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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Power to Conquer Your Lame Excuses

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Most of us look at ourselves in a mirror daily. We see what we see. You see yourself through your eyes and from your perspective. Have you ever thought about how God sees you? Actually that thought scares too many people because they feel that in God's eyes, they don't measure up or they are in big trouble. They don't want to think about how God sees them.

As a Christian, it's important to learn not to look at yourself through your own eyes, but instead see yourself as God sees you. Do you know that this is the true key to supernatural change and what ignites the power to conquer your lame excuses for not obeying God in your life?

If you know the story of Moses, you know that the beginning years of his life were anything but normal. He was raised in the cross hairs of two cultures—Hebrew and Egyptian. They were two distinctly different religious and social cultures. It was easy for him to become confused over who he was in life and how he was supposed to walk his life out. He had to come to the place of discovery—deciding for himself what he believed and how he wanted to walk out his life.

The time came when his heart led him to choose the side of his Hebrew heritage. Once that decision was made, it grew in him until he was compelled to do something for God’s people—his people who were brutally oppressed. He failed in the worst way. He committed murder. Not on purpose. He was trying to protect a Hebrew slave from being beaten, but through his efforts, he accidentally killed the Egyptian taskmaster. He panicked and fled giving up all his hopes and dreams for a great many years. That is until one day God called upon Moses to remind him of why He put him on this earth and to guide him toward his destiny. God asked Moses to step out in faith and do something for Him. Let’s read about it and as we do, begin to see the battle of Moses excuses over his inadequacies, warring with the voice of God telling Moses who he was and who he could be with God working in and through him.

Exodus 3:10 NKJV “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

We see Moses’ first excuse—those words that the devil teaches us all to parrot and build into our thinking—Who am I?

Verse 11 – “But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

Moses struggled with his identity. He didn’t feel worthy or prepared and was sure there were others beside himself who were more qualified. He was probably thinking—God you’ve got to be kidding! I am absolutely incompetent to do this!  Moses was seeing himself through his own eyes and in his own ability rather than listening to God’s voice. God was telling Moses that He would be with him to help him at every step. Moses, not unlike many of us, was afraid of failure. Most fears of failure in life are tied to the fear of the unknown, the scars of past failures, and the fear of public opinion and gossip. What is everyone going to think if I fail at this again? God answered Moses giving him a rod and the promise of signs and wonders to validate God was with him—the promise of a miraculous commissioning. Moses was still weak kneed.  

Look at God’s response. V12, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." What could inspire more confidence in anyone than a commission and promise from God that He will back you and be with you!”

Then Moses offered his second excuse. Verse 13 Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, "What is His name? What shall I say to them?" God told him what to say.

Then Moses had his third excuse. Exodus 4:1 “Then Moses answered and said, But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, "The LORD has not appeared to you."'

God was so patient with Moses. He listened to his excuses and worked through each one with him. If you’re a dad and your child is telling you his excuses for being afraid to step out and try something, are you as patient to help him? Are you as willing to help him? Part of who he becomes is connected to your support and encouragement—you being his helper, his friend, and his supporter.

God desired to use Moses in spite of his extensive flaws and contradictions. God addressed his excuses and objections with great detail, assurance and power. What did Moses do? Offer more excuses.

Number Four Excuse: "I’ve never been eloquentI’m just not a good speaker." God helped him through that.

Then Excuse Five: I just can't do it—the one most people pull out of the bag before they walk away from God. Exodus 4:13 “But Moses again pleaded, "Lord, please! Send someone else."

All of the great leaders in the Bible outside of Jesus Christ were flawed, fearful of doing what God asked them to do, and tempted to decline with excuses. It’s easier to make excuses about our inadequacies than it is to take on a challenge at God’s request. We’re plagued by self-doubt. We say we don’t have the right skills for the job, and like Moses we may worry that people, even our families, won’t buy into our leadership—after all, Jesus’ own brothers and sisters didn't! 

God knew what Moses had in him, regardless of any shortcomings.  God ended up bringing Moses' brother Aaron in to help with the job assignment. That was God's second best. Time and again He supported and reassured Moses by addressing his fears and objections and by promising to be with him, giving him the tools he needed to succeed. God choose to cultivate and develop leadership in Moses which would eventually inspire the future leaders of Israel. He would become one who modeled  trusting God more than himself. This is where excuses are defeated—when one knows who He is in God, not in himself. This is where men become godly men and women become godly women. This is where families become a powerful light. This is where churches become centers of influence changing cities, states, and nations.

