Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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You can change it!

Posted By at Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed by many to be one of the most influential philosophers the United States ever produced. His views were not necessarily as we see God's Word today, but there were Biblical truths in what he had to say.

He said, "The greatest discovery of our generation is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes."

Consider that for a moment; its your thinking and your thoughts, not your circumstances that determines your happiness.

That is exactly what God's Word says.

Proverbs 23:7a KJV For as he thinks in his heart so is he.

Ephesians 4:23 NLT There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

So we can change if we want to. If you really want to change for the better, let me give you some suggestions to follow:

1. What do you really want?

When you are popular and others like you, it makes you feel good about yourself. If you're successful you create joy within yourself. That means happiness is an inside job.

2. Plan your days in prayer!

To achieve God's goals for your life you must plan with prayer. Here is something I wrote in my prayer manual; Prayer and preparation precede the pouring out of God's power! [Prayer manual EFFECTIVE PRAYER is available for $30 from this ministry post free].

Proverbs 16:9 Living Bible "We should make plans counting on God to direct us!"

3. Don't expect others to make you happy and successful.

God gave you the Word to study and He calls it seed, so start planting it and watch it grow.

Galatians 6:4-5 Message Bible Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

Why not try these suggestions today and look to God for other things to improve your day. If you ask Him, He will soon show you what you need to do, you can change it if you really want to.

Norman

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Be Like Jesus and Face 2018 in Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

These words in Isaiah 50 are the prophetic words of the Master Jesus Himself. What better time in the year than to look at the words of the King of the universe, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Praise the Name of The Lord!

Isaiah 50:4-5 "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away."

This is Jesus describing His personal training by God, His Father, through the Holy Spirit from His childhood. He was obviously, as the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit from His birth, as was John the Baptist. He also had human teachers [Psalm 119:97-104]. Eight times He claimed while on the earth to speak only what God had given Him to speak, [refer to John 7:16, John 8:28, 46 & 47, John 12:49, John 14:10, 24 & John 17:8.]

I wonder when you woke up two days ago on Christmas morning did you wish Jesus a Happy Birthday?

Jesus is the first person I talk to most days and He is the last person I commune with in the evening. He is the most important person in anyone's life and I know I still have some ways to go until I know Him as He knew His Father. The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His Father God was very close while He was on the earth. It was not just a passing "hello" every once in a while, but a daily one on one love relationship.

So guess what? This is what He desires for each of His children, to be ONE with Him as He was one with His Father.

Maybe you already have a good relationship with Jesus but I'm sure it could always be better! My wife Elizabeth and I will be married more than 54 years in 2018 and we love each other more now than we did when we first married. But I know it can only get better if we keep loving and considering each other. It takes time to develop a deeper love relationship with somebody, and it also requires effort to keep it that way.

It's the same in our relationship with Jesus. It just doesn't grow stronger automatically, it takes time and effort to make a strong relationship flourish. This is exactly what we see in the life of Jesus with regards to His relationship with His Father - time and effort.

Not just occasionally, but each and every day of His life the Master gave much of His precious time to prayer to His Father. If the Lord needed to do this, you and I need to also, if we are going to be His true disciples.

Jesus was awakened each morning by His Father; to do what? You got it - to pray!

As the scriptures declare, this was His custom, to arise early and commune with His Father. It was not something He half-heartedly did once in a while, but was His daily habit. So we can see here just a small part of the price that was necessary for the Master to walk intimately with His Father. Make no doubt about it, for you and I to draw nearer to God, we will have to pay a similar price the Lord paid in prayer time with the Father. 'Being established in prayer' is the first of 'Three goals for every Christian', as the Lord spoke to my heart some weeks ago. Prayer is so important to the Christian. It was necessary for Jesus to succeed in following the will of His Father and it is vital if we are to succeed also.

Someone once said, "Every Christian failure is a result of a prayer failure."

One pastor also said, "All backsliding starts with forgetting to pray."

Yonghi Cho, the Pastor of the largest Church in the world when asked, what was the secret to his success, replied, "I pray... then I obey!"

The Lord Jesus said we are to pray always.

I believe the Lord is saying more prayer is needed by the Church.

What am I talking about here? Just get together with a group of believers and throw a few prayers around and hope that some get answered? No! What we need is a people that will be devoted to daily communion with the Lord in prayer.

This was why we were created in the first place; to fellowship with God. Jesus has much to say about prayer in His Word. It is such an important issue and there are so many reasons why we should pray, but there are two reasons alone that ought to provoke us all to diligent prayer. The Lord mentioned these many times to His disciples, which I believe reiterates their importance to every Christian today... even more so in this late hour in which we now live.

