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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Behind the Scenes Help to Overcome

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you thought about and do you have faith that God and His angelic forces are working behind the scenes in your life to help you experience victory? If not, you want to. Deut. 28:7 reveals God’s promised blessing, "The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”

When we read in our Bible about David, we realize that he was a man that had his seasons of hardship, but also had a life filled with many great victories. Some of his hardships were a product of his flawed humanity in the same way some of ours are from our flawed humanity. Others were attacks of the enemy against his life. Although David had some difficult seasons of life, he had a life filled with many victories that came at the hand of God by the grace of God. Understand that David’s victories were a part of God's covenant promises to him and that God was there over the process of David's life helping him win these victories. God and His angelic forces were involved in the unseen realms of David’s life and battles.

God is with usDavid’s success was primarily the result paying attention to and having faith in God's leading and being obedient to the Lord. David loved God and did his best to live out each day expecting God to bless him and help him defeat the enemies of his life. The Bible says, "IN THE COURSE OF TIME, David defeated the Philistines" and dominated his enemies. David was involved in many battles, but his confidence was not in himself. His confidence and faith were in God’s promise to help him. He always believed God would help him. Consequently, his enemies either disappeared, were defeated, or actually turned to follow, appreciate, and love him and his leadership. Some of David’s enemies ended up becoming his friends AND ended up bringing him tribute. David’s victories always brought him increase. This was the manifestation of promises made to David and his seed. Through faith we are his seed. These are promises to us also. (Galatians 3:29)

promises of GodOur lives are intertwined with God. We are doing our part and God is faithful to His part. As a matter of fact, I can tell you what your testimony will be one day when you experience your victories and look back. You will say, “There were so many times where I wasn't as faithful as I should have been, but God was always faithful—Always!” That’s the point! You can trust God because He is faithful to you even when you miss it with Him.

Not everyone seeks God for the things that would cause them to inherit these promised blessings of victory and tribute. God wants to be with us and He wants His promises to become ours. Jesus paid the highest price possible just so we could succeed for His glory, but we do have a part. First we have to believe. We have to believe that He is with us, that He is for us, and that He has given these promises to us as a source of supernatural provision and help in this earthly life. We have to be confident that He is working in and through us and in the behind-the-scenes of our life. Bumps in the road and setbacks cannot be allowed to become disqualifiers of our faith. Hopelessness has to be cast out. Our declaration of God being faithful and true to His promises in our life needs to spill from our mouth in prayer and daily conversation—and DESPITE any bleak picture the enemy works to paint through negative circumstances. Believe me, David had plenty of them.

God qualifies I remember many times where I felt that I had a personally failed God by making some fleshly choices. How could I think of God blessing me? Look at how I had been acting. Look what I had been doing. God couldn't possibly bless me. He is probably letting my enemies defeat me! Of course the devil was right there to affirm my failure and accuse me saying that God saw me as hard-hearted and a hopeless case. That was a lie. I may have failed God in the moment but I loved Him and was determined to do better. In times like that, you have to believe that God is bigger than your momentary mistake or bad choice. He is. I just made sure I was quick to sincerely repent and work harder to do better. But it’s only Jesus that could live and walk out perfect obedience to the Father. For me it’s going to be far more imperfect. But the shed blood of Jesus Christ had made me righteous and qualified me for God’s love and blessing despite my shortcomings.

As we try to walk out our walk with God the best we can, we have to believe that He can and will accomplish greater and greater things through us. We have to believe He will help defeat the demonic forces that come against us. Declare it! “I bind you Satan and every demonic attack you have launched against me, against my family, and against our finances. I take authority over you and command you to flee.” When this is our position in Him—when you will be committed to it and you will not be wavering in it—then you will begin to experience the covenant promise of victories over negative circumstances because of your faith in God working on your behalf. Believe that what the devil meant for evil, God will turn for good. Believe the promise that says “though your enemies (the devil) comes against you one way, he must flee seven ways.” Believe that the things he has stolen from you will come back with blessing and increase. David always got tribute: what He took back from the enemy when his battles were won.

