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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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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Christianity, Homosexuality, and Sexual Restraint

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hold on Christians! Your walk as Christians is going to get more difficult—even persecuted in ways you've never before experienced. Television and media has branded homosexuality, now leading to transgender confusion, as the absolute new norm and if you get in the way of it, you will be branded too!

Recently, a man struck a conversation with me after seeing a book I was reading. He told me how distraught he and his college age daughter were at being attacked and called a bigot and hater just because they felt homosexuality was wrong. They wanted to know what I thought about homosexuality.

I will share a condensed version with you of what I shared with him. Homosexuality is sin. So is gluttony, fornication, lying, stealing, adultery, lust, and on and on. The Bible says so! People can belittle and berate the Bible, but those that do, do so ignorantly. It is the most read book in History. It is historically accurate over the ages. It is declared as the "inspired word of God," and the word of God by Jesus. Jesus is either the greatest hoax, liar, deceiver, and fraud ever injected into society, or He is exactly who He said He was, the Son of God sent to be the Savior of the world. Even secular historians like Josephus recorded Jesus, His life, and miracles. Jesus is who He said He is. He came to save you and I from our sins by taking the punishment we deserve for them, upon Himself – this as an act of love and offer of reconciliation through our faith in Him as our personal Savior.

Jesus continually referred to the scriptures as sacred. They were His constant and only reference for all of God’s ways. To those that didn’t understand them, He said, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 (NLT)) Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words (scripture) will never pass away.“ (Matthew 24:35 (NIV) All truth is established from God's Word—like it or not!

When we become a Christian, having received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit immediately takes residence within us. He helps us see life and God's Word through His eyes and brings revelation and insight to the scriptures. That is why non-believers cannot understand the scriptures. They do not have the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we have been forgiven of our sins. In our new life in Christ, God wants us to learn what sin is and restrain ourselves from them. The Christian life is a life of restraint. The purpose for that restraint is to protect us from the consequences of sin and to follow God's ways that lead to great blessing. Every good parent understands this because they restrain their children's wrong behavior and reward their good behavior. The world hates hypocrites and calls the Christian who sins, that very name. Christians don't have a pass on living right. It's a choice they have to make moment-by-moment, and it is the learning curve every Christian gets wrong a thousand times as they grow and mature in Christ. The world holds itself to no accountability while holding Christians to an accountability of perfection—or be labeled hypocrite. And so, it is important for Christians to learn to be transformed in how they think, speak and act, by the scriptures, as they "put on Christ" for the world to see. And finally, Christians are to mature and become godly influences in this world—becoming those who reach out to others with the love of Christ. The restraint of sin and evil is what leads to a more beautiful and peaceful world.

I explained to this man that homosexuality is wrong and sin. It doesn’t make any difference what the rhetoric is. People will always try to justify or create excuse for what they want to do to fulfill the lusts of their flesh. That or manipulate the meaning of scripture to make it acceptable. They can do that but they will live in their own self-deception. God does not excuse it.

Romans 1:25-28 (NIV) says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”

The homosexual says, "I was created this way” but the truth is, with the exception of someone born with a physical genetic defect, there is no agreed upon scientific proof to this by science and researches overall! None! They may have desired a wrong fleshly desire, but that is why God wants us to learn restraint! The homosexual says “I was born this way.” Men and women may be born with a more masculine or feminine bent as perceived and accepted by society from sports to arts, but that does not make one a homosexual.

Men, if left abandoned to sexual desires could say, “Well I am born highly sexual and can’t help but look at women, masturbate, fornicate, read porn, and think about sex non-stop. I am wired this way!” (Most men won’t say this because their wife would throw them out or their girlfriends dump them.) The majority of men could say that but their wife or girlfriend and God’s Word teaches us restraint, and how to think, and how to love. Men either learn to live a restrained life, or they lead a secret life, or like a dog in heat—giving over constantly to sexual desires of all kind. But God’s word teaches restraint as a part of life. So, all people have to show sexual restraint. None of us get to have a sexual free-for-all. It’s contrary to how God wants us to live and it would destruct society because God did not make it this way. (And by the way, the destructing of society is happening now.)

I am not a hater of anyone. I am not a homophobic. I am not a bigot. I have had a number of homosexual friends whom I treat with great respect, love, and kindness, yet we agree to disagree. They will have to decide their spiritual destiny. Marriage from the beginning was God’s plan for a man and a woman. It is more than a legal union. It is a spiritual union blessed of God that began with Adam and Eve—his wife from the beginning of time. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife.” Marriage belongs between one man and one woman only! (Mark 10:7 (NIV)

God created the male and female version of man and animals to be “fruitful and multiply.” Homosexuals cannot naturally procreate and were not created to do so. For anyone to ignore this basic obvious truth in order to make someone feel more accepted is to make sin feel more acceptable. This doesn’t help you, them, or society. Yet to treat a homosexual with name calling or disrespect is also wrong. We are to treat every person with kindness, respect, and the love of God.

