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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Assurance: The Foundation of Strong Faith

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you think it's important to know how God feels about you and what He wants for you?  If so, why do you think it’s important to know what God wants for you? Why do you think it’s important to know how God feels about you? Maybe this will help you answer those questions. If you had a spouse and you didn’t know if he/she loved you, would it affect how you feel about your spouse and marriage? Of course it would! Assurance of love and acts of kindness and good will toward each other are absolutely critical to the success in any marriage. Knowing your spouse absolutely loves you is the foundation of your trust! 

If you weren’t sure if you boss liked you or liked your work, would it affect how you feel and your performance? If you felt like your boss was critical of your work and was just waiting for an excuse to get rid of you, would it make you want to go into work?

How much more to do you think it would affect your relationship with God if you believed He didn’t love you? If you thought He was out to get you? If you thought He didn’t care about you and refused to play any role in your life except to punish you for wrong doing? This world is filled with people that who these very thoughts or unresolved questions about God. They really don’t know if He loves them. They really don’t know that He cares for them. Consequently, they pull back from God out of fear and doubt from their lack of assurance of His love. That coupled with a conviction within their own hearts over sinful things they do in their life will lead them to avoid God.

God wants us to stop the wavering over the fact that He loves us. Stop and think for a minute. The reason He sent Jesus into this world was for us. He became a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus lived without sin and yet was punished and put to death accused as a sinner. The punishment Jesus received that He did not deserve is the punishment you and I deserved that we will not receive. He did this while we were still sinners. In other words His love reached out to us before our sins were forgiven and blotted out. How much more does He love us now? These scriptures speak God's assurance of love for us.
1 John 3:16 "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…”

Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And, theses power words of assurance of God’s love and promise to you. Though they were spoken in the time of Moses, He spoke them to bring assurance to you today. You are one of the thousand generations that He speaks of below. It’s powerful and offers you your assurance!

Deut. 7:7-9 “The Lord did not choose you and lavish His love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because He was keeping the oath He had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such amazing power from your slavery under Pharaoh in Egypt. Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love Him and obey His commands."

Did you ready that? “Lavish His love on us…” Wow! He really loves you and I! Believe it today! Drawing closer to God with more of a confidence and assurance of His love is the only way to break the lies and doubts that He doesn’t love us. God wants us to draw closer to Him and not with apprehension, doubt and fear over whether He loves us but with excitement over the fact that He does! As James 4:8 says, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you."

Do what I do. Pray, “Heavenly Father, I thank you so much that you love me and desire to lavish your love on my life. I declare that I have confidence in your love. I declare your love over me today. I will celebrate your love for me by asking you to bless and help me as I live for you today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) "The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Lord Will Calm Your Heart!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Years ago I was on a trip to Scotland and Ireland. You haven't seen green grass until you've been to Scotland and Ireland. They have some of the most beautiful countryside and rolling green hills I have ever seen. You also see many sheep. They graze in these green never-ending pastures. Places like this also make me think about Psalm 23:2 "The Lord makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters. When I am in places like this, I can't help but see God and all of His creation in everything I gaze upon. I think, "God's will is to lead me to these kinds of places and atmospheres. When He does, it illuminates how magnificent and powerful He is and that the Creator of all these things loves me as His child and wants to lead me beside still waters."

Green pastures and still waters may be more the exception than the experience for most of us. Someone recently said to me, "It seems like there is always something negative going on that wants to spoil my day or season of life."  The truth is, we do have an enemy of our soul. His name is Satan and He hates God and anything that represents God. Jesus said that this enemy has come to kill, steal, and destroy. Much of the world has just watched that with the destruction and death from the tornadoes. Did God cause or allow that? Of course not. We live in a defiled world. The Bible says that because of the choices of man, Satan has become the god of this world. Killing and destruction is what he attempts to do. Even when people pray for help, for too many, it's like breaking a wishbone. They have no real faith in God or in His love and divine protection. God is moved by relationship in Jesus and by faith in His Word. In the absence of that, the devil has a heyday and tries to destroy. Death and destruction are his playground.

God has a plan even for those surrounded by destruction and death. We also see that in Psalms 23:4. "Even when I walk through the shadow of death, I will not be afraid. For You, O Lord are close with me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me."

I'll tell a bad story on myself. I was one of ten children. When I was about seven years old, I lived in a bedroom with one other younger brother and two younger sisters. I was the big shot because I was the oldest of us four. At night when we were in bed and it was dark, I would pull out my flashlight and make shadows of a spider on the wall. Those shadows scared the ba-geebers out of my younger siblings. I thought it was funny. I regret that now. It's interesting that there really was no real danger, just shadows. Shadows produced fear.

