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Thoughts for Today – You Are a Person of Value By Laurence Torr

Thoughts for Today

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When you know someone who has integrity, you do not have to worry about their motives. A  person of integrity will add value to your life,

and bring out your potential value that is on the inside of you. Just remember you are a person of value, God poured Himself into you through the accomplished

works of Jesus Christ.

You are a masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has before ordained that you should walk in them.

Have a great day, being who you truly have been created to be.
ISV of the Bible
Eph 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.

Much love

Laurence

Watch What Comes Out of Your Mouth – By Laurence Torr

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Confession
What we confess – each and everything we say, is very important.
What you say about yourself, what you say about others, what you say
about your future and what you say about your circumstances all
produce a positive or negative result which plays out into your life.
Are you blessing your future or cursing your future? Are you blessing
others or cursing others? Are you blessing your circumstances or
cursing your circumstances? Are you blessing your health or cursing
your health? Are you blessing your finances or cursing your finances?
Are you blessing your relationships or cursing your relationships? Is the
old man nature at work in you? Or is the new man (Christ in you)
nature at work in you?
How can you know if you’re blessing your life or cursing your life?
This article Taken from my book Pardon? What did you say?  will let you know,

because it will show you what God says in
His Word – The Bible – about our words. The remarkable truth is that

you must watch what is coming out of your mouth.
That is right; the words you are speaking out are either words of death
or words of life.
Proverbs 18:20 & 21:
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.
By our words we can tell if we – or others – have a carnal mind or a
spiritual mind. Our Words give us away. They show where we coming
from.
Kim and I have begun to practise this area in our walk with God and
we are seeing tremendous results in our lives. The first thing we both
noticed, when we began saying what God says, just after a couple of
days we felt good and strong inside, and when someone else came with
their negatives we were flowing with great encouragement to build that
person up.

It is so easy to run off at the mouth, and not really think about what we
are saying and how our words affect us and those around us. I have
been around some believers in the church, and heard them talk
negatively about others and themselves. I also did the same in the past,
but thanks to God He really opened my eyes to see that what I was
saying and also listening to was not only working against me, but also
against those spoken about.
When we speak about others in a negative way or point out their faults
we are actually cursing when we should be blessing. I have learnt and I
am learning to speak good things about others. I am calling those
things not as though they were, and I am speaking blessings into that
person’s life. Ask yourself honestly, how have you been speaking about
yourself, your partner, your fellow brother or sister in Christ, or anyone
else? What do you confess about your ministry or relationships, your
bank balance? Are you saying what the news reports say or are you
calling things which are not as though they were? Are you in agreement
with what God says you are, what you have and what you’re going to
be?
Confession in God’s Word
What does God have to say about our Words and how does God use
His Words? God says, “Let the weak say I am strong and the poor say
I am rich”. But the poor say, “I am poor” and the weak say, “I am
weak”. We need to change what we have been saying about ourselves
and our circumstances. Why? Because everything God says we are is in
complete opposition to what Satan and the world says we are. Ask
yourself the same question I asked myself, “Who are you in agreement
with? God and his Word, or Satan and the world?” You will know it by
the words you speak. It all starts by what you hear, and have let sink
into your heart, then you release those thoughts by the words you
speak.
You speak what is in your heart and what you think.
Luke 6:43-45:
43. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
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44. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not
gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth
that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his
mouth speaketh.
What we feed our minds on is very important. I am not just writing
about saying nice things. The unbeliever can say nice things and
positive things. As born again children of God we have the spirit of the
living God dwelling in us. Now because of this, we can come into
agreement with what God says from His Word and the words he gives
to us by His spirit. There is a wonderful record in the gospel of
Matthew that highlights both of these points. There needs to be a
balance of the Word of God and the spirit of God. When we see that
balance, we see power, and direction in and for our lives.
Matthew 4:1-11:
1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil.
2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was
afterward an hungered.
3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of
God, command that these stones be made bread.
4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a
pinnacle of the temple,
6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down:
for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone.
7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God.
8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and
showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall
down and worship me.
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10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and
ministered unto him.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted
of the devil.
In verse 3, we see that the devil was trying to get Jesus to doubt who
he really was by saying “If thou be the son of God”. The word “if”
implies a doubt and the first thing the devil will try on you, is to try and
get you to doubt that you really are a child of God, born again of
God’s spirit with Christ in you.
Secondly, he tempted Jesus to turn the stones into bread. But look at
the response of our wonderful Lord and saviour Jesus Christ in verse 4:
Jesus answered IT IS WRITTEN, (past tense). Then he quoted from
the Old Testament scripture record in Deuteronomy 8:3 “Man doth
not live by bread only,” So Jesus knew the Old Testament records and
they were living in his heart. So we see it is important to have
knowledge of God’s Word.
Then Jesus said “But by every word that proceedeth (present tense) out
of the mouth of God”. So it is not just the written word but also the
words that proceed out from God to our spirit, and they are declared
when we speak them.
In verse 6 the devil continues with “if”. Interestingly the devil also
quotes scripture but we can see that the truth the devil was quoting was
not with the right heart or intent. The devil was using God’s word
deceitfully. He was using God’s Word to try and get Jesus to fall and
fail.
In verse 7 Jesus said IT IS WRITTEN and again in verse 10 Jesus
backs the devil down with IT IS WRITTEN. Jesus resisted the devil
with the Word of God and it backed the devil off. It is not enough just
to know loads of scripture and be full of head knowledge.
God’s Word needs to be applied in our everyday living and one of
those ways is our confession, what we say. We also need to use the
spirit of God that He gave to us when we said Jesus is our Lord and we
believed that God raised him from the dead.

