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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Leading, Encouraging, and Inspiration of God's Promises

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Every day I write Fresh Manna, it's my prayer that I've taught you something, encouraged your heart, and inspired you to have faith in God's love and word so that it works mightily in you, and extends to others through you. Today is no exception. Today I want to share with you, one of my favorite Bible stories. It's one of my favorite because it represents the depth of God's love and grace toward each one of us, and because it reveals His love and promises, extending all through time into our lives today. The story is when God revealed and established a covenant with Abram (soon to be called Abraham.) God did so in stages, revealing a little of His plan at a time. Why? I believe this is God's pattern with man. When we know too much, we get ahead of ourselves and God, and let our imagination lead us rather than God directing our steps, a step at a time.

In Genesis chapter 15 God comes and speaks to Abram about establishing a covenant with him. Abraham had just finished a traumatic experience rescuing his nephew Lot from a king. God had helped him accomplish this but I'm sure this experience had been difficult to calm down from. He was most likely thinking about how he could have lost his life and was thinking about how he still had no heir yet. Now God comes and speaks these words to Abram. Genesis 15:1 (NKJV) "After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." God then continues to tell Abram how He will give him an heir that will lead to countless descendants. (This is why God tells us secrets in small doses. Even God's smallest promises are mind-blowing.)  And then God does something to initiate this covenant that is something we should think about every day or our life! I'll show you and then explain.

Genesis 15:8-12 & 17 (NLT2)
8  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”
9  The LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
10  So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half.
11  Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.
12  As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.

17  After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses.


This sacrifice was how God taught them to establish a covenant in those days. Both parties were supposed to walk through the sacrifice and that represented that they were both responsible for their part. If you go back and read these verses you see that God put Abram to sleep and then walked through the sacrifice Himself. (He was the smoking firepot and flaming torch.) Why did God walk through the sacrifice without Abram? Because He knew that man was incapable of fulfilling the sacrifice. God knows we all fail, all fall short, all sin, and consequently feel unworthy walking away from God. God walking through this alone was Him saying that He would be responsible for this everlasting covenant. All he wanted Abram was to sincerely do the best he could.

This represented the depth of God's love, His mercy, His grace, and the fact that God would do for us what we could not do ourselves. This was the foretaste of Jesus being the sacrifice for our sins. This was the beginning of God restoring us to Himself. This was the beginning of a world of supernatural grace, help, and promise to deliver us from this wicked and evil world. God would create promised blessing to those that love Him and would do their best to walk in His ways.

As you read through this chapter and then through chapter 17, you'll see God reveals more and more about this covenant. That is what God does. He gives you His instruction and promises to create desire to lead you. He does this in doses so that you can respond to them and be encouraged, taught, inspired, and led by them day-by-day.

And then we read in the book of Galatians, this amazing truth and promise. Galatians 3:28-29 (NLT2) "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you."

This verse is telling us that all those promises God made to Abraham are reaching into our lives today through Jesus Christ. They still deliver, help, lead, and bless us as we learn and put our faith in them! I hope this inspires and encourages you today. It sure does me! God bless you.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT2) "For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Don't Stand Still Because of the Hurts in Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When police pull people over and think that they have been drinking or are under the influence of drugs, they often make them take the simple test of walking a straight line.  If I said to you, Take one step forward, you'd do it with no problem. If I said, Take one step backward, you again would do it no problem.  Most people know what it means to move forward or go backward, that is, until they have been hurt from real-life problems. Then some people barely seem to ever move forward, and actually spend time letting their life unravel or move backwards.

A few years ago, I sold my riding lawnmower. It was getting older and needed to be replaced. It ran well but knew it would never last the next fifteen years so I wanted to update it. I loved it because it was utterly dependable except for one small problem. It's right front tire leaked air slowly. It leaked air not because the tire was damaged but because the rim had a slight dent that allowed it to leak air. Every four or five times I used it, I had to re-inflate the tire. I should have simply replaced the wheel a couple of years ago but didn't—more for reasons of procrastination than anything else which is surprising because I am generally not a procrastinator.

