About Tim Burt

Friday, December 28, 2018

God's Plan For Marriage: Love, Purpose, and Power


Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Happy New Year to you all from Renee and I. We pray that this coming year is your best ever and  that 2019 is marked by God's presence, guidance, peace, joy, and blessing! God bless you richly and love from the Burts!  I will be back to writing January 2nd.

Oh the power of two! If husbands and wives only realized there is strength that God makes available when two people join together in unity in His will. The potential is so great!


When God made man, he did not leave Adam to be alone to himself. Genesis 2:18 RSV reveals, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him.” From that very moment, there was greater power available to Adam and Eve together, than either of them could accomplish on their own. They were able to work together, have children together, and manage and rule their lives according to the plan of God together. God called this having dominion. They weren't domestic partners. God had created something called marriage and it was between a man and a woman. In the garden from the very beginning, Adam said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his WIFE, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 NKJV) Adam said something that he had never actually experienced. This was a truth taught to Adam by God. How do I know? Because Adam had no father or mother. He had zero experiential level of marriage and family. He was created by God and God had taught him what marriage was and marriage was about. God is the author of marriage and He knows His intent for it. He imparted this truth to Adam.

Eve became His wife in the garden. They moved over from being two individuals each capable of accomplishing good things, to a husband and wife that would become one flesh―one in spirit and purpose.


What does that mean, “One flesh?” It means two people joined together by God, as covenant partners with God, working together toward a life that reflects God’s love, His will, and His purposes in the earth. Upon marrying, they begin to shed portions of their individuality in order to adapt to each other to become a team that loves and respects and honors each other. Marriage helped them adapt from selfish to selfless―esteeming each other and each other's needs. God would teach them how to each give respect and honor to each others gifting, ability, and instincts that would benefit their lives, their marriage, and their children.

God created marriage because, by His design, two are better than one. I love how he says that in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT. "Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." A husband and wife and Jesus make up that three-braided cord that is not easily broken and that is what God wants for marriage.

When a husband and wife will walk in unity, great power becomes available to them. Matthew 18:19 NLT says, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you."  What a powerful force that is! Can you see why the devil would work to keep couple in strife? Can you see why he'd try to stir up warfare that would keep them from sitting down and praying together? If Renee and I have been consistent in any area of our lives, it's been in praying together. That time may be a few minutes or it may be longer but we pray about everything together. And we've seen a lifetime of answered prayers that we think so many people could experience but don't! And for no good reason!

There is no power on this earth as threatening to Satan as a marriage and family that knows, loves, and lives for God and that prays His will in agreement! Not only will they be blessed. They will see more answered prayers than anyone and they will influence others toward God while eroding Satan’s efforts.

Remember that very real and great benefits come from a unified marriage that continuously drops its bucket in the well of prayer. That's when they discover that one plus one equals power! As it is written,  “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.  Matthew 18:19 (NLT) 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback  


If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org





Thursday, December 27, 2018

Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church! 

Receiving Jesus Christ as Your Lord is what makes you a part of the church of Jesus Christ. There is no greater love that the love that Jesus has for the church. The Bible says that Jesus is the head of the church and that you have become a part of His body!  And to understand just how much He loves us―the church, he compares His love for her to the relationship of a man and woman at marriage in Ephesians 5:25-27 (NKJV) "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."  

Christians are the church and God loves when we assemble together because He can move in our midst and in a special way, in our hearts through the ministry of the word and the fellowship of His people, when we do. And as the world gets darker through sin and confusion, it becomes even more critical to come together to be taught, matured, healed, and refreshed in Him! We see that in Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." 

