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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Form Friendships and Partnerships Carefully

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I know many people form some kind of picture in their mind when they hear the word partnership. When I hear that word, I first think of a marriage or a business partnership. There can many reasons why someone would want to enter into partnership with another person. I think the reasons tie into the definition of what a partner is.

A partner is defined as a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor. Partners often share in the risks and profits of their association. Partnership is a great idea in many ventures. Sometimes partnership is a contractual relationship. Sometimes its an association such as in being tennis partners. God knows we can be a source of strength to one another when entering into appropriate partnerships and relationships. When Jesus was raising up, training, and empowering his disciples, he sent them out in pairs. Luke 10:1 “The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them on ahead in pairs to all the towns and villages He planned to visit." The Lord had them partner together to be a support and encouragement to each other as they pursued their mission and a source of strength and reassurance to each other in times of discouragement.

Partnerships can be as disastrous as they can be helpful if you enter into partnership with the wrong person. That is why God tells us to pick our partnerships or the relationships we associate with carefully. We are meant to be a light to everyone we come in contact with, and reflect Jesus to all people. That does not mean we are to “hang out” or become close friends with people who don’t know the Lord. To the contrary, we aren't to form intimate or close relationships with those who don’t believe in Jesus. Yes, we are to love them in Christ! Yes, we are to reach out to them! But the second you become a close friend, you will come to the place, time and time again, where you will be forced to compromise what your believe to keep peace in that relationship. Most often, you will be more pliable and accepting of them in your effort to show the love of Jesus, than they will be of you. They don't have that same inner motivation.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16 (NLT) says, "Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people."

A partnership with God is not like a partnership with a man. God will never break or fail to follow through on His covenant relationship or partnership with you. Never! He is always true to His Word. That partnership is initiated through Jesus Christ when someone receives Him as Lord and Savior through faith. The Holy Spirit immediately comes to live within that person as the sign and seal of that relationship. The relationship is then empowered through sincere heart faith, trust, and appreciation of the love and hope Jesus reveals and promises to you.

Partnering with God is more than a partnership with any human being. It's called a Covenant Relationship. God made a covenant with Noah. We read, “Then God told Noah and his sons, “I am making a covenant with you and your descendants…” (Genesis 9:8-9) We actually still see what was a part of that covenant between God and Noah in the earth today – the rainbow! Genesis 9:13-15 says, “I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my permanent promise to you and to all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with everything that lives. Never again will there be a flood that will destroy all life.” 

God is the perfect partner. He always listens. He always empathizes. He knows you better than you know yourself. He loves you more than anyone on the planet. He proved His love by giving Jesus as a sacrifice for your sins. He declares Himself as your helper! You will never find anyone who will ever come close to that. If you do need to form a partnership, whether that be marriage, friendship, a venture, or something else, make sure you are equally yoked. Then both of you together, pray and be dependent on God to help keep you both accountable to Him and stay on track in the relationship.

Make Jesus the third strand of your cord in your partnership.  As Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT) says, "A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Transformation Leading to a Successful Godly Marriage


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by Pastor Tim Burt


Most everyone comes to an age and time in their life when they think about falling in love and getting married. All kinds of romantic imaginations precede this event. Then finally, for most, that big day arrives! A man and woman stand before each other in love and declare their vows of devotion and faithfulness before God ending with until death do us part.
And then the process of two people becoming “one flesh” begins. That is what Adam, by the inspiration of God, called the process of adapting in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

The process of adapting to each other begins the very first night of marriage. Two individuals that each had their own separate life and their own way of thinking, lovingly collide. Each brings with them their own way of doing things accompanied by their personal habits, their organizational styles (or lack of them,) their ways of unwinding, recreating and relaxing, and their idiosyncrasies. And from there, romantic imaginations collide with the very real and forced process of having to blend and adapt to each other to become "one flesh." That is seldom easy and it is where romance collides with reality.

A husband and wife are instructed by God to become two people joined together by Him as covenant partners working together for His purposes as well as their personal joy and happiness. They are to work toward a life that reflects God’s love, His will, and His purposes in the earth. This new life together calls for each of them to adapt and learn to work together as a team. And they are to seek God for a blending of all that they are so that they can become this new thing called “one flesh.”

