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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Know How to Access Your Lifeline in Times of Trouble

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever been in some kind of activity in the evening, when the sun has started to go down—such as baseball or golf or whatever? As the sunlight diminishes, it quickly gets harder and harder to see clearly. That’s also what happens during tough times. When things get tough, it's like there is an attack on your mind and imagination. Things seem to get dark because of all sorts of discouraging thoughts flooding your mind. Confusion often sets in and it seems more and more difficult to know what to do. If you don't purpose to remember that God has not left you and you are not alone, you can quickly start to feel like you are being swallowed in darkness and hopelessness.

Staying close to God through His Word, through prayer, and through fellowship with other Christians is a lifeline—especially at times like this! Far too many people fail to realize that their friends in God are often led by the Holy Spirit to be a source of encouragement and reminder of God's love. And because they fail to recognize this, they begin to think wrong hopeless thoughts. Before long, that darkness and discouragement causes them to withdraw and loneliness and a sense abandonment and offense sets in—offense toward God and the very friends that could help you. God and friends are not the problem!  The Apostle Paul understood this truth. He’d been through countless times of discouragement, including beating and stoning. Consequently he determined never to fall to this trap. Instead he said,  “... I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” (Acts 24:16 NKJV) Paul refused to remain offended at anyone!

All of us come up against tough situations at some time or another. Many of us have been in tough situations for a long time. It's easy to get discouraged, but hopelessness has to be resisted. We have to believe God will show us a way and make a way to a better place. We can and should because he promises to help and deliver us. We see God's Word promise His help again and again. Psalms 37:40 (NKJV) "And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him."

No one that has faith in God's Word and truly seeks Him, becomes hopeless. To the person who lives by faith and truly seeks God, God does not live in the shadows. He is not hidden, nor is He far away. God reveals Himself to a seeker. He reveals Himself through His Word, through prayer, through answer to prayer, and through other seekers of God. He reveals himself to the one who lives by faith! When a person becomes hopeless, he has drifted from God. He has drifted from seeking God. He has drifted from searching, meditating on and having faith in the promises of God. I don't care how big the problem is and how difficult a situation may seem, to the seeker of God by faith, God is near and no situation is hopeless.

In Jeremiah 18:12, the Lord is not pleased with His people. He is not pleased because they have stopped trusting Him. Little by little they have drifted from Him. Some stopped paying attention to His ways and drifted over to other gods because in their minds, He was not moving fast enough or in the way they wanted. Others stopped thinking about any god whatsoever. They ended up leaning on themselves for their own wisdom in everything.

In Jeremiah 18:12 (TLB), We can listen in on what the Lord says to them. The Lord is speaking to His people echoing what is coming from their hearts. He says what they are saying about Him: ”Don't waste your breath. This is hopeless. We have no intention whatever of doing what God says. We will continue to live as we want to, free from any restraint, full of stubbornness and wickedness."
The reason hopelessness displeases God so much is that when left undealt with, it will always lead to deception and lead someone away from God. When a person thinks their problem is bigger than God can handle or solve, they are caught up in spiritual pride and selfishness. Your problems aren't too big for God. If you think He is too slow or doesn't care, you just don't know Him well enough to know what a lie that is. You don't know Him well enough to know that His love for you was powerful enough for Him to give His only begotten Son to die for you.

Draw near to God today. Cry to Him from your heart. But then ask Him to lead you through His Word to speak to your heart. Ask Him to send those that know Him to speak into your life. Don't forsake the process of seeking Him. It's not something you can delegate. As James 4:8 (NKJV) says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." He is our blessed hope in all things!

Psalms 9:10 (NIV) "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Don’t Make or Repeat This Mistake!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I don't think I've ever met someone my age, who hasn't experienced what they felt at the time, was an impossible situation with no apparent solution.  Most have multiple stories to tell.  The Bible is filled with those kinds of stories.

In Genesis, we read about Jacob. He and his family were living at the time of a great famine. There was no more food to be found and he heard there was grain in Egypt. He sent his sons there to buy food and over time, they found that it was their brother Joseph, the one they had sold into slavery that was running the country under Pharaoh.  It is a beautiful story of God's faithfulness and restoration. Joseph had been used to save all of Egypt by saving up for the famine he knew was coming.  Pharaoh loved Joseph for that and invited Joseph's family to come live in Egypt under his care. He even offered to let them live in the land of Goshen, the best land in that part of the world at a time when the world was suffering from famine. Jacob and his sons knew this was a gift from God and the fulfillment of His promise to them.
At the time Jacob and his family moved into Goshen, they grew from fewer than 100 to over one million people over the next four hundred years. As Pharaohs changed, so did their living conditions. Jacob's people, the Israelites, became despised, hated, and slaves of the new Pharaoh of that time.

Then in Exodus we see how God delivered them by the hand of Moses. They witnessed one supernatural event after another. They saw God lead them away from Pharaoh, dividing the Red Sea for them to walk through, and then God letting it close upon and drown Pharaoh's army.  God guided them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They saw God supernaturally protect them and provide for them bringing a supernatural food supply called manna from Heaven. Yet through all this, it was one complaint after another. Too many of them really didn’t care about God. They just cared about their daily living conditions. They wanted a genie more than they wanted a God.

Again we hear about their continuous complaints in Exodus 17:1-7(NLT.) “At the Lord's command, the people of Israel left the Sin Desert and moved from place to place. Eventually they came to Rephidim, but there was no water to be found there. So once more the people grumbled and complained to Moses. "Give us water to drink!" they demanded. "Quiet!" Moses replied. "Why are you arguing with me? And why are you testing the Lord?" But tormented by thirst, they continued to complain, "Why did you ever take us out of Egypt? Why did you bring us here? We, our children, and our livestock will all die!" Complaining, blaming either God or Moses, and attacking those around them. This is what people do when they are under pressure and have little or no faith in God.

