The Burt (Not Ernie) Show
Episode43 - Talking ‘Bout Praying…

Episode43 - Talking ‘Bout Praying…

November 12, 2020

Psalm 102:1-2 (Amplified) - Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry for help come to You! Do not hide Your face from me; in the day when I call, answer me quickly.

 

Psalm 142 (Amplified) -

I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD; I make supplication with my voice to the LORD. I pour out my complaint before Him.  I declare my trouble before Him. When my spirit was overwhelmed and weak within me (wrapped in darkness), You knew my path. In the way where I walk, they have hidden a trap for me. Look to the right (the point of attack) and see; for there is no one who has regard for me (to act in my favor). Escape has failed me an I have nowhere to run; no one cares about my life. I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Give attention to my cry, for I am brought very low; rescue me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison (adversity), so that I may give thanks and praise Your name; the righteous will surround me (in triumph), for You will look after me."

 

How do you pray?

No when you race through your prayer list in record time or say a prayer by rote before snarfing down your dinner.

When you really engage in the act of praying, how do you pray then?

 

When we pray big, bold, brave prayers, it feels a bit scary. But anything brave that we will ever do will be at least a little scary, so why would we expect praying to be any different?

 

Prayer originated with God. This manner of requesting what we have need of, interceding for others, began with Him. He is the initiator - prayer is not a human construct.

 

The sands of time are running out quickly, and so when we spend time in prayer, let's be bold and fervent and completely dialed in. Our praying is vital right now, now now and we cannot afford to postpone our "serious" praying for some other day down the road. Be a prudent pray-er, and don't put off what you can pray about today.

 

The key takeaway from this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show is this:

          Pour out your complaint before the Lord.

 

Pour it all the way out - empty yourself of it, don't hold anything back and don't stop praying before you're finished pouring! Get it all out before the Lord and leave it with Him. If you hang on to even the tiniest bit of your complaint, of that which ails you, it will grow like yeast and before you know it, it's a giant. (Unforgiveness is like this, too - forgive, forgive and forgive again. Be a daily forgiver and you're life will be blessed!)

So pour out your complaint, pour it all the way out, before the Lord. And then say out loud, so the devil and his evil minions can hear you say it, "God, You are my refuge - right here and right now. You are my safe place. You are my portion in the land of the living. You are the authority over my life, and nobody else can hold that position. I praise You for what You have done, what You are doing now, and for all You are going to do in my future. Thank You, Lord!"

Pour it all out - praise Him out loud - and walk in blessing and freedom!

 

The last sentence from Psalm 142 says this:

     For You will look after me.

There's that important word "WILL" - and when God promises to do something, He absolutely will do it. Never forget that!

 

If you would like to join the online prayer group on Facebook, here is the link (request to join and we'll get you added to the group right away!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

 

See you for the next episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show!

 

Jan

 

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Episode 42 - Psalm 18:30-36

Episode 42 - Psalm 18:30-36

October 30, 2020

It's October of 2020 - fall here in Kansas. The time of year when the leaves fall (or are blown!) from the tree limbs and we can see before our eyes God's plan for seasons of letting go.

Perhaps, in your own life, it should also be a season to let go of some things. Things life negative self-talk, guilt & shame, attempts to control situations & outcomes & relationships...

Let go where the Lord is leading you to let go. And let every leaf you see this fall remind you that letting go seasons were created by God.

 

Psalm 18:30 (New Living Translation) - God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection.

verse 31 - For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?

verse 32a - God arms me with strength, and He makes my way perfect.

verse 35 - You have given me Your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; Your help has made me great.

verse 36 - You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.

 

How much promise do you need today? Whatever amount you stand in need of, Psalm 18 has enough & plenty to spare!

 

God's way is perfect. When you are following Him to the best of your ability, trusting in Him and walking in obedience to His call on your life, when you haven't stepped off the path He set you upon - you are in a good place. Even when "Job's friends" come along and assume you did something wrong, that you've stepped off God's path, due to some messy circumstances in your life, you can continue to trust the Lord and His plan on this path (sometimes life gets messy, even when we haven't done anything "wrong" & others can assume it means we're mired in deep, dark sin...but if you know you haven't stepped out of His will for your life, keep moving forward and pray for those who misunderstand you.) When the path is not at level as you'd prefer, when the incline is a bit steeper than you'd like, remember that God's way is perfect. That's in the present tense - as in right now. His way IS perfect.