And so, this is my: Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church!
  1. I love learning God’s Word
  2. I love to worship the Lord with others who love Him
  3. I love the presence of God
  4. I love meeting new people who are hungry to know God
  5. I love God’s people
  6. I love hearing testimonies of how God directed lives to Jesus
  7. I love to see children learning about the love of God
  8. I love to see people give their life to Jesus Christ
  9. I love watching hearts lifted as the Holy Spirit speaks to them
  10. I love watching people grow up and mature in the Lord
  11. I love to see people’s gifting in action as they serve God
  12. I love to see lives transformed by the power of God’s Word

Coming together as the church is just a part of God's divine plan, protection, and help for us in life. If you don't have a church you love that teaches you that Jesus paid the price for your sin, and that sin is a gift from Jesus, that we could never earn, then pray and ask God to help you find one. Powerful life-changing things happen in church that will help you live your life outside the church building to bring glory to Him!

Ephesians 4:10-16 (NLT) "And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." 

PS  If you are ever in Minneapolis,MN. Come and visit us at Substance Church. You WILL be blessed!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Friday, December 21, 2018

Jesus the Christmas Child: The World Did Not Recognize Him

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

It seems no matter how much people are encouraged to read their Bibles and pray, they struggle from it falling to the bottom of their priority list until they are barely doing it at all. Doesn't it seem odd to you that the things that matter least to us, fight for the lion’s share of our attention, and the things that we know deep down matter the most, receive little or suffer from lost attention? Our intimate pursuit and worship of God, our appreciation and time with those we really love, and our quest for a healthy lifestyle—these are what make our life rich and bring the happiness and contentment we’re looking for. And yet we cave in and give most of our attention to the very things that discourage and steal from our life.

It is an understanding of this that brings insight to how these words concerning Jesus could have possibly been true. “The true Light (Jesus) that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” John 1:9-11 NIV

The words “…that gives light to every man was coming into the world” reveals that Jesus was that light—He was and is the one that could show us the meaning of life and everything about it. He is the one that can give us direction in our life. He is the only one that can illuminate to us what is and isn't important throughout our life's daily pursuit. He is the one who shines the light on the wisdom and attitude we need to conduct ourselves in a way that leads to favor and blessing. The world searches for the purpose of life and the manner in which it should be conducted, but avoids the one who knows the answers, and desires to reveal them to us. How could that be?

The words “He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him” reveals that He is the author of every good thing. He alone knows what is good and evil. From the beginning He tried to help Adam and Eve understand it, so they could make right choices. Today He is still here in the moment to “light” our path and show us the right decisions to make. The world looks to everyone except the very author of creation and wisdom. How could that be?

The words “…the world did not recognize Him” reveals that the world—and let’s bring this down to our daily world—those we’ll encounter today—did not recognize Him, the author of all, the creator of all things, the mighty God, our Heavenly Father, our Prince of peace. They didn't recognize Him. How could that be?

Here is the really difficult and unbelievably sad part. “He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” We may have received Him as our Savior, but will we receive Him into our schedule that screams for our attention today? Will we receive Him into our fellowship and thinking so that He can show us what is good and what we should avoid? Will we receive Him into our decision-making process and let him take lead in the decisions we make? Will we prioritize times of intimacy where we purposefully worship Him for who He is and thank Him for all He has been in our lives. And pray that He illuminate what we need to know and hear from Him today?

il_340x270.545929604_o64oThese verses reveal that “… His own did not receive Him.” Are we any different? Will we be guilty of the same? Or will we receive Him today, tomorrow and the days ahead. He is the light of men. He is your light and privileges you with being the light of Him to this world today. I pray that we let Him illuminate our lives today so that we can become what He wanted to infuse us with—His light! The world is dark and needs His light. So please, let's embrace Him today! Let's let His word speak to our heart and produce a result that reflects in our life—today! And because He and His Word does impact our life today, let's let His light shine through us to others today! This is how the touch of Jesus reaches our world. This is the meaning of life that the world did not receive!

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Part Three: Discerning God's Voice in Your Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

The first girlfriend I ever had, was an identical twin. In the beginning, she and her sister would try to fool me as to which was which—and they succeeded! But after about six months, there was no fooling me anymore. The majority of people struggled to tell them apart, but I didn’t because we had become close caring friends and the differences between them became obvious to me.