Matt 24:42,44 So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming, You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 13:35-37 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming - in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Luke 23:46 Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."

As you can see from these scriptures there are two main areas He is speaking about.

  1. Being prepared for His coming, and
  2. Resisting temptation.

Prayer will keep us ready for His soon return.

Prayer will keep us strong so we're able to resist temptation.

Determine in your heart if you have not already, that prayer will be the most high priority in your daily routine. As you live this way you will not only be prepared for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, but your life will inspire others to get busy and be ready also. May your life be a witness of the goodness and greatness of your God in 2018!

I pray that His will be done in and through you, your family, and ministry in 2018 - to His eternal glory!

Norman

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What is Prayer?

Posted By at Wednesday, December 06, 2017

 

Prayer is dialogue with God. Prayer is talking with God. It is called dialogue because it is a two-way conversation and involves you not only talking, [which is monologue], but also listening and then obeying His words to you.

We get to know God by spending time with Him. Just as a husband gets to know His wife better each year of marriage, so too, as we spend time with God we get to know Him better and better and our understanding of His character and ways deepen.

His voice becomes more familiar and we respond to Him as He speaks with us on a daily basis.

Jesus said in Luke 18:1 "Men should always pray and not faint!"

Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Always keep on praying."

We can talk to God about everything. He is always within call, and His ear is open to our prayer, as a mother listens to her baby.

We should pray in faith! When we pray it must be in faith, believing God will hear our prayer and that He will answer.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24 "Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe you have it! It's yours!"

Prayer is a powerful force that can change governments, circumstances, situations and the things that are against us can be changed! God shapes the world by our prayers.

Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things."

1 John 5:13-15 "I have written this to you who believe in the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are sure of this that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then, we can be sure He will answer."

Ephesians 3:20 "Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes."

What about the Lord's model Prayer?

Matthew 6:9-13 "Our Father in heaven, we honour Your holy name. We ask that Your kingdom will come soon. May Your will be done here in earth, just as it is in Heaven. Give us our food again today, as usual, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Don't allow us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen."

This is a model prayer Jesus taught it to His disciples as an illustration.

If you read it carefully you will see it shows you how to approach God.

He IS YOUR FATHER. This is all because of Calvary.

HE IS IN HEAVEN. Because He is sovereign and is the Creator of the whole universe.

HONOUR HIS HOLY NAME. He is your provider, your healer, your righteousness, your peace. Learn what all His Names and character means to you.

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Ask Him to help you reach others with the gospel.

GIVE US OUR FOOD AGAIN TODAY. Thank Him; He is our total source, everything we have comes from Him. Pray every day!

FORGIVE US OUR SINS. Accept His free forgiveness of sins and forgive others who wrong you.

DON'T ALLOW US INTO TEMPTATION. Temptation is not a sin, it's when you yield to it and satisfy it’s calling on you, that it becomes a problem. Yield not to temptation!

DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. God can strengthen you on a daily basis, as you yield to Him not the evil one. He has made the way of escape, and cleansing and forgiveness.

Although this is commonly called The Lord's Prayer, His prayer for you and me is found in John 17, why not go there and read that passage today and see what He prayed for you!

Remember to talk with God daily, this should be a daily habit that becomes a lifestyle.

Norman

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The Lord's Model Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Lord’s Prayer [Matthew 6] is the greatest prayer ever prayed, beyond doubt. Even though technically Jesus shared this prayer with His disciples. The Lord's prayer is really in John 17 where He prayed for you and for me and His followers.

Matthew 6:10 gives the basis of the prayer that God's will be worked out in the earth in our lives as it is already worked out in heaven.

More people have been encouraged by the words of this model prayer in the past 2,000 years, than by any other single prayer.

It begins with, "Our Father,” not "My Father." God was the Father of Jesus, and He is your Father and mine. Jesus used the word "Father", simply showing that God is the Father of all who follow Him. That is why this prayer will never pass away. Every human being needs to know that she or he has value: worth and self-esteem in God's eyes. We all need to know that we are important in His sight. When you belong to a powerful family, you know you are somebody and we all belong to the most powerful and beautiful big family on earth. It is the family of a God Who is love. "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name."

That word "hallowed" means honourable. I was reading about a man who was a very devoted believer in Jesus. And as he was dying, an unbelieving friend at his bedside said to him, "What do you think is going to happen to you?"

