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Answer to Brainteaser Challenge #2 11-29-2020

How would you present the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Multi-choice:

1) Tell them that they need Jesus

If someone told me I needed Jesus, I probably would have used some choice words on them. People need to know why they need Jesus and how all this started that caused us to be in this condition.


Many people blame God for all the things that are going on, like sickness, babies dying, wars and so on. They need to know that God told Adam the day he ate the forbidden fruit, he surely would die (Genesis 2:16-17). Sure enough, that is what happened. Whatever God says, will come to pass; He cannot go back on His Word (Numbers 23:19).


2) Tell them to come to church Sunday and get saved

I went with someone on a house visit and he encouraged them to come to church the next Sunday so they could get saved. Once we were in the car, I asked the person why would someone need to go to church to be saved, when the gospel could have presented to them while we were in their house?


Another situation happened when a person came into a place of business and took his pocket Bible out and wanted someone to explain what it meant to be saved. The people were pastors, and they were talking to each other and trying to decide which of their churches the persons could go.


I asked them what stopped someone from presenting the gospel right there, and someone did. Our speech should be full of grace and seasoned with salt that we would give an answer to each person (Colossians 4:6). This man needed an answer the most important question anyone could ask.


He reminded me of Philip the evangelist and the Ethiopian eunuch. The angel told Philip to go to the desert of Gaza. When Philip got there a man was sitting in a chariot reading from the book of Isaiah, but the man needed someone to explain what he was reading. Philip explained, the man received Christ as his Savior and was baptized in water (Acts 8:26-39).


I was in a house on March 15, 1982 when my new birth took place. Even though nobody presented the gospel to me that day, I heard about Jesus many times prior to that day. The next Sunday I went to church and confessed what had taken place earlier that week.


3) Tell people if they do not get saved, they are going to hell

Jesus preached; the kingdom of heaven was at hand (Matthew 4:19); He also told Nicodemus: You must be born-again (John 3:1-7). God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him shall be saved. Those who do not believe are already condemned…(John 3:16-18). Therefore, we do not have the right to condemn those who are not born-again.


Paul wrote this: It is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (Romans 2:4); not harsh words. The requirement is believing in the heart and confessing Jesus Christ with the mouth (Romans 10:9-10). 

We are the salt of the earth; salt is flavorful (Psalm 34:8). Salt is also a preservative and it is valuable. 


Therefore, we should never allow our salt to lose its flavor (value). We are to let our lights so shine…. (Matthew 5:13-16), when people see our lights, God is glorified.


4) None of the above

If you said none of the above, praise God- Now go and continue witnessing to lost souls!

If you profess to be born-again and do not know how to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, I strongly suggest that you get with someone and learn how to witness the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). 


Every child of God is commissioned to share the gospel to those who are lost. How can one share what they do not know, and how can one know unless they are taught?


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Answer to Brainteaser Challenge # 1 and Brainteaser Challenge # 2 11-28-2020

As I continue with day two of the brainteaser challenge, it needs to be explained that no one will stand before Christ until the Judgment Seat of Christ, which is for born-again believers - those who received Jesus Christ as their Savior (Romans 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10), 


or the Great White Judgment which is for unbelievers- for those who rejected Christ (Revelation 20:11-15). If your answer was none of the above, you understand what it means to be born-again.


Answers to the to the multi-choice are below:


1) I went to church.

Going to church will not save anyone - A person must receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Jesus Christ said: You must be born-again (John 3:3, 7), and that comes with one confessing with their mouth the Lord Jesus what they already believe in their heart; that Christ died for their sins and God raised Him from the dead, they shall be saved or born-again (Romans 10:9-10).


2) I was a good person, and I did not mistreat anybody

The Word of God says: there is none righteous (good), no not one (Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:10). Anyone thinking that they are good or righteous means that their own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).

3) I did good works; gave to the homeless, etc.


Works will not bring salvation- It is by God’s grace and the faith that He gives them that causes one to be born-again (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Spirit of God has led me to several people who had, what is called death bed confessions.


This situation was somewhat different since the lady had worked in the church for many years. The sad thing is she had not received Christ and worked in the church as one of the leaders of a couple organizations. All her works were in vain. The good thing was, she received Christ as Savior and shortly afterward she passed on to be with the Lord.


4) I was baptized

There is an old saying: “They go down a dry devil and come up a wet devil.”

Jesus said: You must be born-again (John 3:3, 7). Once a person is born-again they are to be baptized in the water. Philip, the evangelist witnessed the gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch and after he received Jesus as Savior, the eunuch was baptized in water (Acts 8:29-39).


