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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our Blessing Within God's Master Plan

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I've been writing about God having a plan for our life. He knows what that plan is. It would be His desire that we walk in it. Why? Because it would result in our blessing and the fulfilling of His master plan.

These verses from Isaiah 46:9-11 (NLT) point out the fact that He indeed has a master plan. “And do not forget the things I have done throughout history. For I am God—I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me. Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. I will call a swift bird of prey from the east—a leader from a distant land who will come and do my bidding. I have said I would do it, and I will.”


From the beginning, God only ever wanted blessing for every human being, yet His love carries freedom to make choices. God left us with that freedom and people make bad choices turning from God and His plan. Consequently, the entire earth and all mankind suffer from those that have walked outside His plan or that will not walk in God’s plan. And let me be clear so that no one sounds self-righteous; you and I have been part of that problem. We all have! The defilement of sin has touched everything on the planet and the curse of it reaches into our lives. Jesus warned us that we would always see two forces at work in the earthHis for good and Satan’s for the spoiling and destruction over everything God ever created. Jesus said “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV)

Before you can learn to walk in the plan that God has for your life, you have to realize that He has a master plan. His plan is to offer the gift of salvationthe forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life to whomever would receive Jesus as their savior. Despite what the enemy would try to steal from you or how he would try to hurt you, you have to know and believe that God has a plan for you and that plan is about good and blessing! He wants you to have life and have it more abundantly. That has to be a part of your foundational core belief. All truth concerning the Lord and His will for your life flows from understanding this truth.

You couldn’t possibly see the ‘behind the scenes’ of how God is moving throughout all the earth. In more ways that we could ever know, He reaches out to us. When we begin to pay attention, we hear Him crying out inviting us to become His ambassadorsvessels of His touch and love to others. 2 Cor. 5:19-20 NLT says, “…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (sharing the good news with others.) Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.” This is His master plan at work and He implores you and I to be a part of it in anyway we can.

As I said, His plan continuously reaches out and into the lives of people throughout the earth. It is His will for that to be a part of our calling as Christians and a part of His master plan in the earth. And please, don’t think that His master plan is exclusive of the personal plan for you life. Every detail of your life plays into that master plan when you trust Him. And He wants to bring blessing to the details of your life. As you read through the Bible, you continuously see God reveal His desire to bless His saints. His master plan is to bless you as you walk in His plan. What you see God say in Psalm 115:13-16 is what you see Him say throughout the Bible. “He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”

How do we discover and enter into God’s master plan? You enter into the perfect will of God for your life by cooperating and helping to fulfill His master plan of bringing Jesus to all. When you seek to fulfill His plan, you enter into the perfect will for your own life. God is blessed by this, you are blessed by this, and the lives around you will be blessed by His presence touching their lives through you. He will lead you step by step. Your awareness and participation are especially enhanced by giving yourself over to spending time in His word and prayer.

The Bible reveals that David was a man after God’s own heart and Daniel was a man with great love for God. They and many others cared about what God cared about. Consequently, they walked in the Lord’s favor and experienced His grace which is His supernatural help and blessing. We constantly hear David seek God and the path he should walk as in Psalm 25:4 AMP “Show me the path where I should walk O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow.” And Psalm 119:33 NKJV “Direct my steps by Your Word…”

God will lead you but you will have to have faith that as you seek Him, He is always leading you. Psalm 119:105 NKJV says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” He will speak to you as you read His Word. He’ll also speak to you through others such as through your Pastor's preaching, or Bible Studies, or devotional studies such as this. God will speak to you through like-minded Christians that are on the same page as you. He guides you in many ways as revealed in Psalm 32:8. (NLT) “The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

People that really love God, seek God and care about His master plan as well as His perfect will for their life. They work together to fulfill it knowing that as they do, He cares about every detail of their life. Seek Him and align your life with His will and watch Him guide you into His perfect will for you.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Your Life is not Random: God Has a Plan For You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I meet so many people who think their life is some random existence without any kind of God-given plan for their life. That couldn't be more wrong!  God has a plan for your life that He would like to lead you in. It takes strong faith to believe that. Do you know why? Because when you talk about a plan for your life, you are talking about the future―things unseen and things unknown. And they are exactly that. If they are unseen and unknown, how can you trust that a plan exists or know what that plan is? You couldn’t without the Lord. Only the Lord knows the future and the plan He has for your life!

