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Find A Need & Fill It? Isaiah 40:11 (& A Bonus Blessing from Psalm 55)  -  Episode 123

Find A Need & Fill It? Isaiah 40:11 (& A Bonus Blessing from Psalm 55) - Episode 123

September 30, 2022

#InternationalPodcastDay

Today is a special day on the podcast - kind of an awesome day, a pretty cool day in the world of podcasting. Today, the day that this episode releases, the very last day of September 2022, is International Podcast Day. How fun is that? That there is a day when you can just throw up that hashtag, and if you are a podcaster just share, maybe a bit more broadly than you normally do - and I say that to say, would you share this episode today?

In this episode I share about one of my all time absolute favorite Bible verses and it was really in many ways a total game changer , a life changer for me in my parenting, even in my marriage, and in my understanding of how the Lord cares for me, how He takes care of me. He used this verse so, so many times to guide me in my decisions, my decision making. It’s just one verse from the OT book of Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 11.

If there is something God is calling you to do, or a time of rest He is asking you to take where it feels like you are pressing the pause button on things, go ahead and do it. God will bless it. He wants you to do that thing, so do it. He loves you enough to lay on your heart to do this thing, so do it. If you have people God has placed in your life who love you enough to tell you what you really need to hear, please listen. Take heed. He speaks to us through His word, the Bible. And remember when Jesus said it was better for us that He go away so that the Holy Spirit would come and remind us of everything we need to know, tell us things we need to know, guide us, counsel us. How amazing is it that God has all these things in place to lead us, to tell us what we need to hear, to bless us, encourage us, help us, protect us, for our good and for His glory. Do that thing. 

 

Gonna get to the episode from Isaiah in a second, but I want to share this verse with you today. It’s from Psalm 55, Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken. 

 

I’m going to read it again, and if you’ve listened to the podcast before then you know I often talk about that word will when we find it in a verse, in one of God’s promises, and this is a promise right? If we do the casting, cast your cares on the Lord, it says He will sustain us. I’m going to read it again and put emphasis on that word will. Because that really cements in my heart and mind that God means it. When He says will, He is not playing. He is not messing around. His will does not mean maybe. When He says will it means WILL. It is absolute. 

 

So, I’m going to read it again. I want you to just listen and think about what cares you have that you need to cast on the Lord today. So, first of all, think about that. I mean that's the first part of this verse. It rings true to what Peter said about casting your cares, your burdens, on the Lord. And what Jesus said about taking His yoke upon you because it is gentle and light. I’ve heard people say that the OT doesn’t apply to them, and I’d be careful to go too far along that line of thinking. Some people don’t ever read the OT due to that way of thinking, so yeah, I’m here to say this verse applies to you. It’s in both the O and NT. God wants you to cast your cares on Him, so his enemy the devil does not want you to do that. Let me read it and you think on what you need to cast onto Him today. 

Don’t try to kind of pretty them up, you don’t need to set aside a couple of hours to write them all out. This says cast. Think of throwing off a heavy burden. The very moment you can do that, take off those work boots, get off that cramped plane and stretch out your legs, you do those things as soon as you are able. This is similar. Cast those cares as soon as you are able. And how often are you able? Whenever you realize you are carrying a heavy care. Cast it then, don’t wait till a better time. This is the better time. If you feel like maybe, you don’t have time to do that right now, well, you have time to shoo a wasp away from you right? You don’t ponder if you have time right now. You move quickly. Casting these off of yourself and onto the Lord, chucking them, it doesn't take a ton of time. Like shooing that wasp away, chuck these things away. Just do as the Bible says! Once you do that casting of your cares on the Lord, what will happen? He will sustain you. What’s better than that, my friend? 

And He will do it with complete ability, authority, and perfection. You can count on it. 

He WILL sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken. We’re not righteous in ourselves. There is a zero percent chance of that. But God sees us through Jesus, we are literally gifted His righteousness. So, this promise applies to all who know Jesus, who have repented and received his forgiveness and made Him Lord. It’s our promise, and it’s beautiful. 

 

That’s the intro for this episode, thank you for listening and don’t forget it’s International Podcast Day so please pretty please share this episode. Only comes around once a year!

Isaiah 40:11 (New King James Version)

     He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.

 

Have you heard the saying, “Find a need and fill it?”

 

There was a season of my life when I was going and going and going like crazy - doing all the church things and serving in every way I possibly could. But what I wasn't doing was asking the Lord what His specific will was for me in each area I was serving. Serving is in no way wrong (Jesus said so in Mark 10:45). But serving so much that you haven't been able to go to church or small group and worship the Lord...that's where I was at. God had to get my attention and show me that as the mother of young children, He would lead me gently everywhere He wanted me to go and serve.

 

I learned to talk to Him about every area service, and knowing that His word clearly said that if I was not being gently led, then I was out of His will made it so much easier to say no to some things and yes to other things.

 

Regarding "finding a need and filling it", it can be pretty easy to step into some form of service for a while, and then step back out of serving. But when we are letting God lead us gently in all that we do, we end up receiving a calling. And stepping out of our calling for any reason is, quite frankly, sin.

 

Learning this in my 20s as a mom of young children saved me so much frustration and fatigue. I served BETTER in the areas to which I was called. It was a win-win for everyone.

