Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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The Treasure is Already Inside You

Posted By at Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Do you know you have the treasure in you?  God put it there.

2 Cor 4:7 New Century Version We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure.  This shows that the great power if from God, not from us.

You have all these unique qualities He has put in you at the New Birth.  He put a hunger for His Word and the fire in your soul.  Even though life may have thrown some cold water on that fire, God can rekindle it if you let Him.

Remember this treasure within you is from God.  Everything He owns He protects, He nurtures and will eventually use to His glory.  But God is the wise businessman; when He invests in something He believes for a return on His investment!

It's been said that the wealthiest spot on this earth is not the opilfields of Kuwait or the diamond mines of South Africa or the Kimberley Region of Australia.  No, the richest deposits lie in the local cemeteries.  Buried beneath those sacred grounds are dreams that never came to pass, songs that were never sung, books that were never designed, plans that never got beyond the drawing board of someone's mind, and purposes that were never fulfilled.  Only a very few of us who lived on this planet will discover and fulfill our true potential.

Do you want to be one of them?  Well ask yourself some questions!

Who am I?

Why did God put me here?

How much potential do I have?

How can I maximise my abilities for His glory?

Within the answers to these questions lie the keys to your truly fulfilled life.  If you haven't found your life's purpose yet, you should talk to your Maker.

Col 1:16 Message Bible For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels - everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.

Before you spoke your first word or took your first step, God had a plan for your life. 

Jer 29:11 The Message I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home.  I know what I'm doing.  I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hoped for.

You may be saying you have failed so badly.  That may be so, but it's amazing what God can do with a broken life - when you give Him all the pieces!  He is the mender of broken lives and He puts treasure in the pots He puts back together.  Go today and let Him have His way.

Have a great mid week looking for treasure!

Norman

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Imagination

Posted By at Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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!

I love my imagination. When I was younger as an almost only child, [my sister was 11 years older than I was]. Each night I would sit in my bed and make up stories. I would go away to far away places do things I could conceive in this life; I’d be a character from some of my storybooks. Each night was a new adventure for me. But at the end of my day it was just imagination. There was no reality. I have always been a dreamer. I see what others would consider impossibilities and start to wonder what it would be like if it came to pass.

But all my dreams and imaginations pale in comparison to what God has in store for you and for me.

In today’s scripture Paul is giving glory to God. But not just any God we could think off. No, he is giving glory to our God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”

What? More than I can imagine?

No. Immeasurably more than I can imagine!

I don’t know where to begin. What could Paul be thinking of? I can’t get my mind around it, but I know this. If you and I would start to believe that God could, and more importantly wants to do a fraction of what we could imagine let alone what we can’t imagine, it would change our life totally. Why not start today? Ask God for something “unimaginable” to pray for. Ask Him to give you a dream, a vision, an unimaginable prayer for your life. Something that is so grand that only He could do it.

He will fulfill it according to His power that is at work within you!

Have a wonderful imagining week!

Norman

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No Strife in my Life

Posted By at Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Strife is defined as 'conflict; struggle; rivalry' and God's Word says to avoid it at all cost.  Paul says in Phil 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.

Strife is devil-designed to play havoc in marriages, churches, businesses and relationships.  It stems from our self-centred ego and leads to comparing, competing and condemning.

The Word says in James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

Keeping strife out of your life means recognising and uprooting it before it grows; Heb 12:14-15 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness sringing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.

And Paul also says in Phil 2:2 fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Enjoying God's blessings requires doing all we can to live in harmony with one another.  It is that easy to do but the sooner you learn it, the better life will be.

When David saw Goliath he didn't stop to consider the odds or listen to the opinions of others.  Instead it says in 1 Samuel 17:48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came amd drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

A rapid response is required here.  When God prompts you to turn the other cheek or take the short end of the stick, draw on His grace and do it.  In fact, when you do it on your timetable, you end up doing it in your own strength.

So: always forgive those who hurt you and pray for them and bless them by speaking well of them and wanting only good things for them.  Your commitment to walk each day in love and forgiveness, and yes, it is a daily commitment that will open the door to God's blessing in your life.

Norman