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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Daffodil Principle

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am republishing this today by popular request! Great to read, reread, and share with others! Be blessed and know that Renee and I pray for you all daily! 

The Daffodil Principle (Author Unknown)


Isaiah 28:10 (NKJV) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little."


Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, 'Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over.' I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead.

'I will come next Tuesday', I promised a little reluctantly on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

'Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!' My daughter smiled calmly and said, 'We drive in this all the time, Mother.' 'Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!' I assured her. 'But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks,' Carolyn said. 'I'll drive. I'm used to this.' 'Carolyn,' I said sternly, 'Please turn around.' 'It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.'

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, ' Daffodil Garden ' We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

'Who did this?' I asked Carolyn. 'Just one woman,' Carolyn answered. 'She lives on the property. That's her home.' Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. 'Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking', was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. '50,000 bulbs,' it read. The second answer was, 'One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain.' The third answer was, 'Began in 1958.' For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.

That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world . 'It makes me sad in a way,' I admitted to Carolyn. 'What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!' My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. 'Start tomorrow,' she said.

Hebrews 6:12 (NIV) "We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Breaking Relational Regrets

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When you were a kid, did you ever have one of those moments where you did something that got you in trouble? And then you heard your dad or mom say, “What were you thinking? You’re smarter than that!” I had them growing up and I had one of those days two weeks ago. A gal in the lane next to me was on her cell phone, weaving around like she was drunk, driving dangerously slow, and paying little attention to traffic. She was just a head of me to the right. As I was pulling along side of her car, she suddenly began a quick lane change without looking and came an inch from slamming into me. I saw it coming and pulled way over to avoid her. Had there been a car in the oncoming lane to my left, I would have been squashed between two cars. The Lord protected me but I was angry. I leaned on my horn, yelling at her to get off her cell phone and pay attention to what she was doing. I also gave her a look that could kill!  As I thought about it later, I had regret. My behavior was wrong despite what she did. I thought, "What was I thinking? God protected me. Maybe she was from my church. Not much of a witness Tim!" I apologized to the Lord. I should have done better!

The devil and life deliver the opportunity to get into the flesh when it comes to dealing with people. You do get in trouble with people from time to time right? When you do, you don’t want to hear that voice in your head that says, “What were you thinking? Why did you react like that? You’re smarter than that!” Whether it's someone close to you or a stranger, the devil would like to get you to set your godly character aside and say or do something that reminds you of how you used to act prior to making Jesus your Savior and Lord. He likes to get in the middle of relationships and get us to “flesh out.”

We all hate it when we say or do things we regret. But what we don’t think about is that Satan actively works to get people riled up so they will “flesh out” and say or do regrettable things. This is one of his devices! That is why the Apostle Paul reminds us to not be ignorant of the fact that he tries to ruin relationships. “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12 (NLT)

And this is why the Apostle Paul said we can’t be ignorant of and why forgiveness and mercy is so necessary. 2 Cor. 2:10-11 (NLT) says, “…And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ's authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” If you understand that this is very real and something Satan uses to undermine your character, then you’ll NOT let him outsmart you!

One time I got a message from someone I worked with. This person was very mad because something that happened in my department had affected him negatively. He had a right to be upset. It was a mistake that I could see would cause him problems. If I had acted defensively, I could have responded wrongly and we could have been at each other. Instead I responded in the way the Lord showed me long ago. Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” Even though one of my employees made the mistake, and it was just that, a mistake—an oversight, it was still my responsibility to make sure it didn't happen.

I immediately and sincerely apologized for the oversight. I explained the error, assured him it was not intentional and that if I could have undone the mistake I would do so. I also reminded this person how much I valued our relationship. His response was in godly character and also soft and forgiving. The devil had no entrance because we both know his schemes and managed it God's way!