This tire reminds me of many people's lives. They have had something devastating happen and their life is like one with a slow leak in it. They don't move forward. They try to maintain and do to a degree, but then slip backwards until they have to fill their life's tire a bit.

The enemy of your soul hates you. I have written about that many times. His desire it to kill, steal, and destroy. Like Job's wife, the enemy would love to get you to curse God, give up on Him and die. If you did that, then Satan would have succeeded in deceiving you out of your faith and living your life in apprehension and fear. God has filled His Word with precious promises of His love, His hope, His help & protection, and a future—a meaningful and significant life that would bring you much joy. But, you have to move forward. You have to put the devil and past hurts and fears under your feet and move forward. This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote, Philippians 3:14 (NLT) "I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."

Jesus understood heart-ache. His life of faithfulness to His Father filled His heart with heart-ache—yet He always moved forward. The Bible doesn't reveal a great deal about His relationship with His cousin John the Baptist, but I believe if we knew more, we'd find that they were the very definition of iron sharpening iron. I believe they loved, talked about, and encouraged each other in the Word. When John was beheaded for following God instead of obeying Herod, it hurt Jesus' heart dearly.  We read in Matthew 14:13 (NIV) "When Jesus heard what had happened (regarding his cousin John,) he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place...Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. "

Jesus barely had anytime to mourn John's death. The needs of people around Him were so great that He was back to ministering to them that very day.  Jesus could have put His life on hold. People would have understood. He could have backed down from going to the cross. People would have understood. But He didn't because He knew the Father needed Him. Jesus' love for mankind was driving Him. He moved forward with His life and we are all blessed for it.

Hurt, disappointment, discouragement, and  unforgiveness—so many things could be that slow leak that at best allows our life to maintain for a while but then go backward. That isn't the plan of God. When the enemy comes against you, you make him pay so that what the devil meant for evil, is turned for good! Trust God so that He can turn it for good. Champions move forward! They do because the love of God and for other people constrains them to! Let that describe you! You are a Champion for Christ!

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Reason Why You Can Overcome Temptation

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Temptation! We all face it. When we learn of God’s ways, we want to turn from evil and instead live for the Lord. We want to think, speak, and do, that which will please the Lord and help usher blessing into our lives. But then there are those things that come up in our life that we know we should avoid. We should because they either represent something that isn't good for us, or something the Lord has personally asked us to refrain from. Or, they simply encompass evil. And yet you know how it is when we can’t or shouldn't have it, the temptation to want it seems to grow. I’ll tell why.

As Christians regarding temptation, something has changed. When we lived without Christ, we had some sense of right and wrong—not governed by God’s Word but by the ethical boundaries we somehow picked up from the world on our path of life. But temptations raged and we often felt helpless to its power over us. People cave in daily to things they should not do. They don’t realize that without Jesus Christ, there is a demonic influence that leads them to and keeps them engaged in things they know they should not engage in.

When one prays and asks and receives Jesus to become their personal Savior, and repents of their sins, the Holy Spirit comes instantly to live within that person. In that instant, the power of demonic influence is broken. At that point, it's not demonic power that is your problem, but simply the command from God to renewing your mind from its old ways of thinking. This is how God brings transformation to you. Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)  says, "And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

You used to be selfish but as you read God's word, He teaches you to be like Jesus—selfless. As your mind is transformed by God’s Word, transformation begins. God Himself reveals to you what is good and right. You no longer have the power of demonic influences controlling you, but you have the power of the Holy Spirit leading and guiding you from within. Let this truth become a power revelation to you! 1 John 4:4 (NLT) says,  "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." This verse is declaring that the Holy Spirit within you is greater than any and every demonic influence that is in this world! That means you have power and strength to change and overcome temptation! Praise God.

