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Monday, May 22, 2017

Can You Discern Between God and the Devil?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When something goes wrong in your life, you may have heard that thought creep in saying God brought this on me, or, God allowed this because of what I did. You may have had some well-meaning person or pastor say that God allows bad things to happen to teach us life-lessons. When Satan seduces you with these kinds of thoughts, it's because his nature is evil and it's what he does! We are supposed to know the difference between his lying evils from the depth of God's goodness. Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." 

If Satan is anything, he is a liar. He is an accuser. He is a deceiver. His goal is always to deceive you into thinking God is mad at you, against you, and doing things to hurt you. Let me show you this truth through scripture. Jesus while speaking of Satan says, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Satan has a plan. It is to deceive as much of mankind concerning God and God’s nature as possible. His ultimate goal? To eventually deceive mankind into waging war against God. Until the very end of the last days, Satan is and will work in the earth to accomplish this task. You might think, “How does he wage this war?” He does it in this way. First he promotes false religion—anything outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Secondly, he promotes deception causing strife and division—getting people to hate each other through politics racism, gossip—any possible way! Thirdly, he promotes a literal war against God. You may ask, “How can he promote a war against God whom we can’t see?” He will do that by promoting a war against Israel. A war against Israel is a war against God.

In the last days, he will work to turn many of the nations against Israel and entice them to war surrounding Israel to destroy her. This is in the works and is happening through Iran, terrorism, through the UN, and on college campuses with propaganda against Israel on a full-time scale even now! When this literal war happens—and it will, this is where Jesus will finally deal with Satan.

Satan will manifest himself through a person he literally possesses in human form that scripture calls “the beast” also known as the anti-Christ, and through one called “the false prophet.” They will be two human beings that Satan possesses and uses to draw the kings or world leaders into a war against Israel. When that happens, Jesus will literally come on a white horse with His angelic hosts of Heaven and His saints and He will defeat the beast and the false prophet—casting them and Satan into the lake of fire and the bottomless pit.
We read this in Revelation 19:11-20 (NLT) “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For He judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him, and only He knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From His mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and He trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On His robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords…Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and His army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the white horse…”

Rev. 20:1-2 (NLT) “Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, the Devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years…”


Okay. You are probably wondering, why did I tell you all this? I told you all this to amplify that Satan is a deceiver. He is the deceiver of the earth. He is against you. Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way. He is not just for you but abundantly for you. Don't let anyone tell you different! When something bad happens, Satan the deceiver will whisper, God is doing this to you because you blew it. It’s a lie. God loves you and is always working to draw you closer to Him and wants to help you in every area of your life. He wants to help you put your life on His course of blessing and not the world's course of sin and death. It takes our faith in this truth for that to happen. Jesus responds to faith!

Jesus already paid the price for your sin. It is His love that draws you. God’s will is to bless you. Your faith which draws His blessing will never be greater than your steadfast belief that God is for you! That is why it’s critical for you to know God is for you. It is in having that assurance of His love that leads you to run to Him and not from Him. That assurance destroys Satan’s lie that God has produced something bad in your life. When you believe in God’s unfailing love, then you will become one that believes and does this: Isaiah 63:7 “I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses” You will because you will experience it first hand!

When we blow it, God does want you to come and repent and turn from it, but He is for you—not lobbing trouble and hardship at you! Know this and run to Him. Ask Him to help you, instruct you, transform you, and bless you! That is His will for your life! Your belief in this is equal to your faith to receive it. So believe it!

John 10:10 (NKJV) "The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Let This Dog Remind You How

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If dogs can do it, why can’t we? Jesus was our model to live out our life being led by God’s Spirit as directed through prayer. Praying in faith according to God’s Word is the most powerful force in the earth. Maybe a dog can remind us of that!

Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never grow weary."

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

So You Can See God & His Ways More Clearly

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A while back, I had a guy in my office who wanted to talk about his marriage. Actually his marriage was over. It was his third marriage that had failed. He said his wife wanted out! It didn't take long to see that he wasn't all that broken up over it. He actually talked about what a great guy and catch he was and if they couldn't figure that out, he was better off without them. For a while I questioned why he was in my office. He wasn't asking for advice.
He didn't seem depressed. Then I realized why he was there. He needed to justify why this was a good move and how stupid these women had been to let go of someone like him. I could tell he wanted some affirmation to that fact but it wasn't something he would get from me. I was contemplating telling him he was drowning in his own pride when the Lord brought Proverbs 23:9 (NLT) to mind which says, "Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice."