This is their goal. If they pursue this goal putting God in the middle of all they do, then the Holy Spirit speaks to each of them individually and continuously, teaching and instructing them along the way. The Holy Spirit will at times, bring correction and reproof (showing them when their attitude is selfish and wrong,) so as to help them adapt and transform this new life together into the romantic dream they dreamed of for so long.

When people dream about things that they one day hope to live out, they seldom dream about the negatives that might come up. That would squelch their dream. But the actuality of any dream is the collision of romantic ideas and the reality of the struggles it takes to accomplish them. Until two people realize their inability to make things work in their own strength, and instead yield themselves to God, collision will happen! Only the Lord can help them deal with their selfish nature so that they can adapt and change out of love for Him and each other. Then and only then can “one flesh” be formed and unity between a husband and wife become a reality instead of a shattered dream. Then and only then can they experience the kind of blessing that God intended for marriage. Only then will they realize that marriage isn't the romantic dream that is most often fueled by the screens of Hollywood. It is something much more meaningful, more purposeful, and rich in life and love.

In this place, a husband and wife learn to become lovers and partners in the Lord. They learn to honor and respect each other. They learn to move from selfishness to preferring each other. Over time they learn to appreciate each others strengths and draw upon them. They learn each others weaknesses and become helpful, merciful, and give grace as they try to help each other improve in them. Without God in the middle of their life; without God’s Word instructing them and without them yielding to the Holy Spirit of God, they’ll work things out in the flesh and fail. The romantic imaginations of a glorious life of passionate love will become nothing more than the wreck that happens from a collision.

This has been the story of Renee and my marriage. From day one, we were right for each other but not ready for each other. I don't mean we should have delayed our marriage. I mean that no newly married couple is ready for each other. Adapting is work. Love for God and each other is the driving force. And He has to be reverenced and given the place of mediator between two people in the very long season of adapting. When a couple becomes accountable to Him at every bump in the road, they will get the instruction from God they need. They will need to be soft and yield to it, but as they do, the result over time will be a marriage that is truly rich in purpose and blessing. It will be a marriage that far exceeds the shallow romantic dreams it all began with. When romance collides with reality, and God is in the middle, transformation, unity, and the blessing of “one flesh” happen.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One of Your Callings: Sharpening Your Friends!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One weekend my son Peter called me. He wanted to go golfing. He wanted to play at a golf course that would be close to the last choice on my list. I dislike the course because when I was a young and a very poor golfer, this tough course of many trees, sand traps, and ponds, made a fool out of me. I probably hadn’t played there in 15 years and wasn’t excited about giving it another chance. Peter used his persuasive efforts and I caved in and said Yes.  We golfed with two of his other friends.

I have improved in my golf game over the years, but confess that I had some very negative expectations concerning this course. (That is a poor testimony for a supposed man of faith. Sorry about that!) The first hole went poorly. I continued to play shaky for the next two holes. His friends must have wondered if I really did know how to golf. As I got in the golf cart after the third hole, I shook my head, looked at Peter and said, I hate this course. He looked back at me and laughed.

Okay Dad, said Pete, I am going to now teach you what you teach me all the time. What you say is important! Now repeat after me. I love this course. It made me laugh. He was relentless until I spoke the words. I forced out them out. I love this course. He said, Come on Dad, say it again with passion behind it. I stepped it up and said louder, I really love this course. We both laughed. Now, he said, I want you to keep saying it. This is what you’ve taught me all my life. It’s fair that I get to coach you to speak right. I laughed again and said, You are absolutely right and I appreciate it! (Funny thing was, my game improved. Imagine that!)

It's a great day when your kids preach back to you what you've taught them. And it is also the principle of Iron Sharpening Iron. 

Proverbs 27:17 NKJV says, “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” My adult son was now also becoming the friend who was sharpening me!

We all get the part of “iron sharpens iron.” The wisdom of this verse continues saying, “So a man sharpens the countenance of a friend.” If you meditate on these words, you begin to see that God has called you to have friends. This doesn’t just mean buddies that you hang with. It can mean family or people who you have reoccurring relationships such as in the workplace or a Bible study.