Romans 10:9 & 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.
10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Here we see the wonderful principle of confessing or saying with our
mouths in order to become born again of the spirit of God. According
to the written Word of God, number one, we first have to say or
confess with our mouths. That means we declare out loud the Lord
Jesus. Number two, we have to believe in our hearts that God raised
him from the dead. Then “thou shalt be saved”.
What we believe in our hearts and say with our mouths will produce
results. Now what you are believing in your heart and saying with your
mouth will decide if the results are negative or positive for you. If you
are continually saying negatives and confessing worry and fears and
doubts and lack and bad health or lack of money, your situation will
not change.
If you say things like, “This always happens to me. Things never go
right for me. I always have lack. There is just never enough. Bad things
always come my way. I will never get out of this debt”… you will
continue to see the same old negative results. Other things people say
are, “Everyone else has lucky breaks. I never get them. I am so
overweight this fat just won’t go”. Well guess what, you are right.
You believed and said it; therefore you have what you have. There
needs to be a change in our attitudes, how we see things and how we
do things and how we say things

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Importance of Integrity – Values of the heart – By Laurence Torr

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I don’t know if you got to read from the blog, part four of the 5 vital signs teaching I done, In fact it is the most viewed article, on the blog so far.

This subject is probably one of the most important subjects, that we need to practice in our lives, but very few people take it seriously and do it faithfully. I encourage you to read this article strongly, if we are truly going to see the abundance that God wants us to have and for the Word of God to move, we must practice, this principle, faithfully and from our hearts recognizing that this is God hearts for us.

God wants us to have integrity which is having moral principles which we live by and by doing these principles we won’t break them, because it is a part of us. Having integrity is an issue of the heart (mind set) the world has it wisdom and ways of doing things, but Gods ways is higher, lets practice this principle (read article link below) from our hearts on a consistence bases, and let us prove God. Even more the so If you are living on needs bases. Let’s be people of integrity. here is the meaning of integrity

noun 1.1

the quailty of be honest and having strong moral principles

“a gentlemen of complete integrity”

synonyms : honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour,

honourableness, upstandingness, good character, principle, ethics,

morals, righteousness, morality,nobility, high mindedness,

right-mindedness, noble – mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness,

scrupulousness, sincertity, truthfulness, trustworthiness.

1.2

the state of being whole and undivided.

“upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty

synonyms: untiy, unification, wholeness, coherence, cohesion, undividedness,

togetherness, solidarity, coalition.

integrity appears in the Kings James version of the bible 16 times, we will take a look at three or four verse and I will give the references where the other records are.

Psalm 25:21

King James Version (KJV)

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

Psalm 26:11

King James Version (KJV)

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

Psalm 41:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

Psalm 78:72

King James Version (KJV)

72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Proverbs 20:7

King James Version (KJV)

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

The Herbrews word in these Verses is tôm  From H8552; completeness; figuratively prosperity; usually (morally) innocence: – full, integrity, perfect (-ion), simplicity, upright (-ly, -ness), at a venture. See H8550.

Here are the 16 verses not all have the same Hebrew word. The scriptures are

Genesis 20:5-6, 1 Kings 9:4, Job 2:3,9 Job 27:5, Job 31:6, Psalms 7:8, Psalms 25:21, Psalms 26:1,11 Psalms 41:12, Psalms78:72, Proverbs 11:3, Proverbs 19:1, Proverbs20:7,

A person is considered to “have integrity” when they are true to their values, beliefs, and principles they claim to hold.  In other words, a person with integrity sticks to what they believe in no matter what.  they also show forth honesty, truthfulness, honor, reliability, and uprightness all come in to play when interpreting the word integrity.

Within the context from these scriptures, God promises to bless and honour protect and restore the ones that uphold and walk in their Integrity, Having integrity means we  stay true to what we believe, It means we are decisive, we base our decision on what we truly believe and the values we hold and live by.

Practicing this principle which my article covers will take you to living a life which is more abundant and fruitful. after reading this article,( link below) I encourage you to sit down with God and ask God what He wants you to do, make up your mind with the Father that you will do what He is showing you from His Word if you are not doing it and become a person of integrity being faithful in doing it, and watch God go to work for you on your behalf. God shows us not only to do this thing but more importantly where to do it, and why and our the heart we should do it. Enjoy reading this article, and lets us do the things of God from the heart unto God, not men much love Laurence….

