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Friday, November 29, 2019

This Godly Attribute Will Change Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

My mom was absolutely amazing. She was supermom. She cooked family meals morning and night and made lunch for ten kids every day. She did laundry every day. She ironed our clothes, our sheets and pillow cases—just about everything. She took us everywhere and was at every life event she could be at. How she kept her sanity I will never know. She is in Heaven now, but I can’t wait to tell her again how amazing she was and how thankful I am to have her as my mom.

I was about 8 years old. I was the fifth of ten children. My bedroom was next to our laundry room. I was not a good sleeper growing up and so I’d wake up frequently at night. Mom wasn't a great sleeper either. She probably had too much on her mind. I would see her many nights doing laundry at 2 or 3 in the morning. Even at that young age, it made my heart ache for how hard she worked for us.

One day I made a decision. I was going to find ways to help mom. Our laundry room was also our coat closet for our shoes, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and more. It looked like a hotel coat-check room it was so packed. And we were kids so this room always looked like a tornado had blown through.

One night while mom was at a PTA meeting, I decided I was going to reorganize the entire room perfectly. It took me three hours and I finished just before 10 pm. I was getting a drink of water before going to bed when my mom came home. She saw me in the kitchen and instantly got mad at me for still being up past my bedtime. She chewed me out and sent me to bed but I didn't tell her why I was up. I felt bad but had still wanted to surprise her.

Within ten minutes she was in my room sitting on the bed besides me running her fingers through my hair, kissing me on the cheek, and almost crying she felt so bad. She had seen the newly organized laundry room, figured out that I had done it, and felt horrible for yelling at me. She thanked me over and over again for doing this for her. She proceeded to tell me just how much it meant to her and how much it helped her. I asked her about getting a rack for all the boots and shoes and a file cabinet for putting the hats and mittens in to keep them sorted. She got me both and when were done, we had the most organized laundry room one could imagine. I made it my job to keep it organized for her.

My mom was the world’s greatest appreciator. She’d gush with thanks and then thank us again. It was so motivating that it made me want to help her even more which I did. I could also see she needed help with her garden, so I began to help her with that each year. I guess that’s where gardening got in my blood because I am now an avid gardener which I am forever thankful for. And helping her with the garden became a new faucet of thanks that flowed from my mom to me.

Thankfulness is such a powerful and motivating force and yet, in my experience, the majority of people are somewhere between poor and a dismal failure at it. Should that surprise us? I guess it’s been that way for a while. Can you imagine being healed from leprosy and not being thankful? I can’t.

In Luke 17:14-19 (NIV) we read the story of the ten lepers that cried out to Jesus to heal them. He did. But then we read, “And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then He said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Do you see that only one came back to thank Jesus? Because his heart was full of thanksgiving he received more than the others from God. All of them were cleansed of leprosy, but to the thankful one Jesus said, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." He got something more from God. His eyes were open to see who Jesus was. He could see that Jesus was God. That's why he came back praising God and throwing himself at Jesus’ feet. His heart of thanksgiving brought him more than healing. It opened his eyes to who Jesus really was, and it brought him eternal life. A heart of thanksgiving will open your eyes to see more of God and result in more of His blessing in your life!

Philippians 4:6 (NIV) tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." God wants us to pray and ask His help in everything, but the question is, do we even pay attention to or thank him for the multitude of prayers He has already answered? If we don’t have a continuing attitude of thanksgiving we’ll miss seeing those many prayers He’s already answered for us and His intimate involvement in our lives.

I can’t tell you how many times I've done things for people, things that have taken time, effort, and sacrifice. The averages of appreciation are about the same as in the story of the lepers. Only a small percentage show true appreciation. That’s okay. That’s not why I do things for people. It won’t keep me from reaching out to help and be a blessing. But I feel bad because I know it will hinder them from so much more blessing in their life. (Here's a thought for you to chew on! You have greater appreciation for what you celebrate with sincere thanksgiving.

Lastly, having a thankful spirit is a godly attribute God wants us to develop. It draws more of His blessing in our life. It’s the truth!

