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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Loving Your Children Means That You'll Do This!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One day when my daughter Stephanie was about three years old and having a bad day, she laid down on the kitchen floor and threw the tantrums of all tantrums. That was not allowed and she quickly discovered that. I appropriately disciplined her. She never did that again. Parents want their children to grow up obedient, well-adjusted, and prepared to take on and succeed in this world. Good parents realize that this doesn't happen in a vacuum. God’s word teaches us that without boundaries which is what His Word, laws, and ways, establish in life, human life would end up in chaos. That is the meaning of Proverbs 29:18 NLT that says "When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy." This verse is in the midst of instructional verses focusing on discipline and boundaries for children and adults alike.

God’s word teaches us of the need and value of restraints and boundaries. Boundaries are not confining but to the contrary, liberating. They are designed to point us to that which brings blessing and to steer us away from that which could lead to a life of hurt, pain, destruction, and death.

Little Johnny and Sally’s parents tell them not to ride their scooters out into the street. Why? Because they want to take away their fun? No, because they want to protect them from harm. When children are defiant, consequences are to be clearly laid out and executed so as to bring their attitude and heart toward obedience. Proverbs 19:27 (NIV) warns, “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” Proverbs  19:20 (NIV) exhorts, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” These are the establishing of boundaries of obedience and wisdom that protect children and adults alike.

If we love our children, we lay these boundaries down for them. We also model them so they can imitate us over the progression of their lives. If we don’t love them, we let them do whatever they want to and we become hypocritical saying or modeling Do what I say, not what I do.  The result of that will be unruly and uncontrollable children that have little to no respect for anyone, and that grow to hate any form of restraint or boundaries. In this case you'll eventually hear the words, You can’t tell me what to do. I’ll do whatever I want! because they've headed straight toward life-long destructive behaviors. That is why Proverbs 13:24 (NIV) says that part of what love is, is discipline. “He who spares the rod (the parent who does not follow through with correction) hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him." If we don’t follow through in instructing our children in the knowledge and instruction of God’s Word and establishing boundaries with consistent discipline, then we contribute to their destruction. Proverbs  19:18 (NIV) says, “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.”

If I could, I’d force parents to sit down and watch at least ten episodes of Super Nanny. I sincerely believe that this show is God’s grace to parents. What I love is that you see before your very eyes, what happens to children without discipline and then what happens to children that are surrounded by the effective boundaries of discipline. The only missing ingredient is to teach them God’s love and heart and reason for showing respect and good behavior. You can provide that as you yourself learn from God’s Word.

Parents need to know that they have only a few years to set the course for just how their little Johnny or Susie is going to respond to their authority and other authority figures for the rest of their lives. Those early years between 3 and 5 are critical years to instruct them. Proverbs 19:18 (NLT) says, "Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives."

Our children learned boundaries, receiving correction and discipline. We taught them the importance of treating people with respect. This was mostly established in them by the time they were five years old. It minimized bad behavior going forward and made raising our children an absolute joy! (But of course, yes, we had our moments!)  They are now adults and great people and great friends. We love them and they love us.

Discipline applied consistently and appropriately are real proof of your love. God disciplines and chastises us with His Word. He speaks to our heart and we have to decide whether we are like obedient or unruly children. Likewise, were are to discipline our children appropriately and we need to do it especially in the early years (And again, appropriately!) As Proverbs 13:24 (NLT) says, "If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them."  This doesn't mean haul off and yell at them or hit them. It means stop and talk about the behavior in the moment. Make sure they understand the consequences. Execute them when they continue to disobey and walk through it again and again until you see the results you should see. It may be an intense few years but make your excuses and don't do this and it will fill your life with grief. Make the effort to get this part right and you will be doing yourself (and the world around you) a favor that will reward you for the rest of your life!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Heart of Memorial Day

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by Pastor Tim Burt

 The Heart of Memorial Day

This video has a way to make this special day, "Memorial Day," more real to those that may not have directly served their country by active duty in the military! I never did but have the greatest admiration and appreciation to God and to those that did give their life defending our freedom! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Psalm 110:3 (NLT) "In that day of battle, your people will serve you willingly. Arrayed in holy garments, your vigor will be renewed each day like the morning dew."