You may ask, what would happen if a person gets saved and die before they are baptized. The thief on the cross was not baptized (Luke 23:42-43). Water baptism is an outward sign of showing others, you have received Jesus Christ as Savior, by identifying with His death, burial, and resurrection.


Brainteaser Challenge # 2

How would you present the Gospel of Jesus Christ?


Multi-choice:


1) You need Jesus


2) Come to church Sunday and get saved


3) Tell people if they do not get saved, they are going to hell


4) None of the above


See you again tomorrow with the answer to today’s challenge, Lord willing.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

A Two-Day Brainteaser Challenge– Day One 11-27-2020


This is today’s brainteaser to make you think:


If you die today and you stand before Christ and He asked you to give Him one reason why He should let you into His Kingdom?


What would your answer be?


Multi-choice:


1) I went to church


2) I was a good person, and I did not mistreat anybody


3) I gave to the homeless, etc.


4) I was baptized


5) None of the above


See you tomorrow, Lord willing with answers from today's challenge and another challenge.


Concerned about Souls


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Thanksgiving Blessings 11-26-2020

Grace and Peace from God my Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior.


Thank God that He allowed us to see another Thanksgiving, this special day that has been set aside for families to gather in the United States and commemorate this wonderful time to gather and fellowship with each other.


Although this year is different from all my experiences of being able to fellowship because of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are millions of people who cannot fellowship the traditional way, yet we are alive and that is a lot to be thankful for.


Let’s remember all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us, and that every day is truly a day of thanksgiving.


While enjoying your delicious meals, pray for those who are without. There are many who are destitute in different places around the world.


Although the killer pandemic virus Covid-19 has struck globally and has brought millions of people to a stand-still, many churches and others are reaching out to those who are destitute, by providing meals and other essentials.


Whatever the Spirit of God leads you to do, wherever He leads you, or whomever He leads you to; just be in tune to what He is prompting you to do. Thank God for those of you who are sharing your blessings unselfishly in various ways.


The Word of God tells us to be hospitable to strangers; for in doing so, you may be entertaining angels and you do not know it (Hebrews 13:2-3); this means to extend ourselves beyond our biological family or the family of God.


Jesus was the perfect example of ministering to the hungry (Matthew 14:13-21).


The emphasis is to be a blessing to someone during this Thanksgiving holiday.


I pray that you will have a very fulfilling day and that you will be thankful for all your blessings.


Gratefully Unshackled ~Betty A. Burnett

Being Grateful ~ The Lord is Good! 11-25-2020

Questions


Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food on your table? Do you have clothes on your back?


Are you walking in health and prospering as your souls prosper? (3 John 2) What do I mean by walking in health and prosper as your souls prosper? You must study the Word of God. Example: I have all kinds of attacks that the enemy afflicts me with. However, the devil cannot win. Whatever the devil afflicts me with, the Lord raises me back up (Psalm 34:19).


The enemy cannot keep me down because I study the Word of God and I stand on every promise of God (2 Corinthians 1:20). The Lord promised to provide (Philippians 4:19), and He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19)


There is a saying: “You can’t keep a good man down”. The truth is the devil cannot keep the children of God down, especially those who know the truth. The devil is limited to what he can do to us. God put limitations on the devil when He allowed him to attack Job. Even though the devil took everything Job had, including his family, he could not take Job’s life (Job 1:12).


Why would the Word of God say that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who loved us (Romans 8:37)? If you do not know that you are more than conquerors, you will not walk in victory. The Word of God says: My people are destroyed (suffer loss) for lack of knowledge, and some reject knowledge. Why? Because they are not open to the truth (Hosea 4:6).


Do you complain because you do not have certain things? Some people cannot handle a million dollars. Whatever the things are that you are desiring, seek God first and He will add the things (Matthew 6:33). An intimate relationship with God should always be your number one priority. He does not want you to desire anything that do not line up with His will (Psalm 37:4, 1 John 5:14).


The Israelites murmured and complained because of their lack of faith and they wandered in the wilderness for forty years (Joshua 5:6). Even though they did not make it to the promise land, their shoes and clothes did not get old those forty years, because God still took care of them (Deuteronomy 29:5).


Some people are the same way today. They complain for different reasons and they miss the best that God has for them. I do not have a million dollars; don’t even have one thousand dollars, yet I have everything because of my status as a child of the King who owns everything. God made me His heir and a joint-heir with Christ (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11, Romans 8:17).


Do you worry? God takes care of fowls of the air and the lilies of the field; He certainly takes care of us who He made in His image (Matthew 6:25-34). Tomorrow is not promised; life is but a vapor (James 4:14). You can be here today and gone the next moment.