Thank you mom for modeling this and helping develop thankfulness within me! I am eternally thankful to God and you for it!

Ephesians 5:20 ESV "Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving: A Miraculous Day in it’s Making

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you noticed the flood of software and tools that are available to help us remember things? I take advantage of many of them because they help me remember birthdays, anniversaries, important events, and even my day-to-day schedule. Can we all admit we need help remembering things?

The Apostle Peter knew we forgot things—even things we’ve known or done over and over. Sometimes reminding wasn’t just about putting back in mind something we forgot. Sometimes reminding was about stirring up something important in the same way you stir up hot coals of a campfire to get the flames re-ignited. Peter wrote, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12 The Lord gave us rainbows so that we’d remember the covenant He established with Noah—the sign of the promise that He would never flood the entire Earth again. When you see a rainbow, does it remind you of the grace of God and His covenant with you?

God also gave His people special days and events to remind them of His love, His mercy, and His hand of deliverance from dire circumstances and enemies. We see this in Deuteronomy 16:1-3 “In honor of the Lord your God, always celebrate the Passover at the proper time in early spring, for that was when the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night… Eat it with bread made without yeast. For seven days eat only bread made without yeast, as you did when you escaped from Egypt in such a hurry. Eat this bread—the bread of suffering—so that you will remember the day you departed from Egypt as long as you live.”

Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is not a day of celebration that God created or asked man to set aside to thank Him. It was a day that the leaders of our nation established. Do you have any idea how miraculous that this actually happened is? Can you imagine a day being set aside today by the leaders of our nation to thank the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the freedom we have and to worship Him freely? Today it would not happen. The fact that we can still celebrate Thanksgiving despite the attacks upon Christianity is nothing short of miraculous. It also helps us understand how deeply the people of that day loved and honored God.

May we please, on this Thanksgiving, remember one of our past great leaders who had no reservations about speaking of the thanks and prayer due to Almighty God who has blessed our nation.

These are the words of President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!" - President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 


So how can we make Thanksgiving more special unto God? Can you plan a time within your Thanksgiving Day, even if just for a couple of minutes and even if there are those present who don’t think like you, to read a verse and maybe something from history to remind those with you how miraculous the creation of this day was? And to acknowledge that it couldn’t have happened without the hand of God moving upon the hearts of men? Can you take a minute to pray giving God sincere thanks and asking Him to help us return to Him? Pray about it. Prepare for it. You can keep it short. But make it sincere. It counts and will reach the heart of God and affect the hearts of those you are with.

1 Chron. 16:35 (NLT) “Cry out, "Save us, O God of our salvation! Gather and rescue us from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 25, 2019

God's Plan For Your Spiritual Development!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Most Christians think they have spiritually grown up and become mature! The truth is, most (yes I said most) haven't!

Every good parent wants their child to mature and grow up to live a good and significant life. Every good Christianparent wants their child to spiritually mature and grow up, not only to have a significant life, but a life fulfilling their God-given destiny—loving and serving Him one day at a time.

Remember that we are created in the Lord’s image and we are at our best when we try to emulate Him. The Lord wants us to grow up serving Him. He created something called the church. The church is a people-group who knows Jesus as Savior, and has a place and atmosphere to help that happen. Ephesians 1:22-23 (NLT) says, “And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and He gave Him him this authority for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body…” If you are a believer, you are a part of the body of Christ whom He calls the church and who He loves above all things! Ephesians 5:25 (KJV) says, “…Christ loves the church and give His life for it.” Those of us who believe are all a part of God's church—the universal church inclusive of all believers of Jesus Christ. We are also a part of the local church—a local community of believers that mature and interact together as they learn to influence the world around them for Him.

God tells us in His Word that He gave and put within the church, leaders (like parents to children) to help us grow up and spiritually mature. Ephesians. 4:12-13 (NLT) says, “…to prepare and equip God's people to do His work and help build up His church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.”

