Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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God Forgets

Posted By at Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I was talking to someone this past week and they made this comment.  THE ONLY PLACE THE DEVIL GOES FISHING IS IN THE SEA OF FORGETFULNESS.

 

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

You have made it through the storms; you overcame when odds were against you.  You came through trials and tribulations that put your faith in God to the test.  Trials that made you weep in the midnight hour.  But look at you now; you made it.  It's because of Jesus that you made it.  So stop, breath deep, exhale; it's a whole new beginning.  Rise up and claim what is rightfully yours.

God says in His Word to forget the former things, neither consider the things of old.  He wants you to let go and stop remembering the mistakes you made, stop dwelling on what others did to you.  It's a new opportunity, a time to forget the past.  God will toss all your past mistakes into the SEA OF FORGETFULNESS...if you will let Him.

As soon as you believed in Christ Jesus, your sins are gone from you, and gone away forever.  They are blotted out now.  What if a man owes a thousand dollars?  If he has a receipt that he's paid it, he's free, it's blotted out, there is an erasure made in the book and the debt is gone.

Though the person committed sin, the debt has been paid, he is no more a debtor to the Law of God.  Doesn't our text say that God has cast His people's sin into the depths of the sea?

Now, if they're in the depths of the sea, they cannot be on His people too.  Blessed be His Holy name; in the day when He casts our sins into the depth of the sea, He views us as pure in His sight and we stand accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:6

Then He says in Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed out transgressions from us.  They can't be removed and still be there. 

Then; if you believe in Christ, you are no more in the sight of God a sinner, you are accepted as though you were perfect, as though you had never sinned.  For Christ has paid for it and His righteousness is yours.  You've broken it, but your sin is His, He has been punished for it and you've been pardoned from it.

You are free!

Norman

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A Little Knowledge

Posted By at Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lots of people go to Bible Colleges and Seminaries to gain knowledge of the Bible and find out about God.  Many hope that somehow that knowledge will open doors for them in some form of ministry or a position in a church.


 

However, the Apostle Paul prayed in Philippians 3:100 NIV I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.

Notice he said I want to know Christ; he did not say he wanted to know about Him, but to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.  He wanted to know Christ in all His fullness.

In the Old Testament, Daniel had discovered that secret in Daniel 11:32...but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Now as a teacher of God's Word, I am not opposed to anyone acquiring Biblical knowledge, as long as it comes via God's Word and for His glory.  Unfortunately there are many ministers and leaders who have spent sometimes many years acquiring knowledge, getting their degrees and then they proceed to empty the church by degrees.  In God's long term economy, it's not what you know but Whom you know that really counts and brings the results.

Isaiah 53:11 He (God) shall see of the travail of His soul (Jesus), and shall be satisfied; by His knowledge shall my righteous servant (Jesus) justify many for He shall bear their iniquities.

It was by His knowledge that Jesus justified and made righteous all of us who are born again, but He depended on His Father as to how and when to use that knowledge.

John 5:30 AMP I am able to do nothing from Myself (independently of My own accord, but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders).  Even as I hear, I judge (I decide as I am bidden to decide.  As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision), and My judgement is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will (I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose) but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent me.

Even though Jesus said He could do nothing of Himself, He went on to do everything that was necessary to bring us back to The Father's family.

You are invited to be in His family right now.

Norman

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Fear Looks But Faith Steps Out

Posted By at Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 

The story about Peter getting out of the boat to walk on water has been told and re-told, however, I want to take another look at it today. 

The story is told in Matthew 14:22-32

Jesus had sent the disciples on ahead of Him to the other side of the lake, while He sent the multitudes away, so He could go up on the mountainside to pray by Himself.  The boat carrying the disciples was by now a considerable distance from the land, being buffeted by the waves.  And to make matters worse, they were rowing against the wind.  During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them walking on the water.

The disciples looked and saw Him and were afraid.  They cried out in fear, "It's a ghost." They were afraid because seamen and sailors or fishermen had an old wives tale if they saw a ghost, the ship would sink.

But Jesus says to them; "Take courage, it is I, don't be afraid." 

