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Monday, September 15, 2014

Called To Do Great and Mighty Things…But What Do I Do Today?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Did you know that God wants us to get stirred up and excited to do great things for Him? When we get stirred up, and when we have faith that God will use us in some way to be a blessing to others, then we’ll begin to pay attention to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. When we desire to be used of God and when we pray and ask Him to use us, then the eyes of our heart will be more attentive and we will catch those moments and opportunities to be used of Him. Most times, what we do for others will go unnoticed by everyone except those whom we help, and God. The Lord always pays attention! The Lord will give you those occasional times where you will be used and it will be noticed by others. We can't live for those moments; because to do so, poisons your motives. We live for seeking to be used to help others as God leads no matter who knows or sees. Then we’ll eventually begin to take risks for doing greater things borne out of a heart motivated by God’s love.

It was this truth that lead me to inventing the commercial infant changing tables you seen in every public bathroom everywhere you go. I had thought about it for three years before I acted on it. One Sunday morning in our church service, the message being preached was about reaching more people for the Lord. Our church was already packed and if we succeeded, we would have to expand our facility to minister to them all. It would take committed hearts and resources. It was at that point that the Lord spoke to me and said I want you to execute the idea that has been stirring in you for the past three years. It will be a blessing to many and provide resources to reach more people for me.  It took five years of hard work from concept to finally watching them be installed in bathrooms all across America. I have young mothers with babies that know I did this, stopping to thank me all the time. I would have never done this had I not believed that the Lord wanted me to do it and spoke to my heart. He did and he stirred me up! This has happened to me again and again. It makes life so exciting! But it started with little acts of obedience and commitment to reach others with God's love.

Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) says, “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know.” God doesn't show us great and mighty things for kicks, or to inflate our ego with pride about how spiritual we are. He doesn't show us things and stir us into action so that we can chase success only to enjoy the benefits and leave God behind when we attain it. He shows us things so we can ultimately influence and impact lives for His glory, one way or another. That is what we are in this earth for. To be an influence helping others to know and experience the love of Jesus in their lives.

I think most of us have been stirred up and dreamed of doing great things for God at one time or another. That’s a good thing! We are to stir up and provoke one another to do good. We read in 2 Timothy 1:6 (NKJV)  “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you...” And in Hebrews 10:24 “Think of ways to stir up and encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.” So do you think about and desire to do great and mighty things, yet find yourself thinking, “What do I do today?”

If you had any idea of the power of God that is at work within you trying to get out, you’d be bolder and take more risks. Am I serious when I say that? I am because you see it here in God's Word! Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." The power of God is mighty within you but quit looking and thinking about the great things you are going to do in terms of making headlines. That’s about you. That’s pride.

You are surrounded by need—people in desperate places looking for answers, solutions, and help. You have answers. I am not talking about your brilliance or opinions. I am talking about the promises of God found in His Word. The Bible says God’s Word—scripture—is “quick and powerful.” God’s Word carries God’s power—the power to destroy Satan’s lies, discouragements, and attacks coming against someone's life. It has power to produce faith—life-changing faith that alters someone’s thinking and life instantly! If you love the Lord, then you have His Word in your heart and it's a powerful starting place to be great! Just be there for people. Encourage them in God's Word. Pray for them right then and there. Serve people in church and in your daily life as though you were serving God. This is where a pure heart and godly character begin to be shaped within you. And when you are putting God's Word in you, you have it not only to share with others, but you have God speaking to you through His Word to lead you in every aspect of your life! Be faithful in asking God to use you to help others daily and I assure you He will begin to do great things in you!

I was talking to a man who had thrown his life down the toilet. He had been in the military and had killed people in war—accidentally killing civilians. It haunted him until finally his life had disintegrated and left him as a street drunk and druggie. I reached out to him without knowing any of this and in a short time ended up telling him how much God loved him. He didn't believe it. I told him it was true. As much as I tried to convince him, he wouldn't believe me so I pulled out a pocket Bible and showed him verses about God’s love and forgiveness. I had him read them out loud to me. Suddenly I noticed a change. God’s Word began to penetrate what had become a stony heart. With big puppy eyes he looked at me and said, Do you really believe God would forgive me? Yes I said. God promises it in His Word and read it to him again. He prayed and asked Jesus into his heart right then and there. He cried like a baby, was instantly and miraculously sober, gave me a big hug. and wanted to find a church. I helped him with this!

Taking small steps as you are led by God to reach others with His love is where greatness begins. And as I said, this is what gives place for God to shape our motives, our character, and our trust in Him to use us. Bringing the love of God to meet someone’s need is just one way “great and mighty things” get done. This wasn't in the headlines of the local newspaper but I guarantee you it was in the headlines of God’s heart! He is waiting to do great and mighty things through you!