So the man replied, "I think I’m going to continue to live in a dimension where God will be." Then his unbelieving friend said, "But what if God doesn’t greet you and save you and give you life?"

The man then said, "Then God would lose a lot more than I. I would simply lose my soul, but God would lose His honour."

"Our Father in heaven, honourable is Your name.”

Norman

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Are You in Touch With Headquarters?

Posted By at Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Andrew Murray said, 'Many Christians look upon it as a burden and a duty and a difficulty to get alone with God! That is the great hindrance to our Christian life everywhere.'

In Jeremiah 33:3 God says, 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great... things, which you do not know.'

He says:  Call unto ME, not to Buddha or Mohammad or anyone else.

The answers to all of life's problems you seek can be found on your knees.

In John 15:7 Jesus said, 'If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.'

Prayer is like a platinum Credit card; it gives you access to God's wisdom and resources immediately.

In Romans 12:2 Paul writes: '... continuing steadfastly in prayer.'

I read the story of a soldier in World War II who was caught creeping back into his quarters from some nearby woods. Brought before his commanding officer and charged with communicating with the enemy, he said he had just gone out to pray.

His commanding officer asked, 'Do you make a habit of spending hours alone in prayer?'

The soldier replied, 'Yes, sir!'

The officer immediately ordered him to, "get down on your knees and pray now for you've never needed it more!'

The soldier knelt down and prayed so powerfully that his CO shouted, 'Enough, you may go, I believe you! If you hadn't been so often at drill, you wouldn't have done so well at review.'

Prayer isn't like a spare tyre on a car, you can't just leave it in your boot [trunk] and expect it to be effective when you need it.

You must 'be consistent and persistent in your prayers.'

In other words, stay in constant contact with Headquarters.

Norman 

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Are You Hearing What God is Saying?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Are you like little Samuel? Saying; "Speak Lord, for I am listening."

1 Sam 3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, "Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears." So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Learning to recognize God's voice is not a skill that's acquired overnight, because God speaks to us at different times, in different settings and in different ways.

  1. It requires you to mature spiritually. In John 10:4 Jesus said His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. Did you notice, Jesus said that His "sheep", not His lambs who know His voice. Baby sheep just follow adult sheep until their senses are trained. Thank God there's grace for those who are immature. If your Spiritual ears are not yet developed, God will work with you until you learn to recognize His voice.
  2. It requires guidance and confirmation from Godly leadership. Heb 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you . Who's your Spiritual leader?
  3. Don't be limited to your previous experiences. God spoke to Moses on a mountain that shook. He spoke to Elijah through a still small voice. So don't limit God; He will speak to you through The Word, through those qualified to teach you His Word, through a song, sometime even through a difficult situation the devil brings along, and even your own thoughts and desires when you're submitted to Him. The key is to stay close to God and keep your heat open.
  4. Above all else, it requires obedience. Psalm 27:8, "When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek."

When it comes to hearing from God, what's your response time?

"When I get around to it?… I'll see if I can fit you in!… I'll think about it!"

All wrong! God speaks, and continues to speak, to those who listen and obey, and continue to listen and obey His Word!

Norman
 

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Practical Steps to Walking in Victory Every Day

Posted By at Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 

If you want to enjoy victory every day of your life there are some things it is necessary to do to achieve this.

  1. Start to see life from God's perspective

    A great deal of stress can be alleviated or minimized by viewing your circumstances from a Godly perspective.  If we fail to perceive our life situations, at any point as God perceives them, then we become susceptible to stress. We are seated in Heavenly places; Paul says in Ephesians 2:6. From that perspective everything, such as sickness, lack, problems, etc, all look minute and tiny.
  2. Deal with any unresolved sin and conflict

    Sin generates inner tension and conflict and if left unresolved, whether public or private, you should sincerely seek The Lord's cleansing power and forgiveness.
  3. You should redeem your time

    Many people just waste their time or manage it very poorly. The inevitable result is a stress-filled consciousness, ever facing problems and not having answers.
  4. Give everything to The Lord in prayer

    Don't be shy about bringing situations to God in prayer, you can't surprise Him, He already knows all about it even before you do.
  5. Trust God's Word totally

    When you confront life's problems, dilemmas and uncertainties with the reality of God's Word, you can effectively overcome a great deal of the stress you suffer. God's Word not only HAS the answer, but it IS the answer to every problem you will ever face in life. 
  6. Fellowship with other Christians

    Fellowship can often provide a potent remedy for stress. Studies have proven that interaction with loved ones and friends relieve the pressures of stress. Those who isolate themselves and withdraw from people and relationships suffer a greater degree of stress-related problems. Companionship with others provides access to warmth, love, understanding, comfort, counsel and encouragement, leading to much more freedom and victory.

