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Monday, September 30, 2013

Gain Strength in Weary Times

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This morning I am up writing very early – much earlier than I should be. This should be my sleep time, but I am not sleeping. I’m not because I received some news yesterday that felt devastating to me at that time I heard it. I didn’t want to think about it because I knew it would attempt to create anxiety within me. If I opened those gates of meditating on it, I knew that fiery darts of the enemy would be flying at me and I would have to fight a battle of mental warfare that would rob me of my joy and sleep. I went to sleep fine last night, but woke up early – too early this morning with the wrong kind of thoughts raging in my mind.
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Sometimes - maybe more often than not, people think Pastors and ministers of the gospel don’t go through the kinds of things we preach, teach, and minister to help others with concerning their cares. The fact is, we are all human and deal with all the same problems and issues everyone else does. We may know how to minister to or consul others through some of their issues and tough situations, but we still have to apply those same truths from the Word of God in our own life. And when we personally face situations that are negative, we fight the same warfare and it can be just as difficult for us as anyone else.
What happens when anyone receives bad news or a negative report? You immediately face “fiery arrows of the enemy” and have to deal with what the Lord tells us to be prepared for – the warfare that would attempt to steal our joy, our sleep, and our faith and peace in God. I am going to take a few days to walk you through dealing with these fiery arrows so that you always come out on top. You need to know it or be reminded of it because on some level and too frequently, we face them. What I share will help you and at the same time refresh me so that I also am not robbed of any more sleep.
The first thing that happens when a negative report shows up in your life is that you face soulish warfare – the “fiery arrows or darts” which are the beginning and bombardment of negative thoughts that attack your mind and emotions. If you look at what God calls the “Weapons of our Warfare,” in Eph 6:10-17, you will see the weapons God has give us to resist these attacks of the enemy. They also help us understand ways the devil will attack us. There is great insight to be had through these verses.
know-your-enemy3The Apostle Paul starts out saying in Eph 6:10, “A final word: Be strong in the Lord's mighty power.” Before Paul reveals any of our weapons, he is telling us that these attacks are designed to make us weak-kneed. He wants us to be knocked out in the first round by the first punch. Paul is telling us not to let that happen. He is telling us that you may not personally feel strong enough to fight this battle but that’s okay because you can be strong “in the Lord’s mighty power.” If we know – if we have faith and have confidence that the Lord will help us, then we won’t immediately be taken out. We will face the negatives that come against us knowing that the Lord will see us through. So we don’t want to start out weak. We start out strong in the Lord’s strength. That is why I did not stay in bed worrying and letting fiery darts overtake me. I got up to fight. What was the first fiery dart that came at me when I got up saying? “You have a long day a head of you. If you get up now, you’ll be exhausted and never make it through your day.” The devil is manipulative and tries to keep you in his control. If I would have stayed in bed, I would have obsessed over it.
My response was “No devil, I am not going to lie in this bed and stress out. If it’s a fight you want, it’s a fight you’ll get. The grace of God will get me though the day. I am going to get up and tell you who I am in Christ, put on the weapons of my warfare, and remind you of your future. I am also going to pray though this situation in faith knowing that my God cares about every detail of my life including this situation.” “My strength comes from the Lord and in that strength I rebuke you in Jesus name.”ephesians-6-10-thru-18
I haven’t even listed one of the weapons of our warfare that God gives us but have already received strength knowing that God FIRST tells me to be “strong in the Lord’s MIGHTY power.” Just knowing that gets us into a better place!
I’ll pick up from here tomorrow, but if you have things coming against you to make you weak-kneed and overcome with mental warfare, remember to “be strong in the Lord’s mighty power,” not your own strength. That mighty power is the promise of His love and care for you that resides within you! More tomorrow…
‎2 Thes 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

 
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Enjoy a Good Laugh! Diligent... or Not So Diligent Hands

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


 You wouldn't think that God would have to talk about faithfulness and diligence in the Bible. You might assume that doing things well is common sense right?   Hmmm. I guess we need God's Word to remind us!

Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV) "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor"

Have a good laugh!

