Wednesday, July 30, 2014

God's Design: Be As Bold As A Lion

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Prov 28:1 "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."

The wicked man described in this verse is one that doesn't know Jesus, doesn't love God, and has no knowledge or idea or what spiritual strength is.

When I was in the fourth grade and nine years old, I was one of the smallest boys in school. The smallest boy in school is typically going to get picked on just because he is an easy target. I worked out some by doing push-ups and lifting weights so that I wasn't a complete pushover, but just my size made me feel like I was wearing a sign that said I'm the smallest guy around, come pick on me.

One of my very best friends in school happened to be the biggest and strongest kid in school in that age group. We were always together at school. Consequently, for anyone to get to me, they had to go through him. I knew that I was safe just because of him. I wasn't stupid. I didn't take advantage of the situation and antagonize guys because I had a big friend. I was simply grateful that I did. I was extremely grateful for his friendship, first just because he was a great friend, but secondly, because by just being with me, he saved me from a lot of trouble.

That's really the way it is with the Lord. We live in a world defiled by Satan and sin. To call Satan a bully would be to understate his evil. I would compare him to a deviate, drive-by shooter that indiscriminately hates and will kill anyone. Jesus described him as the one who has come "to kill, steal, and destroy."  I recently heard a great Bible teacher on television say that God brings and allows adversity to test and grow our strength, character, and faith. I highly respect this person and his ministry but on this one point, he is very wrong. God never brought adversity in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, nor would it have come if they hadn't sinned. It came because of their sin. Sin and consequently death (and everything leading up to death) came to us all because of sin. We read in Romans 5:12 "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned."  Sin brought enough adversity for a life time for each person. God doesn't have to bring adversity to us. It comes like weeds in a garden or lawnwith no effort or help from anyone. You never plant those weeds but they some how come and consequently you have to remove or kill weeds in the garden and lawn. And you need to resist that trouble that comes at Satan's hand in life. It's not people we fight. Its “…principalities, and powers and rulers of darkness,” (Eph 6:12) AND temptations of Satan to become weak, powerless, helpless, and like the man that flees when no one pursues.

All sin is rooted in lust and self concern from wrong  selfish choices. The ugly consequences of sin have touched all of our lives. It is the source of every evil in the world and that evil spills over into our lives creating a world of adversity. Like weeds in a garden, it just somehow comes.

Jesus is the big friend we have in life. His Holy Spirit lives within us. He helps us become "…strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!" (Eph 6:10) Though sin came to all men and made us weak and Satan's prey to be picked on, Jesus brought us righteousness to help us be as "bold as a lion!"

Romans 5: 15-17 says, "...And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” 

1 Peter 5:8
says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." Satan impersonates a lion, but WE ARE TO BECOME AS BOLD AS A LION! Satan will seek whom he may devour (those that don't know how to resist him.) We are to become the righteous that are as bold as a lion and tell him to flee in Jesus name! Read in your Bibles what demons did when Jesus showed up on the scene. They should cower when they see your boldness! A wicked or slothful man will flee or cave at the first sign of trouble or symptom of sickness. When I feel the attack of the enemy working against me in my life, I remember to roar! We have a big friend named Jesus! The righteous will lift their head and roar saying, "Noflee in Jesus name!"

Prov 28:1  "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Regarding the War between Israel and Gaza

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Note from Pastor Tim:
With all that is happening in Israel, I wanted to share with you regarding the current crisis that is happening there in the war with Hamas. I was about to sit down and write when I received this correspondence from my brilliant and good friend Raanan Levy, the former adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. It is slightly longer than normal but will give bring you clear thinking and truth regarding the conflict that is happening between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It will follow a video that is called: "Who is Responsible for the Suffering in Gaza?" It is a critically important video to help you understand the current situation, to help see the urgency for prayer, and to help you share the truth with others. Watch the video and then please read the article "Gaza, What's Next"  from my friend Raanan Levi. God bless you! Pastor Tim 

“Who is Responsible for the Suffering in Gaza?”

Gaza, What's Next?

In 2005 Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip, after a 38 year long military occupation, and Military administrative rule over several thousand Israeli families who lived there for decades.When PM Ariel Sharon came to explain to his staff his reasoning for his shocking announcement of his plan to pull out of Gaza, (spring of 2002), he gave 3 reasons for it:

* An immediate relief to the heavy burden on the IDF, defending 9,000 Jewish civilians.

* Obtaining a solid and broad International support from the USA and EU, once we leave Gaza and end the "occupation".

* Rolling the pressure on the "Palestinian Authority", to reciprocate to a historic Israeli gesture, and compromising on their 50 year long outrageous demands. The PA, said Sharon, will have to accept the "two state solution", and bow to the International pressure that they will be exposed to.
While I still have tremendous respect to Ariel Sharon and his monumental 60 year long career serving our nation, there is no doubt that this move turned to be the most echoing fiasco of his career.
Today, 9 years after the disengagement, we can see the total failure of each and every parameter of his goals:
* The IDF, in the past 9 years, invests humongous resources in defending Israel from the largest nest of terror in the world. Not only the passive defense became the most condensed military zone anywhere on the globe, but Israel had to engage over 3 times in intense "mini-wars", to put a cap on Hamas military threats on Millions of Israelis.
* The International community did not move one bit towards Israel, on the Palestinian issue. No country of relevance, has ever put any pressure on the Palestinian Authority, to change their demands towards Israel, or to stop the venomous incitement against Israel, amongst Palestinian youth, children, and mainstream Palestinian Media.