I am sure we can look around and see that someone else is worse off than we are. That should make us more grateful (thankful), because every day is a day of Thanksgiving - God’s been good to all of us and He keeps on blessing all His children.


Gratefully Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Church at Colosse – Carnality (Part 3) 11-24-2020

I will continue with Paul’s letter to the church at Colosse, by moving to the next heading that is in the NKJV Filled Life Bible which is:


Not carnality, but Christ

The Church that Paul wrote to at Colosse and all the children of God are to: Set our minds on things above and not of things on the earth. Although we live in this world, things of the world should not be our focus.

Paul talks about our lives being hidden in Christ and since He is our life, when He appears, we will appear with Him in glory.


Therefore, we are to put our members (the flesh) to death, the things that are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness which is idolatry.


The things you once walked when you lived in them. But now you are to put off anger…. malice.. and filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge of the One who created you.


Summation of carnality or walking (living) according to the flesh: We are called to live a life that is pleasing to God; since the Spirit of Christ lives in us, we have a new nature. So, as children of the Most-High God we are to have the character of the new person.


My experience with a neighbor: We talked about Jesus and he said he was saved, but I never saw any evidence that he was born-again. He partied, cursed, smoked crack, and drank alcohol, yet, when I told him how we are supposed to live as children of God, on several occasions, he said: “Jesus was the only one that was perfect.”


One day I said to him: “Everybody knows Jesus was the Only Perfect One, so stop using that as a cop out (justification) for what you are doing.” Someone used to sing this song “If you got religion you ought to show some sign". Since I do not believe in religion when it comes to man’s way of doing things, I say this: “If you are born-again, you ought to show some sign.” (Matthew 5:13-16)


Even though we are still in these flesh bodies, we cannot justify our sins. We should become more intimate with the Lord daily and that old man will decrease as we allow the Spirit of God to increase. In other words, we should walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.


 Paul wrote the same thing to the church at Colosse pertaining to the Christian home and masters that he wrote to the church at Ephesus: Wives submit to your husbands as fitting to the Lord; husbands love your wives…., children obey your parents…., fathers do not provoke your children to wrath, 


masters give your bondservants what is just and fair…This is one of the scriptures that was said to be used by quote on quote Christian slaveowners to justify that they could do whatever they wanted to do to the slaves. It was highly misused scripture (Ephesians 6:5-9, Colossians 3:22-4:1).


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Church at Colosse – Legalism (Part 2) 11-23-2020

As I continue with Paul’s letter to the church of Colosse, the topics at the beginning of certain paragraphs are taken from the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible. Here is another connection where scriptures are confirmed, related to, and supported by other scriptures.


Paul addressed the church at Galatia about falling back into the bondage of legalism (Galatians 3:1-3). The letter to the church at Colosse was similar in this way: Paul was warning and educating them about false teachers coming in to either take back in bondage or to deceive those who did not know the truth.


Not legalism, but Christ

Christ took care of our sins when He died on the cross and rose the third day; that is, He took care of what the law could not do. Jesus fulfilled the law with bringing grace which goes beyond any sin we commit - Where sin abounds, grace abounds more (Romans 5:20), whereas the law made people aware of their sins (Romans 3:20). No one is justified by his or her sins, and legalism does not have the power to control sin.


Paul urged the church at Colosse to resist legalism, angel worship and all forms of religious indulgences that were being forced upon them by false teachers. Such exercises deny Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency and it robs Christians of their liberty -NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible.


Since Jesus Christ took care of everything for us, let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or new moon or sabbaths which were a shadow of things to come. But the substance is Christ. What does the substance of Christ mean?


Throughout the Old Testament, Christ was foreshadowed through types and figures. Example: The Passover - The Israelites were told to kill an unblemished lamb and put the blood on the doorpost and the Lord will not allow the destroyer to strike (kill) them; he would pass over their houses (Exodus, chapter 12).


This was symbolizing or typifying Jesus Christ the perfect sacrificial Lamb who would shed His blood for the sins of many (Matthew 26:28, Hebrew 9:22, 1 John 1:7). Therefore, we are not waiting for the Messiah – He was the Passover Lamb that was sacrificed for our sins, and with that being so, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-6). If Christ had not risen, we would be most miserable people and our faith would be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).


The Israelites were given dietary restrictions (Leviticus, chapter 11). There is no dietary law in the New Testament, for those who believe and know the truth (1 Timothy 4:1-5). Regardless of who believes or who does not believe when it comes to dietary laws, we should not let our differences separate us, nor should differences have any bearing on us loving each other.


The Israelites had to show physical signs to the nations around them that they, the people of God were different. Today, we have the Spirit of Christ living in us, so we have been mandated by God to let our lights so shine (Matthew 5:13-16).


