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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Only Thing That Turns a Nation Toward Good

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I have recently noticed that many churches and many individuals are fasting and praying for our nation. They are doing so to beseech God for His mercy upon our country, our government, our people, and for the revival of the Judeo-Christian ethic and moral principles within the fabric of our nation.  They are fasting and praying for the entertainment and music industries which have polluted media and music with a sexual degradation like we have never seen in our lifetime. They are praying for the corporate business-world where money drives decisions without regard for ethics or integrity. And they are praying about their own personal life because they see their own personal hypocrisy.

Our nation was founded upon the Judeo-Christian ethic taught from God’s word and we see the proof of this in the founding father’s writings, documents, and inscribed in the architecture of buildings, monuments, and statues throughout our nation. Though atheistic historians and humanist who want to live without restraints imposed upon them try to erase any mention of God or Christian thinking from our history books, the abounding evidence prevails. It was and is the Judeo-Christian ethic that leads to a society of love, compassion, mercy, and moral and civil responsibility. It is a godless society that casts off restraints and leads a nation into lawlessness. And so, God's people are fasting! They are fasting for God’s hand to move upon the hearts of leaders to lead this nation back to a place pleasing to God.

This nation’s greatness and outreach to the rest of the world has always been enabled by God’s grace—His supernatural help. It has been the only reason behind our nation's success. The countless contributions made to our great nation by good men and women, have in truth been the grace of God operating through their life for the good of all. Our nation today perfectly mirrors a nation trying to succeed through humanistic effort. It is failing badly as a result of not petitioning God for His grace, mercy and help. And so we pray!
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish; but blessed is he who keeps the law." When this verse says, "Where there is not vision..." it literally means where the people live without restraints—people who do not seek God for His guidance and don’t want the restraints and godly disciplines taught from God's Word. It will result in their perishing. One translation of this verse says “where there is no revelation of God’s will, the people run wild…”

The verse helps us understand that vision, whether it be for a nation or an individual life, comes with restraint. God’s word calls and pleads for restraint concerning sexual behavior, for communication (including profanity, disrespect, and rage,) for spending and borrowing, for temperament, for marital boundaries (not flirting or cheating outside of marriage,) health, nutrition and exercise, and for work and labor ethics (not cheating the government on your taxes.) And it’s not conditional depending you how you feel others treat you. These restraints help transform you, protect you, and greatly contribute to your blessed life!

A life disciplined with restraint doesn't mean a boring, or uninteresting life. That couldn't be further from the truth. Following God's ways helps keep you from being distracted from things that steal from you or waste your time. It allows you to be focused toward those things that will bless others and ultimately you! Real champions in life are always focused! The God-life is about having a life of good choices while practicing restraint from ungodly or hurtful choices. The result is Proverbs 29:18, “…blessed is he/she.”

A love for God and His ways, and having faith that in a broken world, God will ultimately protect and bless your choices of right and moral behavior, is what makes a nation great! A nation that wants to do its own thing without the restraint of God’s counsel is a nation that is broken and will perish. And because we are a nation that has come to lack this and is desperate for His help, this leads us to fast and pray.

Prayers during times of fasting is petitioning God’s mercy and grace upon our own life to change. Not eating helps us to practice and remember the importance of restraint in our lives. It teaches you to say no to the constant barrage of whims your flesh screams for and over time, helps your spirit be strengthened by God's grace, getting your life back under control. Praying for your nation results in God pouring out His Spirit upon all of mankind—leaders, those of influence that don’t know Him or aren't yielded to Him, and you—to make right choices for the good of all!

We make up this nation and as we are changed, so will our nation be also. Let us pray…

Acts 2:17 (NIV) "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people..." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 12, 2018

How Does God speak to Us?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was having coffee with a close friend, catching up on life. Our conversation drifted from one subject to another. Suddenly we were talking about the Lord and about all the ways He speaks to us in our life. He proceeded to tell a story about he and his wife related to that. My wife wants me to take a trip to a place I have no desire or interest in going to. I went to bed thinking No way, I am not going. I don’t want to and this is one time I am putting my foot down. She can go if she wants but I’m not going. He told me they weren't fighting about it. They just weren't in agreement about it but he could feel the pressure of her really wanting him to go with her. One night as he laid down in his bed, he began to pray and thank God for the day. As he was praying, he said the Lord suddenly reminded him of a Bible verse. It was the one where the angel spoke to Joseph and told him not to be afraid to marry Mary because it was true that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He said, I knew the Lord was speaking to me through that verse. God was changing Joseph's mind. And right then, I knew he wanted me to change my mind and go on this trip with my wife. He said, Just like that I did a 180 degree turn in my mind and reached over in bed, kissed her, and told her I would come with her. She was shocked but blessed. God settled their dispute through the leading of His Word and Spirit!

This is the advantage Christians can have over people who have not received Jesus as their Lord. We have the Holy Spirit of God living within us to help direct our heart in every situation! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT “...don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” 

The Holy Spirit teaches us the heart of God—His will, His ways, His character, and His love. He will also lead us in our life if we are yielded to Him. Jesus told us of the Holy Spirit that would come and be a part of our lives saying, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him nor or understand Him: but you know Him because He will dwell within you and be with you. “ (John 14:16-17 KJV)  Jesus continued telling us more about the Holy Spirit and how He would work in us saying, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.“ (John 16:13-14 NIV)

People imagine all sorts of things about God. We don't get to created or define God. God will define Himself to us! That's what makes reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God so important. When the Holy Spirit teaches and speaks to us, He uses scripture. He brings scriptures to our remembrance and then speaks to our heart through it. That way, you aren't confusing God’s voice with your imagination. Over time you become familiar with God’s voice and how He speaks with and leads you. For example, let’s say in a moment of weakness, you are thinking about looking at or engaging in something that is in appropriate. The Holy Spirit may bring a scripture to your remembrance that says, “Be holy for I am holy.” At that point, you know that God has spoken to you and is trying to help strengthen you; not condemn you. Hopefully then you will make the right choice. Imagine you were getting in an argument with someone and getting a little hot. Suddenly the scripture comes to your remembrance, "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11) At that point you know the Holy Spirit is speaking to you, trying to help you calm down.
As we grow and mature spiritually, we learn to hear the voice of God through the scriptures we’ve meditated on over time. The Word of God does speak. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes the very thoughts and attitudes of our heart.” 

This is just one way God speaks to our heart and helps us grow and mature. He also speaks to us through our Pastor's preaching, (which is why it's critical to go to church), through friends in small groups learning together, and through leaders and mentors God has raised up in our life. Hopefully we grow more and more dependent upon His word and voice every day. Being dependent upon God is not bad, It's great! Jesus is the one that said to us, "Without me you can do nothing." As you spend time praying and seeking God, He will find those ways to speak to you and lead you. This experience is unique to Christians and one of the great mysteries we understand, but the world never will. It is our inheritance in Christ! You are the temple of the Holy Spirit and He wants to lead you in all truth! I hope you know how thankful you should be for this kind of intimacy with God!

Psalms 119:103 (NLT) "How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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