For some Christians, it would be almost as if God and the devil were twins. Why would I say that? Over the years, I've been told countless times that they have trouble discerning the voice they hear within. They would describe thoughts they have and ask, Is this God or the devil that I'm hearing?  I know that almost sounds sacrilegious but I understand why they say it. We don't physically see God or audibly hear His voice. And then the inner voice that we hear—it sounds like our own voice. So, as you are learning to discern the voice of God, you aren't sure if it's your own imagination, or the devil lying to you, or the Lord's voice. The voice within that you hear sounds like you, so, which is it? A key to learning to discern the voice of God is paying attention to what is said and how it's said to you.

The reason I could eventually tell the difference between my girlfriend and her identical twin sister was because of intimacy. No, I don't mean sexually. It was because we became the best of friends and we cared for each other. This is the place where you truly come to know someone—their thinking, their heart, their attitude and compassion, their likes and their dislikes. It's in that place, you come to know who they are. You come to know their voice.

Have you ever heard gossip about someone you know well and think, I know he/she—they would never say that—they would never do that!  You would say that because you know them. That is what it means to know their voice! The same is true with the Lord as you get to know Him through His Word!
When Jesus was teaching His disciples about Himself, He called Himself  the good shepherd. 
John 10:4-5 NLT says, “After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice. They won't follow a stranger; they will run from the stranger because they don't recognize his voice."

Please understand that when Jesus is talking about His sheep recognizing His voice, He isn’t just talking about the audible sound of a voice or voice patterns. He is talking about His sheep intimately knowing Him—His purpose, His character, His will and what He wants His sheep to know and believe. His sheep come to know His manner—how He thinks and conducts Himself and how He wants them to conduct their lives. Only a loving caring relationship produces this. And that is what helps us as Jesus' sheep, to know His voice which is really more His will and His manner.

We live in the day of tabloids and celebrity mania. People seem to crave hearing and reading about movie stars, singers, and famous people. After a while, they begin to think they know some of these people, even talking about them like they were friends. You can read all day every day about someone but you will not truly know them. That only happens through true personal intimacy between two people.

Many Christians are casual at best in reading their Bible. Reading your Bible is a critical step toward the development of intimacy with God and learning His voice. But, even if you do read your Bible all the time, that alone won’t produce the ability to distinguish between God and the devil’s voice. Why? Because again, reading about someone—even Jesus, does not produce intimacy. The theological halls of seminaries are filled with those that have studied Jesus but don’t intimately know Him.

Jesus disciples followed, learned from, and did what Jesus asked them to do. They knew what His voice sounded like, but more importantly, they eventually knew His heart, His character, and His mission. They knew Him! The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and religious leaders of Jesus day also followed Him around but very few came to know Him. They were continually trying to catch Him violating the law to prove He was a false Christ. They knew His voice but they surely didn’t know Him. They confused Him with the devil and accused Him of being Satan’s aide. It turned into a divisive issue amongst them. Why? Because some knew the true signs of God and knew the devil and God don’t mix. The rest were blinded by their own bias and jealousy. John 10:19-21 NIV validates this saying, “At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?" "But others said, "These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

Jesus has given those that would draw close to Him the most phenomenal gift—the ability to have an intimate relationship with Him and to learn His voice—meaning His heart, His character, His mission, and to follow Him.

The starting place of discernment for anyone in learning to discern between the voices you hear from within, is first receiving Jesus as personal Savior. From there, obey James 4:8 that instructs us, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you…” Be committed to drawing close to God and reading His Word. Each time you do, pray that He reveal more and more of Himself to you. You will begin to establish and intimate relationship with Him and His voice will become more and more clear to you over time!

Proverbs 8:17 (NIV) "I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Part Two: Hearing God’s Voice Within You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

When you want to better understand hearing God's voice, it's critical to understand who God is to us! Almighty God is our God. Almighty God is our Heavenly Father. Almighty God is our friend. When you truly press in to know God and you prayerfully study His Word (meaning you sincerely ask God to reveal Himself and what His Word means,) you will discover that God is Almighty God, He is our Heavenly Father, and He is our friend. There is a balance important to our relationship with God if we hold these three truths in appropriate perspective.

