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Friday, June 22, 2018

Who's in Charge? Your Spirit, Your Soul, or Your Body? It Matters!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I woke up early one morning and wished I could have gone back to sleep. I was feeling really tired. Renee and I had just finished a week-long conference that had meetings morning and night. When I went to bed I was over-tired and it made me feel restless. When I woke up that next morning, I laid there for a minute and thought about where my day needed to go. I thought about my first meeting of the day.
I could easily postpone that meetng one hour and get an extra hour of sleep. I quickly rebuked that thought. I knew there was much I needed to accomplish and God was comforting me reminding me that His grace would strengthen me through the day as He had, time and time again!

Think about what our lives would be like if we did only what we felt like doing. Many people do. Before I had accepted received Jesus as my Lord, I leaned that direction. My life was focused on pleasing me. That doesn't mean I was mean or didn't do nice things for people. I often did, but my life was mostly focused on me. If I woke up tired, I plotted to call in sick or make up some lie or excuse as to why I couldn't come in. Lying and manipulating to get my desired outcome didn't seem evil. It was the way of the world. It seemed to me like everyone did that. That was my excuse. Everyone else did it why couldn't I? That was a season of life where I let my feelings or selfish desires guide most of my steps.

God created us as a three-part being made up of our spirit, our soul (our mind and emotions) and our body. Until you understand that, you'll never fully understand yourself or how God leads you!

We see this in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely...your whole spirit, soul, and body..."  There are times where you mind and emotions want to lead you. Times when your fleshly desires (your body) selfishly want to lead you. And then there is your spirit led by the Holy Spirit, who should be leading you.

When I gave my life to the Lord, His Holy Spirit became the guiding force of my life. I was now seeing life through God's eyes. My heart and perspective changed. I learned that people can follow one of three leading desires within them. First, people can make the decision to follow the leading of what their flesh wants. Many do and the results are obvious—lives that are out of control from the extreme of obesity or chemical or sexual abuse, to the negative habits that people deep down despise because they know they are wrong.

Secondly, people can follow their intellect and emotions. The problem with that is our knowledge and understanding is limited to what we know. Honest people will admit that in the big picture of life, their intellect is grossly overrated and limited. I'm not saying there aren't people who are intellectually intelligent. But talk to an intelligent person who is berated by their boss, or who has lost a child to a drunk driver, or has been stricken by cancer, and they will tell you their intelligence didn't resolve their issues. Our understanding is limited and also has great ability to deceive us into thinking we can figure everything out and solve every problem. We don't always trust our judgement. We need God's help and leading.

The problem with our emotions and feelings leading us is that they are far too unstable to depend on. They can be easily triggered and spin out of control from being tired or weary, offended, or from being discouraged. You can't trust them when anger or hate or rage, is part of the mix. Our emotions often become exaggerated and can lead us astray when we are confused or afraid. Letting our emotions lead us through life will eventually lead us astray.

Thirdly, we can follow after and be led by the Holy Spirit. Our spirit led by the Holy Spirit is whom God wants us to follow. He is to be the leader of ourself over our fleshly desires and mind and emotions. If we've given our life to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit lives within us. John 14:26 NKJV says, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." The Holy Spirit will lead you your spirit in the Father's will just as He led Jesus on the earth.

In Luke 5:4-5, Peter had just finished fishing all night and without success. He was tired and exhausted and had just finished cleaning his nets. Suddenly Jesus tells him to go out into the deep and launch his nets. Peter's tired flesh and his intellect and his emotions were screaming but he kept them under control before Jesus. He just said in as nice a way as he could muster, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." If Peter had gone by his intellect or his emotions, well you could figure out what his response would have been. This is a perfect picture of how we yield and learn to follow after the Holy Spirit. Peter yielded to the Lord. Upon obeying Jesus, there were so many fish that Peter and his men could hardly pull them in—their nets were breaking, and they needed more help. That is the blessing and our motivation for learning to let our spirit-man lead our flesh and mind and emotions. The result will be spiritual grown and maturity, blessing, the learning of how to lead yourself.

