Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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FAITH + HOPE + LOVE

Posted By at Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love."

Faith, hope and love [that is God's kind of love agape love] are all Godly attributes.

Satan possesses none of these and he hates everyone who does possess them.

I wonder as we go through this year of 2018 are these the qualities we possess?

God is the God of faith, the God of all hope, and God is love. These are His characteristics.

Those who genuinely possess these qualities are God possessed, for these only come from and through the Lord Himself.

Galatians 5:6 “Faith works by love.”

Yet many Christians who profess faith certainly do not exude this love. They often act like they have no love. How can this be?

Many people in today's society lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since before God breathed His life into man and they will be here as long as He continues to live in men's hearts. They abide regardless of political systems.

Men, however, under the direction of the devil, have tried to eradicate them, but their efforts have fallen short and always will.

* Love never fails according to 1 Cor 13:8.

* Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4.

* Hope we are saved by it according to Romans 8:24.

These are the qualities that give our lives meaning and great enjoyment.

These characteristics distinguish men from animals. Remove them and people begin to act like wild animals.

However, if we inject faith, hope, and love even into the vilest heart it can be melted and reshaped in the image of God. Living without faith, hope and love diminishes the quality of life.

Satan seeks to strip men and women of these three God-like qualities while God never wants us to be without them. There is constant warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness over these three special virtues.

Today, let God fill you with His faith, His hope and His love and then be a channel through which He can release these virtues to those who need faith, those who need hope, and those who are starving for true 'agape' love.

Norman

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Your Faith Will Get God's Attention

Posted By at Wednesday, April 18, 2018

 

Luke 8:43-48 A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and…told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

I want you to notice three important things in this story:

1. She did something she’d never done before.

She decided to try Jesus. That's always a wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God’s grace at work in unexpected ways. Deciding to trust God irrespective of the circumstances.

2. She recognized her moment.

She knew that Jesus was visiting her town and might not come back. There are God-moments in life when you’ve got to overcome your fear and move out in faith. If you don’t, you’ll miss them. Sometimes you just need to make the move and not be moved by what others might think.

3. She opened the door for others.

Up until this time no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus’ garment. So her act of faith opened the door for others.

Matt 14:35-36 People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

God is looking for people who are willing to break with their traditions and to get away from religion. When He finds them, He uses them to open doors and new dimensions of His power, so that others too might be blessed and made whole.

Norman

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Paid in Full

Posted By at Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

At a Good Friday service I was sharing on the last words Jesus spoke on the cross, some of them in John 19:30 were, "It is finished."

I pointed out that in the Greek language of the New Testament, it was one word 'tetelestai' and that it was a banking and accounting term of the day, which translated out as PAID IN FULL

When Jesus uttered those words He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt He had to pay, because He was sinless but rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by us all — the debt of our sin.

We owed a debt we could not pay, and He paid a debt He did not owe, and we are now free from the penalty of it.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I read recently that when the accounting books of a certain Scottish doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of the accounts were crossed through with a note, 'Forgiven too poor to pay'.

However, the physician's wife later decided that these accounts should be paid in full and she proceeded to sue the clients for the money.

When the case came to court, the judge asked only one question. "Is this your husband's handwriting?"

When she replied that it was, the judge responded, "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word forgiven has been written on it."

One of the problems common to many people, if not most of us, is that we find it very difficult to forgive someone who we feel has hurt us deeply, especially family members. But you know having an attitude of unforgiveness just locks us into that situation of judging that other person.

Jesus said in Luke 6:37 “Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven."

The Good News is that when we confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness, He forgives us totally and absolutely. He does this not because He ignores the just penalty for our sins, but because He sent Jesus to pay that penalty for us. In His everlasting love for us that He gave His Son, Jesus, to pay that cruel penalty for us through His death on the cross. It was His love for you and me that held Him on the cross, not the nails that penetrated His wrists and ankles.

If we have confessed our sins to God and asked for his forgiveness, we need to accept his forgiveness by faith—regardless of how we feel, and make sure we also forgive others.

Norman

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Empowered to Prosper

Posted By at Wednesday, April 04, 2018

 

God's intent is not only to make us a member of His Kingdom and to make a great nation out of the family of God, but it's also God's intention to empower us to prosper. It's His will for us to prosper.

Gen 12:2 "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing."

God said to Abraham, "I'll make your name great, and you shall be a blessing." In other words, God said, "not only will I empower you to prosper, but you'll be so blessed that you'll be able to empower others to prosper."

Deuteronomy 28 not only lists the blessings for obedience in verses 1-14, it also lists the curses that come upon the disobedient.

Galatians 3 says Christ came to redeem you from the curse.

Thank God, we have been redeemed from the curse, but we have not been redeemed from the blessings!

After reading what the blessings are, it is very easy to see that the will of God is to empower us to prosper. God wants to empower us to prosper.

So we know that the blessing began before the Law and continued through the Law. The Word of God tells us that we have a better covenant, established upon better promises in Hebrews 8:6, Jesus is the surety of the new covenant with its better blessings.

Jesus did a miraculous thing in His life. He was born in the earth. Then He died and defeated the devil for you. He brought in a new and better covenant for His people! Three days later He was raised from the dead. He put you in His will and then came back from the dead to make sure you got all that was named for you in the better covenant. In other words, Jesus made sure that the blessings of the old covenant, or Old Testament, are maintained in your life. The curses were done away with. The blessings are yours to keep along with the blessings of the new and better covenant. It is God's will that you be empowered to prosper, and to seal this deal, He gave you Jesus as a guarantee that you would get and maintain all that the Old Testament promised and much more in the new. He has empowered you to prosper.

Norman