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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Path of God's Blessing for You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

God-given instruction and guidelines are something that helps us spiritually grow up in our thinking and maturity. God gives them to us from a heart of love. God wants to protect us from getting into what we shouldn't and from things what will hurt us and steal our blessings. This is what Jeremiah is relaying to God's people in Jeremiah 31:21 NIV.  He says, "Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Let your heart be guided down the highway, the road that you take. Return, O Virgin Israel, return to where you know you should be." Jeremiah is instructing them to have reminders of God's ways in their heart.

In the Old Testament God gave the Ten Commandments to be guideposts for His people through life. Do you remember what they are? We see them in Exodus 20:1-17 (NLT) Then God instructed the people as follows: 

[2] "I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
[3] "Do not worship any other gods besides me.
[4] "Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. [5] You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. [6] But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
[7] "Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
[8] "Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. [9] Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, [10] but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. [11] For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
[12] "Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.
[13] "Do not murder.
[14] "Do not commit adultery.
[15] "Do not steal.
[16] "Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
[17] "Do not covet your neighbor's house. Do not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns."


These guideposts were to help keep God’s children from trouble by keeping us aware of what to avoid. When adults don't have them instinctively built into their thinking and behavior, then they behave carnally like children, still needing a guardian to remind them of what to do and not to do to keep from trouble.

As we spiritually mature, God wants us to take a higher approach than just do’s and don'ts. He wants us to take the higher way of love by not thinking, What do I need to know to keep out of trouble? but instead thinking, What can I do to honor God, be a blessing, walk in integrity, and be an example of God’s love? The position of love does not want to hurt or violate God’s ways or people. God's love wants to bless, to lead, and protect.

In the New Testament, we have a new and better covenant from God. His instructions are simpler, yet more profound and important. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind and love our neighbor as ourself.  James 2:8 NIV puts it like this, "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right." The royal law of love is a higher way than do’s and don'ts.

If you know your life is full of carnal living that violates the do’s and don’ts, that is where your maturity level is at. You need to get on God's path or it will produce its consequences in your life.  If you are living for the Lord and you've left carnal living behind, focus instead on the royal law of love—that is to “LOVE your neighbor as yourself.”  If you do, you are on the highway of life the Lord has for you! You have His heart and you are caring and watching out for others motivated by His love. Because of it, you will see supernatural signs of God’s presence and touch everywhere in your life. Your desire to live in this place gives you the spiritual eyesight to see God’s touch and presence on your life, even when there are troubles surrounding you.

God's grace and strength working in you will help you mature past the do’s and don’ts of carnal living, to the path of living a life motivated by your love for God and for others. It's God's supernatural highway of love! There is no place like it in God in all the earth!

Proverbs 12:28 (NLT) "The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

I'm a Christian but I Sin and I'm Afraid I Might Go to Hell?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When my son Pete was a toddler, watching him eat spaghetti was an event. He had as much fun finger painting his face and sculpting his hair with the spaghetti sauce as he did eating it. We he was finished, we just peeled off his clothes and put him in the bath tub. Kids getting dirty. You manage it the best you can.

I’ve worked jobs that have required physical labor where I got filthy dirty. There are times when getting filthy is just a part of the job description.

When getting filthy means sinful behavior, it is inappropriate and God requires that the behavior must change. 2 Cor. 7:1 KJV says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit…” It says that one reason we should cleanse ourselves is so we won’t hinder the promise of blessing—"Having therefore these promises."  

“Cleanse ourselves from filthiness of the flesh and spirit” is getting rid of sinful behaviors. Galatians 5:19-21 describes filthiness of the flesh saying, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God."