Then along with that friendship comes a calling. "As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” The calling is to sharpen the countenance of that friend. In the Hebrew, the definition for countenance implies, the emotional reflection of the heart, on the face. I realize that many people put on a game face most of the time. But when they get to talking with a friend and get real, it doesn’t take too long before the countenance of the heart begins to show through.


Again, God gives us a calling in friendship, and that is “to sharpen the countenance of a friend.” What that really means is to bring hope―godly hope to their situation. It’s not when they say, The economy is really bad and my business is tanking and you say, It’s bound to get better at some point. That in all likelihood will not change their countenance. It’s when you bring the promise and anointing of God to their situation that changes their life. Hey, God's Word says in Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." Let me pray for you right now! 

I have daily opportunities to sharpen the countenance of a friend and so do you! I do this often and as I bring sincere encouragement and prayer from God's word, I see their countenance change from desperation and hopelessness, to hope and faith! This is releasing the power of God through you and sharpening the countenance of your friend!

When you speak to your spouse or friend, are you communicating destructive words, meaningless or worthless words, or are you imparting words of faith and promise and words of power and anointing from God’s Word? It’s what you are called to do! Sharpen a friend today!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 23, 2016

God's Plan For Marriage: Love, Purpose, and Power

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Oh the power of two! If husbands and wives only realized that there is strength that God makes available when two people join together in unity in His will. The potential is so great!

When God made man, he did leave Adam to be alone to himself. Genesis 2:18 RSV reveals, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him.” From that very moment, there was greater power available to Adam and Eve together than to either of them on their own.They were able to work together, have children together, and manage and rule their lives according to the plan of God together. God called this having dominion. They weren't domestic partners. God had created something called marriage and it was between a man and a woman. In the garden from the very beginning, Adam said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his WIFE, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 NKJV) Adam said something that he had never actually experienced. This was a truth taught to Adam by God. How do I know? Because Adam had no father or mother. He had zero experiential level of marriage and family. He was created by God and God had taught him what marriage was and marriage was about. God is the author of Marriage and He knows His intent for it. He imparted this truth to Adam.

Eve became His wife in the garden. They moved over from being two individuals each capable of accomplishing good things, to a husband and wife that would become one flesh―one in spirit and purpose.

What does that mean, “One flesh?” It means two people joined together by God as covenant partners with God, working together toward a life that reflects God’s love, His will, and His purposes in the earth. Upon marrying, they begin to shed portions of their individuality in order to adapt to each other to become a team that loves and respects and honors each other. Marriage helped them adapt from selfish to selfless―esteeming each other and each other's needs. God would teach them how to each give respect and honor to each others gifting, ability, and instincts that would benefit their lives, their marriage, and their children.

God created marriage because, by His design, two are better than one. I love how he says that in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT, "Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." A husband and wife and Jesus make up that three-braided cord that is not easily broken and that is what God wants for marriage.

When a husband and wife will walk in unity, great power becomes available to them. Matthew 18:19 NLT says, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you."  What a powerful force that is! Can you see why the devil would work to keep couple in strife? Can you see why he'd try to stir up the warfare that would keep them from sitting down and praying together? If Renee and I have been consistent in any area of our lives, it's been in praying together. That time may be a few minutes or it may be longer but we pray about everything together. And we've seen a lifetime of answered prayers that we think so many people could experience but don't! And for no good reason!


There is no power on this earth as threatening to Satan as a marriage and family that knows, loves, and lives for God and that prays His will in agreement! Not only will they be blessed. They will see more answered prayers than anyone and they will influence others toward God while eroding Satan’s efforts.

Remember that great and very real benefits come from a unified marriage that continuously drops its bucket in the well of prayer. That's when they discover that one plus one equals power! As it is written,  “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.  Matthew 18:19 (NLT) 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church! By Tim Burt

Receiving Jesus Christ as Your Lord is what makes you a part of the church of Jesus Christ. There is no greater love that the love that Jesus has for the church. The Bible says that Jesus is the head of the church and that you have become a part of His body!  And to understand just how much He loves us―the church, he compares His love for her to the relationship of a man and woman at marriage in Ephesians 5:25-27 (NKJV) "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." 

