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Paul’s Experiences (Part 2) 10-16-2021

Yesterday it was said that I call myself Pauline because of all the people in the Word of God, Paul is the closest to what fits my personality. And the letters that he wrote were called the Pauline epistles. When I post what it is believed to be my ancestry line, hopefully you will have a desire to learn what tribe of Israel you came from.


Continuing where I left off yesterday. Since our culture is different and we are living in modern days with advanced technology, it is highly unlikely that our experiences would be similar to Paul’s. Yet, the principle is the same because we are talking about how something comes about.

Nevertheless, I believe if we were living in Paul’s time, we still would not have been able to endure what Paul experienced.


As was said in the previous message, God has made each of us different (Psalm 139:14); our assignments/callings are also different, and He gives us grace for our specific call.


Let’s continue with Paul’s experiences.


14) Have you ever been in danger on the sea?


15) How did you feel when you were endangered by false brothers and how much harm they could or would do to you?


16) How did you feel when there were toils (pains, labor, trouble) and hardships?


17) How many sleepless night did you have due to fear of your life?


18) Have you been hungry or thirsty because of lack of food?


19) Were you ever cold because of exposure to weather conditions, which would be like a homeless person?


20) How did you feel about the concerns you had for your church?


21) Were you ever betrayed and abandoned by those who you thought were true brothers and sisters and you never thought they would do anything against you?


Now that you have read many of the circumstances surrounding Paul’s life, how do you feel about what you’ve gone through? I am sure we can identify with some of the things Paul went through, but can we honestly say we experienced everything Paul went through?


Paul must have been left with physical scars; it is without a doubt he was affected mentally, but God’s grace overshadowed his suffering. These challenges, obstacles and persecutions caused him to grow spiritually.


Next: Overview of Paul’s Life


Called to write messages to whomever God ordains them to be sent to ~ Betty A. Burnett

Paul’s Experiences 10-15-2021

Before I break down the circumstances that took place in Paul’s life, I will give you some of his background. He was from the tribe of Benjamin (Romans 11:1, Philippians 3:5), and they were known to be ravenous as a wolf, they were fierce (Genesis 49:27). This makes it more understandable as to why he did such evil deeds (chief of sinners) prior to his born-again experience (1 Timothy 1:15).


Each of us came from backgrounds that fit our personality. I call myself Pauline, of all the people in the Bible, he is the main person I identify with when it comes to being like-minded. It could be that I also came from the tribe of Benjamin.


Now to Paul’s experiences, and let’s see if any of us have gone through something similar to what Paul went through without throwing the towel in and remained steadfast.


1) How many times have you been imprisoned for something you didn’t do?


2) Did you ever suffer countless beatings?


3) What group of people gave you thirty-nine lashes?


4) Have you been beaten with three rods?


5) Who stoned you?


6) Were you ever shipwrecked and came near to death?


7) Have you been adrift at sea?


8) Were you in danger from being on a boat in the rivers?


9) Have you been robbed?


10) Did you feel like you were in danger because different races of people hated you?


11) What about being in danger from your own people?


12) Did you feel like you were in danger when you were in certain cities proclaiming the Word of God?


13) Were you ever in the wilderness and felt that you were in danger?


Because of technology, the culture has changed, but look at the principle. The means of transportation and weapons that were used in Paul’s days were not the same as today. Example: We have several means of transportation such as airplanes, cars, buses, trains and so on.


Also there are several ways of beating someone today, weapons are common like guns and knives.


Part 2 coming up


Being steadfast in the faith ~ Betty A. Burnett

I Won’t Complain 10-14-2021

I was going to share my testimony and did not know what the next messages were going to be, but after writing about some people who did not compromise, my little biddy testimony is nothing compared to what they went through, especially Paul the apostle. By the time each one of the many situations that were in Paul’s life was read, I was led to go another way in writing, which brings me to today’s message.


Before getting into the message, I want to do a comparison with Job and Paul.


When people use the story about Job and what he went through, they say “God is going to give me double for my trouble” because Job was restored twice as much as what he lost. Well, that is not a principle. In other words, that story does not show how something works. Example: Job was an upright man, and he did not do anything to lose everything he had (Job, chapters 1 and 42:12).


But with Paul’s situation the principle of sowing and reaping is evident. God told Paul that he would suffer much for His sake (Acts 9:16). Before Paul was born-again, he persecuted the church and consented to them being killed (1Timothy 1:13). Although these terrible acts were done out of ignorance, Paul still had to suffer. This is the principle of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7).


This message is to caution us to stop complaining about what we are going through or asking God “Why are You allowing me to go through this”? Instead of complaining, we should rejoice that the sufferings are temporary compared to spending eternity with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:18).


Regardless of what we go through, our suffering cannot be compared with what Paul went through. So, when we look at the life of Paul, there is no way of comparing him with Job, because Job received twice as much as he lost. However, Paul was in prison for many years, and his death was by execution.


Even though Paul knew he had to suffer, there were times that things got so hard for Paul that he asked the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh, meaning he was being buffeted (assaulted with attacks from the enemy). God told Paul His grace was sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). God knows what it takes to keep us from getting big-headed.


Paul learned to be content with whatever state he was in (Philippians 4:11). This was a process in his spiritual growth.


I am led to challenge the readers and myself about complaining and for a conviction to come on all of us. The messages will be written for us to examine ourselves to bring us to the point where we will stop complaining. Remember what happened to the Israelites when they complained? They suffered! (Numbers, chapter 14) Remember what happened to Moses’ sister who complained against him? She was stricken with leprosy (Numbers 12:1-15).


Tomorrow I plan to share some of Paul’s many circumstances so we can compare and see if we ever went through what Paul suffered through and endured.


I have no doubt that all of us had experiences that can be used as a testimony to encourage those God has ordained for us to minister to; we have different callings/ assignments. Instead of being quick to think that we went through so much as if we are the only ones who had some horrible experiences, let’s not do like Elijah the prophet; he thought he was the only one going through something. God told Elijah there were seven thousand prophets who had not bowed to Baal (1 Kings 19:18). 


After writing the messages about Paul I will share my experience, Lord willing.


No pain, no gain ~ Betty A. Burnett

Paul and John, Some Apostles Who Did Not Compromise 10-13-2021

I am continuing with the message pertaining to some men of God who did not compromise; they were “Sold-Out”! These messages are to encourage God’s children to remain faithful and true, because your reward will be great (Matthew 25:21, 23, Revelation 14:13).


You read in yesterday’s message how John the Baptist, Peter and Stephen were faithful and true regardless of them not being perfect. Today you will learn about Paul and John, both apostles and how they refused to compromise.


1) Paul’s teaching and preaching caused him to suffer just like God said he would. The Lord said this to Ananias about Saul: He is a chosen vessel unto Me, and he will bear My name before Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he will suffer for My name’s sake (Acts 9:15-16).


Paul was imprisoned many times, he suffered countless beatings, five times the Jews gave me thirty-nine lashes, beaten three times with rods, stoned, shipwrecked three times often near to death, night and day adrift on the sea, on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers, in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and in thirst often without food, in cold and exposure. And apart from other things there is the daily pressure on me of the anxiety for all the churches (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).


Most of Paul’s letters were written in prison until he was executed. Through it all, Paul remained faithful until death (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Paul was never ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16).


2) John the apostle was exiled on the isle of Patmos because he wouldn’t stop preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was on the isle that he wrote the book of Revelation. I John who also am your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:9).


What would you do if you were put in a situation like these men were?


“Sold Out” ~ Betty A. Burnett

What Happened to Some of Those Who Did Not Compromise 10-12-21

How many of you want to become more intimate with the Lord? I am sure most of God’s children would say yes! But are you willing give up your life like some of the people in the Bible. That is what it means to be “Sold-Out”!


Recall- Do you remember how God spared Daniel and the Hebrew boys (Daniel, chapters 3-4), but what about others who died because they “Sold Out”?


Today, I am sharing with you about some men of God who gave up their lives because of what they stood for. In other words, they did not compromise.


1) John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Christ came preaching repentance and baptizing people, preparing the peoples’ heart for Christ. Please read John 1:15-34. As a prophet John pointed out that the king was for taking the wife of his brother. This infuriated Herod and his wife. They had John arrested and put in jail. Eventually this led to John the Baptist’s death.


Herod could not put John to death for fear of the multitude, because they counted him a prophet. There was a celebration for Herod’s birthday and Herodias’s daughter danced before him, and he had promised with an oath to give whatever she asked. And she, being instructed by her mother said give me his head on a plate. The king was sorry but nevertheless for the oath’s sake he sent and beheaded John the Baptist in prison. Please read Matthew 14:1-12.


2) Peter and other apostles were said to have turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Peter’s evangelism upset the Jewish leaders who threatened to kill him if he did not stop preaching and turning people to Christ. Jesus predicted how Peter would die (John 21:18- 19). It would be similar to how Jesus died, by way of the cross. They would come and arrest him and hang him on the cross with his hands stretched out.


Some historians have said that Peter died hanging upside down because he did not feel worthy to die hanging like the Lord.


3) Stephen who was appointed a deacon (Acts 6:1-7), also was called to preach. And he did great wonders and signs among the people turning their hearts to Christ. Stephen was falsely accused of blasphemy (Acts 6:8-15). Stephen had a lengthy message and by the time he finished, the peoples’ hearts were cut, and they gritted their teeth.


But he, being full of the Holy Spirit gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God and said, behold I see the heavens open and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.


Then they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and ran upon him with one accord and cast him out of the city and stoned him and the witnesses laid their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen calling on God and saying Lord Jesus receive my spirit.


And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, do not lay this sin to their charge, and when he had said this, he fell asleep. Please read Acts, chapter 7. This is an amazing story; Stephen and Paul are the only ones who asked God not to lay the sin to their charge except, Jesus Christ who said Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34).


To see Jesus stand up and welcoming Stephen into His presence had to be absolutely wonderful. It is noteworthy when we do not compromise.

Something to think about, even though these men did not compromise, they still were not perfect.


Sharing the truth and loving it ~ Betty A. Burnett


What is your level of commitment?

Consequences of Leaders Who Take God’s Glory and Whoever Follows Them (Part 2)

10-11-2021

The message yesterday had different twists, and at various times in the message, God was glorified by His people because they did not compromise. At the end of the story God was glorified by the king who had taken God’s glory. Please read Daniel, chapters 3-4.


Today, I will share about three leaders who took God’s glory, and their demise was deadly. Their story was so sad and pitiful that even though these three leaders did evil acts, I still felt sorry about the demise of so many people who followed them.


Jim Jones was very charismatic, which was his drawing card. He wanted people to worship him to the extent that he veered away from the scriptures. People in his congregation looked to him as their role model because he took care of them. He always came across as a person who tried to help others. This stands to reason why the people followed him to Guyana where they met their demise.


David Koresh, cult leader of the Davidian Compound, used evil tactics to draw people in. Koresh said that he was the one who was going to open the seven seals that John wrote about in Revelation, chapters 5-8. Because he was able to explain the seven seals, the people held him out to be the second messiah.


He believed that the same spirit of God that embodied Jesus; the same spirit that embodied the prophets, was the same spirit that resided in him but in a special way.


Eddie Long was the most recent one. He was flamboyant and dressed to kill (showmanship) and he was a high profiler. Long got so into himself that he posted pictures profiling in his body suits so everybody could see him.


The worse thing I have witnessed to, was a service where Eddie Long was being honored as a king. He was sitting in a chair and the people put a crown on his head, picked up the chair with him in it and carried him around and said he was a king. While this bizarre celebration was going on, the people in the congregation went wild. It tells what kind of people they were.


That was one of the most sickening things I had had seen for someone who had gotten so big-headed and took God’s glory. Have you ever heard of somebody dying like a dog? Well, this man was an example; he was sick, in pain and his demeanor was horrible.


