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Burnett Ministries

The Blessings that Result from Being Obedient to God 1-21-2021

I am presenting a scenario to you as to what happened to Jesus Christ prior to His death and how He was humiliated. They mocked Jesus Christ and plaited a crown of thorns on His head …. And they bowed before Him and mocked Him saying: “Hail, King of the Jews.”

In the eternal realm, this will be completely reversed. Nations will continually pay homage to Christ the King. You have read some things about tithing. I am not finished with it yet and you may see this again in the last message which will be about tithing to Christ our King.

We will give honor to Jesus Christ our King, whom God has elevated to the place of highest honor and has given Him a name above all names…. That every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD (Philippians 2:9-11). That is going to be the greatest kind of honor anyone has ever received or ever will receive.

Until it is time for us to meet Jesus Christ, as a reminder, we are still commanded to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God which is our reasonable service. With that being so, I want to share another aspect as to how we (our bodies) are the living sacrifices who have been called to worship and honor God.

We show our love, worship, and honor to God when we are assembling with the saints; when we are studying the Word of God; when we pray regularly, when we are being taught and by being accountable to God and to others. All these things keep us in check and help us to draw closer to God.

We are called to be givers. Jesus Christ gave His life for us therefore we are to give whatever we are capable of giving. This is another aspect of giving offerings.

If you are in a local church, that is where your tithes should go. If you are not a member of a local church, you are expected to pay tithes to a ministry that is blessing you with the Word of God. Some people call it sowing on good ground, which is really offerings. I appreciate all the offerings that are donated to this ministry .

A few people who are not members of a local church are tithing to Burnett Ministries. Why? Because they are learning biblical principles and growing spiritually. As a matter of fact, I tithe to Burnett Ministries because the ministry not only blesses others with spiritual growth; we donate to others in whatever way the Holy Spirit is leading us, or if we see a need.

Are we using the scripture in Malachi 3:10 to confirm that it lines up with the Word of God about bringing our tithes to the storehouse? Of course, we are! The proof is whatever comes into the ministry is used to build the Kingdom of God, which also includes whatever is needed to keep the ministry going.

Aquila and Priscilla are an example of someone having their own ministry and it was out of their home (Acts 18:2-3,18, 26; Romans 16:31; Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19). They were a blessing to others with the Word and in other ways. I am sure their ministry was being supported, just as Paul commended the church at Philippi for supporting him (Philippians 4:14-19).

This is how amazing our Father is. When He gave me a vision in 2019 to start “An Hour of Bible Sharing with Betty”, a few months prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. l did not know what was going to take place.

While others were saying that the year 2020 was the worst year ever, it was the best for me personally and the best year ever for the ministry. to start in January 2020, I was obedient. We are celebrating our first year anniversary Bible class.

Aquila and Priscilla are an example of someone having their own ministry and it was out of their home (Acts 18:2-3,18, 26; Romans 16:31; Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19). They were a blessing to others with the Word and in other ways. I am sure their ministry was being supported, just as Paul commended the church at Philippi for supporting him (Philippians 4:14-19).

Coming tomorrow, Lord willing: “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”!

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Honoring God With Our Offerings 1-20-2021

It is important to know that everything we do should be done with the right attitude. This will come up again in “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”. Sometimes repeats help us to instill things in our minds.

Here are the conditions on our giving:

Right attitude is number one, because sowing grudgingly does not bring forth blessings. In fact, even when tithing, attitudes need to be right. Example: “I am giving, but I sure could use this money for something else”. You may as well keep it with that kind of attitude.

If you see someone who has a need, and it is in your power to help someone, do not withhold it (Proverbs 3:27). Give to him who asks, and if he wants to borrow do not turn away (Matthew 5:42). Be kindly affectionately with brotherly love…..Distributing to the needs of the saints (Romans 12:13). But do not to forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased (Hebrews 13:16). 

Love gives; God gave/give, and He never stops!

I did not intend for this to be a part two message. However, I made a mistake by leaving out an important element that is necessary for the readers to see how honoring God with our tithes brings abundance of blessings. But even more so, to give over and above our tithes with our offerings is even greater. Why? Most people find it difficult to pay tithes, but to give offerings is truly a sacrifice.

There may be a time or times that the Spirit of God will lead or prompt you to bless someone. Example: The Spirit might speak to you and tell you to go to someone and He will tell you to give specifics on how much or what to bless the person with. You were obedient even though you did not know the person’s circumstances. 

The person was blessed and was encouraged; when you know you did the right thing it also encourages you.

In my research I found about five pages on giving offerings, but these are the ones I will use today. Giving is a principle of sowing and reaping. 

Although it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:34-34), the Word of God says: Give and it shall be given to you; good measure pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give to your bosom, for the same way you extend your giving, it shall return to you (6:38).

Some people may think Paul was talking about tithes, but this verse is talking about offerings. Tithe is a specific amount (ten percent); whereas offering is whatever you can give generously as God has prospered you (1 Corinthians 16:2). I want to say this; the Word says the collections are to be on the first day of the week. You figure that one out. My message is about honoring God with our offerings.

Some translations are different than others when it comes to this verse: On the first day of the week, let each one of you lay by him in storing up as he may prosper (KJV); lay something aside as he prospers…. (ECV, NKJV); set aside a sum of money (NIV); set aside some income and save it (NET); set something aside and save (CSB); put aside something and save it (Amplified).

This offering is over and above the tithes that is to be used for a different reason in the church Example: Missions, charitable offerings and so on. Paul told them to set the money aside so when he came the money would already be in place to give to poor Christians in Jerusalem.

Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

Saints, it is Praying Time! We Certainly Need Intercession Like Never Before 1-19-2021

Many of you have posted and asked others to join in prayer for our Nation. I certainly agree with you and I am profoundly grateful for all of you who are praying for our Nation and with the right attitudes.

Today I am sharing a method in which we should pray according to the Word of God.

The reason I am sharing with you is because I believe many born-again believers do not know or understand how serious prayers are.

How do you think Elijah was able to make things happen through his prayer? Elijah’s prayer was so serious and effective that it did not rain for three and one half years. After the three and one half years, he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain (James 16-18).

Even though verse 16 is talking about confessing our faults to one another so we can be healed, the point is, the right kind of prayers are effective. There is power to accomplish much if one is passionately concerned and have faith to believe their prayers are effective.

Examine your hearts and see if there are any ill feelings about someone, especially our leaders, even if they are evil- so we will live a peaceful and quiet life (1 Timothy 2:1-4). How can that happen? Jesus said He leaves peace with us, not the kind the world gives. We have peace within our hearts regardless of what is going on around us (John 16:33).

