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Friday, August 07, 2020

Lawlessness and Chaos or Peace and Blessing?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When God instructs us to obey, He is asking us to obey His laws and guidelines for living. The Bible teaches us that when their is righteously (fair and appropriately) executed law and order, there is the diminishing of chaos and lawlessness, and the nurturing of peace and blessing. This is why parents love obedience! When their children learn it and walk in it, they feel as though they are of the most blessed in the world.

When parents go through the teen years with their kids, they don’t think in terms of the word obedience so much anymore. Either their children have grown to the teen years having learned respect, a civil attitude, and reasonable compliance or they haven’t. 

And as one grows to adulthood, the first thing many want to do is banish the word obedience! New young adults don't want to obey anyone but themselves. They want to explore their new found adult freedom thinking, I am an adult and I can do what I want. Submission to any kind of authority is more often motivated more because of a paycheck or to avoid pain and trouble than it is from a heart of love or for appropriate reasons.

Obedience may become less important to adults but it never becomes less important to God. He wants children to learn obedience because it prepares them to reverence and respect Him and will help them also one day respect those in positions of authority as they become adults. It is what helps them become a vessel God can use, and ones who will experience greater opportunity for success. He wants us to learn obedience for exactly the same reasons!

Let me show you this truth through these verses.

Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV) says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…”

Let me expound: “obey me fully” means to know and understand God’s character and desires. This comes over time from reading and rereading the Bible. It teaches and helps us become familiar with what He wants us to gravitate toward and to restrain ourselves from. For example, He wants us to learn to restrain ourselves from unbridled anger and instead learn to put on the qualities of patience and love. It is more than that though. As we learn God’s Word and hide it in our hearts, He brings scriptures to memory and speaks to our hearts through them. It is how He prompts us and instructs our conscience to follow Him.

Keep my covenant” means to understand that we are in a covenant relationship with God that we come to understand, love, and value. Let me use this illustration. Imagine you had a best friend. This relationship is so tight and special that you wouldn't do anything to mess it up. You are so close at heart and in friendship that you would do anything for each other. Your sincere attitude is what is mine is yours and you both feel that way toward each other. Now take that even one step higher in that you are also a business partners with a legal agreement. That is what a covenant relationship with God is. He has that kind of love toward us and makes Himself legally bound to us by His Word to keep His promises. (Even when we stumble and fall—something He will never do.)

The Lord says, “If you obey me fully and keep my covenant…,” then something precious will happen—“out of all the nations you will be my treasured possession.” Now God started out with that promise to Abraham and his heritage, the Jews—to Israel—to those He chose to bring the revelation of Himself to the world through. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He gave us the chance to also walk in that covenant as a part of His family through our faith in Jesus. Through this covenant and our faith in Jesus, we are also a part of God’s “treasured possession in all the earth.” Are you starting to get the picture of how God feels about you? It is through the execution of obedience that these blessings manifest in their fullest form in our lives.

God continues to tell us. “Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

God spoke these words through Moses to Israel. They reach to us through Jesus Christ today. His ways are still relevant to life today. God tells us we are His treasured possession as we take in, learn, understand, and walk out obedience to His Word in our life. Restraint from what God considers evil is not depriving ourselves as fun. That's a lie. It's protecting ourselves from the curse that evil actions bring about in our life. We become those that learn to respond to God and walk it out His ways from a heart of love for Him so that we can be a light and influence and the blessed in the world around us.

Your life is significant to God and so very important to His plan and purposes. And obedience to His Word out of love and reverence for Him is significant and is what makes your life precious to Him and to this world! Satan's lie is that it's hard! The truth is, it's easy! Just decide in each moment to walk in obedience to His word each day! You'll see how joyful and easy it becomes. And you'll be blessed for it!

Exodus 19:5 (NIV) “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

God Will Restore Your Peace

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Years ago I was on a trip to Scotland and Ireland. You haven't seen green grass until you've been to Scotland and Ireland. They have some of the most beautiful countryside and rolling green hills I've ever seen. You also see many sheep. They graze in these green never-ending pastures. Places like this make me think about Psalm 23:2 "The Lord makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters."  When I am in places like this, I can't help but see God and all of His creation in everything I gaze upon. I think, God's will is to lead me to these kinds of places and atmospheres. When He does, it illuminates how magnificent and powerful He is and that the Creator of all these things loves me as His child and wants to lead me beside still waters. 

Green pastures and still waters may be more the exception than the experience for most of us. Someone recently said to me, It seems like there's always something negative going on that wants to spoil my day or current season of life. The truth is, we do have an enemy of our soul. His name is Satan and He hates God and anything that represents God. Jesus said that this enemy has come to kill, steal, and destroy. Much of the world has seen destruction and death from hurricanes and tornadoes. Did God cause or allow that? Of course not. We live in a defiled world. The Bible says that because of the choices of man, Satan has become the god of this world. Killing and destruction is what he attempts to do. Even when people pray for help, for too many, it's like breaking a wishbone. They have no real faith in God or in His love and divine protection. God is moved by relationship in Jesus, and by faith in His Word. In the absence of that, the devil has a heyday and tries to destroy. Death and destruction are his playground.

Yet God has a plan even for those surrounded by destruction and death. We also see that in Psalms 23:4. "Even when I walk through the shadow of death, I will not be afraid. For You, O Lord are close with me. Your rod and your staff (His word and promise) protect and comfort me."

I'll tell a bad story on myself. I was one of ten children. When I was about seven years old, I lived in a bedroom with one other younger brother and two younger sisters. I was the big shot because I was the oldest of us four. At night when we were in bed and it was dark, I would pull out my flashlight and make shadows of a spider on the wall. Those shadows scared the ba-geebers out of my younger siblings. I thought it was funny. I regret that now. It's interesting that there really was no real danger, just shadows. Shadows can and do produce fear.

The Lord said that even as we walk through the shadow of death, we did not have to be afraid because He was with us. What is the shadow of death? It's the fearful or negative mental images that Satan continually tries to bombard our minds with, seducing us into states of panic, or anxiety, or cares.The more we think upon them and "see" them in our mind the worse they get. They become shadow of death!

God has not abandoned us in these hard places. His will is to comfort us and lead us to green pastures and still waters. Psalm 23:4 says, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

When we will quiet our soul (our mind and emotions) and spend time with Him and learn of His promises, the voice of the Holy Spirit will rise up from within and comfort us. His Words will make our soul still and the waters quiet. They will cause fear to go as God’s greatness, power, and promises are magnified within our hearts.

When I was in those fields of Scotland, surrounded by what seemed like oceans of green grassy hills, God became infinite in size and my cares and problems began to fade away. We don't have to go to Scotland to experience this. We just have to take in the power of His Word and let it still our heart and soul. He loves us you know! Very much! Lean on He and His Word and trust Him!

Psalms 107:29 (NLT)  "He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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