The devil does what the devil does—tries to create relational schisms. We should work toward helping him achieve a losing record. You can’t always control another person, but with God's help, you can get it right most of the time yourself. Be reminded by the precious wisdom of Proverbs 26:20, “Without wood a fire goes out…”  Be humble, gentle, willing to apologize and/or forgive, and you will be smart the way the Lord and your parents wanted you to be! And you won't have to later hear that voice that says, “What were you thinking? You’re smarter than that!”

2 Cor. 2: 11 (NLT) “… Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Put a Stake in Worrying!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I have written on this subject many times, but by the comments and prayer requests I get so often from people, I felt I had to write again about putting a stake in worrying in your life!

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) says, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."  In the Old Testament, one of the Hebrew words used for sin is chata’.  Chata’ carries the meaning missing such as missing the mark. We see the word chata' used for sin in the verse Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  We might read it like this, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t miss it and sin.”

When we worry, we chata’—we miss it. Worry is sin. For many people worry feels like compassion. “I've been worried about you!” Your upbringing may have taught you by example that to worry for someone is like an act of compassion. It’s not true! Its chata’—it’s missing the mark. Worrying does nothing but bring momentum to unbelief which is the enemy of God. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says that “without faith it is impossible to please God…” When we read that “Jesus was amazed at the people’s unbelief” in Mark 6:6 (NLT), it is not a compliment! It was actually the unbelief of the people who hindered the power of miracles and healing. Matthew 13:58 (NLT) says, “And so Jesus did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”

Over the course of my life I have seen many things clog a drain—almost all of those things being somewhat disgusting. Worry is just like one of those disgusting comboblations that create a clog. It hinders the power of God from operating in our life because of the inherent power of unbelief. Unbelief is really faith. It’s faith in what the devil can do rather than faith in what God can do. “Oh, I just know they are going to downsize and I’ll lose my job.” “Oh, I am so afraid I am going to get the flu this winter.” This is why God instructed us through His Word saying, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) 

If worrying is missing the mark, what is the solution? Get yourself a prescription—the promises of God! The promises of God is the prescription to take into your heart that will, over time, strengthen your mind, strengthen your heart, and transform you from a worrier to a prayer and proclaimer of your faith in Him. You will become one who learns to say with confidence, "So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 (NLT)

Instead of worrying, cast those cares on the Lord. Rise up in faith and prayer and say, Father, I will not miss the mark by worrying. I will pray and put my trust in you and the promise of your word. Do this and you won’t be guilty of worrying and hindering God’s power through unbelief. No chata’ for you today!  “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” Proclaim His goodness in your life. Sing His praises. Let faith arise!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

This is Sincere Christianity Defined

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you know Jesus—I mean really know Him—then you would know that when you read scripture, it is never written to condemn you. It is written to reveal God’s love, plan, and destiny for you through Jesus Christ. It is written for you to know that God is mighty, holy, merciful, compassionate, and all the attributes that alone belong to Him as God. It is written so that you may know that we have an adversary that is out to destroy us, but that God sent Jesus to save us, give us eternal life with Him, watch over us, and bless us in this life now. It is written to let us know that life is meant to have boundaries that keep us safe, not steal our joy—boundaries that protect us all from the evil that has infected this world. And I say again, nothing is written with the purpose of condemning us.

That includes the verses written in Rev. 3:17-19. "You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your indifference.”

These verses are telling us that the worldly pleasures people in this world long for only make you wretched, miserable, poor and blind from the things God wants us to know and do. They continue to say that we should seek (or buy without cost) the things of God that make us rich. We should let the Lord speak into our lives along its course. He will correct us and open our eyes to seeing life through His eyes. If we do, we won't become indifferent about making a difference in this life. We'll come to understand life's purpose and our destiny, and make each day count! When we do, we'll discover what makes life rich!