When God is leading you to do even small things that you are afraid to do, remember Moses being paralyzed with fear and how God helped him and taught him the answer to the question, Who am I? God is no respecter of persons and is waiting to help answer that question for you! The fulfillment of your destiny begins with one step of obedience to God at a time.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What is God's Will For You: Lack and Despair or Provision and Abundance?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever been in a tough place financially? I have written many times to you telling you of Renee and my early days of marriage. When we first got married, we were both individually making a good income. We had bought a house and still had decent discretionary income left over after our expenses. We had both always tithed and brought offerings to church, to God, in obedience to His Word and as thanksgiving, acknowledging His Lordship, love, blessings, and provision for us.  

Financially we were at best, okay stewards of God’s money. Frankly we blew a lot of money eating out, on entertainment, and more. We didn’t save much and we avoided the topic of budgeting. We hated the thought of financial restraint.  We had travel benefits from our jobs at the airline and so we spent extra money traveling whenever we could.  

When we began to have children, that all changed. Renee wanted to quit her job which I agreed to. Our income was cut by more than half since Renee made more money than me at that time. We were soon financially strapped and on the edge of financial woes. As we prayed, God led me to starting a commercial painting company to bring in additional income. It added a lot of work to my life but I wasn’t afraid of hard work. I wanted to be a good provider and this greatly helped with our finances.  

We were young and inexperienced at life. We had so much to learn in every area. We wanted to learn. We wanted to learn to become wiser in managing our finances and learning all that it meant to be a good steward for God. It seemed as though we were continually hearing from the pulpit about the importance of building our foundation for our Christian walk, not only on the gospel and living according to God's word, but also on having faith in the promises of provision God. People wiser than us warned us that financial stress ruined marriages. We had begun to see marriages around us blow up over a lack of finances. We did not want that to happen to us. We wanted to learn to lean on God in this area just like every other area we trusted Him for.  

Renee and I began study the Word of God learning what God promised us concerning supernatural provision. What we learned was amazing. God had always promised His children that He would bless them greatly if they would walk in His ways. No one can do that perfectly but God isn’t looking for perfection. Our righteousness or right standing with God is based on what Jesus did for us, not in our perfection. God is looking for pure hearts and diligent effort. 

God’s will is to bring us into a place where we are lacking nothing. As you read these verses you will see God’s heart of love and provision for His people. Deuteronomy 8:6-10 NLT "So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with springs that gush forth in the valleys and hills. It is a land of wheat and barley, of grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, olives, and honey. It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.

God hasn’t changed. He wants to bring each of us into His place of His provision where there is no lack in our lives. This won’t happen like magic, nor will it happen over-night. It is a process that happens over time as we live by faith. It's a time of God developing our character in trusting Him at every fiery trial. God told Moses and then Joshua He would be bringing them into a land inhabited by enemies. Through faith, they would have to face them and defeat them. By faith, God would drive out those that opposed them before their very eyes! Deuteronomy 7:1-2 NIV says, “When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations--the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you-- and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy (don’t compromise with sin.”)

The Apostle Paul taught us that we no longer fight flesh and blood in our day-to-day experience as they did then. Today we fight principalities and powers—demonic attacks of Satan. The lust of our own flesh, the greed and corruption that is in this world, and the devices of Satan to discourage us from our faith are the modern-day tactics of the enemy that we all face. These are the enemies we must face in faith. If we do, God will help us defeat them daily. As we live as good stewards—managing our money and bringing our tithes and offering to Him, we open ourselves to the blessing God wants for any of His children that put their faith in His promises.

Over time, as we live this out before God in faith, we will be blessed and experience His supernatural increase in our lives. You will notice it more in hindsight than at the moment! When we experience this blessing, God says that the greatest challenge we will face is our own pride—thinking that we had something to do with our blessing of increase instead of Him.

Deuteronomy 6:10-13 NIV “When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you--a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant--then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

And again in Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NIV “You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so establish His covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

Does this sound like God wants you poor and lacking? God wants to bless you and wants you to remember that its His doing when it does happen! I strongly encourage you to go through the scriptures in Deuteronomy chapter 6 and Chapter 8 for yourself and be convinced of what God wants for you—abundance without forgetting where it came from!

