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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Faith is the Bridge to "All Things Are Possible! "

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Yesterday I talked about the joy of faith! Life becomes so rich in God when we see His words as words of life and promise from His heart to yours. That was His intention! To the believer in Jesus, they also become his inheritance as a gift from God.

The Bible says that when you look at God's word through the eyes of faith, and you believe that what it says is what it means, it becomes a powerful mind-transforming, life-changing force.  That is what it's saying in Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." That is what Jesus was saying to the man whose son was possessed by demons in Mark 9:23 (NKJV). "Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." But, this isn't a formula for turning God into a genie. God is not moved by our whims, whining, and complaining. He is moved by mercy and faith! Reading God's word through the eyes of faith, and then acting upon His word because we believe it, is what transforms our heart. Over time, it shapes our heart and character so that we can respond to God in faith like many of the heroes of faith had—Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Ester, Mary, Gideon, Joshua, Caleb, His disciples and so many more.

Faith matters! You'll see in Hebrews 4:2 (NIV) that it does! "For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith." This is saying that God's word was life-changing to some and of no benefit to others! Do you want it to be a benefit to you?

God's promises are expressed throughout the Bible. If you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you as you read, you will see them almost every time you read. As you do, remember that God responds to our faith. That is why Hebrews 11:6 CNB says to us, “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” And Hebrews 11:1 TLB gives us a review of what faith is supposed to accomplish saying, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.”

As each of us read through the Bible, we read with different challenges and obstacles at work in our lives. We have a diversity of needs and requests for help from God. Therefore God is going to speak the promise to your heart that encourages and builds your faith and expectation. As you grow in your faith, you will learn that His promises become more real than any circumstance you currently face. You will learn to stand strong in faith in His promise to you in the face of circumstances.

Noah was mocked for over 70 years while building an Ark. It had never even rained in the earth yet. People thought He was crazy. Moses' faith led all the Israelites out of Egypt to the edge of the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming chasing after them. Jesus told Peter to go fish to get tax money from the fish of a mouth. Only weird faith people put themselves in this position because THEY DO believe God. Noah saw the rain come. Moses saw the Red Sea part. Peter got the money from the mouth of a fish.

It's critical to know that God wants good for you. He wants you to believe in His promises and have an unmovable expectation that He will help you and lead you through any situation. And you cannot judge that but by how it looks like it's going to turn out while you're in the midst of it. Sometimes we see quick answers to prayer, and sometimes miracles. Other times, we can only judge it in hindsight, looking back over time. God is not just interested in that moment of your life, but in your entire life's journey. It's more about His plan for you than your plan for yourself. God does things beyond what we can ask or think. Having strong faith in His word will give you and exciting and adventurous life in God and help you for fulfill His purpose for your life! Live by faith every moment of every day!

Ephesians 3:20 (TLB) "Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Joy of Having Faith! Only Believe!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Does God positively want good for you, because if He does, then we should have great expectation which is exactly what faith is. Faith is expectation—your belief or expectation that something is or will be.

As Christians, we are often considered weird for having faith. Why would you believe in something you can’t see, says the atheist. When was the last time you actually saw your brain?says the little girl. I guess that must not exist either! Yes we do believe in what we can’t see. Why? Because God tells us that the things that we can see did not originate from this earthly realm we live in. They actually came from a place and source we can’t see. They come from God’s realm and were birthed or originated there by the faith-filled words spoken by God. Hebrews 11:3 NLT says, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen." And in Genesis 1:3 KJV, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…”

Jesus commended those that had faith and admonished those who let their minds of unbelief, override their hearts desire to have childlike faith. He even admonished His own disciples at various times. After Jesus’ resurrection, Thomas had boastfully declared his unbelief saying he wouldn’t believe Jesus was alive until he could see Him and put his fingers into Jesus wounds himself. A short time later Jesus appeared to Thomas and the disciples… John 20:27-29 NIV, “Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!" "My Lord and my God!" Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway."