The last verse in those scriptures is quite sobering. “…anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” The question arises from many Christians, Pastor Tim, I thought if I accepted Jesus as my Savior, my sins are all forgiven? The answer is, They are. Upon the very moment of sincerely receiving Jesus Christ into your heart and asking Him to wash your sins away, your sins are washed away. At that very moment, you literally change spiritual residence. Col 1:13 NKJV describes that moment like this; “The Father…has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” The word “translated” in the Greek means to carry to another place or to exchange places. You were literally taken out of Satan’s grip and spiritual power and adopted in the family of God under the care of Jesus. At that moment, God placed His Holy Spirit within you and from that moment, a change began. As you begin to read God's Word and learn what He wants for you and what He desires you to shed from your life, it's like the heavenly street cleaning machines began to drive up and down the streets of your heart and mind. The Holy Spirit begins to show a believer what is sinful and what is good and creates spiritual strength so changes can be made.

All of a Christian’s sins are forgiven, but now God wants to help us change the thoughts and attitudes that led to sinful behavior. That will be a process—a life long process. Why? Because it’s your castle He is helping you clean up. It’s like going through each room of your mansion with a paint brush and a can of paint—just you and the Holy Spirit. You are the only ones who can paint it because it's within you. Consequently, God gives us space and time to change. It’s called mercy and grace. That is not a license to sin. It is God’s understanding and patience for you to want to make those changes out of your love for Him—just as Jesus died for you out of His love for you. When we do blow it and sin, God makes provision called sincere heart repentance. 1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”

Again, this benefit is not a permission slip to sin. It is the mercy of God and His grace to help us while we go through the process of “cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh…” Every time we sin, we should stop and sincerely repent and talk to God about how to change the behavior of that sin and examine the Word of God to see what He has to say about it. Then we should pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us make changes. When someone is sincerely sorry, they will find the strength and in time make changes.

When someone doesn’t repent from sin or work to make changes, they begin to override the voice of the Holy Spirit and become hardened. When they become hardened, they no longer feel guilty over committing sin and become deceived and blinded in areas of their life and dull to God’s voice to help. When that happens, they can put their salvation in jeopardy. 1 John 2:4 says, “If someone says, "I belong to God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.” This is the process of keeping your heart pure while you grow up in Christ and letting God transform you into the new you—into His image.

God is not watching over you with a stick. He is not watching over you with the intent of catching you at every mistake. He is the most loving of all and is the loving Father present in your life—NOT to accuse or condemn you but to encourage and lead you into a blessed life.

The process of change can produce some pain, some guilt, and the need for repentance, maybe more than you will every feel comfortable with, but that is what will help you to experience supernatural change! By sincerely pursuing God and embracing the need to make changes and repent as God reveals sinful areas of your life, your heart is kept tender, pliable, and moldable to be transformed.   Your Heavenly Father is a perfect Father wanting blessing, not condemnation or guilt for you. Looking to God to help you make consistent change leads to His consistent blessing manifesting in your life. In this place with God, let your faith arise knowing you are doing your best to live for the Lord and walk with boldness in His precious promise from Psalm 84:11 (NKJV) "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 29, 2018

A Call of God That Will Transform and Bless You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As I look back in my life, I would say that prior to receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my life was about me, myself, and I. I didn't know Jesus, and had never read a Bible. I had nothing to guide my thoughts or actions other than my upbringing and the voices of society. Learning about Jesus and discovering how unselfish He was, opened my eyes to how selfish I was. Getting married and having children seemed to amplify my selfishness even more. In the beginning, it was difficult to compromise and adapt to my wife's needs. When we brought our first baby home from the hospital, I quickly discovered that our daughter was 100 percent dependent upon us. I knew my selfish ways had to come to an end. My life was no longer just going to be about what I wanted.

God’s Word taught me to consider and prefer the needs of others before myself. Whew that was a long. painful, and difficult road of learning and growing. And here's the saddest part. It never needed to be painful! It was only painful because I allowed myself to feel like a martyr. Jesus supplied my attitude adjustment in Mark 9:35 (NKJV) Jesus said, "...If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."  When this truth of being a servant to those around me became a revelation in my heart, my attitude and my life changed forever!

In order to love my family and others the way Jesus did, I had to learn to prefer and put other's needs ahead of my own. That seemed so contrary to who I was at that time. But,  as I begin to practice it, it helped me mature and truly changed my character forever!

