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Friday, September 28, 2018

The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean  (Author Unknown) 

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She didn't know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, Tell me, what do you see?

Carrots, eggs, and coffee, the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, What does it mean, mother?

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversityboiling water, but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

Which are you? the mother asked her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Be Sure To Do This, and Don't Do That! ...Regarding Loving People

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I’d like to remind you of a truth this morning, that I've talked about with you before. As the world becomes more divided over issues, and social media teaches us how to block people, I see people get offended more easily and toss away good relationships. And so I hope you will take this to heart and ask God to show you the truth of what I am about to share. I pray it will influence your life for good!

Here's the thought: The primary way God brings blessing into your life is through people! We all have times when people can wear us out. Yet, we need them. God commands us to love them. If we don’t prayerfully ask Him to teach us how, we’ll will miss out on the very blessing God would bring to us through them. For this reason, it's always been Satan's effort to divide people and that will never end. We can only be more discerning and understand it's one of the devices in his arsenal of lies and deceit!

Let's learn from this story of supernatural provision in 1 Kings 17:3-6 NIV. "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there." So Elijah did what the LORD had told him… The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook." After reading this, some might silently think, Pastor Tim, God supernaturally provided for Elijah through ravens, not people!

This is a powerful story and reveals to us that God will bring supernatural provision as we follow out and obey His direction for our lives. Stories like this are there for the very purpose of building our faith in this truth. Yet, the Lord bringing supernatural provision through ways other than people is the exception, not the rule! The most common way He brings blessingwords of instruction, words of wisdom, help, encouragement, comfort, provision, and directionis through people.

I hear people say more often than ever before, I'm getting to the place where I don't like people. People wear me out. They disappoint me. They offend me. They hurt me. They do stupid things. That's why I have a dog! Though people can discourage us at times, no one can afford to get to the place where they are tired of people and begin to isolate themselves from them whenever possible. If you get to this place, a HUGE part of your problem with people is you and your attitude. And, it won't be long until you cut yourself off from the source of the supernatural provision you are asking God for. He will almost always try to get His blessing to you through people!

God’s Word gives us the key to help keep a healthy attitude toward people. James 3:17-18 NIV, give insight to your bad attitude relief saying, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.” This verse helps us discern our own words, attitudes, and actions to see if the place we are coming from is from an ungodly or godly perspective. The cure to the people-attitude-problem is mercy. 

Are you absolutely aware that almost every offense that ticks you off at people are offenses you yourself have violated toward others? Proverbs 20:9 NIV says, “Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?" We may not say this but we often act like we are more righteous than those who have made us mad. Psalm 143:2 TLB says, “Don't bring your servant to trial! Compared to you, no one is perfect.”

What this verse is saying is that in your eyes, you always justify your own actions and offenses making you not guilty while those who have offended you will be guilty! The truth is, not one of us would survive without mercy. Mercy is one of the most powerful forces in the world and the one that God used to bring you and I back to Himself through Jesus Christ. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) says, "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." As you learn to practice mercy, God will soften your heart and help you to look past the offenses of others. You have no idea how much more peace that brings to your life. If God continually has mercy on us, then it should also be given from us to others and often! It has the amazing power to INSTANTLY soften and reunite our hearts with someone we’d otherwise be offended or upset with.

I realize it doesn't solve the problems that cause conflict but it will help you keep your love for others while you work through the process. And you won't be another stupid causality of the devil's devices.

We are all a work in progress and therefore all desperate for God’s mercy. As liberally as we would want or need it, let us give it out. Are you in conflict? Don't get frustrated with people. Have mercy toward them because of the love and mercy of God in you, and don't forget that the primary way God brings blessing into your life is through people. He just might bring it through that person you were tempted to be angry, offended at, and ready to cut off. If you do this, then the blessing of God can flow without interruption from you to people and from people to you! Do you need God's supernatural provision? Then learn to love people like never before! God will help you and mercy will be His greatest tool! Be a giver in life. Especially of mercy!

Luke 6:38 (NLT) "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Is Your Faith Immovable or Does it Flip-Flop?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I remember catching my first fish off a dock when I was a little boy. As I pulled it out of the water and maneuvered it unto the dock, it flipped and flopped until it finally jumped back into the water. That imagine reminds me of me when I was a young Christian. I'll explain...

