by Pastor Tim Burt
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR TIM: Over the years, I've received thousands of thank yous from people all over the world for writing and speaking into their hearts the past 15 years. Now I am trying to make even more of a difference - not only through Fresh Manna, but on the mission field. Here is how you can help me! If you do end-of-the-year giving and would like to give a tax-deductible donation to our efforts, just click on the donate button on my home page. Consider even $1.00. It all adds up. No gift is too big or too small and It's very simple to do. You will immediately be emailed a receipt for your giving. Renee and I want to sincerely thank you for any gift you may make. Please know that God's Word promises that even the smallest effort from the heart, to touch and bless the life of another, will not go unrewarded. Thank you and God bless you.
Seeing More of God in the New Year
One of the most beautiful pictures painted in the Bible is of a future time to come that says it all. I'll share that with you in a minute.
As a Christian and a Bible reader, I want you to think about different Bible characters that just happened to be wherever they were when God came along side of them. Abram (to become Abraham) was living in Haran when the Lord first spoke to him. Moses was delivered by the hand of God at birth from a genocide initiated by Pharaoh and was then first talked to by God from a burning bush. Noah was a righteous man living in an evil and defiled world when God one day spoke to him, sharing His plans to renovate the earth and to ask him to build the ark.
You could go through character after character and you would see that God visited them and gave them the opportunity to follow and obey Him and do significant things by faith that would further God’s plans in the earth. These men and women of God were ordinary people who did not become significant or famous in anyone’s eyes until they obeyed God. Because they did, great things happened. There is a true greatness in life. Greatness is measured only by God and His standard and given only by Himself as a gift. Without Him we are nothing.
Now about that picture that the Bible paints for us that I told you about. It is the future picture of Jesus on His throne surrounded by the 24 Old and New Testament saints that led in God’s plan. They have been given crowns as their reward for following God. What they did with those crowns is a life lesson for all of us to pay attention to. They cast the crowns given to them at the feet of Jesus. Why? Because they knew that they deserved nothing. That without the Lord they would be nothing and that everything given them was a gift and the grace of God in their life. They knew that He and He alone was and is the enabler of all our good actions and blessing and the only one that deserves glory. And so, again, they cast their crowns and glory placing them at His feet - the only deserving one!
Paint this picture in your mind as you read this slowly. Rev. 4:3-4 & 9-11 “The One sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled His throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads… Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the One who lives forever and ever. And they cast their crowns before the throne and say, "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created."
What made these men great and able to be used of God? It was their thankful heart! A thankful heart causes you to have a level of eyesight and perception that the rest of the world does not have. It causes you to see God in the details of your life in a way that others can’t. It causes your faith to become stronger than most because you constantly see God working in your life. And no matter what good comes to you, you know and acknowledge that it is from and because of Him. People with this kind of thankful heart and perception are daily casting their crown at His feet. Knowing and clearly seeing who is the author of every good thing in your life is the most pure form of humility there is.1 Chronicles 29:14 (NLT) "But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!"
More than any other quality that we could ever develop, nothing will affect our heart and life more than to be thankful to God for every good thing in our life. If you don’t see God doing much in your life, this is why. Purpose to thank the Lord for what He did for you through Jesus daily and always. Read His Word and understand the inheritance of faith and His promises He has left to those who believe. Be thankful. Shed your personal view of any of your own success or greatness and place your appreciation where it belongs. James 1:17 (MSG) “Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven…”
If you want to live a life full of more meaning, significance, and purpose than you ever imagined, this is the beginning because it starts with your eyesight and a view of life that only God can reveal to you!
Revelation 7:12 (NLT) They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt