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Monday, June 30, 2008

“Your Power Instinct to Sing?”


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Psalm 8:2 says, “You have taught children and nursing infants to give you praise. They silence your enemies who were seeking revenge.”


Do you remember learning the ABC’s song. Do you remember singing it set to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?” Do you know why they teach little children knowledge set to music? Because music is instinctive and fun and easy to learn and when you put words to it. Now imagine combining the instinct to sing coupled with the Word of God. We’d be learning the Word of God by singing it. On that note, remember that Jesus spoke these powerful words: Matthew 18:3 “Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.”

Could it be out of Jesus’ love for the little children that He created them and us with the instinct to sing? Little children know a kingdom secret and so do the many that teach them. There is power in singing. I believe singing is instinctive to us all. That was exactly God’s plan and it would produce multiple benefits. Learning to sing God’s Word and His praises would lift our hearts toward Him, build our faith, and provide supernatural protection. Psalm 8:2 says, “You have taught children and nursing infants to give you praise. They silence your enemies who were seeking revenge.” In case you did not catch this, it’s tells us that sincere heart praise to God silences the enemies of our soul.

A great Bible story demonstrating the power of Praise in our life comes from 2 Chron. 20:20-25. King Jehoshaphat and his kingdom and people were about to be attacked by a vicious enemy. Terror hit their hearts. But Jehoshaphat was a godly leader. He loved God. He called the people to fast and pray. He then heard from God. They would defeat the enemy through praise. How foolish to most people would that sound? We read: 2 Chron. 20:20-25 “Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, "Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God… After consulting the leaders of the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: "Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!" At the moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had finished off the army of Seir, they turned on each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, there were dead bodies lying on the ground for as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped. That is turning what the devil meant for evil, for good!"

I do realize that some sing more than others and that often has everything to do on what you focus on and how you use your time. But the natural desire to sing is instinctively within us and when you give yourself over to it, it flows instinctively from you. Now harness that instinct and sing songs that harness God’s Word and you will do what little children do. You will be putting God’s Words to music and in time, the word of God will flow from your heart and lips. It will also work to silence the enemies of your soul.

I hope you understand that much if not most of the warfare you face in your life is in your mind. Oh I am fully aware that we all face very real negative circumstances within our life. But, the warfare in our minds is often greater than the circumstances. You’ve probably heard it said somewhere that 99% of everything we worry about never comes to pass. I don’t know if that is true or not. What I do know is that worrying is warfare and it’s painful and it’s not from God yet it tries to hit our life almost daily. Singing songs of praise and worship calms our heart and mind and helps build our faith as what we sing brings us back into a remembrance of God’s love and promises working in our lives.

Psalm 100:4-5 tells us to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”

Psalm 98:4 says, “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.”

When Renee was pregnant with our third child and almost full term, she was standing in our garage with our four year old daughter. I was out of town. She suddenly started to bleed heavily and was afraid to move. She told our four year old daughter – “Go in the house and call gramma’s house and tell her to come over right away. Stephanie went into the house but before calling, she first turned on a song by David Ingles called “I am healed.” David was the master at putting God’s word to song. Stephanie turned it up loud so Renee could hear it from the garage. This was the action and faith of a four year old. Stephanie came out singing it to Renee. She went to the hospital and had the baby. Everything turned out fine.

You have the instincts within you to sing and praise God. Praise - Honors God! It brings deliverance. It strengthens our faith. It is the language of Heaven. It is the voice of faith. It releases angels to minister on our behalf. It stills the voice of the enemy. It brings light to darkness and depression. It is your faith accepting God’s Word as truth and acknowledging it. It’s the release of your faith. It is calling things that are not as they were meant to be! It’s your instinct and brings power to live victoriously for God!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Put Yourself in Their Shoes...


By Renee Burt

Have you ever been around a group of people who are talking about the great time they all had together that weekend...an event you obviously weren't invited to! Or have you ever been in a conversation where the other two people share some secret joke...and don't offer to fill you in on what's so funny. Or how about this one...you need to lose some serious weight, and the close-to-perfect-bodied person you're talking to is complaining because they gained an entire two pounds!! Those are all times when you would like to haul off and either scream or knock some sense in the other person, so they get a clue that they're being insensitive. Being sensitive to where other people are at is one of the kindest things you can do. That means you might just need to think before you speak...and put yourself first in their shoes, considering how your actions or words will affect them. Will they discourage them, make them feel awkward or left out, or make them feel like a loser? Or will they encourage them, make them feel comfortable and included, or make them feel like a winner? I'm so thankful when others are sensitive and kind to me...it's the least I can do for someone else!