Remember that God and His angelic hosts are responding to your faith in His promises and are working behind the scenes toward your victories. You may have setbacks in your life, but as God’s child, victories and tribute belongs to you!

1 Chr 18:6 “David put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and BROUGHT TRIBUTE. The Lord gave David VICTORY everywhere he went."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Words and a Chanukah Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt


May God’s richest blessings reach your heart through the love of Jesus in the days ahead! Happy Thanksgiving to All!   

1 Chronicles 16:8 "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people"

The Words of President Abraham Lincoln
It seems as though there has been a great effort made over the last decade to hinder anyone from a child on up from freely talking about Almighty God whom we are thankful to for every good thing in our life.

A poem on Thanksgiving from a child in school today might read like this:

Thanks You Know Who…
The pilgrims came here seeking freedom of you know what.
When they landed, they gave thanks to you know who.
Because of them, we can worship each Sunday, you know where.


May we please on this Thanksgiving remember one of our past great leaders who had no reservations about speaking of the thanks and prayer due to Almighty God who has blessed our nation.

These are the words of President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863


"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!" - President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 

Psalm 94:17 (NLT) "Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave"


Happy Chanukah to our Jewish friends from the Burt family to each and every one of you! God bless you richly!


A tiny Jewish force, led by Mattathias and his five sons Yohanan, Shimon, Judah, Eleazar, and Yonaton take on the Greek army. The oldest son Judah is nicknamed Maccabee, which is an acronym for mi komocho ba'alim Hashem, "who is like you among the powers O God," – the battle cry of the Jewish people.

After three years of a twenty-five year battle, the Jews re-conquer Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, but they find the sanctuary defiled and desecrated. They purify the Temple and rededicate it and when they ready to light a makeshift menorah, there is only one vial of holy oil, enough for a single day. Miraculously the light stays lit for eight days, the time it takes to press and deliver new oil.

On Chanukah, which begins on the 25th of Kislev (this year Thanksgiving), we celebrate two miracles: 1) the heroic victory against a vastly superior army; and 2) the rededication of our spiritual center, the Temple in Jerusalem. Although the military victory may be more impressive for history texts, for the Jewish people the light of the menorah, the eternal flame that is our inner strength is the greater celebration.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Monday, November 25, 2013

God Has a Guilt Destroying Weapon For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In Israel, all young men and women have to become part of the army after school and before college. It is a part of how they have survived as a nation that is surrounded by people that hate them. They are thoroughly trained in warfare because they have to be. Their enemies are always plotting to destroy them. In the Wall Street Journal, an article was written that said, “Last June, Palestinian television broadcast a sermon in a Gaza mosque in which the imam, Ibrahim Madi made the following statement: "God willing, this unjust state Israel will be erased…” It is for this very reason the Israelis have to be trained in warfare and constantly on alert. These are not empty threats.

Israel seems to know it's natural enemies better than Christians know their spiritual enemies. As Christians, we should be aware of a very serious enemy in our lives. Like Israel, we are surrounded by enemies. Not enemies that we can see with our natural eyes, but demonic influences that affect people every day and that then ultimately touch and affect our lives. The Apostle Paul wanted to teach us about how to face spiritual warfare and wrote this: Ephesians 6:10-13 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Demonic influences are real. They operate in the earth. That is what the Apostle Paul was saying when he said, “We don’t fight flesh and blood” meaning don’t make people your enemies. He said, “…but principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness” – those are Satanic and demonic influences.

