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Friday, October 30, 2015

You Say - God Says

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by Pastor Tim Burt


You Say - God Says  
(Author Unknown)

One day two workers, Sam and Pete were in their break-room on their break drinking coffee.  Sam was telling Pete of a troubled situation he was dealing with calling his situation impossible.  Peter replied to Sam saying, This may be impossible to you but its' not with God.  Sam countered, Pete, you often say things like that quoting Bible verses, but they are just words and don't help anything!   Pete replied, Sam these are more than quotes from a book. These words are the inspired word and promises from God to those who would believe. So let me ask you? Should I believe what God has had written to us and hold on to my hope, or should I see them as simply words on paper that may sound nice but mean nothing and leave me without hope?   They met later for lunch and went through each of the Bible promises that Peter had been quoting to Sam.  When they were done, Sam confessed that he has been inspired, encouraged in his faith, and decided he was going to believe like Pete.  Here are those words that encouraged them both!

You say: "It's impossible" God says: All things are possible 
(Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired" God says: I will give you rest 
(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me" God says: I love you 
(John 3:16 and John 3:34)

You say: "I can't go on" God says: My grace is sufficient
(2 Corinthians 12:9 and Psalm 91:15) 

You say: "I can't figure things out" God says: I will direct your steps 
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it" God says: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able" God says: I am able
 (2 Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it" God says: It will be worth it 
(Romans 8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself" God says: I Forgive you 
(I John 1:9 and Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage" God says: I will supply all your needs 
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid" God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear 
(2 Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated" God says: Cast all your cares on ME 
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough" God says: I give you wisdom 
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone" God says: I will never leave you or forsake you 
(Hebrews 13:5)

In the days of Jesus, there were many who heard Him and knew His words were truth and promise, and so they believed. And there were others who heard but skeptically mocked Jesus and His disciples. His words did them no good.  Which one are you?

Hebrews 4:2 (NIV)   “For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Your Inner Strength to Obey God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Physical strength! We all know what it is. You can just look at someone that is physically strong and see it on them.

Inner strength isn’t as noticeable as physical strength. It lies underneath the surface if it’s there at all. Inner strength is that strength of spirit to manage and do what one knows he/she should do in a situation. It is a strength that comes from God. Ephesians 3:16 (NLT) says, "I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit."  Nothing creates greater inner strength than a revelation of the Holy Spirit empowering you from within!

You need inward strength! Especially when your heart is guided by God's word and is instructing you to do something good that temptation and your flesh is rebelling against or lusting after. When you find the inner strength from God, oh the joy it brings to your heart as we see in Psalm 1:1-2. “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about His precepts.”

If you want to crush a temptation or lust like a sledgehammer crushing a nut, remember this: when temptation comes, instead of thinking about it, instead switch over and think about delighting yourself walking in the ways that please God. Imagine doing exactly what would please God and doing it with great delight! Take gossip for example. Proverbs 16:28 says, “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.” The Apostle Paul frowns on gossip and this kind of behavior saying,  "For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior." 2 Corinthians 12:20 (NLT)

In reading these verses, we can easily grasp that gossiping about others is not good. But, it comes so easy at times when everyone is doing it. What will help you find the inner strength to take a different road? Delighting yourself in God’s instruction and will! Meditate on it. Lean on the Lord and draw strength, and then do what 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT says, “So encourage and edify each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

When you know what God wants, and you delight yourself in thoughts about doing what God wants out of your love for Him, it immediately takes you to another place in your heart. Strength instantly comes and temptations evaporate. You aren’t sitting on the fence saying, Should I or shouldn’t I?  No, you are thinking about your love for God and thinking about how much you love to do things His way! You meditate on His ways and delighting your self in doing things His way!

In doing this, you will find supernatural inner strength for restraint and moderation. It will come by the grace of God and through the channel of delighting yourself in the Lord and His precepts. So, do it! Spend more time meditating on what God wants you to do. Know that joy and blessing follow that obedience. Think about it. You'll have avoided something bad, responded according to His Word, you'll feel great that you did the right thing, and blessing will manifest in your life in a greater and greater way! How awesome is all that! The inner strength from God to do this is within you!

