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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Managing Trouble and Crisis the Way God Wants You To!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalm 34:19 (TLB) says, "The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one." In my 35 years as a Pastor, I encountered more often than I wanted, people who were experiencing some kind of a crisis. I saw how it affected their spiritual walk. I saw the man whose wife suddenly uttered those words that put his heart in a vice-grip, I’m leaving you. I just can’t do this anymore. Or the woman who just received the words from her boss, I am so sorry but the company has to lay off fifty people and I have to let you go. Or the person hearing back from their doctor, I am sorry to tell you this but you have cancer. Or the person who got the dreaded phone call about their loved not surviving a car accident. All these horrible crisis occurrences can grip the heart and attempt to send one’s mind into a tailspin.

When people experience these kinds of painful, heart-gripping events, its common for Christians to process through a spiritual inventory. The thoughts come: God, why did this happen? Did I do anything to bring this on? The devil uses these occasions to take advantage of one's sincerity and heart check, as an occasion to amplify any possible sinful activity and weaknesses, and deceitfully beat this person over the head with condemnation. Because you did this and that, and your disobedient to God, this is what happened! It's all your fault! This is Satan's nature and what he does best—accuse, lie, and condemn. That is what he will continue to do until Jesus has locked him in the eternal lake of fire once and for all. Satan is a liar and an accuser, and is called the accuser of the brethren.  Revelation 12:10 says, “…the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…”

After listening to these lies, people begin to believe the accusations they hear are from God and that He is mad at them. They don’t have the discernment to know it’s the voice of Satan. Consequently, some people run from God in these times of crisis. Others, well they get mad at God. They think God has let them down. When people actually have been living whatever lifestyle they choose regardless of what God's word says, and are guilty of sin but,won’t own up to it, and it has led to pain or crisis, they more often than not blame God. But, since they can’t see God, they blame those that represent God. They blame their Pastor, or religion, or someone who preaches the gospel on television that they can take cheap shots at, or maybe even their Christian friends. Blaming someone else feels better than looking inside through self-examination and repenting of sin.

In times of crisis, when people look inside and examine their heart and their life-style, they wonder if disobedience has led to the crisis they are facing. It might have, but it might not have. The devil will be there to accuse and beat them up, telling them it’s entirely their fault regardless. God never operates that way. His goal is always an assurance of His love and willingness to forgive sin from a repentant heart. God's desire is always reconciliation—the restoring of relationship and right behavior with Him, and help and deliverance from the crisis. Examine Jesus’ walk and you will see this is true. Jesus always taught truth which did carry correction and instruction, but He also brought the promise of reconciliation and His power to help those who believed in Him by faith!  God is never about beating someone up and leaving them in the dust. The devil is all about that. People too often do that to each other, but that is not God’s character.
As I said, crisis often drives self-examination. We need to keep that experience healthy! Isaiah 11:3 (NIV) spoke of Jesus before He came to the earth and describes His character. It said, "...He will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears." This is saying Jesus won't judge just on the momentary circumstance. Why? Because His character is love and mercy, instructing, and reconciliation. Jesus modeled these godly characteristics for us. First, it would be better if we also "delighted in the fear of the Lord…”. This is a powerful piece of life changing wisdom. Delight in living the way God wants us to. Don’t delight on living on the edge of playing with the fires of sin and hope you’re not in trouble with God. Instead, imagine delighting in living in all the right ways God wants you to. Wouldn't that be a great change? That kind of thinking will lead to that kind of action.

Then, don't be moved by the emotion of the moment. Satan takes advantage of your emotionally  vulnerable times to accuse you and send your mind reeling. Isaiah said about Jesus, "He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears."  There is a New Testament equivalent of this verse. It's Romans 1:17 (NKJV) that says, "The just shall live by faith." Both verses are telling us to not let ourselves be ruled by emotions but be ruled by what we know to be true about God. God loves us! He never leaves us! He won't forsake us. Yes, if you need to repent over something you should sincerely do so including changing your behavior. But, God is not behind your crisis! He is your helper through your crisis. He is all about reconciliation and restoration. He wants you to draw near to Him! These are all truths you need to know about God to help you respond rightly in crisis situations! Run to Him not from Him.

