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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Honesty, Integrity and Respect - the High Road

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We live in a world of manipulative people. Sometimes you work with them or for them. Their way to success often includes pursing what they want, using any method that works regardless of whether it’s moral or ethical. It might be by using forms of intimidation such as using threats, screaming, out-of-control outrage, or even physical bullying. They might incorporate lying, gossip, or slander. Their success might rely on taking the good ideas of others to the boss and taking credit for them. These kinds of things might go on in your life and if so, the temptation would be to do the same thing back—after all, how else are you going to survive much less succeed if you keep your heart right and walk in integrity? That might be how a non-Christian thinks, but it shouldn't be so of you! You have God on your side.

The question you might ask yourself is this: What matters more to you, walking in integrity and doing things right no matter what others do around you, or obtaining the lures of success at the cost of your integrity? The reason I ask you that is because it is typically a much longer and often more difficult road to success walking in integrity than it is manipulating your way through life. People manipulate to get their desired result in the fastest and easiest way possible. But that is short-sited and will ultimately cost them more than they can afford to pay! Remember the Pharisees of Jesus day. He called them …”whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27) The people of Jesus’ day thought the Pharisees were special until Jesus revealed their antics.

Jesus walked upright and in integrity but it wasn’t easy and looked unsuccessful before it successful. He was continuously persecuted as was Joseph and Daniel.

If your heart, words, and actions are integrious and the Lord knows it, you are in the best place of all.

It can be painful when people take credit for what you have done. It can hurt when you are blamed for something that you didn’t do. It can be painfully disappointing when you are never appreciated for your contributions. And this is why Jesus also said “God blesses those who are humble (meek,) for they will inherit the whole earth.” Matthew 5:5 (NLT) Manipulators appear to prevail, but Jesus said that it’s the meek that ultimately do!

Manipulators—unkind (generally only kind to get a desired purpose,) immoral, and unethical people, have to live with themselves. To do so, they deceive themselves justifying their actions. In the end, the material and egocentric trappings of success that people chase leads them to become unethical and manipulative. They aren’t worth it!

The good will be able to look back and stand before the Lord knowing how they lived their life—a life they are thankful for and without regret.  Having your character developed by God and in such a way that you were a blessing to others and pleasing to God—now that’s worth living for!

So, when you take the high road, don’t be a Woe is me—I do what’s right and no one knows or cares self-righteous whiny baby. That will rob everything your integrity would gain you. Instead, keep walking that right road. Know that God is with you. Know that He will defend you if you handle these difficulties through prayers of faithreal faith! The kind that says, Lord I am not compromising but trusting you for life. I know I'll come out blessed in the end—faith! 

Be glad and rejoice that you are serving God before man and know that nothing escapes His eyes! Know that He is pleased by it and it does count. And walk steadfast in integrity. It will give you a life without regrets and it will form a godly character in you that will draw the blessing of God to you that comes with no sorrow!
In the meantime, here are some verses to encourage you!

"If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, He'll help you catch your breath." ~ Psalm 34:18 (MSB)

“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (NLT)

“And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:2 (NIV)

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 (NLT)

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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The Ultimate Discouragement Buster!

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by Pastor Tim Burt
The Ultimate Discouragement Buster!   Hard times of any kind—whether globally affecting all, or just personally affecting your own life—are a very revealing force. They reveal to each and every one of us the reality of our own human frailty.
Hard times reveal just how much we aren’t in control of our lives. Hard times reveal just how much we don’t know what to do. To the person not blinded by their own pride, hard times reveal how much they need God. And if they need God, they need His promises. You and I need His promises, but we need something more than His promises. We need sincere faith in His promises. Jesus died not only to offer us mercy in forgiving our sins, but also to make us His own children and leave us precious promises to live by. 2 Peter 1:4 “Through these God 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.”
There are times when you feel like you are in the lowest place in your life with the devil accusing you as the sole fault of the troubles you are in. Even if that was true-which it seldom is, it wouldn’t be as though there was no hope. Yet the enemy of your soul wants to make you feel hopeless. He’d like to convince you to quit and take your life. Most people have been brought to the point of experiencing those kinds of thoughts at some point in their life.
Christians aren’t immune from hard times and discouragement, but they have something the world doesn’t! They have great and precious promises that God has made available to them! You can be in the lowest point of your life—feeling desperate, confused, and not knowing what to do or what steps to take—yet you open your Bible and as you do pray, “God please speak to my heart and lift me from this place of hopelessness.” Suddenly your eyes fall upon the words, “For you, O Lord, have delivered MY soul from death, MY eyes from tears, MY feet from stumbling,” Psalm 116:8. When you read those words, you know they are more than just words. You sense that God is speaking them to you personally. They have become your promise. This is a sacred place. It’s a gift from God. You’ve been suddenly lifted from hopelessness to faith in God. Only Christians have this benefit!
When the promises of God become real to you, then no matter what state of mind you’re in good or bad, your heart immediately recognizes them and embraces them and hope is rekindled. Your faith is instantly increased and it’s at this point that miraculous things happen in your life. You are transformed in your emotions from depressed and discouraged to one that wants to defeat the enemy and get ready to rumble!
The promises of God lift you from despair reminding you that God always wants to help you in every situation. That is what the psalmist recognized here and it’s a promise to you today. Psalm 94:16-19 (NLT) “Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have died. I cried out, "I'm slipping!" and your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”
If all this still doesn’t convince you, then consider this prayer that Jesus prayed for His disciples almost 2000 years ago. He didn’t just pray it for them. He was also looking forward to this very day, thinking of and praying for you!The Ultimate Discouragement Buster!
John 17:20 "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of the gospel they preach concerning me.”
If Jesus prayed for you then, He cares for you now! That is a promise! Put your faith in it.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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