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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

God Is The One Who Will Help You!

Fresh Manna 2008 by Pastor Tim Burt

Luke 18:7-8 "And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

I was with a group of friends recently and we were telling and laughing at parenting stories. At one point we all discovered that we shared a common pet peeve. None of us as parents liked it when our children had false perceptions of us in various areas.

For example, I remember a time when I had been for a conference that I was the main speaker at. I had been working for over a month on a number of messages I would be sharing. The week before the event I spent almost the entire week putting all my notes together and continuing to pray about what I would minister. I teach and preach those things which seem to be most passionately burning in me that I believe God would have me touch on. I am working and praying up till the last minute to be sure that what I have to give is what the Lord wants me to minister.

On the way out of town, I stopped at my daughter's to pick up something. She asked me how my preparation went and then jokingly commented about procrastinating and scrambling at the end to get my messaged done. It hit me like a hammer. "What? You think I've been procrastinating? Where did you get that idea?" The funny thing was, one of my messages was about praying and planning ahead in preparation for things we know we are go give ourselves to. I was shocked that she had this perception that some how I had been procrastinating and couldn't figure out where she got it. But, kids do this. Maybe we all do this. Maybe we get a thought that a person is a certain way from some isolated incident and it's a wrong perception; even a bothersome one.

I know people do this with God all the time. They have a wrong perception of Him. It's because they don't know Him through the knowledge of His Word. They might not know God except through what they "have figured out." No offence but “figuring out God for yourself” is creating your own god. God reveals Himself to those that love and seek to know Him. Jer 29:13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." That best happens through prayer, the study of the Word of God, and through sitting under sound teaching. God does not want to be figured out. God can't be figured out with the human mind. That is what false religion and cults are born out of - figuring out with the mind who and what God is. How prideful and vain that is! God is only known to those to whom He reveals Himself to by His Spirit. 1 Cor 2:14 says, "But the man who has not received Christ and does not have God's Holy Spirit within him, does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are taught to us by the Holy Spirit."

When you haven’t come to know God’s love, His character, His mercy, and His grace, you form false ideas and perceptions of who He is. It may even pervert your faith to fear.

Some believe God is mad at them -that He wants to strike them down or punish them with judgment or destruction because of something they’ve done wrong. In stead of drawing close to God in faith because of knowing His mercy and love, they are deceived into thinking every little thing going wrong in their life is God’s doing because He is mad at them. They fear Him and pull back from Him. Some believe that God made them sick to teach them a lesson or as a judgment for their sin. They have taken Satan’s attacks and destruction and attributed it to God. Now that's a false and wrong perception. It will affect their faith. If they think God wants them sick, then they surely won't look to Him for help or to minister healing to them.

Is a wrong perception of God stealing your faith? When you are going through a hard time, do you begin to wonder or doubt if God even cares or loves you, and wants to help you?

Today's Fresh Manna verse says, “And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" God makes it clear. The problem is not with Him. It boils down to this. Do we really know Him? Have we taken the time to know and become intimate with Him so that we do know of His mercy and goodness? Does that intimacy propel our faith? Or, has a wrong perception because of a lack of seeking and getting to know Him for who He really is stolen our faith? Seek Him! He loves you! He is with you! He wants to help you! As Heb 13:6 says, "So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Stir Each Other Up! By Renee Burt

Recently, there was a group of people going out from our church to share their faith and pray with people at nursing homes, hospitals, and some other locations. A friend of mine called me as she was driving to church to be a part of group. This was her first time doing something like this, so she was really nervous. And on top of that, it was cold and rainy out...which made it seem like a less than ideal day to go. Now, seeing the rain and hearing the anxiousness in her voice, it would have so easy and natural for me to encourage her to just do it another time. I mean, I wanted her to have a good experience, right? Well, that sounds all good, but had I done that, I would have discouraged her from what turned out to be an awesome and life-changing experience. I'm so glad I didn't listen to my own "mother hen" thinking, but instead remembered what God says in today's verse. It's not our job to worry about how someone else will do something for the Lord, or whether or not we think it'll turn out okay...our job is just to encourage them to do what God is telling them to do! God will take care of all the details. He doesn't need our help with that part...our part is just to encourage them to "go for it!" So what is God telling you to do? I'm here to tell YOU to "go for it" today...and watch God use you in ways you never imagined He could!

Hebrews 10:24 AMP ~ And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities.

More devotions from Renee's Fresh Manna

See “Fireproof” the Movie
This week, I was privileged to watch the Pre-screening of an upcoming movie called “Fireproof.” http://fireproofthemovie.com/ It was made by the church that made the movie “Facing the Giants,” another tremendous movie everyone should rent or buy and watch.

“Fireproof” is a fabulous movie about marriage and salvation. It has a great story line, great humor (you’ll be laughing throughout the movie,) and it is so realistic and relevant that it awed me. I consider the movie a gift to the body of Christ and a great outreach opportunity to unchurched Christians and the unsaved. There may be an upcoming prescreening in your area so check it out and see. This movie will is a great tool for marriage ministries within your church. There will be a book released that is a marriage tool to help at the same time as the release of the movie. Please encourage your Pastor to get a group from church together and go on the first weekend. That is how they rate the success of movies and if this one succeeds greatly, it will lead to more!

Check it out!
Pastor Tim

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