One of the ways God helps that happen that is critical in developing our spiritual growth and maturity, is to learn to serve others within and through the local church. When we work side-by-side in unison with others in the local church, it forces us to learn to work together to accomplish His will and develop spiritual character as the Holy Spirit transforms our lives into the image of Him.  It can at times be difficult because people are people—even when they're Christians. They still at times act out with unchristian attitudes and behaviors. Why? Because each of us is a work in progress. You might expect every kind of behavior from unbelievers in the workplace because they don’t know the Lord. But you have a higher expectation from Christians. And yet, Christians—each and every one, are a work in progress with different levels of maturity who will at times, do or say something to hurt you—including the Pastor!

If you've ever been hurt by a Christian, the devil has tried to take it further and divde you off! The point of offense leads to devilish thoughts of; Chrsitians are such hypocrites. Why do I even put up with this crap? Through offense, he works to get you out of the church instead of learning to grow character and grow up! When this happens—Christians hurting you—why would you keep on? You would because you understand that every Christian falls short somewhere and we are all a work in progress. You want them to be patience with you, so you show mercy and be patient as God transforms their life. This forces you to develop Christian character. You have to learn to be forgiving and overlook offences. You have learn to walk in love and literally to develop every Christian attribute that God’s Word says we should grow in and put on.

We see people quit their job every day. We see people leave their spouse every day! But, Christians are called to learn to live to a higher standard! God doesn't want you to quit being a part of His church and serving His plan. He doesn't because it's part of His maturing process for your life. And two powerful benefits of growing in this is first, learning to work with other imperfect people and love them in the process, and secondly, learning to develop an I will not quit attitude. God teaches us that if we learn to abandon the constant temptation to quit in time of adversity and remove it quitting attitudes from our vocabulary, we'll instead learn to persevere. Church is the best place to learn that! We learn to love one another despite our faults. We learn to press on to become a victor like Him! Galatians 6:9 (NIV) "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." 

Think about this: Spouses fight, children fight, quarrels happen all the time, but because you are a family, you work it out a day at a time while learning to walk in love as your goal. That’s how it is in the local church. The local church helps you learn this so you practice it in your family! This is God's will. But if you didn't know that, you'd quit and miss out on the plan that He has to help spiritually mature you!

If you read the story of Moses, you see that he had to manage all of God’s people. They were spiritually undeveloped and immature—a whiny, ornery, sometimes rebellious bunch. But God still loved them and Moses still had to work with them. There were times where Moses wanted to quit. Yet he didn't because He loved God and loved the people and knew he had to persevere while praying and interceding for them.

One day God spoke words to Moses that each of us would long to hear from Him. He said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17) This was the same as God proclaiming He was Moses's friend. Then God revealed Himself to Moses in a special way.  Serving God from a pure heart has its special moments and rewards from God.

Learning to serve God’s plan by serving others through the local church is a critical and significant part of God’s plan to mature us. We are family. We don’t quit that plan, we realize that it’s God’s plan to help us grow up and mature with godly character.
We've all been hurt by other Christians and we've all probably hurt other Christians. But, like family, we hang in there, forgive and have mercy on each other, and purpose to do better as we grow and mature. We all hope to grow up together to bless and influence this world with the gospel of Jesus and with His loving touch operating in and through us. When we do so, we will be the ones that benefit the most from His glorious plan! And will have grown up and become His friend!

Ephesians 4:13 (MSG) "until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 15, 2019

A True Game-Changer: Heart-Felt Appreciation

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There's a paradox I think most of us have experienced in life, that I've been reminded of lately. The paradox is this: Acts of kindness from you toward others is often un or underappreciated. Why is that so? I don't know but look the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. The magnitude of severity that disease created in their life was beyond words. Suddenly Jesus heals them all yet only one comes back to thank Him. Who can explain that? Not me. But it happens in life and for that reason, I encourage you not to be one of the thankless nine!