Did I ever have moments where I felt like I was doing much more serving than others serving me? Of course I did but I’m sure it wasn't true. It just felt like it. Your mind and emotions are selfish in their nature. They like to whine and complain! They like to have their own pity parties! That's why you have to let your spirit-man lead you, not your mind and emotions or your lazy flesh. God speaks through His Holy Spirit directly to our spirit when we are listening. Romans 8:14 (NLT) says, "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God."  

The Holy Spirit speaking to our spirit is what guides our character to become Christ-like. It will make us truly whole and keeps us on the best path of life obeying God. That is what the Apostle Paul was talking about when he said in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  To be sanctified means to live by God's instruction, not the selfish ways of the world. It means the Holy Spirit is going to lead your spirit and your spirit will lead your soul (your mind and emotions) and your body. Your spirit-man is the boss, not your selfish flesh or your whiny mind and emotions. When this happens, it will preserve you and make you whole and blameless!

When you are busy at work and raising a family and working, martyrish feelings come. But, as you learn to make your life about serving others knowing that this is how greatness is developed in you, it becomes the desired way to live. It constantly beats down your dangerous ego and pride and that is a good thing! As you lean on and trust God knowing that there will be blessing in it, you will see the fruit of it in your life. You will spiritually grow and mature. You will develop in your leadership character. You will become a person that has learned a beautiful life secret that few to many ever really learn. God doesn't ask us to do things unless they ultimately bless us in the long run. The Apostle Paul learned these truths and taught them also. He said,  "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:4 (NKJV) 

Now here we are years later with a whole lot of preferring going on. Renee and I both serve each other. It's no longer us fighting our flesh and it's not hard. We don't feel like martyrs. We love to serve each other, our children, and people we are around, every day. It has become a lifestyle that God has worked in us. He took two selfish people and by His Spirit, transformed us into two people who have learned to make their life about serving others. It's made our life rich in blessing and we thank God always for showing us the way and doing this work in us. It's where joy and wholeness come from!

Romans 12:10 (NKJV) "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 26, 2018

An Inspirational Story: The Elephant and the Rope

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This is a story I heard many years ago as a young Christian. I'm glad I heard it at that time in my Christian walk. I had given my life to Jesus and wanted so badly to become the kind of Christian that could become a role model for other Christians. My motivation for doing so was my intense love and appreciation for Jesus for rescuing me from what would surely have become a disastrous and tragic life. He washed my sins away and gave me my life back, and put it on a blessed course. But, becoming that person was far more difficult than I could imagined.

I came to realize that I had a great deal of transformation in my thinking, attitudes and behaviors to work out. My many stumblings and failures coupled with the constant accusations of Satan for even thinking I could become that person, were brutal. But then I heard this story below, and was told these two scriptures, Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." And, Philippians 1:6 (NLT) "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."

These verses became my promises from God to press forward knowing that though, I'd never be close to perfect, I could become a decent role model for others. They lifted me into a new determination that I have never backed away from since. I do not know the author of this story although I heard Zig Ziglar tell it.  I pray these verses and this story will help build a new determination in you to become what God has put in your heart.

The Elephant and the Rope

As a man was passing by an elephant, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that this huge creature was contained by only a small rope tied to his leg. There were no chains or cages. It would seem that the elephant could, at anytime, easily break away from this rope but for some reason, didn't.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why the elephant just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the trainer said, “When they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. This elephant could at any time break free from it's bonds but because it believed it couldn’t, it was stuck to that staked rope. 

Like this elephant, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life. 

The Lord knows that and consequently inspires us again and again through His life-giving Word to press forward and live out our lives in Him, as a light to this world! 

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

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

God Has A Secret Place For You

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As Christians, there's something that makes us smile, that those without Jesus will never understand. There's something that brings more than ordinary comfort to your heart—that brings supernatural comfort that the godless will never comprehend. There's something that when meditated upon, brings you peace, hope and strength, yet seems foolish to the world.