 The Heart of Memorial Day



In His love,
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Friday, May 22, 2020

God loves Israel and blesses those that bless His people!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

At some point in my childhood, I was taught by multiple influencers of my life—parents, school teachers, peers, etc., to never say never and always, because it was a signal I was exaggerating. We’ve probably all figured out that this is for the most part, true. But, I have also learned that when God uses words like always, never, forever, etc., He means exactly what He says and every word He speaks is true!

To Abram God spoke the forever word. He said He was going to bless Abram (Abraham) and his descendents forever!  In Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV we read about it. “Get out of your country, from your family and from our father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Concerning this land, God continued to say “...for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” (Genesis 13:15 NKJV) 

The Bible tells us that God never changes and that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Since the moment God promised this land to Abram, and Abram had faith in what God promised him, this land has always belonged to Abraham and his descendants—not just then, but FOREVER! Why? Because it was God's to give and He promised and gave it to Abraham. Because of Abraham's faith and trust in God, God raised up a people group of faith—Abraham being the father of this people group—the Jews, to establish this covenant with. Through Abraham and the Jews, God would reveal Himself and His ways to the world! Those that recognized and supported Israel and what God has promised were blessed. Those that opposed them become enemies of God. That is what you just read. And God said this land would belong to Abraham and his descendants forever! Every nation that has attacked the Jewish people throughout the years, has either been obliterated as a nation or paid a very steep price for their attack on Israel and the Jews. Does this mean that Israel and the Jewish people are perfect or never makes mistakes? We know better than that. But they are the nation that God chose to initially introduce Himself to the world. They are called the Apple of His Eye. When Jesus returns, He'll descend to Israel from where He ascended into Heaven.

God warns Christians in Romans chapter 11 to never become arrogant toward the Jews just because we know the Messiah is Jesus, while they are still awaiting the Messiah to come. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior but your dad or mom or brother or sister don't, that doesn't make you better than them. That puts an obligation upon you to pray for them and their salvation and be a light to them. And so it is between Christians and Jews. They are God's children and discipline and judgment toward Israel does not belong to any nation or person. It belongs to God Himself. Romans 11:25 (NLT2) says that their time to receive Jesus as Savior will come! "I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ." This is just a morsel of why we should love and support Israel. What many are blind to, is that God has used the nation of Israel to bring blessing to the entire world including giving us Jesus! He was born a Jew! (65 top ways Israel is saving our planet)

In writing about Israel, a sweet 57 year old woman named Janice shared this story moving story about God’s hand on her husband, a man that blessed persecuted Jews.

I am married to a 75 year old German immigrant who came to the US after WW II with his mother and brother. As a little boy, he remembered that a group of prisoners were being held in a temporary camp near his home. He was young and didn't understand the persecution of Jews, but they were under guard and it was forbidden to help them. Somehow, He got the idea at the tender age of 7 or 8 that they needed help. So he and his brother pilfered his mother's potatoes and laid them by the back fence. He did this several days. Then one day a prisoner grabbed my husband's hand as he was leaving some potatoes. In it, the prisoner slipped a beautifully hand carved miniature bird with detailed feathers and outspread wings. The next day the prisoners were gone.

My husband and his family narrowly escaped death many times during the final bombings of Germany. God had His hand on them so many times, from sparing him from a strafing run, to not stepping on a land mine, to the quirky decision not to hide in a particular bomb shelter the day that his town was completely leveled by Allied forces. He and his family would later be dug out of another collapsed shelter and realize that everyone in the old shelter had been killed. He nearly starved to death after the war. Being a refugee is not exactly easy. But God allowed them to outrun the Russian Army and make it to an American refugee camp where his mother would meet and marry an American soldier. How I ended up with him is another story...

