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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

God's loving Touch

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Parents want their children to grow up obedient, well adjusted, and prepared to take on and succeed in this world. Good parents realize that this doesn’t happen in a vacuum. God’s word teaches us that without boundaries – His laws and ways,  and human life in general would end up in chaos. That is the meaning of Proverbs 29:18 that says “Where there is no divine guidance and insight received from God, the people cast off restraint and run wild, but happy is he who keeps God's precepts and ways." God’s word brings us boundaries and teaches us restraint. There are things God wants us to draw near to that will help us keep us on His path and bring blessing to our lives. There are things that God wants us to restrain our self from. Things that would hurt us. Things that would lead us and others astray and produce pain and suffering in our lives.  Boundaries are not meant to be confining. To the contrary, they are to be liberating and designed to clearly point us to that which brings blessing and to steer us away from that which could lead to destruction and death.

Little Johnny and Sally’s parents tell them not to ride their scooters out into the street. Why? Because they want to take away their fun? No, because they want to protect them from harm. Love is the motive for parents and love is God's motive also. When children are defiant, consequences are to be executed to change their attitude and heart toward obedience. Proverbs 19:27 warns, “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”  Proverbs 19:20 exhorts, “Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end you will be wise.” These are boundaries of obedience and wisdom that protect not just children, but adults alike.

If we love our children we lay these boundaries down for them. We also model them so they can imitate us over the progression of their lives. If we don’t love them, we let them do whatever they want to. But, that leads them to become unruly and uncontrollable children that have little to no respect for anyone and that hate boundaries. These are headed toward life-long destructive behaviors. That is why Prov 13:24 says that love is discipline. “He who spares the rod (does not follow through with correction) hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him." No parent wants to play the bad guy to their child. No parent wants to hear a child say, "I hate you." But as long as you execute discipline fairly and kindly – not from angry emotional swings and fits of your own anger, then you can hold your ground until they come around.  If we don’t follow through in keeping our children in boundaries and walking in knowledge and instruction of God’s Word, then we contribute to their destruction. Prov 13:24 says, “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.”

God is the perfect parent to those who will become His children. He lets us make that choice. But if we do accept to become His through Jesus Christ, then He, as a parent, has the right to discipline us. He corrects us through His Word which means we have to draw from His Word. Heb 12:7-11 teaches us, “Endure correction as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

When evil is let loose without restraints society ends up godless and in chaos just like children without discipline and guidance lean toward destructive lives. Evil men feel emboldened like a bully on a playground when no one restrains them. Psa 12:8 says, “The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.”  Proverbs 9:10 (NLT) says, "The fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment."  

When children grow up, they become you and I. We realize we still make wrong choices. We still see the need for exercising restraint in our lives. We still see the need for authority that speaks into our lives that we yield to. God and His Word is that authority and He disciplines us.  We adults don't like to be told what to do all that much. We like our freedom. But freedom is not freedom when it wanders outside the boundaries that God has created and gave us to keep us safe. And so we need His discipline. God doesn't throw lighting bolts. God doesn't cause hardship and problems. Those come from Satan or from the consequences of our own bad choices. No, God is the Heavenly Father that gives us His loving touch. He gives us His word, His assurance of love, the promise of forgiveness, and the instruction to walk the right path that leads us to blessing. We let His word correct us and stand our hearts in the corner until we change our attitude. We have a Heavenly Father that is the best and most loving Father we could ever imagine. But His love does include correction, instruction and restraint. Learn to love it. It will change you for good!

Psalms 119:130 (NIV) "The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 28, 2013

God will help you TODAY!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


"I really need to start ....!"   Do you ever hear yourself think or say those words. Some say "exercising." Others say, "eating better," Others say "reading my Bible and praying." The list is endless.

God does create desires within our heart. Of course they are always godly desires and they are to help lead us on the path He has for our lives. Psalms 37:4 (NIV) says, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Sometimes we have things stirring in us that have to do with changes we think are needed. Thinking about them and actually executing them are two different things. Thinking about them can be so easy and can continue for days, months and years. Executing those changes can be so frustrating – too often resulting in a track record of aborted attempts. Has God been stirring up desires in your life about something He wants you to do? Have you been struggling to get started? Is there something you need so that you can do what it is you feel God wants you to do? Is it motivation? Is it courage? Is it resources of some kind? Is it all these things?

God has made His grace (His supernatural help) available to you. If He is creating the desire within you, He wants to help you fulfill that desires. Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT) says, "Now may the God of peace...equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever!"

Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Romans 5:2 says, "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Whatever it is, let God know and stand in faith for it.

I'll never forget one of these moments in Renee and my life. We had been talking about the need to get some strength building equipment in our home. We had an elliptical machine for cardio but wanted to work on building muscle. Ministry can create an unbelievable amount of stress. Exercise de-stresses and good health keeps us healthy so we can help others! We had been praying about it and both felt the Lord wanted us to ask and trust Him with this desire. The time had come to make the decision and put our faith and action to work. We felt like the Lord wanted us to make this change, so we quit talking about it and committed it to the Lord in prayer. We prayed and asked Him to help us get the equipping we needed so we could begin exercising like we felt we needed to.

I know we could have simply went out and bought what needed but Renee and I like to pray and have God lead us and equip us – especially when we think He is giving us the desire for the change He wants us to make. Not long after we had been praying about this, I ran into an old business acquaintance and friend. He manufactures this kind of equipment and had just developed a new home strength gym that they hadn't put out on the market yet. He wanted to get it in some homes to see how it worked for people and how they liked it. He sold it to us at a fraction of the price and it was an amazing piece of equipment – far beyond what we were thinking and the newest and greatest to hit the market. We could see God honoring our prayers and we were so glad we prayed and waited on God!  This all started with something stirring in our hearts and deciding "Today is the day!" 

