Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Don't Waste Time

Posted By at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 

Time is something we all think we have plenty of. Some people think they have plenty of time but circumstances or sickness cuts a life short so often.

My father retired at 65 years old, expecting to enjoy a long retirement with my mother after nearly 45 years of marriage together; but his life was cut short within three months by a sudden aneurysm in his aorta.

So we all need to make preparation for eternity. Live like you have a long time but prepare like it's today.

God expects us to be good stewards of our time. We need to use our time wisely and not waste it.

We all need to spend time alone with God. I'm not just talking about those five minutes in the morning and I'm not even talking about a one-hour session every morning. I'm talking about a daily communion between you and God. But you don't have to be living like a monk in some monastery up in the hills.

You can be alone with God and still have your normal lifestyle by just getting rid of other things that add so much busyness to your life. Turn off the television in the evenings. Turn off the radio in your car. Spend time by yourself in your room with no distractions. Switch off your phone or I-pad.

When it's quiet and you have nothing to distract your mind, you can hear that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. When God knows He has your undivided attention, He will impart wisdom and understanding to you. You will begin to grow and mature. You will begin to sharpen your edge.

Most people have been conditioned that they must always be doing something. If they're not in school, they must be at football practice. If they're not at practice, they must be at work. And if they're not at work, they must be at home getting themselves ready to start all over again the next day.

Have you ever had your electricity cut off during a storm? It can get very quiet with no radio, no television, no telephone—you don't even hear the hum of your refrigerator.

During those times many people are at a loss as to what to do, they have not practiced the presence of God on a regular basis!

What are you going to do? There's nothing to watch, nothing to listen to, nothing to input into our brain. It's just very still and quiet. Do you make it a family time where you just sit and talk? Do you take advantage of the quiet? Take time to meditate God's Word, listen to a teaching CD and learn from it.

Don't wait for the electricity to go out and you're forced to be quiet before God. If you're waiting for that, you've probably lost the edge already!

Why not commit to having that rich communion time with Him every day, make it your habit in 2018. Jesus made it a habit of spending time with His Father.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts next week, Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING, POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES and PRAYER FOR NEEDS will be the key!

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He is Our Daily Strength

Posted By at Wednesday, January 24, 2018

                             

Psalm 84:5-7 NKJ Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

God declares you are blessed because your strength is in Him.

Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is the strength of my life…"

God's own strength and power dwells in you. You have His ability, His force, His might, and His energy. All of God's strength is yours in Christ.

You are daily increasing in strength. Every moment you are getting stronger, and are going from one degree of strength to another as you meditate in God's Word; because it is what builds you up and gives you strength.

God has not given you a defeated attitude or one that cowers in fear, but rather He has given you a "spirit of power and love and a sound mind." Paul says in 2 Tim 1:7.

When we make Jesus the Lord of our life, we exchange our weakness for His strength. As a result, we are now strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as Eph 6:10 says.

You have been strengthened with might by God's Spirit in your inner man, as Paul says in Eph 3:16.

Resurrection power is flowing through you by the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 10:27 says "you have an anointing from God that destroys [not breaks] every yoke of bondage".

You never have to be afraid again because you know who you are, and whose you are. You know who Jesus is and what He has done for you. His Word makes all the difference.

You have realized that meekness is not weakness, but rather a total dependence on Jesus. He is strong. The government is upon His shoulders and you are part of His body.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts next week, Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING, POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES and PRAYER FOR NEEDS will be the key!

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Our Lives Should Please God

Posted By at Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Everyone needs to be born again and to do that means we repent of all sins, turning from our own way and coming over to God's way. That simply means acknowledging that Jesus The Christ is Lord over all our life. Then God's Holy Spirit gives us the power to live this overcoming life. We can trust the Holy Spirit to lead us into all the fullness of the life God wants for us individually, and as a body.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

This abundant life only comes when we live life His way, being led by His Spirit on a daily basis and walking in faith daily.

In John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

In obeying The Lord we will have to do some new things in our new lifestyle and probably do some other things differently. The Word of God is the wisdom of God for us now.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. and in all your getting, get understanding.