The Lord said that even as we walk through the shadow of death, we did not have to be afraid because He was with us. What is the shadow of death? It's the fearful or negative mental images that Satan continually tries to bombard our minds with seducing us into states of panic, or anxiety, or cares.The more we think upon them and "see" them in our mind the worse they get. They become shadow of death!

God has not abandoned us in these hard places. His will is to comfort us and lead us to green pastures and still waters. Psalm 23:4 says, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

When we will quiet our soul and spend time with Him and learn of His promises, the voice of the Holy Spirit will rise up from within and comfort us. His Words will make our soul still and the waters quiet. They will cause fear to go as God’s greatness, power, and promises are magnified within our hearts.

When I was in those fields of Scotland, surrounded by what seem like oceans of green grassy hills, God became infinite in size and my cares and problems began to fade away. We don't have to go to Scotland to experience this. We just have to take in the power of His Word and let it still our heart and soul. He loves us you know! Very much! Lean on He and His Word and trust Him!

Psalms 107:29 (NLT)  "He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How is Obedience Connected to Blessing?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Parents love obedience! When their children learn it and walk in it, they feel as though they are of the most blessed in the world.

When parents go through the teen years with their kids, they don’t think in terms of the word “obedience” so much anymore. Either their children have grown to the teen years having learned respect, a civil attitude, and reasonable compliance or they haven’t.

By the time we are adults, we dump the word obedience. Adults think more in terms of I am an adult and I can do what I want. Submission to any kind of authority is more often motivated more because of a paycheck or to avoid pain and trouble than it is from a heart of love or for appropriate reasons.

Obedience may become less important to adults but it never becomes less important to God. He wants children to learn obedience because it prepares them to reverence and respect Him and will help them also one day respect those in positions of authority as they become adults. It is what helps them become a vessel God can use and ones who will experience greater opportunity for success.

Let me show you this truth through these verses.

Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV) says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…”

Let me expound: “obey me fully” means to know and understand God’s character and desires. This comes over time from reading and rereading the Bible. It teaches and helps us become familiar with what He wants us to gravitate toward and to restrain ourselves from. For example, He wants us to learn to restrain ourselves from unbridled anger and instead learn to put on the qualities of patience and love. It is more than that though. As we learn God’s Word and hide it in our hearts, He brings scriptures to memory and speaks to our hearts through them. It is how He prompts us and instructs our conscience to follow Him.

Keep my covenant” means to understand that we are in a covenant relationship with God. that we come to understand, love, and value. Let me use this illustration. Imagine you had a best friend. This relationship is so tight and special that you wouldn't do anything to mess it up. You are so close at heart and in friendship that you would do anything for each other. Your sincere attitude is what is mine is yours and you both feel that way toward each other. Now take that even one step higher in that you are also a business partners with a legal agreement. That is what a covenant relationship with God is. He has that kind of love toward us and makes Himself legally bound to us by His Word to keep His promises. (Even when we stumble and fall—something He will never do.)

The Lord says, “If you obey me fully and keep my covenant…,” then something precious will happen—“out of all the nations you will be my treasured possession.” Now God started out with that promise to the Jews— to Israel—those He chose to bring the revelation of Himself to the world through. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He gave us the chance to also walk in that covenant as a part of His family through our faith in Jesus. Through this covenant and our faith in Jesus, we are also a part of God’s “treasured possession in all the earth.” Are you starting to get the picture of how God feels about you? It is through the execution of full obedience that these blessings manifest in their fullest form in our lives.
God continues to tell us. “Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

God spoke these words through Moses to Israel. They reach to us through Jesus Christ today. His ways are still relevant to life today. God tells us we are His treasured possession as we take in, learn, understand, and walk out obedience to His Word in our life. We become those that learn to walk it out in love so that we can be a light and influence the world around us.

Your life is significant to God and so very important to His plan and purposes. And obedience to His Word out of love and reverence for Him is significant and what makes life precious—is what makes you precious —to this world! Walk in it today!

Exodus 19:5 (NIV) “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Right and Wrong Way to Start Your Day!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever felt like an inner voice, a feeling, or a sign is a sign that is telling you how your day or upcoming future is going to go? The world calls that an omen. If you choose to believe it, you could be opening yourself up to demonic activity. An omen is defined as a phenomenon or event or circumstance that supposedly forecasts a good or evil. Signs outside of what God's Word teaches us are born out of superstition, myth, wild and over-stimulated imaginations, and even pizza dreams. And it becomes the devil's playground because getting you to believe or have faith in things outside of God's Word, opens your life to demonic activity!