So then, if this is true—the power of demonic influence over you being broken, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit, then why do we still deal with temptation? You only deal with temptation when you forget who you are in Christ and begin to think like you did before you received Him—selfishly. You are tempted when once again you begin to make life all about you! You want this, you want that. That was how you lived before Christ. But you are now led by the Spirit of God and life is about loving others with His love. That means you now make right decisions governed by your love for God and for the sake of others.

A few weeks back, God began to deal with me about losing some weight. I don’t think anyone thought I was overweight. Yet, I knew I had grown thicker and weighed more than I should. I could have said, So what! The majority of people are more overweight than me. That would be making it about me by defending me and being critical of others to protect myself. No, the Lord wanted me to lose weight because He told me it would affect my ability to influence others for Him. He didn't explain how or why, and to me, that isn't important. Obedience is! I trust His reasons. But now my reason to do this is out of love for Him and for others. This is where the power of God is strongest and temptation is reduced to its weakest state. Making my choices born out of my love for God and for others, strengthens me to succeed and breaks the power of temptation. My mind isn't on me. It is on the joy of succeeding for the blessing it will bring to others. This is the joy Jesus faced and lived for in His temptation.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “We cast off the temptation of sin by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the JOY He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven.”

I have found a renewed strength and have lost 16 pounds so far. It’s about so much more than just losing weight. Other blessings have come into play because of resisting temptations. I just have to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and His motivation for why He did what He did, and in doing so, I am strengthened for the same reason.

In closing, you knowing that sin has no power over you is critical. Thank God for that. Say it in those moments. Think and say, Lord, I love you infinitely more than that pull and temptation on my flesh. I will live to glorify you! Greater is your Holy Spirit in me than He that is in this world! 

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 10, 2018

A Deposit and Blessing That God Has Made in Your Account

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One day while going through my mail, I opened my bank statement. As I went through it, it appeared there was more money in my account than I thought should be there. As it turned out, I had given someone who owed me some money, a deposit slip to my account and told him to deposit the money in my account whenever he could. I had forgotten about it but was pleasantly surprised when I discovered he deposited the money!  

The Word of God tells us that as believers, Jesus put a deposit in our account. We read in Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV,  “...Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.” His word says we “were marked with a seal”that seal being the Holy Spirit who is "a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance." When we are told that we were marked with a seal, we've been told a powerful truth! Let me tell you why and then encourage you to reread the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis.

For those that know this story, you know that Joseph was made to be ruler over all of Egypt, only second to Pharaoh himself. We read in Gen 41:42 NIV where Pharaoh made this proclamation over Joseph as second in command, “Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He then dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.” The signet ring was a seala symbol of all Pharaoh’s authority given to Joseph to use like it was his own. When a law was declared or an order given, it was stamped with the signet. This was the final authority and nothing could change it. The robes given to him represented royalty. The gold chain represented the wealth and resources of the kingdom at His disposal. This is what was given to Joseph. I am sure he had to adjust to this, pinch himself, and learn to exercise this authority and power because in all of his previous years leading up to this moment, he had been only a servantan utterly diligent and faithful one serving under repressive circumstances. Now he was royalty with riches and authority. What a sudden and instant change!

As believers, we have also been marked with a seal“...Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit ..." This means that the inheritance Jesus has provided for us is a deposit of royalty, authority and unlimited resources. I know that's difficult to grasp if your conditions are less than favorable. That's the way it was for Joseph too! And that's why I want you to go read the story in your Bible. So you can see that his life leading up to this moment was the pits. 

God wants us to learn to walk out this authority “by faith.Galatians 3:11 says, "...the just shall live by faith." He wants us to learn to walk by faith in the authority of the name of Jesus and in His righteousness. He wants us to believe that He will provide everything we need to equip us for the calling and needs we have to execute our life in Him. “By faith” means you have to believe that God really wants to make His supernatural provision available to you. This kind of promise may seem contrary to any natural situation you are in today. Joseph went from prison to having all authority suddenly! So did we the day we received Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. We were suddenly forgiven, suddenly adopted into God's family, and suddenly given the Holy Spiritour seal and deposit of this rich inheritance.