When we read the Bible and believe what it says and live accordingly, we are often thought of as crazy or weird but we’re not! We are and will be blessed for having faith in the Lord and His Word. Matthew 5:10 NLT says, “God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

So then, what is it we believe that helps us know what God wants for us? We believe His Word and His promises! Romans 15:8-9 NLT helps us take a hold of this truth. “Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises He made to their ancestors. And He came so the Gentiles might also give glory to God for His mercies to them…” These promises were a part of God’s covenant with His children. When you think of covenant, think of two things—an agreement and an inheritance. This means that what is agreed upon (the promises of God) are true in the agreement (covenant) and are passed on through inheritance when someone dies. When Jesus died for us, that inheritance of promises was willed to us. Those promises are eternal and reach forward into our lives to be taken a hold of by faith today! We see that in Galatians 3:28-29 NLT, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians—you are one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.”
So, as we just read, “…now all the promises God gave to Abraham belong to you!” If that is the case, we better know two things. We better know what those promises are and how to take hold of them. We'll look at that tomorrow...

For today, be encouraged! This is shouting insight! Have great joy! God has not forgotten you. God picked Abraham to begin to introduce Himself and His ways to the people of this world. He made Abraham and his inheritance, the Jews, great promises that they could absolutely trust. Not one promise failed! Then God added allowed us to be grafted into that inheritance of promises through our faith in Jesus Christ. Those promises are true through your faith today. And this is why faith in God is so important! Faith is the carrier of those promises into your life today! And Jesus said, "All things are possible to him who believes!"

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

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Seven "Ups" Guaranteed to Lift Up Your Day!


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by Pastor Tim Burt

This Memorial Day Weekend we remember & thank God for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces protecting our lives and our freedoms that we so richly enjoy in the United States of American, and pray for their families who have lived and carried this burden.

Luke 21:28 "When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads and 'LOOK UP', because your redemption is drawing near." 


Seven "Ups" Guaranteed to Lift Up Your Day!


1. WAKE UP!!
Decide to have a good day."Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24

2. DRESS UP!!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.  Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! "

3. SHUT UP!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul" Proverbs 13:3."Gossip betrays confidence. Avoid men who talk too much" Proverbs 20:19"Listen to advice, accept instruction and in the end, you will be wise" Proverbs 19:20

4. STAND UP!! For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything."Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10

5. LOOK UP!! "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

6. REACH UP!! For something higher."Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

7. LIFT UP!! 
Your Prayers."Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING" Philippians 4:6

A POSITIVE THOUGHT If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring, and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He could live anywhere in the universe, but of all places, He chose your heart.

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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Learning to Ask God for the Needs in Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I was a boy, in my young boyish mind, I thought my parents were poor. Not because we seemed deprived as much as because we were a family of ten children. The younger siblings wore the hand-me-downs of the older siblings. We might have felt we didn't get as much new stuff as some of our friends did, but I don't think any of us felt deprived. So I can't explain to you why I thought we were poor. Maybe just because I had some friends whose parents were wealthy and I could tell the difference.

Because I thought like this, I seldom ever asked mom or dad for anything. I didn't want the family deprived over things I wanted. My sister closest in age to me told me she had the same thoughts. Neither of us wanted to inconvenience our parents by asking them for things we did not think they could afford. (How would we know?) So, seldom did either of us ever ask for anything. And you know what we got? We got what we asked for—very little, except for birthdays and Christmas which dad and mom were over-the-top gracious (and my sister and I worried it would put us in the poor house!)  Now, our next youngest brother did not think like us. He asked our dad for everything and did so constantly! It bugged my sister and I bad, but we noticed it didn't seem to bug my dad. We were a little jealous because we saw that dad gave our asking brother much of what he asked for.

I became a Christian at the age of 24, receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. As a Christian learning about the heart and character of God, I would sometimes reflect back at my childhood, and think about my asking brother. I came to realized that he was the smart one. He asked—not because he was more selfish, but because he had more childlike faith in my parents ability to supply his needs.