2 Corinthians 9:2 (NIV) "For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Why Does It Seem Like the Wicked Prosper?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Matthew 5:44-45 to: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

There is this guy named George. He lives in a house; I should say mansion—about 1,250,000 worth of real estate in a swank neighborhood. His community of homes is surrounded with a combination brick gate and wrought iron fence. He has three luxury cars, an in-ground swimming pool and more adult toys that you can imagine. He likes to mock Christians saying they are weak and use God as a crutch. He boasts about how he has worked hard for everything he's got and doesn't need God for anything, "Ha, ha, ha."  He is on his third gorgeous looking wife and treats her like he did the others; as a controlling jerk. He is of the opinion that they should consider themselves lucky to be married to him because of the provision he makes available. Things do seem to go George's way. He just seems to get richer and some guys think that for him to keep trading up on wives for another that is prettier and younger than the last is not a bad deal.

There are many difficult things to bear in life but it seems that one of the hardest for Christians is when they see arrogant and prideful people like George seem to prosper and be blessed while they themselves struggle—financially or otherwise. Jeremiah spoke about it inspired by God for all ages to read. He wrote in Jeremiah 12:1 (NIV) "You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" 

The book of Job shares the same expression of sorrow. Job 21:7 and 13 (NIV) "Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?... They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace."

Doesn't the Word of God say that His children are the ones who should be blessed? Why does it seem like evil people prosper and why does it bother Christians so much?

We are in instructed by Jesus in Matthew 5:44-45 to: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

We are taught that the Lord lets His goodness touch the lives of those that don't know Him or reject Him. Why? Because He wants them to know that there is a God that loves them. You might not have thought about this, but there is something that happens inside of a person when some wonderful goodness touches their life.

As Christians when great goodness happens, we yearn to thank God. When God allows blessing to touch the life of the sinful or the wicked—especially when they deny the existence of God, they have a dilemma. They want to thank someone and they know deep down, that someone is God. If they say they don't believe in Him, they try to redirect those feelings but I assure you that the thanks they feel wants to go upward toward Heaven.

For those that don't deny the Lord but who just haven't thought much about Him or for those who have avoided Him, they do often lift thanks to God but then it makes them feel guilty. They feel this way because they know they aren't right with Him. The goodness or blessing they feel is God’s strategy to help them reevaluate their relationship with God hopefully leading them to seek Him. Romans 2:4 reveals this truth. “Don't you realize how patient God is being with you? Or don't you care? Can't you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance."
The goodness of God touches sinners and the wicked so that they will be drawn toward repentance and consider God's love. He did the same with you and me. The Bible says in Roman 5:8 that God was sending His love to us, and while we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us. In other words, He poured out His love on us when we didn't deserve it. (You might have forgotten that YOU were the wicked at that point in time.)

When God's goodness touches the Christian's life, it is called blessing. When God's goodness touches the sinner's life, it is called the ”goodness and mercy of God." It will feel like a blessing to them but it is not actually a blessing. Blessings are reserved for God's people. It is simply God's goodness and mercy. God is trying to get a hold of them, but He won’t keep trying forever.

God loves all men and is trying to reach them through the things that impact their heart. And yet, it isn't endless. It will come to an end, and if they don't turn to the Lord they will reach the end no one wants to face.

Because we as Christians know the Lord, we are rich in blessing. God is good to us and wants to bless us. We just need to remember who we are and stay focused on His will for our lives. God will take care of them. Let's not be jealous because without Him they are naked and poor while, we are rich in blessing!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

God Has Not Abandoned You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In 1 Kings 17:1-2 we read about Elijah, the great prophet of God. God is about to do something in the earth having to do with judgment over the ungodly leaders of the land. This judgment will affect the people and hardship will come. It’s important when we read stories like this that we try to imagine them in this real world that we live in. Of course no one else on the planet was aware of what God was about to do. Even Elijah, whom God was going to use, may have only had partial knowledge of all that would result. Elijah was about to be used of God to prophesy and declare the coming days. Once Elijah spoke those words, they would go into effect.

We read: "Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word." 1 Kings 17:1 (NIV)"  

Put yourself in the shoes of someone living in that day—maybe you are a farmer or you raise cattle. Suddenly the beginning of a three-year drought begins. It will gravely affect everything and everyone. It is a judgment and it’s going to happen. Maybe you did nothing to deserve any part of it. Maybe you still love God like Elijah did and are serving Him like Elijah did. Are you still affected by it then? The answer is yes! This kind of judgment can affect everyone. There are specific reasons judgment comes, but to those that follow the Lord and love Him, they have to have faith. They have to have faith that God will minister to them and lead them into their provision throughout.

