Be Set Free today, Jesus Christ has made us Free – By Laurence Torr

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Our God is a mighty God and He is a good God always, He is the God of love and light, and power and strength, to deliver those that are sat in darkness and the shadow of death, and God is for all Men, in fact God’s desire is that all Men are saved and come unto knowledge of truth, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, does not want anyone to perish, but that all turn to Him by confessing Jesus Christ as their Lord.

Through Jesus Christ accomplished work, his death, his burial and his resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered the grave and has the keys to death and hell, through Jesus Christ and believing on Him, you can receive eternal life now. Jesus Christ is a live today seated at the right hand side of God.

We are not saved by good works or religious activity, but by believing on the one God sent to saved mankind, that one is Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God. when we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe God raised Him up from the dead, we are saved and filled with the spirit of the living God. The spirit of God we receive is the power to live our new life as true believers here upon this earth in power and love and authority.

God has given us all a free will choice to decide which way we will choose, death or life. darkness of light, I encourage you today choose life and know your destiny. Jesus Christ made know God and declared Him.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord (God) is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Jesus Christ came to set the captives free to heal the sick and mend the broken hearts to bring deliverance to those that are in bondage. Bondage can be anything from metal illness, physical sickness, poverty, desperation, loneliness, no direction in life through Jesus Christ you can be healed set free find answers in life, find away out of lack. God through Jesus Christ has made a way in life where there seem to be no way.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

God can make a way for you no matter how desperate your situation may look. He can make a way through your wilderness and make rivers to run in your deserts.

The beginning point is to received and confess Jesus as your Lord, Jesus Christ is the way in the wilderness and Jesus Christ is the river that will run and flow in the desert of your life.

John14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

The way to God is through Jesus Christ, Here is what the scriptures says what you must do to be saved.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Let Jesus Christ become the corner stone of your life, start a new life with power, love and direction today do not delay there is no salvation in other there is only one way and that is Jesus Christ.

Act 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other (Jesus Christ) : for there is none other name (Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Here is what Gods by the holy scriptures says to you God loves you so much and He done something about it by Sending the Jesus Christ. God is for you and loves you He is not out to condemn you or Judge you, He is their to love you help give you answers and to set you free from anything that has been holding you back and keeping you down.

God can deliver you from any disease, any illness, any sickness, any mental problems, any drug addiction any drink addiction. Change your life today receive Jesus Christ in to your heart by confessing Him as you Lord, turn your life from defeat to victory. God loves you, Jesus Christ loves you and laid down his life for you.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

John3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

1 Timothy 2:4 Who (God) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Luke2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

God heart is good will to all men.

John 10:10 The thief (devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Through Jesus Christ you can a live a life more abundantly than your living now.

If you want to know more and are looking for direction in your life then contact me at laurencetorr@live.com

bless you

Laur X

The biggest Trick the devil uses as his tool is to make you believe that he is not there at all – By Laurence Torr

The Biggest Trick the devil uses as his tool is to make you believe that he is not there at all – By Laurence Torr

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Today lots of people take care of their bodies and health and their family and finances, but there is one thing for the believer that also needs to be taken care of and that is their thoughts.

Taking care of your thoughts is a high priority for every believer. As believers we know we have an adversary that comes in order to steal, Kill and destroy.

John 10:10 (Amplified Version) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

In this verse Jesus shows us the purpose of the devil, which is to steal, kill and destroy in contrast to the life, God has made available through Jesus Christ, which is a life to enjoy in abundance.

One of the major ways our enemy attacks us is by way of words, which are his thoughts and his logic which is promoted through this world systems like the media, the TV, News, films, Music, and lies etc, all these avenues are used by the enemy to affect our minds. The scriptures say that this enemy is satan, the scriptures refer to satan as the god of this world. Lets read the scripture to confirm this.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

I also like the “New Living Translation” (NLT) version of this Verse

2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

The god of this world would never show himself openly to the world, he hide behind fronts like politics, religion, idol’s and the environment. The goal of satan is to be worshipped like the most high and true God who is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. If satan showed his true nature no one would worship him, so he has to hide behind fronts so the type of worship he gets is indirect worship because people are deceived not knowing that they are indirectly worshipping satan. The reason it is indirect because people are blindsided to where that information really comes from hence the indirect worship hence the deceptions, and this is where he can steal, kill and destroy.