When I first became a Christian and looked in the mirror of my heart, I didn't like what I saw. I struggled to believe God would accept me. I kept disqualifying myself from being a Christian. I hadn't really comprehended the concept of grace yet. The the life I was trying to leave behind had shaped me into a worldly, shallow, selfish, and immature person. I didn't yet know exactly what a Christian should look or behave like, but I was sure I was incapable of it. The more I read God's word, the more I viewed myself as an old building that needed to be completely demolished and rebuilt from the ground uponly I didn't know how to do that within myself. I was continually told that God loved me and that Jesus took the punishment for my sins upon Himself. I accepted that as truth. I received Him in my heart. I believed what He did for me. But, wasn't I now supposed to look and act like a Christian? Inside I was thankful beyond words, yet fearful of still being the same person I had been prior to committing my life to Christ—worldly, shallow, selfish, and immature. Like that fish on dock, I would continually flip and flop over whether I was truly a Christian or not.

In my efforts to become more Christ-like, I spent a great deal of time meditating on verses from the Bible, especially Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) that says, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths." 

These verses taught me one of them important lessons that I would learn and apply over and over again as a growing Christian. When I rested on the truth of these verses which are the promise and instruction of God, and trusted them, I would be fine. But when I intellectually tried to figure out things that the Holy Spirit had not yet revealed to me, and I was not mature enough in the Lord to understand, I would struggle with unbelief and doubts about God's acceptance of me. I would flip-flop! When I relied on my feelings as to whether I felt like a Christian, I would flip-flop. But when I steadied myself on the truth of God's promise and instruction and trusted them, I would be fine.

Hebrews 3:14 (NKJV) says, "For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end." The confidence that we are to hold on to, is the unfailing love and saving grace of Jesus Christ who presents us as washed and holy in His righteousness before God. The word steadfast is translated from a Hebrew word meaning immovable like a rock. If you’ve ever seen a cement pillar under construction, you may have noticed that they put steel cables through it to strengthen it. When we lean on God’s promises, they are like the steel cables that run through our faith and help steady us. They make us immovable in our faith so that we don't flip-flop in the promises of God. Over time, they help steady us and make us steadfast like the pillar of faith we desire to be.

I've now been a Christian for 41 years and can look back. Was my heart steadfast trusting in the Lord? Was I shaken when it looked like things would never change? I’d love to say that I was like that pillar, but I remembered times I'd struggle, wondering if I would ever be pleasing to God. I struggled wondering if I could ever become the kind of husband, father, and leader I believed God's word exhorted me to become. If I leaned on whom God said He created me to be, and who I was in Christ, I made steady progress in my transformation as a Christian. If I tried to make it happen in my own strength, I'd start to flip-flop because it's not something we can do in our own flesh. On God's path for us, we become who He wants us to become, only if we lean on His promises and not our on efforts. Leaning on and having confidence in His promises is what we are to be steadfast in! And as we read, God wants us to hold onto our confidence steadfastly until the end! It is our faith in Him and His promises—not in ourself or our own efforts that keeps us steady so that we won't flip-flop. And, that will never change so practice it now! Steady yourself in Him, not yourself!

The beauty of this all is the faithfulness of the Lord. He is faithful! As 1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV reminds us, “God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” The Lord is faithful to His promises and are the source of my strength and yours forever!

2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 24, 2018

God's Priorities for You, Are to Bless You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One day over lunch, my sister and I were reminiscing over how unselfish our parents were throughout our life. We were a family of 12 including dad and mom. Mom labored at her never-ending job of cooking, cleaning, washing, and driving us everywhere. She was absolutely selfless in living for us. Dad was the same in a different way. He mostly worked, six days a week, 8 hours one day and 12 the next. He did what he had to do provide a great home for all of us. On the few nights he had off, he’d always be there playing catch with a football or baseball or taking us swimming or to some activity. If there were three things they prioritized in their life, it was God, family, and church.

Jesus taught priorities! He called us to know them. He taught what our number one priority should be. We read it in Matthew 6:33 (NIV) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Another Bible translation says it like this: “and He will give you all you need from day-to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

Have you ever wondered why God wanted you to seek Him first? Is He egocentric? Of course not! He is Holy! So what is His motive? It's love. He did not create a sin-defiled world. He created a perfect world that man's choices defiled. Mankind gave entrance to Satan and through
those choices, the world has become defiled.

