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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Part Two: Secrets to Making Your Bad Day Better!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Yesterday I started writing about what to do when it feels like your having a bad day. Do you cave into it? Do you become its victim? The problem with allowing that to happen is that Satan will accommodate it over and over again. It's who he is. It's what he does. His destiny is the eternal lake of fire and he wants to deceive and destroy as many lives as possible before that time comes. Jesus said, in John 10:10 (NLT) "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."

Deceiver, destroyer, liar, accuser—these are all the character qualities of Satan. He'll use any tool to bring you down! Are we helpless to his attacks? Do we have to become victims?  1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." This verse says "whom he may devour." Whom is questionable in this verse meaning he can't devour everyone, so he has to find the ones he can. God tells us to be sober and vigilant—on the watch, so we don't get devoured.

Satan is always out to destroy God's people but, God has give us the name of Jesus to rebuke and resist the devil. He doesn't want us to let the devil ruin our day or life. God doesn't want us to feel hopeless. God wants us to remember we are in covenant relationship with Him and He is there for us to help turn things around.

Let me show you more about the secrets of God and the power of His name. Remember when Moses was leading the children of Israel out of Egypt? He came up to the Red Sea with Pharaoh coming quickly behind him and with them having no place to go. The Lord spoke to Moses at the time and told him what to do. Jesus name and authority was hidden in God’s instruction to Moses. We see it in Exodus 14:16 KJV. “But lift thou up thy rod (branch), and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. When Moses held the rod out over the Red Sea, the Red Sea divided and they walked through but Pharaoh’s army drowned as the sea came back together on them."

The word for rod in the Hebrew means branch. Did you know that "Branch" was one of the names God gave Jesus in the prophesies of His coming. We see it in Isaiah 11:1 KJV, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  And Jeremiah 23:5-6 KJV, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’"

These verses are talking about Jesus coming from the lineage of Jesse and David. He was called “a Branch” —the same word for Moses rod over the Red Sea. Moses rod represented the power and authority of the name of Jesus leading to their miracle—their deliverance from Pharaoh’s army, and Pharaoh’s (or Satan’s) defeat.

Jesus is your branch—your authority and your defense against Satan's attacks against you. That is who you are. Isaiah 54:17 KJV is your heritage and God’s promise to you! It’s who you are. “But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you will succeed. And everyone who tells lies in court will be brought to justice. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Satan would like to make life this never-ending grind. Knowing who you are in Christ, knowing the depth of God's love toward you, knowing the power and promise of His Word and the name of Jesus, are all divine insights for you to walk in. Kick the enemy out. Put on a Christ-like attitude, and know God's on your side and for you. Pray and rebuke the enemy of soul and thank God for His love and desire to turn your day for good! It's a secret of God that He doesn't want secret to you!

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." 


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Part One: Secrets to Making Your Bad Day Better!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt like it started out as a bad day before you even got out of bed? You slept lousy. You dreamt weird pizza dreams. You look in the mirror and are discouraged at what you see. You put on outfit that you just can't seem to coordinate. You mind is screaming—You look ugly. You didn’t get any sleep and you won’t make it through the day. Your life is pathetic. Let me ask you—who would be behind that kind of day’s start and those kinds of thoughts, God or Satan?

That is the beauty of God-given discernment. If you've spent time learning the character of God, then you'd know God wouldn't be behind that kind of start to your day, or behind those kinds of thoughts. But Satan would. That is his character. He'd love to bombard you with discouragement of all kinds—wishing you'd never woken up.

We all experience days where everything seems to create pressure. Conflicts with your spouse, you overslept, the kids are whiny and uncooperative, your running behind, and you have a huge day ahead of you. You feel discouraged and pressures want to break you down before you've really even started!

If we cave in to our feelings in times like that and let our emotions match our circumstances, the day will go from bad to worse in record time. It’s at times like that you have to look in the mirror and shout Stop! I am a child of God. His grace will give me the strength and wisdom I need for this day. Jesus paid the price for me to be blessed! Galatians 3:11 says that God’s children “…live by faith.” I refuse to look at the circumstances that surround me, and let Satan dictate my emotions. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that I “walk by faith, not by sight." God has made His grace abundant for me and He is with me and will turn this day around as I apply my faith. Satan, I rebuke you and your lying discouragement in Jesus name. Get out! 

