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Monday, March 31, 2014

Persecuted for Loving Jesus? Stand Strong!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As Christians, we are agents of God's love. We are given the assignment to shine for Him. 2 Cor. 5:18 says, “All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to Himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the ministry of reconciliation - the task of reconciling people to Himself.”

When a person becomes a new believer in Christ, something supernatural happens. Their eyes are spiritually open and because of the Holy Spirit who comes to live within them upon receiving Jesus, they begin to see the world and life through God's eyes for their very first time.  Jesus called this being born again. In John 3:3 (NIV)  Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." 

When you begin to share Jesus with others who are not yet believers, their eyes have not yet been opened by the Holy Spirit. This means that what you share with them may be accepted or it may be rejected to some degree by their mental understanding. If they accept and ask Jesus into their heart, then the Holy Spirit will open their spiritual eyes. If they keep up a wall and reject what they hear, their mind will reject what you have shared and the eyes of their spiritual understanding will remain blinded. This is why Jesus would continually say, “If any man has ears to hear, let him hear” and to those who would accept Him, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” (Mark 4:23 & Matthew 13:16)

We are given the joy of sharing  the love of Jesus but it won’t always feel like a joy. Sometimes we will share and people will listen and receive every word we say. Sometimes people will write you off as a kook. It is the most wonderful feeling in the world when you lead someone to Christ. It can also hurt terribly when someone rejects you - especially someone you care about. But as Jesus said, they aren't rejecting you. They are rejecting Him. So, don’t take it as rejection and always remember that it’s not over till it’s over.

The Apostle Paul was delivering Christians to prison when the Lord got a hold of Him. When Paul received Jesus he did a complete 180 degree turn and became one of the greatest soul winners in the history of mankind. The very person who rejects you today may mull over what you said and have a change of heart another day. This is our prayer for all whom we touch with Jesus love!

The reason I am writing this today is to say that the persecution you may experience for living a passionate Christian walk and sharing your faith, is a sign that you are having an impact for the Lord. Know one wants to purposely draw persecution yet when we do share Jesus’ love in the multitude of ways that you can and are led to, persecution will come. The devil will find ways to try and stop or discourage you. Your family may reject you. Your boss may threaten you. Your friends may look at you as someone who has become a religious nut! That hurts, but, if they do accept Jesus, you have been used of God to help save their soul and it will have been so worth it!

Persecution will come when you live your life passionately for the Lord. Sometimes people may hate you just because of what you represent. Your love and godly lifestyle may make them feel guilty. Some people may attack you because they have a hard heart and are evil. They may lie and find ways to come against you. When this happens, Pray 2 Thessalonians. 3:2 (NLT)  which says, (NLT) “Pray first that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord. But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.”

Persecution is a part of this life when you lives strong for the Lord, but, do so with a right heart and it carries an eternal reward that will bless you forever! 


Matthew 5:10 & 12 (NLT) "God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs...Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Have You Tasted Jesus?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


At the University of Chicago Divinity School, each year, they have what is called "Baptist Day." On this day, each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every "Baptist Day" the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center. 

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr.Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours attempting to prove that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo... because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him.

He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. "Docta Tillich... CRUNCH, MUNCH... My question is a simple question... CRUNCH, MUNCH... "Now, I  ain't never read them books you read... CRUNCH, MUNCH... and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek... CRUNCH,  MUNCH... I don't know nothin' bout Niebuhr and Heidegger... CRUNCH, MUNCH..."

He finished the apple... "All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate... was it bitter or sweet?
Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion... "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple." 

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus." 

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.

Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

Have you tasted Jesus?

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. If you have, rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him brings." -- Psalm 34:8

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Don't Be Afraid To Ask God When You Have Needs!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I grew up as a boy, I thought my parents were poor because there were ten children in our family. I never asked mom or dad for anything because I didn't want the family deprived. My sister closest in age to me was that same as me. We both didn't want to inconvenience our parents so neither of us asked for hardly anything and you know what we got? Hardly anything! We were a little jealous because we saw that dad give our "asking brother" much of what he asked for.

As a Christian learning these truths, I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked – not because he was more selfish but because he had a better sense of faith in my parents to supply his needs. Many religious people have this sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs.