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God Sets the Stage with Precision & Perfection - Episode 122 - #FromTheVault

God Sets the Stage with Precision & Perfection - Episode 122 - #FromTheVault

September 23, 2022

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ake the quiz "Which of God's Promises is for You?" via this LINK.

 

Luke 3: 1-3 (Amplified) - Now in the fifteenth year of [Emperor]Tiberius Caesar’s reign—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod [Antipas] was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene— in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas [his son-in-law], the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. And he went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.

 

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 ~~~ While God was doing a work of preparation in John the Baptist's life prior to the start of his ministry, He was also doing a work of preparation to the times & seasons, leaders & authorities in which John's ministry work would take place. God was setting the stage with perfection in the way that only He can.

 

          ~~~ The "leaning in" that we need to do during times of preparation is so terribly important. If you find yourself in this place in your life right now, don't become weary or annoyed; instead, choose to lean in and be a good student in whatever it is the Lord is teaching you.

 

          ~~~ God is good at time. Never forget this truth! God is perfect when it comes to navigating the times and seasons of our lives.

 

          ~~~ We do not need to try and strong-arm God in order to obtain His specific promises and His specific words to us. (See verse 3 above - the Word of God came to John...if it came, then it had been sent. Trust God to send you what you most need, when you most need it.)

 

          ~~~ The way to have a truly powerful ministry is to allow God to prepare you, trust Him to set the stage, receive the word that He sends you, and then act in obedience to that word He sent you. Make up your mind in advance that you will do whatever God says to do. What will you do when you get something from the Lord? I truly hope that you will choose to share it with others.

 

          ~~~ Three Questions from verses 10-14 (verses are listed below)

 

#1 - What do I have that I can share today? (see verse 11)

 

#2 - Am I doing my work or handling resources wrongly or rightly? (see verses 12 & 13)

 

#3 - Am I content & would I be able to describe myself as "satisfied" with my lot in life? (see verse 14)

 

10 The crowds asked him, “Then what are we to do?” 11 And John replied, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do the same.” 12 Even some tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked, “Teacher, what are we to do?” 13 And he told them, “Collect no more than the fixed amount you have been ordered to [collect].” 14 Some soldiers asked him, “And what about us, what are we to do?” And he replied to them, “Do not extort money from anyone or harass or blackmail anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

 

Lord bless you as you continue to live believing God's promises are true for you - because they really, truly are!

 

Jan L. Burt

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Jan is the author of the new book “A 60-Day Prayer Journal for Parents” & “The Power of God’s Will – 40 Days of God’s Promises Devotional” (available on Amazon) & “The Once-A-Year Homeschool Planner” (a multi-grade, multi-subject planning system) – which can be found at JanLBurt.com. She has also been a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Find Jan  Instagram: @JanLBurt or at her website JanLBurt.com or at her YouTube channel, “God’s Promises for You with Jan L. Burt”. 

With God, Everything IS Possible… Right Now, atThis Very Moment in Time  Episode 121 - #FromTheVault

With God, Everything IS Possible… Right Now, atThis Very Moment in Time Episode 121 - #FromTheVault

September 16, 2022

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Today we are looking at a NT verse from the book of Matthew, chapter 19 and verse 26. I will quote the NLT first, and it says, “With God everything is possible.” 

 

Huge promise here. Huge.

 

Two things to note right off the bat:

#1 - what’s the verb in this sentence? IS - That’s present tense, folks. So right now, RIGHT NOW, with God everything IS possible. IS. This is a present tense promise. 

 

#2 - God is not a liar. 

This is really important to remind ourselves of, like, all the time. Every day. And you and I need to say this out loud. God is not a liar. Hey, devil, guess what? Lemme just remind you of this one thing, satan… God is not a liar. Hey, that fear that is creeping in? Speak to that fear and tell it this absolute, immovable, solid like a mountain sized boulder truth: God is not a liar.

 

Okay, so let’s think about your life right now. Do you have a health issue? Do you have a financial issue? Do you have relationship issues? Do you have problems at work? Is your extended family in a mess or in duress? Does your life look totally unlike you and your spouse or your friends thought it was gonna look like right now? 

 

Let me just read once more the words of Jesus found here in Matthew 19:26 - With God everything is possible. 

 

If it’s your health, it’s possible with Him. Your job your career - possible with Him. Your relationships - possible with God. 

 

But remember, this verse covers over every single thing.

 

Don’t let your ideas about life get in the way of living the life God has laid out before you. We do it all the time - and if we just keep doing it, what impossibility are we going to miss out on?

 

He brings dead things to life all the time but we may be missing that in our own lives because we have failed to remind ourselves that the God of the impossible is our God.

 

This verse is for your present tense life, my friend.

 

And God? He does not lie to us.

Appropriating God’s Promise Comes from Knowing God’s Promises - Episode 120 - #FromTheVault

Appropriating God’s Promise Comes from Knowing God’s Promises - Episode 120 - #FromTheVault

September 9, 2022

Deuteronomy 31:8 (New Living Translation) -

     "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you."

 

(and verse 7 of this chapter says: "Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, 'Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors He would give them...")

#FromTheVault

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Key Points ~~~

 

     We need to listen up - take notes - pay careful attention - and do whatever we are called to do when we study our Bible and sense the Lord speaking to us.

     Don't be an inactive, indifferent student of the Word!

     This promise is massive - it is so big that it leaves us no room to talk our way out of it or wiggle our way around it in order to avoid it...we must simply believe it.