Christians are the church and God loves when we assemble together because He can move in our midst and in a special way, in our hearts through the ministry of the word and the fellowship of His people, when we do. And as the world gets darker through sin and confusion, it becomes even more critical to come together to be taught, matured, healed, and refreshed in Him! We see that in Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." 

And so, this is my: Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church!
  1. I love learning God’s Word
  2. I love to worship the Lord with others who love Him
  3. I love the presence of God
  4. I love meeting new people who are hungry to know God
  5. I love God’s people
  6. I love hearing testimonies of how God directed lives to Jesus
  7. I love to see children learning about the love of God
  8. I love to see people give their life to Jesus Christ
  9. I love watching hearts lifted as the Holy Spirit speaks to them
  10. I love watching people grow up and mature in the Lord
  11. I love to see people’s gifting in action as they serve God
  12. I love to see lives transformed by the power of God’s Word

Coming together as the church is just a part of God's divine plan, protection, and help for us in life. If you don't have a church you love that teaches you that Jesus paid the price for your sin, and that sin is a gift from Jesus, that we could never earn, then pray and ask God to help you find one. Powerful life-changing things happen in church that will help you live your life outside the church building to bring glory to Him!

Ephesians 4:10-16 (NLT) "And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Powerful Force of God Within You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In my first two years that I worked at church, the drive there took me about twenty minutes. I never minded the drive because I used the time to pray for many people and situations. After a few years, we moved within 6 minutes of the church. Of course I loved how that simplified our life but, one thing I actually missed was my driving and praying time.

I recently took a journey that was a three-hour drive. I loved the drive because it gave me time to pray for every person and situation that had been on my heart. It seemed like the more I prayed, the more people and things to pray for came to my heart. It was such a great time in the Lord.

When I first gave my life to Jesus at the age of 24, I categorized prayer as having the same power and effect as carrying a rabbit’s foot or breaking a wishbone. I thought prayer was pointless, meaningless and something that fools wasted their time on. Oh how Jesus changed my mind.

If you have ever read the story in Luke chapter 19 about Jesus chasing out the money changers, you might remember Him saying these words: "It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves." (Luke 19:46 NKJV)

At that time, Jesus was declaring that the Temple of God a house of prayer. Once Jesus died on the cross and arose from the dead initiating the New Testament (or covenant―His will to us,) something changed. The Apostle Paul later gave us insight that the temple of God is no longer a building of brick and mortar but rather, we as believers have become the temple of God. We see this in 1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV,  "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…" We are now God’s temple and remember that Jesus called His Temple a house of prayer. The New Covenant initiated by Jesus also launched the change from a building being the house of prayer, to you and I being God’s house of prayer. That revelation shook me at my core and opened my eyes to the power of prayer and the power and responsibility God has entrusted us with. We can change things when we will take time to pray in faith and according to God’s word.

You might think, Really Pastor Tim, is that the truth? We are God's house of prayer? Yes, and that is why it's important to learn God's will which He makes clear in the Bible and learn to pray accordingly. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) says, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." The body of Christ is so painfully ignorant when it comes to prayer, and that is why the church seems so weak in its influence. The church was meant to be the most powerful force through prayer, on earth!


As I spent that three hours driving, I was blessed with the time to shake Heaven and earth with the power of prayer. His will was prayed. His angels were loosed to do His bidding. And I know that God’s will is being done. That is what God has entrusted us with. I praise God for this privilege and I am sincere when I say, there is NOTHING that I can do or accomplish here on earth that can match what is done when I am yielded to Holy Spirit’s direction in prayer.

Please know that you were a part of my prayers today! I have prayed that the touch of Heaven―God’s love toward you, ministers to your heart today. I have prayed Hell off your back―that every attack of the wicked one against you be bound and stopped today! I thank God for you and the privilege to pray for you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Destroy the Fears in Your Heart!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I’m a gardener. I love to garden. My mom helped instill that in me when I was young. I never realized at the time the spiritual lessons God would teach me from gardening and how much it would impact my life.