If there are trials of life that surround and discourage you, know that you aren't stuck by the circumstances that face you. Remember, "you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance..."  Like Joseph, you are sealed with His authority, with the name of Jesus, and with the resources that come as we petition the Lord and lean on the Holy Spirit "by faith." 
Exercise your faith and speak with authority over those negative circumstances in your life. In prayer, loose the angels of God in your behalf and thank God in faith for the changes and blessing you know He desires for you. Ask and thank Him for the equipping you need in every area of your life to live wholeheartedly for Him and to fulfill His will for your life.  Know that God wants to bless you so that you may be a blessing to others. This comes a step at time but, be faithful like Joseph, always trusting that God is working in your life no matter what the circumstances look like. Your attitude, diligence, and faithfulness to the plan of God will be the evidence of your faith! Day by day, thank God for His blessings that change and equip your life, and refresh daily being purposeful to be the blessing you've been called to be.  That's what Joseph did. That's what you are to do. You don’t have to wait. Find a way to be a blessing to someone now and every day. This is the calling on your life and one that He will bless! And know that your blessing is on the way! Jesus made the deposit in your account. Have faith in it!

John 16:24 (NLT) "You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

God's Life-Changing Promises Come by Faith!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever hear the words Do you promise? Yes I promise. Promises are made daily and universally.  What is a promise?

One dictionary says, Promise: A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow: an assurance creating an expectation.   Of course you're familiar with this word. Do you or have you used it often? More importantly, have you kept the promises or assurances given to those you've made them to?

Husbands and wives promise to keep their love for their spouses in the seasons of good and bad. Companies promise Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! Dads and moms promise If you behave, we’ll take you out for a special treat. Have you ever heard of a politician that hasn’t made promises? How often have you heard the question, Do you promise not to tell anyone else? Jonathan Swift is quoted as saying, Promises and pie-crusts were made to be broken.

Maybe broken promises seem to be the way of man and maybe that's why people have so little faith in them. It seems as though modern day promises are just words that create a little higher expectationbut listened to by those with guarded hearts from having experienced too many broken promises. Broken promises may be the way of far too many people but they are not the way of God.

When we read in the Bible of God speaking, one Hebrew word used is dabar. It carries the meaning to speak, to declare. When the Bible says that God promised, this is often the word used. In other words, God’s Word is always a promise. He does not lie. He is incapable of lying and what He says IS what He promises and it will come to pass. Learn this and put your faith in this truth concerning His Word, and it will change your life!

Now can you imagine having a face-to-face encounter with Almighty God Himself? This did occasionally happen between God and those He was establishing a promise to. Sometimes He would appear in a dream as He did to Jacob. We read about it in Genesis 28:10-15 (NLT.)

“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone for a pillow and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from earth to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, "I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I will give it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will cover the land from east to west and from north to south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. I will someday bring you safely back to this land. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." 

This promise to Jacob was first made to his grandfather Abraham. It was to be to Abraham and his descendants. It was carried to Abraham's son Isaac and then to Isaac’s son Jacob. God said here that it would carry on to Jacob’s descendants—in other words all the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How would you feel if He called your name? How would you feel if you heard that? Would it be life changing? Would you treat it like any other promise that you’ve ever heard and take with a grain of salt, or would you esteem it and put all your faith in it? Would it change your confidence and how you approach your day-to-day experience?