Many religious people have this sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs. Many Christians have been taught or led to believe that God is too distant, too busy, or too overwhelmed with the billions of people to care for, to care about their personal needs.  Others suffer from false condemnation and guilt that they are somehow greedy or covetous to talk to God about their needs.

When you have needs and you don't know where to get help, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong. This is exactly when people try to fix their own problems in a wrong or unethical way. They end up lying, cheating, stealing, breaking laws, scheming and more. They don't know how else to get what they need so they cross moral and legal boundaries and get things their own way which is the wrong way! This may be hard for you to believe but there are millions of people in this earth that make some form of stealing, their way of life. They don't know that they can learn to lean on God and experience another depth of His love.

James 4:2-3 NIV says, “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

There is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time to learn which is which but you can learn. It is a part of the spiritual and natural maturing process. Isn't the Holy Spirit powerful enough within you to teach you and help you develop discernment? Philippians 4:6 NIV says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "
Your view of what God is willing to help you with might be way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life but He does! You just read it. It says, "BUT IN EVERYTHING...present your requests." God cares about souls being saved and about people being helped in this defiled world. He cares about each and every one of us. He is a Father and His love toward you is personal!

I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. When we find we are leaning on ourselves, we can know we are in trouble.  It's easy to go buy on credit and rack up debt. Anyone can do that without God. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Asking God for help out of a pure heart is a product of discernment that comes with time. Learning to navigate your own lusts, motives, and sincere faith in asking God for what you need is something that takes time. The Holy Spirit will teach you along the way as long as you are desiring to learn. God will not be upset with you during that learning curve. You will make mistakes in the process. Don't kids ask for a snack right before dinner? You know they'll learn over time. You don't get mad at them for that! You might not get them the pony they ask for but you'll not hold back on what you know you could do that would bless them. Asking is a process of learning but you need to ask! The thing we should feel guilty about is NOT asking for fear He won't hear or that He doesn't care. You can't believe how many people there are that just don't ask God in sincere faith for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!

Psalm 84:11 TLB
 tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn’t because HE is ignoring you. Most of what God brings us in life comes through other people. God does not usurp people’s will. He has to lead them in their heart to reach out just like He tries to encourage you to reach out and help others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t, He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does, but He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to us through people.The primary way God brings blessing is through relationships so you better understand how important they are to the plan of God concerning you! And remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. In truth, it all starts with you learning to find ways to give to others. Luke 6:38 NLT says, "If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."

Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another's life, plant that seed and know that God cares about your need!

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Tiger's Stripes Don't Change, But Yours Should!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever heard the old saying, A tiger can't change his stripes? That's usually a reference to the fact that a person rarely changes his nature. He is what he is and there is little change that changes that. That may be true for the world, but not for Christians, that should not be true.

In Romans 12:2 NKJV, God calls for us to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind.” In 2 Corinthians 11:15 NKJV God's word says to be “transformed into ministers of Christ.” Romans 12:2 NKJV says we aren't “to be conformed to this world” but Romans 8:29 says we are to “be conformed to the image of His Son.” So, though the stripes of a tiger and worldly people don’t change, change is what our new life in Christ is all about. If we don't change, it really reveals that we are not learning and growing in Christ.  Our stripes are to change!

In my old life before Christ I was a cynic. I was always looking for people's real motives and reasons for doing what they did. The Lord wanted me to change that stripe and spoke to me about it. In a private time of praying and worshiping God, I heard the Lord speak to me. He said, I am going to teach you how to see the best in people and it will transform your entire life. He said, That is going to happen by you learning to see more of me in every part of your life. The more you sincerely see my love and goodness, the more you'll be able to see the good in others! He said, People that do not learn of me through my word and fail to worship Me, never really experience the depth of my love in their life. But those that do, know how to look deeper. Do that with me and you'll be able to see the best in people. When that happens, you'll be able to sincerely encourage and edify others and when you learn to do that daily, you'll life will never be the same. Your favor will grow with me and with man, and your life will become filled with rich relationships.  Then the Lord reminded me of His word in John 4:23-24“The time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth."  