2013 Contractor of the Year Award - Finalists

How does this even get past the planning phase?  
 
"Houston, we have a problem!"  
 

Good for cleaning the countertop? Maybe not!  
 
Always good to measure twice!

 Apparently, you don’t want anyone seeing your face,
but everything else is okay?
 

The oak seat is a nice touch, don't you think?





And the purpose for the door is?
 
 

Maybe if you had arms like an Orangutan...
 

Solved by a brilliant problem solver…

Making the throne, a throne!
 
That would be the half-bath listed in the real estate listing...
 
 
Proverbs 10:4 (NIV) "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."
 
Hope you had a good laugh!  

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

God Doesn't Do Lip Service

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


What do you think of when you hear the term lip service? I think of words being expressed without the conviction to back them up. God does not give lip service. He is not about lip service. Who is about lip service?  Dreamers are talkers that seldom take the most basic steps to move themselves forward toward their dreams. They're people that love to talk but never become what God has put in their heart to become. They make themselves experts on what they have only observed but never done themselves. From the Message translation Proverbs 26:16 says, “Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty.” Proverbs 14:18 says, “Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.”
We don’t want to dreamers who only offer lip service. God doesn't do lip service - thank God; nor should we! As Christians we want to be people of conviction. We know what we believe because we see it in God’s Word and we live it because we believe it. A person of deep conviction is almost always a doer! Their convictions propel them to action. 

Some people aren't dreamers. They are lazy! The lazy person is in the same class with the person that hears but doesn’t do and the person who is strictly lip service. Proverbs 12:24 (MSG) says, “The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work. Proverbs 12:27 (NLT) says, "Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find."  Proverbs 15:19 says, “The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road.”

God doesn’t want us lazy, full of lip service, or someone who just hears about God but doesn’t align his/her life with the Word of God. God wants us to give our lives over to Jesus, learn to open our hearts to the Word of God so the Holy Spirit can teach and train us how to think and live, and then touch others with His love even as we ourselves are being transformed by Him.

He wants us to learn to be diligent, committed, and a doer of His Word. He wants us to find a good church that teaches the Bible. He wants us to help be a contributor and an asset to that Church's success knowing it will change and help us as much as we help it.

God wants us to bring our tithes and offerings to the storehouse (your church) and leave them at the altar. Trust the Pastor with them and if you can’t, find a church where you can. Give your tithes to where you get spiritually fed!

When you have done all these things, you will still be far from perfect. You will be a person under progress and development by the Holy Spirit of God. When you are in that place, you are right where God can bless you. You sincere love for God and sincere effort to live for Him coupled with your faith in the promises of His Word meeting your every need will have positioned you to receive great blessing at God’s hand.

Let Abraham be one of your role models. He dreamed, but not just to fantasize. He dreamed about what God was showing Him to do. And he always acted on his faith.

Romans 4:20-21 (NLT) "Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises."

Abraham's life was centered around his love for God and the direction God gave him.  We want to be like him - unwavering in our faith that God will turn us from dreamers to doers that don't just hear about God's blessing, but experience first hand! 

We don’t want to be hearers of what God says without being doers of what God says. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. DO what it says.”

Proverbs 13:12 (NLT) "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 23, 2013

God's Involvement In Blessing Your Finances

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I had been married for just two years when we had our first child Stephanie. Renee was a flight attendant on maternity leave at that time and had planned to go back to work after the birth of our daughter. She did go back for about two trips but came home miserable from each one. I came home from being out of town and found her in the bedroom crying. As I comforted her, she explained that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom with Stephanie. I told her if that was what she wanted, then we’d need to apply our faith and pray and ask the Lord to direct us that way.

We sat down one day and added up all our ongoing monthly bills and expenses. Then we looked at how much I brought home each month. She actually made more than me and although we would be cutting our income in half if she quit working, we’d still have ten dollars a month left over from my income. I had great peace in letting her quit because I believed from the beginning that was what God wanted for Renee and our daughter. Renee was overjoyed with the fact that I was encouraging her to quit. I told her I was great with it as long as she would stay in faith and not fear during the hard times.