The devil isn’t something we have to be afraid of when we know God's word and are living for the Lord. That is the point of Paul’s teaching. We are to learn to discern and identify the devil’s attacks on our lives so... “…that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

I want to focus on one piece of that warfare today because it's an area that most Christians are attacked in and wrestle with – the area of guilt and condemnation. Paul taught in Eph 6:14-17 “... having put on the breastplate of righteousness…”

We are taught to “put on the breastplate of righteousness.” This is a spiritual truth that is imperative to take hold of. You will never be good enough to do everything right and pleasing to God in your own efforts. God cares that we make every effort to live by the standard of His word. At the same time, He knows that without the power and help of the Holy Spirit, and without being freed from the condemnation and guilt we deserve, we would feel condemned and give up trying. Jesus did for us what we cannot do in ourselves. Jesus made our righteousness a gift. We are to wear it as a breastplate so that when the devil looks for our cracks and finds us falling short and tries to condemn us, we can stand tall on the promise of God's Word. Our righteousness – our right standing with God is a gift to us through Jesus. 2 Cor 5:21 instructs us, “God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  

Satan uses our failures and imperfection as a weapon to make us feel condemned and to undermine our faith. He wants us to feel worthless and unworthy of God’s love. So let’s settle that now. You and I are unworthy of God’s love in our own efforts. But, it’s not about our righteousness. It’s about His righteousness within us. That is the meaning behind “putting on the breastplate of righteousness.” That spiritual truth is the basis for the spiritual weapons that defeats the condemning voice of Satan. Righteousness is a gift from the Lord! That should greatly enhance our love and appreciation of God’s love and what Jesus did for us. It protects our heart from the condemnation of our failures and Satan’s accusations. As 1 John 3:20 says, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”  He knows we are His righteousness because of His son Jesus. The question is, do we know it?

How do we answer Satan’s accusations? We respond, “Yes Satan you are right. I could have said that better. I could have acted kinder. I shouldn’t have done that but I repent before God right now. Thank you Heavenly Father for forgiving me and helping me to handle that better next time. I receive and thank you for your forgiveness. In Jesus name. Now Satan, shut up and flee. I am made right before God. I am the righteousness of God. You will never be right before God. I will spend eternity with Jesus. You are condemned to the lake of fire. I rebuke you in Jesus name. I praise the name of Jesus.”

Like Israel, we should know our enemy and his schemes to discourage and undermine who we are in Christ. We should wear the armor God has provided and defeat the enemy of our soul at every turn. When you do, you will continue to be a force for God and influence others for him, despite your shortcomings!

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) "Each time he said, 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

If My People Will Pray

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Today I am sharing a poem I stumbled upon that was written by a friend of my twelve years ago. It seems to speak louder today than when I first wrote it.  

If My People Pray by Sue Ellen Elliot

 


In the midst of the ashes
A woman stood tall
Never believing these buildings could fall
could fall
 
Tears silently coursed
down her face
Feeling the sadness
of her country's disgrace

As she looked up to heaven
And asked her God why
She received many answers
As she felt Him reply 

I founded this country
on dignity and grace
In the hearts of your leaders
I still had a place 

Not a decision decided
Without thoughtful prayer
Not a meeting attended
Without inviting Me there

 Humbled before Me
On bended knee
Your leaders sought answers
For their liberty 

Empowered by the prayers
Of the saints in those days
There were many incredible
And miraculous displays 

But somewhere so subtly
Along the line
People decided I was not right
For this time

They stopped praying for directions
On what to do next
And decided to print
What would look good on text 

I was told I was unwelcome
By word and by deed
As for God in the meetings
There was simply no need 

So you see my dear child
I was watching that day
Although I am God
I was told go away 

I have given free will
To the hearts of all men
And if uninvited
Cannot force my way in 

The questions what now?
Will continue to come
I cannot give all the answers
But I will give you one

The tragedies and sadness
You have seen on this day
Can be avoided in the future
If My people will pray

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


 
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Part Three: The Power of Devoting Yourself to God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Isa 54:13 “All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the peace of your children.”

"Lord, I don't know how to teach Stephanie to know and love you. I need your help. Please show me the way." That was the cry of my heart to the Lord. I really wanted her and my future children to know the Lord. When you pray a prayer like that, you really don't know how the Lord is going to answer it. Often times you forget you prayed a prayer like that and don't even know and realize it when your answer finally manifests before you. Hindsight almost always helps you see things more clearly.