Run to Him! Don't let the devil beat you up. Look to God for His supernatural help and know that you know that you know that because of His love for you, He will help you! Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) says, "Le us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Romans 5:2 (KJV) says, "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." And Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

It is always the right time to examine your life. It is also always the right time to purge ungodly thoughts, attitudes, unforgiveness, immoral behavior, and anything that we would mark unpleasing to God. Crisis might drive us to our knees. But it would be better to hit our knees before crisis came. It would be better to delight ourselves in the fear of God and move as far away from ungodly attitudes and behavior out of our love for God as possible. If we did, we’d have greater confidence that God would help and deliver us when crisis rears its ugly head instead of being buried in the devil’s condemnation. So, delight yourself in following God’s ways and discover just how much peace it can bring to your life. And no matter what's going on in your life, keep your head and heart straight and run to God who is your solution, not from Him!

Psalms 46:1 (NIV) "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 30, 2018

The Place God Wants to Lead You to!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As Israel's leader, there where many times Moses spoke to God's people. This is one of them. Deuteronomy 6:3 NIV “Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.” God was preparing to move them from a temporary place into a better place. A temporary place is a place you don't want to stay in. He was leading them out of a temporary place. Isn't that just like our loving God and Heavenly Father? He always wants to bring us into a better place.

You know what's really sad? They didn't make it to their better place. You know why? Because they were afraid. They were afraid that God might not do what He promised them. Their lack of intimacy (not knowing God, His love, and His ways well enough) and not trusting Him, resulted in them focusing on their fears instead of standing in faith. Their past painful experiences caused them to distrust what God was promising them. These fears stole their trust and love of God, and eroded their faith in what He promised them.  Faith and trust in what God says and promises is necessary and critical to receiving God's protection and the fulfillment of His promises in our life. We learn that from Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."  Even though they had seen God work in the most miraculous of ways, they allowed fear to dominate their thinking and cloud God's promises from their life.

You might think, I would never be like that. The truth is, unless you understand and firmly believe that God wants to bring YOU into a better place in YOUR life, then you're just like them. If you are trusting in YOUR ability to get you to a better place, then you're like them. As soon as your ability can’t get you further, you’ll panic in fear. Unless you know your covenant with God and have absolute faith that God wants to bring you into a better place, and unless you are believing for God to bring you into that better place, then you are like them.

Joshua and Caleb had every expectation that God would keep His promises to them about a better land and better life. Sadly, their peers did not. They were not rooted in that kind of faith at all. When, by Moses' command, these leaders went ahead to check out the land that God would bring His people into, they saw all the enemies and obstacles present before them. They slipped into fear and unbelief and upon return, spoke out those fears to the people. Their fears turned into a spirit of fear that swept over all the people. "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" (Numbers 14:2-3 NIV)

Joshua and Caleb tried to silence the fears of the people. They told them to be quiet, and then assured them that God wanted them to go forward into the land of promise. They assured them of God's help and protection. But, the people did not listen and their unbelief so grieved God, He allowed none of them to enter—that is with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, the ones who believed and trusted Him.

God wants to bring you into a better place. What is a better place? You tell me. If you were once spiritually bankrupt and now you know that Jesus loves you, isn't that a better place? It is to me! If you were going to Hell but now you are going to Heaven, isn't that a better place? It is to me! If you used to live like the devil and now you live for God, isn't that a better place? It is to me!

Jesus has brought me into the life I feel passionate about—a life living in His ways! That's a better place! I used to influence people toward many sinful things. Now I influence a great many for God. That's a better place! He has delivered me from myself and taught me how to love the most wonderful wife in the world. That's a better place! He has given me four beautiful children and seven grandchildren. That's a better place! He has greatly increased my resources to manage my life, influence others for God, and have excess to bless the church and people! That's a better place! He has filled my life with amazing people and amazing relationships that help strengthen me and bring joy to my life. That's a better place! He has helped me be a light of Jesus to the world around me. That's a better place!

God is a God of Covenant. As good as this covenant was with them back then, Jesus is the author of even a better covenant with us. Hebrews 7:22 & 8:6 "...Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant... superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises."