     The only way God's promises will not be for you is if you refuse to move with the Lord & instead just sit down on the sidelines. Do not sit out on your own life!

     The promises of God should go hand-in-glove with our prayer lives. Appropriating God's promises is the real point of knowing God's promises.

 

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God’s Invitation to Us - Psalm 27  Episode 119

God’s Invitation to Us - Psalm 27 Episode 119

August 29, 2022

Well hello there, and welcome to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show podcast.

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Today we are taking a look at four verses from Psalm 27, which is an excellent passage of the Bible to read if you are in need of some extra encouragement or some reassurance that God does hear and answer your prayers. 

 

It’s one of David’s psalms, and those are always encouraging to me in part because they are honest and real and kind of raw. What a good reminder to be honest with God when we pray. He can handle our honesty! He made us with emotions, and He can handle us having emotions. But hiding stuff quote / unquote away from God when we pray, well, it really only harms us, and stuffing stuffing stuffing emotions is hard on us - look, He already knows what we are struggling with and how we are feeling. So let the words of Psalm 27 spur you toward more and more honesty and transparency with the Lord when you pray. 

 

In today’s episode I would like to take a look at verses 7 through 10 of Psalm 27, and I am going to read from the NLT. 

 

Hear me as I pray, O Lord.

    Be merciful and answer me!

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Do not turn your back on me.

    Do not reject your servant in anger.

    You have always been my helper.

Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,

    O God of my salvation!

10 

Even if my father and mother abandon me,

    the Lord will hold me close.

 

Asking God, crying out to Him, almost pleading with Him to hear you as you pray - that’s heart cry praying, isn’t it? Be merciful and answer me! Sounds very much like a man crying out from the depths of his heart, and there is actually a boldness to this kind of praying. Now I am not saying you get to wag your finger at God and tell Him what to do. No, that’s irreverence and that is unbiblical. However, boldly asking Him to hear you, because you are in a bad way and you really need to be heard! That's boldly coming to His throne of grace to find help and to obtain mercy at your time of need (that’s from the book of Hebrews). 

 

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me,” and my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

 

Did you know that the Lord calls out to you to come and talk with Him when you are in those hard, long, taxing places of life? He does! In our modern era, we can so often miss Him calling to us because we are so busy, almost undone at times due to the hectic pace of life, and the constant scroll on our phones only adds to our inability to hear Him calling to us. Remember Elijah’s experience with the Lord, when the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake or the mighty wind or the fire, but was a still small voice, more like a rustling. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The God of the Bible is the God of right now. He didn’t yell when Elijah needed to hear from Him, and He most likely is not going to start yelling at you and me today. We need to listen, to pay attention, to heed Him calling to us, saying, “Jan, come and talk with me.” and our response should be, “Lord, I am coming.”

 

We are not always the best about that, if we are totally honest and forthright. 

We want Him to hear us and answer us right away.

But we don’t hurry to spend time with Him when He calls us to come and talk with Him.

Let’s have an attitude of listening well for His call, knowing that His Word says He will call us to come and talk with Him, and then let’s answer Him. Like, without delay. As soon as possible, just get busy about going to talk with Him. Put the phone away. Get somewhere quiet, even if it’s in your car or in the bathroom. Use the john, hit the head, to use old school dude terminology, and shut yourself away for a bit to talk with Him.

 

With.

Talk WITH Him.

Not at Him. Not just to Him. Not you talk talk talk and then go back to your work or grab your phone again or whatever.

Talking with Him is a conversation, it goes both ways. Talk to Him, yup. And also, be quiet and listen. He has something to say to you, if He is calling you to come and talk with Him. But, are you really listening? 

 

In verse 9 we see what is kind of like David dumping out his feelings, like literally doing a pour out. Maybe that’s not an actual thing, but I like to think of it that way - do a pour out of all the things that I am feeling, thinking, my emotions that are screaming loudly and want to dictate my decisions and what I believe about God. Get that all out, pour it out to the Lord and just purge it. Don’t bottle it up inside. 

 

Let me read verse 9 again - Do not turn your back on me.

    Do not reject your servant in anger.

    You have always been my helper.

Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,

    O God of my salvation!

This is kind of intense! David had so much emotion, he really was dealing with a whole slew of emotions and feelings that could have left him overwhelmed. 

 

Don’t let your feelings make your decisions. 

Take them to the Lord and do a full pour out, share it all with Him in prayer, and then hear what He has to say to you after that. 

 

Just tell Him that you feel like you are on the verge of being rejected or abandoned, if that is how you are feeling. Ask Him not to leave you, but to be a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Ask Him to keep His promise to never leave you nor forsake you. And He never breaks a promise, because our God is a perfect promise maker and a perfect promise keeper.

 

It’s like a good cry, remember that my female friends, from your teen years? Cry it out. Have a good, long cry and then feel so much better. I’ve heard there is some science to prove why you feel better, that it actually releases endorphins after a good hard cry and also that toxins are expelled through your tears. It’s not a bad thing to cry! Maybe we could start normalizing the “have a good cry” again. I kind of would love that for all of us! How helpful would that be?

 

The God of your salvation is not going to leave you or abandon you. In fact, dare I say, the God of your salvation isn’t going anywhere! Hang your hat on that truth, my friend!

