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Thursday, July 31, 2014

God's Power and Authority in You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


How about we start off this morning with a knockout punch promise and verse from Jesus? Are you ready? Then read John 14:14: "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

That sounds like Jesus is making Himself a genie – a wish granter - the divine wishbone. He isn't. He’s the executor and fulfiller of God’s will and purpose. He was preparing His disciples to continue on with His work in His name. He wanted them to know that He would not abandon them. He didn't want them to feel inadequate or feel left alone. He expressed these words to let them know He would be with them and would always help them. What they would execute would not be about them. It would be about bringing the good news of Jesus Christ and His power so that others would know they were sent by Jesus. He wanted the same for us!
When Jesus ministered, He ministered with power. Luke 4:32 says, "And they were astonished at Jesus’ doctrine: for His word was with power." The word power here is often translated authority. But it really implies both as we see in Luke 4:36. "Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, "What a word this is! For with authority and power Jesus commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." The Greek word for authority is the same word as power in the first verse. And the word for power in this verse means “miracle-working power.” The bottom line – when Jesus ministered, He was doing what His Heavenly Father wanted Him to do with authority and miracle-working power!

Now in teaching His disciples, He was preparing and instructing them in how they will continue His work - with authority and power. In that time of instruction, He says these mind-blowing and powerful words. If you pay close attention, you’ll see that He is saying them ALSO to you personally as a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. He says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)
Now, for far too many people, these words are difficult to take at face value. People want to reinterpret them with symbolic meaning instead.  The words as they are, throws their mind in tilt. They shouldn't. Jesus was saying that as they continued His work - reaching out to people and ministering to them and their needs in His behalf, then “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

For most believers, it only takes trying to step out at being used of God one time with less than satisfying results to discourage them from ever doing it again. “I was praying for my friend’s son to get better and I asked Jesus to heal him and it didn’t happen, so this doesn’t apply to me doing it.”

We aren't responsible for the results. When we first begin to walk out this calling - what Jesus meant to be part of everyone's Christian walk - there may be no real faith involved. It may be more about overcoming fear - or learning to step out in faith. In time, your actions and heart will mature and be the result of sincere heart faith. You will see God's power work through you! We are responsible to learn and know the Father’s will taught to us through the Word of God. We are responsible to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit within our hearts and learn to respond in faith as He directs us and leave the rest up to Him.

Remember that Jesus walked in authority and power. He knew the Father’s will. He knew when the Father was leading Him. He never doubted. What you never see in the gospels is His years of learning to obey His Father up to the time of the start of His ministry. You and I are learning the word of God. You and I are learning to follow after the Spirit of God. Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Learning to do anything – especially learning God’s will and learning to follow and obey Him is a process. It happens through prayer. It takes courage and spiritual strength. But, will you try? Will you let God lead you? Will you learn His will so that you have the courage to pray over others with authority? Will you listen to others and pray for them according to His will? Will you be His hands and feet in this earth?

Over my 33 years of ministry, I have learned to keep my head and mental arguments of doubt and unbelief out of what I feel the Spirit of God is leading me to do - especially when it comes to praying for people. As a man, I’d like to try to fix everyone’s problems, yet what I can do is so minuscule and shallow. What God can do is beyond what I can ask or think including making the impossible possible. So, I try to mentally step aside and just pray and believe with them in faith according to God’s will. The testimonies that come back are amazing.

What the Lord taught me to do about fifteen years ago was to finish every time of prayer with people with this request. “I would like to ask you to please come back to me with your good report and testimony of how God helped you through this.” They agree to and they eventually do come back. I have had three people come back to me from prayers over two years ago, just this week. 
Jesus meant it when He said, "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." He wasn't lying. He gave us these words to help others in His authority and power! So be led by the Holy Spirit and when the time comes, just do it!

Luke 10:19-20 Jesus said, "Behold I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy...But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

God's Design: Be As Bold As A Lion

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Prov 28:1 "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."

The wicked man described in this verse is one that doesn't know Jesus, doesn't love God, and has no knowledge or idea or what spiritual strength is.

When I was in the fourth grade and nine years old, I was one of the smallest boys in school. The smallest boy in school is typically going to get picked on just because he is an easy target. I worked out some by doing push-ups and lifting weights so that I wasn't a complete pushover, but just my size made me feel like I was wearing a sign that said I'm the smallest guy around, come pick on me.

