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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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The Spirit of Excellence in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I don't know how you feel about the subject of excellence, but God loves excellence because He, Himself, is excellent. Why do I think that? Because the Word of God says so! We read in Psalm 8:1, "O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!" We are told that God's name is excellent. Do you know what that means? The Hebrew word implies powerful, magnificent, glorious, great, honorable, and more… There is no other name like it.

God's love is excellent. Psalms 36:7 says, "How excellent is Your loving kindness, O God!" God’s words are excellent. God tells us that His Word - the things that He says - are excellent. Proverbs 8:6-7 says, "Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips." God is saying that you can count on His excellent words! Wouldn't it be great for people to count your words excellent!

Many times in the "Christian world" we see a spirit of “leftovers"not excellence. Some people sparingly give a little time to serve others in the church...when it’s convenient and doesn't take from their personal enjoyment. A commitment to serving others regularly in church is far too rare. When it comes to giving, for most, and I do mean most, it’s about getting rid of junkoutdated stuff and things that have little or no value. People give leftover older clothes that they don't want any moreclothes that are closer to out-of-style and shabby than excellent. We see run down churches in disrepair with old, beaten up furniture for its furnishings. We see churches with people at their doorstep needing benevolence and help, but the churches are without the resources, manpower, or finances to do much or anything about it. Does that sound like excellence to you?

Did you know that God always taught His people to give firstfruits and tithes? The tithe was the first ten percent of all income that was to be given to the storehouse or temple or to today, what we call the local church. The tithe was, and still is, an acknowledgement that the Lord is Lord and owner of all we have in our lives. It is an acknowledgement that all that we have is from God and belongs to God. It is the acknowledgement that we are to be the excellent stewards or managers of the 90 percent He allows us to steward or manage.

Let me take this to an even higher level. The firstfruits were not just the first ten percent, but the very best or most excellent of their crop or cattle, or whatever their source of income was, as an offering to the Lord. It was not leftovers! You could not bring a blemished offering to the Lord. It was the giving of excellence to the most excellent God. Do you know what the result of that was? The people were blessed, the priests were taken care of so they could focus on service to God, and there was plenty in the temple to minister to those needing benevolence. It affected the hearts of the people in an excellent way. It really affected their hearts in that it transformed them into cheerful givers. They became loosed from thinking everything they had was theirs. It caused them to be loosed from covetousness. It resulted in their freedom of heart, their dependency upon God, and their increased faith knowing they had been obedient to God. It resulted in God's blessing raining down on His people. When God’s people were focused in this way, what was available wasn't scraps and leftovers. It became about excellence in giving in heart attitude and resource.

1 Chronicles 22:5 says this about the house of the Lord: “And David said...'the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it.' So David prepared abundantly before his death.” So many religious people find “religious” reasons to attack building a great church. Solomon’s temple was God’s doing and the greatest attribute built to God by man in history. It was excellent, and take note, during this time, it was the greatest time of peace and prosperity in history for God’s people. It became the center of their community, increased the people’s love for God, and everyone was taken care of.

James 1:18 says, "He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created." God is saying we are His firstfruits which means we are the best or most excellent of all He's ever made.

It's important to know that. If we are His best or His excellence in this earth (and we are), then wouldn't it be good to resemble it? Christianity is not some “barely get along and share your leftovers and scraps with those around you” mentality. If that is your mentality, then that's how you'll become! Look around you. Look up. See all that God has created. It is excellent. Likewise, we are to stand for excellence in every way we possibly can. Look in the mirror before you start your day. Do you look like you just got out of bed and pulled a shirt out of the hamper or do you look excellent? Did you prepare yourself in the Word of God and prayer to carry love, hope and faith into this world to represent the Lord or are you grouchy and the whole world is about to find that out? Are you ready to stand for excellence in your manner of conduct, in your attitude of giving, in the giving of your love and service to others, and in how you represent your excellent Heavenly Father and your Lord Jesus Christ in this earth? Will your work habits be excellent? Will your words be uplifting and excellent? Will you hold up that standard so that when God calls us His firstfruits, those around us can see it! You are His firstfruits and you were meant to be excellent like Him. Put it on. Keep it on. And as you do, watch over time how it changes you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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