 

Verse 10 declares that even if my father and mother abandoned me, the Lord will hold me close. David, the psalmist, is making a very strong point here. He is speaking in extremes so that you can be 1000% certain about this - hope in this - rely on this - know this to be true - even if the craziest things happen in your life, your God, He ain’t going no where. He will not budge. Not one iota. His love for you, it will not stop. It will not cease. He is there, right there with you and that is where He will remain.

 

This is your promise. 

 

And all of God’s promises prove true, it says in the OT book of Joshua.

In the NT we read that all of God’s promises are yes and amen through Christ Jesus our Lord. 

So in the Old or New Testament, we are guaranteed that every single promise is true, will keep on being true, and will come to pass. 

 

Today is going to be a slightly shorter episode of the podcast, but I want to mention just a couple of things real quick.

 

God is for you, my friend. He is more for you, more in your corner, than you may realize. But I am praying He shows up, shows off, shows out how in your corner He is this fall!

 

Hang on to Him, do the pour out as often as you need to, and listen to Him in your prayer time. He wants to bless you, and I am encouraging you to believe Him for the blessing today!

 

See ya next time!

Bye bye. 

God’s Word CANNOT Return to Him Void  -  Episode 118

God’s Word CANNOT Return to Him Void - Episode 118

August 20, 2022

Well hello again! Thanks for joining me here at The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - getting the promises of God into the people of God, just stacking up those promises week after week, and praying that God’s people would be so given to belief, that our natural bent would be toward believing fully every single promise from God’s Word, that we would leave a mark, a holy mark, on our generation.

 

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Wouldn’t that be an awesome legacy? To be able to look back in your old age, during those golden years, to pause and reflect and know that you truly believed God’s Word and you prayed big, bold, daring and sometimes perhaps even audacious prayers based on nothing in the visible realm but based on what the Bible says. Wowza, what an impact! What a legacy that would be! I want in on that, gimme some of that - more of that, please! 

 

That’s why I do what I do week after week, so that you can have that kind of legacy. A legacy that is rooted in a Kingdom impact. And today, well today is a big day on the show because today we take a look at two verses from the prophet Isaiah that are astoundingly, incredibly remarkable. If we would just choose to believe these words from the Bible.

 

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Alrighty, well here we are in the heat of summer here in Wichita, Kansas. And the Farmer’s Almanac says we are going to have an arctic kind of winter, snowfall above normal and hibernation temps. What a contrast from the blasting oven of heat that lies just outside my front door today, to think of cold that is described as a hibernation zone, glacial, snow filled. And that is the kind of contrast we see between Isaiah 55:10-11 and the way we often pray and what we do or do not believe God for in our actual, walking around lives. Blasting heat it’s an oven outside versus arctic hibernation winter temps. What it says in the Bible versus how I pray and what I believe is going to prove true as a result of how I pray. Often a very stark difference, if we are totally honest. But, is that how the Lord wants it to be?

 

Isaiah 55, verses 10 and 11 are ones you have probably heard many times, and portions of these verses are regularly mentioned when people pray. So if it’s familiar, well, that’s good - it should be very familiar to us. I know for me personally, I want people who will pray these verses over my life, over my requests, my needs, my emergencies, my future, my children, the work of my hands, my marriage, and so on like ad nauseum. Pray this, please! And pray it as often as you want to! I’m thankful for it!

 

Let me read it to you from the Amplified.

 

For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, making it bear and sprout, and providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void (useless, without result), without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 

 

Anybody else get a little bit excited, pumped up, when you hear those words?

 

This is God speaking in quotes here in Isaiah 55. God is making this promise about His Word, and He has not stated this in secret, in a quiet corner, in obscurity. He has loudly and boldly proclaimed it and I believe, with all of my heart, that He wants us to take Him at His word.

 

He meant what He said here, and He said exactly what He meant. 

We can know with absolute certainty the will of God when it comes to His Word accomplishing what He desires. And when we know for certain God’s will on a matter, we need to believe Him and we should pray in accordance with what His will is. It is a dangerous game, and total folly, to do otherwise. 

 

We are not like a senseless animal being led around by a bit in our mouth, right? We are the ones who have this great opportunity to believe God’s Word, right here and right now, in the midst of this generation. And I promise you this: you will never regret believing God for what He has said in the Bible. Conversely, what you doubt Him for, where you refuse to believe, that may well become a regret that weighs on you for a very long time. 

Because what we believe God for, especially when it comes to what we ask God for in prayer, has an eternal impact, one way or another. For good or for not good. Your prayers matter. And when you pray knowing that God’s Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what He desires and will succeed in the matter for which He sent it? Oh that’s big time praying, my friend. 

That’s money, right there. That’s the good life, in the most literal sense that I know of.

