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Friday, January 31, 2014

Do You Recognize Him in Your Life Today?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

It seems no matter how much people are encouraged to read their Bibles and pray, they struggle from it falling to the bottom of their priority list until they are barely doing it at all. Doesn't it seem odd to you that the things that matter least to us fight for the lion’s share of our attention and the things that we know deep down matter the most, receive little or suffer from lost attention? Our intimate pursuit and worship of God, our appreciation and time with those we really love, and our quest for a healthy lifestyle—these are what make our life rich and bring the happiness and contentment we’re looking for. And yet we cave in and give most of our attention to the very things that discourage and steal from our life.

attention-shutterstock-600x553It is an understanding of this that brings insight to how these words concerning Jesus could have possibly been true. “The true Light (Jesus) that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” John 1:9-11

The words “…that gives light to every man was coming into the world” reveals that Jesus was the light—He was and is the one that could show us the meaning of life and everything about it. He is the one that can give us direction in our life. He is the only one that can illuminate to us what is and isn't important throughout our day’s pursuit. The world searches for the purpose of life but avoids the one who knows. How could that be?

The words “He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him” reveals that He is the author of every good thing. He alone knows what is good and evil. From the beginning He tried to help Adam and Eve understand it so they could make right choices. Today He is still here in the moment to “light” our path and show us the right decisions to make. The world looks to everyone but the author of wisdom. How could that be?

The words “…the world did not recognize Him” reveals that the world—and let’s bring this down to our daily world: those we’ll encounter today—did not recognize Him, the author of all, the creator of all things, the mighty God, our Heavenly Father, our Prince of peace. They didn't recognize Him. How could that be?

Here is the really difficult part. “He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” We may have received Him as our Savior, but will we receive Him into our schedule that screams for our attention today? Will we receive Him into our fellowship and thinking so that He can show us what is good and what we should avoid? Will we receive Him into our decision making process and let him take lead in the decisions we make? Will we receive Him into intimate times we purposefully set aside to worship Him for whom He is and thank Him for all He has been and will be to our lives?

il_340x270.545929604_o64oThese verses reveal that “… His own did not receive Him.” Are we any different? Will we be guilty of the same? Or will we receive Him today, tomorrow and the days ahead. He is the light of men. He is your light and what makes you a light in this world. I pray that we let Him illuminate our lives today so that we can become what He wanted to infect us with—light! The world is dark and needs His light which was meant to be our light!

Please, let's embrace Him today! Let's let His word speak to our heart and produce a result that reflects in our life—today! And because He and His Word does impact our life today, let's let the light that shines upon our life, shine through our lives! Okay?

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Taming Your Attitude and Tongue Brings Reward

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Most people that work hard, realize that hard work not only feels good, but also brings reward. Proverbs 12:14 says "From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him." God is teaching us that the work of learning to speak right words with a right heart and attitude is just as important as working hard with your hands or mind. When your emotions are running high and you're upset and desire to erupt from your mouth like a volcano, the strenuous labor of restraining yourself and instead, speaking right and appropriate words promises great reward.

Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Did you catch that? The insult was hurled but the prudent man overlooked it. One failed and the other got it right! Which side of that coin to you want to be on? The person that got it right is looking much further than the annoyance. This person is looking through God’s eyes of love at the big picture of life. They aren’t letting themselves be controlled by the emotional stimulus of the moment. Love, forgiveness, seeing the big picture from a godly perspective, and doing what is right are the core values of that empowers a person to restrain themselves, keeping their mouth in check. This person understands the power of walking in love which in turn enables them to give respect to the one that doesn’t deserve it and consequently won't retaliate with insults. This person has learned to let their words and response be respectful and represent God. Does this sound unfair? It might but this person will be rewarded over time.

We grow in learning how to speak the truth in love. We learn to hold our emotions in check and keep a respectful attitude. Is all this easy? No! It's as big of a challenge as we will ever take on. We can't afford to forget that godly communication carries a lengthy learning curve because it's about building character! It’s a process and takes hard work. The joy is in knowing that in time, gaining strength in restraining your tongue and giving undeserved respect eventually becomes an instinctive part of your character. God's word teaches us that this is what helps us truly mature and become distinctively different from others. James 3:2 (NLT) says, "Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect (mature) and could also control ourselves in every other way."  Over time this will bring you great respect and also facilitate the favor and blessing God promises you in your life. 