For me, I was willing to face my fears and overcome them with my faith in the promises of God. I was young and naive, but I believed my faith would carry me through. I was willing to work hard to provide trusting that if I did my part God would do His. Our faith was tested a hundred times but we knew we’d have financial challenges because we know the devil’s devices. We knew that the Word said. “The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one.” (Psalm 34:19) The promise of being rescued was a promise we had stood on and held to before God many times.

We also knew that the Lord promised to rebuke Satan from our livelihood and finances because we had always brought our tithes and offerings to church – ALWAYS! We knew we could stand on His promise of the tithe. Malachi 3:10-12 says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe," says the Lord Almighty. "Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight," says the Lord Almighty.

I wasn’t a farmer but I knew this promise applied to us because we were faithful to obey God and His word. We trusted God and took Him at His Word – that He would bless what we put our hand to and rebuke Satan when he tried to steal from us or hinder what we worked toward.

We believed God wanted to be involved with and bless our finances and bring increase to every area of our life. We had read from Deuteronomy Chapter 8. In that chapter, God was revealing how He had delivered His children taking them from slavery and the desert to a promised land of plenty even thought this place was filled with enemies. That sounds like a good news/bad news joke. He promised them He would help them defeat every enemy and take hold of this rich land IF they would learn to obey Him and have faith and trust in Him. Then He told them this mind-boggling truth. He told them (paraphrased) “I am not bringing you into this land because you deserve it. “Frankly you are stiff-necked and stubborn.” But, He told them He would bless them because the people in the land He was bringing them into were so wicked that He wanted to drive them out AND because He had made a promise to Abraham to bless them and bring them into a land of milk and honey.

Do you know what the means to you? God does not want to bless you because you deserve it or because you have earned it. Yes He wants you to obey Him but His blessing is going to come because of your faith and trust in His love and promise to you and as you learn to live for Him.

You have to read this for yourself. Deut. 9:1-6 “Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to occupy the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky! They are strong and tall—descendants of the famous Anakite giants. You've heard the saying, 'Who can stand up to the Anakites?' But the Lord your God will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the Lord has promised. "After the Lord your God has done this for you, don't say to yourselves, 'The Lord has given us this land because we are so righteous!' No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is doing it. It is not at all because you are such righteous, upright people that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he had sworn to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will say it again: The Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are righteous, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.”

Renee and I ended up raising four children. She never went back to work until they were in high school. She did then because she wanted to. They all went to college on full or partial scholarships and graduated without owing any school debt.

We had plenty of days where Goliath seemed to be in a stare down with us. We always tithed and trusted in the Lord. He always saw us through.

Do you belong to Jesus? Does this promise extend to you? Absolutely! Faith in God's promises and your obedience to bring your tithes (the first 10% of what you earn) to Him is you opening your front door to God's involvement in your finances. It isn't a gimmick. It isn't magic. Your faith will be tested! But, in the end, through your faithfulness to obey and trust God, you will have seen God work miracles in your finances over and over and over again. It is His will to bless you and this is the action to your faith that makes it happen! By the way, read Deuteronomy chapters 7-9.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Can Anyone See God?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Can Anyone See God?
(Author Unknown)

A small boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question about God. "Susie, can anybody ever really see God?" he asked.

Busy with other things, Susie curtly replied: "No, of course not silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can see him."

Time passed, but his question still lingered so he approached his mom: "Mom, can anybody ever really see God?" "No, not really," she gently said. "God is a spirit and he dwells in our hearts, but we can never really see Him."

Somewhat satisfied but still wondering, the youngster went on his way. Not long afterwards, his saintly old grandfather took the little boy on a fishing trip.

They were having a great time together. The sun was beginning to set with unusual splendor and the grandfather stared silently at the exquisite beauty unfolding before them. On seeing the face of his grandfather reflecting such deep peace and contentment, the little boy thought for a moment and finally spoke hesitatingly: "Granddad, I--I-- wasn't going to ask anybody else, but I wonder if you can tell me the answer to something I've been wondering about a long time. Can anybody - can anybody ever really see God?".