When God created man, it became a part of man's spiritual DNA to seek to know his creator. Consequently, every culture that does not have God's Word to instruct them lets their imaginations fill those gaps concerning God with some form of spiritualism rooted in myth and superstition. God never wanted this for mankind. Abraham and his seed were raised up to be a light to the world concerning God and His ways. Israel was instructed through Moses to be light and influence to the nations while avoiding the worldly influences of paganism. We see it in Deuteronomy 18:9-11 (NLT) “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead."

God wanted them to avoid being influenced by the pagan cultures that surrounded them because belief in them would curse their life with false beliefs. He wanted them to listen to, learn, and trust Him and His Word alone. He wanted them to influence the nations, not be influenced by them. He feels the same way today.

When we give our lives to Jesus, God fills our heart with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit opens up our ability to understand scripture and teaches and instructs us from within, helping us to learn and execute God's Word in our lives. For example, let’s say one day you really have a bad attitude. As it affects your day and those around you, you start to feel the wrongness of it. You might hear this inward thought feeling like an omen that suggests, Your wife says you are always this way and you are never going to change. Your wife is going to get tired of you and ditch you and divorce you soon. If you put faith in that thought or omen, you might give up on the spot and say, What’s the use? At the same time, the Lord begins to bring to your remembrance verses on loving one another. That is God leading you by His Spirit. God doesn't lead us by omens or circumstances, but by His Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 (NKJV) says "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." If you listened to the Holy Spirit, you’d repent to God and then to your wife, and with the grace of God and His help, you’d change your attitude.

You might wake up one day thinking, This just feels like it's going to be bad day. That is only a feeling but the second you begin to believe it, your faith in it is faith in the devil's ability to make the day bad.

Never accept feelings based on nothing. Reject them and instead, say, This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.  Believe that you have God's grace and favor and that will help your day be great! Pray and ask the Lord to lead you in your day! But never cave into erroneous feelings from nowhere—especially when they somehow seem to project bad about to happen! Omens, superstitions, horoscopes, fortune-telling—they are all from the same garbage can! And garbage stinks! God wants us to rise up in faith knowing that He is our help and our promise. He creates hope and expectation. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

He’ll help us in any situation if we will believe His promises and have faith in them.

On a closing note for today, which will you believe? Some omen generated by a negative circumstance or erroneous feeling? Or will you learn to sink your roots faith deep into His promises such as this daily? It's your choice! Choose wisely! Psalms 115:11-15 (NLT) "All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord! He is your helper and your shield. The Lord remembers us... He will bless those who fear the Lord, both great and lowly. May the Lord richly bless both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Will God Will Reveal Himself to You?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Technology continues to change and bring us new ways to live life. One practical application I have consistently benefited from is GPS and audible driving directions in my car.  I use this feature in my car and on my phone constantly. If you are like me, you might fight it a bit unnerving to drive to a place you've never been that is in unfamiliar territory. It has truly simplified finding locations for me.

In life, we can also personally feel lost and needing direction. Have you ever heard anyone including yourself say, I don't know what to do?or I don't know what the Lord wants me to do? You can rejoice in the fact that God has answers to these questions and He'll share them with you.

In Psalm 103:7 (NIV) God reveals a powerful truth, one we can sink our faith into. It says, “He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds known to the people of Israel." Can you see what this is saying? It's saying that God makes His ways known. He doesn't hide them. What God made known to Moses, Moses in turn revealed to all God's people. Then it goes on to say that God made known, all His deeds—His mightily exploits and His mighty miracles. His ways and desires do not need to be a mystery! He wants us to know them!

Why did God make His ways and miracles known? First of all, so we could learn of the one and only true God. Secondly, so that we could discover and learn our purpose, His plan for our life, and how He wants us to live life so that His blessings may become ours! The Book of Deuteronomy specifically lets us know that God wants blessing for our lives. He wants blessing to be our choice. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV) says, "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life..."

He made His ways known so we could follow Him and experience His love and blessing. Then He made His deeds—His mighty exploits and miracles known so that we would see His heart and the extent of what He would do for those that loved Him. He did these things as an act of love, and revealed them to build and encourage our faith. Does that make you want to shout with joy? It should! We have a mighty and miraculous Heavenly Father that you can come to know, and that desires to reveal Himself to you and work miraculously in your life.