You’ll find that in every garden, weeds that you never planted spring from the ground. Your heart and your garden are the same. Weeds―that is, fears, worries and evil imaginations frequently attempt to invade your heart and mind. They often come randomly and seem to come from nowhere. Jesus in trying to teach His disciples about how our heart and mind works used gardening and farming illustrations. Jesus taught, "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' " 'An enemy did this,' he replied.” Matthew 13:24-28 NLT

Satan is always trying to plant seeds of fear in our heart. It’s by design. He would rather have you have faith in your fears than faith in God’s promises. Why? Because your faith is what brings forth its crop. When you allow weed seeds of fear to grow in your mind and heart, then fear, discouragement, and hopelessness is the crop you will reap. Consequently, you have to work to keep out things you do not want in growing in you. You have to dig up what shouldn’t be there and cast it out! What does a heart with weed seeds planted in it look like? Mark 4:19 (NKJV) paints that picture saying, "and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful."

The voices of fear, whether from the enemy of our soul that come randomly, or from those that speak cares, worries and fear, are voices NOT to listen to.  Jeremiah 17:5-6 NLT reveals this saying, “This is what the Lord says: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord (and from His promises.) They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.”

When good seeds are planted in a heart of good soil that trusts God and puts faith and expectation in His promises, then you will reap a good crop in due season. What does a good crop from your heart look like? These two promises of God describe it well!  Mark 4:20 (NLT) "And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  And, Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) describes it like this: "But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.”

My gardening reminds me what I should plant and meditate on the good seed of God’s promises knowing that they are mine by faith. And my gardening reminds me that I need to uproot the weeds of cares, anxieties and fear that try to take root and undermine my faith. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."  I purpose to do just that. I will dig them out and cast them into a pile to be burned or discarded. If I keep my heart good soil and profess and pray God’s promises over my life and others, I will see my harvest produce a good crop. I will become like that tree planted by the river that stays green and is not bothered by heat or long months of drought.

God’s Word is our riverbank for our roots to go down into. Remember today that the promise He promised you is this: “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12 (NLT)

P.S. Here is my real garden! http://bit.ly/1AGx193

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 16, 2016

God Wants to Help You and Bless You. Not Condemn you!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I remember when I was a young boy waking up so tired that I didn't want to get out of bed for school. I knew mom was about to come and make sure I was up. She'd walk in and say, Tim, are you awake? On those sleepy mornings, I'd keep my eyes shut, not answer, and hope that mom would go away thinking, Oh poor Tim, he is so tired. I need to let him sleep. Now that was delusional thinking! Mom never went away. She always knew when I was faking it. Did you ever do that―keep your eyes shut pretending to be asleep?

Sometimes we do something similar to this with the Lord. At times we are paying great attention to the Lord but other times we seem to shut Him out. It's almost as if we have the eyes to our heart shut pretending the Lord doesn't know what we are thinking, saying, or doing. Why do we do this? Because, we usually want to so something that we know is unacceptable. So, we override our hearts, shut the eyes of our heart, and continue to go on with what we want to do.

One person eats the wrong foods or more than they should while shutting the eyes of their heart. The Lord is trying to speak to them but He is shut out. He isn't trying to condemn but to love and fill this person's heart with promise of supernatural help. He is trying to quench the void with love rather than food. Another person is gossiping, another lying, another manipulating to get their way, another entertaining a sexual relationship outside of marriage, another viewing sexual and pornographic images, another steeped in unforgiveness and relational schism, and another just living a lazy life. In each case, the Lord wants and is trying to help. His voice is gently speaking and His Spirit gently nudging but they eyes of their heart are squeezed tight and the voice of God is shut out.

In the Old Testament, there was a priest of God named Eli. Eli had some good points. He loved God and served him as a priest. But, he had some serious issues in his life―some to do with his personal daily conduct and some to do with the behavior of his children. God spoke to Eli saying, "This is what the LORD says: … So why do you scorn my sacrifices and offerings? Why do you honor your sons more than me—for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people?” (Sam 2:27-29 )

Eli was a good man. He had raised and mentored the prophet Samuel and done a wonderful job. But when it came to curbing his own behavior or disciplining his sons, he kept the eyes of his heart shut and ignored the Lord. This was a man who could have been greatly blessed. God wanted to bless him but, God will not override our heart and make us do anything. He will speak to our heart in the still small voice of God. It is up to us to listen and obey. Sadly, the outcome of Eli and his sons was not good. They ignored God and the wrong behavior they clung to ended up destroying their lives.