1) Have you been saying evil things about evil people? If so, you are no better than they are. Example: Two men went up to the temple to pray; one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The pharisee stood and prayed within himself, God I thank You that I am not as other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican…

2) And the publican standing far off would not lift his eyes up to heaven but smote himself on his breast and said God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you this man went down to his house more justified than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be abased; and he who humbles himself shall be exalted (Luke 18:10-14). Question: Which one of these two people fit you?

3) Have you been asking the Lord to do something to them? If so, your prayers are not going anywhere. Some may think Paul was praying that God would do something to His enemies. That is not what is being implied.

If you connect scriptures, Paul said, do not repay evil for evil, because God would take care of our enemies (Romans 12:17-21), or do not think evil; cast down imagination.. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). As a matter of fact, Paul said do not lay this to their charge, although he wrote that everyone must reap what they sow (Galatians 6:7-8). So, have the kind of attitude that Paul had: Do not lay this to their charge (2 Timothy 4:16).

4) Have a Stephen kind of attitude when he was being stoned to death: And falling to his knees he cried with a loud voice, Lord do not hold this sin against them (Acts 7:60)

5) Most of all, have a Jesus kind of attitude; He asked the Father to forgive all of us (Luke 23:34). You may say: I thought it was the Jews who had the Romans to kill Jesus. We all are guilty because all of us were sinners (Romans 3:9).

But this is a scripture that most of us have not really looked at: Yes, it was the will of the Lord to crush Him, to put Him to grief. Why? Jesus Christ, God’s only Son had to bear the sins of many (Isiah 53:10, 12). Who are the many? Us!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Psalm 33:12). A nation without God’s guidance is a nation without order. This is what our country reminds me of: For they are a nation void of counsel, nor is there any understanding in them (Deuteronomy 32:28). In knowing this, it certainly stands within reason that we are to pray more fervently.

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Remembering a Great Man 1-18-2021

Martin Luther King Jr 1929-1968

The United States recognize and celebrate people who have served the country well and they deserve to be honored and recognized.

With that being said, I would like to recognize a man who was notable in two ways; first and foremost, as a child of God and secondly, he was a great leader in our society.

I was blessed to be at a march on Washington DC many years ago to hear one of his famous speeches. Some things that Martin Luther King hope, believed and prayed for, did not happen. Every one of us should feel proud of a man who stood for peace rather than non-violence. A man who dreamed that one day all men would be free.

The only real freedom we will experience on this earth is being in a relationship with Christ who makes us free indeed. There is going to come a day when those who are born-again will experience the ultimate freedom and that is when we are with Jesus, our King.

Martin Luther King Jr certainly was exemplary of a humble man whom God raised up to be among all kinds of people including world dignitaries. Those who humble themselves, God will exalt them in due time (raise or lift them up – 1 Peter 5:6).

Thank God for the silent fight that He instilled in Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy will live on for generations to come. Thank you Lord for using an ordinary man to do great things for Your glory!

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Offerings - Jesus Christ Was the Ultimate Sacrifice 1-17-2021

In the Old Testament there were various types of offerings for different reasons. The one I am concentrating on is the burnt offering that drew people closer to God in whatever way a situation happened. For instance, when God delivered Noah out of the flood (Genesis 8:20), that was enough to cause him to draw close to God, therefore, he built an altar as a way of showing God how much he appreciated Him.

It was the same with Abraham, he left the place he was supposed to be because of a famine, and he went to Egypt. This got Abraham in some real trouble, but God delivered him and his family (Genesis 13:1-4). After that scare, it caused Abraham to be grateful to God and he showed his appreciation by building an altar and offered up a sacrifice to honor God which also indicates he wanted to draw closer to God.

But this is going to be the ultimate sacrificial offering. You read in yesterday’s message how Abraham who was called to be the father of many nations, sacrificed His only son, which was a foreshadow of how God was going to sacrifice His only Son (Genesis, chapter 22).

Prior to Jesus coming to the earth physically, different types of sacrifices were made to cover the sins of the people temporarily until the set time for Jesus to come forth and completely cover sins once and for all.

The sacrificial offering that I am going to share today is Jesus Christ the Ultimate Sacrifice who paid the for the price that no animal or human could pay. The sacrifices in the Old Testament were made every year… for it was not possible for blood of goats and bulls to take away sins (Hebrews 10:1-10).

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come… Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:11-12).

Now that Christ has become the Ultimate Sacrifice for us, God sees us as being righteous through His Son Jesus Christ who did not know sin, but He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Now that the Ultimate Sacrifice has been offered and the price was paid for us, what is our responsibility to God? Remember what was written about Noah and Abraham and how they showed their appreciation for what God did for them?

We are required to be those living sacrifices; no more animals because Jesus became the Ultimate Sacrifice. So, in appreciation of what God has done for us through His Son’s perfect sacrificial offering, we certainly are to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him, which our reasonable [desired] service.

That’s not all! In being the sacrifices to God, we are not to be conformed to this world, but we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). So, what does that mean? Conformed means to hold on to the values and beliefs of the world’s system. Okay, what about Transformed? Answer – To change!

What about Renewed minds? It means different or new mindset; we do not think the way we used to, which also means we will not act the way we used to. How does that happen? Bible study, prayer, fellowship with the saints, assembling in a local church, be taught and developed in the Word of God. In other words, whatever it takes to continue to walk in holiness and become more and more intimate with God our Father.

The animals that were sacrificed on the altar were unblemished. We are called to be holy, blameless and without blemish. But now He has reconciled in His physical body of flesh through death, to present you holy and unblemished and blameless before Him (Colossians 1:22 - Berean Literal Bible).

Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

The Difference in Tithing and Offerings 1-16-2021

Many people were giving offerings to the church. Today, you will learn the difference between tithes and offerings. In yesterday’s post some of tithing was explained, but that will not be posted until you understand what offerings are for. Don’t forget the spoon feeding. In order for you to understand about the offerings, there is a need to give you some information that will bring more clarity.

For many years, as I attended different churches, prior to the collection of tithes and offerings, this is a major scripture that was quoted:

Bring the tithes and offerings into the storehouse that there may be food in My house (Malachi 3:10). Because of the way it was stated, many people were giving offerings to the church. This is what God said in Malachi 3:8-9- Will a man rob God? Yet, you have robbed Me. But you say, in what way have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse.

I want you to pay close attention to these scriptures. Did God say, bring all the tithes and offerings to the storehouse? No! That is not the way it is written in the Word of God. Since there a difference between the two, let’s see what the scripture is not saying. It certainly is not saying to bring all the tithes and offerings to the storehouse. Now let’s look at what the scripture is saying. It definitely is saying to bring all the tithes to the storehouse. 

 Since that is true, where do the offerings go and what are the offerings for? It has been established that tithes are paid to honor God which is a form of worship. Well, sacrificial offerings are made to come closer to God. As a tribute or dedication to God, a burnt offering (animal) was entirely burnt on the altar.