* Although 90% of Palestinians live under Hamas or PA rule, ( 45% under PA in Judea and Samaria, since 1993 Oslo    agreements,  and another 45% under Islamist and murderous Hamas rule in Gaza), Israel is still blamed to be, or perceived as being, an "occupier" in its' own land. 
The present day offensive in Gaza, was imposed on us deliberately by Hamas. They chose the timing and they chose the intensity. Israel waited 10 very long days, with over 4-5 Million Israelis running to bomb shelters 5-20 times a day, until it started responding by a massive aerial attack. Then, even that did not deter the Hamas, which forced us to enter with ground forces, for the past 12 days already.
The "diplomatic clock" started ticking seriously, only 5-6 days ago. The USA's response to the events, literally prolonged this whole thing. Instead of the USA strengthening Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, (and ... Israel...), the US decided to embrace America’s strongest haters, giving undeserved clout to Erdogan and Qatar. "Go figure", as they say. Kerry’s' people say in the past 24 hours, that Kerry did not make any proposals, "he only shared ideas".  Wow, huge difference. Instead of providing insulting explanations, Kerry should have told Hamas that they are in no position at all to ask for anything in return for a ceasefire.
The inevitable conclusions of all those events, and the "to do" list on Netanyahu’s' desk, should be obvious. The operation in Gaza should continue, full force, for another 15-20 days at least. The IDF must have ample time to achieve 3 key objectives at this point:
* Destroy all tunnels of all kinds that we know of.
* Confiscate and demolish all Hamas infrastructure we have access to, in the 13-18 day range. Rockets, rifles, explosive storages, bunkers, communication channels and equipment, and metal workshops that manufacture mortars and rockets.
* Catch or eliminate, a meaningful number of Hamas field commanders and leaders. 
Once those goals are reached, and they will can all be reached in 13-18 days without a doubt, Israel should leave the Gaza, unilaterally, and without any ceasefire agreement. We need to leave them a note on the fridge, "We had a great time, call us when you want us to come back". Any effort to reach an agreement now, will be a terrible mistake. A ceasefire, will never be honored by Hamas, it will only be used for re-arming and reloading. It will also turn Israel and USA haters, to benefit from an imaginary "brokerage" of a diplomatic hoax no one believes in. Who needs it? We can leave without a ceasefire "agreement", it will look exactly the same, only with benefits to Israel, and nothing for Hamas.
And last but not least. Once this is over, Israel should send a senior defense official to have a personal cup of coffee in Qatar, with the Emir of Qatar,  His Trillionnaireness, Mr. Al Thani. We should tell him in person, that if Qatar will continue to fuel the rockets from Gaza, life in Doha, will be very different. If they think they can put Tel-Aviv in bomb shelters with their money, we can make it clear to them, that they are very wrong. Without going into details, Israel can send this message clearly, and it will not go unnoticed. It will also never be challenged or doubted. It's as easy as that. The Emir of Qatar will not want to see one of his cousin's Rolls Royces suddenly blow up in his la-la land country, and have his rule over that insanely wealthy principality,  start shaking by unclaimed "events" in Doha’s' finest restaurants and shopping malls.
A comprehensive offensive Israeli attitude for only the next 3-4 weeks, can make a huge difference on the timing of the "next round". We can not decide when it will be, we can only make clear what the ramifications are.
Raanan (Rani) Levy, Israel
(Former Adviser to Prime Minister Sharon)
Publish freely with credit to Author.

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Isaiah 62:1 (NLT) "Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Less Conflict and More Peace!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Although many people get in conflictmuch more than they want, few people love it. The truth is that if anyone loves conflict, they've got a problem. Peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another should be the desire of anyone’s heart. Pause and think for a moment. Is it yours? Is working toward peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another a rudder in your life? This is something we are exhorted to learn to live by through the instruction of God’s Word. Peace, harmony, and unity are something more than just a nice thing to pursue. It should become a desire and core value shaped within you by the Holy Spirit as He teaches you how to live Christ-like.

Today I want to present to you a simple truth that will lead to more peace in your life. If you would first incorporate it within the belief system of your heart, and then begin to practice it in your life, you would see more peace in your daily dealings. The reason being is that it is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for peace.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of a king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisersmen that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older adviserswise men that had served for a great many years under his father.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11. “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from novices that were cocky and egotistical gloating in their new power.

The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace.

Some people foolishly seem to love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles and ego while stoking the fires that provoke anger.

This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to serve and help people. When conflict arises, pause and let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people that respect you, are more loyal and willing to work with you, and you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life.

