Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Be Like Jesus and Face 2018 in Prayer

Posted By at Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

These words in Isaiah 50 are the prophetic words of the Master Jesus Himself. What better time in the year than to look at the words of the King of the universe, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Praise the Name of The Lord!

Isaiah 50:4-5 "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away."

This is Jesus describing His personal training by God, His Father, through the Holy Spirit from His childhood. He was obviously, as the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit from His birth, as was John the Baptist. He also had human teachers [Psalm 119:97-104]. Eight times He claimed while on the earth to speak only what God had given Him to speak, [refer to John 7:16, John 8:28, 46 & 47, John 12:49, John 14:10, 24 & John 17:8.]

I wonder when you woke up two days ago on Christmas morning did you wish Jesus a Happy Birthday?

Jesus is the first person I talk to most days and He is the last person I commune with in the evening. He is the most important person in anyone's life and I know I still have some ways to go until I know Him as He knew His Father. The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His Father God was very close while He was on the earth. It was not just a passing "hello" every once in a while, but a daily one on one love relationship.

So guess what? This is what He desires for each of His children, to be ONE with Him as He was one with His Father.

Maybe you already have a good relationship with Jesus but I'm sure it could always be better! My wife Elizabeth and I will be married more than 54 years in 2018 and we love each other more now than we did when we first married. But I know it can only get better if we keep loving and considering each other. It takes time to develop a deeper love relationship with somebody, and it also requires effort to keep it that way.

It's the same in our relationship with Jesus. It just doesn't grow stronger automatically, it takes time and effort to make a strong relationship flourish. This is exactly what we see in the life of Jesus with regards to His relationship with His Father - time and effort.

Not just occasionally, but each and every day of His life the Master gave much of His precious time to prayer to His Father. If the Lord needed to do this, you and I need to also, if we are going to be His true disciples.

Jesus was awakened each morning by His Father; to do what? You got it - to pray!

As the scriptures declare, this was His custom, to arise early and commune with His Father. It was not something He half-heartedly did once in a while, but was His daily habit. So we can see here just a small part of the price that was necessary for the Master to walk intimately with His Father. Make no doubt about it, for you and I to draw nearer to God, we will have to pay a similar price the Lord paid in prayer time with the Father. 'Being established in prayer' is the first of 'Three goals for every Christian', as the Lord spoke to my heart some weeks ago. Prayer is so important to the Christian. It was necessary for Jesus to succeed in following the will of His Father and it is vital if we are to succeed also.

Someone once said, "Every Christian failure is a result of a prayer failure."

One pastor also said, "All backsliding starts with forgetting to pray."

Yonghi Cho, the Pastor of the largest Church in the world when asked, what was the secret to his success, replied, "I pray... then I obey!"

The Lord Jesus said we are to pray always.

I believe the Lord is saying more prayer is needed by the Church.

What am I talking about here? Just get together with a group of believers and throw a few prayers around and hope that some get answered? No! What we need is a people that will be devoted to daily communion with the Lord in prayer.

This was why we were created in the first place; to fellowship with God. Jesus has much to say about prayer in His Word. It is such an important issue and there are so many reasons why we should pray, but there are two reasons alone that ought to provoke us all to diligent prayer. The Lord mentioned these many times to His disciples, which I believe reiterates their importance to every Christian today... even more so in this late hour in which we now live.

Matt 24:42,44 So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming, You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 13:35-37 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming - in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!

Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Luke 23:46 Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."

As you can see from these scriptures there are two main areas He is speaking about.

  1. Being prepared for His coming, and
  2. Resisting temptation.

Prayer will keep us ready for His soon return.

Prayer will keep us strong so we're able to resist temptation.

Determine in your heart if you have not already, that prayer will be the most high priority in your daily routine. As you live this way you will not only be prepared for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, but your life will inspire others to get busy and be ready also. May your life be a witness of the goodness and greatness of your God in 2018!

I pray that His will be done in and through you, your family, and ministry in 2018 - to His eternal glory!

Norman

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Keep Christ in Christ-Mas

Posted By at Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Hi Everyone - Merry Christmas!