All leaders should be pointing people to Christ (John 12:32); Jesus pointed people to God (John 10:25), and the Holy Spirit pointed people to Christ (John 16:1). Jesus Christ even washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:5). He took on the role of the lowest servant in the house. Jesus came to serve, but each of those leaders came to be served.


With that having been said, I am cautioning the readers to search for yourselves to see if what you are posting on Facebook is correct. That is, when you are posting scriptures that someone else came up with, make sure they are what the Word of God says. I encourage you to go to the scriptures for yourself to see if what someone else is writing is true. Check me out too.


The Word of God says: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica and searched the scriptures daily to see if those things were so. Didn’t God tell us to study? (2 Timothy 2:15).


Posting what another person is saying is not studying. I cannot understand how someone can take all that time to see what someone else is saying, rather than reading the Word for themselves.


Paul had much knowledge, but his listeners still searched to see what he said was true. My brothers and sisters, this is not to embarrass anyone, but it is to bring conviction upon any of God’s children who are not studying His Word. There are many false prophets and teaches sent to lead you astray (Matthew 7:15-16, 1 Timothy 6:3-5). Test their fruit by the Word of God!


Sharing and caring about others’ spiritual state ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Consequences of Taking God’s Glory (Part 1) 10-10-2021

Yesterday, the message was pertaining to Jesus not taking God’s glory. Also, Paul and Barnabas refused to let the people call them Jupiter and Mercurius who were gods. On that note, when somebody is lifting a leader up or putting them on a pedestal, the leader should stop it. There are some who get puffed up or big-headed.


Today I am giving you an example of a person who took God’ glory and had a great fall.


 Example of a king who was high and lifted up.

Nebuchadnezzar: I am giving you an overview of a king who accomplished much, he was a great man of renown, but he worshipped other gods and he thought that He was high and mighty. He had the Hebrew boys thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to worship him. Nebuchadnezzar also saw God deliver the three Hebrew boys out of the fiery furnace, and he literally saw a fourth person in the furnace. He praised their God and promoted the Hebrew boys (Daniel, chapter 2).


But the story does not end there. Before going to the rest of the story, I would like to ask you a question. Have you ever witnessed to how God moved mightily in a situation that it caused the person to glorify God? And sometime later the person reverted back to his or her old ways? Well, this is the next part of the story.


Daniel, chapter 4 - Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans and the soothsayers could not interpret the dream. Nebuchadnezzar sent for Daniel who was able to interpret the dream. In the dream the king saw a tree that grew and became strong and whose height reached the heavens, was cut down to the stump, “but leave the stump and roots of the tree and that his kingdom shall be assured to him after he had known that the heavens rule”.


This is what happened to Nebuchadnezzar: At the end of twelve months, he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke saying, is not this great Babylon that I have built for a royal dwelling by my power and for the honor of my majesty.


While the word was still in the king’s mouth a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar to you is spoken, the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen and seven times shall pass over you until you know that the Most-High rules over the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He chooses.”


That vey hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen, his body was wet with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.


And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar lifted my eyes to heaven and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praise and honor Him who lives forever. Skipping to verse 36b: And to those who walk in pride He is able to put down.


After reading this story, I believe Nebuchadnezzar is with the Lord. Why? He was humbled to the point where he truly honored God as the Most High, because his heart changed. Not only that, he also saw the light of the Hebrew boys and Daniel; how they did not compromise their belief in God, even if it would cost them their lives.


Doing my best to walk in humility ~ Betty A. Burnett


Don't be like Humpty Dumpty

Jesus Did Not Take God’s Glory and Neither Should Anyone Else 10-9-2021

Yesterday the message was about reverencing God and how the Word said He would not give His glory to another and that He would not share His glory with no one. Since God said He will not share His glory with another, that means whoever is using His glory, is taking something that does not belong to them. It’s the same way when God says He will not give His glory to anyone.


Even Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh did not in any way at all try to share or take God’s glory.


When Paul and Barnabas were in the town of Lystra, there was a certain man who had been impotent from his birth and had never walked. Paul believed that the man had faith enough to receive his healing.


Paul said with a loud voice, stand up and walk, and he leaped and walked. The people lifted up their voices saying the gods have come down in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas Jupiter and Paul Mercurius. When Paul and Barnabas heard this, they tore their clothes and ran among the people saying why are you doing these things? We also are men just like you (Acts 14:6-19). He told them to turn away from believing in the gods, because it was Almighty God the Creator who caused these things to happen.


Now, what did the Son of God say? I have glorified You on the earth, I have finished the work that you gave Me to do (John 17:1-3). Jesus answered, if I honor Myself, My honor is nothing; it is My Father who honors Me (John 8:54).


During a conversation with the Jews, Jesus said: Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day and when he saw it, he was glad. And the Jews said to Him, You are not fifty years old, how have You seen Abraham?


Jesus said to them, verily, verily [truly, truly] I say to you, before Abraham was I am. They took stones to cast Him out (John 8:56-59). Jesus was not trying to take God’s glory; He was revealing to them that He was God. In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], the Word [Jesus] was with God and the Word [Jesus] was God (John 1:1).


If anyone thinks that Jesus was bragging, that would be a contradiction, and this is why. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But He made of Himself no reputation and took on the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.


Wherefore, God also highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name, …. that is Lord (Philippians 2:6-9).


Jesus even said to call each other brothers. So how do these leaders come up with these titles? They are doing the same thing Lucifer did.


Battling against the forces of darkness to help set the captives free ~ Betty A. Burnett

Who is to be Reverenced? 10-8-2021

Today I am sharing what the Word of God says about reverend. In case someone does not know this about God, this is what His Word says. It is God Only who deserves to be reverenced: Holy and reverend is His name (Psalm 111:9); He is a jealous God, and His name is Jealous (Exodus 34:14).


Someone may say, the bible did not say God is reverend, but it said holy, and reverend is His name. If you read the sentence above the last one, God not only said He was a jealous God, but He also said His name was Jealous!


Therefore, no person, regardless if they are in ministry, has the right to call himself reverend; that is saying these people are equal with God, and it is taking God’s glory.


It started off with Lucifer who wanted to exalt his throne above the stars, and be equal with God, his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-14). I hope you know that was absolutely absurd; how could that which was created want to be equal with God? It happened then and that same spirit is influencing people today. As was said in a previous message, Satan tried to get Jesus to worship him, and he influences people to worship in various ways.


For instance, Satan influences different religious leaders to be equal with God. In the Roman catholic church, the pope is called holy father, as if he was God. This is what Jesus meant when He said call no man father (Matthew 23:9). Jesus certainly could not have been talking about your earthly father because that would be a contradiction. Jesus said if a son ask bread of any of you that is a father, will you give him a stone? (Luke 11:11).


Another example is a group using names like the Most excellent high priest that belongs to Jesus only. They also use the title Grandmaster. Many people in these religious groups are not saved, but what about the children of God who are involved with groups such as these? The Word of God tells us to come out from among them and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).


This is what God says about those who take His glory. I am the Lord; that is My name, and My glory I will not give another, neither My praise to golden images (Isaiah 42:8).


For My own sake, even My own sake, I will do it, for how shall My name be polluted? And I will not give My glory to another (Isaiah 42:11). People who take God’s glory are treading on dangerous grounds.


When God says His name has been polluted, He meant the people were praising images and were practicing acts of worship instead of worshipping Him. So, my brothers and sisters, if you are using titles, it’s time to stop. Some people use titles because it makes them feel like they are important. You are important to God and belonging to Him is much greater than trying to feel important to others.


When anyone knows who they are in the Lord, that should give them the greatest feeling of all. Titles are not what make people, it is God who makes people what they are.


Reverencing God to the highest ~ Betty A. Burnett


Who or What is Your Object of Worship? 10-7-2021

From the beginning of humanity, Satan has twisted the Word of God with Eve. He said: Did God say? And you shall not surely die if you eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-5). He went as far as trying to trip Jesus Christ up in an attempt to get Jesus to worship him (Matthew 4:1-11). 


Satan is so puffed up and blinded with pride that he will destroy everything he can. He destroys the testimony of God’s children; he feeds them lies because he hates God and whoever belongs to God.


Satan even has the children of God competing against each other in the church through singing and preaching. He influences ushers to entertain with a marching dance preceding the offering. He influences the choirs to march to the choir stand with their groovy movement to the music.


And oh, how he gets a laugh at the pastor’s anniversary when he and his wife march in and everybody stands up praising them. Who do any of us think we are? Why is the church being treated like a place of entertainment? And who is the attention being focused on?


Before I was born-again, the night clubs, boozing and high fashion were the biggest part of my life. When I became saved, being fashionable was still a part of me. But as I grew in my spiritual walk, that gradually changed.


As a matter of fact, I lost almost all of my material possessions. I was upset and did not understand why that was happening to me. Again, as my eyes opened to more spiritual truths, I understood that it was all for a purpose, for my good and the good of others (Romans 8:28). Because of the call on my life, it was necessary for me to go through the process of being purged from focusing on materialistic things and trying to keep up with the Jones’.


I thank the Lord that all this caused me to depend on Him, and it increased my faith. There is a greater testimony when one knows that it was God who provided for them, and they did not seek to get popular or materially prosperous by operating in the flesh.


The reason I am recapping is because many of the readers may not have understood how serious it is to go against the word of God and do what is pleasing to their flesh. What is even more serious is that many of the churches have become cultish. So, what does cultish mean? One who exhibits a great devotion to any person, idea, object or movement other than God.


There are churches today who are so far off in their doctrinal beliefs that it is scary. Many leaders get filthy rich by using spiritual manipulation for their personal gain by preying on ignorant followers. Look what happened to Jim Jones and David Koresh; they had many followers and they perished.


If you are guilty, please repent for following after anyone who is not living according to God’s standard. God is definitely going to deal with ministers who have led people astray.


If you will humbly confess and repent from these evil acts, God will heal and restore you. Because I have not reached perfection, I repent daily of missing the mark (falling into sin). Yet I am still doing what God has called me to do.


Saying yes to His will ~ Betty A. Burnett

Recapping Some of the Messages Pertaining to What is Not Pleasing to God 10-6-2021

I am going to share certain parts of my past messages to reemphasize how important they are and how the readers should know and understand the seriousness of what displeases God. All of the erroneous quotes are displeasing to God, but titles are the worse because they bring attention to the person, which is the world’s way, not God’s way. 


Titles is one of the worse things a child of God can add to their name. Lucifer wanted the title of God, the “I Am” (Isaiah 14:12-14). I believe the Spirit of God led me to this article from Christian Truth Center; the topic was: “True Servants of God do not Give Themselves Titles in Their Names” it is more in depth than what I had written previously.


In the movie “Color Purple” they sung “Maybe God is Trying to Tell You Something”. From the article I just discovered, there is no maybe about it; it is a fact that “God is trying to tell His church something”.


Let’s start with some of these servants that the article named. The first name was Jesus who humbled Himself and became a servant. Therefore, we are to let this mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:6). Jesus said: “I do not seek my own glory” (John 8:50).


As a true servant of God, people may use a title when referring to you, but you do not use a title to your name. We are not to esteem ourselves more highly than we ought (Romans 12:3). When it comes to the children of God, no one is better than the other.


As a matter of fact, the Word puts more emphasis on this. When something is repeated that means the same thing, we should take heed to it. Let nothing be done through strife and vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let us esteem each other more highly than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). I will word it like this. Let nothing be done by being contentious or jealous, not self-conceit or pride, but with humility,  let us consider others before ourselves.


God referred to Moses as His servant (Numbers 12:7-8, Joshua 1:12). And the Lord came and stood and called as at the other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered and said, speak Lord for your servant hears (1 Samuel 3:10).


