Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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You Can Be Healed Today!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

Acts 10:38 "And you no doubt know that Jesus of Nazareth was anointed by God with the Holy Ghost and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the demons, for God was with Him."

Healing is part of our covenant rights!

As Christians we are part of a covenant; that's an agreement made by God with man, through Jesus. God represented Heaven and Jesus represented man, (you and me) in that agreement. God cannot fail and Jesus did not fail so therefore the New Covenant cannot fail. The new covenant is a health covenant (as well as many other aspects).

3 John 2 "I want that you should prosper in every way and that your body be healthy as your soul (mind and will) prospers."

The Old Testament people (before Calvary) had healing. Everyone Jesus healed in the Gospels received what they were already entitled to under the old covenant, but when Jesus hung on the cross at Calvary He said in John 19:30 "It is finished."

He meant the old covenant had finished. He had brought it all to completion and the new covenant had arrived. No longer only healing, but divine health became available because of Calvary.

God is interested in your physical well-being! In fact Divine Health is all His idea.

He is as interested in your health just as much as he is interested in your spiritual condition. Calvary took care of the physical as well as the spiritual. In Isaiah 53 the prophet looks down through the corridor of time and describes Jesus at Calvary hundreds of years later.

Note Isa 53:3-5 Amplified Bible "He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness. And like one from whom men hid their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

4 Surely He has borne our grief's (sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains - yet we (ignorantly) considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God (as if with leprosy).

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities. The chastisement (needful to obtain) peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes (that wounded) Him we are healed and made whole."

1 Peter 2:24 Amplified Bible "He personally bore our sins in His (own) body on the tree (as an altar and offered Himself on it) that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed."

Psalm 107:20 Amplified Bible "He sends forth his word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction."

Isaiah 58:8 Amplified Bible "Then your light shall break forth like the morning, and your health (your restoration and the power of a new life shall spring forth speedily, your righteousness (your rightness and justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you (conducting you to peace and prosperity) and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard."

Just remember this faith is what you have when you don't have what you want!

When you have what you want you don't need faith for it any more.

You can walk in health by walking in God's Word. Take God's Word for the state of your body, not what your body tells you. Your body has nothing to tell you but you have something to tell your body!

Norman

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Focusing on the Good

Posted By at Wednesday, November 22, 2017

'When life hands you a lemon just make lemonade', so the saying goes.

But why settle for making lemonade when there are so many more positive possibilities you could check out?

Just remember, there is no situation so completely hopeless that something positive and constructive cannot be done with it.

When you are faced with a minus, do what you can to make it a plus.

When you practice an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness you will be able to extract un-dreamt outcomes from the most terrible situations.

There are no really hopeless situations, there are just hopeless attitudes. So don’t be one of them because we all have a tendency to adopt the attitudes of those we spend time with! As someone said, "If you hang around with the dogs you end with fleas!"

Paul wrote Romans 1:12 Your faith will help me and my faith will help you.

Paul also said in Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

When you choose to forgive and then focus on what you can control; that is your attitudes and your opportunities, this increases your energy, builds your potential and takes the limits off your faith and your future!

Have a great week and come along this Sunday to Family Faith Centre for a great service.

Norman

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Jesus Can 'Make' or Change You

Posted By at Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Understand this: Jesus doesn't invite you to follow Him because you believe in Him, He invites you to follow Him because He believes in you! He does not see you as you are but He sees you as what He can make you if you obey and follow His Word.

In Matthew 4:19 He said, "Follow Me and I will make you."

He knows what you can become when His grace touches your life.

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Matthew was a Jew and yet he collected taxes for the Romans, who had enslaved his people. In the people's eyes he was lower than low. Yet when Jesus called him, he became an Apostle and wrote the first book in the New Testament.

When Jesus called Phillip and Nathanael to discipleship, as recorded in the first chapter of John, beginning in vs. 43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 

44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’

Nathanael's scepticism was understandable; at that time Nazareth was an obscure little hill town, remote and of no consequence. It was not sophisticated or glamorous -quite the opposite. It was not a place that anyone expected the Messiah to come from. Despite his scepticism, Nathanael followed Philip to meet Jesus.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, He said, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” (verse 47). Nathanael accepted this description as true and wondered how Jesus knew his character, having never met him before. Jesus explained, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you” (verse 48).

Nathanael then immediately recognized Jesus as the Christ, calling him the 'Son of God' and the 'King of Israel'. (verse 49).

Even after three years of exposure to Jesus and His miracles and messages, many of the disciples still had doubts.

How often did Jesus say to them things like, "You of little faith… why do you not believe?… If only you believed you would see."

Jesus knew they were anxious about what would happen when He left them and went back to Heaven, so He said in John 14:16-17 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

The Greek word for comforter is parakletos and that means 'one who comes alongside to help.'

Just remember there will never be a day when you don't need God's help!

