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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Don't Spin Your Wheels! Get Perfect Results!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was twenty-five years old when I bought my first house. Along with my first house came my first yard to keep up. After the first winter in that house, I had the joy of repairing the parts of my lawn that had been killed by winter-kill. I was in my mid twenties at that time and fairly inexperienced in home upkeep. I also liked to do everything in a hurry. I was too young and immature to appreciate the old adage, If you are going to do something, do it right.

After buying grass seed, I would sprinkle some over the areas of dead grass from the winter-kill. Then I'd water it. A couple of weeks later, I’d be frustrated because most of the seed had not germinated and little to no new grass had sprouted. I asked a few friends if they knew a better way to get grass to grow. And Yes, there were directions on the box of grass seed but who had time to read directions much less do it the way they recommend? That would take way too much time to read—(at least two minutes.) I’d get varied advice on what to do. One person told me that raking the grass seed in would work. The next year I tried that. It didn't work. Please forgive me for how stupid this sounds, but I'd keep trying some version of sprinkling the seed on top of the dead grass and watering it, even though it didn't seem to work. (Immaturity extracts a high price!)

Finally a true gardener found out about my frustration. He said, Tim, you can either cut out the damaged lawn and replace it with a new piece of sod or do what I tell you which will take more time but get perfect results. I asked him what to do. He said it would be hard work—more than just throwing some seed. First, he said, If possible, start in the spring just after the temperature is steady at about sixty degrees. The weather is perfect for growing grass at that time of year because the slightly cooler weather helps the ground stays moist longer. That is critical to the seed germinating. He then told me to take a gardening fork (a small hand-tool to till up an area) and run it over the winter kill a section at a time. I was to rake out the dead grass and dispose of it. Then sprinkle the seed over the tilled area and work it into the soil with the gardening fork. He prepared me. Your yard will look ugly for about three weeks. Then, he said, comes the most important part to get perfect results. You need to water it at least morning and night for a week to ten days. The seeds need to stay moist to germinate and then they need water as they sprout and begin to grow. If you do this, I guarantee you will see the results you want.

I did what he said and it has always given me perfect results. Over time, I learned that the three key things to repairing my lawn are parallel to getting God-results! They are:


1.) Meditate on God’s Word. God’s Word is called incorruptible seed meaning its perfect seed that gets results. Meditate on the word of God before you start your day—before life and your day get too busy. Your intentions might be great but as much as you promise yourself that you will later, you probably won't! Work the seed (God’s Word) into the soil of your heart. This is important to the start of our day! (And it's why I write Fresh Manna!)

2.) Confess and pray the Word of God over what it is your are trying to accomplish. The Word of God is incorruptible seed. Confessing what God has said is like raking out what's dead and putting down the good and incorruptible seed of God’s word. His word is His will and He says in 1 John 5:14-15, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of Him." When you confess it and meditate on God's Word it's like tilling that good seed into the soil. It gets into your heart and builds your faith. When you pray what you've meditated on, you know His will and you are praying His will in faith!  (Example: Lord, like David, I pray you give me courage to stand up boldly and fearlessly in giving my presentation at work, knowing you give me favor and lead me to victory over every Goliath-obstacle!)

3.) Continue to pray every time you get a chance —ESPECIALLY when you are praying over something critical to you. It's not a works thing meaning more prayer equals better results. No, the reason to pray often is because it helps you think about God and His word and chase out the unbelief that comes again and again when facing difficult circumstances. Unbelief has to be defeated and prayer is not only talking with God, it reminds you of His love and power, His promises, and that He is working in your life as you trust Him. It squashes unbelief like a bug!

Prayer is the equivalent of watering. It prepares and softens your heart so you can hear from God. It helps your heart grow in faith. It will help God’s Word germinate and take root in your heart. Prayer petitions the heart of God according to His will. The Holy Spirit will help you remember to pray and pray often. Pray whenever you can and often! Turn off your car radio. Turn off the distractions you can control. Water the seed of your requests with the prayer that will cause your answers to sprout! Let your prayer be filled with thanks for what God is doing and will continue to do!