God helps us change from the position of love. He wants us to live according to His Word knowing it will produce great blessing in our life. When He speaks to us to change, He is always offering His grace which is His supernatural strength and help, at the same time. Some receive His grace and others shut the eyes of their heart and instead cling to the worthless behaviors that only hurt them, forsaking His grace in the process. Jonah 2:8 put is like this: "Those who cling to worthless idols (things given a higher priority than God) forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

My goal in writing today is not to make us sin conscience. To the contrary, it’s to point out that God does want to help us change wrong thoughts, words, and behaviors. He is here to help. We don’t want to shut our eyes to what God is pointing out and shut out His voice. We want to listen knowing that His instruction to change is always accompanied by His grace to help. If He is dealing with you, receive His grace―His supernatural strength and help. Acknowledge and thank God for His grace. Before long you'll sense it rise up in your heart. Suddenly one day you will say, I am tired of this! God, in your strength this IS going to changePhilippians 4:13 which says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” will become your reality. Don’t shut your eyes and hide any more and don't be afraid. He created you to be a godly influence! He is on your side. He is not condemning you. And He'll help you every step of the way!

2 Cor 7:1 “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, executing greater and greater levels of maturing holiness out of reverence for God.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 13, 2016

The Twenty Dollar Lesson

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Twenty Dollar Lesson (author unknown)

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"
Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him."

THOUGHT: The worth of our lives come not in what we do or who we are but by WHOSE WE ARE!

2 Cor. 5:21 "God made Jesus who had never sinned to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Be Different! Have Unshakeable Faith!

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by Pastor Tim Burt



If you are anything like me, you probably have many characters from the Bible that you admire, that have helped you in your faith. I know I do. Each of them have helped me know and understand the Lord as well as help strengthen my relationship with Him in different ways. One of those is Caleb. In Numbers 14:24, God said that Caleb had a different spirit. “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” The Lord said this to Moses at a time when He was pronouncing judgment on His people for casting all trust and faith in Him aside. What would become their destiny would not become Caleb's. They would become a people that would never enter into the Promised Land or experience the manifestation of God's promises in their lives. Why? Because despite how powerfully God would show them and demonstrate His presence and provision in their lives, they would not put faith in Him. They didn't realize it but they were rejecting His love.

God was withholding judgment from Caleb (and Joshua). He proclaimed to Moses that Caleb had a different spirit. Why did God say that about Caleb? He said it because Caleb is the role model of a believer. Caleb was a BELIEVER. This term is used far too loosely. We say you are a believer of Jesus Christ if you understand that He lived and died and took the punishment that you and I deserve for our sins—if you renounce sin and Satan in your life and you repent for the life of sin you have led. If you do this and receive Jesus as your personal Savior, then you are a believer.

What I just described is the birth of a believer—what Jesus called being “born again.” Your faith in that truth is your entrance into Heaven. But do you think God meant for that to be the all-in-all of your relationship with Him? Not a chance! He wanted you to experience His love and power touching your life through your faith in His promises, every day. God wants that belief in Jesus to mature into trust and permeate every fiber of your being. His desire for us when we come to places of pressure, is not to panic or “freak out,” but to instead pause, look toward Heaven, take a deep breath, ask the Lord for help based on His promises, and then absolutely trust Him. Everyone comes to places of pressure but many never come to a place of absolute trust in the Lord. Why not? Because people don't know God well enough to trust Him. That could be any believer’s dilemma.
The Lord has said to us, “…those that seek Me will find Me.” The burden to know God is upon us. He is more than willing to reveal Himself and His love to those that will seek Him with all their heart. Once you really know God, then you really do move over to a place of trust and your faith becomes active and powerful - like Caleb’s. You develop that “different spirit.”