Article link below . ps one of the reasons why some fail to see the great benefits of this principle from God word, is because they stop to doing it or are not consistance.

much love

Laurence

The Article Link  https://graceloveandtruth.com/2014/02/11/part-four-five-vital-signs-of-a-believer-financial-giving-by-laurence-torr/

Living unto God By Walking in Truth – By Laurence Torr

Living unto God By Walking in Truth- By Laurence Torr

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Today we will look at God calling His people to consider their ways and to focus on building His   house, we will also see the benefits of doing what God is showing us, and we will see God love and grace and truth in the book of Haggai, with God lovingly reproofing and correcting His people by instruction through His prophet. We can see the hearts of the people then, and how The apostle Paul warns his leaders and instructs them and how to set the things in order . We will also look at what to look for in leaders, and how leaders and believers should live to today as sons of God being led by the spirit of God.

Lets read Haggai Chapter 1:1-13 and see what we can Learn.

Haggai 1:1-13

King James Version (KJV)

In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.

Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,

Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?

Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith theLord.

Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.

11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.

12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of aggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the Lord.

13 Then spake Haggai the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith theLord.

Looking at this record in Haggai 1: 1-13

Though the children of Israel, were under the law we see Gods love and grace here very much and where do we see Gods love and grace in this record? It was in His correction to the people through the prophet Haggai.  God through his servant the prophet Haggai spoke to His people pointing out their ways of  life and living. Gods people were busy going about building their own house’s and putting themselves before the things of God.  At this time they were building their own houses, and taking care of their cosy lives, but Gods, temple was being neglected and was not being built, because they were too much focused on their own needs and building their own lives and not God work. God started by telling them to consider your ways, in other words God was saying think about how you are living, look at your priorities they are not in order.

God lovingly points out to them, what they were doing. God said you have worked hard and sown much but bring in little, you eat, but are not satisfied, you drink but it is never quite enough, you have clothes but it does not keep you warm or satisfy you, and the money or wages that you earn, also does not satisfy you, it is dried up and you wonder where it has gone.

Then we see in verse 8 God through His servant the prophet Haggai, told them what they needed to do to change this. He told them go and get the wood and focus on building my house this is your first priority, this will bless me God says, and I can be happy with this. Why? because God would then be first. It took God’s  man, the prophet Haggai to tell the people how the things were, it took Gods man to speak up and reprove their wrong ways of  doing things.

God has not changed, He needs his ministers today to stand up and say what is right and what is needed, as God leads them by His spirit and shows them.  Not in a legalistic way, but  by speaking the truth in love why?  So that Gods people can be blessed and prosper and that Gods work will be done swiftly.  It is not about us building our little empires and great big house’s with the best car and everyone doing everything for us it is about doing everything from our hearts with love unto God and in service to others.

To live for God take commitment. God needs to be first priority in everything, before our pleasures and wants, when God is first, He will not only take care of our needs, He will give us abundance, so we can be blessed so as to be a blessing to others, not like we see with these big television ministries and ministers at the top , they’re the only one who is prospering. God says in His word there should be equality with all those living unto God from the great to the small.

2 Corinthians 8:14  But by an equality, that now at this time your

abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance

also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

2 Corinthians 8:15  As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

God told them straight through His prophet Haggai,  I (GOD) did blow upon your own efforts, who blew upon their efforts? God did.  God wanted them to rely on Him to keep Him first. He was saying look you are not taking care of my business so I am not going to take care of your business what you do will not prosper, Why because they were doing their own thing.

verse 11 God said again through His man the prophet Haggai I (GOD)  called for the drought upon land and mountains and the corn and the new wine and the oil, and the ground and cattle and all the works of their hands. God wanted their attention and for them to follow Him, and go to Him for their needs, It the same for us  today we are to be led by the spirit of God. relying upon him. and to do the things He places in your heart to do. (Romans 8:14)

On a personal note

When God our Father was calling me to give up my job, to work for Him, God said to me, “you take care of my Business and I will take care of your business”. and God is taking care of me as I look to Him and do what He shows me to do. God is the same yesterday today and forever right? and God is faithful to His word and promises.

God, does not change even if the administrations in which we live in has changed. Our God is a just and righteous God.  He is a God of love and light and grace, truth and mercy and we see this here in Haggai. When the people heard, what did they do after God gave them the instruction through His Prophet Haggai?  They turned their hearts back to God, got the things in order, and done what God through His servant the prophet Haggai instructed them to do.

Today we are sons of God filled with His spirit within, Christ in Us the hope of glory and in our standing with and before the Father we are always sons of God, that is our relationship to God, He is our daddy and Jesus Christ is our Brother as well as our Lord and head.

God is a God of order and not disorder right? according to my understanding, Gods children under law could lose their connection with God. Today we who have the spirit of God, are always sons even if we blow it. our standing is always sons before Him.

In our living as sons of God, the Father want us to do what He has instructed us to do in the church epistles address to us. His will for our individual lives and in the body of Christ can be carried out swiftly and easy when we are walking by His spirit, showing forth that new creation in us which is Christ in us, we show this to the world when we put the truths of the word of God in our hearts and live it. Then we are positioning our self to receive all the Father has for us and wants for us and more importantly, that we are taking care of the Fathers business and putting him first. Reaching out to those lost ones preaching and teaching the good news of Christ and what the Father has made available to the world. In our standing we are always sons but in our living and service to God, we are his servants, I will explain.