The first account of a burnt offering was done by Noah after the flood: Noah built an altar to the Lord…(Genesis 8:20). I believe it was to show his appreciation to God for delivering them from the flood.

Abraham (Abram) built an altar after they came out of Egypt, and that was where he called on the name of the Lord (Genesis 13:1-4). It is within reason to say that Abraham was worshipping God by showing God how much he appreciated Him for delivering them out of Egypt. This was the place Abraham went when he because of a famine; he was out of the will of God.

Please read Genesis 12:10-20. God said to Abraham: Take your only son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on the mountains that I will tell you.

So, Abraham (Abram - his name had not been changed to Abraham yet) went up to worship and he told Isaac to stay there until he came back to get him. Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac….. Isaac asked his father Abraham where was the lamb for the burnt offering?

He told his son that the Lord [Jehovah-Jireh] would provide the lamb for Himself as a burnt offering. Abraham bound Isaac, laid him on the wood. He stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

An angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said: Do not lay your hand on the lad …. Abraham was commended for his faith (Genesis, chapter 22). What an act of faith it was! Remember how God called Isaac Abraham’s only son. Why was Abraham commended for his act of faith? Abraham believed that God would either provide a ram in the bush, or if he killed his son, God would raise Isaac from the dead.

Why? Because God told Abraham that through his seed all nations would be blessed (Genesis 22:18). Abraham’s seed was Isaac therefore God was going to provide a ram, or He would raise Isaac from the dead.

This is the symbolism of a foreshadowing of and a type of Christ. 

You will read about the Ultimate Sacrificial Offering tomorrow, Lord willing.

Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

The Eternal Principle of Tithing (Part 2) 1-15-2021

The Blessings of Obedience

Greetings to all the readers! I had no clue as to where the Spirit of God was taking me when I was writing about certain chapters in Hebrews. Actually, when I said Snippets, my intention was to give a brief overview of certain chapters. When I got to chapter seven, it was totally different; much more was revealed to be written that I could imagine.

I want to start off by saying there is a difference between tithing and offerings which will be posted later. Since this may be something that many readers have not heard, I am going to spoon food by giving the readers a little bit at a time.

When people eat natural food in small portions and eat slowly, the food digests better. The principle is the same with the Word of God, we grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). In sharing these messages this way, it will avoid confusion.

This is my experience of bits and pieces when it comes to the Word of God: I learned, knew about, and understood that the principle of tithing was in several books – Genesis 41-5…., Genesis 14:17-24, Hebrews, chapter 7, and I learned, knew about, and understood that in the eternal realm nations will be required to pay homage to Christ our King (Revelation 21:24).

During my research, a couple of days ago, I discovered the same scripture how nations will be required to pay homage to Christ our King (Psalm 72:11). When studying the Word of God, many scriptures connect, support, relate and are confirmed.

Also, in my experience with eating a certain dish I never had before, my taste-buds must adjust to the new taste. Sometimes I like a particular food item and sometimes I do not like the food. Yet, when it comes to the Word of God, whether we like some things in it or not, it is good for us (Psalm 32:8).

There are certain foods we may not like that causes us to be healthy. If those healthy foods are not eaten, our health begins to deteriorate. It is the same thing with the Word of God, if we do not ingest it, our growth is stunted.

Tithing is essential to what our blessings will be, this is not just something that one chooses to walk in obedience to; it is absolutely necessary to know why tithing is eternal.

Please do not say you cannot afford to tithe. The truth is, you cannot afford not to tithe; obedience is better than sacrifice, blessings of obedience still stand today. All the promises of God are yes and amen to the glory and honor of Him (2 Corinthians 1:20), but the promises are conditional. For instance, the Word of God says IF, which is conditional.

The blessings that were written in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 28 are still for today. Although God was speaking to the Nation of Israel, the principle is the same.

If this is Old Testament only, why have I been blessed abundantly all these years? In essence, the principle of tithing is in the Old and New Testaments.

Tithing is a command; the Word of God says BRING all the tithes to the storehouse, which is the church that one usually is a member of. I want to pause on that one. It has been said in some churches that the Word says bring the tithes and offerings to the storehouse. Let’s go back and see what the scripture says: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, there may be meat in My house….(Malachi 3:10).

Now I going to back to the verses before that: Will a man rob God. Yet, you have robbed Me. But you say, in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse (Malachi 3:8-9).

If the tithes are for the storehouse, what are the offerings for? Come back tomorrow and you will get the answer.

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Eternal Principle of Tithing (Part 1) 1-14-2021

Tithing is a principle that every born-again believer has been commanded to do. There have been so many interpretations, and some people have challenged whether or not tithing is for today, or what percent are we supposed to tithe. When you learn and understand that tithing is an eternal principle, hopefully you will repent if you have not been tithing.

The main force behind all this controversy is the devil. He does not want us to receive all the wonderful blessings God has for us; the devil wants to keep the children of God ignorant. The Word of God says: My people are destroyed [suffer loss]for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Many people have given different reasons for not paying tithes: “I am not giving my money to the preacher” or to the church, because I do not know what they are doing with my money”. Did God not say you are robbing Him, and we are told to honor the Lord with the first fruits of our increase, which is off the top (Proverbs 3:9-10)? It is shameful for any child of God not to pay tithes.

To be honest with you, I did not understand the principle of tithing for many years, yet I have remained faithful in honoring God with my tithes for almost forty years (missed one time). Yesterday, I was more enlightened to how the principle of tithing is eternal.

I am going to slow walk you through this. First of all, tithing came before the law; Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek, King of Salem – This will be explained when we get to the Hebrews, chapter seven connection (Genesis 14:17-24).

The number one purpose of tithing is to honor God. The first account of tithing started with Adam’s sons; they were to give God off the top of what was produced, which was their best (Genesis 4:4-5). Whatever the reason God rejected Cain’s sacrifice is not stated, but God always wants us to give Him our best. 

One scholar calls tithing an eternal sacrifice. I agree because tithing will never end; in the eternal realm, nations will be required to pay homage to Christ our King (Psalm 72:11, Revelation 21:24).

After the law, tithing God had Moses to institute tithing for the Israelites to pay whatever was used in that culture, which was a tenth of the harvest from the land, animals and so on. Ten percent was for the livelihood of the priest and the ninety percent was to care for the needs of the strangers, orphans, and widows (Deuteronomy 26:12).

When Israel failed to pay their tithes, this was an act of disobedience. Therefore, in Malachi, God told the Israelites they had robbed Him of tithes and offerings.