I praise God for His land of promise and declare to every Christian, He wants this for you! Even if you are in a great place, He has a better place. He has blessed me to be a blessing! Everything in my life is better than what it was, and it just keeps on getting better. It’s supposed to. That's what a land of promise looks like. That is what He wants for you—to be blessed so you can be a blessing! Have faith and trust this truth in your life today and everyday!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Seven Things Not to Worry About as You Pursue Your Goals

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this by request. And, I want you to know that I have personally found the wisdom of every one of these 'seven things' to be absolutely true in my life. I hope they will motivate you! God bless ~ Pastor Tim 

Seven Things Not to Worry About as You Pursue Your Heart's Desires and Goals 

Author Unknown


1.  Your Age – it’s just a number in a head; the world is full of people of all ages who have followed their dreams.

2.  Other People’s Opinions – the world is full of cynical people too afraid to follow their own dreams.

3.  Success & Failure – it is the pursuit of the dream and not the final outcome that makes your life a success.

4.  If You are Talented Enough - it is the brave who succeed, and not necessarily the talented.

5.  Financial Wealth & Security – nothing will inhibit your adventures like your love of comfort.

6.  Bad Days & Rough Seasons - your motivation will come and go, persist on even the toughest of days.

7.  Your Sanity - the world will say that you’re crazy until you succeed.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)  "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus"
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Impacting and Powerful Touch of God's Love

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by Pastor Tim Burt

John 13:35 NKJV "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."

There isn't one of us who hasn't at one time or another, had the thought, I wonder if anyone things I’m a little weird? I think everyone wants to be thought of as normal and okay. At the same time, how many times have you looked around and thought, that person is weirdShe is really quirky. He's out there. That person has some major issues. What planet is he from? On one hand, we've had this recurring thought, I hope people think I'm normal and nice, and on the other hand, we see a lot of people who we think might qualify for the not quite normal list. There may be a few perfect people out there but I don't know any of them and I am not one of them.

Because we have to deal with people on a continuous basis, we can begin to categorize people without even realizing it and create judgments and mindsets about the way a person is. That might lead us to treating them in a lesser way than they deserve. I'm basically describing our society right now! It happened to John the Baptist. Jesus was teaching His disciples when he explained that the religious leaders of that day categorized John because of the way he looked and conducted his ministry. "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon." (Matthew 11:18 NKJV) Later, Jesus was preaching and teaching among those same religious leaders and they accused Him also of having a demon. (That must have been the popular word or phrase to judge or categorize someone with in their day.) So, there is nothing new under the sun. People were judging, categorizing, name-calling, and putting down others then, and continue to do so today. We are all tempted to do so at times.

It is such a temptation to feel superior in some way over others. You might say, I would never call people that! I would never treat people that way! The truth is, you do have times where you feel like that. None of us want to admit that we would ever feel that way. But our actions sometimes reflect that we want to avoid types of people because we think they are different, or weird, or something less than us.
God's Word has that way of piercing our heart and putting us back in our right place. People might look like a dented can on grocery store shelf because they've had a difficult life, But inside, they are people who just want to be loved by God and others like you do. It is the love of God that shows them that there are good people left in this world. It is the love of God that gives them hope to press on. It's the love of God that comes as a smile, a kind word, a prayer, an act of kindness, a benevolent action, or a promise of God that can lift their heart. Yes some of those people that you could be tempted to categorize or judge have real issues. That might make you want to avoid them. They might be caught in a cycle of rejection. You might never know what their issues are and they could be difficult to interact with. But, a smile, a kind word, and a touch of God's love as He leads you, can be a seed planted that eventually triggers a life-changing experience that helps them move forward and eventually experience the love of Jesus in a deeper way.

Some people might look like dented cans on a shelf but touches of God's love can influence their life. You can be God's blessing sent to them to touch their life with God's love. What you think might be momentary and nothing of real consequence, might become the touch of His love that sparks their heart to seek and look for God and experience His supernatural help and change. God wants us to see others through His eyes and be that touch of His love, not avoidance in their life. He wants those in need, to see you as a messenger of His love. You never know what they've been praying for or talking to God about. To be that love is important to the Lord. And thought this is not to be our motivation for doing so, it carries His reward for you. Mark 9:41 (NIV) "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward." 

Yesterday, I was out with my 15-year-old granddaughter. She has special needs and usually walks carrying a baby doll. People might wonder about her. As we were walking, she suddenly looked at me and said, Papa, I don't feel good. I think I am going to throw up. She suddenly knelt down on the sidewalk and threw up. As I was praying for her, this woman who had been standing nearby with her new born baby in a stroller, walked up to my daughter and gave her a new bottle of water. Drink this honey, you may be dehydrated. It's hot out and this will help. My granddaughter got up and sat on a bench and drank it. This woman was like an angel. Within minutes my granddaughter was feeling much better. We couldn't thank this woman and God enough!

