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Monday, January 27, 2020

God's Grace and Strength to Defeat Sin in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

People that sincerely desire to become conformed to the image of Jesus, have the most potential to experience His empowering grace. Grace is not only the mercy of God in your life, but it is also the supernatural help that comes from Him. Grace is the source of His power to do those things that you cannot do in your own strength in order to become partakers of His divine nature which is God's will for you!  

The devil loves when we've become enslaved to sin. He loves to see people become habitual liars. He loves to see people enslaved to pornography and in bondage to sexual immorality, smitten with sexual disease and trapped in losing relationships through the lust of sex. He loves to see people trapped in addictions that destroy their life or habits that waste their time doing nothing profitable instead of using their God-given gifts with great dedication, faithfulness, and commitment. Satan loves to see people waste or abuse their finances on alcohol and drugs, and through gambling or reckless spending—digging a deeper and deeper hole that feels impossible to climb out of! He loves to inflict people with disease. And in all of this, Satan loves to get them to believe that it’s God’s will to teach them something. After all, who is going to fight what they believe is God’s will?

Slavery to sin is what Jesus came to destroy. 1 John 3:8 NKJV says “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

In our desire to change and become more like Jesus, it is God's grace—His supernatural help, that gives us the strength to break free from sinful patterns that we've become enslaved to. The first chord of bondage that has to be broken, is the lie that we are enslaved to sin! We are not! When you received Jesus as your Savior, Satan's power over you was broken. That truth is empowering and acknowledging it is the first step of taking back your life. Then we discover through God's word that we have His power within us—the power that sets us free and position us to discover the ability to live an entirely new life of godly desires. His grace gives us the inward strength to say yes to that which is good, and no to that which we know the Lord would have us say no to. This is the meaning behind 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV, "God's divine power has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 
As long as we sincerely seek God’s help and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we will experience a change in our thinking and experience an inner strength from God that helps us fulfill our personal journals with testimonies of His miracles and faithfulness.

When you decide to make changes, it would be foolish to think that the devil will simply let go without a fight. Habits, which become mental strongholds, will try to get you to repeat what you have repeated over and over for so long. But it won’t have the same strength to hold you in bondage—not when you walk in the revelation that God gives you abundant grace and peace enabling you to participate in His divine nature. Temptation is Satan's game and he will bring it on. The difference will be this: when at that moment you look for God’s grace within you and lean upon it—God help me—you will sense it's presence by faith. You just need to make the decision to receive it and walk in it. The temptations will no longer have the same power over you. You will be able so say no and let it mean no. You'll have the strength to walk away from it and do something good and appropriate instead. You'll make better choices. You'll pick godly friends. His Word will speak in a greater way to your heart! And, you begin to make the devil pay! Do that! Make the devil pay! It’s about that time, you'll come to realize you've changed because your faith is appreciating and embracing God's abundant grace and power. That's the freedom Jesus died for—for His grace and strength to give you back your life! In his strength, you can become more like Jesus and experience more and more of His divine nature through the Holy Spirit within you. It will be a force for the devil to recon with as you purposely live for God in this earth!

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one manAdam, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign and triumph over sin and death through the one man, Jesus Christ.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Get a Grip on Your Anger Before it Becomes Sin

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I was a young man and newly married, I was at a different emotional level. I was young. I was immature. I was a new Christian just beginning to learn the Bible and seeking God about the changes He wanted me to make in my life. I sincerely wanted to be a great husband but was fully aware that I was making plenty of mistakes and failing miserably. I wore my emotions on my sleeve and would too often feel provoked by my new wife who was also young and immature. There were times I would periodically erupt like a volcano. I am ashamed of those days. I thank God for His transforming word and the ever-present help of the Holy Spirit who helped me completely change and mature. And I am so glad that those years are now so far in the past.

Anger's a valid and God-given emotion, but one that has a boundary whose line can too easily be crossed. We are instructed in Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) “In your anger do not sin…” This verse is instructional and insightful. God clearly teaches us that anger in itself is not sin, but that it can be carried to the point of sin. If we continue to read, we also find out that when anger does cross its boundary, it can give the devil a foothold. The Greek word for foothold literally means “giving the devil occupancya place to dwell.”

For some people, their anger not only crosses the line of inappropriateness into sinning, but they are practically inviting the devil to sit down at their table and sign a long-term lease to live with them. How does that happen?

Anger unrestrained will lead to all kinds of outbursts that cause regret. People that sin in their anger seldom stay on the issue they are angry over. They're quickly drawn into the archive of past offenses and bring them into their thought-life, heated words and anger. This causes anger to swell like the beginning of a volcano. As anger gets worse, clear thinking has left the room and irrational thinking which provokes more anger, leads to rage! Unbridled anger or rage leads to irrational behavior that can then lead into every kind of evil, including dangerous behaviours. James 3:16 KJV says it like this, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

As words begin to erupt from this anger, they begin to flow like lava and the devil now has a foothold. The words will be destructive and do damage to anyone in its path. In many cases, those words do long term damage that people may or may not recover from. If they do recover, they leave scars in the memory banks that only Jesus can remove through supernatural forgiveness. And at that point, anger takes dominance over clear thinking and the devil has taken up residence—he has a foothold in your life.

Gods wisdom tells us the danger in letting our anger cross the boundaries of inappropriateness. Proverbs 27:4 (NIV) says, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…” Prov 14:17 (NIV) says, “A quick-tempered man does foolish things…  Jails are filled with people that have become the victim of their own anger.
So what is God's plan to overcome and manage anger appropriately? You need to take on God’s temperament. Psalms 103:8 (KJV) reveals, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” God isn't expecting people to meet His perfection. He had Jesus come and do that. Jesus was the only one who could. God is driven by love to help people make progress with great patience.

To keep anger from turning to rage, limit yourself to how much you think about or mull offenses over. Ask yourself: Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? There's a good chance you are! If so, don't! Let go of it. When angered, pause your thinking and evaluate it. Speak few words about it as words fuel angers growth. Pray and ask God to help you forgive. Think about why you like or love that person. Seek forgiveness for your own personal faults at the time of your anger toward someone else. Finally, pray for that person from a spirit of love and faith with the sincere desire to help them. If you don't feel like it, do it anyway by faith because God instructs you to. When you do this, you'll find that your emotions will follow your faith. The other person may or may not respond right to your efforts but regardless, do what's right and the situation will keep from getting worse. It most likely will get better. And you'll get stronger at controlling your emotions and anger. Practice this continually and God will do a work in you and change your character in this area and help you mature.  And in the big picture, like me, you'll be so glad—and be so blessed!

Proverbs 16:32 (NIV) "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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