Almighty God is our God.

If you could imagine a personal meeting with the President of the United States in his oval office, you might imagine the protocol, formality, and honor to such an event. You’d only walk in and say, Hey Prez, how’s it going? if you were totally clueless to respect for authority and irreverent toward it. If you did appropriately understand, you would probably dress your best, prepare your greeting, and try with honor and respect to make the most of the limited time you had. With God, our reverence and respect for Him should be magnified far above any humanly respect toward man. Psalm 113:4-5 (NLT) says, “For the Lord is high above the nations; His glory is far greater than the heavens. Who can be compared with the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high?”

Almighty God is our Heavenly Father.

Jesus reveals that God is our Heavenly Father. Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT) says, “So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day-to-day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
If you've ever been a good father, then you know the depth of love you have for your child or children. You want to love them and take care of them and bless them! Jesus said, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:11 (NKJV) 

As we discover and come to know God as our Heavenly Father—the perfect father that none of us every had, we can experience greater intimacy between us and Him. It doesn't mean we should become less reverent toward Him. It means that we see His majesty and reverence Him, but also realize that the most powerful being in the universe—perfect and Holy in nature, has a deep, sincere, fatherly love toward us. How awesome is that and how much more would it elevate our faith and trust in Him to watch over us?

Almighty God is our friend.

There are some people who would be overwhelmed to have a close intimate relationship with a prominent figure or celebrity. If Billy Graham called me and said, Tim, can you and I have lunch and catch up? and he spoke those words as dear friend, well, it would be extraordinary to have such a friendship. How much more mind-boggling to have an intimate relationship with the God of the universe? Moses did. In Exodus 33:11 (NIV) we read, “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.’’

He called those who would become Jesus’ disciples, His friends, John 15:15-16 (NIV) says, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." 

In true intimate friendship, friends know each other. Friends share the deep things of the heart. They don't hide things from each other. That is how God wants it between Him and us! God reveals Himself, His ways, His love for us, and His plan to save and help us through Jesus and His Word. He declares friendship! Amazing!

When we understand God in all three of these revelations, and reverence and honor Him with the respect due to Him as God, we prepare our hearts to speak to and hear back from God—our Almighty Father who loves us as a child and friend. When you have this heart and you read His Word asking God to speak to you and lead you through it, I promise you He will. It's the primary way He chooses to speak to us so we much give His Word first place in our life.

As we just read, Jesus declared, “I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn't confide in his servants. Now you are my friends…” God is our friend. We must approach Him with reverence for who He is. But, He is also our loving heavenly Father—the perfect Father who loves and deeply cares for us, and the friend we can and must converse with, expecting Him to speak to us through His Word!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Monday, December 17, 2018

Hearing God's Voice Within You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

There is a powerful and exciting experience within a Christian's life that so very many Christians are not aware of and know too little about. I am confident that many have probably experienced what I’m going to share with you but don’t even realize that it’s a God experience and something that God expected you to experience on a regular basis. It’s hearing His voice. I don’t mean in the way that you usually hear everyone else's voice. I mean more like an impression of the heart—a feeling about something you should pay attention to—a deep knowing of something you really have no way of knowing—a still small voice from within that is the voice of God. It actually sounds like your own voice since everything we hear that is not audible, is heard from within—but it’s seems like your voice, not God's. It’s not like when you’re reasoning with yourself or talking to yourself about something. It’s different. It’s the voice of God—Him speaking through the Holy Spirit to your spirit. It’s communication from God THAT ONLY Christians can experience. It’s one of the benefits that comes to anyone who has renounced and repented from their life of sin and received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. From that moment on, God makes His benefits available to you—one of them being, hearing His voice!