A touch of God's love. It can seem so unimportant, yet be so profoundly impacting. We are not superior. We are servants. We want to love others knowing that they, like you, need hope, love, help, and encouragement daily.  You may not know who the person is or how you are affecting their life, but God knows. You may not realize that it's the backslidden hurting son of a minister of the gospel you just prayed for. You may not know that this person has been crying out to God for help. You may not know a thing about them but, you can know that God knows what He is doing and because you've yielded to become His vessel of love for the moment, you are making a difference. When we do this, then John 13:35 NKJV becomes true. "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."

Philippians 2:3 (NIV) "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Your Personal Revival is Important to You and to God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The word revival is used often in Christian preaching. Most people have never seen or experienced a real move of God—a revival. We see one in its making in Matthew 3:1-3, 5-6 NKJV. "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight...” They went out to him those from Jerusalem, and all Judea, and the entire region around about Jordan, and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.”

At this point in time, God was using John to awaken people to Himself. It was a powerful move of God. Not like anything that generation had ever seen before. People flooded out to see John—some out of curiosity and some compelled by a longing to draw closer to God. Either way, they ALL came. Read this verse again. "They went out to him those from Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region around about Jordan, and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.” People came having no clue they’d be apprehended by the Spirit of God speaking through John. When their hearts were confronted with truth, they repented, were baptized, and began to experience life from a new frame of heart and mind.

The religious leaders of the day also came. They were steeped in their own pride and thinking they knew everything spiritual. They were insulted and envious that anyone besides themselves could be used of God and have such a powerful influence on the people. They were so jealous and blinded by their own pride, that though they were seen as religious people, they were truly evil men. In the midst of this move of God, John looked up to the crowds seeing them and spoke to them. “...John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…" (Mat 3:7-8 (NKJV)

John's words may have seemed harsh, but he was speaking to prideful religious leaders with rock-hard hearts. To the people who came to see him for right reasons, his words were life-changing! John spoke to them saying, "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance." That simple statement alone is the key to whether the spirit of revival takes hold in an individual’s heart, a city’s heart, or a nation’s heart. God will always be moving in special ways in the earth but we won't always be able to be in those places to experience God in those unique ways. We don't need to be! He allows us to cry out to Him wherever we are at. He allows us to draw close to Him and pray for revival within our own heart. He yearns for it. He is always trying to present Himself and His truth to each of us so that we will see it and come to this place.  He is calling to you now...

Why does God want us to turn from certain attitudes and behaviors that He teaches us in His word are wrong? For the reasons we already know deep within us. They are destructive. They hurt us. And they hurt others. Beyond that, they hold back blessings that make our life rich and that God dearly wants for us! Psalms 146:8 (NLT) says, "The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly" Don't you want to be blessed? Can you see His motive is purely love toward us?

The literal Greek for the words bear fruit worthy of repentance means to show the fruit equal of a complete reversal of your wrong thinking, attitude, and behaviorshow a changed life. People often say they are sorry to God knowing they should change. Drawing near to God is the first step, and sincere repentance before God is the second step. But, that is all lip service until a person has shown the fruit equal of a complete reversal of the wrong behavior in attitude and action. Only embracing God’s Word as truth and the path to His right living can bring the conviction of heart that creates the real desire to change. And only prayer can equip a believer with the inward strength to follow through and succeed at his/her needed change.
People say, I'm sorry every day but they repeat the wrong behaviors over and over. A personal revival of heart and true repentance—showing the fruit of real heart change, is what creates the exciting experience of personal revival. And let me add a nugget of truth and wisdom here. When a person experiences sincere change in one area of their life, that one change quickly leads to many changes in multiple areas. That is what makes it so powerful!

The change you desire may not happen immediately because we all seem to first attempt to change in our own strength. It is only when we fall on face in our own efforts that we realize it takes the power of God within us to succeed. If you continue to be honest with God in your repentance and seek Him for His grace and strength, you will find the power for sincere change, even if it takes some time. God sees your heart and is patient when you are sincere. When this happens, you will have taken another step in your life toward “bearing the fruit worthy of repentance.” And through each step and layer of growth, you'll experience personal revival! And though you may not be able to know or figure out how, revival is like a weather front that moves in quickly and impacts many. Personal revival will change you but also influence many! Pray for your revival until it comes!