Galatians 4:12 MSG ~ My dear friends, what I would really like you to do is try to put yourselves in my shoes to the same extent that I, when I was with you, put myself in yours. You were very sensitive and kind then.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

“The Inward Strength You Need”


Part Five: “You Have Power – It’s a Fact!”

Philip. 4:8 (NLT) “… Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”


There is untapped power in your life. There are changes you want to make. Changes you need to make. Changes God is dealing with you about. I assure you that if God is dealing with you about changes in your life – if you make them, your life will increase in blessing and you will become more Christ-like in character. But, we all know the routine. We no more than begin to think about those changes and then seem to do the opposite thing – the very thing we want to change. Well at least we are in good company. The Apostle Paul himself struggled with this and helps us realize that everyone does. Romans 7:15 “I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.”

Paul went on to explain that the knowledge of what we think we should do makes us feel guilty, condemns us, and makes us feel like slaves to the very thing we don’t want to do. But, the truth is, Jesus died for all our sins – past, present, and future. That is not saying we have liberty to take advantage of that and sin. That is to say that Jesus already fulfilled the punishment for sin. He already fulfilled the requirements of complete obedience to the law. He did that for us. Only He could! So our part is to sincerely do the best we can.

The good things we should do are actually good for us. The good things we should do will help bring blessing to us. But we are not condemned when we slip up. We are not condemned when we fail. We are not guilty any longer. We were but Jesus paid the price for our sins and guilt. We are motivated by the love of Jesus - what He did for us - to do the right thing. Not by do’s and don’ts. We are led by God’s Spirit to do the right thing. So if I fail at doing the right thing today, do I feel condemned? No! Do I feel guilty? No! I may feel the prick of conviction – my recognition of need to do better. I may feel the sorry of that I didn’t hit the mark of what I wanted to do. But not condemnation!

What I feel is Jesus’ love toward me. What I feel is my love for Jesus. What I feel is my desire to live right and godly for Him. What I feel is His desire to see me blessed. These are the things I feel that motivate me to keep trying to do better. I am free – motivated by God’s love, not guilt – to live and make the changes I desire for HIM!

God has given us instincts – things that we repeatedly do because they are simply something God built within us to do. They are a source of untapped power. When we harness these instincts and use them in a godly fashion, we’ll experience more of God’s power and experience more success in the very things God is dealing with us to change or to do!

Today I want to continue with the second instinct - your imagination. You instinctively imagine things every day. Unfortunately and contrary to God’s Word, most people spend the majority of their time talking about and imagining the things they fear or the things they are concerned will go bad in life. Too many people think bad images and the talk bad images. And they have incredible reinforcement to do so. The newspapers and the media will spew bad news all day long to fuel negative words and images.

Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us to think on the opposite of the bad news the world tries to get us to focus on saying, “You will keep in perfect peace all whose imaginations - whose thoughts are fixed on you! “ (Isaiah 26:3)

Is there really power in this? The experts will tell you that consumer confidence (what consumers think – good or bad) absolutely affects our spending habits thus affecting the economy in a powerful way. If people think our economy is in a bad state, they stop spending money. When people stop spending money, the economy gets worse. That is the power and effect of the imagination at work.

So, what about you? Are you like I once was? I used to spend a great deal of time, imaging how things could go wrong. I used to have imaginary fights in my mind with people I wasn’t getting along with or even my wife. They’d start with a negative thought. I began to think about it more and pretty soon, I was having an imaginary fight with that person. It affected how I felt about that person even though they didn’t do anything wrong. This was all born out of my imagination.

God’s Word helped me drive a stake in that demonic behavior. 2 Cor. 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every thought that elevates itself over or contrary to the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” This is saying that wrong imaginations aren’t cool. We have to cast them down!

Now I imagine good things about people and imagine them thinking good things about me. That absolutely affects how I relate to people and how they relate to me. They feel my love for them!

I imagine the promises of God – His love, His protection, His provision, His healing, His wisdom – all His blessing overtaking my life. Why? Because Deut. 28:2 says, “And all these blessings shall come upon you AND OVERTAKE YOU because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Almost every morning I read the blessings of Deut 28 imagining them, praying them, and thanking God that they are overtaking my life. I imagine doing the best to “obey His voice” trying to do better today than I did yesterday. But, also imagining that Jesus fulfilled perfectly what I could not. That imagination is power to me and helps me have faith that God will do over the course of my life - what He promises. And I will live for Him to the best of my ability. That is a power-filled life. More on instincts tomorrow….