Paul starts out in Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant. in the Greek servant means doulos  it means servant or slave. The Old Testament commanded that slaves who were fellow Israelites be released every seven years (Deuteronomy15:12-17) If a slave did not want to be freed, he became a bond slave, a slave serving willingly. This was unique to Israel. In our service to God from a willing and free heart thankful for what He has done for us through Jesus Christ. and called as believers and leaders our hearts and service to God can be that of a doulos.

God wants us to live unto Him not out of fear but out of love we have son ship now  and we see and know the Fathers love for us in that God having sent his one and only son our Lord Jesus Christ, to pay the full price for our salvation our redemption,  we responded out of a heart of love and thankfulness not with eye services as men pleasers but in singleness of heart unto God.

There is not a lot of difference from Haggai’s day to our day, in the respect of  that people are looking out for themselves. There are those that are serving out of love unto God, and there are those serving God out of fear base thinking which comes through wrong doctrine, and there are those who want to look great instead of being humble, and serving others and there are some doing it for money or to get people to follow them or both. The Apostle Paul warns the believers about this in the book of Acts

Acts 20:26-30 26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Paul is talking to the leaders, pointing out to them that God, is the one that has made them overseers (Leaders) and a leaders job before God, is to feed His people, not fleece  them of their money or lead them astray, Paul told them to take heed which means give attendance to yourself first and the people you are overseeing. to feed them. Feed them what? The sound wholesome words of the word of God. He warns that after he has left grievous wolves those  wolves dressed up in sheep clothing, would come amongst them not sparing the flock and even from their own people, men  will arise speaking perverse things  (distorted or misinterpreted doctrine) to draw away disciples after them.

Paul also warns Titus. Paul left Titus in Crete to set in order the things that were wanting or absent pointing out what qualities should be seen and lived by the those who were leaders or wanting to be leaders. Paul tells Titus what good qualities a leader must show himself to have  and then  points out the things the leader should not have or be showing in their lives. You can read the first chapter of Titus and also Paul points this out to Timothy also.   1 Timothy 3:3,8,  Titus 1:7 that a leader should not be “greedy” for money or gain or “given” to money or gain.

we will look at Titus 1:10 – 12

Titus 1:10-11 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

In verse 10, vain talkers means, senseless or mischievous. Deceivers, means,                   mind misleaders or seducer.

Verse 11 whose mouth must be stopped means, to silence,  subvert means overthrow and filthy lucre is unclean gain, base profit, filthy riches (money)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English of Titus 1:10-12

Verse 10,  For there are men who are not submissive and their words are empty; they deceive the minds of people, especially those who are of the circumcision,
Verse 11 Those whose mouths must be stopped up, for they destroy many households and teach what is not right for the sake of filthy riches.  verse 12 One man among them, their own Prophet said, “The children of Crete are always liars, wicked beasts and idle bellies.”

Leaders like Haggai and Paul, Titus and Timothy for examples were the ones that set in order and overseen  that the things were right, instructing by sound doctrine, reproving when not believing rightly, and correcting the believers which got the believers back to believing rightly, so that those men or women of God were be fully equipped unto all Good works     (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and In Ephesians 4:11-12 Gift ministers which are Leaders are for perfecting or completely furnishing of the saints for the edifying – Building up of the believers so the saints (believers) can carry out the work of the  ministry, which is the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18).

God always look at the heart and God knows your heart for Him.  God loves you, no matter what, Here is a question?  does not God love the whole world? The  answer is yes.                 God wants us to have fruit and that our fruit should remain and become strong like us, there is no need for worry and fear, for God has not given you a spirit of fear, we serve God from a free heart, if we really want to see fruit then we do need a balance walk of grace and truth, by not living unto ourselves and not ruling over others like task masters being legalistic, but speaking the truth in love.

Grace without truth is not grace and grace is not a licence to live our lives how we want to. but Grace empowers us to do what truth demands of us.                                                                           We follow God from a free heart, if we mess up we have forgiveness with God. Jesus Christ paid and brought our righteousness with God, we have eternal life, we are sealed until the day of redemption when Christ comes back. We won’t lose our salvation. but if we really want to be good ministers and believers then we need to serve God by serving others in  truth and in love and show them the truths of the word living in our lives and not just nice words spoken. Grace without truth is not grace. We righteous, justified, and sanctified, and redeem, but ask yourselves this question, I am I living righteously?, am I living sanctified?, am I living as the redeemed of the Lord?

We need to instruct what God says from His word and as God leads us by His spirit and it needs to be living and real in our lives so the ones following has the leader and believers great example (11 Timothy 3:16-17).

