Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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When You Face a Big Problem!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 25, 2015


 

When it comes to BIG problems here are some things to remember.

1 Samuel 17:4 Complete Jewish Bible There came out a champion from the camp of the Philistine named Goliath, from Gath, who was nine feet nine inches tall.

1. Their size can intimidate most people

It doesn't help when everybody else around you, including the leader, is running for cover. This is when you need to recall the victories of your past; The Red Sea-sized and Jericho Wall-sized ones. Remember like David; How big your God is!

2. Their words can cause you to doubt.

1 Samuel 17:11 When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

When people hear words like, 'The tumour is malignant,' 'The company's down-sizing,' 'I don't love you any more,' 'Your child is hooked on drugs,' 'The bank is foreclosing.'

How do you handle such strong words?

You do so by turning to the ever living, life-changing Word of God that transcends all circumstances and trumps all opinions.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.

Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

3. There will always be an opening or an opportunity - so look for it.

It has been said Goliath could throw his spear half the length of a football field, so that may be how far David was from him. Furthermore, Goliath had body armour protecting him from head to toe, except for a small opening between his eyes and his forehead. That's what David aimed for. SO there's a lesson here.

When you ask God for a solution, it may come as a small opening rather than the size of half a football field!

1 Samuel 17:49 Reaching into his shepherd's bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

When He shows it to you, trust Him to get you through to it. God's response to you is not always designed to increase your sense of comfort, but to build your confidence in Him. That way you'll not only be able to handle this giant, but any ones waiting for you in the future.

Norman
 

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Don't Miss Your Faith Opportunity!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

I find this an amazing statement by the disciples in Mark 4:38 He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they woke him up, and told him, "Teacher, don't you care that we are dying?"

Their words imply that the disciples thought Jesus didn't care about them in the dangerous situation of the storm - that He was neglecting them by sleeping while they might be dying. This of course was not true! They were safer than ever while they were with Him at that very moment, right there even in the middle of the storm. The boat the Lord travelled on would not sink. Their faith should have trusted Him despite the darkness of the storm.

Yet don't we also, at least sometimes in our hearts, say the same thing to our Lord? When we're in a difficult time and He doesn't seem to come to save us; when we seem about to be crushed by the waves of adversity, and no relief comes down from Him.

Do we never sometimes say, “Jesus don't you care that I'm hurting?"

The thing we need to realise is; Jesus was WITH the disciples in their boat, but since Calvary and the New Birth He is IN you no matter what boat you may be in.

When you pray so hard and long that a heavy burden would be lifted and no answer comes, does the thought arise in your minds that Jesus doesn't hear you? The thing you might fail to realise is that He has already done everything necessary for your freedom. It's already all been bought and paid for at Calvary, we already have the answer. So don't get so caught up in the problem you miss the answer. Learn to trust The Lord so strongly that any time you're scared, you can have peace from your worrying knowing that He has already taken care of you.  

1 John 4:4 "Greater is He that is IN you than he that is in the world."

After all, even if you never got healed or delivered, and no matter what happens in this life - you are assured of salvation and eternal peace and joy in the next!

You will be with Him forever! Praise God!

Norman
 

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God is Love

Posted By at Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

Today is November 11th. Remembrance Day, the day members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) are commemorated. We should all remember the great sacrifices that many of our brave warriors made for our freedom. They were willing to go and fight in the war and die if necessary for us. I hope you bought your 'Poppy' for today.

Most times when I have performed a wedding ceremony it has been requested that we include the passage from 1 Cor 13:4-8 as part of the ceremony.

1 Cor 13:4 says Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.

Then also in 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

If we were to substitute the word God for the word love in 1 Cor 13:4, it would read like this: God suffers long and is kind, God does not envy, God does not parade Himself, God is not puffed up!

That means God if God suffers long, He never gives up and He puts up with all the stuff that happens in people's lives.

David committed adultery with another man's wife and eventually had the man murdered in 2 Samuel 11.

The Apostle Peter denied Jesus 3 times in Mark 14:66-72.

The Lord puts up with you and with me, and all the little and big things we do that may displease Him. Yet He has already made provision for all our foul-ups. Don't think you can foul-up too much for Him to stop loving you. He will never stop loving you, and He will do everything He can to keep you from fouling up because He loves you so much. In fact, He loved you so much He was prepared to take your place on the Cross and die for you. Now that is real love!

Norman
 

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Are You Ready For Tomorrow?

Posted By at Wednesday, November 04, 2015

All your yesterdays have made you what you are today, but your tomorrows can be what God always planned you to become. Joshua was talking to the nation of Israel, whose yesterdays were a long list of repeated failures and rebellion against God. They had been convicted, judged, punished and reinstated frequently by God whom they'd ignored and sinned against. Surely, they ought to have been cut off from Him, stripped of any future blessing.

But in Joshua 3:5 we read, "Joshua said to the people, sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you".

Commit yourself, re-align yourself with God's plans [Jeremiah 29:11] and allow Him to begin to work in your life. Just when the enemy has you convinced that because of your past God couldn't possibly have any future for you, God calls you to prepare yourself so He can begin to bless you. God is fully aware of your yesterdays, but He's much more focused on your tomorrows. Don't ignore or discard your tomorrow when you so desperately need it!

In John 19:30: When Jesus cried, "It is finished!" His disciples misunderstood and assumed it was all over. So they slipped away to contemplate and regret the tomorrow they now thought would never be.

But please, you must understand that with God every ending is also a new beginning. Just three mornings later the angel announced the resurrection and the NEW TOMORROW that would guarantee the future for all believers. All your yesterdays are all finished! So don't give up on your tomorrows by building monuments to your past failures.

Just acknowledge, confess and release your yesterdays to the crucified Christ. As Joshua said "sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you".

Norman