And when it comes to days, God should be worshipped every day. However, if someone sets aside a different day to gather with other saints in fellowship, teaching/preaching and worship, why should I have a problem with it? I thank God that He has given us that freedom.


Since God said to worship Him only, why was Jesus Christ worshipped? Wise men worshipped Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:11), other people worshipped Him (Matthew 14:33, Matthew 28:9). This was not wrong to do because Jesus Christ was God in the flesh: In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God, the Word became flesh and dwelt among men. (John 1:1, 14).


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Church at Colosse 11-22-2020

According to history the church was in the home of Philemon. I think that is quite interesting, especially when most churches in our country have been closed for at least six months. T


he conversation came up several times recently about the beginning of the church age when the saints were meeting in different peoples’ homes. Today many are meeting physically in private settings, by way of the internet, skype, zoom, duo, WhatsApp and so on.


There was false teaching in this city, by a group of people who were called the Gnostics. They claimed to be the enlightened ones, meaning they were more knowledgeable and had greater insight. This group was teaching that spirit is good and matter is evil. They went as far to say that Jesus Christ could not have come in the flesh, because matter (flesh) was evil.


It is amazing how dots are connected when scriptures relate, support, and confirm each other. Paul wrote to the church at Colosse about false teachers; Jesus Christ wrote about false teachers (Matthew 7:15-20); this is just one of many scriptures Jesus spoke about false prophets/teachers.


John also wrote about false teachers. This is the connection that lines up with what Paul wrote in Colosse and what John wrote about false teachers: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God.


Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist which you have head was coming and is already in the world (1 John 4:1-2).


There are many others who oppose the truth of God’s Word and that spirit is spreading rapidly in the body of Christ. You will read about this soon.


God’s children should not be gullible to these false teachings. Let’s move forward with the truth, rather than the lie:

Topics to paragraphs taken from the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible


Preeminence in Christ

God has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. By His Son, Jesus Christ, all things were created in heaven and that are on earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers.


All things were created through Him and for Him. And He (Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things consist. In case you did not know this previously, the entire Word of God is about Jesus Christ.


Not philosophy, but Christ

Beware lest any man cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ. Be careful of man’s way of thinking that does not line up with the Word of God. Remember to test these spirits and see what is of God.


By the way, there is no such thing as trying the spirits by the spirits to see if they are of God. When the Word of God says there are many spirits, what are they being tested by? The test can only be to see what is true and what is false.


There is only One Spirit of truth; all the others are spirits of error (lies) produced by Satan. We are to test (determine) the value of whatever is being said is the pure unadulterated Word of God. Therefore, an evil spirit cannot be tested an evil spirit by an evil spirit because both are evil.


The Church at Colossae (Part 2)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Church at Philippi 11-21-2020

You read about Paul’s letters to the church at Ephesus and his encouragement, as to who we are in Christ. In his letter to the church at Philippi as well as for our encouragement, Paul also told them how they were constantly in his prayers. I also pray for my brothers and sisters and, what Paul wrote to the church is how I feel about you.


Paul went on to say, the good work God started in them, He will continue until Christ returns. This is a connecting scripture that says: God is faithful, and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Paul further states that it is God who works to will and to do His good pleasure in His children’s’ lives.


In other words, God started this process that is pleasurable to Him and He is faithful to carry out His plan for and His will in our lives.


Brothers and sisters, regardless of your level of faith, I want to encourage you to move forward in your spiritual walk through this daily process. It takes time; I did not get to this spiritual place overnight. It has been a continual uphill journey for almost thirty-nine years and there still is a need for growth, which will continue until Christ returns, because I choose to grow.


Paul not only preached Christ but he lived for Christ. In fact, Paul was so intimate with Christ that he was hard pressed between leaving this world to be with Christ, which was far better. Paul said: Nevertheless, it is more needful for you.


I am sure many of you can identify with Paul not wanting to stay here, although we have barely gone through anything compared to what Paul went through. As for me, sometimes it seems so hard, I just want to be out of here. Since it is not my time, I will do everything possible to serve in the capacity God has called me to serve in.


Paul encouraged the church and us to let our minds be like Christ Jesus: Christ was humble and obedient to death. This Christ was God in the flesh, yet He did not think it was robbery to be equal with God. And because Christ was obedient to death, God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name, and one day every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ (God the Son) is Lord to the glory of the Father.


God tells us in His Word that if we humble ourselves, He will exalt us. That is what it means to let our minds be like Christ. You never read where Christ called Himself humble, yet He lived a humble life, which was evidenced, and that is how we are supposed to live.