The promise made to Abraham and then Jacob and then to all his future descendants was a promise to be received by faith. The promise was not just to descendants by blood lineage, but by faith—to those who would believe and take God at His Word. It’s reaching through the portals of time to you now! Galatians 3:26-29 NIV reveals this saying; “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus… There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. "

This is saying that what God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be ours by faith today. And again, what was that promise? Well a part of it was this: “What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go….I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." (Genesis 28:15 NLT) 

As you go about your day today, meditate on God being with you, protecting you, and working toward fulfilling all His promises made to you through His Word. Don't know what those promises are? Then it's time to dig in, read your Bible and learn, They will change your life if you will exercise your faith and actively believe them! Speak them over you! Declare them over yourself! We are exhorted to do this very thing in Hebrews 6:12 NIV, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Satan will always try to oppose them and talk you out of them. Don't let that happen. By engaging your faith, you will overcome any opposition if you don’t let go, and you'll experience God's fulfilled promises in your life!

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

A Bad Attitude Can Lead to a Holy Ghost Power-Outage In Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I don't want to! Do you remember that phrase? I'm sure I said it more than my share of times when I was a child and teen. It never settled well with my dad or mom. It never settled well with Renee and I from our children. It doesn't settle well with God either.

We probably think we've matured far past those words but honestly, I doubt it! We probably don't use that exact phrase. Now that we are older, we'd probably say it in a more dignified way like, I'm sorry but that just isn't something I care to do. Concerning the Lord, the problem with an I don't want to attitude is that  it will hinder God’s blessing in your life and could possibly even lead to loss, pain and hardship.

If you've ever been in your house and have lost power for whatever reason, it can impact you differently depending on the time of day. I remember times where we lost power in the middle of the night for maybe an hour. I would have never known except that I'd see the digital clocks flashing the wrong time when I woke up. When that happened, I knew we had lost power in the night. It was hardly a disruption to our lives. We slept through it! Then there had been times when it was in the middle of the day where it was fairly light outside. Again, because of the amount of sunlight coming in the house, it hardly seemed like a disruption. But, when we lost power in the evening and it was dark, and everyone in the house had been up and active, that had a much larger impact. We'd scramble for flashlights or candles. We couldn't use our electric lights, appliances, computers, or the television, and we'd lost the power to our furnace or air conditioning. Our style of living changed more dramatically during power outages at that time of day. I used this illustration to say that we can have I don't want to attitudes with God, but they may cause Holy Ghost power outages in our lives.

The thought what would Jesus do? is and was more than a trending phrase a few years back. It was a reminder to develop and attitude of submitting yourself to God, not resisting Him. Submitting to God actually creates inward strength for resisting Satan. You can see how they go hand-in-hand in James 4:7 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

John 15:5 (NKJV) says, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." Those are the Words of Jesus and He meant what He said. "...for without Me you can do nothing." Of course there are things we can do without Jesus. People do things outside His will everyday. People who call themselves Christians often pick and choose what they are going to do without regard of what Jesus has instructed through His Word.

Every day husbands and wives speak things to each other without pause and seeking guidance. Their attitude of not submitting themself to God creates a power outage. They aren't seeking discernment and temperance as to what they say, and how they say it. Without the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, they let it loose! They speak hurtful things. Every day, people—even those that call themselves Christians, engage in sexual activity outside of marriage. Christians toy with and enter into unequally yoked relationships. Christians secretly toy with Internet pornography or online relationships out of lust. Christians lie like it’s no big deal. Christians violate integrity for monetary reasons and don't follow through with their word. They override the counsel and voice of God too often when all He is trying to do is show them a better way. They put themselves in a power outage. They harden their hearts to the still small voice of God that would show them the right thing to do but, like children, they are saying, I don't want to!  Well, we aren't kids anymore. We don't have to do things the way we know the Lord is instructing us to but, we should, remembering the Words of Jesus,  "...for without Me you can do nothing." We might kid ourselves into thinking things are okay—like the power outage that happens at night that hardly seem to inconvenience our life. But, things  do unravel and problems begin to manifest. One day we'll realize the effect and consequence of exercising the I don't want to card pushing away His guidance.