Back when Stephanie was just eight months old, I was sitting in our family room one evening watching a little television. I had her sitting on a blanket next to me surrounded by baby paraphernalia – all the things she could stick in her mouth and bite on and play with to be happy. She was sitting there adorable and content. I was watching the TV. When a commercial would come on, I would lean over and play with her for a couple of minutes until the show I was watching came back on. Some time later, another series of commercials would come on and I would give Stephanie a few more minutes of my attention.

As this was going on, I suddenly heard the Lord speak to my heart. "Is this the way you are going to raise your daughter – between commercials?" I was stunned when I heard this. I just sat there for a minute. I turned off the TV and continued to sit still. The presence of the Lord was there with me. Stephanie continued to sit quietly and content.

The thought suddenly brought me back in my mind to the Sunday morning of Stephanie's baby dedication. The Pastor was teaching from Gen 18:18-19. "Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, because he will command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." That day I had pledged in my heart to do what made God so pleased with Abraham. I promised to purposefully raise my children to know and follow the Lord.

I instantly was convicted that playing with Stephanie between the commercials wasn't it. I went upstairs to talk with Renee about my experience with the Lord. She agreed completely and that night we made a pledge to the Lord. We would not turn on the television until after she was in bed. Instead from the time dinner was over, we would play with her (and eventually all four children,) and then spend a good hour each night just finding fun little ways to teach her about the Lord.

About that time, we felt impressed to get involved helping with children's ministry at church. We served under a great children's Pastor. We learned many things about effective ministry to children and eventually taught the children ourselves at church two Sunday night services a month for eight years. We had great fun in doing so. It wasn't long before we were taking what we learned at church to minister to our children at home.

We used puppets at church to minister to the kids and it was one of their favorite parts of the Sunday School class. We ended up buying some animal puppets that we named and developed personalities for. Renee and I would do humorous little puppet shows with a moral and biblical truth – often reflecting something that was going on in their lives or in our home. Our kids loved it and eventually wanted to create puppet shows of their own.

We'd also memorize scripture together – another thing we learned at church, rewarding the children when they had learned a new verse by heart. We always read from different kinds of Bible books that were age appropriate. We often played music about the Lord and occasionally watched Bible videos. We did many fun little things along the way. And then we would always pray together as a family. Each one of the kids would pray from their heart unto the Lord out loud.

As I look back, this was the beginning of how God answered my prayer. I prayed "Lord please teach me how teach my children to know and love you" and He did. Since I didn't know how to do this the Lord showed me without me realizing it by leading Renee and I to help serve in children’s ministry. That is what helps make today's Fresh Manna promise true. "All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the peace of your children." The Lord would give us fun ideas that the kids loved and could learn from and they really began to know and love the Lord!

Each child is unique in how they learn but the promise is – “All your children shall be taught by the Lord…” You’ll be involved in the process and He’ll show you how as you seek Him.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Part Two: The Power of Devoting Yourself to God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I gave my life to the Lord, receiving Jesus as my Savior at the age of 24. Early on in my young walk with God, I was seeking God for three things that were very important to me. I felt this great desire to become more intimate with God. I had an intense desire to help my young children to know the Lord. And finally I wanted to know and understand more about this call of God I thought I felt upon my life. I had read about Abraham and why God had chosen Him as the one to establish a covenant with. We see it in  Gen 18:18-19. "Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

These verses are so powerful in so many ways. First of all, Abraham had to have been a seeker of God that was unparalleled at that time. It wasn't like He had a written Bible at that point.  At some point, like all human beings, he began to seek to know the God whom he knew in his heart existed. Abraham was a seeker and it pleased God! Proverbs 8:17 (NIV) says, "I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me." Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."  God did what He does with anyone that truly and sincerely seeks Him – God revealed Himself to Abraham.
We don't know all that God revealed to Him but we do know that Abraham developed a heart devoted to seeking God. These verses spoke to each of the things I was seeking God for. It showed me that when you are willing to worship and seek God, He will reveal Himself to you more and more. Jesus confirmed that in Mat 5:6 saying, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Then it showed me that God chose Abraham because he would teach and direct His children and household to know Him and His ways. That desire was intense within me. Finally these verses talked about the plan of God for Abraham's life. The three things I was seeking God for were addressed regarding Abraham. I knew God would address them for me.

