Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Daily Help!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 31, 2018

           

If we want to get the most out of our day, I suggest these three things:

1. CONCENTRATE ON RESPONSIBILITIES AND NOT RIGHTS.

It's an imperfect world, and we won't always be treated fairly; that's just a fact of life today. If we want to go far, travel light spiritually; we need to release and unload our resentments!

Paul says in Philippians 4:8 " . . . you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst . . . "

2. SPEND TIME WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.

The only difference in what we are now and what we'll be five years from now is the books we read and the company we keep.

Henry Ford once said, "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

So what do your friends bring out in you?

Solomon said in Proverbs 13:2 "He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."

3. MAKE TODAY THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

When Shirley Temple asked her mother what the happiest moment in her life was, she replied, "Right now."

"But what about the day you were married?" Shirley asked.

Her mother said, "My happiest moment then was then, but my happiest moment now is now. You see, you can live only in the moment you're in, so to me that's the happiest moment."

That's a great answer!

Lamentations 3:23 His mercies are new every morning.

Psalm 68:19 He daily loadeth us with benefits.

That means we should get up every day and announce Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it."

Norman

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Don't Be Anxious

Posted By at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

           

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When our hearts are anxious and filled with cares, we are trusting in our own strength and understanding.

Anxiety will take our hearts and minds off the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. He is waiting for us to call upon Him for help!

Psalms 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

When we go to the Lord with our prayers and then thank Him in advance for the victory. Then our hearts will enter into the realm of His worry free peace. The Lord cannot help us unless we give Him all of our cares and worries.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Hebrews 4:16 Shows us how to approach God, Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Once we give Him our cares, then He can move mightily on our behalf! The greatest obstacle to receiving from God Almighty is trusting in our own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

We trust in Him and not our understanding, for the victory.

When we pray, we cast all of our cares on Him and start thanking Him in advance for the victory. At that moment in time, the peace of God that surpasses all of our understanding will surround our hearts, life and minds. We will be in His glorious presence of peace instead of the midst of the storms and cares of life. In His presence is the fullness of joy.

1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "...in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

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

Confession here is 'homologia' in Greek, which means saying the same thing God says in His Word.

Norman

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Your Words are Your Faith Speaking

Posted By at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Do you realise when you speak your faith is talking?

Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

Whatever we have put in our hearts will eventually come out of our mouths. What we ‘believe’ will be coming out of our mouths, whether positive or negative.

The Apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:13 "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, "I believed, and therefore have I spoken," we also believe, and therefore speak."

The point I want to make is; whatever is in your heart will be coming out of your mouth and that, whatever it is, will be you releasing your faith, whether you can accept that view or not.

So with that thought we need to be careful what we are saying, because we are guiding and charting our course in life by our words.

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinketh in his heart so is he!

Eventually what we think, we will begin to speak out of our mouths and so we become what we say!

Proverbs 4:23 Good New Bible Be careful what you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

It's important to discipline our vocabulary because the things that occupy our thoughts will come to pass as we talk about them. They become our words of faith! Whatever you say is your faith speaking!!

Romans 10:8 Living Bible For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths.

Proverbs 18:21 Living Bible Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!

Think about that ,"Men have died for saying the wrong thing!"

That is a powerful statement from the Word; and unfortunately there are many people who have already died because they made wrong statements in their lives, & those statements came to pass. It is very important what we say.

I know many Christians who believe that their words are not important, but many of them seem to be in some sort of difficulty.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit!

Do you realize today that The Word going INTO your life produces fruit? And it's The Word coming OUT again that produces faith!

So it's your choice what you are going to say. Your words are containers for good or bad, positivity or negativity.

There is tremendous power in words because we are made in God's image. Whether they are written words, spoken words, or words set to music. Words will lead you along the right path or take you down the wrong path in life. We live by words; we speak them, we read them, we even think them. We communicate with words every day. People who speak negative words will eventually reap the results of speaking those words, because they reproduce after their own kind; failure, defeat and sorrow and even death!

They can be filled with ungodliness - hate, doubt, fear, and unbelief. Or they can be filled with godliness - love, joy, peace, happiness, and faith.

Words can curse, or words can bless.

Words can discourage, or they can encourage.

Words can wound, or they can make whole.

Words filled with the power of God will linger with you and literally change your life.

The words you hear will either help you along life's path or hinder you!
 Words can build confidence into people, or words can destroy faith and confidence in people.

Biting or stinging words spoken in the morning by a husband or wife can rob them both of efficiency throughout the day. But loving, tender and beautiful words will fill their day with strength that leads them to victory.

Why is it that some families grow up strong and stable, always winning in life?

One reason is that right words were spoken at home. The atmosphere in our homes is a product of our words.

What are you building into your children, friends, associates and colleagues? Are you building failure and defeat? Or are you building success and victory?

We cannot afford to talk failure.

Remember; when you speak it is YOUR faith talking!

Norman

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Faith and Fear the Same Force

Posted By at Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Here at Family Faith Centre I talk a lot about faith, and the fact that God says we can't please Him without it in Hebrews 11:6.

What I mean is that we should have faith in the completed work of Jesus at Calvary for us. As we believe it and take it into our lives, it becomes an act of faith - and that is what pleases God.

Today, I want to help you understand that FAITH and FEAR are the same spiritual force just pulling in opposite directions.

When a person is hearing and speaking God's Word, they are releasing a force call FAITH - and that is the substance of the things that they hope for.

But the reciprocal is also true; when a person is hearing and speaking the words that emanate from the devil, they are releasing a force called FEAR - and that is the substance of the things they don't want.

Remember that FEAR means FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL so is a deception. I understand that the Word of God has about 365 references that say "DO NOT FEAR"; one for each day of the year.

So lets all think about what I am saying; just as FAITH is the substance of things we desire, FEAR is the substance of things you do not desire! That's why we have to resist talking like the devil and the world and talk only like God.

James 4:7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Whatever we decree [say] we are establishing in our lives!

Job said in Job 3:25 NLT "What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true."

The devil will use fear to keep us out of all that God is trying to get us into. He tries to get us to concentrate on and speak what you see and hear and feel, instead of what God says about us in His Word.

So how can we overcome this fear tactic he brings? We do what Jesus said when He was also tempted by the devil.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 NKJ But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

As we start speaking God's Word, faith will be released into our situations and we will have faith to please Him.

Norman

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Walk By Faith Not By Sight

Posted By at Wednesday, October 03, 2018

             

The message contained in this Blog is simple yet very profound, and is the basic message of faith to the church today.

So many Christians have the attitude: I’ll believe it when I see it.

But God’s Word teaches us to believe it first and then you’ll see it.

In other words we are to walk by faith in God’s Word first, before we actually see anything with our physical eyes.

In John 8:32 Jesus said, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

What Jesus meant there was a working knowledge of truth would keep us free from the wiles of the enemy, who was out to trap us.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:5-10 "Now He, who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."

Now notice some very important things Paul says here. Vs. 7 "For we walk by FAITH, not by SIGHT."

Many of us walk by our sight [senses] and not by what God says in His Word at various times in our lives. Sometimes, we wait for our bodies to show signs of healing before we confess we are healed. Then, other times we wait for the $XXX to show up in our bank account before we confess we have our inheritance and all we need financially.

REMEMBER this thought - Faith is what you have when you don’t have what you want.

What I want you to understand today is, walking by faith is in fact walking by INSIGHT, rather than by sight.

Norman