3 John 1:2 (NKJV) "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Only Source of Strength, Comfort, and Peace

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by Pastor Tim Burt


People need help and comfort in hard places. People need to find peace in their life.  It’s difficult to live in constant turmoil or seasons of trouble and pain without being able to find some kind of peace and strength.  

If people don’t know God, they are either going to medicate their way into a better place through any variety of alcohols, drugs, and pleasure fixes, or, they will fabricate or contrive imaginary things they can draw strength and peace from, or both! This isn’t anything new. This is something mankind has done since its been contaminated and hurt by sin and lost it's way from God.

In latter days, people made idols, imagined spiritual beings, worshipped and prayed to animals or the dead, and much more. Somehow people feel safer today. Every nation, tribe, and people have created gods and fixes for though woes that come from living outside of God. It's a result of a more contemporary wrong thinking when they go to fortune tellers or read horoscopes or rely on some “saint” in Heaven to be bringing them help. Not only are these things scripturally unfounded, they are an abomination to the Lord. It is the creation of people or things replacing and doing the work of God. God alone can bring us real and lasting help, peace and strength. The rest is simply modern-day idol worship.  


Ecclesiastes says "There is nothing new under the sun." False promise of peace and comfort from people or things that cannot bring peace has been offered through the ages. We read in Habakkuk 2:18-19 and Isaiah 8:19-20: "What have you gained by worshiping all your man-made idols? How foolish to trust in something made by your own hands (or mind!) What fools you are to believe such lies! How terrible it will be for you who beg lifeless wooden idols to save you. You ask speechless stone images to tell you what to do. Can an idol speak for God? They may be overlaid with gold and silver, but they are lifeless inside. But the Lord is in his holy Temple."  “So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting mediums and psychics? Do not listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God? Check their predictions against my testimony, says the Lord. If their predictions are different from mine, it is because there is no light or truth in them.”  

If  your source(s) of supernatural help, comfort, or peace comes from anyone other than God, it’s not a real source  but a form of idolatry. They won’t bring peace. They'll steal it.

You might ask, Why would God want to help us?  The answer is simple. He wants to help us because of the depth of His love for us. We know deep down we don’t deserve, but that did not deter the Lord or Jesus' work at the cross to save us from our sins! Titus 3: 4-5 NIV describes it saying, “…  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy...”  

Meditate on words from God such as these, and begin to thank God for this kind of love, and you will feel His peace & comfort come. We can draw peace and strength from His promises of love and help such as in Psalm 91:4-7 NLT.  “…His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day, nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you…” His Word is filled with promises of His love and help! As we stand in faith for His promised help, strength, and peace, trusting that He is true to His word, we will being to see it manifest in our lives! That’s not imaginary! That is real! Philippians 4:6 (NLT) says, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."

I remember when I was a younger man with four small children and many needs. I had plenty of opportunity to worry. Renee and I made the decision to reject worrying and instead pray and proclaim God’s promises continuously over our lives. We weren’t expecting magic. We were expecting God to lead us in peace through our tough situations, helping us in each step along the way. And He did! Little blessings  - touches of His love and assurance and help that could be missed by unthankful people, happened in our lives again and again. Some thought we were just lucky! We weren't. Jesus died to pay the price for our blessings and we simply and wholeheartedly believed! We could see the touch of His love and answer to our prayers. He was always with us! o us, Romans 3:4 was a core belief! It says, “Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true...” And 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ…” 

His promises have continually manifested over time and our lives are filled with evidence of His goodness and promises fulfilled today!

God is our source – our only source of comfort, strength and peace. Philippians 4:7 TLB, says it best! “If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”   

Don't let your thinking, hope or life be contaminated by the artificial and temporary comforts that alcohol, drugs, vices, and the ra-ra of false systems of peace and success. There is only one source and that is our Living God, and we have access to Him and His promises through Jesus' Christ alone. Receive Him today: The Road to God’s Forgiveness and Salvation, and the Gift of Heaven

Isaiah 41:10  “Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Strive to be a Great Dad and Grandpa!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Happy Father's Day

Job 39:13-18 says, "The ostrich flaps her wings grandly, but they are no match for the feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on top of the earth, letting them be warmed in the dust. She doesn't worry that a foot might crush them or that wild animals might destroy them. She is harsh toward her young, as if they were not her own. She is unconcerned though they die, for God has deprived her of wisdom. He has given her no understanding. But whenever she jumps up to run, she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.” 