Don't be impatient with your lack of success in your efforts to restrain your attitude and tongue and respect for others. It's tough to do for sure! But oh the reward is so great as you begin to see this attribute develop over time within you! Don’t forfeit the process and your efforts. Continue working at it till you get it down. You are a child of God. The Holy Spirit abides in you. Ask Him not just daily, but moment by moment to help you. He will and as you lean on Him, you will experience the strength and grace of God to accomplish this noble task. It is one of the greatest aspects of maturity that will lead you to greater harmony, promotion, and blessing –  beyond what you could have ever imagined.

Oh yes, and one last benefit to mention. As you grow in this, you will glorify God more and more and increase your influence with others through your pattern of good behavior and godly speech! As Titus 2:7-8 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your instruction, show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say of you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Overcoming Bad Reports

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever received bad news? Who hasn't?  We all have at one time or another and for too many, enough to wear you down. Bad reports seem to punch you in the gut and twist your stomach in knots. The loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or some type of calamity or tragedy is never easy to hear about. Bad reports seem to come and the ones that directly affect us, we have to deal with in some way. But there are far too many other bad reports that come to our hearing than we should not pay attention to.


You may have noticed that in the Old Testament Kings were never pleased with those that couldn't wait to bear bad news. Kings often had them killed or punished. Many of us have been guilty of bringing a bad report to others that we shouldn't have. The sad part about that is, sometimes people almost seem excited or in a hurry to do it. Did you hear about Mary? She and David are getting a divorce! I just heard that David has been cheating on her.

In 2 Kings a very wicked King Sennacherib, spreads a very evil report about all the evil he is going to do to the children of Israel and how their God can do nothing to stop him. He puts a report out there that sends a chill of intimidation and fear down the backs of King Hezekiah and God's people. It’s is an ongoing tactic Satan has used throughout all time. He brings an evil report and then gets as many people to begin to repeat it as He can. The result becomes a bad report that gains in momentum. Satan's strategy is that of a terrorist with the goal of robbing all hope and faith to instead create feelings of helplessness and despair. In 2 Kings 19:6-7 God speaks through Isaiah the prophet and tells King Hezekiah, “This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard--those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me… I will have him cut down with the sword."

In Mark chapter 4 Jesus exposes Satan's tactic again. It says that when the Word of God is planted in our heart, “Satan comes immediately to steal the Word of God from our hearts.” It tells us that one of the ways he does that is to bring the cares of this world.  An evil or bad report will definitely bring cares which are designed to steal our faith in God's love and help toward us.

The entire Bible is written to encourage us to believe God’s truth – “that with man things are impossible but with God all things are possible.” When Hezekiah heard the bad report, he did what God wants us to do to be still and instinctively begin to pray. When King Hezekiah did that, he heard from the Spirit of God and even though a whole army was coming down upon them, God spoke these words: "Do not be afraid of what you have heard..." God then delivered them from the evil report and destruction as God supernaturally destroyed King Sennacherib.

God so desires us to move away from responding to every negative thing our five senses tell us and learn to instead pray and stand on the promises of His Word what our spirit should be hearing from the Holy Spirit. If we are spending time in the Word of God, we will hear God’s voice and promises. With God, things are not over till they are over, and even then they aren't over. His Words say that the enemy has no right to harm us. It is a covenant promise. Yes, I know that people are hurt every day. You can't answer for every person. You can only personally learn to stand in faith for your life. It is all the more reason to pray. If you do pray and you do learn to stand on God’s covenant promises, you will begin to see evil reports change. Praying in faith and trusting God will be your greatest part and it will save you from making all the wrong moves born out of fear.

