God is love!
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
-- John the Apostle
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.
Dr. Jekyll and Hr. Hyde Christian? What is your true identity?
Does a Christian have two natures? Do you have one evil nature and one good nature? Is it your evil sinful nature, which causes you to sin?
In this teaching, I will answer these questions. I think the answer will surprise you a bit, and maybe even challenge what you already have heard and been taught about this topic?
Have you tried again and again to win victory over sin issues you are struggling with in your life, but you constantly feel that it is a part of you that you cannot put away or conquer?
You feel like you're stuck and you will never get away from it? You feel powerless about your sin problem and other problems such as fear and worry, and you think: Is there any way out; are there some answers out there?
You try to change but it's like you never succeed. It is like the evil that I don't want to do is the very thing I do, and the things I don't want to do is the things I do.
Is this a normal Christian life? Should it be like this or is it something that can set you free from this vicious circle?
This statement might shock you: A Christian that sin has not a sin problem, but a identity problem. It is not lack of restrictions and rules, it is a lack of revelation.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
When you became a Christian you got both a new identity and a new citizenship.
You became a new creature, and you have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and its power and dominion. You have now come into a new kingdom and got a new citizenship.
A kingdom has different laws, cultures and ways of behavior, for example, the Kingdom of Norway is very different from the Kingdom of Thailand.
In Thailand, they speak a different language, and they have a completely different culture and behavior.
I am a missionary in Thailand, and I moved out to Thailand for about eight years ago.
When I moved out here and got a work permit to be here, then did I suddenly speak Thai fluently and understand the culture fully? It was not quite so.
The truth is that you are a citizen in a new kingdom, and you've got a new identity, but even if you have a new identity and has entered a new kingdom, you can still think like the old kingdom is thinking and the way your old identity was thinking.
Newsletter from Tore, February 2013
This may be a month to late, but since this is my first newsletter in the new year will I wish you a happy new year. Here in Thailand, we are in the "cold" season now, but it's still around 30-50 degree Celsius difference from Norway (here it is around 11 C in the morning 30 C in the daytime).
In the last month we have had visits from a DTS team from Norway (see photo) that has been a great encouragement for us. We also saw about 15 Shan accept Jesus during the last few months and the DTS team have both been a part of seeing them accepting Jesus and have been a grate encouragement for these new Christians. This newsletter will mainly be about this.
Let me fist if of all give you good news: Rejection is not you. Even though you can feel like Rejection is part of your life, and it can even feel like it is part of your identity, but that is not who you truly are. It is just a spirit that have programmed you to think and act in a certain way. Your true identity is that you are a son or daughter of God, and he loves you even if you act out the lies from the spirit of Rejection.
Have you ever asked God why so few things are going on in your life, why you do not see so much of his power?
You know, that you know that God exists, you really don't doubt so much that, yet you do not see people and yourself are free or are experiencing as much of the power of God as you can read about in the Bible.
You know that God can heal and deliver people today, and you can see that he uses some others to this. But what you feel is that God cannot use you.
When you pray for someone you feel doubt coming, and you are unsure if something will happen.
What is this? I am convinced that this is the spirit of rejection that hinders you.
What is the will of God for your life?
This teaching is also translated to Shan.
Is everything that happens to you and in the world God's will?
I have often heard people say that when something bad happened, that God somehow most have willed it. It can be an accident that someone experienced or someone who died of cancer. But are all bad things that comes your way God's will? I am convinced that it is not so.
To say that everything that happens is God's will is actually a demonic lie, for it makes us ineffective and unable to resist and fight the devil. Why should we, for example, pray for one thing, when God has already determined the outcome of our prayer? And why fight against sin, if I cannot do anything about it?
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)