The Ostrich loves to be known for it's great speed. That’s the ostrich’s claim to fame. That’s where it gets its kudos. That’s what feeds it's pride. But the ostrich doesn’t value what God deems important – looking out for her children. She doesn’t care about the protection of her children from the evils that work to destroy them. She is harsh with them as though they were an inconvenience and interference in her life. She has no emotional concern for them as her heart has become so hardened toward them because of her own selfishness. It says God has deprived her of wisdom. In the big picture, God liberally gives wisdom to those that ask but, Jesus also said “don’t cast your pearls before swine.” In other words, He doesn’t give wisdom to people what they would only mock, trample underfoot, or waste it.

Proverbs 17:6 says, “Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” I have grandchildren. They are a crown to me. They are precious. They help me relive and see the beauty of things I’ve forgotten about because I get to see life through their eyes all over again. They bring fresh love and they refresh life itself.

The verse continues “and the glory of children are their fathers.” Fathers, are you the glory of your children? Do you love them? Do you think about the big picture and because of it raise them to know God and His Word? You won’t unless you personally put God first! Do you help them experience God through a local church that teaches God's Word and ways? You won’t unless it's your personal priority! Do you lovingly bring correction when they disobey you or your wife? You won’t unless you understand that correction, instruction, and training is the outworking of God's love! Do you encourage them to look to God for help and experience His grace? You won’t unless you are one to continuously seek His help in your own life. Do you model and teach them discernment and restraint? Do your help them to discern good from evil in their decision making? You won’t unless you yourself have learned to use restraint from fleshly desires. Do you sacrifice your own time to spend time with them? Did you know that the leading answer from children, to the question, What would like more of in life? was, Quality time with my dad!

Children want their dad’s love and approval. Children want a protector. Children want boundaries that you will enforce—even if their flesh screams for fleshly desires just like yours does. You may see tantrums but at the end of the day, what they really want is good and right. They want a dad that is wise enough to know this and courageous enough to enforce right attitudes and behaviors.

I have found that in this season of life, my adult children want no less love from their dad. As adults, they want it in the new format of friendship. They want a rich friendship from me. They still want love and approval. They want to make me proud. They want the space to make the same mistakes I did, and when given that space, they want to occasionally ask for my wisdom.

Children, when raised right, will never outgrow their need for their father’s love just was we will never outgrow our need for God’s love. They want the option to be able to sit down and talk heart to heart with dad when needed, and to be listened to without the interjection of our solutions and fixes. They still want to occasionally play together. They want to have a great relationship and love for their father because they know deep down, “the glory of children is their father.” 

It’s never too late to be a good dad! Their may be cases when bridges have been burned and they seem irreparable. They aren’t with God. All things are possible, and love never fails! So, get out there and be a great dad and grandpa! With God at the center, it's what makes the world rich!

Isaiah 38:19 “The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Humor: My Guide To Understanding Women

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by Pastor Tim Burt


My first book "Understanding Women" has finally arrived in book stores: Just kidding ladies, hope you still love me! You are all a gift to us men!

Renee and I are on a short vacation this weekend and I will be back to writing next week. In  the meantime, read something from the archives. I pray that they are all timeless as far as God's presence and speaking to your heart! Bless you, Pastor Tim 



Proverbs 17:22 (NLT) "A cheerful heart is good medicine..." 




His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

God Will Help Fix Messes You've Created

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever made tried to sincerely make a good decision but it looks like it turned out bad? Have you ever made a mess of things? Are you laughing or shaking your head at this question thinking, Only about a zillion times?! I think we all have. So, what do we do in times where we’ve blown it and made a mess of things? I can tell you what I do. I pray and ask God to bless the mess I've made and turn what the devil meant for evil, for good!

Many of us frequently or at least occasionally, have to deal with people who can be mean and cold and do evil things. Over the years, I've had to deal with people who lie and cheat and steal to better their own position. I've had to work with and try to trust that people are going to do what they say. I have to drive along side of angry people filled with rage on the road. Even though my sins were washed away, and I've been forgiven and filled with God’s Holy Spirit; other people's wrong attitude and behavior influence my behavior. I shouldn't let that happen and try not to, but on occasion, I react wrongly and act like them. It's what probably reveals most that I still have work to do in my character! (That's painful to admit!)