Oddly enough, my husband became a paratrooper in the American army and earned his "jump wings," a little like the wings on the wooden bird. Hmm! When he had a parachute collapse on him during a training exercise, he would have been killed instantly if he had landed on solid ground. God led him to a strange place to fall - the "honeywell" of a Japanese farmer. (A honeywell is a pit that was usually covered and filled with human and animal waste used for fertilizing the fields.) His boots crashed through the plywood boards over the honeywell and he landed in VERY soft and shock absorbent poo that went up to his chin. (I thought of the prophet they threw in the well and wondered if that's where they put that man!!) Does God have a sense of humor? I think so! Does this sound like a number of miracles in his life to you?

There is a special promise of blessing to those who love and support Israel. As the gentleman in our story, Renee and I, and countless others have experienced the words, "I will bless those who bless you..."  It is critical that as Christians, the Jewish people see our love, and that our nation support Israel ALWAYS!

Genesis 12:3 (NLT) “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Your Gifts and Talents Bless Others and Develop Godly Character in You

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I've always loved Psalm 112. It is to a man what Proverbs 31 is to a woman. In both cases they are templates of the image we want to let the Holy Spirit transform us into! I look at Psalm 112 like it was a mirror reflecting what God wants me to become.  When the Bible says to be conformed to the image of Christ, and a man or woman wants to have a greater revelation of that image, these are two chapters to meditate on for greater insight.

Psalms 112:9 (NLT) says that those who love God, "... share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor." This God-reverencing person is described as one who scatters his gifts to the poor. This statement is often thought of and interpreted as one who gives monetary or material gifts to those that are lacking. That is a proper interpretation of that verse but the application does not stop there.

The majority of people experience times when their ability to give monetary or material gifts are limited. But according to Romans 12:6 NIV, we are taught “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” The Bible tells us that by the grace of God, He has endowed us with various giftings and talents. These are very precious gifts. An example of just one type of gifting mentioned is the gift of mercy.

I think that most of us have had an occasion where we’ve said or done something stupid. (As I'm writing this I can just hear someone say, Yea, like every day!)  At times like that, the conscientious person wants to kick themself and beat themself up. About that time God will often send a mercy-motivated persona person who does everything in their power to comfort you and share with or remind you of God’s love and forgiveness. They do their best to bring you into a place of comfort through their kind, merciful, and exhorting words. Oh how we love mercy from God and others. So why is it then, that too often when someone other than ourself says something stupid, they may later become the topic of discussion and gossip, mercy doesn't come as fast for them? Don't they need it also? We all need it and this is why it is so important to give it! And, this is just one of those gifts that is within everyone including you if you will let God draw it out of you! Not only is it in you, but it is abundantly in you so that you can scatter it freely. And other than time it takes, it's free to give!

God has deposited gifts and talents within us all and they were never meant to be dormant in our life! Many have never learned their gifts and talents because they've never been loyal and dedicated to anything or any cause that would put a demand on them leading to the discovery of their gifts. People imagine a gift from God like a person who has never played the piano, suddenly sitting down and playing beautifully. That would be an anomaly. The majority of all gifted piano players or anything else, has had to learn and practice with commitment to realized they were gifted at something.

All the various talents and abilities that God has deposited within us are gifts that can be scattered abroad continually. Every time you bring your child into a children's ministry classroom during a church service you are being blessed by people who are scattering their gifts for the blessings of others. They minister to your child so that you yourself can be ministered to without distraction.

If not having money is your excuse, you don't have an excuse! Each one of us has a deep well of riches to scatter to others. Go read Romans 12 and discover them. Then pray and ask God to draw them out of you so that you can learn to scatter them freely. As you do, you will come to understand that this is the process of how God giftings and talents is discovered. And the continuous practice of sharing your gifts and talents is what helps you develop godly character. It's how you take you take on the mirror image of Proverbs 31 or Psalm 112.  Whether it's money or resources you have to give, or whether it's the gifts of God within you, give them! And as you do, the love of God will touch, influence, and bless others, and a great work of godly character will be forming within you!

