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Ask & it Shall be Done Unto You!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In John 15:7 Jesus said this; "If ye abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

What Jesus was saying to His disciples was, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, My words abiding in you will produce faith. Then you'll ask whatever you will, and it will be done unto you."

I didn't just say that - Jesus said that and made that promise!

However, He did put limits on that promise. He didn't give us carte blanche; He wasn't saying, "Just ask for anything you want!"

No what Jesus said was, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you. Then you'll ask whatever you will, and it will be done unto you."

You see, if His Word is abiding in you and you are walking with Him, you won't want to ask in faith for anything that's unscriptural; you'll only ask for things that line up with the Word. That is God's checks-and-balances system.

What Jesus is saying in this verse is that you can have a miracle at your own discretion. You don't have to sit back and wait to see whether it's God's own good time. Remember again He said, "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you!"

You have Jesus' word on it - you can initiate a miracle anytime you want!

Here is a GOOD Confession for you today:

“I abide in Jesus, and His Word abides in me. Therefore, when I ask whatever I will that is in God's Word, it will be done unto me. Healing is in God's Word. When symptoms try to come, I ask for healing, and it's given to me. I am the healed!”

Norman

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Are You Considering God's Word?

Posted By at Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 

It's an interesting fact that every second of every day, we have a decision to make – what are we going to focus on and consider? Will it be what God says or our circumstances?

I suggest we consider God's character and promises directly from Scripture, the Bible, God's Word! Why do I say that? I have been reading it regularly for almost 50 years, studying it, teaching and preaching it for over 40+ years as a pastor.  I have found the Bible to ring true as the Word of God. One thing that has impressed me as evidence that it is truly the Word of God, is that it was written over a period of some 1500 years, by at least 39 authors of different backgrounds and social standings, that covered many different subjects, but who all combined together to belong to a common theme, and that in the original writings there are no real contradictions. 

The Word is important because it is a weapon to be used to advance the Kingdom of God, fight off temptation and cast down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.

It says about Abraham who was the father of the faith family, Romans 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb.

I find it interesting to read what some of the most notable leaders in history [not necessarily Christians] have said about God's Word, the Bible.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the great British Prime Minister, statesman, historian and author said: “We reject with scorn all these learned and laboured myths that Moses was only a legendary figure. We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally.”

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), known as the father of the scientific method said: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God, then the volume of the Creatures [Creation], which express His power.”

William Gladstone (1809-1898), a famous 19th-century British prime minister said: “I have known 95 of the world’s great men in my time and of these, 87 were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin and an immeasurable distance separates it from all its competitors, there is but one question of the hour: How to bring the truths of God's Word into vital contact with the minds and hearts of all classes of people."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), a German writer and statesman said: "I consider the gospels to be thoroughly genuine; for in them there is the effective reflection of a sublimity which emanated from the person of Christ; and this is as divine as ever the divine appeared on earth."

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the 28th President of United States said: "A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world, who has deprived himself of this knowledge of the Bible. When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.'

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1864), the 16th President of the United States said: "I have only to say that it is the best gift God has given to man."

John Locke (1632-1704), the noted English philosopher said: "The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.”

The great Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), said: "The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one Volume. The most deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant he finds the ore; new light continually beams from this source of heavenly knowledge to direct the conduct, and illustrate the work of God and the ways of men; and he will at last leave the world confessing that the more he studied the Scriptures the fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance and of their inestimable value.”

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the 18th President of United States said: "Hold fast to the Bible as the anchor of your liberties. Write its precepts on your heart and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for the progress made and to this we must look as our guide in the future."

When learned and notable men such as these and many others hold such a high opinion of God's Word, I think we, as His children should do no less and consider and value it more intently and more frequently than most of us actually do.

Like the law of gravity, the Bible will never become redundant.

Norman

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God's Power is Already in You!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It is interesting to note that both the seeds from the Japanese Bonsai and the American Sequoia trees are exactly the same size, both seeds weigh only 1/3,000 of an ounce, yet within them there is the God given potential for life

The Bonsai tree, however, is only a few inches high when fully grown, and the Sequoia reaches a towering 90 metres tall with a circumference of almost 16 metres around.

What a vast difference in the two, but both start out as a very similar small seed.

The seeds are the same when they are just seeds but when fully developed they are vastly different when much more recognisable.

Someone once said, "Any person can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the orchards in an apple seed!"

As a Christian you have incredible potential within you!

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by [the] living and abiding word of God.

Inside of you right now there is the seed of life, the same power of God that created this universe and is almost beyond your ability to comprehend.

The same power that made the bird to fly, the beautiful butterfly from an ugly caterpillar and that made the ant to be a worker, also created the trees, snow, rain and sunshine all to work in harmony with each other to create the perfect place for us to live.

Yes and that same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead that first Easter morning is resident in you today so you can do all things.

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Ephesians 1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Vs 20 Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead....

The ministry of the Holy Spirit today is to make real in you what Christ did for you at Calvary.
Norman

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Can You Deny Yourself Or is it Self Denial?

Posted By at Wednesday, October 05, 2016

 

Matthew 16:24 If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself.

A primary reason why many struggle to fulfill Christ's call on their lives is because they're guilty of a great omission - they fail to deny themselves.

There is a big difference between denying self and self-denial.

Students, athletes and cult members practice self-denial, restricting themselves from activities or substances that would keep them from reaching their goals.

The ultimate purpose of self-denial is self-glorification. But the ultimate purpose of denying self is to glorify God.

Jesus talked about denying yourself in the essential battle of life; the struggle over who is going to be in charge of your life. Is it you or is it God?

Jesus didn’t enter into that battle; He's already won before He became a man. He ONLY DID what His Father told Him to do and He ONLY SAID what His Father said.

He occupies the throne next to Father God and He graciously offers to share it with each of us. But so many want to be God in our own lives by doing our own thing and not consulting with the Lord in daily matters.

We must learn to deny self. The role of being God was never meant to be ours, making all our own decisions. There will never be total peace with God (or themselves) and we will never really be free. From God's point of view the war is over, He is not angry and has left the choice up to each one of us.

However, we were not designed to function independently of God, nor was the soul [mind, will and emotions] designed to function as master of our lives, making decisions that are the most convenient.

We either serve God and His kingdom or the devil and his kingdom of this world. There is no half measure - it is one or the other.

Self-seeking, self-serving, self-justifying, self-glorifying, self-centred and self-confident living is in actuality living and serving the world, the flesh and the devil.

On the other hand, denying self is not self-mortification.

God is not trying to annihilate you; He is trying to restore you.

When you deny yourself, you invite God to take the throne of your life, to occupy what is rightfully His, so that you may function as a person who is spiritually alive in Christ. Denying yourself is essential to spiritual freedom.

The Word states plainly; you are seated in Heavenly places in Christ in Ephesians 2:6, so begin to think like that and act accordingly.

Too many times people have tried to live independently of God. So deny yourself today and yield the throne of your life over to Him totally. He's waiting for you to do it.

Norman