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The Empty Tomb Is Still Changing Lives  -Psalm 37:5-8  -  Episode 102

The Empty Tomb Is Still Changing Lives -Psalm 37:5-8 - Episode 102

April 10, 2022

Well hey there, hello to you today.

 

It is April, and that means we are nearing Easter Sunday. Resurrection Sunday. For Christians, the greatest holiday on our calendar. A time to ponder what Jesus obtained for us on the cross, total and complete forgiveness and a life of freedom - Galatians 5 tells us that it is for freedom that Christ has set us free and He doesn’t want us under a burden of enslavement to sin ever again. Stay free, my friend! That is the Lord’s will for you this Easter season, so grab hold of His will and live in it. Live fully free in Jesus, because of what He did for you. 

 

We also think about the resurrection at Easter. The tomb is empty. Remember that! We have a living Lord, and that should give us daily hope. Hope that transforms. Because if Jesus is anything, He is certainly transformational. Our God transforms lives every single day. One of those lives is yours, my friend.

You’re listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app. This is episode 102.

So how does Easter fit with Psalm 37?

 

Let’s get into that.

 

I’m going to read verses 5 thru 8 from the NLT

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

    Trust him, and he will help you. 

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,

    and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. 

Be still in the presence of the Lord,

    and wait patiently for him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper

    or fret about their wicked schemes. 

Stop being angry!

    Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper—

    it only leads to harm.

 

 

And let me read it in the Amplified Classic, it’s worth the time to read it once more. 

5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

 

Okay so there is some word usage in the older version, the Amplified Classic, that isn’t the stuff we normally toss around when we chat. But isn’t it good? Roll and repose each care of your load on Him.

Look, our God never ever asks us to pretend that we don’t have heavy loads in life. Some days are just heavy, ya know? Here, right here, the Lord acknowledges that reality and offers a solution. Roll each and every care onto Him. Take a repose. I love that! Can you do that today? Can you remember that part of what Jesus did for us at Calvary was to obtain rest? Hebrews chapter 4 is all about God’s rest, and how we are to enter that rest. Honestly, I’d love to put together a study on rest from Hebrews 4. Maybe I will. I’m looking into a way to create courses that are audio based, because video takes longer to consume and we are living in a podcast friendly world, audio is kind of king as far as consumption. We can listen while doing the dishes, listen and drive safely, listen and go on a run. So to have course content not be all video and pdfs, which are great, but to be able to say access your course content right on your preferred podcast player, whatever app you use… I am seriously looking into that. And hey, rest is a big need. So don’t be surprised to see this coming your way soon. 

 

Jesus has rest for us. And it is not like an afternoon nap, awesome as those can be, this is His perfect rest for us. Man, I always want the perfected version of something, the Jesus version, over the world’s copycat kind of version, ya know? So of course, it is this rest, Hebrews 4 rest, Psalm 37 rest, that I am after. And I want it for you, too. 

This week, as we look toward Easter, can you make the choice to commit everything you do, your way today and all your ways tomorrow, to the Lord. He gives us this incredible promise here, that when we commit everything we do to Him, He will help us, He will bring things to pass for us. This isn’t a vending machine God type of promise. This is better. This isn’t junk food that can sit on a shelf for a dozen years and still be edible. This is life giving spiritual food, this promise means that if what we are doing can be committed to the Lord, will honor Him in some way, is fitting for you or me to do as an ambassador for Christ here on earth, He is going to do something in return. I want that! I want His blessing on what I do. I am guessing you do, as well. Roll your load onto Him, trust in Him, and see what He will do. Watch Him bring to pass things that you cannot bring to pass on your own. When the blessing of the Lord is upon what you are busy doing, there is nothing like it. 

And at the same time, we get this promised rest. So rest and blessing, both. Does that not sound like Easter? It does to me! 

Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act. That’s verse 7 in the NLT. Do you think, in those hours between the death of our Lord Jesus and the discovery of His empty tomb, do you think there was some stillness? You know, when grief is heavy, and that would have been the heaviest of all grief, when it is heavy there is a point when you kind of stop. You just are. Not doing, not exactly thinking, you just are. A stillness can come in our grief that is unlike any other kind of being still. It’s not a slow down, ya know. It is more like the world keeps moving and turning and that does not seem like it is what should be happening. My world has stopped. And it feels so abnormal for the rest of the world to continue on. Yeah, I suspect there was some stillness taking place. And it was the Sabbath. They were being still and could do nothing but wait. Think on that - there was nothing they could do but be still and simply wait. They didn’t even really know what they were waiting for! The women, they were waiting for dawn after the Sabbath ended so they could go to the tomb. But ya know, that’s not hope filled waiting. That’s waiting in tremendous grief. Honoring the Sabbath, and being still, waiting in their grief. 

 

Can we be better about our waiting on the Lord? We know what happened three days later. The resurrection is the reality that we live in daily as disciples of Jesus. Can we be still and wait patiently, but also expectantly? I think we can. It tends only to evil doing. 

 

Don’t fret. Don’t fret over wicked people, even when they are prospering. Psalm 37 says just don’t. Don’t do it. No fretting. And God even gives us a reason not to fret. Because it only leads to evil. It only leads to harm.

 

Ya know, it is a whole lot easier to let my mind, my thoughts, go toward some measure of fretfulness when I don’t think about this verse, Psalm 37 verse 8. My fretting is only going to lead to evil doing. To harm. Well then. Maybe I need to just not fret!

 

And this is meant to safeguard us. Our God is too loving to just let us meander down the road of fretting and worrying and fussing over whatever. I mean, I could make a list right now off the top of my head of wickedness and evil doers that are really doing actual harm in the world en masse right now. But God says, don’t fret. Don’t fuss. Don’t spend your day worrying. Don’t be a worry wart. He wants me safe, and for whatever reason, maybe this is one of those things that in the spiritual realm, the stuff happening that we cannot see with our eyes, maybe stuff happens when we fret. And so God, in His infinite and never ending love, warns us not to do that. If He says it only and always leads to evil doing and to harm, well, as children of God, we don’t want to be on a path that leads to evil. We don’t want to do something that we know leads only to harm. We are the harbingers of peace, of joy, of hope, of life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are not those who bring harm, who trot along paths toward evil. 

 

Isn’t it amazing that God makes sure we know what the result will be if we fret? He didn’t have to tell us that. He is well within His authority as God to just say, No - do not do that. Period. And don’t ask why, just don’t do it. I said so, that’s that.

 

Parents do some of their parenting like that, I mean, I sure did. Sorry to my kiddos for being a schmuck! 

 

He went out of His way to give a cause and an effect.

 

We are foolish to ignore that.

 

So what does that mean?

This.

For the next few weeks, up to Easter and then for a set amount of time afterward, would you join me in this challenge? To not fret. Not to worry. 

 

When you find yourself worrying, make yourself stop, remind yourself that God says it only leads to harm and evil, and you want no part of that. Write Do Not Worry at the top of your to do list or your planner or put a reminder in your phone to go off five times a day. 

 

It’s not that hard to remind ourselves to stop with the worry. We have all the tools to make the reminding process a breeze. Set up some things, some stop gaps, and join me in this. I personally am going to start today and continue on through May 5th, a date easy for me to remember, and maybe you can pick a date that you can easily work toward, and I am going to not give over to fret or worry or subsequently fear of any sort, cuz often when I worry it is linked to fear. I have a heart failure diagnosis and sometimes umm I feel my heart doing something and my portable EKG can tell me what that something is, usually not something good. Even in those circumstances, I am committing to you that I am not gonna worry or fret and it will be my daily habit thru early May. And guess what? By that time, it will become for me a habit and worry will be much less of a thang, an issue, than it is right now.

 

I’ve done this before, at the Lord’s leading, and it was one of the most transformative things I have ever ever done in my walk with Jesus. Literally changed my life because it literally changed my daily thinking, my daily stress level, how I spent my time and ya know I’m reality not kidding. It changed my life. I’ve heard others say it changed theirs too.

 

So, you in?

 

Easter is the perfect time of year to do away with the fretting. Cannot think of a better time. To get free of this thing that pretty much everyone deals with, doesn’t that sound awesome!?

 

Let’s do it. 

 

I will create a pdf that you can print out and use with this challenge, this no fret for X number of days challenge. I’ll put the link in the show notes, add it to the main page on my website, which is my name Jan L Burt dot com, and I’ll send it out in my next couple of weekly emails, 3 Quick Things with Jan L Burt (you can get on that list at my website too).  

 

And I actually just came up with that idea of a study on rest from Hebrews chapter 4 as I was recording this today, so I think I’ll work on that. As an audio course. Because a life of rest and no fretting, well, that sounds like something super great to me.

 

Okay, that’s it for today. Thanks for joining me and jumping on the no fret train with me today. Looking forward to hearing how God responds and provides and blesses you in the coming weeks. And He will, His word promises as much and He never ceases to stand behind His word.

 

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Thanks so much for that! 

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Remember, God’s promises are true. And they are true for you, today.

 

Scott Macneil of Cross City Church in Freson, CA

 

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God’s Promises Are for His People - Episode 101 - Psalm 37:3 & 4

God’s Promises Are for His People - Episode 101 - Psalm 37:3 & 4

March 31, 2022

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Well hey, hello hello to you today. Jan L. Burt coming at ya with some beautiful promises and encouragement from Psalm 37. As we draw close to Easter, which is in just a few weeks as I record this in late March of 2022, it’s one time of year when Christians really seem to think about all that Christ has given to us. What He secured for us at the cross. What our eternal reality will be. We have a renewed sense of hope, we look forward to heaven, and we are leaning into the things of the Lord in fresh and expectant ways.

 

And so, here I am ready to share with you from one of my favorite portions of Scripture - Psalm 37. Now if you haven’t read this psalm in a while, then I think you are in for a treat. And if, like me, it is one of your favorites, a go-to psalm if you will, then you’re gonna be ready to go for this episode. The next couple of episodes will be looking at this psalm, because there is a wealth of promise here and as we near Easter, promise and hope are kind of watchwords. We’re looking for all the things that bring hope, all the promises God has made to us. And in this psalm, my prayer is that you will find both of those, hope and promises, in overflowing, overwhelming abundance. 

 

You’re listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app. This is episode 101.

 

Psalm 37, in the CSB, has this title: Instruction in Wisdom (the Amplified has a longer title (Security of Those Who Trust in the Lord, and Insecurity of the Wicked) 

 

That gives us a great description, doesn’t it? We have an idea of what we’ll gain from reading this psalm, and that includes wisdom and security. Most of us, after the last couple of years in particular, are ready for all the wisdom God wants to give us and we wouldn’t say no to a whole mess of security from the Lord, either, ya know? Plus there’s like this extra info we are going to get about the insecurity of the wicked. So reading through this psalm, like the whole thing, will talk about wisdom, our security, and how God deals with the wicked. Today we are going to look at verses 3 & 4, first from the Christian Standard Bible and then I will also read from the Amplified. 

 

CSB - Psalm 37:3 & 4 - Trust in the Lord & do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart's desires.

 

AMP - Psalm 37:3 & 4 - Trust (rely on and have confidence) in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and feed securely on His faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. 

 

You may already know verse 4 pretty well, like basically from memory. It’s quoted often because it’s an amazing verse with an amazing promise. But we are going to power through both verses and sort of level up on our belief today. Can you commit to that along with me, that you are going to believe what’s written in these verses, and choose not to disbelieve it? And if you don’t feel like you can make that as a long-term commitment, that level of belief, can you believe just for today? Okay, awesome. I’m sure you said, “YES!” so let’s go! Let’s get it!

Verse 4. Trust in the Lord - Trust, rely on and have confidence in the Lord. Notice how God does not tell us to do good, just do good, do better, be better, come on. (Anybody have parents that followed the just be good, just do better model of parenting? Did it work well? Probably not because it’s really difficult to just be good, do better…based on our own willpower. Willpower falls short almost every time, but Holy Spirit power never ever falls short, no matter what.) So God doesn’t start with,”Jan be good. Do better, Jan.”  Uh, thank You Lord that You start with, “Jan, trust Me. Trust in Me, in My ways, in My character, in My faithfulness, in My holiness and My mercy. Rely on Me and have confidence in Me. Then, Jan, once you are really trusting in Me and in My ways, then you are able to do what is good.” See, whe are to trust in the Lord and do good. Not do good on our own, in our own limited and all too human strength. The good we do in this world stems directly from the God in whom we trust. The more trust we have in our trustworthy God, the more good we are able to do. Does that take the pressure off a bit? I hope so because this is one powerful promise!

And never forget, God’s promises are for His people, His children. He means for us to believe them, to live our lives based on the reality of His promises to us coming to fruition. Not just here and there, willy nilly, sometimes or on occasion. But all the time, every day, we can live in the reality of His promises. 

 

That’s the first part of verse 3, and honestly just with that much alone we’ve already been given such an incredible promise. I get excited when I see God’s Word opening the way before us for real life change. Not being Pollyanna-ish about this either. This here is life changing. God’s Word still works to change lives. Why shouldn’t one of those lives be yours? And why shouldn’t the Word of God, the promises of God, change our lives again and again and again? For the better? This is such a strongly held belief on my part, it is why I do what I do. I hope you believe this, my friend, because I’m telling you, God wants you to believe that what He has promised you in the Bible is for you, it is yours. Your enemy is who wants you not to believe it, and he is not to be trusted or listened to. 

 

Second part of verse 3 - dwell in the land and live securely, feed securely on His faithfulness. That’s both the CSB and the AMP, what I just shared. You and I, we get to dwell in the land and live securely. We can feed securely on our God’s faithfulness. What feeds you? The news? Social media? Fears? Real security is not found in riches, not in wealth, not in your work title or position, not in podcast download numbers. It is found in the faithfulness of my God to me, of your God to you. And is He not always, eternally faithful? He is, and cannot be less. Dwell there. 

 

What do I mean by that? That’s home. That’s where we live, you and I. We live in the sweet spot of life where we trust in our Lord, we fully rely on Him, our total confidence is in Him alone, and right there, when we dwell there, we are secure. Can’t add any more to our security, since it is already filled to the full in Christ. Dwell there. Live there. Let your security be in your God, and expect His peace to surpass all understanding. Dwell in the security of the Lord God Almighty. 

 

Verse 4 - CSB - Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart's desires. 

This is such a simple, straightforward promise that we struggle to believe it. Seems too easy, too good to be true. Like, that’s it? I just take delight in God and He will give me my heart’s desires? Uh, yeah. That’s actually what it says. See, you’ve heard this before, but let me say it again anyway. Your delight in Him will flood your life, flood your thinking and your feeling, your emotions, your behavior, all of it. Delighting in Him leaves little to no room for delighting in self, delighting in the big 3 from 1 John  - the lust of the flesh, the lust eyes, the pride of life. If we kid ourselves and say we delight in the Lord, we are delighting ourselves in the Lord, but there is all this lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride…well, that’s not a total giving over to Him. There is not room for the big 3 when all the room is consumed by the Lord. Delighting yourself in Him, enjoying His presence, loving your time with Him in prayer, in the Word, really making Him the only thing that really matters in your life, well, that is delighting in Him. So how could your heart’s desires be misaligned with His heart’s desires if you really, truly delight in Him? They won’t be. There will be no mismatch. So yes, He can give you your heart’s desires. Because your heart belongs to Him, so you won’t be wanting all the things that line up with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life. Won’t drool over that certain car or that dream kitchen you saw on Pinterest or have all this pride in the way your project turned out at work or in your kids sports achievements. It’s gonna be really difficult to continually feed the flesh when you continually delight yourself in your Lord. It’s also important to remember that your flesh, it ain’t goin’ with you into eternity so it don’t care about that; the priority of the flesh is always here and now, that’s what it’s screaming for and it don’t have no need to stop it’s screaming cuz this here life, that’s all the flesh has got. Which is why the NT tells us to crucify the flesh and all its evil desires. Crucify, not anesthetize. Kill it off, finish it off. Don’t rock it to sleep with a lullaby. 

 

I hope that brings a smidge of clarity about how to delight yourself in the Lord and then to believe that He is going to give you - give you - what your heart desires. Right now, my heart desires to have an expanded reach to talk about God’s Word, specifically His promises, and to write about prayer, promises, and the huge benefits of daily Bible study time on a personal level. I do think those are in line with God’s heart and so I am expecting Him to expand the reach I have in those areas - my speaking, my writing, podcasting, what I share on social or YouTube even on my Pinterest boards. Can I say that was always what I wanted most? If I’m honest, no. But dwelling much with Jesus, being much with my Lord, altered my life which impacted my number one wants. 

 

In the AMP, verse 4 reads like this: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. 

 

Petitions of your heart. Are there maybe some things we will never, ever get in this life, this side of eternity, unless we petition God for those things? 

I think it’s very possible, and I think James in the NT tells us that exact thing when he says you have not because you ask not. 

 

So very true so very often. What are you petitioning God for? Are you praying, asking Him for the things that are in your heart? If you, say, want more income because you want to work less overtime so that you can spend more time with your spouse and kiddos, are you asking Him for that? If I want a traditional publishing book deal, am I asking Him for that? If you want your health to be improved so you can dedicate more time and energy to your favorite local ministry, are you praying and petitioning God for that? 

 

The word petitions in Psalm 37 verse 4 is not accidental. A petition can take some serious asking, some effort, think about the door to door sign this petition efforts that you’ve seen happen. Get to a million signatures or something like that. Takes a lot to get the petitioning done, right? So this is not a bullet prayer, an arrow prayer, a real quick, “God, please help!”. This is more dug in, dedicated. Are dedicated in your praying, in your asking, in your petitioning? If not, get dedicated. 

 

Always expect God to answer, absolutely. And also, always be willing to go to the mat in prayer and petition. Both/and, my friend, both/and, not either/or. 

 

Next week we are going to look at verses 5-8, and dig into more of what is promised to us in Psalm 37. It’s incredible, these promises the Lord God of all creation makes to us. And all we have to do is believe. Can’t we do that? Oh that we might believe the Word of God with a level of belief that would honor Him. That's my prayer this week, that we will believe in honorable measures. Let’s honor Him with our very lives and one huge way to do that is to live a life of belief.

 

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Lord bless you this week as you continue to walk in belief and see the promises of God play out in your life in powerful, amazing ways. Won’t He do it? Oh, yes He will! You can’t stop Him, so might as well join Him!

 

I’ll see ya next time! 

 

You’ve been listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app.

 

Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

”But… Miraculously…”  ~ Celebrating the 100th Episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show!!!

”But… Miraculously…” ~ Celebrating the 100th Episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show!!!

March 25, 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE re: last week's show notes...

(I learned that the bulk of the show notes were "cut off" on some podcast app platforms, so I wanted to re-share the info about the podcast I recommended last week right at the top of this week's show notes. I'm also sharing the links to the podcast I mentioned in this episode. Here they are!)

LINKS to The Reclamation Podcast ~

Sign Up — Tony Miltenberger (twmilt.com)

Reclamation Podcast — Tony Miltenberger (twmilt.com)

Reclamation Podcast: Reclaiming Good Practices for Faith and Life | a podcast by Tony Miltenberger (podbean.com)

Reclamation Podcast — Spirit & Truth (spiritandtruth.life)

Find him on Instagram @twmilt

 

LINKS to Hope Along the Journey ~

HOME | Hope Along The Journey

Via Apple Podcasts - Hope Along The Journey on Apple Podcasts

(2) Hope Along the Journey | Facebook

 

 

 

 

Well hey there, hello to you. Welcome to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - the podcast all about getting the promises of God into the people of God.
I’m Jan L. Burt, host of the show and your fellow Jesus following disciple, and this week is kind of a big deal because we’re crossing a milestone by releasing the 100th episode of the podcast.

 

Doing some celebrating over here, just rejoicing in the fact that the Lord has seen fit to allow me this platform to share about Him, about prayer, and more specifically about believing His promises.

 

That’s what I do here and I plan to keep doing more and more of that. 

So, welcome to episode number 100! I am so thankful you’re here today!

 

You’re listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app. This is episode 100.

 

So as I was thinking about the 100th episode of the show, I was kicking around ideas of how to make it, well, sort of “bigger” for this special milestone. Ya know? It just seemed like that made sense. But then, I paused. And thought about the fact that God’s promises are as big as they can possibly be, they are all as true as they have ever been, and I figured I need to simply put the spotlight, the focus, on God’s promises for this episode.

I cannot make them any bigger than they are, any truer than they are.

But I can put a spotlight on them, one at a time, week by week, just as God has called me to do since I began podcasting. I can ask you to believe they are true for you, today, right now… while at the same time acknowledging that they cannot become truer than they already are.

 

My heart is just for listeners to grow in their belief that every single thing God has promised is completely true, and to trust Him more and more, with that increasing trust leading to a deeper understanding of how to live our daily lives knowing all God’s promises will come to pass. Not one will ever fail, because our God can never fail and so of course His promises are perfect promises. It’s a pretty amazing thing, this path the Lord put me on and I’m truly thankful for every episode, every connection with people, new friendships, growing in my own personal life as I get out there and do the thing each week, being a disciple and also trying to help disciple others, and having the chance to sit with the Lord and let Him examine my heart to reveal whether or not I personally fully believe all that He has promised. So it’s been growth, for sure, and if God is leading you into some venture that has a lot of growth involved, I can say from personal experience that you don’t want to miss out on that. Do it. Follow hard after Jesus. And then one day you’ll look around and discover so many amazing people following hard after Jesus, too, that you’re able to link arms with. Making Jesus famous, what a privilege. Helping people trust Him more, what a privilege. And having my faith stretched along the way, well, that’s icing on the cake. Gravy on the side. A blessing that I will be eternally thankful for.

 

Last week I wrapped up a series on Romans chapter 8, and what a powerful chapter of the Bible that is!

This week, I’m onto something new. 

I’ve got some verses to share with you from the NT book of Luke, chapter 4 of that book, and I’ll be reading from the Amplified today. So let me first set the stage, give you some background or context clues about what’s happening in this chapter before I talk about promises. And prayer, that’s like a dynamite combo, you know, praying God’s promises. Things happen, faith explodes, mountains are leveled, and discipleship, well there is a level of sanctification that happens as we pray. When we pray together, there is some discipleship that hopefully occurs. It unties us, which is something Jesus prayed over the entirety of His church, so we want to see that taking place. And it truly does help cement God’s promises in our hearts and minds, like an anchor to the soul, when we pray the very things He has promised in His word. So, I’m looking forward to this episode since it’s got two of my most favoritest things ever. Prayer and the promises of God. 

 

So in Luke chapter 4, we first see Jesus led by the Spirit into the desert, where He was tempted by Satan. And He overcame each level of temptation with the Word of God. When Jesus said, “It is written…” He meant it. Like, as in, believing that God’s Word trumps all, is the truth at all times and in every situation, and maybe just maybe I need to be better about speaking it out loud when I run into something hard, something painful. Temptation can even be things like being tempted to hold off on forgiving someone until just ya know a little later. But when I speak a verse about forgiveness out loud, that temptation is measured against the Word of God and it is found wanting. God’s word is always powerful and always effective, and that is very good news indeed. 

 

Jesus then went back to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, as it says in verse 14, and began teaching in synagogues. Let read verses 16 through 20 - 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah),

Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor.

He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives,

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy),

19 

 

to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].”

20 Then He rolled up the scroll [having stopped in the middle of the verse], gave it back to the attendant and sat down [to teach]; and the eyes of all those in the synagogue were [attentively] fixed on Him. 21 He began speaking to them: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing and in your presence.”

This is a powerful moment. And there is a zero percent chance that it was random. Jesus always did the will of the Father, so we know this exact time to announce His ministry and the fulfillment of the prophecy from the book of Isaiah, was the right time. 

 

When I read those verses, what jumps out to me is just a stunning image of who our God is. As it relates to prayer, it reminds me that I need to pay attention to my attitude, I guess I’d call it, and remember, remember well, who it is to whom I pray. This is God Almighty. Just as the eyes of all in the synagogue were intently fixed on Him, may our hearts be intently fixed on our God when we pray. It’s a lofty goal, I mean, our minds wander, the dog needs to go out and then we check our phone and then we reply to a text and then, well, we try to finish up our prayer time. This happens, right? But I don’t want to quickly wrap up my prayer time. I want to remember the One to whom I am speaking! We are coming to a King! 

Didn’t John Newton write, “Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring.” ?

Can we well bring large petitions, supernatural sized requests, if we’re in a hurry to wrap it up? Would we stand in the presence of an earthly king, or leader, president, chancellor, and check the ‘Gram? I think we would leave our phone somewhere else. Instagram would have nothing on the one to whom we were in the presence of. So, when we pray, remembering to Whom we come, the King of kings, it actually helps us to pray better, to pray bigger, to pray more effectively, to pray bolder and ever increasingly bolder prayers day by day. 

 

He rolled up the scroll and sat down. Once all eyes were fixed on Him, then He said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing and in your presence.”

 

Wow. Can you imagine this moment? Wow!

 

But look at what comes next. 

There were those who got snarky. Ever run into anyone snarky? Jesus did too, so He is the One to go to when that happens because He knows what you need in those moments. Turns out, rather quickly, things got a bit intense. Let’s look at verses 24-30.

 

24 Then He said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. 25 But in truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was closed up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; 26 and yet Elijah was not sent [by the Lord] to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and not one of them was cleansed [by being healed] except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 As they heard these things [about God’s grace to these two Gentiles], the people in the synagogue were filled with a great rage; 29 and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the crest of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to hurl Him down the cliff. 30 But passing [miraculously] through the crowd, He went on His way.

 

Sometimes when God’s Word is shared, the people will be filled with a great rage. And some of those people may be church folks. It happens! So as I said a second ago, you want to go to the One who knows what that is like. You don’t have to trust yourself in those moments. Trust Him! He’s got what you need in that situation. 

 

They got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the crest of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to hurl Him down the cliff. But passing miraculously through the crowd, He went on His way.

 

This is awesome.

Now I looked up some images to get an idea of what the cliff may have looked like, and it looks like something you don’t want to be tossed off of, hurled on over. 

 

Verse 30, But…. miraculously… two fantastic words of promise for us.

 

In that mess, that emergency, that yuck thing, scary thing, dangerous thing, intense thing…. Can the Lord have a “But… Miraculously” moment? You better believe that He can!

 

But - take a pause, take a breath, it isn’t over until He says it’s over. Sometimes that little word “But” can be the most comforting word in the entire world. But! 

 

He has a “But” for your issue, my friend. It’s a promise! He will never not have the final say and so we want to always, always invite Him into our lives and yield to Him, like give Him the right of way, so that His way will be the only way that things go. I want to go His way, not my own way, not someone else’s way. I want His will to be done, because it’s the best. Period. Not a question, maybe sometimes it’s the best. No, it is always the best. Period. So I want that. Like Napoleon Dynamite, “I want that'' except I don’t want a corny ship building kit along with my knock-off Tupperware order. I want God to speak the word “but” into my life wherever He wants to, and then I want to see Him do the miraculous. 

 

Here he just passed through the crowd. 

When was the last time you were able to just pass through a crowd that was bent on killing you? 

This is the One in whose name we pray. Do you think we understand His power, like, on the regular, when we are in prayer? Or could we grow in this? 

 

You have prayer promises that you have not even scratched the surface of and there is no time like the present to grow in your prayer life. 

 

I’d like to pray over you today as I wrap up this episode, but I’d also like to share a couple of things first. Have you signed up for my email list? I have giveaways and I sometimes send out a 3 Quick Things email with just a few things that will encourage you, bless you, and hopefully glorify the Lord. Something new will be coming soonish, and my email list is going to hear about it first. And I do have several giveaways coming up in April, so join my list at JanLBurt.com - just scroll down a bit and boom, there it is. Secondly, I’ll be a guest on a podcast soon, it’s the Hope Along the Journey podcast with Mark Dawson, and he really does a tremendous job of reminding people of the hope we have in Jesus during our difficult times. We sometimes in the church play nice, in a way, and try to pretty things up, right? With Jesus, we don't need to fake it til we make it. We get to come to Him in prayer as we are, and as we go through the things of life, many of which are very difficult, we can have hope along the way. Our hope does not disappoint when it is rooted in Jesus. So, check the show notes for the link to Hope Along the Journey and subscribe. Such great content and so encouraging and really, really real. How important is that right now? Beyond important. Be sure to check out Hope Along the Journey. I’ll be sharing more about this ministry in the coming weeks. Good stuff, such good stuff. 

Can I pray for you today? It’s a privilege, so thanks for allowing me the blessing of lifting you before the Lord.

Lord, today I come to you on behalf of every single listener. Father, would you speak Your Word into their lives, their exact situations? Right now, just where they need to see Your hand, to experience Your peace, to grab hold of Your hope, bring that to them. Today. Don’t delay, Lord! Move and act quickly in those places where it is most needed. You know what is on their heart, what is weighing far too heavily. Work there, Lord. Bring healing, deliverance, protection, peace of mind, steadfastness, friendships and discipleship, and do it all from the depths of Your unending lovingkindness. Where they need a turnaround, do it, Lord. Miraculously do what only You can do, and we give You all the praise. There is none like You. We are coming today to a mighty King, the king of all Kings, and we bring with us large petitions. We lay our needs and our burdens and our fears at Your feet, and we know You will bless us. Favor every listener, shower them in Your grace, pour out Your love and mercy, may Your goodness in their lives overflow and may rich abundance be theirs. Then, Lord, do it again tomorrow. And again and again and again. I ask this in Jesus name - Amen

Thank you so very much for joining me today for episode 100 of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show. And I would be so thankful if you would consider leaving a rating and / or a review of the podcast on whatever platform you listen, it is so helpful and makes a big difference in the podcast’s reach. Thank you for that! And I also want to invite you to subscribe to the show.  I’m thankful for you and believing God has amazing things in store for you right now, in this very time. 

 

This is The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, playing now on the Edifi app.

Hope to see you back here next time! Bye Bye! 

Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

Overwhelming Victory - It Is Yours. This Is Your Promise Today!

Overwhelming Victory - It Is Yours. This Is Your Promise Today!

March 18, 2022

Well hey hey, hello to you today. Welcome to this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - a podcast with the singular focus of deep diving into every big and every little thing which God has promised to us in His word. We open the pages of the Bible, read what’s written there, discuss it and then we choose to believe that 

 what it says is there for us. Right now, today.

Because God’s promises are for His people, and we want to grab hold of everything that He has promised us.

 

I’m your host, Jan L. Burt, and you’re listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show podcast, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app. This is episode 99.

 

So, it’s sort of a big episode today. It’s like the closer for the series on Romans chapter 8, and anytime we wrap up one thing we’ve been working on, we should try and do it well. The ending of one thing is also the beginning of something else, and so it stands to reason that how one thing ends is how the next thing begins. 

 

Ending on a sour note usually means we start the next thing with a sour taste in our mouths. So let’s work to end this series well. Paul had this fantastic way of ending his letters on a high note, and while Romans chapter 8 doesn’t mark the end of the book of Romans, it is a transition into chapter 9, so it’s like a mini-ending, of sorts. 

 

Romans 8, verses 37, 38, and 39 - I’m going to read from the Amplified -  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].  For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

And from the New Living Translation -  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[p] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

This sounds like a great way to end this chapter. Talk about ending on a high note! 

 

Verse 35 talks about all these things that are completely unable to separate us from God’s love. Things that we face on the regular & things we face less often - things like calamity (we’ve seen a whole lot of that the last couple of years), hunger, destitution, danger, persecution. These things are the painful things in life, and Paul lists them here for that reason. Because they are on the extreme end of the hard stuff of life. There are a lot of things not on this list, and those things are still difficult, still hard for us and hard on us and hard on the people that we love and care about and do life with. But he hits on the worst case scenario because he really, really wants us to understand that even these things, even the very tippy-top pinnacle of the hard stuff cannot, cannot, absolutely cannot separate us from Christ’s love.

 

That’s the springboard that launches us into verses 37-39. 

Yet in all these things, and all really does mean all by definition, it does not mean some, so be aware that in your mind, in your thinking, it is possible to kind of switch out all for some or most… you have probably experienced this, where you don’t outright disbelieve something God’s word says, but you may categorize it, thinking, “Oh that’s so true, I hope that happens in my life sometime in the future.” or maybe, “Yes, that’s true! I am praying for that in my children’s lives or for my closest friend at work” but you never pray it or believe it for your own life. For you. This is common! I think to some degree, in some manner, we all do this kind of thing & I would love to see more and more people kind of nip that in the bud, when their thoughts do that little switcheroo, and instead say, “Oh no, this is for me because has promised it and He is not a respecter of persons, so I’m not excluded and I’m not on some heavenly wait list, I can pray this for my children and my dear friend and also for myself - there’s room at the table for me. God’s promises are big enough for all His followers, so thank You Lord that this word is my word today.” 

 

All really does mean all, and so verse 37 tells us that in all these things, no matter what the “these things” are on any given day, we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us. 

This is big news. Like, the biggest news story in my life right now should be this. No matter what, I am more than a conqueror (how cool is that? More than a conqueror? As if being a conqueror, conquering all these things, weren’t enough, God promises more. I am more. That's so good, you know? I am more! More than a conqueror in this exact thing that is hard, that is painful, that is taxing.  So much promise here. And when we find a promise of this magnitude, we also find so much hope. And remember, our hope does not disappoint us when it is hope from our Lord.)  

 

How does it sound to you to be promised that you will gain an overwhelming victory? 

Think about racing against Usain Bolt. It kind of would be a given that he would have an overwhelming victory. Not like, “Hold on folks, they need to look at the tape and determine who actually crossed the finish line first… this is too close to call with the naked eye!” No. Not like that at all. Like this - this runner won the race by actually lapping her opponents multiple times! Usain Bolt won his races soundly, decisively, without question. He even slowed up a bit at the end of many of his races to cheese for the fans and the cameras! He won so overwhelmingly that he could kind of take it easy and really enjoy himself as he came across that finish line. How great is that to think of in spiritual terms? I want that! I want to be able to enjoy my time on this big blue ball because I know I am promised overwhelming victory and so I don’t have to strain and worry and fret. I can run my race from victory, not hoping somehow I manage by the skin of my teeth. 

 

Overwhelming victory. It is yours, it is mine, this is our promise. Let’s simply believe it today. 

 

Verse 38 tells us that nothing, nothing whatsoever, can separate us from the love of our Lord. Kind of reiterating what was said in verse 35, but sort of looking at it from a different angle. 

 

Death, life, angels, demons, fears for today  or worries for tomorrow, not even the powers of hell. Okay, pause for a sec on this… not even the powers of hell. Don’t give zero thought to the powers of hell, or you’ll never spend time praying to bind satan and his evil demons and their work at wrecking on you and trashing your life. Pray for other people too, that the work of satan would be utterly destroyed, so stunted that it is unable to have any growth or make any impact. We have an enemy, if it were not so Jesus would have never talked about our enemy the devil. But he is a defeated enemy. For us who know Jesus as our Lord, our Savior, our Master, we who are disciples of Christ should pray with some serious God-given authority. Because not even the powers of hell can ever separate us from God’s love. You can’t be separated from it because you are so immersed in it that is in literally in Him that you live and move and have your being. You and the love of God are inseparable. Isn’t that just great news?!?

 

No power from anywhere, above or below, or anything in the whole of creation will ever be able to separate us from His love. We really are wrapped in His love, safe in His care, and when we live in a state of utter trust that God cannot and will not do anything apart from His lovingkindness toward us, we live a whole lot free-er. And Jesus wants you free, always free, every single day. It is for freedom then that Christ set you free, so do not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. That’s from the NT book of Galatians. And that’s really a key thing to know.

 

You’ve been freed. Set totally free. And that’s Jesus’ will for you, to be free, which is why He did the work of setting you free. So, stay free. And be a freedom fighter. Help other people experience the freedom God has for them. 

 

The tremendous love God has for you was revealed through Jesus. What more could be done than what He did on the cross? He loves you. And that is the final message of Romans chapter 8. God loves you so much, so very much. You are free. You are safe. Nothing can separate from His all-encompassing love. This is the good life, folks. So let’s not live as if it is anything but the good life. 

 

Hang your hat on all the promises found in Romans 8. 

Your God will not fail you & your God is a mountain moving, life changing, promise keeping God.

 

I need to tell you about a podcast that I recently discovered, it’s The Reclamation Podcast with Tony Miltenberger.  I have been loving this podcast. I’m not sure I can do an adequate job of describing it in short order, like I need to use my words because there is a lot he covers on his show. But I had to share it with all of you because if you’re listening to my show, then you’ll want to listen to The Reclamation Podcast. Living your life as a follower of Jesus will only be bettered if you dial in and subscribe to The Reclamation Podcast. Look it up, or check the links in the show notes. I’ll also link on my social media in the coming weeks, probably more than once so nobody misses it. It’s good stuff. Please check it out, I think you’ll be encouraged and receive some excellent equipping. You know I mentioned in episode 98 the idea of a runway, you land and allow me to refuel if you will, to disembark some things that need to get off your place, and to onboard some stuff that needs to go with you on the next leg of your journey. That’s just my role in the body of Christ, and sharing about The Reclamation Podcast is one more way to make sure I’m doing the work of The Runway (and can you tell that’s going to be a catchphrase? It’s keeping me on mission, that phrase, and it will help you to know what to expect whenever you drop by my website or podcast or social media. What happens on a runway is what will happen via all my platforms. And today I hope that you feel refueled and ready for takeoff.)

LINKS to The Reclamation Podcast ~

Sign Up — Tony Miltenberger (twmilt.com)

Reclamation Podcast — Tony Miltenberger (twmilt.com)

Reclamation Podcast: Reclaiming Good Practices for Faith and Life | a podcast by Tony Miltenberger (podbean.com)

Reclamation Podcast — Spirit & Truth (spiritandtruth.life)

Find him on Instagram @twmilt

 

Thanks for joining me for this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show. I’m Jan L. Burt, find me at my website Jan L. Burt dot com, and this show is part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app. 

 

I’ll see you next time for episode # 100.

Bye bye!

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Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

 

Unsure About the Future?   Episode 08   Romans 8:31-35

Unsure About the Future? Episode 08 Romans 8:31-35

March 11, 2022

Well, hey there! Hello to you today - welcome to TBNES. I’m your host, Jan L. Burt, and I am kind of your go-to gal, your resident expert, if you will, about God’s promises. 

Did you know that God has some very specific, very reassuring, very exact promises for you? He really does, and I’d love to help you discover what those exact, perfect, and specific promises for your life actually are. 

Currently on the podcast we are doing a series on the promises we find in Romans chapter 8, and this is the ninth episode in the series, with just one more to come next week as we wrap up this awesome series. 

 

Have you ever felt unsure about your future? If you’ve ever had that sense of self-condemnation (or maybe been under condemnation from someone else) or been living your life under the gun, feeling somewhat separated from God but wanting to live at peace, and to get out from under that weight of being pushed around spiritually speaking, or rather, feeling like your face is being pushed down into the mud… If you’ve ever dealt with anything even remotely similar to what I just described, then today I’ve got some good things to share with you. (And news flash - if you’ve never been there before, wow, I’m in awe, that is amazing! But you may know someone who has felt this way, and after listening today you can probably pass along some encouragement to somebody who could use it - so I hope you’ll stick around for the show today.) 

Here’s what’s coming your way in today’s show ~ a good, hard look at Romans 8, verses 31 thru 35, and a whole lot of tangible ways to live with God’s promises as your daily reality.

 

How can I say that and be sure it’s gonna be true for you? Well, since my diagnosis of heart failure in 2016, I have been, as in literally, living on God’s promises. When cardiologists who are renowned tell you that you shouldn’t be able to get out of bed, that kind of gets your attention. No woman that I know of wants to be in her mid-40s and live out the rest of her days barely able to get out of bed. 

But God, every day, every step of the way, as I believe His Word, really choose to stand on His promises and to believe what He has to say above and beyond any and everything else, well, He has given me a life that is rich, full, exciting, blessed, favored - I really am living a good life, all because I believe God’s promises. 

I’m here with the singular mission of getting the promises into the people of God, so they can truly  live a believing life.

And I’m so glad you’re here to grab hold of God’s promises along with me today.

 

You’re listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app. This is episode 98.

 

In episode 97, we ended with verse 31 from the eighth chapter of the book of Romans. And I’m gonna do something I don’t usually do, which is to start an episode with a verse from the last episode. We’re going to begin with verse 31 today, because it was the perfect ending for last week and it’s also the perfect beginning for this show. 

 

I’ll read that verse first, as a stand alone, share just a couple of things, and then go back and read all of the verses for this episode. 

 

Romans 8:31, from the Amplified Classic Edition: What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]

 

Who can be our foe? 

 

In the AMP, not the Classical Edition, just the Amplified, it reads like this: What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?

 

And that’s the version I referenced in episode 97. 

 

Who can be our foe? Who can be successful against us?

 

When we really take a good look at what God has to say in the Bible, in His word, remember it’s His word, not man’s word, and so when we open our Bibles and take a good, hard look, not a quick scan, but a good read, well after that good look, that good read from the previous verses in Romans 8,  then comes the promise of verse 31. After reading whatever portion of the Bible you are in during your daily quiet time, or whatever name you might have for your time with the Lord and in His Word, after that, you can simply believe that the premise of this particular verse, Romans 8:31,  is totally true for you. Whatcha gonna say after reading what you just read? I hope that you say, “My God is for me. And I cannot truly have any foes that can stand against the power of My God, against the promises He’s made to me.  My God is for me, so nobody, no demon, no devil, nobody at all, can be successful against me.” I really believe that when the Bible says even your enemies will be at peace with you, and that is taken from Proverbs 16:7, that’s exactly what it means. Somebody may want to be your foe, but you can stand on God’s word and pray that they will not be able to be your enemy. Think of the Israelites, when the man named Balaam was trying to curse them when they were getting close to the Promised Land, and he couldn’t. Not for any amount of money, and he had been hired to curse them and he really did want that payout, not from any different vantage point, no matter how hard he tried, and people will try hard when they got a case of greedy-itis and want that payout whatever it might be, he still could not curse them, but could only bless them. (You can find that in Numbers 22). God is not a man that He should lie - so when the Bible says that nobody can really be our foe when God is on our side, that’s pretty interesting. And living in a rough and tumble world, that makes me want to grab this verse, and grab it with the express purpose of holding on to it,  believe it over my own life, and see it play out for real. 

 

So now we’ve had another look at this verse all by itself, and now let’s add in some more verses. 

And as I read them, be sure to listen and hear what God is promising to you in this passage. Because His promises are for you and for me, they are for us, right now today. So right now today, we don’t want to miss out on them! 

 

Romans 8:31-35, Amplified Classic - 1 What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]

32 He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?

33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?]

34 Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

35 Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?

 

(AMP - 31 What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? 32 He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]. 34 Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. 35 Who shall ever separate us from the love of [d]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? )

 

In the intro I mentioned feeling uncertain regarding the future, and I also mentioned condemnation. Self-condemnation or having another person condemn you in some manner. Guilt and shame can be pretty condemning. Peer pressure can feel like condemnation. Expectations to be all the things in every arena of life can feel condemning, can’t they? 

 

This hunk of the Bible has something for us that is intended to help us, not just give us a case of “the feels” for the next half an hour or so. Jesus’ ministry was never about “the feels” - and I’m sure there were people who were only there cuz the crowd was there, and they had warm fuzzies as part of being in that crowd. That does still happen, some people will talk bad about you but when they are with you, they are kind of warm and nice and really seem to like you. Then, right back to not liking you and saying stuff about you to others that is not nice at all. The Holy Spirit in you can actually give them “the feels’, some warm fuzzies. And so they may be really enjoying being in your presence, but it’s the Spirit of the Living God who dwells within you that is creating the environment that allows them to feel different when they’re with you. Anybody ever have a sense of confusion about why that is sometimes the case? It’s not all that uncommon. So, that’s just an example of how there could have been people praising Jesus on His way into Jerusalem, and then yelling for His crucifixion a matter of hours later. The Feels are kind of that way. 

 

But Jesus, He never wants us to only have temporary and fleeting and ever changing feelings and being led by those changing temperaments of the crowd around us, right? So we can, as disciples of Christ, read this passage, and have it bring about life change that goes far beyond quick touchy feely experiences. 

 

God really wants us to get this point: don’t live fearing all kinds of things all of the time. Don’t constantly worry about the future, about what may happen, what if my needs don’t get met, what if what if what if? Verse 32 boldly tells us that God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for you, for me, and then it just flat asks us to really answer this question - so, really, you and I need to answer. When God asks us something, who are we to not honestly answer Him? That does not turn out well, according to the book of Job, so I want to answer the question. After reminding us that He gave all, God gave us His Son Jesus, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?

Will He not? What’s your answer to that? 

What does it say about our level of trust in God and all of His promises to us versus our level of trust in the devil and all His lies when we don’t really believe our God will freely and graciously give us all that we ever, ever need? That sounds harsh, maybe…but isn’t that really what the dealio is? We are trusting the devil more than we trust God if we live continually doubting that verse 32 is going to really be true for us. Don’t trust the liar and don’t trust the lies. Make the decision that Romans 8:32 is the truth, and then make the additional decision that it is true for you, permanently true for you.

Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself].

That’s verse 33. You may feel that condemnation at times, we all do, it’s not avoidable, ya know? But it doesn’t have the last say. It’s gonna come, but it doesn’t have the right, the authority, to stick around. It will stay as long as you leave out the welcome mat. But at any moment, you can bar shut the door on condemnation. Well now, Jan, I don’t know… I mean… well, alright, I can already guess what you might be thinking. But just let this verse be the final word on that condemnation. And let it be the final word on self-condemnation, too, since for many of us that’s the more intrusive culprit in our thoughts, in our lives. 

 

You do not have authority over God. Right? Me either. He declared you blameless. He put you into a right relationship with Himself. He justifies you. You are His chosen one because He did the choosing of you. Now, who will bring any charge against His chosen one? Hmmm. Bar shut the door of condemnation. Grab that welcome mat and yank it right out from under the feet of condemnation and self-condemnation. And just say, Romans 8:33 as you slam that door shut. God’s Word becomes the final authority and the governing truth of our lives when we apply it in this manner. Change your thinking, change your life.

 

The next verse goes hand-in-glove with verse 33, and I’m going to read it and I’d like you to just let it sink in as it pertains to any type of condemning you might be dealing with. Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us? The question is, really, there is just One who would have the authority, the right, to condemn us once we’ve been declared blameless by God (and this is a salvation issue - the way is Jesus, there is no other way) - but who else but Jesus has the ability to even bring condemnation before the Father for those who are in Christ? And Jesus isn’t going to do that. He sits at the Father’s right hand and He actually intercedes for you, for me. So He isn’t interceding for us and in the same breath calling for our condemnation. He didn’t die and rise again so that we could live in worry and fret and fearfulness that we could go from life to death, which is what His condemnation would be, no no no. We have gone from death to life, and Jesus is not in the business of life to death. He is always, only in the death to life business. So the only One who could authoritatively condemn you will not do so. This is the truth. Herein lies your promise, and indeed it is yours so long as you actually just believe it. 

 

Now we are arriving at the last verse for today, verse 35 - Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?

 

That’s a list now, isn’t it? 

Who or what can separate you from the love Jesus has for you? From the Father’s love for you? From the Holy Spirit, who lives within you, from His love?

Suffering? No.

Affliction? Also, no.

Tribulation? Nope.

Calamity? No, sir.

Distress? No.

 

Is the devil, the chronic and pathological liar that he is, going to come at you via all those avenues and try to make you feel (and remember, if you feel feel feel it, you can start to believe believe believe it totally, even when it’s just a big fat lie). He wants to hit you with affliction and then immediately start hitting you with his classic lie that you are not really, truly, fully loved by God. Lies!!! 

These things are in this fallen world, and you will experience them. And they have no power over your God or over His unending, overflowing love for you. The pathological liar who is destined for hell does not get to speak his lies into this area of your life any longer. 

 

Persecution? Don’t change God’s love for me!

Hunger? My God still loves me with an unending love.

Destitution? Peril? The sword? Love, love, love.

 

Unsure about the future? Stand on this today - you are loved with an unending love.

The love God has for you is engraved on the palms of the hands of His dearly loved Son, Jesus. The love God has for you is the mark of the Holy Spirit upon you that identifies you as His own to all the forces and powers of evil and darkness in the spiritual realm. You’ve been claimed as one who belongs to the God Most High. And you will never be unclaimed.

 

Now I know I stopped at kind of a midpoint with verse 35, but that was intentional. 

Next week we take one final look at Romans 8, to see the remaining promises in this chapter. And as only Paul could do, this ends on the highest of all high notes. 

 

It’s like we’ve been preparing a runway and the plane is circling, ready to land. We’re gonna land the plane in episode 99, and we are going to let some things disembark from our planes cuz we ain’t taking them with us for the rest of our life’s journey. Some other things, they are gonna board our planes because they are like treasure and we are loading up on treasure for the journey. And while you’re on that runway with me next week via TBNES podcast, I’ll be sharing some things that are like your refueling. That’s my job, my friend, to prep the runway and you just land the plane, I’ll help some things disembark and then have some other things get on board while I refuel your big ole jet airliner. And then I’ll clear you for takeoff and see you off for another jaunt. Then next time, you swing back by and land again for another refuel. That’s literally what this is all about. 

Getting the promises of God into the people of God, one refuel at a time.

 

In the meantime, I’d like to invite you to grab a copy of my book, The Power of God’s Will - 40 Days of God’s Promises Devotional via Amazon (link in show notes or just look it up real quick and throw it in your cart for your next Amazon order). Subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts, and next week I’m going to feature a show sponsor, which is a podcast whose host I was blessed to meet this week in Nashville at the Spark Podcast Conference, there with the Digital Ministry Conference and the NRB was taking place - good stuff, so be sure to subscribe and not miss that special sponsor that I really want to share with you about. I’ve got a few things coming up that will be a blessing, so it’s gonna be good.

 

Thanks so much for joining me, this is Jan L. Burt signing off - you’ve been listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing on the Edifi app.

 

Lord bless - see ya next time. 

Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

Since God Is for Us, Who Can Be Successful Against Us? - Episode 97 - Romans 8:29-31

Since God Is for Us, Who Can Be Successful Against Us? - Episode 97 - Romans 8:29-31

March 4, 2022

Well, hey there! Hello hello to you! So glad you are here for this episode of TBNES, the podcast where we work at getting the promises of God into the people of God where they belong. Because if you believe what God has promised, guess what happens? Your thinking changes. And your behavior, as in your actual way of living, changes too. The way you look at people and circumstances and blessings and struggles - all of that changes too.

 

It’s so important to mind what we think, to pay attention to not just what we say we believe, but what we truly believe, what we live by, what thoughts govern our decisions, our actions, our behaviors and our responses. 

And via this podcast, we really do allow the Word of God to renew our minds and impact every aspect of our lives.

 

I’m Jan L. Burt and you’re listening to TBNES, part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app. This is episode 97.

