and being prepared.

If you will begin every day with a declaration of victory over any giants in your life, just like David did, you will experience success. Think through the pressures you are likely to feel. Then, thank God for the victory. In doing so, you activate your faith before attempting to resist in your own strength.

Remember, Christ died, not only to pay your sin-debt, but also to enable your success.

Norman  

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Meeting the Giant

Posted By at Wednesday, August 21, 2013

 

The story of David and Goliath is found in 1 Samuel 17.

David's short battle with Goliath was more than a fight between Israel and the Philistines. It was a defence of God's name against those who doubted His supremacy. As David pointed out, the only way a boy with a sling could defeat a giant warrior like Goliath was by the Lord's hand; by coming in the Name of the Lord of Hosts and that's exactly what happened.

In meeting the giant, David showed real courage and faith. But we see that what drove him to face the giant was righteous indignation.

David believed that someone had to wipe away from Israel the reproach caused by Goliath's insults. Since no one else would step forward, he volunteered to defend The Lord's name.

But David was motivated by something else as well. In 1 Samuel 17:25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel."

Vs 26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Here we see David asking the soldiers to repeat what the King will give to the one who meets the giant.

Vs 27 And they answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

In verses 28-29 David's older brother berates and chastises him for being there at all.

Vs 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

So David turned away from his brother and asked another soldier what the one who met the giant would receive and it was repeated to him again what was said back in vs. 25 "Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel."

Basically he was asking: Tell me again what I am going to get when I defeat the giant?

David heard again that his reward would be threefold from the king.

  1. Great riches.
  2. Marry the Princess.
  3. Never have to pay taxes again.

Modern audiences often read this story merely as a battle scene wherein an inexperienced underdog toppled an ancient enemy champion. We comfort ourselves that we will probably never have to deal with such a scenario. But the real story is that David stood up for God and his rewards. The question is whether we will turn and run or stand and fight in God's name?

You don't need a Doctorate or PHD to combat those who would mock God. Your "smooth stones" (v. 40) are the great truths you have learned from the Word; being In Christ, knowing WHO you are, WHOSE you are, WHAT you can do and WHAT GOD CAN do THROUGH you as you yield to His Word.

No enemy can win an argument against scripture. Whatever the outcome seems to be, the battle is the Lord's, and He gives victory to the faithful and they receive just rewards.

Norman 

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Cut Your Credit Spending!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 

Too many Christians get into financial problems and then expect the pastor to pray a faith prayer to get them out of the problem again.

There are two things I want to mention about this.

  1. The pastor should face his responsibility and teach the congregation proper financial management, including their giving to God's Work, tithes offerings etc. I know some of you see tithes as Old Testament, but Jesus talked about it so it's appropriate that I should as well.
  2. The individual Christian is responsible to control his or her spending and manage their credit use.

I read some time ago about an article printed in Readers Digest that had originally been in Money Magazine and it was entitled 'Win The War Against Debt'. Right in the middle of the article was a two-page advertisement for a popular antidepressant. I think the irony of the placement of the advert was not intentional but it really conveyed a great truth. Debt can be very depressing. Nothing can steal and take your joy away like a stack of unpaid bills with 'past due' reminders coming in the mail each day.

You can develop a habit of paying for items as you get them. I have said many times that it takes just 30 days to develop a habit but if you do it for 90 days you develop the lifestyle.

You can develop a lifestyle of paying as you get it. Some debt is really unavoidable but most is a self-inflicted problem. I have developed over the years a system I called 'Pay as you get it' in other words pay for the item as you get it and do not put it on credit or time payment.

You can do this for larger items if you plan and budget to do so. That way you can stay out of debt. Elizabeth and I have developed this over a number of years and our goods and chattels are all paid for, including our vehicle. Let me just say the happiness of a debt free life is almost incalculable.

Try it you'll like it, start out small but as you learn and operate with the Holy Spirit He can lead you and direct you to what is best for you.

Romans 13:8 NIV Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another.

Norman  

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We Should Live by Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, August 07, 2013

 

What is faith?

According to Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

I really like the way this verse reads in the Amplified version.  Faith is the assurance, the title deed of the things we hope for.

Faith is really an inside knowledge that comes by God's Word, Romans 10:17 tells me. It is an operation of the Holy Spirit who brings this Divine Power into the re-created heart of the New Covenant believer. As believers we use this power of faith to lay hold on things that are not perceived with the natural senses. Faith is something that originates in the Kingdom of God and is dispensed to and through us believers by God's Holy Spirit as we meditate in God's Word. Then as you feed on The Word of God faith begins to turn to fact.

Most of the people I have met or ministered to over the 40 plus years Elizabeth and I have been in ministry have been looking for their healing by feeling. But it does not work that way. You have to believe [have faith] that you receive before you actually receive. When faith becomes a fact, it produces joy in your receiving. Nehemiah 8:10 says The Joy of The Lord is your strength.

Can you begin to see the process here? Your faith; which comes from God by His Word and His Holy Spirit, becomes the reality of what you need. It becomes a fact, producing joy, which in turn becomes the strength you need to live this life of faith and continue serving Him.

When I got saved in a hospital bed back in 1967 in Belfast, (after 14 months on my back and 14 major surgeries due to an accident that almost killed me), it was the result of a promise God made to Abraham that his children would be like the stars in the sky or the sand on the seashore. When you get saved and come into Christ, you become the seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise. [Read Galatians 3:29 and Romans 4:13].

Then Romans 4:16 might help you understand all this, Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

If God is asking you to do something that seems impossible in the natural realm, it is because He has given you faith to achieve it. So start to live by and use your faith every day. It is an exciting way to live; as God leads and guides you to all His blessings that are stored up for you.

Have a great faith week.

Norman