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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Put a Stake in Worrying!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have written on this subject many times, but by the comments and prayer requests I get so often from people, I felt I had to write again about putting a stake in worrying in your life!

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) says, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."  In the Old Testament, one of the Hebrew words used for sin is chata’.  Chata’ carries the meaning missing such as missing the mark. We see the word chata' used for sin in the verse Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  We might read it like this, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t miss it and sin.”

When we worry, we chata’—we miss it. Worry is sin. For many people worry feels like compassion. “I've been worried about you!” Your upbringing may have taught you by example that to worry for someone is like an act of compassion. It’s not true! Its chata’—it’s missing the mark. Worrying does nothing but bring momentum to unbelief which is the enemy of God. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says that “without faith it is impossible to please God…” When we read that “Jesus was amazed at the people’s unbelief” in Mark 6:6 (NLT), it is not a compliment! It was actually the unbelief of the people who hindered the power of miracles and healing. Matthew 13:58 (NLT) says, “And so Jesus did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”

Over the course of my life I have seen many things clog a drain—almost all of those things being somewhat disgusting. Worry is just like one of those disgusting comboblations that create a clog. It hinders the power of God from operating in our life because of the inherent power of unbelief. Unbelief is really faith. It’s faith in what the devil can do rather than faith in what God can do. “Oh, I just know they are going to downsize and I’ll lose my job.” “Oh, I am so afraid I am going to get the flu this winter.” This is why God instructed us through His Word saying, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) 

If worrying is missing the mark, what is the solution? Get yourself a prescription—the promises of God! The promises of God is the prescription to take into your heart that will, over time, strengthen your mind, strengthen your heart, and transform you from a worrier to a prayer and proclaimer of your faith in Him. You will become one who learns to say with confidence, "So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 (NLT)

Instead of worrying, cast those cares on the Lord. Rise up in faith and prayer and say, Father, I will not miss the mark by worrying. I will pray and put my trust in you and the promise of your word. Do this and you won’t be guilty of worrying and hindering God’s power through unbelief. No chata’ for you today!  “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” Proclaim His goodness in your life. Sing His praises. Let faith arise!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

This is Sincere Christianity Defined

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you know Jesus—I mean really know Him—then you would know that when you read scripture, it is never written to condemn you. It is written to reveal God’s love, plan, and destiny for you through Jesus Christ. It is written for you to know that God is mighty, holy, merciful, compassionate, and all the attributes that alone belong to Him as God. It is written so that you may know that we have an adversary that is out to destroy us, but that God sent Jesus to save us, give us eternal life with Him, watch over us, and bless us in this life now. It is written to let us know that life is meant to have boundaries that keep us safe, not steal our joy—boundaries that protect us all from the evil that has infected this world. And I say again, nothing is written with the purpose of condemning us.

That includes the verses written in Rev. 3:17-19. "You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your indifference.”

These verses are telling us that the worldly pleasures people in this world long for only make you wretched, miserable, poor and blind from the things God wants us to know and do. They continue to say that we should seek (or buy without cost) the things of God that make us rich. We should let the Lord speak into our lives along its course. He will correct us and open our eyes to seeing life through His eyes. If we do, we won't become indifferent about making a difference in this life. We'll come to understand life's purpose and our destiny, and make each day count! When we do, we'll discover what makes life rich!

Life is not just about getting your needs met. To the contrary, life is only good when that is not the central focus of our life. It is a good thing to have objectives and goals toward things in your heart. But when that consumes your life, you become indifferent toward others. A life in God is all about people. When your life is about letting your light shine before men, reaching the lost, and touching others with the love of God through prayer, concern, and acts of kindness, then you could never become indifferent. God says that indifference leads us to the place of being wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. It’s the place of caring only for yourself. It’s the loneliest and most empty life possible. Far too many Christians have got caught up in the world's rat race and don’t even know they are like that. They think they are rich because they have increased in goods and have everything they want, and don’t need a thing. Others know they don't have everything they want, but wanting to make themselves happy is the central focus of their life.

When your life is about touching others with God's love, you never feel this way because even though your personal needs may be met, you are surrounded by others in your life who have great need. You are always surrounded by others who face reports of illness leading to death, or facing financial crisis, or relational schism, or who are spiritually dry and lost and in need of knowing Jesus. Even though your needs are met, because of Jesus' love in you, and because you aren't indifferent, you see and feel the needs of others around you. You are not being asked to own the care of these situations, but your love, mercy, compassion, and willingness to pray and stand in faith, and help in any way you can is what helps define your sincere Christianity.

Beyond receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this is the gold tried in the fire that makes your Christianity complete! Buy some of this gold from the Lord today! Touch someone with His love! This is Christianity in its completeness!

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Accept This and Reject That!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One day I was watching a children’s video with my kids. It was produced by Willie George—truly one of the best ministries reaching children that there was at that time. The video was a Gospel Bill video. Gospel Bill was a sheriff and El Diablo was a villain that never actually spoke. In one episode, there was a knock on the door of the sheriff's office. Gospel Bill opened the door and there stood El Diablo holding a number of packages. He kept trying to give them to Gospel Bill. The packages each had a word written on every side of them. One package had the word Cares all over it. Another one had the word Worries on each side of it. Another was marked Sickness and another was marked Disease. Another package was marked Lack and another Poverty, and on and on. 

