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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An Inspirational Story: UnStress for Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Their new coach, a fit, muscular, and confident young man, stood before his new class—a group of mothers who were excited to shed some excess weight and flab that had come with having children. Ladies, you all want to be able to one day look in the mirror and be excited about what you see. It's my job to help you get there and the good new is, I know how to do that. But, if there is anything that will make this effort more difficult, it's this... He bent over and picked a small light dumbbell.

Would anyone like to guess how much this weighs? he said to this excited and engaged group. A few of them shouted out their answers ranging from 1 to 5 lbs. The correct answer is 5 lbs, and you'll all find this easily manageable. But, the weight doesn't really matter because the feel of the weight changes depending on how long you hold it, and with that, he held it out straight in front of him. He didn't say a word but kept holding it straight out in front of him while engaging with their eyes back and forth across the room. 

After a minute of silence, he finally spoke. The weight of this dumbbell won't change, but it would get heavier! It would get heavier to me, the longer I held it. It may seem easy to hold it out straight in front of me for a minute. But, if I held it out for an hour, this 5 lb. weight would seem heavier. And the longer I had to hold it, the heavier it would get. That is exactly what happens to the cares, anxieties, and burdens you carry around each day.  

Mothers, you know how many things you have to think about and take care of, hour-by-hour, each and every day. Just the obligations that come with being a mother seem endless. But add to that, worrying about things you cannot change, and you've just unhealthily overloaded yourself! God did not design and create you to carry all of that. If you don't get rid of what may seem like small manageable burdens or problems, they will become heavier and heavier. They will distract you and interrupt the success of the goals you have in mind. You can't afford to hold onto or carry them. 

With a big smile on his face and with a softness in how his words were spoken, he continued... And you weren't meant to carry them! The Lord tells us that carrying the weight of these burdens is His job! Psalms 55:22 says, "Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. " And to make His point even stronger, He says again in 1 Peter 5:7, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you."

So ladies, when you wake up each morning, just before you begin to engage with your day, pause first and lay your cares at the feet of the Lord, knowing He cares for you. Thank Him for allowing you to lay them at His feet. And, just before you put your head on the pillow and turn out the light each night, again lift your heart to the Lord and give them to Him! Do this, and you'll be able to focus on the goals we have here without getting distracted! Do this and I'll get you before your mirror with a smile in no time at all. Shall we begin? 

Philippians 4:6 (TLB) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Not Guilty! — A Relationship Enhancer

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by Pastor Tim Burt


People hate to feel guilty. We really do. We push guilt aside, we bury guilt and we will try to do any and everything we can to get rid of guilt. People just plain hate guilt. The problem is, if a person doesn't know the Lord, they can never get rid of guilt. Oh they may try. They may suppress their feelings about guilt. They may bury them. They may try to drown them in alcohol or drugs or some other way. But the spirit of a man knows when it is not clean before the Lord. When the spirit of a man is not free from sin, guilt is present. Guilt feelings can create defensive attitudes, lead to dysfunctional thinking and behaviors, and send life spiraling off course! That's why it is so imperative to be free from it.

God wants to free us all from that guilt and pain. The following three verses reveal this truth in the most powerful way! First we see that God is not out to get us, but to save us. John 3:17 NIV says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." He isn't out to get us or bring condemnation (which means, Found guilty.) To the contrary, He wants to wash our sins away!

Secondly God has proven His love for us while we were still in a sinful state. That's how great His love is for us! Romans 5:8-9 NIV says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by the sacrifice of His death and blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Jesus Christ!"


Third, God had a plan in place called JESUS to rescue us from guilt and condemnation and to make us blameless BEFORE He ever created the world! Mind-blowing but true! Ephesians 1:4 NIV “God chose us to be in Jesus before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and WITHOUT BLAME before Him in love...”

You see God isn't looking to point the finger. He isn't looking for condemnation and guilt. He says we have been justified, through our faith! You've been declared Not guilty! And that is His gift from Himself to us. We are saved from wrath!  When a person repents  and turns from their sins and receives Jesus as their Savior, the Lord immediately removes sin and guilt and makes them blameless. This is a gift and miracle that no human being is worthy of, yet God out of His love had this plan in place from the beginning! Now, having said that, let me get to today's point.

God didn't send Jesus to get rid of guilt so that we could put each other back under it. He wants us to help people get free from guilt. Receiving Jesus is a miraculous step with instant results—the promise and gift of eternal life. Learning to live the Christian walk is a process. Everyone is in a different place in that process. No one is perfect and some are more messed up than others. (Should we talk about your shortcomings?) People will blow it and they need to ask forgiveness and try to make things right when we do. But, we don't want to put guilt trips on people because they don't live up to our expectations. We don't want to look for whom to blame in every situation where something goes wrong. We don't want to focus on blame at all. Some people are blamers. Something goes wrong and the first thing they do is try to figure out whom they can blame for what's wrong. Is the country in chaos? Is it the President's fault? A teenager has gone astray. Is it dad's fault or is it moms, or is it the schools or maybe the friends they are hanging out with?

When our lives weren't right and we were covered in our own sins, Jesus wasn't out to condemn or find blame. He was solution-oriented and He led the way. He took our punishment we deserved upon Himself. Then He showed love and pointed out the right path and the answer and solutions through His word
—the Bible. Imagine if we were like that. A husband and wife get into a fight and instead of looking to blame each other the husband just sucks it up and says, Honey, you're probably right. I'm sorry. What do you think we can do to fix this? Imagine he does this even though he could be right. He has taken the lead. His heart is saying, Look honey, it's not important that I'm right and you are wrong. It's important that I protect my love for you and we just find a solution to this situation. He doesn't blame. He doesn't pin guilt. He washes her like Jesus washed us.  

Many marriages are ruined because they focus on faults and lay guilt for what each other has done, or is not doing. It's much more profitable and God's way of doing something when we just look to see how to fix the wrong and learn what we might do to avoid it in the future. Its better when we wash each other's feet by overlooking offenses and cleansing each other. When this becomes your motivation, you protect the love between each other. Blaming doesn't solve anything, but forgiving each other does!

The same goes with children. Don't lay guilt on them. Free them up. Help them understand what works better. Wash them with your love and point them in the right direction. Guilt only causes bad feelings leading to avoidance and eventually attitude and behavioral problems. Love, instruction, correction when necessary, washing and forgiving—working harder at solutions than at placing blame and fault is much more effective and God's way of doing things. Can you bring this principle of removing guilt and covering an offense into the workplace? Into your marriage? Into your parenting? The Holy Spirit can teach you how. It's powerful!

Prov 17:9 says, “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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