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Friday, February 28, 2020

Supernatural Help in Making Changes

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever noticed all the things you think about changing that you've never got done?  I should be more disciplined.  I need to be nicer to my husband.  I need to be nicer to my wife.  I need to spend more quality time with my kids. I really need to set up our budget. I need to start planning for retirement. I need to quit smoking. I need to go to church regularly. I need to get involved serving somewhere in church.  I have got to start eating better.  I need to get into an exercise  routine.  I need to lose this extra weight.  I need get up earlier and spend time reading the Bible and praying.  I need to get my butt of the couch and do something more productive.  I need to stop drinking and get help, and on and on. Honest people admit they think repeatedly about change, but execute few of them successfully.

This might make you laugh but it will help motivate honest thinking. Imagine someone were to give you a hundred-dollar bill for every time you thought about making a change you felt was needed. And five-hundred dollar bill for each time you attempted to make one of those changes (even if you failed in the first ten minutes.) Would you suddenly have more money than Bill Gates?

The road to Hell, the road to failure, and the road to disappointment are all roads paved with good intentions! And not one is giving out hundred-dollar bills for them. The reality we all face is this: We all think about and desire to make changes that mentally don’t seem like they would be that difficult to make. Yet as we begin to initiate them, they suddenly feel overwhelming and impossible to carry out. Why is that? There are many reasons including demonic warfare. Satan tries to keep you enslaved and stuck in your rut. He'll oppose your desire for personal change for the better. Especially if it means you’ll become a better person that loves God and loves others with His love.

It’s only with God’s help that we'll experience meaningful and lasting change. This is the time Jesus’ words from Mark 10:27 speak loudly. Jesus said, "With man this is impossible, but with God; all things are possible."

Let me share strategies that God gives us from His Word to help us achieve victory in making changes in our lives. 

First: Know what you want to change in and commit to praying about it consistently for a good period of time before you actually attempt to make the change. If you pray consistently about it before you attempt the change, your chances of succeeding are far greater! Why? Because you've heart is being prepared first! Philippians 4:6 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” You know what a petition is. It’s a formal request for something desired. In the Greek, the word for petition actually originates from a word meaning to beg! That encompasses knowing two things: What it is you want, and begging as though you were needy and needed help. You do. Admit it. Write down your petition or your list of things you desire to personally change in. Understand that unless you (pray and beg) realizing you can’t do this without God, you will not succeed. Humble yourself and understand that the strength to live out God’s will is only within receiving His help in your attempts to change.

My prayers sound something like this: Lord, without the help of your Holy Spirit, I won't have the strength to continue so I am asking you to strengthen my by your spirit! Prepare my heart and mind and help me walk in your grace! Is it really important to pray like this? Yes! James 4:2 (NLT) says, “… And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God for it.” And Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Secondly, be tenacious in prayer and give God time to work in your heart and prepare you! Be the little kid that was promised a treat from daddy and never lets Daddy forget! Daddy, you said…. Daddy, you promised… You know how kids are. They don’t just think it, they say it because they know it’s been promised to them! God’s grace to change has been promised to you. Be tenacious like a child in asking. Pray for God's grace (His supernatural help) because without His grace which is His power working in you, you'll fail.

Thirdly, don’t stop asking. Because there are demonic forces working to stop you, Jesus taught this truth. Luke 18:1 (NLT) says, “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up.”  Colossians 4:2 (NIV) says, "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."

Understand Satan is opposing you. Instead, you oppose Him! Ephesians 6:10-13 (NLT) says, "A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm."

The reason I said to pray for a period of time (for me it's usually a month) before you initiate change is because as you pray, godly desire and motivation for change grows stronger within you. One day you'll know you are ready to begin and succeed in your desired change because you can't wait to start! God's prepared you! Keep asking for strength until you've finished your course and then pray to hold on to your success! By that time, your asking will turn into excitement and thanksgiving! This is how Supernatural Change comes and helps you succeed!