When you think of a plan, there is the kind of planning that is simple and not too overly complicated―like getting a plan for your day. You think of all the things you need to do; build a task list, prioritize it and pursue it step by step. That might be a part of your daily calendar and planner or it may be simply scribbled on a sheet of paper. Getting that kind of a plan has little risk and takes little faith. That kind of planning is perfect when it’s part of an ongoing bigger picture and plan. Then each day is a working part of a bigger picture. But, if you have that kind of planning just to get through each day and each week with little thought to where it’s leading you, then it’s random. The results and it’s impact on your life, and the chance that it will produce the kind of success and fruit that you’d like to see is about as random as a glass cube of bingo balls being pushed around by air while someone picks one out and calls it out the winning number.

Life planning can be fearful and intimidating. It can because it involves the assumption that there is a big picture plan that God has for you though you can’t see it―something that takes faith to believe―something that you are able to somehow discover it and follow.

So why should you believe what I’m proposing when many would consider it nonsense? You should because the very nature of God and what we know of Him through His word, help us understand that to believe anything less is nonsense. God’s plan and planning is throughout the entire Bible.

Consider Romans 8:14 (NLT) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” This verse is a part of other verses that say God doesn’t want us led around by fleshly carnal desires. They reveal that by receiving Jesus, we received His Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit has set us free being a slave to sin and carnality. And because of that, we can be led in our hearts by the Holy Spirit in the will and plan of God. So… God is leading us. Where and how do you think He is leading us? Just simply through the hour or day? Do you really think God is that short-range? Is that His nature? Of course not!

Now let’s back up. Let’s back up all the way prior to God creating the world we live in. Imagine that before God ever created the world we live in, He knew every detail of every aspect of the creation and person He was about to create including every detail of every person’s life. And in that plan, His perfect will was putting Himself in your path where Jesus would be revealed to you with the hope you would make the choice to receive Him. From there, He would lead you by His Spirit into the plan He had for you. Does that sound wild or far-fetched or something that only God is capable of? He has had a plan from the beginning―before He ever created the world we live in!

Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT) “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure."

Can you see that God has always had a plan for you? Before He created the world He had a plan for you. Let’s read further:

Ephesians 1:9-14 (NLT) “God's secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. God's purpose was that we who were the first to trust in Christ should praise our glorious God. And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.”

This is a devotion and not a book so I can't write volumes about this. But I hope today I have helped you see that life isn't random. Jesus wants you as His. That has been the plan from the beginning and God has always been working to lead you to Himself. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, He gives you the Holy Spirit to live within you and lead you.

He does have a plan that will unfold as you draw close to God and follow His leading. He wants to lead you in it. It will take faith and trust. It won’t always be clear and easy to see. It will take faith every day. But you will have to have confidence in this truth through your faith. That is how you begin to discover it. Then you acknowledge it and ask the Lord to lead you in it. He wants to lead you away from ‘random’ and get you to begin to think big picture. It happens a step at a time. Let go of the fear and seek Him and thank Him that He has a plan. And then pay attention! Watch as the Lord begins to lead you by His Holy Spirit. You will see or experience evidence! More tomorrow…

Psalm 32:8 (NLT) “The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Let this Bless Your Thinking and Life Forever!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As Christians, we are given a life-long assignment which is described in 2 Corinthians 5:19 NLT that says, “And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others."

God’s Word also teaches us that we should all use our God-given gifts and abilities—not only to help people to come to know Jesus, but to also serve others in His behalf. The Apostle Paul in speaking to people who have financial affluence wrote: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Paul teaches the affluent that when they are using their gift of financial affluence that God has given them to help promote the gospel and as a means to build the church, they are serving God and others and building a reward— “Laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

This exhortation isn’t just to financially affluent people. This truth and exhortation is for all Christians at all times. When we use whatever God has given us in gifts, talents, and abilities to serve others from a pure heart and motivation of love, will be building our future—“a firm foundation in the coming age.” We do have another life to live in the world to come. It sincerely will be the life God intended for us to have. It will be without the curse of sin and defilement that sin has brought to this world. When we help others know Jesus and when we serve them, we lay up rewards for the next life. We also help them come to really know what life on earth here is about—the love of Jesus to redeem mankind—“…that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

One last thing to think about. Our personal character runs deep (good or bad) and is rarely changed until someone makes a life-style change in their thinking and actions. That is most often motivated by God, or the threat of something such as health issues or financial problems. When someone does make that change and stick with it, it changes their character over time. This is how God helps us experience true life transformation. He motivates us through His Word and asks us to make it a core value we live daily. When you take up the attitude of serving others as a life-style because the Lord tells us to, it will bless your life in more ways than you could have ever imagined—and produce eternal rewards!

Never give up serving God and reaching others with His love. It is “…taking hold of the life that truly is life.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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