Life is not just about getting your needs met. To the contrary, life is only good when that is not the central focus of our life. It is a good thing to have objectives and goals toward things in your heart. But when that consumes your life, you become indifferent toward others. A life in God is all about people. When your life is about letting your light shine before men, reaching the lost, and touching others with the love of God through prayer, concern, and acts of kindness, then you could never become indifferent. God says that indifference leads us to the place of being wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. It’s the place of caring only for yourself. It’s the loneliest and most empty life possible. Far too many Christians have got caught up in the world's rat race and don’t even know they are like that. They think they are rich because they have increased in goods and have everything they want, and don’t need a thing. Others know they don't have everything they want, but wanting to make themselves happy is the central focus of their life.

When your life is about touching others with God's love, you never feel this way because even though your personal needs may be met, you are surrounded by others in your life who have great need. You are always surrounded by others who face reports of illness leading to death, or facing financial crisis, or relational schism, or who are spiritually dry and lost and in need of knowing Jesus. Even though your needs are met, because of Jesus' love in you, and because you aren't indifferent, you see and feel the needs of others around you. You are not being asked to own the care of these situations, but your love, mercy, compassion, and willingness to pray and stand in faith, and help in any way you can is what helps define your sincere Christianity.

Beyond receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this is the gold tried in the fire that makes your Christianity complete! Buy some of this gold from the Lord today! Touch someone with His love! This is Christianity in its completeness!

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Accept This and Reject That!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One day I was watching a children’s video with my kids. It was produced by Willie George—truly one of the best ministries reaching children that there was at that time. The video was a Gospel Bill video. Gospel Bill was a sheriff and El Diablo was a villain that never actually spoke. In one episode, there was a knock on the door of the sheriff's office. Gospel Bill opened the door and there stood El Diablo holding a number of packages. He kept trying to give them to Gospel Bill. The packages each had a word written on every side of them. One package had the word Cares all over it. Another one had the word Worries on each side of it. Another was marked Sickness and another was marked Disease. Another package was marked Lack and another Poverty, and on and on. 

El Diablo was trying to get Gospel Bill to take these packages. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 (NKJV) God says we should know the schemes of the devil saying,  "So that Satan will not outsmart us...we are familiar with his evil schemes." Gospel Bill surely did and so he would not receive these packages from El Diablo. He told El Diablo, You aren't fooling me El Diablo. These packages aren't meant for any of God's children. You take them back and get out of my life!

That little video helped me think about important it is to reject every care, worry and fear that the enemy would knock at my door.  Renee and I and the kids had fun talking about this and what we should do. We made the decision that we would reject every package we could see the devil was trying to get us to open and keep as our own. It was hilarious and eye-opening how easily the kids could identify some of those packages and call them out before us. "Mom, you look worried!" "Did you reject the devil's worry package?" Then one of them would yell out, "Go lay it at the feet of Jesus. He died to carry and take them for us!" It's amazing how much easier children can sometimes grasp spiritual truths over adults! 

Galatians 3:13 (NIV) tells us, “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When Jesus hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Those packages represented the curse of what is in this earth and we are told here that Jesus took that curse upon Himself to redeem us from it! WE AREN'T CURSED! WE ARE BLESSED! The scriptures go on from there to say that Jesus became that curse so that we could receive His blessings and promises.Galatians 3:29 (NLT) “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises (Blessings) God gave to him belong to you.” 


When our family was young, it was normal for me to have the thought and wonder, God how is this all going to work out? How am I going to afford to put them through school, and braces, and clothes, and college and on and on? I’d think, I’m not smart enough or skilled enough to provide for my family. The Lord would remind me to lay those things at the altar and remember that Jesus gave His life so we could expect His blessing and help. And again as Ephesian 3:20 (NKJV) says, “Now to Him (Jesus) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” 

“The power that works in us” is our faith in the fact that Jesus intimately loves and cares for us and desires to help in every step of our life. I don’t know about you, but I never stop being dependent upon Him. I need His help every day. And every day I lean on His precious promise that says He will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or think.”   


