Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Use Your Time Wisely

Posted By at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Time is something everyone thinks we have plenty of. During the school year students think, "When will it ever be summer?"

But we need to be good stewards of our time. We need to make use of our time wisely.

Luke 12:16-20 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?" 18 So he said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?"

We all need to spend time alone with God. I'm not talking about those five minutes every morning. I'm not even talking about that one hour every morning. I'm talking about a continual communion between you and God. You don't have to be like a monk and live up in a monastery. You can be alone with God and still have your normal lifestyle by just getting rid of some things. We all have so much busyness in our lives, even we who are in ministry.

Turn off the television in the evenings. Turn off the radio in your car. Spend time by yourself in your room with no distractions. When it's quiet and you have nothing to distract your mind, you can hear that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. When God knows He has your undivided attention, He will impart wisdom and understanding to you. You will begin to grow and mature. You will begin to sharpen your edge.

We have been conditioned to think we must always be doing something. If we're not in school, we must be at football practice. If we're not at a practice, we must be at work. And if we're not at work, we must be at home getting ourselves ready to start all over again the next day.

Have you ever had your electricity go down during a storm?

It can get very quiet. No radio, no television and no computer or table if you haven't charged it up—you don't even hear the hum of the refrigerator. During those times you think, "What am I going to do? There's nothing to watch, nothing to listen to, nothing to input into my brain."

It's just very still and quiet. What do you do? Do you make it a family time where you just sit and talk? Do you take advantage of the quiet?

Don't wait for the electricity to go out and you're forced to be quiet before God. If you're waiting for that, you've probably lost the edge already!

Get committed to having that rich communion time with Him every day.

Norman

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Do the Impossible

Posted By at Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Luke 18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

Most Christians have a God-given desire to walk in the supernatural and do what is impossible to mankind. It is that desire which motivates us to reach out to God.

Then because of our relationship with Him, we are not merely bound to the natural, material, and intellectual realms of possibility.

Our faith in action has the ability to tap into the Holy Spirit's power, resulting in seemingly impossible things becoming possible in our lives.

Living in the supernatural means that you can take the 'super'—the power of God—and apply it to your natural circumstances and situations and achieve supernatural results.

To live a life of obtaining impossible results through God's Word is living in the supernatural. To expect anything other than that is to expect the wrong things.

Just remember that a supernatural life doesn't come from following a list of 'dos and don'ts'. But it does come from a vital union with Jesus.

When you decide to obey the desires and promptings of the Holy Spirit, your flesh will start to fight you against your spirit.

It's not always easy to obey the Word of God, but it will always be worth the effort because when the Holy Spirit is moving in your life, you'll be walking in the power of God and a powerful change will be the result that would otherwise be impossible!

Norman

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Obey God's Voice

Posted By at Wednesday, September 06, 2017

 

In the book of Samuel in 1 Sam 15:22 Samuel the prophet spoke to King Saul about his disobedience to God.

When Samuel was just little boy, really an apprentice to Eli the priest, he began hearing God's voice. In 1 Sam 3:4 The Lord called Samuel as he was sleeping and Samuel, thinking it was Eli, replied: "Here I am!"

The Lord called Samuel three times and each time the boy went to Eli the priest and asked him what he wanted. Each time Eli said he didn't call the boy and told him to go lie down again. But the 3rd time it happened, Eli knew that it was The Lord calling Samuel, and so he told the boy in Vs 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.

The point of the story is really found in verse 7 where it says: Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the Word of the Lord yet revealed to him.

Samuel was in the process of learning to recognize God's voice, so the lesson for you and me today is we need to also recognize God's voice. We do that by spending time with Him and getting to know Him better through His Word, but it's not something that is learned quickly, because God speaks to different people in different ways.

  1. It requires us to start to mature spiritually. Jesus said His sheep follow Him because they know His voice in John 10:4. Jesus said that His 'sheep' not His 'lambs', know His voice. Lambs just follow adult sheep until their senses are trained. Thank God He has grace for the immature. If your spiritual ears are not yet developed, God will work with you until you learn to recognize His voice. Remember incomplete obedience is just disobedience.
  2. It requires guidance and confirmation from Godly leadership. Heb 13:17 "Obey your Spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls." So who is your spiritual pastor? It is important to be part of and committed to a local Spirit led and Spirit filled church.
  3. Don't limit how you'll hear God's voice to your previous experiences. God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19 and the whole mountain shook. In 1 Kings 19 He spoke to Elijah in a cave in a still small voice.

