Dr Norm's Mid-Week Faith Booster

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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

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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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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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Victory in Jesus

Posted By at Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Get this truth, this mighty truth into your heart, soul and your body: You have victory through Jesus Christ! Yes, victory has already been given to you. That means you have total and complete victory in every area of your life and over all the power of the enemy. You now have absolute victory in Jesus Christ. Victory is a gift you receive in Him the moment you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Think it, dream it, talk it, and you will live it.

The Word of God is filled with promises guaranteeing God's help and provision for you. As you continually fill your mind with these blessings, you will rise up and walk in the realm of victory. Victory is already yours; you don't have to try and get it. You already have it! The knowledge of that truth sets you free from the limitations of your old life. You are liberated to walk in the light of the new creation reality.

Your victory is not dependent upon educational degrees, Sunday school certificates, or perfect attendance at worship services. Victory is yours because of what Jesus has done. The work of redemption was completed through His suffering, His death, and His resurrection. 'The work' is finished. The thing for you to do is believe it. Just consider that it is done.

Continual confession of what you have in Christ builds a fortress in your mind. It establishes a pattern of response to situations and circumstances.

Philemon 1:6 "That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus."

God is watching over His Word to perform it in your life, as Jere 1:12 says.

So speak the Word and watch Him perform the victory in your life.

Norman

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It Is Already Yours!

Posted By at Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

Everything God has prepared for you is already yours, right now, when you were born again.

In Luke 15:31 Jesus told the parable of the Prodigal Son. When the older son complained to his father about the younger son being a waster, the father then replied, 
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.”

This is the way God responds to His children.

So often believers may ask, “God, why don’t You do this for me?”

But God replies, “Child, you are with Me. Everything I have is yours. Healing is yours! Abundance is yours and I won't go against my word to do something extra for you. Come get it any time you want. Receive it by your faith!”

So often we’ve wanted God to do something special for us, but He expects more out of us as His children.

He didn’t say, “The just shall live by the gifts of the Spirit or the special moves of God.”

He said in Rom 1:17 “The just shall live by faith."

We should find in His Word what belongs to us through God’s plan of redemption, then take hold of it with the hand of faith.

Jesus said in John 3:35 "The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand."

We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, we have equal share in all that He has. Everything He has is ours, it belongs to us, by right of heir-ship.

Norman

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Stay Built Up in the Word if You Want Success

Posted By at Wednesday, June 28, 2017

 

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

We build our faith by reading and speaking God's word. The Bible tells us that as we renew our minds to The Word, we will be transformed.

If you're feeling defeated, it could be because you've been listening to the lies of the enemy.

Jesus said in John 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

Let God's word tell you who you are and what you have. Don't give any attention to anything that tells you differently. God's Word is the truth.

3 John 2 summarizes the benefits in our New Covenant position and describes our Father God's desire for our life. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

This scripture reminds us of what belongs to us as believers in Christ Jesus. Part of what is included in our New Covenant benefits is a promise of long life.

Acknowledge, agree with, recognise, confess and speak the Word of God only! Then choose to see yourself as God sees you and speak out these truths even when you don't yet see the reality as yet.

When God called Gideon "A mighty warrior..." in Judges 6:12, there was no evidence to suggest that it was true. God saw and spoke what Gideon would become.

Learn what God says about you and accept God's opinion of you. Believe what God says about who you are in Christ and you will become what you are in Him. By faith, believe the truth and act on what you believe.

You will build your faith as you constantly remind yourself of who you are in Christ.

Read the following teaching, scriptures and prayer to remind yourself of God's promise of long life, and how to lay hold of it.

If you are someone who deals with trouble emotionally, you should print out and stick the following scriptures on your refrigerator door.

Put them on the refrigerator because that is a place you go everyday! When you go to the kitchen, before you open that refrigerator, open your mouth and say what the Scripture says; "God is my help in time of trouble. Father I want to thank you for it."

When you put the Word in you, it's powerful enough to keep you safe and the Word causes you to be victorious.

When you put the Word of God in you, that's what will come out of your mouth in times of trouble. Instead of being stricken with fear, you will speak out the Word of God. And it's the Word that brings your deliverance.

So here are some scriptures for you to put on your refrigerator door. Take a dose by speaking out the Word of God every time you see it.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalm 3:1-3 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 20:1 The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Proverbs 3:1-2 My son forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Proverbs 11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

Norman

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It's Almost That Time Again

Posted By at Wednesday, December 07, 2016

                              

It's December again and it brings with it the Advent; which in recent times has been secularized to mark the start of the Christmas [spending] season.

Advent is a Latin word that means ‘The Coming.'

In the Old Covenant days the Israelites had to obey the Law, but as I have shared with you many times, the Law only foreshadowed the New and Better Covenant that Jesus came to usher in.