Once you're sure it's God's desire stirring in your heart, it becomes time to take a bold step in faith believing it will be empowered by God’s grace. In the story of Joshua taking the people of God into the Promised Land, they came to the Jordon River. God told them to take a step into the river. As soon as they took that first step and touched the water, it parted and let them walk through as we see in Joshua 3:14-16.  "When the people set out to cross the Jordan, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. Now it was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river's edge, the water began backing up and piling up at a town upstream… Then all the people crossed over near the city of Jericho."

Procrastination is a curse. Doing what God is leading you to do is a blessing. But don't fear. You are not on your own! If God is leading you, He will equip you! Your faith is the bridge to that equipping. By His grace He'll equip you with the motivation, with the courage, and with the resources you need. "Today is the day." First, know what it is God wants you to do. Second, ask Him for help praying and expecting God to lead you and guide you. Be patient and stand and pray until you see God's hand and help. Third, take action steps He leads you to take. You have a part to play and that is to obey! Thank Him every step of the way as His grace empowers you with everything you need to do His will!  He will lead you and help you as you take the first steps of faith. His grace will help you keep moving forward until His desire is completed in you! Today is the day to take these steps! Declare for yourself,

Hebrews 13:21 "May God equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The “Why God?” Questions

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Ever find yourself asking the questions “Why God?” "Why is this happening?"

I am sure that most of us have at one time or another. When hurt or disappointment is present and questions that you can't get answers to come, beware! Why? Because the "whys” have the potential to confuse and undermine your faith. I’m not saying that asking God about things you don’t understand is bad. No, to the contrary, that is a good thing to do.
Sometimes when we ask God questions, we are inadvertently asking them out loud to the world or to people who don’t know God. The answers they try to come up with will be confusing, random based on speculation, and most often, an undermining force to your faith in God. You can’t force or simply figure out answers to questions that only God knows the answers to.

Some time ago we prayed for a couple who were pregnant with child that had received an evil report. We prayed with them and stood in faith with them. When the child was born, everything was wonderful. It was declared by the doctor as a miracle. Another time later, we were asked to pray for another couple that like wise had received an evil report. We also stood in faith with them. When their child was born, it lived for less than an hour. It was a painful and sad experience. The good experiences cause us to rejoice. The hard experiences lead to the “why” questions. They work to discourage our faith.

David himself went through troubled times as King Saul was chasing him to kill him. David was told he would become the King of Israel by Samuel the Prophet. Instead he is being hunted like a criminal. How could this all make sense? The "whys" led David to cry out, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?"  (Psalms 22:1 (NLT)) Deep down David knew that God was with him. He had seen God deliver him time and time again. But even David had his moments of discouragement that led to asking "Why?"
If you've heard ridiculous answers to God questions, you know that they never settle well within you. They almost have the ability to make you mad because they make God look insane or evil - like He doesn't know what He is doing. I’ve heard way too many over the years. I remember a pastor once explaining at a funeral that this young lawyer who died, did so because “God took him home because He needed another lawyer in Heaven.” I knew that this ridiculous answer even made the family mad and spiritually confused others.

If I make unreasonable demands for answers God is not ready to give me, I'll end up over analyzing and intellectualizing everything and creating false answers that will confuse me and lead me away from God. When asking God questions, its important to do so with a child-like faith. What do I mean by that? What provokes a "Why God" question often comes at a time of pain or confusion. A loving Father would comfort a child with the explanation they were able to understand. That might be a partial answer if the child couldn't grasp the full answer at their level of maturity. But he would eventually give that child the answers they need as they became able to comprehend them. You may be an adult but your spiritual maturity might not be able to grasp the answers God would give you because He speaks and teaches us through His Word.

So, as you ask "Why?" you need to read His Word asking the Lord to show you the answers you seek. You need to accept His timing in giving you the answers you seek. They might not immediately come. Only He can give you the answers to those difficult questions that could otherwise be confusing to your faith and understanding of Him. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the ways and heart of God. So, the thing to do when those questions arise is ask the Lord, then tell the Lord you will patiently await the answer. Some answers will come quickly, and some over time. Either way, the Lord is faithful to answer your questions through His Word.
In this way, your faith will be intact and you will receive true revelation and insight from the heart of God that will help you understand while making your faith stronger!

Psalms 20:6 (NIV) "Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; He answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

God's Will? Have a Great Marriage!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


As a Pastor, I have been asked to give spiritual guidance to couples that are struggling in their marriage. Sometimes you have both the husband and wife really wanting to make things work. This is best case scenario. Other times you have a husband that wants to fight for the marriage but his wife doesn’t or a wife that wants to fight for her marriage but the husband doesn’t. These marriages are extremely difficult to help. In any case, I am obligated by the Word of God to point couples to Jesus, to His Word, and to believe for a miracle of resurrected love that can only come when hearts are open to learn and be corrected by God’s Word. The Word of God simply doesn’t give me permission to say – “Just hang it up – you two will never make it.” Only in cases of infidelity or when one person is married to an unbeliever, does God show allowance through His Word. (And by the way, this is not to condemn anyone who is remarried or who has been divorced. Look forward – not back!)

I have never hidden the fact that Renee and I had problems in the first years of our marriage. We were passionately in love yet plagued by immaturity. We were stubborn and selfish and had slightly delusional ideas of how marriage was supposed to work as we entered marriage. Most everyone thinks they can figure out how to be married. They think love will conquer all – that is until they face a brutal awakening.


There were times where each of us would occasionally be haunted with the thought, "We might not make it." We didn't say it out loud to each other, but later we both found out that it was a thought we both had to cast out! We hated the thought. We wanted to make it but those kinds of thoughts do come when you feel like your feelings of love for each other have become faint to non-existent.   So what kept us fighting for our marriage? Probably some of the same things that keep many people in a marriage.