God's desire for you to seek Him, is so through Him, He can help you navigate the evil and experience His promised blessings that come through obedience. We see this in 2 Peter 1:4 (NLT2) "And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires."

Are you like most people? Do you find it a battle to put God FIRST place in your life? Does your heart want to? Does your spirit agree when you read about putting God first place in your life saying, Yes that’s right! I do need to put God and His ways first place in my life! But then the evidence of doing so is lacking? Jesus once said to Peter, “… the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) Jesus knew we’d be willing and wanting to put God first. The words that will spill from the hearts of men before the throne of God one day, will be a river of good intentions.

Jesus knew that the natural things that we need in life would create a competition for our thoughts, emotions and priorities. As necessary as those things seem, He wanted to remind us that they don’t compare to seeking God, His righteousness, and His kingdom FIRST!

Matthew 6:25-33 (NLT) "So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. "And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't He more surely care for you? You have so little faith! "So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”

God's love  compels us to understand the importance of the verses you just read. Seeking Him daily needs to be our quest. We must be confident that in seeking Him through His Word, prayer, and in the community of other believers, that it will produce the instruction, direction, and grace and strength that would lead us to the blessed life in Him. It is God alone that can fill the voids of the heart and the needs of life that we so often fail to meet. Seeking to know God and His will are the top priorities of our faith. Trusting that in putting God first, everything else in our life will work out for our good! As Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) says, “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.”

When we seek God first and put our faith in His promises, then our faith will trump mental struggles, worries and fears. It will bring us into a place of peace and trust in God. Jesus said our spirit was willing. He also said our flesh was weak. He also said the way for our willing spirit to defeat our weak flesh is to “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!"(Matthew 26:41 (NLT) Temptation isn't just about restraining ourselves from sin. Temptation can also be about putting things outside of God—work, play, and activity, before Him.

Are you putting God FIRST today or are you in the good intentions only zone? Understand that doing so is a lifeline to God's blessing. Understand His motive is love, your protection, and seeing you blessed. Understand that praying for God to help you is where supernatural grace and strength will begin to come that helps you value and keep this priority. It’s why God said “Keep alert” so that we would conduct an occasional reality check, and then said, “and pray.” I thank God my parents modeled that for me. It was embedded in my heart as an example to follow from the time I was a child! I purpose to live it from the heart before my children until the day I leave here to go to Heaven.

Proverbs 8:17 (NLT2) "I love all who love Me. Those who search will surely find Me."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Learning to Walk in God's Will For Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I have a question for you? How is your walk with God today? Is it better today than it was last year? Do you sense and experience the working of God’s Spirit strengthening you and helping you live a maturing Christian walk? Are you saying no to sin and yes to the godly desires you want to be evident in your life? Would people around you say you are one of the people they look to when they think of being more Christ-like?

God wants you to increase in spiritual knowledge and maturity, so that the tangible blessing of God may abound in every area of your life, and more importantly, so that you've become an influence and blessing in numerous ways, to the world and cries for help around youfor Him! You need to absolutely know and believe that God wants this for you and have faith that He'll help you grow into and walk in this over time! It must be a pursuit of your life and you must know He wants you to pursue it! Colossians 1:10 NIV says, "And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God," You walk worthy by learning God’s desires and will for your life and applying your faith to ask for God's help and grace to live the life He teaches and leads you to walk out.

God wants you to increase. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as you soul (your mind and emotions) prospers. Jesus paid the price so that you could. He put a robe of righteousness on you so that you’d be cleansed of all sin and washed in His sight. He qualified you despite your moments of feeling unqualified. Now He is leading you to align your life the best you can by developing a godly attitude, pure motivation, and godly conduct. You may feel  under-developed at this stage in your life, but that's the pointHe wants to help you change that. God is your most loving Father and coach. He knows what He created you to be and do. He wants to lead you in that. He wants you to see yourself through His eyes instead of the inadequacy, failure, and condemnation that can come when you look in the mirror and see your shortcomings.