If you're thinking, We shouldn't do things so that we are appreciated, I could not agree with you more. And yet, appreciation serves a wonderful purpose which is why Jesus spoke to the one leper who came to thank Him saying, Where there not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Jesus wasn't looking to be thanked. He simply knew it wasn't normal or healthy for those nine not to be thankful and full of appreciation.

By the grace of God I've had a few special people touch my life with appreciation that I'll never forget. I'll tell you the story of one.

One afternoon, my doorbell rang. There at my door was a young man who had become special to me. He was on one of the serving teams of my monthly leadership breakfast of about 250 men. He had started a business and had asked if I would mentor him. I told him that my schedule did not allow me the time for personal mentoring but that if he stayed involved in a few areas of ministry with me, he would be able to see how I executed leadership and learn many things that would help him. As it turned out, I did manage to create a few opportunities to personally meet, talk, and help him from time-to-time. He wanted to be mentored in areas of biblical leadership, business, and integrity. He was always a deeply respectful, appreciative, and honoring type person.

Overtime, he became very successful in his business, and became a great husband, father, and leader. As far as I was concerned, his business was one of the best around for what they did. I had hired his company on a few occasions for work I needed done and their work was always excellent.

So anyway, here he was at my door, yet I didn’t know why. He proceeded to tell me how much my influence on his life had helped him become who he was, and how appreciative he was for my help. He wanted to do something truly significant to show me his appreciation. I assured him that his words were gracious and kind, greatly appreciated. I needed nothing more. He proceeded to give me a gift—a watch that was beautiful and had great value. I was astounded! As valuable as the watch was, it was the thought and his heart behind it that made it one of the most meaningful gifts of appreciation I’ve ever received. But to be honest, it cost him a significant amount of money. And to him, that was the point. He wanted his appreciation to be more than just words.

I’ve tried to help others throughout my Christian life. It's who God has shaped me to be. I have never looked for or expected anything back. Now, without being offensive, let me say that men typically aren’t very good at showing or expressing appreciation—especially in any kind of meaningful way. This man and this act of appreciation and kindness was one of those few exceptions in my life.

So why am I telling you this today? I have written this to say that there are people around you who make consistent personal sacrifices to make your life better—to be a touch of God's love in your life. Do you know who they are? Have you thought about but not taken the time to let them know you appreciate their effort? You want to do so! You know why? Because an attitude of graditude will enrich your life and shape you into a better person. Forget how that would happen. Just know that its true. Walk it out and experience it for yourself. When you become one who notices and appreciate the efforts of others, it increases the valuable of what they do for you. It also encourages them that the sacrificial effort they make is appreciated. It strengthens and energizes them to keep on being a blessing. If you don't think this is true, go read how Jesus wasn't honored or appreciated in his own home town and consequently could do no mighty miracles. Appreciation is not just for others. It strengthens and shapes your own faith and character! So go for it! Thank and appreciate someone who's blessing your life. Make it a core value in your life. Do this and your life will become even richer than it is now!

1 Thessalonians 5:12 (Message Bible) “And now, friends, we ask you to honor those who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Your Robe, Your Ring, and Your Sandals

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This is one of my all-time most read blog posts. I updated it for you and pray it will bless you! Thanks, Pastor Tim 

I am sure that most of you have heard of or have read the story of the prodigal son. If there were ever a story to read over and over and over again, it’s this story. If there were ever a story taught by Jesus with the intention of helping us understand the Lord’s love, patience, mercy and grace toward us—despite our daily slip ups and failures, it’s this story.

Over time, the Holy Spirit will teach you a thousand lessons through this story if you will approach it with the purpose of being taught, each time you read it. Today, I’d like to point a few very important things that will help us receive God’s strength to live mightily before Him.

It's Party Time: The Prodigal Son

The prodigal son decides he wants his inheritance and wants to move out so he can party! His father obliges him. When he left home, I imagine him to be much like many teenagers or young adults today. I believe he wanted to spread his wings, experience more of life, find out for himself who he was, and experience life his way. He probably had only one person on his mind that he cared for—himself! Of course this led him to every wrong place life can take someone. He quickly goes out, buys friendships and squanders all his money away. When his money ran out, so did his friends! They were history. The son had to go work with pigs to earn some money. It was at that time that the lights came on for him! He had been stupid and knew it. Now what should he do?    