In John 10:27 TLB, we read Jesus saying these words… “My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” What would be the point of needing to recognize Jesus’ voice if He didn't speak to us? He does speak to us! And the Holy Spirit helps us recognize His voice!

Jesus had been with His disciples for three years, teaching them what He could in the time. He taught them His love, His purpose, about Heaven, about earth, about life and man’s purpose in this earth. He taught them everything that was vital for them to carry on His work in preaching the gospel. He taught them the power of God to heal and cast out demons. The time was approaching for Him to complete God’s plan and redeem mankind from sin.

Jesus knew He would die upon a cross to take the sins of mankind upon Himself. He knew he would go to the belly of Hell and pay the price that we deserved for the sins that we committed. He would die a sinner’s death though He never sinned. He knew that Hell could not hold an innocent man any more that our jail system holds a person in jail that is proven innocent. Jesus knew that His Father would raise Him from the dead and from the pit of Hell. He knew that He’d return to Heaven having paved and paid for the way for mankind to follow Him to Heaven. Because He knew these things, He knew He wouldn't be in the earth once He ascended into Heaven. Jesus wanted His disciples to know that He had a plan—that He would not desert them and leave them alone to figure out everything on their own. On that note, He spoke to them to tell them of the change that was coming. His plan included a way He would speak to them, even after He ascended to Heaven.

In John 14:16-20 TLB Jesus speaking said, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn't looking for Him and doesn't recognize Him. But you do, because He lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will. For I will live again, and you will, too. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. “

Jesus said He’d sent them "another Counselor." He was referring to Himself as the first one. But, when He’d ascended to Heaven, He would send them another—the Holy Spirit. He revealed that the world wouldn't understand this ability of His followers to talk with Him, but we would.

We read more in John 16:5-7 & 12-14 TLB. Jesus explained to them, "Now I am going to Him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you…”

He continued in verse 12, "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”

Jesus said the Holy Spirit would come and He would “speak.” He called the Holy Spirit the Counselor and said that the Holy Spirit would guide them. Counselors speak. They help expose lies and confusion and helps make the truth more clear where we can see it for ourselves and own it. They share wisdom. They give direction. Guides know where they are going and help you get there. They tell you about the places you are going to. In other words, God has much to say to us through the Holy Spirit as the Counselor and Guide living with a Christian's heart.

God speaks to the spirit of man by His Holy Spirit. If you don’t know that, you wouldn't know it was happening. Many people don’t and put other spiritual tags on it. There are two voices beyond our own —God’s and Satan’s. We need to know that. We need to be able to tell them apart. And for sure we want to understand how to hear the voice of God as it makes for the most exciting Christian life possible.

The verses in John 14:18 & 20 were to encourage us saying,  “I will not abandon you as orphans; I will come to you…and I am in you." I know there are times when we feel alone. We have problems we don’t know how to solve and we can feel like we are without help. We aren't! The Holy Spirit is with us always and He knows what we don’t. He wants to comfort us with God's promises and help us learn what we need to know! Pray to God and know that He’ll speak back to you through His Word, through the Holy Spirit within you. He will speak to you through your Pastor teaching scripture. He'll speak through others as you learn the Word of God together. And you feel impressions in your heart that are the voice of God leading you. It takes time but you will learn the voice of God and how His Holy Spirit leads you. It is a blessing and benefit that is amazing when you learn to discern it and respond to His leading. You will begin to receive His direction, instruction, and comfort. How powerful and supernatural and intimate! God hasn't left you alone. He is always with you and wanting to speak, teach, and guide you! How awesome is that!

Psalm 29:4 NKJV "The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Friday, December 14, 2018

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Why do bad things happen to good people? That is one of the most asked questions of all time!

I don't know if you realize this, but the devil is indiscriminate. By that I mean that hates every person saved or not saved, equally. He hates. That's what he does. He hates and because of that Jesus called him the "thief that comes to kill, steal, and destroy."  He hates not only human beings, but everything God has created! He knows his destiny is to be tormented in Hell. That's why demons would scream out when they saw Jesus walk the earth. They knew their time was coming and they were fearful beyond belief. We see that they recognized Jesus as God and obviously knew their future was Hell. Luke 4:34 (NKJV),  "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!"  We see this again in Matthew 8:29 (NKJV) "And suddenly they cried out, saying, 'What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?'" 

