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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Never Lose Hope in the Lord! Trust Him!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Does you ever feel like you are lost? Do you ever feel like you are in trouble and don't know what to do? Do you ever find yourself discouraged and crying out Lord, where are you in all this? Lord, are you going to help me? I don't know what to do? These thoughts reflect your discouragement and frustration.  Anyone could have thoughts like this in difficult times. But, should you allow yourself to become discouraged and give up on God?  I'd advise you not to! I would chase that discouragement out of your life like a dog with muddy paws on a freshly washed floor!  Instead remember the words of Jesus as He described the troubles that would one day come upon this world. He said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:28 (NIV)  Jesus is your redemption and help! Run too Him, not from Him out of discouragement!

God is truly amazing and He is always thinking about the redemption for His children. He wouldn’t be thinking redemption if something didn’t happen that created the need for it. Satan sees to that. Beyond his attacks on our life, we do sometimes make mistakes and get ourselves into trouble. But, sometimes we don’t! Because we live in this sin-filled defiled world, the consequences of evil contaminate our life anyway and we need God’s redemption. Throughout the Bible, the word redemption refers to a price being paid in order to redeem or purchase something back. That is what God did for us. He bought us back and the purchase price was Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our sin and for our redemption through His suffering, death, and resurrection. Redemption refers to salvation, but salvation means being made whole and complete. That is God’s desire for His people and always has been. David knew and understood that and it kept him grounded in his trust in the Lord, even when his life felt like chaos and He didn’t know what to do.

Listen to his heart in Psalm 130:6-8: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning… O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” David knew God’s heart was to redeem us in our troubles!

Samuel anointed David King of Israel, yet little did David know that he wouldn't become King for 15 years from that moment. David went through hurtful, hard, heart-wrenching times. He could have been confused and thought that what Samuel promised on behalf of God was all a crock. He didn't. He trusted God and knew He was faithful to every promise. He kept his heart in faith, even when he didn't have a clue what to do.

There was a time when he was being chased by King Saul. It wasn't fair that Saul was jealous and wanted to kill him, yet David was on the run and had to hide. He was concerned about his family, his parents, and those he left behind. He didn't have it all figured out as you see in these verses:

1 Samuel 22:1-4 (NLT) “So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and other relatives joined him there….Later David went to Mizpeh in Moab, where he asked the king, "Would you let my father and mother live here under royal protection UNTIL I KNOW WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO WITH ME?” The king agreed, and David's parents stayed in Moab while David was living in his stronghold.”

Did you read those words, “until I know what God is going to do with me?” David didn't have everything figured out. He wasn't sure what God was doing. He simply knew God was with him and he needed to trust God and walk it out. God provided for his parents. God provided for him. God provided for his men. It would have been so easy for David to think God had abandoned him. His life seemed like it was in worst-case chaos, yet David knew in his heart that God had a plan, was faithful to His Word, and trusted God was working it out. His plan of redemption eventually came, and so will yours!

Today, just know what David knew and rejoice in those words. Say them, pray them, think them, and let them keep you grounded as you, like David, are figuring out how God is going to work things out. He also will redeem you!

Psalm 130:6-7: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning…put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Learn to Cast out Fear and Tormenting Thoughts!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


A few years ago, my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren moved to Peru as missionaries.  Prior to that, they owned the house next door to us, had worked with us in ministry for over a decade, and were a part of our daily life. We often had dinner together. Our granddaughters were over all the time. Our lives were interwoven. Suddenly they were gone! On the day we brought them out to the airport to say goodbye, my heart was ripped out! I can honestly say that it was one of the most difficult times I have ever walked through in my life.

The loss of them being in our lives was devastating to me! It felt almost like a death. I suddenly found myself under an attack of mental warfare incomparable to anything I had experienced since my early years of Christianity. At times I would stop and pay attention to what was going though my mind. I could see ridiculously irrational thoughts that were exaggerated and fear producing. I won’t even repeat them here, but they were bad. They were an attack from the enemy of my soul and they were meant to knock me off my course in serving God and create life-threatening discouragement and depression. That was Satan’s goal, but it was not going to happen!

Fear is a very real thing. 1 John 4:18 (NKJV) says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment…” God doesn't want us to be the victim of fear. Satan would like to control our lives with it. Fear is the strategy of a terrorist—Satan being the father of them all. 2 Tim 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God does not want us to be controlled by fear. He wants us to become overcomers of fear. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He (Jesus) who is in you is greater than he (Satan and every demonic spirit) who is in the world.”

The Bible speaks of strongholds. If you want to understand what that is, try to remember back in your childhood or at some point in your life when someone wrapped and locked their arms around you from behind and you couldn't move.  That is what a demonic stronghold works to do—paralyze you in fear in the realm of your imagination. Satan tries to flood your mind with thoughts that produce paralyzing fear. The goal is to lead its victim to every wrong imagination possible with the hope of destroying that person’s faith and getting them to abandon their trust in God.

God has given us spiritual authority over these strongholds and over your own mind. God wants us to demolish those kinds of strongholds. 2 Cor 10:4 (NIV) says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” He is saying that we are not going to overcome fear, terror, or depression with drugs or with guns or earthly weapons. The weapons of our warfare are God’s word believed and spoken in faith. Because of the Holy Spirit within you, you have power over those strongholds—power to demolish them. How do we do that? The next verse tells us saying “...casting down mental arguments and imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Cor. 10:4-5 (NKJV)

This verse says we cast out what is contrary to God’s Word and we bring every one of our thoughts into captivity. In other words, we take authority over our thought-life and bring it under our control!

I have learned over the years that I tear down demonic imaginations by taking authority over my own mind—the mind that God gave me for His purposes—not Satan’s. I rebuke and cast out thoughts I know are wrong—whatever they are. “Get out in Jesus name!” were familiar words I've spoken a thousand times. I replace those thoughts with the truth and promise of God’s word saying things like, “I have the mind of Christ, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and with God for me, who can be against me?” “Greater is He that is in me, than he (every demonic spirit) that is in the world.” “I resist the devil. Flee now in Jesus name.” These are ways we take authority over those strongholds. When the truth and promise of God becomes our stronghold, we are living safe in God’s stronghold.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT) reminds us, "But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ." The stronghold of God and the Hebrew word it comes from implies an impenetrable fortress of God—a safe place. “’The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 21:1 (NIV) We are not to become subject to Satan’s strongholds of fear and terrorism. We are to take every thought captive and put God’s thoughts on the throne of our mind. This is how we begin to have the mind of Christ. This is where we learn to overcome our fears and take dominion over our thought life.

The onslaught of warfare from my children moving was a battle for about two and a half days, but then it was over. I knew life was going to change but also knew that God makes every season of life rich! That would be the case for Renee and I and for my daughter's family!  And now looking back, that is exactly what happened. They are being used in a glorious way and our lives are filled serving God AND with new grandchildren here to spend time with.

Fear has no place in our lives and we will not tolerate what God says we should take captivity over and destroy. And I pray that you also will demolish thoughts that produce fear and torment in your life! Trusting God and having His peace is His will for you!

Psalm 18:2-3 (NLT) “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for He saves me from my enemies.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.”

One morning Renee and I went out for a nice breakfast. As we were talking, we began to reflect on how good the Lord had been to us over all our years. As we were reminiscing, I remembered a special moment I had with my son Peter – the kind of moment that makes you proud and extremely thankful to God..

One Saturday morning we had gone out for breakfast at a local restaurant. There was a waitress there that we had become acquainted with from her serving us on a few occasions. As our acquaintance and communication level grew, we had the opportunity to share the Lord with her. Because we had taken the time to befriend her, she had opened up to us sharing personal things close to her heart of concern about her young son. She had shared that she was bringing him in for a medical exam because the doctors suspected there was a serious problem with his health and that he had an unusual disease. We asked her if we could pray for her son and she lit up like a Christmas tree. She was ecstatic that we would want to pray for her son. People are always a little shocked when you start praying for them right then and there, but they are also blessed at the same time.

A few weeks later, we came in to have breakfast. She lit up when she saw us. "I've been waiting and hoping you'd come in! I've wanted to thank you for your prayers and tell you the good news. My son does not have the disease they thought he did. He is going to be fine! I wanted so bad to tell you because you are one of the few people that has ever offered to pray!" We were excited for her and it continued to help us stay focused to pray for her.

While we were having breakfast, my son Peter was catching me up on the job he held at that time. "Dad, I work with this one guy. He isn’t the most intelligent person and that seems to have hindered his getting promoted – but dad, he is the nicest guy I've ever worked with! He has two kids and doesn't make that much money. He has a pair of shoes that have got to be ancient. They are old and absolutely worn out. I am going to buy him a new pair of shoes!" At that moment, I was so proud of my son. He was a college student at that time and money was extremely tight for him. Even so, he saw someone else’s need and decided to do something out it. It seemed as though, everything I had ever tried to impart to his heart was manifesting at this breakfast. He had taken hold of a simple truth. One person can make a difference in life even if it's just one person at a time that you touch.

If Jesus ever taught us anything - and the truth is He taught us countless things - He taught us that one person can make all the difference. His life on earth is the greatest example of that truth we will ever know. So many people want to do great things! Too often, people have good intentions and want to do good things for others, but they imagine doing such grandiose things in magnitude that they in all likelihood won’t do, that they let the little opportunities that they could do, pass by. The result being good intentions but little to nothing being done. What a shame because people can make a difference in the small things in someone’s life every day!

James 1:17 says that "everything good comes down from the Father..." Everything good does! That means when you feel your heart being promoted to do something good for someone – it’s most likely being steered by God. In 1 Corinthians 4:7 the Apostle Paul put it like this: "... what have you that you did not receive from God? Now if you did receive it from God, why do you want the glory for it as if you had not received it from Him?" The point here is this: if the good we receive or do is from and with the help of God, then why do we want the credit? Why don’t we forget about whether anyone ever knows the good we do and just do it unto the Lord giving Him thanks for helping us to be this way?

Jesus teaches us that there is great blessing in making a difference but not looking for public credit or glory. We read it in Mat 6:3-4 "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Making a difference in the lives of others can be a daily thing. It's sacrificially touching one person's life with some random act of kindness. It may be the giving of moral support, taking time to pray for someone, the giving of resources or time, or making an even greater sacrifice you feel prompted to make.

In today's Fresh Manna verse, we see that this was a cry from God's heart to His people at a time when they had appeared to have lost their way. It says, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.” We dream about changing the whole world. It starts by trusting that God will lead you and work through you to stand in the gap for others.

This made me so proud of my son. He’s learning this truth and is learning to walk it out! God would love for all of us to stand in the gap – even in the smallest ways!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Put an End to Your Regrets!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


As people travel around the world, it's possible for them to see and visit temple ruins— temples of pagan gods that eroded to almost nothing over the years. Any temple of a pagan god will eventually erode to nothing because it was created without God’s blessing and will be subject to nature’s erosion. That should not be the case with you! Don’t you become a broken down temple. Jesus privileged you with the honor of being empowered as mighty in spirit because of the Holy Spirit living in you! Let me explain.

In Mark chapter 11, we read the story of Jesus being with His disciples in the temple. He was upset! The temple of God had become a place of commerce selling sacrificial animals and exchanging of Roman money for Temple money. This is not what God had ever intended. This could be done outside the temple. Jesus in righteous indignation turned over the money-changers tables and proclaimed, "My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves." (Mark 11:17)  God's house was supposed to have been a house of prayer, not a place of corruption and usury.

Jesus died and arose from the dead, initiating the new and everlasting covenant for us to be forgiven of sins and reconciled to God. There was also another change initiated through this New Covenant. No longer would there be just one temple for man to come to, to worship God. Those who received Jesus as their Savior would become the temple of God. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." The revelation to us is this: the temple of God, that was at one time a place where people met and sacrificed animals to God, has now changed locations! WE are now the temple of God’s Holy Spirit! And you remember what Jesus said the temple was supposed to be? He said it was a to be a House of Prayer! Now you are that temple with the Holy Spirit living within you, and you are a house of prayer !

One of the greatest revelations and privileges given to a believer is to understand that you aren't a slave to anything. To the contrary, you are mighty! Sin doesn't have power over you! Fear doesn't have power over you! Circumstances don't have power over you! You have God in you, with you, and for you! You need to look in the mirror and say that to yourself.  Jesus has made me mighty!  You have the mighty power of God working in you. Read these next words and let them blow you away! Especially the last verse about God's power at work within you!

Ephesians 3:17-20 (NKJV) "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints (that's you!) what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us"

Did you see that? "According to the power that works in us." As the holidays come up, put that might to work and experience Thanksgiving and Christmas without regrets. Have courage, not regret. What do you desire to happen at your Christmas celebration? Do you want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas but face the possibility of objection or rejection while celebrating with relatives? Prepare the event in prayer. Then prepare your courage and strength in prayer. What is it you want to see happen? Plan it out and if it takes mutual cooperation from others because there might be unbelievers present—then be wise. Talk it over with those holding the celebration and plan it mutually and with cooperation. Be bold in spirit rather than face regrets later. Make it meaningful, short, and sweet if you face potential opposition.

And then for you personally, remember that your body—your temple—is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Moderation is something that God will give you strength for. Philip. 4:4-5 says, “…let everyone see your moderation in all you do.”

Don’t let history repeat itself in your life. Don’t end up after the holidays once again thinking  I wish I had said and done this. Or, I wish I hadn't said or done that. Don’t regret how much weight you put on. Don’t regret getting in fights with loved ones. Don’t regret not bringing Jesus into your Christmas. Don’t let the history of regrets repeat itself.

Jesus’ death and resurrection brought you much more than just eternal life. It brought you His power and strength to work within you. Pray, prepare, and have faith in His power and strength working in you to say Yes! to what is good and to say No! to what you shouldn't partake of. Be moderate so you don’t have regrets! Have courage to represent Jesus and let your light shine bright in all you do!

Ephesians 1:19 (NLT) “I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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