Being Christians, we didn't want our marriage to fail. What kind of a testimony to God’s love and power is that? We didn’t want to suffer the embarrassment. We didn’t want to be failures. We didn’t want to be viewed as phonies and hypocrites. Those were all poor reasons for wanting to have a good marriage and yet I am glad they were there. They were a peer pressure – good or bad that helped us hang in there.

There were also the right and most important reasons that we couldn't quit. First, we knew it was not God's will. We believed there had to be a way to turn it around. We believed and had faith in that. Secondly, strange as it may sound, in the midst of the turmoil, I knew that I had loved my wife and that love still had to be in there. Until those feelings were resurrected, I had to live out of the commitment that comes with love. Love is more than some elusive feeling. Third, we truly believed God always has the answer you need and He is always there and not just willing, but desiring to help you get it right! Always! The question was, were we willing to humble ourselves and seek Him in whatever way it took to get the answers and help from Him to turn it around? We were! I was! I love God. I have always been determined to not let Satan eat my lunch. I have always been determined to fulfill God’s will. Renee was the same way.

I got before the Lord and being the head of my family and marriage, I sought the Lord often asking Him to change me and help me do whatever it took to turn our marriage around. In the midst of marriage troubles, it almost always feels like your spouse is the problem. I went to the Lord not asking Him to change her, but to change me.  To do that it took spending time in prayer and God's Word. Honestly, most people aren't willing to pay this kind of price. But the price to co-exist unhappily is higher than the price to seek God for the answers and strength to change what needs to be changed. Some men have given up and already mentally and emotionally checked out of their marriage. They have looked around at other women. They have played mentally with the thought of moving past their wife into affairs, pornography, flirting, masturbation, or whatever.

I stayed before the Lord. He helped me. He opened my eyes to look at things that bothered me with new and fresh perspective. He helped me be more patient and kind in my temperament. He helped me value the good I saw in Renee and look past the little quirks she had. I had them too! We all do! He helped me in ways that I don't have words for. He restored our love for each other. Within a couple of years of being newlyweds, with God's help, we were able to inwardly change and mature and watch our marriage mature. Our marriage got better every year. We now have a awesome marriage and we have matured in our love in more ways than I can describe. It makes me so thankful to God.

The Word of God can be so powerful and alive! In John 14:26, the Holy Spirit is called "the Counselor who will teach us in ALL things." Think about that. He is the Counselor. In other words, the advice, the wisdom, the help, the perfect counsel from the one whom is ALL KNOWING is available to those that seek Him! That is why we could not quit. We knew God had every answer we needed! We knew He wanted us to have it. I knew I had the grace as the head of my marriage and family to stand and fight for our marriage. I knew I could and had to do whatever it took to get it right. God honored that and now I have the marriage I have dreamed of when it was the marriage I toyed with throwing away.

I have learned that I can't make anyone believe God when He says, "All things are possible to Him who believes," but I know it's true and I do believe it! That's all I can do. I always hope people can take hold of what I say, but if they won't listen to God why would they listen to me? And yet I keep saying it. I pray they won't quit. I pray that they ask God to renew their hope and then go from there. The true spiritual guidance any of us need for any area of our life is present within us if we have Jesus as our Lord and the Holy Spirit as our Counselor!

Mark 10:7-9 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Make Sure It's God's Voice That is Leading You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Premonition. I think most people are familiar with that word. The dictionary defines it like this: a sense that something of the future is about to occur; a sense of impending evil or misfortune; a warning in advance.

Is there such a thing as premonitions? Absolutely! Do most people understand them? Absolutely not! The world's view and understanding of them is mostly born out of man-made theories, religious cults, and wrong spiritual ideas originating from the imaginations of men, not from the truth of God's Word – the Bible. Listen to what I am going to say closely.

Anyone or anything that teaches about the future outside of what God has revealed to us from the scriptures is cultish, demonic, and opens the door for Satan to manipulate your thinking and eventually your behaviors. Satan thrives on lies, confusion, and fear. They are the empowering forces that mislead people in their beliefs about the future and the dead.

There are those who for reasons of curiosity or entertainment read horoscopes, visit fortune tellers, listen to psychics or to those who 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 deception and are often those that most gravitate toward it. There is a whole new wave 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 “just entertainment” but this becomes the seed planted in people's minds that there might be something to this stuff. People can unknowingly be used of Satan to bring deception or false powers that appear to be supernatural. Those that write horoscopes, tell fortunes through 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, "When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 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." Deu 18:9-14


Satan will work more and more of this deception in the earth as we get closer to Jesus' second coming.  That way, people will attribute miracles to many things instead of Almighty God. Satan has always had this plan and God has always condemned it. Rev 19:20 says, "But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur."

I started out saying that there are real premonitions but people don't understand them. They are often leadings or warnings of the Holy Spirit. John 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit will “guide us into all truth… and He will show or tell you things to come.” God makes His supernatural help practical in our life. He wants the inward prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a normal part of a Christian’s walk. This was never meant to be “spooky” or overly mystical. It takes time to sort out your own imaginations from God’s promptings. What we think God is telling us has to be measured and in line with God’s Word and character. In learning His voice and promptings, you will make mistakes. Prideful spiritual people want to convince you they always know what God is telling them. It’s not true. Discernment concerning God’s voice and how He guides you and speaks to you comes with time and experience. Sometimes you will have listened accurately. Sometimes not. God is pleased when you try to listen to and be led by His Spirit and His Word. He is able to correct your mistakes when you've thought you heard from Him but it was just your imagination.