These words exploded in me and really gave me insight. Before long, my cynical side was completely gone. It was replaced with a deep and sincere love for people that was formed in me.

There are always a few people in life that take the time to see the good in others and find ways to express it. They aren't complimenters or people that just say something nice, but they are true edifiers. They look for and notice the good in others and tell them. This is a God-given stripe! These kinds of people help make life so much sweeter!

And then there are those that struggle to even notice when someone has said or done something nice for them. They are so self-absorbed that don't see it and seldom say thank you for something someone has done for them much less edify someone for anything good they see in them. That is their stripe and they don’t change. And probably won’t because they don’t do the one thing that could change their stripes—they don’t become a true worshiper of God.

When I read in Revelation 5:13-14 of those worshiping the Lord, I see that this is not lip service or obligation going on. Their worship is heartfelt and coming from the core of their being, like it should from us. “And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They also sang: "Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever." And the four living beings said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped God and the Lamb.” 

Spend time learning, thinking about, and worshipping God for His love toward you and all He had Jesus do for you out of that love! Think about His magnificence and the glory of everything He has created. There is no shortage of things to praise Him over. As you do, this will teach you how to look and see deeper. You'll also be able to look beyond the surface and see the beauty in the people around you so that you may encourage and edify them. Worship is a sincere expression and reaction from a heart of love to Almighty God. It changes you! It opens the eyes of your heart to see more of God with love and appreciation.  And it changes your stripes as a person. God has always wanted us to become conformed to His image. This is how that begins by becoming a worshiper of God and an edifyer of others. It's just one of the stripes we are to change in becoming Christ-like.

Psalm 95:6-7 NKJV "Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for He is our God. We are the people he watches over, the sheep under His care. Oh, that you would listen to His voice today! "

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 21, 2018

What You Believe Shapes Your Entire Course of Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

For about two years as a very young adult, I decided to believe there was no God. I did because I didn't like the thought of going to Hell, and was sure that if it existed, I would end up there. I was afraid and so it was easier to adjust my belief system to move God out and declare He did not exist. When I did that, it affected every part of my life. The more I said it, the more I believed it—at least for a while. I then acted on it and became a crazy party-hardy person with a dulled conscience.

What we believe affects our life! When you wholeheartedly believe something, it affects every part of your life—especially what you say and how you act. When I decided I didn't believe in God, it affected what I thought, what I said, and how I acted. That is what faith or belief in something does, regardless of whether your beliefs are right or wrong.

That's one reason why apathy is so bad. Apathy is defined as an absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement; a lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting. Apathy doesn't give a rip about what happens. Consequently it works to undermine or destroy faith or sincere heart belief—the passion or state of heart that pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 NIV says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God…” Many people become apathetic because they hate conflict. Consequently, they would rather cave in and avoid having any strong beliefs or values because they can’t stand the types of persecution that come from others who disagree with them. It’s easier to utter the catch words of the day, I don’t care or whatever. Apathetic people are never leaders and often lousy followers. They just try to get through a life.

When you believe something strongly—when something becomes a true conviction and an anchor of your heart, it will guide your life. It will affect how and what you think, what you say, and how you act. That is why you better have your beliefs anchored in true knowledge and fact. Many people anchor their beliefs in what they consider to be the true knowledge and fact of science. The problem with that is that science is always changing. As a matter of fact, science is never not changing. The Earth was flat. It was later declared to be round. Science at one point believed there was just one galaxy. Science later declared there is endless galaxies that are still forming to this day. Science is really only the progressive revelation by discovery of what exists. It is always changing, never stationary, and never entirely agreed upon. Yet people anchor their beliefs on what science reveals, thereby affecting what they think, what they say, and how they act.