The verses continue: “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord, "What should I do with these people? They are about to stone me!" The Lord said to Moses, "Take your shepherd's staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile. Then call some of the leaders of Israel and walk on ahead of the people. I will meet you by the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come pouring out. Then the people will be able to drink." Moses did just as he was told; and as the leaders looked on, water gushed out. Moses named the place Massah—"the place of testing"—and Meribah—"the place of arguing"—because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, "Is the Lord going to take care of us or not?"

How could these people have approached God and Moses with such unbelief? They could have remembered everything God had done for them and their forefathers. They could have come in an attitude of worship and said, “Moses, we know you are led by God and that God is with us. He has revealed Himself and His love to us over and over again. We have come to worship Him and thank Him with you. We would rather die in this desert thirsty in praise of Him than under the evil hand of Pharaoh. Please lead us in worship and thanks.” If that had happened, not only would they have seen God’s provision, but also Moses would not have named the place for testing and arguing.

When you enter into what appears as an impossible situation, can you pause and reflect what God has done for you in the past? Can you remember Jesus' words in Luke 18:27 (NIV) "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Can you remember and be thankful and trust God who loved you so much, He gave His Son to save you from your sins? Can you pray in faith believing and bow down in prayer and lay your situation at the feet of Jesus?  This and this place alone is where God's love and your deliverance comes from. God showed us the mistakes and wrong attitudes of times past, so that we would not repeat those attitudes and behaviors in our life today!

Worship and thank God for His love through Jesus Christ, and His love and deliverance for us all. Have faith in God! Have faith in His promises to you!

Psalm 95:6-9 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Live For Today!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Live for Today       Author Unknown

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about; two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the power in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed nor can we erase a single word we've said for yesterday is gone! Of course this is the very reason Jesus taught this truth in Matthew 6:27 (NIV) "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

The other day we shouldn't worry about is tomorrow with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance.

Tomorrow is beyond our control and tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, however it will rise and until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow for it is yet unborn. And this is the very reason Jesus taught this truth in Matthew 6:34 (NLT) “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

This leaves only one day - today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people to despair, it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

So therefore . . . live and enjoy one day at a time and that day is today.

Psalms 118:24 (NIV) “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Adapting Reduces Strife and Fighting

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever heard the expression, pick your battles? Great truth resides within that statement and it is what God is trying to teach us in Ephesians 5:21(NIV)  Husbands and wives are instructed: "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."  

I've talked about this in the past but feel impressed to do so again today.

People usually misunderstand this word submit perceiving it as if it's talking about turning yourself over to be dominated by someone. This verse is really teaching us that as husbands and wives, we need to learn to adapt to each other with whole-hearted respect out of love and reverence to each other and to God.

Let me share some of Renee’s and my adapting. When Renee gets into bed at night, she does not go to sleep until after she has spent a fair amount of reading time. We’ll pray together and then she usually reads until she's ready to fall asleep. She reads because she loves to read, but also to mentally disconnect from a busy mind. Because I fall asleep quickly and she likes to read, we've adapted how we go to bed so that it works perfectly for us. This is the process of respecting and adapting (or submitting) out of love for each other.

Renee wakes groggy up in the morning but the wheels of her mind begin to turn immediately. It actually helps her wake up. She gets up, puts on the coffee, and heads off to pray and call her mother to say good morning. She puts the thoughts of the pending day aside and instead focuses on the Word, prayer, and often journaling her thoughts from the Lord.

I wake up fairly alert in the morning. I wake up thanking the Lord for being my Savior and Lord of my life. I then, most often, slip into praying in tongues, or creating a melody and song of worship to the Lord. It was something I purposed to learn to do many years ago that has become instinctive for me today. I then go get my 20-30 minute workout in and get showered and ready for my day. I then head off to my place of prayer and quiet time with the Lord that prepares me to write Fresh Manna. We each love our separate morning routines and have adapted to giving each other space for them. We want each other to get off to a good day and support each other in it. We then sit down for some short face time with each other after and then it’s off to work. When our children were younger, our routine was completely different but helpful and respectful to the needs of each other.

Renee likes me to put my shoes in the closet. I used to always leave them out. I've adapted. I ask her not to hang her purse on our closet door handle. She's adapted. She doesn't want me shaking my hands after I wash them because I splash the mirror. She wants me to use the hand towel. I've adapted. I ask her to keep her cell phone on and answer it when I call so I can get a hold of her. She’s adapted!  I could go on and on but here’s the point: we try to understand what helps and is important to each other and adapt so that we bless each other—not work against each other.

God tells us to submit or adapt to each other in the context of instructing men and women how to love each other. God does not expect anyone to adapt to rudeness, disrespect, or slothful habits. We all have our little idiosyncrasies or needs that could drive each other crazy. It is often our spouse, through the process of adapting, that helps us overcome even those out of respect and love for each other.

Adapting, loving, and appreciating each other makes life with each other pleasant and defuses many potential battles that Satan would like to create. Learning to adapt because you love your spouse and making changes to bless them is the execution of love. Do it and you will find much more love and joy in your lives and love bank. You will also find that you have rid yourself of a multitude of stupid and insignificant battles forever! Hallelujah! Oh yes, and one more thing: you’ll find that this principle works with everyone—not just your spouse!

1 Corinthians 10:33 (NLT) I, too, try to please (be agreeable and adapt to) everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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