Many have been taught or led to believe that God is too distant to care about your needs. Others get worried about you asking covetously. When you have needs and you don't know where to get help, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong. James 4:2-3 says, “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” 

66362-phillipians-4-19-copyThere is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time to learn which is which but you can learn. Isn't the Holy Spirit big enough to teach you and help you develop discernment? Phil 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "

Your view of what God is willing to help you with might be way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life but He does. "But in everything ask!" God cares about souls being saved and about people being helped in this defiled world. He cares about each and every one of us. He is a Father and is personal! I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years.

I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. When we find we are leaning on ourselves we know we are in trouble. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Asking God for right reasons and out of a pure heart is a product of discernment that comes with time. God is not upset as you navigate through the learning process. The thing we should be guilty about is NOT asking for fear He won't hear or that He doesn't care. You can't believe how many people there are that just don't ask God in sincere faith for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!

be anxious for nothingPsalm 84:11 tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." 

When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn't because HE is not working on it. Much of what He brings us in life comes through people. God does not usurp people’s will. He has to lead them in their heart to reach out just like He tries to encourage you to toward others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t’ He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does, but He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to others through people. Remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. Actually it all starts with finding ways to give to others. Luke 6:38 says, If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."
Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another's life. Plant that seed!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When You Don't Know What to Pray

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Recently, the Pastors of our church met together to pray. We gathered in our chapel and began to talk about some of the things we noted God had been doing in our midst. We talked about a number of things that we felt we needed to pray about. It came up in the discussion how the enemy of our soul often works to attack leadership. He may work to attack our heath, or create obstacles to hinder what we are trying to accomplish. He tries to create schism and division over differences of opinion. He tries to attack finances. He is a ruthless and wicked enemy that uses whatever tactics he can to stop leadership. He knows if he accomplishes that, he then effectively hinders that leader from leading and influencing others toward God. Consequently, we felt impressed to pray for the Pastoral Staff and the church’s leadership recognizing and being aware of the devil’s devices. We prayed what we knew to pray with our minds and we prayed in tongues for all those things we did not know how to pray for. Most of what needs to be prayed is really hidden from people and consequently God gives the gift of tongues to help believers pray for those things they couldn't possibly know to pray for with the help of the Holy Spirit.

1Corinthians 14:2 (NIV) helps us understand this. It says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.”  Then Romans 8:26 helps us see the need for this gift and the help the Holy Spirit gives through tongues saying, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” And 1 Cor. 14:14-15 (NLT) helps us see praying with our understanding and with tongues works together in tandem saying, “For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don't understand what I am saying. Well then, what shall I do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand."

The things we prayed about were all about people and the plan of God going forth unhindered by Satan and with God’s blessing. We prayed for a period of time together and then went back to our day’s duties. We left knowing in our heart that we had prayed in faith before the Lord and with confidence that God would work in behalf of what we prayed. The following night after the Pastors prayed together, I received a phone call from the wife of one of our Pastors. Their son had been driving in their car when a SUV went through a stop sign and broadsided him. The car was completely totaled and the police said that there was no way he should have lived. An ambulance took him to a hospital but other than a few scrapes and bruises, he was fine and sent home. They repeatedly heard that this could kind of accident should have killed or at least seriously hurt him. Divine protection for our Pastors and leaders and their families was one of the things we prayed for that morning. Glory to God!

It isn't about how having many people praying for a situation. It’s understanding that our human understanding is highly limited in what we can figure out. The Holy Spirit of God knows all things and what needs to be prayed. This is why the gift of tongues has been given to us. To have people that know the will of God and that will stand in faith is more important that large numbers of people that don’t. I pray that you will have this kind of intimate walk with God and at least a few friends that have faith in prayer along with you as you learn to pray according to His will and in faith!

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."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

God's Mercy Toward Your Regrets

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have tried to live my life in such a way that when I looked back over my it one day, I’d look back feeling no regrets. I've really tried to follow and obey the Lord and do what I believed I was supposed to do but, if I am perfectly transparent with you, I've had my moments where I cared more about me than obeying God. I've had my moments where my attitude or my words were less than appropriate. I have had my moments where I should have taken a different course of action. I've had moments of opportunity to be a better husband to Renee or a better father to my children. For the most part, I’m happy with how I've walked out my life in the Lord, but as hard as I have tried, I can’t say there aren't any regrets. I have a few.

