Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Freedom In Christ

Posted By at Wednesday, July 17, 2019

             

In both the Old and New Testaments we learn that Jesus was anointed to preach the message of FREEDOM. Sometime between 701 and 686 years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah preached of the Good News of Salvation that would one day appear to all men, both Jew and Gentile alike.

Isaiah 61:1-2 Living Translation "The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord's favour has come..."

This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus spoke these words as recorded in Luke 4:18-19 AMP "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]."

Verse 19 "To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favours of God profusely abound]."

Jesus told the people of His day that His Words were GOOD NEWS that would make them FREE, if they would just accept it. The people had been so blinded by religion and trying to live up to The Law, that they didn’t even know they were in bondage.

John 8:32 and 36 And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Jesus was sent to preach and teach the GOOD NEWS of the MESSAGE OF FREEDOM that God had promised through Abraham all those years ago, and it's still the same today! If we accept it as THE TRUTH we can be FREE, because if we are in Christ we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise, just as Paul said.

Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Enjoy a great freedom week!

Norman

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Today You Need to Know This

Posted By at Wednesday, March 20, 2019

We are Loved, Accepted, Secure, and Significant. We are EVERYTHING the Word says we are, so let this be our confession today and hereafter!

I AM LOVED

Father loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)

I can experience the Father’s love and affection (John 16:27)

Nothing can separate me from God’s love (Romans 8:39)

The Father loves me as much as He loves Jesus (John 17:23)

I AM ACCEPTED

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15)

I belong to the Father (1 Corinthians 6:19)

I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)

I am chosen by God (Ephesians 1:3)

I have been forgiven (Colossians 1:13-14)

I have direct access to God’s throne (Hebrews 4:14-16)

I AM SECURE

I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2)

I am assured God is for me (Romans 8:28)

Troubles can't separate me from God’s love (Romans 8:35)

I am hidden with Christ in the Father (Colossians 3:3)

I am established, anointed & sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

I am a citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20)

I am filled with power, love and have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)

I can find grace and mercy when I am hurt (Hebrews 4:16)

His perfect love casts out any fear (1 John 4:16)

The evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

The Father holds me when I am afraid (Isaiah 66:12-13)

I AM SIGNIFICANT

I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)

I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6)

I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

I can approach God with confidence (Ephesians 3:12)

I can do all things with and through Christ (Philippians 4:13)

I am intimately known by the Father (Psalm 139)

Norman

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The Right Foundation

Posted By at Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

The Bible compares our life and mind to the construction of a building.

1 Cor 3:9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

Each believer is united to Christ and in Christ with all other Christians to form the church.

The Bible also compares the church to a building.

Eph 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 

When men begin to build a building, they must first lay a solid foundation. God uses this natural building principle to teach us the spiritual truth that to be a strong spiritual building for God we must have the proper foundation. Jesus is the Master builder and the Bible is His builders plan.

1 Cor 3:16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

1 Cor 3:10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.

The spiritual foundation God speaks about is all based on His Word and it is a good foundation.

2 Tim 2:19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

1 Tim 6:19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

It is based on righteousness and is eternal.

Prov 10:25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

God chose Jesus as the foundation for our spiritual life.

Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.”

So the foundation of our spiritual life is not some man-made idea like a denomination or some rite, the foundation IS Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 3:11-13 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.

Your foundation is very important.

Psalm 11:3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?

One of the most popular destinations in Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Over the course of centuries, the tower progressively listed five and a half degrees out of vertical and was at imminent risk for collapse. Apartments and houses downwind were evacuated. The tower was closed to the public in 1990. The tower was unstable from the very beginning of its 199 year construction, due to being built on a soft unstable foundation. Uncounted millions were spent to arrest the subsidence of the 185-foot marble structure. It reopened to the public again in 2001.

Our lives are subject to a similar sinking and tilting, if they are built on the soft sands of secular materialism, only in this case there are potential consequences lasting for all eternity.

Our spirits will be some place for an eternity. It’s up to us to decide where we want to live in that eternity, it depends on what kind of foundations we want to build our lives upon today.

What are you building your foundations on today?

Norman


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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!