Renee and have been reflecting on how God has helped us and blessed us through all the years. He has truly gone far beyond what we could have ever imagined or asked. We are so thankful to Lord. Not just for helping and taking care of us, but for allowing us to know Him and have this place of faith where we can cast our cares and trust Him. 

And so, it's usually fun when a delivery truck shows up at the door with a package for us. But, when it's El Diablo and those packages are marked with things that steal your hope and faith, be like Gospel Bill and return them to the sender! They aren't for you! You have God's Word which is rich with His promise and love to you. He is such a personal, intimate, and loving God because of Jesus Christ our Lord! 

Psalms 55:22 (NLT) "Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What Costs You Nothing, Yet Changes Everything!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Did you know that most people talk to themselves? You talk to yourself don't you?  People engage in self-talk all the time. You see people talking to themselves as they walk down the street or as they drive in their car. They talk to themself when they are intently working on something. They talk to themselves when they are frustrated or mad. Athletes talk to themselves as they are focusing on their next effort and achievement. People that engage in public speaking or performing talk to themselves before they hit their stage. I could go on and on but the bottom line is this, people instinctively talk to themselves.

If we talk to ourselves all the time anyway, why not speak words that will benefit us and others? Why not talk the promises of God? Why not profess them over our life? Why not profess who we are in Christ? Why not talk to ourselves about God and how awesome He is? Why not talk about the victory that He will lead us to in every situation? Does that sound crazy? It’s not! It's simply an exchange of negative words, for Christ-centered words!

Most people do the opposite. They talk unbelief and cursing over themselves. Maybe you've heard others or yourself say things like:

“I just know I am going to get laid off.”
“They’ll probably ask me to take a pay cut.”
“It’s flu season, I always seem to catch the flu.”
“I’ll catch a cold. I get one every year.”
“We are never going to have enough money to get a bigger house.”
“This country is going down the tubes.”
“I’ll never find the right person to marry.”
“I’ll never be any good at this.”
“Why can't I get this? Why am I are so dense?”

This kind of derogatory self-talk is common. People talk to themselves like this every day. They instinctively self-talk speaking doubt and negative expectation over their life.

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV) says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Since the majority of all people admit to self talk, why not turn it to our advantage? Why not build ourselves up rather than speak destructive words that do affect our heart and mind and perpetuate discouragement. We are motivated to talk to ourselves instinctively so why not just put God's promises and words in our mouth and speak faith-filled edifying words?

Psalm 33:6 (NIV) reminds us that God used His Word to create. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) reminds us “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”


Become more purposeful in the words you speak over yourself and others in your self-talk. Either talk with God or talk to yourself about His love and promises to you! Fill your mouth with faith-filled words that carry good expectation. Speak words of thanksgiving knowing God is always with you and despite circumstances is there to help you! It doesn't cost you anything but will change everything! And you already do the self-talk thing, so make it work for you! Use it to build you up! Not reinforce discouragement!

Say or pray, Heavenly Father, I thank you that your Word says you have given me the mind of Christ. I thank you that I have your thoughts and your ways within me. You said you give wisdom liberally to those who ask. I ask you and thank you for your wisdom operating in my life. I thank you that your word says that because I love and obey you, you bless everything I put my hand to. I love you and praise you for blessing all I do today. I praise you that your word is working to create everything that is good and beautiful for my life. I thank you for your promise saying You would withhold no good thing from those that love you. I am blessed to be a blessing today and I praise you for it!

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Godly Changes That Usher Blessing to You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A few months back, while getting on the scale, I noticed that I had gradually gained 15 pounds over the past year and a half. I began a quest to lose that weight plus an additional ten pounds. I thought I could knock it off fairly easy. How wrong I was. It's been hard work and discipline to get it off but I'm getting there.  It was important to make that change in my life for many reasons, but the primary reason was because God was dealing with me to do so.