Pride is such an ugly thing. We all fight it at times. Even the person that has low self-esteem or a poor self-image will occasionally exhibit displays of pride. Why do people have high and lofty opinions of themselves? Is it because of how they look? If their appearance is pleasant to the eye, that’s a gift from God. God should be praised and thanksgiving should be felt—not pride. Is it because of their IQ? If they have great intelligence, that is a gift from God and they should be praising God with a heart of thanksgiving—not feeling pride. Is it because they have made wise decisions that have worked and born great fruit and success? Is it because their great abilities help them in their achievements? Abilities and wisdom are a gift from God. As James 1:17 (NLT) says, "Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens..." They should be thanking Him for it.

There are many successful people that think their success was self-achieved. There are others who are humble enough to look back and see it was God’s helping hand that brought them to a good place. Pride blinds one from seeing and understanding that God is the source of what is good in their life which in turn blinds them from glorifying and thanking God. Instead they glory in themself.

Pride elevates one to feelings and thoughts of a high or inordinate opinion of their own importance and achievement creating feelings of superiority over others. Pride is more blinding that physical blindness. Pride makes one foolish and unaware of its existence, repulsing most everyone in their life that is subject to it. Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace...”  This is why the Apostle Paul instructs us to beware in Romans 12:3 (NLT). "...I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."

In James 4:6, we read, “...God opposes the proud but gives grace (His supernatural mercy, help, and intervention) to the humble." The key to true and sincere humility that opens the door to more and more grace from God is to be thankful to Him for every good thing in your life! It will change your outlook on everything. It will refresh your love for God. It will change your approach to everything in life. You will become one who glorifies God sincerely for the goodness He brings and you'll see His hand in your life in ways you never could!

Proverbs 3:34 (NIV) "He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Beauty of Godly Sorry That Brings Restoration

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was about 20 years old, I was working for a corporation that I really enjoyed working at. Within this corporation, they had a system that allowed you to move around and work various jobs within different departments. It was one of the best benefits of working for this company. If you got tired of working in one area and needed a change, you could look at some of the other jobs posted and the most senior person that bid for it was able to get it. Over my five years there, I think I worked in every department. I had fun getting to know people all over the company. I loved the experience of learning a diversity of jobs. The jobs carried different hours and schedules so you could change up your life. For me, it was a great place to work that broadened my work experience.

One day it was pointed out to me by management that I had a very positive quality I wasn’t even aware of. Whenever a new person came on staff or transferred into the department I was working in, they said I seemed to reach out and meet and greet them and help them get oriented to the area and their job. I didn’t think about it. It was just like breathing, something that felt appropriate to do.

The top boss was a man who had been promoted from within and someone I had worked closely with for over a year. He was about 25 years older than me and became like a big brother. We really enjoyed each other's friendship. I was thrilled when he was promoted. Unbeknownst to me, He and other managers had noticed how I worked with other employees and had wanted to move me into management. They felt I was great at working with people and had developed a very broad base of the workings of all the departments.

I had long hair at the time. Not super long but below my collar yet not resting on my shoulders. My friend who had become my boss knew that he was about to ask me to step into management but knew that I’d have to move beyond our friendship to respect his authority. He tested me knowing that if I couldn’t, it would never work out. He asked me to get a haircut cutting my hair above my shirt collar. I had no idea he was thinking about moving me into management. I said I would cut my hair but then didn’t. He asked me two weeks later and I said I would but I didn’t. This went on for a couple of months and it was starting to strain our relationship. He had the right to make me get a haircut but it was rarely enforced anywhere else and I couldn’t figure out why he was picking on me. It was souring our relationship but it was really my fault.

One day he gave me an ultimatum. Get the haircut within two days or be fired. I just couldn’t believe he was serious. I knew that I was well liked by all and that they valued my efforts on the job, so I ignored his request again. Two days later, he fired me. I was absolutely shocked. I couldn’t believe it nor could any one else there. I had to leave the premises and not come back. It sent me in a mental tailspin. I cried. I got mad. I cried more. And then I began to break. I began to look inside my heart and over the entire experience. I wasn’t a Christian at this time, but most people in any crisis end up talking to God whether they admit they believe in Him or not. I could see I had disrespected him amongst the employees with my defiance and attitude of indifference. I was truly sorry.