Sometimes God has led me to take a class. Sometimes to help a neighbor. Sometimes to develop a discipline in my life. Sometimes to call or bless someone and encourage them. Sometimes to share Jesus with someone. He speaks to me daily through His word to encourage and direct my thinking. He will lead you like this most every day if you will pay attention. The goal of Bible reading isn't to read for a specific amount of time. It's to read until something speaks to your heart. When that happens, stop and mediate on it. God is speaking to you!

The very verses he leads you to read and meditate on in the morning may be the verses that He uses to warn you from blowing it in a coming temptation that day. Or your verses may be the exact ones you need to encourage the heart of someone who is pouring out their heart to you later in the day. Sometimes that prompting is to pray. Maybe you know what to pray for. Maybe you don’t.

One morning I woke up early, immediately feeling impressed to get out of bed and pray. I asked the Lord, “Who and what am I praying for?” Not that I’d always get and answer but this time I did. He said, “For yourself.” That struck me as unusual but I did obey and pray. I prayed until that urge to pray left me. That day I was taking a flight to Washington DC. Our airplane was in a near miss. We missed crashing into a 747 by the distance of 900 yards. It later made the news. That day God saved my life. He warned me so I could pray and change the evil that Satan intended.

God’s voice is the only voice to listen to. He is so very precious. He is God but also called us His friend. Friends listen to each other and help each other. Will you listen to Him?

Psalms 25:5 (NLT) "Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 21, 2013

God's Voice: An Invaluable Treasure From God to You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


There is not one day in my life that goes by where the Lord doesn’t speak to me. I don’t mean in a spooky way. He reminds me of a verse, or opens my mind to its meaning. He flashes a picture of something I would have forgotten. He speaks to me through a Christian friend. I hear Him addressing something in my life through a sermon I am listening to. He leads me to a verse that speaks the wisdom I was seeking. Somehow, because I am trying to listen, He finds a way to talk with me.

Outside of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord as Savior, there is no greater privilege and honor than being able to hear and be led by the voice and spirit of Almighty God through His Holy Spirit. God wants us to embrace and learn to become thankfully confident in this privilege. Romans 8:15-16 says, “So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family—calling him "Father, dear Father." For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children.”
If we’ve received Jesus as Lord, then we have His Holy Spirit indwelling within us as told in 1 Cor. 6:19 “Or don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself?” 

As a young excited Christian, I wanted to break away from all my sinful ways. Romans 8:7-8 says it like this. “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” It wasn’t easy but because my heart was determined to please God and get it right, I could sense His voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit in scripture speaking to me as well as through my Pastor’s sermons, through the counsel of Christian friend’s, and through much that I read in learning to grow in Christ. God found many ways to speak to me. As Romans 8:14 says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

It was critical then to learn to know and distinguish between the three voices that I heard – that we all hear speaking within us. I had the voice of my human reasoning going on in my head. I had the voice of the Holy Spirit wanting to lead me. And then there was the voice of Satan trying to confuse and lead me into a sinful life outside of God.

God’s voice is like that of the perfect parent. I grew up with great parents. They always wanted good for me. They gave me wise counsel. They corrected me when I was headed down a wrong path or had wrong thinking or a bad attitude. They encouraged me in everything that was good and right. They helped me in any way they could, whenever they could. That is how the voice and leading of God is, only exceedingly beyond anything parents could feel and know. God wants good for you!

You have your own voice within you. It is the voice of your conscience –  what some call the soul. It is trained by your intellect and emotions – all the information that feeds into your life on a daily basis. It is what you were led by prior to receiving Jesus and His Holy Spirit. That voice alone will lead you astray! I was and still am capable of wandering and going astray. We all are and have! Without the voice of God leading us, that is what we do. That is why Jesus had to save us. Isaiah 53:6 “All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him (Jesus) the guilt and sins of us all.” We will go astray without God’s voice and loving guidance. That is why God gave us the Holy Spirit – so we aren’t left to our own voice.

Satan’s voice? Jesus described him best in John 8:44 by saying, “…He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  And John 10:10 tells us more about the enemy of our soul.  “The thief's (Satan’s) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My (Jesus')  purpose is to give life in all its fullness.“

What is each voice that is trying to influence your thinking and actions speaking to you? Is the voice you are listening to leading you to be faithful or diligent or loyal or committed spouse, employee, or friend? Is it telling you its okay to call in sick when you are not? Is it thinking angry, or hateful or revengeful thoughts? Is it thinking about how to lead someone to Jesus or seeking about how you can be a better Christian? Is it speaking of restraint or encouraging you to please your flesh and satisfy every lustful desire? Is it telling you to check out that woman in the office that is not your wife or telling you that checking out porn on the Internet is just an innocent “guy thing?” Is it telling you that playing around on chat lines with someone you don’t know is okay? Is that voice trying to legitimize your sinful sexual life outside of marriage? In all these, check what the voice says by asking the Holy Spirit about it. Check your heart, your motive, and what the Word of God says, and you will know who you are listening to. There is no benefit in listening to Satan or those infected by his influence. There is little benefit in listening just to yourself. The benefit is in listening to the still small voice of God.

John 10:27 says, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." God will not accuse you or condemn you. He will not yell at you or raise His voice. He will not scream at you. He will speak to you in a still small voice if you learn to listen for it continuously.  He will encourage you, teach you, reveal His love to you, lead you and guide you in every thought and decision you bring before Him. What He says will align with the Word of God in scripture and will help you discern those voices. When you learn to sort out these voices and discern the voice of the Lord, you have found an invaluable treasure! 

Psalms 95:6-7 (NLT) "Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Making of a Champion: Seattle Seahawks

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


The video I have posted IS NOT just for sports lovers. It is for God-lovers.  I assure you this is an amazing and heart warming video that will bless you and that you will want to share! Watch ever minute of it and be blessed by it!