One day David was spending time with the Lord meditating on these very things—the things that bring this supernatural comfort, peace and joy. I can only imagine that in the midst of meditating upon these things, he broke out into singing and dancing. What is it David was meditating on? He was meditating on The Secret Place of the Most High—the place that pulled him from the pit to the mountain top in one swoop!  Want to eavesdrop and listen to his thoughts? Make sure to catch every word! 

Psalms 84:1-11 NLT "How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God! What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord… When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings… O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob. O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield and protector! Show favor to the one you have anointed. A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."

If you have never heard of The Secret Place of the Most High, this is it! This is a place where intimacy between you and God happens in your heart. It’s a place of faith that takes hold of the reality of our God—of His goodness, of His eternal plan, and of His love, desire, and willingness in our life turn Valleys of Weeping into places of refreshing springs. He turns our sorrows into gladness! When David says, "even the sparrows can build their nest and raise their young near His altar," he is saying that no one—not you nor me are too insignificant to  draw near to the Lord and receive His peace, strength and help. He is not put off. He is delighted. He helps us see the bigger picture. He reminds us of His love. He shows us new perspectives full of comfort and joy. He reminds us that this earthly place is temporary and will be exchanged for an eternal place of glory with Him!

What made David such a strong warrior and king? Spending time in this secret place reminding himself that God had called him to walk with confidence and authority knowing the Lord would help him in all he was called to do! The people looked at David as their king and protector but inside his heart, David knew that God was His shield, helper, and protector. You could see that in his prayers! Psalms 119:114 (NIV) "You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." All these thoughts and promises made David sing and shout and dance. Psalms 95:1 (NLT) "Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation." 

This problems that surface in life are not the end of anyone's story! God is there to help His children! It is in these secret places with God that great comfort and peace come to sustain us day by day. David knew this! Do you?

God wants you to cling tightly to the gift of salvation and the promises God has made available to you through Jesus! He wants you to visit with Him often in this secret place so that you can be refreshed in His love and your cares can fade! Then you too will sing and dance over the joy the Lord brings you!

The godless—those without Jesus couldn't possible grasp any of this, but you do! When life is getting to you, and even when it's not, it’s time to park in the sunshine of His love and promise from Him to us! He will withhold NO good thing from you! When you can believe that truth, the manifestation of it will begin to move into your life! Enjoy the secret place God has created for you!

Psalm 84:11 (NLT) "For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Promise of Sweet-Sleep, Not Worries and Sleeplessness

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A friend recently told me that his sleeping patterns were in the toilet! His business has been going through some difficult adjustments and he often wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about and trying to solve problems. I could relate. I've been there. I would imagine you have too!

I've corrected that area of my life. I do not allow myself to worry in the middle of the night, or anywhere else either for that matter. It wasn't always that way for me.

I've written about this before, but I will again today. When I was a young Christian, I was misguided thinking that worrying for others was sacred or compassionate. I know I got that from my mother. She worried about everyone, thinking it was a godly thing to do. But, it’s not! It is a worthless way to spend time. It might come across as compassion to some, but in all honesty, it's wasted time! 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) says, "Cast all your anxiety (worries) on Him (Jesus) because He cares for you." Do you know why God wants us to lay our worries at His feet? Because cares and worries will steal from your life and even kill you! They’ll create stress and rob you of sleep. They will destroy your health. You were designed by God to lean on Him and have faith in Him—not worry! Worrying will accomplish absolutely nothing! Worrying for someone else is not compassion. It accomplishes nothing real for them. Praying in faith for them will accomplish much! If you will sincerely pray for others, it doesn't mean you don’t take action to help in some way, but nothing you do will compare to your heartfelt faith-filled prayers!

When Mordecai confronted Ester about her part to help save the Jews, she knew she had a plan to execute but also knew that prayer was the most important part of that plan. She instructed Mordecai, "Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me…" Esther 4:16  We see the exhortation in James 5:16 that says, “…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” And Philippians 4:6-7 says “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

I refuse to worry about anything anymore. Why would I? Psalm 46:1 (NIV) says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Did you catch those words "ever-present?" That means God is always there to help you! Always! I may have a concern but I will turn that into appropriate action where needed and pray for God's wisdom and help for the resolve to what is bothering me. or for the person I am praying for. Our ability to handle serious and difficult problems is ridiculously limited.  Jesus said, "...apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NIV) That is a truth and a revelation to embrace. Learning to lean on God in faith is empowering and life-changing!

