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Friday, November 28, 2014

Loving What God Loves is a Life Changer

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In our society we use the word “love” when speaking of things we really enjoy. Another word that could be used and would be more appropriate by definition would be “delight.” “Delight” is defined as a high degree of or great pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture (meaning ‘getting caught up in.’) That would surely describe daily conversations regarding things people are excited about.

In the book of Isaiah, we read the prophet Isaiah prophesying about the coming of Jesus and just how God’s Spirit would rest upon Him as He lived in the earth as a man. It reads: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him--the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord-- and he will delight in the fear of the Lord…” (Isaiah 11:1-3)

These verses reveal some powerful truths about Jesus but one in particular I’d like to focus on today. Jesus was one that “delighted in the fear of the Lord.” That means He took great pleasure and enjoyment in “the fear of the Lord.” It means He exceedingly reverenced His Father God. Having great delight in reverencing God is not one of the “delights” that most people talk about in water cooler or lunch time conversations.

Have you ever had the thought that our society has been turned upside down and inside out? Does it seem that morals and values and disciplines and restraint for what is good has or is being stripped from life? What would be the cure for that? It’s simple – at least to say. The cure would be for mankind to “delight or take great pleasure and enjoyment in the reverential fear of the Lord.”

Of course we know that’s not possible because all mankind will not receive Jesus into their hearts and experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. What all mankind will one day learn is that God is not mocked. There are consequences in life for every avoidance and abandonment of God’s will and ways. Galatians 6:7-8 puts it like this: “Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death.” These words represent the “ reverential fear of the Lord” on the negative side. These words are for those that mock God’s ways and act like or teach that they aren’t true or don’t exist. These words strike fear in the hearts of many people. They don’t like them so they say they choose not to believe them or they avoid hearing them and suppress them from their thinking.

Those verses continue with a positive encouragement to those that do love God. Galatians 6:8-9 “But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” Isaiah revealed to us that the Messiah that would come – Jesus, would have the Spirit of God resting upon Him. He also revealed that Jesus would “delight” or take great pleasure in reverencing His Father.

You may think – “Well, that was Jesus. The Spirit of God rested upon Him, not me!” That is not true. The Spirit of God rested upon Jesus so that He could reverence God and fulfill God’s will. By fulfilling God’s will and taking our sins and punishment upon Himself, He created the way for God’s Spirit to rest upon us. God’s Word confirms this powerful truth saying:

1 Corinthians 2:12 (NLT) "And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us." And, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."


The cure for society’s woes is for Christians to “delight” or take great pleasure and enjoyment in the reverential fear of the Lord. Delight or pleasure and excitement are strong physical and mental stimulants that motivate you toward something. Learning to reverence God actually carries that pleasure after you've walked with God closely for a season. When you sincerely take the time to reverence God with and by what you see in His Word, and then in prayer, and then in your thought processes, you will change. The Holy Spirit will sift your thoughts and actions like sifting pebbles from sand. Reverencing God helps you see the pebbles in your life and purify your heart and mind. If Christians would just do this as Jesus modeled, life as we know it would greatly change. Our lives would be transformed and so would society. I pray that you delight yourself in the fear of the Lord today!

Psalms 119:174 (NLT) "O Lord, I have longed for your rescue, and your instructions are my delight."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Never Lose Hope in the Lord! Trust Him!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you ever feel like you are lost? Do you ever feel like you are in trouble and don't know what to do? Do you ever find yourself discouraged and crying out Lord, where are you in all this? Lord, are you going to help me? I don't know what to do? These thoughts reflect your discouragement and frustration.  Anyone could have thoughts like this in difficult times. But, should you allow yourself to become discouraged and give up on God?  I'd advise you not to! I would chase that discouragement out of your life like a dog with muddy paws on a freshly washed floor!  Instead remember the words of Jesus as He described the troubles that would one day come upon this world. He said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:28 (NIV)  Jesus is your redemption and help! Run too Him, not from Him out of discouragement!

God is truly amazing and He is always thinking about the redemption for His children. He wouldn’t be thinking redemption if something didn’t happen that created the need for it. Satan sees to that. Beyond his attacks on our life, we do sometimes make mistakes and get ourselves into trouble. But, sometimes we don’t! Because we live in this sin-filled defiled world, the consequences of evil contaminate our life anyway and we need God’s redemption. Throughout the Bible, the word redemption refers to a price being paid in order to redeem or purchase something back. That is what God did for us. He bought us back and the purchase price was Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our sin and for our redemption through His suffering, death, and resurrection. Redemption refers to salvation, but salvation means being made whole and complete. That is God’s desire for His people and always has been. David knew and understood that and it kept him grounded in his trust in the Lord, even when his life felt like chaos and He didn’t know what to do.

Listen to his heart in Psalm 130:6-8: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning… O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” David knew God’s heart was to redeem us in our troubles!

Samuel anointed David King of Israel, yet little did David know that he wouldn't become King for 15 years from that moment. David went through hurtful, hard, heart-wrenching times. He could have been confused and thought that what Samuel promised on behalf of God was all a crock. He didn't. He trusted God and knew He was faithful to every promise. He kept his heart in faith, even when he didn't have a clue what to do.

There was a time when he was being chased by King Saul. It wasn't fair that Saul was jealous and wanted to kill him, yet David was on the run and had to hide. He was concerned about his family, his parents, and those he left behind. He didn't have it all figured out as you see in these verses:

1 Samuel 22:1-4 (NLT) “So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and other relatives joined him there….Later David went to Mizpeh in Moab, where he asked the king, "Would you let my father and mother live here under royal protection UNTIL I KNOW WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO WITH ME?” The king agreed, and David's parents stayed in Moab while David was living in his stronghold.”

Did you read those words, “until I know what God is going to do with me?” David didn't have everything figured out. He wasn't sure what God was doing. He simply knew God was with him and he needed to trust God and walk it out. God provided for his parents. God provided for him. God provided for his men. It would have been so easy for David to think God had abandoned him. His life seemed like it was in worst-case chaos, yet David knew in his heart that God had a plan, was faithful to His Word, and trusted God was working it out. His plan of redemption eventually came, and so will yours!

Today, just know what David knew and rejoice in those words. Say them, pray them, think them, and let them keep you grounded as you, like David, are figuring out how God is going to work things out. He also will redeem you!

Psalm 130:6-7: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning…put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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