This life is not easy, but we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength; therefore, we are able to press forward through every struggle. We should be even more encouraged to know that this world is not our home because our citizenship is already established in heaven, praise God!


So, whatever we go through down here, we do not need to be anxious or worry because God is in control of every situation (Matthew 6:25-34). With that being so, when we go to our Father in prayer, there is assurance that He answers according to His will and we should praise God.


I often think about Paul and what he said: I have learned to be content with whatever the state I am in. You see, Paul once had plenty and then he did not have. When Paul said I have learned; that means it was a process and it took time for him to get that place (mindset).


A couple of times I lost almost everything I had. Paul commended the church of Philippi for being generous to him: But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. That principle is for all of God’s children.


I want to take the opportunity to thank every person who has been a blessing to me by whatever means, especially to those who God used to help me financially. It was because of your generous hearts that I have been able to travel many places far and near, including trips abroad. To God be all praises, honor, and glory!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Where Do We Go from Here? 11-20-2020

You voted and it counted, even though God is in control and whatever He ordained, so it will be. We should consider it a privilege to have been able to vote, after all it was God Almighty who made it possible for every eligible citizen of the United Stated of American to vote.


Now that the election is over, what is next?


If the person you wanted to win, did not win, what can you do about it?


The answer is “Not one thing.”


Remember this, no one person is going to please everybody, no matter who wins. You may have voted for a particular person because you thought his or her standards were higher than their opponent’s.


Standards, what standards? What some people think standards, are not standards to me. I am looking at it according to God’s standard. Therefore, the worldly people or the unsaved will not see it the same way as I do, and that is to be expected.


However, whoever is in those leadership positions should be thinking about the welfare of the people, and in the Christian community, all leaders should be good role models and lead by good examples.


I have never witnessed anything like this election before, which is apparent how dirty politics are. Oh, such a dirty game. It also reveals how things are going to get worse before Jesus Christ returns; Christ, Himself tells us not to be shaken (alarmed, overwhelmed) by these things, foe they must come to pass (Matthew 24:4-7).


Why is this so? God told Adam, the day that he ate of the forbidden fruit, he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). God could not change what He told Adam (Numbers 23:19), Adam’s sin of disobedience caused sin to fall upon the human race (Romans 5:12). We live in a sinful world that is ruled by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4).


Whatever the case, I pray that all of you who were affected in a way that had you out of sorts, that a lesson will be learned and you will stay away from anything that takes you off focus. I mean anything that will take your eyes off Jesus.


We are commissioned to be about our Father’s business. I am not saying that no Christians should be involved in politics. God has His children in many places to be a light but remember these people have been assigned to be in specific places and positions.


When you know what your assignment (purpose) is, God’s grace enables you to fulfill your destiny- even when there is temptation, God’s all-sufficient grace will sustain you. What if you yield to the temptation by compromising your Godly standards? 


God’s grace goes beyond any sinful temptation you may fall into; that includes all of God’s children (Romans 5:20), regardless of our shortcomings.


Brothers and sisters let’s continue to encourage each other regardless of who you voted for. We should be thankful to God for the privilege to vote for whomever we choose. However, we should prayerfully weigh the options and stand on strong convictions.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Faith is What it Takes (Hebrews 11:1, 6) 11-19-2020

It was November 6, 2019 when I fell which resulted in a torn rotator cuff, and a sprained hand, that was confirmed after several x-rays and an MRI. Surgery was not required, but therapy was necessary. Although this was an accident that I do not blame Satan for; he did use it against me.


I could barely do anything for myself, not even drive my vehicle. Thank God for those He sent to aid me. In addition to me being partially immobilized, and could not use my right hand, I typed diligently and consistently to the best of my ability with my left hand.


A dearly beloved relative and sister/minister asked me if I had a dictator on my computer. I had not thought about using it; thank God for the wisdom of others.


I started going to therapy after finally getting the diagnosis. The therapy was going well, and on my off days I did therapy at home. And, then the covid-19 pandemic struck and having therapy at a facility ended. The awesome thing is, I already had everything at home to continue with the therapy.


The only drawback for me was, I could no longer travel to see my beloved family and friends in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. No complaints - God is too good to me! Although I miss them, God has provided ways to communicate through technology, and that is awesome.


I started this message about my injury in 2019. Something else happened on the same side of my body about three weeks ago. The tingling and numbness did not affect my typing, although it was painful and difficult to sleep at night. This time I believe this is an outright attack from the enemy.


Finally, on yesterday, the Lord used the medical staff to bring relief from the fluid that was in my elbow. The doctors did not think they could get all the fluid out of the sac, because the ultra-sound showed particles that were getting in the needle.