In order to become what He desires for us, we, must stand before God with requests for help in every area of our life, and do so in strong faith! Not because we deserve it or because we’ve earned it. It’s because He is allowing us to out of love. Jesus paved that way for us. Hebrews 4:16 NIV emboldens us saying, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

God wants you to have resources! We live in a material world. You have a material home. You have material furniture. You possibly drive a material car. You have material bills. In God there is a spiritual side of life and a natural side of life, and in God they work together. They are not separate and distinct but united in His plan to accomplish much. He doesn’t want you poor and broke. He wants to meet your needs and beyond that, equip you for the work He reveals to you in your heart. If you don’t believe that you won’t approach Him in faith asking and expecting His supernatural help. Adam and Eve lacked nothing until they separated themselves from God through sin. Jesus has fixed that for you. You are not separate from God.

As I have said many times, to know God’s will you must know His original intent and future intent. There was no lack in the Garden of Eden. There will be no lack in Heaven. Here is God and our future. Rev. 21:3-5 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Understand that lack and poverty is Satan’s curse in this earth and not God’s will. If you struggle with this truth, your own heart can help shed light. Have you ever been to a third world country or seen someone steeped in poverty? What did your heart want to do? Did you want to do something to help them? Did you want to give them money or resources or shelter or clothing or improve their living standards or help meet needs in their life? Of course you did! Why? Because that is God’s heart in you. You wanted to help them. He wants to help you! God lacks nothing and He wants you to be equipped with the material resources for everything He has called you to do in this life. You aren’t called to live exactly as Jesus did. That was God’s plan for Him. Even then He had real gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to Him as a baby. These were riches that I am sure enabled Mary and Joseph to survive their trip to Egypt and back.

The love of money is the root of all evil, but the love of God's plan and purpose often leads you wanting to help others in diverse ways. And God doesn't forget about you in the process. Are there those that abuse this? Of course! There are those that abuse everything God has created. But don't let their abuse distract you from knowing the correct reason for resources and for God's willingness and desire to help all including you! Renee and I go to the mission field! We see first hand the poverty and need that people have. The gospel changes their lives and resources help them survive!

It is critical that you know God loves you, what He has done for you, what He is willing to do for you, and His purpose in helping you! His purpose is that of a Father. He loves you, He wants you to grow up to be like Him. He wants to help you mature and then as you grow, help others become released from Satan’s grip and into the arms of God’s love. And give others practical help and resources in the process. Including you! This is what God wants for you! Live with the purpose of being a blessing and in turn, you will see God bless you!

Philippians 4:19 (TLB)  "And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Your Faith is God's Power to Help You With Your Needs!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you ever feel the pressure of not having things you really need to make your life more functional? I don't know a young married couple with children that doesn't feel they have some needs. Needs often cause pressure and it's common for a couple to at some point, struggle with each other figuring out how to get what they need. Does God care about needs in our life—including the seemingly trivial ones? He absolutely does! He cares about all the details of your life. He cares much more about them, than you care to come to Him and pray in faith regarding them!

God by His nature seldom does or works things out in a conventional way. He often answers prayer in ways that are greater and produce better results that we could ever ask or think. We please and honor Him when we trust and believe in His promises knowing that He delights in helping and blessing us. Having faith in this becomes His power working in us. Ephesians 3:20 NIV says, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”

It isn’t enough to know that God is able. The devil believes that! You much believe that He is willing and desirous to help you! You must have faith in that. It is the key to “…His power at work within us…”  Hebrews 11:6 NLT amplifies this truth! "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him."

This is the kind of faith Abraham pleased God with. God called him the Father of our faith because of His belief. Let’s read about it.

Romans 4:16-21 (NLT) “So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it…if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised...” 
It is our faith in God’s promises that honors God. It is the power of God working in us.

God is not a “genie” in a bottle. God blesses from His heart of love, those that love Him and have faith in Him and His Word. His Word teaches us His will so that we learn to ask according to His will. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)  says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of Him." 

The Holy Spirit helps us mature in what we should pray for. We might at times miss it like a little child asking for candy before dinner. But also like little children, we grow up and mature. Good parents aren't upset when their kids wrongly ask for something. They just train them over the years, what is appropriate. The Holy Spirit does that for us also. To ask and be wrong is better that to not ask so that you don't bother God because there is too much for Him to do. Those that teach such foolishness, do not know God. That mentality is not pleasing to Him. That is a cursed and wrong perspective of God. The world is NOT too big and filled with too many people to care about! That is what makes Him God!  He is greater than your mind will ever comprehend. So know this! He loves you and cares for every detail of your life!

If you truly love Him and live for Him, then let that kind of faith in what He promises to you, develop into His power working in you.

Renee and I have always built lists regarding everything we need. We've written a dozen of them over the years. We've kept them taped on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door we open daily. It would prompt us to thank God every time we saw it, for meeting our every need. As we see God answer our prayers, we'd check them off until the list was fulfilled and then write a new list. We pray in faith about the needs on our list and from that point on we'd thank Him for meeting it. We have faith that He was working in our behalf despite what any circumstances may look like. We don't put God in a box and say like a child, I want it now! We trust Him with our needs and put our dependency on Him and not ourselves. We knew our answers would come at the right time and we trusted His timing! This honors Him! And, praise God, it helped us keep from putting pressure on each other.

Pressures of life come but God handles those pressures much better than we do. So, like little children with childlike faith, we turn them over to Him because He cares for us! God's Word is clear on this subject. The Lord delights helping us. And He does amazing things in the process “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.” It helps keep us in unity in prayer rather than fighting and schism over what we don’t have and can’t fix ourselves.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Put a Stake Through Your Worries

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I have written about this before, but felt impressed to talk about it more this morning! In the Old Testament, there are different Hebrew words used for sin. One is chata’.  Chata’ means missing such as missing the mark. We see the word chata' used for the word sin in the verse Psalm 119:11 NKJV I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We might read it like this, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t miss it and sin.” This makes me think of a friend whom I heard say something inappropriate to his wife. As soon as he said it, he softly spoke the words, Oh, oh. I've just blown it.

Worrying is chata’it’s missing the mark. It’s sin. When we worry, we chata’we miss it. For many people worry feels like compassion. I've been worried about you! Your upbringing may have taught you that to worry for someone is like an act of compassion. It’s not true. Its chata’it’s missing it. Worrying does nothing but bring momentum to unbelief which is the enemy of God. Unbelief strips faith from our lives. Worry strips faith from our lives.

Hebrews 11:6 NIV says, “...without faith it is impossible to please God…” When we read that “Jesus was amazed at the people’s unbelief” in Mark 6:6, it's not a compliment. It was actually the unbelief of the people who hindered His power preventing miracles and healing. Matthew 13:58 NLT says, “And so he (Jesus) did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”

Have you ever had to unclog a clogged drain? What you pull out is disgustingly gross! Worry is just like one of those disgusting things that clogs. It hinders the power of God from operating in our life because of the inherent power of unbelief. Unbelief is really faith. It’s faith in what the devil can do rather than faith in what God can do. Think about it. You've probably heard someone speak these words. Oh, I just know they are going to downsize my company and I’ll lose my job, or Oh, I am so afraid I am going to get the flu this winter!, or I'm never going to find the right person who will love and respect me. All the good ones are taken! or I know I’ll get a stupid cold. I always do!  Worry is the down payment on the very thing you dread coming. It’s the payment of unbelief which is faith in what the devil will bring against you. This is why God instructed us through His Word saying, "Cast all your anxiety (cares and worries) on Him because He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

So if worry is sin, what is the solution to worry? Put a stake through your worries! The stakes are the promises of God. The promises of God are demolishers of unbelief. Taking them into your heart will, over time, strengthen your mind, strengthen your heart, and transform you from a worrier to a prayer and proclaimer of your faith in Him! You'll be one who puts your stake in the ground and takes hold of what Jesus died to give you—your inheritance in Him. You will become one who learns to say with confidence, "...For God has said, "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.  That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, "The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me." Hebrews 13:5-6 (TLB) 

Instead of worrying about the multitude of negative situations that blow into our life like the wind, cast the cares of them one-by-one on the Lord. Rise up in faith and prayer and say, Father, I will not miss the mark by worrying about any of these negative situations. I will pray and put my trust in you. I'll be attentive to you leading me in my steps. And I'll praise you because I know you love me and care about even the smallest details of my life. Instead of worrying, I will discuss them with you through the eyes of faith and with the promises you give me to proclaim before you. Thank you for building my faith. Thank you for your precious promises. Thank you allowing me to lay them at your feet and walk forward in peace trusting you! In Jesus name I pray

This is putting the promises of God to work which IS hitting the mark! This is the exercise of faith that is pleasing to God! Do this and you won’t be guilty of worrying. or of hindering God’s power by worrying and missing the mark. No chata’ for you today. As 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares, your worries, and your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” Proclaim His goodness in your life. Sing His praises. Let faith and praise arise!

