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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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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

It Comes With a Calling...



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by Pastor Tim Burt

When you live for Jesus, some people just won't get you. But, you get you so be that light for Him!
SHORT VIDEO:  "It Comes With A Calling."  https://youtu.be/p2JeytqUzFc

In His Love,
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Please Excuse My Absence Fresh Manna by Pastor Tim Burt

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Hi all,
I have swept Renee off her feet and taken her away to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! She's all mine and I'll return to all of you this weekend! Please excuse my absence today! Love you all!

Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Embracing Change is Embracing A Blessed Future!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There are times in your life when you know that God is dealing with you about change. Sometimes we get in comfort zones and are afraid to stretch to new heights. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and get frustrated rather than motivated to change. Sometimes we experience great hurt or loss and relive it over and over, never moving forward in our life—almost like we were locked by pain in the cell of suffering.  So let me say something and let it hit you peacefully without bad or guilt feelings. When you come to understand God better, you'll better understand His will for you! So understand thisGod is always moving forward in His plan for mankind. And if He is always moving forward, you can know that He wants you to move forward because, in His choice, you are a part of that plan! You can't move forward without making changes. That doesn't imply some huge radical life-changealthough it could. Sometimes subtle changes carried out consistently, result in radical areas of transformation in your life that bring fresh joy and peace and excitement. That has been Renee and my life for the last 16 months and we see more change the near future.

Albert Einstein said The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  George Bernard Shaw said, If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”

Both of these quotes reflect that instead of people changing, they make the same mistakes over and over while expecting different results. There could be a litany of reasons why. Maybe they look back to an earlier time when what they were doing was a success and so they keep hoping that it will work again if they hang in there. Maybe they don’t know what to do so they just keep doing the same thing.  We live in an age of ever-increasing new technologies that change everything. Those who fear them, refuse to learn about them, of fight them for the sake of the good old days will fail to adapt in life, business, and things that could otherwise benefit them. Life in many ways will become more confusing to them because they will not understand how to navigate the new in their life.

When two people are having relational problems and keep repeating the same mistakes over and over hoping miraculously for different results, they will ultimately be disappointed.

When change is brought upon you through outside circumstances such as changes in technology, laws, policies, or forces that are greater than you can control, and yet you resist that inevitable change because you are upset with it rather than learn to deal with it, you’ll be disappointed.

Change and the fear of it, often lead many to sleepless nights and attacks of anxiety. Yet the two quotes above reveal a truth. Change is often necessary and demanded. We can’t keep doing the same thing. You aren't still driving a Model T and the speed limits have accordingly increased.

We know that not knowing what to do can lead to anxiety. That is the biggest change we need to make—acknowledging we don’t know what to do. Seldom do we absolutely know what to do. The most critical change we need to make and never change in is returning to our knees and praying. We need to quit trying to control every single aspect of our life, and understand God's plan usurps ours! Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) says, "You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." 

Go ahead and think through things and make plans because that is part of life. But before you do any of that, return to your knees in sincerity and pray it through with the Lord as instructed in Philippians 4:6-7 NLT. “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Quit fighting yourself. Quit fighting circumstances you cannot control. Quit panicking and losing sleep over changes that are inevitable and that make you afraid because you don't know where they will take you. Change is a part of life. God gives you permission to pray about EVERYTHING so that you can leave your fears and cares at His feet knowing that He cares about the details of your life. He loves you. He wants His best for you. He knows how to get you there. He is more capable of leading you than you leading yourself. When you can learn to trust Him because you draw Him into the details of your life, you will see God more intimately involved in your life than you've ever seen before!

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) reminds us, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Life is a faith walk of trusting God and changes along the way! Don't be freaked out. Pray, trust God, and have faith. Trust that as you one day look back in hindsight, you'll see just how wonderful God has led you through change and the unknown! Expect the best because it's what God wants for you, and faith and trust in Him is what leads you there!

Luke 1:37 (NKJV) "For with God nothing will be impossible." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 10, 2018

A Root of Grouchiness? Unknown Expectations!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I have a thought for you to ponder today. It's about one of the root causes of your grouchiness! For years I taught on leadership at church, and continue to do so now as I travel and speak. A question I occasionally ask is one that often takes people by surprise. I ask them, So do you know that you're grouchy sometimes? And when you are grouchy, do you know why you are? You are because you often or at least occasionally have unthought or unspoken expectations that you've not communicated and because of it, people are frustrating you! And so you get grouchy! 

One of the areas I was responsible for at church was Pastoral Care. Sometimes people get sick and end up in the hospital. If they'd tell us this happened, we would always come to visit, minister to, and pray with them. If they were going in for surgery and if they wanted, we would meet them at the hospital before they had their operation and we would pray with them and minister to them. But if we don’t know about it because they've never told us, yet in their minds assumed we'd figure it out, show up, and be there for them, then we will fail meeting their expectations. We failed because they failed to communicate their expectation to us. People don't realize that God considers the subject of mind-reading as demonic activity.  Well, none of us are mind-readers and we don't always pick up the cryptic hints people leave, assuming we'll figure out what they want or need. Expectations need to be communicated and defined if you want others to meet them. When expectations are met, people get grouchy!

People often have unspoken (and subconsciously) undefined expectations. They do so in their job, their marriage, in their church, etc. It is a common communication failure that even the most skilled communicators fail at. Undefined expectations or expectations that you didn't even really realize that you had, are almost never fulfilled. They leave a wake of disappointment. They create grouchy! The one who takes the fall for them is the one that undefined expectations are pointed at. For example, let’s say your boss wants something from your performance. He's thought about it a few times but has never spoken of it or laid out his exceptions with you.  He may not even be consciously aware that he has these expectations—but he does! They exist within him and he's not spoken them to you. So, can you figure out what's going to happen? You are most likely going to fail at them because he has never communicated them to you. Will that seem unfair to you? It always feels unfair when you are the victim of uncommunicated expectations! The family structure is notorious for this. Husbands, wives, and children violate this constantly and it creates pain, bitterness and grouchy people!

Expectations exist within everyone. We walk through life with an expectation that people respond to us and life as we perceive it should happen, with definite expectations. This is what makes law and order so important to consistently execute. When it's not, people don't have an expectation that they will be held to it and when they are, it feels unjust. Thus we have the immigration dilemmas that faces all walks of society today.

Many people carry around unreasonable expectations. They feel frustrated and they don’t know why. They have the immature attitude that all their personal expectations should be met! They don't understand the world does not work that way.  Expectations should be thought out so they are reasonable and clear and communicated. It will be a great blessing to those that expectations are pointed at. They cannot remain subconscious, undefined, and uncommunicated. That means their will be concessions on both sides to an expectation. That IS how the world works. Expectations must be negotiated and agreed upon with the spirit of preferring one another. That is the Lord's expectation toward us. Romans 12:10 (NKJV) "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another." When this doesn't happen, then people will walk through life with unmet expectations, immature attitudes, and they will bark at everyone around them because they are unhappy and they don't even know why. You don't want to be around these kind of people.

God is the giver of reasonable expectations. They are filled with hope, love, mercy and patience toward us. Psalm 62:5 says, “I wait quietly before God, for my expectations come from Him.” God is clear in communicating them. The Apostle Paul, lays out God's expectations for Christian behavior repeatedly through the epistles. God is so clear and patient in His expectations with you and I. He knows change and transformation happens over time so He is patient and merciful in those expectations. Likewise He wants you to be so with others.

When a couple enters into marriage, they are entering into a new season of learning to adapt to each other's desired ways of doing things. Neither gets to say, My way or the highway! They have to take time communicating and deciding mutually how they are going to walk things out together. Renee and I butted heads in the early years of our marriage because we didn't understand it was about preferring each other as we adapted. We treated getting our way like a competition from American Ninja Warriors. You can figure out how that worked!

Here is a simple way I walk this out. When I feel frustrated about anything I ask myself, Do I have some looming expectation going on? If so, have I clearly defined and communicated my expectation with the person(s) I am frustrated with?  If not, it’s my bad. I need to ask God to forgive me and ask Him to help me form reasonable expectations. I then need to work toward clearly communicating them while being patient with the one I have expectations of. I must remember that changes of behavior take time and reminding. As I look back, it's probably one of the most beneficial skills I've developed in my efforts to become a better leader. And it will help you also!

So ask yourself as you walk through the different scenarios of your day, What are the expectations you have and have you communicated them clearly with a plan for them to happen?  Learning to do so will make a better you!

Proverbs 23:18 “For then there will surely be a future for you and your expectation shall not be cut off.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 07, 2018

A Gift From God to Help You Through Conflict

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A note from Pastor Tim: Earlier this week I posted the blog "Thank God For the Gift of Tongues." The feedback was wonderful and many asked for more information on how to receive this gift and walk in it. My precious friend, Pastor Peter Haas, just happened (isn't God great...) to preach on it the next day and it really answered many of the questions I received. I'd encourage you to watch it here.  Also, here is a free download of a booklet by Pastor Peter on the 40 toughest questions people ask about the gift of tongues. I hope it's a great blessing to you! 

I've written about conflict before, but feel impressed to do so today. There are days when it seems like the entire world is in conflict. Like an ant finding sugar, it seems to find its way into our lives. It's never comfortable and too often leaves more than a bad taste in our mouth. To clear it all out takes help, and reminds me of why I need all the help and gifts of God I can get, to live in peace in a world steeped in conflict.

We all experience conflicts that have the potential to make us angry.  I'm no different yet I've learned biblically and from experience that anger is often a poisonous and destructive force when not handled appropriately. We all process it differently but I think it's fair to say that when most of us face conflict, we experience what almost seems like a video-loop of that conflict that runs and over and over in our mind as we try to think it through. A conflict that is not resolved God's way is a conflict recycled in the mind. 

Jesus knew we would come to those video-loop moments. That's why He gave instructions to forgive so many times in a day as we see in Matthew 18:21-22 NLT. "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

Seven times seventy is 490 times. We aren’t going to find ourselves in that many conflicts leading to offense, that many times in one day. But, we might take the same offense and video-loop it that many times in our mind. Especially if the offense comes in the evening or when it's quiet and there is nothing else to distract us.

