Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Success Starts On the Inside

Posted By at Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Prov 23:7 KJV For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Prov 4:23 GNB Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

How often have you heard a speaker say, "Is the glass half full or half empty?"

How you answer this question reveals your attitude to life, towards yourself and towards God. It reflects the level of your own self-esteem. Those with a healthy self-esteem know who they are in Christ and see themselves as such. They see themselves as valuable and worthwhile. Whereas those with a low self-esteem put little value on their own opinions and ideas and constantly see themselves as not good enough.

A low self-esteem negatively affects every area of your life; your relationships, your job situation, your income level, your business, your ministry or whatever you're involved in.

I have good news for you today. It’s never too late to change your life by transforming your thinking! You can raise your self-esteem to a positive and healthy level physically, financially, in your marriage and every other area of life; even if you are now an adult and you have had a self-image problem since childhood.

It's a known fact that you will become what you think about. People who meditate on dark and evil things eventually go and do something evil.

You should change the way you think about your life if you're a negative person.

You are today exactly where your thoughts have brought you to, and you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

Start accepting God’s opinion of you as He says in His Word.

Deut 28:13 You are the head and not the tail

Deut 28:13 You are above only and not beneath

John 1:12 You are God's child

John 15:15 You are a friend of Jesus Christ

John 15:16 You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Romans 8:1-2 You are not condemned

Rom 5:1 You are justified 

Rom 8:37 You are more than a conqueror

1 Cor 3:16 You are God's temple

1 Cor 12:27 You are a member of Christ's body

2 Cor 1:21-22 You have been established and anointed

2 Cor 2:14 You are a winner

2 Cor 5:17-21 You are a minister of reconciliation for God

Phil 4:14 You are able for anything

Eph 1:6 You are accepted

Eph 1:3-8 You have been chosen by God and adopted

Phil 3:20 You are a citizen of Heaven’s Kingdom

Phil 4:13 You can do all things through Christ

Col 1:13-14 You have been redeemed and forgiven

Col 2:9-10 You are complete in Christ

Col 3:1-4 You are hidden with Christ in God

Eph 2:6 You are seated in heavenly places

Eph 2:10 You are God's workmanship

Heb 4:14-16 You have bold access to the throne of grace

Begin now to start to see yourself through the positive eyes of God’s Word and your life will be raised up from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary.

God’s Word is the key to your new way of thinking.

Today, you can turn around. Even this very instant you can say, "Yes!" to a new way of positive thinking that will change your lifestyle.

Norman   

 

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Don't Settle For Second Best

Posted By at Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 

Coming in second just means you are the first of the last.

KJV James 1:2-3 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Vs 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

I have to admit it's hard to be enthusiastic about going through tests and trials. But can you get excited about being totally supplied in every way and in wanting nothing?

New Living Translation "Dear brothers and sisters when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."

The Message "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way."

You must realise that God does not send trials; they are a work of the enemy to get you off course and away from what God is doing in your life. But you can turn the tables on him and use them to your benefit.

According to the Word of God, if you will use these trials to develop patience, you're going to be in precisely that position! 

Matthew Henry's Commentary says: As good people are liable to be scattered, they must not think it strange if they meet with troubles. These outward afflictions and troubles are temptations to them. The devil endeavours by sufferings and crosses to draw men to sin and to deter them from duty or unfit them for it; but, as our afflictions are in God’s hand, they are used for the trial and improvement of our graces.

You see, patience doesn't mean what you thought it meant. Most people think patience is just sitting back and letting life run over you like a freight train.

It does not mean settling for second best while someone else wins.

It does not mean standing meekly by while the devil tramps all over you. 

No, patience is a POWERFUL word. The New Testament meaning of it (as translated literally from the Greek), is: To be consistently constant or to be the same way all the time, regardless of what happens.

To understand how much power is involved in that, you have to realize that it's one of the most outstanding attributes of God Himself.

The Bible says God’s the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Malachi 3:6 Amplified "For I am the Lord, I do not change."

Heb 13:8 Amplified "Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages)."

Think about that for a minute. The one who cannot be changed by anyone or anything is an extremely powerful person, wouldn't you say?

Obviously, God has that much power. But you know what? You do too! By the power of the Holy Ghost working within you, you can be the same every day no matter what happens! If you'll put your trust in the Word of God and let patience go to work, it won't matter what happens, you still are a winner.

But you won't ever have to accept anything less than total victory again.

Now that is something to get really excited about.

Norman  

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He Who Hesitates...

Posted By at Wednesday, May 11, 2016

 

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase; 'He who hesitates is lost!'

The dictionary says: 'A person who spends too much time deliberating about what to do loses the chance to act altogether.'

If you can't come to a decision you are likely to suffer for it. If you spend too much time contemplating a decision you may miss a valuable opportunity. Indecision will cause you to postpone buying a particular car, choosing an educational facility, getting married, even buying new clothes or changing a job.

When you hesitate to do something that God has told you to do, the devil takes a step and he may get the jump on you. Your mind is the battlefield and indecision is the devil's workshop.

For you to live by faith in God's Word, being hesitant is the worst thing you could do [or not do!] Hesitation is a harmful habit to faith and it comes from indecision.

James 1:6-8 Amplified Bible "He who hesitates is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in everything he does.”

If you are double-minded it means you are like a split personality, you're trying to live by faith but protecting your fear at the same time.

I read a joke about an elderly man who stopped on the stairs and asked his wife, 'Was I going up or coming down?'

You need to kick the habit of indecision and hesitation today and obey God when He speaks to you about your giving or any of your other decisions.

Make a solid decision to trust in and act on God’s Word and never doubt or hesitate again. Don’t think about doubts any more. You will keep the devil behind you all the time.

If you must doubt, you should doubt your doubts and believe your believing.

Norman 

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The Lord's Model Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Lord’s Prayer [Matthew 6] is the greatest prayer ever prayed, beyond doubt. Even though technically Jesus shared this prayer with His disciples. The Lord's prayer is really in John 17 where He prayed for you and for me and His followers.

Matthew 6:10 gives the basis of the prayer that God's will be worked out in the earth in our lives as it is already worked out in heaven.

More people have been encouraged by the words of this model prayer in the past 2,000 years, than by any other single prayer.

It begins with, "Our Father,” not "My Father." God was the Father of Jesus, and He is your Father and mine. Jesus used the word "Father", simply showing that God is the Father of all who follow Him. That is why this prayer will never pass away. Every human being needs to know that she or he has value: worth and self-esteem in God's eyes. We all need to know that we are important in His sight. When you belong to a powerful family, you know you are somebody and we all belong to the most powerful and beautiful big family on earth. It is the family of a God Who is love. "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name."

That word "hallowed" means honourable. I was reading about a man who was a very devoted believer in Jesus. And as he was dying, an unbelieving friend at his bedside said to him, "What do you think is going to happen to you?"

So the man replied, "I think I’m going to continue to live in a dimension where God will be." Then his unbelieving friend said, "But what if God doesn’t greet you and save you and give you life?"

The man then said, "Then God would lose a lot more than I. I would simply lose my soul, but God would lose His honour."

"Our Father in heaven, honourable is Your name.”

Norman