Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Keep on Rejoicing

Posted By at Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

James 1:2-4 The Message Bible Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed not deficient in any way.

Do you realize you can rejoice even in the midst of any temptation!

The reason you can rejoice is because God gives you the ability and power to overcome every temptation you face.

In John 16:33 AMP Jesus said, I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

He will never abandon you any time you are being tested. The grace of God is sufficient to enable you to meet every obstacle victoriously.

Let joy be your source of strength as it says in Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

It is a very high form of faith. Joy releases the power of God to work on your behalf.

God tells you to rejoice in the very face of tests, trials and temptations, because Jesus has already deprived it of power to harm you. Remember by you rejoicing you are releasing your faith and the power of God goes forth to overcome any barrier. Your rejoicing is IN God not in or for the test, trial or temptation.

The reason many have not taken advantage of these verses is because they have been misunderstood. Many people could not reconcile rejoicing over tests, trials and temptations. If someone continually gives thanks for temptations, they actually open the door for more tests and trials to come.

Learn to thank God IN the situation not FOR it - thank Him FOR His grace that causes you to overcome the situation.

Praise God for what He has done for you instead of glorifying the devil in his attacks. There is a fine line between the two attitudes that is of the utmost importance.

As you rejoice in God's grace to overcome the temptation you will be standing on the Word in faith. This is called patience or steadfastness. As you are patient and consistent, God promises you will be perfect and entire, wanting nothing as James 1:4 says.

Norman

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A Little Knowledge or Do You Really Know Him?

Posted By at Wednesday, August 19, 2015

 

There are many people who go to Bible College and Seminaries to gain knowledge of The Bible and find out about God. They hope that somehow that knowledge will open doors for them in some form of ministry or a position in the church.

However, the Apostle Paul prayed in Phil 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Notice he said I want to KNOW Christ; he did not say he wanted to know ABOUT Christ, but to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. He wanted to know Christ in all His fullness.

In the Old Testament Daniel discovered that secret in Daniel 11:32 ..but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

As a Bible teacher and Doctor of Divinity, I am not opposed to anyone acquiring Biblical knowledge, as long as it comes via God’s Word and for His glory.  Unfortunately, there are many ministers and leaders who have spent sometimes many years acquiring knowledge, getting their degrees and then they proceed to empty the church by degrees.

In God’s long-term economy it’s not WHAT you know but WHOM you know that really counts and brings the results.

Isaiah 53:11 He [God] shall see of the travail of His soul [Jesus], and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous servant [Jesus] justify many for He shall bear their iniquities.

It was by His knowledge that Jesus justified and made righteous all of us who are born again, but HE depended on His Father as to how and when to use that knowledge.

John 5:30 Amplified Bible I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently of My own accord-but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

Even though Jesus said He could do nothing of Himself, He went on to do everything that was necessary to bring us back to The Father’s family.

His secret of success was His James 4.7 faith, because out of His subjection to His Father came His dominion over the devil and all his works.

1 John 3:8 Amplified Bible The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

1 John 2:6 Amplified Bible Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

So we are to walk and behave as He walked and conducted His life before people.

Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

In John 15:5 Jesus said "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."

When He said, "For apart from me you can do nothing."

;">That means that through Him we could do all things as Phil 4:13 says.

Are you starting to get the picture here?

Can you get excited about this? It's the message of the New Creation.

Getting to know: Who you are. What you have. What you can do in Christ!

Today, August 19, Elizabeth and I share 51 years of marriage together.

Norman

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Can You Believe God For Good Things?

Posted By at Wednesday, August 12, 2015

 

2 Samuel 7:28 NLT For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant.

If God promised good things to His servants how much more for those who are heirs and joint heirs?

Paul says in 2 Cor 5:7 we are to; "Walk by faith, not by sight."

But it doesn't always come easily. It takes a mind renewed by The Word to make a faith choice when you're staring down a situation that seems impossible.

So how do you develop that kind of faith?

For any relationship to thrive, both parties must invest time and energy into getting to know one other. Lasting connections are based on trust and a clear knowledge of the other person's habits and character. And it's the same with God. Over time as you prove His faithfulness it becomes easier to let go of your fear and replace it with faith in Him.

Someone said:"Getting to know God means walking with Him, spending time in His Word, getting to know His spotless character and the countless examples of His unfailing love illustrated in His ironclad promises. It means praying, talking, sharing all the details of your life and the inner workings of your heart. He knows it all already, but He enjoys the intimacy of the conversation. And like any balanced relationship, we can't always be the one talking. We have to make time to listen, to come before the Lord and get quiet, by silencing the noise of our thoughts and the rush of our emotions."

Remember the place fear works is in the empty space where your faith should be. Fear is based on what you see and hear. Faith is based on knowing that God's Word is reliable, and that He has promised 'good things' to those who believe Him for them!

Jesus said in Matt 7:7  "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Norman

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Speaking God's Word

Posted By at Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;My God, in Him I will trust.”

In verse 2, the Psalmist [thought to be Moses because he wrote Psalm 90], is acting on what he knows has been revealed in verse 1. He knows the secret place. He knows how much God loves him. He knows how much he loves God. He knows he is under the shadow [protection] of the Almighty. Therefore, he is going to speak God's word: "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of your tongue.

You will have in your life whatever you say with your mouth. That means, your words determine whether or not you will have God's protection. The Psalmist says, "I know God loves me. I dwell in the secret place of El Elyon the Most High God. I abide under the shadow of the Almighty El Shaddai, the One Who provides my needs. Therefore, this is what I am saying. God is the one who hides me or protects me from all physical danger. God is a defense against human enemies, against people who wish to harm me."

Jesus, on a number of occasions said, "It is written."

Proverbs 6:2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.

Remember your words will either LIMIT you or they will LOOSE you.

Norman