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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The True Test: Managing Adversity Under Pressure

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When is the last time your character was tested? This morning? Last night? Yesterday or sometime last week? With your spouse? With your kids? With your boss or co-worker? On the road on the way to work? We all hope that in difficult times that test our character, the right thing comes out of us. No one really knows what will come out of themselves until pressure from adverse circumstances are upon them. It's in that moment of time, your true temperament will show. It's at that place that the things that are in your heart will spill out your mouth and show in your actions. If the pressure stays on long enough, the real you will come out!

Before giving my life to Jesus, I never thought about these things. I probably didn't care much about what I was like under pressure. Cursing, getting angry, and yelling at others was what I considered normal. When I became a Christian, I learned that God had better ways and so I began to change. It seemed that when it came to my temperament under pressure, change came much slower than I desired. Over time I learned that how I responded under pressure had everything to do with my heart and its relationship to faith, and trust in the Lord. It's easy to say you have a close relationship with God and that you trust in Him. If you think your relationship with God is strong and good, but crumble and become an emotional wreck that falls into panic, temper, rage, hopelessness and quitting, then the trust and faith in Him is not there as you thought it was.

Intimacy with God is built through true heart belief in His promises to you such as in Isaiah 43:2. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame scorch you." Wouldn't you love for this to represent your temperament when under fire?

When you’re under fire it’s hard to think clearly and remember that God is there with you. If you are praying and you pay attention, you will notice that the Holy Spirit is trying to help you. Not only does He speak to you from within, but you’ll often see Him trying to reach you through someone or something to help and encourage you. I've learned in these times, to keep my mouth shut and know that the Lord is there to help me. His grace is always sufficient.

As we grow in our faith, trust, and confidence in God, we might hope to look like and emulate Paul and Silas who, next to Jesus, showed the greatest of responses under pressure. They had just been thrown in prison for preaching the gospel. Acts 16:24-34 “They thrust Paul and Silas into the inner prison, and put their feet in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.”

When Paul and Silas worshipped God from a sincere heart, knowing He was with them in the midst of their pressure and adversity, God supernaturally delivered them. The story goes on to say how Paul led the prison keeper and his family to the Lord through this demonstration of godly character under adversity.

He is trying to help us all change so we can respond in a godly fashion when under pressure and adverse circumstances. Supernatural deliverance and help most often manifests at times like that. We need to learn to respond by faith and trust and if we do, then victory will more often, be ours!

Psalm 31:7 (NLT) “I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 28, 2019

God's Will: Prospering in All Areas of Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Something that is crystal clear in the context of God's will for your life is that He wants you to follow His ways so that you will be blessed and prosper at all you put your hand to. This won't happen overnight but it is God's will and this is crystal clear in the context of the entire Bible.

Ignorance of God's will, will open you to attack. Satan loves when Christians believe that the adversity he creates, is from God! He loves that God gets the blame. He loves it even more when ministers of the gospel ignorantly teach it. Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." So let's get this straight, God wants to bless you! In 3 John 1:2 NKJV we read, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” In this verse, the word “prosper” means: to get help on your journey, to succeed in the business of what you put your hand to. The Holy Spirit inspired this verse, which means, its God’s will that you prosper in your journey through life at what you put your hand to for the Lord. And it is His will through His grace, to help you in that journey! His grace is His supernatural mercy and help! There are many things that contribute to prospering according to the word of God such as love, planning, preparation, diligence, faithfulness, steadfastness, integrity, the development of character, and so on. Many Bible verses speak to this, so as we conduct our daily lives and business, we must mature in these godly character traits. As we do, the maturity of these qualities, coupled with the grace of God, will lead us to mature and prosper in all we put our hand to for Him!

In Genesis 39:3 (NKJV) concerning Joseph it says, "And his master (Potiphar) saw that the LORD was with him (Joseph) and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. Joseph walked in those godly attributes and in the favor of God, and God prospered him through His maturity and God's grace.

Deuteronomy 29:9 (NLT) says, “Therefore, obey the terms of this covenant so that you will prosper in everything you do.” God wants us to prosper in whatever we do so that we may glorify Him and be equipped to help accomplished His will in the earth—not only concerning the gospel and showing His love, but in invention, innovation, and all that benefits and blesses mankind!

3 John 1:2 continues, "...I pray that you may prosper in all things AND BE IN HEALTH…” The Greek word for health means: to be in sound and uncorrupted  in physical health as well as be protected from things that would attack your health. If you simply read through the gospels, you will see God’s will concerning your health. God’s will is made clear through Jesus’ actions. Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9 NKJV) Remember that Jesus said these words concerning knowing and understanding God’s will. And then He demonstrated God's will seen repeatedly including Luke 4:40 (NLT2). "As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of His hand healed every one."

We all know the world is full of sickness. It’s the consequence of sin and has infected the entire earth. That is no way to say that if anyone is sick, it’s because they sinned. I am saying that sin has led to sickness and disease permeating the fabric of every living thing like an air-borne virus. Satan’s touch upon this earth is sin, sickness, and destruction. But, when people see sickness and disease, some ignorantly question, Is this God’s will? Is God doing this to me? Some ignorantly teach Yes. The answer it not yes. It's an absolute no! How do I know? Just look to Jesus. Jesus said, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father." He and His Father are on the same page! His will was and is to heal. Jesus said, ‘When you pray, pray Your will be done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. There will be no sickness in Heaven. Revelation 21:4 says there will be "no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain." So when you pray, know that good health is God’s will. It’s up to you to cooperate with the things that promote good health such as nutrition and exercise, but from there, lean on God’s grace through faith and pray for His healing touch upon your life. Never give up, get weary, or cave in to what you know is not God’s will. Don't look to someone dying and say, They died so it much be God's will. Death is in the earth. It will eventually touch us all. But even then, in less than an eye-blink, every believer will receive eternal life as the scripture says, "Oh death, where is thy sting?" So stand against it and pray for God’s will despite circumstances. And remember that God can heal miraculously and instantly, or in time, or through the hands of the medical profession who are agents of the grace of God whether they know it or not! But stay in faith for His will regardless!

Finally, 3 John 1:2 NKJV says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, JUST AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS.” What does it mean for your soul to prosper? Your soul is made up of your mind and emotions. Your mind and emotions are trained one of two ways: The first way and wrong way is, haphazardly through the bombardment of life! Your mind and emotions think on and believe and react to the ever-changing circumstances and sources of information, evil reports, and negative information that hits your life each day. The second and right way your mind and emotions are trained, is by you learning and believing and anchoring your thoughts and emotions in God’s word, His promises, and His will for your life, regardless of present circumstance. Meditating on these things keeps you rooted and stable, and strengthened in your faith. The result: “…prospering in all things and being in health, just as your soul prospers.”  So anchor your life in God's will, mature in character, and prosper at all you put your hand to!

Joshua 1:8 (NIV) “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 25, 2019

A Little Humor is Good for the Soul!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Kids think and say things that make us laugh! I thought a little humor might do you some good! Have a blessed weekend! 

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine…”

HONESTY
My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too, then 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.

NUDITY
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in a convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

OPINIONS
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

KETCHUP
A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the bottle. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother. Then she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."

MORE NUDITY
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

POLICE
It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

ELDERLY
While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

DEATH
While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, then had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: "Glory be the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnnn..... and into the hole he goooes."

SCHOOL
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

BIBLE
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible; he picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in-between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

You Make Mistakes But Don't Be the Devil's Doormat!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Stubbornness is not a great quality. Does anyone love trying to deal with a stubborn person? I think not. But, there is a time when I would encourage you to be that stubborn person! Really? Yes! It's when you are dealing with the enemy of your soul, the devil.

In hard times and actually, at all times, the devil tries to discourage you with accusations and condemnation over every mistake and wrong choice you've made. It's who he is. Jesus called him the father of all lies. But we are also told in Revelation 12 that he is the accuser of the brethren—that's you and me.