We have to listen to what God says not what men says or an organisations says. God wants us to know the truth. We are thankful for the leaders in the body of Christ for they are God’s gift to the body to build up the saints. But every believer can and should rightly divide this word for themselves. (2 Timothy 2:15) By doing this you can work out your own salvation,

Philippians 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

YOU CAN DO with GOD IN CHRIST IN YOU, you can rightly divide His word, as you desire to learn and know Gods word.  God will  teach you and lead you by the spirit the spirit of God which leads you into all truth.

John 16:13-15 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

When you know the truth it will set you free, you will not be tossed to and fro and carried  about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

Ephesians 4:14-15 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

God wants you in the know, and to know His truth. The Father does not want you just to be saved but to come unto a knowledge of the truth. God want many leaders to rise up to lead His people but you need to know Gods word and you need to be led by the spirit of God.

He has filled us all with the same spirit and measure of faith. you can go as far with God as you want to go, your free to live unto Him, you have be called unto liberty  only use not your liberty to please yourself.

Galatians_5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

similar to the guys in Haggai.

God wants us to have a proper balance, and is showing this from His word to us and as we begin, God helps us and shows us what to do, Just like he helped and showed the children of Israel what to do through his Prophets Haggai under law, Again grace without truth is not grace. there is a conduct for leaders and believers alike and as we put the truths of the word of God in our hearts and apply the word in our living we will be on fire and set apart in our living. We have seen in the book of Ephesians we are saved by grace not by works, meaning the works of the old testament law, Ephesians is address to the faithful believers in Christ and  God shows by Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapters 4 and 5 to put of the old man nature and put on the new man, to walk (live) in  Love. to walk (live) in light and to walk (live) exactly or diligently.  See  (Ephesians 2:10) (Ephesians 5:2,8,15)

The Church Epistles which are address to the born again believer today, are filled with exhortation on how we should  walk (live) note the following scriptures, The word “walk” in all of these scriptures I have mentioned is the Greek word “PERIPATEO,” translated “walk” here, means “to tread all around, i.e. walk at large…figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow”  The figurative meaning is what Paul was referring to here. He was speaking of living by, conducting our actions according to, and following the leading of the spirit of God.

Romans 6:4

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Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk (live) in newness of life.

Romans 8:4

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That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk (live)   not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 13:13

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13 Let us walk (live) honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

1 Corinthians 3:3

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For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk (live) as men?

2 Corinthians 5:7

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(For we walk (live)  by faith, not by sight:)

2 Corinthians 10:3

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For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Galatians 5:16

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16 This I say then, Walk (live)   in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:25

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25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:10

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10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk (live)   in them.

Philippians 3:17-18

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17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk (live)  so as ye have us for an ensample.

18 (For many walk, (live)   of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Colossians 1:10

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10 That ye might walk (live) worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 2:6

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As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk (live)  ye in him:

1 Thessalonians 2:12

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12 That ye would walk (live)  worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:1

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Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk (live) and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

1 Thessalonians 4:12

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12 That ye may walk (live)  honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:11

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11 For we hear that there are some which walk (live) among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

1 John 1:6-7

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If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk (live) in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk (live)  in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 2:6

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He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk (live), even as he                       walked (live).

 1 John 2:11

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11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh  (live)  in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

2 John 1:4

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I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking (live) in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

3 John 1:3-4

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For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest  (live) in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk (live) in truth.

You are Gods workmanship created In Christ Jesus unto good works. which God has before prepared in advance that we should live in them.  I pray this little study has been a blessing to you.

Have a blessed day

Laurence

 

Part Five – Five Vital Signs of a Believer – Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Witnessing)

Part Five –  Five Vital Signs of a Believer – Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Witnessing)

1 Laur

Five Vital Signs of  A believer Continued.

Below The 5 Vital Signs of a Believer.

1. Read and Study the Word of God

2. Praying and Speaking in Tongues

3. Fellowshipping with Like Minded Believers

4. Financial Giving

5. Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Witnessing)

We have come to the fifth and last part of the 5 vital signs of a believer. So far we have looked at and learnt the importance of 1. Reading and studying the word of God  2. Praying and speaking in tongues. 3. Fellowshipping with like minded believers 4. Financial giving and now we will take at look at what God is showing from His word on preaching and gospel of Jesus Christ (witnessing).

The gospel means good news and the good news we share, is about what God has done for us, through Jesus Christ.

Before Jesus Christ ascension he instructed his disciples to wait for the promise of the Father, which was the out pouring of holy spirit which they received on the day of Pentecost, where they received holy spirit and spoke in tongues.(Acts 1:4 and Acts 2:1-4)

He also told that them in Acts 1:8 they would receive power (holy spirit) and that they would be witnesses unto Jesus, both in Jerusalem, and all Judea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. Before this and up to this point in Acts, Jesus earthly ministry was  focused on reaching the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Romans 15:8  (KJV) Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

Now the focus had shifted to include the entire world.

Luke 24:47 (KJV) 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

on the day of Pentecost Peter stood and declared this.

Acts 2:39 (KJV) 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

God has given unto the born again believer today, the ministry of reconciliation. We will take a look now in 2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (KJV) 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Now we are born again of the spirit of God, and we are a new creation in Christ, we are putting on the truths of the word of God, in our minds and hearts, and that new man nature of Christ in Us begins to shine forth in our hearts and lives, verse 18 says that God has reconciled us, to himself, by or through Jesus Christ, God was working in Jesus Christ, to join back together to Himself.