Psalm 1:2 “But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about His precepts.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Real Doing, Real Fruit, Real Transformation

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you realized that people often speak higher of themselves than what they actually live out. We all have areas in our life where we esteem ourselves or view ourselves as more developed and mature than we truly are. The truth is, we all have shortcomings that reveal our need to spiritually grow and mature.

We see an example of what people say they’ll do vs. what they actually do play out in a parable Jesus told in Matthew 21:28-32. Jesus said, "What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. "Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go. "Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”

Nothing Jesus teaches is for the purpose of producing condemnation but to poke you in your heart that a change is needed in your thinking or behavior. If you can feel that poke, it means that your heart is not hard which is good news! It's sensitive enough to feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit and note that need for change. That is not the time to run or get beat up by guilt. It’s the time to thank God for His mercy and grace to forgive you and for you to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to change!

Each and every one of us is in need of ongoing change in our life. We all need the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus. You have figured out by now that we will never attain perfection or be perfectly like Jesus. That is why Jesus came and paid the penalty for the sins and imperfections in our life. Our faith in Jesus and in His sacrifice of taking the punishment for our sins is what makes us righteous before our Heavenly Father God. Our faith in what Jesus did is what makes us spotless in God’s eyes. What a magnificent thing! But, we still see our own imperfections and flaws and areas of needed change. Jesus cares about them and desires transformation within us because they affect and work to hinder our blessing in this life. They also get in the way of our ability to influence others for the Lord.

2 Cor. 3:18 speaks of the need for this ongoing transformation saying, “And we who …all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." This verse reminds us of the need to experience life-long transformation that will come only with the help of the Holy Spirit within us. So, we don’t beat ourselves up but we do take honest assessments of the need for transformation as the Holy Spirit convicts and shows us.

For those who don’t adopt this attitude, Proverbs 26:12 NKJV will be their life. It says, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” This person may love Jesus but if they won’t let the Lord work change in them, they’ll experience very little transformation and hinder the blessing God wants for them.

God’s Word is powerful!  Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) says, "For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." 

God’s Word has the inherent ability to bring transformation to our lives if we will put faith in the promise of God’s Holy Spirit strengthening us to make those changes.

The Apostle Paul closes out today’s Fresh Manna speaking of the need for spiritual development and maturity putting it in words I could never improve upon.

Galatians 5:22-26 “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another."

Simply having knowledge about God and His Word can become a place of pride. 1 Cor. 8:1 RSV says, “…Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Putting actions to how God instructs us to live produces transformation. It’s about what we do, not what we say. Is the fruit of the Spirit of God actually evident and an ongoing pattern of your day-to-day lifestyle?

Let’s not just know about the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual maturity is developed within you when the fruit of the Spirit has become your character. That only happens over time and through the poke and conviction that alerts you and leads to change that produces transformation!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Your Robe, Your Ring, and Your Sandals