The old man did not even turn his head. A long moment slipped by before he finally answered. "Son," he quietly said. "It's getting so I can't see anything else."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Here is What God Wants for You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I have a question for you? How is your walk with God today? Is it better today than it was last year? Do you experience the working of God’s Spirit strengthening you and helping you live what you would honestly call a victorious Christian walk? Are you saying no to sin and yes to the godly desires you wanted to be present and evident in your life? Would people around you say you are one of the people they look to when they think of being more Christ-like?

Unless the answer is yes to all these, why are you skimming through what you are reading here this morning? Do you already know all this? Do you have victory in your life already? Are you in too big a hurry to methodically spend five minutes reading and thinking through something God wants to impart to your heart today? You might be in the trap my mother used to describe as, “in a hurry to go nowhere fast!”

God wants you to increase in spiritual knowledge and maturity, so that the tangible blessing of God may abound in every area of your life. You need to absolutely know and believe that so that you can exercise faith for it in your life. Colossians 1:10 says, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” You walk worthy by learning God’s desires and will for your life and applying your faith to ask for God's help and grace to live the life He teaches and leads you to walk out.

God wants you to increase. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as you soul (your mind and emotions) prospers. Jesus paid the price so that you could. He put a robe of righteousness on you so that you’d be cleansed of all sin, and washed in His sight. Then you work toward aligning your life the best you can by developing a godly attitude, pure motivation, and godly conduct. You may feel far from walking that kind of walk but that's the point. He wants to help you change that. God is your most loving Father and your greatest cheerleader. He knows what He created you to be and do. He wants to lead you in that. He wants you to see yourself through His eyes instead of the inadequacy, failure, and condemnation that can come when you look in the mirror and see your shortcomings.

When we stand before God with requests for help in every area of our life in strong faith, it’s not because we deserve it or because we’ve earned it. It’s because He is allowing us to out of love. Jesus paved that way for us. Hebrews 4:16 emboldens us saying, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

God wants you to have resources! We live in a material world. You have a material home. You have material furniture. You possibly drive a material car. You have material bills. In God there is a spiritual side of life and a natural side of life and in God they work together. They are not separate and distinct but united in His plan to accomplish much. He doesn’t want you poor and broke. He wants to meet your needs. If you don’t believe that you won’t approach Him in faith asking and expecting His supernatural help. Adam and Eve lacked nothing until they separated themselves from God through sin. Jesus has fixed that for you. You are not separate from God.

As I have said many times, to know God’s will you must know His original intent and His future intent. There was no lack in the Garden of Eden. There will be no lack in Heaven. Here is God and our future. Rev. 21:3-5 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Understand that lack and poverty is Satan’s curse in this earth and not God’s will. If you struggle with this truth, your own heart can help shed light. Have you ever been to a third world country or seen someone steeped in poverty? What did your heart want to do? Did you want to do something to help them? Did you want to bring increase and blessing and resources to them? Of course you did! Why? Because that is God’s heart in you. You wanted to help them. He wants to help you. God lacks nothing and he wants you to be equipped with the material resources for everything He has called you to do in this life. You aren’t called to live exactly as Jesus did. That was God’s plan for Him. Even then He had real gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to Him as a baby. These were riches that I am sure enabled Mary and Joseph to survive their trip to Egypt and back.

It is critical that you know God loves you, what He has done for you, what He is willing to do for you, and His purpose in helping you! His purpose is that of a Father. He loves you, He wants you to grow up to be like Him. He wants to help you mature and then as you grow, help others become released from Satan’s grip and into the arms of God’s love. This is what God wants for you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Only Believe! The Joy of Having Faith!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Does God positively want good for you? Because if He does and He is God, then we should have great expectation which is exactly what faith is. Faith is expectation – you believe or expect something is or will be.

