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Monday, December 30, 2019

God's Desire for Your Freedom of Choice

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever tried to save some money by staying in what turned out to be a seedy hotel or motel? If so, the concern of bed bugs may have been on your mind. Could you ever imagine yourself on purpose checking into a hotel that you knew had bed bugs? Of course not! If you knew they were there, you wouldn’t! Why? Because you wouldn’t want them jumping all over you! Ugg, just the thought of it is creepy!  Well here are other things you don't want jumping on you: gossip, an onslaught of bad news and evil reports, and the temptation of ungodly behaviors. 
You don’t want to hang out in atmospheres or participate in activities that you know are contrary to God’s word and let them invade your life. BED BUGSIf you do, then like a bed bug, they'll jump on you, and like a wood tick, get under your skin or into your head. When they do, it will have its negative affect. Then like the flu, it will make its way from you to others. You know you wouldn’t purposely check into a hotel infested with bed bugs, so why open yourself up to things in this world that jump all over you, discourage you, and steal your faith?
This entire world may seem like it’s gone crazy, and it has in that it drifts further and further from the godly life the Lord wants us to walk out. But, the Lord has news for you today—you are not of this world!  Jesus said, John 15:18-19 (NLT) “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you."  

What worldly behaviors and attitudes are you exposing yourself to, that tempts you and works to steal your faith and joy? Whatever they are, those choices are yours and under your control! You have to purpose to make right choices and cast out ones that will invade and infect you! Hebrews 12:1 exhorts us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  
How do we live in this defiled world without it infecting our attitude and stealing our faith? Romans 12:2 tells us, “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is."
We have to keep focused on why God brought us into this world. We have a purpose in this earth and a very finite amount of time to walk it out. Our purpose is to be an influence for Jesus Christ in any and all the ways we can be. Our lives are to be a written epistle that mankind can read. In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NKJV, the Apostle Paul said it like this: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ…written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God..." 
If my goal is to indulge myself, I will become worldly and like the world around me. I will become discouraged. I will become selfish and narcissistic.  I will lose focus of the purpose of my life. I will let my faith wane until my life is distant and totally ineffective for the Lord. I will be unhappy because I know the world is leading me to the very things that infect and defile me—the things Jesus saved me from. So, the thing to do is to begin to step-by-step, live wholeheartedly in this defiled world and don’t let bed bugs or the world jump on me. I’ll create my own atmospheres of worship, time in the word, and time with other excited Christians. I'll pray daily to be used of God. “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others of the gospel of grace of God – the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love.” Acts 20-2I’ll keep a song of praise in my heart, and know that God is with me, helping me no matter what is going on around me. I will live with the purpose of taking what the devil meant for evil turning it for good! That's exactly what 1 Corinthians 7:31 NKJV encourages us to do. “Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make good use of them without becoming attached to them, for this world and all it contains will pass away.”
Your individual life can make a difference in the plan of God. You're called to be the light of Jesus Christ and you can keep your focus and “let your light shine before men.” It is with this focus and purpose that you stay strong! It is in the place that you look back with no regrets. It's how you finish your course of life with joy!
Acts 20:24 NLT “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others of the gospel of grace of God – the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love.”
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Fall Short in Your Strength, Thrive in His Power!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was at my weekly discipleship group with my fabulous friends. We started talking about some of the most powerful verses in the Bible. One of the guys asked me, What do you think is the most powerful verse of scripture in the Bible?  That wasn't an easy question to answer! There are so many powerful verses and actually, God describes all His word as “quick and powerful” in Hebrews 4:12. But, having said that, there is one verse that has had this incredible ability to instantly strengthen my heart when I read or hear it. That verse is Romans 8:11. It says, "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.”

First of all, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the very pit of Hell, may be one of the most powerful events to happen since the creation of this world and man. Jesus himself never sinned, yet He was crucified as a sinner taking upon Himself, our sins. He died, was laid in a tomb, and was raised from the dead on the third day. We see this in 1 Peter 3:18 (NLT) "Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit." 