I made the decision to begin to get up at 5:00 am and go into my living room and read the Word, worship the Lord, and pray – daily. As I did, some interesting thing began to happen. First let me say that prior to this time, Renee and I had been reading to each of our children daily from the time they were six months old. We had bought some children's Bibles that were specifically for young children. I'd put Stephanie on my lap at night and read the same book to her over and over each night. When I first started doing this, she was six months old and more interested in eating the book (sometimes she tried) than listening to it. But it didn't take long for her to begin to enjoy our reading the same stories to her over and over again.  I'm sure being that young, she didn't understand anything at first but, the repetition was impacting her. When she was just shy of two years old I had an experience that astounded me.

One night I was reading to her. It had been a long day and I was so tired I could hardly keep from passing out. As I started the second story I thought, “I'm just going to read the first and last sentence of each story to her. She won't know the difference.” She had gotten used to me reading her the whole book and I knew I wouldn't be able to stay awake that long. As I begin to read skipping quite a bit of the story, she stopped me. She was quite articulate for not being two yet. She said, "Dad, that's not it!" I said, "What do you mean honey?" She said, "That's not how the story goes." I said, "Well then, how does the story go?" She began to recite the entire story word for word from the pages. My mouth almost dropped to the floor. We had been reading her this book almost daily for over a year but I had no idea a child was capable of this. I turned to the next story and said, "What does this say?" She recited the entire story word for word. There were about 12 stories in the book and she knew each one word for word.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I screamed to Renee, "Renee, did you know that Stephanie can quote every word in this book by heart?" She said, "Oh yea, I've known it for a little while. I forgot to tell you." At that point, Renee and I realized the power of reading and consequently read to each of the kids every night from then on. We made the Library our home away from home.

I told you this story to help you see that I didn't know that what I was doing was ministering to my children to the degree it was. Because my heart was desirous to teach them about the Lord, He was leading me even though I didn’t realize it. In beginning to understand what a child was capable of learning, it only increased my desire to put more of God in them. I knew the Lord would continue to lead me in how I would do that.

Tomorrow I will share more of what happened when I began to get up early, seek God, and pray. Today just know that when your heart's desire is to draw close to the Lord – to know Him and to share Him with your children or with anyone else, God is there to help you. Of all things He wants you to succeed at, its this! More about devoting yourself to God tomorrow...

Deu 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Your Faith Becoming His Power Working in You

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by Pastor Tim Burt
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Do you ever feel the pressure of not having things you really need? I don't know a young married couple that doesn't have needs. It's common for a couple to, at some point, fight over what they don't have trying to figure out how they are going to get it. Does God care about such trivial needs in our life? He does. He cares about all the details of your life. He cares much more about them, than you care to come to Him and pray in faith about them!

 God by His nature seldom does or works things out in a conventional way. He often answers prayer in ways that are greater and produce better results that we could ask or think.  We please and honor Him when we trust and believe in His promises knowing that He delights in helping and blessing us. Having faith in this becomes His power working in us. Eph. 3:20 (NIV) says, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”

It isn’t enough to know that God is able. You much believe that He is willing and desirous to help you! You must have faith in that. It is the key to “…His power at work within us…”  Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) amplifies this truth!  "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him."

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

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

God is not a “genie” in a bottle. God blesses out of a heart of love to those that love Him and have faith in Him. His Word teaches us His will so that we learn to ask according to His will. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him." 