Last week, in spite of losing my voice and really just struggling through the week to speak at a summit I was part of and working on the podcast, which involves a lot of talking which is hard to do when your voice goes bye-bye, but I just asked the Lord to make it not the worst and I just did the work and released episode 96. In that episode, we took a look at a few verses in Romans 8 as part of this current series, and we honed in on verse 28. Such a well known Bible verse, and one that brings basically light, like a bright spotlight, into the dark places in our lives. And that’s how things can feel sometimes, ya know? Health diagnosis can feel like a really dark place. Job loss or maybe you’re of the age where your parents are older, maybe they are no longer living. That can really be a dark place, I mean grief as a whole is just heavy darkness and there isn’t really a fast forward button you can push, you can’t jump ahead 15 seconds and then jump ahead a bit further. Nope. We each grieve in our own way, at our own pace, and it isn’t always linear, this whole grief thing, is it? We go this way and then that way, from step one to step five and then back to step two. You have to just go through it. Not get through it, not put your head down, try to file it away somewhere and get so ultra busy with the things in life that can easily become busy busy busy, that’s not healthy grief. Not get through it, not even really work through it, but be much with the Lord as you just go through it. 

 

If I am going to deal with a Red Sea in my life, a Jordan River in my life, I really want to go through it holding the Lord’s hand. I don’t want to go around it, fly over it, and I only want to cross on a boat if the boat has Jesus there at the stern. If He is walking on a dry ground path through the sea, that is where I want to walk. That’s my route if that’s His route. If He is walking on top of the water, then I also want to be atop the waves because that’s where my Jesus is and I want to be with Him, as in much with Him, every single day. And if He is in the boat, even asleep on a cushion, then I want to be in that boat with Him. When He says, “Cross to the other side, Jan” then that’s that. And when He says, “Stay here on this shore for a while,” then that’s that. 

 

And this week, we get to look at three verses from Romans chapter 8, verses 29, 30 and 31.

 

Can I read those verses to you from the Amplified Bible today? 

 

For those whom He foreknew (and loved and chose beforehand), He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son (and ultimately share in His complete sanctification), so that He would be the firstborn (the most beloved and honored) among many believers. 

And those who He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (declared free of the guilt of sin); and those whom He justified, He also glorified (raising them to a heavenly dignity).

What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be (successful) against us?

 

Wooo! Wow. Did you hear that?

 

So right on the heels of Romans 8:28, we read these three incredible verses. 

As we talk through these verses, bit by bit, grabbing all the promises we find therein, let’s start back in verse 28 for one sec. We know with great confidence that God who is deeply concerned about us causes all (not some, but all) things to work together as part of His plan for good for those of us who love Him and are called according to His plan and purpose. 

 

For those whom He foreknew (hey, just don’t forget that he knows you and He foreknew you - He knew what would break your heart to the point of crying out to Him, and I am talking about a salvation experience here, like your heart gets so broken by the astounding grossness of your own filthy sin that you cry out to Jesus - and God knew just when that particular breaking would happen for you.) Fall on the Rock and be broken or it will fall on you with a crushing weight, kind of with a final death blow. That’s from Matthew 21, verse 44. A broken heart leading to repentance and salvation found in Christ alone is a good, good thing.

You and I, we were foreknown. There is a comfort in that. You didn’t slide into the Kingdom when they weren’t looking, and if people have made you that way, just remember that this verse states clearly God foreknew you. You are in His family, the family of God, because that’s where He wants you. Foreknown. Really, let that comfort you.

 

That word “foreknew” means loved and chosen beforehand, so ya know what? Ya know what, devil? Ya know what all y’all who treat me like trash, who use me to get what you want but then toss me aside (anybody listening today who has ever, ever felt like this?) Ya know what? I am loved and chosen beforehand. Beforehand! You cannot possibly be an afterthought when God loved and chose you beforehand. These are your promises, my friend! And you have got to know that you know that you know these promises are your truth. Truth matters. God’s promises need to be your truth. Loved and chosen beforehand. Boy, that’s so good! 

 

And not only that, but God predestined you and me to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus. As we walk the path of our lives, as we run the race set before us, we are actually in the continual process of being sanctified. Being made more and more like Jesus. We will ultimately share in complete sanctification, Jesus said He didn’t lose any which the Father gave to Him, and He is gonna get us there right on time and we will be in good shape upon arrival. No damaged goods sliding into heaven. Nope. Sanctification is your promise, and it is even now taking place. He intends for you to look like His Son. And doesn’t God get what He intends to get? Um, yeah. Jesus is going to be so celebrated, so honored, as the firstborn among MANY who are believers. And you are one of that many. 

Predestined, chosen and loved beforehand, being sanctified. Oh you’ve got some good things being spoken over your life today, my friend! You need to live like this is true for you. Because - spoiler alert - it is 100% true.

 

And those who He predestined, He also called. Okay, so I am called. And you are, as well. Called. When we know that we have been called by God, we walk with our head a little higher, with some pep in our step. We are called! And we can never be un-called when it was God who did the calling. So we walk with some assurance that we are going to get to our destination, not just our final destination, not just the end game, but also getting to every other destination God has in store for us in this life, here in the land of the living. And He does have destinations. There are stopping places, for sure, and also there are places where  He will have us pick up the pace and get to moving forward. 

 

And since you know that He called you (and you should know that because He says so right here in the eighth chapter of the book of Romans!) then you need to know that He also justified you. To be conformed to the image of Jesus, God’s Son, you can’t be all filthy with sin. Rolling around in it, that’s not fitting for your calling. God justified you, He declared you free of the guilt of your sin, and so be wary of sin infiltrating your life. Now we all sin, of course we do, but don’t roll around in it. Don’t play patty cake with it. Avoid it, mature and grow beyond childish ways, keep praying to be delivered more and more, on a continual basis, from the grasp of sin. 

 

Basically I’m saying don’t willingly go on back to the stuff God delivered you from. He has a better way for you. You’ve been called. That’s an honor, it’s a privilege, and it is also a responsibility. So ya know, act like it.

 

And those he justified, He also glorified. You can live today with a level of dignity that corresponds to who you are in the Kingdom of your God. Dignity. It matters. A lot, actually. Think about what it means to be dignified, to live a dignified life. Sometimes that means we don’t dignify a certain situation with a response, with an emotional response. Sometimes it means we are the quietest person in the room and sometimes not the quietest. A heavenly minded dignity should permeate the lives of all who have been predestined and chosen and called and are being sanctified and are justified because it’s a mark of God’s hand on our lives. 

 

Now, here is verse 31, our final verse for today.

What then shall we say to all these things? 

This level of promise warrants some kind of a response, doesn’t it?

What then shall we say to all these things?

If God is for us, who can be (successful) against us?

 

You got an answer for that there question? Cuz I sure don’t. I cannot think of one person on this planet who can be successful against me in light of all we just read. It cannot happen. Not should not, not I hope not, no. Cannot. Nobody, not even the devil himself, can be successful against you.

 

Did you know that? Did you really, really know that?

You need to know that. 

 

In that big meeting tomorrow, when your teenager is in some kind of rebellion and you are frazzled by it, when inflation is high and wages don’t seem high enough. 

Who can be against you? 

Who can actually be a success in their fight and attacks and scheming against you? 

Nobody. Nobody at all, no not ever, nada. 

Isaiah says no weapon formed against me shall prosper. It doesn't say it will not be formed against me, that would be an untruth and there is no untruth in the Word of God. It is gonna form, because the devil hates those who love Jesus. Bottom line, he always lies and always hates and so he isn’t going to wake up one day and be like, “Hey, I’ma stop lying and no more hate in my little black heart.” No. He does what he does. Think of the line from the original Jurassic Park movie, when Dr. Alan Grant says, “The other kind just do what they do.” and he was talking about the meat eaters, well, they eat meat. Not very comforting for the little girl he was talking to, but it was the truth boiled down to an explanation that was necessary. No sense dwelling on why meat eaters eat meat, because there isn’t a solution to that. Just surviving that reality. Well you and I get to do a whole lot more than just survive this reality.

Those weapons, no matter how many or how varied or how well thought out or how intense or how sneakily they come at us, none of them will prosper. 

And no one on this planet can be a success in their attempts that are against you. Because your God is for you, He has called you, He is sanctifying you and making you more and more like His dearly loved Son, He foreknew you and loved you and He chose you, He called you, He justified you, He is giving you a level of dignity that is so far beyond this world, it’s eternal dignity fit for His eternal Kingdom. 

 

That’s who is for you. That’s who is for you.

 

And that wraps up this podcast episode about God’s promises for you.

 

Now hey, hang on for a second - if you are encouraged or blessed or both by this content, would you leave a review or share this episode with somebody and if you are interested in reading my devotional The Power of God’s Will - 40 Days of God’s Promises you can find that on Amazon. And be on the lookout for my course on Psalm 91. Praying this psalm over your life, your loved ones lives, it is a forever game changer and every believer needs to do a deep dive study on this psalm. You’ll pray better and more effectively, you’ll have more of a mind at peace, those people you are praying for will see God’s hand moving in their lives, and you will do nothing but benefit by taking this course. That may sound like quite an outcome I’m promising, but it’s a promise founded solidly on the Word of God so I make that promise with boldness. And I want you to step up, take the course, and see things move and improve in your world. 

 

I’m off to Nashville for the Spark Network Podcast Conference and I am expecting to learn so much, and to implement what I learn as soon as I get back next week. 

But don’t worry, episode 98 will drop right on time, just like the usual.

 

Hope you’ll be back for that as we look at a few more verses from Romans 8.

Thanks for listening - praying for you, appreciate you, excited to see God opening new doors for you on the regular.

 

You’ve been listening to TBNES, part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app.

 

Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

 

 

God’s Good Plans for Your Life  - Romans 8:28 - Episode 96

God’s Good Plans for Your Life - Romans 8:28 - Episode 96

February 24, 2022

Well hey there, hello to you and welcome to this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - getting the promises of God into the people of God, one podcast at a time. I’m so glad you’re here!

 

Today we are continuing our look into the eighth chapter of the New Testament book of Romans, and we are landing on some really big verses in this episode. In fact, for many believers, one of today’s verses may well be the most quote/unquote popular verse they know.

Romans 8, verses 26, 27 & of course, Romans 8:28. It’s not so well known for no reason! This verse, and the verses that surround it, are of tremendous value to those who follow Christ. And anything of tremendous value is worth investing in, right? Our time, our thoughts, our response, our prayer lives, our level of belief. As we get started today, can I just encourage you to be ready and willing to hear what these verses promise? 

 

You’re listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show podcast, part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app. This is episode 96.

 

This series on Romans 8 has been so good for me as I’ve worked on each episode. And I’ve gotten some really wonderful feedback about this series, so I’m thankful I followed the Lord’s leading and began this series. My prayer throughout this series has been, and continues to be, that we will be better because we better understand what the Bible says to us from Romans chapter 8. To think better because we know better. To love better because we better know the Father’s love for us. To pray better because we better understand the promises found in this portion of Scripture. To believe for better and better things, because Romans 8 teaches us that the Lord God Most High does indeed have better things for us than we have previously experienced. (And that’s true no matter what good things you and I have already experienced - there is always more that God has in store. Once we step into eternity, being in the never-ending presence of our Savior, well that will be one amazing day, won’t it? So even when things get tough here in this life, we know that we have incomprehensible goodness coming in our future. But I also want to say that I believe there is so much good for us yet to come to pass right here in the land of the living, as it says in Psalm 27:13)

 

I hope this series on Romans 8 has been encouraging to you - and after this episode, we will have three more episodes looking at promises we find in this chapter. But today, well today is a very special episode. There is a rich, treasure trove of hope for us from the verses I am about to read. Ready? Let’s go!

 

Romans 8:26-28, from the Amplified:

26 In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of [a]God’s people in accordance with God’s will.

28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

Now in the few verses just prior to these Paul was talking about hope. All of creation is longing for the day when Christ will be revealed. And we who have hope in Christ are always, in some measure, hoping for what we have not yet received. We have not arrived, we are still living on this earth and haven’t gone on to be with the Lord in heaven yet. We aren’t hoping for what we already have, because that would not make any sense. But a person hopes for what he or she does not yet have, as it says in verses 24 & 25. 

 

The first thing we want to take note of from verse 26 is that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. I’ve got weak places in my life - in my thinking, in my behavior, with my tongue (anybody else ever say stuff that just is wrong? I sure do!). Weak places, that’s where the Spirit of the Living God comes to us and helps us. Don’t skip past this too quickly! It’s so important to really get a hold of this. He helps us right where we need some helping, and the Bible tells us that we need help in our weakness. Paul is not mincing words here, so let’s actually accept what the Bible is saying. We sometimes want some help for x-y-z…in our finances, maybe, or in our health. With that certain coworker, in some aspect of our relationships, maybe in our marriage or with our siblings (cuz that all changes when you grow up, am I right? Siblings as adults is sometimes like a bag of cats - just watch out, it can get scratchy and wild!) And those are all things to pray about, to seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance and help with. But in this particular passage, it is telling us that we need help in our weakness. So, in your work stuff, perhaps you are mainly praying about things from a “Help me deal with this difficult person - guide me as I prep for this big presentation - bless the work of my hands and give me favor and increase.” Really good things to pray about! I mean, everything is a good thing to pray about when we see God as our loving, caring, good Father, ya know? But that’s not exactly “weakness”. Lord, I need a raise. A struggle, a need? Yup. A weakness? Well, not necessarily. So we need to first off, acknowledge we have weak spots and then be willing to let the Holy Spirit be the Lord over those weak spots. Come to me this week, Holy Spirit, and help me in my weakness. That’s just simply agreeing in prayer with what this verse says. And it’s good to pray according to the Word of God, to get yourself to fully yield to the sovereignty of God by praying for His will, as He has revealed it in His Word, to come to pass. His will be done in your life, in my life, now. In the right now. That's solid praying right there. 

 

And this verse continues with some direction about our praying, our prayer life. And it should be a prayer life. If your praying doesn’t have some life to it, if it feels dead, it isn’t what God would have it to be. He wants it alive, full of hope and excitement, with time to ask and seek and knock and time to listen to hear what He has to say to you. 

 

When we don’t know what prayer to pray, or how to offer a prayer to the Lord, this verse promises that the Spirit will help us. As in, He sorts it all out perfectly. He gets the right thing across the finish line at the right time. He is never late, He is never forgetful or absent-minded, and He cannot fail in any aspect of His work. If He promises that He knows our needs (and He does), if He promises to help us in our weakness (and that’s exactly what He promises), if He will intercede for us at just the right time (and He surely will do just that) then we can, we must, stand on it. 

 

It’s not a crime to be weak, my friend. To have times when you have no clue how to pray, you just know you need to pray. And the Holy Spirit can do something - He wants to do something - He is going to intercede for us. Don’t fear weakness. Fear prayerlessness far more than you ever fear weakness! A prayerless life for the believer is not good, it’s like poisoning your own well and then wondering why in the world you feel sick all the time. But when we don’t know how to pray, when life has knocked the wind out of us, we can easily end up not praying. Ask the Holy Spirit to do as He has promised in these verses, to intercede for you and to make that intercession line up with the will of God. 

 

Let’s read verse 27 again - And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of [a]God’s people in accordance with God’s will.

 

If you sense the Lord is searching your heart, can you remember this verse rather than panic and get uneasy during the searching process? Think of it as more of a search and rescue, He is searching your heart and He is always ready, willing and able to rescue you - it’s more of a search and rescue than a search and recovery. When you hear on the news that some type of search, maybe after a tornado or other natural disaster, transitions from rescue to recovery, a loss of life is indicated. God is not in the loss of life business. He is in the healing, restoring, delivering, blessing, forgiving, offering grace and mercy, discipling, rescuing business. Think of those times accordingly when you sense the Lord searching your heart. 

 

Let Him search! He knows what the mind of God is, and that’s incredible to have as a sort of covering over your life, because He knows the mind of God in any and every situation or circumstance or relationship or health problem or financial problem or global pandemic problem or inflation problem or can’t find a job problem you have today, may have tomorrow, or will ever have over the course of a lifetime. Let Him do that searching! And let Him take what He finds as a result of the search. He will take it, lifting that burden from your shoulders (provided you allow Him to do that!) and He will then intercede for you, on your behalf, from that place of knowing fully, exactly, perfectly and completely what the will of God is. 

 

Oh the searching is only scary when we look at it in the wrong light! It’s actually so, so good! You are blessed, my friend, when the Holy Spirit stands in intercession for you. You want that! You want Him to intercede for you and then to do it again tomorrow if you need it again tomorrow. He is interceding on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will.

 

Now, lemme ask you, how’s that for a promise???

 

And now, we arrive at Romans 8:28.

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

 

God has a plan.

 

Did you need to hear that today?

God has a plan.

Not just a plan for the entirety of the world, as a whole, in large part, for the masses.

Of course, this is my Father’s world & as Creator, as Sovereign, He has an overarching, all-encompassing plan. Of course He does! If not, how could He be the God of all creation, the One Who Is, Who Was, and Who Is To Come? 

 

But you and I, as individuals, He has a plan for us too. For me. For you. No child of God is left out of His plan. None who is in the beloved can be out of the plan. He doesn’t forget anything or anyone, not for a millisecond. 

God has a plan. 

And He causes all things to work together as part of that plan for good for those who love God and are called according to His plan and purpose.

 

There is so much in this verse. One sentence, and a handful of words, and the way we look at our lives and every moment of our lives, is changed. (Like the quote from the book The Four Feathers, “Three little white feathers and the worlds at its end.”) Well, regarding Romans 8:28, a handful of words and nothing is at its end!

 

This verse changes the way we view life, the way that we think, and subsequently the way that we live.

Do you live in belief? Do you live what you would call a believing life? Or do you live more in the land of unbelief? Not the land of make believe, but the land of unbelief.

No Christian should remain in a place of unbelief for too long. Short stops in that place, my friend! Get about the work of believing; the way you get up and get dressed and head to work in the morning, as a habit, with no mental arguing back and forth about the merits of going to work each and every day verses the risks involved with such a daily venture, which could, after all, result in something awful taking place. Why, anything could happen today, say, on the way to work or as I grab my morning cup of coffee, and then there is the first hour of the workday, who knows what that may bring! How will I survive it? I don’t think I could endure it if that first hour was at all challenging, difficult, taxing, or wearisome. Nope! Not going to work today. Maybe when my employer gets me an iron clad guarantee that I won’t have any stress or struggle or any problems or hard tasks whatsoever, then I will go back to work. Until then, work is too risky. 

 

Newsflash: many of us treat faith in this manner.

It seems risky to believe that a promise like Romans 8:28 could really be true. What if it doesn’t prove true for me? This seems dangerous, maybe even foolish, to really be one of those people who live their days believing that God works out all things for their good, so long as they love Him and are called according to His purposes and His plan. Well, I just don’t know if I can go that far today. Maybe tomorrow I will try again; but today, I’d better play it safe, not take any risks, and just wait for God to increase my faith if He actually wants me to believe His Word.

 

Listen, I have to tell you, God really does want you to take Him at His Word, by faith. And you don’t need to wait for more faith to come along; you need to believe based on the faith you already have. When Jesus was asked to increase the faith of His disciples, did He not respond by telling them that so much that was seemingly miraculous, utterly impossible in our own strength, could be accomplished by faith the size of a mustard seed? Oh, that’s exactly what He said. And I’m guessing that you and I both have that amount of faith at the very least. 

 

The verse Romans 8:28 is a favorite when we pray for others; not exactly a go-to verse when we pray for ourselves. We know it by heart and can recite it at any moment, but we may not believe it, even as we speak it.

 

Yet, we desperately want it to be true - and not only true, but true for us! Now! Today!

What if it can be true for you today? What if it is true? What if?

 

What wonder, what possibility, what dreams open up to us when we believe this verse is indeed 100% true for you and for me, right now, at this moment?

 

God has a plan. He has a plan for you. A plan to work all things, and that little three letter word all really does mean all, nothing left out or forgotten or oops, all except for that part…no, it truly means all things will work for your good if you love the Lord your God (and oh I hope that you do!) and are called according to His purposes. 

If you meet those two conditions, then Romans 8:28 isn’t merely a promise from the Bible; it is your promise from the Bible.

 

What does it mean to be called according to God’s plan and purpose? 

Paul was called to be an apostle of Christ through the will of God (1 Cor 1:1 & Romans 1:1 that was kind of his resume, if you will). 2 Timothy 1:9 says we are called with a holy calling. John 6:44 states that no one can come to Jesus unless God calls him, so if you are a follower of Jesus, you’ve been called. In Matthew 22 we read about many being called and few being chosen. Have you responded to the Lord’s call to surrender your life to Him? If so, you know what it means to be called by God. It is His will that none should perish, but that all should be saved. He made the way to salvation possible and His desire is for all mankind, every single person on this planet, to answer His call.

 

I don’t want you to think that this is something only certain disciples of Jesus get, this being called.

Are you walking with Him day by day? Well, how could you walk with Him without that calling? It’s certainly not our flesh that allows us to follow Jesus! Our flesh won’t be in eternity with us, so it has no reason to deny itself! The here and now is all the flesh has, and it wants for nothing beyond the here and now. 

But for those who have been called and who, much like Zaccheus, responded when the Lord said, “Hey! Come on! Come along with me, follow me, come down from that tree - I need to dine with you today, I have some things to share with you.” Much like that instance, we who are called according to God’s plan and purpose have this promise, this unbreakable promise, that all things will work for our good.

 

I don’t need to pretty this up and describe how “good” could mean this, that or the other and might feel pretty doggone bad. Um, that sort of bothers me. And it bothers me because we can so easily, so quickly, so readily excuse away God’s word and God’s promises with that kind of thinking. 

Who is helped by such talk? If you have lost a loved one, it’s not helpful to say ridiculous things like “God must have needed them more than you needed them.” What? That’s a terrible way to try and comfort someone who is deep in grief! You’d be far better off to just sit with them in their grief, just be there but be silent than to say things like that. 

The good promised here is inherently good, it is the kind of goodness that originates from God and it just cannot be explained away as bad is good in opposite world. He loves you so very much and He has so much good for you. Nothing He does is ever outside of His unending love and loving kindness toward you. He is for you and He is not ever against you. And He is working, right now, all things for your good. This is a positive! 

God is generous. God is kind. God empowers His people. God is faithful. God is trustworthy. God is love. The Great I AM has promised that He is deeply concerned about you and that He is working all things to work together as a plan (He does not do random!) for good for you. 

 

Don’t lose hope, my friend. Hang on to your hope because it will not let you down or disappoint you. Hope in your God, and expect to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. In your land. In your life.

 

Romans 8:28. What. A. Promise!

 

As I wrap up today’s episode, I want to mention a couple of things - voting for the Spark media podcast awards closes at the end of February, so get your vote in today for The Burt (Not Ernie) Show.  I’m nominated for best female podcast and I’ll put the link to vote in the show notes. Spark Media Podcast Awards - Vote Here for The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - Best Female Podcast - THANKS FOR YOUR VOTE!!!

 

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Next week we are going to look at verses 29, 30 and 31. Don’t miss it, be sure to subscribe to this podcast wherever you listen and feel free to leave a review, too. 

Thanks so much, I appreciate your support and your continual listens. And for all those who listen to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show in countries other than the US, I am so glad you are listening and if you happen to be in a country that is well difficult for Christ followers or maybe is enduring difficult things right now, please know that I see the list of countries that listen and I pray for you. You are not alone, and you are not standing alone. Praying for you, and then praying for you some more. The Lord sees. And Romans 8:28 is for you, it is for you. Praying you will see it come to fruition even at this very moment. 

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The Inexhaustible Hope of God’s Word (Romans 8:16 & 17)    Episode 95 (Romans 8 Podcast Series)

The Inexhaustible Hope of God’s Word (Romans 8:16 & 17) Episode 95 (Romans 8 Podcast Series)

February 16, 2022

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Well hey there - hello again to ya. So glad you’re joining me today for this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show. We are looking at a couple of verses from Romans chapter 8 - verses 16 & 17. This is the fifth podcast episode in our series on Romans 8, and I must say today’s verses are good. Good stuff coming your way. I’m your host, Jan L. Burt, author, speaker, homeschool veteran, ministry leader, and an award winning podcaster…but really I’m just a woman running hard after Jesus on the daily, trying to encourage people to believe God’s promises as I run my race and press on toward the prize of the high calling I have through Christ Jesus, my Lord. 

 

The Burt (Not Ernie) Show is part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app. This is episode 95.

 

Romans 8, verse 16 & 17, from the Amplified Bible reads like this:

 

The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit (assuring us) that we (believers) are children of God. 

And if (we are His children), (then we are His) heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance), if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory.

 

Alright, well now, that’s quite a bit packed into two verses. 

 

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating - God’s Word holds within it more hope, more promise, more of the very breath of life, than we can ever use up or exhaust. It is quite literally inexhaustible. Which is absolutely incredible to think about. We don’t have much in this life that fits that description, that meets that qualifier. But God’s Word holds within it all things inexhaustible. Need hope today? God’s Word has it. Joy? Peace? Love? Truth? Guidance? Clarity? Strength? Understanding? Wisdom? Practical knowledge? It’s all right here, ours for the taking, if we would but open it, read it, and believe it. 

 

So let’s really, truly believe these words today.

 

The Holy Spirit, who is of course God - not kind of God, not partially God, and not merely the third member of the Trinity (and yes, there is one very popular, even famous, modern day preacher who stated that exact thing in one of his books…and it’s not maybe who you might think, not somebody super charismatic, but someone you might label as more conservative - and look, that’s just dangerous to say. The Holy Spirit is fully God, and He is not to be trifled with. So that’s what I call to mind when I read about the Spirit of the Living God in the Bible). The Holy Spirit who is fully God, and in whom there is no shadow of turning, and who so graciously tells us that He is no respecter of persons (your rank, your popularity, your position, your whatever don’t matter to Him - He does not respect you more or less based on such things, and frankly, being the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies…um, we’re never gonna move His needle with such things.) 

If you feel like you are praying from a small place, from a low estate, from a funk, from a rough spot, don’t stop praying! Pray more! Pray bigger, bolder prayers than you’ve ever prayed before from that exact place where you feel small or in a funk. Because your God is not a respecter of mankind. And your low estate is just the runway for the take-off of a miracle. Let Him be glorified in your big praying. Don’t pray small when you feel small. Feelings are fickle, like people’s tastes. Fickle things don’t rule over the life of a child of God. 

 

The Holy Spirit testifies and confirms (hey now, if God confirms something, who on earth can un-confirm it? Yeah, nobody that’s who. That ain’t happening.) He testifies, and He cannot lie, it’s impossible for Him to do so, so if He testifies about something, well then that’s it. Done deal. Finitio. And in verse 16, the Holy Spirit does both the testifying and the confirming, so there isn’t any wiggle room and there is no getting out of this promise. See what I’m getting at here? I’m painting this picture for you that is the absolute reality in God’s Kingdom, and I want you to accept it, to believe it, as an absolute reality in your day to day, walking around life. 

 

He testifies and confirms along with our spirit to assure us that we who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as Messiah, as Savior of the world, we are children of God.

 

Is this a promise, or is this a promise?!? 

 

I’m going to read this verse again and I just want you to listen and then to do what the verse says, to be in agreement with the Spirit that you are a child of God (provided you know Jesus personally, that is - this is a conditional promise in that it only applies to those who are in Christ, who are saved, who believe on Him for forgiveness and eternal salvation). 

 

So if that’s you, as I read, you sort of give a nod, something like you answer in the affirmative. And hey, if you can, if you’re in a place where you can do so, answer out loud. Yes, Lord. Amen, Lord. Like, when you do that, you are talking to the devil and he must , must,  must flee when you resist him. Actively agreeing with the Word of God is resisting the devil. 

 

Romans 8:16 (AMP) - the Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit (assuring us) that we (believers) are children of God.

 

Amen to that!

 

If God says we’re children, that He has testified that’s who we are and He has confirmed that that’s who we are, then that is who we are.

 

Alright, I have hopefully laid a solid & firm foundation for verse 17.

 

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 And also, I’ve got something new coming up soon. A course on prayer, specifically on Psalm 91. I’m going to have some options for founders to join my course early at a discounted price of $25 rather than the $50 it will normally cost. If you’d like to be a founder, please let me know by emailing me at JanLBurt@outlook.com and just say founder info in the subject line and put your name and email address in the body of the email. I will send out some info via my email list in the next few weeks, so you can sign up for that and keep an eye on your inbox when the course goes live at the founder’s rate. Visit my website JanLBurt.com & scroll down just a smidge and drop your email and you’ll be on the list! Hope you’ll join me, cuz it’s gonna be good! 

Okay, back to verse 17. You ready? If you’re not, you better get ready. Put your lap belt on, cuz this plane is gonna take off. And you do not want to miss this flight. Okay, ready?

 

Romans 8:17 (AMP) - and if (we are His) children, (then we are His) heirs also; heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance); if indeed we share in His suffering, so that we may also share in His glory.

 

It’s settled that we are God’s children, and according to 1 John, we are His dearly loved children. Some of us grew up in homes where we were children, but maybe didn’t feel loved, let alone dearly loved. This truth is vital for us as disciples of Jesus. You gotta know that you know that you are dearly loved as a child of God. And God, who is faithful and who does nothing outside of His lovingkindness, is the One who dearly loves you. 

 

As His child, you are also an heir. A fellow heir with Christ, and you get to share in His spiritual blessing and inheritance. So what does that look like for us? Well, you can take something in the Bible and you can pray it and you can expect that it won’t be an unanswered prayer. The Word of God does not, will not, cannot return to God void, but rather it will do, must do, can’t not do (to use a double negative) what He has sent it forth to do. Speak God’s Word out loud. This is part of your inheritance as an heir. Speaking, praying, God’s Word, out loud, changes things. In your living room and on the other side of the world. We can’t neglect our inheritance, our spiritual blessings, and think we are living in the fullness of all the Lord wants to give us. 

We can pray, “Give me the nations, Lord, as part of Your Kingdom!” and we can expect Him to move and act, to rescue people from the lost-ness that floods this world. Your prayers, and mine, can build an ark that offers rescue, deliverance, hope, and protection from the floodwaters engulfing this planet. 

 

Don’t believe me? That’s alright! I don’t want you to believe me; I want you to believe the Word of God. 

 

Try this: each day for the next 30 days, for one month solid, read and pray out loud Psalm 91. Now you may get to about day 6 and be like, this is monotonous, what am I even doing? But keep going. By day 30, you will not be the same. You are going to find yourself praying that over people and situations and circumstances all the time. And things are gonna happen. Mountains will start to move. Grace will begin to flow. Take the Kingdom of God by force, as it says in Matthew 11:12. Take it by standing in prayer, by praying God’s Word, by choosing to believe that every single promise God has made is absolutely, unequivocally true for you, and all He has planned and purposed and in store for you will be yours. Nothing less! Shalom - that word means nothing missing, nothing broken. 

 

I’ve just given you a plan to start seeing God work and move in your life, and it can change the entire trajectory of how you live out your days on this planet. Do it by faith if you must, and by that I mean you may not be feeling it when you start praying Psalm 91 out loud on that first day of the 30 days straight. That’s okay! Be strong enough and courageous enough (see Joshua 1:9) to just get started. Trust God enough to do this even if you don’t feel like you can totally trust Him in all the things just yet. Try it! And in the words of the movie A Christmas Story, I double dog dare ya. I really will be such a goofball as to double dog dare you to do this if it will get you to try it! Don’t have a lot of belief in this kind of thing? Well, here. Take some of my belief and get started with that. Like, this is an heirloom seed, not GMO, it will take root and it will grow and it will bear fruit and that fruit will be seed-bearing, in season and out of season, like a tree planted by streams of waters whose fruit never fails because it’s roots go down deep into the nutrient rich, well watered soil and it never winters, it just keeps on producing. That’s what I’m giving you - an heirloom seed of my belief for you to start with. And just wait until you see what God does from there!

 

Again, he is no respecter of persons. You can have as much Jesus, as much of all He has promised, as you want. As you like it, so be it. So ya know, why not go for the gusto? Why not? Let’s just ride this sucker for all it’s worth and live all the way into the grave…not exist until the grave overtakes us.

 

It does say in verse 17 that we gain this inheritance in part by sharing in His suffering. You and I are going to suffer. It’s an untruth to say that when you come to Christ you never have hard times again. Oh, you do. Some will break your heart! When people reject Jesus and you understand the eternal, forever consequences…that will break your heart. In the church body, as Jesus and Paul stated so clearly, there will be wolves and they come in to mislead the flock and even to devour the sheep. You may be made fun of, treated badly, because of your belief in Jesus and in God’s Word. But those who don’t know Jesus, they suffer too. We suffer from victory, as a part of procuring our spiritual blessing and inheritance. They suffer with no victory on the horizon, because without Jesus even the greatest earthly victory amounts to nothing other than something akin to another notch on the devil’s belt. Ya know the saying, “Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em?” Satan’s got ‘em, and he smokes ‘em. He does what he can with every opportunity he gets and he is not going to leave anything on the table. 

 

Suffer for Jesus, or suffer to give Satan what he wants. Really, there is no other option. There is no in-between. 

 

Your suffering when you know Jesus, as a child of God, comes with the promise that you will share in His glory.

 

Now think on that for a moment. 

Christ’s glory, and He is willing to share it with us. With you.

 

This is a promise among promises. 

 

This is beyond our ability to understand or comprehend.

And yet, this is what God is offering to us today.

 

And it is for today!

Today is the day you are listening to this podcast, so today is the day that God planned for you to hear what these verses from Romans 8 have to say.. And that means, today is the day He wants you to believe this is for you, to step into it, and to receive all He desires to give you as His dearly beloved child.

 

Thank you for joining me for part five of the Romans 8 series, and don’t forget to get on my email list at JanLBurt.com for info about being a founder for the course. 

 

Next time we are looking at verses 26, 27 and 28.

 

Yup, it’s time to talk about that oft quoted, so famous among believers verse, Romans 8:28. And we’re gonna discuss it in context with verses 26 & 27 because we want to know all of what God says so that we can get all of what He has promised.

 

Don't miss next week. Invite your friends, subscribe to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, all that stuff. Big week on the show for episode 96 so make plans, make some room in your schedule, to catch that episode. 

 

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Praying God’s richest and fullest blessing and favor over you this week, and expecting Him to do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond all you could ever think, ask, dream or imagine. Wont’ He do? Oh, I do believe He will!

 

See ya next time!

Bye bye!

 

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Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

Are We Living by the Holy Spirit’s Power?  Romans 8-13-15   Episode 94

Are We Living by the Holy Spirit’s Power? Romans 8-13-15 Episode 94

February 10, 2022

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Well hey there, hello again. Welcome to this episode of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - the podcast that puts the promises of God into the hearts & minds of God’s people. I’m Jan L. Burt, author and speaker, podcaster and prayer retreat leader, and I am so glad you’re here today. We are taking a look at the promises we find in chapter 8 of the book of Romans, and believe me you, there are indeed some wonderful things promised to us. The Burt (Not Ernie) Show is part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app. This is episode 94.

 

Romans 8, verses 13, 14, & 15. These verses are our focus this week, and they are hefty. There is some meat on these bones, ya know? This is not like baby food, and that’s a good thing because we don’t want to be spiritually immature. We want the meat of God’s Word because we are feeding, consuming, ingesting, as spiritually mature people. In the physical realm, we all begin as newborns and we grow from there. We grow in every way. Now I am going to share a very personal story about one of our children, and how as a newborn she did not grow. She was less than her birth weight at 11 weeks of age. It was scary to say the least, it was a huge relief when at 12 weeks she regained her birth weight and as the remainder of her first year went on, her development was something we did not take for granted, let me just put it that way. What was automatic and not given too much thought with her siblings was reason for celebration and rejoicing and a huge relief to us as her parents. We celebrated weight gain in ounces because we had to focus for so many weeks on weight gain (and weight loss) in grams. Grams. 

 

So if I seem passionate about this week's subject matter, and about the promises that hold so much hope and life and vitality and purpose for us as the Lord’s people, part of my excitement is linked to this very real life experience we went through with our baby. Nothing could have prepared us or readied for that season, but nothing can take away from us the empathy we have, the compassion, the care for others going through similar situations. It was hard fought, our daughter’s health, hard fought in terms of what we did, what we tried, how many doctors we saw, and also very hard fought on our knees in prayer. 

 

When I say that we do not remain infants, we all begin there but we don’t remain there and we don’t want to remain there, this personal situation with our newborn is what immediately comes to mind for me. It’s not a joke to me when I say that I don’t want anyone to remain a spiritual infant. Babyhood is not a forever stage of life. Our daughter could not stay 5 lbs forever. One of two things was going to happen. Improve and grow and get bigger and live. Or, not improve and not grow and not get bigger and not live. That was it. We did not have other options. And it’s not an unrealistic expectation that followers of Jesus would grow to spiritual maturity. In fact, it would be unrealistic for believers to remain in the infancy stage. Any pastor worth his salt would tell you this. Sometimes we need to be told, in the words of oh so many ‘80s parents, to “Grow up!”, ya know? You can read about this concept in 1 Corinthians 3, in particular verse 2. I’ll put that in the show notes because it is worth reading. Paul penned these words, and they are in the canon of Scripture, and so we should do as it says and be happy when we are fed spiritual meat rather than milk. 

 

So that’s our framework for this week’s episode and I’m reading from the Amplified Bible today, Romans 8, verses 13-15. Here’s what it says:

13 for if you are living according to the [impulses of the] flesh, you are going to die. But if [you are living] by the [power of the Holy] Spirit you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, you will [really] live forever. 14 For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!”

 

For if you are living according to the impulses of the flesh, you are going to die. Look, if somebody has been telling you that the Word of God is, like, genteel, they didn’t tell you right. Now one of the fruits of the Spirit is gentleness, but the Bible always speaks pretty frankly. This verse shows us the way to die, the path of death. It’s good to know! Don’t want to walk that path, so thank You, Lord, for giving us this in Your Word. But if you are living by the power (ooh that’s noteworthy, by the power of the Holy Spirit) you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, and you’ll really live forever. 

 

You know that you are living by the Spirit’s power how? When you are habitually (hey, that actually means this should become a habit, second nature, so listen up now and find out what it is you should be so good at habitually that it’s automatic) - habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body. And then you will really live forever. I don’t want to kind of live, to sort of live, to semi live. I want to really live, fully live, totally live. And here’s how I get to do that, by habitually putting to death the flesh (like, kill off and just annihilate, decimate, crucify your flesh - that’s what this means, my friend!) That is the way to live. Don't walk a path that leads anywhere other than where God wants you to go. Where He leads, then you follow. And He will always be leading you toward life and never be toward death. That’s an overarching promise from the Bible for you and for me. That is for certain God’s will, and sometimes we struggle, we feel like we don’t know what God’s will is. But this much, this right here, we do know. We know it absolutely and with utter certainty. So, walk this path. Live, and do that living by putting to death sinful deeds. 

