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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

Fresh Manna
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

Fresh Manna
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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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!

Fresh Manna
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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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

Fresh Manna
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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