When we come in life to the place where it feels like we hit the wall and are asking the question, What should I do?, we should be confident that the God of the universe that loves you as His child, wants you to know it. If you will seek Him diligently for that answer, He will lead you in what to do. Jesus said, "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Luke 11:9-10 NIV)

Acts 17:26-27 (NIV) urges us to seek God.  "From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."

Did you get that? God is saying He knows everything that lies ahead and that we should seek Him though He is not far from us! God is not playing games with you or I. He desires greatly to reveal Himself to us. He desires us to learn of His love, mercy, and miraculous working power so that we might learn to put our faith in Him and trust Him—something the rest of the world mocks.

Why does He make us seek Him? So we will develop in our heart a right and reverential attitude toward the God of this universe. So that we will on one hand respect His Omnipotence, and on the other, learn of His personal touch and desire to be a loving father. Does it get any better than this? You'll find out it doesn't as you seek Him.

Do you really spend time seeking Him? If you just measure the time you spend with the Lord in His Word and prayer against the other activity of your free time, you might find a huge discrepancy. When you seek God sincerely, you will experience His loving touch. When you offer lip service but with no real seeking, you dry up spiritually and face the loneliness of resolving your own questions and choices.

What is the first choice we must make to experience the awesomeness of God's love? The choice to seek Him! Get by yourself. Pray and let the Lord know you desire to know Him more. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word (the Bible,) and then read. As you seek Him you will find Him! The Holy Spirit is the GPS that leads you to God and to His ways! He never wants you to be lost!

Isaiah 55:6 (NLT) "Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Learning to Trust God for Your Provision

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I was reading God's Word this morning, I remembered that God has a sense of humor that reveals just how great and magnificent He is.

There was a time when God was moving in the earth, revealing Himself again to the children of Israel who had become backslidden. Just as people do today, they had, over time, been seduced into worldly ways and false gods. They had forgotten who God had raised them up to be.

A judgement had come upon the earth and there was a famine that had affected everyone—good or bad, including God’s Prophet Elijah. The difference for the good is, because they stay close to God, they are led by God to supernatural provision.

Elijah had been hanging out by a brook where there was water and where God was having ravens feed him—an amazing story. Eventually the brook dried up and God sent Elijah to his next place of provision. This is where God’s sense of humor comes in. God sends him to a widow woman who was in such a desperate place herself, that she and her son were about to starve to death. Seems like the logical place for God to send you to have your needs met doesn't it? NOT! Here is the story:

1 Kings 17:8-16 (NLT) Then the Lord said to Elijah, "Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. There is a widow there who will feed you. I have given her my instructions." So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, "Would you please bring me a cup of water?" As she was going to get it, he called to her, "Bring me a bite of bread, too." But she said, "I swear by the Lord your God that I don't have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die." But Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid! Go ahead and cook that 'last meal,' but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterward there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!" So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days. For no matter how much they used, there was always enough left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.” This woman believed in the direction of the Lord coming through Elijah. She obeyed him and it changed her life, and fed Elijah too! Oh how magnificent are God's ways!

There was a season of time when our four children were very young, that we lived mostly on macaroni and cheese to keep from starving. We were a family of six and at that time, you could get three boxes of it for a dollar. As I said yesterday, we never missed giving the Lord our tithes and we always prayed, thanking Him for taking care of us and meeting our needs. I remember one morning Renee coming to me saying I am out of groceries and we have no money.  We went into our living room, sat down and prayed thanking the Lord that He knew our situation and our faithfulness in putting Him first place in our life. We told Him we trusted Him knowing that He alone was our provider. I was working full time and working a side job but things were still tight.  As we finished praying, the doorbell rang. Renee and I looked at each other. We weren't expecting anyone. There was a woman at the door saying that the Lord told her to go buy us groceries. Renee immediately broke out crying with joy! We hadn't told anyone about our situation. We knew she was sent by the Lord!  These kinds and times of supernatural provisions happened in our life again and again.

God is not a genie! He is not someone you run to only when you are in crisis. God is our Heavenly Father. He loves and desires to lead us, shape us, and transform our life into a blessing so that we can become a blessing to others. He is our provider. When we look to Him no matter what place our life is in—whether a place of need or abundance, He is with those who believe in His love through Jesus Christ!

God’s plan for each and every one of us will be different, but, He will direct us and help each of us! When we have faith in Him and trust Him, then He will direct our all of our paths—including the path to our provision. Know that and be refreshed in the promise of it daily!