Everyone makes mistakes and some bad choices. We all need to mature and improve by learning from God’s word, getting wise counsel, and making better decisions and right choices. But, sometimes we blow it and make not-to-bright decisions that bring painful consequences. If that isn't bad enough, it's the time when Satan rages against your mind to take you down. And so, this is the time to be stubborn. Don't fall to the devil’s accusations. Don’t give him victory by beating yourself up, or by quitting and giving up. Do that and you let him win. If you blow it, take it to God! Immediately! Acknowledge your mistakes and repent knowing He’ll forgive a sincere heart and help you navigate through the mistakes and possible pain that has come. He will help you! His grace will be there to help you!

As far as the enemy of your soul, be stubborn! Get in his face and declare that you stand solely by God’s mercy and grace AND THAT YOU WILL STAND IN IT! You tell him you are forgiven, that God loves you, that Jesus died for your sins, and don’t budge!  He’ll try to give you a hundred reasons why that isn't true for you. He'll tell you that you've crossed the line too many times. He'll tell you that God is tired of you and has abandoned you, and on and on! When that happens, be stubborn and don’t budge! Psalms 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so…”  You say so! You say out loud, God loves me! God forgives me. God will never leave me. And then do your best to follow the counsel of His Word!

If sickness and disease comes against you and tries to steal your health or life, fight the battle! Get in the enemies face and despite any circumstances confronting you, say what David said in, Psalm 103:1-5. "Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."

There is a godly stubbornness. It’s called being tenacious. It’s called “fighting the good fight of faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12 (NLT) says, “Fight the good fight for what we believe…” And then it says to be even more tenacious. Ephesians 6:13 (NLT) says, “Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.”   

When I was a young Christian, my Pastor gave me one of the best pieces of godly counsel I ever received. He said, Don’t ever yield anything good that God has given you back to the devil. He may try to steal it, but in your heart and in the spirit, don’t let him have it. No matter what happens, fight for it. Take authority over him and declare Him caught. Pray that the angels of God help you get it back. NEVER yield your blessings to the devil. NEVER! The devil has no right to what God has redeemed you from and blessed you with! That was life-changing counsel and has helped me so much. I made it a core value in my life and  have lived that counsel every day since. It has made me strong in the Lord and the power of His might. It has made me tenacious against the devil.

It's appropriate to listen to the wise counsel of others and learn what you can from your mistakes. But when it comes to the devil, do not be his doormat for condemnation and guilt. Stop devil-abuse! Be unmovable and stand on God’s word for His love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and promised help. Declare what God has declared over you to his face! And continue to stand in faith until you have His blessing on your life and in your hand. Blessing belongs to you! Jesus died and left you this precious inheritance. Honor Jesus by standing strong as He did for you and I!

1 Thessalonians 5:17-21 (NLT) "Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.... but test everything that is said. HOLD ON TO WHAT IS GOOD!"  

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Strengths That Bring Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When things are going great and great things are being done, there are always people who want to grab the glory for what's happening. Those who pat themselves on the back as if it was the result of their singular effort. But, when things start going wrong, suddenly, the same people who wanted to grab the credit and glory for what THEY accomplished, are no longer alone in their efforts. They want to suddenly make it a group effort and find others to blame. Things are great—pat me on the back. Things are bad—it's their fault! Funny huh? Not so much!

God wants us to succeed! How do I know that? Because God's Word tells us that when we will take the time to learn, mediate, and be careful to walk in His instructions, then we will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (NIV) "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." 

When thinking about success, there's an abundance of people in the Bible we could look to as an example. The Apostle Paul was one of them. He was a hard worker. From his perspective, he worked harder than any of his co-workers and peers. Given his background, that wasn't a boast but a truth. He said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV) 

When a person feels like they work harder than others, it's easy for them to feel like a martyr. Whoa is me! I am doing all the work and no one else cares as much or works as hard as I do. We see Martha express those feelings to Jesus. She came to Him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (Luke 10:40 NIV)

When you work hard, it's easy to fall into this trap. When you experience success it's easy to think you're the reason for it. But, as the Apostle Paul said, it wasn't because of his own great ability that he worked hard. It was the grace of God in him that gave him the ability to do any and everything he did. "...No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV) What is the grace of God? It's many things including God's supernatural help! So what's the bottom line? Our successes are a product of the grace of God—His supernatural help to help us go above and beyond what we could do in our own efforts including the ability to work harder than others. This also includes our intellectual, mechanical, physical, and emotional strength or gifting! 
Without it you would not experience the success you do. And it goes beyond your gifting. It's gifting AND prayer. Prayer contributes to timing, resources, His favor with others, and so much more. The grace of God and prayer combined with the right motivation and efforts can turn anyone or any group of people into a powerhouse that helps success happen.