When we get to Hebrews, chapter seven, you will see the Genesis 14:17-24 connection between Abraham and Melchizedek, the king of Salem. The reason I am slow walking is for the readers to see the importance of tithing and how God is honored. Tithing is an act of worship. Abraham honored Melchizedek, the king of Salem, who was symbolic of Jesus Christ; God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).

For many years, as I attended different churches, prior to the collection of tithes and offerings, this is a major scripture that was quoted: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in My house (Malachi 3:10).

The scripture goes on to say: And try Me now in this says the Lord of hosts if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field said the Lord of hosts (Malachi 3:10-11). 

Those who walk in obedience to God will receive showers of blessings, and the enemy (devourer) cannot touch what God blesses you with.

To be continued

Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

Witnessing - Sending the Wrong Message ​

Proper Training Equals Effectiveness 1-13-2021

If you are witnessing to someone about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and tell them that they can lose their salvation or that once saved always saved is not true, that is sending the wrong message. Suppose someone would ask: “What if I sin after I am saved”? Would you tell them they would have to confess Christ all over again?

Let’s reason this out. What is the use in getting saved or being born-again if you can lose your salvation? How can anyone not understand that Jesus Christ said: I give them (His sheep) eternal life and they will never perish, and no one will snatch [can pluck] them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

I and the Father are One. The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. … They called Jesus Christ a blasphemer (John 10:28-31). This was not the first time the Jews were trying to stone Jesus Christ. They followed Jesus and were continually seeking ways to get rid of Him.

I heard others say that you can pluck yourself out of God’s hand. That is absolutely absurd! Here we go again with that power thing! If someone can pluck themselves out of God’s hands, that means they are more powerful that God!

Salvation is a gift and the Gift Giver never takes the gift back, but the ones who receive gift of salvation should appreciate the gift; it is precious and whereas all other gifts will fade away, the gift of salvation is imperishable. Glory to God!

Why would God give the gift and take it back? The gifts and calling of God are without repentance (irrevocable), which means He does not take back what He has given (Romans 11:29). Not only that, but the Word also says it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Therefore, whoever says born-again believers can lose their salvation is calling God a liar.

Nothing you or I could do will change the Love God has for us. His Love is not based on our actions, but there are consequences to our sinful actions, because God loves us (Hebrews 12:6-11).

No good parent would allow his or her son or daughter to do wrong without discipling them. The Word says: Whoever spares the rod hates the child (Proverbs 13:24), discipline the child when he is young (Proverbs 19:18), foolishness is bound in his heart, but the rod will drive him away from his foolishness (Proverbs 22:15).

Do not hold back from correcting the child, if you beat him he will not die (Proverbs 23:13), the rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame (Provers 29:15). These verses are saying if you love your child/children, you will raise them properly by correcting them.

Do you see how the devil used the courts to go against the Word of God? However, as a parent, you are required to stick to the Word of God, whatever the situation may be, because there is always something in the Word about every situation, even when it comes to witnessing.

I am concerned for my brothers and sisters who do not know how to witness effectively. You cannot witness what you do not know or do not understand. Jesus said: Go you therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you and I am with you always to the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20).

Teach- Jesus taught His disciples, they were well trained and equipped to go to whatever part of the world they would be sent to. On the day of Pentecost those who were disciples (learners/followers) had become apostles (they were sent). Peter preached, and God added three thousand souls to the church (Acts 2:41, 47). That is powerful?

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

What About Eternal Security? Hebrews 6:4-6 ~ 1-12-2021

Some people think people can lose their salvation because the scriptures in Hebrews, but this is not about whether one can lose his or her salvation. These scriptures are referring to the Hebrews’ knowledge and experience and how they rejected Christ.

Mature Christians understand eternal security because they have studied the Word of God and they know what the scripture is not saying and what the scripture is saying. The scripture is not talking about a loss of salvation, it is talking about what was known and experienced by the Hebrews.

These verses are about and addressed to the Hebrews. It cannot be talking about born-again believers since it has already been written that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Jesus Himself said: No one can pluck us out His Father’s hand (John 10:27-29).

And we know that the written Word of God does not contract itself. Example: Before I came to a clearer understanding, I said God’s written Word contradicted itself. Why? I had not matured to that level of understanding in my faith walk. As I developed more in my walk with Christ, the eyes of my understanding became more enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).

On the other hand, some people have learned about scriptures and when it is brought to their attention that certain teachings were erroneous, they would still stick to their old mind-set. That is so sad that they choose to remain ignorant, which causes their growth to be stunted. It is the same as the natural, without proper nutrition, the body is not healthy.

There is a difference in someone being ignorant of the Word and the Hebrews who were knowledgeable, knew how the Lord led them as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by day (Exodus 13:21-22),

Many years later some even witnessed to Jesus Christ casting out demons, raising the dead, as well as eating food that Christ miraculously provided for them.

They tasted, which is figurative of experiencing God’s goodness. God is good to all people, but that that does not mean they are saved – He makes the sun to rise on the good and evil and He sends rain on the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45).

The Hebrews received instructions about the Word of God, which means they were enlightened or well informed; but being enlightened or well informed about something does not mean that they accepted it. The Hebrews knew about types and figures of Christ and foreshadowing of things to come and that the Passover was symbolic of Christ becoming the Passover Lamb, yet they rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah. That is the reason unbelieving Jews still celebrate the Passover.

They had full knowledge of and about Christ; because they rejected Him there was no room for repentance. Jesus Christ died once for salvation and He was not going to die a second time; they would have crucified Him afresh (once more, again). That would not be possible any way; once Christ died for our salvation, it was complete, taken care of and finished (John 19:28-30).

Think about it! Let’s just suppose that this same Jesus Christ the Messiah who came to suffer, die, and resurrect for our sins, would die again. Wouldn’t that be foolish? The people who rejected Him the first time would reject Him again.

There are some people who will not believe or receive fully, no matter what they see or are told. The Israelites/Jews/Hebrews saw the land and had the very fruit of it in their hands, yet they turned back (Deuteronomy, chapter 1- the focus is on verses 19-26).

If people could lose their salvation, they can never get it back again. These are some scriptures relating to eternal security: John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35, 38-39; Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 1:4-5.

Some excerpts are from John McArthur and Scofield footnotes

Thank God for the Jews who have received Jesus Christ as Messiah; they are called the Messianic Jews.

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Snippets  (Extracts) From the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 5 ~ 1-11-2021

In continuing in the book of Hebrews, I am going to reemphasize that this book was written to the Hebrew. However, there are principles in this book that can apply to all of our lives.

Spiritual Immaturity

Measure your walk, are you dull of hearing? When you ought to be teachers, you need that someone teach you again the first principles of the foundation of Christ (Hebrews 5:14). How can anyone grow if their ears are dull of hearing? What does this mean? The person either has lost his or her interest in the Word of God, or they may think they have all that is needed in the Word.

