Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Faith Can Change Your Life

Posted By at Wednesday, May 01, 2019

               

Jesus said we could move mountains (obstacles, hindrances) out of our way by using our faith and speaking to them to go.

Mark 11:22-23 Living Bible In reply Jesus said to the disciples, “If you only have faith in God—this is the absolute truth—you can say to this Mount of Olives, ‘Rise up and fall into the Mediterranean,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and have no doubt!"

We can speak things into existence in our life like Father God does. In Genesis, at the creation, God said and it was so:

Genesis 1:3 And God said

Genesis 1:6 And God said

Genesis 1:9 And God said

Genesis 1:11 And God said

Genesis 1:14 And God said

Genesis 1:20 And God said

Genesis 1:24 And God said

Genesis 1:26 And God said

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Paul then says in Romans 4:17 He (God) calls those things which do not exist as though they did.

Because words created this natural realm (the earth and everything in it including the materials that make-up our bodies), everything in this natural realm responds to spoken words. Things will respond to your faith filled words.

Jesus said in Luke 17:6 “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, be pulled up by the roots and be planted into the sea and it would obey you.”

God gives each of us, as New Creation beings, the ability to change our circumstances by speaking to them in faith and expecting a supernatural result, just like God said we could have, but it's according to OUR faith.

Norman

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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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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

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Faith Gets God's Attention

Posted By at Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Luke 8:43-48 A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesus said,

"Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’ Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and…told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

I want you to notice three important things in this story:

  1.  She did something she’d never done before. She decided to try Jesus. That’s a wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God’s grace at work in unexpected ways. Medical science had failed her and cost her everything she had. She heard about this itinerant preacher who was doing miracles, it was her last chance.
  2. She recognized her moment. She knew that Jesus was visiting her town, and might not be back. There are some God-moments in life when we’ve got to overcome our fear and move out in faith. If we don’t, we’ll miss the opportunity and it may not come our way again.
  3. She also opened the door for others. Up until this time, no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus’ garment. So her act of faith opened the door for others; she led the way to receive from Jesus that others had not even contemplated.

Matthew 14:35-36 People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

God’s looking for people who are willing to break with their religious traditions. When He finds them, He uses them to open doors and new dimensions of His power, so that others might be blessed and made whole.

Norman

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Faith Makes His Promises Reality

Posted By at Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What is the purpose of faith? Faith is God’s chosen method to get His salvation and His blessings to us in a controlled and legal way. Now, there is more to that statement than I can cover in this one article, but here is one thought – We have the promises so that we might be partakers of God’s salvation, His character, and His blessings. The purpose of Salvation and the purpose of faith is to turn God's promises into reality in our lives.

2 Peter 1:2-5 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these, He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge.

By faith and believing in God's Word we access God and everything God has. John 3:16 talks about God loving the whole world, but it goes on to say that only believers would share in His eternal life will be spared from judgement. That eternal life, by the way, starts now and not when we die. 

Through faith we can share in His eternal life, eternal salvation, and eternal will – now in this life, and of course, in the life to come. Through faith we can live in the benefits of His eternal Kingdom. That is why the Lord’s model prayer states in Matt 6:10 “Your will be done on earth as it (already) is in Heaven."

Again, one of the main purposes of the Bible is to turn the promises of God into our earthly realities. The promises are already spiritual realities in Heaven. The purpose of prayer is to make ‘the will be done as it is (already) in Heaven', and the purpose of believing is to get our prayers answered.

So, what is the purpose of the Bible? Is it to show us all the things we’re doing wrong? Is it to show us what we will have only in the next life? Or is it merely religious literature? "No!" to all these things.

The purpose of the Bible is the turn God’s will in heaven into God’s will here in the earth. The purpose of the Bible is to turn the spiritual realities of His promises into physical realities in our every day lives so through us the world will be reached with the gospel. God can do that when we believe His promises. The Word is real and He is real.

Norman

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These Three - Faith Hope Love!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

Faith, 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 we go the rest of 2018, are we allowing these qualities to overflow in our lives?

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 Himself.

Galatians 5:6 says “Faith works by love.”

Many people in today's society sometimes 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 Cor 13:8

* Our Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4

* By Hope we are saved 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, as is happening in many places today.

However, when Jesus injects faith, hope, and love 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, why not let God fill you with His faith, His hope and His love and then be a 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.

We must all determine to be all that God has already planned for us to be!

Norman

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Not Only a Hearer But a Doer of the Word

Posted By at Wednesday, November 07, 2018

         

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Luke 6:46 "But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say."