Since the day I gave my life to Jesus, He has dealt with me about making changes in every area of my life. Why? He had given me eternal life through Jesus but He also wants to bless my life here on earth.  In John 10:10 (NIV) Jesus said, "I have come to give life and give it more abundantly."  He doesn't do that with a magic wand. He does that by speaking to our heart through His Word and helping us make changes that cause us to become more Christ-like. They will result in favor and blessing in our life.  And so my life has undergone constant changes in my thinking, attitude, temperament, life-style—in literally every are of my life. And the result has been wonderful. Because of those changes, God has opened up the door for me to be a godly influence to more than I could have ever imagined. But, He is not done with me and frankly won't ever be done with me. Does that bother me? Absolutely not! Every change I make leads me to greater blessing in my life. Jesus wants our lives to go through a transformation so that we will be in the center of God's will, be blessed, and have the greatest influence for Him that is possible. As Romans 12:2 (NLT) says, "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." 

Making real changes in your life is not easy. Real change only happens with effort, prayer, and discomfort. Know that up front will help you. It is only when you lean on the Lord and His Word that strength and exhortation comes to help you through difficult changes. As God deals with us concerning change, we think about them over and over and over again. Never grow numb or callous to the desire to change. Don't suppress and bury or sweep those thoughts under the carpet. You don't have to bury it, or feel condemned by it. You can face it, pray through it and let the Holy Spirit strengthen and encourage you at every step. If you start, stumble and fall, get back up and ask the Lord to help you again. Eventually you'll get it and oh will you be glad when you do!

What makes change seem difficult to impossible? Satan tries to deceive us into believing that even as Christians, we are still enslaved and in bondage to sin and wrong or addictive behaviors. But, is that really true? Romans 8: 2 (NIV) will tell you it's not! “...for the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.”  If you've tried to make changes and end up thinking, I can't do this, then you are a victim to deception because the truth is, you can! You have to believe it for it to become your truth! And then truth will set you free! The knowledge and commitment to the belief that "greater is He (Jesus) that is in you than he (Satan and every demonic influence) that is in the world,” (1 John 4:4)  is what begins to break down the years of wrong thinking that became deep seeded habits, physical and psychological addictions, and bondage to sin.

Satan would also like to embarrass us and disqualify us by shouting "hypocrite" every time we do blow it or make a mistake. He is worse than any maniac drive-by shooter. He is because he tempts us to sin and then accuses us before God for the very sin he tempts and leads us into. Rev. 12:10 (NIV) says, “…the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…

People keep secrets, many of them being secret sins. They hide their secret sins hoping that no one will find out. Sin can hide for a while but it eventually becomes discovered. Numbers 32:23 (NIV) says, “…you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” God already knows. That is why He is speaking to you about change. But what too many people often fail to realize is that God’s calling for change does not come with condemnation. Satan is the accuser and author of condemnation. God talks to us over and over just like a parent training his child—asking, reminding, and admonishing out of love, Please clean your room and pick up and put away your clothes.

God is merciful, patience and kind for many good reasons. He desires change—especially in the hidden things that are hurting you, stealing your blessing, and distracting or discouraging you from His purpose for your life. Wrong thoughts and actions never hurt just you. They always find a way to touch someone else. So, out of God’s love for you and for others, He keeps talking to us (if we will listen) about those changes. And sometimes you can feel that He is dealing with you in a more urgent way as he was concerning my weight. Again, think of warnings as love, not condemnation. God warns us, sometimes urgently to save or protect us.

God’s grace and power to change is within you! This is a fact. If you lean on yourself you will fail over the long haul. If you will lean on the power of Holy Spirit that indwells within you, you will experience His strengthening. If you will put faith in the fact that God is on your side and wants to help you, change will come! If you focus on the benefits that absolutely will come, it will lead you from destruction and bondage and into the blessing of life. What's change has He been asking you to make?