 

All the Lord's promises prove true. (isn't that pretty much the entire premise of this podcast?!?) If we could get a glimpse of what's taking place around us in the spiritual realm, we might be shocked at how well things are actually coming along. God's promises for your life are proving true right now. They really are!

 

He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. God fulfills His role as my shield with absolute perfection. He is shielding you, He is protecting you, and He won't stop doing either of those things, ever.

 

For who is God except the Lord? This is, of course, a rhetorical question. There is only one real God and that's exactly who we are trusting in, believing, looking forward to spending eternity with. Our God is the only God - He is literally THE God. That's very comforting! Who is God except the Lord? No one, that's who.

 

Who but our God is a solid rock?

What are you standing on? What is the whole of your life built upon as a disciple of Jesus? You are standing on the Rock - there is no reason to fear & no room for fear in your life. Build well (because you are building on solid rock!) - Live securely (because your life is totally secure on the Rock of Jesus!) - Invite others in God's kingdom so they can leave behind their shaky ground & all feelings of instability.

 

God arms me with strength, and He makes my way perfect. Do you need to know the "perfect" way to proceed? I need this every single day! He'll lead you, my friend. And He'll also arm you with strength! You can depend on God for both those things.

 

You have given me Your shield of victory. The author of this psalm, David, was a warrior. He understood all too well what he was implying & what he was saying about God by saying the Lord had given him His shield of victory. These are BIG words! Do you use big words when you talk about who your God is? How big are your words when you pray, when you talk with the Lord about all-the-things? What do your words & your thoughts reveal about who you actually believe God is?

He has given you, and me, His shield of victory. With God's shield of victory, why do we so often go into battle wondering if we will really be protected, if things will turn out alright...basically, we wonder if we are just gonna lose!

Lord, thank You that You have given Your children Your shield of victory & we are not destined to defeat, to failure, to misery, to losing ground & never gaining ground. You have given us Your shield of victory for a reason - it is intentional, it is specific, and it will not fail us. Amen.

 

Your right hand supports me.

Well, it doesn't get much better than that! If one of your children had, say, an outpatient surgery and you help them get from the hospital into the car and from the car into the house, and they were leaning on you for support and for help, would you drop them like a hot potato? As if they were just an annoyance? Would you somehow forget that they were leaning on you, absentmindedly forget the very weight of them leaning upon you? God's a good Father. All His ways are perfect. And if His right hand supports - and by golly it sure does! - well, then, we won't ever be unsupported. You can lean on Him. (You do not have to keep trying to hold it all together. Let the Lord support you - He really wants to!)

 

Your help has made me great. No greatness worth having comes apart from the Lord. Often we believe for small things, for itty bitty kinds of things. I'm not sure we really know what it means to dream of greatness! God wants His children to be great in the things that matter most. And all greatness comes from the Lord. (This goes far beyond a good paying job, excellent health insurance, a fat savings account and a new RV in the driveway.) Real greatness is something God has for you. Ask Him what great things He would like to bring to pass in your life and then see what He does!

 

You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping. A wide path gives us room to walk with certainty. A narrow path keeps us looking down at our feet, trying to avoid rocks and branches and uneven places, and so we end up looking down and only glancing up. When we walk with certainty, we glance down and look ahead. We move forward with long, strong strides. God has made a wide path for our feet for an exact reason - to keep our feet from slipping.

Christians can live as if they are somehow on the edge, teetering too close to doom & gloom, feeling responsible to keep themselves perfectly "in line" (whatever that even means... it's got a different definition for every person on this planet!). We are so blessed to have the Holy Spirit indwelling us to guide us, to strengthen us, to comfort us. Your feet do not slip so long as you are on the wide path He has provided for your feet to trod. And if you are willing to ask Him for His guidance, His leading, His will for your life, then you will be safely on that path.