This incomprehensible event happened with the Spirit of God—the Holy Spirit, raising Him from the dead. And again, we are told in Romans 8:11, "He who raised Christ from the dead WILL ALSO give life to YOUR mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in YOU.” This is telling us that it’s the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that lives in you! Can you be infused with more power than that? Can you look discouragement in the eye and shout, I'm not powerless! The Spirit of God lives in me! The same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead live in me and is for me! Learn to take remember this and let it strengthen your heart and attitude when trouble is trying to discourage you and you'll never be the same!

My life was so misguided and confused before I had given my life to Jesus. I was on a collision course with death and Hell. But when I gave my life to Jesus, that all changed—powerfully and supernaturally! When we receive Jesus, at that moment, He adopted  us. Romans 8:15 (NLT) "So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” 

Every day we are surrounded by a world enveloped in conflict, devastation and evil. In our day-to-day experience as we deal with people, we are frequently confronted with some form of conflict. Satan is always working to drag us down into the mud. We get seduced into complaining, gossiping, bad attitudes, and so much more. That can make anyone feel carnal, and powerless, and a spiritual failure. It is at those times that the Holy Spirit reminds me, No Tim, you are not powerless nor did I ask you to stand before me in the perfection of your own righteousness. You do the best you can but the righteousness that you stand in is a gift from Jesus. You never could stand in your own strength and ability to get things right. You are washed by the precious blood of my Son Jesus. I've adopted you into my family. Your righteousness is a gift of Jesus. And remember, It is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead that lives and dwells in you! And, He has given you His power to live out your life here for Him. Now let's get your mind of carnal things and instead, meditate on the gift of my Holy Spirit and power within you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and walk in my love, strengthen, righteousness, and My power!”

And to that I say, Yes Lord! I stand reminded. I pick myself back up in His power. And I handle life in His grace and wisdom, and grow in Him in the process! And so will you because you've been infused with His power! Not your own.

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power..."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Jesus the Christmas Child: The World Did Not Recognize Him

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by Pastor Tim Burt

It seems no matter how much people are encouraged to read their Bibles and pray, they struggle from it falling to the bottom of their priority list until they are barely doing it at all. Doesn't it seem odd to you that the things that matter least to us, fight for the lion’s share of our attention, and the things that we know deep down matter the most, receive little or suffer from lost attention? Our intimate pursuit and worship of God, our appreciation and time with those we really love, and our quest for a healthy lifestyle—these are what make our life rich and bring the happiness and contentment we’re looking for. And yet we cave in and give most of our attention to the very things that discourage and steal from our life.

It is an understanding of this that brings insight to how these words concerning Jesus could have possibly been true. “The true Light (Jesus) that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” John 1:9-11 NIV

The words “…that gives light to every man was coming into the world” reveals that Jesus was that light—He was and is the one that could show us the meaning of life and everything about it. He is the one that can give us direction in our life. He is the only one that can illuminate to us what is and isn't important throughout our life's daily pursuit. He is the one who shines the light on the wisdom and attitude we need to conduct ourselves in a way that leads to favor and blessing. The world searches for the purpose of life and the manner in which it should be conducted, but avoids the one who knows the answers, and desires to reveal them to us. How could that be?

The words “He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him” reveals that He is the author of every good thing. He alone knows what is good and evil. From the beginning He tried to help Adam and Eve understand it, so they could make right choices. Today He is still here in the moment to “light” our path and show us the right decisions to make. The world looks to everyone except the very author of creation and wisdom. How could that be?

The words “…the world did not recognize Him” reveals that the world—and let’s bring this down to our daily world—those we’ll encounter today—did not recognize Him, the author of all, the creator of all things, the mighty God, our Heavenly Father, our Prince of peace. They didn't recognize Him. How could that be?