One day we’ll realize that the power has gone out. God will feel distant and we won't know what's wrong. We'll scramble for light but in God's world, all light comes from the counsel of God's Word and obedience to it. It will be in that time when the devil attacks because we've given him a foothold. Maybe then we'll finally get serious and examine our attitudes and actions in light of how He's instructed us. And because of His mercy and grace, we'll stop acting like brats saying, I don't want to. We'll do things right and pray for that turnaround in our circumstances.

That is a dangerous way to live your life. Today is the day to turn back to God! It's better to obey the Lord and do things the way He has shown us to begin with and have an I want to attitude!

Eph 4: 22-27 (NIV)  “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Be an Influencer for God or Be Influenced by the World

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One morning while on a vacation in Mexico, I was taking an early morning walk along the beach. The sun wasn’t quite up yet and Renee was still sleeping. I loved the early mornings to have quiet time alone with the Lord. As I was walking and talking with the Lord, a question rose up in my heart. What would you do if you were here to stay? How would you stay strong in your walk with Me? How would you continue to be an influence for Me? I knew that the Lord wasn’t suggesting I live there. I somehow just knew that He wanted me to think through this thought to remind myself that either you purpose to have an influence for Him no matter where you are, or you get influenced by the atmospheres around you.

One thing was sure—the resort type atmospheres did not support anything but the temptation to yield to carnal behaviors. It was a fabulous place to relax but it was also a place where people seemed to let go of every restraint with many taking up drinking alcoholic beverages as a competitive sport. People sat around the pool drinking and eating all day. They talked about their drinking escapades from the night before. They shared past drinking stories. They were busy creating new drinking stories. I didn’t get the impression that there were too many people sitting around thinking about Jesus and the Christ-life. And so, as I thought it over, it did not seem as though the atmospheres in the area would be spiritually supportive. I've watched people backslide on vacations and crumble under the pressure and temptations from surroundings like this.

Jeremiah the prophet had a difficult life because of what he was obedient to do for the Lord. He was the Lord's spokesman in very negative and ungodly atmospheres. God's people were backslidden. God instructed Jeremiah to warn them to repent from their idol worship and sinful lifestyles or judgment would overtake them. They were so backslidden and hard-hearted, they didn't want to hear it. They hated Jeremiah because they were running from God. The carnally-minded people who did not know God also hated Jeremiah because they thought he was a religious kook. So he was hated by the world, and he was hated by God's people. He was lonely. He was discouraged. Unbeknownst to him, he was being influenced by the negative influences around him. His attitude began to slip and he got whiny before the Lord. He fell into a pity party. He whined that he couldn't count on God—that God wasn’t there to help him like he wanted. Jeremiah said to the Lord, "I never joined the people in their merry feasts. I sat alone because your hand was on me. I burst with indignation at their sins. Why then does my suffering continue? Why is my wound so incurable? Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook. It is like a spring that has gone dry." (Jeremiah 15:17-18 NLT)

God quickly chastised Jeremiah about his attitude. "The LORD replied, "If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak words that are worthy, you will be my spokesman. You are to influence them; do not let them influence you!" (Jeremiah 15:19-20 NLT) The Lord was defining Jeremiah's attitude as backslidden! Not to the degree of the people around him, but he was slipping. His attitude was being influenced by the negative influences around him. His hope was diminishing. They were pulling him down. He told Jeremiah—"You are to influence them; do not let them influence you!"

This is the challenge we all face. You are meant by God to be the influencer for Him—not to let others drag you down to their carnal lifestyles and selfish and poor attitudes. God calls us a written epistle. Renee and I have purposed to remember that at any minute of any day, we may have the opportunity to influence someone. It may be with words, or with the witness of our behavior, or maybe through an act of kindness. We purpose to influence at home, on vacation, or wherever we are.
We are just like you. Things could get to us and pull us down. It would affect our influence. That’s why we think about it a lot—so that we don’t forget our life's purpose and blow it!