They often say, I only believe what I can see or scientifically prove. That statement is a myth of self-deception. There is not a person on this planet that doesn't exercise faith in something or someone without verifiable evidence. Everyone exercises faith. You do every time you drive over a bridge or fly in an airplane. You exercise faith that the bridge won’t collapse or the airplane will get you to your destination. You tell someone you will be at your destination at a certain time on a certain flight. That's faith. There is no verifiable evidence of that statement. It is speaking concretely about something in the future. I will be in San Diego on flight 891 at 10:30 am tomorrow. See you then. It leads you to buy a ticket and then to tell people you will be traveling. It leads you to board an airplane. You have exercised faith numerous times. Everyone exercises faith in things they believe, verified or not! And because they do, it does affect their daily thinking, saying, and doing.

This is why it’s so important to establish your faith in the truth of God’s Word. Let it shape what you think, what you say, and what you do. Unlike science, God never changes and His Word never changes. People may create gods. People may mischaracterize and misunderstand God, but that is not His doing or fault. God Himself never changes. Hebrews 13:8 NKJV says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6 KJV says, “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

God’s Word tells us that what we have tomorrow comes from what believe, say, and act on today. He modeled it for us from the beginning. Hebrews 11:3 NLT says, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”

I said all that to say this: You do have faith and exercise it all the time. As long as you do, have faith in God’s promises! 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ…”. Don't be apathetic! It will destroy the quality of your life. Instead be passionate about God's promises! Speak them by faith as God modeled for you. Let what you believe—your faith, become what you think, say, and act on. Let what God promises you affect your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Believe in His promises. Believe in this promise to you today.

Psalm 54:4 NIV “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 18, 2018

The People’s View of the Perfect Pastor

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This was passed along to me.
It's called: "The People’s View of the Perfect Pastor"

A recent survey has compiled all the qualities that people expect from the perfect pastor:

Results of a computerized survey indicated that the perfect pastor preaches exactly 12 minutes.

He has to stir people to change their way of living and live for Jesus but never upset anyone.

He works from 8 a.m. until midnight and is also a janitor.
He makes $400 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $80 a week to the poor.

He is 28 years of age, but he's been preaching for 30 years.

He is wonderfully gentle and handsome.

He gives himself completely but never gets too close to anyone to avoid criticism.

He speaks boldly on social issues, but must never become politically involved.

He has a burning desire to work with teenagers, but he spends all his time with senior citizens.

He makes 15 daily calls to parish families, visits shut-ins and the hospitalized, spends all his time evangelizing the unchurched, and is always in his office when needed.

Did you know:

  • About 1300 Pastors resign from of the ministry a month 
  • 90% have felt they have been inadequately trained to cope with the demands of the job
  • About 80% feel that ministry affects their family in a negative way
  • 70% of ministers have a lower self-image now than when they started in ministry
  • 70% have no one they can call a friend
  • 50% have considered leaving the ministry in the last 3 months


How about recognizing the gift of God your Pastor. How about finding a way to show your appreciation for the effort and sacrifices he makes. How about understanding that he also has to live his life out by the same faith he imparts to you!

1 Timothy 5:17 (NASB) “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Godly Restraint is God's Love and Plan

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One day when my daughter Stephanie was about three years old and having a bad day, she laid down on the kitchen floor and threw the tantrum of all tantrums. She quickly discovered this would never be allowed in our home. And, she never did it again.

Parents want their children to grow up obedient, become well-adjusted, learn to make good decisions, and be prepared to succeed in this world. Good parents realize that this doesn't happen in a vacuum. God’s word teaches us that without boundaries—His guidelines and ways, human life would end up in chaos. That is the meaning of Proverbs 29:18 NKJV, "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law." The meaning the original Hebrew implies is this: Where there is no revelation or understanding of God's authority, the people are exposed, naked, without a covering of protection and consequently they wander around in chaos. But he that learns of and keeps God's ways is one that is happy and has God’s hedge of protection around him. This verse is the central verse of instructional verses focusing on discipline and boundaries for children and adults alike.

