Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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You Must Search the Scriptures

Posted By at Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

When Paul preached the gospel to the Bereans; they did something that others had not done—they searched the Scriptures daily.

Acts17:11
 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.


The result of their diligence is given in the next verse.

Acts 17:12 Therefore many of them believed and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Jesus told the Pharisees in John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
 


I once talked with a Jewish believer who shared with me that his daughter, who had become a Christian, challenged him to just read through the New Testament. 
He began in Matthew and was astonished to find so many Old Testament references to the Messiah being fulfilled by Jesus.
 
His initial reason for searching the Scriptures was to prove that his daughter was wrong, but instead, he ended up giving his heart to the Messiah. 

The Scriptures testified of Jesus! Look for Him as you read the Scriptures, you will find every book in the Bible talks about Christ and you will find Him as Saviour, as Healer and as Provider for your own life then you can encourage others to do the same.

Norman  

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Do Not Feel Lonely

Posted By at Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 

I don't know about you but I have a busy schedule in my ministry for The Lord.  I used to travel the world, waking up each morning usually in some motel or prophet's room a local church had prepared.  When I woke up sometimes I didn't know where I was, I couldn't even remember which was the way to the bathroom.

Many people say to me they envied my lifestyle but I want you to know it was not so glamorous; it was often quite lonely.  I missed my wife very much when I travelled without her, and I longed to get home to be with her again.

In that busy life I always appreciated the few quiet moments I would try to snatch in a motel room before a meeting, to gather my thoughts and communicate with The Lord about the up-coming meeting. 

I am a person who does not really mind being alone at times; I always enjoy the opportunity to fellowship with The Lord and spend some time in His Word.

Often times other people really feel the loneliness of being alone and they can't be without other people around them.

The dictionary describes loneliness as a sad state because of lack of companionship, the depressing feeling of being alone, single, solitary, and without company.

Always remember that just because you are alone, you do not have to be lonely.

As believers remember we have a Father who loves us. He desires the best for us. We’re part of a large spiritual family with many brothers and sisters. But sometimes we still feel lonely, even in a crowd. This can happen even when there’s no major crisis in our lives.

Our greatest loneliness comes from a separation from the Father. This is a spiritual problem. The source is sin. We experience a break in our close fellowship with the Lord when we disobey Him and go our own way.

The remedy is confession. Confession leads us back to restored intimacy with God. If we refuse to admit our sin, the separation just grows worse.

Busyness and preoccupation with earthly affairs also cause this isolation. Sometimes we push aside time with God to fulfil our obligations with family and other things we consider to be important. We might focus so heavily on daily living that we ignore Him.

To overcome loneliness, spend time reconnecting with God through His Word. Take in the knowledge of His deep, abiding love. Meditate on His great promises. Being in harmony with God renews our purpose and energy for life, causing that sense of isolation to lessen. Hope replaces discouragement.

Our focus turns from self to others.

The Word says in Heb 13:5 Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you

The writer to Hebrews is referring to Genesis 28:15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.

David said in Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.

It’s important to reconnect with people. So, look for opportunities to encourage, serve, love, and support those around you. Intimacy with the Lord is both the antidote to loneliness and protection from it.

Norman
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The Word Should Be Our Banquet

Posted By at Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 

The Bible should be the priority book in our literary diet. If we spent as much time in the Word as we do at the dinner table, our spirit and character would be strong and thriving.

Then no matter what our circumstances happened to be, we'd experience an inner joy and peace. The satisfaction that comes from living an obedient life is not possible apart from The Word.

It's in God's Word, we find out how He thinks and what He does. We also discover the guiding principles for a successful life. After all, how can we trust God unless we get to know Him?

Then also, how can we be like Jesus unless we practice the habits He displays in His Word?

In Joshua 6, God told the Israelites not to turn from His Word to the right or to the left. Only a straight route through His will would result in success, even when walled cities like Jericho stood in their way.

What this means in practical terms is that every time we make a decision we should do so through what we know of the Lord from The Word. When we face a crisis; we dig into the Bible to answer the question: What would the Lord have me do?

We do not live by reason; even the opinion of others, or our own wisdom. Rather, we conform our minds, heart, and will to the Bible standard.

Bread will keep your stomach full, but your life will be empty without a holy daily meal that includes reading and meditation.

Learn to recognize spiritual hunger pains, such as vague discontent or animosity toward the things of God—and quickly begin to banquet on His Word.

Norman  

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Thinking Success Thoughts

Posted By at Wednesday, June 05, 2013

 

Healthy thinking is a vital contributor to good and godly success in life. And The Word has a lot to say about what a believer's mind should and should not dwell upon. That is because every choice we make, every word we speak, and every action we take begins as a thought. So we all really need to have our heads on straight, to think straight as it were.

The Bible contains long lists of activities and thoughts that may have been part of our old existence but are no longer part of a victorious life in Christ. We are to put aside attitudes like pride, anger, jealousy, and self-pity. Negativity held in the head and heart can work its way outward like spreading poison, tainting conduct, conversation, and character.

I've said many times there is a heart and mouth connection, what is in our heart eventually will come out of out mouth, because it starts as a thought.

God's Word offers right ways of thinking to keep His grace and love flowing. Setting our minds on heavenly things is a choice Phil 4.8 tells us.

Isaiah said in 26.3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Consider Paul, whom the modern church surely sees as a successful Apostle. He said in Colossians 3.1-3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

But Paul's contemporaries would have seen a man who was repeatedly beaten, jailed, and persecuted and run out of town. He was often without support and friendless. And yet, during one of his many prison terms, Paul wrote of his joy, contentment, and unshakable faith in God (Phil 4.10-19). He kept his thought settled on his heavenly home. His life is an awesome expression of a positive faith attitude. He was a man committed to thinking godly thoughts whether his life was marked by blessing or adversity.

Proverbs 23.7 sums up the enormous effect of our thoughts on our life: For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is.

Paul believed he was a beloved servant of a Heavenly God, and he acted accordingly! Perhaps it's time for you to claim the healthy, fulfilling thought life available through reading God's Word for your success.

Norman