Whatever the reason, the person has not grown and have need of learning the first principles of the oracles (words and admonition of God in the sacred scriptures) of God. Pride could be a factor when some people think they are further along than they are.

Examples of Spiritual Immaturity

Posting things on Facebook that do line up with the Word of God, which is evidence of improper training or a person who does not study, this is also evident that the person is not intimate with the Lord. The more intimate, the more knowledge and understanding one has.

This is what Jesus Christ said: If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). One of the many commandments is study the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).

Are you one of those who honor God with your lips, but your heart is far from Him (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8)?

Are you in a clique? This means to have your own private circle of people. Example: This clique is a group of people who have a higher status, better educated, live in upscale neighborhood, materially prosperous and so on.

Are you working in the church to receive props (credit for what you do); if so you are getting your rewards on earth and you will not receive that reward in heaven (Matthew 6:1), or are you serving not to be seen, but to glorify God (Colossians 3:23-24)?

From this message, can you measure yourself and honestly say that you have or have not grown? Some of you may think you are more mature than you are. I do not believe it is a pride thing with most people; perhaps it is because they have been saved so long until they feel they are at certain level of maturity.

I have thought that I was further along than I was, but the more studying the Word of God and being taught, made me realize I have not even reached the tip of the iceberg – there is so much more to learn.

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

What Happens to Those Who Take God’s Glory (Part 2) 1-10-2021

Since there was not enough space to finish the message yesterday, this is the continuation of some people who have taken God’s glory. Any time someone is worshipped as a god or, any time someone tries to equal him or herself with God, that is taking God’s glory. Also, these people want to be worshipped by others.

Jim Jones and David Koresh are examples of men having people worship them. Their charisma and charm were deceptive, and their followers fell for it. The lives of these two men came to a horrible end and sadly others lost their lives because they followed them.

Popes – Some things about these men that reveal why they hold themselves to be equal with God: They use names that belong to God only - Holy Father. This is what the Word of God meant when He said call no man your father upon the earth, for One is your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 23:9).

We know that this did not mean our biological father, nor could it have meant someone being a spiritual father in the ministry. Paul called Timothy his son (1 Timothy 1:2). But when it comes to the pope, he is being elevated.

The Roman Catholics confess their sins to the priests, whom they call father. We confess our sins to God (1 John 1:9), and we can confess our faults to each other and pray for one another that we may be healed (James 5:16). Jesus Christ is our High Priest who is our Advocate (Intercessor/Helper) between us and God our Father (1 John 2:1-2).

I am sure some of you and I have wondered how God allow these people to get away with evil and how they do it so long and nothing happens to them. I trust God when He says He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy… (Romans 9:15). Our Sovereign God never does anything wrong, whether we understand it or not.

We may never hear of some people being reduced for taking God’s glory, but their torment in the lake of fire will be greater, if they do not repent and receive Jesus as Savior. The greater the sin, the greater the torment (some people are more wicked than others). For instance, those who are born-again and are not good stewards (manages what God gave them), their rewards will not be as great as those who fulfilled their calling (Matthew 25:21, 23).

Eventually, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire and all those who follow Satan will be cast into the lake of fire with him and they will be tormented (Revelation 19:20; 20:1-15).

I believe this is said out because of ignorance of God' Word, and my skin crawls every time I hear somebody saying: “I speak those things into existence”. Nobody can speak anything into existence, except God Almighty! Who gives anyone that much power? Making a statement like that is dangerous. Can you speak a baby into existence, and cause a woman to get pregnant that is beyond age?

God was talking about Abraham and the promise granted through faith: As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of God whom he believed who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist (Romans 4:17-18). Only God could do that!

Sarah’s womb was dead, and she was beyond childbearing age, yet whatever God speaks comes into existence. From the very beginning God spoke, and things became whatever He spoke them to be – God said “Let” and it was (Genesis, chapter 1).

Abraham did not waver, he was strong in faith, he believed what God said and it was counted to him as righteousness (Romans 4:19-22).

If you are born-again and you are using a title or saying anything that belongs to God only, please stop! That is exaltation! Please study the Word of God and rightly divide it (2 Timothy 2:15).

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

What Happens to Those who Take God’s Glory (Part 1) 1-9-2021

What Happens to Those who Takes God’s Glory (Part 1) 1-9-2021

Today, I want to share with the readers what happened to those who tried to be equal with God. God said He would not give His glory to another, neither His praise to graven images (Isaiah 42:8). For My own sake, even for My own sake will I do it, for how should My name be polluted? And I will not give My glory to another (Isaiah 48:11). This cannot happen because God is mightier and greater than anyone or anything.

I am going to write in sequence about those who took God’s glory:

Lucifer fell from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:1-19); Jesus said to them [His disciples], I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven (Luke 10:18). Not only did Lucifer fall, but he took one third of the angels with him (Revelation 12:4).

Pharaoh – Brief History: This is enough for the readers to see how others took God’s glory. The Pharaoh was considered a god of the earth, the intermediary between the gods and the people.

When Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh to tell him that I AM said to let His people go, Aaron threw down his rod and it became a serpent. Pharaoh’s sorcerers, magicians, and the wise men and every man cast down his rod and they became serpents, but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rod (Exodus 7:10-14).

Apparently, Pharaoh thought he had more power than God. Pharaoh, like any prideful person would not want others to challenge him. Remember, the people worshipped him and he thought he was a god. After Pharaoh released the Israelites, God hardened his heart (Exodus 13:17-19), and he pursued the Israelites in hopes of destroying them. In his pursuit he and his people drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus, chapter 14).

King Nebuchadnezzar; his pride and his punishment: Daniel interpreted the king’s dream, and it came to pass: The kingdom was taken from the king - he fell and was reduced [abased]; he was driven from men; he ate grass as oxen, his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

This is a powerful statement from the king after his fall was over and his kingdom was restored.

When a certain time period had ended, Nebuchadnezzar said: I lifted my eyes to heaven and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most-High and I praised and honored Him who lives forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His Kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing. He does according to His will…. And no one can restrain His hand and say what have You done?

At the same time my reason returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me……I was restored to my kingdom and excellent majesty was added to me. Now, I Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways are justice. And those who walk in pride, He is able to abase them; to put them down (Daniel 4:24-37). My words: “God will bring them down!”

The Word of God says: Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Surely, he scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34). Jesus was talking to the disciples about being a servant: “And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled [brought down], and he who humbles himself will be exalted [lifted up] (Matthew 23:12).

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and He will lift [exalt] you up (James 4:6, 10). Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6).

God has many scriptures in His Word about humility and pride that speak volumes. He knew the devil would influence people with pride because that was how he fell, and he wants others to lift themselves up. It is easy to get puffed up, therefore, it is important that we stay focused and walk humbly before our God.