Here is the really difficult and unbelievably sad part. “He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” We may have received Him as our Savior, but will we receive Him into our schedule that screams for our attention today? Will we receive Him into our fellowship and thinking so that He can show us what is good and what we should avoid? Will we receive Him into our decision-making process and let him take lead in the decisions we make? Will we prioritize times of intimacy where we purposefully worship Him for who He is and thank Him for all He has been in our lives. And pray that He illuminate what we need to know and hear from Him today?

il_340x270.545929604_o64oThese verses reveal that “… His own did not receive Him.” Are we any different? Will we be guilty of the same? Or will we receive Him today, tomorrow and the days ahead. He is the light of men. He is your light and privileges you with being the light of Him to this world today. I pray that we let Him illuminate our lives today so that we can become what He wanted to infuse us with—His light! The world is dark and needs His light. So please, let's embrace Him today! Let's let His word speak to our heart and produce a result that reflects in our life—today! And because He and His Word does impact our life today, let's let His light shine through us to others today! This is how the touch of Jesus reaches our world. This is the meaning of life that the world did not receive!

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Past Miracles Fuel Your Faith for Today's Needs!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

If you've ever had to stare death, crisis, calamity or any other attack of Satan in the eye, then you know that if you are not built up in the Lord, he'll use them try to crush and overwhelm you and undermine your faith. He'll use them to try to get you to forget what God has done in the past for you. What God has done for you in the past is supposed to be the fuel to strengthen your faith and trust in God today and in your future. The undermining of our faith is a strategy that Satan has always used against us and it's not going to change! Satan uses doubt to invade your heart and emotions like water seeping through cracks. He does so attempting to undermine your faith much like he did with Elijah and a woman who had previously experienced God's miracles in their life.
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God had sent Elijah to the house of a widow who had a son. There was a drought in the land and people were dying. This woman was out gathering sticks to cook her last meal for herself and her son. Their food supply was depleted and she had lost hope. She was expecting to die from starvation. At that time, God's prophet Elijah had crossed her path. He asked her for some food.  She explained her situation to him. He told her to make him a meal first and then after she could for herself and her son. He then proclaimed by the Spirit of God that her oil and flour would not run out until the drought was over. She believed Elijah and made him a meal. She then discovered that no matter how much flour or oil she used, it wouldn't run out. God was supernaturally making provision for her.
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Then we come to these verses that describe a crisis at a later time in her life. 1 Kings 17:17-24 NIV “Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?" "Give me your son," Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?" Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!" The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!" Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."

Don't you find it interesting that she knew Elijah was a man of God after she saw him heal her son? Did she forget about that bottomless flour jar or the bottle of oil that never emptied? Didn't she see Elijah as a man of God through that miracle? I'm sure she did. Sometimes in crisis and devastation, we can become so overwhelmed that we forget everything God has previously done for us. That is what happened to this widow. This is Satan's strategy to bring us into unbelief and undermine our trust in God.

We can lose track of the fact that God has never left us. We often forget those past miracles in our life. Out trust falters but we can't let it. We don't have to blindly trust God. We trust Him because His Word promises us that we can. He is on our side and wants to deliver us from every evil attack of Satan. As the Apostle Paul said, in today's Fresh Manna verses, "... then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for He can even raise the dead. And He did help us and saved us from a terrible death; yes, and we expect Him to do it again and again." 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 TLB  
                                                                               
Don’t let the attacks of the enemy steal your goods! Have faith in God. Fight back! The Bible says “to resist the devil and he will flee.” Cry out to God but not in despair. Cry out to Him in faith and say, Father I know you are good and I trust you to deliver me from every evil attack of the wicked one. I thank you that you are always with me and will see me through this in Jesus name. Amen.  God bless you!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 20, 2019

What it Takes to Build a Strong and Happy Marriage

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I've written on the subject of marriage many times and feel impressed to do so again. I do because I am constantly reminded of countless people who are in an unhappy marriage and who've never grown into a greater love and harmony because they do not know and understand God's call to love and adapt to one another. If you don't get this right, your marriage will never be right. It just won't grow richer! Something everyone wants for their marriage.

When a husband and wife enter into marriage, they become as the bible says, “one flesh.” The Bible says in Ephesians 5:21 that they are to “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” The best way to understand this is by understanding that prior to marriage, two people live out their own lives individually and independently of each other. They've each had their own way of living out their life down to the smallest details, such as how you fold and re-hang a towel after you take a shower, or whether you fold it at all and instead just throw it on the floor. Suddenly, they've walked down the aisle and returned home from their honeymoon, instantly emerged in the reality of their new homestead where they will now live together. It won't even take a day before little things that bug each other begin to surface. But, to put their marriage on a great track immediately, they need to understand that they no longer get to live just for themselves doing life their own way. They are two people who have now become one. That means that they have to merge these two independent lives harmoniously together! It doesn't mean they abandon who they are or their skills, talents, and calling. But it does mean that they have to learn to adapt to each other and develop a plan of how they are going to walk out those details in their life—both big and small in a way that's agreeable to them both. And neither gets to lord over the other! They must begin the process of learning to adapt to each other out of great love for God and for each other. As Romans 12:10 (NLT) says it, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

Renee and I had to learn this truth the hard way and found out it takes work. We also found out why we needed to do it with reverence for Christ. It was like we had to allow Him to be the mediator of our heart and keep us in check when either of us was feeling stubborn about change. There are still little things that crop up that Renee asks me to adapt to such as loading the dishwasher the right way (meaning her way) so that everything gets clean. I still have to remind her to turn the lights off when she leaves a room. That’s okay. Neither is a big deal and so we don't make a big deal out of those small things. We love each other and continue to adapt out of love for each other and for God.

Solomon 2:15 tells us that it's the "...little foxes that spoil the fine."  Little foxes or things that could bug each other can and will always come up in life, and more frequently than we would have imagined. When people don't put the Lord first and as the mediator of their hearts in their marriage, then these little foxes will be remembered, hashed over, and a fight for who is going to get their way takes over. Marriages are quickly chewed up and spit out in this mode. But when stupid fights manifest and you pause and submit yourself to God and pray and read His word, the Lord has a way to speak to your heart. He's not interested in you winning for being right. He is interesting in you loving and adapting out of love, to your spouse. If your heart isn't hard and you want Him to help you, He will! He may say things you don't like such as "Go and work this out!"  You'll may be tempted to argue with Him about the injustice of that and how your spouse is all wrong. He will tell you again and again to work it out "in love." He'll remind you of Romans 12:10 (NLT) “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” When you let Him lead you and when you swallow your pride, you'll do the right things. And you'll learn to adapt to each other out of a love for each other.

I have some great strengths in my life and Renee has plenty in hers. Through adapting and yielding to each other in love, we've learned from each other and gained strengths we didn't have before. Our love has also grown immensely. And we've learned to let go of the little foxes and banish these inconsequential bandits from our life.  They will always come but the love of God through adapting and preferring one another will always triumph! Although I have my brief moments of getting bugged, I do not let the little things that could bug me steal from the beauty and love of the amazing woman who God has given me!

The word "submit" is not so easy to grasp, but the concept of adapting and preferring each other brings it all to light!  Hold on to this light because when little foxes try to make things bad and dark, Psalms 112:4 (NLT) promises us, "Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous."

Oh, and one more thing! These truths work in any relationship! There will always be a need to adapt, honor, and prefer others over yourself. This is God's plan!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Have Faith for Something Beautiful!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

My garden is dead and currently covered with snow! It was just a few months ago that it was spectacular and filled with color! It seems that around Christmas time each year, I begin to get excited, dreaming about working in my garden. Though that time is a number of months away, it is coming and  I can't wait to begin working in it!   

Gardening is all about the exercise of your faith. You put tiny seeds and small plants into the ground in faith believing they will grow and become something beautiful! It reminds me of my life’s work. So much of what I do is like planting seeds and having faith that they will grow into something beautiful. I write these devotions trusting and having faith that God will speak through what is written and help people. I work with people, teaching them God’s Word, hoping in faith that it will bring reassurance of His love toward them and transform their lives into something meaningful. I do all these things in faith, trusting they will produce a diversity of blessings for many people.

You operate in faith way more than you might think you do. Every time you turn on a light switch, you have faith it's going to come on trusting that it and the power are working. You drive your car in faith trusting that people are going to stay in their lane and not crash into you. There are hundreds of ways you walk by faith every week. You may be implementing something at work by faith believing you'll experience successful results. Faith is an every-day ongoing part of life. God is to be the center of our faith. We lean on Him asking for His help and having faith that He cares for and will help us—AND HE WILL! First of all, our faith pleases God and secondly, like a plant growing, it releases us from what we have no control over once we’ve done our part.

Hebrews 11:1 NLT says, "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."  Too often, people put their faith in themselves, their ability, and what they think they can accomplish. People of great achievement that are honest will tell you that many of the things that contributed to their success were things they had little do to with. That's true for us all and should bring a sense of humility. For those that know and have faith in God, they can be honest and give God the glory and thanks. For those that don’t, they soak up the praise for what they know they don’t totally deserve. That will one day work against them.

I take a small seed that God has created and provided, and plant it in the ground. It turns into something beautiful. I really only had a small part. God made the seed and God created the process for its growth and provides the water. I simply plant it and water it. God created the beauty with which it will be appreciated. My part is so small. His part is everything! And it all works because of faith! Because of this, I have faith that what He tells me to do will produce a truly good result. When He instructs me in His Word, I pay attention. He is really the true gardener of our lives. I put my faith that the incorruptible seed of His Word that He plants in me will produce something beautiful! As a matter of fact, I know it will because it already has. And I’m sure it has in you too!

So… have faith and let God be the gardener who plants His seed in you. Read His Word. Pay attention to His words that especially speak to your heart. Plant the seed of His word in an action that you take my faith. And watch God bring fruit and blessing through your obedience! If you do, it will produce a garden of many beautiful things in your life! And you will be so thankful you took steps of faith that changed your world!

Hebrews 11:6 “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”


In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Godly Desires and Motivation That Bring Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A few years ago, I bought a fitness watch. I didn't know it had an alarm clock built into it, but it did, and I some how triggered it. When I first heard it ring, I didn't know where the ringing was coming from. When I figured it was coming from my fitness watch, I wondered, What caused it to ring? It just seemed to ring on its own! Of course it didn't but I must have triggered it when I was first setting the time on it.

Sometimes when we see a person we perceive as "self-motivated," we often think of them being like that alarm clock going off without being set. Self-motivated people can appear to be like the Energizer Bunny—that just keep on going as though they need no motivation like normal people, but that's just not true.

The truth is self-motivated people are not just that way. They're people who have been set. Something within them has been set. They are motivated by things you probably aren't aware of that keep them moving, and achieving their goals. They're not just automatically highly motivated for no reason. Something has established and triggered their motivation within them. They know what it is though you can't see it. And because it's embedded in the core of their being, it keeps them going constantly!

What is the motivation within a self-motivated person? What is it that triggers this energized and consistent effort of behavior toward goals they deem important? For some it may be thoughts of a better life. For others, financial success. Some have lofty goals of changing the world, while other may be motivated by a desire to have influence on helping others. (That's me! Helping the world know Jesus!) They may be motivated by a desire to love others, or by the desire for people to love them. Whatever their reasons, there is something driving them toward goals or rewards that motivates them. This means that aren't really self motivated. It means they have been "set" from within and that desire drives their motivation. It appears to just happen naturally but that isn't the case. Self-motivated people are people that are fueled by the pursuit of a desired outcome.

Being self-motivated is a highly regarded quality. Every boss would typically pick self-motivated people over anyone else. If they can find a self-motivated, faithful, loyal, diligent employee who sees the big picture and strives for excellence, they often feel as though they have been given a gift straight from Heaven. They wish all their employees were self-motivated.