Not everyone has what you have. Not everyone has been graced with what you have been graced with. Not everyone can do what you do. And you can't expect them to! You have your gifting and they have theirs. And, since great work and success always has contributors, appreciate and share the joy of success with them. Appreciate what they bring to the table. It will most often arouse and strengthen their loyalty, and refire and encourage even greater effort. You'll help create an atmosphere of champions and you'll appreciate each other even more. All which will again contribute to yours and their further success. Most of all, give thanks to God—always and in all things. It will remind you who is truly behind the success you experience. The acknowledgement of thanks to God-given in true sincerity, and to one another is the greatest gift you can give back to God and to them.

Philippians 2:2 (TLB) "Then make me truly happy by loving each other and agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Part Three: Your Hope to Real and Lasting Change and Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt

In my last post, I told you that God has placed three embedded desires—desires that play a factor in driving your thinking and actions and the outcome of your life. They are, the desire to know Him, second, the desire to become Christ-like, and third, the desire to participate in His divine nature so that you can succeed in the changes to become more Christ-like. The reason we experience this third desire is because it's God-given and revealed in 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV.  "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. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 

Did you see those words?  "...so that through them you may participate in the divine nature..." Escaping the evil desires that are in this world is only possible by participating in the divine nature—in experiencing the supernatural help from God that touches your life as you believe by faith. Will you experience God moving in your life in supernatural way? Honestly, that is up to you. God doesn't make us do anything. He leads us toward His will if we will follow and do so trusting Him by faith. This is why Jesus only called it a possibility. The possibility depends on you and that's why Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 (NKJV) and, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."Mark 9:23 (NKJV) 

Why do the people in this world spend hundreds of billions of dollars dealing with weight loss, chemical addiction, gambling addiction, sexual addiction and on an on? They do because they are unable to control themselves in these areas. Unbeknownst to most, Satan has power over those in this world that have not surrendered their lives to God through Jesus Christ.

I just heard a report that said that 98 percent of all overweight people who lose weight, gain it back. Another report said that 80 to 90 percent of all criminals released from jail offend again. Studies show that most people with addictions are tormented by them all their life. Why is that? Because without God, real and meaningful change fails and doesn't happen. Why? Because a person remains in Satan's clutch and power. God wants to rescue them from Satan's power—from the grip that keeps them in his clutches and that keeps them powerless to make lasting change. Colossians 1:13 (NIV) addresses this saying  "For God has rescued us from the dominion (power) of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves..." 

The Bible says that Satan's power over us becomes a "stronghold." That could best be understood as a wrong desire that someone just can’t seem to control or break. There are negative desires that have power over people. Pornography is an example of that, and it's rampant in this day and age. These negative desires or strongholds are broken only with God's power. You may say, But Pastor Tim, I know people who have gone to groups and overcome these addictions. They may have gotten some control over their flesh but without Jesus, they almost always continue to battle the desire throughout their life. They often feel like they are living with a tormenting demon. This is why alcoholics continue to call themselves alcoholics even after they have stopped drinking. This why alcoholics, sex offenders, criminals, liars, and law-breakers repeat their offences over and over again. This is why those outside of God repeat their sins over and over again.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT) says, "For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us...can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." 

"...Changed into His glorious image." That is His desire for everyone! Only through the supernatural help of God, can wrong desires be removed and replaced with good desires. That is a continuing change that everyone longs for. No wonder our spirit yearns for the supernatural help of God. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” Once this truth becomes your reality and you continuously lean upon it, you will immediately begin to instead, lean on and draw His supernatural strength and help.

How do we begin to lean on God and draw that strength? By learning to know what God says about you and then by faith, agreeing with it for your life. Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. God would not tell you to do something—be moderate—if you could not do it. You can in your divine nature! That verse finishes “The Lord is at hand.” What does that mean? The picture it paints in its original Greek form is that there is a hand to grasp your hand as one giving aid and strength. That is the supernatural power of God. If you apply your faith and walk it out, you will sense God within to help you.

If God instructs us to be moderate, then with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be! If you've shown behavior other than moderation it’s time to make a faith confession. Say, I am a partaker of God's divine nature. The Holy Spirit lives in me. Therefore, I am not addictive or a slave to anything. God says I am to show moderation and that means I have His ability to do so. I am moderate in Jesus name. Let these words be the ongoing confession of your heart and mouth spoken repeatedly whenever a situation calls for it. In time, you will see that change begin to take root in you.

Apply this to any scripture that speaks to you about attitudes and behaviors God wants you to change toward maturity and Christ-like thinking and behavior. Not so you can earn Heaven! Heaven is Jesus' gift. But so that you can become more of a light and influence for others seeking God's help! It won't be long before you know you "…walk in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in this world caused by evil desires!” As you do, your light for Jesus will become ever increasingly evident to all! Change is good! Go for it!

Psalms 119:39 (NLT) "Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Part Two: Your Hope to Real and Lasting Change and Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am going to teach you something today and over the continuing posts on this subject of change—something you may have never heard before. Something that will help you better understand the plan of God and yourself. I'll start by saying this: Every human being was created with the desire to experience change. Really? Is that true? Every person was created with the desire to change? Yes it is true! People want to mature and improve on their life! People desire it and are afraid of it at the same time. One of the biggest fears of change is the fear of the inability to execute change successfully. People are afraid to attempt change because they know their own track record and the multitude of times they've failed in making desired changes. And yet inwardly lurks this never-ending desire to make changes!

God has embedded three universal desires within the heart of every single human being. Scripture, science, and research all bare this truth out. Those three universal desires all have to do with making changes. The three desires God has embedded within every human heart are, first, the desire to know Him, second, the desire to become Christ-like, and third, the desire to participate in His divine nature so that you can succeed in the changes to become more Christ-like. The Bible talks about mysteries and this is one of the mysteries of the heart!

The universal change that the spirit of every human being yearns for, even though they don't always consciously recognize it, is to know, understand, and be connected in a peaceful and loving way to God—to learn more about Him and to understand His plan and purpose for life. Everyone experiences or has experienced this desire no matter what they tell you. They long to know the truth regarding God and be reconciled to Him. But many are afraid. They're afraid for  two primary reasons. They are afraid they'll get the wrong god, and they are afraid they will fail in their ability to please a holy and righteous God. And so, out of that fear, many quickly push God away and shun Him because they don't know or understand the depth of God's love for them. They don't understand that He isn't looking for them to succeed or fail. He is looking to give them His love and the free gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. He succeeded for them and so their sins and failures have already been taken care of by Him! Deep down, they will yearn to know the God they mentally deny until the yield to this desire to know Him, and begin to sincerely seek Him.

The second universal desire God has embedded within us is the ongoing desire to become Christ-like. This embedded desire—the desire to become more and more like Jesus—to conform our character, our heart and our purpose to His, is an embedded lifelong desire that stirs a continuing quest for good and godly change! This is a good thing and this desire to be like Jesus is from God as we see in Romans 8:29 (NIV). "...He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son..." We also see this in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT2) "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image."

The third universal desire God has embedded in every person is the yearning to participate in the supernatural. I'm not kidding! Why do you think children and adults alike are fascinated with superheroes? Why do you think superheroes play such a significant and lucrative role in the entertainment industry? Since Marvel began it's film industry in 2007, it has become the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $17.5 billion at the global box office. The desire to participate in the supernatural is an embedded desire that is within every human being whether it's understood or not. People know there is a supernatural or spiritual side of life because it's embedded within them. And God encourages us to participate in the real supernatural that He gives to us order to make changes, conquer sin in our life, and become more Christ-like. You can see this truth as clear as day in 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) "God's divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him (Jesus)... Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 

Did you see these words?  "...so that through them you may participate in the divine nature..."