As Christians, we are often considered weird for having faith. “Why would you believe in something you can’t see” says the atheist. Says the little girl, “When was the last time you actually saw your brain? I guess that must not exist either!” Yes we do believe in what we can’t see. Why? Because God tells us that the things that we can see did not originate from this earthly realm we live in. They actually came from a place and source we can’t see. They come from God’s realm and were birthed or originated there by the faith filled spoken words of God. Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen." And in Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…”

Jesus commended those that had faith and admonished those who let their minds of unbelief, override their hearts desire to have childlike faith. He even admonished His own disciples at various times. After Jesus’ resurrection, Thomas had boastfully declared his unbelief saying he wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive until he could see Him and put his fingers into Jesus wounds himself. A short time later Jesus appeared to Thomas and the disciples… John 20:27-29 “Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!" "My Lord and my God!" Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway."

When we read the Bible and believe what it says and live accordingly, we are often thought of as crazy or weird but we’re not! We are and will be blessed for having faith in the Lord and His Word. Matthew 5:10 “God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

So then, what is it we believe that helps us know what God wants for us? We believe His Word and His promises! Romans 15:8-9 helps us take a hold of this truth. “Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises He made to their ancestors. And He came so the Gentiles might also give glory to God for His mercies to them…” These promises were a part of God’s covenant with His children. When you think of covenant, think of two things – an agreement and a inheritance. That means what is agreed upon (the promises of God) are true in the agreement (covenant) and are passed on through inheritance when someone dies. When Jesus died for us, that inheritance of promises was willed to us. Through Jesus Christ they reach forward into our lives to be taken a hold of by faith today! We see that in Galatians 3:29. “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians—you are one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.”

So, as we just read, “…now all the promises God gave to Abraham belong to you,” if that is the case, we better know two things. We better know what those promises are and how to take hold of them.

God's promises are expressed throughout the Bible. If you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you as you read, you will see almost every time you read. As you do, then remember that they only move from the realm of God into our lives through faith. That is why Hebrews 11:6 says to us, “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”Hebrews 11:1 gives us a review of what faith is supposed to accomplish saying, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.”

As each of us read through the Bible, we read with different challenges and obstacles at work in our lives. We have a diversity of needs and requests for help from God. Therefore God is going to speak the promise to your heart that builds your faith and expectation. As you grow in your faith, you will learn that His promises become more real than any circumstance you currently face. You will learn to stand strong in faith in His promise to you in the face of circumstances.

Noah was mocked for over 100 years while building an Ark. It had never even rained in the earth yet. People thought He was crazy. Moses' faith led all the Israelites out of Egypt to the edge of the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming chasing them. Jesus told Peter to go fish to get tax money from the fish of a mouth. Only “weird faith people” put themselves in this position because THEY DO believe God. Noah saw the rain come. Moses saw the Red Sea part. Peter got the money from the mouth of a fish.

It is important to know that God wants good for you. He wants you to believe in His promises and have an unmovable expectation that He will help you and lead you through any situation. If you see the promise, you have the opportunity to learn to walk by faith. You have the chance to walk on water like Peter did. Some will mock you but your faith will grow and God will bless you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 16, 2013

God loves You! Satan’s Plan is Exposed!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


When something goes wrong in your life, have you ever heard the thought creep up saying “God brought this on me,” or, “God allowed this because of what I did.” If you were to say "No, I have never thought that,” then you would be the only person I have ever met that didn’t.

If Satan is anything, he is a liar. He is an accuser. He is a deceiver. His goal is always to deceive you into thinking God is mad at you, against you, and doing things to hurt you. Let me show you this truth through scripture. Jesus while speaking of Satan says, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Satan has a plan. It is to deceive as much of mankind concerning God and God’s nature as possible. His ultimate goal? To eventually deceive mankind into waging war against God. Until the very end of the last days, Satan is and will work in the earth to accomplish this task. You might think, “How does he wage this war?” He does it in this way. First he promotes false religion – anything outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Secondly, he promotes deception causing strife and division – getting people to hate each other. Thirdly, he promotes a literal war against God. You may ask, “How can he promote a war against God whom we can’t see?” He will do that by promoting a war against Israel. A war against Israel is a war against God.

In the last days, he will work to turn many of the nations against Israel and entice them to war surrounding Israel to destroy her. This is where Jesus will finally deal with Satan.