I prayed and believed they would get all the fluid out. After the doctor got as much as he could out with the needle, it left an opening big enough and fluid started oozing out. He squeezed the sac, and the rest of the fluid came out. When they left the room, I lifted my hand up and praised God.


There are still some issues, but I am continually moving (pressing) forward in the name of Jesus, because I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength (Philippians 4:13).


Paul had a thorn in his flesh and he asked God three times to remove it; he knew a messenger of Satan was sent to buffet (assault, attack) him; he also knew God’s grace was sufficient; Paul knew if he did not have the thorn in the flesh, he would exalt himself above measure, which would cause pride to get in the way of what he was called to do (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).


I am comparing the example of Paul with myself. God allows the enemy to attack, but it does not stop me from doing what He has called me to do; just as it did not stop Paul.


The apostle Paul said there was a great and effective door open for him, but there were many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:9); I feel the same way.


My encouragement to you dear brothers and sisters is, no matter what the devil throws at you, keep pressing forward (Philippians 3:14). God has called you to be a winner, and if there are setbacks, God Himself will help you (Proverbs 24:16).


Today, a friend and I are traveling on a day trip despite the ace bandage wrapped around my elbow. This is mission that will also be fun because traveling is what I love to do, even if it is a short trip.


How am I able to do this? I stand on the Word of God by faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6) when it comes to walking in health and prospering, even as my soul prospers (3 John 1:2).


Keep on Pushing!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Benefits (results) of Righteous Prayers 11-18-2020

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. What a mighty God we serve. I am overwhelmed at the responses from the prayer request that was posted two days ago.


Have we seen the results yet? Not in the natural, but our God is working on behalf of His children in the spirit realm. Daniel fasted and prayed, and he did not see the results until twenty-one days later (Daniel, chapter 10).


This is a true saying that I feel is appropriate for Daniel’s experience: “He's an on-time God, yes He is! He may not come when you want Him, but He’s right on time.”


The answer to some prayers is revealed right away, while others take more time. What is most important is, God saw the hearts of His children and how we believed that urgent and much needed prayer was necessary when it comes to what is going on in our country.


When I saw how people responded and agreed with me pertaining to the need that was requested, it boosted my faith. And I was really blessed to see how some people were sharing it with others.


Testimonies have also resulted from the appeal for prayer.

One person confirmed that the Spirit had shown and directed her several months ago to get as many people as she could to go to a certain place and pray. It did not take place because others did not support her. 


I told the person if she had been obedient, there was a possibility God would have placed it on the heart of others to go to the place and pray. Her faith was being tested. And, as I am writing, I am believing that others still could have gone to the place.


Here is my point, the person’s story confirmed to me that I was led by the Spirit of God. Being obedient to God boosts our faith. Someone learned the importance of prayer. I may never hear all the reports, but from what I read already, was such a blessing to me. Some of my brothers and sisters shared the appeal for prayer.


To all of you who prayed - God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love (Hebrews 6:10a). Labor? Yes, true, intensified prayer is work and as I said two days ago, it moves the heart of God. 

Knowing and understanding how powerful prayer is, will move those who do not have a consistent prayer life, to pray more.


Remember this, praying the Word of God is even more effective, so get into the Word and pray the kind of prayer that is God’s will. We know that it is His will for us to live a peaceful and joyful life despite all the chaos that is surrounding us.


We know it is God’s will to pray consistently – men ought to always pray and not faint- not get weak (Luke 18:1), and with fervency (James 5:16b-18).


Jesus prayed prayed many times for different situations that He encountered; and He got up a great while before day and prayed to His Father (Mark 1:35).


Jesus commanded us to pray (Matthew 6:5-15), and with right attitudes (humbly), not like the hypocritical Pharisee kind of prayer (Luke 18:13), yet with boldness and confidence (Hebrew 4:16).


The prayer of faith moves mountains – when you pray believe and you shall receive (Mark 11:23-25)

“Keep on praying saints, do not give up now, just keep on praying saints, He hears your cry”


Grateful!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Challenge for My Dear Brothers and Sisters 11-17-2020

I am forever grateful to all of you and I am even more grateful to those who understand me and what I have been called to do. For those who do not understand, thank you for loving me anyhow.


Many of you have read my messages and they vary as far as correction, warning, and encouragement; the three lumped together bring encouragement to God’s children. So, your acceptance of me brings encouragement which motivates me to continue writing these messages so passionately.


I want people to be open to the truth and stop being deceived by the devil’s lies that come in various ways. The greatest and most desired way the devil operates, is through human beings. He hates God and all of God’s children. He sends those lies to keep God’s children ignorant of His Word.


Now, I am going to challenge you to read some scriptures in the Bible about a king and you can determine for yourself if what is happening in our country today is like what happened in the Old Testament.