2 Corinthians 11:4 And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

The word transformed in this verse is disguise, as an angel of light, this is how he deceives people
satan promotes his lies through the world systems, and media, there are so many shows that talk about how to raise your children, what school to send them too, how to handle money, what you should eat, and drink satan promotes his ideas through all these types of media, news magazines what is cool today what is the latest trend, we are bombarded with endless suggestions, of how we should be living what we should be thinking, we have to be politically correct concerning what we say about others or even other religions, but if someone is a Christians you can talk about them this is very subtle but sadly true. but if we come back to God written word we can see why because satan is the god of this world.
See the one thing satan is after is your thought life, he wants the seat of your mind where your thoughts come from, Let us go to the scriptures again to see this.

Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

in verse 31 the word desire is demand and the word sift means “shake in a sieve by inward agitation to try one’s faith to the verge of overthrow

satan wanted to overthrow the faith or believing of Simon (Peter) but Jesus says in the next verse that he had prayed that his (Simon) faith fail not. see believing comes from the heart which is the seat of your personal life, your mind. satan wants to do this to as many people as he can, he deceives people through his lies, he steals, kills and destroyers through his lies. these lies comes in the form of words and as believers we have the word of truth that expose these lies, so people can see the right way and believe the right, and we have the ministry and word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

This is why God through the scriptures encourages us to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-3) to not be like this world, to control our thinking.

The spiritual war today is for the hearts and minds of the people. Our enemy tries to steal our thoughts away from the truth of what God says through the lies that satan promotes in this world and through the world systems. God has given us all a free will choice to decide what we want to believe and think. Our thoughts determine what we say and what we do and how we respond and act. Our mind affects our whole being.

God has given us His logic and thoughts through the scriptures, if we chose to believe them, we can counter act the thoughts satan promotes through this world system, and we are the ones to decide what we will believe. But it is up to us as believers to truly find out what God has to say and then to put those truth on in our hearts and minds, then we can guard against the lies and deception that satan promotes in this world and through the avenues he use to promote his lies.

The one main weapon that satan uses is his LIES infact he does not want you to believe he exist’s but Jesus Christ exposed him.
God once showed me when I was 16 years old, in dream I had was, “the biggest trick the devil uses as his tool is to make you believe that he is not there at all. I really did not understand it at the time but I do now that is for sure.

In the verse below, Jesus Christ, is confronting the religious leaders of their day and also exposing the nature of the devil.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

his lies started way back in the garden when satan spoke to Eve. we know that satan will use truth so he can introduce his lies he will twist words, add words, subtract words, satan will say that God said something when actually God never said it. how do I know this because I go to the scriptures and God opens it up to us, because we go to God with a heart seeking His is truth and way. We are not interested in what men has to say unless he is saying what God is saying. It is up to each of us as individuals to go to the scripture to make sure what someone is saying is what God is saying.

Genesis 2:16,17 And the Lord God commanded the man, Saying of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17, But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent (satan) was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent (satan), We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

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3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the
fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

In this record we can see satan helping Eve, say what God, did not say, by getting Eve to

1.Eve Considering what satan had asked her
2.Questions the word, God had spoken,
3 Eve, omits a word God had spoken,
4.Eve added a word,
5.Change what God had said
And this is still satan’s subtlety today. satan led the first man and woman into sin, he started by attacking the woman’s mind we can see this very clearly in

2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

satan is subtle and will still try and get believers to doubt, satan does this by getting us to considering what satan is saying, and what satan is saying to us can come through the systems of this world, our best friend, a teacher or prime minister, things that challenges our faith.

So it is important we always bring everything back to the scriptures and put the truths of God’s word on in our minds. Now we are born again of the spirit of God we need to read the word of God, and learn what God wants us to know and put his truths on in our minds and live them, sleep them, and eat them, speak them.

We do not want to come in agreement with satan the father of lies. Before we became born again we had an old man nature that learnt from this world and agreed with this world and spoke like this world and acted like this world, why because we were fed with the world ways of believing and doing things. but that all change when we become born again of the spirit of God when we confessed Jesus as our Lord, we received God’s of holy spirit, we now have a new man nature waiting to be fed and grow up into Christ.

Colossians 3:9-10 (KJV)
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds (works); 10 And have put on the new man (now your born again), which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

See we now have to be renewed in the knowledge which is God word to us today if we are going to live in victory as believers.