Romans 12:6-8 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Make This Your Reality! You ARE NOT A Slave to Sin!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When you prayed and asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and you meant it sincerely from your heart, at that very moment, a miracle happened. Jesus washed away your sins, cleansed you from all unrighteousness—the stain of sin that would otherwise separate us from God, and He clothed you with a pristine white robe of righteousness that represents how God has chosen to see you—spotless and without sin.

Isaiah 1:18 (TLB) says it like this: "... "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.”  What glorious news this is to us! We are washed and made righteous in God’s eyes—not because of our efforts to be good enough, but as a gift from Jesus because of His love toward you and your acceptance of Him as your Savior. 2 Corinthians 5:21 confirms this saying, "God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 

God didn’t stop there. He made you something more. Before I tell you what that is, let me tell you what you were before you accepted Jesus. You were a slave to Satan and a slave to sin. He had you under his control and power and that is the truth! Galatians 4:8 NLT says, “Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.” You should reread that a dozen times. It is saying you were a slave to gods that do not exist which is saying you were slave to a lie! Through Jesus, God frees you from this slavery. Satan doesn’t want you to know or believe that. If you find out, he’ll lie and point out every fault and wrong thing you do to get you to doubt it. Why? Because He wants to perpetuate a lie—that you are a slave to sin. It is his greatest tool and if it no longer works on you, he knows you'll be able to live for Jesus wholeheartedly.  He wants to keep you ignorant, thinking you are still a slave to sin and that he still has power over you—that sin still has power over you. It’s a lie! He does not have power over you! Sin does not have power over you! You are not in bondage to it. If you think you are, you are believing a lie! You can break out of it! Many Christians don’t know this truth and still think they are slaves to sin. You've actually made yourself a slave to a lie, but, that lie has no power over you except the power you give it by believing it!

In John 8:34-35 NLT Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family…” Jesus is talking about being in bondage to sin. He is saying that if you are still controlled by sin, then you still belong to Satan. This is where Satan comes in and says, “See, you aren’t saved because you still sin. You can’t stop. You aren’t in God’s family. You are my slave to sin.” You have to learn to rebuke this lying devil and learn to stand on God’s truth!

Do you know what the truth is? When you gave your life to Jesus, He set you free. Let me complete the rest of the verses we just read. John 8:34-35 NLT “…A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.” Did you catch that? He said “a son (or daughter) is a part of the family forever.” Jesus is talking about being in His family. And He is talking about being a son or daughter—not a slave. Jesus goes on to say, “So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will indeed be free!”  What should you catch and learn that Jesus just told you? That you are free from sin—no longer a slave to it, and that you are a child of God.

Okay, get ready to take hold of some of the most mind-blowing and powerful verses in the Bible. Ready? Galatians 4:3-7 NLT says, “And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law (to sin,) so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because you Gentiles have become His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you."

You may be battling some area of sin in your life. What you don't realize is that the battle is more with the lie than the sin! Look at that temptation and literally speak out loud to it saying, No Satan, I am not a slave to sin. This is not pleasing to God and has no control over me. Scripture says, "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I am free. You are bound for the lake of fire but I am a child of God and free indeed!  

You have read that you aren’t a slave to sin. You are the son or daughter of God and free from sin. You have read that Jesus placed His Holy Spirit within you—the same Spirit that had the power to raise Christ from the dead! That’s power and that is what you have within you as God’s child. You are not condemned! You are not a slave! You are washed. You are empowered! You are free!

