Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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The Bible - God's Word

Posted By at Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

When I think of today’s topic, The Bible - God's Word I am reminded of an old song that I'd heard many years ago I'm using my Bible as a road map, The Ten Commandments tell me what to do. They crossed the Red Sea of destruction, and Jesus will see you safely through.

We can use the Bible, God's Word as a road map to help us through the rough roads as we travel through life.

For example, when we understand that the book of Genesis not only speaks of the creation of man, but also gives the first promise of the coming Messiah, we then can begin to realize how much God really cares for us to have made preparation for our salvation from the very beginning.

The book of Exodus is not only about the Israelites' flight from Egypt, but goes on to tell of the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God, pointing us in the right direction. When we follow these laws, coupled by the grace of God, we understand the purpose of our own lives.

In Leviticus, God is the Lawgiver.

In Numbers, He speaks of the priesthood in which in the New Testament, Christ becomes our High Priest.

In Joshua, He is our Leader.

In Psalms, He is our Comforter.

In Song of Solomon, He is our Bridegroom.

In Isaiah, He is our Redeemer, our Healer and our Saviour.

In Jeremiah, He is our Intercessor.

In Lamentations, He is our Burden-Bearer.

In Daniel, He is our Ever-Present Help in times of trouble.

In Malachi, He is the Soon-Coming Messiah.

In Matthew, He is The Messiah.

In Luke, He is the Healer.

In John, He is the Word.

On and on throughout the New Testament He is that He is!

Finally into Revelations, He is our soon Coming King.

As with any map, we must understand how to read it in order to keep from getting lost. The Old Testament contains 39 books, while the New Testament has 27. When you add them together you find there are 66 books in the Bible.

Now that you have your road map be sure to stay on Route 66 and do not take any detours, and with the Jesus as the driver and Holy Spirit as your navigator, you will most assuredly make it to your final destination HEAVEN.

Enjoy the journey!

Norman

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God Does Not Disappoint

Posted By at Wednesday, April 18, 2012

He is the only secure, unchanging centre around which we can order our lives, and in which we can ground our peace. He is an infallible point of reference.

Malachi 3.6 For I am the LORD, I change not;

Hebrews 13.8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

1 Peter 2:6 . . . and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.

To say that God will never disappoint us is not to say that we will never be disappointed. We may sometimes feel disappointed that God does not seem to do as we wish, but He is NEVER a disappointment if we walk in His Word daily. This is not because of any objective failure of faithfulness on His part.

It comes rather from a subjective failure on our part to understand God’s wisdom, His methods, and even His love for us.

God is often described in the Word in terms of things that are solid and immovable. One figure is that of a ROCK.

David, for example, said Psalm 62:1, 2 Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

But another interesting figure is that of an ANCHOR.

In the New Testament, Christians with a wavering faith were urged to hold on to their hope: Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.

And they were reminded that God’s promise is backed up by His oath, Hebrews 6:17- 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.

Our frustrations in life, more often than not, result from having an unstable centre. In selecting our end-all-and-be-all, we select some pretty shaky things, often with tragic results. And even when we suppose that God is our centre, our faith often turns out to be not in God Himself, but in certain temporal blessings that He’s allowed us to have.

But like Job, we need to love God for His own sake. And also like Paul, we need to be grounded in the Word and able to say, 2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

As the hymn writer says: Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Norman

 

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Jesus is your Shepherd

Posted By at Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I remember reading a story of a tour guide in Israel.  He told his tourists that in the Middle East, shepherds always lead their sheep instead of following them like they do in the English countryside.

When tourists got out into the Israeli countryside, they noticed a man driving a flock of sheep.

A tourist asked the man, I have always been told that in the East sheep are led not driven.

The man driving the sheep said, You are right, but I'm not a shepherd.  I'm the butcher.

There is a big difference between the interests of a shepherd and a butcher.

Jesus was the Good Shepherd who died for the sheep - John 10:11

And He is coming back as the Chief Shepherd bringing with Him the crown of glory that will not fade away.

He has our best interests in mind always.

Unfortunately too many Ministers 'drive' their flocks instead of leading them.

Norman

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Use Your faith

Posted By at Wednesday, April 04, 2012

 

Some Christians are so intent on proving God's existence that they miss the whole concept of faith. God cannot be proven or explained. In the final analysis, He is known only by faith and faith defies understanding. If your salvation were to be based on IQ, most of us would not stand a chance.

But God designed it so that Isaiah 35:8 The Living Bible '...the most stupid cannot miss the way', and Matthew 18.3 ‘and children can enter the kingdom of heaven'.

The hardest struggles usually come from wanting explanations and proof. That is why Paul says in Romans 8.6 'To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life.'

God is looking for people who simply take Him at His Word. When He finds them, He can use them greatly and He can reward them richly.

In the Old Testament He found a man named Abraham and called him His friend in 2 Chronicles 20:7. Was that because Abraham was so perfect? Hardly, not once, but twice he lied, saying his wife was his sister. And when God told him to leave his relatives behind, he decided to bring along his nephew and father-in-law! But one thing Abraham had going for him was, Genesis 15:6 The Living Bible '...God considered him righteous on account of his faith'.

Your faith gives you a credit line with God!

Hebrews, Chapter 11, gives a list of people who received blessings through faith. Just like money in the natural world, your faith is the exchange that is used in God's kingdom. It defies reason, transcends feeling, and gets results every time. So, today why not start using your faith, it’s the ONLY thing that pleases God, Hebrews 11.6 says!

Norman