If you are a believer, then you belong to God. Luke 10:19 says, ”Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Behold means to pay attention and listen and learn. God then tells us that He gives us power over Satan. He then promises – “…nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

When my daughter Stephanie was three years old, I was at the bottom of the stairs going up to her upstairs bedroom. She was standing at the top stairs with a long window shade stick in her mouth. She started walking downstairs. I yelled out to her not to but she fell and the stick ripped a hole on the inside of her throat. Blood flowed from her mouth and was choking her. I swept her in my arms, called for Renee and we raced for the hospital. We prayed over Stephanie all the way there and took authority over the devil reminding him of God’s promise, “nothing shall by any means hurt her.” The doctor told us he could do surgery – cut the outside of her throat to sew up the inside and then sew up the outside again. Or, we could walk it out a day at a time but it would be at least a month before she could eat solid foods and she would be in great pain for a while. We felt led of God to take the latter choice. later that day we brought her home from the hospital. Within hours she was running around home like nothing happened. We had hamburgers on the table that night. We were going to feed her yogurt. Before we knew it, she grabbed a hamburger and started eating – no pain – nothing. She ate the whole thing. She never showed an adverse affect from this accident again. Praise God!

Replace evil reports with God’s promises and then pray and believe. I am not saying to ignore circumstances. Some evil reports are generalized and don't even directly pertain to you. Some are futuristic forecasting doom and gloom. Pray about those in faith be used as an agent of change over those evil reports. At the very least, you will be encouraging your own heart.

For those things that do directly affect you, pray and believe that God’s promises are true and that He is greater than any circumstance in your life. Be the bearer of hope, good news and the promise of God. Don't repeat a bad report. Instead grab the hand of the reporter and say, Come on, this situation needs prayer. Let's agree in prayer right now for this situation to change. As Proverbs 15:30 says, “…a good report gives health to the bones” Now you are a carrier of good news, of faith, and of hope. You will be used of God and be a great blessing!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Steadfast Not Stubborn!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Eph 6:16 "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one"

Why is the Bible so unique and such an awesome thing? Because it is the expressed heart of God to man. It is God's voice and expression of who He is, of His love, and of His instruction and correction to each of us. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It says "...the Word was God." God and His Word are the same. It goes on in verse 14 to reveal to us that Jesus and His Word are the same. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Jesus is the Word and speaks to us today with a living Word to our hearts. He says that each of us unique and wonderful. Psalms 139:13-14 says, "For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well."

When God made us, He made us wonderful in His design, yet we have all been tainted by the sin that is in this earth. We were conceived and born into a world that had been defiled by sin. That sin has infected every man. Rom 5:12 says, "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned." 

Everything God created was created for good. God gives witty ideas and inventions. Satan tries to pervert their use for evil. That's true for television, computers, the internet, for sex, for any good thing from God. They were all created for good but the devil perverted the use of each one. Satan through sin has tried to pervert every good thing in this earth including the character qualities within us that God gave us for good. Within our personalities, there are godly character qualities that are to be developed. For example, being steadfast being sure in what you believe and faithful, determined, and purposeful to live it out is a good and godly quality. To be stubborn unreasonably, often perversely unyielding and bullheaded, is the perversion of steadfastness. God wants us to be steadfast but not to be stubborn.

Being stubborn hinders God from helping us. In Psalm 81:12 God says, "So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices." Being steadfast will do the opposite. Steadfastness can help us greatly in defeating troubled times in our lives. When we will become steadfast against the devil, against evil, against every attack of the enemy in our lives, then we will begin to see the attacks slow down or stop. When we steadfastly say "No devil, I won't fall for your trap and go to that perverse internet site." "No devil, I won’t accept this cold – By Jesus stripes I am healed." "No devil, I won't stay in unforgiveness." "I rebuke you! I don't care what that person has done to me, I am going to love them with the love of Jesus. Be gone in Jesus name!"  When we won't let the devil pervert character qualities and  instead use the strength of godly character, we will win many more battles then we will lose. When it comes to resisting the devil, God wants us to be absolutely steadfast against him. God wants us to take on the heart and attitude spoken by Isaiah. Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed."

God wants us to learn to set our face like flint and be steadfast against every attack of the enemy. He wants us to quit being a doormat for him and stop letting him eat our lunch. He wants us to use the name of Jesus and the authority given us in the name of Jesus. We do so by putting on and USING the whole armor of God.