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

God versus Satan - Who is the Greatest? 1-8-2021

Years ago, I wrote a play called “The Grip”. In the first scene Jesus and Satan were in a boxing ring and Satan threw some hard punches and heavy blows, yet Satan was no match for Jesus. Today, I am going to prove to you through the Word of God how Satan is no match when it comes to the Lord God Almighty.

As I listened to some newscasters pertaining to horrific situation that happened at the United States Capitol, one of them was talking about those people trying to dismantle our government. They attacked the constitution, the electoral system, our democratic process and humiliated the United States before the world, but they did not win.

Lucifer whose name meant light bearer persuaded one third of the angels to follow him, because of pride, he wanted to exalt himself to the throne of God and be like Him (Isaiah 14:12-14). Can you image that? The one who was created wanted to be like his Creator. After Lucifer committed that atrocious act, his name was changed to Satan, which means, enemy or adversary. In other words, he became the enemy. From that time up until now and it will continue to get worse until Satan is finally dismantled.

Several things will take place before that happens, but we are certainly witnessing what the Word of God says in Matthew 24:; wars and rumors of wars, nation (nationality) against nation, kingdom (countries) against countries, earthquakes in different places and pestilences (all types of diseases) until Jesus returns.

Getting back to Satan and how his influence was so powerful that one third of the angels to followed him. In actuality, they were as crazy as he was; it is with all certainty that Satan had to be mad. I call him a mad dog! I do not like name calling, but when it comes to Satan, the worse that he could be called would not be bad enough.

When I say God versus Satan and that there is no match, the two are completely opposite of each other. God is the All- Powerful One, whereas Satan has limited power. When Adam sinned, he handed his rulership over to Satan.

That is why Satan is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). But he is not the owner of this world, he is limited in what he can do and where he can go, but his fallen angels (demons/devils) are everywhere. God is the only One who is everywhere at the same time.

Satan does not know everything, only God is the All-knowing One. Although Satan is the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2;2), he is not the owner. God owns everything (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11).

Since Satan hates God, he is doing everything he can to use his influence and limited power on people. Satan certainly influenced the people to dismantle our government. Some damage was done, but he did not accomplish what he has set out to do. Why? Because our Amazing God had someone in place to take care of the papers. See, I told you Satan was limited; go back to Jesus and Satan in the boxing ring; he was and is no match for our God.

Regardless of what happens, our God prevails. He is the same God who had a ram in the bush when Abraham was going to slay his son Isaac. He is an on time God and He intervened right on time in that room at the capital. For those of you who have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you should be giving God the glory for the incredibly amazing act He performed.

This is something the children of God should always remember: Satan interrupted God’s plan when he deceived (tricked) Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. One of the things he said to her was: You shall not surely die (lie), your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:1-6). 

However, Satan could not stop God’s plan because God’s Son was coming to clean up what Adam messed up (Genesis 3:15).

The devil will influence and persuade people, then he leaves them dangling on a limb so they can hang themselves. I hope you readers know what I mean. We saw evidence of that.

I want to emphasize that God prevailed, and He always will, regardless of the influence Satan had on the rioters and some leaders, they did not accomplish what they set out to do; their plan was dismantled. Glory to God!

Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

Dark/Gloomy Day - The God Who Prevails 1-7-2021

Yesterday was one of the most unbelievable situations that I have ever witnessed to. God allowed the evil hearts of people to be exposed, and the hypocrisy of our country which is called the United States of America was revealed to the world.

I traveled but was back at my destination in time to watch a chaotic situation as it continued to unfold; it was unreal! Before going any further, some prayer partners and I were on the phone praying around 4:45 AM yesterday, and as another sister was leading the prayer, I kept hearing: Pray for the nation and for what was told by the media what was projected to take place at our nation’s capital.

I certainly understand what the Word of God means to pray without ceasing; it is not a 24/7 continual prayer because that is not realistic, but a couple of times while traveling there was a need to pray. After arriving back to my residence, and as the chaotic situation continued to unfold, prayers were continually being lifted up. 

Thank the Lord for all of His children who prayed and interceded on behalf of that situation. Our prayers were not in vain; if it were not for the prayers of the righteous the chaotic situation could have been much worse. Keep on praying!

What I saw unfold through television was something that would have been in a movie that had to be rehearsed over and over again until the producers felt it was ready for the public to see. It was un beknown to many that this situation had been thoroughly planned out. The proof was the way it unfolded. And all of this has to do with some people favoring one party over the other and being influenced in a negative way.

This message is not about a specific party you favor, this has to do with good and evil, right, and wrong, and a truth versus a lie. Whoever professes to be a child of God and agrees with, partake of, or participate in anything that is evil, then your heart is evil.

Anyone who professes to be a child of God and fight against the government in any manner, has an evil heart. Anyone who holds up a flag of the United States of America and is going against the government at the same time, is a hypocrite and that is evil.

For all those who broke into the capital building and violated the laws of the land, justice will prevail and the morally upright will be vindicated (Psalm 94:15).

This is the straw that broke the camel’s back: Someone was carrying a flag with Jesus on it and was coming against the government; that was an atrociously (horrifying) evil act and whoever it may be, made a mockery out of God - Shameful! The Word of God says: Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he shall reap. For he who sows to the flesh shall reap corruption… (Galatians 6:7-8).

This is an example of someone coming against another person. After Haman was appointed the principal minister of the king, all of the king’s servants were required to bow down to Haman, but Mordecai who was a Jew refused to bow to Haman convinced the king to have all the Jews killed. 

Haman had gallows built to hang Mordecai on and he ended up being hung on the same gallows (Esther 7:10). This is a scripture that relates and connect with building gallows for someone else; anyone who digs a pit for some else shall fall into (Proverbs 26:27). Please read the book of Esther and see how God used her to set her people free.

Because of all the evil that was done, some people were injured, and some lost their lives when all this evil happened. Look at the big picture and see that some results were necessary for something good to happen.

What do I mean? If the evil hearts had not been exposed prior to yesterday, others would not have changed their way of thinking, especially to those in Georgia.

My dear brothers and sisters let us wake up out of our sleep and see what time it is. It is time to be about our Father’s like never before. Surely, Jesus is coming soon!

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Since We are Protected by God and His Angels, Where Does the Blood Fit in? 1-6-2021

Hi everyone! Here I go again; just writing the way the Spirit of God is leading me. While I was posting the message yesterday about God’s divine protection in His children’s lives, this is what I got: Since we are protected by God and His angels, where does the blood fit in?