Satan will manifest himself through a person he possesses that scripture calls “the beast” also known as the anti-Christ, and through one called “the false prophet.” They will be two human beings that Satan possesses and uses to draw the kings or world leaders into a war against Israel. When that happens, Jesus will literally come on a white horse with His angelic hosts of Heaven and His saints and He will defeat “the beast” and the “false prophet” – casting them and Satan into the lake of fire and the bottomless pit. 
We read this in Rev. 19:11-20 (NLT) “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For He judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him, and only He knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From His mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and He trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On His robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords…Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and His army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the white horse…”

Rev. 20:1-2 (NLT) “Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, the Devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years…”


Okay. You are probably wondering, why did I tell you all this? I told you all this to amplify that Satan is a deceiver. He is the deceiver of the earth. He is against you. Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way. He is for you. When something bad happens, Satan the deceiver will tell you, “God is doing this to you because you blew it.” It’s a lie. God loves you and is always working to draw you closer to Him and wants to help you in every area of your life. It takes our faith in this truth for that to happen. Jesus responds to faith!

Jesus already paid the price for your sin. It is His love that draws you. God’s will is to bless you. Your faith which draws His blessing will never be greater than your steadfast belief that God is for you! That is why it’s critical for you to know God is for you. It is in having that assurance of His love that leads you to run to Him and not from Him. That assurance destroys Satan’s lie that God has produced something bad in your life. When you believe in God’s unfailing love, then you will become one that believes and does this: Isaiah 63:7 “I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses” You will because you will experience it first hand!

When we blow it, God does want you to come and repent and turn from it, but He is for you – not lobbing trouble and hardship at you! Know this and run to Him. Ask Him to help you and bless you! That is His will for your life! Your belief in this is equal to your faith to receive it. So believe it!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Let This Dog Remind You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If dogs can do it, why can't we. Jesus was our model to live out our life being led by God's Spirit and thus prayer as the center of his life. Praying in faith according to God's Word is the most powerful force in the earth. Maybe a dog can remind us of that!

Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never grow weary."




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Hardest Thing We All HAVE to Do!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


How long has it been since something happened to you that made you mad and upset? We all face conflicts of some kind and they are never a pleasant experience. We may or may not handle them well at the time. We most often reenact them over and over again in our mind reviewing the replays to find justification in how we handled the encounter. It's as though we have this digital recorder playing the same picture or scene over and over again as we try to think it through.

Jesus knew we would come to those "instant replay" moments. This is why He gave instructions to forgive so many times in a day. We see this in Matthew 18:21-22 "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

It isn't too often that we are going to find ourselves being offended 490 times in one day. Jesus knew that. So why did He say 490 times? Because He knew that we could easily run the same offense over and over in our mind. When the evening comes and it's quiet and there is nothing else going on, that mental digital recorder seems to play an even more vivid picture and it will play all night – 490 times if you let it go on.

We're instructed to keep forgiving and so we try. We try to forgive someone in our minds but yet sometimes still experience those awkward and negative feelings when we get around the person. When we do, what does that mean? It might mean we haven't really forgiven them. Even if we do say we forgive someone, we have to work toward some kind of resolve. We haven't forgiven until the negative feelings are gone. That's serious and shouldn't be treated lightly because the Bible teaches that unforgiveness hinders answer to prayer and puts one's relationship with God on hold in regard to answered prayer until forgiveness has happened.

Unforgiveness leads to bitterness and that left undealt with often leads to sickness and disease and even deception. The deception being that you can go on with life and with God as though everything was okay. Unforgiveness is never okay with God. Fellowship with God is interrupted until forgiveness is given. Mark 11:25-26 says, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

Mat 5:23-25 says, "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. "Settle matters quickly…” Why do we have to forgive? The entire reason Jesus came to the earth to die and pay the price for our sins was because He was willing to forgive you and I.

Whenever possible, it is important to make the effort to try and talk with the person whom you are feeling unforgiveness toward with the focus to work through it. If it’s just a small petty offence, overlook it. Don’t make mountains out of molehills and don’t remember small offenses. Offenses happen accidentally and often. Forgive and forget. Forget that which isn’t important but try to work through those that are. But when something is bugging you, try to talk through it calmly and rationally, discussing with focus only the offense and what you desire as a resolve. Rabbit trails and mountains of past offensives will destroy your efforts and make things worse.