Today's Fresh Manna verse says, "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one." The devil shoots one fiery dart of temptation or trouble after another. He never quits trying. We will either eventually become overcome by being worn out from them or we will take godly qualities like steadfastness and set our face like flint. Have you ever seen an emotional rock? No! Don't you let the devil put you on an emotional roller coaster with the attacks leveled at you. Just discern; Is what I’m experiencing from God or is this the devil attacking me? If it’s the devil, be steadfast in holding up your shield of faith and quenching every fiery dart of the enemy. Read him God’s promise. “I rebuke you devil. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is my refuge and strength, and very present help in trouble.” Then rejoice and trust in God’s promise. Continue to be steadfast in quenching every fiery dart.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Part Two: The Last Days Leading up to Jesus' Return

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

We are in the last days. Satan is out to confuse you, deceive you, steal from your life, and if possible destroy it. Avoid deception by living wholeheartedly for the Lord. And when you do blow it, God does want you to come and repent and turn from it. BUT, He is for you – not lobbing trouble and hardship at you! Know this and run to Him. Ask Him to help you and bless you! That is His will for your life! What will never change, even in these last days, is His love for you and desire to take you down His right path and bless you in the midst of a very deceived and confused world!

Psalms 23:5 (NLT) "You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings"


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Greatest Challenge You Will Ever Face

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Climbing mounting Mt. Everest. Going through a divorce. Losing a child to death. Growing old. None of these compare in the nature of their experience. What they have in common is that they are all extremely difficult. People often converse about the difficult things they have gone through in life. There is one that people would never add to this list and yet in my opinion and experience, may be the most difficult of all! Most people fail at it. If I tell you what I believe the most difficult thing for people to learn and do is, you might laugh or think I'm crazy but I’ll take the risk. It’s to learn to tell the truth all the time. You may think, "I always tell the truth." I'm sorry but that probably isn't true. Most people don't. Pay close attention to everything that comes out your mouth for one day and you may agree that I’m right.

Most people are afraid to tell the truth. Some for obvious reasons they fear the consequences if people find out the truth of their thoughts or actions. But even beyond that there is a whole lot of lying going on. People shade the truth constantly. They are afraid to tell the truth about what they mean, feel, or think, and in most cases it's because they are afraid of how the person that they lie to would respond if they told the truth. A person that is offended at another person will often dance around the truth about things that are bothering them. But, then they will go tell the truth of how they feel to the rest of the world.

People lie to better their position. People lie to impress others. People lie to protect the feelings of others. People lie because they don't know how to say what they feel. People are afraid to lovingly confront the person they are having a problem with. They don't know how it will turn out and are afraid of the outcome or they just don't want to put up with the hassle of conflict by telling the truth. Because people don’t want to tell the truth for fear of conflict, they leave many things unresolved. Unresolved conflicts almost always lead to bitterness setting in, inappropriate eruptions of the same conflicts later, and much behind-the-back slander and gossip. Think I'm wrong? Just pay attention to your mouth for a while and see for yourself.
I have the blessing of working for a man that is truly one of the most honest men I have ever known. When I talk to him, I'm not wondering if what he says is what he means. He says what he means but in a spirit of love. I appreciate it because I always know where I stand with him. On the same token, because he is honest, some of the things he has said over the years have taken the form of correction in my life. Sometimes the truth hurts. That's okay though because I know he loves me and has my best interest at heart. Proverbs 15:32 affirms this truth saying, “He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.” I've learned that even though truth may be painful to hear, it usually helps me to grow. Lies to protect my feelings from being hurt, hide the things I need to know and grow in. His example has been powerful to me and has helped me to have a much greater appreciation for being consistently truthful.

There are many things the Lord says to me. He always speaks truth to me in love and I know His voice because it’s gentle yet straight forward. People often say they have a hard time telling the difference between God’s voice and the devil’s. First of all, God speaks to your spirit. It may be firm. It will always be honest. It will always line up with the Word of God, but it will never be cruel or mean. The devil speaks only to your mind. He can’t read your mind. He just watches what you say and do and responds with words of condemnation, guilt, hurt and worse. What he says makes you want to give up. What God says makes you want to try harder, experience more of His love, and draw closer to Him.