 

I could spend a whole lot of time talking about what exactly those sinful deeds might be, what all does this verse entail? Well, I will probably write a blog post about this on my website JanLBurt.com, because it’s important. This isn’t just hey don’t covet what your neighbor owns, don’t steal from your employer, don’t live as a hard-hearted unforgiving person. It can be a lot of things - how’s your thought life? Not talking about, say, lustful thinking or something along those lines, but do you think well of yourself? Do you talk to yourself in ways that you would never talk to someone else? That’s sort of what I’m thinking could be a big issue for many of us, not the quote/unquote big sins but ones that are still super damaging, but not always readily addressed. So I’m adding that to my work calendar and I’ll be writing that, doing a lot of praying over it, and look for it soon at my website. 

 

Okay, so in verse 14 it says that all who allow themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.


Now, language matters. Verb tense - well, that matters. The way I just said it is how we kind of think of it. But the tense is actually continual. In the Amplified it says, “For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (emphasis added)  This isn’t a one-off, not one and done. Are we continually allowing ourselves to be led (hey, that means we’re not in charge - we are not leading the way - if the Spirit is leading then we are to be doing what? Following. And let’s try to follow closely, think about a war zone and you need to follow your CO… you gonna fall behind and just risk it? No. Just, no. Follow closely and attentively and with a good attitude!) 

 

Like a litmus test, you will know if you are a child of God by this evidence. Are you allowing yourself to be led by the Spirit? Not one time I allowed the Spirit to lead me and I came to Christ and received His salvation. Are you right now, today, still allowing Him to lead? Don’t say Yes to that if you aren’t actively following where He is intentionally leading. 

 

Verse 15 - we may need to break this power packed verse up a bit. For you are not - oh boy, Paul is preaching now! He is telling us who we are not (and that is one of the main purposes of this podcast - look, we have got to know who we are and who we are not according to the Word of God. This is not optional! To mature in Christ, you gotta know this stuff!) For you are not - let’s listen up because this should be like key for us. Okay, who am I not? Not only do I want to get excited about who God says that I am. I want to be excited about who the Spirit of God says I’m not. (Like the kid who is defending himself against the accusations of some other kid, we can as children of God say to our accuser, “I’m not!”) Know who you are - know who you are not - and know your seasons, your times in your life. I cannot overly stress how vital, like your vital signs kind of vital, those three things are!

 

For you have not received again a spirit of slavery leading to fear. You are not a slave. You are not an orphan. You are not meant to live in fear. You are a free man, a free woman. You are a child of God, dearly loved and well looked after, you live by faith in the Son of God. Because you know that all God’s promises for you are true, they are all yes and amen through Christ Jesus your Lord. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

 

Anybody else just love the Word of God? I mean, we take these three verses and we discover a wealth of treasure. Then we open our Bibles and read a chapter or two and do it again the next day. It’s like a  gold mine that can never be depleted or fully exploited. 

 

But you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons. 

It’s verses like this that help us understand what it means to have Jesus as Lord of our lives, living on the throne of our hearts. You’ve received Him and you have been adopted. You’re in, baby! Don’t you dare forget that!

 

The Spirit produces sonship. You wanna challenge whether or not the Spirit of the living God can do what only He can do? Don’t question the Spirit’s power. The Spirit produces sonship. That’s comforting, that’s hope, that promise for today and for all the future. This is good stuff! 

 

By which we joyfully cry, “Abba! Father!”

 

Having God as your Father should move you to joy. If you cannot get joyful about this, then what on earth can you possibly be joyful about?

 

Your sports team winning a championship? Your fat bank account? 

Landing your dream job? Buying the classic car you’ve wanted since you were a teenager? Losing twenty pounds? Those are treasures, sure, but they are not The Treasure. Those are gifts, but they are not The Gift. Those are special, but they are not The Special One.

 

Here is joy, my friend. Joy for you and for me. You have a Father. He is God. Be joyful about that!

 

Take these promises, these truths that are for you, and believe them today. Don’t skip to the next podcast on your playlist and forget about this.

 

This is not forgettable stuff. Bear it in mind, all week long this week, think on it over and over. And next week, I’ll be back here for episode 95, Romans 8 verses 16 & 17, and those are powerful. They can change your life, those two verses, and I really do mean that. Your life can be changed by the two verses we’ll look at in the next episode. So, come hungry. Come expectant. Come ready to see the Lord move in your life based on what He has to say to you in Romans 9:16-17.

 

I’ll see ya then!

 

You’ve been listening to The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app.

 

See you next week!

Bye bye.

 

1 Corinthians 3:2(NIV) - I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

 

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) - For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

 

 

Spark Media Podcast Awards - Vote Here for The Burt (Not Ernie) Show - Best Female Podcast - THANKS FOR YOUR VOTE!!!

Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

Letting the Spirit of God Bring You Back to Life - Episode 93 - Romans 8:10 & 11

Letting the Spirit of God Bring You Back to Life - Episode 93 - Romans 8:10 & 11

February 2, 2022

Well hey there, hello to ya today. I’m Jan L. Burt, host of The Burt (Not Ernie) Show, and I am so glad you’re joining me as we look at a couple of verses from the New Testament book of Romans. The Burt (Not Ernie) Show is part of the Spark Network, now playing in the Edifi app. This is episode 93

 

Romans 8 is our topic for this series of episodes on the podcast, and this is the third episode in the series. Today we are looking at Romans 8, verses 10 & 11 in both the King James and the Amplified. 

 

I’m going to read these two verses from the KJV first.

 

Romans 8:10 & 11 (KJV) - And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

Okay, so this is rich language, isn’t it? Not words we throw around in normal daily conversation, but so rich! 

 

The first sentence states that your body is dead because of sin if Christ is in you, which is true for all believers who have accepted Jesus’ death at Calvary as our personal atonement for our personally committed sins. We may stagger a bit at this statement, though. Wait - if Christ is in me then how is my body dead because of sin? Well, that’s going back to the concept of our flesh (episode 92 covers that in detail) and in the flesh, in me without the Holy Spirit regenerating me, in me dwells no good thing (see Romans 7:18 to read the verse I am taking those words from). Baptism is a public funeral of sorts, we are agreeing that we are buried with Christ and are raised to new life in Him. His power accomplishes it all, not any of mine. The flesh is just, well, trash to use a modern slang term. Once Christ is in you, the flesh is dead and you know it’s dead; you understand how vile sin is and what it cost the Lord to pay the price for the sins of all mankind, and you don’t really want to try and pretty it up and keep it alive anymore because you understand that it’s just dead, it’s trash. If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin.

 

Then it goes on to say “but the Spirit is life because of righteousness”. Now that’s some good news right there! God’s righteousness is yours through Jesus and it does it’s magnificent work in your life through the Holy Spirit. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, it says in 2 Corinthians 3:17. Freedom. Liberty. Life. You’ve been freed, you’ve been liberated, to new life through Christ Jesus. And the Spirit in you is that life. Big promises for you and me in these verses. Let’s grab hold of them and live them out, let’s be among those who believe all that God has promised to us. 

 

But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. When the Holy Spirit dwells in you, the promise here is that He will quicken your mortal body by His Spirit. That dead flesh can be utilized now to do the Lord's will, to bring about His purposes, to accomplish the good works that He preordained and planned out for each of His followers. By the same power that raised Jesus to life again. That’s what gets done what God wants gotten done. Not our flesh, but His Spirit. 

 

The King James uses the word “quicken” while the Amplified says the Spirit will give life to your mortal bodies. 

 

When God sets about quickening somebody, watch out! Stand back and get ready to see something! It’s one of the most amazing things we will see while living on this planet, the quickening of a person via the Holy Spirit of the Living God. 

 

I do not want to miss out on any of this kind of quickening, this life given to my mortal body by the Spirit of God, like none of it. How much do I want to miss? None. Zero. And I don’t want you to miss any of it, either. 

 

Let the Spirit bring you back to life. Prune what needs pruning; mature whatt needs maturing. Bring us back to life, Lord, and all the glory is Yours. This regenerating work is a precious work, and we should expect to see it having an impact on the little corners of the world in which we live.

 

Let me read these two verses from the Amplified now. 

 

Romans 8:10 & 11 (AMP) - If Christ lives in you, though your (natural) body is dead because of sin, your spirit is alive because of righteousness (which He provides). And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Chrsit Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. 

 

What is says here is exactly what God means for it to say.

And it is God speaking to us today through His Word.

So our response needs to be to take Him at His Word, take this seriously. Because it is serious!

 

Often we take work seriously, we take our health seriously, we take finances seriously, we take parenting seriously. Some people take sports, like their favorite teams, very seriously. 

 

Do we take prayer seriously? Do we take the Word of God seriously? Do we take tithing seriously? Do we take our spiritual health seriously? 

Now I’m not trying to pick on anyone, I’m just asking a few questions in an attempt to get us to always take seriously what God is saying to us from the Bible. 

 

Your natural body is dead - and your spirit is alive because of the righteousness that He provides.

 

You may be getting older and feeling as if your work for the Kingdom of God is waning. Not true! Not true at all. The ages of men the Lord used for His Kindgom work vary greatly all throughout the Bible, and there is no retirement plan or governor placed on the work we do at this age or that age. You may be feeling all sorts of things in your natural body, but the Word of God says that even though your natural body is dead, it’s alright. Your spirit is alive and well and can be thriving day after day after day. That’s the promise! And does God ever say, “oops, my bad”? No. He makes promises and He keeps those promises. 

 

He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who lives in you. 

 

I haven’t mentioned this in a while, but today I am going to talk about this word “will”.

 

Whenever we find the word will in one of God’s promises, we need to remind ourselves (like, actually preach to ourselves!) that when God says will, He means it!

 

He WILL give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who lives in you.

He will do this!

And He is willing and able to do it right now, today, in this very season of your life.

 

I’ve experienced Him do this work in my life, in my broken and sometimes sickly and unwell body again and again and again. My mom used to say I was a sickly child, kind of an old school phrase, but I got older, gave my heart to Jesus, and bit by bit, day by day, began to not want to live under that curse of the flesh any longer. To not be a sickly child who had grown into a sickly adult. No, sir. I shrugged that off and kept walking by faith and praying and believing God was gonna do what these verses say He will do. 

And He has. Time and again, my sickly areas have become well. 

 

So this is a verse of promise. And there is no way God is exclusive or plays favorites. Just believe it and keep seeking this, keep praying for this. Your Healer loves to heal. Your Deliverer loves to deliver. Your Redeemer loves to redeem. Your God is so very good. 

 

This is a shorter episode of the podcast today, and so I’d like to speak a prayer of blessing over you before we wrap up the show.

 

Lord, I ask today that by the power of Your Holy Spirit which indwells your dearly loved children that You would give life to Your people today. In areas where they face sickness, bring Your new life. Heal and restore, protect and deliver, bless and highly favor them today. I’m asking for this work today, because today is the day we are looking at these verses from Your Word and so today is the day we are trusting You to act in accordance with Your Word. We know that none of Your Word returns to You void, but it will always always accomplish that for which You have sent it forth. So, do Your will in the lives of every listener today. Move and act, bring new life, fresh hope, excitement about the days before us. And never stop moving, working, blessing, healing, delivering, favoring, protecting, guiding, and loving Your people. I ask this all in the mighty name of Jesus, the Son of the Living God, Savior of the world, who is set to return in might and power and splendor in glory. Do Your will in us, for us, and through us today. Amen. 

 

Lord bless you and keep you today, my friend! I’m so glad you joined me for episode 93 of TBNES podcast, part of the Spark Network which is now playing in the Edifi app. Check out that app if you haven’t yet. 

 

And hey, my podcast is up for an award - I am going to share the link to go vote in the show notes, kind of like the people’s choice awards sort of thing, listener’s favorites. You just visit www.sparkmedia.ventures/site/awards and cast your vote. There are drop down menus so you can pick the category (best female podcast or best solo podcast are the two categories that apply to this show)  and then pick the podcast TBNES and I’ll just say thank you in advance for voting! 

 

I will be at the Spark Awards this year, they take place in March in Nashville and it will be awesome to be there for the conference and the NRB and the awards and just all kinds of remarkable things that I am beyond thankful I get to be part of. Just as I mentioned earlier, God has things for me to do and I am not too aged to do those things - getting the promises of God into the people of God is the task He has given me and I am trying to, by the power of His Spirit and not in my own strength, to be a good steward. When He returns I want to present Him with a ten-fold increase on what He gifted to me - because what He has gifted to me is not for me or about me, but for His Kingdom purposes and for all of you. So thanks for listening. You are the people  of God in this world, and I am so honored to be able to talk with you week by week. So, yeah, just thanks. Just thanks to you all.

 

I’ll see you next time for episode 94 where we will keep looking at Romans chapter 8 and discovering the rich promises He holds out to us in this passage.

 

Lord bless you, have a fantastic day. 

Bye bye! 

 

Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.

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”. 

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