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Stay Strong in the Word For Success

Posted By at Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

We stay strong and develop our faith by reading and speaking God's word. The Bible tells us that as we renew our minds to The Word, we will be transformed.

If we're feeling defeated, it could be because we've been listening to the lies of the enemy.

Jesus said in John 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

We need to study and let God's word tell us who we are and what we have. Don't give any attention to anything that tells you differently. God's Word is the truth.

3 John 2 summarizes the benefits in our New Covenant position and describes our Father God's desire for our lives. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

This scripture reminds us of what belongs to us as believers in Christ Jesus. Part of what is included in our New Covenant benefits is the promise of long life.

We need to acknowledge, agree with, recognise, confess and speak, the Word of God only.

Choose to see yourself as God sees you and speak out these truths even when you don't yet see the reality. Learn what God says about you and accept God's opinion of you. Believe what God says about who you are in Christ and you will become what you are in Him. By faith, believe the truth and act on what you believe.

In Judges 6:12, when the angel of God called Gideon a mighty warrior there was no evidence to suggest that it was true. God saw and spoke what Gideon was in His eyes.

Then in Romans 4:17, it says we need to start to call those things that be not as though they were. Calling things as though they WERE. The word WERE means 'as they were before anything else existed'. God saw each of us successful, fulfilled, and whole BEFORE the foundation of the world.

We will build our faith as we constantly remind ourselves of who God says we are in Christ.

Read the following teaching, scriptures and pray to remind yourself of God's promise of long life and how to lay hold of it.

If you deal with trouble emotionally, I would recommend you print out these scriptures and stick them on your refrigerator door.

Put them on your refrigerator because that is a place you go every day! When you go to the kitchen, before you open that refrigerator, open your mouth and say what the Scripture says; "BECAUSE God is my help in time of trouble. Father, I want to thank you for it."

When we read and put the Word in us, it is powerful enough to keep us safe, and the Word causes us to be victorious.

When we put the Word of God in us, that is what comes out of your mouth in times of trouble. Instead of being stricken with fear, we will speak out the Word of God in that situation.

And it is the Word that brings us deliverance. So here are some scriptures for you to put on your refrigerator door. Take a dose by speaking the Word of God every time you see it.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalm 3:1-3 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 20:1 The LORD will hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob will defend thee.

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion, in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me, therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Proverbs 3:1-2 My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. For length of days and long life and peace, shall they add to thee.

Proverbs 11:8 The righteous are delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish, why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Norman

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Unchangeable Truths in God's Word

Posted By at Wednesday, March 06, 2019

There are four main unchanging truths to be found in God's Word that become activated when we are born again. 

The FIRST TRUTH is when we are born again and enter into a relationship with the Godhead. The Father and the Son are un-changeable so our relationship through the new birth is solid.

Malachi 3:6 I am The Lord and I change not!

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever!

The SECOND TRUTH takes place after we are born again. The Holy Spirit becomes one with our own spirit and leads us into ALL TRUTH.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

The THIRD TRUTH is when we are born again is that God’s Word is unchanging; it remains the same for we who are New Covenant people.

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

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

The FOURTH TRUTH is when we are born again we now belong to an unchanging eternal Kingdom.

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Norman

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How Quiet Can You Be Before God?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

When we, in our humanity, and God in His glory meet, we all understand that what God says has infinitely more worth than what any person says. And yet so often our prayer consists of what we need, that we give God no time to speak to us. It’s often ‘I want,’ ‘I need!’

Isaiah 30:15 In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

It’s a great lesson to learn that if we can be silent before God, it's the secret of real adoration. It's only as the soul bows 'self' before Him in honour and reverence that our hearts will be opened to receive the divine impression of the nearness of God and of the working of His power.

God’s voice is steady and unwavering and we must quiet ourselves to hear it. Too often, we succumb to the crackling, grace-robbing intensity of the world's static around and within us.

Such worship of God is the surest way to give Him the glory that is due Him. It will lead to a blessedness that can only be found in quiet prayer.

Don’t think that it is time lost. Don’t abandon it if at first it appears difficult or fruitless. Rest assured that it brings us into the right relationship with God.

Quietening ourselves before God opens the way for us to fellowship with Him. It leads to the great assurance that He is looking on us in tender love and working in us with His divine power.

Acts 4:13 The officials were amazed to see how brave Peter and John were, and they knew that these two apostles were only ordinary men and not well educated. The officials were certain these men had been with Jesus.

As we become more accustomed to it, we will experience His presence abiding within us all day long and then other people will begin to sense that we have been with Jesus, just like they did with Peter and John.

Norman

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How do you read the Word of God?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Joshua 1:8 (The Names of God Bible) Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them.