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am sure that most of you have heard of or have read the story of the prodigal son. If there were ever a story to read over and over and over again, it’s this story. If there were ever a story taught by Jesus with the intention of helping us understand the Lord’s love, patience, mercy and grace toward us – despite our daily slip ups and failures, it’s this story.
The Holy Spirit will teach you a thousand lessons in your heart through this story if you will approach it with the purpose of being taught, each time you read it. Today, I’d like to point a few very important things that will help us receive God’s strength to live mightily before Him.
Its-Party-TimeFirst let’s look at part of the story:
Luke 15:17-23 "When he (the prodigal son) finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man." ‘“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.' "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast…”
When the prodigal son left home, I imagine him to be much like many teenagers or young adults today. I believe he wanted to spread his wings, experience more of life, find out for himself who he was, and experience life his way. He probably had only one person on his mind that he cared for and attended to – himself! Of course this led him to every wrong place life can take someone before he had squandered everything his father had given him.
2d753-robeWhen he “came to his senses” he came home humbled before his father. How did his father greet him? First, with the intercession of a loving parent – he had always been watching and praying for him. Second, he was a man of faith, not despair. He knew that his son was not under his control nor anyone's except the enemy of his soul as long as he yielded to wrong choices. He believed that faith-filled prayers would move the heart of God so that God would continuously work to remind this wayward young man of those that love him. Thirdly, his father was a man of great love, patience, grace, and mercy. He was praying and looking with expectation that at some moment his son would return. When he saw his son approaching, he ran out to meet him. The father’s goal was not to berate, humble or humiliate his son – not to say, “I told you so.” Nor to make him pay for his stupidity and squandering. It was to sincerely rejoice and greet him with a heart of love and forgiveness, embracing him with the love of a father. This was the greeting that no prodigal would expect or feel worthy of. This kind of love is overwhelming because it makes one feel so undeserving, yet when accepted, brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.
I am sure the son wanted to apologize a thousand times over. The father probably listened only to satisfy his son’s need to repent. From there he moved toward restoration. He put the finest robe on his son. That robe represents the robe of righteousness provided through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is the garment that God covers each of us with so that when he looks at us, He only sees us washed in white and as His child. “Our sins He remembers no more.” (Hebrews 10:17) That robe is what symbolizes us as acceptable and justified – “not guilty” before the Lord. That is the first act of the Father to his prodigal son come home. This kind of love brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.
Then the father put a ring on his finger. To us that ring symbolizes the authority of being a child of God. It represents the authority given us through the name of Jesus. It symbolizes the strength given us through the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation and sin. It symbolizes the discernment to beware of the deceitful schemes of the enemy to draw us off course. It gives us the confidence to pray faith-filled prayers. The ring is symbolic of the source of our authority to live an overcoming life for God. This kind of love brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.
Finally, the father put sandals on his son’s feet – symbolizing his loving welcome home and a new beginning to share with others the kind of love that his father had shown him. God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation – of the sharing His love with the world around us. This kind of love brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.
God’s love brings us great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.  Philip. 1:10 says, “…that you may discern and approve the things that are pure and excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.” God has washed us and put His robe of righteousness on us, given us His ring – His authority over Satan in our lives, and the ministry of being His ambassadors so we may share this wondrous love and grace. But, He says, approach it with discernment. Approve in your life what is excellent. Be without offense till the day of Christ.
The young prodigal grew up the hard way. Now the father taught him to move from selfish to selfless and from careless to discerning. Let it empower you with sincerity to choose to discern and approve things that are pure and excellent so you live without offence toward God and man.restoration
If you pause and come before the Lord often throughout your day with the intent of living for the Lord, you will feel that power of discernment working in you. You will have the strength to change your thinking. You will have the power to speak right words. You will have the authority to cast down evil imaginations. You will have the spiritual strength to discern and approve and live out things that are excellent and without offense before God. You will be wearing your robe, your ring, and your sandals well! You’ll glorify Jesus in your life!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Power of Words

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Psalms 19:14 "Let the WORDS OF MY MOUTH, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer"

There is a powerful message on the power of words in this short video!



If your tongue has power, you have power. You can frame your world with acceptable words that please God and create life and blessing for others, or you can spill words like sewage that bring hurt. God’s will is always to bring life!

Proverbs 18:20-21 "From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; and with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt



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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Have Faith for Something Beautiful!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I write this, I am sitting in my kitchen looking out the window at the end of this year's flower garden. Our Spring and Summer were amazing with the perfect amount of rainfall to help it be one of my best gardening years ever! It has been a spectacular Fall and the colors are so beautiful right now. It will only be a few more weeks and the garden will be mostly dead and in hibernation until Spring. 

Every Spring when the winter has gone, I see the area where last year's garden was, but only see a lot of dirt and little else. Gardening is all about the exercise of your faith. You put tiny seeds and small plants into the ground in faith believing they will grow and become something beautiful! It reminds me of my life’s work. So much of what I do is like planting seeds and having faith that they will grow into something beautiful. I write these devotions trusting and having faith that God will speak through what is written and help people. I work with people teaching them God’s Word hoping in faith that it will bring reassurance of His love toward them and transform their lives into something meaningful. I am continually creating small groups of people at church or planning events. I do all these things in faith that they will produce a diversity of blessings for many people.

I believe we all do things that require faith because we can’t always instantly see the results of our work. Faith is an every day, ongoing part of life. God is to be the center of our faith. We lean on Him asking for His help and having faith that He cares for and will help us—AND HE WILL! First of all, our faith pleases God and secondly, it releases us from what we have no control over once we’ve done our part.