These video-loops can be torturous. We get tired of thinking about them and try to quiet our mind and move past them, and yet they can seem almost impossible to shut off. This is just one of many places and ways that God's gift of tongues is an awesome benefit in our life.

When I find myself in one of these situations, I have learned that instead of playing the video-loop over and over in my head, I instead begin to pray in tongues. Something that happens when you pray in tongues is that the presence of God becomes greater. It's almost as if thoughts of conflict are pushed out in the presence of God.


I always need God’s consul and direction for everything I do. And I do seek Him for it. But I feel desperate for it when I am in conflict. I want to work through conflict in an appropriate and godly way. I know how quickly things can go off the rails! When I lay situations before God and pray in the spirit (in tongues), it’s like He helps me see more clearly, honestly, and humbly. Romans 8:26 (NLT) says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (words that cannot be understood – in tongues.)

The Holy Spirit has provided me with a gift that can be like a fire extinguisher. Praying in tongues shuts down the video-loops and helps quiet my mind and heart. As I pray in tongues, the fire goes out and peace comes. Pride melts like an ice-cube in a frying pan. Humility rises within me like a hot air balloon. Praying in tongues seems to help me better examine myself rather than defend myself. Because of this, the Lord helps me to truly resolve conflicts and easily move past unforgiveness and instead check to see if I need to seek forgiveness.
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Why am I telling you all this? Because when praying in the Spirit or tongues, there can be a presence of God that helps you work through conflict in a very supernatural way. As Jude 1:20 NIV encourages us "But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (in tongues).”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Is Your Christian Walk Lacking Power to Live Wholeheartedly For God?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

My son-in-law’s parents are missionaries to Peru. They first went to Peru in the early 80’s and at that time, they would only have electrical power for a period of hours each day—an inconvenience that took getting used to. Over the years, as the country progressed, power became available throughout the entire day.

As you well know and understand, the potential for power was always available to this country. It would take time, knowledge and resources to learn how to tap into the power that was there and keep it on—something that would benefit all. The power sources we use today have been in the earth since the creation of man. It would simply take those who were gifted by God, to discover and learn how to take hold of that power and make it available in a form for everyone to benefit from. That has happened and we all do benefit from it greatly. Because of energy crises and the problems they create, the world continues to discover how to harness new forms of power.


As you study the history of the church, you learn that the body of Christ has gone through spiritual-power crises. I believe we are living in a day where there is a spiritual-power crisis. In many parts of the world, Christians have stopped going to church, fully embrace and participate in sinful attitudes and behaviors, and have become "lukewarm" to Christ. They desperately need to experience and encounter God's power that He has freely made available to them. Spiritual strength and power is almost non-existent in their life. The evidence of carnal thinking, speaking, and behavior proves this out. Many Christians are wandering or drifting. For too many Christians, it seems as though God’s power to live pure and godly, to live excited sharing the love of Jesus Christ, and to live purposeful lives ministering to others, is limited to brief and sporadic periods, or non-existent. The body of Christ is suffering from a power-outage even though power is readily available. Is that really true? Let’s examine the Word of God and see.

After Jesus had trained His disciples to emulate Him in the earth—after Jesus had died on the cross and risen from the dead—after Jesus had washed their sins away and clothed all who believed in Him with His robes of righteousness, meaning He made us spotless in God’s eyes—after all this, He gave these final and parting words before ascending to return to Heaven. Jesus said, “All power has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. " (Matthew 28:18 NKJV)  Jesus was now transferring His power to His church—to all who would believe— then and forever! It was the power needed for Christians to live out the God-kind-of-life He wanted us to live in a world of chaos filled with demonic influence designed to kill, steal, and destroy.

Jesus told them to wait for it. Why? Because it would come from above—directly from the Father. When Jesus was before Pilate, He told Pilate, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above…”(John 19:11 NKJV) True power comes from above. It comes directly from God. Jesus had given His disciples a foretaste of that power before His death when He sent them to cast devils out of the demon-possessed. He said then, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 KJV) They were euphoric to see God’s power working in and through their lives!
Then, just before Jesus left this earth He would tell them about another form of power they would shortly receive—power they would never be without again. Jesus said, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49 (NIV) 

That power came on the day of Pentecost and was given to everyone who believed it would come and waited for it. The Apostle Peter teaches us that it would become an ongoing source of strength for our Christian walk. "God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness."  2 Peter 1:3 NIV

Okay, so I laid the foundation for this power source available to us in our life. Now can you be honest? Is your life like a third world country where there is only intermittent times of power, if at all? Does your life seriously feel empowered by God? If not, would you like to change that? You have the power of God within you. The first step is to believe it and draw upon it. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The word for power here is dunamis meaning “miracle-working power.” Say and pray this: Heavenly Father, I thank you that I am not powerless in my life but to the contrary, you have given me the Spirit of miracle-working power. Let it become evident in my life as I walk in it to live wholeheartedly for you!  Now get back in a church and believe that God is going to baptize you with His power and let it lead you where He takes you. Things are about to change in your life!

John 14:12 (NIV) "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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