Romans 8: 2 “For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Only Thing That Changes a Nation for Good

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I have recently noticed that many churches and many individuals are fasting and praying for our nation. They are doing so to beseech God for His mercy upon our country, our government, our people, and for the revival of the Judeo-Christian ethic and moral principles within the fabric of our nation.  They are fasting and praying for the entertainment and music industries which have polluted media and music with a sexual degradation like we have never seen in our lifetime. They are praying for the corporate business-world where money drives decisions without regard for ethics or integrity. And they are praying about their own personal life because they see their own personal hypocrisy.

Our nation was founded upon the Judeo-Christian ethic taught from God’s word and we see the proof of this in the founding father’s writings, documents, and inscribed in the architecture of buildings, monuments, and statues throughout our nation. Though atheistic historians and humanist who want to live without restraints imposed upon them try to erase any mention of God or Christian thinking from our history books, the abounding evidence prevails. It was and is the Judeo-Christian ethic that leads to a society of love, compassion, mercy, and moral and civil responsibility. It is a godless society that casts off restraints and leads a nation into lawlessness. And so, God's people are fasting! They are fasting for God’s hand to move upon the hearts of leaders to lead this nation back to a place pleasing to God.

This nation’s greatness and outreach to the rest of the world has always been enabled by God’s grace—His supernatural help. It has been the only reason behind our nation's success. The countless contributions made to our great nation by good men and women, have in truth been the grace of God operating through their life for the good of all. Our nation today perfectly mirrors a nation trying to succeed through humanistic effort. It is failing badly as a result of not petitioning God for His grace, mercy and help. And so we pray!
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish; but blessed is he who keeps the law." When this verse says, "Where there is not vision..." it literally means where the people live without restraints—people who do not seek God for His guidance and don’t want the restraints and godly disciplines of life. It will result in their perishing.  One translation of this verse says “where there is no revelation of God’s will, the people run wild…”

The verse helps us understand that vision, whether it be for a nation or an individual life, comes with restraint. God’s word calls and pleads for restraint concerning sexual behavior, for communication (including profanity, disrespect, and rage,) for spending and borrowing, for temperament, for marital boundaries (not flirting or cheating outside of marriage,) health, nutrition and exercise, and for work and labor ethics (not cheating the government on your taxes.) And it’s not conditional depending you how you feel others treat you. These restraints help YOU transform, protect, and greatly contribute to a blessed life!

A life disciplined with restraint doesn't mean a boring, or uninteresting life. That couldn't be further from the truth. Following God's ways helps keep you from being distracted from things that steal from you or waste your time. It allows you to be focused toward those things that will bless others and ultimately you! Real champions in life are always focused! The God-life is about having a life of good choices while practicing restraint from ungodly or hurtful choices. The result is Proverbs 29:18, “…blessed is he/she.”

A love for God and His ways, and having faith that in a broken world, God will ultimately protect and bless your choices of right and moral behavior, is what make a nation great! A nation that wants to do its own thing without the restraint of God’s counsel is a nation that is broken and will perish. And because we are a nation that has come to lack this and is desperate for His help, this leads us to fast and pray.

Prayers during times of fasting is petitioning God’s mercy and grace upon our own life to change. Not eating brings the thought of restraining yourself, home and personal. It teaches you to say "no" to every whim your flesh desires and over time, helps your spirit be strengthened by God's grace, getting your life back under control. Praying for your nation results in God pouring out His Spirit upon all of mankind—leaders, those of influence that don’t know Him or aren't yielded to Him, and you—to make right choices for the good of all!

We make up this nation and as we are changed, so will our nation be also. Let us pray…

Acts 2:17 (NIV) "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people..." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

The Best Sermons are Lived Not Preached

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Ephesians 4:1-2 (NLT) "I... serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. "


The Best Sermons are Lived Not Preached (author unknown)


1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."

2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70's - what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, "Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."

3. Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center."