 

Anybody here ever heard of the author Susie Larson? She writes books, like a lot of them, and she has a daily radio show and is a speaker. I really am blessed by her show, by her books, her speaking appearances. She is someone who lives life in the real world, prays boldly based on God’s Word, and believes the Lord continually, at times in the face of a whole lot of difficulty and at times with the devil throwing lies right into her face. There is one thing Susie Larson often says that is just so true, it’s kind of like once you hear it, you can’t un-hear it, ya know? She says that the devil always overplays his hand. It’s like satan can’t not over-do things! He just is so full of pride and loathing for God and is such a liar, like can’t not lie and cannot ever stop lying, that he overdoes things. Susie kind of describes it like this: you and I, we may be thinking that what’s happening in our lives, it’s just life on this planet. And so we just endure it. We bear up under it. We keep on keepin’ on. We may pray about it a little bit, but mostly we just trudge along under the weight of it because we don’t recognize it as an attack sent by the enemy. And then, one day, all of a sudden, something just a wee bit more happens (or maybe something kind of big happens). The thing that happens is linked somehow to what you’ve already been dealing with. For example, health issues. Finances. Maybe your children’s behavior. Like, just that one more thing and then, boom, you see clearly that this is the enemy and it is for sure from him and you know God is not expecting you to just keep taking it. You sort of take pause and realize that this is too much to be just life in a broken world. This is not just life; this is from the enemy. You realize this isn’t about growing the fruit of the Spirit in your life, this is a satanic attack and there is a huge difference in how we respond. I’m talking about a realization that this is something that God wants you to be out from under, and you know that by prayer you will be freed from this particular attack. 

Satan has overplayed his hand. And now that he has overplayed his hand, it’s all over but the crying. It’s over, Rover. Done deal. Finito.

 

Have you had moments like that? When you just knew, in an instant, based on that one more thing, that satan was behind it and now you could see it all clearly, whereas if he had just kept quiet and left well enough alone, so to speak, you never would have known it was him and you would have just kept enduring it. He always, always overplays his hand. He can’t NOT overplay his hand. It’s like a temptation he is unable to resist, gnawing at him, until he adds just a bit more…and then, you see it all clearly and you seek God’s help and then it all turns around for you.

These verses from Isaiah are in direct contradiction to satan overplaying his hand. They give us the keys to overcome him, and we do that in prayer and often in fasting along with our praying. 

 

When it rains, when it snows, the earth is watered. It’s not possible for rain to not water. God sends the rain to water the earth, causing it to bear and to sprout, to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eater. It’s a beautiful picture of how God sustains us. Jesus is the Living Water, and all who come to Him will never thirst again (as He said to the woman at the well). He satisfies spiritually, which is far more important and vital than our physical bodies. And God sends rain to make sure that things keep working according to His design, that we would have seed to sow, to keep on growing more and more food, to keep on harvesting, to keep on sowing more and more seed. And for bread to eat, which of course is a result of the harvest which is a result of sowing, or planting, which grows because of the rain that God sends for that purpose.

 

And what God sends the rain to do, that is what gets done. Period. It doesn’t get to talk back and tell God it isn’t interested in doing what He wants it to do. It just does as it was sent to do. The intention is fulfilled, always.

 

And guess what? That is how God wants us to see His Word. It works in our lives, it does what He intends for it to do, it is life giving and life changing and life sustaining. And it never stops working. God set it up that way! 

 

And boy oh boy, I sure don’t want to be one who tries to undo God’s order for things. I don’t want to be a woman who pushes against the way God set things up. I want to honor my Lord, with my daily life, and I want to trust Him so completely that I feel weird not trusting Him. I want to believe His Word so much that I feel out of whack if I don’t believe. I hope you want that, too.

 

So we have this picture of how rain does what it is sent to do, how it waters the earth and provides seed and food. 

 

In verse 11, God says, “So will My word be which goes out of My mouth”.

Oh boy, that right there gets me excited. Do you know what this means? It means that what God has said is EXACTLY what will take place. You can call it what you like, I’m gonna call it how it be. The word of God, as we find it in our Bibles, that is how it is going to be. Might as well get on board with that starting right now, today. It’s the truth, like it or not. So might as well choose to like it. 

 

So will My word be which goes out of My mouth.

That is a promise for the ages! 

How could I ever pray a tiny, small, faithless prayer when I could instead pray a big, bold, believing prayer that reminds all of hell that the word of my God always and in all ways accomplishes that for which He sends it? 

The only way I can pray itty bitty snack sized prayers is if I choose to. 

I choose NOT to pray teeny weeny prayers, thank you very much. 

I want to see the will of my God happening all over this earth that He made, that He created. I want to see that! And so I pray what His word says and I believe that not one bit of it will return to Him void. 

 

Because He says here that it will not return to Him void, useless, or without result.

 

When God says “WILL NOT”, isn’t it pretty silly for us to say, “Well, maybe it will but maybe it won’t”. 

Silly is a nice way of saying, bordering on sinful to doubt God so much. 

If you play with fire, what’s the saying? You will get burned.

Expect the Word of God to do what God sends it forth to do. Expect nothing less. You know the One to whom you pray, to Whom you have entrusted your eternity, the One who holds the keys of death and hell, he took them back from satan - do you think He can’t handle whatever it is you are facing? You’re probably not facing death as in you are already dead, as Jesus was in that tomb for three days, and you for sure are not standing in hell, which is a real place, the Bible has a lot to say about hell in the New Testament and before your time here ends you need to read the Gospels and see what Jesus said about heaven and hell. What you are dealing with isn’t too hard for the Lord. He defeated death and hell. Why are you afraid to pray and ask Him to deal with your hard places? 

 

Don’t give in to that fearfulness and thus pray small, unbelieving prayers. Don’t be afraid; just believe, said Jesus to the man whose little daughter had just died. Don’t be afraid, just believe. I think you can do that today. I’m asking you to do that today. 

