Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Faith Hope Love

Posted By at Wednesday, April 24, 2019

             

1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love."

Faith and hope and love [that is God's kind of love 'agape love'] are all Godly attributes.

Satan possesses none of these and hates everyone who does possess them.

I wonder as you go through this year of 2019 are these the qualities you possess?

God is the God of faith, the God of all hope and God is love. These are His characteristics.

Those who genuinely possess these qualities are God possessed for these only come from and through the Lord God Himself.

Galatians 5:6 says Faith works by love.

Yet many Christians who profess faith certainly do not exude this love. They act often like they have no love. How can this be?

Many people in today's church even lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since God breathed His life into man and they will be here as long as He continues to live in men's hearts. They abide regardless of political systems.

Men however, under the direction of the devil, have tried to eradicate them, but their efforts have fallen short and always will.

  • Love never fails according to 1 Corinthians 13:8
  • Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4
  • Hope we are saved by it according to Romans 8:24

These are the qualities that give our lives meaning and great enjoyment.

These characteristics distinguish men from animals. Remove them, and people begin to act like wild animals.

However, if we inject faith, hope, and love even into the vilest heart, then it can be melted and reshaped in the image of God. Living without faith, hope, and love diminishes the quality of life.

Satan seeks to strip men and women of these three God-like qualities, while God never wants us to be without them. There is constant warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness over these three special virtues.

Today, let God fill you with an even greater measure of His faith, His hope and His love and then be a bigger channel through which He can release these virtues to those who need faith; those who need hope and those who are starving for true agape love.

This year make a determined effort to be all that God has already planned for you!

Norman

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Faith Connects With God

Posted By at Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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.

To receive salvation, the only thing required of us was faith. God did all the work for us, and we get all the benefits. Our part is the faith to believe. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

We were saved by grace. Grace is unmerited favor. We didn’t do anything to deserve salvation, but He gave it to us anyway because He loved us. Even the faith which we use to connect to Him is a gift from Him.

Salvation is the benefit package that contains everything that Jesus has so generously provided for us through His death and resurrection.

The method through which we initially received salvation is the same method we use to receive everything that has been provided for us in salvation.

How exactly, were you saved?

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Two things are required for us to be born again: the heart and mouth connection.

  1. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead.

If you take these two steps, then I believe you are saved!

Norman

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Come Up Higher

Posted By at Wednesday, April 10, 2019

James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work; this one will be blessed in what he does.

It's not just by positive thinking alone that we can make spiritual progress, but rather from thinking positively on God’s Word and doing what that Word instructs us to do, and then learning and growing from what we’ve done. Whoever makes an honest attempt to do what God’s Word has taught him to do, that person, James says, will be blessed in what he does.

We move up to higher ground not by meditation alone, but by obedience to and by moving on the Word. Our conscience is a cautionary faculty that warns us when we’re about to violate God’s principles. It was given to restrain each of us. But sometimes we do need to be stimulated and the conscience should do that also.

It should move each of us to act in ways that ARE consistent with His principles. Often, however, we fail to act because we're afraid of making a mistake, so end up doing nothing. And consequently, we LEARN nothing. By failing to act on the best of our present understanding, we forfeit the opportunity to grow and improve in that understanding.

Improvement is the result of examining what has been done and adjusting accordingly. The more we do, the more we have a chance to improve. But if we wait to do anything until the circumstances exactly right, we’ll probably do very little. Perfect conditions for action rarely present themselves, and the person who waits for them is wasting valuable time.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

In the real world, we all have to go ahead and do the best we can. Spiritual growth has more than one dimension. On the one hand, it requires us to shun evil. But on the other, it requires that we all do the good we know to do, and then learn to do even better and more efficiently.

2 Peter 3:17 "You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen."

Maturity comes from actions carefully considered beforehand, and then carefully evaluated afterwards.

Renewal is the principle and the process that empowers us to move on an upward spiral of growth and change, of continuous improvement. Moving along the upward spiral requires us to LEARN, COMMIT and DO on increasingly higher planes, so we continually move deeper in our faith and relationship with God.

Norman

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Our Faith Can Change Our Destiny

Posted By at Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Thousands of people, who once lived without hope, have discovered the promises of God’s Word, have believed and have produced faith in their heart and then acted on them. As a result, their lives have been transformed. One such man who lived in Old Testament times was named Jabez. This man’s name means 'sorrow, pain, and trouble.' Every time his name was called, it cried out to him, “Pain! Trouble! Sorrow'! Jabez was probably convinced that he would be confined to weakness, pain and sickness all the days of his life.

But one day he heard about the God of Israel and how God was a covenant keeping, wonder working, all powerful God.

The scripture says in 1 Chron 4:9-10 And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bare him with sorrow." And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!" And God granted him that which he requested.

Jabez changed his destiny the day he began calling upon God. Progress in the kingdom of God or any other area doesn’t happen accidently.

Jabez asked the Lord to bless him and enlarge his coast. The scripture says that God answered his prayer. Dennis Burke said that we can create abundance from God in our futures if we are willing to make changes today.

Here are some things we must do if we want to receive God’s blessings in our life.

  1.  Put God first in our life. God is not opposed to us having things, but God will not tolerate things becoming more important to us than Him. The scripture says in Matt 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
  2.  Let go of traditions. Someone said, “Every Sunday people carry into church something that is more powerful in their lives than God’s Word. It is their traditions.” But Jesus said in Mark 7:13 “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."
  3.  Let go of all reasons for lack. There are always reasons why God’s people are not living in the blessings of God. Proverbs 26:2 says “The curse causeless shall not come.” There are reasons why people do not walk in the promise of abundance and blessing. These include such things as lack of knowledge, failure to give, disobedience, laziness and being unteachable. They will stop the flow of God’s blessings.
  4. Expect to receive a harvest. Jesus told His disciples to expect to receive when they give. In fact, what they received would be greater than what they gave. In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” Just like Jesus told His disciples to expect a return when they gave, He tells us through His Word, that we should do the same.

And like Jabez discovered, our lives should be more than struggling and labouring to just get by. We are not born again to strive but to thrive and increase in every area.

God wants us to be blessed so that we can be a blessing.

Norman