The Holy Spirit helps us mature in what we should pray for. We might at times miss it like a little child asking for candy before dinner. But also like little children, we grow up and mature. Good parents aren't upset when their kids wrongly ask for something. They just train them what is appropriate over time. The Holy Spirit does that for us also. To ask and be wrong is better that to not ask so that you "don't bother God because there is too much for Him to do." That mentality is not pleasing to Him. That is a cursed and wrong perspective of God. The world is NOT too big and filled with too many people to care about! That is what makes Him God!  He is greater than your mind will ever comprehend. So know this! He loves you and cares for every detail of your life!

If you truly love Him and live for Him, then let that kind of faith in what He promises to you, develop into His power working in you.

Renee and I have always built lists regarding everything we need. We keep that list on a cabinet in our kitchen so that as we see God answer our prayers, we can check them off.  We pray about what we need and from that point on we thank Him that the need is met. We have faith that He is working in our behalf despite what any circumstances may look like. We don't put God in a box and say like a child, "I want it now!"  We trust Him with our needs and put our dependency on Him and not ourselves. We know our answers will come just at the right time and seldom as we thought they might! This honors Him. All scripture bears that truth out. It has helped us keep from putting pressure on each other.

Pressures of life come, but Renee and I keep them before the Lord knowing its His delight not only to help us, but to do amazing things in the process – “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.” It helps keep us in unity in prayer rather than fighting and schism over what we don’t have and can’t fix ourselves.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A Freedom the World Does Not Know

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a kid, I remember often thinking, “I can’t wait till I’m an adult and I can do what I want.” Isn’t that a prevailing thought we look forward to growing up?

We all learn at some time or another that even though we are an adult, we still have to do things our flesh or mind may not want to do. This is most certainly true for a Christian. A Christian is one because of their revelation of who Jesus Christ is and because they have personally received Him as their Lord and Savior. At that point, this truth slowly becomes revealed and unfolded in a Christians heart: 1 Cor. 6:19-20 (NLT) “…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, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 

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When we can't break free from doing the same wrong behaviors that we want to stop, we are in slavery. Slavery is bondage and the devil puts you in bondage to things. Jesus has made you free. 1 Cor. 7:22 (NLT) says, “And remember, if you were a slave (to sin) when the Lord called you, the Lord has now set you free from the awful power of sin. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.”

We are free from Satan's grip and power. We've now become “a slave of Christ” because we have made Jesus our Lord. As we learn God’s Word, we come to understand that God is good and wants good for us. We learn of His immeasurable love for us. We come to learn His desire for our lives to be filled with His blessing as He directs our path in life. Because we understand that we willingly yield ourselves to the leading of His spirit. We, as a willing slave to Christ, abandon our selfish and lustful ways. We abandon the thinking and attitude “I am an adult and I can do whatever I want.” Instead, in wanting to be transformed by His Holy Spirit, we yield to learn how to live a life of selflessness, a life of love, and a life of serving others while being a light to them. As you yield to what God speaks to your heart through His Word, you make sacrifices and push yourself in a direction His Spirit would lead you in that your flesh and mind would oppose and never do. It’s often like the adult supervision and parenting to a child that makes us do things, only instead it’s the inward leading of God’s Holy Spirit prompting and leading us IF we will yield to Him.

God’s Word and His Spirit will reveal to us that there is thinking and behaviors that He wants us to change. For example. His word says that we are not allowed to go to bed at night when we are still angry at our spouse. He doesn’t want a second and third day of this anger taking root and leading to bitterness. He wants our temperament under control. And so He says in Eph. 4:26 “Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry.”  And then He tells us in Mark 11:26 “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." In other words, forgiveness and working through issues expediently is NOT AN OPTION! And if you are yielded to Him, you will do this! 

The good news is, whatever God asks you to do, He equips you to do with His grace and power. You have that power His help within you. It will produce a freedom that the world does not know! Ask you read God's word and it speaks to your heart, the Holy Spirit will help and empower you to learn to do what He asks you to do until it becomes a normal part of your life. It will transform you and you will walk in the glorious revelation that sin does not have power over you! Because of the Holy Spirit in you, you can master your flesh, your thoughts, your attitudes any part of your life. You are not a slave. You are free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

On that note, go live your life the way you know God wants you to. You are empowered to do so!