Daniel’s call was that of a prophet who prayed regularly and with intensity; he was given the ability to interpret dreams and Daniel was given dreams. God gave warnings to the king through his dreams that Daniel interpreted.


I will give an overview of the situation from Daniel, chapters 1-4

Daniel and the Hebrew boys were Jews who were captured by the Chaldeans; their names were changed and they were challenged to compromise, yet their strong beliefs, convictions and trust in God not only sustained them, but God caused them to have favor with ungodly people.


Daniel interpreted a dream that the king had; his sorcerers, astrologers and magicians were not able to interpret the king’s dream. The Lord had given Daniel wisdom and he and his friends, the three Hebrew boys prayed to God and they were given the interpretation. This caused Daniel and the Hebrew boys to get promoted.


Later, the king built an image of gold (an idol) and people from near and far came to the dedication of the image. When the music played everybody was to bow down and worship the image. 


The three Hebrew boys refused to bow to the golden image, and they were thrown into the fiery furnace and not a hair on their head was singed, neither was there a smell of smoke on their clothes. The king looked with astonishment at the furnace where the Hebrew boys had been thrown into, and he saw four men, the fourth was the Son of God.


God is the Father of mercies and He had mercy on Nebuchadnezzar, then he had another dream, and his wise men were not able to interpret that dream either. Again, it was Daniel who was called upon to interpret the dream. The king knew that the Spirit of the Holy God would make known the interpretation to Daniel.


Nebuchadnezzar was an evil man, and when anyone, whoever the person was did not agree with or bow down to him, the king set out to destroy them.


The king’s humiliation

King Nebuchadnezzar’s downfall happened just as Daniel had interpreted. A Voice fell from heaven: King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken, the kingdom has departed from you!


 And they shall drive you from men and your dwelling place shall be with the beasts of the field and you will live like an animal for a certain period. (paraphrased)


When the allotted time for the king to be a normal man again, he glorified God. The essence of this message is, no matter how high one may get or even think he is god, there is an allotted time before God humbles that person.


Think about it, does this story remind you of what is going on in our society today?


God gives space for repentance; when there is no repentance there is judgement


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Urgent Prayer Request to True Born-again Believers 11-16-2020

I am asking all of you who know how to pray, intercede, and stand in the gap. The reason for this request is that our country is in trouble. This is a crucial situation that warrants our attention, and it should not be avoided.


This is what I am getting as I write this appeal to my brothers and sisters. I am concerned about the well-being of our country and it saddens my heart to see the state of evil among a greatly divided people.


This can be expected of sinners, although they should have some moral values of knowing right from wrong and good from evil. Yet, when it comes to the children of the Most-High God, there should be no division. That is why my appeal for prayer is to those who understand what it means to be born-again and what is expected from us.


Turn your hearts to God our Father with all sincerity. I still believe in the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much, or is beneficial, that prayer is powerful, that sincere prayer moves the heart of God our Father, that praying according to God’s Word and His will gets the attention of our Father.


Although we are living in the last and evil days, as born-again believers, we are called to pray and to be lights in this cold, dark, evil world. The reason we have not seen the move of God is because we have been saying the wrong things with the wrong attitudes.


Question: Are you praying for your selfish desires to be met? If you want something bad to happen to somebody, it will backfire.


In 2009, A new Biblical Obama slogan making the rounds on conservative T-shirts and bumper stickers is being interpreted as calling for the president’s death. The slogan “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8” seems innocent enough, but the actual verse reads: “Let his days be few and let another take his office.” The Psalm goes on to say: “May his children be orphans, and his wife a widow.”


People, that was in 2009, the second year of the president being in office. Isn’t it amazing that the president won the election a second time? And, he is still alive and well! Ungodliness does not move the hand of God.

We must remember that we are living under a new and better covenant: “The Law of Love”


We must be careful and not misinterpret the Word of God. We are told to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hurt us, and pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us (Matthew 5:44).


That scripture has happened to most of us one way or another - cursed words have thrown at us; we certainly have been hurt in many ways, but especially by a virus/pestilence that is getting worse, when some things could have been avoided; we have suffered at the hands of evil people.


Do you really know who is behind all this evil? Satan, of Course!


I am reiterating this to the true saints of God, please pray for our country.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Are You Going to Stay in the Same Spiritual State? 11-15-2020

Marks of an Immature Christian (Part 2)


I am grateful to God our Father for you who evaluated your lives to see what your level of faith is. This is important if you want to go to the next level of your walk with Christ. It is time for part two of “Marks of an Immature Christian” to see if you are doing anything listed below.