Only then will you prosper and succeed.

Psalm 1:1-2 NLT Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.

I want to encourage you with a few simple rules to help you in reading your Bible today.

When we read God’s Word we do so with respect. As we read we think about what you read silently and meditate on it reverently, allowing God to speak to our heart and reveal His Will to us about that passage we are reading.

When we read God’s Word we do so with an expectancy. Expect that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us from what we are reading. It's through the Holy Spirit’s power that the Word becomes ‘alive’ in us. I encourage you to make a definite effort to read through Psalm 119 [all 176 verses] it’s all about the blessings of God’s Word!

When we read God’s Word we must pay careful attention to it. Read God’s Word carefully and try to understand it from your human ability standpoint, and look to the Holy Spirit to help you understand it in more depth.

When we read God’s Word we must make our mind up to do what it says. Every part of our life spiritually, mentally and physically must come under the influence of the Word. If you don’t understand at first, read the passage over and over again and ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

Matthew 4:4 NLT But Jesus answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’"

Norman

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It's ALIVE!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 19, 2018

I once heard the late brother Rev. Harry Greenwood share a story many years back, and he told about a man who was enthusiastic to share the Gospel in Hyde Park in London.

He had spent some 20 minutes standing on a corner but no one stopped to listen to him, they were just all too busy with their urgent lives. He was about to give up when he had heaven-sent inspiration. So he put his little bible on the ground and set his hat on top of it and started to shout out; "It’s ALIVE!"

Very soon a crowd gathered around him eager to see what was under the hat that was alive. When he had a reasonable crowd he lifted his hat and began to preach, "Yes folks, the Word of God is alive and can change your life if you let it."

Apparently, several came forward for prayer and got saved afterwards!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Passion Translation says; Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. 17 Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfil any assignment God gives you.

Have you ever read a selection of Scripture that you have read many times before, but then suddenly the words seem to jump off of the page? Perhaps every time before, you may have just skimmed over the words. Yet this time around, the words reveal something amazing and new to you? It’s as if God is speaking directly to your spirit through the words on that page.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Do you realise that when you read Scripture, the Scriptures are also reading you because Jesus is the Word of God made flesh! He’s reading your spirit, your current circumstances, and is aware of the spiritual battle raging around you. You may not know it, but it is reading you and me!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

AMP CE For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life [soul] and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

That’s why the Bible is so important. It’s not just an ancient piece of literature filled with stories. It’s not just a book filled with law, doctrine, and poetry. It is alive!

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

This is why it is so vital to read Scripture every single day. It’s not just for head knowledge, but it guides and feeds you spiritually and leads you through every situation. 

Sometimes a verse is meant for a day, a season, or a life. Perhaps this week, start to pray and ask for God to reveal a Scripture to meditate upon today, this week, and during this season of life.

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I want to thank you once again, for your continued willingness to give into the kingdom of God through this ministry.

Your faithfulness will one day be rewarded in heaven. Until then, know you are making an eternal difference in the lives of every person reached through the written and spoken Word we send out each day around the world.

Thank you for your faithful support.

Norman

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Not Only a Hearer But a Doer of the Word

Posted By at Wednesday, November 07, 2018

         

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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

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

Norman

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Meditating God's Word - Out In On!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 

Many Christians read their Bibles and pray, but are they really meditating on God’s Word? And do they understand what this means?

The Lord called Joshua to lead Israel after Moses’ death. In Joshua 1:8 he told him, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”

The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the people according to God’s standards and God's commands. That’s exactly what He wants to do in our lives as well. If we’ll meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold His truths and His instructions to us.

To meditate on God's Word we must do at least three things; I've said it like this: Out, In, On!

* Shut OUT the world.

That means no to television, iPhones and iPads etc. or other outside distractions.

* Shut yourselves IN with God.

Meditation is not a group activity but a private time alone with the Lord.

* Focus your attention ON a passage of Scripture.

This is not just a casual reading time of God’s Word but a D & M [deep and meaningful] private conversation with the Lord.

Begin by asking God to reveal what He wants to say to you. Then listen for His instructions and guidance while reading, thinking and praying about the passage.

Then there are the 4 'P's!

  1. Priority - The devil will always try to thwart our efforts to focus on God’s Word because he knows we are absorbing it into our souls and spirit. If meditation is not a priority in your lives, you probably won’t even do it.
  2. Place - Find a private place to meet alone with God; not in the family room with the TV going and other family members talking.
  3. Purpose - The purpose of meditation is to commune with and hear from the Lord. When we concentrate on His Word and seek His guidance, He sometimes uses very specific passages of Scriptures to answer our requests. Once we’ve understood what He’s revealed, our trust in Him increases and our worries start to abate.
  4. Plan - We must plan to set aside regular time to meet with the Lord privately to read His Word, ask for direction and to listen for His voice. This opportunity to be alone with Him soon becomes the most precious part of each day as we learn to know almighty God more intimately, and hear Him speak to us personally through Scripture.

