Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Let His Mind Be In You

Posted By at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

1 Cor 2:16 But we have the mind of Christ.

It's important in these last days that we all begin to think like Christ.

There has been so much teaching around about being a servant of God but you can't think like a servant and live like a son!

To become God-Inside Minded is the first step for us to begin to live like victors. As soon as we become God-inside conscious, we will begin to depend upon the God inside of us.

1 John 4:4 Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:16 And we know and have believed the love which God hath in our case. God is love; and he that abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

There comes a holy boldness in knowing that; a Jesus-like fearlessness. No matter what happens, He is inside and He will take us to the other side. We have His ability, His courage, and His strength. It takes us out of the failure realm and puts us over into the realm of success.

Romans 5:17 NLT For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

We have received His Righteousness. We have received the abundance of His grace. We reign as kings in life. God never intended that we should be servants or have a servile spirit.

Love takes us out of the Servant-mind up into the Son-mind.

The old inferiority complex that comes from Sin-consciousness has been destroyed. Son-consciousness has taken its place.

You cannot keep a servant spirit and enjoy the reality of being a son.

We are masters, we are conquerors, we already are over-comers because we are one with Him.

We have his ability, His wisdom, His strength and His love.

Spiritually we are already free men and women. We abide in God and He abides in us.

Norman

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The Right Time to Live is Today!

Posted By at Wednesday, September 05, 2018

As we grow older, we may have a tendency to look back and if we aren’t careful, we can to give in to selective eyesight and only see the problems and failures of the past.

However, when we choose to become a disciple and follow Jesus we must do so wholeheartedly and leave the past behind totally. Just like the story of Elisha being called to take on the prophet's mantle from Elijah. Elisha slaughtered the oxen he was ploughing with and burned all the equipment and left everything to follow the old prophet.

The disciples who were fishermen left their boats and profession to follow Jesus.

It's too easy for us to look for someone in the past to blame or resent, and way too easy to stumble around in bitterness and regret. We need to leave it all behind and press on.

The best thing to do with the past is to learn from it, while keeping our eyes on today and looking forward to the day's to come!

In Genesis chapter 19 the Lord told Lot and his family to leave the city and in verse 26 when Lot's wife looked back at the city she was leaving, (indicating that her heart was still there rather than with God and her husband), judgment engulfed her and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

In Luke 9 several people wanted to follow Jesus, but all made excuses why they could not at that time. Then in verse 62 it says, But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jesus says the man who looks back is not ready for service in the kingdom of God.

Now what that passage is telling us, is that the past can be a distraction that keeps us from being what the Lord needs us to be today!

The apostle Paul confirms this in Phil 3:13 when he talks about, "forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead."

We've got to stay Word-centred and Christ-centred, seeking to honour God and living for the future.

Remember how Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-10 "In this manner, therefore, pray. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

God wants us to live for Him today!

The best way to change the past is to live in the present, looking forward continuously to the future and living the way God wants us to live today, rooted in the moment and living for God — in service to others and in service to the Kingdom.

Norman


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Paid in Full

Posted By at Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

At a Good Friday service I was sharing on the last words Jesus spoke on the cross, some of them in John 19:30 were, "It is finished."

I pointed out that in the Greek language of the New Testament, it was one word 'tetelestai' and that it was a banking and accounting term of the day, which translated out as PAID IN FULL

When Jesus uttered those words He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt He had to pay, because He was sinless but rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by us all — the debt of our sin.

We owed a debt we could not pay, and He paid a debt He did not owe, and we are now free from the penalty of it.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I read recently that when the accounting books of a certain Scottish doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of the accounts were crossed through with a note, 'Forgiven too poor to pay'.

However, the physician's wife later decided that these accounts should be paid in full and she proceeded to sue the clients for the money.

When the case came to court, the judge asked only one question. "Is this your husband's handwriting?"

When she replied that it was, the judge responded, "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word forgiven has been written on it."

One of the problems common to many people, if not most of us, is that we find it very difficult to forgive someone who we feel has hurt us deeply, especially family members. But you know having an attitude of unforgiveness just locks us into that situation of judging that other person.

Jesus said in Luke 6:37 “Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven."

The Good News is that when we confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness, He forgives us totally and absolutely. He does this not because He ignores the just penalty for our sins, but because He sent Jesus to pay that penalty for us. In His everlasting love for us that He gave His Son, Jesus, to pay that cruel penalty for us through His death on the cross. It was His love for you and me that held Him on the cross, not the nails that penetrated His wrists and ankles.

If we have confessed our sins to God and asked for his forgiveness, we need to accept his forgiveness by faith—regardless of how we feel, and make sure we also forgive others.

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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Success Starts on the Inside

Posted By at Wednesday, February 28, 2018

 

Prov 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

Prov 4:23 GNB Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

How often have you heard a speaker ask; "Is the glass half full or half empty?"