To reconcile something means that something was broken and needed to be put back together. Through the fall of Adam and Eve, the connection between God and man was lost, that is why God, sent Jesus Christ, into the world to restore that which was lost. Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand side of God,  let’s see the scriptures to confirm this

Hebrews 1:3 (KJV) Who (Jesus Christ) being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 

Hebrews 10:12 (KJV) 12 But this man,(Jesus) after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Romans 8:34 (KJV) 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

here are some other scripture references for you to check out this wonderful truth of talking about Jesus Christ being at the right hand of God.

Acts 2:25, Acts 2:33,34, Acts 5:31, Acts 7:55,56, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 8:1,  1Peter 3:22,

Having finished the work Jesus Christ was sent to do while on the earth, this ministry of reconciliation has  now been given to the born again of God spirit believers, today to carry out.

2 Corinthians 5:19, To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not counting or holding their sin against them has committed or appointed to us the word of reconciliation.

Today we have this honour and privilege to bring others back to God, through this word and ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20,  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Today we are Ambassadors or reprehensive of God and the Lord Jesus Christ by holding forth the word of God in love, we share Gods love and what Jesus Christ accomplished, by paying for our sins by laying down his life for us, that people can have forgiven with God and a relationship, because they are made righteous and are justified and sanctified, and redeem through what He accomplished, when they believe and confess Jesus as lord in their lives (Romans 10:9 & 10).  We share with others the need for a savior. and the new birth, and our right standing with God, and  that they have eternal life and that Jesus Christ will one day come back to gather the believers. (1 Thessalonians 4:13- 18)  and that today God is not counting our sin against us, once we have made Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives. that Jesus Christ not only paid for our sin, but also our sicknesses, diseases, emotional and mental well being, and prosperity.

We share with others their need for a savior and why.

Romans 3:23 -26 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus

Romans 5:6-21 (KJV) V)

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The body of Christ has a great responsibility today, to declare God and Jesus Christ. and to let people know the good news of wholeness which is  our salvation. The Apostle Paul declared he was not ashamed of the gospel this good news, because it is the power of God unto Salvation. Salvation means wholeness.

Romans 1:16-17 (KJV) 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

We have such a great message to declare to others, to bring them from darkness to light, to heal the sick cleanse the lepers, to raise the dead, to set the captives free from bondage of this world, which is not from the true God, but is from the God of this world, let us see this in the word of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) 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.

satan, who is also known as the devil, and the father of lies, according to the scriptures is the god of this world, and he is the one, that blinds the mind (understanding) of the unbelievers through the systems of this world.

John 10:10 (KJV) The thief (satan) 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.

Here Jesus Christ exposes the god of this world,  (satans) ministry, which is to steal, kill and destroy.

Jesus Christ ministry is to give life and life more abundantly, and that is fullness of life, super abundant, in quantity and/or superior in quality, and beyond measure. the life of a believers is super blessed and happy, and we can share these truth with those that do not know these truths, to those sitting darkness and we can bring them from darkness to the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of God unto salvation.

The Father needs you, you are important to God, as we are his witnesses of the greatness of the love of God, and power of God, we are His lights in this world of darkness and we only shine as we live His word and speak His word out to others.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord 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

Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

1 John 3:8b ……………………….. b),  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

In Luke 4, we see the Lord Jesus Christ ministry, and what he was anointed to do, this is also our own job description to as ambassador of Christ. we see Acts 10 that He carried his work out, and now that is what we need to do, being not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God unto salvation which is wholeness. in 1 John 3:8 we see  the purpose the son of God, Jesus Christ and why he was manifested and that was to destroy the works of devil.

here are some more records and instructions from the lord Jesus Christ to His disciples before his ascended,  which they carried out then, and we continue this way now.

Mark 16: 15-20 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Now we will looked at some verses in the book of Acts, where the apostles and believers were preaching the word and boldly at that.

Examples of bold preaching and teaching and being witness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostles and believers, learn how to witness and preach the gospel, from the master teacher of all teachers the Lord Jesus Christ. these believers were bold and many a great people were born again saved and made whole.

Acts 2:14 -40 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

Acts 3:13-16  13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Acts 4:10-14  10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

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

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

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

 Acts 5:30 -42 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Acts 8 1-8 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

And there was great joy in that city.

Here we see wonderful records of the Apostle, and believers speaking God word boldly nothing stopped them. They were led by the spirit of God, (Romans 8:14) they were healing the sick, casting out devils, and raising the dead. We today can do the same and are doing the same. I encourage you to read the book of Acts and see that the Acts of the first century believers, as they moved with God, see how they preached the word, and there witness with boldness.

