Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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How is Your Remembrance?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 24, 2016

James 1:23-24 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; For he observes himself and goes away and immediately he forgets what kind of man he was.

As Christians, we must always remember who we are in Christ. We must hear the Word of God, heed the Word of God, and then meditate on it at home after we leave church.

Sometimes we just don't think about it. We may go to church and say, "Well, that's what God's Word says. I know that." Then we go out and forget all about it. We don't line our lives up with the Word we just heard preached. Sometimes we come to the place where we get too dependent on God's grace and mercy. But we should not depend on God bailing us out of situations we know we can grow out of by remembering and meditating on and applying His Word.

We are commanded to be strong and courageous. But nobody starts out that way. A young man entering the army may go in afraid and make lots of mistakes. He may be that way on day one, but he'll not stay that way if he follows the commands of the drill sergeant, believe me I know from experience. Even though we have received Jesus and we may still make some mistakes, it does not mean that we will stay that way. When we stick with the Word and get to know and remember Jesus' nature and character, we will also get to know our heavenly Father, and we will begin to learn how to stand strong and win on the battlefield.

As the victories come we remember that God is on our side, helping us win each battle. Then, when another battle comes we already know what the outcome will be. We will win that one just like we won the others. We have to remember God said He would protect us and He does what He says. God said in Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon formed against you shall prosper." That is because He is our protection if we remember to do the things He told us to do.

We must remember what God said at the time of the attack. The way to do that is to continue to meditate on what He has said all day long, especially during peacetime - the time when there are no attacks. Then, when an attack comes, we will remember what God said. We will remember exactly who we are; soldiers on God's winning team led by our commanding officer.

Norman
 

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Sow the Seed & Seek God Not Things

Posted By at Wednesday, February 17, 2016

God says in Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you to give you a hope and an expected end.

In 1 Samuel 1:4-5 we find Elkanah, a righteous man who loved Hannah and gave her a double portion even though the Lord had closed her womb. He was perhaps giving her the portion for the son she was to have by faith.

Sometimes a door will open only when you understand why it was closed in the first place. In the story of Hannah, she wanted a son but God wanted a prophet.

Then she prayed in Vs. 11 “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

God not only gave her Samuel but also six more children, as 1 Samuel 2:5 says. When you pray for a harvest God will give you a seed to sow. He ONLY gives seed to those willing to sow. The seed may be something you love and want to cling to, but don't cling to it, just surrender it to God in faith. Hannah discovered she couldn't be satisfied with less than God's will for her life. When she released the seed - then she got the harvest.

Elkanah had two wives, but he loved Hannah the most and granted her 'a double portion' of his possessions, as I said in my opening remarks.

When you're not doing what you know God has truly called you to do, the love of people and material things won't satisfy you. Ordained people are not just those recognized by denominations! Hannah was ordained to be a mother. You may be ordained to be a secretary, a gardener, a painter or a teacher.  Just find out what God's ordained you to do and do it for Him to the best of your ability!

Finally, Hannah's desperation led her to her destiny: 'The Lord... had closed her womb.' Why?  Probably to get Hannah's attention and to draw her closer to Himself! Difficult times often cause us to re-examine and re-evaluate our priorities in life and seek God as never before. Our emphasis then changes from "Lord, this is what I want." to "Lord, what do You want?"

Then He blesses us, because as Hebrews 11:6 says '... He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him'.

To get the reward become a diligent seeker, then He will bless you abundantly far above what you can ask, think or even dream of.

Norman
 

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Who Are You Fellowshipping With?

Posted By at Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If things haven't been going well in your life, you need to ask yourself where you've been walking, where you've been standing and with whom have you been sitting. Who is it you spending time with?

There is increase by association and there is also decrease by association.

You may say, "Norman, I can spend my time with unbelievers; they don't influence me all that much."

Oh yes they can!

If you spend time sleeping with dogs you end up having fleas.

Solomon was the wisest, richest man on earth, but God told him that if he married someone who didn't believe in his God, she would turn his heart away from God. That's exactly what happened 700 wives and 300 concubines later. The greatest kingdom on the earth at that time fell because of ungodly associations.

Throughout history, the greatest kingdoms didn't fall because of outsider invasions; they imploded because of internal corruption - they were at war with themselves. They didn't do what was necessary to maintain moral and ethical purity.

That's what happens to a lot of people. Backsliding often has little to do with the devil. Yes, he can attack you, but far too often believers implode because they're hanging out with the wrong people. They influence your speech and actions before you realize it. You drop your standard and your testimony. You can't give the ungodly more time than you give God and expect Him to change your life.

Matthew 6:33 New Living Translation Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Norman

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Building Blocks For Your Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, February 03, 2016

 

When we study faith in the Word of God, we find many truths.

First, we find that, according to the Bible, faith is required to be saved.

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God."

Second, faith is required to please God. Hebrews 11:6 "Without faith it is impossible to please Him."

We discover that according to Romans 14:23 ...anything that is not of faith is sin.

We also find in Hebrews 4:2 that the gospel did not profit some who heard the gospel because they did not mix it with faith in their hearts.

John 5:4 "Whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith."

With these verses we know that:

  • We are saved by faith
  • We need faith to please God
  • Anything that is not of faith is sin
  • The gospel is only profitable to those who mix it with faith
  • Faith is our victory that overcomes the world

Too often pastors tell people what they need without telling us how to get it. So, with this in mind, I would like to give you briefly the four building blocks of faith.

Block #1 We must know that God cannot lie.

This is the most important fact concerning faith. If we believe that it is remotely possible that God could lie, then doubt exists. Where there is doubt, there is no faith.

Only by believing that God cannot tell a lie can we then trust Him completely.

Titus 1:2 tells me that it is impossible for God to lie, and that is the first building block of faith.

Block #2 We must know the Word of God!

If we believe that God does not lie and only speaks truth, then we must know what it is He says. We find this by reading His Word, the Holy Bible.

Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God."

Block #3 We must speak the Word of God!

In Mark 11:23 Jesus said we are to speak to the mountain. Not to speak to God about the mountain. According to the Bible, our words are to contain faith. Jesus didn't talk to His Father about the storm or think to the storm to calm it, He spoke to it.

Block #4 Act on the Word of God!

James 1:22 tells us that those who hear the Word and do not do it deceive themselves.

James 2:17 "Faith without works is dead."

Summary
So, it's this way: To have faith we must believe God, know what He said in His Word, speak the Word, and act on what we speak.

Remember that faith is what you have when you don’t have what you want!

That's what I call faith!

Norman