You will not see anywhere in the New Testament where any of the men and women of God had titles to their names. Anna was called a prophetess, but she did not call herself prophetess Anna (Luke 2:36), Paul was an apostle but he spoke of himself as Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ in several scriptures (Galatians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, 2 Timothy 1:1).


Jesus Christ was an apostle who established the church; prophet that gave warnings to the religious leaders, predicted the future and protected His sheep; He came as an evangelist with the good news and preached repentance; Jesus was a pastor to His disciples, and He was their teacher.

Jesus was never about entertainment; He taught principles for the disciples and us to learn and grow spiritually (Matthew 5:1-2).


To be continued


Exposing the devil’s influence in the church ~ Betty A. Burnett

I’m a Sinner Saved by Grace? 10-4-2021

God can be glorified through His Word, which is truth (John 8:32) and when we are praising Him through the right kind of songs.Today I am going to share another error when it comes to comparing what somebody sung or said with what the Word of God says. Many people say and believe that they are sinners saved by grace.


One cannot be a saint and a sinner at the same time. People can only be in one state of being, they are either in a lost state or they are in a saved state. No one can have two natures; if anyone is in Christ, he [she] is a new creature, old things are passed away and behold all things are new (2 Corinthians 5:17). This does not mean that the person is perfect; it means we have been given a new life.


By nature, we were the children of wrath. But God who is rich in mercy because of His great love in which He loved us even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:3b-5a). We are saved from the old nature and given a new nature.


Since everyone is born with a sinful nature, it took Christ’s death on the cross to give us a new life and the old life no longer belongs to us, even when we miss the mark (fall into sin). The difference in the new life opposed to the old life is when we fall into sin, we have an advocate with the Father (1 John 1:8- 1 John 2:1), whereas the unsaved person does not have an advocate.


So, the song “We fall down but we get up” is sending two signals.


We do fall down, and we get up (by the help of the Lord), but “For a saint is just a sinner who fell down”, is not correct. Some of these recording artists are pastors and to come up with that kind of error is sad. It certainly indicates that they are not studying (2 Timothy 2:15).


The church allows these songs to be sung, which makes it worse. That tells us something about the leaders. It makes others who are knowledgeable of the Word of God, wonder about these peoples’ calling.


This is why the Word of God tells those who call themselves to be teachers need to go back and learn the first principles (Hebrews 5:12).

No one is perfect, yet we should be growing in our walk with Christ. When someone quote errors like a saint is just a sinner who fell down, it takes away from what is true.


Someone told me years ago that songs can bring salvation. Songs will not bring salvation; they are to edify the body of Christ.

This message is for everybody who reads it and especially for recording artists. Please make sure you study the Word of God before publishing half-truths.


God can be glorified through His Word, which is truth (John 8:32), and when we are praising Him through the right kind of songs.


Doing my best to help others ~ Betty A. Burnett

How can They Hear Without a Preacher? Who is the Preacher? 10-3-2021

I don’t know of a better time for this message to be posted than on this Sunday, since it about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


I heard a pastor say publicly that it is the pastor who extends the gospel to the lost. He used this scripture “How can they hear without a preacher”? It really doesn’t make sense for a pastor to make a statement like that when every child of God is commissioned to take or spread the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-19, Acts 1:8).


If the pastor, quote on quote is the only one to extend the Gospel what are the other saints supposed to be doing? In addition to that, we are commissioned to go into the world which is outside of the church. This does not mean if a sinner is attending a church service that he or she cannot receive Jesus when the altar call is given.


I truly believe because of ignorance; the pastor was confused as to what the meaning was; “How can they hear without a preacher”. The word preach means to proclaim the Word. “And how can they preach unless they are sent”? Every child of God is sent, when Jesus said go, He was talking about all of us (Romans 10:14-17).


I will say this, that in my experience it has been said, if you want to know anything ask your pastor. That gives the impression that the pastor is the only one to talk to if one has a problem or if someone needs prayer, they need to go to the pastor. Watch out! That is misleading and it could cause someone to think it is the pastor only that they should go to. Maybe, just maybe he wants people to look up to him.


I was traveling with a minister, and we went to visit a member of the church to check on her and see how she was doing. The lady’s two daughters did not attend church, so the preacher asked them to come to church the next Sunday and get saved. When we got in the car, I asked him what prevented them from hearing the Gospel while we were in the house with them?


Suppose their salvation depended on them hearing the Gospel and accepting Jesus that very day; they would have been lost.


On another occasion, I was with some pastors and this person walked in, pulled out the little New Testament bible from his back pocket and asked how he could get saved. This reminded me of Philip the evangelist and the Ethiopian eunuch. God set it up by sending Philip into the desert to witness to the eunuch; the eunuch also had a bible and as he was reading from Isaiah, chapter 53. He did not understand, and Philip explained to him what it meant (Acts 8:26-39).


God orchestrated circumstances for the man with the bible to receive Jesus as his Savior, as He does with all of us. What joy, unspeakable joy it is to see another soul come into a relationship with Christ. The angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:10).


Lastly, how can they hear without a preacher and how can they preach unless they are sent? Emphasis is, if one is sent, he or she will know what to say.


Shouting from the housetop ~ Betty A. Burnett

Pass Me Not O’ Gentle Savior 10-2-2021

Saints of the Most-High God, these messages are posted to help us walk in truth and come out of the tradition of men. Regardless of who wrote whatever is written, if it does not line up with the Word of God it is not acceptable. 


The reason I continue to put emphasis on what is not accepted by God is because whatever is not profitable God does not accept it. No one has the right to take the Word of God and make it suitable to whatever they want it to be.


In going forward with the erroneous way God’s Word is being slung around, this song should not be sung by born-again believers. If you are saved, why are you singing, save me by Your grace? Is it because the song sounds good?


I used to sing the song too. Then it was brought to my attention and the light came on; from that time to this day, I do not sing “Pass Me Not O’ Gentle Savior”. With all the biblical resources, there should be no reason for churches to sing this song.


The history of this song is biblically connected, but it does not apply to born-again believers.

The song by Francis J. Crosby is about supplication and the scripture that is supposed to connect is: My Lord if I have found favor in Your sight, do not pass by Your servant (Genesis 18:3). It is relating to Abraham’s encounter with the angels. This is certainly a misconnection, because nobody could be saved before Jesus died and rose from the dead. Even though men have always had God’s grace (favor), this kind of grace is different from saving grace.


Another scripture came from another source relating to these words in the song- “Savior, Savior hear my humble cry, while on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by”, and “Save me by Thy grace.”


The story of Blind Bartimaeus a blind beggar paraphrased (Mark 10:46-52)

He sat by the road begging, and when Bartimaeus heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, Jesus son of David, have mercy on me. When they tried to make him be quiet, he cried louder. Blind Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and the miracles He performed, so he was interested in getting his sight which was physical. He was not crying out for Jesus to save him because no one seeks after God (Romans 3:11).


Another situation happened that proves the person was seeking to see Jesus, but not for salvation. Zacchaeus was little in statute, he was a publican, and he was rich. Because of his short statute he ran and climbed into a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw Zacchaeus and said to him, Zacchaeus hurry up and come down, for today I must stay at your house. Zacchaeus made haste and came down and received Him joyfully.


When others saw it (the religious people), they all complained saying, He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner. Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, look Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor, and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold. And Jesus said to him, today salvation is come to this house because he also is the son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and save that which was lost. (Luke 19:1-10).


What is the meaning of these two stories?

Blind Bartimaeus did not want Jesus to pass him by because he wanted to receive his sight; this had nothing to do with salvation. Zacchaeus was not seeking for salvation; he wanted to see this Jesus whom he had heard about. Zacchaeus did not even need to be healed, nor was he seeking to get anything from Jesus, but he received salvation.


I want to say this, no one has to say to Jesus “Do not pass me by”. We do not call Jesus because He is calling us. Although the Word says whoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13), God caused us to call upon the Lord by the faith He put in us.


Proclaiming the Word of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


Breaking the chains of the tradition of men

I Found Jesus? How did that happen? 10-1-2021

Recently a friend of mine passed and the obituary read she found Jesus at such and such time. I never saw this on an obituary before, but I have heard it many times.


Now to “I found Jesus”. Who was lost? Jesus found you, He came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10).


Who sought after Him? There is none who seek after Me (Romans 3:1-11).


Who drew you to Christ? Jesus said if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Me (John 12:32).


How can a lifeless, spiritually dead person find Christ? Think about it, when someone says they found Christ, is it giving the impression that Christ was lost. My God saints, please get into the Word of God and go where you can be taught the truth of God’s Word.


Let’s look at the word seek- Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost. He sought after us.


But, when using other scriptures about seeking, there is a difference. For instance, you will seek Me and find Me when you search after Me with your whole heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13).


This is referring to praying and seeking God. It has nothing to do with the song “I kept on searching until I found Him”. I watched as the song was being sung by a well-known recording artist and his group, and they rocked the house. The chorus was “I found Jesus”. I could hardly take hearing them repeating “I found Jesus” over and over.


That is sad because many recording artist are singing songs that are not scripturally correct. It is evident that they are not studying the Bible and those who get emotionally aroused because of the beat and do not check to see if the words are lining up with the Word of God are agreeing with these meaningless songs.


Also, someone could be referring to the scripture in Deuteronomy 4:29 about seeking the Lord with their whole heart. The children of Israel were being warned about making graven images and so on. We should be seeking God because our souls thirst for Him (Psalm 63:1). This means that a person desires to be more intimate with the Lord, this has nothing to do with salvation.


However, we are required to seek God. Although God knows our every need, He wants us to communicate with Him. Seek and you shall find; whatever we are seeking God for, He is always willing, able and ready to help us (Matthew 7:7-8).


If any of the readers have been saying they found Jesus, I pray that you will not speak that out of your mouth again.


Let’s be forever grateful for God’s Amazing Grace! We were lost but now we are found, we were blind but now we see.


Giving glory to God for His “Amazing Grace” ~ Betty A. Burnett

Judging Others Wrongly? 9-30-2021

A few years ago, the Williams Brothers published a song titled. “Sweep Around Your Own Front Door”. The message in the song was biblically related. However, when I minister, scriptures are used. Otherwise, how does anyone know if there is a biblical connection?


One verse was referring to getting into other peoples’ business and minding your own business, the Bible tells us not to be busybodies or gossipers (1 Timothy 5:13).


But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief, an evil doer or a busybody [meddler] in other peoples’ matters (1 Peter 4:15). I want to pause and say this, being called into ministry there are many people who share personal things that are going on in their lives. Therefore, confidentiality is very important. There are times I use examples pertaining to others’ experiences, but names are not mentioned.


Also, as an Intercessor, some people pour their hearts out for prayer. I have been interceding on behalf of others since 1984, and this aspect of ministry is not taken lightly. Why do you think my prayer partners and I have been praying together on a regular basis for almost twenty years? We take serving in this capacity seriously.


The chorus: Sweep around your own front door before you try to sweep around mine.


The meaning of the song was not to judge others wrongly.


Only God knows the heart of each person. And we need to be careful that we are not doing something worse than others. That’s why we need to take the beam out of our own eye so we can see clearly how to cast the mote out of our brother’s eye (Matthew 7:1-5). Norman Clary also published a song pertaining to the Matthew scripture.


Guess what? Many people don’t use the other scripture that pertains to judging sin in the church. None of us are perfect from our perspective, however, this is what the Word of God says paraphrased: It was reported to Paul that the church allowed a professed believer who was known to be having sex with his father’s wife; in other words, he was fornicating, and the church did nothing about it.


Paul said that this was not even named among the Gentiles who were unsaved, but the church turned their backs on the sin. Paul went further to say if the sin was not dealt with, it would spread. Paul even took it another step and said if the man chose not to repent that the church was to cast him out and let the devil destroy his flesh in hopes that his spirit would be saved.


