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Monday, July 09, 2018

Those "God, I Don't Understand" Moments

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by Pastor Tim Burt

First, a special note from Pastor Tim: As most of you know, I write Fresh Manna four times a week and seldom ever take a break from writing. The last time I did was when we were on the mission field in Peru last January. After today, I will be on a two-week break. Not because we are taking a vacation but because my daughter and her husband and two daughters who are missionaries in Peru, are coming today to be with us for the next two weeks. As missionaries in Peru, they are not allowed to make any kind of income by law. That means they have to come here once a year to raise supportand to speak in the churches and visit with those that support them. And since there are a part of the missions work we do through Tim and Renee Burt Ministries, we will be laying out our outreach plans for the next 12 months. We'll enjoy every second we have together but there will be much work to accomplish while they are here. Renee and I need to be focused on being with them and helping them so I'll be taking a two-week break from writing. I hope you know how much we love all of you and pray for you each day. And for those that have supported the mission work we do in Peru, Africa, and India on the ground, and in reaching on average of 4 plus million people through Twitter and my blog daily, our sincerest thank you. If you go to the archives on the website, you can find plenty of past posts to read that will bless you as though I wrote them that morning. The Holy Spirit knows in advance what you need! Thanks for your prayers and understanding. We'll be praying for you! Back to writing July 23rd.

And Now Today's Blog: Those "God, I Don't Understand" Moments 

I'm sure that most of us at one time or another have uttered the words, God, I don't understand what's going on! Why is this happening? When hurt or disappointment is present and questions that you can't get answers to come, then beware! Why? Because the whys have the potential to confuse and undermine your faith. I’m not saying that asking God about things you don’t understand is bad. No, to the contrary, that is a good thing to do!
Sometimes when we ask God questions, we are inadvertently asking them out loud to the world or to people who don’t know God. The answers they come up can cause hurt upon hurt! Dude, are you crazy? Why do you believe this God stuff to begin with? If God did exist, then He's crazy because this world is crazy and He isn't doing  anything about it! 

Statements such as this create hurt upon hurt. They fuel doubt to the faith you're struggling with because of the difficult times you are going through. And they don't offer any answers so you are stuck with your nagging questions that add to your confusion and work to undermine your faith. You can’t force or simply figure out answers to questions that only God knows the answers to.

Some time ago we prayed for a couple who was pregnant with child that had received an evil report. We prayed with them and stood in faith with them. When the child was born, everything was wonderful. It was declared by the doctor as a miracle. Another time later, we were asked to pray for another couple that likewise had received an evil report. We also stood in faith with them. When their child was born, it lived for less than an hour. It was a painful and sad experience. The good experiences cause us to rejoice. The painful experiences lead us to the God, I don't understand what is going on! Why is this happening? questions.  They work to discourage our faith.

David was a man God has promised to bless. He was told by the prophet Samuel that he would be the next King of Israel. Yet, it seemed like he went through one troubling event after another. The King he has served faithfully—King Saul, had become jealous of him and sent troops after David to find and kill him. How could this all make sense?

David was human just like you and I. He experienced those God, I don't understand what is going on! Why is this happening? moments. David cried out to God, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?" Psalms 22:1 (NLT) Deep down David knew that God was with him. He had seen God deliver him time and time again. But even David had his moments of discouragement that led to asking Why?

If you've ever heard ridiculous answers to difficult God questions, you know that they never settle well within you. They almost have the ability to make you mad because they make God look insane or evil—like He doesn't know what He's doing. I remember a pastor once explaining at a funeral that this young lawyer who died, did so because God needed another lawyer in Heaven so He took him. I knew that this ridiculous answer made the family mad and spiritually confused others. God is not in cohorts with the devil. The book of Job does not teach that even though some teach it that way. (That is another teaching for another day.)