One of my very best friends in school happened to be the biggest and strongest kid in school in that age group. We were always together at school. Consequently, for anyone to get to me, they had to go through him. I knew that I was safe just because of him. I wasn't stupid. I didn't take advantage of the situation and antagonize guys because I had a big friend. I was simply grateful that I did. I was extremely grateful for his friendship, first just because he was a great friend, but secondly, because by just being with me, he saved me from a lot of trouble.

That's really the way it is with the Lord. We live in a world defiled by Satan and sin. To call Satan a bully would be to understate his evil. I would compare him to a deviate, drive-by shooter that indiscriminately hates and will kill anyone. Jesus described him as the one who has come "to kill, steal, and destroy."  I recently heard a great Bible teacher on television say that God brings and allows adversity to test and grow our strength, character, and faith. I highly respect this person and his ministry but on this one point, he is very wrong. God never brought adversity in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, nor would it have come if they hadn't sinned. It came because of their sin. Sin and consequently death (and everything leading up to death) came to us all because of sin. We read in Romans 5:12 "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned."  Sin brought enough adversity for a life time for each person. God doesn't have to bring adversity to us. It comes like weeds in a garden or lawnwith no effort or help from anyone. You never plant those weeds but they some how come and consequently you have to remove or kill weeds in the garden and lawn. And you need to resist that trouble that comes at Satan's hand in life. It's not people we fight. Its “…principalities, and powers and rulers of darkness,” (Eph 6:12) AND temptations of Satan to become weak, powerless, helpless, and like the man that flees when no one pursues.

All sin is rooted in lust and self concern from wrong  selfish choices. The ugly consequences of sin have touched all of our lives. It is the source of every evil in the world and that evil spills over into our lives creating a world of adversity. Like weeds in a garden, it just somehow comes.

Jesus is the big friend we have in life. His Holy Spirit lives within us. He helps us become "…strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!" (Eph 6:10) Though sin came to all men and made us weak and Satan's prey to be picked on, Jesus brought us righteousness to help us be as "bold as a lion!"

Romans 5: 15-17 says, "...And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” 

1 Peter 5:8
says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." Satan impersonates a lion, but WE ARE TO BECOME AS BOLD AS A LION! Satan will seek whom he may devour (those that don't know how to resist him.) We are to become the righteous that are as bold as a lion and tell him to flee in Jesus name! Read in your Bibles what demons did when Jesus showed up on the scene. They should cower when they see your boldness! A wicked or slothful man will flee or cave at the first sign of trouble or symptom of sickness. When I feel the attack of the enemy working against me in my life, I remember to roar! We have a big friend named Jesus! The righteous will lift their head and roar saying, "No! Flee in Jesus name!"

Prov 28:1  "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Regarding the War between Israel and Gaza

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Note from Pastor Tim:
With all that is happening in Israel, I wanted to share with you regarding the current crisis that is happening there in the war with Hamas. I was about to sit down and write when I received this correspondence from my brilliant and good friend Raanan Levy, the former adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. It is slightly longer than normal but will give bring you clear thinking and truth regarding the conflict that is happening between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It will follow a video that is called: "Who is Responsible for the Suffering in Gaza?" It is a critically important video to help you understand the current situation, to help see the urgency for prayer, and to help you share the truth with others. Watch the video and then please read the article "Gaza, What's Next"  from my friend Raanan Levi. God bless you! Pastor Tim 


“Who is Responsible for the Suffering in Gaza?”





Gaza, What's Next?

In 2005 Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip, after a 38 year long military occupation, and Military administrative rule over several thousand Israeli families who lived there for decades.When PM Ariel Sharon came to explain to his staff his reasoning for his shocking announcement of his plan to pull out of Gaza, (spring of 2002), he gave 3 reasons for it:

* An immediate relief to the heavy burden on the IDF, defending 9,000 Jewish civilians.

* Obtaining a solid and broad International support from the USA and EU, once we leave Gaza and end the "occupation".