Psalm 143:11 (NKJV) "Revive me, O LORD, for Your name's sake! For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Power to Change, a Day at a Time!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There are many areas within our lives that God speaks to us about—when we listen—that He would like us to make changes in. I received Jesus as my personal Savior at the age of 24. I began to read the Bible for first time in my life but it didn't seem like much of anything in my life was really aligned with how I was reading that God wanted us to live. It was truly a dilemma for me. That is until a wise person helped me understand that the process of aligning our lives with God's word was a life-long process of change. He helped me understand that we can't make true heart changes without the help of the Holy Spirit and that was something He'd help us to walk out, one day at a time.

Many Christians continually think about changes they believe they should make—changes that would make their life more pleasing to God. To think about becoming more Christ-like, is to stay tender toward God and His desire to work in you. To not think about becoming more Christ-like is to become numb and callous to those godly calls to change. We don't want to suppress the leading of God to make changes, yet we don't want to always feel guilt, shame, and condemnation about how we are living either. The only answer there is, is to pursue learning God's will for how we should think, speak and conduct our lives, and work toward them day by day. You must know this concerning God: It is never about Him being disappointed or mad at us! That might be the traits of human parents, but God has already forgiven us and sees us as His righteous. He sees us through His robes of righteousness so that we washed in His eyes. He wants us to become His ambassadors and the light of Jesus Christ to this world, and for that reason, He desires us to be ever-changing to be more like Him. He is God. He is our Father. He is love. And He has give us the Holy Spirit to coach us so that we can do this! And, He knows that becoming more Christ-like will help usher more of His favor and blessing into our life.

Satan loves to keep us enslaved in bondage to sin. He works to tempt us and lead us into wrong thinking and sinful thoughts and actions with that hope that they become deep seeded habits, physical and psychological addictions, and steep us bondage to sin. He then accuses us before God for the very sin he tempts and leads us into. Revelation 12:10 (NKJV) says he is  “…the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…”

People keep secrets—many of them being secret sins. They hide their secret sins hoping that no one will find out. Sin can hide for a while but it eventually becomes discovered. Numbers 32:23 (NLT) says, “…you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” God already knows. That is why He is speaking to you about change. But what too many people often fail to realize, is that God isn't condemning them in His admonishment to change. If you feel condemnation, it’s from Satan’s accusing. God talking to us over and over is like the parent training his child and asking, reminding, and admonishing out of love Please clean your room and pick up and put away your clothes.

God is merciful, patience and kind, He is for good reason. He wants change. He does because He knows that sinful thoughts and actions will hurt us and others. Wrong thoughts and actions never hurt just you. They always find a way to touch someone else. So, out of God’s love for you and for others, He keeps talking to us (if we will listen) about those changes.

The Apostle Paul reveals God's power within us. Romans 8:3-9 (NLT) “… But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent His own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin's control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins…Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.)"

These verses are not to condemn you but to remind you of the power of God through the Holy Spirit, living in you! You are not a slave to sin. You need to say that over and over until it sinks in and you learn to lean on the power of God within you!

When I learned what Jesus did for me and that sin had no more power over me, I applied my faith to that truth. When tempted I’d say out loud, Satan, the power of the life-giving Spirit of God has freed me from the power of sin leading to death. You have no more power over me. I am free. I am no longer your slave. I am who God says I am—His child empowered by His Spirit. I rebuke this temptation in Jesus name. I had to say these things out loud to overcome the pesky lying thoughts that had run through my head for so long. Those thoughts changed over time! So did the sinful patterns in my life. They dropped off one by one.

There is power to change. It is supernatural power to change. It is the power of the Holy Spirit within every believer of Jesus Christ. If you lean on yourself you will fail over the long haul. If you lean on the Holy Spirit knowing that God is on your side, you'll change. If you lean on His mercy  knowing He wants to help you change, and if you apply your faith and ask and pray according to His Word and promise, change will come! It will lead you from a life of destruction and bondage instead, into the blessing of life—a day at a time!

