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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

God’s Love Stretches Our Love

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by Pastor Tim Burt

If I have learned anything about God, I have learned that He loves us and that He loves me far more than my intellect can comprehend!

There was a day when I was terrified of God. I was living like the devil and didn't know God. I feared He was mostly out to get me because I was such a disappointment to Him and because of the way I lived. But I was very wrong. That thinking came mostly from ignorance of God—from not knowing a thing about what the Bible says about God. At that point in time, I imagined God to be more of one ready to strike me with a thunderbolt or calamity than being a loving God. My subliminal goal was hoping not to tick off the big guy in the sky. How ignorant and irreverent that strikes me today!

In Romans 5:8 NLT the Bible says, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” This is saying that He proved His love to me by having Jesus die for my sins before I was ever born and then also at the time I was actually living as a total reprobate. That truly is mind-boggling! Only God could have seen beyond my stupid life of the past and still have loved me.
That is what Isaiah 55:9 is saying! "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." People often misinterpret this scripture saying that it means all God's ways are mysterious and that they can't be figured out. Well, they can't be figured out but He does reveal them to us through His Holy Spirit!

There is more to what it means than that. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." It's talking about God's love and His thoughts and attitudes of love toward us. His love and patience is so far beyond our own. He understands what has led to our perverted concepts of Him and to our ungodly living. He knows what Satan has done to pervert this earth and the atmospheres and environments of life that have contributed to our wrong thinking and behavior. It only produced a greater love, mercy and patience from God toward us. God hates what Satan has done to this earth. Understanding the depth of God's love toward  you is what will help produce good and godly change within you. His love working in us will then spill from our lives to touch and change the lives of others. His thoughts regarding love are so much greater and higher than our thoughts and intellect to grasp it.

I remember a time when I got a call from my son Jeffrey from school. I had just brought him to school and returned home. He called home telling me that he forgot his gym bag and needed me to bring it to school for him. I was really upset with him for that little infraction— at least at first. Then I thought about Jesus' higher ways and merciful love toward me. I immediately felt embarrassed that I was making such a mountain out of a molehill. He made a simple mistake as I had a thousand times before. It instantly stirred mercy and my love toward my son.

His standard of love helps me feel secure in Him as I continue to live my life knowing that He really, really loves me! Compared to the Lord's standard of love toward us, our love can seem so conditional and so easy to derail. I am so glad that God's standard is so high. His standard of love is so merciful and helps me stretch and grow my standard. I know that I am a project in progress. I continuously let His love redefine and stretch my limited love. His ways and thoughts are higher and He wants us to learn them! May they redefine your love toward others today!

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT2) "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Having Integrity in an Unintegrous World

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I was growing up and into my teenage years, it seemed like my buddies and I were mischievous-minded—always scheming of ways to do things we shouldn't have been doing. I remember at the age of 13 scheming to steal tobacco and a pipe from a local drug store to then take into a local gas station bathroom with a couple of buddies and smoke—which we did.

Have you ever been a schemer? The main reason people scheme is to get something they want in a way that is not legally or ethically right or to manipulate a work-around after already being given the answer of No to something they wanted to do. The world is filled with schemers who are secretly scheming, even at this very moment. I'd probably still been scheming had I not given my life to Jesus and renewed my mind to His word and ways!

As I began to learn the Bible, God's word made it clear that scheming was bad. I could see biblical figures scheming because they did not or would not ask for God’s help, or if they did, they weren’t patient enough or lacked the faith to believe that God would help them and so they made their own plan that they knew in their heart, was not integrous.

Scheming will subtly lead you away from God. It's like you have to turn of the light switch to God so that you can pursue things your own way and not feel guilty about it. Scheming will hurt or destroy your ability to be sensitive to God’s voice. It will destroy the timing of God's will for what He does want for us in our life. It will also hinder from ever learning the character development of trusting God—something critical to ever receiving the fullness of blessing that God so desperately wants us to have in life. 

Proverbs helps us see the person that won’t trust or listen to God and ends up scheming. Proverbs 1:30-31 NLT says, "Since they would not accept My advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes." Then Proverbs 24:8 NIV says, "He who plots evil will be known as a schemer." 

I know that when we want something, our flesh does not like to wait. But that is part of the work that God wants to do in us. God tells us to forget about those that do cheat or scheme to get their own way. Instead wait on Him. 

I know we live in an evil world and sometimes we are tempted to compromise our integrity to keep up with others that scheme. It's also easy to believe that cheaters have an advantage. They don't. In the end, it will catch up with them. So, don’t be that person! God has a higher way! Matt 5:8 NIV says, "Blessed are the pure in heart (motive and purpose) for they shall see God (and understand His ways.") And Proverbs 22:11 NIV says, "Anyone who loves a pure heart and gracious speech is the king's friend." Be pure in heart! When you feel that check in your heart, find out why—especially if it has to do with integrity! Ask and pray and then learn to God's timing. Over time as you look back, you will see that He often gave you better that you imagined doing things His way. The high road is the only road to take!

Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV) "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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