Having said that, I refuse to spend too much time mulling over the past feeling bad regarding those few things I regret. When I do reflect on them, I look at them only with short term-views – enough to bring them before God and examine my heart and seek His help so as not to repeat them. God’s Word instructs us what to do with regret. It says, "For God can use sorrow (or regrets) in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death. (2 Cor. 7:10) Regrets do damage if we don’t forgive ourselves after God does and move on, yet moving on doesn't mean become callous and indifferent toward past mistakes. It means be sincerely sorrowful, make changes, learn from your mistakes or regrets and then move forward.

Some time ago, someone I had considered a good friend began to lie to me about something in order to accomplish an agenda he had. Those lies turned into a nightmare that caused serious hurt and pain to a number or people. When he was caught, I know at first he felt regret. But instead of admitting it and being sorry for the kind of behavior that led up to it, he decided he didn't want to take the responsibility for the hurt that was caused by his actions. Consequently, his actions and behavior did not change. Today’s Fresh Manna warns us against hardening our heart at those moments of regret and ditching godly sorrow. "...You don't want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, Saying, "Oh, why didn't I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life? Why didn't I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? My life is ruined!" (Proverbs 5:7 MSG)

Regrets are something to learn from. That is the purpose of feeling regret – so as to see the error or the thing we do regret and repent for it. Having godly sorrow and making amends is a good thing. It brings healing. But, it then becomes critical that we move on. It’s imperative to know that we will make mistakes and do things we regret. No one escapes that. You might make a wrong decision. You might slip and act or speak out of character. You might come to realize that you tuned out or disobeyed what the Lord was leading you to do. When you do, if you’re spiritually and emotionally healthy, you’ll feel regret. When you do feel regret, make amends to God and if possible, and to anyone you are aware of that you hurt. If what you’re regretting has mostly just hurt you, repent before the Lord and turn from it. If you’ll learn from what you regret and move forward, you will minimize future regrets rather than getting caught in them like quicksand.

God has great mercy on those that desire to learn from their mistakes and refocus on His instructions for life. Psalm 119:77 says, “Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your precepts are my delight. When we blow it, God not only has mercy, but He offers His grace – His supernatural help in times of trouble to those that will admit and turn from their regrets. Proverbs 3:34 says, He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.

If you've blown it somewhere, don’t get buried in regret. Take care of business with God and with man. Have sincere godly sorrow before the Lord and those appropriate. Then receive the tender mercy of God and His grace to move forward. Let go of the past because you can’t change it. Look forward to the grace of God helping you live your life with as few regrets possible. Let today be that new day. Then move forward in His mercy and grace!

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT) "The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

God's Desire of Blessing For You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


God does not want you confused over who He is, over who Jesus is, or over you becoming a child of God. He wants and has the best of intention and plans for you!
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jesus died, arose, and paid the price for you to be blessed and receive all that God has for you. When you finally get hold of that revelation, you will begin to trust Him and His many promises to you. God says He has a good plan for you. That plan is blessing. Satan would like you to think God has abandoned you leaving you high and dry. That isn’t the truth! Blessing has always been God’s intent for you and for anyone that would come to know and live for Him.

When God blesses us, it means to confer benefits or gifts to us – to prosper us or to improve our quality of life. His initial benefits are a relationship with Him coupled with the forgiveness of sin and the promise of Heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. That is only the beginning. God’s promised blessings are almost overwhelming to believe - especially because they are far above anything you are experiencing in your present life. He promises supernatural peace that transcends the burdens or trials that would otherwise weigh you down. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

He doesn’t come close to stopping there. He promises to take you out of a war torn ravaged life. When God came to rescue His people from Egypt through Moses, they were so beaten down that they found it hard to believe that He cared for them or that He would really help them. Does that describe you? Do you have a hard time believing in God’s promises – that they are real and cry out to you? Do you even know what they are? If you do, can you imagine them manifesting your life? Can you believe that the deliverance and blessing that God wanted for His people then, He also wants for you today?

Let’s look into a few of His promised blessings. They may seem the opposite of your present experience and difficult for you to even imagine in your life. If you can’t wrap your brain about them, how about wrapping your faith around them.

Psalm 144:12-15 says, “May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. May our farms be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no breached walls, no forced exile, no cries of distress in our squares. Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord.”


Can you see in these verses that God wants blessing to affect your children, your livelihood, your assets, your savings, your protection and your peace? Does the peace described, “no cries of distress,” sound like the peace in your life? Does God want this for you? He says, “Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord.”