Romans 8:2 (NLT) "And because you belong to Jesus, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 09, 2018

Those "God, I Don't Understand" Moments

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by Pastor Tim Burt

First, a special note from Pastor Tim: As most of you know, I write Fresh Manna four times a week and seldom ever take a break from writing. The last time I did was when we were on the mission field in Peru last January. After today, I will be on a two-week break. Not because we are taking a vacation but because my daughter and her husband and two daughters who are missionaries in Peru, are coming today to be with us for the next two weeks. As missionaries in Peru, they are not allowed to make any kind of income by law. That means they have to come here once a year to raise supportand to speak in the churches and visit with those that support them. And since there are a part of the missions work we do through Tim and Renee Burt Ministries, we will be laying out our outreach plans for the next 12 months. We'll enjoy every second we have together but there will be much work to accomplish while they are here. Renee and I need to be focused on being with them and helping them so I'll be taking a two-week break from writing. I hope you know how much we love all of you and pray for you each day. And for those that have supported the mission work we do in Peru, Africa, and India on the ground, and in reaching on average of 4 plus million people through Twitter and my blog daily, our sincerest thank you. If you go to the archives on the website, you can find plenty of past posts to read that will bless you as though I wrote them that morning. The Holy Spirit knows in advance what you need! Thanks for your prayers and understanding. We'll be praying for you! Back to writing July 23rd.

And Now Today's Blog: Those "God, I Don't Understand" Moments 

I'm sure that most of us at one time or another have uttered the words, God, I don't understand what's going on! Why is this happening? When hurt or disappointment is present and questions that you can't get answers to come, then beware! Why? Because the whys have the potential to confuse and undermine your faith. I’m not saying that asking God about things you don’t understand is bad. No, to the contrary, that is a good thing to do!
Sometimes when we ask God questions, we are inadvertently asking them out loud to the world or to people who don’t know God. The answers they come up can cause hurt upon hurt! Dude, are you crazy? Why do you believe this God stuff to begin with? If God did exist, then He's crazy because this world is crazy and He isn't doing  anything about it! 

Statements such as this create hurt upon hurt. They fuel doubt to the faith you're struggling with because of the difficult times you are going through. And they don't offer any answers so you are stuck with your nagging questions that add to your confusion and work to undermine your faith. You can’t force or simply figure out answers to questions that only God knows the answers to.

Some time ago we prayed for a couple who was pregnant with child that had received an evil report. We prayed with them and stood in faith with them. When the child was born, everything was wonderful. It was declared by the doctor as a miracle. Another time later, we were asked to pray for another couple that likewise had received an evil report. We also stood in faith with them. When their child was born, it lived for less than an hour. It was a painful and sad experience. The good experiences cause us to rejoice. The painful experiences lead us to the God, I don't understand what is going on! Why is this happening? questions.  They work to discourage our faith.

David was a man God has promised to bless. He was told by the prophet Samuel that he would be the next King of Israel. Yet, it seemed like he went through one troubling event after another. The King he has served faithfully—King Saul, had become jealous of him and sent troops after David to find and kill him. How could this all make sense?

David was human just like you and I. He experienced those God, I don't understand what is going on! Why is this happening? moments. David cried out to God, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?" Psalms 22:1 (NLT) Deep down David knew that God was with him. He had seen God deliver him time and time again. But even David had his moments of discouragement that led to asking Why?

If you've ever heard ridiculous answers to difficult God questions, you know that they never settle well within you. They almost have the ability to make you mad because they make God look insane or evil—like He doesn't know what He's doing. I remember a pastor once explaining at a funeral that this young lawyer who died, did so because God needed another lawyer in Heaven so He took him. I knew that this ridiculous answer made the family mad and spiritually confused others. God is not in cohorts with the devil. The book of Job does not teach that even though some teach it that way. (That is another teaching for another day.)

If I make unreasonable demands for answers God is not ready to give me, I'll end up over analyzing and intellectualizing everything and creating false answers that will confuse me and lead me away from God. When asking God questions, its important to do so with a reverential and child-like faith. What do I mean by that? A Why God question  is often provoked at a time of pain or confusion. A loving Father would comfort a child with the explanation they were able to understand. That might be a partial answer if the child couldn't grasp the full answer at their level of maturity. But he would eventually give that child the answers they need as they became able to comprehend them. You may be an adult but your spiritual maturity might not be able to grasp the answers God would give you because He speaks and teaches us through His Word.

