Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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You Have Strong Abilities In Christ

Posted By at Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 

Over the years many people have told me what they can't do when I've asked them to do something in church or serving the things of God. But God's Word declares what we can do for every one of us.

  • We can pray
  • We can fast
  • We can read God's Word daily
  • We can help feed the poor
  • We can reach the lost
  • We can preach the Gospel
  • We can lead people to Jesus
  • We can intercede for others
  • We can serve God
  • We can do all things through Christ.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things in Christ.

Many Christians consider developing their spiritual abilities as optional. They consider it low priority relative to evangelism, group growth, missions, Bible study or prayer. Although you may sympathize with this way of thinking, you must also recognize that the development and exercise of spiritual abilities is a basic provision of God for group growth.

In fact, my primary job of a Pastor according to Ephesians 4:12 NIV is “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up...”

We all have an equal value in God's eyes, but we don't all have equal abilities or gifts. Everyone reading this today is capable of doing something better than the next 1000 people. This could be called your strong abilities and I encourage you to find them and make the most of them. You may be good at sharing with someone on a one to one basis, while someone else may be more able to stand before a crowd and share. You may find prayer something you enjoy doing or you may have been blessed financially, so you can help others in that area.

It doesn't matter how aware you are of your abilities, how you feel about yourself, or whether you have previously achieved success. You have God given abilities and He wants you to develop and use them for His glory.

But you can only develop the abilities you have; not the ones you want. When it comes to your character, you must never stop working on any areas of weakness. But when it comes to fulfilling your God-given assignment, you must recognize your strong abilities and give yourself to them wholeheartedly.

Norman
 

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Don't Look Back

Posted By at Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Whenever your eyes and heart are steadfastly focused on The Lord Jesus Christ, you are abiding in Him.

John 15:4 Jesus said, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."

When your eyes and heart are fixed on your past, your trials, your cares and the circumstances of this life you are abiding in them. Your faith, your victory and your strength all come by abiding in the Lord and His living love and His Word!

You can never change the past that is impossible! So why dwell there and think about it? The more you dwell on it, the more it comes back to life with all the sorrows as you re-live it all over again with it's hurts and disappointments.

When your eyes and heart are living and abiding in the Christ, His life, His love, His joy and His victory is flowing through you!

John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Ephesians 1:4-5 (New Living Translation) Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

The Lord loves you unconditionally and He will never forsake or leave you. He wants to share His life with you. When you abide in Him, He can Live through you and guide you to an abundant joyful victory!

When you do not abide in Him He cannot be a part of your life or guide you!

He will never go against your will. He will never force His blessings on you.

You have to be in agreement with His Word. So stop looking back at the past and live for Him today, if you abide and live through Him, He will live through you!

Be blessed and have a great week.

Norman
 

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Are You Having Difficulties Today?

Posted By at Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 

George Mueller said: "In a thousand trials it's not just five hundred that work for our good, but nine hundred and ninety-nine - plus one!"

When Joseph met his brothers after he became Prime Minister of Egypt in Genesis 50:19-20 He said: 19 But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me, am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil, for he brought me to this high position I have today so that I could save the lives of many people.

That says to me that no disaster, disease or delay can keep God from turning it into something good. Understanding that God forgives your past, knows your present and has planned your future, lets you walk in the confidence that - nothing can ever happen to you that's beyond the scope of His grace and redemption!

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

A few years ago I read a story about a woman in the Philippines. In the late 1930's Josefina 'Joey' Guerrero was the toast of Manila, young, vivacious and married to a wealthy medical student. Then, in 1941 she discovered she had leprosy and immediately began treatment. But when Japan invaded the Philippines all the leper hospitals were abandoned. Despite her disease Josefina joined the underground, smuggling food, clothes, medicine and messages to POW's. She mapped out fortifications along the waterfront and the location of anti-aircraft batteries. When guerillas discovered a newly placed minefield where the 37th Division was scheduled to land in Manila, they asked her to get the message through. With no thought for her own safety she trudged through miles of enemy encampments with the map taped to her back and delivered it safely. Amazingly, Josefina was never caught. In fact, the ragged little woman who shuffled through the streets of Manila horrified the Japanese soldiers. And even when she was stopped they didn't detain her long, once they recognised the dirty bandages and lesions of advancing leprosy on her body.

After the war a grateful US War Department decorated Josefina with the Medal of Freedom, with silver palm, the third highest award that can be given to a foreign civilian. Later the Justice Department waived immigration restrictions, giving her a temporary visa to enter the US for treatment at the Carville, Louisiana's leprosarium. This was the first Leper treatment facility opened in America. Then after TIME MAGAZINE reported the story of her wartime exploits and her arrival at Carville (TIME, July 19, 1948), more than 4,000 readers wrote letters expressing their sympathy and interest in Josefina's future.

God has plans for your life for good and not for evil, no matter how bad you think things might be right now. If you will spend time with Him, listen to Him and do what He says, He can use you to reach and help others.

Norman
 

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You Were Born For This Time

Posted By at Wednesday, May 06, 2015

 

God had a reason for your birth. You’re not some accident, the result of a rape or a biological mistake. You didn’t come to this world by chance. I heard someone said, “My parents told me I was a mistake; they weren’t really planning for me to be born.”

Yes, you may be “Your parents mistake,” but not God’s mistake, for out of their so-called mistake came something good, and that’s you!

Your real destiny in God began when you were born again. Now, you have life with His purpose! You came to do His will; like Jesus.

Esther 4:13-14 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Hebrews 10:7 It is written concerning you in the volume of the books, you’ve come to fulfill the Father’s will.

It's the Father’s will for the message of Christ’s salvation to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, and He’s counting on you to take it to those as yet unreached even in your street or neighbourhood!

You ought to have an excellent, wonderful, purposeful, successful and prosperous life.

Amos 3:3 “Two cannot walk together, except they agree.”

To walk in God’s will and fulfill His destiny for your life, you must be in sync with Him.

I said recently that to walk with God was like riding a tandem bicycle it takes both pedaling at the same time and speed to achieve anything.

You must receive His life and nature by being born again. That’s when you’re awakened to the fatherhood of God and you begin to understand your purpose in life.

When you understand the purpose for your life, things can change and with the help of the Holy Spirit you begin to see the best in you. Get to know who you really are. You’re not a non-entity; you’re more than a speck in the universe. You’re a child of God on a mission in the earth! God has a dream and vision for your life. Then as you discover His purpose for you and walk in the light of it, you and God become the A-team that is unbeatable.

Norman