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Don't Lose Hope! God Has a Plan to Redeem You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A note from Pastor Tim: Would you do me a favor? After reading this today, ask yourself if Fresh Manna speaks into your life and helps you. If it does for you, it will for others. Then please prayerfully consider helping me expand my reach so others can be touched and blessed. No pressure from me. No begging from me. Things are great! I simply want to reach more people for the Lord and hope you'll consider being a part of that. Please don't be offended for my asking. Thanks so much and God bless you. Pastor Tim 

Do you ever feel lost? Do you ever feel like you're in trouble and discouraged crying out Lord, where are you in all this? Lord, are you going to help me? I don't know what to do? These thoughts reflect discouragement and frustration and anyone could have thoughts like this in difficult times. But, should you allow yourself to become discouraged and give up on God?  I'd advise you not to! I would chase that discouragement out of your life like you'd chase a dog with muddy paws back out your kitchen door! Instead remember the words of Jesus as He described the troubles that would one day come upon this world. He said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:28 (NIV)  Jesus is your redemption and help! Run too Him, not from Him in times of discouragement!

God is truly amazing and He is always thinking about the redemption for His children. He wouldn’t be thinking redemption if something didn’t happen that created the need for it. Satan sees to that. He hates us and that will never change. Mankindeven the unsaved, are created in God's image and because of that, Satan wants to destroy us, but Christians are his prime target. Beyond his attacks on our life, we do sometimes make mistakes and get ourselves into trouble. Because we live in this sin-filled defiled world, the infection and influence of evil contaminates our life. No one is completely free from it. Nor was Jesus! We all feel it! We are all surrounded by it. And we need God’s redemption.

Throughout the Bible, the word redemption refers to a price being paid in order to redeem or purchase something back. That is what God did for us. He bought us back and the purchase price was Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our sin and for our redemption through His suffering, death, and resurrection. Redemption refers to salvation, but salvation means being made whole and complete. That is God’s desire for His people and always has been. David knew and understood that and it kept him grounded in his trust in the Lordeven when his life felt like chaos and He didn’t know what to do.

Listen to his heart in Psalm 130:6-8 NIV. “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning… O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” David knew God’s heart was to redeem us in our troubles!
Samuel anointed David King of Israel, yet little did David know that it would be 15 long years before he actually became King. David went through hurtful, hard, heart-wrenching times. There surely had to be times when he felt confused and thought that what Samuel promised on behalf of God, was all a crock. If he had those weak moments, he continually pulled himself out of them! He trusted God and knew He was faithful to every promise. He kept his heart in faith, even when he didn't have a clue what to do.

There was a time when he was being chased by King Saul. It wasn't fair that Saul was jealous and wanted to kill him, yet it forced David to be on the run and hide from Saul's army. He was concerned about his family, his parents, and those he left behind. He didn't have it all figured out as you see in these verses:

1 Samuel 22:1-4 (NLT) “So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and other relatives joined him there….Later David went to Mizpeh in Moab, where he asked the king, "Would you let my father and mother live here under royal protection UNTIL I KNOW WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO WITH ME?” The king agreed, and David's parents stayed in Moab while David was living in his stronghold.”

Did you read those words, “...until I know what God is going to do with me?” David didn't have everything figured out. He wasn't sure what God was doing. He simply knew God was with him and he needed to trust God and walk it out. God provided for his parents. God provided for him. God provided for his men. It would have been so easy for David to think God had abandoned him. His life seemed like it was in worst-case chaos, yet David knew in his heart that God had a plan, was faithful to His Word, and trusted God was working it out. His plan of redemption eventually came, and so will yours!

Today, just know what David knew and rejoice in those words. Say them, pray them, think them, and let them keep you grounded as you, like David, are figuring out how God is going to work things out. He also will redeem you!

Psalm 130:6-7: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning…put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 14, 2018

As a Believer, Here is How God Sees You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Most of us look at ourselves in a mirror daily. We see what we see. You see yourself through your eyes and from perspective. Have you ever thought about how God sees you? Actually that thought scares too many people because they feel that in God's eyes, they don't measure up or they are in big trouble. They don't want to think about how God sees them.

As a Christian, it's important to learn not to look at yourself through your own eyes, but instead see yourself as God sees you. Do you know that this is the true key to supernatural change and what ignites the power to conquer your lame excuses for not obeying God in your life?