Paul, the apostle was taught by renowned scholars and most of all, he was taught by Jesus Christ. He had an amazing three year experience with Jesus Christ. So, here is my point: When there is no scriptural basis for pleading the blood of Jesus, why are some children of God allowing erroneous teaching/doctrine to affect their belief. For instance, it could be a well-known person saying: “I plead the blood of Jesus” for different reasons. But the number one reason is for protection.

I challenged someone about pleading the blood of Jesus, and this is what she said: “I plead the blood of Jesus around my property for protection”. She even brought books that others had written about the blood. There was more to this off and on conversation; the last conversation was when I said grace makes space for any differences we have, and love covers it all. In other words, you or I may not agree with each other about certain things, but we still love one another.

I was blown when she said the blood came before love. People, I could not say one word after that! God is eternal and so is His Love (Jeremiah 31:3), so how in the world could the blood come before Love? If God did not love, there would not have been any shed blood.

This is how and why blood had to be shed. A body (Jesus Christ/God in the flesh) was prepared (Hebrews 10:5). It is known that Jesus Christ had to come into the world as a human being, and He had to die for our sins. He hung on the cross and they pieced Him (Psalm 22:16-17, Zechariah 12:10, John 19:34-37, Revelation 1:7). The blood was shed so people could be saved/born-again. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (forgiveness) of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

God is not pleased when His children accept whatever has been told them without searching it out to see if there is truth in what is said. As much as Paul the apostle knew and understood, some of the people he taught searched the scriptures to see if what he taught was true.

These people were called the Bereans and they were called more noble than those in Thessalonica (they received the Word with all eagerness), examining the scriptures daily to see if those things were so (Acts 17:10-11).

Please stop slinging the precious blood of Jesus all over the place. You may think it works, but whatever does not line up with the Word of does not work. And O, Satan is so full of deception that he makes you think it works and he is laughing at how silly you are for believing him.

Just because nothing has happened to you, does not justify that what you are doing is alright. God has not allowed something to happen because He has mercy on He will have mercy (Romans 9:15).

I caution you to be careful who you follow. The precious blood of Jesus is for sin only, which is two-fold. For the unregenerate person, the blood of Jesus is for salvation (Hebrews 9:12). For the children of God who fall into sin, the blood of Jesus cleanses us when we confess our sins (1 John 1:8-9).

Word search- cleanses mean to purify or make pure (this is spiritual).

Protection - is physical (police can be called angels in the sense that they are to protect people).

Now that you know the truth, what are you going to do with it? There is a saying: “When you learn better, you do better”.

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

God’s Protection in His Children’s Lives 1-5-2021

Yesterday the message was about the angels and how Jesus Christ is God. As I was meditating about the next message, it came to me from the Holy Spirit that an important element was left out.

When I received the illumination, it was not by chance, or by happen stance; it was given by the Spirit of God. I believe this part of the message was not included in yesterday’s message because this is a message within itself. This is how awesome God!

The message today is about our Father’s divine protection in the lives of His children.

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth for those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14)? We have been under God’s divine protection all our lives. There have been times in all our lives when we came close to death because the devil wanted to destroy us. But God!!!

Moses and Jesus are examples; the situation was similar for both of them. Pharaoh charged all the people saying every son that is born, you shall cast him into the river two years and under (Exodus 1:22). God certainly had His protection on Moses.

Herod was upset because the wise men did not tell him where the baby Jesus was, so he had all the babies that two years and under killed (Matthew 2:16). There again, God had Jesus protected because Satan wanted to destroy Him.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most-High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. We are constantly being protected, especially if we are abiding under His shadow (continue to stay intimate with Him)- (Psalm 91:1-4). Those who are not abiding under His shadow are not guaranteed that protection, however God is Sovereign, and He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Romans 9:15).

I have been positioned by God in an area that is drug infested, witchcraft and Santeria (both mean the same thing, different nationality), and the area is known for pedophilia. It is now going into the sixth year that I have been living here.

Whatever the call on one’s life is, determines what they must go through. It has been rough and even though things have eased up, I am still going through, yet I am being strengthened by His all-sufficient grace. Someone will be delivered, and God will be glorified.

God had someone who did not know my situation to prophesy to me a few times. The person told me that God had me protected and the house where I live was covered. When God says nothing evil shall not come near our dwelling place, absolutely nothing that I had was destroyed or damaged.

This does not mean the enemy will not come after us one way or another, but God does not want any of us to live in fear. So, the prophecy encouraged me. Additionally, it was prophesied by the same person that someone would try to do physical harm to me, but it would not work. I am here to tell you that both of those prophesies were truly from God. I love to see the gifts in operation; they are to encourage and build our faith.

Extra Protection

Some of you may or may not remember when you came close to having an accident. The vehicle was so close to yours that it felt like your heart dropped in your belly. There are many other situations that had us in danger; God had His angels there to protect you. We cannot understand with our finite (limited) minds how great and loving our Father is.

We have double protection. God said He would never leave or forsake us, and we are under His shadow. And He also has His angels with us at all times (Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 91:1, 11).

Our departure or the great escape will be awesome! When it is our time to leave this earth and be with the Lord, the angels will carry us into His presence (Luke 16:22). Amen, and glory to God!

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

 Angels and Who Jesus Christ is - Hebrews, Chapter One 1-4-2021

In the Old Testament, God spoke directly to, or through prophets to His people, the Jews, Nation of Israel, twelve tribes of Israel, or the Hebrews; each was the same; simply different names.

After Jesus Christ suffered, died, rose from the dead and went back to be with God the Father, God was speaking to the church through His Word, His Spirit, through His children and so on. The entire Word of God is to benefit us. However, some things were meant for the nation of Israel only.

Certain parts of the book of Hebrews have been misunderstood and this will be explained when we get to those scriptures. I am going to touch on some verses from several chapters, pertaining to scriptures that are misunderstood.

There are two scriptures in Chapter one that I want to bring to the readers’ attention. You may not believe me, and I cannot change that, but if you do not believe the Word of God rightly divided, that is shameful and it is a sin.

Number One: Angels – They are always referred to in the masculine gender, just as the Godhead is always referred to in the masculine gender.

I heard people command angels to go to the north, south, east, and west to bring in money. Who gives any human being the right to command angels to do anything? They are assigned by God to protect and minister to us whatever way God tells them to.

After Jesus prayed in the garden, an angel appeared to Him from heaven and strengthened Him (Luke 22:42-43).

Jesus did not command angels. The soldiers came and laid their hands on him and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, put your sword back…..Could I not pray to My Father and He would provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:50-53). One legion is about five-thousand, which amounts to sixty thousand.

According to the Word of God there are only two names of angels mentioned – Michael the warring angel (Daniel 6:22), and Gabriel, who spoke on behalf of God (Daniel 8:16, Luke 1:19, 26-38).