The religious homosexual community twists the meaning of scriptures, does away with scripture, or make their own version of God to their liking—a true form of idolatry. As Christians, if we don’t fight for a more moral society based on scripture, with love and redemption from sin as it’s goal, we will end up with a godless, immoral society that yes, will end up like a Sodom and Gomorrah that will eventually end up falling to the judgment of God.

Our voice and opinion has the right of influence just as they desire theirs to. The homosexual communities’name calling of Christians who do not agree with homosexuality as haters and bigots, is really who they are if they say it. Christians that do act like haters and bigots are not Christians at all! People disagree about many things and fight for legislation based on their beliefs.  Christians simply need to take the time to continue to let their core beliefs be formed on God's Word, not on feelings of pressure and intimidation, or a wrong perception of what love is. God knows what love is and tells us all that a part of love is to hate sin and to restrain from sinful activity, no matter what it is. Parents teach their children to restrain their wrong activities every day.

We are all imperfect and miss it and need to repent and get it right. God’s grace and mercy is great and reaches out to us all as we work to conform to God’s ways. He is there to help us, not condemn or beat us up. But, the Lord does want us to change! Restraint is a part of the Christian life! Romans 6:12 (NLT) "Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires" As a Christian, we are to hate sin and evil. Psalms 97:10 (NIV)” Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for He guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

Hating sin is not hating the sinner. Like Jesus, we reach out in love with the redemptive good news of Jesus' love—the daily message of Christ, but hate sin—first in our own life and then in overall in society. Use your influence to prevent it as this is what God would have you do!

For more reading on this subject click here: Marriage and the Family

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 02, 2017

God's Plan: Your Calling to Influence

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A while back I was on a flight with some friends of mine. One of them had only been on one flight in her life. This was her second time. The weather was not good and she was nervous about the flight. I was teasing her about how wild the flight would be because of the heavy winds. Suddenly, the Lord spoke from within, “Don’t be an agent of fear, but of faith and encouragement. The enemy is already working to bring fear to her. You are helping him, not Me or her.” I immediately repented and began to reassure her that things would be great and that we had prayed that the angels of God would surround and protect our flight—that the promise of Psalm 91:11 says, “For He orders His angels to protect you wherever you go.” Those words encouraged her immediately and we had a great flight.

Romans 5:17 (NLT) says, “The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ” In this verse, the Lord, through the Apostle Paul is speaking to us about the power of influence. We all have the power to influence whether it be for God, bringing the influence of righteousness and love, or being used of the devil and influencing others in the path of sin and fear. When he speaks about "by one man's offense death reigned," he is revealing one of the sadder truths ever revealed to man. That simply through one man's influence, sin was passed on to all mankind. This seems impossible but it's really true. We probably have no idea just how much we influence others, and not always in the best way.

I came to know the Lord at the age of 24, receiving Jesus personally as my Lord and Savior. It wasn't until then that I could look back and see how negative of an influence I had been over many parts of my life. It was in opening and studying the Bible and asking the Holy Spirit to help illuminate the scriptures to me that I began to see how my mouth and actions could negatively influence others.

Thank God that the Apostle Paul doesn't stop at sin with his revelation of the power of influence . He goes on to reveal the power of righteous influence. He goes on to say, "but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” In a nutshell these verses are telling us that Adam and Eve’s influence taught mankind how to sin and it spread to every person. It goes on to say that the influence of another—Jesus also spread to the world. Jesus gave us His gift of righteousness and love, meaning He washed our sins away, filled us with His Holy Spirit. And now the influence of His Holy Spirit within us can help us influence others toward Jesus and a godly life.” What an amazing swap for my life. It's never been the same and influence for Jesus is now my life's mission.

Those that know the Lord are the only ones capable of revealing to others that there is a life-changing God who is merciful and full of compassion that loves His children and wants to fill their lives with every good thing. Those that know the Lord are the only ones capable of revealing to others that in a supernatural moment of time, sins can be forever blotted out and forgiven. Those that know the Lord are the only ones capable of helping others discover the life changing power and precious promises of God's Word that destroy the daily fears we face and instead bring faith and trust and peace! That is what God wanted me to bring to my friend on the airplane when she was battling fear over the flight. In that moment of time, God reminded me who I was—His agent of love and godly influence. Not Satan’s agent of fear and torment.

There was a time when we were ignorantly used as an influencing agent of sin. If we don't purposely remember who we are in Christ and why we are here, it can be too easy to get caught up in the attitudes of the world and negatively influence others with our own wayward attitude. Now is the time where with the help and grace of God, we should be an influence of His righteousness! As Proverbs 15:23 (NLT) says, “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” How especially wonderful when that fitting word is the promise of God that draws others to His love, trust, and peace—freeing them from sin, fear, and discouragement!

Are you influencing others for God or for the devil? Because you love Jesus, you have God's Word, the Holy Spirit, and the promises of God. It's your words of encouragement that touch others with His love. Be ready, get set, influence! It's your calling!

Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) "The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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