El Diablo was trying to get Gospel Bill to take these packages. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 (NKJV) God says we should know the schemes of the devil saying,  "So that Satan will not outsmart us...we are familiar with his evil schemes." Gospel Bill surely did and so he would not receive these packages from El Diablo. He told El Diablo, You aren't fooling me El Diablo. These packages aren't meant for any of God's children. You take them back and get out of my life!

That little video helped me think about important it is to reject every care, worry and fear that the enemy would knock at my door.  Renee and I and the kids had fun talking about this and what we should do. We made the decision that we would reject every package we could see the devil was trying to get us to open and keep as our own. It was hilarious and eye-opening how easily the kids could identify some of those packages and call them out before us. "Mom, you look worried!" "Did you reject the devil's worry package?" Then one of them would yell out, "Go lay it at the feet of Jesus. He died to carry and take them for us!" It's amazing how much easier children can sometimes grasp spiritual truths over adults! 

Galatians 3:13 (NIV) tells us, “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When Jesus hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Those packages represented the curse of what is in this earth and we are told here that Jesus took that curse upon Himself to redeem us from it! WE AREN'T CURSED! WE ARE BLESSED! The scriptures go on from there to say that Jesus became that curse so that we could receive His blessings and promises.Galatians 3:29 (NLT) “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises (Blessings) God gave to him belong to you.” 


When our family was young, it was normal for me to have the thought and wonder, God how is this all going to work out? How am I going to afford to put them through school, and braces, and clothes, and college and on and on? I’d think, I’m not smart enough or skilled enough to provide for my family. The Lord would remind me to lay those things at the altar and remember that Jesus gave His life so we could expect His blessing and help. And again as Ephesian 3:20 (NKJV) says, “Now to Him (Jesus) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” 

“The power that works in us” is our faith in the fact that Jesus intimately loves and cares for us and desires to help in every step of our life. I don’t know about you, but I never stop being dependent upon Him. I need His help every day. And every day I lean on His precious promise that says He will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or think.”   


Renee and have been reflecting on how God has helped us and blessed us through all the years. He has truly gone far beyond what we could have ever imagined or asked. We are so thankful to Lord. Not just for helping and taking care of us, but for allowing us to know Him and have this place of faith where we can cast our cares and trust Him. 

And so, it's usually fun when a delivery truck shows up at the door with a package for us. But, when it's El Diablo and those packages are marked with things that steal your hope and faith, be like Gospel Bill and return them to the sender! They aren't for you! You have God's Word which is rich with His promise and love to you. He is such a personal, intimate, and loving God because of Jesus Christ our Lord! 

Psalms 55:22 (NLT) "Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What Costs You Nothing, Yet Changes Everything!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Did you know that most people talk to themselves? You talk to yourself don't you?  People engage in self-talk all the time. You see people talking to themselves as they walk down the street or as they drive in their car. They talk to themself when they are intently working on something. They talk to themselves when they are frustrated or mad. Athletes talk to themselves as they are focusing on their next effort and achievement. People that engage in public speaking or performing talk to themselves before they hit their stage. I could go on and on but the bottom line is this, people instinctively talk to themselves.

If we talk to ourselves all the time anyway, why not speak words that will benefit us and others? Why not talk the promises of God? Why not profess them over our life? Why not profess who we are in Christ? Why not talk to ourselves about God and how awesome He is? Why not talk about the victory that He will lead us to in every situation? Does that sound crazy? It’s not! It's simply an exchange of negative words, for Christ-centered words!

Most people do the opposite. They talk unbelief and cursing over themselves. Maybe you've heard others or yourself say things like:

“I just know I am going to get laid off.”
“They’ll probably ask me to take a pay cut.”
“It’s flu season, I always seem to catch the flu.”
“I’ll catch a cold. I get one every year.”
“We are never going to have enough money to get a bigger house.”
“This country is going down the tubes.”
“I’ll never find the right person to marry.”
“I’ll never be any good at this.”
“Why can't I get this? Why am I are so dense?”

This kind of derogatory self-talk is common. People talk to themselves like this every day. They instinctively self-talk speaking doubt and negative expectation over their life.

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV) says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Since the majority of all people admit to self talk, why not turn it to our advantage? Why not build ourselves up rather than speak destructive words that do affect our heart and mind and perpetuate discouragement. We are motivated to talk to ourselves instinctively so why not just put God's promises and words in our mouth and speak faith-filled edifying words?

Psalm 33:6 (NIV) reminds us that God used His Word to create. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) reminds us “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”


Become more purposeful in the words you speak over yourself and others in your self-talk. Either talk with God or talk to yourself about His love and promises to you! Fill your mouth with faith-filled words that carry good expectation. Speak words of thanksgiving knowing God is always with you and despite circumstances is there to help you! It doesn't cost you anything but will change everything! And you already do the self-talk thing, so make it work for you! Use it to build you up! Not reinforce discouragement!

Say or pray, Heavenly Father, I thank you that your Word says you have given me the mind of Christ. I thank you that I have your thoughts and your ways within me. You said you give wisdom liberally to those who ask. I ask you and thank you for your wisdom operating in my life. I thank you that your word says that because I love and obey you, you bless everything I put my hand to. I love you and praise you for blessing all I do today. I praise you that your word is working to create everything that is good and beautiful for my life. I thank you for your promise saying You would withhold no good thing from those that love you. I am blessed to be a blessing today and I praise you for it!

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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