Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Life is Really a Journey

Posted By at Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

There are many roads that can take us from where we are to where we want to be. It is the choices and decisions that we make along the way which determine how quickly we progress to our desired destination or maybe arrive there at all!

Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live.

We all know that God has a plan for our life.

He has our journey all mapped out. It began at our birth and He is there to help us discover the life we were born to live.

If you have read my newsletters for any time at all, you know that is why I write. My purpose is to help you discover the life you were born to live and then ignite your passion to do it.

Unfortunately, many people never find purpose in their life. They become confused, sidetracked and bewildered about their own destiny in God. Some even choose routes that lead them away from God.

Don't be like that; you should search His Word daily so you can walk the walk He has planned for you and you will be successful.

Norman

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Success is an Inside Job

Posted By at Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 

1 Sam 16:7 Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

I'm sure you have heard that success begins on the inside? Probably many, many times because it is true! Success begins in our hearts.

Psalms 120-134 Gives us great principles for success and promotion in life. King David wrote these Psalms and his life demonstrated that these principles work. It makes no difference whether you are a mother or a father, a Pastor, a salesman, or a teacher. These principles work for anyone who will work them.

I look forward to meeting people like David in heaven. He did many things wrong, but he had a very special place in the heart of God. He had great character. He was promoted and became famous. He knew how to honour people.

Although he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and was guilty of other sins, he was still called “a man after God’s own heart.”

Man looks at the outward appearance and God looks at the heart, but what that verse means is this. God doesn't judge us because we are tall or short, because we have red hair or blond hair or we are a certain weight. He doesn't judge us on the colour of our skin or by the language we speak. That's what man does. God looks deeper into a man and looks upon his heart. And that's what 1 Samuel 16:7 is talking about. God may not judge us by our outward appearance, but He cares very much what we do and what we say. He places great value on doing His Word and speaking His Word.

God judged David by his heart. Not how he looked. If we repent, God judges us by our hearts, not our actions. God prefers a right heart, above everything else. A right heart is tender toward Him and repentant for wrong actions.

God rebuked many people in the Old Testament because they had hardened their hearts. Many of these people followed the law to the letter. The people said they loved the Lord with their lips and actions, but their hearts were far from Him.

David was different; he kept his heart pure for God. He was quick to repent and seek the face of God. God chastened him many times because of his sins, but David always came back stronger than ever and became a better man and a better king than before.

David knew that before any outward action is taken, sin begins as a thought in our hearts. If we keep our thoughts pure, we will keep our hearts pure. Solomon, David’s son, wrote most of Proverbs.

He said in Prov 4.23-27 Message Bible Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

You see, what most people don’t realize is that their mouth, their eyes, their hands are controlled by their heart. If our heart is pure, it is easier to keep our tongue from sinning and keep our actions on the right track.

Are you keeping a vigilant watch over your heart? I hope you are!

Norman  

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The Living Word of God

Posted By at Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

Heb 4:12 Amplified Bible For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

The Bible is the most interesting and amazing book ever written. God the Creator of the whole universe used human beings to record His thoughts and words on paper so that we could know Him.

2 Peter 1:20-21 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The One who spoke the universe into existence still speaks just as powerfully through the pages of the Bible that you have in your hands today.

At the moment of salvation, believers receive by the Holy Spirit and the lines of communication with the Lord are opened. Whenever the Scriptures are read, the people of God are capable of hearing His voice, and the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and put into practice what they have heard.

The Lord says His Word is so effective that it always accomplishes the purpose for which He sends it in Isa 55.10-11.

The Bible is not just a nice book with comforting verses. It is not just a history book but it is His Story book.

Paul says in 1 Thess 2:13 It is active and alive and performs its work in all who believe.

The Word of God has the power to change our lives if we will believe Him and do what He says.

God uses Scripture to transform us from the inside out. His Word has the quality of a sword that cuts through hearts and it judges thoughts and intentions, delivering light to the darkness hiding in our souls.

This Bible tells us not only who God is, but also who we are.

Sometimes life’s concerns can deafen our spiritual ears. Before reading any Scripture, you should ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying. As you believe and obey, your spiritual hearing will become more acute, and your time in the Word will be an intimate conversation with the Lord. You will find that the Word of God  truly is alive to you.

Norman 

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It's Time to Take a Stand

Posted By at Wednesday, September 04, 2013

 

Eph 6. 11,13-14 Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.

YES, this is the hour and the time to stand; to stand your ground against the enemy like never before. The Word has much to say about standing. We are exhorted to stand still, to stand fast, to stand fast in faith, to stand fast in the Lord; and, then after we’ve done all that, just stand!

What does it mean to stand? The dictionary definition defines stand as, To take up or maintain a specific position. Not just any position - but a specific position. You might need to take a stand for the salvation of some of your family or for your healing. Perhaps you need to stand your ground to see your children come home.

Another definition of stand is, To maintain one’s position, or to hold a course. I like the idea of holding a course. When you hold your course during a storm, you refuse to allow the pressures and winds of the storm to turn your ship and take you off course. You refuse to allow the helm to be turned away from God. You stay the course of walking by faith rather than by sight. You hold a straight course by the strength imparted through the Word of God. You refuse to allow the pressure and the force of the storm to influence your conviction. You resist the force of fear, which is striving vehemently to make your heart fail under the pressure of the storm. We have to guard our hearts and minds through the Word of God. We must also be careful what we expose ourselves to; the enemy is very cunning and can come as an angel of light to deceive.

Our spirit grows stronger or weaker by what we take in through our eyes and our ears. Control what you allow to dwell in your mind by guarding your thoughts. The devil may constantly try to bombard your mind with negative thoughts, but we have control over what we allow in our minds.

When the storms of life come blowing your way, and they will come, you must have your feet firmly planted in God's Word so that you will still be standing after the storm has passed. This is the only way that you can firmly stand your ground during the storms of life. Eph 6.14 calls it having your loins girt about with truth, and exhorts us to, having done all we can to stand, to continue standing.

The only way that you can endure the storms of life without being consumed by them is to become rooted and grounded in the Word of God BEFORE a storm hits. Have you ever seen somebody build a house during a storm? It’s impossible. The same way, it is almost impossible to build our faith during a storm. It can be done, but it takes enormous strength. It is much easier to withstand the storms if our faith is built up and we are planted and deeply rooted before they come.

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

Today you can choose to have your feet firmly planted in Christ so that you will still be standing after the storm has passed. 

Now, that’s life and it's your choice totally!

Norman