Hebrews 11:1 NLT says, "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."  Too often, people put their faith in themselves, their ability, and what they think they can accomplish. People of great achievement that are honest will tell you that many of the things that contributed to their success were things they had little do to with. That is true for us all and should bring a sense of humility. For those that know and have faith in God, they can be honest and give God the glory and thanks. For those that don’t, they soak up the praise for what they know they don’t totally deserve. That will one day work against them.

I take a small seed that God has created and provided, and plant it in the ground. It turns into something beautiful. I really only had a small part. God made the seed and God created the process for its growth. I simply plant it and water it. God created the beauty with which it will be appreciated. My part is so small. His part is everything! Because of this, I have faith that what He tells me to do will produce a truly good result. When He instructs me in His Word, I pay attention. He is really the true gardener of our lives. I put my faith that the incorruptible seed of His Word that He plants in me will produce something beautiful! As a matter of fact, I know it will because it already has. And I’m sure it has in you too! So… have faith and let God be the gardener who plants His seed in you. You do your part watering that seed by praying He brings understanding to His Word and leads you by it day-by-day.  If you do, it will produce many beautiful things in your life!

Hebrews 11:6 “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

God is Doing a Work in You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you looked back over the last 12 months of your life, would you say that you have stayed the same, changed for the worse or changed for the better? I ask that because God would always have you change for the better—even in the most difficult of times. Most people who have made it through difficult times with a good outlook would tell you that it was a real test of their character and that they learned the good, the bad, and the ugly about themselves. They also usually comment that those times made them a stronger and better person for various reasons.

A life in Jesus is all about transformation. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, that God wants to transform your life, help you become more conformed to the image of Christ, and develop godly character within you. That will happen because you prayerfully press into and respond to the instruction of His Word in the good times. It will also happen because you respond to His Word and believe in the promise of His help in the tough times. Both will mature you and develop godly character in you! This is how transformation happens!

Upon accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, God immediately gives you gifts and promises. You are given the gift of the forgiveness of your sins, the gift of Heaven, and the promise and gift of the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. From the moment you accept Jesus, the Spirit of God takes residence within your heart and a miracle of transformation begins. You begin to see life through God’s eyes. The scriptures begin to speak to you as though they were just given a voice. Your entire perspective of life begins to change which means you begin to see life differently. You are literally becoming a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) says, "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

The words of this verse carry the meaning of being re-manufactured, or remade as a brand new creation. You are a new creature and you are continuing to become that transformed person. There will be a day when people talk about you and say, He/she is a completely different person from when I used to know him/her.
There will be times where you struggle and feel like you are going backwards. Difficulty and discouragement is a device of Satan to rob your faith and try to drive you backwards in circumstances and character. It’s the time to fight back and reach for more of God within you! It’s a time to remember the words in Micah 7:8 NLT “Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord himself will be my light.”

The Holy Spirit within you is the power of God to change you and He will help you. Faith and patience is the key. Just say the words God is working in me and I am changing more and more into the image of Christ. Then say what Philippians NLT 1:6 says, "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt



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Monday, October 19, 2015

Ever Have “One of Those Days”?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I had attended a dinner/event we were invited to. After dinner, when the desert was served, the waitress asked if I’d like coffee. I said yes but wanted to make sure it was decaffeinated. She served me and later refilled my cup two more times. I found out later that she didn’t hear that I had requested decaf and had served me regular coffee. That night I could not fall asleep. I normally never drink regular coffee in the evening because it will keep me awake. And so, I went to bed later that night but basically just watched the hours go by without being able to sleep—until about 4 am. I had to get up at 6 am and had a long day a head of me. That was a rough way to start the day.

Ever have one of those days? Ever have one of those days, where you didn’t get to bed till 1 am in the morning and the baby wakes up at 2 am. You get back to bed at 3 am and have to get up at 6 am for the start of your day.


Ever have one of those days where you go to bed and your mind is racing because of a situation that you can’t seem to stop thinking about it? You lay there hour after hour and now, not only are you thinking about it, but you are also thinking about the lack of sleep you are getting and the long day you have tomorrow.

Ever have one of those days where you wake up exhausted before you’ve even started the new day? We all seem to have 
one of those days at one time or another. So, what do you do when they come?

I’ll tell you what I’ve learned to do. First, I don’t panic! I don’t because I have learned to have faith in and lean upon the grace of God. God’s grace is mentioned over and over throughout the Bible. What is God’s grace? I’ll give you three components that make up God’s grace.

First of all, God’s grace is His love that offers us mercy, forgiveness and redemption. Jesus came to die for our sins and to redeem us from our sins
all of them. What Jesus did for us is so gracious that it’s hard to wrap your brain around, but it’s true. 

Secondly, it’s His compassion. He knows what life is like. Jesus came and experienced its hardship. Hebrews 4:15  says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin." He can relate to you. He has compassion.

Thirdly, His grace is His supernatural help in your life. It's born out of His love and compassion toward you. It comes through your knowledge of His love toward you through Jesus Christ. You come to understand Jesus’ love for you and how much He wants to help you in every aspect of your life. And from that love He gives “grace.” Grace is His ongoing supernatural help to you in every situation.

Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” God says we have access to this grace 
by faith. That means we have to believe—we have to have faith that His graceHis supernatural help is there for us.

When I have one of those days, the first thing I do is ask God for His grace to be multiplied in my life. 
2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV) says, "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord..." I do because He wants to help us. Have you ever swooped up your crying child when he or she was in need? Have you ever wrapped your arms around them and brought assurance and then helped them? God’s love brings us that swooping grace. It began with Jesus Christ and continues today! And He wants to assure us in “one of those days,” that He’ll be there to help us! Can you have faith in that?

I put my trust in the Lord and ask Him to help me have a grace-filled day
—to make it an even better day than I would have had if I had a good nights sleep. Once you begin to experience and recognize His grace, you eventually mature to a place where you lean on His grace in every situation, always!

So turn One of Those Daysinto a glorious day by leaning on His grace all day long. He loves you and He will multiply His grace in your day!


Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 16, 2015

God Wants You to be Sticky!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When my kids were young, they loved when we went to the State Fair. If they could have one treat, it would be cotton candy. I would order it for them and myself. When we were done, our hands were horribly sticky and stuck to everything we touched until we finally washed them.
 Did you know that God wants us to be sticky in one area of our life? He wants us to be sticky influencers. He wants us to have godly influence on others that sticks to their life.

As Christians, God wants us to see our lives as a source of continuous influence. Become an influencer and you increase your opportunity to one day influence someone to receive Jesus as their Savior.

You life is a book to be read by others as they watch you day-by-day. You may not realize it, but you can powerfully influence people through the consistency of living a Christ-like walk. People judge you quickly through first impressions but after that, judge you by how they most consistently observe you.

When people think of influencers, they often think of people with titles, important positions, power, celebrity status, or greatness. Of course these kinds of people have influence. But God has created you to be an influence whether you have any kind of title or status or not. God would rather have us focus on and be sensitive to the opportunities that are currently before us—those in our daily surroundings. He wants people to see Jesus in us. For this reason, He doesn't want us on and off like a light switch.

When you walk into a grocery store or sit down in a restaurant, He wants people to sense God's love from you. That happens not because you stopped to preach at them, but because you stopped to look them in the eyes and respond with a smile and kindness. It happens because you asked them how their day was going, even though they are there to serve you. It happens because you took a moment to bring light into their life through your kind words or actions. This is the influence that God uses to draw people into His love. And when this happens through you consistently, your influence becomes sticky!

Never believe the lie that your life doesn't matter and that you can't impact someones life. Every person's influence touches and sticks to others—good or bad. God created you and I to be a sticky godly influence for Him. They may want cotton candy but you can give them something beyond their wildest dreams—the love of Jesus and the saving knowledge of His grace!

2 Cor 5:18-20 "...God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Does God Really Love you? Get it Settled Now!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I felt terrorized! I was nine years old, standing outside the principal’s office and waiting to be called in to be disciplined. It was the most scared I had ever been in my life. The principal was not a nice person. She always looked and sounded angry. She had disciplined me a few weeks earlier for something I did not do. My teacher had even told her she had disciplined the wrong guy. She didn’t even apologize. Her words were, He probably deserved it anyway. To get pulled into her office for judgment again that day was terrorizing.