The Word of God is the Bible Speaking directly to each of us! The Bible is The Word of God that is all the Promises paid in full by the Blood of The Lord Jesus Christ for each of us - once and for all time! The Bible is the Instruction Manual for each and every Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ only confirms His Written Word. If what we are seeking is not in His Word, He will not confirm or answer it. Hearing the Word of God without possessing and becoming a doer of the Word will make our faith, powerless and dead.

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 2:17-18 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

A farmer can have a complete knowledge of every facet of bringing in an abundant harvest. But if he doesn't take that knowledge and apply it with to action, his fields will still be empty. The Word of God requires us to take action, to possess the Promises of Jesus Christ through a Living Faith in Him and His Word!

Luke 8:21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

The more we read (see) hear (listen), meditate (muse, mutter & ponder) and act (do) the Word of God, then the Greater our Faith will be. The Lord Jesus Christ confirms our living Faith with power through His Word!

The more time we spend in His Word the more we will know Him and possess His promises.

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Mark 4:24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given."

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.

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

So we must start doing what the Word says, and not just listening to it and so deceiving ourselves, and we will grow to be what God planned.

Norman

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Don't Be Anxious

Posted By at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

           

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When our hearts are anxious and filled with cares, we are trusting in our own strength and understanding.

Anxiety will take our hearts and minds off the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. He is waiting for us to call upon Him for help!

Psalms 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

When we go to the Lord with our prayers and then thank Him in advance for the victory. Then our hearts will enter into the realm of His worry free peace. The Lord cannot help us unless we give Him all of our cares and worries.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Hebrews 4:16 Shows us how to approach God, Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Once we give Him our cares, then He can move mightily on our behalf! The greatest obstacle to receiving from God Almighty is trusting in our own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

We trust in Him and not our understanding, for the victory.

When we pray, we cast all of our cares on Him and start thanking Him in advance for the victory. At that moment in time, the peace of God that surpasses all of our understanding will surround our hearts, life and minds. We will be in His glorious presence of peace instead of the midst of the storms and cares of life. In His presence is the fullness of joy.

1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "...in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

Confession here is 'homologia' in Greek, which means saying the same thing God says in His Word.

Norman

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Your Words are Your Faith Speaking

Posted By at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Do you realise when you speak your faith is talking?

Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

Whatever we have put in our hearts will eventually come out of our mouths. What we ‘believe’ will be coming out of our mouths, whether positive or negative.

The Apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:13 "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, "I believed, and therefore have I spoken," we also believe, and therefore speak."

The point I want to make is; whatever is in your heart will be coming out of your mouth and that, whatever it is, will be you releasing your faith, whether you can accept that view or not.

So with that thought we need to be careful what we are saying, because we are guiding and charting our course in life by our words.

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinketh in his heart so is he!

Eventually what we think, we will begin to speak out of our mouths and so we become what we say!

Proverbs 4:23 Good New Bible Be careful what you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

It's important to discipline our vocabulary because the things that occupy our thoughts will come to pass as we talk about them. They become our words of faith! Whatever you say is your faith speaking!!

Romans 10:8 Living Bible For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths.

Proverbs 18:21 Living Bible Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!

Think about that ,"Men have died for saying the wrong thing!"

That is a powerful statement from the Word; and unfortunately there are many people who have already died because they made wrong statements in their lives, & those statements came to pass. It is very important what we say.

I know many Christians who believe that their words are not important, but many of them seem to be in some sort of difficulty.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit!

Do you realize today that The Word going INTO your life produces fruit? And it's The Word coming OUT again that produces faith!

So it's your choice what you are going to say. Your words are containers for good or bad, positivity or negativity.

There is tremendous power in words because we are made in God's image. Whether they are written words, spoken words, or words set to music. Words will lead you along the right path or take you down the wrong path in life. We live by words; we speak them, we read them, we even think them. We communicate with words every day. People who speak negative words will eventually reap the results of speaking those words, because they reproduce after their own kind; failure, defeat and sorrow and even death!

They can be filled with ungodliness - hate, doubt, fear, and unbelief. Or they can be filled with godliness - love, joy, peace, happiness, and faith.

Words can curse, or words can bless.

Words can discourage, or they can encourage.

Words can wound, or they can make whole.

Words filled with the power of God will linger with you and literally change your life.

The words you hear will either help you along life's path or hinder you!
 Words can build confidence into people, or words can destroy faith and confidence in people.

Biting or stinging words spoken in the morning by a husband or wife can rob them both of efficiency throughout the day. But loving, tender and beautiful words will fill their day with strength that leads them to victory.

Why is it that some families grow up strong and stable, always winning in life?

One reason is that right words were spoken at home. The atmosphere in our homes is a product of our words.

What are you building into your children, friends, associates and colleagues? Are you building failure and defeat? Or are you building success and victory?

We cannot afford to talk failure.

Remember; when you speak it is YOUR faith talking!

Norman