4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

5. Today at 7 a.m. I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3 p.m I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

6. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."

7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?" Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.

9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, "I hope you feel better soon."

11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today. If you need me, I'm a phone call away." It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.

12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, "We can share it. The best sermons are lived, not preached.


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Have No Fear in These Last Days

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I had to replace a light bulb on my garage ceiling last week. It seemed to be dimming and then it went out. It reminded me for a second of the world we live in.The world is getting darker and the end will come. People, especially Christians, seem to be anxious about the last days. We are in the last days, but that could still represent another hundred years. We don't know. What I do know, is that God does not want His people cowering in fear or becoming indifferent thinking there is nothing they can do to influence this world or people into a better place--ultimately toward Jesus and eternal life. Remember these words! Resisting Satan and his ways will make you stronger. Becoming indifferent will swallow you up in the worlds ways. You'll become like them.

There is turmoil in the world, but there always has been. Sin creates turmoil. Today we have media to amplify everything and create a spirit of fear. Fear works. It has the power to deceive, to manipulate, to paralyze, and to bring great discouragement and depression. It also has the power to make you feel like the world is caving in on you! It's not!

Jesus said that there would be “last days.” In these last days, man would become his own god or solution to everything. Jesus Christ and Christians would become a hindrance and a nuisance to the freedom of man’s sinful choices and false religion. The godless world will ever-increasingly reject Jesus and us as Christians! They also reject the boundaries God gave us for righteous living as archaic in this morally destitute world we live in. We can already see these attitudes loose in the earth today, which tells us we are coming closer to the day when Jesus will return. God’s word, however, was always meant to produce reverential fear (respect) for God. It was never been written to produce fear! 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

God does not want you to live your life in fear no matter what is going on in the world around you! Living in fear keeps you ignorant or deceived, and manipulated and paralyzed from the authority in prayer that God has given you. Those who live in fear are also living in discouragement. Discouragement unchecked leads you to depression and hopelessness which is why people kill themselves. Discouragement is designed by Satan to keep you from exercising your “sound mind”—a mind of clear thinking that can pray in faith and take appropriate action on what is vital and necessary. 1 John 4:18 (NLT) says, “...love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear…” 

Until Jesus comes back and redeems this earth, you will always live in an earth that has turmoil. The devil would like you to cower and be paralyzed with fear. This might be the behavior of the wicked who has no discernment, but not you! Proverbs 28:1 (NLT) says, “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” You are called to “resist the devil" (or demonic influences and behaviors.) James 4:7 (NIV) says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." 

Yes, the world’s actions do try to invade and affect our mind and lives, but the Lord wants us to rise up in the spirit of prayer and boldness in action toward what is right and good. James 5:16 (NLT)  reminds you of who you are in Christ saying, “...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” That's you! Your prayers of sincere faith in God's promises are what do produce change and the good we hope for in this world.

The confession of your mouth when your life feels like it's in turmoil, needs to be the same as David’s was in his world of turmoil in his day. Your faith needs to believe, pray and say these words in a spirit of thanksgiving to God boldly each day till you absolutely believe them.

(Various verses from Psalm 91)

I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day… Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling.  For He orders His angels to protect you wherever you go.

Yes, the world we live in is dark and getting darker. But, you can be an agent of light representing Jesus in this world and being a vessel of faith-filled prayers that do change things! Don't let the devil trample on you! Trample on him! Remind him of his destiny. Then remind him of yours with Jesus. Then pray in faith believing! Your faith and your prayers matter! Do not bury your head in the sand out of fear or apathy! Be bold as a lion! Have faith in God. Receive these promises into your life. And pray for this world. It needs Jesus, your prayers, your action, and your light!

