The Joy Of God In Our Hearts – By Kim Torr

The Joy Of God In Our Hearts 

By Kim Torr

The joy that the world offers is a pale imitation of the true joy only God can give us.  The joy that unbelievers experience is a temporary joy that comes and goes depending on their situation or circumstances that person is in at the time.  If things are going well, there is joy.  When things are difficult, there is no joy. We will look at what God says about His Joy, and that  joy is lasting regardless of life situation’s or circumstances The Joy of a believer is very different from the worlds Joy.

 

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What Is Your Delight? – By Laurence Torr

What Is Your Delight?

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God Morning to you, and may your hearts be filled expectations of good things from God…….

What is your delight? what do you look forward to the most when you wake up?

what is the first thing on your mind?, there are so many things this world has to offer us, so many things to distract our attention away from the Father,

negative and positive, some may dread the day they have a head of them work and busy schedule, meeting dead lines, or other situations going on in their lives or some may have a hobbies they like to do everyday.

But for others their delight is in the Lord, their first thoughts when they wake is to seek the Father face, to worship Him by speaking tongues, lifting up there day, wanting to know what God would have them do, who can they bless, who can they help, who can they serve and how can they be of a blessing by sharing the word with others, helping others who have need. How do you start your day? what is your delight?

King David was a man after God’s own heart, his delight was in God, here are some records from the Scriptures that captured the heart of someone who’s delight was in God, above all things.

We decide what we delight, we can choose to delight everyday when we wake and through out the day to delight in God. Notice in these first 3 verse as you read them David starts by saying ” I HAVE” and “I Will” He not only chose to delight in God but He done it to, it was not a mental accent thing, but he took action upon his thoughts

Psalms 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

Psalms 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Psalms 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Psalms 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

Psalms 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Psalms 119: 45 – 47 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. 47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

what we delight in and what we love is what we will do. what do you delight in?

Psalms 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

That is a good place to start to think on your ways, if the direction your thinking is wrong change them and like David turn your feet unto God testimonies Gods word, God ways. and then we can follow the His direction by doing what David say and did in verse 60

Psalms 119:60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

here are are few more scriptures about delighting in God

Psalms 34:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Psalms 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Psalms 1: 1-6 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Have a blessed day delighting in God

Thank God that Selfishness is Not a Fruit of the spirit By Laurence Torr

Thank God that Selfishness is not a fruit of the spirit.

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Thank God Selfishness is Not a fruit of the spirit, Here is what Selfishness means, selfishness ˈsɛlfɪʃnəs/ noun noun: selfishness
the quality or state of being selfish; lack of consideration for other people.
“an act of pure selfishness” synonyms: egocentrism, egotism, egomania, introversion, self-seeking, self-serving, self-obsession, self-absorption, self-regard, self-interest, self-love; More antonyms: unselfishness, altruism, generosity

Let us have a look at some the meanings listed
1. egocentrism = having little or no regard for interests, beliefs, or attitudes other than one’s own; self-centered:
2. egotism – the fact of being excessively conceited or absorbed in oneself
3. obsessive egotism or self-centredness
4. introversion – It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. Introvertssometimes avoid large groups of people, feeling more energized by time alone. The opposite of an introvert is an extrovert, who finds energy in interactions with others.

the other words is self explanatory
self-seeking, self-serving, self-obsession, self-absorption, self-regard, self-interest, self-love

Here is the the fruit of the spirit
Galatians 5:22-23Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[a]that can bring a charge].

Galatians 5:22-23King James Version (KJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Thoughts For Today – Great Joy In Your City – By Laurence Torr

Thoughts For Today – Great Joy In Your City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genesis 3:3-6
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 6:10-20 Amplified Bible

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

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

What did Peter have to say?

1 Peter 5:6-10 (Amplified Bible )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much love

Laurence xx

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

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

And other name not mentioned here

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

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

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

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

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

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Part Three – Five Vital Signs of a Believer – Fellowship with like minded Believers – By Laurence Torr

Part Three – Five Vital Signs of a Believer – Fellowship with likeminded Believers.

Five Vitals of a believer continued.

Fellowship with Like minded believers below is a check list of the 5 Vital signs.

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)

Yesterday we looked at the second vital sign of a believer which was praying and speaking in tongues. Today we will look at the third vital sign which is fellowship with like minded believers.

As we grow in our relationship to God, by reading and studying His word and praying to Him and speaking in tongues much in our personal life, the desire in our hearts grow that we want to fellowship and be with other like minded believers. The reason the desire is so strong to fellowship with other believers is because we have been strong, in our reading and studying of God’s word, and praying to God and speaking in tongues much in our private life as well as living and applying what we are learning. The first two vital signs of reading and studying the word of God and praying and speaking in tongues are the beginning of our foundation as Gods children.  As we begin fellowshipping with other like minded believers we begin to grow stronger and stronger, because of  that fellowship with one another, the desire to share the word of God will grow in us, the encouraging words we are listening to through that like minded fellowship will be feeding our desire to know more, so we can live it more, then the  desire will grow to share Gods word with other people by witnessing to others what God has done for us. Our fellowship with God will reflect in our relationship and fellowship with others.