God’s word teaches us of the need for and value of restraints and boundaries. It is not about do's and don’ts. Boundaries are motivated by God’s parental heart of love and desire to protect us. Of course this love extends to each and every one of us. God's boundaries and instruction for living are designed to keep us from hurting ourselves and from hurting each other. God teaching us boundaries and the need for restraint is His love spilling over to us. Boundaries are not confining but, to the contrary, liberating. They are designed to point us to that which brings blessing and to steer us away from that which could lead to a life of hurt, pain, destruction and death. Little Johnny and Sally’s parents tell them not to ride their scooters out into the street. Why? Because they want to take away their fun? No, because they want to protect them from harm.

If we love our children we lay these boundaries down for them, but then we also model them so they can imitate us over the progression of their lives. If you don’t want your children to scream, then don’t be a screaming parent—don't tolerate it from yourself or them! If we don’t love them, we let them do whatever they want to. But, that leads them to become unruly and uncontrollable children that have little to no self-restraint or respect for anyone. They then grow up to hate any form of restraint or boundaries while belligerently spewing, You can’t tell me what to do. I’ll do whatever I please! And belligerent is the right word. It means to be war-like or one who wages war. Sometime children and teens seem like that. (As do some adults.) They head straight toward life-long destructive behaviors. That is why Proverbs 13:24 NIV says that a part of love is discipline. “He who spares the rod (does not follow through with correction that results in a change of behavior) hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. If we don’t follow through in instructing our children in the knowledge and instruction of God’s Word and establishing boundaries with consistent discipline, then we contribute to their destruction. Proverbs 19:18 NIV says, “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.” (If you need more help learning how to discipline your children, go to YouTube and watch SuperNanny. It's amazing and like watch a miracle.)

Parents, if you never understood this, then please grasp it now: God has given you the privilege and responsibility and about 18 years to raise them in the Lord, before you turn them back over to Him. Every one of those years are important but the first five are the most critical if you want to experience success with the rest!

Parents need to know that they have only a few years to set the course for just how their little Johnny or Susie is going to respond to their authority and other authority figures for the rest of their lives. Our children had learned boundaries, received correction and discipline, and learned to treat people with respect. This was mostly established by the time they were five years old. It minimized bad behavior going forward and made raising our children an absolute joy! They have grown into adults and are now great people. We love them and they love us. Discipline applied consistently and appropriately is one real proof of your love. If this is done correctly it will help fill your life with joy. If left undone it will fill your life with grief. Proverbs 19:18 NLT says: Discipline your children while there is hope. If you don't, you will ruin their lives. Make the effort to get this part right and to it with love and follow-through, not empty threats, and you will be doing yourself a favor that will reward you for the rest of your life. This is God's love! Oh, and if you thought this post was just about children, it's not! Don't forget about yourself. Do you restrain yourself? Have you set disciplines and boundaries for your own well-adjustedness? Restraint is not a kid thing. It is a life thing! God's Word is what is to chastise you! Receive it and respond to it or you will become unruly!

Proverbs 13:24 (NLT) If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Managing and Reducing Relational Conflict in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

For many people, too much of life can feel like a daily battlefield of relational conflict. We can't always control the situations that come at us but we can learn to control how we respond to them.

When a person doesn't learn how to manage the conflicts that arise in their life, mental warfare increases and intensifies beyond what is reality—beyond the real point and degree of conflict. What do I mean by this? People that don't know how to manage conflict, generally hold on to it. It lives in them and is mulled over again and again. But that's not all. They experience their real problems, but as they walk away from unresolved conflict, they also exaggerate and often distort it in their mind. In a sense, they've magnified the conflict. Like a volcano that has erupted, it also grows! When people don't properly resolve issues, negative feelings take root within and grow. And that eventually leads to having imaginary battles in their mind with those same people—battles and conflict that have never really happened yet. They begin to imagine conflicts and problems that haven't happened yet. Does that sound unusual—fighting imaginary battles because of past experiences? It's something that most people experience until they have learned to manage conflict!