Paul didn’t stop there, he said, not just for fornicators, but anyone who calls himself a brother [sister too]; being greedy, an idolater, reviler, drunkard or a swindler; not even to eat with such a person. God judges the unsaved, but we are to purge out the ones among us who are practicing these sins (1 Corinthians, chapter 5).


Please remember that there is a difference in judging someone’s heart (Matthew 7:1-5) than judging a professed believer’s actions. So, to those who say. “God knows my heart” and that we are not supposed to judge others, you have this all wrong. If someone is telling you about your evil actions, they have the right to judge according to the Word of God. And if someone says God knows their heart when they are being corrected, their heart is evil.


For those who say God does not have to use anybody to speak to them because if God wants them to know something, He will speak directly to them. That is not true, the reason the Spirit speaks through someone else is because the person is not living according to the Word of God.


You just read about the person being out of line and their sin had to be confronted and dealt with; that has not changed.


Open to the Spirit of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


How can the pot call the kettle black?

Grateful to God for all of You Who so Lovingly Support My Ministry 9-29-2021

Before getting back to where I left off with the messages prior to my travels, I want to say thanks to each of you who read the messages and support my ministry.


I have been challenged by some people about certain messages I write. No two people are going to agree with each other one hundred per cent of the time, and that is not wrong. The main objective is to show love to each other (John 13:35). Those who love Jesus will love others, because Jesus is love.


There are messages that others post or preach that I don't agree with, but I am not trying to confront them unless the Spirit of God gives me a prophetic word to bring correction.


I caution people about nitpicking and being judgmental, be careful because God uses people according to their call. In the past, I was really into certain evangelicals, but as I grew God brought more seasoned ministers that were suitable to my needs. God is so awesome because He has people in our lives for whatever spiritual level each of us is on.


Since we are on different levels (different page), we will not see things the same way but most importantly, is that we are in the same book of life.

I really was blessed at the comments like: "Thanks, I needed that"; “So true, thanks for sharing”; “Amen, totally agree”; “Thanks for your words of wisdom”; and many “Amens”. To read the replies was very encouraging and some of you encouraged me even more by saying "Keep on teaching the truth". This blesses me and confirms that I have heard from the Spirit of God.


Regardless of what we’ve learned in the past, if it does not line up with the Word of God it is unacceptable. We are commanded by God to teach the truth to whoever is in error. Those who teach in error will receive a greater condemnation (Hebrews 5:12), and those who pass on erroneous doctrine will give account of those idle [unprofitable] words (Matthew 12:36). In other words, whatever comes out of a person’s mouth that does not line up with the Word of God is idle words.


The Holy Spirit prompted me to write about unscriptural or erroneous quotes because God takes this seriously.


I am grateful to God for each of you who are open to the truth, and for the challengers because this keeps me on my toes.


Continually pressing forward ~ Betty A. Burnett

A Glimpse of New Jerusalem 9-28-2021

It was on Thursday of last week, a family member and I caught the bus to go to Little Italy, situated between the Village and Chinatown. The street was closed off for festivities where all kinds of Italian food and pastries were sold. As we were riding on the bus, the tall, beautiful buildings captured my attention as usual.


Somehow, I get thrilled just to see the skyscrapers. I realized that in addition to the bright lights, the tall buildings gave more brightness to a city that never sleeps. I want to remind you that of all the times I have been to New York and at one time I lived in the Bronx, what I was seeing on the last trip never crossed my mind before. I shared what I felt about the buildings with my cousin.


Shortly after daybreak on Sunday, September 26, a family member was taking me to the Amtrak station for me to travel back to Greensboro. As we were riding, I saw buildings that I had never seen, suddenly, I had an amazing glimpse of New Jerusalem.


This is a wonderful comparison- The bright lights are the way we are supposed to be (Matthew 5:13-16). The city that never sleeps is a wonderful comparison of God who never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4).


The combination of the skyscrapers and how magnificent they were, reminded me of New Jerusalem where all of God’s children will be forever. To those who are born-again, this should give you something to look forward to. Jesus said He went away to prepare a mansion for us and where He is, we will be there also (John 14:1-3). And He is coming again to receive us unto Himself (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).


It is so incredible how God gave men the ability to build such magnificent buildings, yet they can never compare to the New Jerusalem, because they are man-made. New Jerusalem is the same city Abraham looked for that had foundations, whose Maker was God (Hebrews 11:4).


The size of New York or any other city cannot be compared to the size of New Jerusalem and its infinite beauty (Revelation 21:15-21). And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof (Revelation 21:23).


The glimpse I had of New Jerusalem is scripturally related. The Word says: For it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10a).


My story is, God had a plan for me even when I went to New York as an unsaved person. In fact, my life and yours were planned (Jeremiah 1:5). However, it took many years for me to see His plan, because it was and still is spiritual. The natural [unsaved] man [person] does not understand the things that are of the Spirit of God…. (1 Corinthians 2:14).


He slow walked me back to North Carolina by way of the Bronx, Jersey City, Camden and Philadelphia, and back to Camden after I was born-again and back to North Carolina again, until the next move..


Once I was born-again there was a process of deliverances that were necessary for me to be where I am today. The beginning of my love for New York was from the natural, but over the years it developed into ministry which is spiritual, and I am loving it even more.


God gave me one little nugget at a time, and now I see the how the dots connected. My love for New York was instilled by God. With that being so, much more ministry work must be done.


I don’t know about you, but every day I am preparing to meet the Lord.


On my way to New Jerusalem ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Church is in Me? 9-15-2021

Over the years I heard many people tell others that the church was in them. It was assumed that the church was in their heart. That cannot be! Why is that so? The children of God are collectively the church. In other words, there would be no church if wasn’t for people being saved.


Those who are born-again have the Spirit of Christ in them, the church is not in them. Let’s go to the Word of God and see what is true, about Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians1:27).


When Jesus asked the disciples who did men say who He was, they said some say John the Baptist or Elias and others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. Jesus said but, who do you say I am?


And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ the Son of the living God. Jesus said blessed are you Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you but My Father in heaven (Matthew 16:13-16).


What did Jesus mean? When Peter answered Jesus, that was his confession of faith that Jesus was the Rock, the Messiah, the One who came into the world to save the lost as the Father revealed to him and us as well, and He drew us to Himself. You see, Jesus let Peter know that he did not come up with that on his own, but it was by divine revelation.


Jesus said: And I say this also to you, that you are Peter and upon this rock I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). It was this same Peter who preached on the day of Pentecost and three thousand souls were saved. God added to the church daily such as would be saved (Acts, chapter 2).


The church was not built on Peter whose name meant little rock or stone, but it was founded on the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). No other foundation is laid that can be laid than Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). There would not be a church if it was not for Christ.


Let me ask you this, is the United States or any other country some of you live is, in you? Of course not! Then, how could the church be in anybody?


The entire scripture will not be written, just enough to put emphasis on the church and what it means.


Now you are the body of Christ…… (1 Corinthians 12:27-28) - The church consists of the children of God.


I thank my God I speak in tongues more than all of you, yet in the church…. (1 Corinthians 14:18-19). Here, Paul is talking about a physical building.

Jesus told John to write to the angels, referred to as pastors, of the seven churches (Revelation, chapters 2-3). The churches were physical buildings where the pastors oversaw a congregation of people.


I pray that these messages will provoke you to read and study the Word of God for yourself, instead of listening to what someone else says. Now that you know better, God expects you to do better.


Please stop saying the church is in you!


Striving to help my brothers and sisters say the right things by studying to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


Enjoying doing what I am called to do ~ Betty A. Burnett


Knowing who is in you determines how much you understand.

Jesus is the Light of the World? This Little Light of Mine? 9-14-2021

Both songs have been out ever since I can remember. This is a contradiction, and I will tell you why. If the words to one song is “Jesus is the Light of the world”, why is the other song “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”?


Now, think about it, doesn’t that sound foolish?


Many years ago, school children were sometimes compelled to wear a dunce cap and to stand or sit on a stool as a form of punishment for misbehaving or failing to demonstrate that they had properly performed their studies – Wikipedia. Of course, God would not punish us like that, but there are consequences to our actions.


The Word of God says: My people are destroyed [they suffer loss] for lack of knowledge, because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Let’s look at it like this. The child who wore the dunce cap did not apply him or herself. It could not have been because they were slow; if that were true, they would have been in a special class.


Did God say His people were slow? No, He did not! He said they rejected knowledge.


We are going to look at “Jesus is the light of the world”, and see what Jesus said: As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:5). Jesus chose the ones (the disciples and us) that He gave the light to. Is Jesus still here on this earth? Of course not! Then how can He be a light if He is gone?


What did Jesus tell the disciples and us? You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).


How do our lights so shine? By modeling Jesus when He was on the earth. Did Jesus have bad attitudes, did He have respect of persons, and did He mistreat treat others? Are we acting like the unsaved people that causes our lights to dim?


When you read this, does it look like Jesus is the light of the world? Does it look like Jesus is saying to the disciples and us to let our little lights shine? Little lights hardly give any illumination.


Jesus said to let our lights SO shine, which means our lights are to shine bright. Our glow should illuminate to the point where others see our bright lights and are drawn to Christ. That is how God is glorified.


The song may be true for whoever sings it, but for me, I have every intention to shine bright for Christ. In addition to that, the song leaves out a key word, which is SO. Maybe that is the reason they say or sing little light, because SO changes the entire meaning. It means to such a great extent! As we grow in Christ our lights should shine brighter. That is a mark of maturity.


I pray that your eyes are open to the truth, and you will stop quoting and singing whatever does not line up with the Word of God. The truth sets us free.


Correcting my brothers and sisters in love. Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Proverbs 25:5-6). A true friend tells the truth.


Shine bright, children of the Most-High God!


Lovingly sharing ~ Betty A. Burnett


How bright is your house?

When Someone Upsets You, do You Say, “I’m Going to Lay My Religion Down”? 9-13-2021

Have you ever heard anyone say they were going to lay their religion down when they are upset with someone? I have heard it many times. Just in case you have not heard it, there is a possibility you will hear it, and this can help you to have an awareness of this erroneous quote. The Spirit of the Lord may have you to address it and explain what that kind of statement means.


When I hear this statement made, there is not a comment because all the people who are closely associated with me do not say “I’m going to lay my religion down.” Now that it is being written, somebody will read the message and stop making that statement.


If someone makes a statement like that, they are either unsaved or they do not understand salvation. This leads me to believe that the person has not been taught properly and that they have not been corrected by someone. If that is true, the people who hear the statement have the same mind-set.


If someone is laying their religion down, and because they go to church, it may be assumed that they are saved. This could also mean they are equating religion with salvation. Therefore, when someone says they are laying their religion down, it seems as though they are laying their salvation down. That is saying one can lay their salvation down and pick it back up again. That is impossible!


Question: Are any of us supposed to get that angry with someone that we would strike them, curse them out and so on? The Word of God tells us this: Be angry and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26).


If someone makes another person so angry that it causes them to want to attack the person, they need to check themselves and ask the Lord to help them with the anger issue. It certainly needs to be dealt with. Anger falls under temperance or self-control which is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We should be bearing fruit, more fruit, and much fruit (John 15:1-8). I need help too, especially in that area. But I do not say I’m going to lay my religion down.


This is not to beat you up; it’s to help whoever is saying they are going to lay their religion down.


Read and study the Word of God for yourself, rather than listening to errors. Also, I encourage you to get into a teaching ministry so you can be taught the principles of the Word. One pastor said it like this: “You work God’s principles, and they will work for you.”


I tell you the truth and not a lie, the principles of God work for me. Why? Because God’s Word is true, and God cannot lie!


Continuing to study to see what is true ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Characteristics of a Church Established by God 9-12-2021

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it (Psalm 27:1a).


Every child of God should ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit as to which church they should be in. No church is perfect, if that were true, we would not be here, because perfection takes place in heaven. Wherever the Spirit of God leads you there is something you can gain (learn) and something you can contribute.