* Rolling the pressure on the "Palestinian Authority", to reciprocate to a historic Israeli gesture, and compromising on their 50 year long outrageous demands. The PA, said Sharon, will have to accept the "two state solution", and bow to the International pressure that they will be exposed to.
While I still have tremendous respect to Ariel Sharon and his monumental 60 year long career serving our nation, there is no doubt that this move turned to be the most echoing fiasco of his career.
Today, 9 years after the disengagement, we can see the total failure of each and every parameter of his goals:
* The IDF, in the past 9 years, invests humongous resources in defending Israel from the largest nest of terror in the world. Not only the passive defense became the most condensed military zone anywhere on the globe, but Israel had to engage over 3 times in intense "mini-wars", to put a cap on Hamas military threats on Millions of Israelis.
* The International community did not move one bit towards Israel, on the Palestinian issue. No country of relevance, has ever put any pressure on the Palestinian Authority, to change their demands towards Israel, or to stop the venomous incitement against Israel, amongst Palestinian youth, children, and mainstream Palestinian Media.

* Although 90% of Palestinians live under Hamas or PA rule, ( 45% under PA in Judea and Samaria, since 1993 Oslo    agreements,  and another 45% under Islamist and murderous Hamas rule in Gaza), Israel is still blamed to be, or perceived as being, an "occupier" in its' own land. 
The present day offensive in Gaza, was imposed on us deliberately by Hamas. They chose the timing and they chose the intensity. Israel waited 10 very long days, with over 4-5 Million Israelis running to bomb shelters 5-20 times a day, until it started responding by a massive aerial attack. Then, even that did not deter the Hamas, which forced us to enter with ground forces, for the past 12 days already.
The "diplomatic clock" started ticking seriously, only 5-6 days ago. The USA's response to the events, literally prolonged this whole thing. Instead of the USA strengthening Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, (and ... Israel...), the US decided to embrace America’s strongest haters, giving undeserved clout to Erdogan and Qatar. "Go figure", as they say. Kerry’s' people say in the past 24 hours, that Kerry did not make any proposals, "he only shared ideas".  Wow, huge difference. Instead of providing insulting explanations, Kerry should have told Hamas that they are in no position at all to ask for anything in return for a ceasefire.
The inevitable conclusions of all those events, and the "to do" list on Netanyahu’s' desk, should be obvious. The operation in Gaza should continue, full force, for another 15-20 days at least. The IDF must have ample time to achieve 3 key objectives at this point:
* Destroy all tunnels of all kinds that we know of.
* Confiscate and demolish all Hamas infrastructure we have access to, in the 13-18 day range. Rockets, rifles, explosive storages, bunkers, communication channels and equipment, and metal workshops that manufacture mortars and rockets.
* Catch or eliminate, a meaningful number of Hamas field commanders and leaders. 
Once those goals are reached, and they will can all be reached in 13-18 days without a doubt, Israel should leave the Gaza, unilaterally, and without any ceasefire agreement. We need to leave them a note on the fridge, "We had a great time, call us when you want us to come back". Any effort to reach an agreement now, will be a terrible mistake. A ceasefire, will never be honored by Hamas, it will only be used for re-arming and reloading. It will also turn Israel and USA haters, to benefit from an imaginary "brokerage" of a diplomatic hoax no one believes in. Who needs it? We can leave without a ceasefire "agreement", it will look exactly the same, only with benefits to Israel, and nothing for Hamas.
And last but not least. Once this is over, Israel should send a senior defense official to have a personal cup of coffee in Qatar, with the Emir of Qatar,  His Trillionnaireness, Mr. Al Thani. We should tell him in person, that if Qatar will continue to fuel the rockets from Gaza, life in Doha, will be very different. If they think they can put Tel-Aviv in bomb shelters with their money, we can make it clear to them, that they are very wrong. Without going into details, Israel can send this message clearly, and it will not go unnoticed. It will also never be challenged or doubted. It's as easy as that. The Emir of Qatar will not want to see one of his cousin's Rolls Royces suddenly blow up in his la-la land country, and have his rule over that insanely wealthy principality,  start shaking by unclaimed "events" in Doha’s' finest restaurants and shopping malls.
A comprehensive offensive Israeli attitude for only the next 3-4 weeks, can make a huge difference on the timing of the "next round". We can not decide when it will be, we can only make clear what the ramifications are.
Raanan (Rani) Levy, Israel
(Former Adviser to Prime Minister Sharon)
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For additional reading & videos on exactly how Hamas is hurting the Palestinian people in Gaza, click here: http://www.idfblog.com/

Isaiah 62:1 (NLT) "Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Less Conflict and More Peace!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Although many people get in conflictmuch more than they want, few people love it. The truth is that if anyone loves conflict, they've got a problem. Peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another should be the desire of anyone’s heart. Pause and think for a moment. Is it yours? Is working toward peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another a rudder in your life? This is something we are exhorted to learn to live by through the instruction of God’s Word. Peace, harmony, and unity are something more than just a nice thing to pursue. It should become a desire and core value shaped within you by the Holy Spirit as He teaches you how to live Christ-like.