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Answer to "Who Did God Make Me to Be?"

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


“Who are you?” Do you remember back in your teenage years when you became interested in pursing the opposite sex and got together with that person you thought might become a true love? As you got together, the process of mutual discovery began. I would want to get to know who this girl was as a person and likewise she would want to know who I was. When I think back to my answers of who I said I was, I’m sure there was some truth mixed with the hopes of who I wanted to be, and probably who I thought she’d like me to be.

We all know that trying to be who you aren’t doesn’t work out for the long haul. We’ve all been guilty of trying to be someone other than who we are to please someone else. It’s something we hopefully grow out of over time. Too often, many grow out of it for the wrong reason such as age. You get to an age in life where you simply don’t care what others think anymore. It would be better for people to learn to get comfortable in their own skin and with who God created them to be.

I can’t tell you who you are. I hope you can. For me, in learning to honestly discover who I was, I had to learn to discover who God made me to be. Once I learned who God made me to be, I could learn how God expected me to live – the guidelines and boundaries that would promote blessing and protect me from the temptations and destructive places the enemy of my soul would try to lure me into. When I learned who God made me to be and how He wanted me to live, then and only then did I, for the first time, begin to become settled with who I really was. What a life transforming path that was!

Who does God say we are? I hope and pray that to some degree, revelation of  who we are in Christ comes forth every time a write a Fresh Manna devotional. But today, let me start out answering this question, “Who am I?” by focusing on Hosea 14:1-2. (NKJV) “O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity; Take words with you, And return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.”

This verse starts off with Hosea the prophet speaking God’s words directly to them. These are God’s words to His people. He addresses them, “O Israel…” These words - the name God gave Jacob – “Israel,” mean “the power and strength to rule as God.” This is how God addressed them. This is what He named these people – “O Israel” meaning “You the people who I established a covenant with – who I gave power and strength to rule in my name in the earth.” Think about that! That is what God named these people! Why? Because they were to become His influencers – His leaders and influencers of all He wanted mankind to know about Himself in the earth. They were to be His light to all people – the ones to show them God’s ways and God’s power in the earth.

Just like anyone might, they had trouble believing that. They answered the “Who are you” question from the perspective of who they saw when they looked in the mirror instead of who God said He created and covenanted with them to be. They saw themselves as ordinary people who sinned and weren’t capable of much more than becoming like every other people group they were surrounded by. They were caught up in the culture and peer pressure of the day that allowed their life to be dictated to an ordinary and sin-laden life. Consequently they were often backslidden – entangled in sin, idolatry, and living far outside of God’s will for them. Instead of representing God with lives of power and influence, they lived a mediocre life filled with sin and complacency – a joke to the world.

What did God say to them? “O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity…” God was crying out for them to come back to be who He created them to be. He then said, “Take words with you, And return to the LORD…”Take words” means “Take my counsel.” He told them, “Return to Me.” He then told them how. He said, “Say to Him (Say to God,) "Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously.” God is the one who at this point said, “Ask me to take away your sins and receive me by my grace.” Grace is the undeserved blessing of God-given from His heart of love and mercy as a free gift. He wanted to grace them with forgiveness.

He then told them one more powerful thing to do. He told them to say, “For we will offer the sacrifice of our lips.” That meant they would begin to praise Him for everything He was, for everything He had done in the past for His people, and for all He yet promised to do. Why was this important? Because this praise would help stir in their hearts, “Who they were” and “Who God created them to be” so that they could answer the question, “Who am I.”

It is from this place that “Who am I?” becomes more clear. Psalms 95:7 says, “For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today if you will hear His voice.”

If Jesus has become your Lord, then like Israel, you are His people. You aren’t just another guy or gal on the block or in the workplace. You are someone who God established a covenant with through Jesus Christ.  You are someone whom through His Holy Spirit, gives you power from Him within your being, to say "Yes" to what is good and right and "No" to what isn't. He gave power and strength to be an influencer and world changer in this earth. That is who we are in Christ. Is that hard to believe? Most things God reveals to us about who we are in Him, are difficult to believe. But, it’s the only way you will get to know who you really are!


Acts 26:16-18 (NIV) "Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people.... I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Own Your Day and Live it With Joy!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt like it started out as a bad day before you even got out of bed? You slept lousy. You dreamt weird pizza dreams. You look in the mirror and are discouraged at what you see. You put on outfit that you just can't seem to coordinate. You mind is screaming – “You look ugly. You didn’t get any sleep and you won’t make it through the day. Your life is pathetic.”  Let me ask you – who would be behind that kind of day’s start and those kinds of thoughts, God or Satan?

That is the beauty of God-given discernment. You can figure that out. God would not be behind that kind of start to your day or behind those kinds of thoughts. Satan would like to discourage you and start your day off wishing you hadn’t waken up.

We all experience days where everything just seems to create pressure – where mishaps and problems want to overtake us. If we cave in to our feelings in times like that and let our emotions match our circumstances, the day will go from bad to worse in record time. It’s at times like that you have to look in the mirror and shout “Stop!”I am a child of God. His grace will give me the strength and wisdom I need for this day. Jesus paid the price for me to be blessed. Galatians 3:11 says that God’s children “…live by faith.” I refuse to look at the circumstances that surround me and let Satan dictate my emotions. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that I “walk by faith, not by sight.” God has made His grace abundant for me and He is with me and will turn this day around as I apply my faith.”

Now as you are still looking in the mirror say, “See! Things are getting better already!” Redo you hair. Put on a different outfit. Know that His grace will be your strength for the day. Start singing about how good God is to you! Make up a song and sing about His goodness. Make yourself laugh. Put on a smile. Look back in that mirror and say, “Now you are walking toward a good day with the Lord. His favor is upon me and He will bless everything I diligently put my hand to! Praise the Lord.”