 

His word will not return to Him without accomplishing what He desires (not what you and I desire, what He desires but remember when you trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, acknowledging Him in all your ways, He will make your paths straight - and on that straight path, you won’t be wanting things that aren’t what He wants. Psalm 37:4 tells us to take delight in the Lord and He will give us our hearts desires. That is the Word of God, my friend, and Isaiah 55 promises that it will not return to Him void but will accomplish what He desires. Isn’t this great news!!! I love this so much!)

The last part of verse 11 says this - and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

When God says something can’t be done, that issue is settled. 

Pay attention closely when you see Him say clearly that something cannot be done. 

 

What cannot be done here?

His Word can’t NOT succeed in the matter for which He sent it. It CANNOT return to Him void, useless, without result. It CAN’T NOT accomplish what God desires. 

 

Let’s pray like we believe God on this, okay?

 

Call me crazy if you want to, I seriously do not care. Crazy enough to get everything God has for me in answer to prayer based on His word? I guess maybe that may seem crazy to the world but it certainly should not seem crazy to the Church, to the Body of Christ. It should be the norm. We should be shocked by unbelief more than bold belief. 

 

Let’s pray big. Start today. Or tomorrow morning during your quiet time. Before you go to sleep tonight. Pray big. Never cease in praying expectantly, knowing God intends for His word to fulfill what He has sent it for. 

 

Thanks for joining me today on the podcast. I’m grateful for you listening and I’d love for you to share this episode if it blessed you or encouraged you or even challenged you today. Share it on your social media maybe, or mention it to a friend or your small group, those are some pretty easy ways to share the show. And if one person is encouraged, wouldn’t that be so wonderful? The prayer they pray may just be the one that breaks that family stronghold, that emboldens someone to do God’s will in some certain part of their life, that brings healing, emotional or physical or both, into someone’s life. The prayer someone prays may be the very prayer God answers and by doing so, totally turns your life around. So, yeah, please share this episode. 

 

I don’t usually feel an urge to ask you to share, but this episode I can’t not ask you to share because it’s not about what Jan says, it’s what the word of God has to say and somebody as a result of a shared post or text or old school email, somebody is about to experience something with God that will bless them and encourage them and be just what they need at this point in their life.

 

Thanks for sharing the show, and God bless you. Praying for all my listeners, and you probably have a good idea of how I am praying for you after listening to this episode. I’m expecting God to answer my prayers and do mighty things in your life.

 

See you next time when we will jump back to Psalm 27 and take a look at the promises God provides us there. 

 

Bye bye. 

 

God’s Hand Is On the Thermostat of Your Life   Episode 117

God’s Hand Is On the Thermostat of Your Life Episode 117

August 11, 2022

 

Well, hey there! 

Welcome to episode #117 of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, where it's all about knowing and believing God's promises. Because that's where the life-change really takes place! 

When you know in your knower that every single one of God's promises is true, you'll never want to go back to a life of doubt and wondering.

 

This week on the show we are looking at a couple of verses from Psalm 27, which was written by David. 

 

Verses 1 through 3 read like this in the New Living Translation:

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident.

 

Verse 1 is a kind of call to not be afraid - no matter what.

He is our light. He is our salvation. He is our fortress. He will never stop protecting us from danger. 

He will enable us to see clearly as He leads us. As our salvation, he rescues, delivers and protects us.

Nobody and nothing get to you outside of the Savior's permission. We see ample of evidence in the first few chapters of the book of Job. The enemy wanted to do far more to Job than he actually did, but was not allowed to because God stayed his hand. When God says, "This far and no farther," even our enemy Satan listens and obeys.

 

God has His hand on the thermostat of your life, and it will never get hotter than His hand allows.

When you forget this, you give the enemy access that God does not want him to have in your life. Doubting, or even simply failing to remember or call to mind what god has promised in His Word is just a hairs breath away from giving in to fear. 

Fear screams loudly and gives the enemy a seat at our table. Once he sits down with us, he does what he always does: lies and lies and lies some more.

 

But knowing our God decides what does and does not happen to us, well, that takes away the devil's seat at the table of our life. It pulls back the chair and sees him to the door. 

It keeps his fear mongering at bay and reduces it to dust. 

 

Jesus sets a table for us in the presence of our enemies, it says in Psalm 23. 

But it doesn't say our enemies are dining with us. So let's not accept anything less than our Savior giving us rest and peace in the midst of our enemies and our hard situations.

 

When your enemy comes to attack they will stumble and fall, it says in verse 2. 

Let this remind you that God sees what is happening, and God cares.

 

Rest assured that God's got His hand on the thermostat and His eye on your circumstances, and He is always, always good.

     

Get a free ticket to the summit I'm speaking at next week here:

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Take the quiz "Which of God's Promises is for You?" via this LINK.

 

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Signs of the Times & Raising Our Children  Episode 116

Signs of the Times & Raising Our Children Episode 116

August 2, 2022

 A very special episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show coming to ya today.

HomeschoolSuperHeroes.com/Jan

I had the chance to interview my dear friend Kerry Beck about a special event coming up in just a couple of weeks - Homeschool Super Heroes Week.

 

Now, don’t run and hide or tune out just because you heard me say the word “homeschool”. 

 

There are some things in this podcast episode that are beneficial for all parents and even grandparents, and there are some pretty awesome freebies available too. 