Luke 15:17-23 NIV "When he (the prodigal son) finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man." ‘“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.' "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast…”

When he “came to his senses” he came home humbled before his father. How did his father greet him? With the celebration of a loving parent who had always been watching and praying for him. He was a man of faith, not despair. He knew that his son was not under his control nor anyone's except the enemy of his soul as long as he yielded to wrong choices. He believed that faith-filled prayers would move the heart of God so that God would continuously work to remind this wayward young man of those that loved him. Thirdly, his father was a man of great love, patience, grace, and mercy. He was praying and carried great expectation that at some moment his son would return. When he saw his son approaching, he ran out to meet him. The father’s goal was not to berate, humble or shame his son—not to say, I told you so. Nor to make him pay for his stupidity and squandering. It was to sincerely rejoice and greet him with a heart of love and forgiveness, embracing him with the grace and love of a father. This was the greeting that no prodigal would expect or feel worthy of. This kind of love is overwhelming because it makes one feel so undeserving, yet when accepted, brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.

I am sure the son wanted to apologize a thousand times over. The father probably listened only to satisfy his son’s need to repent. From there he moved toward restoration. He put the finest robe on his son. That robe represents the robe of righteousness provided through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is the garment that God covers each of us with so that when he looks at us, He only sees us washed in white and as His child. “Our sins He remembers no more.” (Hebrews 10:17) That robe is what symbolizes us as acceptable and justified—seen as not guilty before the Lord. That was the first act of the Father to his son who had come home. This kind of love brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.

Next the father put a ring on his finger. To us that ring symbolizes the authority of being a child of God. It represents the authority given us through the name of Jesus. It symbolizes the strength given us through the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation and sin. It symbolizes the discernment to beware of the deceitful schemes of the enemy to draw us off course. It gives us the confidence to pray faith-filled prayers. The ring is symbolic of the source of our authority to live an overcoming life for God. This kind of love brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose.

Finally, the father put sandals on his son’s feet symbolizing his loving welcome home and a new beginning to share with others the kind of love that his father had shown him. God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation—the sharing of His grace and love with the world around us. This kind of love brings great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose. His sandals represented God's purpose for us. Freely you have received, now freely give. 

And then He celebrated His son! God’s love brings us great acceptance, healing, and renewed purpose to all. We are all prodigal sons. God died for us while we were sinners! He put a robe of righteousness on you to cover your flaws, a ring on your finger to use the name and authority of Jesus in prayer, and sandals on our feet so we could rise up as ambassadors sharing the depth of God's love with others as our purpose.

This story is about God's love redeeming you and I to a new life in Him. So let's go live it!

Isaiah 60:1 (NKJV)"Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."  

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Defeating Demonic Attacks Against Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was reading in Psalms 44. Not only reading, but trying to memorize some verses that the Lord had emphasized to me as critical to stand upon in faith this year. Psalm 44:4-5 (NLT) “You are my King and my God. You command victories for your people. Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes.”

As I was committing them to memory, I had the thought: Most people in America couldn't relate to these scriptures. Israelis are surrounded by their enemies—enemies who plot and work toward their destruction daily. In this country, we've been so protected on the home-front from military attacks, people seldom ever worry about a foreign enemy attacking us on our soil. Pearl Harbor was devastating, yet because it happened in Hawaii, away from the mainland, it was not the same as happening here. The Cuban Missile Crisis was probably one of the greatest recent threats and that was way back in 1961. For many it wasn't until 9/11 in 2001 when the United States experienced a horrific terrorist attack that enemies and foes became more real to the non-military, everyday civilian in this country. Even than, it wasn't like the 6-day war Israel faced in 1967. Israel to this day still lives under daily threat of foes and enemies. So unless people in this nation have experienced military encounters through their service in the military or loss of a loved one in action, “pushing back enemies and trampling foes” can be difficult to relate to.