Today I want to present to you a simple truth that will lead to more peace in your life. If you would first incorporate it within the belief system of your heart, and then begin to practice it in your life, you would see more peace in your daily dealings. The reason being is that it is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for peace.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of a king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisersmen that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older adviserswise men that had served for a great many years under his father.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11. “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from novices that were cocky and egotistical gloating in their new power.

The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace.

Some people foolishly seem to love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles and ego while stoking the fires that provoke anger.

This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to serve and help people. When conflict arises, pause and let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people that respect you, are more loyal and willing to work with you, and you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life.

Avoiding conflict never resolves anything. Some points of conflict are too great to deal with at the moment. Bathing situations in prayer can turn situations where they can eventually be worked through. Prayer is a key part of conflict resolution in God's World. But avoiding conflict because you are afraid will seldom produce faith-filled prayer that results in resolution. Avoidance from fear will only delay and sometimes allow a situation to grow worse.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, and you have a heart to serve people and make adjustments where necessary, then you can kindly but boldly approach difficult situations and conflict and work through them. You can because your heart is not stubborn, you are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you have begun to become a master communicator! Not everyone you work with will be compromising or agreeable. Sometimes conflict resolution goes horribly. But if you've followed God direction and made the effort to work kindly with others, then you can know you've done your part!

A heart to serve and a favorable answer is a heart that sincerely and respectfully takes in the interests and concerns of others. It’s the heart endeavoring for agreement and harmony where possible.

1 Kings 12:7 "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Be Strong in the Face of Adversity!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Life has its hardships. As a Christian, you are in an earth that has been defiled by Satan. He has turned the earth into a spiritual battlefield. To not believe in God & His Son Jesus Christ is to unknowingly believe in Satan. Why is that? Because Satan's entire effort is to turn people away from faith in God - something he accomplishes through any method possible. Hell was created not for mankind but for Satan as a fallen angel. He knows he will one day be judged and locked up there and so it's his plan to to take by deception, as many people as he can with him. He does this by leading people away from truth and God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. His deception was from the beginning beginning with Adam and Eve. It continues today and that is why he is called the god of this world. 2 Cor 4:4 reveals this truth saying, "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

We live in this earth but it is a defiled earth that has been touched by Satan and sin. That's why there is so much pain and suffering and death and destruction here. This should be one more motivating reason why we don't want to sin. Sin is what defiled this earth and sin is what supports and strengthens Satan's rebellion and cause against God. We want to be force against sin, not aiding it's destruction.

Heaven is not a fantasy. It is a Christian's future home and a place that will be undefiled by sin and Satan's touch. Concerning those that have lived before us by faith in God, Heb 11:13-16 says, "...they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.... But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them." This will be your future homeland - the homeland of all those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior!

If we live in this defiled earth, does that mean we are doomed to a gloomy life surrounded by Satan's touch and destruction? Absolutely not! The enemy of your soul does work to infect your life. He tries to make you sick, steal your livelihood and finances, break up relationships with those you love, and disrupt your life in a hundred ways. Because of this, we need God's direction and wisdom for every step. God is more than willing to help us. His Word sets up boundaries that are not meant to deprive us of good things, but instead to help us avoid minefields where we might step on a mine.

In 1 Sam 30:3-3 we read about David and all his men coming back from a victorious series of battles with their enemies. As they were returning home after being gone for a long time, they saw smoke coming from the camp where their families lived. They soon found out that their enemies had burnt their camp to the ground, and took their belongings, wives and children! It says, "David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep." David's men were so discouraged that they wanted to lash out and blame someone. They wanted to stone him as their leader. David's family was also taken and he was just as discouraged as they were, But instead of letting the discouragement overcome him so that he also was useless, we are told in verse 6, "David encouraged himself in the LORD his God."This wasn't David learning some principle to execute in His life. This was David’s character. He had learned to praise and worship and sing to the Lord in all the trials of life. He wrote songs speaking of God’s promises of deliverance. He knew what God had promised him and had seen God work in his life over and over. He refused to think this was one of those times God had abandoned Him!