 

Kerry hosts this online event every year right at the tail end of summer and part of why she has it in late August is so that parents and grandparents can get a jump-start on the school year (whether that includes home education or not!)  Her heart is to equip parents and grandparents who are Christians to train up the next generation to put on their “Bible glasses” and view the world through a Christian point of view. 

 

It’s the time of year when families start thinking about fall Bible studies and jump back into family devotionals after the more relaxed summer months. 

 

The world in which we are currently living is very different than the world was 100 years ago…or even 10 or 15 years ago! 

 

It’s important to recognize the signs of the times in which we live, and to work diligently and with focus on training our children and grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. 

 

This summit is designed to that singular end.

 

And the way that Kerry treats her audience is remarkable and unique, and it is always the highlight of my year to work with her through her events. I’m sharing Kerry’s vision for Christian families with you today on the podcast because I would be a really lousy friend to you all if I didn’t! She is offering a caring, encouraging, Biblically solid environment to her people via her email list and her Facebook group - so if you could use some encouragement in a safe, warm, welcoming place as you grow in your walk as a Christian parent, then this event is for you. 

 

In addition to the speakers at this week-long online event, Kerry is opening up a prayer room so attendees can share prayer requests, pray for one another, and be prayed for. Is that not the best idea ever?!? Who doesn’t want to have access to a prayer room as we head into a brand new school year?!?

 

So, yes, there will be workshops that focus on homeschooling -  but there are also going to be workshops on parenting, discipleship, prayer, and loads of encouragement for moms and dads. 

 

There will even be a daily superhero of the faith that parents and grandparents can do with their kiddos. As believers, we have a Christian heritage and getting a little snippet of info about that to pass along to our children is truly amazing.

 

The keynote speaker will be talking about the importance of Christian communication and the art of communicating well.

 

And if you are a grandmother who is raising and / or homeschooling your grandchildren, Kerry offers regular ideas, resources and encouragement for you. (Also, if you are serving in the Church in any type of children’s ministry, many of the ideas and activities she shares will work well in that environment, too.) 

 

This year she has several speakers focusing on special needs in children, and she is thrilled to be able to offer several workshops that can be of help to parents of special needs children. 

 

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions for the speakers, and get those questions answered. For me, as an extreme introvert, when I would travel to a conference or convention, I would sit in the back, take lots of notes, and skedaddle immediately at the end of the workshop. But having the option to ask questions via an online summit takes all the “people-y” parts of a traditional conference out of the equation. So if you are like me, and you don’t usually ask questions when all the people are around, then this type of setting is for you. 

 

And Kerry has made different options available to attend the summit, even with a totally free option. (If you can afford free, then you can afford this event!) Even if you are on a tight budget, and who isn’t in our current economy, there is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy way to enjoy the summit. 

 

Visit Kerry's website here:

  HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

 

Get a free ticket to the summit here:

HomeschoolSuperHeroes.com/Jan

God Keeps All His Promises to You  Episode 115

God Keeps All His Promises to You Episode 115

July 29, 2022

In this episode from the vault, Jan shares several verses from God's Word along with an important reminder that God is in the promise keeping business, and He has every intention of keeping His Word to you.

Happy Listening!

#FromTheVault

Take the quiz "Which of God's Promises is for You?" via this LINK.

 

 

 

 

Today I am going to read a bunch of Bible verses to you and let the promises of God sink into your heart, into your mind (which changes the way that we think and that, my friend, changes the way that we live).

 

God keeps all of His promises so I want to encourage you today to live like you know He is keeping all of His promises to you. To your family. To your local church. To the church all around the globe. 

 

Okay, so let’s dive into God’s Word and get some encouraging news in our ears, in our thoughts, shall we? 

 

First let’s start with some powerful and hopeful words that Jesus spoke. I am quoting the NLT for today’s podcast & let’s look at Mark 12:27 - Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 

 

 It is so, so important to remember, when we are making the big bold decision to really, truly believe God’s promises - to live a believing life - that we don’t base our belief on anything outside of the Lord. We aren’t mustering up more faith. We are simply deciding that we will believe what the Bible says to us. And so, this verse is just a great reminder that you don’t have to make God’s promises work out in your life, in your kid’s lives, etc. Nope. 

 

There are actually many, many things in this life that are impossible - for man. For humans. For wives and for moms and for employees and for church members. Humanly speaking, there is gonna be stuff that is just not possible. But not with God! Aren’t these words from Jesus incredible? 

Think for just a moment about what our Savior is actually saying to us. But not with God. EVERYTHING is possible with God.

 

So bring God into everything, then!

Never intentionally leave Him out of anything. You want the God who makes the impossible, possible doing all the things in your life, am I right? 

 

Get a sense of Jesus, today, looking at you intently and reminding you, firmly but with great love and compassion, that it isn’t about mankind's ability to make this thing fly. Because God makes everything possible. 

 

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) says this - The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

 

Oh wow - what a verse! What hope! What assurance! This is quite a promise!

He is promising that He will direct your steps. And guess what? You can pray this verse over your loved ones, your co-workers, your spouse, your aging parents, your neighbors. And also, pray this over yourself. 

 

Lord, direct my steps. I know my righteousness and any godliness within me is thanks to Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. So Father, bless me and direct each step that I take. Stop me when I am near a misstep. Thank You for this promise of Your guidance and direction over my life, from now until my last breath. 