People that don't get prayer—the reason for it or how it changes things, have little or no faith in it. To be honest, that is sad! Prayer is the communication of bringing our concerns to God in faith—not in doubt or worry. It is the heart action of leaning on the knowledge of His deep and intimate love for us, coupled with the promises of His Word to be our ever-present help in times of trouble! Jesus said, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.” Matthew 6:27 (NLT)

There are many nights I wake up, just like my friend. If it's because I'm tempted to worry, I do not lay there and do so! If I can't get to sleep, I'll grab my Bible and spend time in God's word letting it bring peace and promise to my heart. And then I pray in faith. And I won't worry about losing sleep because I pray that the grace of God will carry me in His strength through that next day. And through all this, God's words have comforted me and I've grown sleepy, and back to sleep in peace.

If this sounds foreign to you, I encourage you to seek God's word concerning it and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to walk this out. It will change your life over time!

Proverbs 3:24 (NKJV) "When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Jesus' Last Days Warning to Keep You on Track!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

How many times have you been in your car thinking your were on the way to your destination when suddenly, you discover you are headed in a wrong direction. You get that sinking feeling of being lost and having wasted precious time.

The question, Is my life headed in the right direction, is a question and secret fear a great many people have.  People hope they have the right God, the right philosophy, the right spouse, the right job and on and on. People are glad that GPS was invented but wish they had a Life GPS System!

As a Pastor heavily involved in church and on social media, I have people tell me almost daily that their present life is off track. They tell me because they are looking for help getting their life back on track with God. Many are actually able to identify where their life began to get off track and then I hear them regretfully mutter words like,  If only I had paid attention to what I knew deep down in my heart. 

On that note, I want to show you one of the most sobering prophetic truths that Jesus left for us concerning the last days. But, before I show it to you, imagine yourself as a parent giving warning to your child about something. Your motive is love, not condemnation. You love them and you want them to avoid hurtful things. This usually becomes almost every parent's plight at some point. This was the heart and Spirit with which Jesus spoke these words. Jesus said, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…” Matthew 24:12 (NIV) Jesus revealed that because of the ever-increasing level of evil, sin, wickedness, and corruption in this earth—especially in the last days, that it was going to invade our individual lives and cause our love for Him, for life, and for mankind “to grow cold.” Jesus is love and He is your only source of understanding and experiencing real love. Only Jesus, the author and creator of love can show us what love is and how to love others. When your love for Him grows cold, then your ability to know & give love to others has grown cold.

Jesus warned us that the ever-increasing and accelerating wickedness would work to influence your life and send you in the wrong direction—off His path for your life. Jesus said “because of this wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” This world has really changed and not for the better. Can you see the truth of His prophetic words in the world around you today? The evidence of this being true is this: Christians have become tolerant toward sin in their own life. What was once considered vile is now acceptable and the new norm. Is that okay? No! Must you change it? Yes!

So how do I turn this devotion your reading right now, toward some point of edification and encouragement? Here's how. Think for a moment about how you feel when you find out you are driving in the wrong direction. Think about how good it feels when you stop and ask for directions. Getting back on track and headed toward your destination feels so great! It makes you want to be more cautious next time. Getting back on track is a decision that can be made in a moment's time. You stop. You talk with the Lord. You be honest about what is going on in your life and the path that your on. You ask Him to reveal things in your life that you've given yourself over to that you know aren't pleasing to God. Things such as profanity, sexual immorality, the worship of celebrities more than your love for God . Or polluting your body—the temple of the Holy Spirit with alcohol or drugs or horrible foods resulting in obesity and your uncomfortable self-image. Or the routine habit of looking at sexually inappropriate materials leading to masturbation and pornography. And this all leading to the abandonment of reading your Bible and going to church, and the letting go of Christian friends. Things you've gotten used to that have wickedness in them or help make room for wickedness. Things that have caused you to wonder if your heart is cold and hard toward God?