James 5:16 (NLT)  “...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

God's Grace for When You Feel Overwhelmed

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Most of us do at different times. When I was younger in life and in the Lord, I felt that way far too often. So did Renee. Back then, neither of us managed the stress of feeling overwhelmed well. We each handled it differently. Renee for the most part, internalized things. She would think too much about what was ahead and all that was on our plate. We had a lot and it could easily feel overwhelming yet she didn't let it show and always kept a great countenance before people. No one could see that inside she was working through great stress. Back then, she really didn't know how to deal stress and so she simply didn't. She just forged ahead nurturing our four small children and me, a husband that was out of town often, a squeaky tight budget and the responsibilities of ministry. Eventually the stress of all this caused her to manifest symptoms of sickness in a variety of ways. We did not know for the longest times that these symptoms of sickness were directly brought on by the stress.

When I got uptight and started to feel overwhelmed and stressed out, my temper got shorter. That certainly does not reduce stress. It increases it. That was a curse and something I had to absolutely deal with.

At that time, it didn't seem like there was much we could do about the things that were causing us to feel this way. We have always had very busy lives. We had four children that were involved in many activities from sports, to programs at church and school. Then we had all of the many responsibilities that ministry brings to one’s doorstep. And then we were lacking the maturity to say no to the pulls continually petitioning us to take on more. It wasn't uncommon for us to continue to take on more and more.

As you probably well know, that can't continue. Over the years, we got smarter and learned to pace ourselves. There are times in life to say yes and be stretched, and there are times to say no. Conscientiously good people always want to do more to help or be a blessing to people. Learning to say no almost feels like breaking an addiction. That is often followed by working through false guilt like you were a bad person for saying, I’m sorry but I can’t manage one more commitment in my life at this time. We learned to talk through and pray about what we gave ourselves over to rather than just instantly say yes. As we matured, we made better decisions and more effective commitments.

We also learned to get more sleep. Weariness magnifies emotions which can magnify stress and the complications that can come from it. It’s amazing what a good night sleep or nap can do to help rejuvenate you. Renee gets more sleep at night. I take more naps. It really helps.

Busyness is often the excuse for poor eating. Poor eating complicates and works against your physical well-being, thereby increasing your stress. And it doesn't help things by eating quickly on the fly to give you more time. If people are eating poorly, then you can almost be assured they are not giving themselves over to any kind of physical fitness routine—one of the better stress relievers there are.

One of two things the Lord has taught us that have helped us the most are these: First, we have learned not to look at everything that lies ahead. Look only at what we can handle without feeling overwhelmed. That is often just the day we are in. Some days are so busy that we take them on a half day or even just one activity or appointment at a time. God gives grace for everything one step at a time!

Secondly, God helps us manage the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed out by giving place to that intimate time with Him in His Word and prayer. He instructed the children of Israel to become dependent daily on Him for manna. Manna is the Word of God—the promises of God’s word to each and every believer of Jesus Christ. God is in covenant with you. Your faith in His promises can supernaturally lift you above your daily cares and worries. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) says, "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." 

Don't let him overwhelm and devour you! Instead we are instructed to, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”(1 Peter 5:7 NLT) God isn't telling us to bury our head in the sand concerning the issues or busy schedules that we face. He is telling us that He cares about them and that He is our Provider, our Helper, our Deliverer, our Wisdom, our Counselor, our Rock, and our Strong Tower. He’ll help us if we go daily to that place that reminds us of His love and help toward us. Time with the Lord and being reminded of His love and that He is with us is what brings that sense of peace and trust—like putting on a warm sweater on a cold day. Only God's promises can lift us above the cares of this world because of His Word and promises speaking louder to us than any momentary circumstance.

Psalm 61:2-3 (NLT) says, “From the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.”   We all have times of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Knowing, praying and speaking His promises over myself and others is the infusion of peace and confidence that gets my right back on track and helps me to be more than a conqueror in Christ.  I am feeling refreshed just thinking about this. His supernatural refreshing can be yours from being overwhelmed also. All of this is the grace of God that you need to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Instead, feel empowered and anointed in His grace!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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