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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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What If Suddenly the Rapture Came?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I suddenly woke up! Something didn't seem right. There was too much light coming in the window. I looked at the clock. It was 7:00 am. I was in shock. My alarm should have gone off at 6:00 am. I reached for it but it wasn't turned on. I had forgotten to set it. I looked for Renee. She was already gone. Renee had left out-of-town to visit one of our sons and His family. I wasn't able to accompany here.

She set her alarm for 5:00 a.m. I was going to get up with her but I was in such a deep sleep, she didn't want to wake me. She thought I needed the sleep. Now she was gone and I didn't get to say goodbye or pray with her before she left. It felt so weird. I had immediate pains of missing her. I was caught off guard.

A few years ago, my dad had called me late one night. My mom had a heart attack. The ambulance was on the way and he wanted me to come get him and go with him to the hospital. Renee and I jumped in the car in seconds, picked him up and took him to the hospital. Mom never did recover. She died two days later. I never got to say goodbye to her while she was conscious. I was caught off guard.

Many years ago in my airline career, I was on a flight that nearly collided with another jet. It was a near-miss I survived, but I assure you, that day I thought about how close my life was to being over. I was caught off guard but that day changed my life.

Yesterday, I found out that an old friend I hadn't see in over 20 years died in a motorcycle accident. He was a great guy and I just couldn't stop thinking about how his wife and family and all of us were caught off guard.

There are things that happen suddenly in life. When they do, they usually catch us off guard. Had I been caught in that mid-air plane collision, I would have not been ready to meet the Lord. When my mom suddenly died, I so wanted one more last conversation to tell her how much I loved her. When Renee went out-of-town without waking me, I was caught off guard and missed praying with her and kissing her goodbye. And my friend, I'll have to wait until Heaven to see him again.

God doesn't want us to be off caught off guard—especially about the second coming of Jesus. It could happen at any time or it could be a number of years. Jesus said that no one knows the day or hour but, one day there will be, in the twinkling of an eye, the rapture of the church and all believers will be gone. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (NLT)  reveals, “For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words”

As you can see from the last verse, these words are to bring us comfort, not make us paranoid. If you are ready, then you won't be paranoid. We want to be ready when the Lord comes. Jesus makes ready, those who've received Him personally as their Savior.  It is those who have their sins washed washing. So, are you comfortable personally with how you are living for the Lord or would you feel embarrassed if that trumpet blew right now?

Let’s not be caught off guard. Let’s ask God to help us live righteously for Him and live working to reach people with His love. Let’s be the church being about His business.

Romans 13:12-14 (NLT) "The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don't live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light. We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy. But let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don't think of ways to indulge your evil desires."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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