Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster


Whose Report Will You Believe?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Everybody is going to encounter some problems in life, even the person who is in right standing with God.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivers him out of them all.

However, God promises also that He will be there for us and that He will rescue us. Not only will God deliver us but He wants to deliver us in Christ!

The state of the earth's economy has played a significant role in the lives of many people over the last few years. Some people have lost their jobs. Just watching the news can trigger a lot of hopelessness in people's lives.

Even though the economy has affected many people, dwelling on it won’t change the situation. Things we see should not move us; like high prices, closing businesses, and negative bank balances. Our focus should be on The One who can change all that for us, His children.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

There is a lot of darkness in the world right now. If the only thing you’re feeding off is negative; television, negative news reports, and negative people, you’re soon going to be negative like them all too.

How many blessings have you missed out on by choosing to focus on the negative? I believe one of the most valuable lessons we can learn is from the story in Numbers 13 & 14 about the 12 spies and the value of choosing a positive perspective. Had the Israelites chosen to believe Caleb’s report, they would have entered into the Promised Land in God’s perfect time.

But instead, they opted to believe all the negative things they heard, and, as a result, they were overtaken with fear of the giants.

The perspective we choose to take on is by which our circumstances generally determine the type of life we will lead and the results we will achieve.

The results the Israelites received would have been far better had they chosen to trust Caleb’s optimistic perspective.

Instead they bought into the negative report, complained, and remained ungrateful. Canaan flowed with milk and honey just as God said.

The 12 spies had already confirmed that it was filled with everything they could even need or desire. Sure there were giants, but as Caleb and Joshua reminded them, God was on their side so their victory was already guaranteed!

Being positive is a choice. We choose to see the glass as half full or we can choose to see it as half empty. Either way, it’s the same glass. Caleb and Joshua saw the glass as full while the other 10 spies saw it as half empty.

These great men of faith were able to see beyond the obstacles and embrace the destiny God had prepared for them. Although they were outnumbered, it was Caleb and Joshua’s optimistic view that earned God’s favour. He blessed them by allowing them and their descendants to live in the land.

What about you today? What is your perspective - positive or negative?



God Answers Yes!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 21, 2014


2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (MSG) Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God's Yes and our yes together, gloriously evident.

I used to have a little saying on my letterhead that went like this, "If God said it, I believe it, and that settles it". It is so true, but I realised later that what God said was still true whether I believed it or not. If we look at this verse in 2 Corinthians 1:20 we see just that. Paul is telling us If God said something in His Word, we can count it as truth, as a YES answer.

Many people try and ask apart from His Word, and God does not have to answer those prayers. The prayers that He answers are those that line up with His Word. His Word has been given to us and His Word cannot fail. God's Word will not return to Him void as Isaiah 55 says, but it will accomplish that thing that it has been sent to do.

God has put in His Word the answer to every need that we will ever have as we walk this life.  He has already given us the victory over those needs. God wants us to walk in the victory that he has accomplished at the cross of Calvary through Jesus Christ. So, when this verse says that all the promises of God in Him, or in Jesus, are yes, then when we find a promise from His Word let's say, “YES, in Him, Amen!” and watch God fulfil His great Word.  He takes great joy in us doing this, because as Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” 



Don't Rush to Make a Decision

Posted By at Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Paul says in 1 Cor 4:5 "Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring the light of the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts..."

He is talking here about the stewards of the household who were expected to be faithful in dispensing their household duties.

Paul is expressing 'being faithful' as a requirement of God, rather than being brilliant, intelligent, articulate, literate, handsome or beautiful not even eloquent - but to be FAITHFUL.

When you don't know what to do. When you have to make a decision, but you know you need more information than you have at hand. Then the verse assures us that, regardless of the seeming urgency of the situation, it is best to wait until we are more knowledgeable than we are at present.

This is the meaning of the verse. However, there are other events in our lives to which this verse can be applied equally as well. Besides at the end of the age when Jesus comes again: He is available to help us in salvation, in healing, in guidance, in deliverance, from danger, crisis, and in times of great need.

We could read the verse like this: "Do not take any hasty action; wait until the peace of The Lord has come onto the scene."

Col 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.

There are many subliminal factors hidden from your view. The Lord wants to bring to the level of your sight the things you need to know in order to make the right decision.

You won't have to wait long. When you get the facts you need, you will know what action to take.

Without those facts, you could do something you might later regret. When the Lord brings peace, you will be more knowledgeable and you will make the decision you can live with comfortably.  


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The Father and The Son are One

Posted By at Wednesday, May 07, 2014


Jesus said in John 10.30 "I and My Father are one."

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Speaking about Jesus, John said in John 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Then, way down near the end of the Bible in Revelation 19:13 it tells us He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

So Jesus is the Word of God. Everything The Father speaks, The Son is and does.

In other words, God and His Word are one. That means that everything that Jesus is, the Word is and everything that Jesus can do, the Word can do. 

The Bible also tells us that the Word of God is a seed and seeds only grow when they are planted.

Mark 4:14 The sower sows the word.

Peter tells us we are born again by that seed 1 Peter 1:23 Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever.

Inside every natural seed exists the DNA or pattern for a new plant. In the same way the life of God is inside every seed of the Word of God.

John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

The Him John is referring to is The Lord Jesus, Who is The Word, so the DNA of God is in His Word.

Within every promise in God's Word is an opportunity given by God in your life to produce and manifest His life to others as well as yourself. Within every seed of the Word of God there is the pattern and the plan for the fulfillment of that promise in your life, in embryo form for you to develop fully.

The very life of the thing which is promised is in the seed; whether it is salvation, healing, the Holy Spirit, wisdom, deliverance etc! 

What you need to realize is that this opportunity is not in your thinking; it is not in your wishing; it is not in your hoping. The opportunity is in the seed. The infinite, eternal Zoe-life of God is in the seed.

The way to release the life that is in a seed is by planting it like it says in Mark 4:14.

When you plant the seed of God's Word in your heart, you release the life of God that is stored up within the seed of His Word into your life, and the possibilities of that seed are infinite and unlimited! So get sowing today!


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