Having the strength to make changes by saying no to evil desires and sin is only possible by participating in the divine nature—by experiencing the supernatural grace and help from God. This is what turns change failures into change successes. This is what gives a Christian the ability to overcome the fear of failure, and make the changes they desire and long to make as they are led by the Holy Spirit. This is where the strength comes to become Christ-like. And so how does that work?  We'll talk more about it in Part Three. Today, get it settled in your heart that God has embedded three desires within you. The desire to know Him, the desire to become Christ-like, and the desire to participate in His divine nature so that you can succeed in your changes to live your life for Him! More later...

Psalm 37:4 (NLT2) "Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Part One: Your Hope to Real and Lasting Change and Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I recently heard a frustrated person say People really never change. I know why many would think that. As a Pastor for 35 years, I interacted with thousands of people on a regular basis. I've seen more than a few people repeatedly fall prey to the same temptations bringing hurt to themselves and others. Every time they'd have a period of success, but then cave and fall, they would lessen their credibility in the eyes of those around them. I'd hear those being hurt or disappointed by them utter the words, They’ll never change. It wasn't always about those being tempted by something. Sometimes it would be those who would boldly declare the new goals and disciplines they were launching into, only to quickly abandon them and crawl back in their rut, discontented with themselves.  Do you know anyone like that? Have you ever been that person? Are you now? When I was a young man living without Jesus, I was that person.

No one wants to live in ruts whether it's sin, or simply stagnancy and a lack of personal growth. I personally believe people are most happy when they experience personal growth that leads to good and godly changes. Sometimes the effort it takes to make those changes range in the difficult to impossible zone and yet God is calling to you regarding them. I have been through more changes than I can recall and I don't remember any of them being easy. I came out of alcoholism and addiction. I came out of being financially irresponsible. I came out of being less than a desirable husband. Those were the initial big changes. But then there were the things I felt God was leading me to do. Start businesses, invent, build on my education, become a leader and Pastor, run marathons, and much more. This was over a span of time but it all represented growth and change. And none of it was easy! But boy was it rewarding! And it's why God wants change for us!

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) says, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

Did you notice those words "making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland"? They indicated moving from a less than desirable place to a better place and with the supernatural help of God. When you read about that in the Bible, you'll always find it was God's grace and man's effort that brought about these changes! And that is what He wants for you! 

> Mankind’s only hope to real and lasting change is through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only enabler and helper of real and lasting change. Without the Holy Spirit's help, you won’t experience the good and lasting changes that God wants for you—the help that leads you into a closer walk with Him, and in the plan of God for your life. People want to grow, mature, experience promotion and success, and prosper. Every ounce of those things represent change! And so you don't want others or your own mirror to speak back saying, You'll never change.

Over the years, I have learned the value of having quiet time. For me, they are atmospheres I create where there are no distractions—no phones, television, computers, people, anything but quiet where I can be still before the Lord and talk and pray with Him. The only two things that will be with me are my Bible and something to write down thoughts I know the Lord is speaking to me. This is a critical daily need and discipline that Jesus taught and mentored before us. We see this in Luke 5:16 (NIV) "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely (solitary) places and prayed."

I create this kind of atmosphere in my life on a daily basis. I won't create a box of telling you for how long, or where, or what time of day. Each of our lives have different demands and those demands change in the different seasons of our life. You have to create your times where you know you can make them work. What I will tell you is that I create this quiet time with the Lord so that I can pray and hear from Him through His Word. These times are critical to my life. I use them to reflect honestly and sincerely before the Lord about how I am doing in Him. I am going to always see shortcomings in my life. But, I don’t beat myself up. They are just changes that in God's help, I will conquer over time. But, I do try to sincerely evaluate what is good and what is not good in my life that needs change. It's also where I ask and pray that God give and refresh me with His strength in all my current goals or assignments from Him.

Why do I do this daily? I do this because our spiritual maturity is a daily and life-long process that God highly values and desires for us. He wants to mentor us as the perfect Father! Maturity and promotion go hand in hand and God wants both for us. And so, God's plan is continuous methodical change. I'll share more on this in Part Two in my next post! 

In closing today, know that some of the greatest scriptures to help you pray for your spiritual growth and strength to succeed are in Ephesians Chapters one through three.  Read them and pray them over yourself!

Ephesians 3:16-18 (NLT2) "I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Live Your Life Right and Without Regrets

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As a 65-year-old recently retired Pastor of 35 years, I have given ear to the confidential stories of more people than I can remember.  People often needed to talk with someone they trusted for advice, consul, wisdom or prayer, or just to think out loud with. As people get older, they have the growing tendency to look back over their life. When it came to the subject of listening to people's regrets, there are two in particular that stood out that I'd like to share with you. They were regrets that I personally tried to learn from and do my best to avoid. One was, I wish I would have used more of my life to serve the Lord instead of chasing meaningless dreams. The other was I wish I would have realized how short life is, valued it, and used it more for the Lord. 

What stirs these two particular regrets in Christians? Everyone that makes it to middle-age or older, comes to the reality of how quickly life passes by. Many come to realize they've focused on elusive dreams more than living a beautiful life in Christ, and that they could have made a greater difference in this life for the Lord if they would have put Him first place. And secondly, they come to realize that thing that matters most significantly in this life, is to help others come to know their eternal destiny and experience the love of the Lord. But as they get older, they struggle to find the energy to commitment to that goal. They think it's too late and they regret it.

As people get closer to the last seasons of their life, they come to grips with the truth that God has made nothing in this world to satisfy our longings, outside of Him. The thing that brings deep, inward, personal satisfaction to your life, is when you know that God has a plan for your life and you have walked it out to the best of your ability. That happens when you realize God wants everyone to be saved from their sins through Jesus Christ, and to grow, spiritually mature, and become disciples of Him. There are a thousand ways to contribute to that plan. When you come to realize this truth and allow it to become a core value of your life, then and only then will you look back in life without regret.

Many years ago, while working for the airlines, I was in a jet aircraft near-miss. It was so close that we barely avoided destruction and death. Though it happened almost 30 years ago, I remember it like it happened yesterday. Two jet aircrafts barely escaping a mid-air collision. As soon as the incident passed, I remember going through days of deep reflection about how my life almost ended. I couldn't stop thinking about how disappointed I would have been standing before the Lord giving an account for my life. So many good intentions. So little follow-through.

l had made many changes since becoming a Christian, and yet I knew there were so many things the Lord wanted me to do that I was ignoring. I repented to the Lord right then and there for acting indifferent to His will and the things I knew He wanted me to do. It was at that time I experienced my second major life-change. The first was receiving Jesus as my personal Savior. This second one was to begin to live my life as wholeheartedly for Him as I could. I made a vow to the Lord to quit procrastinating and step out in faith to do those things He had been speaking to my heart about! That was a mountain-moving time for me. My life's new core-value became that which was spoken by the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 (NIV.) “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.”

I immediately gave myself over to things that I knew He wanted me to do. My life has never been the same since. I am in a place where I feel as though I have served the Lord by serving people with every fiber of my being—writing Fresh Manna being just one part of that experience. I have no regrets and looking back, there is very little that I would have changed since that day of awaking! Since then, my life has been all about people—dedicated to the task of testifying of the gospel and of God's great mercy and grace. And that was not because I was a Pastor. I hadn't become one yet. I began to live whole-heartedly for the Lord in my job, in both of my two businesses, and wherever and however God would lead me. At church I started Bible studies, taught children, raised up others in leadership and started hundreds of small groups. In the beginning of all this, I knew nothing and had to fight fear and inadequacy in everything I did. But over time it got easier and the Lord strengthened my confidence as I bore fruit.
There is nothing material we can take with us in this life. The only thing we can take to Heaven with us are those we are privileged to influence and help know Jesus. Empty legacies and achievements without Jesus will mean little and fade over time. But the things we do to help teach, direct, and encourage people in the Lord, will last for all eternity.