Matthew 21:21 (NLT2) "Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen."
                                           
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Chance to Do Life Over! It's Yours!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One morning I was meditating on the verses that represent the initiator of the greatest gift ever given to mankind. When this gift is received, life truly begins. I was meditating on the verses in Romans 10:9-13. (NKJV) They say,  “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

These words given to us by God through the Apostle Paul represent the birth of a miracle. They represent an answer to a prayer request. The majority of people, will at some point in their life, have the thought, If only I could start over and do it right.  The words from those verses in Romans are the starting gate and trigger to that request. 

They are the words that represent the asking of Jesus into your life to be your Lord and Savior. They are the words that initiate from God, the forgiveness of all your sins. They are the words that clean your spiritual house so the Holy Spirit can come and live within you. They are the words that open your eyes to see life through God’s eyes. They are the words that open your heart to understanding God’s word and that make His Word powerful and effective and produce life change. They are the words that trigger an intimate relationship between you and God almighty.

These are the words that instructed me to pray and ask Jesus to come into my life, to be my Lord and Savior, and to allow me to start life over and do it right. I prayed this prayer when I was 24 years old. Life truly did start over and God’s promise of making me a new person through Jesus came true. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

If you've never prayed and asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, the Bible says Today is the day! We don't know if there will be a tomorrow for us. Seldom ever does some know when they will die. So God exhorts us by saying Today is the day!  The Bible tells is that we can KNOW, not HOPE,  that we have eternal life. You know your name! You know your age! Do you know your going to Heaven when your day comes or do you only hope it? God wants us to know! And it begins with a simple prayer asking Jesus to be your Savior!  Click here to learn more and pray that prayer! When you do, you will have been given a new chance to start life over! And to know that Heaven with Jesus will be your forever home! Today is the day! Oh and if you've already committed your life to Christ, why don't you forward this to someone you know who is still looking for answers!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Where Changing Lives and Making a Difference Begins!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One morning, I was having breakfast with my son Peter. He was in college full-time but also working full-time as a manager at a fast-food restaurant. I asked him how things were going at college and at work and he began to share a story with us.

"Dad, I work with this one guy. He doesn't come across as the most intelligent person and that seems to have hindered his getting promoted. But dad, he is the nicest guy I've ever worked with! He has two kids and doesn't make that much money. He has a pair of shoes that have got to be ancient. They're old and absolutely worn out. I am going to buy him a new pair of shoes!" At that moment, I was so proud of my son. He was a full-time college student and money was extremely tight for him. Even so, he saw someone else’s need and decided to do something about it. It seemed as though a powerful truth I had tried to impart to him over the course of his life was manifesting—one person can make a difference in life even if it's just one person at a time.

If Jesus ever taught us anything, and the truth is He taught us countless things, He taught us that one person can make an immeasurable difference. His life on earth is the greatest example of that truth we will ever know. So many people want to do great things! Too often, people have good intentions and want to do good things for others. The problem is, they imagine doing such grandiose things that in all likelihood they won’t do, that they let the little opportunities that they could do, pass by. The result being good intentions but little to nothing being done. What a shame because people can make a difference in small ways in someone’s life every day!

James 1:17 NLT says, "Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father..." Everything good comes from God! Never forget that! This means when you feel your heart being prompted to do something good for someone—it’s most likely being steered by God. In 1 Corinthians 4:7 NLT the Apostle Paul put it like this, "...What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?"  The point here is this; if the good we receive or do is from and with the help of God, then why do we want the credit? Why don’t we forget about whether anyone ever knows the good we do and just do it unto the Lord giving Him credit and thanks for helping us to be this way?