So, as you ask Why?, you need to read His Word asking the Lord to show you the answers you seek. You need to accept His timing in giving you the answers you seek. They might not immediately come. Only He can give you the answers to those difficult questions that could otherwise be confusing to your faith and understanding of Him. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the ways and heart of God. So, the thing to do when those questions arise is, ask the Lord and then tell the Lord you will patiently await the answer. He will eventually give you that answer. It is His promise.
Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT2) "Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come."  Some answers will come quickly, and some will come over time. Either way, the Lord is faithful to answer your questions through His Word. Approaching difficult questions in this way will help you patiently wait in peace and bring you insight and understanding from the heart of God. So cast doubts into the sea! Know that because of Jesus, God is always for you. Trust the Lord who is a comforting and perfect Father. He'll help you heal as you move forward!

Job 42:1-6 (NLT2) "...Job replied...Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me... I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Moving Mountain Sized Problems Out of Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As I write to you today, I know that there are those of you that have issues or problems that are so huge, they feel like mountains in your life. The bigness and weight of them might feel like more than you can bear. Satan loves to magnify problems in our life, and when situations become that big, they strip us of almost all hope. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” When our heart becomes sick, we start thinking wrong. We can become desperate, confused, and have thoughts that lead to more wrong actions—ultimately making problems worse.

Worldly people without God, have no remedy for this kind of burden and hopelessness. There are many people walking around today, with what they feel are mountain size problems, burying them in despair. Although the world has no remedy, Jesus does! He says in John 16:33 (RSV), "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." 

The world does not expect mountains to move for them. Mountains are just that—immovable. That is except to Jesus! He expects mountains to move for Him. That is what makes Him able to overcome the world. He gives us words such as we see in Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV) "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

Without the help of the Holy Spirit who brings revelation and insight, those words only confuse us. "Speak to a mountain to be removed and cast in the sea." Really? We argue in unbelief, He must have made a mistake. He couldn’t have meant what He said. But, when we read all these words of Jesus, our spirit is sparked with hope and rightly so! We can pray for the mountain to be moved and it will? Yes! Remember, Jesus said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world." When Jesus says, “Take heart…” He means take hold of this hope and take it deep in your heart. He then says, Speak to that mountain in faith! Go speak to the mountain and tell it to move! You are not of this world because you belong to God. Why else would God tell you to speak to a mountain? Who from this world would do that?

Then Jesus says, “I assure you…” What does that mean? It means He wants you to be sure you know that what He is saying to you is truth! He says, “I assure you that you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea and your command will be obeyed.” Jesus isn’t looking in a mirror saying this to Himself. He is saying this to His disciples. He is saying this to you!

He continues saying,  All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. Of course He is speaking of things that are according to His will, but, hopefully that is most things you pray for! He follows with something very important for you to take care of first, before you try to move this mountain. He wants your heart to cleansed and pure. He says in, 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."

Unforgiveness will keep a mountain planted. Sincere repentance of sin and forgiveness of others will allow you to put mountain moving words and faith to your situation.

Proverbs 13:12 NLT says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” but it finishes by saying, “but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Jesus said, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” That means there is hope for you and for your mountain to be moved. I have stood many times in faith in prayer with one of my prayer partners speaking to issues and problems the size of mountains. We have stood in patience and faith and seen mountains move again and again. Some took time and others, quickly or not so long!  Impossibilities become possibilities in God. Speak to yours keeping Jesus first words in mind… “Have faith in God.”

1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A Special Hero of America

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Kosher Fireworks

How a Jewish man Saved America and the Fourth of July by Dr. Richard Booker


In 1975 the United States Postal Department issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back. On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink.

“Financial Hero - Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse.” I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Haym Salomon all agree that without his “contribution to the cause” there would be no America today.

Haym Salomon bought and sold financial papers to raise money for Robert Morris who was the Superintendent of Finance for the Continental Congress. He believed that America would be a safe haven for the Jews. But this son of a rabbi, also believed that one day in the future, Jerusalem would rise from the dust, the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, and Israel and Jerusalem would once again be the home of the wandering Jew. Salomon determined to do all that he could to finance the Revolution so that America could survive until that future time when his people would once again fill the streets of Jerusalem.

From one crisis to the next, Robert Morris went to Haym Salomon for help, and Salomon always responded. Haym Salomon gave his entire personal fortune of over $800,000 to the cause of the Revolution. This debt was never repaid. He died sick and penniless at the age of 45, January 6, 1785, leaving behind a young widow, Rachel, and four children all under the age of seven.

Rachel tried for months after Haym’s death to collect on personal loans that he had made to Robert Morris, to the Congress and others. She was requested to turn all her securities and certificates over to the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania for evaluation. After several months she made further inquiries and was informed that all of the papers relating to her inheritance had been lost.