We are the body of Christ with many members and all the members are important. It takes all the members working together to keep the body whole or healthy.


No one can use the excuse that they are not mature enough to utilize their gifts. I have been writing for many years and the more I study and learn, the more my ministry flourishes. Whatever God has given you to do, use it to the best of your ability regardless of your level of maturity.


Now to the characteristics of a church called by God.

How was it established? The church was established on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), by the apostles who functioned as pastors.

Its foundation was the apostles and prophets with Jesus Himself being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


Characteristic of bishops (fivefold ministry) is in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9. The five-fold ministry offices are the bishops, overseers and elders; the names are interchangeable. 


 This is what the fold does: They clasp or enwrap closely with one another. In the church they cannot function alone.

Christ gave these five ministry offices to the church, so the children of God would not be tossed to and fro, [or here and there] by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:11-16). The apostle, prophet and evangelist are not always in the local church, but when they are in the church, they function along with the other ministry offices.


Listen please, if the church is not functioning the way God ordained it to, there is no good success. There are many ministries that do not embrace the whole counsel of the Word, but I believe they are called by God. None of us do everything we are told to do. However, there will be a loss of rewards when we stand before Christ and give account of what we have done (Matthew 25:14-30,1 Corinthians 3:11-15).


When it comes to the church functioning the way God called it to, nothing has changed and whoever is changing the Word to suit their purpose is saying God does not know what He is doing. How dare anyone try to make God a liar. Saints, I know this may sound hard, but God is trying to get His children’s’ attention. There are some who say that certain things are not for today. The devil is a liar. The church age is to function like God designed it to function until Jesus returns.


The good work that God started will not be complete [from our perspective] until Christ returns (Philippians 1:6). We are a body of believers called into oneness; therefore, it takes every part of the body to make it complete.


Now that you’ve learned what the characteristic of a church called by God is, keep your eyes and ears open to what is going on in your church. And, if the church is operating more like a business than a ministry, Watch Out! Be prayerful and allow the Spirit of God to guide you (John 16:13).


“Be ready when He comes, don’t let Him catch you with your work undone”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Memories of 911, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at 8:46 AM EDT

This marks the twentieth-year anniversary of 911, the most horrifying disaster that I can remember during my lifetime. The entire nation was affected by the loss of so many lives. Many people are still baffled when they reflect on such an unbelievable catastrophe that have left some emotional trauma due to the loss of loved ones and friends.


The message is for the readers to think about the shortness of life and how it is like a vapor (James 4:14). Some say we can be here today and gone tomorrow. I have news for those who say or even think that. Any of us can be gone the next second.


There are many ways lives can come briefly to an end. For instance, a plane could crash, vehicular accidents, house fire, a bomb could be dropped, all these senseless murders and so on.


Since nobody knows how long they will be here, how about thinking about your life and what it means to you. Better still, what about your eternal state? This is a hypothetical question, based on an idea. If you stand before Jesus today and He asks you to give Him one reason why He should let you into His kingdom, what would your answer be?


This is a hint: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved (Romans 10:9-10).


Another hint: Because you believe your mother or father went to heaven, that will get you in. There is a saying that every tub has to sit on its own bottom. You will not get to heaven because you worked hard in the church faithfully, sung on the choir, or you were on the usher-board.


You see, if could get to heaven by your works, you would have something to brag about. That is why salvation is all God's doing; you didn't even have faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), God instilled the faith in you.


Those were some good hints and by now, you should know the answer. Think about it, if your life was snuffed out within the next few seconds, where would you go?


Remembering those who are gone and doing whatever possible to spread the "Good News" to those who are still here.


God bless you


Betty A. Burnett


Unforgettable!

When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood, the Spirit of the Lord Will Lift Up a Standard Against Him? 9-10-2021

I hear this quote on a regular basis and guess what? I did the same thing, and when I learned the truth, the lie had to go. I certainly do not mind confessing about my ignorance when it comes to the Word of God. I believe it is good for me to acknowledge that there were areas in my own life where growth was necessary.


To tell you the truth, I still have a lot to learn, but that does not stop me from posting messages. 


Now to, “When the Enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift [raise] up a standard against him. In the Old Testament, God took care of the Israelites’ enemies because they did not have the Spirit of God living in them (Isaiah 59:19).


Moses knew about God’s power to defeat Pharaoh when God showed him His power through the ten plagues (Exodus, chapter 7-11), and he definitely saw God’s power when He parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:20-21).


Joshua knew about God’s power; he knew when they marched around the walls of Jericho, it was God’s power that caused the walls to tumble down (Joshua 6:16-20).


Why do you think Caleb said when was eighty-five years old that he was just as able as he was when Moses sent him out years earlier? (Joshua 14:10-12) Although he was strong, Caleb realized he could do nothing without the power of God, and neither can we.


Even though we have been given the power by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), we must yield to His guidance (John 16:13).


Let’s get to when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. God rescued Israel when their enemies came against them. At times, He allowed their enemies to defeat them so they would turn back to Him (1 Samuel 12:10-11).


Whoever says anything contrary to the Word of God, is defeating the purpose. Example: Do you think God is going to fight your battles when His Spirit has empowered you to fight and win?


The disciples had returned from being sent out by Jesus. They told Him the devils were subject to them by His name. Jesus said: Behold I give you power to trample over serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt you (Luke 10:17,19).


The disciples had authority because Jesus gave it to them, once Jesus was no longer here, the power came from the Holy Spirit. We are in spiritual warfare, and with the Word of God we are equipped with everything that is necessary for battle (Ephesians 6:10-18).


In the natural, how will a soldier go off to war without being equipped? The first step the soldier must go through is basic training, to learn how to use his weapon. It is the same with the Word of God, there has to be proper teaching/training for spiritual warfare.


When the enemy hears the children of God misquote scriptures or they are not connecting, he laughs at us. Here is another example: “Stand still and the Lord will fight your battles”. Keep on standing still and see what happens. 


Misapplying the scriptures causes one to be defeated.


Empowered by the Holy Spirit for battle ~ Betty A. Burnett 


Use the POWER that has been to you!

Praying for God to Heal the Nation of the Covid-19 Pandemic? 9-9-2021

I see some people posting prayers on Facebook asking God to heal the nation of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Even if they would get a handle on this disease, there will be an increase of diseases (pestilences). I have written and posted messages as to what the Word of God says about this deadly disease, and the new variants that continue to manifest.


These are the names of the ones I am aware of in addition to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Delta, a major worry right now and is a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain which was first identified in India in December 2020. Mu was first identified in Colombia in January. There are more to come according to the Bible.


Signs of the times and the end of the age

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them. 


Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name saying I am the Christ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled [shaken], for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.


For nation shall rise against nation [races of people], and kingdom against kingdom [country], and there will be famine, pestilences [diseases], and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginnings of sorrows (Matthew 24:3-8).


What Jesus said has been going on for many years, but they are getting progressively worse, and the demonic activity is on the rise which increases the crime rate and all other kinds of wickedness.


For those who do not believe, I did not write the Word of God. However, information is being passed on for your benefit, not mine, because I am doing my best to live by the Word of God. It does benefit me when people are open to the truth.


So, instead of praying for the disease why not pray for people, especially for you to be safe from the disease. And I truly believe those who are doing whatever possible to avoid contracting any disease, will be safe.


This is the other misunderstood scripture that is linked to asking God to heal the nation of Covid-19: 

If My people who are called by My name would humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).


First of all, how does anyone connect the Covid-19 with someone sinning? This scripture has to do with Solomon dedicating the temple and the Lord reminding him what to do when the people sin. Many times, in the Old Testament when God’s people sinned, they cried out to Him, and He forgave them and restored them.


God does the same under the new covenant (New Testament). If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The key word is humble. It takes humility for a person to admit they are wrong. The principle is humbly seeking His face praying, turning from the evil that was done, and the sins will be forgiven.


Caution: Please read the history when you are quoting scriptures and make sure they connect, are related, and support each other.


Praying for people to use wisdom and to be safe from these diseases.


Believing every Word of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


Prayers that line up with the Word of God

God Said He Would Make My Enemies My Footstool? Really? 9-8-2021

This is one of the first quotes that I have heard some people saying “God said He would make my enemies my footstool." That is not true. God never said that.


This is what the scripture says: The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand till I make Your enemies Your footstool (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, Hebrews 1:13). All six of these scriptures say the exact same thing.


And this scripture says more: But this Man after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool (Hebrews 10:12-13).


How are the enemies going to be somebody’s footstool, when Jesus’ enemies are not His footstool yet? Also, do you see anywhere in this scripture or any other scripture, that God will make your enemies your footstool?


 Somebody needs to start reading the Bible. To be that far out of line with what the Word of God is saying and who it is referring to, is shameful. To make a statement like that gives the impression that the person is more important than Jesus.


Let’s get to when Jesus’ enemies will be His footstool. When the government will be on His shoulder is during the time Jesus will reign in Jerusalem. A king cannot reign over the entire earth until his enemies are defeated. Right now, the name of Jesus brings angry or violent response because many people hate His name.


For instance, I have attended support groups, NA and Al-Anon where people would call whoever they believed to be the higher power, such as Buddha, they were allowed to call God she. I was bold enough to wear my Jesus pin on my jacket and they did not say anything about it. However, I did not say anything about Jesus, but I am sure they did not like me wearing my Jesus pin.


One day, every knee is going to bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. The title Lord was given to Jesus because He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 


Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name (Philippians 2:5- 11). That is the reason every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord!


Some may not acknowledge Him now, but one day they will!


Jesus is my Lord ~ Betty A. Burnett


When will Jesus' enemies be made His footstool, not your footstool? 

One Hundred, Sixty and Thirty Fold – Where do You Fit in? 9-7-2021

Today the message will be about the Sower and the seeds and the various type of ground they were sown on. The parable which is a short story conveying a spiritual principle is to give the readers awareness as to what kind of life they are living and if they are striving to maximize their potential.


The Sower represents Jesus, the seed is the Word, and the ground represents our hearts. There are four kinds of grounds which represent the peoples’ hearts (Matthew 13:1-8, Mark 4:13-20).


Three of these grounds represent those who profess to be saved, but they are not really born-again. This is why:

1) Some seeds fell by the way-side, but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts.


2) Some seeds were sown on thorny ground, when they heard it, immediately they receive it with gladness. And they have no root in themselves and so endure it for a time; afterward when affliction and persecution arise for the Word’s sake, immediately they are offended.


3) And some fell among thorns, and such as hear the Word, and the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things entering in choke the Word and it becomes unfruitful.


4) Others fell on good ground and brought forth fruit, some one hundred fold some sixty fold and some thirty fold.


All three of these groups are saved, and they represent a true believer who has saving faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). These are those who are truly born-again, but they had different types of commitments


1) One hundredfold means the person reaches their full potential; they do everything possible to please the Lord. They study regularly; spend quality time with the Lord; they choose not to compromise; they stand on the Word of God. But this does not mean they are perfect.


2) The sixty fold people are not fully committed to the Lord. Example: They have fellowship with other saints, and they may attend Bible study, but they get distracted and out of focus.


3) Thirty fold are the worse, they take it to the limits by doing whatever they want to do, and they say God knows my heart. These type of people are focused more on the flesh; they rarely study the Word for themselves, and they go by what others say. Some will even use excuses or try to justify their actions by saying: “Nobody is perfect but Jesus.”


I heard a pastor say it’s okay to make thirty or sixty-fold as long as you make it in. But they fell on good ground therefore, they had the potential to do better.


God is expecting each of His children to maximize their potential, because He gives us the ability to fulfill His purpose for us. Would you tell your child it is okay to make a C or D, rather than encouraging them to do their best and strive to make an A?