Each time I try to pick myself back up, apologize to the Lord and anyone else I should apologize to, and move forward. This is something I hope we all do.

I can honestly say that in the places that I blow it, they are never out of malicious or sinful intent. I have changed my life in that way. I don’t purposely or casually sin. It’s more about getting caught up in the moment. In times like that, any of us can make a mess.

I am confident that God knows my humanity. He knows my weaknesses, my ignorance, and how I think through things. He knows me! He knows I will make mistakes. What child doesn’t? What person doesn’t? I am confident in God’s mercy. Why? Because that is my Heavenly Father’s character. He is a good Father and He is merciful to those that are trying to live for Him. He is merciful to everyone even when they aren’t living for Him. The sacrifice Jesus made for mankind is the eternal proof of His mercy!

Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV says, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear (reverence) Him, and His righteousness unto children's children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.”

I don't know if you realize this or not but David created his share of messes. But, He loved God with all his heart and lived for Him the best he could. Consequently, God saved him from his messes.  God made a promise to David that reaches into the lives of his descendants who live by faith in Jesus Christ. That promise reaches to us! Psalms 18:50 NIV says, “You give great victories to your king; and shows mercy to His anointed, to David, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVER." And Psalm 27:5 (NKJV) "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." And Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."

If you are a parent, you know you would try to help your children out of any mess they got themselves into if you could. We may not always be able to but God can. This verse says God helps and gives victories to “His anointed” (that’s every believer of Christ) “to his descendants forevermore” again that’s you and I. Because of this promise, when I do blow it and create a mess, I ask God to “bless my mess.” In other words, I ask Him to help me through the trouble I've created and turn things around. Because you are a Bible reader, you've read countless stories of God helping His people in trouble because of bad choices and decisions. Unless they were rebellious, He always helped them in times of trouble. God asks us to seek His wisdom and make decisions in faith. Do the best you can. And if circumstances (which the devil is always meddling in) seem to make it look like a decision you made was wrong, remember that if you sought Him through His word and prayer and made it in faith, He'll be there to help make things right over time. Trust Him.

If there's a mess because of my lapse in attitude or behavior, I do my part. I repent to Him whenever necessary. I repent and apologize to others where necessary. I make amends where they are needed. Then I trust God to work in the hearts of those that need help forgiving me.

Messes are never fun. But I praise God that I know of His love and His willingness to bless my mess and help me out of them. I have confidence in His faithfulness and mercy, not in my ability to fix everything Then I try to do what is right and stay out of them!

Psalms 34:6 (NLT) "In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 12, 2017

God Will Give You Wisdom for Decision-Making

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I remember when I met and fell in love with Renee. She seemed perfect for me and I wanted to marry her but I had this nagging thought: What if she isn’t the right one? How do I know for sure?

In life, each of us comes to places where wisdom is needed to make choices and decisions. Some of them will be easy for us to make. Others will be difficult and agonizing.
What can make decision-making difficult is the fear that you are making a wrong decision. It is critical for you to never make a decision in fear. You want to make decisions in faith trusting that God has helped you, so that you don’t keep looking back and second-guessing yourself. James 1:5-7 (NIV) says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord." 

Whenever hard decisions need to be made, put your greatest effort in getting the answer and wisdom you need in seeking God. Seek Him in prayer, expecting Him to speak to and lead you through the scriptures. Scriptures never come more alive than when you desperately need to hear from God through them. While you are praying and seeking God, you should also seek counsel from those who know you well and from those who have wisdom pertaining to the decision you have to make. Proverbs 15:22 says, "Without counsel plans go wrong: but in the multitude of counselors they are established."

Getting counsel is important but this is also where many people get confused. What is the purpose of seeking counsel? Let me first say this: if you have a difficult and hard decision to make, and the answer on one side is much easier and pleasing to hear and live with than the other side, then you will be tempted to desire counsel and seek wisdom from good-intentioned people who love you and don't want you to go through hard things. They will often persuade you to go with the easiest decision that causes the least pain and seems the most logical because of their care and concern for you.

When Jesus' time came to die for us, Peter offered counsel that Jesus didn’t ask for. Peter spoke words that Jesus' flesh would have loved to hear but were contrary to God's will. Jesus rebuked Peter. Mark 8:31-33 NIV says, "And He (Jesus) began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He spoke that saying openly. And Peter took Jesus, and began to rebuke Him. But when Jesus had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get you behind me, Satan: for you consider not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men."