Haym Salomon was buried in Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia in a grave which is now unmarked. Since we don’t know which his grave is, we cannot even pay our respects at his graveside nor erect a marker.

But the story of Haym Salomon doesn’t end with an unmarked grave. There is a plaque on a brick wall bordering the cemetery that was placed by Haym’s great-grandson, William Salomon in 1917. It says, “To the Memory of Haym Salomon … interred in this Cemetery the location of the grave being now unknown ….”

Was it just a coincidence that the year this plaque was erected was the same year of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British which begins, “His majesty’s Government views with favor the establishing in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”?

Was it just a coincidence that in 1975 when the U.S. Postal Department issued the stamp honoring Haym Salomon, that same year the Israeli government issued a stamp honoring Harry Truman, the American president who was the first head of state to recognize Israel?

As Haym Salomon believed, America has been that safe haven for the Jewish people and Israel has been reborn. As we celebrate America, may we remember the great debt we owe to Haym Salomon. While we may not be able to repay him personally, we can honor him by standing firm in our support and prayers for a strong and secure Israel and a united Jerusalem under the rule of Haym’s Salomon’s spiritual descendants, the Jewish people. Happy Fourth of July!

Dr. Richard Booker is President of Sounds of the Trumpet, Inc., and the Founder/Director of the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies in Woodlands, TX. He may be contacted at, shofarprb@aol.com

John 15:13 (NLT) "There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

4th of July: Live Out Your Freedom God's Way!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America! 

We live in a nation that has greater freedom than any other nation upon the earth. Freedom isn't free and a price higher than we could ever comprehend or appreciate was paid for it. This nation was liberated for us by men and women that loved God and desired a country where they could freely worship Him. They gave and staked their lives on this vision and dream put in their hearts by God. I am talking about those that pioneered this land and our religious freedom long before we had a military to defend this country. I thank God for and will never forget those who were willing to lay down all to pioneer the vision to live in this country with the liberty to freely worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

The first freedoms that were established and defended in this nation were the opportunities to worship the Lord Jesus Christ from the heart, freedom to read God's Holy Scriptures, freedom to learn of the God of the Bible and the salvation that He provided for mankind, freedom to learn with the opportunity to know and love Him beyond dead religious structure that renders God's Word void of life and life-changing power, and freedom to dare to believe that the promises that God promised to the eternal offspring of Abraham by faith“us who believe,” would be today's recipients of God's supernatural touch and miraculous power.

Jesus Himself, who knew no sin, became the scapegoat of our sin to clothe us with His cloak of righteousness. The result? When the Father looked upon us from His Heavenly throne, He would see blood bought, washed children made righteous and adopted into His family.

This is the libertythe most awesome liberty known to mankind. We must cherish, honor, and with great diligenceprayerfully guard it with our hearts. For when we allow it to become devalued by taking it for granted, then we begin to lose sight of its true meaning and value. If we take it for granted as a ‘right’ and forget that it was divinely given to this nation by Almighty God as a privilege, we’ll lose it. Contrary to what some might imagine, it is a privilege that can be lost. When we as a nation wrongfully uses our freedom to focus solely upon our self and our own personal happiness instead of being lifted and empowered to help others, it’s in danger. We become tainted by the focus of self that can only enslave us once again to the yoke of bondage and the power of sin.

I will always praise God for the courageous men and women who continue to live selfless lives so that this dream can continue to remain real for future generations. They do so because they understand true liberty. Our lives are surrounded by selfless people today. They are surrounded by those who faithfully make sacrifices to touch lives with God’s love and the power of the gospel. Our lives are surrounded by those of our military who fight for our country and for our freedom. Our lives are surrounded by those in public service who often face great danger so that we may live safer lives. Our lives are surrounded by selfless people who live unnoticed while they gladly serve others with random acts of kindness at the expense of their own time and resources.

Be blessed and thankful for the abundance of everything that God has allowed us to experience in the United States of America. It is a gift and privilege. It is the liberty that God has bestowed upon us that can be lost when it becomes forgotten. Let’s remember it and value it. Let us thank God for it and pray for those who lead our nation. Let's let our freedom forever ring with His Praise!

Benjamin Franklin
Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.
Benjamin Franklin

Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787.

Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT) ”For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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