Many people are afraid that this is what it is going to be like when they one day stand before God. Their conscience is filled with what they know wouldn’t be pleasing to God. Consequently, they would rather push the reality of God out of their mind, renaming Him a crutch for weak people, or nonexistent, or re-inventing God to their liking, than think about and feel terrorized in their heart over the thought of one day standing before Him for their life’s actions. They feel this way because they really don't know Him. Their ignorance of God's mercy, kindness, and love is tragic!

God is not like my less-than-wonderful school principal. God is God. He is merciful, patient, kind, just, holy, all-knowing, all-seeing, and a thousand wonderful things more. Your mind is not capable of understanding the depth, love, magnificence and wisdom of God without the help of the Holy Spirit. People can deny His existence and push Him away, but He is still God and He is still there. He is not evil. He is good. He has a plan for every person to stand before Him without fear. That plan is Jesus.

Jesus paid the price for our sins through His death. He paid the price and punishment upon the cross for the sins we committed. Knowing this and receiving Him into our heart as Savior is what enables us to stand before Him washed and cleansed from sin.  He did this out of His great love for us—not out of a desire to punish us. The book of Revelation shows a time where all of Heaven is singing about this great love and what Jesus did for all mankind—for all who would believe. Revelation 5:9 (NLT) "And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation."  God is not someone to be afraid of. He is someone to run to!

Terrorists hate and take lives; not love and give up their lives out of their love for others. God is not someone to be afraid of. God didn't love us when and while we were living perfect for Him. He loved us when we were at our worst. I know we struggle to love others when they reject us or are mean to us, but God doesn't! And Jesus is the proof. That is what makes Him God and so wonderful. Romans 5:8 NLT reminds us, "But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." This kind of love is greater than we can wrap our minds around. We have to accept it by faith.

And if we blow it? What do we do? First, it's not if you blow it. It's when you blow it. You will. But, God knows that for you to learn to live for Him is a process of learning and trying. So He says to us in, 1 John 1:8-10 NLT "If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong doing. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts."


Each of us is constantly surrounded by two kinds of people. The ones that don't know the Lord and are dealing with their fear of God for what they think He will do to them, and the ones that know the Lord and are still dealing with thoughts of condemnation, guilt, and thinking God is rejecting them. Is that you? Well then let this be settled in your heart and mind today: Jesus is not out to get you! He is out to love you, save you, and help you get your life right. If you know the Lord and are still struggling with His love because in your mind, you don't measure up; then confess your sins, receive His forgiveness, regroup, and learn of His love. HE LOVES YOU!

Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)  “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Place Where Miracles and Grace Happen

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you ever feel surrounded by ungodly people? If so, do you let pressure you or seduce you dragging—you into their mud? Do the problems they fear and go on and on about invade your life and jump on you? If so, now is the time to stop that from happening. And you have a great role model to look to.

Daniel was a man taken captive and forced to live in the most pagan environment anyone could imagine. King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Israel, tore and burned most of it down, killed most but took a few of the princes of the land back to Babylon—the most pagan of environments. Except for Daniel's three close young friends whom he was mentoring and were brought back with him, no one else in this new pagan environment loved God or thought like Daniel did. He was learned in God's Word and wisdom. For that reason, he was different from all his peers. And from the beginning of his existence there, he was despised and hated. Daniel was a stand out because of his godly wisdom and was promoted in leadership. His pagan peers were jealous and did not like it. Even so, Daniel powerfully represented God and lived absolutely upright before the Lord. He did not and would not compromise his integrity. Whenever Daniel had a problem, he didn't lean to his own strength or great wisdom for the solution. His life pattern was to get on his knees, and when he did it wasn’t out of panic, anxiety or fear of some looming situation. It was because it was the place where he resolved every issue.
The fact that Daniel and his three friends were alive was the grace of God manifest in their lives. Without God's grace, they'd been dead! Time and time again Daniel had seen God’s hand rescue and help him. Daniel’s confidence wasn’t in himself. It was completely in the God of Israel. He knew they were a people in covenant with God, and that for those that lived for Him, they would see His hand of protection and blessing. And so he lived on his knees. He knew better than anyone—except maybe David and Solomon—what these words meant: “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26 NKJV) Daniel had strong confidence, but it was completely and utterly in the Lord. I don’t believe he had a prideful bone in his body. That is what made him so great!