Jesus loved Peter and Peter loved Jesus. But, when it comes to fulfilling the will of God, it's not simply about what's easy. Peter's intentions were good but he simply didn't understand the commission God had given Jesus. Therefore he tried to talk Jesus out of it. When getting counsel, people will often do what Peter did. They will try to logically think through your situation, not knowing or understanding the impression you've had of God to begin with. Getting counsel isn't for the purpose of having people tell you what to do. It isn't for getting everyone's agreement about what to do. Counsel is for the purpose of gaining understanding and insight that will contribute to your decision. But God’s insight and the leading of His Spirit is the greatest of all insight. It is the direction that will lead you to the decision you need to make. Once you believe you've heard from the Lord, you can follow a plan based on facts, information, and His leading. This will help you become confident and remain in faith as you follow the Lord and His steps for you.

We all need wisdom to make God-led decisions and we want to make them as confidently as possible. For that reason, whenever possible, take quality time to seek the Lord and let Him lead you. Once you’ve done your best, commit that decision to the Lord, pull the trigger and don’t look back. You aren’t infallible. You might make a mistake. But, if you follow the Lord’s leading the best you can, most of your decisions will bear fruit and prove right and you won’t live in the unstable land of double-mindedness and torment!
And... this is another topic but, God by His grace, will help turn sincerely made but wrong decisions into blessing when they do happen... if you remain in faith!

Proverbs 8:14-17 (NKJV) “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Can Anyone See God?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Can Anyone See God?
(Author Unknown)

A small boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question about God. "Susie, can anybody ever really see God?" he asked.

Busy with other things, Susie curtly replied: "No, of course not silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can see him."

Time passed, but his question still lingered so he approached his mom: "Mom, can anybody ever really see God?" "No, not really," she gently said. "God is a spirit and he dwells in our hearts, but we can never really see Him."

Somewhat satisfied but still wondering, the youngster went on his way. Not long afterwards, his saintly old grandfather took the little boy on a fishing trip.

They were having a great time together. The sun was beginning to set with unusual splendor and the grandfather stared silently at the exquisite beauty unfolding before them. On seeing the face of his grandfather reflecting such deep peace and contentment, the little boy thought for a moment and finally spoke hesitatingly: "Granddad, I--I-- wasn't going to ask anybody else, but I wonder if you can tell me the answer to something I've been wondering about a long time. Can anybody - can anybody ever really see God?".

The old man did not even turn his head. A long moment slipped by before he finally answered. "Son," he quietly said. "It's getting so I can't see anything else."

Romans 1:20 "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

God's Working Plan for Blessing Your Finances

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I had been married for just two years when we had our first child Stephanie. Renee was a flight attendant on maternity leave at that time and had planned to go back to work after the birth of our daughter. She did go back for about two trips but came home miserable from each one. I came home from being out of town and found her in the bedroom crying. As I comforted her, she explained that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom with Stephanie. I told her if that was what she wanted, then we’d need to apply our faith and pray and ask the Lord to direct us that way.

We sat down and added up all our ongoing monthly bills and expenses. Then we looked at how much I brought home each month. She actually made more than me and although we would be cutting our income in half if she quit working, we’d still have ten dollars a month left over from my income. I had great peace in letting her quit because I believed from the beginning that was what God wanted for Renee and our daughter. Renee was overjoyed with the fact that I was encouraging her to quit. I told her I was great with it as long as she would stay in faith and not fear during the hard times.

For me, I was willing to face my fears and overcome them through my faith in the promises of God. I knew I was young and naive and was told so. But, I also I believed God's promises were true and that God was intimately involved in our life! I would lean in faith upon them knowing God would make a way through difficult times if we'd trust Him.

I was willing to work hard to provide and trusted that in my inabilities, God would be my strength and help! Our faith was tested a hundred times but we knew we’d have financial challenges because we know the devil’s devices. We knew that the Word said. “The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one.” (Psalm 34:19) The promise of being rescued was a promise we had stood on and held to before God many times.

We also knew that the Lord promised to rebuke Satan from our livelihood and finances because we had always brought our tithes and offerings to church – ALWAYS! We knew we could stand on His promise of the tithe. Malachi 3:10-12 says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe," says the Lord Almighty. "Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight," says the Lord Almighty.
I wasn’t a farmer but I knew this promise applied to us because we were faithful to obey God and His word. We trusted God and took Him at His Word. We trusted that He would bless what we put our hand to and rebuke Satan when he tried to steal from us or hinder what we worked toward.