So Jesus simply says "Come as you are, come and I will change you. You've tried your way and it didn't work, now try My way!"

Come follow Him and you won't be disappointed!

Norman

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God Still Performs Miracles

Posted By at Wednesday, November 08, 2017

I spoke to someone recently and they seemed surprised when I said that God still does miracles today. They seemed to think miracles were a thing of the past and only happened in Bible days. I assured them God had not changed as Malachi 3:6 tells us He is the Lord and He does not change!

But what is a miracle? A miracle is described as 'an extraordinary event wrought by God that cannot be explained by any natural means'.

Every time you stretch and use your faith, you please God according to Hebrews 11:6, and He performs miracles in response to your faith, I believe every time.

God does perform miracles today and I myself am proof.

Back in 1971 when I came to Australia with my wife and two children, I was a registered disabled person following a major motor accident in which I received five compound fractures in the left leg. I developed a problem with gangrene due to road dirt getting into the breaks. I was in hospital in 1967-68 for 14 months and had 14 major surgeries, including bone and skin grafts. It took a further two years to recover and my left leg was some five centimetres, (2.5 inches), shorter than the right, due to surgeons trimming the bone to try to get it to knit. It was during that hospital period that I got born again and committed my life to Jesus Christ. When we came to Australia I went to a meeting and was prayed for by Australia Evangelist Pastor Norm Armstrong [who became my mentor]. God wonderfully and immediately replaced the 5 cms of bone that had been removed during the trimming of the bone in the 14 operations back in Ireland. Up to that evening I had been wearing a built up shoe to help with walking and staying level.

Since that time I have been privileged to see God perform many miracles with other people as we have prayed for their need to be met. A number of people have been healed from incurable conditions, several people have been raised back to life by His miracle working power, all glory to His Name.

Today here is a question! Is there a problem in your life that needs a miracle?

Perhaps you have already decided that nothing is going to change! If that is so, then it, unfortunately, is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How do you know things won't change? Is it because it has been that way for so long you see no chance of it changing? You have become so used to the situation, just like old comfortable slippers or jacket you don't want to get rid off.

But God wants you to stretch your faith today and supersede all the laws of nature and of man. God has done it many times in the past and He can do it again for you if you can believe His Word.

Matthew 19:26 New Living Translation Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."

In John 15:7 Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."

God is still in the miracle working, mountain moving business! So don't ever doubt or underestimate what He wants and can do in your life if you can believe.

Jesus also said in Mark 11:23-24 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

You have to speak God's Word LOUDER than the mountain or the problem is speaking to you.

Finally in John 14:12 Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

Go on, today, try to get your faith operating and get ready for the miracles! God is greater than any situation you find yourself in everyday.

Norman

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God is Trustworthy

Posted By at Wednesday, November 01, 2017

We live in a fallen changing world where promises are often broken, almost every day. But God always keeps His Word.

Malachi 3:6-7 “For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you…”

In the Word, we learn Sarah was 90 years old when God told her husband, Abraham, in Genesis 17:15-16 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”

Sarah means 'mother of many princes'. Abraham considered this so unlikely, he laughed, Sarah was barren and never had a child and now was 90 years old.

But God was truthful and faithful to His Word.

In our world people put little value on their words. We’ve seen politicians retract campaign commitments once they've taken office.

Though many people "swear to tell the truth" in court, many resort to lying for self-preservation.

Sometimes it’s difficult to know whom and what we can trust.

Thankfully, there is One who keeps His Word and never changes.

Hebrews 10:23 tells us, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He [God] who promised is faithful."

God always keeps His promises—the same today as He did in the Bible days. Yet some people become discouraged because they fail to see results after asking for His assurance. We can avoid frustration by understanding how Scripture teaches us to claim His promises.

First, be aware that some promises are limited to a certain situation. God told Abraham he would have a son. However, Genesis 17:16 is not a general promise for everyone to claim personally, as it was meant specifically for the Abraham and Sarah. However, you could remind God of His promise to Abraham and tell Him you need His intervention in your childless marriage, just like He did for Abraham.

Second, many promises are intended for all believers, such as God’s assurance that He’ll never leave us.

Hebrews 13:5 says, Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Third, some promises are conditional.

For example Psalm 37:4 requires obedience: “Delight yourself in the Lord AND He will give you the desires of your heart.”

When evaluating a Bible promise, we should ask yourself:-

Am I asking for this promise with a spirit of submission to the will of God?

Will the answer to my petition harm any person or interfere with God’s will for their life?

Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased by my request?

Does it contradict the Word of God?

Will my desire advance my spiritual growth?

If you claim the Lord’s promises with a right spirit and pure motives, you will honour Him, receive what you ask and grow in intimacy with your loving Father.

In today's changing world where vows are often easily broken, it’s reassuring that believers serve a God who keeps His word. Think about the hope His promises provide, and praise Him for the way they reveal His character.

Norman