7) There are people who feel their gifts are better or greater than someone with a less visible gift (1 Corinthians 12:22-23). It seems that way to a baby Christian, but one gift is just as important as the other.


8) What about those who you do not agree with when it comes to certain doctrinal beliefs? Do you talk down on them or do you say: “I may not agree, but they are still my brothers and sisters in Christ.”


9) Denominational cliques? Do you think your religion is better than other believers? Well, religion is what it is! God wants a heart that follows Him, not some religion where people want to make their rules. The same God is over all, and the same gifts are to function throughout the body of Christ world-wide.


Come on saints, let’s get it together and stop all this foolishness. We need to build each other up instead of tearing one another apart and we should be mindful that since we are humans and imperfect people, and none of us know it all.


10) What about a pastor who causes division? You may ask this: “For real?” I’m for real people! I have been in ministry since 2000 and there are so many things that can be told, but I will not go there, especially with names.


11) How about some pastors turning some people against others? And because they are pastors, some of the members fall for it. When you see somebody looking at you funny, it is evident that something negative was said. How can one lead a congregation of people with bitterness and anger in his heart against another brother or sister?


He is worse than anybody because the pastor is supposed to be model Christ (John 10:11).

In other words, the pastor is called to be examples to the flock, and when Christ the Chief Shepherd appears, they will receive a crown of glory that will not fade away (1 Peter 5:1-4).


12) What about pastor cliques – favoring one group of people over the others; because of their status, money, and what they can get (favors) from these people (James 2:1-9). Pastors are not to be greedy for money (Titus 1:11).


13) What about pastors who think they own the church that Christ purchased with His own blood? (Acts 20:28) and the qualifications of a pastor/ bishop/elder/ overseer not to be greedy for money are in 1 Timothy 3:1-6? Everything that has been written causes division.


Now that you know Christ is not to be divided, when are the children of God going to grow up, stop separating ourselves from one another and love up on everybody? We may not look alike, or act alike; but God our Father made each of us so uniquely different to complement each other.


If you do not fall into any of these categories from both messages, praise God!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Marks of an Immature Christian (Part 1) 11-14-2020

After writing excerpts from Paul’s letters to the church at Ephesus (will get to Philippians soon), I felt that it would be proper to write about baby Christians and how they can be identified. The truth is, most of the body of Christ (children of God) are still immature, including some leaders.


I am not making a judgement call; this is based on the Word of God. All the characteristics of immature Christians may not be identified in the message; these are some that stand out more. You will see a scripture that relates to each of these issues. Please read the scriptures for yourself.


I encourage you to take careful consideration of this list, be humble and honest and see where you fit in. These are some things that are going on in the body of Christ that need to be dealt with.


1) Harboring ill feelings opposed to fore-bearing or being patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32, Colossians 3:13). This causes emotional, physical, and spiritual problems. You cannot experience joy when you are holding something against another person. I wrote in a previous message how dangerous it is to take communion with animosity in your heart; many get sick and some die (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).


2) If a person leaves a church, are they written off because they are no longer a part of your church? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3) That is cliquish! Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians 3:13-17).


3) Division is a clique. A clique? Yes, there are cliques inside the local church and there are cliquish groups that are connected to a local church. What is a clique? A group of people who feel they are better than others, so they separate themselves. 


 There should not be any schism (split) in the body; we are all a part of the same body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:25-26), or maybe you are not born-again.


4) If a person does not like someone, it has been known that the person wants their friends to feel the same way– that is evil! And it is a divisive clique! How can you say you love God whom you do not see, and you do not show love for one another- that person is a liar (1 John 4:20)?


Jesus gave a new commandment for His church: By this will all men know you are My disciples by the love you have for each other (John 13:34). So, what does the new commandment mean? 


Since we are under the time-period of grace and the Holy Spirit is living in us, we are more accountable and responsible because He convicts (convinces) us of our wrongs. Do you not know that you are grieving the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you?


5) If you have personal feelings against someone, why not tell them? The person may not know if they have done something to cause you to distance yourself from them. The Word of God says, if your brother (sister) sins against you, go to him alone and if he hears, you have gained your brother (Matthew 18:15-17).


How would you feel if someone does you like that? In other words, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. It is so much better to be in unity than to be divided.


6) There are people who feel their gifts are better or greater than someone with a less visible gift (1 Corinthians 12:22-23). It seems that way to a baby Christian, but one gift is just as important as the other.


This goes back to 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, pertaining to division, envying and strife. STRIFE means discord, and this is what the Word of God says: These six things the Lord hates and the seventh is an abomination (detestable)…. A false witness who spreads lies and he who sows discord among the brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19).


This is a Word from the Word of God to the children of God.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett