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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Be Delivered Limboland―from Double-mindedness and Indecision!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever been to LimboLand? It's a place where no one has any hair. Everyone that lives there has pulled it out. If you drove down its main boulevard, you would see only partly finished homes, buildings, and building projects. You'd see that every street had forks that go in different directions. You'd see people walking around that looked somewhat dazed, frustrated, and quite unhappy. You wouldn't see many married people there, nor would you see many children. People in Limboland can't decide whom the person is they are supposed to marry and whether or not they should have children. You'd find many people there that call themselves Christians but you would see few churches because they wouldn't stay in one long enough for there to be the commitment and support to build one. The churches that are there are like the rest of the buildings in Limboland—only partially built because of abandoned commitments. They thought they'd find the perfect church and Pastor elsewhere.

LimboLand of course doesn’t really exist but the dictionary does have a definition for limbo saying "A region or condition of oblivion or neglect, a place of confinement. An intermediate place or state, a place of indecision." That alone is contrary to the nature of God because God is not indecisive nor does He want us indecisive. He calls it unbelief or double-minded. Jesus chastised His disciples because of their unbelief. Mark 16:14 says, ”Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen."

LimboLand is a state or place of confinement. It's a place where one is locked up or imprisoned within their confused mind because of unbelief, indecision, and double-mindedness. James 1:5-8 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

One of the reasons people end up in Limboland is because they practice sin—something contrary to God's Word. It strips them of any confidence of approaching God whether it is just to draw closer to Him to have an intimate relationship, or for help. If you practice what the Bible declares sin, you will remain in a spiritual LimboLand of conflict and indecision that will carry over and affect every other part of your life. This is one reason, there is so much physiological conflict in the life of a homosexual. They are at conflict within themselves. Though they get approval and validation from others, they will never get that internal validation from God that they desire. They can't. God never condones sin. He loves them and will validate that. Jesus died for them and validates that. He will forgive anyone who is truly repentant and the word of God validates that. But God will not condone the ongoing practice of anyone's sin.

Suppressing the guilt of something that God says is wrong and living in denial does not deliver you from guilt and indecision; it creates it. Repentance and forgiveness from God for sin are available and can bring a person back to peace with God and out of this state of Limbo. 1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge...." The other primary reason for LimboLand is because people are unsure of what to do, and struggle in making a decision. That is what James is speaking to here. In Romans 1 God instructs us to renew our minds to His perfect will. There is no shortcut to learning that. It takes time but is time well spent. To not learn His will is to suffer from fears and worries that were unnecessary. As you meditate upon God’s Word prayerfully, requesting that He give you understanding concerning it, He does! As God shows you things through the scriptures and you put faith in what you believe God is showing you, He upholds you and helps you. He promises to give wisdom liberally if you will receive it by faith. Knowing God's will helps you make decisions and become more decisive. Trusting that God will give you wisdom and then taking steps of faith according to His will, will help you become even ,more decisive. God's leaders always had to listen to God, make decisions, and take steps of faith, trusting in Him.

God knows our human fragility. He is there to help us. Don't make the mistake of judging the outcome of decisions prematurely or simply by circumstances. Sometimes it takes years of hindsight to see the good outcome of your decision. Judge them by whether you believe and trust that it's what God wanted you to do. Have faith, trust, and rest in that! And here is one more important caveat that can bring you peace. God knows your not perfect but can still turn an imperfect decision and have it turn out fine. This is what God is saying to us in Romans 8:28. (NKJV) "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." When you know this, you won't end up double-minded, locked in mind-battles of indecision. Instead you will learn you have a loving Heavenly Father that does what He promises. He will show you His will through His word and give you the wisdom to make one solid decision after another. That's a slice of Heaven, not Limboland.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

God is Your Helper and Working in Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


It is so exciting to know that God works behind the scenes and in the details of our lives. I recently sought the Lord for help in something, and quickly saw the evidence of that help. I praise Him for His faithfulness!

God works behind the scenes and in the details of my life. He does in yours also, even if you don't see it! Psalm 54:4 says, "Behold, God is my helper…" Hebrews 13:6 says, "So we say with confidence,'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'" If you need His help―and of course you do, He can be found if you will take the time to sincerely seek Him though His Word and through prayer. Jeremiah 29:14 NLT confirms this truth and promise saying, "I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes..." This was originally written to the Israel, but this promise now reaches into our lives through Jesus Christ!

Why would God want to be your helper? He would because He loves you with the love of a father and because He is your Heavenly Father. Jesus taught us that our Heavenly Father knows and cares about the details of our life saying, Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT) "So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."

A while back, a woman came to me to ask for prayer about a situation in her workplace. She worked for a government agency. She had a boss and supervisor that harassed her because she was a Christian. Her boss and co-workers knew she was a Christian because she didn’t get involved in the water cooler gossip. They knew she was a Christians because she worked so incredibly hard when most of the other workers just tried to skate through their day. They knew she was a Christian because she didn’t engage in dirty jokes or sexual conversations or making fun of co-workers. She was polite and respectful and worked hard. She simply reflected Jesus in her love walk and work ethic. She didn’t wear her faith on her sleeve but thanked God openly for the good in her life. I knew this woman well and knew this was the case.

Her boss had been telling lies about her and trying to get her in trouble so he could fire her simply because he hated the Jesus he saw in her. She started to get sick from the level of unmerited attacks she was facing. She started to use her vacation time just to get away from it. She came to me in tears not knowing what to do. It made me so mad I wanted to go over and fix the problem myself. That would have been inappropriate and stupid. It was not my place to do so. But God is her helper and I knew He’d help. I took her to a verse in 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3. "And pray that we may be DELIVERED from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." The Apostle Paul asked for prayer to be delivered from malicious people who were persecuting him just because of his faith. This is what we prayed for her!

The Word of God was our basis for our faith and authority in prayer. We prayed, “Heavenly Father, I thank you that you will deliver her from the wicked men and women in her offices that hate her just because she lives for you. Her life is a living epistle and these men and women are being used of Satan to stop her witness in this place and drive her out. I thank you for delivering her Lord. Please either change the hearts of these evil people, or move them out, or promote her into a place of blessing, in Jesus name.”

I asked her to thank the Lord every day for delivering her from these people and circumstances. As the weeks passed, she would share how things were changing in her office. She had never reported a thing, yet two of her bosses were fired for other reasons. Other cruel people were let go. She found new favor in the office. Then one weekend she told me she just won two awards in the same month. She won Employee of the Month and Employee of the year.

This didn’t happen overnight but things did change. The Word of God is the source of walking in authority and power that does bring God’s will into our lives. Seek to know it. Learn to pray it. Be patient for God to work. He is your helper and out of His love for you, He works in the details of your life!

Amos 5:14 (NLT) "Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 02, 2016

They Call You, "The Encourager!"

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever been discouraged? Ridiculous question isn’t it? The truth is discouragement is a part of life. Let me ask you another question? Do you think discouragement will be a part of Heaven? Read this verse that comes from the book of Revelation describing our future days with God before you answer that question. Rev 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."


Could it really be like this in Heaven―no more death, crying, or painno more tears? Absolutely! When that time comes, the devil will be banished to the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil (referring to Satan) that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire….” The devil is the author behind all discouragement. God is the author of encouragement!

Discouragement is of the enemy. The word discourage is defined: to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; to dishearten; to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder: to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon: to discourage the expression of enthusiasm. What is the goal of discouragement? The goal is to steal our courage, to steal our faith, and to steal our trust in God leading our life.

Knowing that you get discouraged at times, do you ever try to flip that around by being used of God to be a blessing and encouragement to others? If your answer is I hope so, make the changes that allow you to say, I know so. If Satan works to manipulate circumstances and uses people to bring discouragement and hurt, how much more does God desire to use us in the earth to bring miracles and the touch of His love through yielded people? There are multitudes of ways God can and will use a yielded vessel like you! A sincere kind word, appreciating someone's work effort, an offer to pray right then and there over a problem they are having―there so many ways God can use you to literally pull someone out of a dark place in a moment's time. God will work through you when your heart is crying out to Him to be used!  I see it happen daily in my life.

Discouragement was often the weapon of choice by the enemies of Israel. In the book of Ezra and Nehemiah we read about God’s people coming back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed many years earlier by their enemies. The prophets of that day had told them to go and rebuild the temple. God had even given them favor, even with authorities to do so. As they began their work, jealous and hateful, people of the area attacked them with discouragement. They lied about their motives for rebuilding the temple. They attacked their character. They even wrote a letter of lies to the king that let them rebuild the temple. You know what happened? The king believed the letter. He told God’s people to stop building. The courage of God’s people had been punctured by the discouraging attack of their surrounding foes. It was God’s prophets―His voices in the earth at that time that encouraged the people to keep going forward. They did and they rebuilt the temple.

Today, we are to be acutely aware that as believers of Jesus Christ, we are also the temple of the Holy Spirit. He lives with us and we are to be that voice of encouragement. We are here to remind people of God's love and promises and point them to the promises of His word. We―you and I, are to be a source of daily encouragement.  Hebrews 3:13 (NLT) says, "You must encourage each other every day... so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God." This verse reveals that discouragement can zap hope and lead people to give up and instead make hurtful wrong choices. Satan's goal is to get them to give up on God. People need the touch of God's love, encouragement, and the promise of His Word to reach into their life daily! And you are to be that encourager!

Don't be discouraged no matter what is going on. If you let discouragement fester, it will steal your hope. Proverbs 13:12 tells us that "hope put off makes the heart sick..."  Do what David did. Ask God to encourage you! Psalms 138:3 (NLT) "As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength."  Then read God's Word until one of His promises speaks to your heart.  And then, you be the answer to someone else's prayers by bring them that encouragement and touch of God's life today!

"The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to his will." Isaiah 50:4 (NLT)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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