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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Great Spiritual Discipline

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim

I have never known a devout Christian who hasn’t desired spiritual strength from God to help them walk out what they know in their heart is the Christian walk God wants for them. They want strength to obey God’s Word, strength to follow His Spirit, and strength to restrain themself from temptation.

Spiritual strength equals power – power from God. When we think of power we should think of the inherent power of God’s word. It is quick and POWERFUL! Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God quick and powerful - full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.”

When you need strength, don’t you usually need it right away? Don’t you want that power when you need it? That is what the Word is when you take those words written from God as personal to you! They were written to you and they are alive, quick, and powerful. For this reason, it is so great to commit scripture to memory.

These verses talk about keeping God’s Word in your heart and the value of doing so.

Psalm 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Psalm 19:7-8 “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

Psalm 119:45-47 “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them.”

Romans 15:4 “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.”
When the Word of God is believed, it has the power to instantly pull you from discouragement into a place of hope and faith. It has the power to give you direction, or comfort, or supernatural peace. It assures you of God’s love and grace toward you! It is quick and powerful. When you have the word memorized or committed to your heart, you will find that you have greater and more frequent conversations with the Lord – where you sense Him speaking to you. The primary way He speaks to you is through His Word. When verses are in your heart, He pulls them up to talk to you through them. And as Psalm 119:11 says, it helps you restrain your thoughts, tongue, and behavior. "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Here is what some great men of God have said about committing scripture to memory.

Billy Graham: "I am convinced that one of the greatest things we can do is to memorize Scripture."

Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization”

Charles Swindoll, Insight For Living/Dallas Seminary, "I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture...No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified."

C.H. Spurgeon said of John Bunyan, “Prick him anywhere; and you will find that his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his soul is full of the Word of God.”

God’s words are quick and powerful and help you learn God’s heart, character, and will. His Word will strengthen your prayer life and help you hear from the heart of God in all the ways you need to hear from Him. It isn’t about spiritual pride and sounding spiritual. It’s about strength from God to commune with Him and have His help fulfilling your God given destiny that you walk out day by day!

Psalm 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Unexpected Call to Center Stage

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Today's Fresh Manna is written by my son-in-law Daniel Gutierrez. Enjoy!

For some reason I imagine this scene from Scripture having spotlights and a round stage, even though I’m certain it had neither. Yet, there is something so dramatic, impacting, and freeing about the words Jesus utters in this moment. Which, by the way, I somehow imagine him saying with a signature Clint Eastwood squint and the settling boom of James Earl Jones’ voice.

“Come and stand in front of everyone.”

That would make anyone feel self-conscious considering the backdrop, the setting, and the players in this moment. It’s all told about at the beginning of the third chapter of Mark. Jesus is in a synagogue, surrounded by a crowd, and among those present are a group of hyper-analytical Pharisees – the men who knew the law of Moses like the back of their hand and who weren’t afraid to use it. And in this instance, Mark refers to them as Jesus’ enemies.

But there among the crush of watching humanity was a man with a messed up hand. And it was to him that Jesus says,

“Come stand in front of everyone.”

The messed-up-hand guy, not the have-it-all-together guys.

Yet the moment is more poignant than most of us can sense because it was the Sabbath, the day the law of Moses demanded be guarded as a day of rest. Legally, people were not allowed to work. And the legal brood in the crowd had that card in their back pocket. Hands by their hips, they were ready to quick-draw if Jesus dared to “work” on the Sabbath.

It was a classic gotcha moment. Would he dare break the law?

{Room darkens, spotlights burst into a flood of light.}

“Come stand in front of everyone.”

“Hold out your hand.”

Imagine if that was you being asked to hold out precisely what you try to hide when you shake the hand of another. Imagine it was you caught in the middle of a conflict of culture-war proportions. Imagine Jesus made YOU the nexus of his next decision. Will he do something for you, or appease the strict religious elite?

But that is just it. Jesus did make every one of us the nexus of his most important decision, the cross.

Imagine you were in front of everyone and you realize that your pain, your weakness, your flaw, your inability, your defect, your very hand opens up in a miraculous surge of divine power!

That very moment becoming a booming declaration of God’s loving intent.