I went back to him to apologize (with my hair cut short) but it was too late in his eyes. I went to my regional manager who I knew really liked me. I sat down with him, confessed my sins, told him I was sincerely sorry and begged him to give me another chance and give me my job back. He intervened and did.

I sincerely apologized to my boss and let everyone else know my attitude had been wrong. A year later they offered me a transfer and huge promotion for a management job that would have made me the youngest person to ever hold that level of management and responsibility.

As a Christian, I look back on that experience and it reminds me of 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV). It says, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  

May people get stuck in the problems they've created because they will not look deep inside, examine their hearts, and own up to their faults. They pridefully defend their wrong actions. But for the person that does feel and show remorse, this is the beginning of what godly sorrow means. This is step one. But it can’t stop there. It must lead to repentance—not just trying to get out of trouble or past the problem. Repentance means coming to the recognition of what was wrong, and with sincere regret and sorrow, admitting, taking responsibility for, and committing to change the grievance.

I know that when things get tough because of wrong choices and mistakes we’ve made, we want instant forgiveness and restoration. God wants to redeem and deliver us but He also wants to make sure we have sincerely learned and turned from the cause of our self-inflicted woes.

 Isaiah 57:15 says, “The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Pride is the greatest enemy you will ever will ever face. It wants to blind you and keep you on the wrong path that God is trying to speak to you about and lead you out of.  Sincere humility and sorrow opens the floodgates of your heart to hear from God. Forgiveness and restoration starts at this place!

1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) "...God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 15, 2017

God's Cause and God's Rewards For Believers!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Over the years, I've seen a multitude of people involved with good causes. I've seen people spend enormous amounts of time organizing, communicating, and soliciting funds for causes.

I’ve seen those who work to raise money for research to fight diseases, to save the whales, to protest the wearing of fur, to save animals, and more. There seems to be a never-ending list of causes. I wonder how many Christians really focus on the ultimate cause God has assigned us to as His children—the cause of saving people from a destiny in Hell and instead receiving Jesus’ free gift of eternal life in Heaven?

The Bible speaks of two judgments of God after death. One is called the Great White Throne Judgment. It is the judgment of all those who would not receive God's gift to mankind—Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Jesus died to take away their sins and give them eternal life. People that reject this gift of Jesus don’t realize what they are rejecting. We as Christians do. We know how desperately they need the Lord. When people reject Jesus, they reject God's gift, thereby dying in their sins without resolution for them. Revelation NIV 20:11-12 says, Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it...And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

People get mad at the thought of God judging people but the truth is, Hell was created for Satan and fallen angels—not man. God made provision for man’s eternity through Jesus. If they choose to reject this gracious provision of God, then they have instead chosen to follow Satan to his destiny, and consequently theirs.

When Jesus is your Savior, you aren’t judged for your sins—they are forgiven. Instead, by God’s grace, your name is written in the book of life. When you’ve haven’t received Jesus, your name will not be in that book and you will be judged for every sin you’ve ever committed. Hell is that judgment. No one who really understands this truth would fail to accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 4:7-8  NIV says, "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him." Hebrews 8:12 NIV says, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Psalm 103:12 NKJV "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." Now this is thee cause of all causes! Consequently, it’s imperative that of all things we focus and support, we reach out and support this eternally life-changing good news of this gracious gift of God!

The second judgement mentioned after death is the judgment for those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior. It isn't a judgment about our sins since a believer's sins have been washed away. This judgment is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. It will be about the rewards believers receive for the things they did from a right motivation to further the gospel and touch others with God’s love. We will stand before Jesus to review all of the causes or things we did to serve His purposes—not the world's list or view of good works, or our own. Those things done from a pure heart and right motivation and not for self-glory or personal agenda will be considered like gold, or silver, or precious stones. The Apostle Paul described it like this: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NLT) "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.  Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.  But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.  But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames."