 

Psalm 18 is such a wonderful passage.

As you roll on into the next week or so, as October gives way to November and then to December, take this paslm to heart. Believe it, my friend. It is God's promise to you for the right here & the right now.

 

Lord bless you & I will see you next time!

 

Also, feel free to email me at JanLBurt@outlook.com if you'd like to be a BETA tester for my upcoming eBook of 40 devotions about the promises of God!

 

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Episode 41 - Exodus chapter 1 - God speaks “beauty & splendor” over your life

Episode 41 - Exodus chapter 1 - God speaks “beauty & splendor” over your life

October 23, 2020

Show Notes Coming Soon!

 

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If you are interested in being a BETA tester for my upcoming devotional book about God's promises, shoot me an email and I'll be in touch with you!

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Episode 40 - Matthew 6:11 & Isaiah 26:3

Episode 40 - Matthew 6:11 & Isaiah 26:3

October 15, 2020

Show Notes Coming Soon!!

 

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Episode 39 - 2 Kings 8:10 & 19 - “Not Today”

Episode 39 - 2 Kings 8:10 & 19 - “Not Today”

October 8, 2020

2 Kings 8 - 18 & 19 (Amplified) - He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab, became his wife He did evil in the sight of the LORD. Yet for the sake of His servant David, the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah; since He has promised to give him a lamp (enthroned descendant) through his sons always.

 

The amazing thing about the verses above go beyond the fact that, in spite of their wickedness, God did not destroy them... but the WHY behind that lack of destruction.

 

God was not willing to destroy Judah because He had promised something to David and even though David had long since died, God would not break that promise.

 

He had promised. So He stayed His hand and did not punish them.

 

This verse is a no-holds-barred, no bones about it testament that God always, always keeps His promises. Always. Period.

 

God has made you some promises, too. And He intends to keep them, no matter what. Period.

 

For some of us it is nearly fulfillment time. Could be later on today. Could be tomorrow morning... or next week... or in 10 days time.

Maybe it's just around the corner ~ or the corner after that ~ or even another corner after that one.

No matter what, it's getting closer to the time of fulfillment for the promise God made to you.

 

Let's count the cost of doubt & unbelief as it pertains to the promises of God. What does it cost us to live in unbelief? You will be downcast, discontented, discouraged, afraid, angry, bitter, & on edge. And when the promise comes to pass (which it certainly will!), you will enjoy it far less than the Lord desires you to, all because your joy got taken in the midst of your doubt & unbelief.

Unbelief costs us quite a lot. It is far more expensive than choosing to believe.

 

Give yourself a stern talking-to, one that follows suit from the coach in the US Olympic hockey team move "Miracle". When doubt comes a knocking, tell it "Not Today."  Give it no quarter & no access - send it packing & bolt the door shut tight.

 

Believe today.

Your time is almost here!

 

Jan L. Burt

 

Here's the info for the "Praying Through the Storm - Online Prayer Retreat" (join the free group & find a group of women to pray for you and with you!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

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Episode 38 - Isaiah 40:31 & Psalm 103:5 (A Molting Season…)

Episode 38 - Isaiah 40:31 & Psalm 103:5 (A Molting Season…)

September 24, 2020

Isaiah 40:31 - Amplified

But those who wait for the LORD (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings (and rise up close to God) like eagles (rising toward the sun); they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired.

 

Isaiah 40:31 - CSB

But those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run an not become weary, they will walk and not faint.

 

Psalm 103:5 - NIV

Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

 

Psalm 103:5 - Amplified

Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the (soaring) eagle.

 

Often around the 30 year mark of life, an eagle goes through an intense molting process. During this time, they find a place to "hide out", usually high up on a mountain top with some sort of rocky, barren area, and they remove all of their feathers, break off their beak and scrape away their talons. Older eagles, who themselves have been through the molting process, will bring food to the eagle as he/she lies on the rockface and soaks in the sunshine.

 

After the molt comes to an end, the eagle will be faster, stronger, sleeker, with improved eyesight and better hunting and survival skills than even in their youth. This process actually allows them to live a longer life.