We believed God wanted to be involved with and bless our finances and bring increase to every area of our life. We had read from Deuteronomy Chapter 8. In that chapter, God was revealing how He had delivered His children taking them from the Egyptian desert and slavery to a promised land of plenty even thought this place He would bring them was filled with enemies. That sounds like a good news/bad news joke. He promised them He would help them defeat every enemy and take hold of this rich land IF they would learn to obey Him and have faith and trust in Him. Then He told them this mind-boggling truth. He told them (paraphrased) “I am not bringing you into this land because you deserve it. “Frankly you are stiff-necked and stubborn.” But, He told them He would bless them because the people in the land He was bringing them into were so wicked that He wanted to drive them out AND because He had made a promise to Abraham to bless them and bring them into a land of milk and honey.

Do you know what the means to you? God does not want to bless you because you deserve it or because you have earned it. Yes He wants you to obey Him but His blessing is going to come because of your faith and trust in His love and promise to you and as you learn to live for Him.

You have to read this for yourself. Deuteronomy 9:1-6 “Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to occupy the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky! They are strong and tall—descendants of the famous Anakite giants. You've heard the saying, 'Who can stand up to the Anakites?' But the Lord your God will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the Lord has promised. "After the Lord your God has done this for you, don't say to yourselves, 'The Lord has given us this land because we are so righteous!' No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is doing it. It is not at all because you are such righteous, upright people that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he had sworn to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will say it again: The Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are righteous, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.”

Renee and I ended up raising four children. She never went back to work until they were in high school. She did then because she wanted to. They all went to college on full or partial scholarships and graduated without owing any school debt.

We had plenty of days where Goliath seemed to be in a stare down with us. We always tithed and gave offerings and we always trusted in the Lord in every test. He always saw us through.

Do you belong to Jesus? Does this promise extend to you? Absolutely! Faith in God's promises and your obedience to bring your tithes (the first 10% of what you earn) to Him is you opening your front door to God's involvement in your finances. It isn't a gimmick. It isn't magic. Your faith will be tested! But, in the end, through your faithfulness to obey and trust God, you will have seen God work miracles in your finances over and over and over again. It is His will to bless you and this is the action to your faith that makes it happen! By the way, read Deuteronomy chapters 7-9.

Galatians 3:29 (NIV) "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Let God's Word and Promise, Destroy Satan's Roar!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One Sunday morning after our church service had ended, a woman came up to the altar to ask for prayer. She had recently been to the doctor and was told she had some serious problems with her heart. She told me what they were. She was crying and afraid. I grabbed one of our female altar counselors and had her lay a hand over this woman's heart and then together we prayed according to Mark 16:18 "They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." We prayed for her healing and for a good report from the doctor on her next visit. She was crying and still somewhat nervous but appreciated the prayer.

We had no sooner finished praying than another woman walked up. She said, Pastor Burt, I have a good report to give you. You told me to bring you a good report last time you prayed for me and so I am! She did this while the other woman was standing there. A month ago, she had received a report from the doctor that she had disease in her colon. She, like this other woman, had come up to me after a service and we had prayed for her in the same way. When she went back for more tests, they went into her colon and could find nothing wrong. The doctor said he couldn't explain it. She smiled. She explained it to him.

When she told us the story, I saw the woman I had just prayed for, smile. Her faith and been greatly encouraged. I asked her to bring me a good report when she got it. Then she left.

Not every person has the quick turnaround and miraculous testimony that this second woman in my story did. When they don't, we continue to stand and pray. I am filled with thanksgiving by a good report, but I am not moved or discouraged in my faith by a negative report. Sometimes there is battle to fight, and praying while standing in faith is what we are called to do.

In Ephesians 6 the Bible teaches us about putting on the armor of God that He has given us to stand against the devil and his evils schemes and attacks. These verses imply that there will sometimes be longer battles. It doesn't say we should give up when the battle gets tough. It doesn't say that God isn't answering our prayers. Ephesians 6:13 says we are to keep fighting and keep standing. "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand, keep standing."