I want the Apostle Paul’s testimony to be mine. We all should! He said in 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV) “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” There is nothing more satisfying and keeps us from all regrets.

Don't wait until you experience a crisis or you get old to figure that out. Learn from others early in life and find out just how rich your life in God can become! Serve Him. Serve His plan. Serve others. Do so and you'll lead the richest of lives with few or no regrets!

1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NLT) "After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Learning to Walk in God's Image

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There is an age-old question that never goes away, never stops being a topic of discussion, and never seems to be absolutely answered—at least for those who are not Christian. The question is, Is man basically good or evil? 

The answer is, because of the taint of sin, man has been infected and tainted from the moment of conception. This is why some children are born with infirmities and deformities. Though they are born with good and innocent hearts, they are quickly infected and defiled by the sin in this world that has defiled every aspect of this world. (If you've ever seen two toddlers fighting over a toy, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Innocence is short-lived!) And no one except Jesus has ever been excluded from being infected by sin. Let me explain further...

God's intent in the creation of man was to create us in His image. Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) says, "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image..." Psalms 139:13-14 says, "For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well."

When God made us, He made us wonderful in design, but the sad truth is that we've all been tainted by the sin that is in this earth. We were conceived and born into a world that had been defiled by sin. That sin has infected every man. Romans 5:12 (TLB) says, "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. His sin spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die, for all sinned."

Everything God created was created for good. God Word tells us that it is He who gives witty ideas and inventions. Satan tries to pervert their use for evil. That's true for media, computers, the internet, sex, for any good thing from God. They were all created for good but the devil perverted the use of each one. Satan through sin has tried to pervert every good thing in this earth including the character qualities within us that God gave us for good. Within our personalities, there are godly character qualities that are to be developed. For example, being steadfast—being sure in what you believe and faithful, determined, and purposeful to live it out, is a good and godly quality. To be stubborn—unreasonably, often perversely unyielding and bull-headed, is the perversion of steadfastness. God wants us to be steadfast but not to be stubborn.

Being stubborn hinders God from helping us. In Psalm 81:12 NIV God says, "So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices." Being steadfast will do the opposite. Steadfastness can help us greatly in defeating troubled times in our lives. When we will become steadfast against the devil, against evil, and against every attack of the enemy in our lives, then we will begin to see the attacks slow down or stop. When we steadfastly say No devil, I won't fall for your trap and go to that perverse internet site. No devil, I won’t accept this cold – By Jesus stripes I am healedNo devil, I won't stay in unforgiveness. I rebuke you! I don't care what that person has done to me, I am going to love them with the love of Jesus. Be gone in Jesus name!  When we won't let the devil pervert character qualities and instead use the strength of godly character, we will win many more battles than we will lose. When it comes to resisting the devil, God wants us to be absolutely steadfast against him. God wants us to take on the heart and attitude spoken by Isaiah. Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed."

God wants us to learn to set our face like flint and be steadfast against every attack of the enemy. He wants us to quit being a doormat for him and stop letting him eat our lunch. He wants us to use the name of Jesus and the authority given us in the name of Jesus. We do so by putting on and USING the whole armor of God.

Ephesians 6:16 says, "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one." The devil shoots one fiery dart of temptation or trouble after another. He never quits trying. We will either eventually become overcome by being worn out from them or we will take godly qualities like steadfastness and set our face like flint. Have you ever seen an emotional rock? No! Don't you let the devil put you on an emotional roller coaster with the attacks leveled at you. Just discern; Is what I’m experiencing from God or is this the devil attacking me? If it’s the devil, be steadfast in holding up your shield of faith and quenching every fiery dart of the enemy. Read him God’s promise. I rebuke you devil. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is my refuge and strength, and very present help in trouble.” Then rejoice and trust in God’s promise. Continue to be steadfast in quenching every fiery dart.

We were created in His image to live life His way. Jesus died for your sins. Now rise up in His strength and resist the devil trying to ruin your life.

Acts 10:38 (NLT2) "And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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