Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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God's Plan is Already Blessed

Posted By at Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

In Jeremiah 29:11 God said: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

In Genesis 17, God is talking to Abraham in the person of El Shaddai, the One who has control over natural law, who reserves the right to change it. El Shaddai says to Abraham, "I can put life in your body and into Sarah's body, and you are going to have that child.

But Abraham answers to Elohim, not El Shaddai in Genesis 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

Verse 18 in the Hebrew reads, in effect, "Creator, why don't You accept Ishmael?"

And God says, "No, he is a natural Ishmael, but I want to give you a supernatural Isaac."

While so many are asking God to BLESS THEIR PLANS, God wants them to see is He has ALREADY PLANNED THEIR BLESSINGS.

God wants to give you a blessing that is not of the natural. But you have to seek His face first.

Proverbs 3:6 tells us to acknowledge God in all of our ways, and He will direct our paths.

So we know that at the time God spoke to Abraham about the covenant and about what He was going to do for Abraham and Sarah, Abraham was still trying to get God to accept what was natural law.

God said, "No. I am showing you something new. This is something new to you. I am the One who controls natural law."

God was trying to show Abraham the extraordinary blessing that He would fulfill on his behalf as a result of his faith in His extraordinary promise.

But it was going to be El Shaddai - the One who totally controls natural law - who would bring the promise to pass.

So, do not go out and buy a house or car and do all kinds of things when you have not spent any time before God. Be patient and seek God about His plan for the things you desire.

When you operate in God's plan, God will finance it. It will be more than you could ever do yourself.

So, spend time before El Shaddai and let Him bring His promises to pass in your life.

I am half way through a teaching series on Sunday mornings about GOD'S PLAN and it will be available in a CD album for $20 soon. Let me know if you would like it and I will pay the postage.

The 4 CDs are:

  1. GOD HAS A PLAN
  2. HOW DO I FIND GOD'S PLAN
  3. HOW DO I DO GOD'S PLAN
  4. I MUST STICK TO GOD'S PLAN.

Norman

Note: Sales of my new book HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION have been going well [on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble for $11.99]. Thanks to all who have purchased it, I trust it blesses you or whomever you give it to. 

Watch this space!

                                         

Here is my next book - LOVE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME - HOW TO BE IN LOVE FOR A LIFETIME IN YOUR MARRIAGE! It's with the publishers right now and should be ready this week. You can pre-order with me if you wish ($12) and I will pay the post as a special gift to you.
 

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Give Me God's Word

Posted By at Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

Luke 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 

These are the words of a Centurion soldier who had a servant in need of healing. The words he spoke caused Jesus to marvel. When your faith causes Jesus to marvel, you have really got some good faith.

What was it about this man’s faith that made Jesus marvel?

This Centurion basically said, I don’t need any demonstration. I don’t need you to come pray. I don’t need you to come wave your arms. I don’t need you to come with a show; I don’t even need you to come to my house. If you said it, that is enough for me. Just say the word, and it’s done, because I believe in your authority.

One of the methods by which God gives healing to you is by the spoken Word. The Word of God spoken to you is enough by itself to achieve what is needed.

As you are reading this Mid Week Faith Booster right now, healing is going forth. There are people all over the world who are right now receiving healing in their bodies.

That is so because Jesus saves and heals and delivers. He paid the price for your healing, and all you have to do is grab that word. Say with me today, "That’s mine. That’s for me. I heard that. That’s mine, I TAKE it now, in Jesus' name."

The Centurion said, “Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed.”

You may be saying right now, "Well, I sure wish I had a word like that."

Well, here’s one in Matthew 8:17 “Himself took your infirmity and bore your sickness."

Here's another in I Peter 2:24 “He himself bore your sins in his body on a tree that you being dead to sins shall live unto righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.”

That IS God's Word for you today. I don't need to come to you and lay hands on you, that Word is all you need, so take His Word, receive it and act like it's true in your life.

Jesus IS the healer. The Centurion said, "Give me the Word, that’s all I need."

And that's all you need today too. Nothing is too difficult for God!

Norman

Note: Sales of my new book HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION have been going well [on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble for $11.99]. Thanks to all who have purchased it, I trust it blesses you or whomever you give it to. 

Watch this space!

My next book - LOVE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME - HOW TO BE IN LOVE FOR A LIFETIME IN YOUR MARRIAGE is with the publishers right now and will be ready in a few days.

 
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Don't let Your Heart Be Troubled

Posted By at Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 

John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me."