So don't limit God; He will always speak to you through the Scriptures, through those qualified to teach you His Word, through a song and even your own thoughts and desires when you're submitted to Him.

The key is to stay close to God and keep your receiver switched on.

4. Then above everything else, it requires obedience. In Genesis 22:18 God spoke to Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

When it comes to recognizing God's voice, don't be slow in responding! And don't ever substitute religion for obedience to God's Word.

Just be ready to obey His voice because He only speaks to those who obey and continue to obey His Word.

Norman

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Consider Your Position Not Your Condition!

Posted By at Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I think many Christians need to stop worrying about their condition and start focusing on their position!

I say that because your condition will never change until you understand your position.

Any condition is temporary; they come and go. But your position 'in Christ' is eternal.

2 Cor 4:17-18 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Look at what Paul says in 2 Cor 5:17 "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature old things have passed away and all things have become new."

And then he says in Ephesians 1:7 "in whom we have redemption through his blood..."

That means you're forgiven, redeemed, and perfected in the eyes of God - that's present tense!

Redemption means 'payment of ransom.' It depicts God holding you in prison under a death sentence because of your sin. But when He sees the blood of Jesus all claims against you are thrown out of court, your prison door swings open and you're set free.

How awesome is that? No matter how hard you try or how dedicated you become, you couldn't, in fifty lifetimes, pay off your debt. Only Jesus could do that because only He could offer a life completely free from sin.

So when the devil points to your condition, you have to remind him of your position.

Show him you are working out what the Holy Spirit has already worked within!

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places IN Christ.

When you stumble or face a problem, God doesn't fall off His throne with worry.

No, He's already placed within you all that's necessary to handle the situation and overcome it.

You see, maturing In Christ is simply the process by which we learn to work out what God has already worked within.

Think about a baby in its mother's womb. It already has every gene, every chromosome and trait required, built into it from conception. Likewise, when you're born into God's family, you don't just get one or two spiritual blessings; you get ALL spiritual blessings. As a baby Christian you don't know who you are or what you've got, so the Holy Spirit's job is to reveal it to you.

When you do the standing - God does the strengthening!

Paul said in Phil 4:13 NKJ "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

God doesn't just strengthen you once; He'll strengthen you again and again. He'll strengthen you every time you face a difficult challenge, every time a memory comes back to haunt you, every time you're reminded of your imperfect past, every time you face a difficult decision.

Drawing from God the strength you need to stand up to the devil may take some effort. It may take your praise, your prayer and getting into His Word with intensity like you've never done before.

But the fact is - you can stand up to the devil if you really want to!

Have a blessed week, don't wait, do it now!

Norman

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Pray in the Spirit to Make the Right Decisions

Posted By at Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As human beings, we can always relate to the past because of our past experiences and memories but we relate to the present through our five senses. The future is purposely concealed from us and reminds us of how dependent upon the Lord we really are for everything.

Deut 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

The occult world abounds with soothsayers, psychics, fortune-tellers and all kinds of prognosticators who specialize in predicting future events. Even though we can't foretell the future the Lord has promised us help.

When Jesus left planet Earth and ascended back to His Father, He left a promise that He would send us a comforter, a guide and a helper named the Holy Spirit. We can't see future events with our natural vision, but the indwelling Holy Spirit gives us insight into future events and our spiritual discernment gives us the wisdom we need to make the right future decisions.

John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

If you're in a quandary, not knowing what is expected of you in any situation you have a helper; The Holy Spirit who dwells within you. You can pray and tap into His guidance to make the right choices and take the steps that are in line with God's will for your future.

You are not ever alone. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit so we would be comforted and so we could know The Truth and make good decisions for our future. Everywhere we look right now, difficult situations abound. Knowing which is the right direction to take when faced with a decision can seem overwhelming.

Learn to take some time to pray in the Spirit.

Eph 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

The Holy Spirit will help you know the right path to take. He can and will reveal to you all God has prepared for you as you need it.

