Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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God Responds to our Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, August 29, 2012

                                 

We must realise that the ONLY thing God responds to is our faith in His Word!  He is the faith God and ONLY faith pleases Him.

Hebrews 11:6 Amplified Bible But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him.  For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

Because God is a faith God, His Word is a faith word, so that is what satisfies Him.  He says in Jeremiah 1:12 Amplified Bible Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over my Word to perform it.

He is watching over His Word in our lives to perform it or make it real and effective when we operate in faith.  We should be aware that God uses OUR FAITH to fulfill His purposes in our lives!  Did you get the strength of that statement?  God wants to bless us, but most times He can't because we are too busy worrying about our problems instead of operating in the faith that pleases and releases His hand to bless us.

Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

The very foundation of our whole Christian experience is based on what Jesus accomplished for us by taking our place at Calvary.  He achieved a salvation that not only delivers the whole man from the power of the devil but keeps him free from all that the devil can do as man walks in the spirit by faith.

Faith does not deny the existence of the negative, but rather chooses to look to the positive and then gives substance and evidence to it through The Word of God.  Faith then permits us to call those things that are not as though they were.

Romans 4:17 As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The enemies to your faith are unbelief, fear and doubt; all of which are negative.  But The Word of God is positive and gives the evidence to the things you hope for.  Paul The Apostle, who wrote almost all the Epistles in the New Testament said some very interesting things in those letters to the Churches.

In 2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

His senses showed Paul that he had nothing, yet by faith he was able to call the things that were not as though they were; and he could say having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

He said As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.

He said As poor, yet making many rich.

Paul was not denying he had nothing, or denying he was sorrowful, but he chose to say what he believed by faith.  That is, that he was always rejoicing and that he had possession of everything he needed.

That should be our pattern too.

Norman

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Take a Stand Now on RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 

Mankind has failed miserably in its approach to God.  So much so that God had to come in the likeness of sinful flesh and make a way, whereby man could approach Him.

The Word of God declares that mankind's righteousness (outside of Christ) is as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)

We have further failed as the Church because we have been taught and trained to be more conscious of our sin than of our righteousness.

So our own righteousness is as filthy rags, that is quite correct, but 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who (Jesus) knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).

When you fully realise the totality of Calvary's work for you and that righteousness not only became yours but that you were made 'the righteousness of God...' then you have something to shout about!

Righteousness became yours in the same way deliverance from sin and satan's power became yours!

Righteousness became yours the same way deliverance from sickness and disease became yours when you came into Christ!

When these great truths begin to take hold in your Spirit as revelation knowledge and you start to live them, the reality of the New Creation is yours to enjoy.  Too many Christians are trying to live in this New Creation as patched up old creations that could break down and disintegrate at anytime.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away and behold all things have become new.

Our part is to learn to 'walk in the Spirit' by faith in what God says about us, not what our bodies or minds tell us from the sense realm.  As we do this, then we begin to manifest His presence (righteousness) in the world.

Norman

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Is Your Faith Sight or Insight Type of Faith?

Posted By at Wednesday, August 15, 2012

 

In John 20:24-29 We find the story of a disciple called Thomas who struggled with this problem of faith. 

24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. This is after Jesus has been crucified and buried, He had risen from the dead and revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene, then He comes to the disciples and Thomas was not with them.

25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord."  So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them.  Jesus came, the door being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!"

27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side.  Do not be unbelieving, but believing."

28 And Thomas answered & said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed.  More blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Thomas is an example of sense or sight knowledge faith.  So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

Now of course he did believe but only after his senses [sight] had seen Jesus and had been satisfied, then he believed but he never did show insight.

But Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.  More blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

He is referring to people who operate in Revelation Knowledge Faith because that is what pleases Him.  Thomas had the same reaction that many church folks have today; they move in the realm of the senses or sight and not in the spirit of faith or insight.

Study The Word this week; it is the only FOUNDATION for your faith.

Norman

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Use What God Has Given You

Posted By at Wednesday, August 08, 2012

 

1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

When God gives you an assignment He gives you all that's needed to fulfill it.  In fact, by studying your basic abilities you can begin to discern your calling.

Winston Churchill said, "To each there comes in his or her lifetime a special moment when they are tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talent.  What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour."

You can't always be what you want to be, but you can be everything God wants you to be.

That's because as Matt 25:15 says He assigns and directs us each according to [one's] own ability.

What do you love doing and do consistently and well?

Is music your thing?

Is it working with numbers?

Is it working with children?

In Cor 12:7 Paul says, The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving.  That means some of the things other people might find boring will actually energize and spur you to action.

God is building a Spiritual house and there's a place for each of us in it.  Knowing this dispels the misconception that you're not valuable because you don't have the same talents someone does.  It also defines your actual responsibility by doing away with the myth that you're supposed to do everything.  No, your goal should be to stay within the boundaries of God's plan for you.

So instead of apologising for the skills you don't have, discover the gifts God has given you and put them to work for His Kingdom.

Norman

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Being a Grand Parent!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 01, 2012

 

I read this week about a small-town medical doctor who was famous in the area for always catching the largest fish. 

One day while he was on one of his frequent fishing trips he got a call that a woman at a neighbouring farm was giving birth.  He rushed to her aid and delivered a healthy baby boy.  The farmer had nothing to weigh the baby with so the doctor used his fishing scales.  

The baby weighed in at 22lbs 10oz.

Elizabeth and I are grandparents to nine grandchildren.  They range in age from 21 years down to just over two years and God has given us a responsibility to teach them.

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed, and guard your life diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen and lest they depart from your [mind and] heart all the days of your life.  Teach them to your children and your children's children.

A child wrote the following essay on grandparents in her school class and said: " A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own.  She likes other people's little girls and boys.  A grandfather is a man grandmother.  He goes for walks with boys; they talk about fishing and stuff like that.  Grandmothers don't have anything to do except to be there.  They are so old that they shouldn't play hard or run.  It is enough if they drive us to the store where the pretend horse is, and have lots of money ready.  Or if they take us for walks, they slow down for things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.  They should never say 'hurry up'.  Usually grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes.  They wear glasses and funny underwear.  They can take their teeth and gums off.  Grandmothers don't have to be smart, only answer questions like, 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'  Grandmothers don't talk baby talk like visitors do, because it's hard to understand.  When they read to us they don't skip, or mind if it's the same story over again.  Everybody should have a grandmother, especially if they don't have a television, because they are the only grown-ups who have time."

If you are a grandparent, and if you're not happy with the job you did the first time around with your own children, you get a second bite at the apple - with your grandchildren.  So don't blow it!  If your children are raising your grandchildren in the ways of God, encourage them and reinforce their teaching by your own example.  If they've neglected to do this, step into the gap immediately and help them get established in God's ways.

Norman