Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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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

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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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Don't Waste Time

Posted By at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 

Time is something we all think we have plenty of. Some people think they have plenty of time but circumstances or sickness cuts a life short so often.

My father retired at 65 years old, expecting to enjoy a long retirement with my mother after nearly 45 years of marriage together; but his life was cut short within three months by a sudden aneurysm in his aorta.

So we all need to make preparation for eternity. Live like you have a long time but prepare like it's today.

God expects us to be good stewards of our time. We need to use our time wisely and not waste it.

We all need to spend time alone with God. I'm not just talking about those five minutes in the morning and I'm not even talking about a one-hour session every morning. I'm talking about a daily communion between you and God. But you don't have to be living like a monk in some monastery up in the hills.

You can be alone with God and still have your normal lifestyle by just getting rid of other things that add so much busyness to your life. Turn off the television in the evenings. Turn off the radio in your car. Spend time by yourself in your room with no distractions. Switch off your phone or I-pad.

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.

Most people have been conditioned that they must always be doing something. If they're not in school, they must be at football practice. If they're not at practice, they must be at work. And if they're not at work, they must be at home getting themselves ready to start all over again the next day.

Have you ever had your electricity cut off during a storm? It can get very quiet with no radio, no television, no telephone—you don't even hear the hum of your refrigerator.

During those times many people are at a loss as to what to do, they have not practiced the presence of God on a regular basis!

What are you going to do? There's nothing to watch, nothing to listen to, nothing to input into our brain. It's just very still and quiet. Do you make it a family time where you just sit and talk? Do you take advantage of the quiet? Take time to meditate God's Word, listen to a teaching CD and learn from it.

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!

Why not commit to having that rich communion time with Him every day, make it your habit in 2018. Jesus made it a habit of spending time with His Father.

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: First Thursday Faith Connection starts next week, Thursday February 1, 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00pm, and will continue on the FIRST Thursday of each month through the rest of the year. The meetings will be a community outreach with teaching by Dr Norm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! BRIGHT SINGING, POWERFUL WORD MESSAGES and PRAYER FOR NEEDS will be the key!

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Be Strong & Courageous in 2018

Posted By at Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 

In this New Year of 2018 I want to start out by challenging you to be strong and courageous as you face this whole year. None of us really know except the Holy Spirit reveals to us what the year will hold by way of challenges and opportunities. But we do know that God's Word contains many wonderful promises for those who obey His Word.

Joshua 1:6 NKJV Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Just as there were some prerequisites that were required of Joshua and Israelites to go into the Promised Land, the same things are required of us to receive the blessings of God today. God told Joshua to be strong and of courageous. Why? In order to inherit the blessings God promised them, today we must also be strong and courageous to inherit the blessings for ourselves.

We can't be weakling's in the army of the Lord. We have to stand up and realize that we can’t live the way the world lives and still have God’s blessings. God sees us as who we really are, born again and His very own precious possessions and He desires us to have our inheritance and to use it wisely. He doesn’t want it to slip through our hands like it did before we became good givers and tithers.

You are very important to God. He is concerned about everything that concerns you. He sees each of you as precious and valuable no matter what you may have done. Now all that is left is for you to see yourself the same way He does, so that you can walk in His blessings.

Joshua 1:6 says to be strong and courageous. Well, that’s just the beginning. Later God said it again in V9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

And in order to be strong and courageous you must observe to do according to the law. In other words, we must accept God’s Word as the law in our life. Your attitude should be, “God said it. I have believed it so that settles it. That’s the way it’s going to be. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t even have to like it. But because I trust God and I know that He loves me and He’s awesome in my life, I will do it because He said it.” That’s the attitude that will cause you to win and be victorious.

When you enlist in the army of the Lord the enemy will attack you. You had better believe that. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be an enemy. He is doing what an enemy does.

Jesus said in John 10:10 "The enemy comes with the purpose of stealing and killing and destroying but He [Jesus] came to give you life in all it's fullness and total victory every day."

So we have to be strong, be courageous, observe and do the Word of God and meditate it daily. When you do that, you will inherit the land, make your way prosperous, and you will have good success.

Norman

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You Can Trust God!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What God says about us is true.

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

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

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

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

Norman

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God is Trustworthy

Posted By at Wednesday, November 01, 2017

We live in a fallen changing world where promises are often broken, almost every day. But God always keeps His Word.

Malachi 3:6-7 “For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you…”

In the Word, we learn Sarah was 90 years old when God told her husband, Abraham, in Genesis 17:15-16 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”

Sarah means 'mother of many princes'. Abraham considered this so unlikely, he laughed, Sarah was barren and never had a child and now was 90 years old.

But God was truthful and faithful to His Word.

In our world people put little value on their words. We’ve seen politicians retract campaign commitments once they've taken office.

Though many people "swear to tell the truth" in court, many resort to lying for self-preservation.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know whom and what we can trust.

Thankfully, there is One who keeps His Word and never changes.

Hebrews 10:23 tells us, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He [God] who promised is faithful."

God always keeps His promises—the same today as He did in the Bible days. Yet some people become discouraged because they fail to see results after asking for His assurance. We can avoid frustration by understanding how Scripture teaches us to claim His promises.

First, be aware that some promises are limited to a certain situation. God told Abraham he would have a son. However, Genesis 17:16 is not a general promise for everyone to claim personally, as it was meant specifically for the Abraham and Sarah. However, you could remind God of His promise to Abraham and tell Him you need His intervention in your childless marriage, just like He did for Abraham.

Second, many promises are intended for all believers, such as God’s assurance that He’ll never leave us.

Hebrews 13:5 says, Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Third, some promises are conditional.

For example Psalm 37:4 requires obedience: “Delight yourself in the Lord AND He will give you the desires of your heart.”

When evaluating a Bible promise, we should ask yourself:-

Am I asking for this promise with a spirit of submission to the will of God?

Will the answer to my petition harm any person or interfere with God’s will for their life?

Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased by my request?

Does it contradict the Word of God?

Will my desire advance my spiritual growth?

If you claim the Lord’s promises with a right spirit and pure motives, you will honour Him, receive what you ask and grow in intimacy with your loving Father.

In today's changing world where vows are often easily broken, it’s reassuring that believers serve a God who keeps His word. Think about the hope His promises provide, and praise Him for the way they reveal His character.

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