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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Taking a Week Off!


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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi all, Renee and I have been working intensly hard these past few months. We are taking a week off to spend exclusively with each other! Hope you don't mind. There are over a 1,000 posts to go back through here! We'll pray for you and you can pray for us and we take some alone time for each other! I'll be posting again on Tuesday, March 6th. God bless you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 20, 2012

God Wants to Help You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever had anyone surprise you and do something extraordinarily nice for you –beyond what you would have ever expected? That is God's normal operating style.

God by His nature seldom does or works things out in a conventional way. When we trust and believe in His promises knowing that He delights in helping and blessing us, He answers prayer in such a greater way that we could ask or think. Knowing and believing this becomes His power working in us. Eph. 3:20 says it like this; “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”

People are often anxious over what they need or don’t have. God wants to help us with what we need and what we don’t have. It’s just that far too many people are ignorant of the fact that this is God's heart - to help His children. They really don't know what the Bible says about Him, His character, or His love and desire to help. Blind faith - is really just empty hope. It's not rooted in anything. Real faith is rooted in the promises of God and His love for you. The Lord is willing to help you in every detail of your life. And as you just read in this verse, “He is able to do …immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”
But, He also reveals that this is a result of “…His power that is at work within us…” And get this point! It isn’t enough to know that God is able. You much believe that He is willing and desirous to help you! You must have faith in that. It is the key to “…His power at work within us…”

This is the kind of faith Abraham pleased God with. God called him the Father of our faith because of His belief. Let’s read about it.

Romans 4:16-22 “So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it…if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised...”

Over the years, Renee and I have always built ongoing lists regarding everything we need. We've sat down and prayed and put those needs before the Lord. From that point on we thank Him that the need is met and for working in our behalf despite what any circumstances may look like. We know that our dependency on Him and not ourselves honors Him. All scripture bears out that truth. It has helped us keep from putting pressure on each other. Pressures of life come, but we keep them before the Lord knowing its His delight not only to help us, but to do amazing things in the process – “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.” It helps keep us in unity in prayer rather than fighting and schism over what we don’t have and can’t fix ourselves. And it is so much fun to see how God answers our prayers in ways that are beyond what we asked and in ways we would have never considered! His ways are higher and His blessings are great!

Over time God fulfilled every promise to Abraham. God says in Hebrews 11 that it is faith that pleases Him. If you truly love Him and live for Him, then let that kind of faith rule over feelings and circumstance in your life. It honors Him and releases His power to work in your life!

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Jesus is Still Stilling Storms

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By Pastor Tim Burt


Renee wrote this weekends Fresh Manna. Hope you enjoy it!

Like me, I’m sure there are people who you know and love who have been battered about by circumstances of life…whether it be in their relationships, or in their finances, or in their health. Maybe it’s you who has felt like life’s storms are threatening to sink your ship.

I was thinking back to our last vacation in Mexico. Although it was sunny most of the time, the winds battered us relentlessly day after day. And the ocean was surging with huge churning, foaming, ship-sinking waves. It felt like the wind and waves were just having their way with us, and there was nothing we could do to stop it! And that’s how so many people feel when they’re being battered by life. Maybe that’s how you’ve been feeling. But there is something you can do, according to God’s Word!
It’s to cry out to the Lord for help, and He promises He’ll calm the storm, still the waves and save us from the circumstances that are trying to sink us. You might have lost your way in the “storm” you’re in…but He hasn’t lost His way or His ability to bring you “safely into harbor!” So what are you waiting for? Join your voice with mine, crying out for His help, and He’ll still the storms in our lives!

Psalm 107:28-30 NLT ~ “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

You Have Not Been Abandoned

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by Pastor Tim Burt


These past few years have made for difficult days for many people. If you are one of those people, you know what I am talking about. How do you keep encouraged while working through difficult times? How do you keep from feeling abandoned? I can only tell you what I have done and what I do when discouragement is working to become a stronghold in my mind.

Take the Apostle Paul’s counsel and be aware of the devil’s devices. Satan is the author of lies, attacks, discouragement and hopelessness. These things are not from the Lord. If they’ve become a stronghold, we are to take hold of the negative thoughts, fears, and worries that create strongholds and cast them down. 2 Cor. 10:3-5 reminds us, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world (guns, swords, etc.) On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Imagine discouraging thoughts as muddy pigs walking across your beautiful wood floor. Grab a broom and scream and chase them out in Jesus Name.