Now as you are still looking in the mirror say, See! Things are getting better already! Redo you hair. Put on a different outfit. Let it be good enough. Know that God's favor and grace will fill the gap and be your strength for the day. Start singing about how good God is to you! Make up a song and sing about His goodness. Make yourself laugh. Put on a smile. Look back in that mirror, smile and say, I'm look better already! I'm going to have a good day in the Lord. His favor is upon me. He will bless everything I diligently put my hand to! Praise the Lord.

Why can you do such a thing? Because of who you are! People who don’t know Jesus get up believing they are a victim of their feelings and whatever comes their way that day. That is not the case with you. That is not who you are. You are God’s child. Romans 8:16 says, “The Holy Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." As a child of God He has given us His name over the enemy in this earth. James 4:7 (NLT) says, "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

You may think, That is pretty hard for me to believe. Who am I to do these things? Exactly. That is the thinking of people that DON’T know who they are in Christ. Until you know who you are, you’ll never step out in faith believing God is in you and wanting to work through you. Even when you do begin to take steps of faith, they might initially feel more like steps of hope. You won’t really believe it until you see God moving through the steps of faith that YOU take and then observe God's grace helping you—something that will be visible only to you! When that does happen, you’ve become a threat to Satan. You know longer be his whipping boy. Negative situations will no longer control you. You'll rise up in God's grace and turn things around! Should I tell you more? I'll pick up here tomorrow. For today, know that God wants to bless you and create an expectation within you that powers your faith to handle any temporary pressures or issues that come against you. If your day doesn't start the way it should, take back your day in Jesus name and put it on track! Own your day! Live it with joy! It's your heritage in the Lord! And remember these words. 1 John 4:4 (NLT) "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory... because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." More tomorrow...

Psalm 118:24 (NIV) "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Buzzard, the Bat, and the Bumblebee

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am reposting this by request. I hope it's a blessing to you! 

The Buzzard, the Bat, and the Bumblebee
(Author Unknown)

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not ever realizing that the answer is right there "Above" them.

Psalms 5:3 “My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto you, and will look up.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Words That Are Not Forgotten!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have a handful of select memories in my childhood that are as clear as crystal. One of those memories is from the second grade. It was the first time I had ever seen anyone open a Bible and read from it. I was in a Catholic grade school and I had the most wonderful teacher of my life. She was a born-again nun named Sister Renee and she liked to read from the Bible. She was the only one I had ever heard read from the Bible. She'd make the words on the page come alive.

I'll never forget the day she read the first and only Bible verse I remember from my childhood. It said, "I know you well--you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Revelation 3:15-16

It was the first time I could ever remember the feeling of convictionthe sense that God was bringing correction to my heart through His Word. I don't even know if I ever had this feeling again until I was an adult and started reading the Bible for myself.

She read these verses and talked about how God wanted us to be hot for Him and excited about living for Him. She went on to say that when we are coldwhen we don't care about God or about living for Him, at least it's obvious to those around us. At least we won't play both sides of the fence. Then she spoke about being lukewarm. She said, “When you're lukewarm, you act like you love God and give the appearance of such but in your heart you play with the devils toys and ways. It's more like a religious front than a real relationship with God,” She continued. "This kind of person leads people astray because they act like they love God but live partly like the devil. Their example leads others to think that living both ways are okay. Their example leads others astray.”

Funny, but at the age of 7 years old, I felt like I was that lukewarm personthe one who lived both waythe one she said God would "spit from His mouth." The thought terrorized me. The thought that I could be a taste so bad in God's mouth that He would spit me out made me want to change. This blessed woman of God made an impact upon my life that is eternal.

The Bible calls and compares the Word of God to incorruptible seed. Normal seeds can lose their ability to produce over time becoming corrupted by age and temperature. God's Word is incorruptible and never loses it's ability to produce! When God's seedHis Word is nurtured through prayer, it can always produceeven years later after they are planted in someone’s heart. Many people have heard things from God's Word that have gotten stuck in their heart and it stirs in them over and over again. They have heard something from the word of God that became a seed planted in their heart. At some point as God is working to draw them to Himself, those words stirred in their heart spring forth and grow, eventually leading them to receive Jesus as their Savior.