Jesus told His disciples "the harvest is ripe." That was not a momentary thing. The harvest is always ripe in the earth. We are always surrounded by people who may be wearing a masked smile, but who are lost, searching for truth, and hurting. Isaiah tells us in 50:4 that we are also surrounded by the weary but that God will give us a word to encourage them daily! No matter where we are, we purpose to spend time with the Lord and pray to be a light and to be used. Light always attracts and opens the door to influencing others in some way for the Lord. As Jeremiah learned, no one is exempt from being influenced. You will create your atmospheres to keep you strong and then work to be influence for the Lord, or you will get caught up in the carnal attitudes and atmospheres around you and be influenced. As God said, "You are to influence them; do not let them influence you!"

Isaiah 50:4 (TLB) "The Lord God has given me his words of wisdom so that I may know what I should say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Beware of the Coming Trap to Destroy Our Nation / The $50 Lesson

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Jesus often taught and demonstrated mercy and compassion when showing us the heart of God. He taught us how to help someone in crisis and need when possible. We see that in the story of the good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10. God's word teaches us not to focus on what we can't do, but what we can and are able to do to help be a blessing to others. Living a life of what we can do for others is a blessed way to live. The entire Bible talks about stewardship, tithing and giving, hundreds of times. But, the Bible does not legislate an obligation for you or anyone to take care of another on an ongoing basis when they have the ability to work and provide for their-self.  The Apostle Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NLT2) "Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”  The Bible teaches that everyone is to work and do their part and not be lazy. No government is meant to subvert that.

Church and government are to help the helpless—those that cannot work or help themselves for whatever reason. But, that is to be the extent of it. Mercy helps people in trouble but that is not supposed to be a permanent condition. Nor even a long-term condition. In the story of Joseph ruling under Pharaoh, there were seven years of hard times. Governmentally, Joseph didn't hand out free food to the masses affected and starving from famine but instead, he negotiated to help people survive until the famine was over.  Go and read it for yourself. People are often tempted to suggest giving away other's money. Especially when it it's in the hands of the government or people with excess resources. But that is not God's way. They would not be so quick to suggest or agree to that if they had to give from their own resources. And it was not Jesus' way either. In chapter 25 of Matthew, in Jesus' story of the talents (seed money given to different people for investment), Jesus instructed to take the one talent from the lazy non-producer and give it to the man with ten talents who was producing. Matthew 25:28 (NLT2) "Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver." 

God's word does exhort everyone to do their part to the best of their ability as we see in Luke 12:48 (NLT2). "...When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required." This requirement is not a legal obligation or law, but a moral and ethical one.

Why am I telling you all this? Because there is a movement in our nation toward socialism which is not biblical. Historically, it is not a form of government that has ever succeeded except at oppressing and controlling people. It is a fact that Socialism and or Communism has been tried over 100 times and has left hundreds of millions of civilians dead or left with their lives ruined. It has destroyed generations of people and destroys human freedom and prosperity and the advancement of the progress witnessed in the United States and many democratic societies in the world. 

From the time of Renee and my poorest day's, when we were laid off, we did not look to welfare but found places to work. Back then we had little to give because we ourselves were poor. But we always tithed to God and helped those in our lives that God led us to help. We did so trusting that God would take care of us. We didn't focus on what we couldn't do but on doing something! Today our resources our greater and so we do more.

In the days and years to come, when anyone—government or other, promises to give you more and more for free and at the expense of others who have more, it's a trap and anti-biblical. And I'll close with a short story to make the point.  In closing, make sound biblical decisions in your life and work hard. Be a good steward and tithe to God. Do what you can to bless others. Do this from your heart, not from anyone taking it from you in the name of doing good! Do so and you will be rewarded by God for your heart and actions.

The $50 Lesson: A Story of Conservative Values
Author Unknown

Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day.

Both of her parents, liberals, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?” She replied… “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.” Her parents beamed with pride!