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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Friday, June 20, 2008

A Place to Run To by Renee Burt

If you keep up with the news at all, then you'll notice that a lot of what they report on are "natural disasters" that are weather related. Recently, I watched reports on hurricane winds, tornadoes, and floods that destroyed both homes, property...and lives. In each case, people were caught unawares by sudden changes in the weather that turned deadly in their intensity. It's not really so different in our lives. Things can be going along really well, and all of a sudden, something disastrous happens in our health, in our finances, in a relationship. But unlike the "natural disasters" where people aren't able to find a way of escape, we always have a way of escape through our merciful and gracious God...if we'll turn to Him at those times. He never promised us that we wouldn't have calamities in life, but He has promised to be a shelter, a comfort, a help, a deliverer for us during those times. He's done that for me more times than I can count. So when a stormy situation has threatened to overtake me? I've learned to run to Him in the past, and I'm ready to run to Him today (if need be)...confident in the promise of today's scripture!

Psalm 57:1 AMP ~ BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Part Three: “You Have Power – It’s a Fact!”


Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.”

I don’t know about you, but when I watch something that motivates me, I immediately feel strengthened and empowered. When I watched the first “Rocky” movie, I went out and ran five miles. Motivation acted upon equals power.

Those that have made Jesus their Lord and Savior have great power available to them as I laid out in Part One. You and I – we have untapped motivation available to us to help draw out that power. God gave us power so that we would benefit from it. What is really cool is that we have natural motivators easily available to us to help “keep the power on” and experience it working in our lives.

I want to help you see that you have natural God given motivators within you that, when properly understood and trained, will help you draw out more of God’s power from within. Those natural motivators are called instincts. Let me explain.

Instinctive behavior is generally defined or thought of as “an inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species.” For example: the Monarch Butterfly only eats milkweed plants. How do they know to do that? It’s instinctive. As the weather gets colder, monarchs begin their annual migration. Tens of millions of these butterflies migrate from all over to spend the winter in a mountain forest in Central Mexico. How to they know how to get there and back? Instinct!

People have instincts too! For example; people instinctively use their voices to communicate. Babies are too young to talk and so they cry to communicate until they can learn to talk to communicate. How do they know to cry and then talk? How do they know to crawl and then walk? Instinct!

There are God given inward instincts within animals and people. You can train the behavior of those instincts to achieve greater motivation and power.

The first of four instinctive behaviors most people do frequently throughout their life is - talk to themselves. People engage in self-talk all the time. You see people talking to themselves as they walk down the street or as they drive in their car. They talk to themself when they are intently working on something. They talk to themself when they are frustrated or mad. Athletes talk to themself as they are focusing on their next move. Business people talk to themself as they get ready to meet with a client. I could go on and on but the bottom line is this – people instinctively talk to themself. If this truly is an instinctive quality, then there is natural motivation – it happens without effort. We simply do it. If there is natural motivation, then why not recognize that fact and use it to our advantage?

If we talk to ourselves all the time anyway, why not speak words that will benefit us and others? Why not talk the promises of God? Why not profess them over our life? Why not profess who we are in Christ? Why not talk to ourselves about God and how awesome He is? Why not talk about the victory that He will lead us to in every situation? Does that sound crazy? It’s not.

Most people are already doing the opposite. They are talking unbelief and cursing over themself. Maybe you’ve heard them in their negative self talk.

“I just know I am going to get laid off.”
“They’ll probably ask me to take a pay cut.”
“It’s flu season, I’ll get the flu for sure.”
“I’ll catch a cold. I get one every year.”
“We are never going to have enough money to get a bigger house.”
“This country is going down the tubes.”
“I’ll never find the right man to marry.” “No one would marry me.”
“I’ll never be any good at this.”
“Why do I have to work for people that are so dense?”
These mumblings of self-talk go on and on in a diversity of places.

People talk to themselves like this every day. They instinctively self-talk speaking doubt and unbelief and cursing their life.

We are motivated to talk to ourselves so why not just say the right thing using -"faith- filled edifying words." After all, Eph. 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Imagine if you hooked up the instinct and motivation of talking to yourself - with saying right and godly and motivating things. Better yet, putting the Word of God in your mouth!

