Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Develop a Hunger For God

Posted By at Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 

If you're dissatisfied inside and feel a little dried up spiritually; I can help you with this life changing and challenging news today.

1 Cor 15:1 Amplified Bible And now let me remind you [since it seems to have escaped you], brethren, of the Gospel (the glad tidings of salvation) which I proclaimed to you, which you welcomed and accepted and upon which your faith rests.

Paul the Apostle is writing to born again, spirit-filled church people and he said that he needed to remind them about some things.

Oftentimes we hear things but they don't make an impact on us and so we need to hear them again and sometimes more than once, that’s why I repeat things over again often in my teaching.

Paul tells them to hold on to what they have learned and remind themselves of it often. He said in Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God.

We should hunger and thirst after righteousness because Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 Message Bible "You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God."

God will respond to your hunger and thirst for His Word and Jesus said when we hunger and thirst we will be filled.

Don't wait for God to move, you make a start today and make your move towards God. When you demonstrate to Him you are hungry for His Word and His presence, then He will move and bring you all you need to be blessed with and for you to be a blessing to others. You will see His glory and power and you will be blessed beyond measure; He wants to bless you with overflow.

Don't wait any longer, get busy and desire His move in your life; get hungry and thirsty today, and you will be filled!

Norman

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Just Stay Calm

Posted By at Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Proverbs 17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

It is dangerous to let your mind become so agitated that you can't consider your actions carefully. Having a calm mind is a great asset in this life. Without it your devotional life will not bear much fruit. If your heart is troubled, you are vulnerable to the enemy of the soul. When you're agitated, you are not able to make good decisions. You will stumble into the devil’s snares.

Our old adversary the devil specializes in confusion. He loves to prey upon minds that are torn and upset by multiple worries, and often has his greatest success in tempting us when we're so beset by cares that we act on impulse, failing to consider the consequences of our actions.

Note that Solomon observed, in the verse above, that a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

But how can we have a calm spirit when many stressful things come at us at once, all of which seem to have to be considered? There surely can be no question that this is one of life's most difficult challenges and there are no easy answers. Like most difficult things, however, cultivating a calm mind is a matter of training.

Our brains may have a more complicated connection to our spirits than the other parts of the body, but the brain is still a part of the body and as such, it has to be trained to serve, rather than hinder the spirit man.

Naturally unruly, and seemingly with a will of its own, the mind has to be put in its place, disciplined and taught to help us get to heaven.

Training our minds to be calm is like every other kind of training in that it has to be done in small steps. It's a matter of incremental growth over time.

What we must do is put ourselves on a deliberate regimen of training as we exercise our minds each and every day. We find some little thing we can do today to help calm our minds, and that victory encourages us to do the same tomorrow.

At the very least, we need to consciously value a calm spirit. We need to pursue it and when we find ourselves without it, we need to be wise enough to see the danger we're in, and make Godly efforts to recover our calmness as soon as possible. If we can't always be calm, we can certainly grow in that direction.

Today, like every day, there are steps we can take that will lead to a mind that's more peaceful -- and more careful.

What is that step?

Paul, in Romans 12:2 tells us what to do. "Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is!"

Norman

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Don't Let Fear Hold You Back!

Posted By at Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  

Is fear of failure holding you back and keeping you from doing things you want to do? Then it’s time to break through the fear barrier!

Fear starts in our thoughts. To overcome fear, we need to change the way we look at things, and change the way we think about them. Fear is rarely a reflection of our current reality; it's usually a result of anticipating negative future events. Fears have a way of mushrooming when we keep thinking about them; they seem bigger than they really are. When we stop feeding fearful thoughts, they lose their power.

The thing you fear the most is often the one thing that's standing in the way of what you really want. So don't let fear rule your life.

Let me tell you first up what fear really is: F. E. A. R. It is False Evidence Appearing Real!

