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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

God's Wisdom For Greater Peace in Your Life


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by Pastor Tim Burt

It's winter here in Minnesota and although I love parts of winter, I dream about summer frequently this time of year. I remembered this one day last summer. I was out on a lake on a beautiful sunny summer day. There was no wind. The lake was like glass—like one big mirror reflecting the sky and the trees around it. It was so beautiful and peaceful, it was mind-blowing! Thinking about that this morning made me think of the words perfect peace from Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."  

Today I want to suggest to you a simple truth that is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for greater peace in your life.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisersmen that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older adviserswise men that had served for a great many years under his father.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11. “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from novices that were cocky and egotistical gloating in their new power.
The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took, but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace.

Some people foolishly seem to love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles and ego while stoking the fires that provoke anger. This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to serve and help people. When conflict arises, pause and let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and then, giving place for the Holy Spirit to speak through you, give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people who respect you, are more loyal and willing to work with you, and you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, you can because your heart is not stubborn. You are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you'll experience fewer stormy days and more peaceful days—even a few more that are like that beautiful still day on the lake. 

A sincere love for people, a heart to serve others, and a heart that sincerely and respectfully cares for other's interests and concerns is one who has the heart of God. It will bring more agreement and harmony and much more of a peaceful life.

Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT2) "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Transforming Power of Worshipping God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Two of my grandchildren were at our home Sunday and one of them was reciting the Bible verses he learned this past week. Then they were dancing and singing to worship music we had playing in the background. God's Word came alive before my eyes. Psalms 8:2 (NIV) "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise...." If we as adults could only get that free and so easily worship the Lord. Oh how positively it would affect our lives!  Isn't that what Matthew 18:4 says? “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

When we read through the Psalms, this is the experience we are reading. David would be out in the field with his sheep or coming back from a victory over his enemies and would be singing from his heart of love giving thanks to the Lord. He would get by himself and sing out what was in his heart to the Lord. God had declared that David had a heart after Himself. Acts 13:22 (NIV) "...I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart..."  How did David become that man? Many things contributed to David's faith-filled character, but maybe none as much as his heart of thanks and worship toward God. When your heart is full of thanksgiving, you see more of God in your life. In the book of Ephesians in chapter 1, the Apostle Paul called it "the eyes of your understanding." Through them, you are able to see God working behind the scenes in your life. You notice those touches of God that are His doing. And because you do, you become even more thankful! That was David and he simply could not contain it, It spilled from him in praise and worship to God!

Ephesians 5:19-21 KJV says "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...” Learning to sing your own words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord. He is truly worthy of this sacrifice of praise! And, don't forget this Biblical truth—praise quiets your mind and emotions and helps you detach from the cares of this world. And, it stills the voice of the enemy in your thought-life!

Over two dozen years ago I made a change in my life that I walk in today. I turned the radio off in my car and began to pray and to sing my own melodies of thanks to the Lord. It was and is life-changing. I've reduced the garbage and noise that I used to perpetually let in, and instead began to let my heart lift up melodies and praise to the Lord. I sing to the Lord from my heart almost daily. I do not have a singing voice but I know that makes no difference to God. His word says "Make a joyful noise to the Lord!" That's me! The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and supernaturally transforms your heart is beyond words! Besides, it’s our future destiny once we are reunited in Heaven with Jesus. So you might as well get started now! It will transform your life and intimacy with Him in the most wonderful way!

Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT) After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb… And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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