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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Is Your Life Random or Has God Got a Plan?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Can I ask you a question? Be slow to answer. What are you hiding? What don’t you want others to know about you? What do you feel like you secretly failing in and would be ashamed or embarrassed if others knew?

You are not unique you know. We all have things we hide. It started with Adam. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they hid. Genesis 3:7-8 says, “At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves. Toward evening they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, so they HID themselves among the trees.”
Whether it’s right or wrong, people do hide things they aren’t proud of. But I hope we all know that we can’t hide from God. We shouldn’t. We should run to Him. We should spill our guts and tell Him everything. He is the only one perfectly trustworthy to do so. We should seek Him for help and for His grace. And don’t ever forget this: He is not like an earthly parent that runs out of compassion and grace. God is gracious. He is compassionate. He is full of mercy. And He can help and wants to help. So, forget hiding and don’t cover up one speck of what you are doing wrong. Just lay it out. God can handle it. But be reverential toward Him and sincere in seeking His help.

Then know that God is not random. People are way too random. They just let life happen to them while hoping that something is going to magically change. And then they are disappointed when it doesn’t and things don’t get better. God is a planner. Everything in life is a plan. He knew every human being’s choices (without violating their will or free choice) before the foundation of this world. Read it in Ephesians chapter one. He took all the choices mankind would ever make to craft His master plan. He plans. And He has a plan for you – a good one. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“

As you read your Bible, you see that God created the earth from a plan and has laid plans from the beginning. I tell you that because you were created in His image and He has created you to have more than a random life that embarrasses you and that you have to hide behind. You want to cooperate with God because to do so is to be led by His Spirit into the plan that will unfold over time before your very eyes. For good change to happen in your life, He wants you to get a plan! He wants to lead you in that plan. And you should know this; your plan will not go according to plan. What I mean is, a plan is a framework to get you moving in a direction, but it will be adjusted many times along the way. Just keep following the Lord in it and be flexible, and you’ll see that God will lead you beyond your expectations.

A plan is important. Without a plan, you only have good intentions and little to nothing ever gets done from good intentions alone. With good intentions you get an occasional random bright spot or momentary success. With a plan, you build great things that last.

Will God really help you build a plan? Absolutely! Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He DELIGHTS in every detail of their lives.” And Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

So, there are things you need to stop doing – those things you are hiding. You never will until you get a plan to replace them first with good things that squeeze them out and take their place - like some yogurt instead of a cookie or donut. That will also be a part of your plan. Build that plan and ask God for His wisdom in building it and for His grace – His supernatural help, in executing it. Let God help you establish your plans. Amazing things happen when you do and you’ll eventually have little to nothing to hide and much more to Praise Him for!

Psa 65:11 "You crown the year with Your goodness & Your paths drip with abundance"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jesus Died For Your Salvation and Your Healing

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

This past week, the symptoms of a cold and flu hit me hard, fast, and furious. I was bed bound for a few days. It made me mad. I rarely ever get sick and I felt violated. Flu symptoms had tried to come on me a couple of different times over the years, but I resisted them and rebuked them in Jesus name. They never did fully come upon me. That was not the case this time. I hurt so bad all I wanted to do was lay still and sleep. When I was awake, it was painful.

I didn’t know if I was going to get Fresh Manna out but the thought of not getting it out bothered me. I had never missed a day (except on vacation) since I started writing it almost sixteen years ago. I pushed through and wrote it anyway because I wanted to make the devil pay for attacking me with sickness!

Jesus really did die, not only for our sins, but for our sicknesses. That truth gets blurred and confused when we see all the sickness and pain in the world. The question that's always asked is, Why God? Why do you allow it?  There are theological answers to that question, but they will not fit in the space I have today. But it’s not about God allowing it. The Bible says we've been made in the image of God and so we all remind Satan of Him. Attacks in our life are about Satan’s jealousy of God and hating all of God’s creation. That includes every human being. We aren't all theologians and may not all know the scriptures that could help us understand some of these deeper truths, but we can absolutely know things about God and His will for mankind just by knowing His character and Jesus’ words and actions.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) tells us that a lack of knowledge will hurt us! "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."  Jesus revealed His heart and will in John 10:10 (NKJV) "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."  He wants us to experience an abundant life, not a life stuck in bed sicker than a dog over the course of a week, a month, or ongoing. I never forget this truth the entire time I am resisting sickness and the devil.

In Matthew chapter 8 we read about Jesus healing lepers, healing a centurion’s servant, and then after a long day, going home to Peter’s house to rest. Peter’s mother-in-law had been sick with a fever. (I can relate!) He ministered to her and she was immediately healed. He ministered to others that came to their house knowing that Jesus, whose reputation for healing had spread, was staying there. We read what happened and WHY it happened. Pay attention to both.

Matthew 8:14-17 “When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."