I pray you have been encourage on this subject of the 5 vital signs of a believer. I encourage you, to work Gods word for yourselves, start simply by reading the Word of God, then your desire to study it and rightly divide the word of God will grow, pray and speak in tongues much in your private life and look to God for your answers and direction and do the things that God places in your heart to do, fellowship with other like minded believer, as much as you can, in the book of Acts we see they done this daily. give of the resources that God has blessed you with, and in your giving remember you are honoring God, and the heart you give it with, is important to God. and preach the word share it with those that are lost and sat in darkness, have a love and compassion for others. we will finish this series with one more exhortation from the scriptures.

Matthew 9: 35-38 35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.

Here we see in this record Jesus setting the standard and example of preaching and teaching and healing, when he saw the multitudes he was moved compassion, when you have compassion you will be moved to help the ones who are in trouble, the reason he was moved with compassion, was because they fainted and had no leader no one to give them direction, then Jesus points out to the disciple the harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few, so he exhorts them to pray or petition God to send forth laborers, in to His harvest. The harvest is Gods and He needs workers, those that will speak forth His word, and gather the harvest in, God wants us to pray for the laborers and have a great desire when we beseech God for laborers the workers. He will send them forth, our job along with praying for the laborers  is to sow and water the word but it is God job to give the increase.

God bless you greatly

Laurence Torr

 

 

Part Four – Five Vital Signs of a Believer – Financial Giving – By Laurence Torr

Part Four –  Five Vital Signs of a Believer –  Financial Giving

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Five Vital Signs of a believer continued.

Below The 5 Vital signs of a Believer. .

1. Read and study the Word of God

2. Praying and speaking in Tongues

3. Fellowshipping with Like Minded believers

4. Financial Giving

5. Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (witnessing)

We have looked at the first three vital signs and  we can see each vital sign is like a building block, not only are we building Gods word in our hearts and mind, but we begin to practically live the truth of the word of God, in our daily living, when we do this we are proving to ourselves what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God by being transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Roman 12:2  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.

God is the biggest giver, and He loves us so much, that He gave his one and only son that

whosoever should believe on His son should not perish but have ever lasting life.

Jesus Christ also gave Himself by being obedient to the death cross, he laid down his life for

us.

John 3:16  (KJV) 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 10:15  (KJV)  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

God encourages each of His child to follow His example. and also His son and our Lord

Jesus Christ. Let us take a look and see what God, says in His word.

Ephesians 5:1-4 (KJV)  1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

The word followers mean (imitator) of God as dear children, now after we became born

again we received the spirit of God, which is called Christ in you the hope of glory,

(Colossians 1:27) and we are sons of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ and God is our

Father.  Like any child growing up in family the child will imitate what the father does

especially boys. we see God is love and God is a giver, not only did He give us son ship and

eternal life through believing on His son, but He has given his nature and we have His

spiritual DNA, so to speak in Us. and God wants us to be giving for example Our heavenly

Father wants us to follow the example of our Lord Jesus who was living sacrifice.

Roman 12:1 (KJV)  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.

God wants us to live unto and not for ourselves in other words now we are born again

and have the spirit of God, it is not about us no more it is about living unto God what we can

do for God as living sacrifice, and serving by serving others the word God, not just by

speaking it but also by living by the word of God.

2 Corinthians 5:15 (KJV)  And that he (Jesus) died for all, that they which live

should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which

died for them, and rose again.

That is an example of imitating God by walking in His love and following the living example

of  Jesus Christ, when he walked this earth. Now God knows what is good for us and when

we follow his direction for our life we will be blessed and prosperous in many ways. God wants us to

benefit from His goodness which is our in Christ Jesus, He has made everything available to

us but we have to appropriate the promise of God to us, we have to believe God and trust

Him, that what He has promised in His word to us, He will perform, as we believe His word to us

and act upon it. Just like Abraham did.

Romans 4:20 (KJV) He (Abraham) staggered (in His mind) not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Abraham was strong in believing what God had promised and we know from Numbers 23:19

that God is not a man that He should lie.

When God says something or promise something and we believe Him, then God will bring it to pass, God watches over His to perform it. God wants us to give of our resources and our time, and talents and ability and He want us to use our talents and ability for the body of Christ and one of the biggest resources we can and should give is in the area of our finances.

Ministers in the body of Christ, need to have their needs met as they labour in the word and prayer, giving of their time to serve God, by being free to serve others, teaching and encouraging, ministering to others need, and at times they may need to travel to another area’s and Countries or counties where this is need to minister to others, this takes time away from their families, it also means they are away from the local people that they minister too and it also takes time and money to travel. God needs men and women free to do His work and if the ministers are not taken care of then they have to go to local work, to feed themselves and their family, but it also means they have less time to give themselves to God’s word and prayer and ministering to the believers. So we can see there is a need for us to give. and God shows us how to do it from His word with the right heart out of love to God, because that is who we are giving too when we give.

Galatians 6:6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

the word communicate in this verse mean to share or distribute and we are to share or

distribute to those that teach us in all good things, which is the word of God. We can see in Philippians  what Paul had to say.

International Standard Version

Philippians 4:15  You Philippians also know that in the early days of the

gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church participated (shared) with

me in the matter of giving and receiving except for you.

Philippians 4:16  Even while I was in Thessalonica, you provided for my

needs not once, but twice.