“Wow…what a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that!” I told her. “What do you mean?” she replied.

So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”


She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?” I said, “Brilliant my dear, you now understand conservative values.”

Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.

Matthew 25:29 (NLT) To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

God Wants Everything to Lead to Thanks

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This past few weeks have been all about family. My daughter Stephanie and her husband Danny and my two granddaughters Madeline and Macy came from Peru to stay with us for three weeks. They are missionaries doing amazing work from their home and base in Lima Peru, touching countless lives and having a huge impact and influence in the country and Latin America. They come here once a year to vacation with us, as well as connect with the churches and people who support them on the mission field. Peru does not allow non-citizens to work for an income in Peru and so they can only do what they do by being supported. It was a wonderful and busy three weeks but we were sure to have quality family time with them while they were here.

Each year after they leave and return to Peru, I usually slip into this over-the-top feeling of thankfulness to the Lord. This morning I am sitting on my deck, overlooking my garden, reading the Word of God and writing Fresh Manna feeling full of praise and thanksgiving. I was reflecting on what a very lost young man I was, clueless about so much of life. And then one day, a gal named Sharon told me about the depth of God's love for me and what Jesus did for me so that I could be reconciled to Him. She helped me pray and ask Jesus in my heart. And from that moment on, I was a new person. I went from wandering aimlessly through life, to developing an intimate relationship with the Lord that changed the entire course of my life. And as I think about it today, I feel so blessed and thankful I can hardly contain myself. I live daily thinking about the words of Jesus, "...Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater. Luke 12:48 (TLB) 

I also feel thankful because of words from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 which talks about God choosing me, such a foolish thing to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NLT)  "Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord."

When I was a young man I was full of myself. I wanted to make my own way. I wanted to be in charge. I wanted to be the master of my life and my destiny. I wanted to be a success and boast about it. The truth was, I was wandering through life without a destiny not knowing where I was going. My life was a mess! God's words from the Bible were like arrows of truth that were collapsing the fragile sandcastles of thought that I had built my world upon. Although I couldn't have described what I felt the moment I received Christ, today I would describe it as the power of God that is present when someone's heart is open to what God's word says. It was then that I could suddenly admit to myself how powerless I truly was over my own life. I wasn't great. I wasn't in control of my life. I didn't know where my life was headed and I didn't feel like I knew a path to success. I was the foolish thing God would use to confound the wise! My life would no longer be about me, but about Him.

So here I am 44 years later thanking God for allowing me, a foolish thing, to know and love Him. That privilege has shaped every second of my life since. He has led me down a path that fills my heart with thanksgiving. I am so thankful for my wife. I am so thankful for my children. I am so thankful for their spouses. I am so thankful for my grandchildren. I am so thankful for being allowed to Pastor for 35 years. I am thankful for all the amazing and wonderful people God have brought into our lives. I am so thankful for having had the privilege of being able to raise my children to know the love of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for His promise to me that because I "trained my children in the way they should go, as they continue to mature in adulthood, they will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) And I'm thankful that Renee and I have been able to reach around the world with the love of God with our lives continuing to unfold as we follow Him.

God's promises are more real to me than any temporary situation or condition I face in life. No matter what happens, I know that because of God's love, His promises to me will prevail and things will work out. I have faith in that—in Him! And for that reason, I always feel thankful. It cancels worry. It cancels doubt. It kindles hope. It strengthens my faith. It fills my life with good things. Even what doesn't always seem perfect or good at the moment, eventually comes around to prove the goodness of God! And for that reason, we always thanked Him in the difficult, painful, and hurtful times.

In all this, it doesn't make me feel in any way like boasting about my life. It makes me want to boast in the Lord and praise Him! And so I do! I thank you Heavenly Father because every good and perfect gift comes from you! Your love is greater than words can say. I have the best Father of all—you! Almighty God I praise you! Jesus my loving Savior, I worship you all the days of my life!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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