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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

God Will Help You Today!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


An evil report; is there anything worse? The doctor hands you an evil report. The girlfriend or boyfriend says they want to break it off. The spouse says he or she has been in an affair. The boss says, I'm sorry but I have to lay you off. The evil report; we all hate them.

When ever I have been hit with an evil report, it has most often seemed to affect my heart in one of two ways: it has either tried to hit me like a hammer of fear or cover me like a blanket of disappointment. Either of these emotional states is absolutely unacceptable to me. They might come but I will not allow them to stay. Why? Because as a child of God I am not one without hope and the evil report is not the end of the story.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV) says, "For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

Salvation means to be saved - to be delivered from the power of enemies or evil circumstances. To receive aid, health, welfare, prosperity, and victory. This is what happens when we let today be touched through belief and faith in what God speaks to our heart through His Word. It becomes "a day of salvation" - a day when we allow God to bring help, aid, health, prosperity and victory to our lives. If is for this reason that I do not let an evil report become that which will govern my emotions or destroy my faith.

God tells us things like "today is the day of salvation" - a day in which we can be helped by God against evil circumstances and watch God turn what was meant for evil be turned for good! Today can be the beginning of that turn but that depends on what we choose to believe. Will we believe the Lord? Will we believe the promises of His Word? The Lord reiterates that point in Isaiah 53:1 (NKJV) saying, “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" He was talking about two things when He said this. Who will believe in Jesus and who will believe in the promises of God?

When times of an evil report come, whose report are you going to believe? Are you going to let the evil report melt your heart and cause you to fall apart or are you going to remember that you are a child of God and that "today is your day of salvation?"

When you are facing an evil report it might seem devastating or at least extremely disappointing. You may momentarily be stricken with shock or grief but, that is when you need to remember who you are in Christ and say out loud "God is my salvation - today.!" His report is the report of the Lord. It's His report I believe. He will help me in my time of trouble – today! I may not see all that He is doing but I have the right by faith to ask and believe what Psalms 46:1 (NIV) says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." I believe His report! “Don’t stop there; thank Him for these things with GREAT sincerity. It will lift your heart immediately! Do so every time you feel that report trying to touch your heart and emotions. Know that this is not the end of the story, but God turning this evil for good is!

That is what the Lord is saying when He is revealing we have a "day of salvation." That begins with receiving Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior but that is just the beginning. He is your help today! So, whose report will you believe? Will you let your heart melt? Will you let fear and discouragement push you into despair and hopelessness? Will Satan defeat you with an evil report and get you to quit? Or, will you know your God and will you let today be your "day of salvation?" Will you believe His report? Will you believe His arm (His strength) is not too short to reach you? Your heart, your faith, your prayers and your words will reveal whom you believe! Believe the report of the Lord!

Psalms 98:1 (NIV) "Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His Holy arm have worked salvation and gotten him the victory."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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You Are the Prevailing Church!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Does it ever seem like your are surrounded by more than a few people who are experiencing difficult situations? Because I am a Pastor in a large church, I assume I see more that the average person, yet I think we all have these people around us. You may be one of those in a difficult situation!

When people are forced to navigate life's difficult challenges, negative thoughts, too often, come like a flood.  The devil is the ultimate pessimist and will gladly lead you to think about every dark, discouraging outcome your situation could result in. It's his playground and he'd like to bring you there. Actually, it's easy to recognize when you're thought-life is being lured there, if you will only pay attention.  I've learned over the years, to guard my thought-life like a fortress, and to always lead it to God's perspective and promises. When thoughts of doom and gloom make their entrance, I immediately reject them and cast them down as instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."  

When you made Jesus your personal Lord and Savior, you became His child and you became a part of the church. It is Jesus who spoke to us of His prevailing power.  Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

This verse has been misunderstood by too religious people. It has been taken as Jesus raising up Peter as the head of the church. That isn’t what Jesus was saying. Prior to this statement, Jesus had asked His disciples “Who do people think I am?” They had responded saying, “Well," they replied, "Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." But Jesus asked them, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in Heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Matthew 16:14-17 (NLT)

When we read “upon this rock I will build my church,” the rock is revelation knowledge—God the Father revealing His heart directly to Peter’s heart about who Jesus really was and what His mission was about. This is what Jesus was referring to when He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” Jesus was saying that each and every believer of Jesus Christ would be capable of hearing from the heart of God with the help of the Holy Spirit through scripture. Together we would become His mighty church hearing directly from God and able to discern the lies of Satan. God was now able to speak His promises directly to our heart instead of going through a priest so that our faith would become strong and fearless and “the gates of Hell would not prevail against God’s us—the church.”

Proverbs 28:1 says, “Those walking contrary to God’s ways flee from fear though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” No one is pursuing them, yet the fear generated in their mind leads them to panic and jump ship! The righteous are bold because we can cast down those fear-mongering thoughts from Satan, knowing God will lead us to prevail!

You and I are the prevailing church! We can have an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We can personally seek Him through His word. His Word will speak promise and faith to our heart. He will lift us out of doubt, unbelief and fear. We will rise up, overcome and prevail. Boldness from faith in His promises is what will cause us to be a light to the lost and fearful world.

When trouble come, I'll make the devil pay for his attempts to rob me of my sleep. During the night, instead of tossing and turning, I spent time praising and worshipping the Lord. I'll pray God’s promises over people and their negative situations. I will preach messages of hope, encouragement and promise.  “The gates of Hell will not prevail against the church.” I will prevail and make the devil pay! How about you?

Psalms 34:19 (NLT) "The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time." 




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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