 

It says that He delights in every detail of our lives. So guess what that means for us? How does that relate to us living in total belief that God’s promises for us are absolutely true and are being realized on the daily? Well, take every little and every big detail of your life to God in prayer. You can do that! You should do that! He cares so much - talk to Him. A lot! Often. All of the time. And remember, keep on remembering, He delights, not tolerates or endures or notices, but delights in every detail. 

 

Oh this is a great promise. And a great prayer verse too.

 

Quick side note here - anybody else feel kind of like we are on the verge of just a huge prayer event in the West? Like people are going to start praying individually, as married couples, families, in small groups, church settings, at work, on college campuses, gathering among neighbors - online even. To pray. I have a sense this is on the horizon. If you feel that way too, listen to the Lord as to what He is calling you to do as part of that, I guess prayer movement you might call it? And keep track of, write down, memorize, put in your phone verses that you can have at the ready at any moment to pray. Praying God’s promises is really amazing. Like, will leave you amazed again and again.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) says - So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

 

A lot in that verse. First, God says to be strong and courageous and that sentence ends with an exclamation point. So - let’s just do what He says to do! Be strong. Be courageous. Exclamation point. I am guessing you have one or more parts of your life right now, at this point in time, where you can apply this. So go ahead and apply. Be strong. Be courageous. How? By resting in the Lord and knowing in your knower that He is going to keep His word. 

 

Don’t be afraid. Think on Jesus and the fear dissipates, really it does! Do not panic before them, it says. Well “them” of course refers to their enemies. Don’t panic before your enemy. 

 

And here is the reason why you don’t need to be afraid, don’t panic, be strong and courageous. For the Lord your God WILL PERSONALLY go ahead of you. Boom. Mic drop. 

 

When God says He WILL do something, He most assuredly will. You just be about the business of believing He will do all He has promised to do. Let Him be about the actual doing of it. 

 

He will personally go ahead of you.

How’s that for a promise that can give you some big time faith? 

 

And the verse ends with this - He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

I’m going to say that once more - He will neither fail you nor abandon you. 

He won’t. That’s that.

 

Revelation 21:4 (NLT)  - He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying of pain. All these things are gone forever.

 

This is such a wonderful verse for us. I’m not going to deep dive into anything specific today - but we have had quite an 18 /19 or so months, all around the world. This verse is a balm for those who know Jesus. It’s key. It’s mission critical to remember there is a day coming when all the tears will stop. No more death or sorrow or crying or pain. Gone forever. I don’t even need to say more about this verse, this promise from Revelation, except that it is for those who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If you don’t, you are welcome to email me at JanLBurt@outlook.com and I will reply. It’s so important to know Him, not know of Him, not just attend church, but really know Him. Not talking religion here. But true relationship with the Son of God, Jesus. I really do welcome you to contact me. Totally confidential and non judgmental. Just offering Jesus and how to have Him as your best friend forever. 

 

Last verse today - Luke 1:37 (NLT) For the word of God will never fail.

 

Short and sweet. Doesn’t need explaining. No need for commentary. Just know that this is absolute and unchanging truth. 

 

For the word of the Lord will never fail.

 

Anybody else need to know that today?

 

Take that thing, big and scary, and hold it up next to this verse, Luke 1:37. Does one seem bigger and one much smaller? 

 

For the word of the Lord will - never - fail.

 

It won’t. It just will not. 

 

Lord bless you today. I have prayed for you, all who listen to this episode, and I am going to continue to pray for you. 

 

Live a life sold out for Jesus, a die hard for His promises, and just see what God might do in and through a life lived like that. 

 

Find me on instagram @janlburt or on Facebook in the prayer group - Praying Through the Storm - and I have a book, a devotional, available on Amazon - The Power of God’s Will - 40 Days of God’s Promises - with verses that have the word “WILL” in them. God does what He says He will do, and He never doesn’t do what He has said that He will do.

 

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7 Truths About What Prayer Is  -  Episode 114

7 Truths About What Prayer Is - Episode 114

July 22, 2022

Prayer Is...

 

*Asking & receiving

* Enjoying being in our Father's presence

* Laying our burdens down & receiving Jesus' peace

* Interceding for others ~ for their benefit & God's glory

* Fighting the good fight of our faith

* Worship & praise & thanksgiving

* The most powerful force in existence

* There will be no prayer in heaven; the only praying we will ever do is here.

 

Keep prayer as one of your top priorities this summer, into the fall, and the coming winter.

 

When you neglect your prayer life, the rest of your life reaps the results of that neglect.

 

Here are some verses you can study to learn more about the importance of prayer in the life of a Christian. 

 

* Nahum 1:7 * Psalm 33:18 * Romans 4:21b * Colossians 4:12b * 2 Kings 19:16a * James 4:2 * Philippians 4:19 * Genesis 18:14 * Matthew 15:26 * Luke 18:1 * Proverbs 30:5 * John 17:15 * Psalm 18:28b * Jeremiah 29:13 * Proverbs 3:6 * John 15:5 * Ephesians 3:20 * Philippians 4:13 * James 1:5 * Proverbs 2:6 * Isaiah 40:10 * Matthew 11:28-30 * Romans 8:31 * Psalm 86:7 * Psalm 65:5 * James 5:16 * Psalm 142:3 * Hebrews 4:16 * 

 

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