That is what made Caleb different. Nothing in scripture leads us to believe that Caleb was any different from you or me in gifting or ability. What made him different was that he based his entire life upon what God said and promised. Then he acted upon it. He held nothing back. God said He would help them conquer this new land of promise. He would give it to them and help them and bless they and their future generations in it. Caleb took Him at His Word. He believed it. It became settled in his heart. He didn't spend a lot of mental anguish wondering, will God do this or won't he. Instead he spent all his time believing and preparing himself and those in his sphere of influence to enter into the promised land of God.

How do I know that? Moses in pronouncing judgment on God's people testified of Caleb. In Deuteronomy  1:35-36 we hear Moses speaking God's words: "Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly."

Am I a tenacious when I write Fresh Manna and speak to you about faith and the promises of God? You better believe it! I am not moved by the unbelief of others. I am not moved by circumstances. I am moved by what God has promised you and me. It shapes my heart, my thoughts, who I am, what I believe and what I pursue. I desire to walk in and receive every promise of God. I desire to be fully equipped to help others know the gospel of Jesus Christ and be like Caleb—one who has unshakeable faith in God's promises. I, like Caleb, want to walk in all that God has promised us. Be blessed as you become a Caleb believer—one whom God would say has a “different spirit!”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

“To Whom Much is Given…”

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever come to a place in your life where you feel like you need some things to change and you need those changes to begin now? I remember back to a time I felt that way. Things weren’t actually bad in my life. Most things were quite good. But there were some things going on around me in my family, and in some areas at work that just felt off the mark of where they should be. I guess you could compare it to a car when it’s not tuned up and not running quite right. I was praying and asking the Lord what to do about this. He was faithful to show me.

What He taught me is now something I call my secret place. He taught me this early on in my preparation for ministry, but it is a place I've come back to over and over again.

At that time in my life, I was constantly praying and asking the Lord to help prepare me for the ministry. I knew I had a calling upon my life and I was seeking the Lord as how to walk that out. One morning very early, I suddenly woke up. I was instantly wide awake. Thoughts of scripture came to my heart and I sensed that it was the Lord waking me up to pray. I went into our living room so that I wouldn't wake Renee up, and laid down on the floor with my Bible. I opened it up and began to read some very sobering verses from the book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 34:8-10 “As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, you abandoned my flock and left them to be attacked by every wild animal. Though you were my shepherds, you didn't search for my sheep when they were lost. You took care of yourselves and left the sheep to starve. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, along with their right to feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.”

I wasn't a pastor at this time and I thought my pastors were doing a great job. So these verses did not speak to me about any pastors I knew. That wasn't the point. The Lord was talking to me about the seriousness of the responsibility of those that take leadership over others for Him. He was trying to help me count the costs and help me see that He loved His people and that I’d better do likewise if I wanted to walk out this calling.

The Lord then reminded me of something my pastor had taught his leadership. He said, The primary responsibility of a shepherd/pastor is to feed and protect. That means as a pastor, I have to pray to hear from God to be able to ‘feed’ or teach God’s ways to the people, and I have to cover them in prayer. No man can physically protect everyone he cares for or oversees. That has to be a work done in the Spirit through prayer. These are the primary responsibilities and priorities of a pastor and what makes one a good shepherd of God’s sheep.

I was instantly reminded of the words from Acts 6:3-4 when the Apostles came to this revelation. "Now look around among yourselves, brothers, and select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. We will put them in charge of this business. Then we can spend our time in prayer and preaching and teaching the word."

The Lord  reminded me of this scripture and my priority to pray for those in my areas of responsibility and influence with a renewed fervor. I immediately began to return to this place the Lord showed me and take it as seriously as I ever had. What was truly mountain moving was that within three weeks, many of those nagging areas of my life began to be supernaturally transformed.

It led me to pray and declare this verse from Psalm 116:17-18 over each of you today. “I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all His people.”  

My promise is to pray for all of you consistently. I would say daily,  but honestly remember a couple of days that seem to get away from me each year. But with those few exceptions, I want you to know that I am praying for you daily! I am praying for the Lord to reveal Himself and the magnitude of His love toward you more and more. When you realize the extend of that love, you'll want to draw near to Him.  Teaching you His Word and praying for you... they are the primary responsibilities of my calling and I will continue to be faithful to do so!  God bless you!

Ephesians 3:14-19 (NLT) "When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,
the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 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. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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