What ground do you represent?


Striving for One Hundred Fold ~ Betty A. Burnett

“Happy Labor Day” 9-6-2021

As we come to the end of the summer season with the last holiday before fall sets in, I am reminded of our lives and how we go from labor to reward. This is how I interpret “Labor day” from a spiritual perspective.


But, before going to the spiritual part, I want to share how people worked about twelve hours a day seven days a week. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities, and breaks. Some would say “They worked from sun-up till sun-down."


That was a lot of work, and by the time one week ended another began without sufficient breaks. So, when Labor day became a national holiday, there must have been great sighs of relief.


I see a spiritual parallel of people toiling here on earth and laboring hard as they press toward the high call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). When Jesus taught, He used a natural situation to bring about a spiritual principle.


So, let’s get right to paralleling the natural and the spiritual. In the natural, the poorer people had to work hard, and they suffered through blood sweat and tears for centuries. Some toils and labors were harsher than others, nevertheless it was hard.


Around the latter part of the eighteen hundreds, people had become so tired that they protested against all that almost non-stop labor. That brought about a change, and they had some rest from their labor. Instead of feeling miserable, there was time for some type of enjoyment.


Now to the spiritual aspect of what Christians go through. We must endure trials and persecutions; believe me it is not easy. “No cross, no crown”! 


The Christian walk certainly is not easy, but it’s well worth everything we go through. We are going from labor to reward. And those who have gone on to be with the Lord are resting from their labors (Revelation 14:13).


Remember what I said before? The saints in heaven are not just doing nothing, they are enjoying heaven to the fullest; praising God and fellowshipping with each other and they have responsibilities. What a “Hallelujah” time it is in heaven.


Saints let’s look forward to that great getting up day when we all see Jesus, the One who delivered us from the penalty of sin, the One who is helping us to be delivered from the power of sin, and when we get to heaven, we will be delivered from the presence of sin – Glory to God!


Waiting for Jesus to come  ~ Betty A. Burnett


From labor to reward!

Congregating on this Labor Day Week-end 9-5-2021

Many Christians set aside certain days as their day to attend church services. I am putting emphasis on a sign that was posted on Facebook: If you can sit in a restaurant and eat you can sit in a church and worship.


One response worship you can God anywhere, and that is so true, and many churches are different from restaurants, when it comes to safe distancing. Although the Word tells us not to forsake assembling with the saints, as is the manner of some but exhorting one another (Hebrews 10:25).


“Church service versus going to a Restaurant”

There are many ways we can connect such as the internet, phones, zoom, duo call, WhatsApp and by other means, it is not the same as being with others, even if is at a distance.


I agreed to the shutdown and many churches complied to the governmental rules. To me the government was to be commended because I felt they were trying to protect the citizens.


The Word of God says: Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves (Romans 13:1-2).


Some Christians were being defiant about the rules and many of them died. Even if the person is a pastor, he does not have the right to go against what or who is appointed by God, especially if it is not contrary to the Word of God.


Today, if you have the opportunity to fellowship at a church that has been called by God, I encourage you to wear a mask, stay at a safe distance and keep your hands clean.


Uh, oh! How do know if a church is called by God? If you are truly being led by the Spirit of God, He will reveal it to you.


Why not go to the right church and then enjoy a good meal. After all, we need both spiritual and natural food. If you don’t get to a church, and still want to fellowship over a meal, the Word of God can be shared with the saints you’re in the company of. Most of the time when I meet others in a restaurant, the Word of God is a part of our conversation.


It doesn’t matter what day it is, I enjoy fellowshipping with the saints. Enjoy your day to the fullest.

Have a wonderfully blessed Sunday!


Enjoying Jesus every day ~ Betty A. Burnett

Holiday Week-End 9-4-2021

This is to encourage those who are born-again about their activities during this last summer holiday week-end.


Last year most of us were at a stand-still because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and many people are suffering in various ways from the results of a pestilence (disease) which has not stop raising its ugly head through one variant after another.


And for your information, as we get closer to the return of Jesus Christ our Savior, things will get progressively worse (Matthew 24:4-8). So, instead of praying for God to change something that Jesus said must come to past, we should be praying for the safety of ourselves and others.


I do not understand why some people who had the vaccinations died, or why some became sick from the vaccine. Whatever the case, it is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it.


When it comes to me, I had the vaccinations is spite of some apprehensions, and there were a few side-effects. Yet, I do not regret having the vaccines. When it comes to being in public, I have been quite a few places, but I wore my mask and tried to wash or sanitize my hands often and I definitely try to practice safe distance.


Here is the point for this message, please follow the suggested guidelines so you can be safe from contracting anything that will harm you.


I want to tell the readers that I believe washing my hands, wearing my mask and whenever possible safe distancing have kept me safe, because the vaccine is not a one hundred percent surety. 


In addition to that, after doing whatever possible to stay safe, I stand on the Word of God which is not only the “Great Commission”, but those who believe shall not only operate in the miraculous, if they ingest anything deadly it shall not harm them.


Those who go to places or on missions where there is danger, they will not be harmed. I also apply this to me when it comes to what goes in my mouth. I have already experienced a near death experience, so I believe the Covid-19 cannot not permanently harm me either.


Example: 

Paul the apostle was bitten by a venomous [poisonous] snake and it did not harm him (Acts 28:1-6). The people were expecting Paul to fall down dead.


What about all these restaurants that people flock to for meals. We don’t know what is put in the food or what the person cooking it might have. When it comes to eating food, I pray over it like the Word of God tells us to do: The food is sanctified [cleansed] by the Word and by prayer (1 Timothy 4:5).


As you go about this last summer holiday use the wisdom, for it is the Key. God bless you and

have a great Saturday!


Betty A. Burnett

God will Not Dwell in an Unclean Temple? 9-3-2021

This is an unscriptural quote that has been spoken throughout the Christian community for years. Apparently it is the way the verse is written that causes a problem with some people understanding what it means. We must understand that words can throw us if we do not study to get the full meaning of them.


Scripture: Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, and you are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).


Footnote from John McArthur Study Bible -ESV: Here is a severe warning to anyone who would interfere with or destroy the building of the church on the foundation of Christ. This lines up with what I had already learned.

This scripture is not talking about God dwelling in an unclean temple. It is talking about someone else destroying the church (children of God).


If anyone comes against a child of God, they are in danger!!!


I have no idea how someone could say God will not dwell in an unclean temple. Once we are saved (born-again), the Spirit of God never leaves us. Whoever thinks the Holy leaves us when we fall into sin, does not understand salvation.


There are so many people who did not understand that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, and the seal cannot be broken. Now that you know, hopefully, this will cause you to think about how the Holy Spirit gets grieved (Ephesians 4:30), and He is saddened when we fall into sin.


If you are born-again, your temple is clean! Remember that the Spirit of God does not dwell in unsaved people, so it is talking about unsaved people only.


God told Peter not to call what He had cleansed, unclean (Acts 10:15). Please read the entire chapter to get a full understanding of how God called Peter to take the gospel to the Gentiles. The Jews had no dealings with Gentiles, and they considered them unclean, that’s why Peter did not want to go to them.


This is another erroneous quote:

Some people have said,  "Lord not to take Your Spirit from me". When David asked the Lord not to take His Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11), it was because of David’s sexual sin with Bathsheba, and he had her husband killed. 


In the Old Testament the Spirit of God would anoint judges, priests, prophets, and kings, but the Holy Spirit could not dwell in them because Jesus had not come and shed His blood for their sins.


I am reiterating, the Spirit of God never leaves us.


Signed, Sealed and Delivered ~ Betty A. Burnett


One cannot be clean and dirty at the same time.

Are the Saints Walking Around Heaven All Day? (Part 2) 9-2-2021

I want to say a WOW! To the readers. When it was revealed to me about what is going on in heaven now as to what the saints are doing, I was blown away! Some people think heaven is boring because of what has been passed on to them.


The devil wants people to think heaven is boring and that in hell there is a lot of partying. If anyone calls screaming and hollering fun, they are a fool, because they will be tormented throughout eternity. Whatever they lust after in this life, the lust will be even greater in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). Can you imagine someone lusting after drugs and sex and can’t get it?


The opposite end of the spectrum is being tormented forever or living g in a total blissful state (extremely happy, full of joy) throughout eternity! From just what was said, is God boring? 


He is always at work, and we are His fellow-workers (1 Corinthians 3:9). God created Adam to have responsibilities. Adam was responsible for taking care of the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15), and he delighted in his responsibilities until he sinned. His delightful responsibilities turned in hard labor (Genesis 3:17).


Those who have gone on to be with the Lord are resting from their labors and their works do follow them (Revelation 14:13). All the hard labor they went through is over and now they are delighting in responsibilities in heaven; that’s what rest means. Let’s look at these two words that are very important in understanding the meaning of this scripture.


Rest – It implies previous labor, toil, and care. Labor – To toil, pains, troubles resulting in weariness. So, to be with the Lord is awesome! All the troubles of this world are gone.


Song by Mahalia Jackson -second stanza

Soon I will be done with the troubles of the world, troubles of the world, troubles of the world. Soon I will be done with the troubles of the world, I’m going home to live with God.


In addition to resting from their labors, the Word of God says: 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His saints (Psalm 116:15). The word precious in the Hebrew language means valuable, honorable.


I will word it like this: The children of God are so valuable and honorable to Him that there is joy that cannot be imagined when they finally meet the Lord.


The saints will not live in heaven. Eventually we will live in New Jerusalem, the city that will come down from heaven, and we will have responsibilities of ruling over cities, regions and so on; similar to what goes on today, but it will be in a perfect state.


That is why God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth: Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. And then, I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:1-2).


New Jerusalem will be our home and Christ will rule and reign in that city and we will rule in the in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-5). However, the assignments will be given according to how we fulfilled our purpose (Matthew 25:14-30).


We will be the people in charge on the new earth because the earth will continue to populate. Some of us will rule over cities as governors, mayors and so on; we will judge people and keep things orderly. 


Notice how there are kings and presidents in the world today. The only king we will have is Jesus Christ. The government will be on His shoulders. (Isaiah 9:6-7)


Waiting with anticipation to be with the Lord ~ Betty A. Burnett 


What an awesome future to look forward to!


Walk Around Heaven All Day? 9-1-2021

I image some of you are saying, when is sister Betty going to stop writing about erroneous quotes? Well, the answer is, I will stop when all the known erroneous quotes are not brought to my attention.


“Walk Around Heaven All Day” was recorded by this group, who was one of the most successful and best known gospel quartets of all time. But most of the time, peoples’ emotions are aroused by these entertainers. 


I just heard a preacher recently and the way he built peoples’ emotions with his style that is usually practiced prior to going before his audience. It is done deliberately. Where is God in these fleshly performances?


I am going to point out the unbiblical stanzas.


1) I am going to a place where I’ll have nothing, nothing to do, but just walk around heaven all day. This part will be addressed in greater detail in the next message, so the readers will understand that heaven is more exciting than you than we could possibly realize. Paul saw and heard things that were so awesome it was unlawful for a man to utter. (2 Corinthians 12:1-4)


For those who think they will walk around heaven all day, do not realize how huge heaven is; two million, two hundred and fifty thousand miles (Revelation, chapter 21), and if they walk that many miles in one day, more power to them.


2) My mother will be waiting and my father too. What about Jesus? Did their mother and father save them? And how do they know if their mother and father are in heaven. Maybe, just maybe, because their parents went to church. That has nothing to do with salvation, many people have gone to hell through the church.


3) Every day will be Sunday and Sabbath will have no end. Sabbath will be one moon to another. If anyone is equating Sabbath with Sunday, that is wrong and everyday will not be Sunday.