Our intellect and our emotions are a gift from God when we use them in cooperation with the leading of God's Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, "We live by faith, not by sight." This means that we don't let our intellect lead our steps. Our intellect thrives on what it sees. We don't let our emotions lead our daily path as they are too often a roller-coaster responding to current circumstances. They have great potential to lead us astray. We’ll use both of them daily, but we position our heart to listen to our spirit as it is led by God’s Holy Spirit. He’ll speak to us through the Word of God as we read His Word, or through other sources that teach His Word, or through His Holy Spirit bringing the Word and direction to our remembrance. If you would remember that what you need to know, God already has the answer to, you'd be more motivated to ask God to lead you in everything in your life. He desires to lead us and wants to help us succeed and be blessed. If we learn to lean on Him, ask, and listen, He will lead us and tell us where and how to cast our nets! And this is what it means to be sanctified wholly, spirit, soul, and body.

Romans 8:14  "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Don't Spin Your Wheels! Get Perfect Results!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was twenty-five years old when I bought my first house. Along with my first house came my first yard to keep up. After the first winter in that house, I had the joy of repairing the parts of my lawn that had been killed by winter-kill. I was in my mid twenties at that time and fairly inexperienced in home upkeep. I also liked to do everything in a hurry. I was too young and immature to appreciate the old adage, If you are going to do something, do it right.

After buying grass seed, I would sprinkle some over the areas of dead grass from the winter-kill. Then I'd water it. A couple of weeks later, I’d be frustrated because most of the seed had not germinated and little to no new grass had sprouted. I asked a few friends if they knew a better way to get grass to grow. And Yes, there were directions on the box of grass seed but who had time to read directions much less do it the way they recommend? That would take way too much time to read—(at least two minutes.) I’d get varied advice on what to do. One person told me that raking the grass seed in would work. The next year I tried that. It didn't work. Please forgive me for how stupid this sounds, but I'd keep trying some version of sprinkling the seed on top of the dead grass and watering it, even though it didn't seem to work. (Immaturity extracts a high price!)

Finally a true gardener found out about my frustration. He said, Tim, you can either cut out the damaged lawn and replace it with a new piece of sod or do what I tell you which will take more time but get perfect results. I asked him what to do. He said it would be hard work—more than just throwing some seed. First, he said, If possible, start in the spring just after the temperature is steady at about sixty degrees. The weather is perfect for growing grass at that time of year because the slightly cooler weather helps the ground stays moist longer. That is critical to the seed germinating. He then told me to take a gardening fork (a small hand-tool to till up an area) and run it over the winter kill a section at a time. I was to rake out the dead grass and dispose of it. Then sprinkle the seed over the tilled area and work it into the soil with the gardening fork. He prepared me. Your yard will look ugly for about three weeks. Then, he said, comes the most important part to get perfect results. You need to water it at least morning and night for a week to ten days. The seeds need to stay moist to germinate and then they need water as they sprout and begin to grow. If you do this, I guarantee you will see the results you want.

I did what he said and it has always given me perfect results. Over time, I learned that the three key things to repairing my lawn are parallel to getting God-results! They are:


1.) Meditate on God’s Word. God’s Word is called incorruptible seed meaning its perfect seed that gets results. Meditate on the word of God before you start your day—before life and your day get too busy. Your intentions might be great but as much as you promise yourself that you will later, you probably won't! Work the seed (God’s Word) into the soil of your heart. This is important to the start of our day! (And it's why I write Fresh Manna!)

2.) Confess and pray the Word of God over what it is your are trying to accomplish. The Word of God is incorruptible seed. Confessing what God has said is like raking out what's dead and putting down the good and incorruptible seed of God’s word. His word is His will and He says in 1 John 5:14-15, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of Him." When you confess it and meditate on God's Word it's like tilling that good seed into the soil. It gets into your heart and builds your faith. When you pray what you've meditated on, you know His will and you are praying His will in faith!  (Example: Lord, like David, I pray you give me courage to stand up boldly and fearlessly in giving my presentation at work, knowing you give me favor and lead me to victory over every Goliath-obstacle!)

3.) Continue to pray every time you get a chance —ESPECIALLY when you are praying over something critical to you. It's not a works thing meaning more prayer equals better results. No, the reason to pray often is because it helps you think about God and His word and chase out the unbelief that comes again and again when facing difficult circumstances. Unbelief has to be defeated and prayer is not only talking with God, it reminds you of His love and power, His promises, and that He is working in your life as you trust Him. It squashes unbelief like a bug!

Prayer is the equivalent of watering. It prepares and softens your heart so you can hear from God. It helps your heart grow in faith. It will help God’s Word germinate and take root in your heart. Prayer petitions the heart of God according to His will. The Holy Spirit will help you remember to pray and pray often. Pray whenever you can and often! Turn off your car radio. Turn off the distractions you can control. Water the seed of your requests with the prayer that will cause your answers to sprout! Let your prayer be filled with thanks for what God is doing and will continue to do!

Jesus said in Mark 4:27 (NIV) "Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how." When we learn God's Word and pray in faith, God is working whether we know it or not!

It took me about three years of no results before I learned and was willing to put in the effort to grow my grass the right way. For the last 37 years I had a lush yard of green grass—the result of following good instruction. These are also the principles that help you build a strong spiritual house. They are both about planting seed and watering.
I used to try to get no results because I gave no respect for how God has ordained sowing and reaping to work. I used to think I didn’t have time. Now I know that the only way to get the results I desire is to make the time. This is how the Lord builds the house. This is how to avoid building your house in vain—doing what you think is the work but getting zero results.

Psa 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Quit Being Ripped Off By the Devil

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever had anything stolen from you? I have—a few times over the course of my life. I've never liked it and I'm sure you haven't either! One time it really made me mad. Someone had broken into our car and stolen Renee’s purse. If you had something valuable stolen like your car for example, you would most likely call the police. Why would you call the police? For two reasons: one being, to hopefully get your car back, and the second, hoping they would catch the thief.

Did you know that Jesus called Satan the thief? In John 10:10 (NLT) Jesus said, “The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”

Satan works to steal much more than tangible things from us. He works to steal any and every good thing from God that blesses our life—including our relationships, family, church, job, and so much more. It's important to know that the devil is a thief! And it's important to know because you will never defend against what you don’t know is being stolen or who stole it.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) gives us insight saying "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." What is this verse saying? It's saying that demonic forces work behind the scenes of every person committing an evil that steals, kills, and destroys. They are the real problem in our life—not people. Remember, before you gave your life to Jesus,? You were also used in ways to hurt people. But God's love somehow penetrated your heart and opened your eyes to the truth of Jesus, and you left that all behind. All people need to be saved but until they are, they will at times, be used of the devil. It's the devil we need to focus on and stand against.

We do have natural recourse when things are stolen such as the police or authorities and insurance. But the most important thing you could ever do is understand spiritually who your enemy is and then understand the covenant promise God has given you. God promises us through Deuteronomy 28:7 (NKJV) “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways." Like all promises of God, you must believe and stand in faith for them. You are for your salvation so why wouldn't you for the rest of God's benefits?

I remember a time when I was putting a quarter in a vending machine. I dropped it and it rolled under the pop machine. I was just going to leave it when the Lord suddenly spoke to my heart and said, I've called you to be my steward. Don't ever let the enemy steal what I have given you!  It was so clear and profound I was startled. I got down on my hands and knees and saw the quarter with easy reach and grabbed it. That experience was life-changing for me. I never again thought of things within my possession as mine. I was God's steward and He does not like the enemy ripping us off whether large or small and in any area of our life—possessions or relationships or whatever!

Proverbs 6:30-31 (NLT2) says, "Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house." I guarantee you Satan isn't stealing because he's starving. He's hate and destructive driven. When we have identified Satan's attack and thievery in our lives, it is imperative to note it, and declare it against him, not the person who stole. Say with authority In the name of Jesus, Satan, this is your work. You have tried to steal what God has given to me. You are caught! You are a thief and I rebuke and bind you from stealing God's blessings from my life. Father, I thank you for enforcing the seven-fold return of what the enemy has tried to steal from me, and I thank you for it in in Jesus Name. Do this in sincere faith, and as you look back over the years in hindsight, you'll see God restoring to you what He restored to Job.