Notice it's Peter who says, "Lord if it's you, tell me to come to you."  He's still not sure if it's really Jesus.  But Jesus always takes away fear, and brings hope, encouragement and strength.

Can you imagine those in the boat looking at Peter, saying, "Don't be stupid Peter!  How can anyone do that, Peter do you really know what you're doing?  Hold on and think about this, you might sink.  Look outside this boat; the waves are still raging and crashing against it."

Here is the key; Peter never moved until Jesus said; Come.

If you're driving your car and you approach traffic signals, the lights have three colours.  Red = stop, do not go.  Amber = get ready to go.  Then Green = go.

Peter waited for that green light to GO!

So many people have gone without being sent, without that word from Jesus to say GO.  They have taken it all upon themselves, thinking somewhere down the line surely God will bless this.  But unless it's God's plan, He is not bound by His Word to bless it.  As a result they have got themselves in all kinds of trouble. 

When Peter knew that this was really the Lord Jesus and Jesus said Come, then he could walk out towards Jesus on the water.  When all you have to stand on is the Word from Jesus, you have everything you need to hold you up.  Because His Word never fails, His promise is always Yes and Amen.  Peter waited until Jesus said; Come.  Then Peter put his faith in that Word from Jesus to action. 

Now Faith steps out, while fear stands by and looks.  The other disciples stayed in the boat and just looked on.  They were afraid to leave their comfort zone, but where fear looks on, faith steps out.  Peter steps out of the boat onto the solid ground of the Word, he walked on the Word from Jesus, defying the laws of gravity, that he was heavier than the water and that it was impossible for him to walk on that water.  Then he begins to walk towards Jesus on the water, while the others stayed in the safety of the boat looking on, perhaps wishing it had been them walking on the water!  Peter was now walking towards Jesus, but he took his eyes off the Lord and put his eyes on the wind and waves.  Then his heart, his courage began to fail, he began to sink.  Lord save me, he cried out.  Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

If you ever feel like you are sinking, the hand of Jesus is right there to catch you to lift you back up.

Now watch what happened next...Jesus and Peter BOTH walked back to the boat on the water!

If God has given you the green light to go and if somewhere along the way you fall down, all we have to do is call out to Jesus; Lord save me.  If you admit that you have taken your eyes off the Lord and confess your lack of faith, then He will pick you back up and put you back on that path.

Then Jesus and Peter got back into the boat and the wind died down.  Jesus always brings calm and peace when we need it the most. 

It's good to remember that fear looks on but faith steps out.  Peter took that step of faith, not only did he take that step of faith; but he walked out to Jesus on the water, then walked back again - on the water.  He left his comfort zone on the one word from Jesus; Come.  Peter trusted in that word from Jesus, as a result he did what is in the natural impossible to do.  Impossible is not a word from God because with God ALL things are possible to those who believe.

Fear brings doubt and faith brings victory.  Fear looks on, faith steps out and takes giant steps for God.

Today, wait for that green light, then take that step of faith into great things for the Lord Jesus and for the Kingdom of God.

Norman

Dr Norm

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No Fear in our Home!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 06, 2012

As Christians, most of us know that the last days are almost here.  We have heard about the signs that Jesus said to look for concerning Israel and the world.  The events Jesus said would be signs of His coming and of the end of the world are going on all around us.  We can keep our peace and walk in fearless confidence even in the midst of these troubled times if we remember one thing; God is still in control.  In these last days, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to walk in fear.

 

2 Timothy 3:1 says, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 

Then also, Luke 21:26 says that mens' hearts will fail them because of fear. 

However, while describing many of the end-time events to His disciples, in Matthew 24:6, Jesus told them to..."see that ye be not troubled."  In other words do not be afraid.

There is only one way to remain fear free in a world of turmoil, hatred, war and uncertainty - you must learn to trust the One who told us not to be troubled.

In John 16:33 Amplified Bible Jesus said, "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!  For I have overcome the world.  [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

In these last days, both Christians and unbelievers will see multiplying of the power of this age.  This will result in awesome demonstrations of God's power and in the great end-time harvest.

Let's all consecrate ourselves to God and stay full of the Word and the presence of God so that when we hear the blast of the trumpet announcing Jesus' return, we'll be ready!

Norman

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