Remember to keep Christ in Christ-mas this year and worship Him.

It's almost that time again, everyone is busy preparing presents and food to share with family and loved ones for their special Christmas day celebrations.

But we must remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus! I'm very glad that He came to save me and you!

My prayer is that we will finish the rest of 2017 strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, and that 2018 will be our best year ever.

Though the darkness is increasing around us on many sides we, as Christians will arise and shine and do great exploits in His name, to the glory of our Father. May we all walk well pleasing to Him in 2018 and cause many to come into the Kingdom.

Our Father loves us and cares for our well-being in every area of our lives. He desires that we prosper and be in health as He says in 3 John 2.

Like any good father does at Christmas time, He desires the very best presents for us His children. He knows full well what we need but He still requires us to ask Him for it.

Did you notice we are to ask Him - not people?

There is a lot of begging going on out there in the Body of Christ and this is not God's way. Many ministries are asking people for 'special' gifts this Christmas time. They all know that giving slows down over Christmas, so they cleverly ask for 'special' gifts.

But we are to look to Him for our supply and not to people. Even though He may choose to use people as an avenue of blessing, we are to keep our hope and trust in Him. The moment we start begging people for help we have stopped trusting God. He is more than capable of taking care of each one of us if we will but trust Him and use the faith He has given us.

The scriptures declare He knows what we need.

Our Father God is all knowing or omniscient.

He knows us much better than we know ourselves! He is always looking out for our interests and He is thinking about us continually.

Consider the following scriptures from the Psalms and see how much He surely loves and as His thoughts toward us are innumerable!

Psalm 139:17-18 How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, You are still with me!

As we ask for our daily supply the Lord will get it to us. But understanding the ways in which the supply will come greatly enhances our ability to receive, and we won't be as likely to let the blessings pass us by.

Look a little further at the two main avenues by which our daily supply comes to us.

1. His Word

John 8:31-32 If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

You notice it's not the Word that you know about, or heard about once that makes you free. It's the Word that's abiding in you that makes the difference.

The scriptures declare Jesus as the Living Word. He is the Bread from heaven that we are to feed on each and every day if we are to be well nourished and strong spiritually.

God will speak to us and direct our lives each and every day through His Living Word that abides in our heart. If we will make feeding on His Word a daily priority, then go ahead and obey it as if the Lord Himself is speaking and giving instructions, we will be blessed indeed.

2. His Presence

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The difference between true Christianity and all the other religions of the world is that our God is living in us and we can know Him intimately. His presence is so wonderful and so satisfying. We were created to fellowship with the Creator Himself and nothing else will ever truly satisfy. We are to not just know about God, but to know Him intimately as a faithful friend and to know His voice. If we will spend time and make the effort to draw near to God, He has promised in His Word He will draw near to us.

So many will be bitterly disappointed on that great day when the Lord will look into their eyes and say, "I never knew you." This should be the number one desire of every believer to know Him personally.

May God bless you richly as you live your life for Him in the coming year!

Again have a truly Happy Christmas and an Abundantly Blessed Year in 2018.

Norman

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You Can Trust God!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

I want to start this Mid Week Faith Booster dealing with a scripture which I'm sure will show you that God can be trusted. It's the middle verse of the entire Bible and I believe the hand of our Father God specifically placed it there!

The Bible is actually a library of 66 books containing 1189 chapters, written by 44 authors over a period of some 1,500 years.

This verse is exact in the middle of the whole Bible. On the left side of this scripture is Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible, and on the right side is Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. Just take a look at what this middle of the Bible verse says!!

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Paul affirms it in 2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are YES, and in Him AMEN, to the glory of God through us.

Have you ever noticed that before? ALL of the promises given to us by our Father in Heaven are backed up by a big "YES!" and then further by a big "AMEN!" (so be it).

Praise God that's very good news for all of us! The exact number of promises I can't tell, but I have read several accounts ranging from 3,000 to 5,467 to 8,000, [you could do a study when you have a few months and add them up!]

However, there are literally thousands of promises given to us as God's children in the Bible that cover every possible area of our life, our health, our finances, our marriage, our family and even our ministry, if you are involved in that.