We may not always be able to see every attack coming or stop every negative thing that Satan tries to bring our way, but, when those attacks come, it’s time to stand in faith and use the weapons of our warfare that God has given us. They are powerful and effective and will produce results.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NKJV) says "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds." This means we do not fight demonic attacks with guns, or knives or material weapons. We fight them through our words and prayers of faith, and the authority of the name of Jesus!

Our spiritual maturity and growth in God will develop over time as we stay close to the Lord. As we learn to catch and resist the thief, we actually begin to slow down and shut out many demonic attacks and influences from our life. The devil will be on the run, you will become spiritually more discerning and strong, your life will experience much greater peace, and you will begin to take back what the devil has stolen from you!

Deuteronomy 28:7 NKJV, “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Defeat Anxiety That Comes From Difficult Circumstances

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by Pastor Tim Burt

It's happened to you! You get bad news. Your heart starts pounding, Your thoughts are no longer clear. They've slipped into a fog! Anxiety quickly builds like a surging flood overflowing its banks.

What happens when anyone receives bad news or a negative report? They immediately face “fiery darts of the enemy.” God's Word tells us in Ephesians 6:16 (NKJV) how important our faith and knowing how to use the weapons of our warfare are, saying "above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." 

The Lord wants us to be prepared in advance for attacks the enemy tries to bring against us. He doesn't want the devil's lies and attacks to steal our joy, our sleep, our faith, and our peace in God. God wants us to know how to deal with these fiery darts so we will always come out on top.

The first thing that happens when a negative report shows up in your life is that you face soulish warfare. Your soul is your mind and emotions and the place where lies, deception, and fear breeds and takes hold if we let them. The “fiery darts” are the bombardment of negative thoughts attacking your mind and emotions. If you look at what God calls the “weapons of our warfare,” in Ephesians 6:10-17, you will see the weapons God has give us to resist these attacks of the enemy. They also help us understand ways the devil will attack us. There is great insight to be had through these verses so take the time to read through them.

The Apostle Paul starts out saying in Ephesians 6:10 NLT, “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power.” Before Paul reveals any of our spiritual weapons against Satan and his attacks, He tells us that these attacks are designed to make us weak-kneed. Satan wants us to be knocked out in the first round by the first punch. Paul is telling us not to let that happen. He's telling us that you may not personally feel strong enough to fight this battle but that’s okay because you can be strong “in the Lord’s mighty power.”

If we know—if we have faith and have confidence that the Lord will help us, then we won’t cave into fear and be taken out. We'll face evil reports knowing that the Lord will see us through. So, we don’t want to start out weak. We start out strong in the Lord’s strength. That is why you shouldn't lay in bed worrying and letting fiery darts overtake you. If you can't sleep, get up and fight. What's the first fiery dart you might hear when you get up? "You have a long day a head of you. If you get up now, you’ll be exhausted and never make it through your day.” The devil is manipulative and tries to keep you in his control. He wants you to stay in bed and obsess in a sleepless frenzy.

Instead, get up and get ready for battle in the Lord's might! Respond to those fiery darts saying, No devil, I am not going to lie in this bed and stress out. God's grace is going to strengthen me through my day. And if it’s a fight you want, it’s a fight you’ll get. I am going to get up and tell you who I am in Christ. I am washed in His blood. I am forgiven. I am His child. He is my abba Father. He has instructed me to put on the weapons of my warfare and I have. Let me remind you of your future in Hell. You'll be there. I won't. And that's what you hate. But the Lord is my Shepherd. He is my fortress, He is my strong tower. He is my defender! He goes before me and watches after me. He is my victory through Christ Jesus. He answers my prayers through the mighty name of Jesus. He is working in my life in this very moment and my faith in Him is the source of my peace. You are a liar and the father of all lies. Your lies and fear have no place in my life. So I rebuke you in Jesus name. As it is written, Resist the devil and he shall flee from you. Flee now in Jesus name."

This is an excellent place to worship the Lord in song and prayer. Do these things and you'll learn how to walk in the weapons of your warfare God has made available to you. You'll learn how to not be moved when a bad report comes and instead, to be, "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."

‎2 Thessalonians 3:3 NKJV “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 15, 2018

A Special Story: Keep Your Fork...

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting today's story by popular request. I hope you'll enjoy it! 

Keep Your Fork... (Author Unknown) 

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?" came the pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,"said the pastor.