As you read and meditate on His Word, God will speak to you through it and give you direction.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

God will encourage you by His Word!

Psalm 119:107 I have been afflicted very much; revive me, O Lord, according to Your Word.

The Word is like a love letter from God to us!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

As most of you already know, you are not saved by your good works, but by God's race and your faith.

Romans 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

That's a heart and mouth condition for walking in the fullness of all God has for us. Living our lives in a way that pleases God is our faith confirmation to God that Jesus truly is Lord over all our life.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING and POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES will be the key!

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Are You Switched on Yet?

Posted By at Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 

We all have a myriad of electrical appliances in your homes, from kitchen gadgets and vacuum cleaners, to television and entertainment equipment, DVD players etc. Some may even be Christmas gifts you received this past few weeks.

If you turn on your electrical appliance and nothing happens, you generally look to try to see what the problem is. More than likely, it's because the appliance has not been plugged in and switched on at the power point. No matter how good the appliance is, without power it becomes a useless piece of equipment. Every week I see such items put out for the rubbish collection in my area.

It's the same in our Christian walk; if our spiritual life does not seem to be functioning, we should check if we are plugged into the divine power source, otherwise you might be as useful as the discarded equipment by the street-side, waiting to be collected by the rubbish collector.

A branch only produces fruit because it is still connected to the tree. If we abide in Christ we are plugged into God’s power source. As a result we will naturally start exhibiting the traits of a Christ-like life.

Sadly, many people try to produce the fruits of Christianity using their own power, and then wonder why their burdens are still heavy and not light, as God's Word says they should be, and why they are constantly under stress and don’t have the joy and peace promised in the Bible.

The truth is, if we are not abiding in Christ and are not plugged into the divine power source by prayer and regular study of the Word, or are not switched on; then we are just like the discarded appliances just taking up space and good for nothing.

John 15:5-6 The Message “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.

So are you switched on yet?

Norman

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING and POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES will be the key!

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Be Strong & Courageous in 2018

Posted By at Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 

In this New Year of 2018 I want to start out by challenging you to be strong and courageous as you face this whole year. None of us really know except the Holy Spirit reveals to us what the year will hold by way of challenges and opportunities. But we do know that God's Word contains many wonderful promises for those who obey His Word.

Joshua 1:6 NKJV Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Just as there were some prerequisites that were required of Joshua and Israelites to go into the Promised Land, the same things are required of us to receive the blessings of God today. God told Joshua to be strong and of courageous. Why? In order to inherit the blessings God promised them, today we must also be strong and courageous to inherit the blessings for ourselves.

We can't be weakling's in the army of the Lord. We have to stand up and realize that we can’t live the way the world lives and still have God’s blessings. God sees us as who we really are, born again and His very own precious possessions and He desires us to have our inheritance and to use it wisely. He doesn’t want it to slip through our hands like it did before we became good givers and tithers.

You are very important to God. He is concerned about everything that concerns you. He sees each of you as precious and valuable no matter what you may have done. Now all that is left is for you to see yourself the same way He does, so that you can walk in His blessings.

Joshua 1:6 says to be strong and courageous. Well, that’s just the beginning. Later God said it again in V9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

And in order to be strong and courageous you must observe to do according to the law. In other words, we must accept God’s Word as the law in our life. Your attitude should be, “God said it. I have believed it so that settles it. That’s the way it’s going to be. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t even have to like it. But because I trust God and I know that He loves me and He’s awesome in my life, I will do it because He said it.” That’s the attitude that will cause you to win and be victorious.

When you enlist in the army of the Lord the enemy will attack you. You had better believe that. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be an enemy. He is doing what an enemy does.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The enemy comes with the purpose of stealing and killing and destroying but He [Jesus] came to give you life in all it's fullness and total victory every day."

So we have to be strong, be courageous, observe and do the Word of God and meditate it daily. When you do that, you will inherit the land, make your way prosperous, and you will have good success.

Norman