Jesus calls us all to stand before a watching world – the religious included – and he redeems us right there on that stage. Not because the law of Moses endorses it, but because the love of God freely gives it to us. In fact, the law demands our hand be removed, that the moment be passed up, that we be ignored….because under it we are not, nor will we ever be, deserving, of Jesus doing anything for us. And yet he does.

What hurts?

What’s messed up?

What has you crippled?

What refuses to heal?

“Come stand in front of everyone and hold out your hand…”

(…your shame, pain, confusion, uncertainly, revenge, ugliness, rage, depression…)

And not because you deserve it, but because Jesus himself called you there precisely to do something about it.

***

Mark 3:1 Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. 2 Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

3 Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” 4 Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”But they wouldn’t answer him.

5 He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 6 At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.


You can read more by Daniel Gutierrez at Stir the Pot

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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http://readfreshmanna.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 06, 2011

A Source of Supernatural Zest

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Lethargic – defined as sluggish or lazy. We all know what it means. No one wants to see themselves as lethargic and yet everyone has their moments or seasons in life where they are feeling this way. If it’s just been a brief period, you probably need a good meal and some good rest. If it’s becoming a season of time where you’ve been feeling this way, unless you are experiencing medical issues, you need to beware of lazy trying to set in! People express their reasons and justifications for needing an extended break and some of them are indeed valid. The number one reason most express is, “I have been working so hard.” But, letting that become extended carries danger. It can lead us to a place we don’t want to come to. Feeling sluggish is one thing, but becoming lethargic sneaks up on people not realizing that it’s the outworking of caving into lazy behaviors that soon become like an anchor that gets heavier the more you allow it into your life.

I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. Your flesh loves lazy but being lazy is a curse. The book of Proverbs gives us insight to what the lazy person’s life will be like. Proverbs 10:4 tells us “Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers experience a richer life.” Proverbs 10:26 tells us “Lazy people are a pain to their employer. They are like smoke in the eyes or vinegar that sets the teeth on edge.” Proverbs 12:24 says, “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” Proverbs 12:27 reveals the procrastination of the lazy saying, “Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.” Proverbs 13:4 reveals that the lazy will often deal with jealousy and covetousness. “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.” Proverbs 18:9 reveals that lazy people can ultimately become dangerous to us. “A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.“ The lazy person is the undisciplined person who makes endless excuses and is blind to their doing so. Proverbs 22:13 says, “The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!" At the end of the day, the lazy person’s life becomes a curse. Proverbs 15:19 says, “A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is like a cleared path!“

What do you do when you’ve taken a break that has gone too far and you sense lethargy trying to set in? Some people dream of joining a health club or buying exercise equipment. Others set up some new disciplines they hope will get them back on track. Others begin to read and listen to people that motivate and inspire them. Any or all of these kinds of things can be good. But, getting started in them and continuing in them at a time you are feeling lethargic is the challenge. Like I said, lethargic feels like a heavy anchor.

For me, I know I need supernatural help from God. And I know where and how to get it. I am reminded of and take the advice found in Jude 1:20 that says, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Ghost has provided me with a gift that can be like a personal coach who leads, motivates, and strengthens me back to a good place. I pray in tongues. As I do, I seem to hear from the Lord better and find renewed strength to take steps toward a better place in the Lord.

Praying in the Spirit or in tongues helps you work through these kinds of times in a very supernatural way. In Acts 1:5 & 8 Jesus said, "For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. ...But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” The power we receive is to live the Christian life wholeheartedly – the opposite of lethargy!

The Apostle Paul was one of the most powerful ministers of the gospel to ever live on this planet and he said, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all." (1 Cor 14:18.) In 1 Cor. 14:14-15 Paul continued to teach, “For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying. Well then, what shall I do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand…” And Paul teaches in 1 Cor. 14:4 “A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally in the Lord…”

And so, there are many things I could do to get out of sluggish moments but the one I have the most confidence in is building myself up by praying in the Holy Spirit – praying in tongues. It’s a gift from God and one He knew we would need in this earth!

Jude 1:20 “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

If you would like a free book to help you learn more about the gift of tongues, write to: info@lwcc.org giving them your name and address and ask for the book Water, Wind, and Fire. I hope it will be of great blessing to you. I am confident it will help you with questions you may have about the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 03, 2011