Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Don't Worry

Posted By at Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Good, sound research says that over 95% of the things that people worry about & which cause mental breakdowns, never happen.

‘Worry’ comes from a word that means being wolfed or eaten by a wild animal.

Eccl 11:10 in Moffatt's New Testament Banish worries from your mind and keep your body free from pain!

In the Greek New Testament worry means divide, rip, tear apart, etc.

1 Pet 5:7 Living Bible Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

There is a lot of eschatological teaching about these days! That means a study of end time events. There is nothing wrong with that, except many of the 'teachers' of end time events cannot and do not relate that particular teaching to the position of the Church today, and in relation to the finished work of Calvary. Much of what is taught bears no relevance to where you and I are today and how we can better equip ourselves for these last days.

When people preach bad news, it's hard to reconcile that to The Good News that Jesus said we should present. When tough times come; the tough (in Jesus) get going with The Word!

Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere!

Worry is like paying advance interest on a bill before it's due!

Worrying always does more harm to the one doing the worrying, than doing anything to change what is being worried about!

Yet so many Christians are still worriers in spite of what God says in His Word.

Jesus said in Luke 12:22-23,25-26,31

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.

23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."

Jesus wants you to know you are very valuable to Him and the kingdom. His concern was that we reach for His kingdom; which is far greater and more valuable than anything in the world.

Worry is a demonic design which is powerless to accomplish good and yet very powerful to destroy. Jesus encourages you to reach beyond the struggles of this world and partake of the kingdom that He has already given you as His children. It protects and comforts while at the same time allowing survival.

If the world is overwhelming you, you should ask God to teach you how to release your worries. Rest yourself on Him, believing He has already completed what you need in your life. You will find it works and that worry is really a sin in light of all He has done and provided for you.

Norman 
 

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Steps to Success

Posted By at Wednesday, June 22, 2016

   

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I want you to note today; I see that there are four steps to success.

The successful person is Imaginative, Committed, Affirmative, and Never gives up. The words begin with letters that spell I CAN!

Firstly, successful people are "I CAN PEOPLE." They have great an Imaginative mind and won't let circumstances hold them back!

They say: "I can and I will."

Now that we've considered that first word let's look at the others.

The second step to success is to make a Commitment to your dream and to your Goals. For genuine success, I believe this involves a prior step and that is to commit your life to Jesus Christ. I do not believe that God promises success to a person who does not make that commitment. You can make a lot of money, but if you have not Christ, all the money in the world is nothing. You may not have much money, but if you have Christ, you have everything. So commit yourself to Him and things will change!

Third, advance Affirmatively toward your goal. You'll probably have to think bigger than you have been. God has bigger plans that you've ever thought of up to this time. Perhaps you've heard the story of the fisherman who would keep the little fish he caught in a bucket, but the big fish he would throw back. When asked why? He said, “Very simple, I only have a small frying pan!”

Hey, silly fisherman, you don't select your fish by the size of the frying pan! You need to think bigger—you affirm that you need a bigger pan and then you go get it!

Fourth: Never give up! Winston Churchill delivered a commencement address at his old school, Harrow, that consisted of those three words repeated three times: “Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!” When he sat down, people sat in stunned silence. Then they gave him a standing ovation! What more really needed to be said to the graduates than, “Never give up!"

Remember what Jesus said in Luke 9:62 "No man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Quitters never win and winners never quit! Quitters are already beaten before they start. God is not a quitter! He didn't give up on you, so don't you give up on you either!

Today I want you say it out loud: - I CAN!

We will be having communion this coming Sunday morning, 26 June at Family Faith Centre, so why not come along if you're in the area, and enjoy fellowship and good teaching and a light lunch afterwards!

Norman 
 

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You Can Win in This Life

Posted By at Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When Joshua sent out the 12 spies into the Promised Land they all saw the same thing. But 10 of them came back saying in Numbers 13:28 & 33 "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are…very large… We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…."

They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader and go back into Egyptian slavery. That's incredible defeatist thinking.

But not Caleb! He had a different spirit or a different attitude as Numbers 14:24 tells us.

Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 "We should go up and take possession…for we are well able to do it."