Jesus teaches us that there is great blessing in making a difference but not looking for public credit or glory. We read it in Matthew 6:3-4 NIV, "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Making a difference in the lives of others can be a daily thing. It's sacrificially touching one person's life with some random act of kindness. It may be the giving of moral support or taking time to pray for someone or the giving of resources or time. It may be making an even greater sacrifice you feel prompted to make. The bottom line is, learn to follow those promptings from God and watch your heart and life change. You'll become more generous by God's doing and you'll receive more of His grace and supply enabling you to be that way. But it won't begin when you feel like you have the resources or time. It will begin when you just follow the prompting and make the sacrifice to obey God.

In Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV, we see that this was a cry from God's heart to His people at a time when they had appeared to have lost their way. It says, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.” We dream about changing the whole world. It starts by trusting that God will lead you and work through you to stand in the gap in small ways for others.

This made me so proud of my son Peter. God was working in His heart and He was paying attention and acting on it. It's a critical spiritual truth to grasp and one God would love for us all to learn. Stand in the gap  and do what you can—even in the smallest ways!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Never Give Up at What's Right!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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Never Give Up at What's Right! 
(Author Unknown) 

A journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a long, long time. So she went to check it out.

She went to the Western Wall and there he was walking slowly up to the holy site. She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane in a very slow fashion, she approached him for an interview.

"I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years."

"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the hatred to stop, and I pray for all our children to grow up in safety and friendship."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a wall."

God would have you pray through things He puts on your heart. Some things will be a life-long issue of prayer. Others will be answered in seconds. It depends on who is willing to obey the influence of God that comes from your prayers. 

Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)"I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God." 


Revelation 8:4 (NIV) "The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

This Powerful Force to Restore Your Joy!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Early one morning, I'd only been up about ten minutes when I found my mind preoccupied with troubled thoughts over a negative situation I needed to resolve. To know me is to know I feel violated when my mind is filled with worry! It's not God's way and it's not mine! His word teaches us to cast our cares unto Him. 1 Peter 5:7 (RSV) says, "Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you." Until we do, we can feel like hostages to worry. We are never to be hostages. Jesus has made us free and 99% of the time, I live that way!

Instead of worrying, I decided to get on my knees and worship the Lord. I began to sing Psalm 23 to Him in the first person,  “Oh Lord you are my shepherd, I shall not want. You make me to lie down in green pastures, You lead me beside still waters, You restoreth my soul…” At that point I could go no further. I knew the Lord wanted me to stop there. He was speaking to me through the words, “You restoreth my soul.”

I suddenly could see something. The Lord began to show and remind me of how He had restored my soul day-after-day. He reminded me of previous times my thoughts were clouded with cares and worries. He reminded me of how He spoke to me through His Word and redirected my thoughts to a faith-filled perspective where I would see Him working, knowing He'd turn what the devil meant for evil, for good. I would be instantly encouraged and just like that, my thoughts were back on a right track—in faith trusting that the Lord was working with me.

The enemy of your soul is always trying to lead your thought-life in a negative direction of fear and despair. His goal? To dash your hope and get you to give up and walk away from God. When we become consumed with lies and discouragement from the enemy, we digress in thoughts and emotional stability. But when we pause and lift our heart to the Lord in worship of who He is, He reminds us of scriptures that encourage and refresh us in hope and promise. And when that happens, I break out in thanks for God's Holy Spirit living within me.

I wonder how many Christians really get and understand that the most powerful force in all the universe abides within them? It’s true! If you are a Christian, Jesus imparted these words to all who would believe. Take a moment and reflect on them!

John 15:4 NLT “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me.”

He tells us He will remain IN us. He then tells us the purpose and future of the Holy Spirit coming to abide within those that will believe.

John 14:16-17 NLT says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize Him. But you do, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”

The Holy Spirit living within us! If that isn’t powerful enough, then God’s Word tells us that the Holy Spirit is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead that now abides in us! Romans 8:11 NLT “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as He raised Christ from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.”