As Christians we shouldn't be unfamiliar with these ideas! If you've had very little exposure to the Bible, then imaging battles between God’s angels and Satan's demons sounds like something better left to the sci-fi channel.

This is far too large a subject to tackle in a devotion, but I will say this; the demonic world is real and demons work behind the scenes to destroy and undermine everything that is good and of God. Satan is behind all the evil in this world. God will one day destroy all evil but He hasn't done so yet. To do so He would have to also judge all those participating in any kind of evil whatsoever, including all of mankind today. He sent Jesus to save mankind, not destroy it. His plan to save man while pushing back evil continues on today!

Trampling our enemies is and should be very real to us. We are to trample upon the demonic spirits that come against the church, our family, our children, our lives, our nation, and anything you see that bears the constant presence or attack of evil.  ISIS may seem like the extreme of evil but it goes all the way down to the perverts, drug pushers, and world of evil people that are at work in our society today—including those coming against you for no apparent reason! Any attack against your life is something you should resist!

How do we trample our enemies? We do so in prayer. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said in Luke 10:19-20 (NIV) "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."  When Jesus said “snakes and scorpions,” by reading further you see He was referring to evil spirits. Again, Jesus said,  “I give you authority to trample….” This is called spiritual authority and as a believer you have it to use in prayer using Jesus name!

The Apostle Paul brought more insight saying, Ephesians 6:11-12 (NLT) “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.”

The thought of praying and taking authority over the enemy trying to steal your job or livelihood may be unfamiliar to you. You may not be facing soldiers and foreign enemies literally invading your home like in some countries. But, there is an invasion of the enemy trying to steal your faith and confidence that God loves you and wants to bless you. Demonic forces are at work trying to steal the blessing of God from every area of your life. We trample them by taking authority over them in prayer. You’ve been given authority. Rebuke every attack of the enemy coming against you, your home, your loved ones, and your nation in Jesus name today!

Psalm 44:4-5 “You are my King and my God. You command victories for your people. Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Master Your Lazy Flesh!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Probably like you, I’d describe my life as fairly busy. My heart wants to be productive and do good things—especially helping others. My flesh isn’t always on that same page. It would like to be more sedentary. When I have free time for myself, except for getting rest when I need it, I would rather do something productive than just sit around. I’d rather spend time with Renee or garden or go golfing. I'd rather write a blog or tweet on Twitter that encourages someone. I'd be happier doing something for a neighbor than just sitting around. I’d rather connect with friends, or get an errand done, or go out for a power-walk. But, despite being and feeling like this, my flesh often screams Let's just do nothing! It wants to be lazy. I hate and resist letting myself be lazy. Why? Because your body wants to be lazy and if it could, it would take over and lobby for being lazy all the time! If I let that happen, lazy is what I’d become. And I’ve noticed that over all the years, that’s never changed. There are times when I think I can hear my body screaming, Will you leave me alone. I just want to do nothing!

The reason I don't leave it alone is because I don’t want to look back on my life with regret. I guess we will all have some regrets from mistakes we’ve made. We can’t get around that. But I don’t want to have regrets of wasting the precious time that Jesus has given me on this earth. I don’t know if there is anything more exciting in this life than having a purpose-filled life. And when your purpose is to influence others with the touch of Jesus’ love, I don’t think it gets better than that!

This means that I have to be the boss over my own lazy flesh. There are many ways I walk that out such as accepting opportunities and become committed to things I believe the Lord is leading me to do.  I have my core disciplines—spiritually, mentally, and physically that I execute faithfully. I can’t let my flesh dictate what I eat or the disciplines of my exercise routine. If I did, it would be junk food and no exercise. I have to eat well and moderate what I eat including cutting out those foods I’ve had a lousy track record with. I have to discipline myself to get enough exercise to stay on the up side of physical fitness. And, I need to refresh myself continuously in God’s Word and the promises of His love and help. I also fall on my knees thanking Him and asking for His grace and help. I’d have to continuously ask for His strength, right motivation, and a good attitude.