When David spoke up of the need to shut Goliath’s mouth and defeat him, he said,  “…Is there not a cause?" (1 Samuel 17:29 NKJV) There are many good causes to fight for in this life, but do any save the life of a person for all eternity? Do any have the promised reward from God for serving His cause? I am not saying we shouldn’t be involved in good causes. I am only saying that we should put the ultimate cause, letting the world know of the love and gift of Jesus at the top of our list! If we do, not only will the Lord reward us, but someone will be thanking Jesus and you for the rest of eternity. That is a perspective and cause to think about!

Psalms 119:74 (NLT) "May all who reverence You find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Trouble Tree

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have reprinted this by popular request! Hope it's a blessing to you! 

The Trouble Tree
(author unknown)

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: (a flat tire made him lose an hour of work & his electric drill quit) his ancient one ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them.

Then in the morning I pick them up again." Funny thing is," he smiled", when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."

Psalm 55:22 “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Must Character Quality That Will Bless You Forever!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you felt under-appreciated lately and had yourself a pity party? Have you had a discussion with yourself lately on why you aren't be treated fairly or with the respect and appreciation you deserve? I think these kinds of thoughts try to creep into all our lives at one time or another. It's seems to have almost a paralyzing effect that not only keeps people from moving forward, but causes them to replay their I'm Not Appreciated speech in their head over and over.

A long time ago, this couple told Renee and I a horribly sad story of financial devastation in their life. They said they didn’t have any money to pay their mortgage or bills and they didn’t have money for groceries and didn’t know how they were going to do to feed their children. At that time, Renee and I were a young couple with four very small children. Our own finances were so squeaky tight that we could hardly afford what we needed for groceries. But, we took one hundred dollars—almost our entire food budget for the month (at that time) and gave it to them. We'd given sacrificially and trusted God by faith for our groceries that month. When we gave it to them, they hardly said thanks. We thought, Maybe that didn't think it was that much or close to enough. We didn't know. All we knew was that they just said Thanks and nothing more. Renee and I thought, How could they be so unappreciative? Don't they get what this cost us? Don't they appreciate that we put our children's needs at risk for theirs? It hurt to be so unappreciated for what we sacrificed for them.

The following week we ran into them and they shared that they took their children out to a restaurant to celebrate the gift of $100 we gave them and told us it was just enough money to pay for this celebration! And they thanked us for it! This hurt us even more! They didn’t appreciate what we had done. They didn’t use it wisely. We felt sad and used. Live and learn. God supernaturally met our needs that month which we were thankful for!

Fast forward 30 plus years and we would tell you we've learned a lot about people. We've learned that most people are focused on themselves and not others. I know that sound horrible, but its true. And because that's true, most people fall in the range of poor to not great on the appreciation scale. After many years, you begin to recognize a handful of people who are wonderfully appreciative for everything, when most aren't for much. Oh how you love those people in your life!

Jesus experienced unappreciative people! We read about it in Luke 17:11-19. “As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, He reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As He entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, their leprosy disappeared. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God, I'm healed!" He fell face down on the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking Him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?" And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well."


Understanding that people not being thankful or appreciative is a common reality, Renee and I prayed and asked God to help us not be that way. He did help us in two specific ways. First, He taught us to do things as unto the Lord and not unto people or for their appreciation. If people are appreciative, that is always sweet. If they are not, it doesn't bother us because we don't expect it and know how lousy most people are at it. Secondly, God taught us to become highly appreciative people! He taught us to pay attention and notice the good in people and, catch the good things they do. He taught us to vocalize it and encourage people through it. We've learned from walking this out that people appreciate appreciation more than they can say.

I couldn’t help but think this morning about the multitude of things Jesus had done for  us in our life. In some instances, I was the one who came back to Him with great thanksgiving. At other times, I'm sure I hardly noticed or acknowledged His goodness and kindness in my life.

Over time, being learning to be thankful and appreciative has opened the eyes of my heart. I now see God touching my life every day in some way that I am thankful for and purpose to thank Him for it. and in general, I focus my heart on giving thanks rather than looking for it. It helps me keep my heart right toward God and man, and it builds the character quality of being a thankful person with me. Being an appreciator rocks! Self-pity... It's the pits!

Proverbs 19:17 "He who is kind to one in need, joins himself in partnership with the LORD, and the Lord will reward him for what he has done."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Praying Prayers That Move God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have noticed that there is an expression I often use when I write Fresh Manna or when I'm teaching or talking about prayer. That expression is true heart-faith in prayer.  I know what I mean by them but as I was rereading something I wrote, I had the quick thought, do others know what I mean by those words true heart-faith in prayer?