I was never exposed to the reading of and studying of the Bible until I was 24 years old. When I was, those seeds of God's Word planted by the Catholic nun 17 years earlier started to grow. The more I read the Bible, the more I desired to have a hot relationship with God. I will never forget that precious nun who shared the Word of God with me. Even after all those years and even today her words of being hot and not lukewarm speak powerfully to me. Our words are thoughts and opinions that people discard as fast as junk mail. The Word of God is incorruptible. It never loses it ability to work within us when we allow it to.

1 Peter 1:23 (NIV) “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gaining God's Peace in Anxious Moments

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Philippians 4:6 NIV says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." It says, "Don’t be anxious." In other words, quit worrying. It says don't worry about anything! That's a pretty tall order considering what some people are facing this very moment. Instead we are instructed to pray and petition God. What does that really mean?

The general meaning of the biblical word prayer implies this: take all of God in—who He is and His love toward you—and worship Him for it. That happens as you begin to know Him through Jesus Christ. When you worship and magnify God, He takes His rightful place in your heart and becomes who He should be to you.—Almighty God. Because you love Him, you are drawn to learn of Him in His Word. And then something happens. You begin to talk to Him in your heart. We we talk to other people, it's called communication. When we talk to God it's called prayer. Talking or praying with God can, over time, almost become like breathing—something you do all the time. When you get to that place in your life—Oh happy day! 

The biblical word petition refers to making requests of God. We are instructed that in everything, rather than becoming anxious and fearful about what we are facing, we are to instead make petition or requests of God. And most importantly, we are to do so with thanksgiving! That means as you lift these things before God, we are to worship and elevate God in our heart remembering that He is God. His arm is not short, that He doesn't have a power shortage, and remembering He loves you and wants to help you! Thank Him in faith because you do trust and know He loves you. You know He is working on your behalf no matter what the circumstances appear to be. Thanksgiving is faith in what you can't see but know in your heart! And that is why we have awesome Bible stories to encourage us that men and women of faith experienced His miracles in the most impossible circumstances.

Why don't prayers always seem to be answered as quickly as we like? One reason is because God often uses people to answer prayer and He won't override their will. That means He has to move upon their hearts. Some will obey God and some won't; just like sometimes you don't. When people don't, then God goes on to someone else. He gives people the chance to be used of Him. The primary way God brings blessing into our lives is through people. He is not limited to using people but it is His preference. Miracles of God of many kinds manifest in lives every day. Most happen with the inclusion of people.

Regardless of what people do, God will answer your prayers. He will be working behind the scenes on your behalf. He is a loving Father. And although you think you know just how they should be answered, the Bible says God does "beyond what we could ask or think." So, they will happen to our benefit if we'll trust Him in faith and not try to create our own fix. I know anxiousness tries to invade our present moments. It’s hindsight that often reveals how God has taken care of us. Cast out those anxious moments and don’t forget to remember how God has helped you in the past.

When we finally learn not to be anxious but instead trust God, and when we are diligent to lift petitions before God in faith with thanksgiving, then and only then does the next verse, Philippians 4:7 NIV come into play. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." This is when you will experience God's supernatural peace—a peace that is beyond human comprehension. You'll feel it and people will notice the difference in you!

And one more thing, be used of God to be an answer to someone’s prayer. If you feel God leading you to pray for someone, encourage someone, or to do something for someone, then do it. Don’t put it off. Don't delay being used to be a part of someone else’s answer to prayer. You may be the very answer they have been praying for and God wants to use you as the conduit!

Philippians 4:7 NIV  "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Realizing God-given Dreams!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


What do you think of when you hear the term lip service? I think of words being expressed without the conviction to back them up. God does not give lip service. He is not about lip service. He does everything He says He will.

Who is about lip service?  Dreamers are talkers that seldom take the most basic steps to move themselves forward toward their dreams. They're people who love to talk but never become what God has put in their heart to become. They make themselves experts on what they have only observed but never done themselves. From the Message translation Proverbs 26:16 says, “Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty.” Proverbs 14:18 says, “Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.”

We don’t want to be dreamers who only offer lip service. God doesn't do lip service. Nor should we! As Christians we want to be people of conviction. We know what we believe because we see it in God’s Word and we live it because we believe it. A person of deep conviction is almost always a doer! Their convictions propel them to action. 

