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Friday, November 07, 2014

Lean on God to Strengthen You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Strength–God’s Strength! I don’t know about you, but I need it. Psalm 28:8 says “The Lord is our strength...” When I try to exist and accomplish life and goals in my own strength, I fail or fall short. When I try to accomplish life and goals in my strength and fall short, it makes me feel stupid and backslidden. Why would I bother trying to get anything done in my own strength when God offers me His strength and His power?

Psalm 73:26 (NLT) says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.“  2 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV) says,“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ..." Psalm 84:5 (NIV) says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you…” The power and strength of God to us are the promises of His Word.

One say I was reading a Bible story to my granddaughter. I asked her, Macy, what is that called when someone talks to Jesus? She looked up to me and said, That’s called prayer Papa. She was absolutely right. We may not be able to walk up to Jesus face to face, but we can and are encouraged to come to Him just the same. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We are exhorted to come to Him with confidence. That’s the same as faith. It pleases God.When we lean on the promises of God, we think and say, This sickness, this problem, this cursed thing is of the devil. It’s not God’s will. God is my strength. He is my healer. He is my deliverer. I am His anointed. He has told me to come to His throne room. He makes me stand firm in my faith.  And as today’s Fresh Manna says,  "The Lord is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed." Psalms 28:8 (NKJV) 

Leaning on Jesus takes faith. Praying for miracles takes faith. It’s not like breaking a wishbone, finding a four-leaf cover, or crossing your fingers. It’s about having faith in Jesus as the strength and power of your life for every circumstance, especially in the face of adversity and negative report! You may get weak-kneed and tempted to crumble in the face of adversity, but, that is why God wants to be your strength! Lean on Him with great faith! Psalm 68:35 (NLT) “God is awesome in His sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people." Praise be to God!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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The Anxiety Buster!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Are you feeling anxious these days? Are you finding yourself worrying—maybe even terrified over the circumstances that try to hang over your life like an overcast sky that never clears? I know that I’ve gone through seasons of life where I've felt this way and found it difficult to keep my mind out of the worry zone.

Maybe you know that the Bible tells us that worrying accomplishes nothing positive. Luke 12:25-26 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can't do little things like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?” The truth is worrying only steals from us. It steals sleep. It distracts us from God’s voice and promises. It can cause stress that manifests itself in multiple symptoms of sickness. It will lead to discouragement and could take you all the way to depression or worse. It can cause you to want to isolate yourself and tune out from people and life. That can lead to a lack of interaction with other Christians who would otherwise be a source of godly encouragement reminding you of God’s love and care. Bottom line: worrying is the pits no matter what it is you are worrying about.
Have you also noticed that you usually worry about something that you are afraid of losing-or that you are trying to hold on to. That could be people, a job, or a diversity of things.

Do you remember the story in Exodus, when the Lord led the Israelites out from the most horrible circumstances under Pharaoh’s repression? The Lord took them out of a miserable place, miraculously leading them by fire and a cloud. He split the Red Sea. He destroyed Pharaoh’s army. He rained down supernatural angel food - manna from Heaven. He caused water to flow from a rock. Their clothes and footwear supernaturally did not wear out the entire time they were in the desert— 40 years! God continuously provided for them. They had little so they had little to protect. And their worries were strictly from their imagination about what they didn’t have.

Generations later, it happened again. They had only existed as a nation and people because of God, and now once again they had forgotten God. They no longer prayed in sincere faith and trust to Him for help. If they did, they went right back to worry—a sign their prayers contained no faith and trust. They worried, tried anything and everything to fix their own problems and drifted from the God who loved them so dearly to begin with.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord rebuked the children of Israel for letting worry steal their relationship with Him. Through Jeremiah the Lord said, “This is what the Lord says: "What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, 'Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?' "And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you. The priests did not ask, 'Where is the Lord?' The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense.” Jeremiah 2:5-8 (NLT)

I woke up very early this morning suddenly feeling anxious about a situation in my life. My mind was overly active and I could not return to sleep. I thought about these scriptures. I awoke, got on my knees, and began to worship the Lord and pray. I told the Lord, “I am not going to let cares and worries drive me to this place. I cast this mountain of worry into the sea. You love me. You care for me. You are the one that helps and protects me.” With thanksgiving I prayed verses from this chapter expressing my thanks for taking my life from a pit and leading me to a good place in Him. I prayed, “Lord, I had nothing. Everything I have and every good thing in my life is because of you. I refuse to dishonor you by worrying. I will draw near in worship to the one who loves and cares for me.” The clouds lifted. It is an anxiety buster that restores and refreshes my hope and builds my faith!

Philip. 4:6 (NIV)"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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