Avoiding conflict never resolves anything. Some points of conflict are too great to deal with at the moment. Bathing situations in prayer can turn situations where they can eventually be worked through. Prayer is a key part of conflict resolution in God's World. But avoiding conflict because you are afraid will seldom produce faith-filled prayer that results in resolution. Avoidance from fear will only delay and sometimes allow a situation to grow worse.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, and you have a heart to serve people and make adjustments where necessary, then you can kindly but boldly approach difficult situations and conflict and work through them. You can because your heart is not stubborn, you are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you have begun to become a master communicator! Not everyone you work with will be compromising or agreeable. Sometimes conflict resolution goes horribly. But if you've followed God direction and made the effort to work kindly with others, then you can know you've done your part!

A heart to serve and a favorable answer is a heart that sincerely and respectfully takes in the interests and concerns of others. It’s the heart endeavoring for agreement and harmony where possible.

1 Kings 12:7 "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Be Strong in the Face of Adversity!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Life has its hardships. As a Christian, you are in an earth that has been defiled by Satan. He has turned the earth into a spiritual battlefield. To not believe in God & His Son Jesus Christ is to unknowingly believe in Satan. Why is that? Because Satan's entire effort is to turn people away from faith in God - something he accomplishes through any method possible. Hell was created not for mankind but for Satan as a fallen angel. He knows he will one day be judged and locked up there and so it's his plan to to take by deception, as many people as he can with him. He does this by leading people away from truth and God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. His deception was from the beginning beginning with Adam and Eve. It continues today and that is why he is called the god of this world. 2 Cor 4:4 reveals this truth saying, "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

We live in this earth but it is a defiled earth that has been touched by Satan and sin. That's why there is so much pain and suffering and death and destruction here. This should be one more motivating reason why we don't want to sin. Sin is what defiled this earth and sin is what supports and strengthens Satan's rebellion and cause against God. We want to be force against sin, not aiding it's destruction.

Heaven is not a fantasy. It is a Christian's future home and a place that will be undefiled by sin and Satan's touch. Concerning those that have lived before us by faith in God, Heb 11:13-16 says, "...they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.... But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." This will be your future homeland - the homeland of all those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior!

If we live in this defiled earth, does that mean we are doomed to a gloomy life surrounded by Satan's touch and destruction? Absolutely not! The enemy of your soul does work to infect your life. He tries to make you sick, steal your livelihood and finances, break up relationships with those you love, and disrupt your life in a hundred ways. Because of this, we need God's direction and wisdom for every step. God is more than willing to help us. His Word sets up boundaries that are not meant to deprive us of good things, but instead to help us avoid minefields where we might step on a mine.

In 1 Sam 30:3-3 we read about David and all his men coming back from a victorious series of battles with their enemies. As they were returning home after being gone for a long time, they saw smoke coming from the camp where their families lived. They soon found out that their enemies had burnt their camp to the ground, and took their belongings, wives and children! It says, "David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep." David's men were so discouraged that they wanted to lash out and blame someone. They wanted to stone him as their leader. David's family was also taken and he was just as discouraged as they were, But instead of letting the discouragement overcome him so that he also was useless, we are told in verse 6, "David encouraged himself in the LORD his God."This wasn't David learning some principle to execute in His life. This was David’s character. He had learned to praise and worship and sing to the Lord in all the trials of life. He wrote songs speaking of God’s promises of deliverance. He knew what God had promised him and had seen God work in his life over and over. He refused to think this was one of those times God had abandoned Him!

The devil would like you to think that God has abandoned you. He hasn't and never will! It’s not about Him abandoning you. It's about you abandoning your faith and trust in Him. David looked Goliath in the face. Moses looked at the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming at him. Daniel looked at the lions. Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, looked at a fiery furnace. Paul a raging sea. They all trusted God and saw His deliverance and help. God alone is worthy of your full and complete trust!

Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart”Let the Word of God speak PROMISE to you EVERY day. Read those promises. Proclaim them over your family and circumstances. Rebuke the devil and move forward. If you’re a husband, your wife and children want a dad that is a leader, not a quitter. If you remain upbeat because you trust God in the face of adversity, and your heart, your face, your countenance, your words, and your actions showed it, they'll be happy with you. They'll follow your lead no matter what the circumstance. Take authority over the thief in your life. Rebuke him in Jesus name! Put your hand to the plow and work hard asking Him for guidance every step of the way. Do your part and trust God to do His! Praise God together and believe He will turn things around. Honor Him with sincere heart felt faith!

Put YOUR name in His promises and write them out. Then say them, declare them, sing them, and get your family to pray them in faith together.

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
The Lord is Tim Burt’s strength, my shield from every danger.
I trust in him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

I can honestly say to all of you, I’ve been in many hard and seemingly impossible circumstances. But, by the grace of God, I've kept my wife upbeat because I've stayed upbeat. We always expected God to be around the corner with our answers. He always took care of us and restored us to that right place.

If you've been overcome by despair, remember who you are in Christ. Spend time with God and then take the joy and promise of His Word to your family. Stir all their faith and believe God together. God restored all of David and his men's wives, families, possessions and much more. He'll do the same for you if you'll act like David did and let God arise in your heart!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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