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

In His Love,Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, March 14, 2014

I Will Be Back to Writing Fresh Manna Very Soon

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi Fresh Manna Readers,

I am going to be unable to write Fresh Manna for about 11 days. I'll be back to writing on March 25th. In the meantime, I hope you'll simply come to the website http://readfreshmanna.blogspot.com/ and take advantage of the large archive of writings that I hope will encourage you, inspire you, and bless you. Here is your chance to catch up on some you've missed. Thanks for reading and know that I am praying for you every day! God bless you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Do Not Get Your Funk On!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Funk – It’s defined in the dictionary as: a slump, a state of paralyzing fear, a depressed state of mind. Have you ever been in a funk? I run into people too often that seem like they are in a funk. There are times when I feel a “funk” trying to come on me. Before Jesus, I just thought a funk was something you had no control over and settled upon you when life got discouraging. That may happen to people but it shouldn't happen to Christians. If we know who we are in Christ and just how much God loves us and desires to help us, we'd chase the funk away the same way we’d chase a bee out of the inside or our car – with great determination!

Repeated disappointments, frustration, confusion, not knowing what to do, and more can lead to feeling like you are in a funk. As a Christian what should you do about it?

First realize that you aren't stuck in a funk. It's just trying to come upon you. Second, know and believe that the love of God is so great within you and His willingness to help you is so real and available, that you can defeat the funk and instead have great expectation for God to prevail in your life!

Now let me give you some funk destroying scriptures verse by verse to provide insight and backing to support this.

Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. This means there is an option to the funk! It’s called coming before the Lord with boldness and confidence! It’s the funk breaker!

Eph 3:13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. Paul is basically saying, “Don’t get in a funk because of what you see me going through – I am not in one. I have confidence that it's all going to work out to glorify God.”

Eph 3:14 (Paul still speaking says) For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The way Paul is going to handle this is through prayer.

Eph 3:15-16 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man. Paul is saying that you belong to the family of God and that God will grant YOU great strength by the working of His Holy Spirit within you – in your inner man! That is where the funk tries to live. So it’s going to be the contest between the inner man that God will strengthen and the funk. Who do you think should win?

Eph 3:17-19 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. These verses reveal that Christ dwells in your heart, BUT it’s through your personal faith – your belief in what He says to you through His Word. He goes on to say that He wants you to know how great God’s love is for you. It’s when you confidently know the greatness of God’s love toward you that you become filled up with the fullness of God.

And we find the grand finale in Eph 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. We learn that because of God’s great love, He is able to and will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, BUT, it’s according to the power that works in us. The power that works in us is by faith in what God promises us.

So what are you going to do? Sit in your funk or believe that Jesus loves you and desires to help you? Are you going to remain discouraged and confused or are you going to believe that He will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us?

Funk is a choice. Squash it by meditating on God in you and knowing that you have the very power of God at work in you!

In His Love, Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Do You Reverence God?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


One of the things that I periodically take time to do is check to see if I have a healthy fear (reverence) of the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord?

The fear of the Lord is all about reverencing God for who He is. It is about understanding His power and might. It’s understanding that He created everything with a purpose. It’s understanding that God alone can and will redeem our soul and deliver us from the destruction of Satan’s efforts if we will learn to revere He and His Word above all things in life.

Some years ago, God spoke to me in one of my quiet times with Him. He was kindly but firmly chastising me. He said, “Tim, unless you learn to revere and esteem my words and the things I say to you over that which you hear from men, I will be nothing more than just one more opinion in your life; an opinion that you will discard or forget about. It is only when you reverence my Word above the words of men that you will experience my Word coming alive, speaking direction into your life, bringing instruction and life transformation that will always take you toward my blessings. My word has to have preeminence in your life." Upon hearing this from the Lord, I was reminded of the Acts 5:29 that says “... we must obey God rather than men!”

I was convicted, humbled, corrected, and repentant after hearing these words. It was these words that led me to journaling what God was speaking to me which in turn, led me to begin the journey of writing Fresh Manna. That simple act of obedience, resulted in me writing a blog that was read in over 187 countries around the world last year. Could I have ever known that would happen? No, but obedience created the opportunity!

Why does God want us to reverence Him? Is He on an ego trip? Is He a dictator? God forbid that we ever think any thoughts of this kind. To the contrary God is pure in love and goodness and His desire for us to reverence Him is so that as we follow His leading, the result will be a life of blessing. His perfect will for each of our lives will ultimately lead us into a life we look back on and consider greatly blessed. That is exactly how I feel today looking back over my life.