How you answer this question reveals your attitude to life, towards yourself and towards God. It reflects the level of your own self-esteem. Those with a healthy self-esteem know who they are in Christ and see themselves as such. They see themselves as valuable and worthwhile, whereas those with a low self-esteem put little value on their opinions and ideas and constantly see themselves as not good enough.

A low self-esteem negatively affects every area of your life; your relationships, your job situation, your income level, your business, your ministry or whatever you're involved in.

However, I have good news for you today! It’s never too late to change your life by changing your thinking. You can raise your self-esteem to a positive and healthy level physically, financially, in your marriage and every other area of life; even if you're now an adult and you have had a self-image problem since childhood.

It's a known fact that you will become what you think about. People who meditate, ponder and examine dark and evil things will eventually go and do something stupid, it's hard to get free from those images once they are embedded in your thinking.

You should change the way you think about your life if you are a negative person.

You are today exactly where your thoughts have brought you to and you will be tomorrow where today's thoughts take you.

Start accepting God’s opinion of you as He says in His Word.

Deut 28:13 You are the head and not the tail.

Deut 28:13 You are above only and not beneath.

John 1:12 You are God's child.

John 15:15 You are a friend of Jesus Christ.

John 15:16 You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Rom 5:1 You are justified.

Rom 8:1-2 You are not condemned.

Rom 8.37 You are more than a conqueror.

1 Cor 3:16 You are God's temple.

1 Cor 12:27 You are a member of Christ's body.

2 Cor 1:21-22 You have been established and anointed.

2 Cor 2:14 You are a winner.

2 Cor 5:17-21 You are a minister of reconciliation for God.

Eph 1:6 You are accepted.

Eph 1:3-8 You have been chosen by God and adopted.

Eph 2:6 You are seated in heavenly places.

Eph 2:10 You are God's workmanship.

Phil 3:20 You are a citizen of Heaven’s Kingdom.

Phil 4:13 You can do all things through Christ.

Phil 4:14 You are able for anything.

Col 1:13-14 You have been redeemed and forgiven.

Col 2:9-10 You are complete in Christ.

Col 3:1-4 You are hidden with Christ in God.

Heb 4:14-16 You have bold access to the throne of grace.

Begin now to see yourself through the positive eyes of God’s Word and your life will be raised up from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary.

God’s Word is the key to your new way of thinking.

Today, you can start to turn your life around. Even this very instant, you can say yes to a new way of positive thinking it will change your lifestyle and level of living in every area.

Norman

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Tradition - Try to avoid it

Posted By at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

   

Tradition is a killer of spiritual life and it will rob you of the blessings of God, it can hold up your healing and your provision so you come to a place where you actually believe God is not blessing you.

Jesus said in Matthew 15:6 Amplified Bible, "So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God - depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect."

The King James "Thus have you made the commandment (or Word) of God of none effect by your tradition."

What is the point? Man's religious tradition, even Pentecostal traditions, will negate the power of the Word of God!

If you have any traditional teaching in you, the Word won't work for you! That's pretty plain... but that is what it comes down to!

Jesus went on to say in Matthew 15:7 "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah [Isaiah 29:13] prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

If you desire to progress spiritually, you're going to have to eliminate the traditions of men from past teachings that may be still lurking around in your spirit!

We have all been taught things in the past that are just not in line with the truth of the Word of God.

We have to dredge these old teachings and traditions out of us; if we don't, they will make the Word that we do receive of none effect in our lives!

Some of the Christians I have met kid around about the tradition that they used to be a part of from such and such a church group, but it's a serious business! Those very things that they are kidding around about may be holding them back spiritually!

We need to keep our spirits clear of all the muck of tradition!

Prov 4:23 NLT Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

2 Cor 7:1 CEV "My friends, God has made us these promises. So we should stay away from everything that keeps our bodies and spirits from being clean. We should honour God and try to be completely like him."

Cleanse yourself of any traditional thinking.

Get into the truth of God's pure Word; the Word will fill the void left by the tradition and the power of God will work to a greater degree in your life!

Listen to the Spirit of God every day, and pay attention as we teach you how to walk in the Word and be free of these traditions that rob us of the power of God. Just kick over those sacred cows of tradition and get on with your new life in Christ.

Norman

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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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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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Keep Christ in Christ-Mas

Posted By at Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Hi Everyone - Merry Christmas!

Remember to keep Christ in Christ-mas this year and worship Him.

It's almost that time again, everyone is busy preparing presents and food to share with family and loved ones for their special Christmas day celebrations.

But we must remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus! I'm very glad that He came to save me and you!

My prayer is that we will finish the rest of 2017 strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, and that 2018 will be our best year ever.

Though the darkness is increasing around us on many sides we, as Christians will arise and shine and do great exploits in His name, to the glory of our Father. May we all walk well pleasing to Him in 2018 and cause many to come into the Kingdom.

Our Father loves us and cares for our well-being in every area of our lives. He desires that we prosper and be in health as He says in 3 John 2.

Like any good father does at Christmas time, He desires the very best presents for us His children. He knows full well what we need but He still requires us to ask Him for it.

Did you notice we are to ask Him - not people?

There is a lot of begging going on out there in the Body of Christ and this is not God's way. Many ministries are asking people for 'special' gifts this Christmas time. They all know that giving slows down over Christmas, so they cleverly ask for 'special' gifts.

But we are to look to Him for our supply and not to people. Even though He may choose to use people as an avenue of blessing, we are to keep our hope and trust in Him. The moment we start begging people for help we have stopped trusting God. He is more than capable of taking care of each one of us if we will but trust Him and use the faith He has given us.

The scriptures declare He knows what we need.

Our Father God is all knowing or omniscient.

He knows us much better than we know ourselves! He is always looking out for our interests and He is thinking about us continually.

Consider the following scriptures from the Psalms and see how much He surely loves and as His thoughts toward us are innumerable!

Psalm 139:17-18 How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, You are still with me!

As we ask for our daily supply the Lord will get it to us. But understanding the ways in which the supply will come greatly enhances our ability to receive, and we won't be as likely to let the blessings pass us by.

Look a little further at the two main avenues by which our daily supply comes to us.

1. His Word

John 8:31-32 If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

You notice it's not the Word that you know about, or heard about once that makes you free. It's the Word that's abiding in you that makes the difference.

The scriptures declare Jesus as the Living Word. He is the Bread from heaven that we are to feed on each and every day if we are to be well nourished and strong spiritually.

God will speak to us and direct our lives each and every day through His Living Word that abides in our heart. If we will make feeding on His Word a daily priority, then go ahead and obey it as if the Lord Himself is speaking and giving instructions, we will be blessed indeed.

2. His Presence

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The difference between true Christianity and all the other religions of the world is that our God is living in us and we can know Him intimately. His presence is so wonderful and so satisfying. We were created to fellowship with the Creator Himself and nothing else will ever truly satisfy. We are to not just know about God, but to know Him intimately as a faithful friend and to know His voice. If we will spend time and make the effort to draw near to God, He has promised in His Word He will draw near to us.

So many will be bitterly disappointed on that great day when the Lord will look into their eyes and say, "I never knew you." This should be the number one desire of every believer to know Him personally.

May God bless you richly as you live your life for Him in the coming year!

Again have a truly Happy Christmas and an Abundantly Blessed Year in 2018.

Norman

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You Can Trust God!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

I want to start this Mid Week Faith Booster dealing with a scripture which I'm sure will show you that God can be trusted. It's the middle verse of the entire Bible and I believe the hand of our Father God specifically placed it there!

The Bible is actually a library of 66 books containing 1189 chapters, written by 44 authors over a period of some 1,500 years.

This verse is exact in the middle of the whole Bible. On the left side of this scripture is Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible, and on the right side is Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. Just take a look at what this middle of the Bible verse says!!

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Paul affirms it in 2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are YES, and in Him AMEN, to the glory of God through us.

Have you ever noticed that before? ALL of the promises given to us by our Father in Heaven are backed up by a big "YES!" and then further by a big "AMEN!" (so be it).

Praise God that's very good news for all of us! The exact number of promises I can't tell, but I have read several accounts ranging from 3,000 to 5,467 to 8,000, [you could do a study when you have a few months and add them up!]

However, there are literally thousands of promises given to us as God's children in the Bible that cover every possible area of our life, our health, our finances, our marriage, our family and even our ministry, if you are involved in that.

It's possible for us as believers to walk in complete victory in this life every day if we can take God at His Word.

There is one BIG difference between a promise given by God and a promise given by a man. Many men [and women] have been known to break their promises, and I've experienced that on a number of occasions, especially since being in ministry, often promises of support for the ministry never eventuated. But the great Creator God has never broken one - and He never will! God is a promise keeper. Every promise He has ever given to anyone He is obligated to keep, otherwise the whole Bible would fall into disrepute. But it can't happen because He is faithful and true.

1 Kings 8:56 Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to His people Israel, according to ALL that He promised. There has NOT failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.

We serve a God who is full of integrity and can be trusted to keep His Word. He does not lie, so therefore He will not break His promises. Many people have been known to break their promises - however not God.

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Romans 3:3-4a For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.

We receive the promises of God in our lives when we place our faith in the One who promised, and not in people. So many people at one time or another have been disappointed in life because the people they trusted, let them down by breaking promises.

This happens by placing too high an expectation on the word of people, when we should have been placing our expectations on God's Word. God can be trusted to keep all His promises.

What God says about us is true.

What God promises we can do - we can do because He says we can.

What God promises we can have - we can have because He said we could have it!

All God has promised to us, as His children will certainly come to pass in our lifetime, if we will simply put our faith and trust in Him to bring it to pass.

I know for some of you this is very basic faith information I am presenting today, but you must admit that the majority of the Church across the world have a long way to go before they inherit all of God's promises in their life.

Norman