The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story. Ever since that day, I always try to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.

She told me that... In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, "Keep your fork.” It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming... like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, she said, "I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them, "Keep your fork ... the best is yet to come."

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled. During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that "The best is yet to come."

1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Discouragement and Depression Out. Peace and Strength In

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you read the Bible story of Jesus asleep in a boat with His panicking disciples during a raging storm? He's asleep in the back of a boat they're in while they are terrified they might drown in the storm. They wake Him in desperation. He speaks to and calms the wind and waves and in shock and awe, they said among themselves, "Who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey him?" Mark 4:41 TLB

Jesus had told them who He was yet it was like they had mental relapses over this truth. He was the Son of God, the author and finisher of our faith, and the only one capable of bringing us supernatural help, strength, and peace in times of trouble and hurt. The disciples seemed to have to learn this over and over again and it seems that Christians today are the same way. It’s critical to know that God, out of His love for mankind, was there for us at the cross and is here for us today! He's here today to offer you and me supernatural help, strength of spirit, and the peace that passes human understanding. He knows that we need His supernatural comfort because we are all confronted too often with sudden problems, disappointments, and occasional crisis events that come suddenly and work to rob our faith and peace, steal our hope, and drain our strength of spirit.

Most Christians really don't know of God's promise of strength and peace. It’s the reason so many people become overwhelmed with discouragementthe place the Bible sometimes calls the pit. Psalm 28:1 NIV speaks of David’s cry to God in one of these troublesome times. “To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” Pit here does not mean hell. It’s referring to the emotionally low place of discouragement or depression.

God doesn't want anyone to sink into this kind of place. If you knew the Lord, then you would also know that He desires to lift you up from this place. King David knew this! He proclaimed in Psalm 40:2 NLT, “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”

Jesus desires to deliver us from these kinds of troubles. His help reaches those who believe in Him and the promises of His Word, and boldly ask for His help in faith. That is what is meant in 2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.” Our richness is that we can call upon Him confidently knowing that God will take what the devil meant for evil and turn it for good. He will turn defeats into victories! First He wants to help us get our feet on solid ground. It starts by having faith and drawing strength and peace from the richness and power of the promise of His Word such as in Philippians 4:7 NKJV. “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”


King David understood this was God’s will, He trusted in God’s promises, and it is reflected in His prayers to the Lord. Psalm 86:1-7 & 11-13 says, “Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me…Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may reverence your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.”

People have all sorts of funny ideas about God, about Heaven, about who they pray to, and who helps them in this life. For example, I heard someone say, I prayed to my grandmother in Heaven and I just know she has helped me a lot. A person can believe that and maybe even draw some peace and strength from that but it’s not true! Because it's not true, it will not really provide true lasting strength and peace. God does not have us pray to people in Heaven. He has not commissioned any person in Heaven including His mother Mary, our relatives, or anyone but Himself to take on that role. Otherwise they would be playing the role of God. If you thought differently from what someone taught you or from a religion class, don't be offended?Instead rejoice that you are learning this critical truth! Acts 4:12 NLT says, “There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of Heaven for people to call on (than Jesus) to save them." The word “save” means to protect, heal, preserve, to help, and make whole. This is supernatural help and the work of God alone. To pray or cry out to anyone other than the Lord is born out of imagination is not God’s will.

Real strength and peace in hard situations is gained from learning of God's will, and praying for and putting faith in the promises He has written to you in His Word. It’s from there that the peace that passes human understanding and strength from Him comes as revealed in Psalms 85:8 NIV. “I will listen to what God the LORD will say; He promises peace to His people, His saints-- but let them not return to folly (believing in myths and fables.)

The strength and peace comes from the joy in you knowing that He loves you, listens to you, and promises to work in your behalf. This is the operation of your faith. When it's strong and intact you know and trust Him. That creates strength and peace and delivers you from the pit of discouragement and depression! Glory to God. And this is why David wrote in Psalms 46:1 and in Psalm 60:11 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble… for vain is the help of man.” So have faith and receive His strength and peace today!