Don't allow yourself to become callous! Don't cave in and give up! Don't allow yourself to become apathetic! Jesus' warning was given out of love to open your eyes. And He wouldn't have given it if you couldn't change from it! Jesus said, these things will steal your ability to love the way He loves! Examine your heart and as you do, ask the Lord to forgive you and help you back on track. Ask Him to direct your steps and give you the strength to stay on track. Then do it! You have the power of the Holy Spirit within you to help you do it!

I challenge you today. Pull out your Bible. Pray before your read and ask God to direct your heart through the verses you meditate on. Pray about what needs changing in your life. Because of your sincere love for God, the Holy Spirit will strengthen you and help you see the changes needed and the path to His will for your life. If you've drifted from church, begin searching for one until you find a church that teaches you the Bible and helps you grow in the Lord. Call a Christian who loves the Lord and who you know will pray with you. Do whatever you know you should do to get on track. Don’t grow cold! Fall passionately in love with Jesus again! And in a very short amount of time, you'll feel that relief and thankfulness that you are back on the right track of life and with God!

Hebrews 3:12 (Message Bible) “So watch your step, friends. Make sure there's no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it's still God's Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn't slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we're in this with Christ for the long haul.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 19, 2018

What Allows Us To Move Forward!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There are truly some incredible things that people have accomplished in this world. There are those that have swum the English Channel, climbed Mt. Everest, biked across America, held their breath underwater for over four minutes, pulled a semi-truck trailer over one block's distance with a chain and their bare hands, and on and on... There are many books written on amazing feats that people have accomplished.

There is one amazing feat that I know the Lord would like us all not only to accomplish, but to do so on an ongoing basis. It is stated in 1 Corinthians 13:5. "Love...keeps no record of wrongs." Now at first that statement might not even make you stop and think, so I suggest you do just that. Think about how many times you remember what someone did or said to you, that made you mad, offended you, or bugged you. You might at first think, I don't keep grudges or a record of wrongs. I don't get offended. I don't get bugged easily. The truth probably is, you do much more than you realize. You very likely remember something that someone did that bothered you at this moment. But if not, don't worry. That moment will come to your remembrance suddenly—it will be right there before you!

If every person that we deal with closely in our life had a clean slate at each new encounter, our patience level with them would go so much further. We pray that God is that way with us—not remembering our wrongs and dealing with us from a clean slate. And He is! It is one of the awesome qualities of His character and our inherited promise through our faith in Jesus Christ. "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more." Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)  Yet, we don't seem to want to be as generously forgiving with others as we hope God is with us. Does that seem fair to you?

The Bible tells us God is love and that love keeps no record of wrongs. It sounds impossible but it's not. It's supernatural! It's God's nature to forgive and not remember when someone repents saying their sorry. He removes it forever. That's what Jesus' blood has made provision for. It covers and washes our offenses and wrong-doings from God's eyes. That brings us relief and allows us to be intimate with God without threat. And He would like you to practice by faith, that kind of forgiveness and keeping no record of wrongs with others.

Are you and I that forgiving? Are we that overlooking and patient with people in our life? Not without God's help we aren't! But could we be? Only if we would continually reflect on God's merciful nature, love, and patience with us. So much more grace would flow from us toward others if we only remembered that the offense that is bugging us at the moment, is one that Jesus has forgiven us of.

We've all been hurt by people. I'm no exception. There are some pretty cruel—even evil people out there. And they do hurt people. You and I have hurt people, Maybe not intentionally, but maybe accidentally or maybe because of our own selfishness. If we realize it, we should correct it an apologize. It's how we grow and be more careful to be loving and kind.

