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Monday, March 30, 2015

Break Out of Your Monotonous Rut!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Ever feel like you’re boring or stuck in a monotonous rut? I suppose there could be a variety of definitions of what a rut is. When I think of a rut, I think of two things: repetition in what I’m doing, and doing something that isn't what I want to do most. Repetition in itself isn't bad. Actually a fair amount of routine helps us develop a more disciplined life. I remember back when our children were young, experiencing the liberty of routine from school because of summer vacation. The kids had the summer off. Most all our routine flew out the window. It felt good for a short time, but by the end of summer vacation we couldn't wait for the kids to get back in school so we had some routine again. Initially we struggled getting back into that routine, but it didn't take long for it to feel good. I would get my daily disciplines back and out of chaos.

I like having my daily routines, but like anyone, we enjoy spice in our life. We like the things that we insert into our life that add flavor such as date nights, being with friends, events and gatherings, vacations, and the change ups and spices of life that make life more interesting. Repetition isn't bad to me unless there are things I am repeating that aren't priority over things I am not doing that should be a priority. When I have that kind of repetition going on, then I feel like I’m in a rut. The logical thinking would be Well, just break out of it!  If it were that easy, then none of us would be in a rut for long.

The Apostle Paul described his ruts like this in Romans 7:15 & 18-19 “I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate... No matter which way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I want to, but I can't. When I want to do good, I don't. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.” Paul went on to describe that this is how he acted when He was living carnally.

Paul went on to say that as Christians we weren't trapped by carnal thinking and behavior. That was a part of our old man before we received Jesus. Now we are sons of God. We can break out of them and follow after His Spirit. As Romans 8:9 says, “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.”)

Whenever I’m in a rut, I meditate on this truth. I have the Spirit of God living in me, therefore I am not controlled by any sinful nature, nor am I bound by habit or stuck in what I am doing! By the power of the Holy Spirit, I can change things up whenever I deem necessary!  There is something else I do. I have done this in various formats over my 38 years as a Christian. It has helped me more than anything else I can point to. It has helped strengthen me in spirit so that I could rid myself of the bad in my routine and replace it with the good. What is it? I have communed with God early before ever starting anything else in my day. I set my alarm early (although I usually wake up on my own) and as I wake up, I begin to commune with God, mediating on His promises and who He says I am.

Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 143:8 says, “Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer.” And Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will."


I commune with God in the morning before anything else. I talk with Him and let His Word speak to me. I talk over my day with Him and ask Him to use me and let me be a light for Him. I ask Him to strengthen me to move beyond or outside of my routine when led. I ask Him to strengthen me do to what I know God wants me to do. And in this place of communing, God’s strength comes and my confidence in Him helping me grows.  It is in those quiet times with the Lord that I am better able to know what needs to change and find the daily strength to change it.  Ruts choke but Spirit led changes feels so good! Try it! More to come...

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Birdcage - An Easter Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Birdcage - An Easter Story (Author Unknown) 

One Easter Sunday morning, a pastor came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, the pastor began to speak.

"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me, swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, "What you got there son?"

"Just some old birds," came the reply.

"What are you gonna do with them?" I asked.

"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em. I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?"

"Oh, I got some cats. They like birds. I'll take 'em to them."

The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those birds, son?"

"Huh??!!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister. They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing - they ain't even pretty!"

"How much?"

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?".

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone.

The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting

. "Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other. How to hate and abuse each other. How to drink and smoke and curse. How to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you get done with them?", Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'll kill 'em."

"How much do you want for them?"

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!! You don't want those people!!"

"How much?"

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your tears, and all your blood." Jesus paid the price.

The pastor picked up the cage he opened the door and he walked from the pulpit.

John 3:16 (NLT) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Are You Ready for More Victories in Your Life?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Clichés. We hear them all too often. People usually quote them without thinking. You know many yourself such as, This is a make or break situation. Knock on wood. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. The world has a great many clichés and as Christians we also have a number of them we use. One I have heard this year is We don’t live in the worlds economy; we live in God’s economy. The problem with clichés is that they are often spoken without much thought. As a Christian, words without much thought equal words without faith. Or, as the Apostle Paul said, “meaningless talk.”

The Apostle Paul was teaching Timothy that the point of our conversation with others in the Lord is to produce spiritual edification that helps people live a life of faith and trust in God. It is not to put out a lot of blah, blah, blah that sounds spiritual but really just becomes a lot of words or “meaningless talk.” Paul writes, “Don't let people waste time in endless speculation over myths and spiritual pedigrees. For these things only cause arguments; they don't help people live a life of faith in God. The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith. But some teachers have missed this whole point. Some have wandered away from these and turned to “meaningless talk.” (1 Tim. 1:4-6)

It’s great to learn things about the Bible but, if what is communicated isn't something from the Bible that helps us live out our lives with greater victory in Jesus, then what has been communicated is just “meaningless talk.”. It is true that we don’t live in the world’s economy. We do live in God’s economy. This is a true statement. But if those words are not faith-filled words that have been exalted in your heart as revelation and truth by the promise of God, then those words are just “meaningless talk.”