Romans 12:1-3 (KJV)
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

God by way of Paul is saying here because of the mercies of God we should be living sacrifices walking morally blameless acceptable unto God, and how we do this is written in verse 2. God says don’t be like this world and it ways but be transformed or changed by the renewing of your mind. think of your mind as a living room, for years it has had the same wall paper the same furniture the same television, and now it is time for change what do you do you take out? the old items and put in the new items, there is new wallpaper fresh and pretty for all to see, the smell is clean, the furniture is new, it is cosy and pleasant and everyone says wow you done a great job, I say this to paint the picture in our minds and how we change it with the truths of God’s word. see our minds are renewed by putting the truths of God’s word in it. your mind is where believing comes from, and we have to take great care of minds, satan know this and he wants your mind, he wants to flood it with his lies and deception, Once satan gets you to buy into his lies he can start to steal from your life, kill your joy, destroy your future, and he can do that when we believe his lies. As believers we should bring everything back to What does God say about it, if it does not agree with God’s word then I do not agree with it, whatever it is. Now I mention satan a lot in this article and it was necessary to for me to do this so we can see we have an enemy and he is real, but he is also defeated through the accomplished works of Jesus Christ. I am not glorifying satan but pointing him,
Out and I say again he is already defeated but we are still in battle here today as born again believers, the devil won’t bother them that are co existing with him.

If he attacked Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul are we so special that he will not attack us too?, we are certainly not better and more rewarding then our Lord and Saviour and we are no greater than the apostle Paul so you still need to know this and remember it, and satan will try anything to get you to stop believing, even to the point of bringing in half truth so he can slip in his lies. We see this through many different teachings by different ministers all over the world today. The key is not to rely on any man or woman but go to God and ask Him to open up the scriptures to you and He will show you.

Here is what the Apostle Paul had to say in the Epistle of Ephesians which is also address to the born again believers today. Take heed and pay close attend to what God is saying by Paul mouth here, remember all the wonderful things Paul declares in Ephesians from chapter 1 through to chapter 6 but sums up everything from verse 10 of Chapter 6 of Ephesians. I will use the amplified version of the Bible to cover this.

Ephesians 6:10-20 Amplified Bible

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.
18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
19 And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel),
20 For which I am an ambassador in a coupling chain [in prison. Pray] that I may declare it boldly and courageously, as I ought to do.

Why would God by Paul’s mouth exhort us to put on the whole amour in this amazing record, if everything is suppose to be happyville or happy and smooth life?

What did Peter have to say?

1 Peter 5:6-10 (Amplified Bible )

6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
7 Casting the [a]whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [b]once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you [c]watchfully.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[d]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same ([e]identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in ChristJesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish andground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.

See we have to have a humble heart towards God at all times as we stay humble God exalts us He lifts us up, we keep casting all our care our worries fears and anxieties to God we cast them away to Him because God cares for you, our God is good always.

in our minds God wants us to be clear and in our thinking and alert at all times why because we have an enemy and he is a personal enemy to each believer and he is on the hunt for those that are not on watch spiritually.Whatever you may face God promises if we do those things in verse 6, 7 and 8 and 9 God will establish you and strengthen you and settle you and God also wants you to know that you’re not the only one that goes through hard times.

James 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Verse 7 show us to submit to God, Resist the Devil, where do you resist? You resist in the mind keeping the truths of the Word you have placed in your heart at the fore front of your thinking. and it does not say how long you will have to resist but it does say that we are to resist the devil and he will flee from us. and verse 8 say we are to draw near to God and God will draw near to you, so we turn to God with all our hearts.

Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

See we cannot fight a spiritual battle with five sense means, but spiritual means which are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds of the enemy. verse 5 shows us we are to cast down imaginations that is our reasoning we do not try to work it out with our own understanding but we bring everything back to the Scriptures. and every thought that lifts itself against the knowledge of God we are to bring our thoughts back to what Gods says, we line our thoughts with God thoughts that is bringing it into the obedience of Christ.

The god of this world, the father of lies will always try to counterfeit what the one true God does. This is why it is so important to know what God is saying to us today see there are counterfeit gospel’s, Galatians 1:8 there are counterfeit ministers of the gospel as well 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, and there is a counterfeit grace

Grace is God’s favour to men this mean we do not have to work for something but God gives it to us out of His Grace. what is counterfeit grace? basically it is you can do what you want too, mind set, you can get drunk, you can sleep around, you do not need to read the scriptures or speak in tongues etc, it is ok to do what you want syndrome, some use this grace as a licence to do what they want, and say what they want, saying it is God grace when in truth if you take those actions and attitude to the word of God, it does not match up with the word.

The true grace of God empowers us to do what the truth demands of us. A lot of people get grace mixed up with mercy. when some people says well its God grace when it is contrary to scripture, in fact it is actually God’s mercy covering that person. see there is a standard and conduct God would have live and move and have our being So it is important that we Guard our hearts our minds with the truths of God’s word. our heart is where believing comes from, and even though we are born again believers filled with the spirit of God, seated at the right hand of God in Christ Jesus, we still have a reasonability to guard our minds with God’s truth knowing what the scriptures are saying and act accordingly. Then we will not buy into satan lies and deceptions.

I will now leave you with a few scriptures for you to consider and ponder in your heart, remember take what I have written to God and ask him to show you, then go to the word of God yourself and make it your own, I pray you have been encouraged and enlighten through this article. If satan can make you ignorant of God’s will, he will rob you of all the glorious blessings God has planned for your life. and You will make bad decisions, and get involved in the wrong practises. Believers who are ignorant of God’s true direction lose the enjoyment of God’s peace and power. They cannot grow into their full potential, nor can they accomplish what God has planned for them. So it is important to know the truth because like Jesus Christ said the truth will make you, and you will be free indeed. and also to know we have an enemy that is out for to steal, kill and destroy.

Much love

Laurence xx

Our Adversary what God mentions about him
2Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
The Theif
John 10:10 (Amplified Version) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
The Accuser
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Deceiver
Revelations12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
father of lies
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
A Roaring lion seeking
1 Peter 5:8 8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[d]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour

the prince of the power of the air
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
The Tempter
1 Thessilonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your
faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

And other name not mentioned here

Guarding your heart and Mind
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 3:1-8 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he
trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting
strength:

Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer .

Philippians 4:6-8(NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Think on These Things
Philippians 4:6-8 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Giving with Blessings – By Laurence Torr

Giving with Blessings

By Laurence Torr 7th December 2014.

giving abundants

God’s heart is for all men to be saved and come unto a knowledge of the truth (1Timony 2:4) Our heavenly Father wants us all to receive in this life that we are living now the fullness of that which has been made available through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ made available a life more than abundant for every believer, But it is up to us as believers to find out what has been made available and what it is that God want us to do and how we should live now we are born again of the spirit of God and how to receive what has been made available.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected
knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast
forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

God says His people are destroyed through a lack of Knowledge this knowledge is not talking about the worlds understanding of things but a Knowledge that God wants all His believing people to know and find out and to apply this knowledge of God in their daily living.

We have to remember there are two kingdoms we have a heavenly Kingdom which Jesus Christ represented while here on the earth and made known which is spiritual Kingdom and we have an earthly kingdom which we now live in. Now the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of the heavenly Kingdom, and the god of this earthly kingdom is satan. Let us check this out from the Scriptures.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world (satan) hath blinded the minds of them
which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God,
should shine unto them.

2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

The heavenly Kingdom has certain principles and rules that if we as believers adhere to and apply in our lives we will reap genuine lasting Godly results just as in this worldly Kingdom there are principles and practices we adhere too and see benefits or not see the benefits.

There is one very big Area that Believers of today get tricked out of doing and that is the area of giving. If we are serious as believers we would take this area of giving very seriously just as we take seriously paying our bills, and earning finances. God our Father set this principle of Giving, up for our blessing and benefit and the benefit of the body of Christ.

Now we are born again we are Gods Children, sons and daughters through the accomplished works of Christ Jesus, the things that are important to God should be important to us. If we really truly want to know we should make it our business to find out what is it that God wants us to know, and to find this out we have to come back to the Holy Scripture and ask God to help us known and understand what He wants us to do today.

Now I will say this I am not after your money, which many people say about ministers who teach on this subject, I would not be a very good minister if I did not teach this subject to you, see this principle of giving is all throughout the Scriptures, in the old testament and the gospels and the new testament, this shows us that God wants us to know about giving and the heart we are to give and the benefits of giving and to do it.

The Epistles are address to the believer for today in this Grace administration, there are plenty of examples and instruction to show us God still wants us to practice this giving.

My heart in writing this is like what Paul mentions in Philippians that fruit may abound to your account, Let us look at what Paul said to the church at Philippi.

In this record Paul rejoices that the Philippi believers care of him in this area of giving had revived again, So this also shows us there was time that they did not give to Paul, so fruit could bound towards them through their giving, it show us the joy that now they gave again and what God thought of their giving.

Philippians 4:10-19Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time; you were indeed thinking of me, but you had no opportunity to show it.

11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be [a] content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.

12 I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.

13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [b]infuses inner strength into me; I am [c]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

14 But it was right and commendable and noble of you to contribute for my needs and to share my difficulties with me.

15 And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only.

16 For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time.

17 Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].

18 But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odour of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.

19 And my God will liberally supply ([d]fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

It is interesting what Paul says in verse 14 he said it was right and commendable and noble of you to contribute to my needs, Pauls heart in verse 17 show his heart for the people in that he was eager for the fruit which increases through their giving Verse 18, Paul said there giving was fragrant odour an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.

There is great personal benefit in your giving as well as this blessing the heart of God and meeting the needs in the body of Christ. Let us look at this record below

2 Corinthians 9:10 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;

God is the one that ministers seed so you can sow and he gives bread which is your basic need for living and God multiplies the seed that He gives you to sow but you have to sow it for God to multiply it. God meets your need for basic living, and gives to you seed so you can sow everything comes from God to you. If we eat the seed that God has given us to sow, will we reap a harvest? The answer is no.

Let me it explain it in terms which you will fully understand. If a farmer had seed to sow into his land but decides to eat his seed rather than sow the seeds in His field when the time of harvest is ready will he have a crop? of course he will not, why? because he did not sow his seed. God by Paul’s mouth is showing us the same thing. in this record here.

It is interesting that God says He will not only multiply your seed sown but will also increase the fruits of your righteousness.

When we give God wants us to give with the right heart.

2 Corinthians 9:5-14 King James Version (KJV)

5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

The word bounty which is written twice in this verse 5 means blessings this gift that was going to be given was a blessing not of covetousness which means fraudulent or greediness.

this is the heart we should give with, we give with blessing we are happy to give because our hearts are right and we know that God wants us to practise this.

VERSE 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

The word sparingly in verse 6 is the word stingily and the word bountifully also means blessings. God by Pauls mouth is showing us the heart in which we give he wants us to give with a cheerful heart of blessing.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

You decide in your heart what to give. God wants you to give not grudgingly or with a heavy heart or sorrow or of necessity which means “must need too” or distress or out of a need. God want you to give with this happy and cheerful heart not because we think we have too but rather because we love God and know He is the one taking care of us and providing for us in every area.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

God is able to abound towards you so you are satisfied and are content in all things so you abound to every good work. When we give we are blessed we are not chasing around trying to get our need met because God has already met it and because we have been giving with blessing and happy heart, God takes care of us so our focus is on him and not chasing money trying to get by.

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

So we do not give out of our needs but we give with a heart of blessings with the love of God. when we give, it show our hearts to God that we are trusting Him with everything we have, which God blessed us with in the first place. We are saying to God that He is our supply not our Jobs or wages but God is the one that supplied our Jobs and blessed us with wages and the health and strength to work. We are showing God that we completely trust Him to supply.

Ministers should never look to the people to give to them just like we should not rely on our jobs or others to provide for us. We look only to God to provide for us. God is the source of all our supply the Jobs or the congregation are avenue that God can chose to bless us through, but God is the one who is supplying all of our need and abundances. He supplies every need. What ever avenue God decides to bless us through that is up to God and He works in those that believe Him. God truly want us to trust Him with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding.

God is the one that will direct your heart in where you should give, when you give where God shows you, great blessings can abound and everything and every
need can be meet with in the body of Christ also through your giving.

Through cheerfully giving not only does this supply the wants of the saints but it is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.

well this subject of giving is a big one and I encourage you to go to the scriptures yourself and see what God has to say today to you about giving.

When we give with a happy and cheerful heart, knowing from the scriptures what God says to us today we will be eager to give for we know the importance
God has placed on giving. God is faithful and as we practise this joy of giving we can expect every need met and we will abound to every good work.

much love

Laurence x

Faced with a challenge? Faced with a Problem? what do you do? By Laurence Torr

Faced with a Challenge? Faced with a Problem? What do you do

faith or fear

The person who say they can’t and the person that says they can are both right. whatever you face in your daily living, challenges or difficulty our response will help determined the outcome, if we respond in a negative way, then you’re heading for a negative out come. In contrast if we as believers in the living and one truth God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, respond with a positive attitude declaring what God says instead of what we think to say from our senses then we can expect a positive outcome. when challenged with a difficulty there are basically to responses with which we are faced with, 1. is fear or 2. is faith (believing)
Fear is dread or timidly, fear of the outcome will not be in our favour. Faith is a confidant expectation that the challenged we are faced with will with God’s help will turn into our favour and victory.

What we say with our mouths about our situation plays a big part. Fear equals worry and doubt which results in unbelief, Faith is confidence and trust. You are the one to decide which way you will respond. Faith or Fear. when we focus on the problem in hand fear will be dominant but if we focus on God and His promises to us, Faith will be dominant. But you are the one who has to decide how you will respond.

2 Timothy 1:7King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Corinthians 1:20King James Version (KJV)
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Hebrews 11:6King James Version (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Proverbs 18:20-21King James Version (KJV)
20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Mark 11:23King James Version (KJV)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.