Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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It Is Settled

Posted By at Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

I used to have a letterhead for the ministry when I was travelling around the world for almost 28 years and it gave the ministry name and the statement, “God said it, I believe it and that settles it.”

After a while I realized that: “God said it, and that settles it—whether I believe it or not.”

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

There is no one challenging God's Word in heaven today because it is already settled.

That's why Jesus taught His disciples on prayer in Matthew 6:9-10 9

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus was pointing out the utter reliability of God and His Word is sure even when our faith is a bit shaky. And because He himself is one hundred percent faithful, He is worthy of our complete trust.

So our prayer life should be that God's Word be settled in our lives, here on the earth, the same way it is already settled in heaven.

Norman

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Spiritual Expectations

Posted By at Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

I've called today's message SPIRITUAL EXPECTATIONS. The Bible uses the word HOPE for expectation. I noticed particularly in Today's English Version of the scripture it says for Heb 11.1 To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.

We should have a confident expectation in God's ability to make His Word work effectively in our lives every day.

Romans 4.21 in the TEV says about Abraham He was fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.

We need to be like Abraham and be fully CONVINCED that our prayer was heard and our request granted and we EXPECT to see it.

We need to be fully CONVINCED our words are faith pleasing to our heavenly Father.
But remember; the fulfilment of God's Word is not just something that is automatic. Hebrews 4.2 says But the word preached did not profit them not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Today, begin to let your expectation soar to new heights as you mix your faith with God's Word and you will see great and mighty things happen as God confirms His Word in your life.

Norman 

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Spiritual Misunderstanding

Posted By at Wednesday, April 10, 2013

 

Hosea 14:2 Take words with you, and return to the Lord. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips!"

What stops good people from cleaning up their act and returning to the Lord? Spiritual misunderstanding!

See if you recognise any in your life:

  • Painful experiences are just the result of fate; they’re not connected to my choices.
  • God’s much too forgiving to permit escalating consequences, or allow me to get hurt just to motivate me to stop sinning.
  • The enjoyment I get from my so-called sin outweighs the benefits of stopping. Anyway, my sins aren’t really hurting anyone.
  • I can’t help myself. This problem goes back to my childhood, so why wouldn’t God extend grace rather than impose discipline?
  • Just because I sin doesn’t mean I can’t do something for God. Hey, God uses crooked sticks; we can’t all be Billy Graham, you know.
  • It’s not a sin it’s just a part of my personality that I struggle with.

If you recognise yourself in any of these misunderstandings, do you see what you’re really saying?

‘My sin doesn’t have consequences. God won’t pursue this. I like my sin too much to give it up. I’ve convinced myself that I can’t quit. My sin won’t diminish my effectiveness. My problem isn’t even a sin.’

If this describes you, embrace the truth of God's Word, discard the lies that have kept you stuck in unnecessary pain, and repent. The moment you do you’ll receive God’s forgiveness and His help to live differently. You’ll also look back on your former determination to stay in the dirt and wonder how you resisted your Father’s kindness for so long, and at such cost.

Norman

 

 

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Is Your Brain Active?

Posted By at Wednesday, April 03, 2013

 

I read a quote this week by Spurgeon!

The man who never reads will never be read; the man who never quotes will never be quoted and the man who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.

I get amazed at the amount of time some Christians spend in front of their TV set watching useless films and documentaries and the absolute rubbish in those soap operas. Even the news is all past, whereas the bible tells what is going to happen in the future.

Think about this: It might shock you!

Take the average amount of time that you watch TV or even play Video games per day, e.g., two hours a day (and that’s way below the national average) most people probably do much more than that. Do you realize that over a period of 60 years, you will spend the equivalent of 7.1 years sitting in front of the TV every waking hour of the day?

Imagine what a person could accomplish given 7.1 years in which to accomplish it! What useful thing you could do if you put your renewed mind to use for God’s Kingdom instead of wasting his time on useless things!

Norman