That then becomes one of the keys to speaking the truth in love. Don’t sound like the devil and work to discourage or beat up other up with truth. Work to speak truth in love. Even then some people won’t always listen. They didn’t always listen to Jesus. They won’t always listen to you. But, make sure you aren’t using truth as an excuse to be rude or “just tell it is!" Please don't give me the “I’m just a blunt person and tell it like it is!” No, you are a rude person and haven’t learned to speak the truth in love if you just vomit words from your mouth without thinking about how to say them to others.  If you can’t keep your emotions in check, you’ll never become one that learns to speak truth in conflict. If you provoke the one you are talking to, again you will never learn to succeed and value being truthful. Think about the person you are dealing with. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Try to understand their perspective. Then try to help them understand yours. Be calm. Be patient. Try to pick a good time – not a hallway meeting and not in the middle of an inflamed conflict.

There are many hard things to learn to do in this world but I truly believe that speaking the honest truth in love is one of the hardest. If you were to take the challenge today of making every word you speak – kind, honest, and truthful, you’d feel this challenge. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we could never accomplish this. Eph 4:15 (NIV) says “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” When we learn to speak the truth in love, with someones best interest at heart; it will help us to grow up and mature in Christ. They may be nothing harder to do or more valuable in the big picture!

James 3:2 (NLT) "Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Getting Perfect Results

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was twenty years old when I bought my first house. Along with my first house came my first yard to keep up. After the first winter in that house, I had the joy of repairing the parts of my lawn that had been killed by winter-kill. I was in my mid twenties at that time and fairly inexperienced in home upkeep. I also liked to do everything in a hurry. I was too young and immature to appreciate the old adage, "If you are going to do something, do it right."
After buying grass seed, I would sprinkle some over the areas of dead grass from the winter-kill. Then I'd water it. A couple of weeks later, I’d be frustrated because most of the seed had not germinated and little to no new grass had sprouted.
I asked a few friends if they knew a better way to get grass to grow. And "Yes," there were directions on the box of grass seed but who had time to read directions much less do it the way they recommend? That would take way too much time to read – (at least three minutes.) I’d get varied advice on what to do. One person told me that raking the grass seed in would work. The next year I tried that. It didn't work. Please forgive me for how stupid this sounds, but I'd keep trying some version of sprinkling the seed on top of the dead grass and watering it, even though it didn't seem to work.

Finally a true gardener found out about my frustration. He said, "Tim, you can either cut out the damaged lawn and replace it with a new piece of sod or do what I tell you which will take more time but get perfect results." I asked him what to do. He said it would be hard work – more than just throwing some seed. “First,’” he said, “If possible, start in the spring just after the temperature is steady at about sixty degrees. The weather is perfect for growing grass at that time of year because the slightly cooler weather helps the ground stays moist longer. That is critical to the seed germinating.” He then told me to take a gardening fork (a small hand tool to till up an area) and run it over the winter kill a section at a time. Rake it out picking up the dead grass and disposing it. Then sprinkle the seed over the tilled area and work it into the soil with the gardening fork. He prepared me. “Your yard will look ugly for about three weeks.” “Then” he said, “comes the most important part to get perfect results. You need to water it at least morning and night for a week to ten days. The seeds need to stay moist to germinate and then they need water as they sprout and begin to grow. If you do this, I guarantee you will see the results you want."

I did what he said and it has always given me perfect results. Over time I learned that the three key things to repairing my lawn are parallel to letting God build my house.
1.) Meditate on God’s Word. God’s Word is called incorruptible seed meaning its perfect seed that gets results. Meditate on the word of God before you start your day – before life and your day get too busy. Your intentions might be great but as much as you want to later, you probably won't. Work the seed (God’s Word) into the soil of your heart. This is important to the start of our day!

2.) Pray the Word of God. It is incorruptible seed. God’s word is His will and He says in 1 John 5:14-15,  "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." When you meditate on God's Word it builds your faith. When you pray what you've meditated on, then you've prayed in faith.

3.) Continue to pray every time you get a chance – ESPECIALLY when you are praying over something critical to you. It's not a works thing meaning more prayer means better results. The reason to pray often is because it helps you think about God and His word and chases out the unbelief that comes with the difficult circumstances you face over and over again. Prayer is not only talking with God, it reminds you of His love and power, His promises, and that He is working in your life as you trust Him.