The armor of God is to remind us of who we are through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 6:14-17 (NIV) "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist," (you have God's truth & promise,) "...with the breastplate of righteousness in place," (you've been made righteous by Jesus,) "...and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace," (take Jesus with you and share His love as often as you get the chance.) "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows (the evil reports) of the evil one." This is all written to us to encourage us to let the promises of God's Word dominate our belief and faith over every evil report! "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Faith in God's Word will quench the evil thoughts and fears that try to overpower your mind and emotions! Use God's Word like a sword to speak to those negative thoughts and fears. Cut them down!)

The Armor of God is to remind us that we are in a battle against an enemy that is in this earth whom we cannot see with our physical eyes. All we can see is the fruit of his attempted destruction. The armor of God is to remind us that our sins are washed away by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and that He is our righteousness. Jesus is the one that makes us worthy to come to come to God's throne for mercy, help, and grace. Without Him and what He has given us, that would not be possible. Because of what He has done and given us, "with God, all things are possible." So, reach out and be used of God and pray in faith for someone who needs His touch today. Or if it’s your own battle, keep standing and stand strong in the power of His might!

2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Striving for Temperance is a Key to Success!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever gotten hit by a Doctor's hammer when having your reflexes checked? They hit you around the knee with that little hammer and your leg jerks. That's what a reflex will do. It will respond without any thought.

Do you ever react to things? A reaction is very much the same as a reflex. Something happens and you react without thinking. Once I was by a pool when a mother quickly jump into a pool with her clothes on because her toddler had fallen in. That was a good reaction. She pulled her child up immediately and the child was fine. Sometimes reactions are good. Sometimes, not so much!
Psalm 37:7-8 NIV says, "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret... refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.” 

It's so important to keep from 'fretting.' The dictionary defines fretting as becoming vexed or troubled; worry. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded. Fretting is worrying which leads to overreaction in emotions which leads to inappropriate or even evil behavior.  We don't want to become worn or eaten away.

There are times we react to situations rather than respond to them. We react too quickly without thinking, and do or say the wrong thing. That was an area that I needed to learn to get under control quickly when my children were young. If they were disobedient after I had given them warnings, the temptation to react in anger instead of responding appropriately was my temptation. At that point in my life, I had not matured in the management of my emotions. That could have opened the door for trouble. Of course I never wanted to deal with my children in anger. That's where regrettable yelling or screaming, wrongful spanking, or other kinds of inappropriate behavior can happen. Renee and I developed strategies to avoid the temptation of intemperance in challenging moments.

We worked toward developing strategies for disciplining our children so we would respond instead of reacting to wrong behavior.  I loved the show “SuperNanny” because she shows with such great demonstration, how to bring your children under control in an appropriate manner.  When we were upset with the kids, it was critical that we had a strategy for a quick cool down period – even if just for a minute. We needed the time to think about what was the best way to respond appropriately.

When Renee and I were upset with each other, we also needed cool-down periods. The best time to try to talk through misunderstanding was not at the time anger and emotions were rising. We learned over time to say, Why don't we discuss this when we calm down." When we did that, we had better results.

In the workplace, I've worked hard to force myself to not react to a negative situation, but instead, prayerfully think it through and deal with it later when I was calm, gathered all the facts, and was thinking clear. Now I rarely stumble in this area. Mercy and grace in your heart toward others becomes much more abundantly when you pause and pray and let the Lord lead you in the best way to handle a situation.

Renee and I help each other avoid reacting to situations. We encourage each other to pause and let God lead us. Learning to keep your emotions under control and respond in an appropriate temperate way, is as critical to successful communication and more fruitful results as anything I can think of. By pausing and assessing a situation, you find that some situations - really the majority of situations should not be responded to at all. They are small, a mistake, and great mercy should be shown. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) really describes learning to overlook the insignificant mistakes as your own badge of honor, saying "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." Situations that really bother you need to be assessed. Why did it happen? What can be done about it? What is the proper response? The Holy Spirit in you will lead you. God’s Word has the wisdom to teach you how to be temperate in your responses. You will never truly mature to the degree that God intends you to until you learn to respond instead of react to situations in an appropriate way.

It's critical that we look to the Lord and draw patience from Him on purpose. 1 Corinthians 9:25 says, "And every man who strives to succeed is temperate in all things." Striving for temperance is a huge key to success. Refuse to fret. Don't let fret creep into your temperament. Instead seeks Gods help and trust Him for it. Develop strategies that protect you from reacting. With the help of God, you will stay in control and learn to master your emotions!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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