Some people aren't dreamers. Unfortunately they are lazy, delusional, talkers! The lazy person is in the same class with the person that hears but doesn’t do, and the person who is strictly lip service. Proverbs 12:24 (MSG) says, “The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work. Proverbs 12:27 (NLT) says, "Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find."  Proverbs 15:19 says, “The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road.”

God doesn’t want us lazy, full of lip service, or someone who just hears about God but doesn’t align his/her life with the Word of God. God wants us to give our lives over to Jesus, learn to open our hearts to the Word of God so the Holy Spirit can teach and train us how to think and live, and the pursue the thoughts, desires, and opportunities He leads us in.

In 1985 I began to dream about a solution to a problem. I had a two babies at home in diapers with no place to change them in public except a dirty bathroom floor. After three years of praying, dreaming, researching, and learning, I came to the place where I knew God was leading me to action. Over the next two years, I invented and patented the first fold-down commercial infant changing table for public restrooms. I then worked the next five years to convince the world they needed it. And before long, they began to be purchased all over America. The rest is history.

Let Abraham be one of your role models. He dreamed, but not just to fantasize. He dreamed about what God was showing Him to do. And he always acted on his faith.

Romans 4:20-21 (NLT) says, "Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises."

Abraham's life was centered around his love for God and the direction God gave him.  We want to be like him - unwavering in our faith that God will turn us from dreamers to doers that don't just hear about God's blessing, but experience them first hand! 

We don’t want to be hearers of what God says without being doers of what God says. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. DO what it says.”

If we become doers, then our dreams will be fulfilled season by season of life and we can be the blessing for His will and purpose He desires for us to be!

Proverbs 13:12 (NLT) "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Baby Duck Rescue: A Story of God's Wisdom and Grace

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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I am so thankful to the Lord for His intimate caring and involvement in my life. I am thankful daily for His grace and wisdom to help me in the myriad of things I need help with. Some people don't like to admit they need help. I am not one of them. I see the Lord's influence in my thought-life and decision-making, and look for His wisdom in all things—big and small. He promises to give us wisdom and I rely on that promise like a fish relies on water.

One day, I came home from work to eat lunch. As I was getting out of my car, I saw a duck by our curb that was acting frantic. It kept walking in circles and quacking. Then it would fly in a small circle, land, and walk again in a circle making a frantic quacking sound. I watched for a couple of minutes but couldn't figure out what the duck was doing. As I started to walk into the house I said, Lord, what is the problem with that duck?Suddenly, the answer came to me. It's babies fell through the street grate into the sewer. I stopped in my tracks, went and got a spotlight from my garage, and went over to the sewer grate a couple of feet from where the duck was standing. I shined it down, and saw and heard six little baby ducklings.

They didn't know what to do. Nor did mother duck or myself. I thought, Lord you showed me that they were here.You didn't show me that so that I could do nothing. What should I do? Suddenly I saw another picture in my mind. This sewer ran underground to the creek in my back yard. The end of the sewer exited into the creek with a grate over it. I ran to the ends of sewer extending into the creek. I got down by the grate and began making duck calls. I probably sounded like a fool but what the heck, I was on a rescue mission. I thought the ducklings could hear me because it seemed like I could hear them moving toward me as I quacked. (No jokes about being a quack please!)

I went back to the mother duck and tried to coax her to the back yard. It wasn't working. I went back to the creek sewer entrance and quacked some more. The babies were coming toward me. The mother flew toward me to see what I was doing. I lifted the grate figuring she might hear her babies and go get them. She did. She scooted them out until the exited into the creek and swam away. If ducks can smile, she was smiling!

I went into my garage and got some birdseed. I put it on a ceramic plate and called (yes quacked) for them to come and eat. They came and dove in it. It was a fun ending to a traumatic event for them.
Later that day, the Lord spoke to me about what had happened. He said, Today you experienced what I do daily. People get in a crisis. They cry out to me. I try to lead them to their solution but they are so  absent of faith and blinded by their crisis that they can't see past it . The Lord said, Just as you had the ducks best interests at heart the entire time, so do I. But, because people are paralyzed by fear instead of being at peace while leaning on me in faith, they too often miss their help.