Prayer is the equivalent of watering. It prepares and softens your heart so you can hear from God. It helps your heart grow in faith. It will help God’s Word take root in your heart. Prayer petitions His heart according to His will. The Holy Spirit will help you remember to pray and pray often. Pray whenever you can and often! Turn off your car radio. Turn off the distractions you can control. Water the seed of your requests with the prayer that will cause your answers to sprout!

Jesus said in Mark 4:27 (NIV) "Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how." When we learn God's Word and pray in faith, God is working whether we know it or not!

I wanted to build a lush yard of green grass and there were principles I needed to follow to get those results. These are the principles that help you build a strong spiritual house. They are both about planting seed and watering.


I used to try to get great results in a hurry giving no respect for how God has ordained sowing and reaping to work. I used to think I didn’t have time. Now I know that the only way to get the results I desire is to make the time. This is how the Lord builds the house. This is how to avoid building your house in vain – doing what you think is the work but getting zero results.

Psa 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Friday, January 17, 2014

God Will Strengthen You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Psalms 28:8 (NIV)  " The LORD is the strength of his people..."

Strength–God’s strength! I don’t know about you but I need it. Psalm 28:8 says “The Lord is our strength...” When I try to exist and accomplish life and goals in my own strength, I fail or fall short. When I try to accomplish life and goals in my strength, it makes me feel stupid and backslidden. Why would I bother trying to get anything done in my own strength when God offers me His strength – His power?

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.“ “2 Cor. 1:21 says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. Psalm 84:5 says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you…”

The power and strength of God to us are the promises of His Word. As I read a Bible story to my ten year old granddaughter recently. I asked her, “Macy, what is that called when someone talks to Jesus?” “She looked up to me and said, “That’s called prayer Papa.” She was absolutely right. We may not be able to walk up to Jesus face to face, but we can and are encouraged to come to Him just the same. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We are exhorted to come to Him with confidence. That’s the same as faith. It pleases God. When we lean on the promises of God, we think and say, “This sickness, this problem, this cursed thing is of the devil. It’s not God’s will. God is my strength. He is my healer. He is my deliverer. I am His anointed. He has told me to come to His throne room. He makes me stand firm in my faith. And as today’s Fresh Manna says, “The Lord is our strength of His people..." 

Leaning on Jesus takes faith. Praying for miracles takes faith. It’s not like breaking a wishbone, finding a four-leaf cover, or crossing your fingers. It’s about having faith in Jesus as the strength and power of your life for every circumstance - In the face of adversity and negative report! You may get weak kneed and tempted to crumble in the face of adversity, but, that is why God wants to be your strength! Lean on Him with great faith!

Psalm 68:35 “God is awesome in His sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Lord is Your Helper at This Very Moment

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by Pastor Tim Burt


It seems like everything is caving in around me.”  There are times where you have felt like that. Everyone has times like this in their life. God can feel so far away when circumstances seem to get so bleak. I told someone feeling this way last week, “Don’t you dare run from God right now. You run to Him!” Psalms 34:19 (NKJV) says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them ALL!" That is a promise to stand on in faith!

If Jesus is your Savior, the first thing God is to you is a Heavenly Father. You are His child. He loves you as His child. Romans 8:15-17 (NLT) says it like this: “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."

God wants you to believe Him for his best as you see in this continuing verse – “And since we are His children, we will share His treasures—for everything God gives to His Son, Christ, is ours, too.” And 2 Cor. 6:18 says, “And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." This is your Heavenly Father! Run to Him!

When the early church was growing, it was under attack. Herod in wanting to please the Jewish leaders of that day persecuted the Christian movement that seemed to be growing. For the early Christians, this life in Christ was all new to them. One of their leaders, James, had just been captured and killed by Herod. They were too young in the Lord to really know what to do. They could have easily felt abandoned by God and felt anything but His children. We read about it here:

Acts 12:1-4 “About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John's brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish leaders, he arrested Peter during the Passover celebration and imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod's intention was to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.”
Herod had just killed one of their main Christian leaders and now he apprehended the other – Peter – to publicly kill him. What started as great fellowship and unity for these Christians was turning into chaos. Their world was crumbing around them. There faith was greatly challenged. Was God really there behind the scenes?