Jesus said in Mark 4:27 (NIV) "Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how." When we learn God's Word and pray in faith, God is working whether we know it or not!

It took me about three years of no results before I learned and was willing to put in the effort to grow my grass the right way. For the last 37 years I had a lush yard of green grass—the result of following good instruction. These are also the principles that help you build a strong spiritual house. They are both about planting seed and watering.
I used to try to get no results because I gave no respect for how God has ordained sowing and reaping to work. I used to think I didn’t have time. Now I know that the only way to get the results I desire is to make the time. This is how the Lord builds the house. This is how to avoid building your house in vain—doing what you think is the work but getting zero results.

Psa 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Quit Being Ripped Off By the Devil

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever had anything stolen from you? I have—a few times over the course of my life. I've never liked it and I'm sure you haven't either! One time it really made me mad. Someone had broken into our car and stolen Renee’s purse. If you had something valuable stolen like your car for example, you would most likely call the police. Why would you call the police? For two reasons: one being, to hopefully get your car back, and the second, hoping they would catch the thief.

Did you know that Jesus called Satan the thief? In John 10:10 (NLT) Jesus said, “The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”

Satan works to steal much more than tangible things from us. He works to steal any and every good thing from God that blesses our life—including our relationships, family, church, job, and so much more. It's important to know that the devil is a thief! And it's important to know because you will never defend against what you don’t know is being stolen or who stole it.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) gives us insight saying "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." What is this verse saying? It's saying that demonic forces work behind the scenes of every person committing an evil that steals, kills, and destroys. They are the real problem in our life—not people. Remember, before you gave your life to Jesus,? You were also used in ways to hurt people. But God's love somehow penetrated your heart and opened your eyes to the truth of Jesus, and you left that all behind. All people need to be saved but until they are, they will at times, be used of the devil. It's the devil we need to focus on and stand against.

We do have natural recourse when things are stolen such as the police or authorities and insurance. But the most important thing you could ever do is understand spiritually who your enemy is and then understand the covenant promise God has given you. God promises us through Deuteronomy 28:7 (NKJV) “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways." Like all promises of God, you must believe and stand in faith for them. You are for your salvation so why wouldn't you for the rest of God's benefits?

I remember a time when I was putting a quarter in a vending machine. I dropped it and it rolled under the pop machine. I was just going to leave it when the Lord suddenly spoke to my heart and said, I've called you to be my steward. Don't ever let the enemy steal what I have given you!  It was so clear and profound I was startled. I got down on my hands and knees and saw the quarter with easy reach and grabbed it. That experience was life-changing for me. I never again thought of things within my possession as mine. I was God's steward and He does not like the enemy ripping us off whether large or small and in any area of our life—possessions or relationships or whatever!

Proverbs 6:30-31 (NLT2) says, "Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house." I guarantee you Satan isn't stealing because he's starving. He's hate and destructive driven. When we have identified Satan's attack and thievery in our lives, it is imperative to note it, and declare it against him, not the person who stole. Say with authority In the name of Jesus, Satan, this is your work. You have tried to steal what God has given to me. You are caught! You are a thief and I rebuke and bind you from stealing God's blessings from my life. Father, I thank you for enforcing the seven-fold return of what the enemy has tried to steal from me, and I thank you for it in in Jesus Name. Do this in sincere faith, and as you look back over the years in hindsight, you'll see God restoring to you what He restored to Job.

We may not always be able to see every attack coming or stop every negative thing that Satan tries to bring our way, but, when those attacks come, it’s time to stand in faith and use the weapons of our warfare that God has given us. They are powerful and effective and will produce results.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NKJV) says "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds." This means we do not fight demonic attacks with guns, or knives or material weapons. We fight them through our words and prayers of faith, and the authority of the name of Jesus!

Our spiritual maturity and growth in God will develop over time as we stay close to the Lord. As we learn to catch and resist the thief, we actually begin to slow down and shut out many demonic attacks and influences from our life. The devil will be on the run, you will become spiritually more discerning and strong, your life will experience much greater peace, and you will begin to take back what the devil has stolen from you!

Deuteronomy 28:7 NKJV, “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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