God is not asking you to be a punching bag for evil or cruel people. He may allow you to appropriately confront a situation, but that person may not have enough of God's character to deal with it right. In that case, there are some times when we just have to walk away. There are some times when we need to create space between ourselves and others—not unforgiveness, but space! There are other times when a person is so toxic, we must keep our distance. They have the capacity to hurt again and again. But, we can forgive them in our heart and pray for them. God can use that opportunity to influence their heart and draw them to Himself so that they might change. That's what Jesus did from the cross when the soldiers were dividing up His garments. Luke 23:34 (NKJV) "Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." That is what Stephen did when he was being stoned for following Christ.  Acts 7:59-60 (NIV) "While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep (died).

One day the Lord told me that I was keeping a record of a man's wrong and that I was stuck in unforgiveness toward him. I had to repent and totally forgive this man. The Lord instructed me to pray for him. As I did, the ill feelings left and I could finally feel the forgiveness that I had given him by faith. What a burden to get off my back! Forgiveness isn't a natural experience. It's a supernatural experience! It brings healing and allows you to move forward in your life.

There are some people who have done some amazing feats that are fun to read about. Are you ready to try one of the greatest feats of all? Are you ready to practice keeping no records of wrong? Go for it—but only with the Lord's help. You'll fail in your own flesh! It is an amazing feat that will liberate you from carrying the list of wrongs and bad feelings toward others that have burdened you for far too long. Being merciful is love. Forgiving others is freedom. Keeping no record of wrongs is the development of the character of God in you!

Mark 11:25 (NKJV) "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cast Off Your Fears Because God is For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

People can experience tough times at any time and for a diversity of reasons. When times get tough, especially in the area of finances,  people often get this feeling like they're floundering or grasping at straws, just trying to do what it takes to survive. I've been to that place. I know what it feels like. I was there early on in our marriage when we started having children. Renee and I prayerfully made the decision for her to quit her job to stay home with our kids. She was making more than I was, which meant we lost over half our income. I was convinced that I would do what it took to survive. I wasn't afraid of hard work. I was also convinced that God was with us and would lead us in the way. It seemed like the right decision when we made it and we really felt we were prayerfully following the direction God was giving us. But, it didn't take long before our personal economy was suffering and had gotten scary.

We, like anyone that makes a decision in faith to trust God, experienced the temptation to doubt the choice we had made. We had those moments of doubt crying out God you are helping us through this aren't you?  Thankfully those fearful moments were short-lived! They were because we stayed in God's word and prayed. As we did, we'd sense His encouragement speaking to our hearts through His Word. That is where you have to hear from God and get encouragement. It's obviously not in Satan's nature to encourage Christians who are walking by faith trusting God. Satan is skilled at painting pictures in our head of doom, gloom and disaster.

In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain had murdered his brother. He tried to avoid the truth regarding it in a discussion with God, and showed no remorse other than for his own personal condition. Cain had brought terrible consequences upon himself. God told him that he would become a vagabond—a wanderer for the rest of his life. That wasn't God’s doing. It was Cain’s. He was stubborn, jealous, rebellious, and unrepentant. These very attitudes are cursed and evidence of a mind whose thinking has become distorted and far from any good or godly wisdom. When someone is like this, they will wander through life as a vagabond.

You are not a vagabond, nor are you a wanderer. You may be struggling somewhat to survive but you are not an aimless wanderer never getting anywhere. No, when you received Jesus, God made a promise to you. He said, “Christ has redeemed and rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When Jesus was hung on the cross, He took upon himself the sins and consequences of our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Galatians 3:13 (NLT) Jesus is the one who hung upon a tree (the cross) for you, exchanging your sins for adoption into His family and the promised blessings of Abraham reaching all the way into your life today! Learning God's Word and trusting in obedience to walk in it, creates a strong and stable mind and great faith. Grace and miracles happen in our lives through faith.

In tough times these thoughts need to anchor you. You are not cursed. You are blessed! God has not abandoned you. Hebrews 13:5 NI  instructs our thinking saying, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The Lord is not saying you shouldn't work to improve your situation. He is simply telling you not allow the feeling of floundering or grasping for straws. Don't be indecisive and don't be tempted to violate your integrity. Reject panic and instead lift your heart in faith to the one that cares for you and will never forsake you. You don’t need to because He is with you! He is in you! And He will lead you!

