Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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That's a Good Idea!

Posted By at Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Have you ever had a good idea and did nothing about it? Then find out a few years later someone else came up with the same idea and made a lot of money from it.

Convention has always been the enemy of invention in the same way tradition often impedes innovation.

The Bible teaches that we humans were created in the image and likeness of God; that is to say, every human who has the Spirit of God indwelling him or her has the capacity to invent just as God pioneered the creation of the world in the genesis of all things.  The pioneering Spirit is the spirit of creativity, innovation, cutting-edge ideas, entrepreneurship and witty inventions.

The Word confirms this by saying in Prov 8:12  I wisdom dwell with prudence and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

This scripture gives insight into creativity and innovation; it is implicitly saying that wisdom is the neighbour of the practical application of wisdom and when they take residence in your life, they help you find out clever inventions.

One God-given idea can change so much.

In 1824, Louis Braille sure did; he was a Christian and he invented a system of raised dots on paper that allowed the blind people to read. He invented 63 symbols representing every language, hence God's Word was placed into the hands of the visually impaired for the first time.

And what about communications? In part, you owe your mobile phone and your computer to a Christian named Samuel Morse. How different the world was before him! First-class news took two weeks to reach America. And the reports of a major victory could take six weeks to reach Great Britain.

One day a friend asked, 'Morse, when you were experimenting did you ever come to an absolute deadlock, not knowing what to do?'

Morse replied, 'More than once.'

His friend asked, 'What did you do then?'

Morse shared a secret, 'I got down on my knees and prayed for light, and light came, and when my inventions were acknowledged by flattering honours from America and Europe, I said, "Not unto me, O Lord, not unto me, but unto Thy name give the glory."'

That's why the first message sent by transatlantic cable read, 'What God has wrought.'

Now add another Christian named Louis Pasteur, the French scientist who showed us that infection is the result of things we cannot see, namely germs and viruses. He introduced sterilisation methods that eventually saved the lives of multitudes of people.

Do you think God has run out of good ideas?

Not a chance! He has plenty just for you too if you will spend time and ask Him.

Go ahead just ask Him for one for your life or your business!

Norman
 

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Life in the Overflow

Posted By at Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I believe God intends for us to enjoy life and live it, not just to the full, but also till it overflows. Fullness is about you having all; but overflow talks about you playing a part in someone else having all too!

In the Old Testament Elisha asked to have a 'double portion' of Elijah's anointing in 2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you, before I be taken away from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.

But when we come up to the New Covenant we read in John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

So under the Old Covenant it was a DOUBLE PORTION but under the NEW COVENANT, in Christ, we have His FULLNESS!

Let’s look at what Jesus said about this overflowing fullness lifestyle.

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

The Message Bible says: "A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."

But the Amplified Bible says it this way: "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)."

Thank God for the overflow! I want you to see that the overflow lifestyle does not come with any shortages.

There are many Christians in churches today, not living an enjoyable and full life like Jesus came to give them. Many pastors teaching about double portions and keeping their people under the Old Covenant are in error. The Christian life is not supposed to be as complicated as many ministers seem make it. Jesus came to give us wholeness and fullness and great peace.

Jesus said in John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer I have overcome the world."

A life of faith is not so much being confident for the next life; we already accept that based on His precious blood shed for us at Calvary; but having an assurance of what Jesus has already done on our behalf, so we can enjoy a life of fullness NOW!

Jesus said, “I have overcome the world.”

That means He's already done everything that needs to be done. Your future really has to do with focusing on and believing and appropriating what has already been done for you. The truth is, that we have been set free from the problems of this world. We have been given the power and authority to apply what has already been overcome. But the problem is that so many Christians don’t do this!

In Galatians 2 Paul shows us how our lives should look and function today under the New Covenant. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

This is your day and you can enjoy it to the full and overflow if you really want to!

Norman
 

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Some Thoughts About King David

Posted By at Wednesday, June 10, 2015

 

                                          En Gedi, Israel - where David hid from King Saul

As I study the life of David, I find he spent a great deal of his time waiting. David was just 17 years old when he was anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be King, but he was 30 years old when he took the throne.

This means David waited over 13 years of his life to be made king over Judah. Then eventually he was King over all Israel. How did David handle these delays! David's life during these days can teach us a great deal about “waiting on the Lord.”

David was a man of contrasts. He was single mindedly committed to God, yet guilty of some of the most serious sins recorded in the Old Testament.

David lived a frustrating life; first in the shadow of his brothers, then constantly on the run from vengeful King Saul. Even after he became king of Israel, David was engaged in almost constant warfare to defend the kingdom. He was a great military conqueror, but he could not conquer himself. He had one night of lust with Bathsheba and it had disastrous consequences in his life.

Although King David fathered Solomon, one of Israel's greatest kings, he was also the father of Absalom, whose rebellion brought bloodshed and grief.

David's life was a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. He left us an example of passionate love of God and dozens of psalms, some of the most touching, beautiful poetry ever written.

I'm sure David must have been frustrated at times and wondered if he actually heard from God about being King and he had to set aside negative thoughts about his abilities, but he went out knowing God's direction and power to meet Goliath and defeated him and the whole Philistine army fled. David killed Goliath, champion of the Philistines, when he was only a youth and Goliath a giant and veteran warrior. David was victorious because he trusted in God for the victory, not himself. He killed many of Israel's enemies in battle.

During that time, David had opportunities to kill Saul, but refused to lift his hand against him. He knew Saul was God’s anointed. He respected God’s prerogative. So he waited. Twice those opportunities came. Twice men loyal to David failed to understand why David didn’t kill Saul even though Saul was pursuing David out of mad jealousy.

He became friends, like brothers with Saul's son Jonathan, setting a model of friendship that everyone can learn from.

David lived with an energy and enthusiasm that often surprised or confused others. While the Ark of the Covenant was being transported to Jerusalem, in 2 Sam 6:14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might.

He rejoiced wholeheartedly, knowing that the presence of the ark in Jerusalem symbolized the presence of God in the capital of Israel. His mind and heart were fixed on that thought, not on his own dignity.

King David is included in the 'Hall of Fame' in Hebrews 11.

David was an ancestor of Jesus Christ. Jesus was often called "Son of David."

God also called David a man after his own heart. David was courageous and strong in battle, trusting in God for protection. He was loyal to King Saul, despite Saul's crazed pursuit of him. Throughout his entire life David loved God deeply.

But David had his weaknesses too. When he committed adultery with Bathsheba he tried to cover up her pregnancy, and failing that, he had her husband Uriah the Hittite killed in a battle. He took a census of the people, willfully violating God's command not to do that. David was sometimes lax or absent as a father, not disciplining his children when they needed it. There are lessons we can learn if we study the lives of God's heroes in The Word.

Norman
 

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Worry & Anxiety Are Robbers

Posted By at Wednesday, June 03, 2015

 

Philippians 4:6-9 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Whenever a Christian is anxious or full of worry that means their eyes are off of the Lord Jesus and they are looking at their fears and storms of life. When you pray with supplications and thanksgiving your eyes, heart and mind are fixed on the Lord Jesus. He is your source of life and peace. When your eyes and heart are on Him, then His power, peace and love can freely move upon and through you to this world!

A life of prayer and praise will train up your spirit to always be expectant and your eyes and heart will be fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ always!

Matthew 14:24-31 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

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.

Hebrews 4.:6 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

So don't worry or be anxious - God is not a liar, His Word will do exactly what He said it will do.

Norman