In John 19:30 When Jesus said as He hung on the cross, ‘It is finished!’ He was referring to the Old Covenant with Abraham. The New Covenant is shown in Hebrews 8:6 as "a better Covenant because it is based on better promises." The old Law was incomplete so Jesus, in His first Advent came to fulfil it.

[The New Covenant is based on a relationship between God The Father representing Heaven, and Jesus The Son representing you and me, God cannot fail and Jesus did not fail so therefore the New Covenant cannot fail!]

In the Middle Ages the Advent was seen as a time of preparation for the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ. Those early Christians devoted themselves to about six weeks of prayer and fasting before Christmas. It was a time of reflection as they examined their lives before God and repented of any sins they may have had.

This season as we enter the secular battle front-lines of Christmas spending; (the stores and the Government all urging us all to spend, spend and spend). Let’s bear in mind the REAL meaning of Christmas.

Jesus is the REAL reason for this season and we should celebrate the birth of our Saviour who became sin for us, and so through faith in His atonement we can have eternal life.

Now as we embark on the final Christmas shopping weeks and the seemingly endless gift giving, please remember the millions of people worldwide who have yet to receive the greatest gift of all - the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

May you have a happy and blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year, and stay safe if you travel on the roads.

Norman

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE

We meet at 10:30am each Sunday
160 Centenary Drive, [PVAC Building]
Mill Park Victoria 3082

We will have our Christmas service on Christmas day [that's just 17 days away] this year for just 1 hour from 10:30 to 11:30am with worship and Christmas carols and a short Christmas message. Enjoy God's presence with thanks before you head out for your Christmas lunch. If you're in the area please come and join us, you will be made welcome!

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No Past!

Posted By at Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

People often fail to move forward in God because of a past incident and they continue to feel guilty about that past.

But God says in Isa 43:25 "It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more."

God made a choice to FORGET your past for His own sake; not for yours. But by you remembering and re-hashing your past, you keep the problems and memories alive and they continue to haunt you. However, if you can do yourself a favour and forget you failures, you can start to live in victory every day.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Jesus carried all your faults and failure as well as your sins and sicknesses on the cross at Calvary so you don't have to bear them any more.

Paul says in 2 Cor 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

My word for you today is when you come into Christ you have no past at all, old things have truly passed away. You are a new creature and you have a new future.

Norman 

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Do You Really Know Who You Are?

Posted By at Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 

The most important thing you have to know when you pray is who you really are in Christ. And you get to know that by meditating on the Word of God.

Think about how Jesus came to see Himself as the Saviour. He was the Son of God, but He was human too, just like you are. He came to earth as a baby who had to be taught to walk and talk. He also had to be taught the things of God, just like you and I do.

Jesus studied God's Word in the Old Testament Torah to see what the prophets of old had said about Him.

We know He studied as a child because the family went to Jerusalem for a Jewish Holy Day and upon leaving to return home to Nazareth, Mary and Joseph could not find Him. It says in Luke 2:45- 47 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.

So at the age of 12, Jesus was found discussing the Scriptures with the elders in the temple and everyone there was astonished at His understanding of them.

Jesus saw whom He was when He meditated on the Old Testament Torah scriptures and this is how you will see who you are in Him, when you meditate on Paul's letters to the churches! You're not an old weak sinner saved by grace. You are a new creation in Christ, you are the temple of the living God and you are more than a conqueror.

1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

2 Cor 5:17 "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

Rom 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

As such, take your place in Christ and walk in the authority that is yours.

Norman 

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Knowing the Truth Sets You Free

Posted By at Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Even among the followers of Christ there is still much bondage because of ignorance of The Truth. Unknowing people are in terror of certain imagined dangers, but their terror instantly vanishes when they learn the truth. They are slaves of ignorance until knowledge makes them free.

It is the same in spiritual things. There are Christians who are in distress about their sins, thinking that God's wrath still rests upon them, when in reality they passed long since from under wrath into blessed forgiveness and grace. They do not know the truth about this great grace, and therefore miss all the joy. They don't know the war is over, God is not mad at man any more, Jesus took the punishment for us all. If they but knew the truth, the truth would make them free.

John 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will make you free!

At the end of the war between France and Great Britain, a number of French ships had been out at sea for several years. They did not know that peace had been proclaimed in their absence, and they wanted to get back to their own country without meeting any British men-of-war. Then a gale scattered them, and one ship was carried away from the others. When the morning light broke, the ship was opposite the coast of England with a British war-vessel lying close by. The French captain was greatly perplexed and in terror. His first thought was to sink his vessel rather than allow her to fall into the enemy's hands. After a time his ship was hailed from the British man-of-war and he was told that peace had been proclaimed between Great Britain and his own country, and that the war was over. When he had been assured of this fact his fear vanished.

So the Truth of The Word makes us free by telling us of the peace which has been made for us by Christ's sacrifice. The moment we truly accept Christ we are free forever from sin's curse and condemnation, we start to live by God's amazing grace gift. We are no longer slaves but free in Christ.

Norman