Whether it’s cigarettes, or alcohol, or sexual vices. Whether it's telling lies, or stealing, or whatever, you are a son or daughter of God. You are washed of your sins. You are free! Say it! Proclaim it! Let the devil know it. You’ll soon sense God’s power and strength building in you. It won’t be long till you see God strength lead you to one victory over sin after another. Freedom will prevail in your life!

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 15, 2020

An Inspirational Story : The Son

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The Son 
Author Unknown

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had Everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art."

The young man held out his package.

"I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this."

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the portrait.

"Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected. The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son.

The auctioneer pounded his gavel. "We will start the bidding with this portrait of the son. Who will bid for this painting?" There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted. "We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one." But the auctioneer persisted. "Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?" Another voice shouted angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!" But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?"

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting." Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. "We have $10, who will bid $20?" "Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters." "$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the painting of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!" A man sitting on the second row shouted. "Now let's get on with the collection!"

The auctioneer laid down his gavel.

"I'm sorry, the auction is over. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!"

God gave his son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is, "The son, the son, who'll take the son?"

Matthew 13:44 (NIV) ""The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. "

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Why People Confuse God's Voice From Satan's Part Three

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by Pastor Tim Burt

In John 10:27 (NIV) we read the words of Jesus! "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." When speaking these words, Jesus made the direct correlation that we listen to His voice and that we follow what He says. I don't care how much you want to know His voice, it won't happen for you in the way God intended unless you're willing to do what He says. That's what following means to Jesus. Jesus isn't interested in creating a spiritual experience for you. He's interested in leading you to His place of blessing—green pastures, trust leading to peace in any circumstances, His meeting your needs, and transforming you into a person of purpose and influence! That's what hearing His voice will do in your life. But hearing, following, and obeying are all connected together. Those that truly follow Him, become familiar with Him and His voice. Those that don't, not so much!

Romans 8:12-13 NLT says, “So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live.” 

It doesn’t make a difference if you hear the voice of God if you will not learn to follow and obey His voice.

When God speaks to you, He almost always speaks to you through scripture. Someone emails you a video or joke that makes fun at someone else’s expense, or that crosses the line using profanity or sexual humor or that's the latest gossip tearing someone down. If you were sensitive to the Holy Spirit, you might hear the Holy Spirit speak to your heart reminding you of the scripture, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV.  Or He might speak to your spirit saying, "...encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) (God won't give you the verse chapter and number. He'll just speak through the scripture!)

This is the Lord's voice and it comes to us softly and in the framework of scripture being spoken from the Holy Spirit, to your spirit. But, there will be other voices that say, Lighten up will you? It’s only a joke. Don’t be so serious. There is nothing wrong with a little humor. Everyone jokes about other people or sex, and let's face itswearing is mainstream.

Can you discern the character of these words speaking in you? Can you discern what aligns with God's word and what seductively comes from Satan's attempt at logic which might be more appealing to your mind and flesh? Satan is always trying to lead you astray. When God speaks to you it's usually to correct your thinking and help you align your thinking with His will. Learning God's word and then obeying and following it will help you becomes ever more familiar with God's voice. And that is the only thing that will help you become more familiar with God's voice speaking to your spirit. You can and need to learn to discern these voices and know God's and follow His! And you can discern Satan's words and reject them in Jesus name!

As Romans 8:14 says “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.“ When your heart is open to the truth, God will expose Satan and help strengthen your discernment. Obey God's voice and make changes. They will result in a life transformation that will add immeasurable blessing to your life.  This is the process of the words "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" becoming real to you in your life!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Why People Confuse God's Voice From Satan's PART TWO

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Trying to live as a Christian without being in a good Bible teaching church, is like being a child without parents and a home—dysfunctional at best. If you, in your mind, feel you've been hurt by a church, I say this kindly but firmly. Get over it! People get hurt in multitudes of ways every day! If you are alive and breathing, you are going to get hurt by people because people are so far from imperfect—including Christians. People will inadvertently hurt you. But that isn't always their fault. Sometimes you get hurt because you take offense over everything. You need to forgive, examine your own faults and how they might offend people, and move on. Find a good Bible teaching church because that is the community God wants you to grow up in. And quit looking for the perfect church of perfect Christians. It doesn't exist. If you want to learn to recognize and discern God's voice and guidance in your life, your Pastor and church family will be contributors the to growth process. And without it, you'll struggle in your spiritual growth, abandon it, or literally become your own spiritual guide—something that I promise will not go well!