If I make unreasonable demands for answers God is not ready to give me, I'll end up over analyzing and intellectualizing everything and creating false answers that will confuse me and lead me away from God. When asking God questions, its important to do so with a reverential and child-like faith. What do I mean by that? A Why God question  is often provoked at a time of pain or confusion. A loving Father would comfort a child with the explanation they were able to understand. That might be a partial answer if the child couldn't grasp the full answer at their level of maturity. But he would eventually give that child the answers they need as they became able to comprehend them. You may be an adult but your spiritual maturity might not be able to grasp the answers God would give you because He speaks and teaches us through His Word.

So, as you ask Why?, you need to read His Word asking the Lord to show you the answers you seek. You need to accept His timing in giving you the answers you seek. They might not immediately come. Only He can give you the answers to those difficult questions that could otherwise be confusing to your faith and understanding of Him. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the ways and heart of God. So, the thing to do when those questions arise is, ask the Lord and then tell the Lord you will patiently await the answer. He will eventually give you that answer. It is His promise.
Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT2) "Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come."  Some answers will come quickly, and some will come over time. Either way, the Lord is faithful to answer your questions through His Word. Approaching difficult questions in this way will help you patiently wait in peace and bring you insight and understanding from the heart of God. So cast doubts into the sea! Know that because of Jesus, God is always for you. Trust the Lord who is a comforting and perfect Father. He'll help you heal as you move forward!

Job 42:1-6 (NLT2) "...Job replied...Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me... I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Moving Mountain Sized Problems Out of Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As I write to you today, I know that there are those of you that have issues or problems that are so huge, they feel like mountains in your life. The bigness and weight of them might feel like more than you can bear. Satan loves to magnify problems in our life, and when situations become that big, they strip us of almost all hope. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” When our heart becomes sick, we start thinking wrong. We can become desperate, confused, and have thoughts that lead to more wrong actions—ultimately making problems worse.

Worldly people without God, have no remedy for this kind of burden and hopelessness. There are many people walking around today, with what they feel are mountain size problems, burying them in despair. Although the world has no remedy, Jesus does! He says in John 16:33 (RSV), "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." 

The world does not expect mountains to move for them. Mountains are just that—immovable. That is except to Jesus! He expects mountains to move for Him. That is what makes Him able to overcome the world. He gives us words such as we see in Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV) "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

Without the help of the Holy Spirit who brings revelation and insight, those words only confuse us. "Speak to a mountain to be removed and cast in the sea." Really? We argue in unbelief, He must have made a mistake. He couldn’t have meant what He said. But, when we read all these words of Jesus, our spirit is sparked with hope and rightly so! We can pray for the mountain to be moved and it will? Yes! Remember, Jesus said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world." When Jesus says, “Take heart…” He means take hold of this hope and take it deep in your heart. He then says, Speak to that mountain in faith! Go speak to the mountain and tell it to move! You are not of this world because you belong to God. Why else would God tell you to speak to a mountain? Who from this world would do that?

Then Jesus says, “I assure you…” What does that mean? It means He wants you to be sure you know that what He is saying to you is truth! He says, “I assure you that you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea and your command will be obeyed.” Jesus isn’t looking in a mirror saying this to Himself. He is saying this to His disciples. He is saying this to you!

He continues saying,  All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. Of course He is speaking of things that are according to His will, but, hopefully that is most things you pray for! He follows with something very important for you to take care of first, before you try to move this mountain. He wants your heart to cleansed and pure. He says in, Mark 11:25 (NKJV) "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."

Unforgiveness will keep a mountain planted. Sincere repentance of sin and forgiveness of others will allow you to put mountain moving words and faith to your situation.

Proverbs 13:12 NLT says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” but it finishes by saying, “but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Jesus said, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” That means there is hope for you and for your mountain to be moved. I have stood many times in faith in prayer with one of my prayer partners speaking to issues and problems the size of mountains. We have stood in patience and faith and seen mountains move again and again. Some took time and others, quickly or not so long!  Impossibilities become possibilities in God. Speak to yours keeping Jesus first words in mind… “Have faith in God.”

1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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