At one point in his new leadership, his evil peers had created a law for the sole purpose of taking Daniel down. All the people were required to bow to an idol made in honor of King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 6:10 says, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before."

I don't know if you caught that, but it said he was giving thanks. He was doing this at a time when some cruel, jealous men just made major trouble for him. This was a wicked decree that would affect everything around him in a horrible way. It would cause him to be thrown into a lion's den. Daniel didn't panic. He trusted God, fell to his knees, and prayed. He gave thanks. He understood what we need to know and remember: that God was with him, guiding him and helping him. He knew God was his deliverer! And so, if you read the story of Daniel, you’ll read his stories of being delivered in every situation that looked hopeless.

I pray that each of us learn to fall into this beautiful place—on our knees, the place where miracles and grace happen. I pray we fall there either literally, or in our hearts—and frequently. I pray that we come to the Lord, not in panic, but in thanksgiving of His love and goodness and “thoughts of good and not evil to give us a hope and future…” Although we are not always faithful, the Lord always is!

Psa 32:6 -7 “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found...You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 12, 2015

God's Power and Strength in your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


People that sincerely desire to become conformed to the image of Jesus, have the most potential to experience His empowering grace. Grace is not only the mercy of God in your life, but it is also the supernatural help that comes from Him. Grace is the source of His power to do those things that you cannot do in your own strength in order to become partakers of His divine nature.

The devil loves when we've become enslaved to sin. He loves to see people become habitual liars. He loves to see people enslaved to pornography or in sexual immorality, smitten with sexual disease and trapped in losing relationships through the lust of sex. He loves to see people trapped in addictions or habits that waste their time doing nothing profitable instead of using their God-given gifts with great dedication, faithfulness, and commitment. Satan loves to see people waste or abuse their finances through gambling or reckless spending—digging a deeper and deeper hole that feels impossible to climb out of! He loves to inflict people with disease and then get them to believe that it’s God’s will to teach them something. After all, who is going to fight what they believe is God’s will?

Slavery to sin is what Jesus came to destroy. 1 John 3:8 KNJV says “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

In our desire to change and become more like Jesus, it is God's grace—His supernatural help, that gives us the strength to break free from old sinful patterns that we felt enslaved by. The first chord of bondage that has to be broken is the lie that we are enslaved to sin! We are not! When you received Jesus as your Savior, Satan's power over you was broken. That truth is empowering and acknowledging it is the first step of taking back your life. Then we discover through God's word that we have His power within us—the power that sets us free and position us to discover the ability to live an entirely new life of godly desires. His grace gives us the inward strength to say yes to that which is good, and no to that which we know the Lord would have us say no to. This is the meaning behind 2 Peter 1:3-4. "God's divine power has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

As long as we sincerely seek God’s help and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we will experience a change in our thinking and experience an inner strength from God to that helps us fulfill our personal journals with testimonies of His miracles and faithfulness.

When you decide to make changes, it would be foolish to think that the devil will simply let go without a fight. Habits, which become mental strongholds, will try to get you to repeat what you have repeated over and over for so long. But it won’t have the same strength to hold—not when you know that you've been enabled to participate in God's divine nature. Temptation is his game and he will bring it on. The difference will be this: when at that moment you look for God’s grace within you and lean upon it—God help me—you will sense it there! You just need to make the decision to receive it and walk in it. The temptations will no longer have the same power over you. You will be able so say no and let it mean no. You'll have the strength to walk away from it and do something good and appropriate instead. Do that! Make the devil pay! It’s at that time, you'll know you've changed because your faith senses God's grace and power. That is the freedom Jesus died for—for His grace and strength to give you back your life! In his strength, you can become more like Jesus and experience more and more of His divine nature through the Holy Spirit with you. It will be a force for the devil to recon with as you purposely live for God in this earth!

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one manAdam, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign and triumph over sin and death through the one man, Jesus Christ.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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