Have a victorious week in Christ.

Norman

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Much More Than We Can Ask

Posted By at Wednesday, October 16, 2013

 

Ephesians 3:20 - 21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Here Paul, the great Apostle, is showing that God wants to answer prayer super abundantly above all that we can ask or think. This is how God thinks about us. According to his power that is at work within us. He has put His own power to work in us. On a daily basis we need to let that power work through us to accomplish all that He wants to do with us and for us.

2 Pet 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

He does far more than we can ask.

Psalm 50:10 - 11 Living Bible For all the animals of field and forest are mine! The cattle on a thousand hills! And all the birds upon the mountains!

God knows what is best for all of us. Sometimes our ideas and wants are not what He has in mind. You will understand His provision better by assessing what He has already given you, rather than continually reaching out for the things you want. You can miss the blessing of today by being preoccupied with tomorrow. Receive what He has for you today and know that He still has enough for tomorrow. You can trust God to supply your needs for today and if and when your needs are more tomorrow, His supply will be greater then also.

Ephesians 3:20 Living Bible Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.

We must learn how to worship God and in deep adoration, giving glory to Him until your heart learns how to believe in His ability to supply above and beyond all that we can ask for, dream about or even think on. Faith in God’s ability and power to supply your need comes as He teaches you the abiding presence of Christ in you.

Can you just think about those words for a moment.

It is His mighty power that is at work in us causing us to be able to believe that He is able to do far more than we would dare to ask, or even dream about, beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts and hopes.

What a super over and above prayer answering God He is!

Have a super-abundant week this week!

Norman 

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It Is Settled

Posted By at Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

I used to have a letterhead for the ministry when I was travelling around the world for almost 28 years and it gave the ministry name and the statement, “God said it, I believe it and that settles it.”

After a while I realized that: “God said it, and that settles it—whether I believe it or not.”

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

There is no one challenging God's Word in heaven today because it is already settled.

That's why Jesus taught His disciples on prayer in Matthew 6:9-10 9

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus was pointing out the utter reliability of God and His Word is sure even when our faith is a bit shaky. And because He himself is one hundred percent faithful, He is worthy of our complete trust.

So our prayer life should be that God's Word be settled in our lives, here on the earth, the same way it is already settled in heaven.

Norman

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Learn to Pray with Power!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 20, 2013


This past week I received a newsletter from another ministry and it said in part, "Are you aware of what is going on around the world and of the great persecution of Christians.  In 2011 - 64 countries were killing Christians and in 2012 - 130 countries were killing Christians.  Now we have just begun in 2013 and it has already increased. 

We need to pray with great boldness, holding back nothing in prayer for our lives, others and the nations.  It is the fervent prayer of a righteous man or woman (one who stands with sins forgiven) that reaches the throne of our Father, for it is He who rules over all creation with His majesty and His power."

If all the prayers of concerned Christians around the world were answered and if all the desires, requests and goals expressed throughout churches on this past weekend were to be implemented, it would radically change the nations of this world. Wars would be ended, ethnic hatreds tamed, politicians become honest, ecological restoration begun, global warming and AIDS halted, poverty reduced, etc. Ministers would become honest and open to the people.

God is the God who answers prayer, but many of God's people do not know how to pray effectively. It's not God who is not answering but we who are not praying according to His instructions. As believers we have a need to pray and intercede for our brothers and our sisters in many other countries where their freedom is not so liberal as ours is here in the west.

We need to pray because prayers are powerful when based on God's written Word!

Prayer is such a powerful force that can change Governments, circumstances, situations, and the things that are against you can be changed!  God shapes the world by His Word in response to our prayer.

In Psalm 119.89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

In Matthew 6.9-10 When Jesus gave instruction on how to pray He said; In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

He is saying that God wants us here to have His will settled in earth, in our hearts, the same as it is already settled in heaven, where there is no discussion and no debate about it.

Jeremiah 32.17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Jeremiah 32.27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things."

Ephesians 3:20, "Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes."

And we are sure of this; that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will, which is His Word. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then, we can be sure He will answer.

He says in 1 John 5.13-15 Amplified Bible 13 I write this to you who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) the name of the Son of God [in the peculiar services and blessings conferred by Him on men], so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, yes, eternal life.

14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.

15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

 

Have a wonderful week praying and believing for those who are being persecuted around the world.

Norman