I'm telling you all this to help you understand that the devil knows his future and desires to hurt all of God's creation including you and I. That means attacks come in our life—sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. It doesn't matter if you're a Christian that's been doing all you know to live right before the Lord. It doesn't matter if you're a really good person. You may be serving in ministry or helping people. You may be faithfully giving tithes and offerings. You may have thought, Lord, I am doing everything I know to do.  Lord, your word says if I do these things you will take care of me and help me and protect me from the enemy. Lord I don't understand what is going on? I thought you'd protect me from all this?

Anyone can feel like this and I know many do. For some it's led to confusion and doubt about some beliefs and promises you've held as sacred truths. Now they're being tested and you’re being tempted to doubt them.

When circumstances are difficult and we're hurting and can't figure out why, it sometimes leads to confusion and frustration. When people feel hurt, angry, disappointed, and frustrated, they want to be mad at someone. Some get mad at God. They may know that isn't very bright, but they want to get mad. They want to take their frustrations out on someone. Because we can't see God, people often get mad at those that represent God including your Pastor, your church, your beliefs or even your Christian friends.

I want to encourage you. This is a trap of the enemy. The blame game has been happening since the Garden of Eden and the temptation to be mad and blame God or others comes. We can't afford to be ignorant of Satan's devices not does God want us to be! 2 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV says, "Lest Satan should take advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." He'll do his best to undermine your faith in God, His Word and His promises. He'll work to get you angry at those that represent God in this earth. He'll get you to be spiritually touchy and overly sensitive to every word ministered. He's trying to get you to abandon church and God.

I want you to realize that because of demonic forces and the taint of sin upon everything in life, there are things that go wrong. Until we're with Jesus, we may never fully understand the how or why, but, we should know that if it represents killing, stealing, or destruction in our life, it's the devil. Jesus told us a parable that helps us understand that we can do everything right, the devil sows trouble and we can’t humanly resolve it. Matthew 13:24-29.  Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' “‘An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' “‘No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them…

Jesus was teaching that there are some things that come up on your life, that if you tried to fix yourself (like pulling up the weeds mixed with the wheat), you would do damage to both. When you discern that you've got one of those attacks of the devil in your life and you know there is nothing you can do about it, understand that it's a mountain to move! Only God can move mountains!

If you're doing what's right, rest in that! Put the situation you are facing before the Lord. Remind the Lord of what He promised you—not with an inappropriate attitude but with thanksgiving that He will not fail you. Jesus taught us what to do in the face of impossible circumstances. He called them mountains that we were to speak to. Mark 11:22-25 NIV says, “Have faith in God," Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

You've been given dominion through Jesus Christ and His name to use (in Jesus' name!) over the devil. If you use it, demons will learn to tremble at you the way they did when they saw Jesus coming. Jesus said to "Have faith in God," and He said to speak to the mountains of your impossible circumstances. Tell them to be moved and cast into the sea. Speak the promise of God over you and your family. Post them on your mirrors. Post them on your refrigerator. Post them everywhere and speak God’s promises with conviction and authority. Don't isolate yourself. Don't blame God. Don’t blame your Pastor, your church, or your Christian friends. You don’t need to. God has not abandoned you. You've learned the promises of God and of your authority in Jesus; now rise up in your life and use what Jesus has given you. Say, Devil I rebuke you in Jesus name. I bind this attack against my life. I speak to these mountains of negative circumstances and cast them into the sea. I declare according to Psalms 37:39 (NIV) "The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is my stronghold in time of trouble."  Thank you Jesus for being my help! I trust you! 