Why can you do such a thing? Because of who you are! People that don’t know Jesus just get up believing they are a victim of their feelings and whatever comes their way that day. That is not the case with you. That is not who you are. You are God’s child. Romans 8:16 says, “The Holy Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." As a child of God He has given us His name over the enemy in this earth. James 4:7 (NLT) says, "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

You may think, “That is pretty hard for me to believe. Who am I to do those things?” Exactly. That is the thinking of people that DON’T know who they are in Christ. Until you know who you are, you’ll never step out in faith believing God is in you and wanting to work through you. Even when you do begin to take steps of faith – they be more like steps of hope. You won’t really believe it until you see God moving through the steps of faith that YOU take and then observe God's grace helping you  – something that will be visible only to you! When that does happen, you’ve become a threat to Satan. You know longer become his whipping boy.

Let me show you more about the secrets of God and the power of His name. Remember when Moses was leading the children of Israel out of Egypt? He came up to the Red Sea with Pharaoh coming quickly behind him and with them having no place to go. The Lord spoke to Moses at the time and told him what to do. Jesus name and authority was hidden in God’s instruction to Moses in Exodus 14:16. “But lift thou up thy rod (branch), and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. When Moses held the rod out over the Red Sea, the Red Sea divided and they walked through but Pharaoh’s army drowned as the sea came back together on them."

The word for rod in the Hebrew means branch. Did you know that "Branch" was one of the names God gave Jesus in the prophesies of His coming. We see it in Isaiah 11:1. “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots…” And,
Jeremiah 12:5-6 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’"

These verses are talking about Jesus coming from the lineage of Jesse and David. He was called “a Branch” - the same word for Moses rod over the Red Sea. Moses rod represented the power and authority of the name of Jesus leading to their miracle, their deliverance from Pharaoh’s army, and Pharaoh’s (or Satan’s) defeat.

Jesus is your branch – your authority and your defense against Satan dictating his attacks against you. That is who you are. Isaiah 54:17 is your heritage and God’s promise to you! It’s who you are. “But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you will succeed. And everyone who tells lies in court will be brought to justice. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

If your day doesn't start the way it should, take back your day in Jesus name and you put it on track! Own your day! Live it with joy! It's your heritage in the Lord!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 14, 2013

What Ignites the Power to Conquer Your Lame Excuses


Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Most of us look at ourselves in a mirror daily. We see what we see. You see yourself through your eyes and from perspective. Have you ever thought about how God sees you? Actually that thought scares too many people because they feel that in God's eyes, they don't measure up or they are in big trouble. They don't want to think about how God sees them.

As a Christian, it's important to learn not to look at yourself through your own eyes, but instead see yourself as God sees you. Do you know that this is the true key to supernatural change and what ignites the power to conquer your lame excuses for not obeying God in your life?

If you know the story of Moses, you know that the beginning years of his life were anything but normal. He was raised in the cross hairs of two cultures – Hebrew and Egyptian. They were two distinctly different religious and social cultures. It was easy for him to become confused over who he was in life and how he was supposed to walk his life out. He had to come to the place of discovery – deciding for himself what he believed and how he wanted to walk out his life.

At the time he finally mustered up the courage to choose the side of his Hebrew heritage and do something for God’s people, he failed in the worst way. He committed murder. Not on purpose. He was trying to protect a Hebrew slave from being beaten but through his efforts, he accidentally killed the Egyptian taskmaster. He panicked and fled and giving up all his hopes and dreams for a great many years. That is until one day God called upon Moses to remind him of why He put him on this earth and to guide him toward his destiny. God asked Moses to step out in faith and do something for Him. Let’s read about it and as we do, begin to see the battle of excuses warring with the voice of God telling Moses who he was and who he could be with God working in and through him.

Exodus 3:9, “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

We see Moses’ first excuse – those words that the devil teaches us all to parrot and build into our thinking – “Who am I?”  

Verse 11 – “But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

Moses struggled with his identity. He didn’t feel worthy or prepared and was sure there were others beside himself who were much more qualified. He was probably thinking – “God you’ve got to be kidding! I am absolutely incompetent to do this!” Moses was seeing himself through his own eyes and in his own ability rather than listening to God’s voice telling him that He would be with him to help him at every step. Moses, not unlike many of us, was afraid of failure. Most fears of failure in life are tied to the fear of the unknown, the scars of past failures, and of public opinion – what are others going to think. God answered Moses giving him a rod and the promise of signs and wonders to validate God was with him – the promise of a miraculous commissioning. Moses was still weak kneed.  

Look at God’s response. V12, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." What could inspire more confidence in anyone than a commission and promise from God that He will back you and be with you!”

Then Moses offered his second excuse. Verse 13 – “Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, "What is His name? What shall I say to them?" God told him what to say.

Then Moses had his third excuse. Exodus 4:1 – “Then Moses answered and said, But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, "The LORD has not appeared to you."'

God was so patient with Moses. He listened to his excuses and worked through each one with him. If you’re a dad and your child is telling you his excuses for being afraid to step out and try something,  are you as patient to help him? Are you as willing to help him? Part of who he becomes is connected to your support and encouragement – you being his helper, his friend, and his supporter.

God desired to use Moses in spite of his extensive flaws and contradictions. God addressed his excuses and objections with great detail, assurance and power. What did Moses do? Offer more excuses.

Number Four Excuse: "I’ve never been eloquent – I’m just not a good speaker." God helped him through that.

Then Excuse Five: "I just can't do it" – the one most people pull out of the bag before they walk away from God. Exodus 4:13 “But Moses again pleaded, "Lord, please! Send someone else."