What did these young Christians do? Acts 12:5 says, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” There is no mention of prayer for James. I don’t think they knew what to do at that point. This was all too new for them. James was killed. By the time Peter was apprehended, they got a clue. They got together to pray.

Let me park her for a minute. You might be in a hard place. You like them, might begin to pray. But like them, you can’t see beyond your prayers. You can’t really see what God is doing. You can’t really see how He is working on your behalf in response to your prayers. Either you are holding up true prayers of faith and you trust the Lord, or you are putting out words of desperation with nothing more than desperate hope going forth. Hebrews 11 tells us that it is faith that pleases God because faith believes God and that He is working in your behalf!

So, while they are huddled in a room praying, what is going on behind the scenes? What is God doing? Let’s read:

Acts 12:6-19 “The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, chained between two soldiers, with others standing guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel tapped him on the side to awaken him and said, "Quick! Get up!" And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, "Get dressed and put on your sandals." And he did. "Now put on your coat and follow me," the angel ordered. So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn't realize it was really happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate to the street, and this opened to them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him. Peter finally realized what had happened. "It's really true!" he said to himself. "The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me!" After a little thought, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer. He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, "Peter is standing at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they said. When she insisted, they decided, "It must be his angel." Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally went out and opened the door, they were amazed. He motioned for them to quiet down and told them what had happened and how the Lord had led him out of jail. "Tell James and the other brothers what happened," he said. And then he went to another place.”  

God is working behind the scenes for you if you are drawing close to Him praying in faith! This is why Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “…be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never forsake you." That is why we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" Don’t panic! Pray in faith and trust Him!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Story of Commitment That Blessed Others

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Every so often, someone shows an act of kindness that has a much greater and more profound outcome than could have been imagined. That is the case with Mitch and Ramona Erickson. I had the privilege of watching something like that unfold this past weekend.

One day Mitch had an idea. He and Ramona live on Lake Johanna in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Their lake was froze over as all lakes do in Minnesota. It was also covered with snow as is also the case with Minnesota lakes. As he was looking out the window overlooking the lake, he had a thought. I'd like to get a four-wheeler, put a plow on it, and make a path all the way around the lake and plow a couple of ice rinks for people to use. If I did, people would get outside and go for walks and have a place for some fun activity.

As he shared this idea with his wife Ramona, her first thought was, "Does this boy just want another toy or is he serious?" She knew her good man loved the people on this lake and supported Mitch in the dream. It didn't take Mitch long to find a used 4 wheeler and head over to Tousley Motorsports to have it outfitted for the kind of plow he'd need to plow the lake.

He got it home, got it down to the lake, and began to learn the reality of the commitment. This would become a commitment to plow this 3 mile path around the lake and keep it plowed throughout the multiple snowfalls that would come again and again. Then there was the learning of the art of snowplowing on ice with a four-wheeler. That was an adventure in itself. Mitch quickly mastered that skill and before long, behold, there was a wide walking path around the lake with three ice rinks that he had plowed in different areas.

Remember the movie, Field of Dreams
–"Build it and they will come"?
Well that is exactly what happened. The community of lake home owners and people from the neighbor began to use the path around the lake and enjoy a winter on the lake like they hadn't before. And oh how grateful they were.  
20140112_153728This past Sunday a few people in charge of the homeowners association put together an invite for everyone to come out and enjoy the weather. Caribou coffee, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other various goodies along with a mobile fire pit  were brought to the event. And oh how the neighborhood came out! There was 80-100 adults and children
– maybe more, that had come along with a number of dogs that were also able to enjoy the event. People didn't just stay for a few minutes. Many stayed for hours. People were meeting their neighbors, pointing out what house they lived in, and getting to know each other. After a few weeks of brutally cold weather, this had turned out to be a gorgeous day in the mid 30's, probably feeling almost tropical to the crowd out there. The snow was perfect for building a snow man or a fun snow-ball fight for the kids both which happened! It was a celebration of pure community such as you seldom see.  