4) The race will be run if we are doing what we are called to do. Paul uses the analogy of a marathon runner who gets to the finishing line (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). One must go through strenuous training, so they can be fit for the race. Whatever holdbacks there are need to be put aside because they can beset the runner (Hebrews 12:1). The runner must not only be fit, but he must also wear lightweight clothes, which makes him run faster.


Caution: Listen to what is being sung or other words that come for peoples’ mouths. Weigh it and see if it is in line with the Word of God.


Everybody talking about heaven ain't going there.


Understanding the Eternal Realm ~ Betty A. Burnett

I Got Jesus and I Don’t Need Nobody Else? 8-31-2021

God Himself said that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18-25), so He made a help-mate for Adam. And God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it……. (Genesis 1:28). 

So, why would anybody say, “I got Jesus and I don’t need nobody else.” For someone to make a statement like that, it tells me they are not even processing what is being said. 


Don’t feel bad, I have done it too and I still say things sometimes without any forethought. But it does not make it right, because, what we say also affect others. That is the reason I am quick to come back and let the readers know when there has been a mistake in some of my messages.


Let’s continue with “I got Jesus and I don’t need nobody else”


Why would Solomon write two are better than one; if one falls, the other person picks him up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)?


Why would David write about brothers [sisters] being together in unity (Psalm 133)? A church with a unified people (being on one accord) has a powerful anointing to destroy yokes.


Why did Jesus appoint seventy other disciples and send them out two by two (Luke 10:1-3)?


Why would the scriptures say, If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything they shall ask, it shall be done of My Father in heaven, and where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am in the midst of them/us (Matthew 18:19-20)? Whatever we are agreeing on and asking for, has to line up with the Word of God.


What is the purpose of the Fivefold- ministry? It is to grow the children of God into spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). And the purpose of the other gifts is to encourage/edify/build each other up (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11).


What about the triune God in three personalities? The three never do anything independent of each other (1 John 5:7-8).


I could go on and on and on, but this should give the readers enough information to know that we need each other.


Remember that song “I need you and you need me, we’re all a part of God’s family”? That is so true!


What about people saying I got Jesus and I don’t need nothing else? 

Is Jesus down here physically handing out money, clothes, houses and so on. 


Think about it, how and who did God use as our resources? A man who doesn’t work doesn’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Did you make your own clothes? How did you get food? God made all of us with different abilities to help each other.


God gave us all these resources and we are to manage or be a good steward over what He has entrusted to us (Matthew 25:14-30).


Come on now, let’s start doing better and stop saying anything that comes off the top of our heads (without careful thought or investigation).


The messages are written to show the readers how much God our Father wants us to strive for excellence because He is excellent!


Pressing (striving) more and more to reach the mark of the high call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). It is a struggle, but we must press our way!


I need you and you need me ~ Betty A. Burnett


I need you and you need me!

Satan the Blood of Jesus is Against You? 8-30-2021

I was trying to combine two messages pertaining to the precious blood of Jesus and how it is verbally slung around in a way, that even the demons are laughing at those who are making themselves look so foolish.


There was song not too many years ago titled: “Give God the Glory” this song was sung in many places:


Give God the glory (repeat 3 times), And Jesus will give you (repeat 3 times)

Satan, the blood of Jesus is against you (repeat 3 times)

So let us, Give God the glory (repeat 3 times)

So let us, Give God all the praise (repeat 3 times)


I want to know how God can get the glory and the praise when they sing “Satan the blood of Jesus is against you”. God does not get glory and praise out of anything that does not line up with His Word. Whoever comes up with these songs does not have much knowledge of the Word, and what is even sadder, when the song was sang, they rocked the house.


I do not have much to talk to Satan about unless I am binding demons in the name of Jesus. We are fully armored to combat the forces of the enemy. We are in warfare, and God has equipped with each piece of the armor to defeat the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-18).


 But when someone does not know about the power/authority that has been given to them, they cannot defeat the devil. The power does not work unless it’s put into action.


When someone says, the Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace (Exodus 14:14), that does not work. God fought for the Israelites in the Old Testament because the Spirit of God did not live in them. Jesus also told the disciples that it was necessary for Him to go away so the Holy Spirit could come (John 16:7). 


After Jesus finished His earthly assignment, the Holy Spirit came to live in us and to empower us who are born-again (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4). Jesus told the disciples and us that He gave us power/authority over the demons (Luke 10:19).

You will not see anything written in the Bible where Jesus said, “Satan, My blood is against you.” So, why are the children of God taking it upon themselves to say what they want to say instead of doing and saying what Jesus did and spoke? When Satan tempted Jesus, He came back with the Word and Jesus used the Word to back up every lie that Satan tried to trip Him up with.


Example: Again, the devil took Him up to an exceeding high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, and said to Him, all these things I will give You if You fall down and worship me. 


Then Jesus said to Him, get behind Me Satan, for it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God and Him only You shall serve (Matthew 4:10). Jesus did not say Satan was worshipping the Lord God. That was the way the scripture was written.


True worship is living according to the Word of God. To worship Him is to know Him, to know Him is to follow His commands and we will win the battle. He told us to put on the whole armor of God because we are in the Lord’s army and there is some serious warfare going on.


Got My War Clothes On ~ Betty A. Burnett


Are you putting your armor to use?

Family Reunion 

After having such a wonderful time with so many family members on yesterday, I feel it would be dis-service not to share what family means to me.


I saw family that I had not seen in many years, and there were others that I met for the first time. This message is being written to let all our family know how important it is to be a part of the family, from both parents’ side.


They came from far and near: Charlotte, Southern Pines, Gibsonville, Burlington, High Point, Brown Summit, Elon, Greensboro, New York, Florida, and there may have been some from other places.


My immediate family of nieces and nephews who live in New Jersey did not attend, but one followed us on Facebook. Some other members of the family who were regular attendees in the past did not attend because of health issues and they were missed.


The Spirit of God led me to do an ancestry research on the Patrick side of the family when I moved back to Greensboro in 1994. It was a lot of hard work as I traveled from Guilford County to Rockingham County, and through the help of someone else, valuable information was found. 


From searching out on the microfiche, which was not an easy task, I discovered that our forefather on the Patrick side of the family was a slave.


Another cousin has some valuable information that she obtained from Salt Lake City about the Patrick family. Thank the Lord for modern technology that is accessible, and the information is much easier to get.


My ancestry has been an interest of mine that goes beyond our biological family, it was and is also my interest from a biblical standpoint. Around 1998, I wrote my first narrative: “A Heritage to be Proud of”. So, ancestry and what it means, is in my blood.


On that note, another cousin on the Burnett side of my family is doing a research and she has found information that was mind-boggling. Through her, my interest perked up up even more so, for the Burnett side of my family. It was documented on my daddy’s birth certificate that he was a mulatto (half white and half black). 


Many of you who know me also know that I do not like or use white and black when it comes to race. We are people of color with different shades that make us even more beautiful.


To my knowledge nobody is one hundred percent of any race. Plus, we all have the same blood from our fore-father Adam (Acts 17:26). And blood is only one color. So, who gives any race of people the right to think they are better than others when the same God who made us all has no respect of persons made (Romans 2:11)?


Since all of us came from the Lord God Almighty, all of us have a heritage to be proud of.


In closing, I want to say to all who were not notified, as an older member of the family, I will speak on behalf of the Chairperson, who did a great job along with the committee. Whoever was left out, it certainly was not intentional. I will do everything possible to help with our ancestry as well as getting contact information. 


Let’s stay together. We are family and a house divided cannot stand.

God bless you family!


Lovingly submitted ~ Betty A. Burnett

Pleading the Blood of Jesus? 8-28-2021

As with other unscriptural quotes, I am addressing this one that has been quoted by well-known evangelicals and local pastors, but does that make it right? What is the significance of the blood according to the scriptures? The word Plead has several meanings, but none of them are connected to pleading the blood of Jesus.


I even asked some leaders why they used “Pleading the blood”. None of them could give me a biblical answer. One of them brought several for me to read and I told her I did not agree with the books. We need to read the BOOK. The conversation ended with me saying that we could disagree and still love each other. When she said the blood came before love, I was done. Most people that know the truth understand if it had not been for Love, there would be no shed blood.


The blood of Jesus has been and still takes care of sin. In the Old Testament the blood of animals took care of sin temporarily. But our sins needed to be taken care of permanently, and that could only happen through God sending His Son, Jesus Christ to take away our sins (Hebrews 9:22). God sent His Son to pay the ultimate price for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross and Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).


Since Jesus Christ came to take care of the sin problem by shedding His blood, why are people using His precious blood for anything other than sin? If we sin, Jesus Christ is our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1), and when we confess our sins, our Father forgives us for all those unrighteous things we do (1 John 1:9-10).


Our sins are cleansed by Jesus’ blood, but since Jesus is no longer here on this earth, the Holy Spirit is the power that we need. Jesus said unless He went away the Holy Spirit (Comforter) could not come (John 16:13). He told the disciples to tarry (wait) in Jerusalem until they received [Holy Spirit’s] power from on high (Luke 24:49). Jesus also said He would not leave us comfortless (John 14:18). Not only that, but the Holy Spirit will also guide us into all truth (John 16:13).


The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do whatever needs to be done, this includes praying to God in the name of Jesus, not the blood of Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray the perfect prayer, because we get weak and do not know what to pray for (Romans 8:26).


I caution the readers to be careful what is coming out of your mouths and make sure it lines up with the Word of God. Anything that does not line up with the Word is from the enemy.


Since the beginning of the church age (Acts, chapter 2), the enemy has tried to infiltrate the church with the doctrine of demons; even more so today. Many of God’s children get caught up in unbiblical or extra biblical doctrine. Have you seen plead the blood in the God’s Word? 


Even still, if you heard someone say it regardless of how well known they are or how large their ministry is, if it does not line up with the Word of God it should not be repeated. How do you know what is true or false if you do not study the Word of God?


We should have something from the Word for each situation. Example: Instead of pleading the blood of Jesus over a family member, continue to pray and believe God for their salvation. Paul, the apostle said this: Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved (Romans 10:1).


Satan twisted the Word when he was tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-10), and each time he took it out of context, Jesus hit him within the context of the Word. After all, Jesus was the Word (John 1:1). 


The stupid devil was trying to get Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the temple and he wrongly quoted Psalm 91:11 by saying: If you are the Son of God, cast Yourself down, for it is written, He shall give His angels charge over you. The scripture never said cast yourself down; that would have been tempting God.


Sadly, many people don’t do what Jesus Christ did; they do not go to the Word of God. They take what they hear and repeat it. We must give account at the judgement for every idle word that comes from our mouths (Matthew 12:36).


 If you are not going to the Word to see what is true, you are headed down a dangerous path, and the enemy is on that path like a roaring lion waiting and seeking to devour you (1 Peter 5:8).


Empowered by the Spirit of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


Cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus

Who is the “Elect” Lady? 8-27-2021

I was planning to put this message with the previous one about the title “Lady” and it did not work out that way. How many of you know that God’s ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9)?


As usual, during my research and being taught, there were some interesting ways that “Elect” Lady is used. I was appalled to see some pastors’ wives who were called Elect lady profiling and how they were being looked up to.


 You would think they were some dignitary’s wife. When I looked online and saw the way these women were dressed and how they were addressed, it gave the appearance that they were special and stood out above others. Does God show respect of persons? (Romans 2:11).


It is shameful what goes on in the body of Christ, especially with these people being put on a pedestal. There is no new thing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9b), it goes back to Lucifer wanting to be like the Most-High God (Isaiah 14:12-14). Doesn’t it look as though these women and some men too, want to be elevated above or outshine others?


What about the rest of us? Haven’t we been elected/chosen by God? (Romans 8:29-30). This is an insult to the other children of God. That is the same mind-set James and John had, they wanted to sit on each side of Jesus in glory. The other disciples became indignant against the two brothers (Mark 10:35-45). Their mother had made the same request (Matthew 20: 20-24-). It makes some people think Peter, James and John were more special to 


Jesus than the other disciples.