The Ministry of angels

Elijah was fed by an angel (1 Kings 19:5); God has given His angels charge over us (Psalm 34:7, Psalm 91:11); God sent His angel to shut the lion’s mouth (Daniel 6:22). After the devil finished tempting Jesus, the angels came and ministered to Him (Matthew 4:11).

Number Two: This is just one scripture that reveals the Deity of Jesus Christ as God. Deity is derived from the word Theos, “God”. This is what God said: And to the Son He said, Your throne O God is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom (Hebrews 1:8, Psalm 45:6). Scepter means a ruler’s staff - to rule 

These are more reference scriptures for your personal reading to let you know that Jesus Christ is God: Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6); The Word was with God and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among men (John 1:1,14).

Before Abraham was, I AM (John 8:58); Thomas said, my Lord and my God (John 20:28); He did not think it robbery to be equal with God (Philippians 2:6); For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities, or powers, all these things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:15-17).

What I love about the Word of God is, scriptures relate, support, connect and confirm.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Awesome and Powerful Work of the Holy Spirit 1-3-2021

I am writing this message to reveal the plan of God, so the readers will have a clearer understanding of God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit.

God the Father initiated the plan – God said let Us make man in our image (Genesis 1:26), Jesus Christ carried out the plan (He died and rose for us to have eternal life- (Romans 4:25), and the Holy Spirit was and is the power behind it all.

Jesus Christ our Lord gave the administrative office gifts to men/women (1 Corinthians 12:5, Ephesians 4:11). God the Father gave the motivational gifts which causes us to do things, He is the same God who works all in all – He works all things (1 Corinthians 12:6, Romans 12:6-8).

There are different gifts, but the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4). The Holy Spirit is involved in all three sets of gifts, because He is the Dunamis power (like dynamite) that causes us to be effective in whatever aspect of ministry we are called into. Although there are three sets of gifts, the Holy Spirit is the power behind all the gifts.

It was the Holy Spirit who came upon Mary and the power of the Highest overshadowed Mary and the Holy One that was to be born would be called the Son of God (Luke 1:26-38- key verse:35).

That what was conceived in her was of the Holy Spirit …. She would bring forth a Son and she would call His name Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:20-23).

It was the Holy Spirit who led Jesus Christ into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1).

Christ our Messiah was the Anointed One; God also anointed Christ with the Holy Spirit and with power (Acts 10:38).

There is a scripture that refers to the Holy Spirit as It (Romans 8:16). That is a misprint in the King James Version. The New King James Version call the Holy Spirit He (Romans 8:16). Other Bibles also say He.

If someone would mention the scripture in the KJV, I would show them all the scriptures that call the Holy Spirit Him, He, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Helper (He helps us when we do not know what to pray for (Romans 8:26-27); not it, but He. How can it make intercession for us?

The Spirit Himself (not Itself) bears witness that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16). How can It bear witness with anything?

What can it do for you? Would you call Jesus Christ It or Something? Would you God call It or Something?

Back in the day, some people would call others “that thing”. It was usually was said if someone was mad at another person. Guilty! I called them “that thang”. I felt guilty once I said it as a child of God and said: “That was wrong”. Repentance was next.

How would any of us feel if somebody would call us a “thang”? That is belittling (it makes someone seem unimportant). Everybody is important because God made each person. Therefore, one is not more or less important than the other. The difference is those who are born-again are in a relationship with Christ and we have greater benefits. Eternal life is the greatest benefit anyone can have.

The Word of God says: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30); that is to make Him sad, by not doing what we are called to do. God’s Word also says: Do not quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Remember all that fiery Dunamis (dynamite) power that is accessible to us? When we quench or extinguish His power, He is not important in our lives.

Think about it: This could be  the same way you feel about God the Father and God the Son. After all, He is the same God in three Persons (The Trinity).

Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Who is the Holy Spirit? 1-2-2021

Some of the children of God do not understand who the Holy Spirit is. How do I know that? They have been calling the Holy Spirit IT. After having several discussions with others, I feel the Holy Spirit would have me to tell the readers about Him. Some people who profess to be born-again call the Holy Spirit IT.

Some people even say Something told me this or that. If someone would call me It, I would be insulted. How much more would it be to call the Holy Spirit IT or Something. It is a pronoun used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified. You can it to refer to an object, animal, or other thing that has already been mentioned. You can use it to refer to a child or baby whose sex is not known.

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead, which is God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit, being equal with the Father and the Son; the Three are One and One is always in harmony with the other (1 John 5:5-8).

The Holy Spirit was involved in creation Genesis – The earth was without form, and void ….and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). The Holy Spirit is the Power that moves throughout the earth.

He moves in the lives of people, He guides us into all truths (John 16:13), He reveals things to us (John 16:14), He brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26), He convinces (convicts) people about their sin (John 16:8), He gives gifts to the children of God (1 Corinthians, chapter 12); The Holy Spirit empowers the children of God to do great works (Acts 1:8). We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

The Holy Spirit could not come and abide with us until Jesus left; Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter who would abide with us forever (John 14:16). Jesus was sending the Comforter from the Father … who would testify of Jesus Christ (John 15:26). This did not mean that the Holy Spirit was not already here, His work, presence and power could not take place in the lives of people until Jesus Christ left the earth.

No one can be born-again without the Holy Spirit – we are baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). In fact, the Word says all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven. People can say all manner of evil against the Son (Jesus), but anyone who blasphemes (rejects) the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven… (Matthew 12:31-32).

Without the Holy Spirit, it would not be possible for anyone to be born-again. An it is powerless. Therefore, if anyone calls the Holy Spirit It, they are equating Him to being powerless (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

Tomorrow: The Awesome and Powerful Work of the Holy Spirit

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

"Happy New Year" 2021

A Year of Greater Blessings!

Are you going to be content or are you going to complain?

Nobody has a right to complain. If you think your situation is bad, you do not have to look far; somebody is worse off than you.

If you have clothes on your back, food on your table and a roof over your head, you ought to be thanking God! Complaining will not help; it will only make the situation worse.

That is what happened to the Israelites; they complained and wandered in the wilderness for forty years, when they could have reached the promise land in eleven days (Deuteronomy 1:2).

Even with them complaining, their clothes and shoes did not wear out those forty years of wandering in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 29:5). God still showed His love to them in many ways; the Lord went before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire led them by night (Exodus 13:20-22). His divine protection was upon them.

Can you believe that? God was still blessing them despite their rebellion. But the greater (abundant) blessings come when we walk in obedience to Him (Deuteronomy, chapter 28; blessings of obedience and curses of disobedience - the principle is still the same today.

I am preparing to do greater works this year as the Lord broadens my ministry. He had me on hold for more than a year, preparing me to do greater exploits for His glory.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett