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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Life of Choices in a World of Good and Evil

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I think many of us have seen the old War on Drugs commercial. It had a slogan; "Just say No!" The word no is a critical word in life. There's way too much in life that we get to say yes to. There's critical things we should say no to. And if you didn't catch the implication of the last statement, to say yes or to say no is a choice. It is the exercise of free will. You get to make the choice of what you say yes or no to in life. God made us uniquely different from every creature in this world in a number of ways—one of those being, we are given free will to make our own choices. We all know that making choices can backfire. We know that because we've all felt the pain of making some bad choices.

Most people don't understand God or His Word well enough to understand that choices—specifically bad choices, are what have messed up the world we live in—not God's mismanagement of this world! To even suggest that is worst-case ignorance! God has given us free will to make our lives and this world a better place. When we see the mess that we've created, then hopefully we'll understand our need for God and for walking in His ways! That is what makes the world more civil, filled with His love, and leads to blessing instead of destruction!

People wonder frequently, Why does God tolerate the evil that is in this world? The truth is, it isn't about God tolerating evil. God's very nature is love and the nature of love is that it gives freedom—the right to choose. The evil and pain that is in this world is because of people making a never-ending stream of bad choices. Bad choices lead to hurt and pain that reaches far further than just the individual who is making them. This is why God exhorts us saying, "With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused." Ephesians 4:17 (NLT)  The Lord is telling us that we have the right and authority to make right choices, but we need to learn to say no to choices that hurt ourself or that can ultimately hurt others. When the Lord is referring to Gentiles, He is referring to non-believers who don't know God's ways! He said they will be hopelessly confused.

As Christians, we are not supposed to be ignorant of His ways. We're to learn what is good and what is evil and learn to say No to making bad choices. Saying No, is good. Saying No to the piece of dessert when you are overweight and trying to lose weight is good. Saying No to the temptation to flirt with someone that is not your spouse is good. Saying No to the child that is acting unruly is good. Saying No to the temptation to view pornography is good. Saying No to the partying that leads to drugs and drunkenness is good!  Saying No to the temptation to an emotional outburst when you are upset that will only make a problem worse, is good.

Strength comes from resistance. When you lift weights or exercise, you are creating resistance to strengthen your muscles. The blessing is this: muscle strength is created through resistance and your ability to resist grows stronger. Learning to say No to things you should say no to, accomplishes the same thing. You grow stronger at it.

It seems like some Pastors are afraid to talk about the no’s that God instructs us in through His Word. Many are afraid someone will get the impression that the Bible, Jesus, and the church are just about do's and don'ts. I guess that could happen if God’s motives weren't explained and if people weren't taught that every no carries a message and motive of love. God instructs us to say Yes to things He desires us to do because He knows it will lead to blessing and joy. Like a loving parent, God instructs us to say No to things that He knows will hurt us and others. His yes's and no's are both motivated by His desire to love, bless, and protect us.

I surrendered my life to the Lord at the age of 24. I’ve been practicing living in the yes’s and the no’s of God since.  And they have nothing to do with going to Heaven. Heaven is a gift of God’s grace through Jesus Christ alone. Yes’s and no’s are about the quality of life we create for ourself and the world around us. And as I said, they are both motivated by God’s heart of love.There is much that God encourages me to say Yes to that brings great blessing into my life. I’ve also been living in the no’s because they bombard me every day—spiritually, mentally, and physically. Spiritually, God tells me that I get to yes—draw near to Him and fellowship with Him. But my busy days try to push back and shout, No, there isn’t enough time—you’ve got too much to do and you need more sleep. To the Lord I say yes and to the temptations I say no.

This world is filled with pain because of people that haven't said no to being mean, rude, selfish, lustful, greedy, and evil. God did not cause this world of pain. People cause this world of pain. This is why God wants you to build up the muscle that comes from saying No to the things you know in your heart are inappropriate. There is a God-given supernatural inward strength He promises to those that have faith in this promise and lean upon it. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That means that the Lord will help you say Yes and No at the appropriate times.

To God I say, Yes, and thank you Lord for your help and grace to do what is right. To the temptations that I know violate God's heart and ways, I say No. To things deep down I know God would rather not have me do that aren't sin, I say No! Oh how I love the Lord’s inward strength helping me. Oh how I love building my spiritual strength to say Yes to God's instruction and to say No to the devil's temptations! It’s a part of the God-life!

Proverbs 3:1-2 (NIV) "My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Christians: Get This Settled in Your Heart Forever!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I felt terrorized! I was nine years old, standing outside the principal’s office and waiting to be called in to be disciplined. It was the most scared I had ever been in my life. The principal was not a nice person. She always looked and sounded angry. She had disciplined me a few weeks earlier for something I did not do. My teacher had even told her she had disciplined the wrong guy. She didn’t even apologize. Her words were, He probably deserved it anyway. To get pulled into her office for judgment again that day was terrorizing.

Many people are afraid that this is what it's going to be like when they one day stand before God—their conscience over-stimulated with what they know wouldn’t be pleasing to God. Consequently, they would rather push the reality of God out of their mind, renaming Him a crutch for weak people, or nonexistent, or re-inventing God to their liking, than think about and feel terrorized in their heart over the thought of one day standing before Him for their life’s actions. They feel this way because they really don't know Him. Their ignorance of God's mercy, kindness, and love, is tragic!

God's not like my less-than-wonderful school principal. God is God. He is merciful, patient, kind, just, holy, all-knowing, all-seeing, and a thousand wonderful things more. Your mind is not capable of understanding the depth, love, magnificence and wisdom of God without the help of the Holy Spirit. People can deny His existence and push Him away, but He is still God and He is still there. He is not evil. He is good. He's not waiting to pounce or bring revenge for every wrong you've done. To the contrary, His mercy is new day-by-day (because you and I need it. He has a plan for every person to stand before Him without fear. And that plan is Jesus.

Jesus paid the price for our sins through His death. He paid the price and punishment upon the cross for the sins we committed. Knowing this and receiving Him into our heart as Savior is what enables us to stand before Him washed and cleansed from sin.  He did this out of His great love for us—not out of a desire to punish us. The book of Revelation shows a time where all of Heaven is singing about this great love and what Jesus did for all mankind—for all who would believe. Revelation 5:9 (NLT) "And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy... For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation."  God is not someone to be afraid of. He's someone to run to!

Terrorists represent the heart of Satan. They hate everyone indiscriminately and with evil intent, steal the lives of others—unlike Jesus who loves and gave up His life for the love of all. God is not someone to be afraid of. God didn't love us when and while we were living perfect for Him. He loved us when we were at our worst. I know we struggle to love others when they reject us or are mean to us, but God doesn't! And Jesus is the proof. That is what makes Him God and so wonderful. Romans 5:8 NLT reminds us, "But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." This kind of love is greater than we can wrap our minds around. We have to accept it by faith.

And if we blow it? What do we do? First, it's not if you blow it. It's when you blow it. You will. But, God knows that for you to learn to live for Him is a process of learning and trying. So He says to us in, 1 John 1:8-10 NLT "If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong doing. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts."

Each of us is constantly surrounded by two kinds of people. The ones that don't know the Lord and are dealing with their fear of God for what they think He will do to them, and the ones that know the Lord and are still dealing with thoughts of condemnation, guilt, and thinking God is rejecting them. Is that you? Well then let this be settled in your heart and mind today! Jesus is not out to get you! He is out to love you, save you, and help you get your life right. If you know the Lord and are still struggling with His love, because in your mind, you don't measure up; then confess your sins, receive His forgiveness, regroup, and learn of His love. HE LOVES YOU!

Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)  “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Humor: From the Mouth of Babes!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this by request. I hope it provides a smile and a laugh and is a blessing to you today! ~Pastor Tim 

Psalms 8:2 From the mouth of little children, you have taught them to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies!

From the Mouth of Babes (Author Unknown) 

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said, it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah". The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl replied, "Then you ask him."

A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was? The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like." Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "Calm down, they will in a minute."

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother has several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white." The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Mom, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, there's Jennifer; she's a lawyer,' or that's Michael. He's a doctor.'" A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher. She's dead."

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching." Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

God Wants You to be an Intentional Influencer

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When my kids were young, they loved when we went to the State Fair. If they could only have one treat, it would be cotton candy. I would order it for them and myself. When we were done, our hands were horribly sticky and stuck to everything we touched until we finally washed them.

 Did you know that God wants us to be sticky in one area of our life? He wants us to be sticky influencers. He wants us to have godly influence on others that sticks to their life.

As Christians, God wants us to see our lives as a source of continuous influence. Become an influencer and you increase your opportunity to one day influence someone to receive Jesus as their Savior.

You life is a book to be read by others as they watch you day by day. You may not realize it, but you can powerfully influence people through the consistency of living a Christ-like walk. People judge you quickly through first impressions but after that, judge you by how they most consistently observe you.

When people think of influencers, they often think of people with titles, important positions, power, celebrity status, or greatness. Of course these kinds of people have influence. But God has created you to be an influence whether you have any kind of title or status or not. God would rather have us focus on and be sensitive to the opportunities that are currently before us—those in our daily surroundings. He wants people to see Jesus in us. For this reason, He doesn't want us on and off like a light switch.
When you walk into a grocery store or sit down in a restaurant, He wants people to sense God's love from you. That happens not because you stopped to preach at them, but because you stopped to look them in the eyes and respond with a smile and kindness. It happens because you asked them their name and how their day was going, even though they are there to serve you. It happens because you took a moment to bring light into their life through your kind words or actions. This is the influence that God uses to draw people into His love. And when this happens through you consistently, your influence becomes sticky!

There's a restaurant Renee and I frequent. We love the food and atmosphere. Because we come back there, we've learned most of the serving staff's names. I keep them in my phone so we can greet them by name when we return. We treat them like good friends. Because of that, most of the staff knows who we are, what we do, and that opens different doors of conversation and influence with each one! We are intentional in trying to be a light! It creates great favor, new friends and acquaintances, and opportunities to share God's love. One day the staff threw us spontaneous breakfast celebration for free! It was amazing. God's love will do that!

Never believe the lie that your life doesn't matter and that you can't impact someones life. Every person's influence touches and sticks to others—good or bad. God created you and I to be a sticky godly influence for Him. They may want cotton candy but you can give them something beyond their wildest dreams—the love of Jesus and the saving knowledge of His grace!

2 Cor 5:18-20 "...God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Living Strong in a Pagan Environment

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was talking with a Christian friend of mine who recently stepped into a new job. He loves the job as far as the work goes. He believes he has the perfect skills and experience to help the company and likes the companies vision and goals. But... he's bothered that he's never been so surrounded by non-Christians—people whose values are all over the map and who either call themselves atheists or agnostics, or simply don't think through their lives in terms of God. Consequently, he feels like he sticks out like a sore thumb.

Do you ever feel surrounded by ungodly people? If so, do you let them pressure you or seduce you—dragging you into their mud? Do the problems they fear and go on and on about invade your life and jump on you? If so, now is the time to stop that from happening. And you have a great role model to look to.

Daniel was a man taken captive and forced to live in the most pagan environment anyone could imagine. King Nebuchadnezzar, a pagan king, invaded Israel and tore and burned most of it down. His armies killed many of the people but took a few of the young leaders that had the most promising potential back to Babylon—the most pagan of environments. Daniel and three young men he was mentoring were brought back with him. No one else in this new pagan environment loved God or thought like Daniel did. Daniel was learned in God's Word and wisdom and for that reason, he was different from all his peers. And from the beginning of his existence there, he was despised and hated. Daniel was a stand-out because of his godly wisdom, and was promoted in leadership. His pagan peers were jealous and did not like it. Even so, Daniel powerfully represented God and lived absolutely upright before the Lord. He did not and would not compromise his integrity. Whenever Daniel had a problem, he didn't lean on his own strength or wisdom for a solution. His life pattern was to get on his knees—not out of panic or fear of some looming crisis, but because it was the place where he resolved every issue—at the throne of God in his heart!

The fact that Daniel and his three friends weren't killed was the grace of God manifest in their lives. Without God's grace, they would have been dead like all the others left behind! Time and time again Daniel had seen God’s hand rescue and help him. Daniel’s confidence wasn’t in himself. It was completely in the God of Israel. He knew they were a people in covenant with God, and that for those that lived for Him, they would see His hand of protection and blessing. And so he lived on his knees. He knew  and believed the words of Solomon, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26 NKJV) Daniel had strong confidence, but it was completely and utterly in the Lord. I don’t believe he had a prideful bone in his body and that's what made him so great!

At one point in his new leadership, his evil peers had created a law for the sole purpose of taking Daniel down. All the people were required to bow to an idol made in honor of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 6:10 NIV says, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before."

I don't know if you caught that, but it said he was giving thanks. He was doing this at a time when some cruel, jealous men just made major trouble for him. This was a wicked decree that would affect everything around him in a horrible way. It would cause him to be thrown into a lion's den. Daniel didn't panic. He trusted God, fell to his knees, and prayed. He gave thanks. He understood what we need to know and remember—that God was with him, guiding him and helping him. He knew God was his deliverer! And so, if you read the story of Daniel, you’ll read his miraculous stories of being delivered in every life-threatening situation.

I pray that each of us learn to fall into this beautiful place—on our knees, the place where miracles and grace happen. I pray we fall there either literally, or in our hearts—and frequently. I pray that we come to the Lord, not in panic, but in thanksgiving of His love and goodness and “thoughts of good and not evil to give us a hope and future…” Although we are not always faithful, the Lord always is!

Psalms 32:6 -7 NIV  “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found...You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Fire of God in You! A Life-Changer!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Can you remember a time of having fire in your belly—an overwhelming, unquenchable desire to do something? You know, that burning passion to do something that wouldn't leave until you did it! Having fire—a passion that burns in your heart gives you incredible drive.

There are few things that put a real fire in our heart but when something does, it takes over and consumes much of our thought-life and time. This is true whether its a good passion or a bad passion. You often see this when two people fall in love. A fire or passion is formed in them that instantly transforms their thinking and behaviors. All they can think about is each other. For a time, they walk around with smiles they can't wipe from their face. The sky is bluer, life seems brighter, hope and dreams come alive, and the passion and drive fuel their new love! It's real and many people experience it.

Supernatural fire—an inward fire that's from and directed by God is like that. It consumes our thought-life and helps burn out the evil and ungodly desires that tempt us. How does this fire come to us? It comes when we sincerely seek God. God is always looking for seekers! He meets them every day. He speaks to them through His Word. He speaks and guides their heart when they pray. And for the person who makes seeking God their ultimate quest, He gives them a supernatural fire. He opens their eyes to the power, the greatness, and the majesty of God. A reverence and awe of God becomes like a burning fire and soon creates an intolerance for Satan, evil, and the hurt and pain he causes, and a fire to help people know Jesus!

In an Old Testament story from 1 Kings, we read about how God's people had been led astray. They had filled their lives with everything evil and false. God used His prophet Elijah to chastise them—purposing to break up their stony hearts and open their eyes. He challenged the false prophets to build an altar and sacrifice that their god's would come down, accept and burn up. They built the altar but of course nothing happened. All the people watched all day long, but nothing happen. Then Elijah built his altar to God in front of all the people.

1 Kings 18:30-39 (NLT) Then Elijah called to the people, “Come over here!” They all crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down. He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel, and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of the Lord… Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!” When the fire came they instantly knew the truth of who the true God was. The fire of God turned their hearts toward Him, and immediately strengthened them to set their lives back on the right path toward Him. The fire in Elijah ignited the fire in them! And that is why God is looking for those that sincerely and wholeheartedly seek Him!

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) "For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him..."


Proverbs 1:7 and Psalm 147:8 reveal the reverential respect for God and His greatness and holiness. This reverential fear IS THE BEGINNING of all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in God. They say... "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…" "Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens."  

Psalm 148 is all about bringing praises to the Creator and God of the entire universe. Let your praise begin with thanking Jesus for taking the punishment for your sins. Then thank Him for setting you free from the bondage of sin! Then set your mind on all who He is and the magnitude of the love He has shown you! Setting your mind on this will create a fire within you that will strengthen you.

If you will begin to consistently worship the Lord and meditate on all that He is—then this reverential fear will spark the fire of God in you and you'll experience His power, and strength rising up in you! Trust me. You want this kind of reverence for God to grow within you. It will be a fire-fueling a hatred for sin and will help burn out everything that is ungodly and unholy. This is how we find the strength to obey God and to reject evil. This is what ignites us and sets on fire to be an influence for God in this earth! There is nothing greater!

Luke 24:32 (TLB) "They began telling each other how their hearts had felt strangely warm as He (Jesus) talked with them and explained the Scriptures during the walk down the road."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Finding the Strength to Overcome Sin

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Mind over matter. That’s a phrase I've heard since I was a kid. It somehow implies that our mind is strong enough to take control and master everything we put our mind to. There have been cults built around this lie! Every one of us have had things we’d like to make changes in—but with little or no success. Why can it seem so impossible to quit thinking about something our flesh loves but we know is not pleasing to God? The answer is, we've allowed ourselves to become convinced that we love these things we know we shouldn't do. Love and affection creates desire! Love and affection for sinful things creates desire and lust which then leads us to our failure to obey God. So here is the critical key to learn today! Love creates desire but hatred destroys desire. It creates a repulsion for it. And so there are some things we simply must learn to hate!

But Pastor Tim, isn't hatred bad? Hatred is bad when it's aimed toward people. It's not bad when it's aimed toward sinful thoughts, desires, and actions. God created the emotion of hatred so that it would generate feelings of repulsion and destroy desire! Unless a fleshly love changes to hate or repulsion it will continue to be a problem and lead you to disobeying God again and again. That will lead you to the devil's playground—not just sin, but to the devil covering you with guilt, shame, and condemnation so that your run from God! Psalms 97:10 NKJV says, “You who love the LORD, HATE evil: He preserves the souls of his saints...” It is actually having a hatred for sin that helps create the strength of restraint to say no to sin. Proverbs 8:13 NKJV says, “The (reverential) fear of the LORD is to HATE evil...”

You've said and heard others say, That's it! I am never going to do this again! Too many people try to mentally override their flesh to win their battles. It doesn’t take long to figure out the success rate of this is poor to none. This is one reason people fall back into drinking, smoking, pornography and sexual misconduct, poor attitudes, greed, lust, and so much more.

So what's the answer? The answer is in how you frame what you think about something—loving what God loves and hating what God hates! Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..."

Our minds are transformed by replacing old stinking thinking, with God's kind of thinking! We see that in Romans 12:2 (NKJV) "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." 

We stop thinking about unprofitable things and we spend time thinking about things that we need to straighten out in our mind. For example, thinking about porn because you like to look at it is stinking thinking. It creates desire and lusts. God says we need to hate what He hates. He hates porn so we need to think differently about it. I remember when I made this change over 35 years ago. I began to think, Tim, stats prove that the girls in this porn were sexually abused in their life. How sad is that! They didn't just make this choice. The devil tormented their life until he led them to it. He got someone to abuse them. Then they got trapped in it. They were born as someone's daughter. They are God's daughters. God wants the best for themnot this evil. I hate what the devil's done to them. I hate how Satan has and is destroying their life. These girls deserve to know and love Jesus. They would love a normal life and to be married and have children. That is what I want for my daughter. That is what I want for them. I hate what the devil has done. I hate pornography. When I watch it, I help the industry thrive, ruin more lives and destroy my own and theirs. I hate porn!  God, please send your labors to these women to reveal your life for them and help them get out of this horrid lifestyle. Please deliver them. I hate this evil Satan has done! 