Jesus reminds us of His care for us always, saying,  “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." (Luke 12:6-7 NLT)
I thank God that He does care for us intimately and  in every detail of our life from the most important things, down to helping a distressed duck. His wisdom and grace to help are available to us for every situation. Praise His Holy Name!

James 1:5 (NIV) "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Accusations, Defended, Transformed - That's You!

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Have you ever been accused of something that you know you did not do? It hurts and most people will do what they can to prove the accusation false. Accusations hurt and if they are made public, defame your character which hurts even more.
If you are a Bible reader you know that the ultimate accuser in our life is not a person. It is Satan himself. In the book of Revelation we read about the beginning of his end. He has had this place of being able to bring accusation against us through the ages. But at the end of the last days God will deal with him and stop his accusations once for all. I am showing you these scriptures not to teach you about end times, but to help you see for yourself the evil character and strategy of Satan in our lives.
Rev. 12:7-10 (NLT) Then there was war in heaven. Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle and was forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, It has happened at last—the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ! For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth—the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night.
It’s one thing to be accused by a person.  It’s another thing to be accused by Satan. If you've been accused by a person, then hopefully, if you feel it’s necessary, you can present the truth and facts to clear you. For the conscientious person that really loves the Lord and wants to live upright before God, Satan is there to accuse them of every infraction of anything that they don’t do perfectly. That would pretty much be most of their life. Satan wants to bury us with guilt; ultimately hoping to discourage us and get us to quit our pursuit of living right for God out of feelings of being a failure.
In 1 Timothy 1:5 (NLT)  the Apostle Paul wrote: The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith. I remember especially as a growing Christian that a pure heart was something I was working on. A clear conscience was something I seldom felt because it seemed like I was always violating something I knew God wanted me to do. And having a sincere faith—which means living for God without hypocrisy—was another area for me to stumble at.
It is so critical to know that God is never accusing us as we try to follow Paul’s exhortation here. Paul gives us a goal. It’s a place to grow in Christ. It’s a life-long challenge. Having a pure heart—wanting to sincerely do the right thing with right intentions and motivation is a wonderful thing. It is also a life-long pursuit filled with imperfection! God deals with us and helps us develop right attitudes and motivation but Satan will accuse you that your intentions and motives aren't pure; that you are just a selfish person really only focused on you!
Having a clear conscience comes from desiring and making the effort to do the right thing. It doesn't mean you’ll always succeed, but your conscience is clear when you know deep down that you really tried.Mercy of God
Living your life with sincere faith is knowing God's mercy, patience, and grace to help you. Lamentations 3:22 (NLT) says, "The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease."  It's knowing He has given you the opportunity to confess your faults to HIM, when you don't get it right. It's knowing that He'll help you pick yourself back up and try again. It's knowing that accusations don't come from God, they come from the enemy of your soul to get you to quit God. That is what you faith knows and the place it lives sincerely from each day.
I say all this so that you see the strides you do make; not every mistake or failure. Continue in your efforts to work toward this goal and don’t let the accusations of Satan discourage you in your passionate pursuit of the Lord and His will for your life. Your efforts to live with a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith will not only transform you into the Christian you want to be, but will fill your heart with God’s love and help you to have a great impact and influence on those around you. You aren't perfect but you are going to Heaven. Satan’s doom is sealed and as you know “misery loves company.” He will accuse you. Jesus defended you! God's Word will transform you but it will take time. In the meantime, rebuke the devil and give God your best. He’ll do the rest in you!!
Psalms 37:23-24 (NLT) "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." 
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Having Strong Faith in Times of Trouble

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One of the really precious gifts of life that comes over time is the wisdom that comes from experience and hindsight. This is especially true for the Christian who knows the Lord and has lived their life learning of and walking out God's Word.

When you read about King David and his life, you can't help but think of the way he passionately loved and learned of God from the time he was a boy. He studied what was taught about God by those that preceded him. He learned what Moses had learned and said, "O Lord GOD, You have begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?" (Deu 3:24) David learned this and believed it. Consequently he walked out things that God had led him to do with great faith. He believed that God would always be there to direct, guide, instruct and bless him in that which he put his hand to for the Lord.