Psalm 69:16 (NLT) “Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Turn and take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 11, 2015

The Walk of Faith—A Miraculous Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt



The year was 1986. Renee and I had three small children—and baby makes four. They were two years apart and Stephanie, our oldest was only six. Renee had quit her job as a flight attendant to stay home with the children. That meant I had to find ways to bring home the bacon.
I had a full-time job working for the airlines but that did not bring home enough money to pay the bills. And let me include this statement because I do feel it’s important: Renee and I have never missed tithing 10% percent of our income to the Lord plus giving offerings as we felt led to, no matter what financial state we were in. It wasn't some legalistic obligation. We could just clearly see that God's Word said that we should honor the Lord with the first ten percent of everything we make and we wanted to worship Him with it. In regards to our faith, we saw it as putting our money where our mouth was—our action to our faith. So even in our poorest times, we put God first.

As I was saying, there were times where we didn't have enough money to put food on the table. Because of God's promises to meet our needs, we refused to panic at times like this. Instead we’d rendezvous morning and night, thanking Him in prayer for meeting our needs,  as instructed to by God’s Word. Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Was the opportunity to become anxious there? Absolutely!  But we dealt with it each and every time! Panic was not acceptable. Prayer, letting God's Word encourage our hearts, and seeking God for wisdom was acceptable! And now looking back over all those years with hindsight, the results were a thousand miraculous touches of God's love and grace to carry us and bless us all the way through!

The Lord will encourage you through the promises of His Word each day, but seldom does that encouragement carry over to the next day. You have to go back to Him and be refreshed in it day-by-day. Psalm 103:4-5 (NLT) says, “He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's!” And, Psalm 68:19 (NIV) says “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” So, in all this we would read the word of God to encourage our hearts and keep us strong in faith putting anxiety under our feet.

Romans 1:17 tells us that those who have received Jesus will be those who walk out this life by faith! "The just shall live by faith." The walk of faith is exactly that—a walk of trusting God's Word and promises each day! Faith believes and trusts. A miraculous life is the result!  Learn to trust Him today!

Psalms 84:11 (NLT) "For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

What Do You Believe God Wants For You?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


What is God’s will for you? Does He really love you? Does He really care for you? Is He upset with you? Does He care about how your life is going? Are you on your way to Heaven or to Hell?

Do you know how important the answers to questions like that are? Do you understand that what you believe the answers to those question are, has everything to do with how you perceive and relate to God? Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”

If you didn't believe that He loved you with a greater love than anything you could possible conceive, then you have fallen short of knowing His love toward you. If you didn't know that He wants to reveal His love to you and wants you to comprehend it, then you are losing out on His love—a love so great that it has inherent power to transform and bless your life. Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT) says, "And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully...."  Imagine that! A love so great that it's incomprehensible!

His word says He loved you while you were a sinner. Romans 5:8 (NLT) says, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Personalize this! Put your name in there. He sent Jesus to come die and pay the punishment for your sins when you didn't even know if you believed in Him or even cared about what He did. People think, I'll try to get close to God when I clean up my life. No, this says Jesus died for you when you were anything but clean. That is an unfathomable love!

If you don’t believe that He wants great things for you, then you have fallen short of knowing His love toward you. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) says, “For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” God's will for you is good! It is Satan who is out to destroy your life. It's why he tries to lead everyone down the path of sin! Sin will always work destruction in your life.

Until Jesus comes back, Satan is called “the god of this world” because of what Adam did. Adam was created without sin and given authority over this world. When he was deceived by and obeyed Satan rather than God, it was the same as yielding his authority over to him. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) says, "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God." Jesus exposed Satan's agenda revealing that it's his goal is to kill, steal and destroy all of God's children and creation. Satan infects this world through luring them to participate in sin, hate, and destruction. People make those wrong choices every day. But they don't have to!

Jesus, because of His great love and mercy, has given back life, love, help, and protection to those who have received Him. You still live in this defiled world but you are not of it. God will help you overcome the lure of sin and it's destruction through faith and right choices. John 1:12 (NIV) says, “Yet to all who received Jesus, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” And, 1 John 5:4 (NIV) says, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith." 

What you know of God and His promises to you have everything to do with your faith and how you perceive His love to you and desire to help you! It affects your prayers and your faith behind those prayers! Remember, it is faith in God's love and promises that pleases God and releases His power to move in and through your life.

Do you know that? Do you believe that? God’s goodness, love, and promises are the anchor of your life and soul! So take the time to read and become acquainted with your loving God and His promise to bless your life through Jesus. It will draw you to Him and into an intimate relationship with Him!

Psalms 119:140 (NLT) "Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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