 

Are you enduring a time of molting? If so, hang on to hope and know that the promise of these verses are for you. You will have your strength renewed - you will soar one day - you will run & not grow weary - you will walk and not grow tired - God will satisfy your desires with good things & your years will be full of the blessings of the Lord - you will be stronger, faster, see more clearly, love people better, have more hope and will be even more impactful for God's kingdom than ever before, bringing Him great honor and glory.

 

Your best days still lie before you.

You have a very bright future, my friend. God's Word promises it!

 

Here's the info for the "Praying Through the Storm - Online Prayer Retreat" (join the free group & find a group of women to pray for you and with you!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

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Instagram @janlburt

Episode 37- Prevail - (Part of Believing God’s Promises Includes TRUSTING God)

Episode 37- Prevail - (Part of Believing God’s Promises Includes TRUSTING God)

September 10, 2020

 

This episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show shares some content from the new Susie Larson book Prevail -

 

Here's where you can get your own copy of the book:

Prevail on Amazon

At SusieLarson.com

 

 

Here's the info for the "Praying Through the Storm - Online Prayer Retreat" (join the free group & find a group of women to pray for you and with you!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

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Instagram @janlburt

Episode 36 - Psalm 138

Episode 36 - Psalm 138

August 27, 2020

Woah Nellie - this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show brings the fire!

 

We're looking at Psalm 138 from the Amplified Bible ~

 

I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I sing praises to You before the [pagan] gods.

I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word together with Your name.

On the day I called, You answered me;
And You made me bold and confident with [renewed] strength in my life.


All the kings of the land will give thanks and praise You, O Lord,
When they have heard of the promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled].

Yes, they will sing of the ways of the Lord [joyfully celebrating His wonderful acts],
For great is the glory and majesty of the Lord.

Though the Lord is exalted,
He regards the lowly [and invites them into His fellowship];
But the proud and haughty He knows from a distance.


Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me;
Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever—
Do not abandon the works of Your own hands.

 

Verse 4 - God's promise as He gives them to us WILL BE FULFILLED. This speaks to us of a good, blessed future. If you're in a dark spot, think on this truth today & believe for a brighter, better tomorrow.

 

Verse 6 - This is literally what God does for us - as in, right now! We are all lowly as compared to the greatness of our God. And yet, He invites us in - this is such good news!

 

Haughty = arrogantly superior & disdainful...vain...pompous...snobbish... (let's be careful to eliminate all haughtiness from our hearts & be humble so that we can be known up close & personal, not from a distance).

 

Verse 7 - The promise here is a kicker! Can you say, like Job said, that even if He slays you, yet you will keep on hoping in Him? No matter what?!?

 

Verse 8 - This verse is a CLOSER... David ends with the words: "Do not abandon the works of Your own hands." What bold verbiage! Compare this with what Jesus said about prayer in Luke chapter 18 & pray big, bold prayers based on God's good promises to you today.

 

Here's the info for the "Praying Through the Storm - Online Prayer Retreat" August 3rd & 4th on Facebook. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

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Instagram @janlburt

Episode 35 -2 Samuel 23:5 & Isaiah 55:8 & Psalm 94:18

Episode 35 -2 Samuel 23:5 & Isaiah 55:8 & Psalm 94:18

August 13, 2020

Show Notes ~~~ Coming Soon!!

 

Join us for the "Praying Through the Storm - Online Prayer Retreat" August 3rd & 4th on Facebook. No worries if you can't be there for the live sessions - you can watch them later on!

 

here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

 

JanLBurt.com

JanLBurt@outlook.com

on Instagram @janlburt

Episode 34 - Psalm 91:1

Episode 34 - Psalm 91:1

July 31, 2020

Show Notes ~~~ Coming Soon!!

 

Join us for the "Praying Through the Storm - Online Prayer Retreat" August 3rd & 4th on Facebook. No worries if you can't be there for the live sessions - you can watch them later on!

 

here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/627249051525444

 

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JanLBurt@outlook.com

on Instagram @janlburt

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