In tough times, we often feel abandoned but we can learn from Jesus. Jesus revealed a profound revelation for us to take hold of and let encourage our heart. He said these simple but profound words in John 16:32, "I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” Why are they so profound? Because that is the truth that applies to us today. We are not alone, for our Heavenly Father is with us! This is why Jesus could go on to say, “In this world, you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus has defeated Satan. If everyone seems to have abandoned us, WE ARE NOT ALONE! Our Father is with us! Can those become your sincere words of faith and victory today and tomorrow? Can you believe them? Can you believe that God has thoughts of good and not evil toward you to give you and a blessed future? That is His will for us. Your sincere faith in these truths break the back of the devil's attempts to discourage you. You are not alone. Your Father is with you! Thank Him for that and ask Him to help you see it to be true in your life today!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 10, 2012

God Will Help You, God Will Deliver You

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever felt like the devil has tried to lower you into the pit? I’ve thought about how Jeremiah was lowered into a pit. He hadn’t done anything but be faithful to God and yet here he was being lowered into a pit. Jeremiah 38:6 “So the officials took Jeremiah from his cell and lowered him by ropes into an empty cistern in the prison yard….There was no water in the cistern, but there was a thick layer of mud at the bottom, and Jeremiah sank down into it.”

Why did that happen to Jeremiah? Why does your life sometimes feel like it’s gone in the pit? Christians sometimes put themselves in that pit. They drift from God for any variety of reasons including sin to slothfulness to discouragement. They don’t “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” instead just drifting to live their own agenda. At first the Holy Spirit speaks to their heart and tries to love and draw them back into what is right, but when their heart becomes hard, they drift too far and can no longer hear Him. Wrong choices are made. Sinful behavior happens drawing painful consequences and life becomes a pit. What’s the solution? Repentance – a turning from sin back to the Lord for His mercy and grace and it being sincere – not just looking for a way out. Only God knows if someone s sincere. If they are, He will help direct their life back to Him. He leads them to find a good church, to read their Bible, and to once again, pray. They will need to get reconnected to passionate believers such as in a small group where they learn and grow together. They will be lead to serve along side of others. If a person truly turns to God, He will lead them back to this path and back to His land of promise for their life.

But what about those like Jeremiah who have been living for the Lord and yet their life has still seemed to have landed in a pit? Why did that happen? If you have been living for the Lord, then you should have grown to the place where you know the enemies devices. 2 Cor. 2:11 says, “…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Satan is your enemy. He hates all humanity. He is the enemy of all creation because all mankind was created by God. He especially opposes and hates all represent God and live for God even more. If you watch Jesus’ life you will see that Satan was working through men to kill Him His entire existence. Satan used Herod to try and kill Jesus when He was a baby and Satan never stopped trying. Luke 4:29 tells us, “Jumping up, they mobbed Jesus and took Him to the edge of the hill on which the city was built. They intended to push Him over the cliff…” Satan doesn’t like mankind but he hates devout Christians even worse. If he could put your life in the pit he would try.

When Jeremiah was in the pit, there was someone used of God to intercede for Jeremiah. You have someone interceding for you! Jeremiah was taken out of the pit and God wants to take you out of the pit. God wants to deliver you. Jesus paid the price so that you could be delivered. But first you need to know there is someone interceding for you. If you are a Christian, I can almost assure you that there is. First and foremost Jesus is. Hebrews 7:24-25 says, “But Jesus remains a priest forever; His priesthood will never end. Therefore He is able, once and forever, to intercede and save everyone who comes to God through Him. He lives forever to plead with God on their behalf.”If you don’t know someone who is interceding for you - know that I am! I just came from my knees praying for God’s deliverance and blessing for you!

Then pray for yourself. It’s normal and right to pray and stand on God’s Word to be delivered from the pit. King David did. He got himself into the pit more than once. We see his prayers in Psalm 28:1-3 & 6-9 “To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to You for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Do not drag me away with the wicked… Praise be to the Lord, for He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. The Lord is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.”

Satan may try to drag us into the pit but we serve a living God who is our deliverer! Psalm 18:17 says, “God delivered me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.” Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” And Psalm 56:13 says, “For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.”

Just like Jeremiah, God has those that are interceding for you. Jesus is for sure and that alone should be enough for any of us to exercise our faith and draw strength in God’s promise of deliverance from the pit. Remember that I am interceding for you and remember that He not only wants to deliver you, put as Psalm 27:5 says, He wants to bring you to a steady and safe and blessed place – upon the rock and promise of His Word and His blessing. “For the Lord will conceal me there when troubles come; He will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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