I said it's common that people confuse the voice of God with Satan. That's because Satan is a house of cards. He's a liar. There's no truth in Him. He hates God. You represent God's creation so he hates you. And his top two strategies are lies and deceptions. They begin in your mind. Your thoughts are heard from within, in your voice. That's why it gets confusing.

Satan is called the “god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4. He poses as God. He creates confusion, doubt, and fear, all while sounding like the voice of reason. And 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NLT2) reminds us of this saying, "...Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."


So, to begin to learn to discern God's voice, you need to understand how God created you. You are a three part being—spirit, soul and body. We see this in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

As we think through things, we hear our own voice in three areas. First, we hear our own voice in the reasoning process of thinking and human conscience which is our soul. Simply put, your soul is your mind and emotions. It's where your thought-life, emotions, and imagination happen. Secondly, there is the voice of God’s Holy Spirit. He speaks to us in a variety of ways—some which we have discussed in the preceding post and some we will look further into. He speaks to your spirit which is where the Holy Spirit abides within you. When the Holy Spirit speaks to your through your spirit, it sounds like your voice. And thirdly, there is the voice Satan— of temptation, lies, deception and accusation. That happens in your imagination, which was created by God to help you dream, vision, and excel in those things He leads you in. It was never meant to be the devil's playground to torment you!

So as I said yesterday, it's not about the voice, but the character of what is being said that helps you discern between God, Satan, and your mind and emotions. Christians really could discern Satan’s voice much easier if they learned and remembered some simple truths exposing his character. Satan will most often tempt you to go the route that is most satisfying to your flesh and personal gratification or selfish wants. If you will think in terms of the big picture, his goal is to lead you away from God and toward an ever-increasing carnal life that would eventually result in your personal destruction.
He will also attempt to lead people into religious confusion—religious beliefs, practices, and behaviors that sound spiritual but are contrary to scripture. For example, radical jihad extremists who blow up people including themselves as martyrs for God, or men or women who do not marry because a religious institution tells them they cannot marry and still serve God. These practices my sound spiritual, but they are not truths rooted in scripture. God is not the inspiration behind these beliefs. God never speaks to us in ways that contradict scripture. That is our safe-guard for knowing what is and what isn’t His voice and His ways. He never contradicts His heart or character in scripture—both which are rooted in love.    For the most part, Satan speaks in seducing voices that attempt to lead us away from God's will, revealed through scripture. You may hear the voice that says, God won’t care if you have sex if you really love each other. Or, It’s really not sex because we aren’t having intercourse. The majority of the voices people wrestle with are fleshly desires fueled by Satan that are in conflict with what the Bible teaches. This becomes true from the larger issues of life down to the smallest. And that is where discerning God's voice begins. Does it align with God's Word consistently through scripture?

So, to really get down to the beginning of discerning God's voice, if its coming from a spirit of love and aligned with God's word, it's most likely God speaking to you. But if it sounds good but seems to be contrary to God's word—We love each other. God doesn't care if we have sex! Then it's not God. It's that lying deceiver steering you toward disobedience with what might seem like logical nice-sounding words. Don't be ignorant of the Devil's devices. More to come...

2 Thessalonians 2:10 (NLT2) "He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 08, 2020

Why People Confuse God's Voice From Satan's Part One

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Over the years, a multitude of Christians have confided with me that they sometimes struggle to identify if the voice trying to guide them is God's voice or the devil. On the surface, that may sound odd, but the truth is, it's not odd at all. It is a point of confusion for many Christians and no one should feel stupid or shamed for it. God wants us to know His voice. Jesus said in John 10:27 (TLB) 
"My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."  Was Jesus wrong about knowing His voice? Of course not. But, recognizing His voice is also connected to being His sheep and being His sheep is connected to following Him.