Philippians 4:17  It is not that I am looking for a gift. No, I want to see

that you receive the fruit that increases to your benefit.

Philippians 4:18  I have been paid in full and have more than enough.

I am fully supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus

what you sent—a fragrant aroma, a sacrifice acceptable and

pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:19  And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus.

The believers that shared with Paul, was the Philippians Believers, Pauls was saying I was

not looking for  a gift but his heart was to see that through their giving that fruits abounds to

them, Paul knew that God would bless them through them giving to Paul, They were honouring God by

giving to Gods minister who had need. Paul had a right to live of the gospel He was teaching,

but by looking at other records in the Word of God. Paul never made demands on the believers. Let see Pauls heart in 1 Thessalonians.

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1Thessalonians 2:3  For our appeal to you does not spring from deceit, impure motives, or

trickery.

1Thessalonians 2:4  Rather, because we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, we speak as we do, not trying to please people but God, who tests our motives.

1Thessalonians 2:5  As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!

1Thessalonians 2:6  We did not seek praise from people—from you or from anyone else—

1Thessalonians 2:7  even though as apostles of the Messiah we might have made such demands. Instead, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother tenderly caring for her

own children.

1Thessalonians 2:8  We cared so deeply for you that we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but our very lives. That is how dear you were to us.

1Thessalonians 2:9  Brothers, you remember our labor and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not become a burden to any of you while we proclaimed the gospel of God to you.

1Thessalonians 2:10  You and God are witnesses of how pure, honest, and blameless our conduct was among you who believe.

1Thessalonians 2:11  You know very well that we treated each of you the way a father treats his children.

1Thessalonians 2:12  We comforted and encouraged you, urging you to live in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

1Thessalonians 2:13  Here is another reason why we constantly give thanks to God: When you received God’s word, which you heard from us, you did not accept it as the word of

humans but for what it really is—the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

These wonderful Apostle Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, hearts were to build up the believers here and encourage them, their hearts were pure they were not trying to trick people out of their money by wrong motives or deceit they did not use flattering words or any type of scheme to make money, they did not want any pats on the back from people for  what God had called them to do.

Paul points out to them look we could have made demand of you as apostles, instead we were gentle we did not want to be burden to you. But see here they wanted to be gentle, showing them the love of God. Verse 9 show us they work with their own hands so they were not a burden and so that they could give them the word of God. and these believers would received that word, so we see the hearts of the minister here, the biggest need for them was to get the word to these believers. And that should be the passion and drive of all ministers, whatever it takes but we should also recognise that Gods “minsters” need to be taken care of and that is why it is good to give. It is good to see these points here in this record to see what the hearts of minister is, if their hearts is to serve God by feeding the believers God’s word, from a pure heart of love then why would we as believers not support ministers like them, in the work that God has called them too?

Let us take a brief look at the benefit the believer receive from God when they give to

God by giving to the minister that teaches in all God things

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2Corinthians 9:6  Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,

and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.

2Corinthians 9:7  Each of you must give what you have decided in your heart, not with regret

or under compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.

2Corinthians 9:8  Besides, God is able to make every blessing of yours overflow for you, so

that in every situation you will always have all you need for any good work.

2Corinthians 9:9  As it is written, “He scatters everywhere and gives to the poor; his

righteousness lasts forever.”

2Corinthians 9:10  Now he who supplies seed to the farmer and bread to eat will also supply

you with seed and multiply it and enlarge the harvest that results from your righteousness.

2Corinthians 9:11  In every way you will grow richer and become even more generous, and

this will cause others to give thanks to God because of us

2Corinthians 9:12  because this ministry you render is not only fully supplying the needs of

the saints, it is also overflowing with more and more prayers of thanksgiving to God.

2Corinthians 9:13  Because your service in giving proves your love, you will be glorifying

God as you obey what your confession of the Messiah’s gospel demands, since you are

generous in sharing with them and with everyone else.

2Corinthians 9:14  And so in their prayers for you they will long for you because of God’s

exceptional grace that was shown to you.

2Corinthians 9:15  Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

 

Here we see great benefit in giving the benefit’s of the one giving and need for the ministers to

be taken care of and the body of Christ.

God is showing that when we sow (give) we should do it generously so we can receive from

Him generously. God is also showing if we give sparingly (stingily) we will reap  sparingly

(stingily) God does not want you to give out of your need because He wants you to be blessed

and happy when you give, God wants you to give with a happy heart. because when we are

giving we are giving unto God. we have only looked at a small part about giving. but from what i have written

you can see that God wants you to give and that you the giver benefit’s by doing this and we have

also seen the need to give and why, and the hearts of the giver and the hearts of the ministers

who received the gifts given.

I will leave you some verse you can look up to see the heart that God wants us to give.

Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Deuteronomy 16:17
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.

Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 11:24-25 – There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty.    

Hebrews 13:16 – But to do good and to communicate (share) forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

In 1 Chronicles 29:9 the people rejoiced because

1) when they gave they done it willingly.

2) when they gave there offering it was to the Lord.

3) it was done with their whole heart.

God bless you Laurence Torr

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