Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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How Much Do You Want It?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

Matthew 15:22-28 A Canaanite woman...came to him, crying out, "Lord...My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession" ...He answered, "I was sent only to...Israel. It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.''

This Gentile woman was not an Israelite, she was an outsider, a Canaanite; yet she pushed through and got what other, too comfortable insiders often miss out on.

She had to overcome some hurdles!

First, Jesus refused to answer her.

Second, He said, "What I have is only for the Jews."

Finally He said, "It wouldn't be right to give the children's bread to dogs."

Most people would have walked away offended at that point. But not her! She cried, "Have mercy on me."

She wasn't asking for what she deserved, she was crying out for what she needed; that was her daughter to be healed.

As a result of her faith, Jesus removed every obstacle and answered her prayer.

So if we persist, He will do the same for us too. In reality, this woman told Jesus, "Let the children have the bread, all I need are the crumbs!"

Many in the church become so complacent that we neglect the bread, waste the bread, complain about the bread, and many times don't even come to church to get the bread.

But people who get desperate enough pick up the crumbs and find life!

We need to remember that if there's power in the loaf, there's also power in the crumb. And if a crumb is all you can get, a crumb is all you need.

So what do you need from God today and how much do you really want it?

Norman

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Who Are You Joined to?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

One of the greatest promises Jesus ever gave us is found Matt 11:28-30 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Why would Jesus talk about being yoked in a harness, which suggests hard work and then talk about rest in the same breath?

To most people, rest means laying down in their bed. But that's not the kind of rest Jesus was thinking about.

A yoke is a harness that goes around the necks of two oxen so they can pull a load. Accepting Jesus' yoke is a picture of your submission to Him.

It's also a picture of help, because you're not pulling the load alone. In each team of oxen one is the leader and the other just follows. Jesus will take the lead and the load but you must be yoked to Him to get the benefit.

So start to enjoy intimacy with Him as you bow before Him and accept His will. Jesus promises that His yoke won't choke you, it won't be wearisome or confining; you won't chafe under it, because it will be easy and it will be light. In fact, the irony is, if you want to be truly free you must allow yourself to be yoked to Jesus by submitting your will to His.

Now it's possible to accept Christ's yoke then start pulling against it when life doesn't go the way you want it to. Peace and rest come only when you relax in the yoke and let Christ lead the way and you follow Him.

Norman

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Having Another Spirit

Posted By at Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

God speaking about Caleb in Numbers, said in Chapter 14:24 My servant Caleb has a different spirit.

Caleb, as a young man came back from spying the Promised Land, and didn't consider safe living but stood with the minority and announced, "With God on our side we'll take it!"

At 85 years old he was still slaying giants, claiming mountains and leading his tribe to do the same. That's because he had 'a different spirit'. He didn't go with the flow.

Richard Edler author of 'IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW' writes: "Safe living generally makes for regrets later on. We are all given talents and dreams. Sometimes the two don't seem to match. But usually we compromise both before ever finding out. Later on, we find ourselves looking back longingly to that time when we should have chased our true dreams and our true talents for all they were worth. Don't let yourself be pressured into thinking that your dreams or your talents aren't prudent. They were never meant to be prudent. They were meant to bring joy and fulfillment into your life."

If a caterpillar refuses to get into its cocoon it'll never transform and will be forever relegated to crawling on the ground, even though it had the potential to fly in the bright blue sky and enjoy the sunshine.

What do you believe God's called you to do? Start to do it!

God's not limited by your IQ but He is limited by your "I will".

Someone said: "If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win but you think you can't, it's almost certain you won't. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who believes he can."

It's all about your state of mind.

The spirit of Caleb is the "can do" spirit! Have you got it?

Norman

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Obey God's Voice

Posted By at Wednesday, September 06, 2017

 

In the book of Samuel in 1 Sam 15:22 Samuel the prophet spoke to King Saul about his disobedience to God.

When Samuel was just little boy, really an apprentice to Eli the priest, he began hearing God's voice. In 1 Sam 3:4 The Lord called Samuel as he was sleeping and Samuel, thinking it was Eli, replied: "Here I am!"

The Lord called Samuel three times and each time the boy went to Eli the priest and asked him what he wanted. Each time Eli said he didn't call the boy and told him to go lie down again. But the 3rd time it happened, Eli knew that it was The Lord calling Samuel, and so he told the boy in Vs 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

The point of the story is really found in verse 7 where it says: Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the Word of the Lord yet revealed to him.

Samuel was in the process of learning to recognize God's voice, so the lesson for you and me today is we need to also recognize God's voice. We do that by spending time with Him and getting to know Him better through His Word, but it's not something that is learned quickly, because God speaks to different people in different ways.

  1. It requires us to start to mature spiritually. Jesus said His sheep follow Him because they know His voice in John 10:4. Jesus said that His 'sheep' not His 'lambs', know His voice. Lambs just follow adult sheep until their senses are trained. Thank God He has grace for the immature. If your spiritual ears are not yet developed, God will work with you until you learn to recognize His voice. Remember incomplete obedience is just disobedience.
  2. It requires guidance and confirmation from Godly leadership. Heb 13:17 "Obey your Spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls." So who is your spiritual pastor? It is important to be part of and committed to a local Spirit led and Spirit filled church.
  3. Don't limit how you'll hear God's voice to your previous experiences. God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19 and the whole mountain shook. In 1 Kings 19 He spoke to Elijah in a cave in a still small voice.

So don't limit God; He will always speak to you through the Scriptures, through those qualified to teach you His Word, through a song and even your own thoughts and desires when you're submitted to Him.

The key is to stay close to God and keep your receiver switched on.

4. Then above everything else, it requires obedience. In Genesis 22:18 God spoke to Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

When it comes to recognizing God's voice, don't be slow in responding! And don't ever substitute religion for obedience to God's Word.

Just be ready to obey His voice because He only speaks to those who obey and continue to obey His Word.

Norman