Today’s Fresh Manna verse reminds us that God used His Word to create. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

Proverbs 18:21 reminds us “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Don't just talk to yourself. Either talk with God or talk to yourself about His love and promises to you! Fill your mouth with words with faith and thanksgiving! IT DOESN'T COST YOU ANYTHING BUT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING – and you have the natural instinct to do it

Say or pray, “Heavenly Father, I thank you that your Word says you have given me the mind of Christ. I thank you that I have your thoughts and your ways within me. You said you wisdom liberally to those who ask. I ask you and thank you for your wisdom operating in my life. I thank you that your word says that because I love and obey you, you bless everything I put my hand to. I love you and praise you for blessing all I do today. I praise you that your word is working to create everything that is good and beautiful for my life. I thank you for your promise that you would withhold no good thing from those that love you. I am blessed to be a blessing today and I praise you for it!

Which self talk do you think is better? Your expressed unbelief and doubt, or the profession of Gods’ promises? You decide. Next time – our second motivating instinct…

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Been Listening to any Complaints? By Renee Burt


There's a story in the Bible that I've often reflected on in the Word, because it teaches such an important life and leadership lesson. And that's the story of Absalom. He was the son of the King, and his father loved him greatly. There was nothing David wouldn't do for his son...to a fault, at times. But David, like any man, was imperfect...he made mistakes, he made people mad, he didn't always make the right decisions. So there were people in his kingdom who had complaints against him and wanted to voice those complaints. But what did Absalom do? Rather than help direct those people into the palace where they could speak those complaints directly to the King, he made himself available to hear them out. Nice guy, right? And he was helping to save the king from having to hear all those complaints, right? Wrong.

II Samuel 15:2-4 CEV ~ He would get up early each morning and wait by the side of the road that led to the city gate. Anyone who had a complaint to bring to King David would have to go that way, and Absalom would ask each of them, "Where are you from?" If they said, "I'm from a tribe in the north," Absalom would say, "You deserve to win your case. It's too bad the king doesn't have anyone to hear complaints like yours. I wish someone would make me the judge around here! I would be fair to everyone."

Listening to another person's complaints about another person only accomplishes three things, and none of them are good. First, it hinders the issue from ever being resolved, because now you've let that person "vent" to you, rather than to the person who they need to speak to. Secondly, it affects how YOU feel about that person who the complaint is directed towards, because all you know about the situation is what that person says about it, from their perspective. You can't possibly know what happened before, during, or after the situation by listening to one person's perception. Thirdly, because you've been a sympathetic listener (and possibly told them how unfair they were treated...and how YOU would have handled the situation...or how you think that other person should have handled it), you've unwittingly drawn those people to yourself by listening to their complaints. And you've become the "good guy"...the one who will listen to their complaints...so they no longer feel the need to bring their complaint to the person they should have been talking to in the first place. So what SHOULD we do when someone has a complaint against someone else, and they say they need to talk to someone about it?

Do we politely brush them off and tell them we can't talk to them? No! The point isn't to deprive people of someone to talk to. The point IS to help point the conversation in the right direction. So it's not just a venting session...or a commiserating session...or a gossip session...which it can easily become. Instead, when that kind of conversation presents itself to me, what I pray is that God will help me to bring encouragement to that person, and some godly perspective...whether it be that they need to go to that other person to work things out, or to help them see that they just need to move past it, or possibly even to be daring enough to help them see that their current perspective or perception is skewed. Now, you might think, "But HOW would I know what to say? And what if I say the wrong thing?" That's where you need to learn to apply today's scripture to your life each and every day. I do, and I'm amazed continually by the things God helps direct me to say to people who need to talk to someone. I'm thankful that I don't have to rely on my own wisdom or know-how...and I don't have to have experienced what they're experiencing. All I need to know is that if I'm faithful to open up my ears to the Lord each morning, asking Him to help me say what HE wants me to say that day to encourage someone...well, let me just say, He has never failed once to give me the right kinds of words to help that person in that situation. I'm awake and ready to "take orders." Want to join me?

Isaiah 50:4 MSG ~ The Master, God, has given me a well-taught tongue, So I know how to encourage tired people. He wakes me up in the morning, Wakes me up, opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Looking for Answers From Heaven?


Fresh Manna 2008 by Pastor Tim Burt

Isaiah 35: 4”Say to those who are of a fearful and hasty heart. Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance: with a divine retribution He will come and save you."


It seems like every fall when the weather turns cold for the first time, there’s a mild invasion. Little bugs and sometimes critters find the tiniest cracks and holes to get into to make their way to a warmer environment. Little pests just find a small entrance and that's all they need.

It's funny. There are things we need to invade our life that we some how create invisible barriers and keep out - like a timely word from God. Everyone has needs they are thinking about and hopefully praying about. They either need answers, assurance and comfort, or understanding and wisdom. God desires to give all of this. He desires to speak into our lives. But, sometimes we treat God or the vessel that God would bring those answers through – like bugs and critters. We work to keep them out. We don’t read our Bible. We don’t pray. We get lazy and don’t go to church. We don’t avail ourselves to godly atmospheres that God would use to speak into our lives.

