Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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We can do nothing to save ourselves

Posted By at Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The reason we cannot save ourselves is because we all miss the mark and fall short of God’s standard of absolute perfection.

Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

No matter how good we are, any sin, no matter how trivial it may appear to be, spoils the perfection that God requires.

James 2:10 “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Whilst some people are better than others, being better is not good enough. It's like two people trying to jump over a deep canyon. If one falls only a couple of feet short of the other side, he is no better off than the other who only makes it half way.

Because we have all been born into a sin nature due to Adam's failure in the Garden of Eden, not one of us is able to save ourselves. Not one of us is good enough to get into heaven. But because God loves us He sent Jesus to pay the price and offer us eternal life as a free gift.

Why should God offer anyone the gift of eternal life?

Psalm 145:8-9 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

Joel 2:13c “For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

In fact the Bible says in 1 John 4:8 “... for God is love.”

Because God is a loving God in fact He is just love and He is also merciful, He does not want to punish us. However because He is also perfectly just, He must punish sin! So Jesus became sin for us and took our punishment on Himself in order to save us. God’s love does not overrule His justice.

Deuteronomy 32:3b-4 “Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice. A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Exodus 23:7c “For I will not justify the wicked.”

Isaiah 13:11 “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity.”

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”

If God were to overlook sin because of His love, He would not longer be just. His law is perfect and His sentence has been passed.

Rom 6:23 “The wages of sin is death!"

However, God in His wisdom has brought His love and His justice together in the person of Jesus Christ!

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus is God and He was fully man and fully God and He took your place at Calvary, and now expects us to take our place in the heavenly realm.

Eph 2:6 Amplified Classic Edition And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us [a]joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Norman

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If You Want to Lead

Posted By at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Matthew 5:41 Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

By law, a Roman citizen or soldier could compel a subject from one of Rome's conquered lands to carry his backpack, or load, for him for one mile, but one mile only. As Jesus was preaching His Sermon on the Mount, He said, "If someone compels you to go one mile, you should double up and go two."

The first mile is required of us. The first mile is always the hardest. Ask the distance runner. The second wind never kicks in on the first mile. The truth is, it's not as easy to enjoy the things we have to do, as it is to enjoy the things we want to do.

The Christian life has its own mandated mile that's motivated by God’s law. It is tough to get started on the first mile. Ask any first-century Jew under Roman rule. The first mile interrupts your schedule when you are compelled to perform it. It causes you to swallow your own pride and bear an extra burden.

Likewise, often the most difficult part of the Christian life is getting started on the first mile. This is true with almost everything in life; with exercise programs, dieting and scores of other disciplines. Even in scripture memorization! 

In fact, many try to jump over Matthew 5:41. That is, they want to enjoy the little extras of the second mile, but they do not want to deal with the requirements of the first mile.

But according to Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

If we really want to succeed in life; we need to find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it, find a barrier and pull it down. The secret to personal success is to meet a need!

Any business will only be a success if it seeks to serve its customers honestly.

That means it is impossible to serve without putting the other person first. Isn't that just what Jesus did for you and for me in denying Himself and taking up the cross? And He said we should do the same if we want to be His followers.

I heard it described this way; 'to be a servant you must be willing to bear the cross and you can't succeed unless you serve'.

I also heard it said this way; 'a missionary is not someone who crosses the sea but someone who sees the cross'.

Jesus said if you want to be a leader, you first become a servant, deny yourself and seek to serve, not to be served.

Matt 20:26 Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.

Norman

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Our Faith Must Please God

Posted By at Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What is faith? I've been asked that many times! In all the years I've been teaching on this subject, I still get amazed at the number of Christians who think it some strange doctrine to talk about faith.

Heb 11:1 NLT Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Faith, basically, is the ability to trust God and His Word. It is believing in Him and His goodness towards us, it is depending on Him no matter what, it is obeying Him and His Word and keeping your eyes on Jesus Christ.

The fist step towards building a strong faith is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to the point He is your best friend. To have a friend means you have someone to talk to and share your thoughts and ideas with.

God's Word is God's plan for the life of His people, it reveals Him and His attributes. The faith that worked for people in the bible days will work for you too if you apply it faithfully.

God has given you the measure of faith, that's the same measure He used to raise Jesus from the dead, but it's like a muscle so it has to be developed, so it can increase and mature.

Norman


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Our Faith Must Be Unreasonable

Posted By at Wednesday, July 04, 2018

There were times in Jesus' ministry when He didn't allow unbelief to be around Him. An example was the time He went to raise Jairus' daughter from the dead. Jesus took with Him only those who would believe that He was the Anointed One who could raise the dead.

Only those who can believe by-pass their own human reasoning will see God move miraculously in their life.

Mark 5:36 Jairus is told that his daughter was dead. But, "...As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said unto the ruler of the synagogue, be not afraid, only believe."

So Jesus headed for Jairus' house with only three of His disciples.

Mark 5:37 "And he allowed no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James."

He only took the ones He knew could believe for miracles.

They got to the house and saw everyone crying, and then Jesus made a statement of faith: "...Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth."

Now that statement was absolutely unreasonable to their natural mind and their emotions, they had already begun to weep because they knew she was dead!

"And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out…."

When Jesus went to deal with the spirit of death, He made sure there would be no contaminated faith around. There only had to be unreasonable faith, pure and simple.

Sometimes you will have to put out those who cannot believe or those who laugh at you using faith!

Imagine for a moment if you can, someone's relative just died and the whole family is at the house. They're crying and carrying on as it normally happens.

Then Jesus walks in and says, "What are you crying for? She's not dead, she's just sleep."

Now the parents had made a decision already to believe God; remember Jairus said in Mark 5:23 "...come lay your hands on her heal her and she shall live!"

So, when Jesus got there, He took her little girl by the hand and told her, "Little girl get up." The girl got up. Praise God! She was alive and healed at 12 years of age.

It's when we decide to believe what God said, that we will have victory. Even though the circumstances look bleak, we must believe God's Word anyway. And when we believe the Word of God over our own human reasoning, when our faith becomes unreasonable to the human standard of thinking; we will have our desired result.

Norman