Person after person reached out to Mitch and Ramona to thank them, not only for plowing the path, but for actually keeping it up. Mitch had become a cult-hero but Ramona was not left out. People knew that without her supporting him this wouldn't have happened. For Mitch and Ramona, it was nothing. Taking care of people is what they do for a living. As owners of Provident Home Healthcare, their company takes care of people 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And that should be a part of this story. As their close friend, I know first-hand of the long hours they put in day after day. They rarely take a complete day off. So for Mitch to make this kind of commitment for the sake of his neighbors only amplifies this act of kindness. 
I talked to many people there that day. Sharon, a middle age woman who has lived on the lake for a very long time had already walked around the lake twice that day. She spilled over with the appreciation she felt toward Mitch and Ramona for this amazing act of kindness. She said, "In all the many years I've lived on this lake, I've never seen this happen. It's brought an entire new level of appreciation for the lake. I am enjoying it this winter like I never have and I've gotten to know or speak to so many more neighbors."  "I am so thankful to Mitch." And this kind of statement was repeated to me over and over as I met and talked with the people there that day.
To me, this is a story about the commitment to an act of kindness for the sake of others that brings such profound joy. That was what I saw on the faces of people all day. Joy! This day demonstrated Romans 12:10 (NKJV) to me which says, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another..."

Mitch had been kindly and affectionately putting others before himself in his dedication to this path. And they all came out on this day to share their thanks and appreciation for it! Wouldn't it be wonderful if neighborhoods could be once again be filled with people who think about how to be a blessing to each other?

John 13:34 (NLT) "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, January 13, 2014

God's Gift to Help You Through Conflict

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Conflict. It seems like there is so much of it almost everywhere. It is a reminder to me of why I need all the gifts of and help from God that I can get.

You have had things come up that have made you mad or angry in your life more that just a few times. And I have also! I realize we might be different in how we work through or process conflict but I think it's fair to say that when most of us face conflicts of some kind, there can be this tendency to run the conflict over and over again in our mind. It's like we have this digital recorder playing the same picture or scenario over and over again as we try to think it through. A conflict that is not resolved God's way is a conflict recycled in the mind. 

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

Seven times seventy is 490 times. We aren’t going to find ourselves being offended 490 times in one day. But, we might take the same offense and run it over and over in our mind that many times. Especially if the offense comes in the evening or when it's quiet and there is nothing else going on.

These "replays" that work to perpetuate feelings of unforgiveness happen to most people if not everyone. These instant replays are almost like self torture yet we still replay these painful conflicts in our mind over and over and over again. We get tired of thinking about them and try to quiet our mind and move past them and yet they can seem impossible to shut off. This is just one of many places and ways that God's gift of tongues is an awesome benefit in a most practical area of our life.

When I find myself in one of these situations, I have learned that instead of playing the recording over and over in my head, I instead begin to pray in tongues. Something that happens when you pray in tongues is that the presence of God becomes greater. It's almost as if thoughts of conflict are pushed out in the presence of God.
I recently had a conflict with someone. I did not want to handle it in the wrong way nor did I want to say something that would make it worse and create walls. It was churning in me and I knew it was time to simply turn it over to the Lord and pray about it in the spirit – “in tongues.” I could immediately feel my thoughts and body begin to calm down. I was in one of those situations where I needed God’s consul and direction for how I responded and worked through this situation. When I lay them before God and pray in the spirit, it’s like He helps me see more clearly, honestly, and humbly. Romans 8:26 (NLT) says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (words that cannot be understood – in tongues.)

First, I wasn't replaying the scene any more; I was seeing my wrong part. The Lord showed me how I could have avoided it, what I did to contribute to it. Something else happened to me while I was praying in tongues and thinking about these things. I was feeling remorse and wanting to go back and work it out. My working it out wouldn't be blaming him. It would be telling him I was sorry and telling him that I could have handled it differently. Then just kindly instructing him what could have worked better to prevent the entire thing.

The Holy Ghost has provided me with a gift that can be like a fire extinguisher. As I pray in tongues, it's like the fire goes out and peace comes. Pride melts like an ice cube in a frying pan. Humility rises within me like a hot air balloon. Praying in tongues seems to help me better examine myself rather than defend myself. Because of this, the Lord helps me to truly resolve conflicts and easily move past unforgiveness.
Why am I telling you all this? Because in praying in the Spirit or tongues, there can be a presence of God that helps you work through these kinds of times in a very supernatural way. As Jude 1:20 NIV encourages us - "But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

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

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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