Then years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes in Joshua 14:10-13 Caleb stepped forward and said …"Here I am today, 85 years old…just as vigorous… as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…"

Then Joshua blessed Caleb…and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

Caleb was able to win because:

  1. He remembered the promises of God and acted on them.
  2. He dared to take an unpopular stand when others wanted to go back.
  3. He refused to quit when the pressure was on, he just believed God.
  4. He saw possibilities where others saw only problems, he had vision.
  5. He kept his mind young, even when his body was old, he refused to act and think like an old person.

Does that describe you making God's Word statements or are you making 'old people' statements? Remember Caleb was 85 when he made these statements.

2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 34:19 Living Bible The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

John 16:33 Amplified Bible 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.]

Even though you may face continued challenges in your life, God wants to show you what He can do IN you, FOR you, WITH you, and THROUGH you - if you will let Him; because He has already declared you to be the winner in Christ!

Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

Have a great winning week.

Norman 
 

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Choose to Rejoice

Posted By at Wednesday, June 08, 2016

 

Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Your joy as a Christian should not depend on your circumstances. Joy comes from God and is already on the inside of you and therefore it cannot be affected by what is outside of you.

Joy is a fruit of a Spirit led life as Galatians 5:20-22 shows.

Don't be fooled into letting the actions of others determine your joy. True joy comes from knowing that God Himself lives within you and has fellowship with you, regardless of your environment. Real joy lies in the knowledge that Holy God has completely forgiven you of every sin, and even now, He has a home prepared in Heaven where you can spend eternity with Him. Jesus said in John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you may also be where I am."

The circumstances of your life cannot change these eternal truths.

Paul and Silas faced some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. They were falsely accused, arrested, and imprisoned. They were beaten and shackled in the darkest, coldest section of the prison. But they refused to allow their horrific situation to dampen their joy! They did not blame God for allowing these things to happen to them. Instead, they praised Him for His goodness! In the darkness of the night, they prayed and they sang hymns.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

God brought a miracle that released them from their chains, but perhaps the greater miracle was that His Holy Spirit could so fill them that even in their painful imprisonment they could overflow with joy! The joy of the Lord truly became their strength when they choose to rejoice.

Do not allow difficult circumstances to cancel the joy of knowing you are a child of God. Choose to allow God's Spirit to fill you with His unquenchable joy and your life will be a miracle to those who watch you face the trials that come - you overcome them in His strength.

Deuteronomy 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."

God gives you the opportunity to make the choice and He tells you what is best for you and your family. You can have joy and peace if you choose to obey His Word, it works every time. 

Norman 

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Be Led By The Holy Spirit

Posted By at Wednesday, June 01, 2016

John 16:13 “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”

It's not hard to know the truth. If you were in the truth, speaking with authority would come quite naturally if you were God. Discerning is also easier if you know, as Jesus does, what's in the hearts of men.

John 2:24-25 Contemporary English Version “24 But Jesus knew what was in their hearts, and he would not let them have power over him. 25 No one had to tell him what people were like. He already knew.

Though we don't possess those attributes naturally, we do have the Holy Spirit to lead us. He has the gifts that He distributes severally as He wills, to people who are committed to Christ.

If we are going to continue the work of Jesus, we must yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to control and guide us. Then we can know the truth, and speak that truth with authority and be able discern good and evil.

We have as our guide the Spirit of truth. When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, He said in John 16:13-14 "When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth . . . He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you".

This promise has primary reference to the apostles, but its application extends to all Spirit-filled believers. 1 John 2:27 27 But Christ has blessed you with the Holy Spirit.  Now the Spirit stays in you, and you don’t need any teachers. The Spirit is truthful and teaches you everything. So stay one in your heart with Christ, just as the Spirit has taught you to do.”

The Holy Spirit is first and foremost the Spirit of truth and He will lead us into all truth.

It is not research or reasoning. Many in higher education lean on their own understanding and believe only in what can be validated by research.

Truth is God's will made known through God’s Word. The Holy Spirit's role is to enable us to understand the Word of God from God's perspective as we are led by Him into all the truth.

Norman