This is what meditation is all about!

Norman

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The devil is busy!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 06, 2018

 

I'm sure you have often heard the expression, "The devil finds things for idle hands to do."

Have you ever had some time off from work and thought, "I'm going to relax and just watch TV for a little while?"

But as soon as one program is over, you decide to watch one more program and before you know it, you have wasted a whole evening.

Most of us can probably relate to this! There's nothing wrong with relaxing, but often those times when we have nothing to do are the times we can get into trouble. When boredom sets in, we become a target for the devil.

In Proverbs, chapters five through seven, it is dealing with a young man who gets into sexual promiscuity. One portion of the story describes the man as sauntering through the streets. The Hebrew brings this out. Then the young man's mind begins to wander and think about what was happening on the other side of town. Eventually, he finds himself involved with a prostitute who brought about his destruction. All of this began with boredom in the man's life.

Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established."

That means take God into your works as your partner, then they will succeed. As soon as we wake up and our day begins, we should commit our works to the Lord, and verbally invite Him into partnership with us for that day's work. Because when our works are committed to the Lord, our thoughts will follow and be established. We should aim to begin our day like this every day.

This is because the devil attacks mainly in the thought realm.

That's why Paul instructs us to renew our minds.

Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit already dwell in our spirit. So real growth comes from the renewing of the mind and our thoughts becoming established in the things of God.

Philippians 4:8 "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things."

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.

Isaiah 55:9 God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.

To understand that statement you must read verses 7 & 8 to see whom the Lord is talking to!

Isa 55:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," saith the Lord.

In these verses God is talking to the unrighteous and the wicked. So if you are born-again that is not you He's talking to!

So how do we attain God's thoughts?

It's not only by studying His Word; it's also by committing our works to the Lord each day.

What about your works today? Are you looking for ways to get out of work and have a few more moments of leisure time?

Or are you really looking for ways to fill up your day working with The Lord to expand His kingdom?

Norman

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Meditating

Posted By at Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

Recently in one of our Sunday services, I spoke about the importance of taking time every day to spend time alone with God.

Even Jesus as the God man saw the need to get away from the crowds to be alone in prayer, as we see in Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35 and Luke 6:12.

In those quiet times, prayer is important. So is Bible reading! But, just as important as a discipline that we sometimes tend to overlook – is meditating on God’s Word.

God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

David wrote in Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."

To meditate on the law of God means to think carefully about it, to consider what it means, and put it into practice in our lives. It means to chew it over and consider it, to be like the cow and re-chew it several times.

Is there a promise that God is making?

Is there something God is telling you that you need to be doing?

Is there something God is telling you that you should stop doing?

Part of the value in meditation is letting God’s Word remain in our thoughts throughout the day. Just as Mary in Luke 2:19 “..kept all these things [about Jesus] and pondered them in her heart”, so we need to think carefully about what God is saying to us as we continue with our daily responsibilities.

I give you a challenge today; Instead of just making a decision to read through the Bible in the year (as many do at New Year and that is commendable), I challenge you to also meditate on one verse or two verses every day as well. Allow God to speak to you through those verses as you ponder them, filling your hearts and your minds.

Psalms 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; Yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”

Something to think about & incorporate into your day!

Norman

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Develop a Hunger For God

Posted By at Wednesday, March 28, 2018

 

If you're dissatisfied inside and feel a little dried up spiritually; I can help you with this life changing and challenging news today.

1 Cor 15:1 Amplified Bible And now let me remind you [since it seems to have escaped you], brethren, of the Gospel (the glad tidings of salvation) which I proclaimed to you, which you welcomed and accepted and upon which your faith rests.

Paul the Apostle is writing to born again, spirit-filled church people and he said that he needed to remind them about some things.

Oftentimes we hear things but they don't make an impact on us and so we need to hear them again and sometimes more than once, that’s why I repeat things over again often in my teaching.

Paul tells them to hold on to what they have learned and remind themselves of it often. He said in Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God.

We should hunger and thirst after righteousness because Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 Message Bible "You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God."

God will respond to your hunger and thirst for His Word and Jesus said when we hunger and thirst we will be filled.

Don't wait for God to move, you make a start today and make your move towards God. When you demonstrate to Him you are hungry for His Word and His presence, then He will move and bring you all you need to be blessed with and for you to be a blessing to others. You will see His glory and power and you will be blessed beyond measure; He wants to bless you with overflow.

Don't wait any longer, get busy and desire His move in your life; get hungry and thirsty today, and you will be filled!

Norman