Many people have sincerely given their lives to Jesus but don't necessarily know how to follow Him because that requires learning His Word which means being taught His Word. Not every believer goes to church. Not every believer reads their Bible. And because that's the case, they aren't regularly hearing from God or learning His Word—something a good Bible teaching church helps us do.

You may know someone who was in the military on on a tour to some country for two years. Maybe his child was born while he was gone on duty. That man is that child's father, but the child does not know his father's voice yet. That won't happen until he returns home and spends time with him/her. 

Some people pray and give their life to the Lord, but they don't go to church, don't know other Christians, and don't read the Bible. But when they prayed and asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, it was a sincere and real experience. I know a person like that. He gave his life to Jesus at a Promise Keeper's event but then stayed in the church he grew up in. The church he grew up in never encourages anyone to read the Bible. The only Bible scriptures he ever hears are just short readings with no teaching or explanation of what they mean. And so he loves God but is Bible illiterate.

Learning to discern God's voice requires a relationship with God which in turn requires reading and learning God's word. The more time you spend learning about God and His love and heart toward you, the  more you are going to experience the person of God in your life, understand His ways, and experience an intimate relationship with Him. And so, learning to hear the voice of God is a progressive experience rooted in learning God's word with and from others. This is where the discerning of God's voice begins to be developed.

On the same token, people do hear voices in their head. Usually it's their own voice they hear. When you are thinking, you are thinking in your own voice. When Satan tries to get in your head and lie about God, again, it's going to sound like your voice. And when God speaks to you, it will be in your own voice. And for this reason, people get confused!

And so, at times, it seems like we have an angel speaking on one side and the devil on the other. And we get confused. That is until we learn and can discern God's voice from the voice of the devil.

The key to knowing the voice is not the sound of the voice. The key to learning to discern God's voice is to know His character and to know Satan's character. It's not about the sound of the voice. It's about what the voice is saying.

I'll give you an easy example. If someone said to a close friend of mine, I heard Tim Burt when he was really angry and he was swearing and cussing like a drunken sailor. My friend who knew me well would respond, I don't know who you think you heard, but it wasn't Tim Burt. He never swears. In 40 years I've never heard him swear once. You've got the wrong guy.  And he would be right because I haven't swore and wouldn't and my friend knows me well enough to know that.

That wasn't about a voice. That was about character. And God is all about character. He is nothing like the devil. Regarding His character vs Satan's character, Jesus said, "The thief  (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10 (NKJV)  Jesus wasn't revealing the sound of the voice between the two of them, but the difference in character. And that is where discerning God's voice begins—learning God's character from Satan's. And discerning God's voice is to know that He loves you, is for you, and wants to help you, not judge you or hurt you. More in part 2 of this post on discerning God's voice!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT2) "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

A Tip to Help Your Love Walk

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever experienced a day where you were determined you were going to be a light for the Lord and let people see the love of God in you, and instead, the opposite came out? Someone challenged your mental outlook and attitude by being carnal and provoking you, succeeding in drawing you down to their level? 
Before our church services, our sound men do a sound check. Testing, one, two three. They do this so that we don't have technical issues that become a distraction to everyone during the service.  For me, I've learned that I have to purposely check my thoughts, words and attitude from time to time and put them through a sound check so I'm sure the love of Jesus is going to come out.