I've known many husbands and wives, who because of repeated relational conflict, are in the habit of forming negative expectations about how their spouse is going to respond to a situation. For example, a husband has been guilty of coming home late from work without giving his wife warning. He's done it repeatedly despite her requests to have the courtesy to call and give her a heads-up. He gets home late, the meal she cooked is cold, and his wife feels like once again, she has been treated without love and respect for the role she plays. It’s bad enough that he’s late, but on top of that he knows he didn't call. It’s led to multiple fights between them. Instead of correcting this inconsiderate habit, he begins to play out an entire imaginary battle that prepares him to be even more defensive and combative rather than rational and apologetic. He is now fighting two battles instead of one; one in his mind and one with his wife (heightened by the one he had in his mind. How can you slow these kinds of scenarios down and eventually eliminate them?

First know this. If you violate someone, own up and apologize. Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) says, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." You are a prideful person if you can't admit when you're wrong! Learning to be gentle and apologetic is healthy and leads to greater maturity. It's not hard if you'd just lay your ego down. And you can be that way, even when you're not wrong. Trying to determine who is right or wrong is pride. Working to protect relationships with people you love and care for is wisdom! Falling on the sword isn't really all that hard when trying to protect relationships. It’s a great habit to develop that is much easier than you would imagine. And it more often than not, draws a reciprocal apology from the other person. (But even if it doesn't, it will have it's good effect over time.) The Lord taught me, when I make Renee upset, to walk up to her, look her in the eyes, sincerely listen to what she has to say, and then hug her and say, I'm really sorry honey. I'll try not to do that again. In the beginning, she'd sometimes go over the offense again and again, but soon she'd hug me back, thank me for apologizing, and forgive me immediately. And that was it. The conflict was completely over. This is a love behavior and we both had to learn it. It's learnable and it works!

In learning to manage conflict, it's also critical to learn to quit being offended over stupid and petty things that don't really matter. Some people are so poor at conflict resolution that it makes them paranoid. You cannot afford to think everyone is out to get you. You have to learn not to be defensive. Sometimes paranoia is a mental health issue but most often it’s self-inflicted. Quit thinking that people are thinking bad of you and then responding to this wrong thinking. You've learned to yield to your own pity parties and mind-battles. As a child of God you have the promise from God of supernatural favor. God promises you favor —people liking you without you even understanding why. Psalms 5:12 says, "For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Favor is a covenant promise and of course, being Christ-like help facilitates that promise. But having faith for favor is the opposite of having negative expectation. You have to put your faith in this promise for it to become real in your life.

Just like a dog gets nervous around a person that is afraid of it, so do people who think you are angry or defensive with them. They will avoid you. Instead, develop a Holy Spirit led mindset. Imagine people just loving you because of God's favor upon you. Practice smiling at people. Practice greeting people with a smile for no reason. I promise you you'll notice a change! You'll experience a more peaceable thought-life having eliminated the paranoia, offenses, and imaginary battles. Over time, as this takes root and becomes how you truly think, it will change how people respond to you. It will help unwind your defensive nature and lead to more appropriate thinking and a loving behavior. Consistently think and act like people love you because of your faith in the favor of God being upon you. Likewise, force yourself to love and believe the best about them.1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “Love always protects, always trusts, always believes the best in others, always perseveres.”  We live in a society where people quickly size people up and think the worst. That is seriously demonic behavior and you need to change it! If you do, over time, this will begin to reduce conflicts and schisms in your life and the mind battles will become almost non-existent! Your life and relationships will become more peaceful and productive and you'll personally grow in learning to manage conflict!

Your mind and your imagination belongs to you! Never let it become the devil's playground to stir you up and ruin your life!

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) "...Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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