When your heart is troubled Jesus said the cure is to believe in Him.

The Amplified Bible says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me."

Jesus is saying that in the same way we believe that God is holy, wise, fair, just, powerful etc, we should also believe in Him.

The way the chapters are divided is a little difficult, as it breaks the close connection between these words and those at the end of John 13 that have come immediately before. In Chapter 13 there was the announcement of Jesus' soon departure. These thoughts may well have brought trouble to the disciples hearts. The Lord had Himself been troubled as the darkness drew on, Jesus Himself was troubled.

John 12:27 "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour."

John 13:21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

Yet here He calms the anxious thoughts that He reads in the souls of the disciples. So when you feel anxious or troubled be like Jesus and face the trouble not in fear but by faith to see the blessed future. As you believe in God through Jesus Christ, you will release joy in the anticipation of a bright future and that's a great remedy against any sense of worry or anxiety.

Norman

Note: Sales of my new book HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION have been going well [on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble for $11.99]. Thanks to all who have purchased it, I trust it blesses you or whomever you give it to. 

Watch this space!

My next book - LOVE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME - HOW TO BE IN LOVE FOR A LIFETIME IN YOUR MARRIAGE is with the publishers right now and will be ready in about a week.
 

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More Steps To Walking By Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, November 05, 2014

 

When we become Christians we're saved by faith, and God intends to continually develop our lives according to His Word. Then as we grow in faith, we sometimes stumble and fail, but it's essential to remember that the path of our growth is not always a straight line upwards. God can use our ups and downs to help us grow.

Abraham is oftentimes called “The Father of the Faithful” because he was called out from a completely pagan group who were stargazers, right into a close relationship with God. He is a perfect example of what it means to live a growing, maturing life of faith. Like us, he wasn’t a perfect man. Many times, he failed to follow, trust, or wait upon God. However, Father God dealt kindly with Abraham and kept the many promises made to His servant. Abraham was a servant and friend of God. The difference with us is because we are in Christ we are sons and daughters of God. We are His children.

1. Learn To Listen

We must be able to discern when God is speaking to us; it might be directly or through His Word or the messages we hear in church. If we do not hear, we cannot know His will for our lives, because faith comes by hearing God's Word Romans 10:17 says.

Each time God spoke to Abraham, he stopped and built an altar to mark the event. Likewise, each time we hear God speaking to us, it would be wise to “build in altar” or mark the margins of our Bibles; a reminder of the wisdom or direction we’ve received.

We should begin each day and pray, “Lord if You have anything to say to me, speak to my heart, I’m ready.”

2. Learn To Obey

God instructed Abraham, saying, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives,” but Abraham didn’t fully obey these directions [Genesis 12:1]. Instead, he took his nephew, Lot, with him along with his household. The result of this disobedience was strife in the family and Lot’s eventual arrival in the doomed city of Sodom.

Abraham also disobeyed the Lord when he took his family into Egypt to escape a famine. However, God used that mistake to teach Abraham a lesson in obedience and, in His grace, blessed him with everything he needed.

We should be fully obedient to God because part obedience and disobedience are the same. They always bring consequences, so learn to fully follow His will.

3. Learn To Depend

Interestingly, Jesus never insisted that the disciples obey Him. Instead, He instructed them to trust Him and have faith in God. He knew that trust would create obedience because the two naturally go together.

When we don’t trust God, we are not depending on Him. As a result, we begin to feel that we are able to handle things on our own, and we begin to pull away from Him and head in the wrong direction.

4. Learn To Wait

Abraham didn't wait upon the Lord concerning his promised son. He followed his wife’s suggestion and had a child by her handmaid, Hagar. That impatience began a conflict we are still dealing with today around the world.

The Bible clearly states that God acts on behalf of those who wait on Him in Isa. 64:4 and Isa 40:31. The only way we can learn to do this is to trust in God and believe that He is always working behind the scenes in our best interests. When we wait, we acknowledge His lordship in our lives and our trusting faith becomes an act of genuine worship.

Life at its best is a life of faith—there’s no substitute. As believers, we are learning to listen to God and obey Him, to depend on Him and wait for His timing. It is a life we can only have after we trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. And no matter what circumstances or difficulties we may face, there is no way we can lose when we trust God by faith.

Norman

Note: Sales of my new book HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION have been going well [on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble for $11.99]. Thanks to all who have purchased it, I trust it blesses you or whomever you give it to.