God is love!
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
-- John the Apostle
We can often talk about worry, which is a form of fear, or fear for the future. We might have phobias or habits that are rooted in fear.
We might have fear of getting late for work, oversleeping, fear of what we eat, fear of sickness or not getting healed and so on.
As Christians we try to encourage each another by saying that we don't need to fear, it is even written 356 times in the Bible, we say, it is one promise for every day.
But weekly I meet Christians, and I get responses from my web site from Christians, who have a great, great fear, even though they may not be aware of it themselves.
Can I tell you what kind of fear this is?
They have a fear that God will not hear their prayers, protect them, heal them, forgive them or provide for them. Or it may even be that they are afraid of that they have lost their salvation because of a sin they did, or because they have not read their Bible, gone to church, prayed for a while or have not obeyed and followed his perfect will in every way.
The fear is rooted in this: That God is dissatisfied with them, that they are not pleasing to him and that God will reject them.
Can I tell you a truth? You've been lied to! You believe, in a way, the lie that you are still under the law!
It might even be the main reason why you have not experienced your healing yet.
This sermon also include my personal testimony of healing.
Listen to the whole sermon by the link under.
(for Norwegians, or people that understand Norwegian: Hvis du ønsker en utvidet versjon av denne undervisningen se denne siden!)
This teaching is a sermon I had in a church in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and it is also translated to Thai.
Newsletter from Tore, April 2015
For many Thais the summer holidays have already started. There have been some high temperatures, dry for quite a long time and the air quality started to get really bad.
I read in the news that the air pollution one day was 383 mcg at the very highest in a town not too far from where I live (over 120 is considered unhealthy), but thankfully now the smoke has cleared up and disappeared with some good rain showers.
This newsletter will be about that we've had a DTS team (Justice DTS) visiting us here for five weeks which was very encouraging, we had a short trip across the border and I want to share with you some thoughts about an experience I had there. Finally, I will write about that we had a new baptism in Fang where several families were baptized.
How valuable are you?
The question I think most people have is: What is my value? How much am I worth?
How do you answer this question? What kind of criteria should we have for what we are worth?
Maybe some of us see ourselves in the mirror and some are thinking, I must be worth something. I look young and have an ok body. Others see themselves in the mirror, and seeing wrinkles and a big belly and thinking that I may not be worth so much.
Still others think that I must be worth something, because I've got a good education, have a pretty good salary and has a reasonably high social status. I own three homes, four cars and I am always flying first class, so I got to be worth something.
Others think that I got to be worth something since I have so many friends, I have more than
1000 friends on Facebook. I have a good reputation and I have worked hard for people to like me, so I have to be worth something.
What does the Bible really say about emotion? Are emotions something that is negative or positive?
Does God want me to be happy? How can I control my emotions?
What connection is there between feelings and fears?
Emotions can be our best friend or our worst enemy. In this teaching, I will give you some truths about feelings and emotions that can help you to manage them in a correct and good way, and how you can feel the way that God wants you to feel.
What I want with this teaching is to show you that the emotions are there and they are given to you by God.
You can either lie or ignore them, or you can learn to do something with them.
When we understand why God has given us emotions and we can use them properly, we can apply them in a good way.
If I can learn how to handle my emotions, I can also deal with life and what comes my way.
It is one thing that is certain about emotion: We all have them. But unfortunately there are times when the emotions have us. It is when the emotions have us that they become a problem.
For freedom did Christ set us free:stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage. (ASV)
When Jesus came, he came to set the captives free. He came to set free those who are oppressed. He came so that we should be free and have life.
If this is true, how come that you still feel bound and oppressed. It might be sin that you're struggling with or weaknesses, defeat and sickness. If Christ have set us free, why do we still struggle with this things?
Is it because of lack of holiness or is it that we don't try hard enough to be free?
In my whole life I have been looking for this freedom to manifest, but often it only seemed to be a partial freedom.
About this seminar
This seminar is about how to experience the freedom that Christ already have paid for you to have. It will give you truths that will set you free to live in this freedom. It is not a freedom to sin, but a freedom from the power of sin. It will help you to see your true identity and your true value and how much you are loved by our heavenly Father.
Start this seminar here:
Part 1 You Are Created for Freedom
In my life I have tried to live holy, and according to a religious standard I have probably done quite well. I have never committed adultery or fornication, I have not murdered anyone, I have done pretty well when it comes to not lying. The only thing I can remember I have stolen was a chocolate from a grocery store and some money from my mothers purse when I was 10 years old.
But I still did not feel free, because I also knew that even if I was quite good it was not good enough.
I still had thoughts and emotions and also sometimes action, even though they were not too bad, they were not holy.
I also struggled with a sickness for many years, and also thought that if I only manage to live holy enough or get enough faith God would heal me. I tried and tried, but good was never good enough. I did not feel free. I did not experience the freedom that the Bible was talking about. What was wrong? What more should I do to be free?
One evening I sat frustrated in a hotel room in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was quiet sick and felt I had come to the end of my self. I had tried all to get well, confessed all sins I knew of, tried to live holy, spend a lot of money both on doctors, seminars and had travel to healing seminars and meetings all over the world. Why was it not working for me? I have heard of many people that got healed, why did it not happen for me? Had God forgotten me? Was there still things I had to do, or things I had not done?
In my hotel room I cried out to God: What more must I do?
1 Encourage you to grow in your Christian life and to get a deeper understanding of who God is and His love for you! (1John 4:17)
2 Helping you to stand against our enemy, the devil, so that you can experience the victorious Christian life! (James 4:7, Rom 8:37, 1Pet 5_8-9)
3 Inspire you to teach others! (Matt 28:18-20)
4 Equip and inspire you so that you can go out and tell others about the Good News! (Mark 16:15-18)