Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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Be Careful Whom You Associate With

Posted By at Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I'm sure you have heard the expression, 'They were all tarred with the same brush.'

If we are going to have the best out of life we need to watch out for bad associations. Sometimes the people we associate with can have such an influence on us that we become like them, and we may not even recognise it.

Colin Powell said, "The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
 Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An 
important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you."

[General Colin Luther Powell, United States Army (Ret.) KCB (Honorary) is an American politician. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first Jamaican American appointed to that position. As a General in the United States Army, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War.]

Prov 4:7 Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge on their lips.

Prov 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Prov 13:20 (The Passion Translation) If you want to grow in wisdom, spend time with the wise. Walk with the wicked and you’ll eventually become just like them.

Sometimes unknowingly we can begin to imitate those we spend time with. Sometimes we have to know when to stop associating with certain individuals. That takes both wisdom and courage.

1 Cor 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

2 Thess 3:6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us.

These words were written by the Apostle Paul, under the influence of The Holy Spirit to the believers in Thessalonica.  Paul was both admonishing them and warning them not to associate with non-believers. They were to tell the non-believers what The Word of God says. If they chose not to accept it, then the believers were to keep away from them.

Psalm 1:1-6 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

So today, can I ask you who is having an influence on your life?

Norman

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Invicible Faith

Posted By at Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oswald Chambers said, "For the past 300 years men have been pointing out how similar Jesus Christ’s teachings are to other good teachings. We have to remember that Christianity, if it is not a supernatural miracle, is just a sham."

Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives and He shall stand at last on the earth.

Faith in Jesus Christ, if it is genuine, is the strongest force known to the human race. In fact, it's possible to possess a faith that is, for all practical purposes, invincible.

Invincible faith is not merely the intellectual acceptance of the fact that Jesus is the Son of God. No, the power to withstand great hardship comes from believing that, as the Son of God, Jesus Christ has gained complete victory over every form of evil and injustice. The person who truly believes that will not be defeated by anything that happens in their life.

Toward the end of Revelation we have this description of one of John's visions in Revelation 19:11-16 "Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords."

Invincible faith comes not from finding a way to be unconquerable within ourselves, but from disciplining our minds to believe in the fact that our King Jesus is unconquerable. It is not possible that He ever was defeated and this truth is well attested by everything that has ever been known about Him. When, in the face of any opposition, we choose to believe that the ultimate victory is His, then we adopt a faith that the devil can do little to vanquish. It is to us that Jesus Christ says in Rev 3:21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."

Norman

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Let His Mind Be In You

Posted By at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

1 Cor 2:16 But we have the mind of Christ.

It's important in these last days that we all begin to think like Christ.

There has been so much teaching around about being a servant of God but you can't think like a servant and live like a son!

To become God-Inside Minded is the first step for us to begin to live like victors. As soon as we become God-inside conscious, we will begin to depend upon the God inside of us.

1 John 4:4 Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:16 And we know and have believed the love which God hath in our case. God is love; and he that abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

There comes a holy boldness in knowing that; a Jesus-like fearlessness. No matter what happens, He is inside and He will take us to the other side. We have His ability, His courage, and His strength. It takes us out of the failure realm and puts us over into the realm of success.

Romans 5:17 NLT For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

We have received His Righteousness. We have received the abundance of His grace. We reign as kings in life. God never intended that we should be servants or have a servile spirit.

Love takes us out of the Servant-mind up into the Son-mind.

The old inferiority complex that comes from Sin-consciousness has been destroyed. Son-consciousness has taken its place.

You cannot keep a servant spirit and enjoy the reality of being a son.

We are masters, we are conquerors, we already are over-comers because we are one with Him.

We have his ability, His wisdom, His strength and His love.

Spiritually we are already free men and women. We abide in God and He abides in us.

Norman

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The Right Time to Live is Today!

Posted By at Wednesday, September 05, 2018

As we grow older, we may have a tendency to look back and if we aren’t careful, we can to give in to selective eyesight and only see the problems and failures of the past.

However, when we choose to become a disciple and follow Jesus we must do so wholeheartedly and leave the past behind totally. Just like the story of Elisha being called to take on the prophet's mantle from Elijah. Elisha slaughtered the oxen he was ploughing with and burned all the equipment and left everything to follow the old prophet.

The disciples who were fishermen left their boats and profession to follow Jesus.

It's too easy for us to look for someone in the past to blame or resent, and way too easy to stumble around in bitterness and regret. We need to leave it all behind and press on.

The best thing to do with the past is to learn from it, while keeping our eyes on today and looking forward to the day's to come!

In Genesis chapter 19 the Lord told Lot and his family to leave the city and in verse 26 when Lot's wife looked back at the city she was leaving, (indicating that her heart was still there rather than with God and her husband), judgment engulfed her and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

In Luke 9 several people wanted to follow Jesus, but all made excuses why they could not at that time. Then in verse 62 it says, But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jesus says the man who looks back is not ready for service in the kingdom of God.

Now what that passage is telling us, is that the past can be a distraction that keeps us from being what the Lord needs us to be today!

The apostle Paul confirms this in Phil 3:13 when he talks about, "forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead."

We've got to stay Word-centred and Christ-centred, seeking to honour God and living for the future.

Remember how Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-10 "In this manner, therefore, pray. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

God wants us to live for Him today!

The best way to change the past is to live in the present, looking forward continuously to the future and living the way God wants us to live today, rooted in the moment and living for God — in service to others and in service to the Kingdom.

Norman