When I was a young Christian, I had about as much faith in my prayers as I did rubbing a rabbit's foot or breaking a wishbone. I had no real faith that God would ever hear or answer my prayers and that isn't a good thing! That would be similar to a young child thinking his parents had no time for him/her and no faith they cared or would do anything for them. God loves us more than the most loving parent ever could and wants us to put faith in Him.
Although God loves us, He isn't a genie. Prayer takes His will and other's concerns to heart. To have faith in God answering your prayers, you need to know what His will is! That is clearly understood through 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV). It teaches us why it is so important to know the will of God and have faith in it. It says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him." 

I love reading about Daniel because Daniel was a gracious, God-fearing and God-loving man who knew God's will and prayed often about it. He modeled true heart-faith for us to learn from.

In the story of Daniel, he had risen from being a captive slave to become the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar's top aide and ruler. The king was upset over a dream he had, but did not understand. None of his wisest advisers could help him interpret it. It made the King so mad he planned on killing every one of his wise men. When Daniel heard, this is how he handled the situation.

Daniel 2:16-20 (NKJV) Then Daniel went in and asked of the king that he would give him time, and that he would make known the meaning to the king. Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might pray for the mercies of God in Heaven concerning this secret, that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. And Daniel blessed the God of Heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.

Daniel gave the interpretation to the king and saved not only their lives but the lives of all the pagan wise men who hated Daniel also. The mercy of God touches the just and unjust.

Here is what Daniel’s life reflected.

First, that he had an intimate relationship with God. He had confidence that he could go to God in prayer and that God would help Him. This confidence and knowing is having true heart-faith in prayer. Something that only comes as you become acquainted with God and His will through the study of the word and through prayer.

Secondly, he had a group of godly trustworthy friends that he could take a problem to knowing they had true heart-faith in prayer and would pray along with him.

Third, Daniel never became elevated in pride because of his answered prayers. He never took credit to make himself look good. He gave all the glory to God with great thanksgiving. This is sincere intimacy with God that creates true heart-faith in prayer to the one who alone helps us succeed through life! Learning what God's will is worth the effort. Learning to pray in true heart-faith will change your life forever! Draw close to the Lord! He is a rewarder of those that do!

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 08, 2017

God's Power to Walk Out Your Incredible Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a young boy, my best friend and I spent hours and hours talking about how we would one day be millionaires. There was an old TV show we used to watch called The Millionaire and it definitely fueled our thinking and the discussion of our future.

As I grew older and committed my life to the Lord, my thoughts changed. I spent more time thinking more about how I might leave a meaningful mark for the Lord on this life. Knowing my personal weaknesses, it became evident that I would not leave the mark I wanted without the power of God help me accomplish whatever He was leading me to do!

Most people don't spend time thinking about the power of God within them to help them. Instead they think about the drive they lack in their will power to make all their desired changes. Eventually frustration and giving up replaces the incredible life God wants for them.

Some people would laugh at that. The incredible life God has for me? Yea right! My life couldn’t be more ordinary and meaningless. My life couldn’t be more aimless and mundane. My life couldn’t be more out of control with me feeling powerless to change it.  

If you think any of these things, I understand why. I've been there. But I knew that if I caved into that kind of thinking and defeat, it would be a waste of the life God prepared for me and the plan He desires for me to walk in. So I had to learn to draw strength from God. But how? You receive strength just by knowing how God has felt about you from the very beginning. Read this and after you do, tell me if you really believe God created you to experience an ordinary, meaningless, aimless, and mundane, out of control life?

Psalm 139:14-18 (NLT) “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!“
Still think you were meant to be ordinary and powerless? Continue reading.

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Just by understanding the depth of God’s love for you and learning that He has a glorious plan for you increases the power in your faith and strength! Can you feel it? And it makes you want to draw near to Him and know Him and His will for you all the more! That is what it was designed to do as we see in Jeremiah 29:13-14. “If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you," says the Lord. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes..."