This is what helps me dominate my lazy whining flesh so that it becomes a slave to me. If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s this; your flesh will learn to cooperate with your heart and it can become disciplined and accustomed to do what you want it to do. But, give it an inch and begin to let it pick up some bad habits, and it will take you down the flesh-out road as fast as you will let it. So I don’t! With the help of God’s grace which is very tangible to me, I don’t! I talk to and lean on God for His help all day long! I push myself to do what is profitable. Renee is the same. Together we help & encourage each other!

Today I am looking in the mirror and reminding my flesh who’s the boss. It’s my spirit— my inward man taught and led by the Holy Spirit. Being the boss over my lazy flesh gives opportunity for God to have His way in me. And so today I will think upon those powerful and motivating words of God spoken through the Apostle Paul:

1 Cor. 9:24-27 “…Run in such a way as to get life’s prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Protect Good Relationships or Live a Wounded Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I don't know of more harmful weakness overall in the body of Christ than the unwillingness to work through relational conflict. I would’t be surprised if most of us have had a close friend take offense by something we've said or done, (or not done) at some point in life. The majority of all personal daily conflict is born out of miscommunication and misunderstanding. You've heard the words and said the words...   I thought you said...   I thought you meant... That's not what I said... Yes it was!  

Life is fast paced and research shows that the majority of people are not good listeners! If you are congratulations, but, you may want to verify that with your spouse or good friend.

We all have times where we're like that child who's laser-focused on something and deaf to our surroundings. We all get distracted. There are countless reasons why people don't fully pay attention or listen as well as they should. But the bottom line is, those moments happen frequently and lead to the misunderstanding of what we thought we've heard. When misunderstanding happens, people get offended because of misinformed perspectives that lead to arguing, offense, and putting up walls. Though the Bible instructs us to resolve conflict, the amount of conflicts in your life that have never been settled to your satisfaction are staggering! Don't believe me? Just think about it for a few days. Ask the Lord to point them out. He will!

When misunderstanding happens, people work quickly to justify themselves, sharing their view of the problem with would-be sympathizers. That sharing is really gossip. Your justification will always carry your perspective but that doesn't mean your perspective is right. It's why God wants to quickly move toward mercy and forgiveness. If issues are not worked out, the chasm between two people grows farther apart and bitterness begins to set in. Then friendships are injured or even destroyed. That’s what Psalms 41:9 (NLT) implies, "Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me." 

Two people verbally duking it out—especially husbands and wives, will eventually say hurtful things and even trash each other's character and reputation. As bitterness begins to take root, it gets more difficult to resolve misunderstandings and issues. This is such a sad thing and especially when it's over a misunderstanding. Things could be resolved between two Christians if they humbled themselves and took the high road to work it out—especially friends! A person that isn't loyal to a friendship doesn't know what friendship is and doesn't know how to be a true friend. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” The roots  of Christian love and loyalty in a good friendship should run deep, yet some Christians act petty and reckless, willing to discard a good friendship over a misunderstanding. That begs the question; Was that person ever a good friend to begin with?  

Every Christian's personal development and efforts toward maturity must have a foundation of forgiveness and overlooking offense. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) says, "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."  We forgive others when they don't deserve it because Jesus forgave us when we did not deserve it. We overlook offense when others do wrong because we desire the mercy of God to overlook our short-comings daily!  If this is not the foundation of your maturity then you simply aren't mature. Ouch! Sorry about that!

As Christians maturing in our faith, we should first; work toward the purging of being easily offended from our character. This is what the Apostle Paul exhorted us to do in Acts 24:16. “… I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.”  Paul understood how often petty offences could happen and how important it was to overlook them, never giving them a chance to take root.

Secondly, as Christians maturing in our faith, we must learn to value friendships and relationships enough to work through conflict quickly. That happens best when you stop a conflict before it begins. You do that by pausing, calming yourself down, and instinctively thinking, this might be a misunderstanding. Take the time to be sure you are hearing what they said correctly.  Staying humble and willing to quickly apologize when there is a misunderstanding is learning to put a dagger in the majority of all conflicts you'll have—including the imaginary ones you have in your mind! Shut them down!