The devil would like you to think that God has abandoned you. He hasn't and never will! It’s not about Him abandoning you. It's about you abandoning your faith and trust in Him. David looked Goliath in the face. Moses looked at the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming at him. Daniel looked at the lions. Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, looked at a fiery furnace. Paul a raging sea. They all trusted God and saw His deliverance and help. God alone is worthy of your full and complete trust!

Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart”Let the Word of God speak PROMISE to you EVERY day. Read those promises. Proclaim them over your family and circumstances. Rebuke the devil and move forward. If you’re a husband, your wife and children want a dad that is a leader, not a quitter. If you remain upbeat because you trust God in the face of adversity, and your heart, your face, your countenance, your words, and your actions showed it, they'll be happy with you. They'll follow your lead no matter what the circumstance. Take authority over the thief in your life. Rebuke him in Jesus name! Put your hand to the plow and work hard asking Him for guidance every step of the way. Do your part and trust God to do His! Praise God together and believe He will turn things around. Honor Him with sincere heart felt faith!

Put YOUR name in His promises and write them out. Then say them, declare them, sing them, and get your family to pray them in faith together.

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
The Lord is Tim Burt’s strength, my shield from every danger.
I trust in him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

I can honestly say to all of you, I’ve been in many hard and seemingly impossible circumstances. But, by the grace of God, I've kept my wife upbeat because I've stayed upbeat. We always expected God to be around the corner with our answers. He always took care of us and restored us to that right place.

If you've been overcome by despair, remember who you are in Christ. Spend time with God and then take the joy and promise of His Word to your family. Stir all their faith and believe God together. God restored all of David and his men's wives, families, possessions and much more. He'll do the same for you if you'll act like David did and let God arise in your heart!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your Beliefs Drive Your Course in Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


For about two years as a very young adult, I decided to believe there was no God. I did because I didn't like the thought of going to Hell and was sure that if it existed, I would end up there. I was afraid and so it was easier to adjust my belief system to move God out and declare He did not exist. When I did that, it affected every part of my life. The more I said it, the more I believed it—at least for a while. I then acted on it and became a crazy party-hardy person with a dulled conscience.


What we believe affects our life! When you wholeheartedly believe something, it affects every part of your life—especially what you say and how you act. When I decided I didn't believe in God, it affected what I thought, what I said, and how I acted. That is what “faith” or belief in something does, regardless of whether your beliefs are right or wrong.

That is one reason why apathy is so bad. Apathy is defined as an absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement; a lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting. Apathy doesn't give a rip about what happens. Consequently it works to undermine or destroy faith or sincere heart belief—the passion or state of heart that pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God…” Many people become apathetic because they hate conflict and would rather cave in and avoid having any strong beliefs or values because they can’t stand the types of persecution that come from others who disagree with them. It’s easier to utter the catch words of the day, “I don’t care” or “whatever.” Apathetic people are never leaders and often lousy followers. They just try to get through a life.

When you believe something strongly—when something becomes a true conviction and an anchor of your heart, it will guide your life. It will affect how and what you think, what you say, and how you act. That is why you better have your beliefs anchored in true knowledge and fact. Many people anchor their beliefs in what they consider to be the true knowledge and fact of science. The problem with that is that science is always changing. The Earth was flat. It was later declared to be round. Science at one point believed there was just one galaxy. Science later declared there is endless galaxies that are still forming to this day. Science is really only the progressive revelation by discovery of what exists. It is always changing, never stationary, and never entirely agreed upon. Yet people anchor their beliefs on what science reveals thereby affecting what they think, what they say, and how they act.

They often say, I only believe what I can see or scientifically prove. That statement is a myth of self-deception. There is not a person on this planet that doesn't exercise faith in something or someone without verifiable evidence. Everyone exercises faith. You do every time you drive over a bridge or fly in an airplane. You exercise faith that the bridge won’t collapse or the airplane will get you to your destination. You tell someone you will be at your destination at a certain time on a certain flight. That is faith. There is no verifiable evidence of that statement. It is speaking concretely about something in the future. I will be in San Diego on flight 891 at 10:30 am tomorrow. See you then. It leads you to buy a ticket and then to tell people you will be traveling. It leads you to board an airplane. You have exercised faith numerous times. Everyone is a person of faith and it does affect their daily thinking, saying, and doing.