One morning I had just finished praying and writing Fresh Manna. I had some errands to run. On my way to Home Depot, I was driving when a person changed lanes abruptly getting right in front of me. Then they slowed down 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. I could feel my blood pressure rising. I get to the store and am waiting for a person who was pulling out of her parking space. As soon as she did, a car comes from the other direction and pulls into it. I was getting a little hotter under the collar. Then, I am in a line in at the return counter and my turn comes up. Suddenly an older lady out of nowhere walks right in front of me to be next. The employee caught it and made her go to the back of the line. Whew! These kinds of simple stupid meaningless things happen all the time. And they are a ploy of the enemy to get us out of our love walk and destroy the favor of God that would help us be a light to the world around us. And unless we are occasionally taking a sound check, we'll let people drag us down. The favor of God seldom operates when we slip into carnality. So it's critical we don't let others draw us into it. 

At times like this, I always remember the words that God has spoken to my heart as a young Christian. He said, Tim, No matter what anyone else does, just do what is right. Those words were life-changing. They are the words I say to myself every time my love walk is challenged.  They remind me of how to be obedient to the Lord in loving those that aren’t so nice. No matter what they do, I just have to do the right thing. Deep down I always seem to know what that is. This is how God has helped me love my enemies (or inappropriate people) and keep a right mental outlook and attitude. It really provides me with a tool of discernment in uncomfortable situations. It helps me take a higher road. Most importantly, it helps me keep the touch of God’s love present so that He can work through me in difficult situations so that I may give His love instead of a carnal, get back, unkind retort! 

No matter what anyone else does, just do what is right! This nugget has kept me from failing in my thoughts, attitude, and words again and again. And it's helped me be successful at hearing from God and bringing words of wisdom, comfort, direction and His love. He wants to do this for you also!

John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

In In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 04, 2020

So We Make Make Fewer Mistakes!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Philosopher George Santayana said, 'Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.'  

I'm thinking that most people have heard and know that quote and agree with it. I know I do. God wants us to learn from our mistakes. I want to learn from my mistakes. But this has led me to reflect on my past, thinking about all the times I've been suckered into the same temptation convinced that the outcome would be different—that I could handle the temptation of eating donuts or nachos or whatever carnal thing I've been tempted by. And could I? Absolutely not! The cravings would begin again.  There are times of been disgusted with myself because after two years of not doing something I knew the Lord wanted me to abstain from, suddenly the thought would come, Oh you've got this now! You've mastered it. You can manage fine with no temptation. You know... everything is okay in moderation right? And then I eat that donut or those nachos or do that carnal thing I've restrained myself. I listened to the lying voice, It's no problem! You've got this! Only to then suffer through the temptation of wanting more until I've stayed away from it for a couple of months.

I do learn from my mistakes like I hope we all do. I do eventually learn that this particular thing is not going to have any place in my life. God wants me to leave it alone! I do get there! But too often, not until after I've been bitten a few times. And I hate that! And even at my age, I'm determined to remember what the Lord has taught us through the Apostle Paul—we have to be aware of the devil's schemes. They are always the same. He has no new tricks. Only the same old lies he's seduced us with again and again. So, learn from them and be aware so that history doesn't repeat itself. So that we don't open our lives to disobedience and voices of condemnation. Let's instead learn from God's word, what 2 Corinthians 2:11 (NIV) teaches us... "in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes" 

And on that note, this short inspirational story will help remind us of this truth!

Can I Trust the Snake? 
Author Unknown 

 A man was in his cabin in the middle of a terrible snowstorm when he heard a feeble scratching at his door.

He opened it to see a half-frozen rattlesnake on his doorstep begging to be let in from the bitter cold.

The man said to the snake, “I’m not going to let you in! You’re a rattlesnake and you’re going to bite me!”

“No, I won’t,” hissed the snake. “Just bring me in and get me warm and I’ll be your friend for life.”

Well, the man let the snake come in and even allowed it to rest upon his chest by the fire to get warm.

When the snake was completely comfortable, it bit the man on the neck.

As he was dying, the man said, “But you promised you wouldn’t bite me and would be my friend for life.”

The snake calmly replied, “But you knew I was a snake when you let me in.”

2 Corinthians 2:11 (NIV) "in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes" 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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