Norman

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God's Power is Already in You!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It is interesting to note that both the seeds from the Japanese Bonsai and the American Sequoia trees are exactly the same size, both seeds weigh only 1/3,000 of an ounce, yet within them there is the God given potential for life

The Bonsai tree, however, is only a few inches high when fully grown, and the Sequoia reaches a towering 90 metres tall with a circumference of almost 16 metres around.

What a vast difference in the two, but both start out as a very similar small seed.

The seeds are the same when they are just seeds but when fully developed they are vastly different when much more recognisable.

Someone once said, "Any person can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the orchards in an apple seed!"

As a Christian you have incredible potential within you!

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by [the] living and abiding word of God.

Inside of you right now there is the seed of life, the same power of God that created this universe and is almost beyond your ability to comprehend.

The same power that made the bird to fly, the beautiful butterfly from an ugly caterpillar and that made the ant to be a worker, also created the trees, snow, rain and sunshine all to work in harmony with each other to create the perfect place for us to live.

Yes and that same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead that first Easter morning is resident in you today so you can do all things.

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Ephesians 1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Vs 20 Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead....

The ministry of the Holy Spirit today is to make real in you what Christ did for you at Calvary.
Norman

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God Gave You Himself

Posted By at Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Some people wish they could reach out and touch Jesus just like they did in Bible days and many think, “If Jesus were here on earth today, and we could see Him and touch Him, we would follow Him anywhere.”

Well, John 1 tells me He is the Word and you have the Word available to you all the time, so every time you really meditate in The Word you are 'touching' the Christ. He is IN you today if you are born again.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 The Lord says, “I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my ways.”

There is something about that word “within.”

“I will put My Spirit within you.” There used to be a time when I needed reminding His Spirit was within me. I remember reading that, and for a few days I walked around saying out loud, “His Spirit is within me!”

Nehemiah 9:20 "You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them..."

What a great idea God has put Himself into every believer.

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Christ is IN you by His Spirit today as surely as He was WITH the disciples. It is amazing to realize His Spirit lives within Christians and often they don’t pay any attention to Him at all.

1 Cor 6:17 But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

John 1:16 And of His fullness we have all received and grace for grace.

His Holy Spirit comes into you when you believe on Christ as Saviour. His Spirit is now leading and guiding you in all your decisions when you consult Him.

2 Cor 6:16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE."

Paul says in Galatians 2:20 It's no longer I who live but Christ lives within me and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.

The Old Testament is full of wonderful accounts of the great blessings that came on those who had God's presence WITH them.

However, you today don't just have God's presence WITH you, He is also IN you by His Spirit. Seek him with all your heart and desire his presence in your daily life. Then you will know and experience the incredible presence and direction of God!

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

Norman

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Be Led By The Holy Spirit

Posted By at Wednesday, June 01, 2016

John 16:13 “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”

It's not hard to know the truth. If you were in the truth, speaking with authority would come quite naturally if you were God. Discerning is also easier if you know, as Jesus does, what's in the hearts of men.

John 2:24-25 Contemporary English Version “24 But Jesus knew what was in their hearts, and he would not let them have power over him. 25 No one had to tell him what people were like. He already knew.

Though we don't possess those attributes naturally, we do have the Holy Spirit to lead us. He has the gifts that He distributes severally as He wills, to people who are committed to Christ.

If we are going to continue the work of Jesus, we must yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to control and guide us. Then we can know the truth, and speak that truth with authority and be able discern good and evil.

We have as our guide the Spirit of truth. When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, He said in John 16:13-14 "When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth . . . He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you".

This promise has primary reference to the apostles, but its application extends to all Spirit-filled believers. 1 John 2:27 27 But Christ has blessed you with the Holy Spirit.  Now the Spirit stays in you, and you don’t need any teachers. The Spirit is truthful and teaches you everything. So stay one in your heart with Christ, just as the Spirit has taught you to do.”

The Holy Spirit is first and foremost the Spirit of truth and He will lead us into all truth.

It is not research or reasoning. Many in higher education lean on their own understanding and believe only in what can be validated by research.

Truth is God's will made known through God’s Word. The Holy Spirit's role is to enable us to understand the Word of God from God's perspective as we are led by Him into all the truth.

Norman