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One of the questions I've been asked most over the years is, Why do people who  don't believe in God or live for God seem to prosper? That is really the classic question Why do the wicked prosper? There are many difficult things to bear in life, but it seems that one of the hardest for Christians is when they see arrogant, prideful, godless people prosper and appear to seem blessed while they themselves struggle—financially or otherwise. Jeremiah's words have spoken to us about this through the ages. Jeremiah 12:1 (NIV) "You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" 

The book of Job shares the same expression of angst. Job 21:7 and 13 (NIV) "Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?... They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace."

People ask me, Doesn't the Word of God say that His children are the ones who should be blessed? Why does it seem like evil people prosper?  And we might ask ourselves, Why does this bother Christians so much? 

We are in instructed by Jesus in Matthew 5:44-45 NIV to: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

We are taught that the Lord lets His goodness touch the lives of those that don't know Him or reject Him. Why? Because He wants them to know that there is a God that loves them. You might not have thought about this, but there is something that happens inside of a person when some wonderful goodness touches their life.

As Christians when great goodness happens, we yearn to thank God. When God allows blessing to touch the life of the sinful or the wicked—especially when they deny the existence of God, they have a dilemma. They want to thank someone and they know deep down, that someone is God. If they say they don't believe in Him, they try to redirect those feelings but I assure you that the thanks they feel wants to go upward toward Heaven.

For those that don't deny the Lord but who just haven't thought much about Him, or for those who have avoided Him, they do often lift thanks to God but then it makes them feel guilty. They feel this way because they know they aren't right with Him. The goodness or blessing they feel is God’s strategy to help them reevaluate their relationship with Him, hopefully leading them to seek Him. Romans 2:4 TLB reveals this truth. “Don't you realize how patient God is being with you? Or don't you care? Can't you see that He has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance."

The goodness of God touches sinners and the wicked so that they will be drawn toward repentance and consider God's  kindness, mercy and love. He has touched you and I in the same way. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 (TLB), "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." In other words, He poured out His love on us when we didn't deserve it. (You might have forgotten that YOU were the wicked at that point in time.)

When God's goodness touches the Christian's life, it is called blessing. When God's goodness touches the sinner's life, it is called the ”goodness and mercy of God." It will feel like a blessing to them but it's not actually a blessing. Blessings are reserved for God's people. It is simply God's goodness and mercy. God is trying to get a hold of them, but He won’t keep trying forever.

God loves all men and is trying to reach them through the things that impact their heart. And yet, it isn't endless. It will come to an end, and if they don't turn to the Lord they will reach the fate, no one wants to face.

If your first thought of blessing is something material, you have the shallowest view of blessing. The richness of knowing Christ, having His Holy Spirit, being able to receive revelation, truth, and insight, and the promise of eternal life, are the greatest of all blessing. But because we live in a defiled and material world, God's help us to meet our needs and beyond, as we ask. God does not bless us to consume blessing upon our own lusts. Jesus said, "To whom much is given, much is required." We are blessed to be a blessing! Even to have that revelation is a blessing because that leads someone to the richest life possible—living a purposed-filled life of serving others as Jesus did! Because we as Christians know the Lord, we are rich in blessing. God is good to us and wants to bless us. We just need to remember who we are and stay focused on His will for our lives. God  is just and will be the judge of others in His timing. We aren't to be concerned with their justice because it would only distract us from what He has for us to do.

Others may look like they have it all, but the truth is, without Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives, they are naked and poor. We on the other hand, are rich in the blessing of being able to live moment by moment intimately and confidently with Him, bathed in His grace! We are the blessed!

Psalm 1:1-3 (TLB) "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.  They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Who God Created You to Be! Believe it!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There’s an expression that we all know and have experienced—Getting out of the wrong side of the bed. It might be defined as a feeling of being out of sync as soon as you wake up and having a fear the day will not go well.

If I have ever gotten up feeling that way, I fight it head on. I do not allow myself to cave into the thought or feeling. You know why? Because I could and that would make it worse! I seriously believe that many people cave quickly to that feeling—fearing it and feeling that they have no control over it.