People that passionately love God like David did often become people who accomplish great and mighty things in the earth. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself mighty on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." These things may be invisible to those that don’t know about or care for God, but God notices and does not forget as Hebrews 6:10 NIV confirms this saying, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

David wanted to accomplish much for the Lord and he did, yet his life was anything but problem free. David had his share of troubles—some self-inflicted and yet David still took them to the Lord. David calmed his fears again and again by reminding himself of God's promises. Out of the abundance of his heart, we see these words spill forth, "As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble..." What powerful and faith-filled words those are. Those are the words of someone who intimately knows and has experienced God's hand upon his life.

Are those the words that come from your mouth when trouble arises? Do you have confidence that since the Lord is for you so who can be against you? There were times when David spoke these words purely by faith not knowing how God would help Him out of trouble. There were also times later in his life, when he spoke them not only by faith, but also from personal experience. He knew God and knew through experience He could count on God. He had his entire life to look back on and see how God had delivered him from troubled times again and again. He could look back on his life and say, "The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him." (Psalms 37:39-40 NIV) He would also say "I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His descendants begging bread.” (Psalms 37:25 NKJV)

The wisdom and experience that comes from the hindsight of seeing all that God has done in our life is wonderful. It is more than faith. It is a view of experience. But, like David, we all have to start without those experiences and trust in God from the point of faith alone. Is that okay? It's more than okay because God is true to His Word and His promises, and is worthy of our trust. You may be in a struggle and things might not make sense to you at the moment but know this; it's a glorious thing when you've prevailed in faith and are able to look back in time and see how God has been there for you again and again. When that day comes, then you'll spill the same words David did, “…As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble..." (1 Kings 1:29 NIV)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Part Two: Success and Blessing or Failure and Disaster Depends on Your Words

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Before I left on vacation, I wrote Part One of Blessing or Bust, The Power of Your Words. Today, I want to finish this!

God wants us to succeed in how we communicate. Success starts with forming boundaries for the words you are going to speak in life. Psalm 37:37 (KJV) says, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace."  When God's word calls this person, the perfect man, it's referring to someone who has matured and knows how to conduct themselves in a godly manner—in the way God's word trains us. We get further insight to the perfect man in James 3:2 (KJV) "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." Again we see reference to the perfect man and it tells us that the perfect man is the one who does not offend in word!

Trust me when I tell you, the most difficult change in becoming more Christ-like is harnessing your tongue! James 3:8 NIV teaches us that "...no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." I came to realize that without the continuous, moment-by-moment help of the Holy Spirit, this would be a lost cause. But, in leaning constantly on the Holy Spirit, progress could steadily (but slowly) be made.

We accomplish that by speaking words of grace! Ephesians 4:29 NIV says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to those who listen." There is no fast-track to this kind of maturity, but if we purpose to use our words to help others, then it in turn, helps us be more thoughtful in the words we speak overall! Success does come faster!

What does it mean, "...that it may impart grace to those who listen?"  Grace is the supernatural help we get from God in all areas of life. It's the combination of God's mercy, His compassion, instruction from His Word, and His direct help in our life. And God pours out this grace even when we don't deserve it, meaning, it's always available when you lean on His help!

When you do something wrong, the devil will try to accuse and condemn you in your thoughts. That is how you can discern God from the devil. The devil is an accuser and condemner. God will correct you showing you what is wrong, but God is interested in helping you change to become more like Him. He is not interested in condemning you. Therefore, He'll show you what is wrong through His Word, but He'll also offer mercy, forgiveness, and help through His Holy Spirit so that you can get things right. Simply put, He is out to help you. Unfortunately, people are much quicker to act like the devil—condemners, than to be like God—merciful and full of grace. That is the change in our words that God will work in you! God imparts grace to you and He wants you to use words of grace to impart to others—"...that it may impart grace to those who listen."

The imparting of grace is a supernatural thing. If we are to impart grace, then that means that God is going to be involved in it. He is the one that is going to help us put away the fleshly impulses that come with being offended. It means He is going to help us see things from a different perspective—His perspective. That is where the grace will come from—His perspective in us! Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."

Imagine that you feel like blasting a person that has offended you in some way. Instead God speaks to your heart and says, "Put your thoughts and words on pause. Don't slam dunk them because that's how the devil does business. Instead think for a minute. I have forgiven you. I have had mercy on you. You've blown it just like this person you're mad at. I've looked past your sins and continued to love you. Can you do it for them? Can you settle down and let me help you? Can you find kind words to speak truth, kindness, mercy, and help to them? Will you impart grace to them?"