All of the great leaders in the Bible outside of Jesus Christ were flawed, fearful of doing what God asked them to do, and tempted to decline with excuses. It’s easier to make excuses about our inadequacies than it is to take on a challenge at God’s request. We’re plagued by self-doubt. We say we don’t have the right skills for the job, and like Moses we may worry that people, even our families, won’t buy into our leadership – after all, Jesus’ own brothers and sisters didn't! 

God discerned the traits of leadership in Moses regardless of all shortcomings.  God ended up bringing Moses brother Aaron in to help with the job assignment. That was God's second best. Time and again He supported and reassured Moses by addressing his fears and objections and by promising to be with him giving him the tools he needed to succeed. God choose to cultivate and develop leadership in Moses which would eventually inspire the future leaders of Israel. He would become one who modeled the leadership of trusting God more than himself. This is where excuses are defeated  – when one knows who He is in God, not in himself. This is where men become godly men and women become godly women. This is where families become a powerful light. This is where churches become centers of influence changing cities, states, and nations.

When God is leading you to do even small things that you are afraid to do, remember Moses being paralyzed with fear and how God helped him and taught him the answer to the question, “Who am I?” God is no respecter of persons and is waiting to help answer that question for you! The fulfillment of your destiny begins with one step of obedience to God at a time.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 11, 2013

You - Before and After!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


On one of my birthday’s, Renee gave me this new health book Fit for Life. In this book, they have an entire picture section of people that have been through the program this book offers. You see all the before and after pictures of all these people. I love looking at before and after pictures of people that have purposed to change. It is so inspiring! In three to six months of hard work, these people look completely different and so much better.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 5 we read about God giving us a brand new life as we receive Jesus as our Savior. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

God empowers us by His Holy Spirit to live it out. His Word says we are to be transformed. As I was looking at the before and after pictures of the people in this book, I had this thought: every one of us is working toward one of those two pictures. We are either creating a before picture or an after picture of our current life. Have you ever thought which picture you are presently creating? Think back to five years ago in your spiritual life, your physical life, and your mental state of mind. Have you gone backwards and are creating a picture you’d rather have as a “before” picture, or have you progressed in your life and it’s definitely an “after” picture?

In the book of the Acts in chapter 26, the Apostle Paul is giving his testimony while on trial. He is verbally painting the before picture of his life and then the after picture after Jesus got a hold of him. It became his testimony. Everyone that changes from a before to and after has a testimony. How powerful it is when our testimony is about what the Lord has done in us!

I am definitely living in an after picture. I say that because if anyone saw me now compared to thirty-five years ago before I knew the Lord, they'd tell you I was a completely different person. I am happy for that. At the same time, internally I feel like I am in a before picture compared to what I believe the Lord still wants to do within me and through my life. I realize that's good. Otherwise I would be sitting in pride of how great I think I am and probably look like a Pharisee.

The after picture is our ongoing goal that we see in our hearts that God helps us paint. It is the shaping of our thoughts and desires to conform to His Word, His Will, and His purpose for our lives. It's a path and a process in which we will continue to be changed as we pray and seek Him and purpose to live according to what He speaks to us through His Word.

Phillipians 1:5 reminds us that God is there if we will have confident faith in His supply of supernatural help. “…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” As this verse reveals, it’s God who had began and will continue to work in you – that is if you have confident faith in His helping you.

An aimless and purposeless life outside of the Lord will always result in a before picture. Pressing toward God's will for your life will help create after pictures. An after picture is not the end of all. It is actually only a step to the next after picture. What does your next after picture look like?

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

God's Will For You: Lack and Despair or Provision and Abundance?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt



Have you ever been in a tough place financially? I have written many times to you telling you of Renee and my early days of marriage. When we first got married, we were both individually making a good income. We had bought a house and still had decent discretionary income left over after our expenses. We had both always tithed and brought offerings to church to God in obedience to His Word and as a thanksgiving acknowledging His Lordship, love, blessings, and provision for us.  

Financially we were at best, okay stewards of God’s money. Frankly we blew a lot of money eating out, on entertainment, and more. We didn’t save much and avoided the topic and word budget. We hated the thought of financial restraint.  We had travel benefits from my job at the airline and so we spent extra money traveling whenever we could.  
When we began to have children, that all changed. Renee wanted to quit her job which I agreed to. Our income was cut more than in half since Renee made more money than me at that time. We were soon financially strapped and on the edge of financial woes. As we prayed, God led me to starting a painting company to bring in additional income. It added a lot of work to my life but I wasn’t afraid of hard work. I wanted to be a good provider and this greatly helped with our finances.  

We were young and inexperienced at life. We had so much to learn in every area. We wanted to learn. We wanted to learn to become wiser in managing our finances and learning all that it meant to be a good steward for God. It seemed as though we were continually hearing from the pulpit about the importance of building our foundation for our Christian walk, not only on the gospel and living a pure life before God which are critical, but also on having faith in the promises of provision God wanted for us as we lived obediently for Him. People wiser than us warned us that financial stress ruined marriages. We had begun to see marriages around us blow up over a lack of finances. We did not want that to happen to us. We wanted to learn to lean on God in this area just like every other area we trusted Him for.  

Renee and I began study the Word of God learning what God promised us concerning supernatural provision. What we learned was amazing. God had always promised His children that He would bless them greatly if they would walk in His ways. No one can do that perfectly but God isn’t looking for perfection. Our righteousness or right standing with God is based on what Jesus did for us, not in our perfection. God is looking for pure hearts and diligent effort. 
God’s will is to bring us into a place where we are lacking nothing. As you read these verses you will see God’s heart of love and provision for His people. Deut. 8:6-10 "So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with springs that gush forth in the valleys and hills. It is a land of wheat and barley, of grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, olives, and honey. It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills.”