If we'll pause and yield time to reading His Word and praying, then each and every day the Holy Spirit of God will help us. He will restore the calm and right thinking to our lives that keeps us in a good place and on the right path with Him. It’s powerful to have your soul—your mind and emotions restored by God! And this is why He is called “My Shepherdwho restores my soul.”  He lives within me and you! Wow! Thank you Jesus!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 17, 2020

A Mistake You Don't Want to Make!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The Bible's filled with stories of people who felt like they were facing impossible situations. And that's great, because people today still feel like they come up against impossible situations. I know I have at times. How about you? I love reading these kinds of stories because they encourage my heart!

In Genesis, we read about Jacob. He and his family were living at the time of a great famine. There was no more food to be found in his own land but he heard there was grain in Egypt. He sent his sons there to buy food and over time, they found that it was their brother Joseph, the one they had sold into slavery that was running the country under Pharaoh.  It's a beautiful story of God's faithfulness and restoration. Joseph had been led by God to save all of Egypt by saving up for the famine he knew was coming. Pharaoh didn't know God but could tell that Joseph did and consequently, gave him control over preparing for a famine he knew was coming. And because of Pharaoh's love and appreciation for Joseph, he invited Joseph's family to come live in Egypt under his care. He even offered to let them live in the land of Goshen, the best land in that part of the world at a time when the world was suffering from famine. Jacob and his sons knew this was a gift from God and the fulfillment of His promise to them.

Jacob and his family moved into Goshen, they were a tribe of less than 200. Over the next four hundred years, they grew to a tribe of over a million. As Pharaohs changed, so did the living conditions for Jacob's family. They became despised, hated, and slaves of the new Pharaohs over time. As they cried out to God, sent Moses to deliver them. That resulted in one supernatural event after another. They saw God protect them from plagues that devastated the Egyptians. They saw God part the Red Sea for them to walk through, and then God let it close upon and drown Pharaoh's army. God guided them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They saw God supernaturally protect them and provide for them bringing a supernatural food supply called manna from Heaven and water from rocks. Yet despite all this, one complaint after another came from these ungrateful people's lives! Too many of them really didn’t care about God. They just cared about their daily living conditions. They wanted a genie more than they wanted a God.

Again we hear about their continuous complaints in Exodus 17:1-7(NLT.) “At the Lord's command, the people of Israel left the Sin Desert and moved from place to place. Eventually they came to Rephidim, but there was no water to be found there. So once more the people grumbled and complained to Moses. "Give us water to drink!" they demanded. "Quiet!" Moses replied. "Why are you arguing with me? And why are you testing the Lord?" But tormented by thirst, they continued to complain, "Why did you ever take us out of Egypt? Why did you bring us here? We, our children, and our livestock will all die!" Complaining, blaming either God or Moses, and grumpling became their life. This is what people do when they are under pressure and have little or no faith in God.

The verses continue: “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord, "What should I do with these people? They are about to stone me!" The Lord said to Moses, "Take your shepherd's staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile. Then call some of the leaders of Israel and walk on ahead of the people. I will meet you by the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come pouring out. Then the people will be able to drink." Moses did just as he was told; and as the leaders looked on, water gushed out. Moses named the place Massah—"the place of testing"—and Meribah—"the place of arguing"—because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, "Is the Lord going to take care of us or not?"

How could these people have approached God and Moses with such unbelief? They could have remembered everything God had done for them and their forefathers. They could have come in an attitude of worship and said, “Moses, we know you are led by God and that God is with us. He has revealed Himself and His love to us over and over again. We have come to worship Him and thank Him with you. We would rather die in this desert thirsty in praise of Him than under the evil hand of Pharaoh. Please lead us in worship and thanks.” If that had happened, not only would they have seen God’s provision, but also Moses would not have named the place for testing and arguing.

When you enter into what appears as an impossible situation, can you pause and reflect what God has done for you in the past? Can you remember Jesus' words in Luke 18:27 (NIV) "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Can you remember and be thankful and trust God who loved you so much, that He gave His Son to save you from your sins? Can you pray in faith believing and bow down in prayer and lay your situation at the feet of Jesus?  This  place alone is where God's love and your deliverance comes from. God showed us the mistakes and wrong attitudes of times past, so that we would not repeat those attitudes and behaviors in our life today!