Forgiveness is often an act of faith. It needs to be accompanied by corresponding words and actions. If we forgive others understanding God’s love and willingness to forgive us, it makes our attempts easier. The cool thing is, as we do forgive by faith and then act on it, our emotions will soon follow. Soon we will begin to “feel” the forgiveness that might only start out as an act of faith.

As a married man I can tell you there have been times that Renee and I have both been mad or upset with each other – plenty of times were we didn’t FEEL like forgiving each other. One time we were standing in the front yard having a squabble. She got so mad she took off her wedding ring and threw it at me. It took us three hours on our hands and knees before we found it. During the process, I said to her, “We need to work this out and forgive each other or we will never have God’s help finding this ring.” We stopped, apologized to each other and forgave each other. Why did we? Because God taught us it wasn’t an option and we really wanted to do what He says. Why else did we forgive? Because He has forgiven us so very many times. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Part way through the search we started laughing about how foolish we could be sometimes. A short time later we found the ring.

What about those times when abuse is repeated over and over again and it seems impossible to continue to forgive? We are still required to forgive. We aren’t always required to stay in a situation or relationship. Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” Whether we choose to stay in a relationship or not, forgiveness is not an option. There will be some instances where you will feel the need to put distance or space between each other for healing to happen. If that is what it takes, love from a distance. The rest, forgive and learn to love with God’s love up close.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Where to Place ALL Your Trust!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!"

I know what you are thinking!” Have you ever said that to someone or had someone say that to you? Renee and I have been married for almost 30 years. There are times where I could accurately guess what is going through her mind as she might also do with me. That is really only about familiarity. We sometimes know someone so well that we can guess what they're thinking about. That is not the same as knowing what they are thinking about because you have some mystical connection to their mind and thoughts. Although that kind of idea is often seen in movies and television, it’s not true and to the contrary – faith in it opens the door to demonic activity.

We may be familiar with how people usually think, but we can’t know what someone else is thinking. 1 Cor. 2:11 (NLT) says, “No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone…” Why is this important to know? Because the world sneaks ideas and concepts into your life without you even realizing it – ideas that are not true but that you could easily and naively believe and put faith in. When you do, it opens the door to demonic activity.

Spiritual and mystical ideas and concepts that come not from the Bible but from the minds of men, become the introduction and foothold of demonic activity and spiritual attacks upon our life. We must be aware of them, stop them if they have a place in our life, and avoid them. Satan uses them to attack our lives.

There are those that out of curiosity or the desire to be entertained, read horoscopes or visit fortune tellers trying to find out their future. Some listen to psychics or to those that say they can speak to the dead. People that have lost a loved one and so earnestly desire to "speak with them" are ripe for this form of deception. There are continuous waves of television shows about people seeing into the past and future and talking to the dead. Hollywood producers are ignorant of God’s Word and have no idea that they are pawns in Satan’s hand to push demonic influence.

It may be called just “entertainment” but this becomes the seed planted in people's minds that seduce them to believing that there just might be something to it. Just as Christians are used as God's vessels to bring the good news and love of Jesus, so people can unknowingly be used of Satan to bring deceptive and demonic practices and illusions which is false power that appears to be supernatural. Those that write horoscopes, tell fortunes, read Tera cards, read palms or crystal balls – those that call themselves psychics and those that communicate with the dead ARE being used of Satan. Run from them!

God instructed His people through Moses, "… do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations,,, Let no one be found among you … who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritists or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD… But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so."
Deuteronomy 18:9-14

Satan will work more and more of this deception in the earth as we get closer to Jesus' second coming. 1 Timothy 4:1 (NLT) says, "Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons."

You can’t and won’t be able to know the future – except for what God reveals in His Word. What you can know and put your faith in is the promises of God to love, care for, and guide us daily through life.  Jeremiah 29:11 puts it like this: “For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Putting faith in demonically used fakes will open your life to demonic attacks. Putting faith in the promises of God's word opens your life to His blessing. God and His word (the Bible) alone are worthy of trusting and what God wants you to believe, trust Him in, and have faith in. It will be the source of supernatural peace and mental soundness.