Can you imagine God commanding blessing to manifest in your life to provide for you during a time like this? Elijah was affected by the drought. But God commanded provision for Elijah. As soon as Elijah spoke the words God wanted him to speak, he then said to him "Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook at a place east of where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food." (1 Kings 17:3-4 (NIV) It says God commanded ravens to bring him food. God will always command your provision when you look to Him in faith! Always! Are you leaning on Him? Are you looking to Him in faith?

Hardship takes its toll. At the end of three years, God told Elijah there were still 7,000 people who hadn't abandoned Him to serve other gods. That’s really not very many when you are talking about a million people. Hardship takes its toll. People give up on God. God does care and will manifest provision if they will seek Him for it in faith. Things may change, some may suffer loss, but in the end God will provide and God will redeem what was stolen. The question is: can you believe in His love for you? Can you stand in faith? Do you believe He hasn't deserted you? The devil would
 like to convince you that God has. During Job’s difficulties, (brought on by Satan,) Job’s wife said to Job: “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die." (Job 2:9 (NIV)

Circumstances in life can discourage you. Satan has an army of discouragers—people who've become discouraged that want you to feel the same way and will help you become discouraged. Can you find personal encouragement through the promise of God's word? Are you hiding these promises in your heart so that you can think about them at every point of discouragement? If you can, then talk to God about Him leading you into supernatural provision and trust that He will provide what you need now and restore to you over time what has been lost. Remember Deut. 4:31 (NIV) “For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath.”

1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV) "David was greatly distressed...but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, September 01, 2014

A Marriage Must: Loving and Adapting

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When a husband and wife enter into marriage, they become as the bible says, “one flesh.” The Bible says in Ephesians 5:21 that they are to “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” The best way to understand this is by understanding that these two people, prior to marriage, each had their own life, living independently of each other. They each had their own way of living out their life down to the smallest details, such as how you fold and re-hang a towel after you take a shower to whether you fold it at all or just throw it on the floor. Suddenly, they've walked down the aisle, returned home from their honeymoon to the reality of their own place where they will now live together, and they have to merge these two independent lives harmoniously together! These two people have to learn to adapt to each other and develop a plan of how they are going to walk out those details in their life, big or small. It won't even take a day before little things that bug each other begin to surface. They must begin the process of learning to adapt to each other out of great love for God and for each other. As Romans 12:10 (NLT) says it, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

Renee and I had to learn this truth and found out it takes work. We also found out why we needed to do it with reverence for Christ. It was like we had to allow Him to be the mediator of our heart and keep us in check when either of us was feeling stubborn about change. There are still little things that crop up that Renee asks me to adapt to such as loading the dishwasher the right way (meaning her way) so that everything gets clean. I still have to remind her to turn the lights off when she leaves a room. That’s okay. It's really no big deal. We love each other and continue to adapt out of love for each other and for God.

Solomon 2:15 tells us that it's the "...little foxes that spoil the fine."  Little foxes or things that could bug each other can and will always come up in life, and more frequently than we would have imagined. When people don't put the Lord as the mediator of their hearts in their marriage, these little foxes are remembered, hashed over, and a fight for who is going to get their way takes over. Marriages are quickly chewed up and spit out in this mode. But when you go to God when these things bug you, and when you pray and read His word, the Lord has a way to speak to your heart. If your heart isn't hard and you want Him to help you, He will! He will make you do things you don't want to do like "Go and work this out!"  You'll be tempted to argue with the Lord about the injustice of that and how your spouse is all wrong. He will tell you again and again to work it out "in love." He'll remind you of Romans 12:10 (NLT) “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” When you let Him lead you and when you swallow your pride, you'll do the right things. And you'll learn to adapt to each other out of a love for each other.

I have some great strengths in my life and Renee has plenty in hers. Through adapting and yielding to each other in love, we've learned from each other and gained strengths we didn't have before. Our love has also grown immensely. And we've learned to let go of the little foxes and banish these inconsequential bandits from our life.  They will always come but the love of God through adapting and preferring one another will always triumph! Although I have my brief moments of getting bugged, I do not let the little things that could bug me steal from the beauty and love of the amazing woman who God has given me!

The word "submit" is not so easy to grasp, but the concept of adapting and preferring each other brings it all to light!  Hold on to this light because when little foxes try to make things bad and dark, Psalms 112:4 (NLT) promises us, "Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous."

Oh, and one more thing! These truths work in any relationship! There will always be a need to adapt, honor, and prefer others over yourself. This is God's plan!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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