This is why it’s so important to establish your faith in the truth of God’s Word. Let it shape what you think, what you say, and what you do. Unlike science, God never changes and His Word never changes. People may create gods. People may mischaracterize and misunderstand God, but that is not His doing or fault. God Himself never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

God’s Word tells us that what we have tomorrow comes from what believe, say, and act on today. He modeled it for us from the beginning. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”

I said all that to say this: You do have faith and exercise it all the time. As long as you do, have faith in God’s promises! 2 Cor. 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ…”. Don't be apathetic. It will destroy the quality of your life. Instead be passionate about God's promises! Speak them by faith as God modeled for you. Let what you believe—your faith, become what you think, say, and act on. Let what God promises you affect your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Believe in His promises. Believe in this promise to you today.

Psalm 54:4 “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

You Are Vitally Important to Someone!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


At the age of 24, I was seeking to know God. I grew up with questions about God I could never answer. I wanted to know in my heart that God existed and if so, what did He want or expect from me. At that time, I felt like I had read numerous books and perspectives on God and religion. All that did was confuse me and make me wonder if it was possible to know anything about God for sure. Then one day, God arranged for me to bump into an amazingly kind person named Sharon that had answers to my questions. She filled in all the blanks I had about Jesus and helped me understand what He did for me – that He took the punishment I deserved for my sins upon Himself and offered to exchange them for forgiveness and eternal life with Him – this as a gift that I had to personally receive. She helped me pray a sincere prayer to God asking Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.

That day, my life changed forever. I started reading the Bible and it began to come alive to me. I started attending a Bible teaching church and discovered many “Sharons.” In a short time, I could see God leading me in the path of life that I knew was good and right.

The reason Jesus was able to reveal Himself to me was because I was seeking Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” But it was also because of Sharon, a person who was able and willing to share the knowledge and love of Jesus with me. I will never ever be able to repay her for her willingness to take the time with me that day. It was the greatest gift ever given to me and the greatest day of my life.

In my early morning quiet-time I was reflecting on how important it is to be a light. Each of us have people seeking God in our midst whether we know it or not. People are watching us. Are they seeing Jesus in us? There is a good chance we won't know the majority of those people who are watching us but regardless, God is using our witness as a tool to help reveal Himself to them. God has asked us to be a light to the world. A light can be seen. We must be different enough in our love, kindness, and lifestyle that others could suspect a difference and would see our light. And when that moment comes, we need to be ready to plant a seed, water a seed that’s already been planted, or harvest someone who is ready to receive Jesus.

Deuteronomy 28:9 says, “The LORD will establish you as His holy people, as He promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.” This verse says God will establish us as “His holy people.” That doesn't mean He wants us to look religious. We know how Jesus felt about that. It doesn't mean a perfect person because there aren't any. None of us feel qualified as “Holy.” Our righteousness and holiness is a gift from God to us. But, God does want us to reflect His image the best we can. Are we distinguishable from the world? Do we restrain ourselves from carnal, fleshly, and immoral behaviors? Can people see the fruit of Jesus and the joy of the Lord in our life? That is what drew me to Sharon. She was so beautiful on the inside! She was a light! That is what drew me to her and helped me find the truth! It is important to be that light. It’s my ongoing prayer every day! He does want to establish us as “His holy people” so we can help them learn of the most precious gift ever – the gift of Jesus!

1 Peter 3:15 “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sleep When the Wind Blows

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Sleep When the Wind Blows (Author Unknown)


Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.

"Are you a good farm hand?" the farmer asked him. "Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man's work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.

Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!" The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows."

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

MORAL: When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

Proverbs 12:24 (NIV) "Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor" 

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Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Who Receives More From God!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


My youngest son Matthew needed glasses when he was pretty young. I remember at times looking over at him and staring in disbelief at how smudged he could let his glasses become and still try and see through them. He was young and just didn't care that much. Renee and I were constantly asking for them so we could clean them. We simply wanted him to be able to see better. They were so smudged and dirty it was amazing he would see anything at all. Thank God he finally got contact lens.

Sometimes our spiritual eyes can get pretty smudged and we miss far too much of what God wants us to see - things that would result in great blessing for us and for those who’s our lives touch. There is a spiritual glass cleaner that helps us see more of the awesome truths of God and of His goodness in our lives. It's called the spirit or attitude of thanksgiving. I'm sometimes amazed at how unthankful and how unappreciative people can be. Many would be in denial of this truth.

Although this may not be true for you, the majority of people do not show or express much more than token thanks if even that. It’s always been a problem – even to going back to Jesus’ day. Luke 17:12-19 says, "As Jesus was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When He saw them, He said, "Go. Show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then He said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."


