Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Get Up and Keep Going!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This is my last MID WEEK BOOSTER for 2015, the next one will be January 6, 2016. It's time to launch out into another year in the things of God. Let me say thank you to all who read the Mid Week Faith Booster and also our Sunday NORMality Newsletter. And a special thanks to all who have purchased any of our CDs and books this year, and also those of you who have financially supported this ministry.

I was wondering how many of you who read this weekly Blog have experienced some failure this past year?

I was reading the Living Bible [by Kenneth Taylor] and got to 2 Cor 4:8-9 which says, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going."

That caused me to think about those of you who may have had some setbacks. As Willie Jolley says in his book:  "A setback is just a setup for a comeback."

When something negative is happening it's tempting just to give up. But you can't; you must 'get up again.' Failing doesn't make you a failure - it's quitting that makes failures. As someone said, 'The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee.'

A failure-free life feels safe, but it can be boring, with apathy and low self-esteem. Ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of what you've learned? No, he wants you to keep reliving all the painful details.

So learn the lesson then forget the details!

Victory requires building on what you've learned and moving on.

We have all experienced failures of some sort in our lives but don't give up just because you have experienced some setback.

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.

Many people considered successful today have faced failure with either small or large setbacks.

  • Bill Gates' first business failed, but he went on to become one of the world's riches men.
  • Albert Einstein didn't have the best childhood. In fact, many people thought he was just plain stupid.
  • Jim Carrey the actor revealed that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family. His father was an unemployed musician and as the family went from lower middle class to poor, they eventually had to start living in a van. 
  • Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten.
  • Richard Branson the successful millionaire businessman has dyslexia.
  • Stephen King the author had his first novel rejected 30 times.
  • Oprah Winfrey gave birth at age 14 and lost her baby.
  • Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.
  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
  • R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
  • English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before publishing 564 books.

An article in a financial magazine said, 'You've failed many times although you may not remember."

You fell the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim.

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

The Apostle Paul said in Phil 3:8 "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ!"

H. Jackson Brown Jr, the American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book, gives two rules for winning:

  1. Rule One: Take one more step.
  2. Rule Two: When you can't take one more step, refer to rule number one.

I say GET UP AND KEEP GOING, God has 2016 already planned for you with amazing surprises. So have a Happy New Year!

Norman   

 

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A Key to Your Victory

Posted By at Wednesday, December 16, 2015

 

In Isaiah 33:10 "Now I will rise," says the Lord; "Now I will be exalted, now I will lift Myself up".

This is a very positive verse right in the midst of a very negative setting.

Because of treachery and moral decay, the spiritual condition of the nation of Israel at this time was very low. In the midst of hypocrisy and double standards, the prophet Isaiah requests the Lord to intervene.

Back in verse two, Isaiah asks the Lord to be gracious.

Isaiah 33:2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

And then in verse three, he describes what will happen to the nations when the Lord lifts Himself up.

Isaiah 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee; when You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered;

In verse five, he expresses hope by declaring that the Lord is exalted, listing all the benefits that go with His exalted state.

Isaiah 33:5 The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.

In response to Isaiah's confession of faith, the Lord answers in Vs 10  "I am everything YOU SAY I am and more. Now I will rise. Now I will be exalted. Now I will lift Myself up."

The key to victory is to magnify the Lord as Isaiah did.

You cannot make the Lord any larger than He already is by your words. He already fills all of heaven and earth Jer 23:24 "Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

How can He be made any greater than omnipresent?

You can't "increase" God by your words, but you can "decrease" His effectiveness on your behalf.

When you magnify your situation and your problems, you minimize the Lord and His ability to help you.

Psalm 34:3 "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together."

However, when you magnify the Lord with your praise and worship, you actually minimize your circumstances.

A key to your personal triumph is to recognize and declare that the Lord is bigger than any problem you are facing. You do this by praising Him, worshipping Him and confessing His promises daily.

Norman  

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Knowing the Truth Sets You Free

Posted By at Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Even among the followers of Christ there is still much bondage because of ignorance of The Truth. Unknowing people are in terror of certain imagined dangers, but their terror instantly vanishes when they learn the truth. They are slaves of ignorance until knowledge makes them free.

It is the same in spiritual things. There are Christians who are in distress about their sins, thinking that God's wrath still rests upon them, when in reality they passed long since from under wrath into blessed forgiveness and grace. They do not know the truth about this great grace, and therefore miss all the joy. They don't know the war is over, God is not mad at man any more, Jesus took the punishment for us all. If they but knew the truth, the truth would make them free.

John 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will make you free!

At the end of the war between France and Great Britain, a number of French ships had been out at sea for several years. They did not know that peace had been proclaimed in their absence, and they wanted to get back to their own country without meeting any British men-of-war. Then a gale scattered them, and one ship was carried away from the others. When the morning light broke, the ship was opposite the coast of England with a British war-vessel lying close by. The French captain was greatly perplexed and in terror. His first thought was to sink his vessel rather than allow her to fall into the enemy's hands. After a time his ship was hailed from the British man-of-war and he was told that peace had been proclaimed between Great Britain and his own country, and that the war was over. When he had been assured of this fact his fear vanished.

So the Truth of The Word makes us free by telling us of the peace which has been made for us by Christ's sacrifice. The moment we truly accept Christ we are free forever from sin's curse and condemnation, we start to live by God's amazing grace gift. We are no longer slaves but free in Christ.

Norman 

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Be a Witness

Posted By at Wednesday, December 02, 2015

 

Christians often talk about “witnessing” for Christ. But His command to us believers was to BE witnesses. The failure to be witnesses may explain the lack of success of many people's soul-winning efforts.

Some Christians will approach a total stranger and open the conversation with something like: “Hello, I want to ask you if you know Jesus as your personal Saviour?”

In Acts 1 Jesus gave us the key to reaching others for Him. 

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will BE MY WITNESSES in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Different forms of the word “witness” occur some 42 times in the New Testament. But not one of those occurrences is the expression “to witness”. We are not called “to witness", but we are called to “be a witness"

And being a Christian witness means your whole lifestyle, not just your words.

This is the essence of what you could call being a lifestyle witness.

Jesus deliberately used the phrase BE MY WITNESSES”.

How can we obey His command to be Christian witnesses?

Matthew 5:13 "You ARE the SALT of the earth."

So be salt — that is, flavor and a preservative to all those around you.

Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world."

So be light - and the darkness around you will be pushed back.

Live out what you are in Christ before people, not brow-beating them, but being an example of a Christian!

Jesus said in John 20:21 "As my Father sent ME, even so send I YOU.”

People need to see what it means to be a child of God.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: [19] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. [20] We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

So be His ambassadors, walking in His full authority. Empowered for the ministry of reconciliation and speaking the message of reconciliation.

Let people know the war is over and God is not mad at them any more, they are forgiven through Jesus going to Calvary, they just have to receive it today.

It is what you ARE that prepares hearts to HEAR your message. Being "the light of the world" and "the salt of the earth" before people is what opens doors for you to share your faith in Jesus Christ. It comes down to this: they need to hear the Gospel. They look at what you do rather than what you say.

This week -

BE Christian witnesses for Jesus

BE salt and light to the world

BE good examples

BE Christ’s ambassadors

Be Blessed!

Norman