People face many serious concerns in their life. You know yours! In case you haven't noticed, those concerns have a voice that scream loudly in your head. Satan uses them to undermine you faith and turn your heart toward fear and concern. God's plan is for you to spend time with God building your faith in His Word. A revelation of God's promises in your heart, and action on your part to cast down every evil imagination and concerns at God's feet, is His plan more victories in your life!  Satan knows no new tricks. His fear mongering is always the same. He is always looking for those who will buy into it! That is why the Apostle Peter wrote “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) The question then becomes, "Will you become his victim? Will you allow his roar to undermine your faith in cares and worries? Or will you pay attention and take authority over him, casting these cares out of your life and laying them at the feet of the one who cares for you?

This is not a time for clichés, but a time for great faith that is motivated by love from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith. It is a time to stand firm and to resist the devil with all your heart. It is a time to take hold of the promises of God in your life with great faith and thanksgiving. It is a time to take instruction from Jesus on speaking to and moving mountains! Are you ready to let the Spirit of God rise up in you and resist every attack of the enemy? Are you ready to let the Spirit of God rise up in you and move mountains? Are you ready to exchange meaningless talk for faith-filled words and prayer so that you may edify yourself and others? If so, then you are ready for more victories in your life! Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV) "The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned."

Where do you begin? It all starts with the determination to have your heart centered on making your words count from a motivation to edify others. You won't do that unless you first let the Word of God edify you. What God builds you up in is what God will then give you to edify others with.

When your motivation is to help others be set free from Satan's lies and be built up, you'll experience the scriptures speak to you in a way you've never experienced before. You'll experience God speaking to you in an entirely new light and you'll be used of God to build others up to a much greater degree. And your motivation will be exactly where God wants you to have it—triggered by love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and from sincere faith!

Let your heart and motivation become centered in being a vessel for Him. Do so and you will experience many more victories in your life!

1 Tim. 1:5 “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

God Has Made You to Be A Force to Reckon With

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was reading in Psalms 44 this morning. Not only reading, but trying to memorize some verses that the Lord has emphasized to me as critical to stand upon in faith this year. Psalm 44:4-5 (NLT) “You are my King and my God. You command victories for your people. Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes.”

As I was committing them to memory, I had the thought: Most people in America couldn't relate to these scriptures. Israelis are surrounded by their enemies—enemies who plot and work toward their destruction daily. In this country, we've been so protected on the home-front from military attacks, people seldom ever worry about a foreign enemy attacking us on our soil. Pearl Harbor was devastating, yet because it happened in Hawaii, away from the mainland, it was not the same as happening here. The Cuban Missile Crisis was probably one of the greatest recent threats and that was way back in 1961. Many today were not yet born to remember what that felt like. 9/11 in 2001 was a terrorist attack that was horrific and a wake-up call to this country, yet still not the same as having 5 or 6 surrounding nations invading your nation on the ground with troops as Israel has experienced. So unless people in this nation have experienced military encounters through their service in the military or in some other way, “pushing back enemies and trampling foes” can be difficult to relate to.

As Christians we shouldn't be unfamiliar with these ideas! If you've had very little exposure to the Bible, then imaging battles between God’s angels and demons sounds like something better left to the sci-fi channel.

This is far too large a subject to tackle in a devotion, but I will say this; the demonic world is real and demons work behind the scenes to destroy and undermine everything that is good and of God. This is why there is evil in this world. God will one day destroy all evil, but He hasn't done so yet. To do so He would have to also judge all those participating in any kind of evil whatsoever, including mankind. He sent Jesus to save mankind, not destroy it. His plan to save man while pushing back evil continues on today!

Trampling our enemies is and should be very real to us. We are to trample upon the demonic spirits that come against the church, our family, our children, our lives, our nation, and anything you see that bears the constant presence or attack of evil.  ISIS might be one example. People irrationally coming against you for no apparent reason may be another! Any attack against your life is something you should resist! How do we trample our enemies? We do so in prayer. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said in Luke 10:19-20 (NLT) “And I have given you authority to trample over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But don't rejoice just because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered as citizens of heaven." When Jesus said “snakes and scorpions,” by reading further you see He was referring to evil spirits. Again, Jesus said,  “I give you authority to trample….” This is called spiritual authority and as a believer you have it to use in prayer using Jesus name!

The Apostle Paul brought more insight saying, Ephesians 6:11-12 (NLT) “Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”

The thought of praying and taking authority over the enemy trying to steal your job or livelihood may be unfamiliar to you. You may not be facing soldiers and foreign enemies literally invading your home like in some countries. But there is an invasion of the enemy trying to steal your faith and confidence that God loves you and wants to bless you. He is working to steal the blessing of God from every area of your life. We trample them by taking authority over them in prayer. You’ve been given authority. Rebuke every attack of the enemy coming against you, your home, your loved ones, and your nation in Jesus name today!

Psalm 44:4-5 “You are my King and my God. You command victories for your people. Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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