Do you see that only one came back to thank Jesus? Because his heart was full of thanksgiving he got something more from God. All of them were cleansed of leprosy but to the thankful one Jesus said, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." He got something more from God. His eyes were open to see who Jesus was. He could see that Jesus was God. That is why he came back praising God and throwing himself at Jesus’ feet. His thanksgiving brought him more than healing. It brought him eternal life. A heart of thanksgiving will open your eyes to more of God and result in more of His blessing in your life!

Sometimes we have so many things we need help from the Lord with that we don't take notice of all the things He is doing or has done in our lives. Unthankfulness keeps us focused inward at self. It smudges the lens of our spiritual eyesight. Noticing and appreciating the things that the Lord does do for us in our lives - having a thankful heart for what He has done clears our vision to see more of Him working in our lives. Seeing the Lord work in our lives builds our faith and helps us to trust Him even more. The result, thankful people get more! It's really a truth. This is why Phil 4:6 tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." God wants us to pray and ask His help in everything but the question is, do we even pay attention to the multitude of things He does in answering our prayers. If we don’t have a continuing attitude of thanksgiving – we’ll miss seeing the many prayers He answers for us! It will even hurt our faith because we don’t think He is working in our lives. We need to wipe those lenses with ongoing and continuous thanksgiving.

When David came to Saul to tell him why he could defeat Goliath (while the rest of the army was terrified,) David told Saul of a previous experience. We can read it in 1 Sam 17:36. "He said, Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. In the next verse he says how he killed the lion and the bear. He says, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."

David was the greatest of praisers and thankers. The Psalms are our record of his thanksgivings. Because he was thankful to the Lord, it kept him from pride, helped him see God's hand in all his victories, and gave him great faith for future battles.

God opens our eyes when we walk in a spirit of thankfulness to Him and others. Next time you're in a restaurant and someone is serving you, stop talking and look up at the person and thank them with a purposed smile and expressed gratitude. See how it affects them. See how it affects you. Next time your spouse or child or coworker is serving you, take notice and appreciate it. Think about and appreciate from your heart those that serve you and bring blessing to you. Is there someone you have forgotten to thank? Do it now! Having a spirit of thanksgiving will change your countenance and your heart. It will also improve your spiritual eyesight! Get quiet before the Lord and take notice of the many things He has done for you starting with His gift of Jesus. Let those thoughts help you enter His gates and courts with thanksgiving and praise. Just spend time thanking Him. It will bless you and clean your glasses so that you can see more!

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)  "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let Everything Lead to Thanks

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This past couple of days has been all about family. Two of my children have come in town with their families—one from Peru where they are missionaries and the other from Texas. And then my youngest son and wife along with our new grandson were over for dinner. We've been vacationing and it's been such fun to be all together. Last night after a great dinner on a beautiful evening on our deck, I took the grandchildren to the back yard to play with a toy I had bought each of them. We had great fun and it was definitely a night to remember.
This morning I am sitting on my deck, overlooking my garden, reading the Word of God, and feeling full of praise and thanksgiving. I am mostly feeling this way because of words triggered from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 which talks about God choosing me, such a foolish thing to confound the wise.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NLT)  "Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord."

When I was a young man I was full of myself. I wanted to make my own way. I wanted to be in charge. I wanted to be the master of my life and my destiny. I wanted to be a success and boast about it. The truth was, I was wandering through life without a destiny not knowing where I was going. My life was a mess! But then one day someone shared the truth of what Jesus did for mankind with me and for the first time, I really listened. Along with a few other verses, we read those words above.

As I read the words from the Bible along with her, I felt God's words piercing my heart. They were like arrows of truth that were collapsing the fragile sandcastles of thought that I had built my world on. Although I couldn't have described what I felt at that moment, today I would describe it as the power of God that is present when someone's heart is open to what God's word says. It was then that I could suddenly admit to myself how powerless I truly was over my own life. I wasn't great. I wasn't really very in control of my life. I really didn't know where my life was headed and I didn't feel like I was doing a great job getting to wherever it was I was headed. It was at that moment I knew I was a young man who needed to know my Maker and needed His help with my life. Jesus made that possible and that moment, I received Him as my Lord and Savior. That was the beginning of the end. That was the end of me trying to control what I did not have control over, and living in the ever-changing worldly wisdom that only confused my life. It was the beginning of me wanting godly wisdom that only comes from God's word. And that become the beginning of an entire new life guided by God. No wonder Jesus called it being born-again!