God speaks to us through His word so that He may lead us in our thoughts and create godly desires that motivate us and lead us in His path and will for us. We see this in Psalms 37:4 (NIV) which says, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." And, Psalms 37:23 (NKJV) that says, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." And again in Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) which says, "A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." All this direction that leads our life into God's blessing comes to us through His Word - if we reverence what He says!

A part of reverencing God is to learn to pay attention and respond to the impressions we feel in our heart that often come from His word speaking to us! From this comes His blessing, deliverance from evil, and divine protection.

Learning to obey God in the simple day-to-day impressions in our heart that we suspect are from Him is how we learn to follow His Spirit. If you continually neglect responding to those impressions, they eventually fade. You've not learned to value reverencing God's voice and His direction for you. You've neglected the small things that God is directing you to obey Him in. He wants obedience in the small impressions of the heart.

Impressions of the heart come to Christians far more often than they are aware of. If we learn to obey them we learn to live a Spirit-filled, Spirit-directed, empowered life. If not, we become like King Saul.

Saul was a king that was chosen by God to serve His purposes and be blessed in the process. Saul saw God lead him and work supernaturally in His life. Yet his desire for gaining the respect of others became more important that what God was telling him to do. He stopped reverencing God as you'll see various verses in Samuel chapters 10-15.

“Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul's head and kissed him, saying, "Has not the LORD anointed you leader over his inheritance? The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power… and you will be changed into a different person….God changed Saul's heart, and all these signs were fulfilled… Sometime later… “I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."

God delights when our reverence for Him leads us to obey those things He has and is speaking to us to establish and do in our life. His grace will supernaturally help us do them. It is always important to take time at some point in your life and ask, What is and what has God been impressing upon my heart to do for some time? Learn to catch those impressions of the heart and promptings you feel as you read God's Word. Remember, He only wants to help you and lead you to blessing. Obedience will develop your spiritual character, heighten your love for God, and lead you to His will and blessing.

James 1:25 (NLT) "But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Simon Cowell Made Fun of This Gospel Singer.

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by Pastor Tim Burt

 Watch what happens after Simon Cowell made fun of the gospel singer! The presence of God touched all their hearts! 



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Friday, March 07, 2014

The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean  (Author Unknown) 

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" the mother asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?" Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Life Isn't Alway Fair But God Is

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Something that the Lord taught me a long time ago that has made my life much more functional is to understand this: "Life is not fair." Psalms 34:19 says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all." What does this verse tell us? It tells us that many attacks come against good godly people, but God WILL deliver you as you trust in Him.  Why do afflictions even happen in our life? Why do bad things happen to good people? That's been one of the most asked questions of all times. It's a question I have answered in Fresh Manna many times. In an over simplified and quick answer today, it’s because Satan is the god of this world, and because he hates all of God's creation  mankind and all things that God has created. Satan has worked to ruin and pervert the good God intends for our lives. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

This is part of the very reason that Jesus came into this earth  to teach us how to function as vessels of His love. He came to bring hope and good news to the poor in spirit, healing to the sick – those Satan has inflicted, and mercy to the sinner. He came to bring instruction and insight to the true character and love of God. He also came to take upon Himself, our punishment for the sins we've committed. He did so at the cross and in the belly of Hell. 1 John 3:8 says, "... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." Jesus took our punishment and returned love to us for the rejection we showed Him. Talk about responding to what is unfair with love!

Life is not fair but, one day it will be. Read Rev 21:1-5 and you’ll get a glimpse through the veil of the unseen into our future. "…now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away…"

This is a day that every Christian looks forward to but in the mean time, in this life, don't try to look for fair. What I mean by that is this; I know that not every good thing I do is going to get the response I might hope for. I know that not everything I do for others is going to be noticed or appreciated. It would be easy to get discouraged when you aren't appreciated or noticed for what you do that is good. Yet I am sure there have been many kind things done for me that I've not noticed or appropriately appreciated. I have learned not to depend on man for my validation or rewards. I purpose to do what I do with a rightly motivated heart and unto the Lord. I know that He notices everything and that He alone is my rewarder in all things. Colossians 3:23-24 puts it like this. "And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ."

Life on this earth may not seem fair, but, one day, God will make all things just and fair. Everything you've done and sown in life from a godly perspective and right heart, despite how others have responded, will receive its blessing and reward. Mark 9:41 (NIV) says, "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward." 