If you know the story of Moses, you know that the beginning years of his life were anything but normal. He was raised in the cross hairs of two culturesHebrew and Egyptian. They were two distinctly different religious and social cultures. It was easy for him to become confused over who he was in life and how he was supposed to walk his life out. He had to come to the place of discoverydeciding for himself what he believed and how he wanted to walk out his life.

At the time he finally mustered up the courage to choose the side of his Hebrew heritage and do something for God’s people, he failed in the worst way. He committed murder. Not on purpose. He was trying to protect a Hebrew slave from being beaten. But through his efforts, he accidentally killed the Egyptian taskmaster. He panicked and fled giving up all his hopes and dreams for a great many years. That is until one day God called upon Moses to remind him of why He put him on this earth and to guide him toward his destiny. God asked Moses to step out in faith and do something for Him. Let’s read about it and as we do, begin to see the battle of excuses warring with the voice of God telling Moses who he was and who he could be with God working in and through him.

Exodus 3:9, “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." 

We see Moses’ first excusethose words that the devil teaches us all to parrot and build into our thinkingWho do you think you are?”

Verse 11 – “But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

Moses struggled with his identity. He didn’t feel worthy or prepared and was sure there were others beside himself who were much more qualified. He was probably thinkingGod you’ve got to be kidding! I am absolutely incompetent to do this! Moses was seeing himself through his own eyes and in his own ability rather than listening to God’s voice telling him that He would be with him to help him at every step. Moses, not unlike many of us, was afraid of failure. Most fears of failure in life are tied to the fear of the unknown, the scars of past failures, and of public opinionWhat are others going to think? God answered Moses giving him a rod and the promise of signs and wonders to validate God was with himthe promise of a miraculous commissioning. Moses was still weak-kneed.
Look at God’s response. V12, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." What could inspire more confidence in anyone than a commission and promise from God that He will back you and be with you!”

Then Moses offered his second excuse. Verse 13, “Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, "What is His name? What shall I say to them?" God told him what to say.

Then Moses had his third excuse. Exodus 4:1 “Then Moses answered and said, But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, "The LORD has not appeared to you."' 

God was so patient with Moses. He listened to his excuses and worked through each one with him. If you’re a dad or mom and your child is telling you his excuses for being afraid to step out and try something, are you as patient to help him? Are you as willing to help him? Hopefully your answer is yes but if it's not, that's for you to improve in. God doesn't need improvement. He is there for you now and always! Just knowing that might lead you to be a better and more patient parent!

God desired to use Moses in spite of his extensive flaws and contradictions. God addressed his excuses and objections with great detail, assurance and power. What did Moses do? Offer more excuses.

Number Four Excuse: "I’ve never been eloquentI’m just not a good speaker." God helped him through that.

Then Excuse Five: "I just can't do it"the one most people pull out of the bag before they walk away from God. Exodus 4:13 “But Moses again pleaded, "Lord, please! Send someone else."

All of the great leaders in the Bible outside of Jesus Christ were flawed, fearful of doing what God asked them to do, and tempted to decline with excuses. It’s easier to make excuses about our inadequacies than it is to take on a challenge at God’s request. We’re plagued by self-doubt. We say we don’t have the right skills for the job, and like Moses we may worry that people, even our families, won’t buy into our leadershipafter all, Jesus’ own brothers and sisters rejected His!

God discerned the traits of leadership in Moses regardless of all shortcomings.  God ended up bringing Moses brother Aaron in to help with the job assignment. That was God's second best. Time and again He supported and reassured Moses by addressing his fears and objections and by promising to be with him giving him the tools he needed to succeed. God chose to cultivate and develop leadership in Moses which would eventually inspire the future leaders of Israel. He would become one who modeled the leadership of trusting God more than himself. This is where excuses are defeatedwhen one knows who He is in God, not in himself. This is where men become godly men and women become godly women. This is where families become a powerful light. This is where churches become centers of influence changing cities, states, and nations.

When God is leading you to do even small things that you are afraid to do, remember Moses being paralyzed with fear and how God helped him and taught him the answer to the question, Who am I? God is no respecter of persons and is waiting to help answer that question for you! The fulfillment of your destiny begins with one step of obedience to God at a time.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

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Pastor Tim Burt

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