John 8:36 (NIV) "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 01, 2013

“The Wisdom of Your Father”

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


When one of my sons graduated from college a few years ago, he landed a great job with a good income. He is now reaping the benefits of years of hard work. He is a young man learning to walk out his manhood. He is smart, has a good job that takes smarts, and is capable of making good decisions.

In the first couple years after college, he was figuring out where he wanted to live, what he wanted to buy, how he wanted to spend his time outside of work, etc. His early decisions helped him begin to discover what was important to him and what wasn’t. He made his decisions on his own, not looking for or needing my input. That was fine with me. He’s fully capable of making his own decisions.

Now a couple of years down the road, he asks for my advice on big and little things. I love that he does. He does because we have both grown and matured in our walking out our adult son-father relationship. I have learned to avoid giving input or comments on his decisions unless asked – and even then, being encouraging and helpful. Much of life and decisions are personal preference and he has no obligation to follow in my path or the life I have lived. I have confidence that he will do great things, and have an exciting life learning how to live out his life for God and before God.

He has learned that he doesn’t need to learn everything the hard way. He's learned that there are many roads that he will journey down that simple wisdom from others can make smoother. I can offer gentle suggestions at times like that sharing my knowledge and experience and he can decide where to go from there. I don’t have to have an answer for everything. I just have to honest. Do you know how sweet it is to hear the words, “Dad, I have got this situation and here is how I am thinking about handling it – what do you think?”

That kind of exchange between us blesses me more than I can tell you. I’m not wanting to tell him what to do with his life. I’d just love to help him avoid pitfalls or give him a simple suggestion if it will help him. He realizes that and is not intimidated by it any more. I have learned and am still learning to say just enough and respect his ability to make decisions – not usurp them with mine.


I sincerely believe that God wants this kind of an intimate and communicative relationship with us where we look to Him for His wisdom and help. God does not want to intimidate us. Nor does he want us to lower Him to a “buddy friendship.” He wants that intimate and delicate Father/son Father/daughter relationship where we respect Him as Almighty God while understanding that He is our God but also our loving Father. When I read about Daniel, it’s how I view his relationship with God. Daniel was a brilliant man who was well educated in secular things, but also in the things of God.

As a young man he was taken captive as slave by the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar. Over time, he was promoted all the way to second in command. He got there because of his trust in God, coupled with his ability and a series of divine interventions of God’s help

Daniel had become a man of great knowledge, great wisdom, and great inner strength. He was surrounded by jealous subordinates continually plotting to take him out. Because of Daniels great ability and inward strength – he could have easily become prideful and leaned on himself and his power to have them executed. It didn’t happen. Daniel was not prideful or manipulative despite the evil of those around him. He trusted God and did only what was right. He was always one to converse with the Lord about everything.

The devil was working through men trying to take out Daniel. They flattered the King treating him like a god and getting the King to sign off on a decree that no one could bow down to anyone except the king. That didn’t change Daniel. Daniel respected the King but knew that God alone was God. He would not follow this decree. He bowed only to God. So when this decree happened, Daniel simply did what he always had done – gone to the his Heavenly Father on his knees for wisdom and help to walk it out.

Daniel 6:10 says, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” That didn’t magically make everything in life alright just because Daniel prayed and did what was right. To the contrary, it made the devil mad and those being used of the devil mad. They tried to stir up trouble for Daniel. But ultimately, because of this close relationship with God, Daniel trusted and knew God would watch over him. And God did just that – time and time again.

I think if you look back in your life, you will hopefully see that God has watched over you and helped you time and time again. That’s because He loves you as a Father! As Romans 8:15 (NLT) 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." You’ve probably also learned that God doesn’t work like a mythical genie. God does things His way and in His time but most importantly – He is a Father who really does love His children. I love when my children pull on me and I believe God loves it when we have faith in, trust in, and pull on Him.

Proverbs 23:22 “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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