Desires from within you are what shape you—good or bad. Having good and godly desires—are imagines painted within your heart and mind that motivate you in your actions as to how you walk out your life. Asking God to form good and right desires within you, and then spending time imagining yourself executing them will begin to set your inner clock. Psalm 37:4 NLT says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires.” Taking delight in the Lord is taking delight in the instruction of His Word to you. When you pray that God form good and godly desires within you, and then meditate on and begin to act on those desires, powerful and good things begin to form in you. For example, if I've ever wanted to lose weight or get in shape or both, I pray about it for at least a month before I begin to act on it. I initially spend time praying for God to form those desires within me, and then spend time thinking about them. Sometimes I read a book on the subject. Sometimes I talk to others who are succeeding in areas I'm interested in to see what helped them. And over time, as I pray, those desire do become formed in me to the extent, that one day, I am ready to go. The alarm has gone off. My motivation has been triggered an so I begin. And I do experience success because I've let His desire first be formed in me.

I learned early on in my walk with God, that if I want my inward motivation properly set so that desire is formed within me, it’s critical that I pray about it and imagine it. I would imagine myself doing the thing I wanted to do. Scientifically this has proven to help people. It would because it’s God’s plan! Olympians often train this way!


This very thing is what helped me become a better husband and father. It helped me become a marathon runner. This very thing is what helped me invent the commercial infant changing tables that you now see in public bathrooms everywhere you go. This is what has helped motivate me to consistently write this blog the past 20 years resulting in it now being read by people in over 220 countries. I've spent a great deal of time imagining and praying about what I believe God wants me to do and seeking God in how to walk them out.

Let the Lord show you that these truths are true. As you pray and ask God to form good and godly desires within your heart that are right for you, imagine yourself walking them out. As you do, pay attention to how God uses you and the gifting and skills He's developed within you. Pay attention to what you feel the Lord is leading you to do but before you start, take time to read God's word, pray, and let those desires be formed within you. One day, like popcorn on a burner, they'll begin to pop! Some things will be easy and natural. Others will lead you to develop skills and disciplines you've not previously had that He wants to develop in you. He will give you the grace and motivation to succeed! As you do them, they will become a part of you and turn you into a self-motivated person with your desires driving your motivation!  And if you do this with the purpose of glorifying Him all along the way, you will be a blessing to others and it will make your life rich and satisfied!

Proverbs 23:7 NKJV "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 13, 2019

A Special Nativity Scene

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A Special Nativity Scene

This is a 4 minute video of the Nativity that is so touching! It might make you cry! It will bless you for sure! Be blessed and enjoy! ~ Pastor Tim



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In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Blessing of the Devoted Life to God

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Christians don't all walk out their destiny in God in the same manner but we should all be devout in our pursuit of God. We should all seek God through prayer and His Word having great faith that He will order our steps. Jeremiah 10:23 NLT tells us, "I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course."  

We should plan out our days and our life the best we can ascertain but the Bible makes it clear, that we will still fall far short unless we have a revelation that God alone is the one that can lead us down His path for our lives. Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) says, "A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." That means that we have to seek Him through prayer and the study of His Word and then learn to discern the promptings and leading of the Holy Spirit in our heart.

As we do this, we'll realize that the life assignments of every person will be different. God has different things for each of us to do! What should not be different for us is the sincere and devout pursuit of God in our lives. Why? Because it is in being devout that the secrets of God’s heart are revealed to ours. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT)  says, "That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets." 

It isn’t that God won’t reveal His love and secrets to all. It’s just that they are only discovered through the pursuit of an intimate relationship and commitment to Him. It is much like the commitment of a great marriage. Most everyone wants one, yet far too few have them. Why? Because of the level of commitment and love it takes that reveals the mysteries of having a great marriage. Little commitment, little discovery.

Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV says, “Be very careful then how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  This verse confirms what we live in an evil world that will try to suck you in. You're to be careful! Not only to NOT be sucked in, but to be something and someone different—one who lives for and represents God, not the ways of this world. This is living a devoted life.

Not only does God reveal secrets of His love and secrets of the supernatural life when you are devoted to Him, but He uses you. God uses the devoted in significant ways. Every great Bible character that loves God proves this out!