Can you do this on your own? No! Grace comes from God. But He is always right their to help  you! In yourself you might want to lash out. The hurtful thoughts in your mind fight to make their way out your mouth. But, that isn't God's way. He wants you to be a vessel of His grace. It isn't about suppressing feelings of anger, or hurt, or disappointment. It's about God helping you see things in such a way, that you can have mercy knowing He's had mercy on you. Forgive knowing He's forgiven you. And then manifesting compassion and kindness as God's grace is imparted through you!

God's grace is available to you whenever you need it! He says it's available. It's received by faith. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." God wants it to abound in your life and through you! You have to pause, exercise your faith, and pull on His grace in difficult times. Then, over time, you will become supernaturally skillful drawing on Him for words that impart life and grace, blessing others and yourself. And you will slowly but steadily become that perfect person—mature in the Lord that is successful and a world changer helped by the words you speak!

Prov 12:18 "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Part One: Blessing or Bust, The Power of Your Words

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One day I committed a pointless act I want to tell you about. Renee and I have a home office. In it we each have our computers, desks, and chairs. At that time, we had a cat. I don't know why but our cat loved my chair. Although there are two chairs in the office, she loved and always sat in mine. I wouldn't have cared except that I often wore a dark suit to work. As I walked into our office one day, there was our cat Cuddles sitting in my chair. I picked her up nicely and put her on the floor. I then sat down in my chair only to realize a short time later, that my suit was covered with cat hair. Feeling upset, I looked at the cat and firmly said, Cuddles, I don't want you sitting in my chair. I lectured her for about 30 seconds and then broke out laughing thinking, You are lecturing a cat. I pictured myself in one of those printed cartoons when someone is talking to their cat and all the cat hears is blah, blah, blah... My talk with my cat was pointless. It made me feel better for a moment but it was still pointless. It reminds me of people trying to communicate in ineffective ways that turn out to be pointless such as yelling and screaming at each other. They may as well be saying, blah, blah, blah...

Too often we participate in various kinds of pointless communication. That would happen less if we would consider our tongue to be one of the greatest God-given tools we have. He has given us our tongue as a tool to learn how to use skillfully. We are to learn how to communicate blessing to others, which will at the same time contribute to our success. Even correction can be spoken skillfully and in a way that can bless if we let the Holy Spirit teach us how. Proverbs 15:23 (NLT) says, "Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!"

James 3:8 NIV teaches us that "...no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." God is trying to get a truth through to us. That truth is; it's impossible to control our tongue without God's help. It only comes under control with the help of the Holy Spirit. The truth and revelation of Proverbs 18:21 NIV is this, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." God wants us to experience the love and blessing that comes from doing life His way. But, our tongue can steal that when we don't bridal it! Our tongue has the potential to sink our ship! They can be used skillfully to contribute to the well–being of others, or they can tear down the lives of others and ourselves. And so, we should hold on to a reverential fear of God of how important the words we speak are and how powerfully they affect our lives—good or bad!

We have to realize that our tongue spills over with whatever is presently in our heart. We are all too unaware of all that is in our hearts. How do we find out what's in there? We pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us hear our words. Then we just listen to what spills from our mouth—especially under pressure or in anger. The tongue is an extension of our thought life. In Matthew 12:34 NIV Jesus said, "...For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." Out of discipline, the tongue can be forced or made to say proper things at the proper time, but, when you are by yourself or around those you feel most comfortable with, and let our guard down, that is when your tongue simply reflects what's in your heart and thought-life. Proverbs 12:6 NIV says, "The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them."

God wants us to succeed in how we communicate. Success starts with forming boundaries for the words you are going to speak in life. Ephesians 5:4 NLT says, "Dirty stories, profane conversation, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, remind each other of God's goodness, and be thankful." For this reason, He instructs in saying, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to those who listen."

What does it mean, "...that it may impart grace to those who listen?" I'll let you know next time. In the meantime, listen to the words that come from your mouth—especially when your upset or under pressure. You'll discover you need help! Part Two next time...

Prov 12:18 "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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