It's possible for us as believers to walk in complete victory in this life every day if we can take God at His Word.

There is one BIG difference between a promise given by God and a promise given by a man. Many men [and women] have been known to break their promises, and I've experienced that on a number of occasions, especially since being in ministry, often promises of support for the ministry never eventuated. But the great Creator God has never broken one - and He never will! God is a promise keeper. Every promise He has ever given to anyone He is obligated to keep, otherwise the whole Bible would fall into disrepute. But it can't happen because He is faithful and true.

1 Kings 8:56 Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to His people Israel, according to ALL that He promised. There has NOT failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.

We serve a God who is full of integrity and can be trusted to keep His Word. He does not lie, so therefore He will not break His promises. Many people have been known to break their promises - however not God.

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Romans 3:3-4a For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.

We receive the promises of God in our lives when we place our faith in the One who promised, and not in people. So many people at one time or another have been disappointed in life because the people they trusted, let them down by breaking promises.

This happens by placing too high an expectation on the word of people, when we should have been placing our expectations on God's Word. God can be trusted to keep all His promises.

What God says about us is true.

What God promises we can do - we can do because He says we can.

What God promises we can have - we can have because He said we could have it!

All God has promised to us, as His children will certainly come to pass in our lifetime, if we will simply put our faith and trust in Him to bring it to pass.

I know for some of you this is very basic faith information I am presenting today, but you must admit that the majority of the Church across the world have a long way to go before they inherit all of God's promises in their life.

Norman

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What is Prayer?

Posted By at Wednesday, December 06, 2017

 

Prayer is dialogue with God. Prayer is talking with God. It is called dialogue because it is a two-way conversation and involves you not only talking, [which is monologue], but also listening and then obeying His words to you.

We get to know God by spending time with Him. Just as a husband gets to know His wife better each year of marriage, so too, as we spend time with God we get to know Him better and better and our understanding of His character and ways deepen.

His voice becomes more familiar and we respond to Him as He speaks with us on a daily basis.

Jesus said in Luke 18:1 "Men should always pray and not faint!"

Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Always keep on praying."

We can talk to God about everything. He is always within call, and His ear is open to our prayer, as a mother listens to her baby.

We should pray in faith! When we pray it must be in faith, believing God will hear our prayer and that He will answer.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24 "Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe you have it! It's yours!"

Prayer is a powerful force that can change governments, circumstances, situations and the things that are against us can be changed! God shapes the world by our prayers.

Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things."

1 John 5:13-15 "I have written this to you who believe in the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are sure of this that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then, we can be sure He will answer."

Ephesians 3:20 "Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes."

What about the Lord's model Prayer?

Matthew 6:9-13 "Our Father in heaven, we honour Your holy name. We ask that Your kingdom will come soon. May Your will be done here in earth, just as it is in Heaven. Give us our food again today, as usual, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Don't allow us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen."

This is a model prayer Jesus taught it to His disciples as an illustration.

If you read it carefully you will see it shows you how to approach God.

He IS YOUR FATHER. This is all because of Calvary.

HE IS IN HEAVEN. Because He is sovereign and is the Creator of the whole universe.

HONOUR HIS HOLY NAME. He is your provider, your healer, your righteousness, your peace. Learn what all His Names and character means to you.

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Ask Him to help you reach others with the gospel.

GIVE US OUR FOOD AGAIN TODAY. Thank Him; He is our total source, everything we have comes from Him. Pray every day!

FORGIVE US OUR SINS. Accept His free forgiveness of sins and forgive others who wrong you.

DON'T ALLOW US INTO TEMPTATION. Temptation is not a sin, it's when you yield to it and satisfy it’s calling on you, that it becomes a problem. Yield not to temptation!

DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. God can strengthen you on a daily basis, as you yield to Him not the evil one. He has made the way of escape, and cleansing and forgiveness.

Although this is commonly called The Lord's Prayer, His prayer for you and me is found in John 17, why not go there and read that passage today and see what He prayed for you!

Remember to talk with God daily, this should be a daily habit that becomes a lifestyle.

Norman