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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Rewarding Life God Wants You to Live!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Let me share a simple truth. When you're younger, life seems long. When you get older, it feels like time has sped by and life is short. God’s Word amplifies this truth. Psalm 144:4 NLT says, “For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.” Job 14:2 NLT says “Like a flower, we blossom for a moment and then wither. Like the shadow of a passing cloud, we quickly disappear.” Psalm 39:4 NLT says, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.”

Jesus taught, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” (Matt 24:35 KJV) When Jesus said this, He was speaking literally. One day this world as we know it will be changed by Him—but His Words will never change. We can count on His every word. We can count on His every promise! We can count on the instruction of His Word. We can count on thing things He has said will come to pass in the future. Life goes by in a blur but His Word is like the Rock that never changes. It's dependable and forever. One day we will look back and reflect on how short life was and think about whether we got caught up in that which does not matter, or if we lived it for Him.

Life is full of distractions. Satan works to fill our lives with distractions. Our heart gets caught up in living for entertainment, achievements for personal glory, politics and pride to lead our hearts in division, and to make sin and self-gratification appealing—all for the purpose of distracting us. Satan tries to draw us in so that God and His Word take a backseat and move to the background—often neglected until crisis reminds us how much we need Him. All this for the purpose of causing us to forget about the plan and purpose God put us on this earth for.

The Apostle Paul spoke about it when he was teaching single people of the blessing and advantage they could have if they would stay focused on serving the Lord. He taught them that marriage is good, but has it's natural distractions—making marriage work, having children, needing to provide for a family, etc.. (He was not demeaning marriage by any means. Just discussing the reality of distractions within a marriage.) In 1 Corinthians 7:30-35 (NLT) the Apostle Paul said, "Happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing God's work. Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make good use of them without becoming attached to them, for this world and all it contains will pass away. In everything you do, I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord's work and thinking how to please Him. But a married man can't do that as well. He has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be more devoted to the Lord in body and in spirit, while the married woman must be concerned about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.”

This isn't a discourse by Paul about not getting married. And he is not saying that if you are married, will you be less spiritual or pleasing to God. It’s about understanding that life is short, the world competes for your heart, and life is chuck-full of distractions that seem to grab too much of our time and attention. For far too many, living for God gets pushed way back on the priority list when it should be the main thing—the core value of your life.

Thank God you can live your life wholeheartedly for the Lord whether married or single. I’m married, have four children and seven grandchildren. Our lives are still filled with ministry work. The need to help people know God never ends. The world tries to draw me in too. I try never to lose sight of the fact that time passes quickly. Most of the things the world places importance on really don’t matter much. My life was given to me as a gift to serve God. What I do for Him from a sincere heart will never lose its reward in this life or in the life to come. For that reason, I desire to let my fast-moving life not be distracted, but instead filled with ways to exalt the love of Jesus and find ways to influence others with that touch of His love. When that is your heart, He always leads you in that way and opens that door and equips you with the grace—His supernatural help to accomplish His will. It is God's number one priority to help all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the saving grace and love of Jesus! That is what counts most to Him. But His blessing our life and efforts do not take a back seat to Him. They come with the prioritizing of our life for Him. So... let's not be distracted but put God and His will and purpose first-place in our lives. Then when we look back and see how we lived life, it will be with a smile and rich memories in Him!

Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dogs, Worship, and Intimacy With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The world is filled with dog lovers. In my childhood, we always had one in our family. My grandchildren love theirs. My granddaughter sent me a picture of her painting her dog's toenails while he laid perfectly still letting her do so. No wonder dogs are so lovable. Like children, they are a great deal of work, but also like little children, they have this incredible innocence. And the traits that most dog-lovers universally love in dogs is the endless out-pouring of love, loyalty, and bond with their masters.

In John chapter four, we read a story about Jesus encountering a Samaritan woman at a well. After engaging in conversation with Jesus, she knew that there was something special about Him. Supposing He was a prophet, she switched gears and began to seek answers to spiritual questions—one of them being, Where is the right place to worship God—our mountain or Jerusalem? Jesus told her that it would soon be understood that it wasn't about worshiping God in a particular location, but about worshipping God in our heart—everywhere and all the time. He spoke these words: "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." (John 4:23 NIV) 

Learning to worship God has two effects on your life that are immeasurable. The first is, worship creates an intimacy in your relationship with God that can be more beautiful than anything you will ever experience on this earth. Secondly, it accelerates our personal life's transformation in becoming Christ-like.

What is worship and how do we worship God? Countless sermons have been preached and books written and on this subject. For me to help you understand in the limited space I here would be difficult. But the Holy Spirit will continue to help you if you ask Him to.

The word worship in the above verse is the Greek word proskyneo. It means to prostrate oneself in reverence and adoration to. The picture that this word also paints is that of a dog licking his masters hand and of a dog wagging its tail and whining for its master’s attention. This is an accurate picture of worship. Not that we are dogs in any sense, but in this way—understanding that dogs know their master. There is never any question about that. Dogs also seek the approval of their master. Dogs want to please their master. Dogs have an attitude of dependency upon their master. And dogs want to be loved by their master.

Whether you understand this or not, everything in the heavens and earth—any and all things that were created, were created by God to teach us about Himself. Everything was created to point us to God’s magnificence, supremacy, power, and majesty. Words simply cannot properly describe God’s greatness. But, from micro-organisms, to nature around us, to the stars and galaxies—they were all created to reveal not just science, but insights to us about God that reveal His majesty!

Dogs actually help us understand what people often fail to acknowledge—that we all have a master. God is our God. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to help us know Him and His ways, and to equip us to live our life for Him. We worship Him because of who He is. We worship Him because of His love toward us. We worship Him to acknowledge our need for His help and instruction, leading us in every thought, word, action, and facet of life.

When we're willing to humble ourselves to this revelation, and prostrate our hearts in worship to Him, something happens. Our heart begins to become properly aligned in humility and dependency for Him. The gift of His righteousness through Jesus, cloaks our unworthiness and unrighteousness so that we can draw closer in thankfulness and appreciation. A closeness and intimacy begins to form within us that only causes us to hunger for more. As we draw closer, strength to obey the leading of the Spirit of God increases and strength of spirit to resist temptation and refrain from fleshly activity surges. The word of God begins to open up to us as never before and deliver greater understanding and insight to things that remain mysteries to others. Transformation is accelerated because the desires and lust of sin lose their grip—repelling anything that might detract from our relationship with Him.

1 Chronicles. 16:28-30 (NLT) says, “O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship Him. Worship the Lord in all His holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before Him.”

If you have never really tried or known how to worship the Lord, don’t let that stop you. Don’t let the awkwardness of your initial efforts stop you. You were created to worship Him and it is within your DNA to worship the Lord. Greater intimacy is there for you to have. And remember... Jesus said that this is the time! "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." (John 4:23 NIV)  There is a vast supply of beautiful worship music in any Christian bookstore or online to help you if you need help. Many churches today take praise and worship to an entirely new level. It will come easily and naturally in a very short period of time if you are sincere. Open up the Bible to the Psalms and read how David worshipped God. Launch from there, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, and your life and intimacy with the Lord will never be the same!

Psalm 103:1 NKJV “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!“

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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