When time goes by and when God’s help, provision, and hindsight comes, you will be blessed that you stood on the Word and honored God with faith by speaking to those impossibilities rather than let the devil steal your faith and discourage you! You be happy that you kicked unbelief, doubt, and blame from your life.

Luke 10:19 (NLT) "Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

God's Wisdom For Greater Peace in Your Life


Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

It's winter here in Minnesota and although I love parts of winter, I dream about summer frequently this time of year. I remembered this one day last summer. I was out on a lake on a beautiful sunny summer day. There was no wind. The lake was like glass—like one big mirror reflecting the sky and the trees around it. It was so beautiful and peaceful, it was mind-blowing! Thinking about that this morning made me think of the words perfect peace from Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."  

Today I want to suggest to you a simple truth that is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for greater peace in your life.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisersmen that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older adviserswise men that had served for a great many years under his father.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11. “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from novices that were cocky and egotistical gloating in their new power.
The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took, but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace.

Some people foolishly seem to love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles and ego while stoking the fires that provoke anger. This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to serve and help people. When conflict arises, pause and let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and then, giving place for the Holy Spirit to speak through you, give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people who respect you, are more loyal and willing to work with you, and you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, you can because your heart is not stubborn. You are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you'll experience fewer stormy days and more peaceful days—even a few more that are like that beautiful still day on the lake. 

A sincere love for people, a heart to serve others, and a heart that sincerely and respectfully cares for other's interests and concerns is one who has the heart of God. It will bring more agreement and harmony and much more of a peaceful life.

Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT2) "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Transforming Power of Worshipping God

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Two of my grandchildren were at our home Sunday and one of them was reciting the Bible verses he learned this past week. Then they were dancing and singing to worship music we had playing in the background. God's Word came alive before my eyes. Psalms 8:2 (NIV) "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise...." If we as adults could only get that free and so easily worship the Lord. Oh how positively it would affect our lives!  Isn't that what Matthew 18:4 says? “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

When we read through the Psalms, this is the experience we are reading. David would be out in the field with his sheep or coming back from a victory over his enemies and would be singing from his heart of love giving thanks to the Lord. He would get by himself and sing out what was in his heart to the Lord. God had declared that David had a heart after Himself. Acts 13:22 (NIV) "...I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart..."  How did David become that man? Many things contributed to David's faith-filled character, but maybe none as much as his heart of thanks and worship toward God. When your heart is full of thanksgiving, you see more of God in your life. In the book of Ephesians in chapter 1, the Apostle Paul called it "the eyes of your understanding." Through them, you are able to see God working behind the scenes in your life. You notice those touches of God that are His doing. And because you do, you become even more thankful! That was David and he simply could not contain it, It spilled from him in praise and worship to God!

Ephesians 5:19-21 KJV says "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...” Learning to sing your own words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord. He is truly worthy of this sacrifice of praise! And, don't forget this Biblical truth—praise quiets your mind and emotions and helps you detach from the cares of this world. And, it stills the voice of the enemy in your thought-life!

Over two dozen years ago I made a change in my life that I walk in today. I turned the radio off in my car and began to pray and to sing my own melodies of thanks to the Lord. It was and is life-changing. I've reduced the garbage and noise that I used to perpetually let in, and instead began to let my heart lift up melodies and praise to the Lord. I sing to the Lord from my heart almost daily. I do not have a singing voice but I know that makes no difference to God. His word says "Make a joyful noise to the Lord!" That's me! The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and supernaturally transforms your heart is beyond words! Besides, it’s our future destiny once we are reunited in Heaven with Jesus. So you might as well get started now! It will transform your life and intimacy with Him in the most wonderful way!

Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT) After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb… And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

If Fresh Manna is a blessing to you, let me know how. I’d love to hear from you!  Click Here:  FreshMannaFeedback




If your heart has been touched by God's love through Fresh Manna, would you like to help Pastor Tim reach others also? Please prayerfully consider donating. No gift is too small. 

Donate now!

How Your Donations Are Used? click here

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2018 All rights reserved

http://
TimBurt.org