In the book Act on the day of Pentecost when God ushered in the age of Grace by sending holy spirit and the Apostles spoke in tongues for the first time. It says the about three thousand souls, that Peter had just boldly declared God word too was added to the church.

Let us read this record in the book of Acts.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Act 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

The about three thousand souls that gladly received Peters word continued in the apostles

doctrine, see they just did not hear it got blessed for that moment and then went on their

merry way, the words that Peter spoke were Gods words energised by the spirit of God in

him, and it pricked the hearts of all that heard his words. and the ones that received his words

gladly also continued in the words, they hung about they were hungry they wanted more, the

rest of the record in Acts 2 shows you there was great respect among every one and they eat

food together, they prayed together, and because of the love and respect for the words they

were being taught and the humbleness of their heart, towards God and each other, many

wonders and were done by the apostles. we will look at verse 44 -47

Act 2:44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

Act 2:45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Act 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their

meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

Act 2:47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

I love verse 44 it says all they that believed were together and had all things common

the ones that believe will always been together and be likeminded on the truth of the

word of God spoken in love. There are times in my past that I was not really fully believing

and I did not really want to be with those who were believing, and the same is true for others

too, when your believing is hot you will want to be with other hot believers, but when your

believing is low, you may not feel like being around the ones that are hot.

Verse 44 says they sold their possessions and good and parted them to all men as every man

had need. They were so blessed by the Apostle and words they spoke they sold the things that

was not a need in their lives and gave to those who did have need.

Verse 46, say they continued daily with one accord (unity of purpose, like minded) in the

temple and eating together from house to house with gladness and singleness of heart.

These wonderful believers were so blessed so built up with the apostle words from God to

them that they wanted to be together they made sure every bodies need were met, not just the

Apostles, see it was not about what they could get but rather what they could give.

Act 2:47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people.

And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

These guys hearts were on fire they praised God together as well as within their own hearts of

thankfulness and they had favour with all the people, they were not bible bashing others but

they were witness of Gods great grace and love, living in their lives and they were having favour

with all the people. Others saw the favour of God in the lives of these wonderful first century

church believers, setting a wonderful example for us to follow.

In this record of Acts 2:41-47 we can see these vital signs alive and living in these

Wonderful believers lives, which God had recorded for our benefit and blessing.

when we are looking to  God and desiring what He what  in our lives then we run

Gods way not the worlds way. We too will be strong and hot with God having a heart for

the things of God and to live unto Him with our Hearts. Our heart towards God should be not

what can you do for me God, but Father what can I do for you.

2 Corinthians 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

The word communion in this verse comes from the Greek word koinōnia which can mean partnership, participation, or to fully share  God by  way  of  Paul is showing us that we are no longer unrighteousness but we are righteousness  through the accomplished  work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Now being born again of the spirit of God we are light not darkness. and the two, light and darkness, do not mix together for example if the room is dark and I turn on the light the room is no longer dark  if I turn the light off then darkness is there again, showing us light and darkness do not mix together. God is lovingly showing us that believers and unbeliever do not mix together, one will have dominance over the other and that is why we need to be strong in the 5 vital signs  we are looking at, so we can by our lifestyle of living the word of God, have favour and win the hearts of those in darkness and bring them from darkness to light

Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

The Book of Ephesians is address to the faithful in Christ Jesus, and the instructions here is to have no fellowship, the fellowship here is translated from another Greek word sugkoinōneō  which can mean to share in company with, be partaker of, communicate.

God is again is showing by way of Paul to share no company with the unfruitful works of darkness (unbelievers) company is the people we hang around with and if they are not like minded with you and you are not strong on the word and in relationship with God they can pull you down and win you over, and the way we reprove them is again not just with our words but also by our life style which is living the word.

Proverbs 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

We are not talking about the local council here, we are talking about guidance the word counsel here means guidance where there is no guidance the people fall, but in the multitude of counsellors this safety. so here we can see the wisdom of God, showing us it is good to be in a multitude of advisers (other strong believers and leaders) that can help us make wise choices in our lives.

Psalms 133:1  A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Behold God wants us to dwell (abide) together in Unity, the word Unity can mean. properly a unit,  God is showing that it is good and pleasant for brethren to abide together properly as a unit.

Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

God is showing us from this verse that He wants us, to make effort to guard the oneness of the spirit in the bond of peace.

so we have had a brief look at fellow shipping with like minded believers, and how important it is  now we are born again of God spirit to walk in this new life living unto God and following His direction, so we can be a witness to others in our living and life style and set an example to others, of the love God has for us and the world, and shine as those light because we are set free by the power of God and we stay free by continuing in His word.

Much love

Laurence xx

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