Before I knew the Lord, this feeling—that I had gotten out of the wrong side of the bed and that it was going to be a bad day that spiraled downward all day, was like a superstitious feeling. Though my thinking was completely wrong, I thought that this was a premonition of a bad day to come—some unstoppable force that I had no control over. From that point, it was almost as if I had faith in the fact that things were going to go badly. I seriously waited for things to go wrong, expecting it to happen. Many people don't understand that these kinds of thoughts are demonic—inspired by Satan. When you really don't know God, His love, His will, and His nature—all things taught in the Bible, then the devil can deceive you in almost any area of your life. A lack of knowledge and understanding of God can leave you manipulated by fear and paranoia, and will work to destroy you. We see this revealed in Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."

I once knew a coach who would never sit or stand in the same place in a game twice because he believed it would cause his team to lose the game. Many professional athletes suffer from superstitious thinking and fears. Where do these kinds of ridiculous thoughts come from? When I gave my heart to the Lord I discovered that my mind was filled with superstitious and deceptive thoughts inspired by the devil. These thoughts got planted in my head somewhere along the path of life. I had believed them and put faith in them. You can put your faith in anything. You can put your faith in a person or in people but you will learn they will let you down. You can put your faith in superstitions which control you and manipulate you through fear. You can put your faith in mediums or the occult and you become their victim of falsehoods. You can cast all thoughts of God aside rejecting Him and instead, through pride, put faith in yourself. It won't be long until you let yourself down. People put their faith in many things but the only thing that is true and the only thing you can count on, is Jesus and the word of God. That is why Jesus said,  "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6 (NIV)  It is from understanding that Jesus is the truth, that you have your baseline for all truth and the ability to begin to sort out truth from lies. God's Word helps us discern His truth from the enemies lies which always produce fear and confusion and pain in your life.

We see this play out in the story of Gideon. He and his people were surrounded constantly by enemies oppressing them. Gideon believed in a lie that had rooted in him over time. He believed he was a loser. He believed his people were losers. He was a man who lived day-by-day in fear that rendered him helpless and put him in survival mode. Because of this, he live in survival mode.

One day Gideon was working in his winepress which was also his hiding place. The Lord suddenly appeared to Gideon saying, “With the strength that you have, go and rescue Israel from the Midianites.” (Judges 6:14) Gideon couldn't believe that he was hearing this. He felt that his life represented getting out of the wrong side of the bed every day. He felt like a loser and he let the Lord know it saying, "But Lord, "how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!" (Judges 6:15) Gideon was basically telling the Lord that he came from a tribe of losers and a family of losers and he was the biggest loser. That was how he saw himself. Worse than that—he believed and had faith in it. But this is an example of how God's Word breaks the back of deception. Gideon began to believe the Lord. The Lord was helping him discern that he wasn't a loser. God called him “a mighty man of valor.” Then God told him, "I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man." (Judges 6:16)
When God begins to help us understand who He created us to be, it can take time to believe it. Gideon had to let this sink in. God was gracious in helping Him believe it. Once Gideon did, he was no longer the same person. He resisted allowing himself to think he was the loser that got out of the wrong side of the bed day after day. He kept in mind, what God said he was—a mighty man of valor. Gideon with the help of the Lord defeated the Midianites and became one of the great warriors and Judges of Israel.

You may hold a high opinion of yourself out of pride and conceit. That is a wrong perception and is not the truth. One day that pride will be broken. You may be one that has little self-esteem and sees yourself as a loser. This is also a wrong perception.  Our life will either be a life built on ignorance and false perceptions, or we will let God reveal who we were created to be through Christ Jesus. Once Gideon believed what God said about him, all lies and superstitions in his life were eliminated. He became the new man God created him to be—a mighty man of valor.

No matter how we feel when we start out our day—no matter what side of the bed we get out of—we can cast aside all negative feelings and instead thank God for His promise, "This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24 (NKJV) And, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) 

We can wake up every day thinking and saying to the Lord, “Like Gideon, I am mighty in you. I am here to be strong and shine for you. I am here to be excellent in all I do—leaning on you for Your help in everything. I will have a great day Lord because I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need!"  This is the truth to be formed in you and to live by! And so, from this day forward, either side of the bed is the right side for you!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 08, 2018

Hilarious! When Grandma Goes to Court

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this by request. Hope you enjoy it! 

This is Hilarious! It reminds me of Jesus writing on the ground... Enjoy!




Haggai 1:7 NIV This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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