2 Cor 10:5 "Cast down imaginations, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

I'm sure you've probably heard the phrase, 'feel the fear and do it anyway'; it's possible to feel fear, but yet move past it and go for what you want regardless. You can learn to say no to fear.

In the past when I first started out in ministry, I'd let fear hold me back from doing many things that I really wanted to do. I eventually decided that it was time to do something about it. I didn't want to get to the end of my life and be full of regret for all the things I hadn't done. I decided it was time to face my fears and push past them. Then, I started to ask myself, "What's the worse thing that could happen if I did ...?" "Would that really be so bad?"

I began to realize that I'd been letting insignificant thoughts and fear stop me from stepping out of my comfort zone. I had a choice. I could carry on being afraid and let those fears stop me from doing things, or I could face the fears and go ahead and do things in spite of feeling afraid. I decided that I wasn't going to let fear of failure stop me any longer, so I pushed through and thousands of people have been helped as a result.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

So today I encourage you to press on and do what needs to be done, if necessary, do it trembling. There is no magic solution. The key is to recognise the fear for what it really is, and refuse to let it hold you back from your dreams. The antidote to all fear is faith.

Your plan may never be that perfect, but make adjustments as you discover what works for you and what doesn't. When you start taking action the fear will begin to lose its power. Keep focused on your plan and take some action every day.

Franklin D Roosevelt said, "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear … is fear itself."

Mark Twain said, "Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain."

Fears may try to resurface from time to time; they have a habit of creeping up on you when you're not expecting them. Just tell them that you're not going to listen to them, take a deep breath, reach out to God and dare to live life the way you want to live it. You have better things to do than to live in fear.

Romans 8:37-39 37 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

When we step out of our comfort zone and start to do things that we've been afraid of doing, we soon begin to discover that the fear was really an empty bluff and there really wasn't anything to be afraid of. Things are rarely as bad as we think. So don't let fear rob you of your dreams. Do something towards overcoming those fears every day. Keep pushing through and silence your fears forever.

I read somewhere that God has put 365 'FEAR NOTS' in His Word; so that's one for every day of the year.

Lena Kellogg Sadler said, "The only known cure for fear is faith."

Norman

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What Goes Around Comes Around

Posted By at Wednesday, March 07, 2018

 

In 2 Samuel 12 the story is told about God sending the prophet Nathan to David to tell him a story about two men.

2 Sam 12:1 So the LORD sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story, "There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor."

2 "The rich man owned many sheep and cattle."

3 "The poor man owned nothing but a little lamb he had worked hard to buy. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man's own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter."

4 "One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing a lamb from his own flocks for food, he took the poor man's lamb and killed it and served it to his guest."

5 David was furious. "As surely as the Lord lives," he vowed, "any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!"

This story is not really about a rich man taking a poor man's lamb. It is really about David taking another man's wife and then having the man killed in war so it looked like an accident of war.

Why the pretence? I think the Lord was letting David dictate his own punishment.

In Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

This is what happened to David. He received what he gave out.

David demanded the death penalty and much more. This man not only had to pay with his life, but was made to make four-fold restitution. This is what happened to David, David's baby son died and the sword would never stop pursuing David.

More than that, God permitted evil to rise out of David's own house to afflict him. David's wives were taken from him the same as he had taken Uriah's wife. Although David committed his sin privately, God would execute His judgment publicly.

We can all praise God that we have a superior and better covenant.

Heb 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, in-as-much as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

God will not judge us the way He judged David under the Old Covenant, because Jesus bore all that judgment for us.

However, there is still the principle of reaping our own judgment. People will treat us the way we treat them. If we are harsh and unforgiving, then people will treat us that way.

Those who show mercy receive mercy!

James 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

We don't have to learn everything the hard way, we can learn by other people's mistakes. David should be an example to us all. We need to remember that the way we judge others is the way we will be judged.

If we want to be treated mercifully; now would be a good time to start sowing mercy. Remember you will get back what you give out. You will reap according to your sowing. It works just like a boomerang.

Norman