When you find out what God wants for you, what He intended for you, and that He is not out to condemn you but to strengthen you to live this life, it alters your thinking. It creates empowerment to become a world-changer. You learn to trust, lean on, and draw strength from knowing God is in your corner and His plan is for you is to succeed. He is not absent from your life. He is waiting to empower you to fulfill the dreams He leads you in! And that empowerment is within and from the Holy Spirit!

Strength and power from God comes to your life and works within you as you continue to pray and ask God to lead you. His Word speaks to you to help build your faith. It gives you direction. And as you continually ask the Lord for help and lean on His power by faith, it rises up within you. You gain power to say yes to what you should and strength to say no to what you should resist. It's real. It's there. It's the strength and power you need to do what He puts in your heart to do. And it is the same Spirit (God's Spirit) that raised Christ from the dead that lives within you! Have faith in Him and draw on it and begin to live His incredible plan for your life a day at a time. In a decade from now, you'll be able to look back and see all God has helped you do!

Romans 8:11 (NLT) "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Eliminate the Dread from Your Head

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This gal was telling me that she had a situation she needed to handle that created a great sense of dread! The more she thought about it, the greater that dread became until she was anxious, overwhelmed, and feeling sick about it. I told her, Dread isn't from God and you can't let it fester in you! You're becoming anxious, overwhelmed, and sick about something that hasn’t even happened—or that may never happen! You're worrying about something you think might happen in the future—imagining all its worst possibilities or outcomes. If you allow it to continue to overwhelm your thoughts with dread, it will become like an insidious cloud that seeps into all the corners of your mind, until it chokes your peace, confidence, and  joy.

So what do you do when you feel that sense of dread? Remember that most times what we dread comes to nothing! Psalm 53:5 NIV says, "There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread!" 

Situations are seldom as hard to handle as our mind imagines. The conversation doesn’t usually go anything like our mind conjured up and the situation to confront is seldom as bad as dreaded. And many times we wind up realizing there was nothing to dread!

So have you felt overwhelmed with dreadful thoughts that have been like an insidious cloud overwhelming your mind and heart? God word is called quick and powerful! It is because the power of it when it's read and believed can be like a pin popping an inflated balloon or a foot crushing a bug.  Philippians 4:6 NLT is an example of that! It says, "Don’t worry about [or dread] anything; instead, pray about everything."  1 Peter 5:7 NLT says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 
When God's promises are meditated on and trusted, they most often pull us right out of deep hole and anxious thinking and instead help us refocus on God thoughts! Let the initial cares and worries you feel be nothing more than an alarm that wakes you up and reminds you to cast your cares unto the Lord. You purpose to shut down those thought knowing the Lord cares for you, and instead immediately turn those dreads into faith-filled prayers you lay at Jesus' feet. Do so and you'll have learned to eliminate the dread from your head!

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV) "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Developing A Tender Heart That Hears From God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Quite often while people are entering the sanctuary of our church, I will stand at the door and shake hands and greet them as they come in. It gives me the opportunity to connect with people, even if in the smallest of ways.

One Sunday as I was doing this, a big burly guy shook my hand. He grabbed my hand with his big strong grip and gave me a big smile. I couldn't’ help but notice how rough and callous his hand was. The feel of his hand was opposite of the feel of his kind heart. Calloused hands do not imply a callous heart.

We can live with calloused hands. Many do and it protects their hands from being hurt from the very objects they handle over and over again. We can’t live with a calloused heart and be okay. Calluses keep you from feeling everything you touch with the sensitivity that you’d feel if you didn’t have them. Having a calloused heart robs one of the sensitivity of the heart that would allow him to hear from God and follow God’s leading. Psalm 119:70 says, “Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law."

Something precious that God has given us is our conscience. Those that don’t know God have their conscience trained by worldly thinking. Having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ enables our conscience to be trained by the Holy Spirit. Jesus described that help for our conscience like this: “…when the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13) This is where our conscience learns to discern between right and wrong—something God establishes throughout His Word. Our conscience also gives us discernment within our decision-making processes.

John 14:17 says, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” If you read that verse closely you saw that it says, “…but you know Him.” Jesus was making it clear that those that truly know God, can sense the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of truth. As we become sensitive to the Holy Spirit within us, we can feel our conscience being taught, trained, and led by Him. When our conscience is sensitive to the leading of God’s Spirit, then we know we aren’t callous toward Him.