Psalms 18:30 (NIV)  "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Pride, Humility, Forgiveness, and Restoration

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was about 20 years old, I was working for a corporation that I really enjoyed working at. Within this corporation, they had a system that allowed you to move around and work various jobs within different departments. It was one of the best benefits of working for this company. If you got tired of working in one area and needed a change, you could look at some of the other jobs posted and the most senior person that bid for it was able to get it. Over my five years there, I think I worked in every department. I had fun getting to know people all over the company. I loved the experience of learning a diversity of jobs. The jobs carried different hours and schedules so you could change up your life. For me, it was a great place to work that broadened my work experience.

One day it was pointed out to me by management that I had a very positive quality I wasn’t even aware. Whenever a new person came on staff or transferred into the department I was working in, they said I seemed to reach out and meet and greet them, and help them get oriented to the area and their job. I didn’t think about it. It was just like breathing, a natural experience for me.

The top boss was a man that had been promoted from within and someone I had worked closely with for over a year. He was about 25 years older than me and became like a big brother. We really enjoyed each other's friendship. I was thrilled when he was promoted. Unbeknownst to me, He and other managers had noticed how I worked with other employees and had wanted to move me into management. They felt I was great at working with people and had developed a very broad base of the workings of all the departments.

I had long hair at the time. Not super long but below my collar yet not resting on my shoulders. My friend who had become my boss knew that he was about to ask me to step into management but knew that I’d have to move beyond our friendship to respect his authority. He tested me knowing that if I couldn’t, it would never work out. He asked me to get a haircut cutting my hair above my shirt collar. I had no idea he was thinking about moving me into management. I said I would cut my hair but then didn’t. He asked me two weeks later and I said I would but I didn’t. This went on for a couple of months and it was starting to strain our relationship. He had the right to make me get a haircut but it was rarely enforced anywhere else and I couldn’t figure out why he was picking on me. It was souring our relationship but it was really my fault.

One day he gave me an ultimatum. Get the haircut within two days or be fired. I just couldn’t believe he was serious. I knew that I was well liked by all and that they valued my efforts on the job, so I ignored his request again. Two days later, he fired me. I was absolutely shocked. I couldn’t believe it nor could any one else there. I had to leave the premises and not come back. It sent me in a mental tailspin. I cried. I got mad. I cried more. And then I began to break. I began to look inside my heart and over the entire experience. I wasn’t a Christian at this time, but most people in any crisis end up talking to God whether they admit they believe in Him or not. I could see I had disrespected him amongst the employees with my defiance and attitude of indifference. I was truly sorry.

I went back to him to apologize (with my hair cut short) but it was too late in his eyes. I went to my regional manager who I knew really liked me. I sat down with him, confessed my sins, told him I was sincerely sorry and begged him to give me another chance and give me my job back. He intervened and did.

I sincerely apologized to my boss and let everyone else know my attitude had been wrong. A year later they offered me a transfer and huge promotion for a management job that would have made me the youngest person to ever hold that level of management and responsibility.

2 Cor 7:10 says “For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.”

May people get stuck in the problems they have created because they will not look deep inside, examine their hearts, and own up to their faults. That is the true meaning and intent of having godly sorrow. That is step one. But it can’t stop there. It must lead to repentance – not just trying to get out of trouble or past the problem. Repentance means coming to the recognition of what was wrong with regret and sorrow and then putting on the determination and commitment to change.

I know that when things get tough because of wrong choices and mistakes we’ve made, we want instant forgiveness and restoration. God wants to redeem and deliver us but He also wants to make sure we have sincerely learned and turned from the cause of our self-inflicted woes.

 Isaiah 57:15 says, “The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Pride is the greatest enemy you will ever will ever face. It wants to blind you and keep you on the wrong path that God is trying to speak to you about and lead you out of.  Sincere humility and sorrow opens the floodgates of your heart to hear from God. Forgiveness and restoration starts at this place!

1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) "...God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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