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Friday, July 22, 2016

Have You Ever Felt Misunderstood?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi Fresh Manna Readers, I will be at a conference and following that, spending two weeks vacationing with my missionary children from Peru. I will be back to writing on August 8, 2016. I hope you'll catch up and enjoy some past posts from my website. I promise you that we will be praying for you! God bless you richly! ~ Pastor Tim

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Have you ever felt like you've gotten off on the wrong foot with someone and they have the wrong view or perception of who you really are and your intentions? And now the ongoing relationship is affected in a negative way by that wrong perception? Welcome to the land of being misunderstood.

I don’t know of anyone who has not felt this at one time or another. It’s a hard place. Jesus went through it for most of His ministry and possibly his entire life. Some loved and embraced Him. Some stood back at arm’s length from Him in doubt, not sure of who He really was and what He was about. And some absolutely misunderstood Him and drew the wrong perception of Him—literally hating Him.

One thing we know for sure. Jesus did not contribute to their wrong perceptions. Those that had them, had them because of their own issues. Their tainted filters led to wrong imaginations about who He was and why He was doing what He was doing. This led to their wrong perceptions and their hatred and continuous attacks against Him.

We aren't always innocent as Jesus was. Sometimes we have contributed to those wrong perceptions and we need to learn and mature in wisdom to avoid them. When you are misunderstood by someone, you can’t always fix the problem. Sometimes others are the problem. You can only continue on doing what you are doing from a right heart and pray through it to try to keep yourself from being overcome by hurt and tainted with bitterness and resentment.

One of my favorite non-Bible quotes is from Steven R. Covey. He says: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. He calls this the principle of mutual understanding. You can’t always protect yourself from other’s wrong perceptions other than from trying to learn what is causing them and do better. When they result from issues another person has, you may never be able to protect yourself except to keep your distance from that kind of person. But, in order to keep your own heart right, Covey’s principle is great: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Don't jump to conclusions about someone, deducting why they are doing or saying what they are. It may not be any of your business and you may just be being a busybody. If it is your business and you find yourself thinking negative things about someone that could be you misunderstanding their intentions, then communication with them and find out. Get it out of the imagination zone where you are susceptible to your own wrong imaginations and false conclusions. It is what you'd want others to do with you.

God, through the Apostle Paul, gave us the most important truth to keep our imaginations about others right, if we would live by it. In his teaching on love he says in 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NKJV) "love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  The word "bears" is a Greek work that means to assume the best about someone.  “Hopes all things,” is related; meaning that loves hopes the best of everyone in every situation. “Endures all things,” means that because of love, there is a diligent effort to protect the relationship.

This word "love" is the word agape and it's the God-kind-of-love. He wants you to love others with this kind of love. He wants you not to draw negative conclusions about someone from imaginations that are uninformed, but instead assume the best. If you are going to imagine anything about anyone without knowing the facts, then he wants you to believe the best, hope the best and protect them and yourself from bad imaginations. Because you love them with an agape love, if you are misunderstanding something about them, then go and ask if it's appropriate. If it's none of your business, assume the best and let it go.

When you walk out this kind of love in your life, it changes you. The Holy Spirit turns you from a skeptical negative person, into an upbeat, think-the-best kind of a person. Over time it changes your character and helps you be misunderstood less and less. If you will live by God’s agape love, then even though someone may misunderstand you, at least you can keep your heart right toward them. If you are misunderstood, you may still hurt and feel pain, but Jesus did, too. And yet He forgave those who crucified Him. He is our role model.

I pray for any and all of you that are suffering from being misunderstood today. I pray that truth and love will prevail in that relationship and that you will become a champion of loving as God taught regardless!