God is watching and does care! He will respond to your right heart with blessing in this life and it will show up in areas that may be other than the place you would expect it. Remember this encouragement from God to defeat the feelings of "Life isn't fair."  Galatians 6:9 (NLT) "So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time."

Finally: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8 (NIV) "All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, March 03, 2014

Learning to Thrive Under Pressure

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I look over the broad spectrum of everyone I know – my family, my friends, and my large church family, I see in the majority of their lives, stresses, pressures and challenging circumstances facing them. These challenges range from financial situations to relational problems to infirmities and more. It seems as though most people have some type of stressful situation creating pressure going on in their life more often than not.

Whenever we face challenges we face pressure. That pressure can make us feel like a tube of toothpaste being squeezed. When you squeeze a tube of toothpaste, toothpaste comes out. When you crack a nut with a nutcracker, the nut comes out. When pressure is put on us, what's inside of us comes out. That may be good or bad news!

Early on in my marriage with Renee, immaturity is what was in us. When pressure came, immaturity is what came out. We never knew how to respond correctly to pressure. We would only react. We both reacted in different ways but none of them were good. If you had been watching us at times like that, you would have easily thought, they sure don't love each other. That couldn't have been further from the truth. We loved each other very much. So why didn't it seem like it or why didn't we act like it? It had to do with what was in us.

When we were squeezed back then, all of the old man that had not yet been transformed by God's Word, would ooze out of us. What do I mean by old man? We can get a better idea reading in Ephesians 4:22-25. "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old man, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new man, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness..." 

Renee and I had not allowed God to do this work in us at that point in our lives. Consequently, when we were under pressure, what came out of us was a horrible – a combination of selfishness and immaturity. It wasn't that Renee and I didn't love each other. We just hadn't let Jesus be formed in us enough to get rid of the old way of communicating through our impulsive emotional responses. Did that work against us? Of course it did. What kept us together? Recognizing that WE DID love each other and that we needed God's help or the constant pressure of life would destroy us and our marriage. We wanted our marriage not only to succeed, but also to be a blessed marriage of God.

There was a particular verse of scripture that helped us re-approach how we dealt with pressure and each other. It was Prov 11:24-25  “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed”  This verse says that when one man's finances get tight, his tendency is to pull back and preserve what he has so he doesn't run out. It says this somehow doesn't always work out and he ends up with little or nothing. Then it talks about the man who gives God's way when finances get tight. He gives more liberally and somehow miraculously ends up with more. It says that he, and those he gives to, end up refreshed.

The same thing can happen when fighting breaks out between two people. When communication is going lousy and a couple is verbally beating each other up, each will pull back and withdraw. Each person wants to fight for his or her position of being right. Neither wants to apologize and work toward forgiveness. If you want to learn God's supernatural way of turning things around, then apply this wisdom from God in how you deal with each other. Instead of withdrawing and defending the position of being right, change direction and give love more liberally!

There were times when Renee and I were under pressure. We felt squeezed and snapped at each other far too much. When we did, I knew I knew I had to lay down my pride and get us out of this mess no matter whose fault it was or we would continue to head toward disaster. I began to practice the wisdom of giving liberally by giving Renee love more liberally. I'd ask Renee to forgive me whether she was right or wrong. I'd work toward the goal of reconciliation. Even if she didn't want to forgive right away, I just kept telling her I was sorry and how wonderful she was. I threw out the seeds of love liberally. Honey, you were right, I was wrong. I love you so much; all I want to do is get this right between us and love you more. I would just keep on this path. Love is hard to resist and pretty soon she'd soften. Then as today's verse said, we'd both be refreshed. No one said it's easy. Laying down your pride is terribly hard initially. But, doing things wrong is also hard work only with a lousy result. Doing things right is hard work with the potential for great results. Renee and I paid the price to work hard on personal change. We prayed to God asking him to help transform us and leave selfishness and immaturity behind. We practiced loving each other with liberal godly love. And when we were under pressure, we ramped up our liberal love to each other recognizing the devil's devices to squeeze us to get us to fight.

No matter what the pressures are in your life, you can crack and break under pressure or you can let that pressure squeeze the liberal love of God from you  something that most won't expect. The result is awesome and you end up being supernaturally transformed into the Christlike person you want to be! As I said, either way is hard work. Choose to work hard for the great result and blessing He wants for you!

John 13:34 (NIV) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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