You are blessed! Seek God and He will lead you. Shake off desperation. Seek God for guidance and for the steps you should take. GET FOCUSED! Be diligent to seek Him and work toward your future. You have a blessed one ahead of you! Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV) says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity.”

He’ll lead you step-by-step to your land of promise. As you trust in Him at every moment and step, you'll see His touch, His mercy and grace, and His divine help supply your needs.

Renee and I now have the benefit of 40 years of hindsight. looking back at all the ways the Lord was there to help us! Distrust and fear would have made us wanderers! Instead, we believed we were His and we were blessed! Now our heart aches for everyone to experience this divine life that comes from trusting Him by faith. It is the life He wants us to live! It is His way of getting us to where He wants us to go!

Psalm 9:10 (NIV) "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

God Guides Us To Our Destiny!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you want something done, do it yourself! Someone recently said that to me. There are one-time situations where this thinking is justified, but when the opportunity to receive help is at hand, then it is not good thinking.

At one time I must have believed that. Prior to asking Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, I tried to shape my entire destiny and the course of life. Then one day it was like I woke up. I woke up discouraged and disgusted with the course of my life thinking, What am I doing? This is not how I want to live my life! It was as if my eyes had suddenly been opened and I could see where my own choices and my own ways of doing things were taking me. It was not good and I knew that morning that my life had to change.

What triggered these thoughts? A short time prior to this event, someone had led me to pray a simple but sincere prayer asking Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. I prayed it sincerely, but it seemed like I just went on with my life as before. I did go on with my life, but I didn't know something had changed within me. Upon praying that prayer, the Holy Spirit—the promise from God to all who receive Jesus—came to live within me. I didn't understand that the Holy Spirit was living in me from the moment I prayed that prayer, but my ignorance of it didn't change the reality of it happening.

It was the Holy Spirit that opened my eyes to things I had never thought about before. I was seeing everything in life differently. I didn't understand why. I didn't understand that for the first time, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I was seeing life through God's eyes. It triggered a deep personal self-examination. And then one day as I was beginning to learn to read the Bible, I came across the verse Psalm 127:1-2 (NLT). “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

It was a heart-wrenching revelation to see and admit that up until that point in time, I had been building my life my way. These verses helped me see this was a useless endeavor. I was awaking to the truth that there was more to life that me, myself and I and I was awaking to the truth that God had a plan for my life and instead of me driving it. I needed to surrender my life to the Lord and let Him show me how to build it.


Interestingly enough, a week later, through a series of circumstances, I made my first visit to a Bible-teaching church. It was there that I first heard the words spoken God has a destiny for your life. That thought seemed so big and so hard to wrap my brain around. I remember thinking, What do I do with this truth? How do I figure out my destiny? What if I just lead myself right back into another messed up life?

Then I heard the Pastor teach on Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT). The words built a new bridge between God and I. They put a rudder on the pursuit of my destiny. It sounds simplistic but it's anything but that. Those words were Trust GodProverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." I embraced these words and clung to them. I thanked the Lord daily for leading my down His path for my life. I learned that the plan of God is a plan that unfolds day-by-day as you seek Him and have faith that He will lead you.

Over time, you eventually learn that you can absolutely count on God's perfect Fatherly love. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth and the plan for your life. You just have to walk it out a day at a time. As years pass, you gain the hindsight that only comes with time. You're able to look back and see how He has guided you and been intimately involved in all the details of your life—that is, to the degree that you lean on and trust Him.

As you examine your life today, does your life reflect your way or His way? Do you believe you are in His plan and are you letting Him build your house as you follow Him? Can you trust Him and take steps of faith walking it out His way, according to His Word? If so, He will build your house. In closing, the words from God through Jeremiah are more than nice or encouraging words. They are His promise to you! Start today by asking the Lord to lead you throughout this day. Even through troubled waters He will be with you. Trust that to be true!

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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