Worship and thank God for His love through Jesus Christ, and His love and deliverance for us all. Have faith in God! Have faith in His promises to you!

Psalm 95:6-9 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 14, 2020

God's Majesty in a Deck of Cards

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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God's Majesty in a Deck of Cards author unknown

It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, "Why aren't you with the rest of the Platoon?" The soldier replied, "I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord." The sergeant said, "Looks to me like you're going to play cards." The soldier said, No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country. I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards." The sergeant asked in disbelief, "How will you do that?"

 "You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God....

 The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.

 The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

 The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

 The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

 The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation...

 The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives - the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.

 The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

 The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

 The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.

 The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

 The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

 When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year. There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.

 The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each suit has thirteen cards - there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.

So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for."

The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, "Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?"

Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting.

Psalm 111:3 (NLT)"Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fear Corrupts Your Life. Faith and Integrity Prosper It!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I gave my life to the Lord at the age of 24 years old. Prior to that, I didn't know the Lord as I do today. I knew Him as a story and holiday movie figure, but not personally or intimately. He was up there and I was down here. I figured that if He did exist, He was far too busy to give a rip about me. Consequently, I was not living my life for the Lord but for me—doing whatever I felt like doing. I was the Lord over my life and my goals were to accumulate cool stuff, have as much fun as possible, and try to be a reasonably good guy in the process.

I thought it was normal to connive or lie or cheat or even occasionally steal to get what I wanted. Almost everyone I knew thought that. Actually surveys have shown that most people do think that. And that is a problem that has hurt mankind from the beginning. Genesis 6:5 KJV says, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

There are many ways to steal that people considered normal, such as calling in sick for work and getting paid for it when they aren't sick. There were so many people doing that, that companies decided to call them personal days off (PTO) so they didn't have to listen to people’s lies. I am embarrassed to admit that before I gave my life to Jesus, I was guilty of this and other inappropriate behaviors and activities that many people consider normal, but the Bible considers sin. Jesus has taught me since then, that just because something is culturally normal and most everyone does it, does not mean that it's biblically acceptable. To the contrary, the Bible has taught me the things that are wrong and considered sin in God's eyes. And the Lord has helped me rid my life of them!

Jesus changed my perspective of how to live my life. His Holy Spirit graciously exposed my deception by illuminating His truths to me. Ephesians 4:28 NLT says, “If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work and then give generously to others in need.” When I first saw these words of instructions from God, the words were like a punch in the gut. I could also see my sins in Proverbs 6:18 NKJV.  “A heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil.”  It wasn’t that I was a big schemer or majorly evil, but I did see degrees of wrong imaginations, lying, and scheming to get what I wanted. His Word purged that from my life. While God teaching me a better way, He was never condemning me. John 3:17 (NKJV) "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." It's like He was saying, Let me show you how to think through these things with right motivation and integrity. It was to save me from myself and the evil influences in this world, and put me on a better path—His path that would lead to true joy, peace, and blessing!

All of these sins were a part of a bigger problem—fear! I would have never recognized that without the illumination of God's Word. I knew nothing about the promises of God. I figured you had to go out and get what you wanted no matter what it took and regardless of whom you hurt. I was fearful that I would never have enough and it led me to imagine and carry out evil and scheming thoughts. As I read that Bible, I discovered that everything good in life comes from God and that He is merciful and so very willing to help us with every need in our life—if we will just pray and have faith in His promises to do so.

We're supposed to be good and do good but we will always fall short. Jesus gave us His love when we did not deserve it. He forgave our sins when we did not deserve it. Psalm 103:10 NLT says, “He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does He deal harshly with us as we deserve." Instead He gives us His precious promises when we trust Him by faith rather than leaning on our own ability. 2 Peter 1:4 NIV says, "Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." Do we deserve His supernatural help? Do we deserve His supernatural protection? Do we deserve all His promises of blessing? No but He gives them to those who will trust and have faith in His desire to help. That and only that is what keeps people from lying, cheating, scheming, and conniving to meet their needs when times seem impossibly tough.

In chapter 19 we read about a thieving, conniving tax collector  named Zacchaeus. After he spent some time with Jesus, he experienced a complete transformation of heart.  Luke 19:8-9 (NIV) says, "But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham."

God wants you to have great faith in Him, not a life of fear and anxiety that tempts you to violate integrity. He wants His blessing upon your life. He wants to teach you honesty and integrity. He will teach you to be faithful and diligent. Have faith in Him and see His helping hand manifest over all your life as you patiently trust Him and forsake those things that have you operate out of fear.

Acts 3:25 NLT “You are the children of those prophets, and you are included in the covenant God promised to your ancestors. For God said to Abraham, 'Through your descendants all the families on earth will be blessed.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Opening the Eyes of Your Heart to His Blessing!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I have been writing Fresh Manna since the beginning of the year 2000. I am highly motivated to write because my heart wants to shout out to believers and unbelievers alike, that God is good, Life in God is full of His promises, and Life in God is filled with miracles. I have to confess. Sometimes I wonder if people get it. Sometimes I wonder if people really comprehend how exciting it is to live a life of faith believing God for every promise in His Word. If you didn’t understand that, you'd maybe only see a fraction of all that God is doing and wants to do in your life. It’s your heart-belief in His promises and leaning upon them that “opens the eyes of your understanding” so that you can see the Lord intimately working in, and loving you in your life. Expectancy in God helps you see God in the details. That in turn, increases your faith and helps you to experience Him more.

The Apostle Paul knew this and constantly wrote and talked about it. That's why we see him praying this for believers in Ephesians 1:18 (TLB) "I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future He has called you to share..." Paul prayed this prayer for those he had led to the Lord and for those he was helping to grow in the Lord. He knew how important it was for them to see and believe in God’s promises.

Every student of science and knows a simple truth; darkness in its darkest form cannot overtake light. John 1:4-5 NKJV says, “In Him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood (extinguished) it.” What this is saying is that where Jesus is, His light is. People may not be able to comprehend or understand it, but they cannot extinguish it. God's light—His love and promises, are always present and available.

What does that mean to you and I? Do you ever have dark times? Are you ever confused? Are you wondering what to do? Do you find yourself needing direction? Even though you may not presently see it, your starting point is to know that the light—the direction and help you need from God, is available to you and it's as close to you as your Bible is. That's what the Apostle Paul meant when he prayed that “the eyes of their understanding would be enlightened.”

Light overpower darkness. Darkness does not and cannot overpower light. And so, don't let Satan make you the victim of these words.  “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Open your heart to God's word and let His light give you the direction and help you need. Psalms 119:130 NIV says, "The unfolding of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand." 

If you have strayed from God, sincerely repent to Him. Acts 3:19 NIV says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Then PROCLAIM His promises over you life! Psalm 73:28 NKJV says, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”

If you love Jesus, light is available to you today. Remember how good a candle or flashlight feels in the dark? Draw near to Jesus and spend time in His promises. Having faith in them refreshes your hope. Have expectancy that the Holy Spirit will speak through God's Word and bring you the light that will lead you into God's direction, goodness, miracles, and blessing! It is His will for you!

Psalm 112:4 “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 07, 2020

Inspirational: The Best Sermons are Lived Not Preached

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The Best Sermons are Lived Not Preached
(author unknown)

Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."

Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70's - what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, "Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."

Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center."

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

Today at 7 a.m. I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3 p.m I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."

Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?" Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.

Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, "I hope you feel better soon."

Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today. If you need me, I'm a phone call away." It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, "We can share it. The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Ephesians 4:1-2 (NLT) "I... serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. "

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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