This verse originally comes from Isaiah 53. This chapter is Isaiah describing the mission and works of the Messiah that would come. It describes Jesus taking the punishment we deserve for our sins upon Himself. He paid the price for us so that we could be forgiven and healed. When Jesus was physically healing these people, He was fulfilling what Isaiah prophesied about Him all those years earlier. Jesus healed to fulfill the purpose of the Messiah. Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) says, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." 

Satan may try to beat us down but at those times but it’s important to let faith arise in your heart and say, Jesus, you bore my sins and sicknesses. By your stripes, we were healed. If I was, then I am healed. I receive and thank you for what you bore upon the cross for me, In Jesus name I pray.

As you all know, when you are under attack, you don’t feel much like doing anything. Satan's purpose for attacking us with sickness or in any other area of our life is to make us feel helpless, abandoned and hopeless. It’s to get us to isolate ourselves, give up, and die. He wants us to think he (the devil) is a fiction movie icon and the object of Hollywood and Halloween fantasy. He wants us to think that God is uncaring and lets sickness ravage this world. Jesus wants us to remember that He is the healer. He paid the price for us to be healed.

When you are under any kind of attack from the enemy you may feel like a piece of old chewed gum on the bottom of a shoe. Instead, rise up and thank Jesus for being your Healer and never stop looking to Him as the author and finisher of your faith. He hates what the devil does in this earth. This is why He came, to pave the way for our salvation and pay the price for restoration in every area of our life, including our healing. 1 John 3:8 NKJV “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

I feel so much better just proclaiming it to you all! “He is my healer!”

Psalms 103:1-4 (NKJV) "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Do This First When Seeking Advice!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever had someone seek your advice only to blow it off? You think, "Why did they even ask if they weren't going to listen?"

This story I share with you is really only one of a many similar experiences I've had. As a Pastor, I often have people come to me seeking counsel or advice. I’m sure that you’ve also had people come to you to pick your brain and get counsel or advice on one thing or another.

One time this couple came into church during a difficult life-situation looking for counsel. They didn’t make an appointment but just stopped in out of desperation for advice. I happened to be in our lobby talking with another one of our Pastors when they walked up. They started talking to him so I stood there to be a support and pray quietly for him for the wisdom they needed.

He listened patiently to their story. Past choices they had made led them to difficult and hurtful circumstances. They shared a long and seemingly never-ending story. He listened for a very long time, very patiently. Then when it was time, he began to share with them what they needed to hear. In my opinion he was extremely qualified to help them. He spoke with great wisdom, compassion and gentleness. His insight and instruction seemed perfect for the situation they were in. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

As he continued to minister to them, it became quickly apparent that were not listening to the wisdom of his consul. They'd interrupted him again and again bringing up what they viewed as exception after exception to their situation. They declared why his advice would not work. They then began to retell their story all over again. It became apparent to this Pastor and myself, that they didn't really want advice. They just wanted someone to listen to them and to agree with them and their position so they could justify continuing down the destructive path they were on.

Throughout the Old Testament we see that God had to continually deal with people like this—people who were considered His people! In Jeremiah 7:25-27 we read, "From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked... When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer…”

As an observer, I began to ask myself, “Why have these people even sought counsel?” It’s clear they had no intention of listening to anyone. It would have been wonderful if they had been willing to listen and take counsel. The counsel was excellent. It was obvious they would keep battering their point until he saw things their way. It made this long and ongoing impromptu counseling session very painful and difficult.

They closed it by saying; "Well if it's okay with you, we'll just pray and keep doing what we've been doing." All he could do to bring some kind of closure was to gather them to pray. Then this Pastor left. When he left, they started in on me. The Lord had spoken to me a long time ago in a similar situation. He reminded me of it at that moment. He said, "If they won't listen to me as God, they are not going to listen to you." I knew He was right.

I told them one story that I thought might help them see that the other Pastor’s counsel was right. Forget it! They blew right past it and wanted to debate. I silently prayed for grace, held my tongue, and excused myself and left.

Exodus 18:19 NIV says, "Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and God will be with you..." When this was spoken, Moses was doing something that was from a conscientious heart but not very bright. Moses was doing all the judging of the problems of the Israelites. It was an overwhelming situation and was hurting his family as well as stealing his health. God sent his father-in-law to advise him. Moses was a humble man and not stiff-necked. He wanted God's counsel. Jethro said, "Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and God will be with you...” Jethro told Moses how to delegate and Moses listened, took his advice, and immediately implemented what Jethro said. It fixed the problem and actually gave us the general format that is still used in judicial systems today.

Why ask advice from God or anyone else if you really won't listen, take it, and make changes so that it can help you?  When you know you need advise first do this. Pray and seek it from God. Then thank Him for finding a way to get it to you. Then have faith that God will bring that wisdom through the Word or through the godly counsel of someone! He is faithful to help get the answers we need, to us. It may be through the preached word. It may directly through His Word, through devotions, or through someone God puts in your path. He’ll find a way as you keep it before Him in prayer. But then listen so that you will be like Moses and benefit from it!

Proverbs 12:15 “The course of action of a foolish man is right in his own eyes, but he who listens intelligently and attentively to counsel is wise.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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