God hasn’t changed. He wants to bring each of us into a place of His provision where there is no lack in our lives. This won’t happen like magic. It is a process that happens over time as we live by faith and as God develops our character in trusting Him at every fiery trial. God told them He would be bringing them into this land inhabited by enemies. They would have to face them and defeat them. Their faith would have to be intact. That would enable God to drive those that opposed them – their enemies, before their very eyes! Deut 7:1-2 “When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations--the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you-- and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy (don’t compromise with sin.”) The Apostle Paul taught us that we no longer fight flesh and blood in our day-to-day experience as they did then, but instead, principalities and powers – we fight demonic attacks of the Satan. The lust of our own flesh, the greed and corruption that is in this world, the devices of Satan to discourage us from our faith are the modern day tactics of the enemy that we all face. These are the enemies we must face in faith. If we do, God will help us defeat them daily. As we do and live as good stewards – managing our money and bring our tithes and offering to Him, we open ourselves to the blessing God wants for any of His children that put their faith in His promises.

Over time, as we live this out before God in faith, we will be blessed and experience His supernatural increase in our lives. You will notice it more in hindsight than at the moment! When we experience this blessing, God says that the greatest challenge we will face is our own pride – thinking that we had something to do with our blessing of increase instead of Him.

Deut 6:10-13 “When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you--a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant--then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

And again in Deut 8:17-18 “You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so establish His covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

Does this sound like a God that wants you poor and lacking. God wants to bless you and wants you to remember that it's His doing when it happens! I strongly encourage you to go through the scriptures in Deut chapter 6 and Chapter 8 for yourself and be convinced of what God wants for you – abundance without forgetting where it came from!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 07, 2013

God Wants to Meet Your Needs!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt
 

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to carry an unjustified confidence about everything they think and do – and possibly an ego to match? Confidence is a huge and necessary character quality in life. Without confidence, leaders, athletes, professionals, nor anyone, will rise to the fullness of their potential. Yet confidence is not supposed to be based on vain imagination or inflated ego. Confidence is to be based on a number of factors having to do with knowledge, understanding, ability, skill, and potential. 

There are two foundational things confidence must be built on. First, we must be confident from the promise of God’s word, that He loves us and cares about every detail of our lives. Secondly, we must know that as Jesus said, "...without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5) Every good thing that touches our life is because of God's grace – His divine mercy and love helping us. Not because we are so smart or cool or because we deserve it. 


Pride, ego, and boasting shuts God out of one’s life. Jeremiah 9:23 warns us, "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches…”Let me tell you a powerful truth. God hates pride. Satan’s original sin was pride. Pride shuts down God’s ability to work in our lives. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the reverence of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. “The words “strong confidence” literally means “mighty assurance.” What this verse is telling us is that when we put our faith in the promise of God’s Word, we can have mighty assurance or confidence.

Strong confidence rooted in anything outside of God is nothing more than disguised pride. Pride boasts about what it knows and about what it can do. It boasts about its future and its greatness. James 4:13-16 says, “Look here, you people who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.' Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.”

These verses aren’t telling us not to plan. They are telling us that without praying for God’s participation, guidance, and grace in our day-to-day plans, we are out on a trip all by ourselves. Prov 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Prov 16:3 says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” 

God wants blessing, provision, and protection for our life. He wants this abundantly for our lives. Jesus revealed the nature of Satan and his will for us vs. Jesus and His will for us in John 10:10. “(Satan)The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to more abundantly.” You will never extend your faith in His promise beyond what you truly believe God wants for you. This has got be become one of the most settled issues of your heart. You then need to learn to trust and stand on these promises of God. As you do, you will see God manifest His blessings in your life. 

From the time Renee and I were married we believed and trusted God for our provision. That doesn’t mean we sat around twiddling our thumbs waiting for a mystical magical check to show up in our mailbox. God teaches us to work diligently, to honor authority, and to treat everyone – even those who seem to oppose or be against us, with love and respect. He teaches us to always give our best effort. He teaches us to seek Him through prayer for wisdom and direction. When we develop a lifestyle of following God’s ways like this and then we are faithful to become rooted in a church where we bring our tithes and offerings, God will direct us on a supernatural path of spiritual growth, provision, protection, and blessing. 

When I was a young minister, I couldn’t afford suits yet I needed to wear them. Renee and I were young marrieds with four young children. I worked and she stayed at home with the kids. We lived meagerly, yet we praised God and thanked Him daily for bringing us into a place of abundant promised blessing. We had strong confidence that He would meet all our needs because He promised He would. Psa 115:11-15 “You who fear him, trust in the LORD He is their help and shield. The LORD remembers us and will bless us… He will bless those who fear the LORD small and great alike. May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children…”We believed God would bring increase to us in every areas of life - spiritual growth, maturity, and provision. 

Renee and I decided to make lists of everything we needed – those things relating to our daily living and those things related to serving Him more effectively. We built those lists, hung them in our kitchen and thanked God daily for supplying our every need as promised in Philippians 4:19. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

At this time suits and ties was something I had put on the list. A short time after I did, a man from church called me. “Tim, I was praying and God told me to call you and see if I could give you some of my suits.” This man had awesome taste in clothes and beautiful suits. He gave me three suits. The same thing happened with Renee concerning dresses. We may have not had a lot in those days, but we looked better than our bank account reflected.

Over time we would see the Lord provide those things on our lists – over and over again. As soon as one list was filled, we’d create another. We did this to honor Him as our provider! We still do this after all these years. We could probably afford much of what we need now but we are not relying on ourselves. We rely on God for all our provision. This is where our strong confidence is. Let Him become your strong confidence and provider!

Proverbs 14:26 “In the reverence of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.”



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