God would have all men to be saved and come unto a knowledge of the truth. By Laurence Torr

God would have all men to be saved and come unto a knowledge of the truth.

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God day to you, It is so amazing to think, that God really is for you, that He is not condemning the World He is not condemning you. God made a way for mankind to be saved through what Jesus Christ accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection.

God would have all men to be saved and come unto a knowledge of the truth.

I have spoken to many people about God and many think that God is against them, that they are not good enough to be saved. well the truth is. God is not against anyone, He loves everyone and has made away where they can have a relationship with Him and life eternal. God is not judging you, you will see this in the following verses of Scripture from God word.

The Scriptures reveal Gods heart for mankind and toward men kind. and God has made away for everyone to come into relationship with Him and out of condemnation. He has made away for us to come from darkness to his marvellous light.

Lets see what God has to say to the world through His Scriptures.

1 Timothy 2:4 Who (God) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

That is the heart of God a God of love and light.

 

I love what Paul says in Romans
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, (missed the mark) and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:24 Being justified (regard as innocent) freely by his grace (unmerited divine favour to men kind) through the redemption (ransom) that is in Christ

Jesus:

Romans 3:25 Whom (Jesus Christ) God hath set forth to be a propitiation (the payment in full) through faith (believing) in his (Christ) blood, to declare his righteousness (the condition acceptable to God) for the remission (forgiveness) of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Everyone of us have sinned or missed the mark, we are not saved because of our righteousness or that we are such a good person or done good things to others or because we are kind. We are saved through what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross. when we believe on Jesus Christ and receive

Him as Lord and confess him as the Lord of our lives.
John 3:16-17 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
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him

might be saved.

 

God wants you, if you are not saved or born again to have everlasting life, and God is not condemning you, He is for you and loves you, and the way you receive His love and everlasting Life is by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and Men, and Jesus gave His life as a ransom for your life.
1Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

There is one way to God although religion and the world promotes there are many ways to God here is what Jesus Christ said about who is the way to God.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father (God), but by me.
John 3:18-19 He that believeth on him (Jesus) 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.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 

So how do we receive this new life? how do we come out of condemnation to righteousness with God? we receive new life and righteousness by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and confessing Him as Lord.

Romans 10:9-10 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.

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

 

when you confess Jesus as your Lord and believe that raised Him for the Dead you are saved, God fills you with His holy spirit and you become born again, a Child of the living God, and joint heir with Jesus Christ. Lets read the next couple of verses in this chapter.

 

Romans 10:11-13 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

 

Let me tell you right now God says here in the scriptures you will not be ashamed by believing on His Jesus Christ.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 

And you do not have to come from a special background to received Jesus Christ as your Lord.

 

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Whosoever means exactly that, whosoever God is not a respector of people, all God requires is that you believe on His one and only true Son Jesus Christ.
God wants you to enjoy this life that he has given you and he know how you can really truly enjoy.
If you a have not confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord, I encourage you to do so now, God is for you and not against you, He want you to have fullness of joy, peace and everlasting life.

 

God bless you, if you have any questions please

 

email:  Laurencetorr@runbox.com

 

Laurence

Faith and the examples of Faith – By Laurence Torr

Faith and The Examples of Faith

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God morning to You all,

Well today I was reading the Book of Hebrews chapter 11 which is a fantastic Chapter, What I love about This wonderful record, is that we learn what faith (believing) is. Not only does the Bible teach us to have faith (believing) and what it is, it gives us many example of Faith (believing) in the lives of the people that are recorded in the pages of the Scriptures.

It also high lighted to me, where are my example of faith (truly believing God)
.
Anyone can say they believe or have faith, and if so there will be wonderful examples we can share with other people of what God has done for us when we truly believe Him.

Another point is that we can see the faith in the example of the believers in the book of Hebrews, that got me thinking again, can people see my examples of faith as a believer, in God and His son Jesus Christ. the results in our lives show us where we have had faith (believing God) and also where we have not had Faith (believing God).

In the book of James, James gives us a great example about people who say they have faith.

James 2:17-20 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].

18 But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do].”

19 You believe that [a]God is one; you do well [to believe that]. The demons also believe [that], and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]! 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless?

then James goes on to give an example of Faith in the lives of the old testament believers.

James 2:21-26Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 Was our father Abraham not [shown to be] justified by works [of obedience which expressed his faith] when he offered Isaac his son on the altar [as a sacrifice to God]?

22 You see that [his] faith was working together with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed [reaching its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience].

23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and this [faith] was credited to him [by God] as righteousness and as conformity to His will,” and he was called the friend of God.

24 You see that a man (believer) is justified by works and not by faith alone [that is, by acts of obedience a born-again believer reveals his faith].

25 In the same way, was Rahab the prostitute not justified by works too, when she received the [Hebrew] [a]spies as guests and protected them, and sent them away [to escape] by a different route?

26 For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.

I love the Amplified Version of this record here in verse 24

24 You see that a man (believer) is justified by works and not by faith alone [that is, by acts of obedience a born-again believer reveals his faith].

Our acts of obedience to what God is showing us to do, will reveal our faith.

Believing is acting upon Gods word know that the promises of God are sure.

Believing is also stepping out trusting God expecting a great outcome.
when the odds are against us, we might need to step out side our comfort zones, to see the power of God manifested in a situation. And that is what God wants us to do, take that step of Faith (believing,) having full confidence that what God say He is going to do He will do. Faith is trusting God above our circumstance, our lack, our need, God says He shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, Now we can believe this and act accordingly or we can believe our circumstances.

Now I will leave the record of Hebrews Chapter 11 to see what faith is and the examples of faith.

May God bless you and enlighten you through His wonderful Word which he magnified above all His name.
Hebrews 11Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Triumphs of Faith
11 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. 2 For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval.

3 By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which it was testified of him that he was righteous (upright, in right standing with God), and God testified by accepting his gifts. And though he died, yet through [this act of] faith he still speaks. 5 By faith [that pleased God] Enoch was caught up and taken to heaven so that he would not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found because God had taken him; for even before he was taken [to heaven], he received the testimony [still on record] that he had walked with God and pleased Him. 6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. 7 By faith [with confidence in God and His word] Noah, being warned by God about events not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his family. By this [act of obedience] he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called [by God], obeyed by going to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land, as in a strange land, living in tents [as nomads] with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. 10 For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has foundations, [an eternal, heavenly city] whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself received the ability to conceive [a child], even [when she was long] past the normal age for it, because she considered Him who had given her the promise to be reliable and true [to His word]. 12 So from one man, though he was [physically] as good as dead, were born as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these died in faith [guided and sustained by it], without receiving the [tangible fulfillment of God’s] promises, only having seen (anticipated) them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 And if they had been thinking of that country from which they departed [as their true home], they would have had [a continuing] opportunity to return. 16 But the truth is that they were longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. For that reason God is not ashamed [of them or] to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]; for He has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested [that is, as the testing of his faith was still in progress], [b]offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises [of God] was ready to sacrifice his only son [of promise]; 18 to whom it was said, “Through Isaac your descendants shall be called.” 19 For he considered [it reasonable to believe] that God was able to raise Isaac even from among the dead. [Indeed, in the sense that he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to God] Abraham did receive him back [from the dead] figuratively speaking. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau [believing what God revealed to him], even regarding things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and bowed in worship, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, referred to [the promise of God for] the exodus of the sons of Israel [from Egypt], and gave instructions concerning [the burial of] his bones [in the land of the promise].

23 By faith Moses, after his birth, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful and divinely favored child; and they were not afraid of the king’s (Pharaoh’s) decree. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 because he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of the [c]Christ [that is, the rebuke he would suffer for his faithful obedience to God] to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt; for he looked ahead to the reward [promised by God]. 27 By faith he left Egypt, being unafraid of the wrath of the king; for he endured [steadfastly], as seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood [on the doorposts], so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them (the firstborn of Israel). 29 By faith the people [of Israel] crossed the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; but when the Egyptians attempted it they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days [by Joshua and the sons of Israel]. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with those who were disobedient, because she had welcomed the spies [sent by the sons of Israel] in peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith [that is, with an enduring trust in God and His promises] subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, 34 extinguished the power of [raging] fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty and unbeatable in battle, putting enemy forces to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured [to death], refusing to accept release [offered on the condition of denying their faith], so that they would be resurrected to a better life; 36 and others experienced the trial of mocking and scourging [amid torture], and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned [to death], they were sawn in two, they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith], they were put to death by the sword; they went about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated 38 (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and [living in] caves and holes in the ground.

39 And all of these, though they gained [divine] approval through their faith, did not receive [the fulfillment of] what was promised, 40 because God had us in mind and had something better for us, so that they [these men and women of authentic faith] would not be made perfect [that is, completed in Him] apart from us.

What do you Look at ? The Cause and Effect or God and victory

What do you Look at? The Cause and Effect or God and Victory.

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God morning and God bless you this day.

It is so easy to get consumed with ourselves, with what is happening to us and with what is not going right for us, everything seems to be working against us, problems holding us back, with  no breakthroughs, we can easily get lost in this world’s wilderness and swallowed up by lives struggles which are besetting us.

For many it could be that our work is consuming our time and thoughts, or you may be busy with children, house work, and many, many other life situations and day by day things that need to be done and addressed.

I have had similar things and thoughts happen to me in the last few months where it was getting to the point I was more focused on me, and what was happening in my life, that I lost my focus temporary with what God called me to do, and who I was as a child of the most high God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ.

It is so easy to lose our focus when life winds blow against us, when the storm gets rough and the waves build up.

It reminds of Peter when he said to Jesus, Lord if it is you bid me to come to you walking on the water, what did Jesus say to Peter? Jesus said come, so Peter steps up and out of the boat and began to walk on the water, He was doing ok until he took His eyes of the Lord and began to look at the waves and angry winds that was blowing against him, when he took his eyes off the Lord, He began to sink, until the point He cried out Lord save me.

Same things happen to all of us when we take our eyes of the Lord and begin to sink, we end up shouting out Lord save me.

Matthew 14:22-33Amplified Bible (AMP)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while He sent the crowds away.23 After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone. 24 But the boat [by this time] was already a [a]long distance from land, tossed and battered by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m.) Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!”

28 Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!”31 Immediately Jesus extended His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you [b]doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him [with awe-inspired reverence], saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!”

 

I like what it says here in the amplified version of the Bible in verse 30,when Peter saw the (effect of) the wind, when we are in life situations it so easy to look at  what we are faced with and see the effects it is having on us and the fear it brings to our mind, now if we get caught up focused on the effects of lives problems and the fear it promotes, we stop looking at God who has the solutions against the effects of the problems and fears coming against us.

The great thing to remember here, is that Jesus is still the Lord of storm, and believing (faith) is still required for us to rise above the storms and keep walking on the water instead of sinking and drowning in it. and we need to keep our eyes locked on to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our believing

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

The biggest thing we can do when things get tough and life gets rough is go to God in prayer, lift your burdens and problems to the Father, Find the promise of God, that you can claim and declare out loud  His promise over you circumstances. Hold the word of God in mind and that promise of God tight to your heart and mind.  Believe those promises of God over what you see in front of you, the Word of God is truth and life giving and brings deliverance when we believe it more than our circumstances.

Take your mind of yourself, and look to bless others, go and encourage someone else who needs encouraging, a lot of times when I have done this I find not only do I get lifted up and out of what a negative mind set, I also get the answers to what problems I have been facing.

So keep your eyes fix on the Lord, no matter what is going on, Look to bless and encourage others. take the focus of yourself and put it on God and others.

Take your problem to God and expect the situation to change, and in the mean time keep focused On God and blessing others. Take time out to find the promised of God to you and pray with all your heart.

Remember you have authority in Christ you can command the storms to be quite, you can command light where there is darkness, you can command healing and restoration where there is need for healing and restoration. Use your God given authority.

It is also to easy to lose your focus when everything is going wonderful for you, we can easily get proud and think our blessing and success is because of our ability or smart business mind, we could easily look down on others because they might not be doing so well, and we think we got it all together. If we get like that in our minds and attitudes, it is the same thing we have taken our eyes of the Lord remembering it is He that has blessed us and given us good success.  yes we played our part, by being faithful and obedient, but do not let your head swell and think you are so wonderful.

Keep a humble and meek heart, help those who you can help, be a blessing and thankful that you have no storms at the moment blowing in your life.

I will leave you with a few scriptures to meditate upon and may God bless you greatly.

Psalm 57:7Amplified Bible (AMP)

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast and confident!
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]!

Psalm 108:1Amplified Bible (AMP)

O God, my heart is steadfast [with confident faith];
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul.

Psalm 112:7Amplified Bible (AMP)

He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.

James 4:6-8 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

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.

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.

Peter 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in  due time:

1Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh  about, seeking whom he may devour:

1Peter5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished  in your brethren that are in the world.

2Corinthians 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

1Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1John 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.