I am absolutely convinced that God is always wanting to speak into our life. Not just anything. God's is not casual about what He says or wants to say to us. His Words are anointed and are meant to be life-changing. God wants to get a word – an anointed Word to us to speak into our hearts.

A reader wrote back these words to me this week: “Pastor Tim, Once again, your Fresh Manna spoke to my heart and to my mind – at just the right time!...” She went on to describe her problem and then wrote…”after reading your wonderful message, I feel even better. Thank you for doing what no therapist and medication could do – the Lord id powerful!!”

Trust me, I don’t have the ability to help her. The Word of God is anointed to destroy fears and quiet our hearts. The Word of God will renew our hope and faith. The Word of God will bring faith for miracles and divine intervention from God. God is trying to get that Word to us and instead we let all these barriers shut it out.

In today's Fresh Manna, God is speaking through Isaiah and He says to Isaiah, "SAY to those who are of a fearful and hasty heart....." God speaks. He speaks timeless words that speak forever into your heart and mine today just as it was to speak to those of Isaiah's day. Just as if God tapped us on the shoulder and said, "Joe, I need to tell you something and here it is." And yet we box God out.

What are the barriers that we set up to keep out those life changing words? First, we just get lazy and undisciplined. We stay up too late, get up too late, causing us to rush to work and forsake time for God when we start our day.

Secondly, we ding around valuing things of no value, and giving no honor to the atmospheres that can bring forth God’s Word into our lives – church and the ministry of the Word, personal meditation on the Word, Praise and Worship music, and voices that minister God’s truth to us.

We value what doesn’t have value, while not valuing what shouldn’t have value. We’ll make coffee, turn on the TV or read the newspaper, and ding around but then be out of time for mediation on God’s Word and prayer.

Thirdly, if we did read or hear something that stirred us for a moment, we blow it off and move past it so quickly, it has no time to penetrate and change our thinking and behavior. God says that when we “meditate” on the Word it will bring us good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Lastly, we let unbelief undermine God from speaking into our life. We hear but we doubt. We can't believe that the Word – the promises in Gods’ Word written thousands of years ago, could apply to our situation today. So, instead we wallow in the problem complaining and talking the problem more than praying and thanking God for the promise of the Word that is our answer!

If you were God, (which you're not,) as a loving parent, would you leave your children abandoned without love or direction? No you wouldn't. You'd desire to speak into your child’s life and help and guide them. So does God. He wants to speak to you today! Isa 50:4-5 says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I do not rebel or turn away.“

I encountered a crying woman today that was hurting and said, “I don’t understand what is going on. I am mad at God.” I encouraged her, don’t be mad at God. He is not the problem. He is the answer. Ask God to help you understand what is going on and to help you BUT, once you do, trust that He will find ways to speak to you. Yield yourself to those ways. Give God the opportunity and you will see Him speak to your heart. When He does, it will help you and someone else besides. “The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones.”

Go ahead, box out the bugs and critters, but don’t unconsciously box out God. Avail yourself to Him!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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Friday, June 06, 2008

He'll Help You More Than You Know! By Renee Burt



Something happened this morning that I just have to write about. So forgive the break in my mini-series. I'll be back to do some "watering" of what we've been talking about tomorrow. Many of you know that the Lord helped me make some major lifestyle changes last September. I had found out my cholesterol was close to 200, and I really wanted to bring it down. So I asked the Lord to be my personal trainer, and help me do what I had never been able to do consistently before...to exercise! So, I began exercising five times a week, along with making changes in my diet. I can honestly say there was hardly a day my flesh didn't want to rebel, but I learned to tell my body what to do...all the while, God was helping me. Well, this morning I went in for another cholesterol test. I was both nervous and excited to see the results. Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long to hear the news...that my cholesterol had dropped a full 37 points, down to 162. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Not just because of what the exercise and dietary changes had made...but because of the changes God has made in me - the real me - over these past months. I have a new revelation that He truly will help us do whatever we haven't been able to do on our own. He isn't shaking His finger at you in disappointment at what you haven't done that He's told you to do. Instead, He is forever extending His hand of grace to you, in love, wanting to help you, to strengthen you, to encourage you! What have you struggled to do on your own, but you haven't been able to do. He'll help you...if you stop feeling condemned about it, but instead trust Him to help you!!! If you don't believe me, read today's verse for yourself...and believe Him!

Proverbs 3:5-7 MSG ~ Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!


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