So here I am 37 years later thanking God for allowing me, a foolish thing, to know and love Him. That privilege has shaped every second of my life since that day. And every second of my life since that day, He has led me down a path that fills my heart with thanksgiving. I am so thankful for my wife. I am so thankful for my children. I am so thankful for their spouses. I am so thankful for my grandchildren. I am so thankful for my Pastor and my church full of amazing wonderful people. I am so thankful for having had the privilege of being able to raise my children to know the love of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for His promise to me that because I "trained my children in the way they should go, as they continue to mature in adulthood, they will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) God's promises to me are more real than any temporary situation or condition I face in life. No matter what happens, I know that because of God's love, His promises to me will prevail and things will work out. I have faith in that—in Him! And for that reason, I always feel thankful. It cancels worry. It cancels doubt. It kindles hope. It strengthens my faith. It fills my life with good things. Even what doesn't always seem perfect or good at the moment, eventually comes around to prove the goodness of God!

In all this, it doesn't make me feel in any way like boasting about my life. It makes me want to boast in the Lord. And so I do! I thank you Heavenly Father because every good and perfect gift comes from you! Your love is greater than words can say. I have the best Father of all—you! Almighty God I praise you! Jesus my loving Savior, I worship you all the days of my life!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Power For Your Christian Walk

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by Pastor Tim Burt


My son-in-law’s parents are missionaries to Peru. They first went to Peru in the early 80’s and at that time, they would only have electrical power for a period of hours each day – an inconvenience that took getting used to. As the country progressed, power became available throughout the entire day.
As you well know and understand, the potential for power was always available to this country. It would simply take time, knowledge and resources to learn how to tap into the power that was there and keep it on – something that would benefit all. The power sources we use today have been in the earth since the creation of man. It would simply take those who were gifted by God, to discover and learn how to take hold of that power and make it available in a form for everyone to benefit from. That has happened and we all do benefit from it greatly.

Because of the energy crisis, the world now needs to harness new forms of power. Likewise, in the body of Christ, there is a spiritual crisis. Christians desperately need to rediscover how to access the power God has freely made available to them. Spiritual strength and power is greatly lacking. Many Christians are wandering or drifting. For too many Christians, it seems as though God’s power to live pure and godly, to live excited sharing the love of Jesus Christ, and to live purposeful lives ministering to others is limited to brief and sporadic periods or non-existent. Yet, God has given us power! Is that really true? Let’s examine the Word of God and see.

After Jesus had trained His disciples to emulate Him in the earth – after Jesus had died on the cross and risen from the dead – after Jesus had washed their sins away and clothed them and all who would believe in Him with His white robes of righteousness – meaning He made us spotless in God’s eyes – after all this, He gave these final and parting words before ascending to return to Heaven.

Jesus said, “All power has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth.”   “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. " (Matthew 28:18)  Jesus was now transferring His power to His church – to all who would believe - then and forever. It was the power needed for Christians to live out the God-kind-of-life He wanted us to live in a world of chaos filled with demonic influence meant to kill, steal, and destroy. 

He told them to wait for it. Why? Because it would come from above – from the Father. When Jesus was before Pilate, He told Pilate - "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above…”(John 19:11) True power comes from above – it comes from God. Jesus had given His disciples a foretaste of that power before His death when He sent them to cast devils out of the demon possessed. He said then, “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.” (Luke 10:19) They were euphoric to see God’s power working in and through their lives!

Then, just before Jesus left this earth He would tell them about another form of power they would shortly receive – power they would never be without again. Jesus said, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49 (NIV) 
That power came on the day of Pentecost and was given to everyone who would believe for it from that day for it. The Apostle Peter teaches us that it would become an ongoing source of strength for our Christian walk. "God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness."  (2 Peter 1:3)

Okay, so I laid the foundation for this power source available to us in our life. Now can you be honest. Is your life like a third world country where there is only intermittent times of power if at all? Does your life seriously feel empowered by God? If not, would you like to change that?

You have the power of God within you. The first step is to believe it and draw upon it. 2 Tim. 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The word for power here is dunamis meaning “miracle-working power.” Say and pray this: “Heavenly Father, I thank you that I am not powerless in my life but to the contrary, you have given me the Spirit of miracle-working power.”  

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 



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