From there, I would begin to pray for these women because they were created by God to be His daughter and know Jesus and experience a blessed life. Between changing my thinking and praying for these women, it took no time at all for me to hate porn. If the devil tried to bring it to my mind as a temptation, I began to think about it in this godly way and would pray for them. It broke the back of wrong desires and temptation again and again.

Whether it be porn, or food, or any kind of lusts, there are right  and godly ways to think about it. There are also things to hate, like when people abuse it, how much it hurts their life. We all want to be a godly example. Framing what was once a lust, into good thinking and praying, gives us strength and victory over evil.  As we read, Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..." 

So, when temptation comes, ask God to help you think the right way—to love proper use of something and to hate improper use of something because of all those it hurts. This is what He gave us hate for and we can let hate work in our life in the right way. To turn lusts into feelings of repulsion and hatred toward sin!
Romans 6:18 (NLT2) "Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Hearing From God Daily!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This morning I was reading about the Lord giving the Israelites manna—a type of bread, that God provided daily for His people. What a powerful story filled with lessons that are relevant today.

When Moses was leading the people to the Promised Land, he had to take them through desert places. In those places, life was tough and it seemed to them as though they were always without provision. Consequently they often whined to Moses. Moses felt burdened and took it to God who would then instruct Moses how to receive provision for the people. He would feed them supernaturally with manna—a type of bread that tasted good and would nourish them. Each morning the ground would be covered with this manna. They had to go out and collect just enough for the day.

God’s Word reveals that this lesson about trusting God for manna daily is relevant to our lives today. It reminds us that the world we live in is a desert, void of God and full of anxiety for those that won’t seek God. When people don’t seek God, they become anxious over a multitude of issues that surface in their life every day. Because Moses sought God's help in providing for His people, God ministered to them supernaturally providing manna—something they had to go out, pick up, and eat, every day! God instructed them that they weren't allowed to hoard up or save up the manna beyond that day. If they did it would turn to maggots. The only exception to that was on the sixth day where they were allowed to save enough for two days so they could rest on the Sabbath. Did His people follow His instructions? No, just like us they liked security and wanted more than enough. But, when they disobeyed God, the extra they tried to save, turned to maggots.

God gives us insight in how this applies to our life today. He wanted them to know that this dependency upon Him—every day, was about more than just about food. It was about learning to depend upon God and His promises daily! Deuteronomy 8:3 (TLB) "Yes, He humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to both you and your ancestors. He did it to help you realize that food isn’t everything, and that real life comes by obeying every command of God."

Jesus and the Word of God are one. We see that in John 1:1 & 14 (NIV), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” This is saying that Jesus and His Word are the same.

Jesus gave further insight pertaining to manna being His Word that we needed to eat daily. He said, “Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread (God's Word) will live forever. (John 6:31 & 58 NIV) 

These scriptures are telling us that we are to no longer think in terms of eating manna from off the ground but we are to instead, feed on the bread of life—Jesus and His Word. Jesus and His Word are the same and His Word is the bread that when fed on, will cause us to be supernaturally nourished. God’s Word will give us direction, bring hope, build faith, and usher in supernatural help and peace. This is why when Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He taught them this. Luke 11:3 And Jesus said, "When you pray, pray like this, “Give us day by day our daily bread."  He wasn't instructing His disciples to ask God for food to eat! He was teaching them to ask God to speak to their heart from His Word! This is the manna they were to eat daily! It was what would build their faith and trust in Him! It would supernaturally strengthen them!

As I read through that story, I was nourished by God. I was reminded that He brought water from a rock and the food of angels from Heaven to supernaturally provide for His own. They never went without provision! God always provided for them!  When we lean on and trust in His promises and have faith that He will take care of our every need, then His word will bring us the peace that passes human understanding. All this from eating manna—God's Word and promises that are to speak daily to our heart as we eat His daily bread.  Manna is for everyone, at every age, every day and it fresh each day. It's Fresh Manna!

Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT) "...man does not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 11, 2019

An Inspirational Story: The Ant and the Contact Lens

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The Ant and the Contact Lens

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens.

Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it. Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.” I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will.” God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Elisabeth Elliot published the story above in her 1995 book, "Keep A Quiet Heart" (Servant Publications, Ann Arbor Michigan). She says the story is a first-person account given to her from Brenda Foltz of Princeton, Minnesota.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

You Win and the Devil Loses. Make That Your Story!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

In life, we are often faced with learning and doing something we haven't done before. Whether it be school, work, relationships, marriage, children, or life in general, we are faced and forced to learn new things. When we learn something new and do something we haven't done before, we do them without instincts. It takes time until, after the repetition of doing, that instincts, experience, and wisdom come. It's a great feeling to eventually gain confidence in knowing what you are doing and have the instincts to do it well.

There's an instinct that every Christian should develop. What instinct is that? The ability to discern a demonic assault that has attacked your life so that you can instinctively fight back! 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) says, “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” Peter is warning us not to become the devil’s lunch. He says, “Watch out for attacks from the devil…” If you don’t, then Hosea 4:6 (NLT) which says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because they don't know me…” may come to describe you.

The enemy will not only attack your life, but he’ll deceive you by getting you to play the blame game instead of resisting him. The devil's goal for the blame game is to get you to abandon your faith and everything that contributes to developing strong faith.

I have made an observation over my 35 years of ministry that really seems to hold true. I have noticed that when Christians experience extended hardship of any kind, they often forget that it is an attack of the enemy and so they don’t fight back. When an attack continues for an extended period of time and they don’t resist the attacks of the enemy, discouragement begins to take hold and the blame game begins. The thoughts come, God, what is happening? I have done all I know to do. Why is this happening? Why don’t you do something? The blame begins with God. Those questions are aimed at Him. I have too often have we heard someone say, God's never done a thing for me! I prayed and nothing happened. The blame then moves to those that represent God in their life. Their Pastor, their church, and then other Christians start to become the object of their blame and disappointment. As I said, this is a strategy of the devil to deceive Christians into abandoning their faith in God and the very people who God had used to help them become established in their walk with Him.

It’s not long before they suddenly stop being involved in coming to or serving at their church. At first they visit other churches because they've made their Pastor and church the problem through their blame. That doesn't help so they eventually just quit going anywhere. Then they either stop fellowshipping with other Christians or begin to hang out with disgruntled ones continuously rehearsing their offenses. Their Bible reading and praying often declines. A critical side to them becomes amplified. A return to some past carnal behaviors surface and when this happens, the devil is succeeding in his goal to knock them off course.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that we fight against Satan and his demonic forces—not people! Ephesians 6:10-13 (NLT) says, “A final word: Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” He then says, “Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

God instructs us not to go backwards or backslide when hardship comes against us. Hebrews 10:38-39 NIV says, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” God instructs us to fight back. Press into Him. Have faith in the fact that He loves you and promises to help you! Quit looking for someone to blame other than Satan, the enemy of your soul. Love God. Love your Pastor. Love your friends. Run to them all—not from them. In your prayer time and throughout your day, get in the enemy’s face and proclaim God’s victory in your life. Take authority over, resist, and bind the demonic forces coming against your life.

I want you to know today, that I am standing with you in prayer for God’s best in every area of your life. Win the fight in the spirit. Don’t play the blame game. Don’t get double minded. Have faith. Be honest with God about feelings of discouragement, but then learn to instinctively resist the enemy and discouragement. Rebuke Satan like Jesus did! Get behind thee Satan! Can you say that? Instead begin to proclaim God's promises over your life and move forward! Find others to pray in faith with you! If you do, you’ll be able so see God instructing and leading you step-by-step in how to walk out your victory in Him. In time, the waters will calm when you walk in your authority as a believer! Don’t shrink back. Draw closer to God as we are instructed to in James 4:8 (NKJV) “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” God has not forsaken you. Don’t you forsake Him!

In closing, lift your head and proclaim in faith: “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9-10 NIV)

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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