The beauty of our spirit and conscience being trained and sensitive to Him is that God will at times lead us to do things that would defy logical worldly thinking. God might lead us to throw money in a Salvation Army kettle when our mind is saying, You don’t have the money to do this. God may have you give a special offering at your church or a gift to someone in need at the same time your mind is screaming, You’ve just spent everything you have on your mom's Mothers Day gift and this is something you cannot afford to do!

A friend of mine who has a small business as an electrician was recently telling me how he was given the opportunity to do some work in a huge department store—an account he would have loved to have. He spent a number of hours doing some emergency repair work at time when he desperately needed some income. When it came time to pay the bill, the manager said, How much do I own you? My friend told me that suddenly he remembered something I had taught him in church from God’s Word. I had taught the business group that when I was in business, I often sowed some free work into those I did business with. That it was good to sow blessing as it generated good will and often created blessing. I had been teaching from Proverbs 11:24 “It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything.”

When the manager said, How much do I owe you? my friend suddenly said, Not a thing. This is the first time doing business with you and it’s on me. I want you to become familiar with my work and if you like it, I hope you will call me again. The manager was almost in shock. He replied, You know we normally use a particular company who loves to gouge me when I need emergency work done. Not only that, their attitude is usually bad. I have wanted to find a new electrician group for some time. You have just become my new electrician for our store!

Had this man not had a sensitive conscience toward God and His Word, he would have never thought like this nor yielded to this kind of prompting by God. God has a better way and it has to do with having a sensitive heart. Oh and by the way, my friend’s hands are callous but his heart sure is tender. How about yours?

James 3:13 (NIV) "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Refreshed and Strengthened in God's Presence

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was reading from Psalm 150:1-6 NLT this morning which is composed of just six verses of heart-felt praise! It’s a Psalm exhorting us to praise God for all His majesty and greatness. Verse 2 saying, "Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness!" 

As I was reading Psalm 150, suddenly the Lord brought another verse to my remembrance. It was from Colossians 3:2 NKJV that says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”  I knew the Lord was telling me to read Psalm 150 with my heart instead of just my head. "Set your affection on things above..." seemed to shout out to me. I read through Psalm 150 differently. I began to meditate on each verse. Verse one says,”Praise the Lord in His Sanctuary.” I began to think about God in His Sanctuary—in His Heavenly Home and our future home. Jesus said before He arose into Heaven, “I am going to prepare a place for you…”

Then I remembered that the Apostle John had described God’s Sanctuary in a vision in Revelation 4:2-11 NLT saying, “And instantly I (John) was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it! The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. And from the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven lampstands with burning flames. They are the seven spirits of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings had the form of a lion; the second looked like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth had the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come." Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one who lives forever and ever. And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created."
As I read these things, it began to stir my love and affection for God even more. It made me want to truly worship the Lord from my heart. It isn’t important that I perfectly understand every little thing. What's important is when I look and mediate on the reality of Heaven and God’s throne and where every believer will spend eternity, then the cares of this world begin to shrink, and the majesty of God begins to grow. It makes me feel and want to be more reverent. It draws me into the reality of how short this life is and how long eternity is. It reminds me that it's not any person but Jesus I serve and live for. This is where and with whom I will spend all my eternity—a place of glory that is beyond my comprehension. It helps me live out my life in reverence to Him. It strengthens me in my resolve to represent Jesus as I purpose to be a light. It reminds me that what seemed so important today will be a fading memory tomorrow.

He tells us to "set our affections on things above..." Why? So that we remember that Almighty God who created this universe, is also our loving Heavenly Father—the one who promises us He will never leave us nor forsake us.  His miracles and power are still for today and most often manifest through true heart faith and trust in Him. When we set our affections on His greatness, faith grows within us.

There are things on this earth and in our life that do deserve attention and affection—things that will make our life better for doing so. But even then, they don’t compare to the greatness of God or His love and gift of redemption and eternal life through Jesus Christ. They don't compare to our eternal home and future with the Lord. When we set our affection on these things, they are what will shape our lives with greater purpose and strength to overcome and with great resolve to make a difference in this life—not become its victim.

Next time life’s circumstances are weighing you down, open God's word and meditate on verses of His greatness and love toward you. The Holy Spirit will minister to you, strengthen you, and lift you up as you lift Him up!

Psalms 150:2 (NIV) "Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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