Ananias was a devout man who God used to help heal and launch the ministry of another devout man, the Apostle Paul. Acts 22:12 NIV "A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.” Ananias was used to give Paul a word and direction from God which launched the Apostle Paul's ministry.

Cornelius was a gentile man who did not know God but wanted to with all His heart. He prayed seeking God and giving alms to the poor and helping the Jews. He was absolutely devout in His pursuit of God. Acts 10:2 NIV  “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Because of the sincerity and desire to know and love God, God had an angel visit Peter and send him to Cornelius and his family. Peter preached the gospel to them and they became great believers and saints for God.

Although far too many Christians have not experienced the exciting and supernatural plan that God has for their life, that plan is there waiting to be discovered! It progressively unfolds as you walk it out step-by-step in faith! There's only one way to discover it. Spend time praying and asking God to reveal it to you. And then live that life whole-heartedly before Him with great faith. He will move mightily in your life and you'll discover what the Christian life was really meant to be!

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 09, 2019

God's Intent For Our Mind and Thoughts

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you ever feel like your mind is cluttered with random thoughts that are distracting, steal your focus, and bounce around like a Bingo ball? Looking back, that's how I would have described my mind as a young adult! I often had trouble focusing on what was at hand at the time.

I have written many times about how my mind used to be like a busy intersection with no traffic signs—thoughts bouncing in every direction like a pin-ball. My thought-life frequently felt out of control.

This time in my life was before I was a Christian—before I had given my life to Jesus and before I had ever opened up and read a Bible. I thought everyone's mind was plagued with racing thoughts. I thought it was impossible to have control of the thoughts that raced through my mind and imagination. I simply thought I was a victim of my own mind—forced to think about whatever raced across it.

One of the greatest discoveries in my new life in Jesus was to learn that this wasn't true. God didn’t create me to be a victim of my own mind. The Bible taught me that God created me to be the sheriff and superintendent of my mind and thoughts—not it's victim.

I can still hear the Pastor’s words that have now become my own. He said, “Your mind belongs to you! God gave it to you to be a blessing. He gave it to you to learn and think and discover the secrets of His Kingdom and the secrets of this beautiful creation He has placed you in. He has given you a mind and an imagination and the ability to control them for His purposes—for the purpose of being a blessing, to yourself and to others. The Holy Spirit, given to us as a gift from God, was given and now dwells within you to teach and instruct you in what you learn and think. His plan is to grow you up and mature you and help you become an ambassador of God's love, influence, and blessing in this world. And He has give you a sound mind to guard it all! 

When I first heard 2 Corinthians 10:5 preached, it rocked me to my core. "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God..." I quickly learned that I had the assignment of controlling and policing my thought-life. It continued, “And bringing EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” This was outright revolutionary to me. I instantly realized that random crazy thoughts were not to be my norm!

Over the next two years, I probably experienced the most dramatic change I’d ever experienced in my entire life. I was truly being transformed. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I was learning to take control of my thought-life. And it was life-changing! God's word made clear that through Jesus, we were given the authority and power we desperately needed to do so. I still consider it one of the greatest revelations of the Christ-life I’d ever experienced.

Everyone occasionally experiences a random inappropriate thought. We thought that was normal. But, God's word tells us, we are the sheriff and superintendent of our mind. We are to cast down anything that is contrary to God's will. That includes everything from worry and fear, to anger and sexual inappropriateness, to hurt and unforgiveness.

Over time I learned to immediately cast them down in the name of Jesus. My thought-life went from random and out of control, to purposeful and methodical. My mind is now strong, focused, purposeful, and disciplined. I think of it as a fortress that I guard in order that my heart and motivation can be pure before God! That's such a radical change to walk out in the Christ-life! And such a wonderful one! Its what truly begins to make you feel like "a new creature in Christ." Which leads me to ask you the question… How's your thought- life? If it's anything less than under your control, it's time to take control. It will radically change your entire life for the good and glory of God!

Romans 12:2 (NLT) "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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