Third, as Christians maturing in our faith, when you do get into a conflict, you must do your best to value the relationship enough to be the calming agent and desire to work through it with the goal of forgiveness and reconciliation. You may even want to do that when you feel in the right and the other person is being stubborn or reckless. If that happens, then at least you've done what's right, regardless of what they do. You can live with yourself much easier knowing you sincerely tried.

The question for you today is, do you know the true value of a good relationships and have you done your best to guard them? Do you get fickle and trash someone because you are in unresolved conflict? Do you realize how God feels about this? Today is the day to grow up in the Lord and guard relationships, not destroy them. As Proverbs 17:9 says, “He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 04, 2019

Supernatural Provision and Protection in Times of Hardship

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Hardships show up in every single person's life at some point! Some draw closer to God in those times but even more abandon God! In 1 Kings 17:1-2 we read about Elijah, a great prophet of God. God is about to do something in the earth having to do with judgment over the ungodly leaders of the land. This judgment will affect the people and hardship will come. When you read a story like this, it's good to try and imagine it happening in this real world that we live in. Of course no one else on the planet was aware of what God was about to do. Even Elijah, whom God was going to use, may have only had partial knowledge of all that would result. Elijah was a trusted messenger of God and about to be used by God to prophesy and declare the coming days. Once Elijah spoke those words, they would go into effect.


We read: "Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, 'As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.' 1 Kings 17:1 (NIV)"  

Put yourself in the shoes of someone living in that day—maybe a farmer or cattle raiser. Suddenly the beginning of a three-year drought begins. It will gravely affect everything and everyone. It is a judgment and it’s going to happen. Maybe you did nothing to deserve any part of it. Maybe you still love God like Elijah did and are living for Him. Are you still then affected by it? The answer is yes! This kind of judgment can affect everyone. There are specific reasons judgment comes, but to those that follow the Lord and love Him, they have to have faith. They have to have faith that God will minister to them and lead them through these seasons of life with supernatural protection and provision such as when Moses led the children of Israel to the Promised Land.

Can you imagine God commanding blessing to manifest in your life to provide for you during a time like this? Elijah was affected by the drought. And to make matters worse, he knew he would be persecuted by the King for even speaking the words he did! But God commanded provision and protection for Elijah as long as Elijah followed God's direction. As soon as Elijah spoke the words God wanted him to speak, the Lord then said to him "Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook at a place east of where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food." (1 Kings 17:3-4 (NIV) It says God commanded ravens to bring him food. God will always command your provision when you look to Him in faith! Always! Are you leaning on Him? Are you looking to Him in faith?

Hardship takes its toll. At the end of three years, God told Elijah there were still 7,000 people who hadn't abandoned Him to serve other gods. That’s really not very many when you are talking over a million people. Hardship takes its toll. People give up on God. God does care and will manifest provision if they will seek Him for it in faith. Hardship may seem to touch your life. You may seem to suffer some losses, but in the end God will provide and God will redeem what was stolen. The question is; Can you believe in His love for you? Can you stand in faith? Do you believe He hasn't deserted you? The devil will sing your hardships in your ear. He would
like to convince you that God has abandoned you. During Job’s difficulties (brought on by Satan), Job’s wife said to Job: “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die." (Job 2:9 (NIV)

Psalm 34:19 (NIV) says, "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all." Circumstances in life can discourage you. Satan has an army of discouragers—people who've become discouraged and practice "misery loves company."  Can you find personal encouragement through the promise of God's word? Are you hiding these promises in your heart so that you can think about them at every point of discouragement? If you can, then talk to God about Him leading you into supernatural protection and provision and trust that He will provide what you need now, and restore to you over time what has been lost. Remember: Deuteronomy 4:31 (NIV) “For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath.”

1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV) "David was greatly distressed...but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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