Luke 2:34-35 (Message Bible) "Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother, This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel, A figure misunderstood and contradicted— the pain of a sword-thrust through you— But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 15, 2016

We Are Privileged - Not Entitled!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi Fresh Manna Readers, I will be at a conference and following that, spending two weeks vacationing with my missionary children from Peru. I will be back to writing on August 8, 2016. I hope you'll catch up and enjoy some past posts from my website. I promise you that we will be praying for you! God bless you richly! ~ Pastor Tim

Martha Cothren's Class (a true story told by many)

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked, "Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?"

She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to
earned he right to sit at a desk."

They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."

"No," she said.

"Maybe it's our behavior."

She told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom. By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it."

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this,that a man lay down his life for his friends.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Compassion, God's Grace, and Entitlement

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Over the 35 plus years I have been in ministry, I have met a number of people who have expressed that God and life are unfair. They've desired and expected great things in their life. That's a good thing! It's good to have dreams and positive expectations. But, I’ve noticed that many people just expect things to come their way. They expect the government, organizations, family, or other individuals to take care of them.


We do have many programs in our states and nation that are good and provide great help and benefits to help get people on their feet so that they can build or rebuild their life. I believe the spirit of programs of welfare and assistance—medical or otherwise, is to help people for a season with the goal of getting them on their feet, improving their standard of living, and so they can move forward making their own way. Some medical assistance programs exist for children and that were born with disabilities. They are to be an aid to them and their parents who struggle with difficult and ongoing life choices. Some programs from government and non-profit organizations aid people with food and housing that are simply trying to survive during trying circumstances. They are all good and a part of what makes our society compassionate, loving, and caring. Many of the people driving and helping with these programs are very compassionate and often secret heroes devoting their lives to the selfless service of helping others. God knows who they are! All of this in its out-working is God's grace reaching through people to help people.

This kind of help is never bad. What is bad is when we have people who abuse the good will of government or compassionate organizations, or even their place of employment because of living with an entitlement attitude. There are those that expect their employers to fill their pockets with benefits—benefits that many employers give to be a blessing to their employees.

Companies exist to make a profit. People who have started them have usually put their life's resources and time on the line to succeed. They did so to be successful and make a profit so they can keep their doors open and keep people employed. They give benefits they can afford because they care for their employees. Yet, they are just as subject to economic downturns as any person. They sometimes have to make adjustments that force them to lay off employees or reduce benefits they were offering out of good will, not entitlement.
Entitlement is defined in the dictionary: to give (a person or thing) a title, right, or claim to something; furnish with grounds for laying claim. An example of this might be someone that is paying social security through their job. They are entitled to the benefits laid out when their time has come.

What they might get one year but not be entitled to, is a benefit that pays for their eye glasses and examinations. That might be a benefit one year but lost because of the expense of the program to the company the next year. An “entitlement mentality” puts demands on what they are not entitled to, If they don't get it, it too often leads to a poor attitude and an inadequate work effort while expecting more, more, more.

People's attitudes turn into entitlement behaviors that can cause serious problems if they do not recognize them and mature out of them.

The Bible does not teach entitlement concerning our effort to work hard. The Apostle Paul says it completely and perfectly in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 (NLT) “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn't follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It wasn't that we didn't have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: "Whoever does not work should not eat." Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people's business. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we appeal to such people—no, we command them: Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living.

The Lord through His Word is very clear on what we are entitled to. We are entitled to work hard with a good attitude. Proverbs 10:4 NIV says, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." Proverbs 13:4 NLT says, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” God expects we treat our efforts in working as though we were working directly for Him. Colossians 3:22 instructs us, “Servants, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.“

When you read about entitlement attitudes, it's easy to think of others not relating it to yourself. Let a self-examination ultimately result in you being thankful for everything God has provided for you and thankful to the people used of God who helped you succeed.  Beyond that, don't have an entitlement attitude toward man or God. Get a job. Work hard and be diligent with a good attitude to those you serve. And don't look to your boss or anyone as your source. God is your source! And He cares for you! When your job does not supply all your needs, ask God to help you and to lead you into a better place! Ask God in faith in everything being confident that He loves you and desires to help you with everything in your life. It's the truth!

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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