The truth is, they chose to be more intimate with Jesus. You could do the same thing, the closer one is to Christ, the more they know Him. To those who choose not to have an intimate relationship with Christ, please do not get upset with those who choose to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37).


Some of my sisters in Christ were hurt because they saw how some people in the church were treated better than others. I told them that they were as important to God as the others, even with those who had positions, including me.


A few days ago, I was in a department store and the associate who assisted me was Tabitha. I asked if she knew that her name was in the Bible, and she said yes. Then I asked her if she was born- again and she said: “Yes, I’m one of His elect”.


I have been saved almost forty years and that was the first time I recall anyone saying that. I told Tabitha that was great saying what she did, and I asked her if she knew about the “Doctrine of election”. She had not heard of it. It was told to her that she was one of God’s elect because He foreknew her and predestinated her to be His own (Romans 8: 29-30)……The story of Tabitha is in Acts 9:36-40.


Notice that Tabitha said I am one His elect, not I am the elect lady. Someone needs to understand what John meant when he said: “The elder (he was an apostle) unto the elder and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not I only, but also those who have known the truth.


Some of the writers did not know if the elect lady was a real lady or a personage. What I gather after studying was, John was talking to a congregation of people. The body of Christ is called His bride and as I was was pondering this, the scripture was: 

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints (Revelation 19:7-8). From what I see, the elect lady and her children are symbolic of the bride of Christ. 

Look at this: His wife had made herself ready. Who is His wife? The saints are one body made up of many believers. Praise God, we are the elect!


Becoming more intimate with Christ day by day ~ Betty A. Burnett


Who gives anybody the right to think they are better than others?

The Title Lady 8-26-2021

Brothers and sisters, this is a confession to let you know that I was led by the Spirit of God to post this message in conjunction with “Is First lady Biblical?”. 


It is not the first time I deleted what was to be posted. However, the Spirit of God dealt with me, and I went back and posted the message, just like this message is being posted today.


I want to thank all of you who supported and agreed with me pertaining to the message about “First lady”. It lets me know that you also desire to walk in the fulness of the Word. It is encouraging and I am motivated to continue moving forward. Although, I have heard from the Spirit of God, it still helps to know that others agree.


It also confirms that I am on the right track. I am reemphasizing to those who do not understand the gifts, that one of my assignments is to expose the ignorance and bring whoever reads these messages into the knowledge of the truth.


This is not to embarrass anybody, but it is to open the eyes of people who have been walking in the flesh.

Before going further with the message, I want to give you the definition of lady. It is a term of respect for a girl or woman. Once used to describe only women of high social class or status, the female equivalent of lord, now it may refer to any adult woman. 


With the dictionary giving the definition, I am posing this question. Why is the pastor’s wife called lady and all the women of the church are not called ladies? After all, we are just as much a lady as the pastor’s wives.


If one is singled out with that title, it puts them on a different or higher level than the other women. It is a title because it has been attached to the front of the person’s name. Lady is also a formal title in the United Kingdom, and it is used as a title in the British isles for a prince or sovereign.


Watch out for the devil, he is full of deception and some people fall prey to his devices because of ignorance. Let me give you some history about Satan and how that same spirit is running rampart throughout the land. Satan, formerly named Lucifer until he fell from heaven, wanted the title that belonged to God which is “The Most-High God” (Isaiah 14:12-14).


When anyone takes on a title they are being influenced by the spirits, or by their flesh; it certainly is not the Spirit of God. To have that kind of mind-set is indicative of one who is seeking attention and want to be looked up to. Again, there is a deeply embedded root that has the person/s bound.


It is obvious when some women are always profiling, they are seeking attention. That is not necessary; a real lady is a woman of refinement and gentle manners. In other words, she does not have her nose up in the air, meaning to assume a haughty, condescending or disdainful expression or manner. It also indicates she wants to be looked up to as a superior person.


I pray that all of us will stop using titles. Did Jesus ever use a title? Although He was equal with God, He was not about titles; He came to serve. Yet God gave Him a name above every name, that is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). 


I choose to believe many of those in the body of Christ who are using titles, are doing it out of ignorance. It is as bad as “First lady” because you are saying indirectly that you are better or more important than the other ladies.


Please ladies and gentlemen too, you do not have to prove yourself to anybody. You are important to God; He loves you and you are uniquely made by Him. All of us are different, but none of us are better that the other.


Obeying God rather than men ~ Betty A. Burnett


Do you have the heart of a servant, or do you want to be noticed?

What Does the Bible Says About Gambling?  8-25-2021

For years I thought gambling was a sin. There is not a scripture that spells it out about gambling being a sin. Many people who profess to be born-again do not think there is not anything wrong with gambling. However, there is a principle about being a good steward. Let’s see what the Word of God says, rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15).


But first I want to caution those who think gambling is okay and that they do it for fun. If you lose your money, you wouldn’t think it was fun. The truth is a person who says they are doing it for fun is fooling themselves. If you understood the Word of God, you would think differently.


The result from gambling can be very dangerous; one can become addicted to it, or a person can lose everything they have. This is what the devil does, especially to the children of God. He uses whatever possible to influence, lure and tempt us to falling into his trap.


No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate one and love the other..... You cannot serve God and mammon (money) - (Matthew 6:24). People who gamble are greedy for gain (Proverbs 1:19). He who is greedy for gain is not trusting God (Proverbs 3:5-6).


God wants us to learn to be content in all things (Hebrews 13:5); the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:7-11). Since God supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19), why are His children not trusting Him? Whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23b).


There are other things people do that are wasteful, which is no different than gambling. If we are not managing what God has put in our hands properly, you are a bad steward.


The government lists alcohol, tobacco, and gambling as sin tax, which is a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful. With this being we should check because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; alcohol and tobacco are harmful the the body. We are to glorify God with our temples that belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:20).


What about gambling? It can be addictive and harmful to your mental state of being. The Lord wants His children to be free from whatever is keeping them in bondage.


We are called to be good stewards, which means to manage what God has entrusted to us. How would you feel if you gave your children that hard earned money and you told them how to spend it and they did what they wanted to with it; wasted it, splurged (spent it freely or extravagantly), instead of using the money the way they were told to use it?


Well, God is our Father, and He has blessed us, even though we don’t have the same things, or some have more than others, it is not because God is showing respect of persons, it is because He knows what we can handle, and we have different assignments, and our experiences are different.


Generally, the rich do not gamble, they invest to get returns. You can make a wise choice when you are investing. Putting your money into something and looking for a return by purchasing land, product, or services. It is not a quick or immediate turn-around but will accrue (increase) over a period of time- 


Example: The stock market, and buying stock in Duke Energy, or other companies.


Gambling is tossing money to the wind, hoping to make quick gain (horse races, cards, dice, lottery, etc.). Gambling has become so popular that casinos are in many major cities.


Using God’s principles ~ Betty A. Burnett


How are you managing God's money?

Growing Through the Word of God and Experiences  8-24-2021

Because of a previous message, I felt the readers should know about some of my experiences. I will be the first one to acknowledge that a bunch of mistakes were made and some wrong choices too.


It has been said that experience is the best teacher, and it is one of the best teachers. It takes the Word of God along with experiences to grow us into maturity. God used the ups and downs to get me where I am today. 


It is necessary for those who think they are mature but haven’t gone through the school of hard-knocks to realize where they are in their spiritual walk. Time will tell where they are in their walk when the rubber meets the road.


It takes persevering and pressing whole-heartedly to choose not to compromise. Some may think this kind of life is boring, but it is so much fun in knowing God is pleased with us regardless how hard life may seem at times. My life is exciting. Being passionate for the Word of God gives me great joy!


This brings me to the topic at hand and the reason I am not a member of or do ministry in a church. It is because I would not be allowed to post certain messages that I write. When Peter and the other apostles were told not to preach in Jesus’ name, they said: We had rather obey God than man (Acts 5:28-29). 


This is my time to minister by way of internet in both of the offices of evangelist and prophetess given to me by Jesus Christ. I have lost friends and gained friends through this process.


That is understandable when people are not on the same page (same level of maturity), even though they are in the same book of life (they are born-again).


I understand why some are not in agreement, especially when they are not being taught principles in the Word of God. I will pause to say, there are leaders who have gone to seminary and have the Dr. title attached to their name and they are still going by the same old traditions. I would think they had learned much more by this time, but they haven’t; what comes out of some of their mouths is pitiful.


I have been criticized and ostracized for standing up for truth in doing my very best to live according to God’s standard. God’s Word says: Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.


Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:11-12). The Word also says, if God is for me who can be against me (Romans 8:31). This is not for me only, but it is for all those who will “Sell-Out” for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


I have started attending church services and it is a blessing to be in fellowship with the other saints. Until recently, I had not attended a church service since January 2020. From the way it looks, because of another Covid-19 outbreak, many churches will be closing their doors again.


Working from homes have become permanent for some companies and other situations that are arising may become a way of life for many people. Why is that so? Jesus talked about wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes in different places and pestilences. He said these things must come to pass but the end is not yet (Matthew 24:6-8).


Jesus also told us not to be alarmed, so for you who know the Word, do not pray for these things to stop since Jesus said they must come to pass. We can pray for protection from all these things (Psalm 91).


I am not saying that there will not be some relief, just remember that the relief is not permanent. With that being said, since the demonic activity is on the rise, we can still shine bright in the midst of all this dark, cruel, and cold world.


Concerned about the spiritual state of God’s Children ~ Betty A. Burnett 


Those who are mature will walk in love regardless of differences.

Further Proof that the Five Ministry Office is the Bishop/Elders/Overseers 8-23-2021

The topic of yesterday’s message was: Are Deacons Next to the Pastor? Order in God’s House. After posting the message, I almost finished another message for today. But the Spirit of God led me in a different direction. I am sure many of you know what it means to be in the right place at the right time.


Well, I wanted to visit the first known church that my forefathers on the Patrick side attended before migrating to the Gibsonville area. I am still trying to wrap up the ancestry research that I was led to start in 1995, after moving back to North Carolina from New Jersey.


So, I took a ride and went to the service and when it was time for the reading of the scripture, lo and behold this was what the brother read:


The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed. Shepherd the flock of God, which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion, but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly.


Not being as lords over those entrusted to you but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away (1 Peter 5:1-4). This scripture is related to, supports, and is connected to Titus 1:4-9, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Ephesians 4:11.


This is full-proof that Peter was an apostle and an elder and he was talking to all the five ministry offices because the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher were and are elders who shepherd the flock. Although the pastor is still the lead person in the church.


Breakdown:

Jesus said to Peter: And I also say to you Peter, upon this Rock I will build My church and the gates of hell shall no prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). The ROCK was Jesus Christ, and the little rock (petra) was Peter.


And! It happened on the day of Pentecost, which was the beginning of the church age. Peter preached the first sermon and (Acts 2:14-47)- verse 47b And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The church was founded on the apostles and the prophets with Jesus Himself being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


This is what I read in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:

The elders were qualified by the work of the Holy Spirit, they were appointed to have spiritual care of and exercise oversight over the churches. To these the term “bishop” (episkopoi), or “overseers” is applied (Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7). The latter term indicating the nature of their work and their maturity of spiritual experience.


The divine arrangement seen throughout the New Testament is for the plurality [five ministry offices] of these to be appointed in each church (Acts 14:23, Acts 20:17, 1 Timothy 5:17, Titus 1:5). They were appointed according as they had been given evidence of fulfilling divine qualifications. Paul talks about the bishops and deacons (Philippians 1:1).


Some people do not understand that if they are in one of the five ministry offices, they are an elder. I have heard this many times: 

"Some were sent, and some went," meaning those that went, did it on their own. They say the proof is in the pudding and if there is any truth to it, then it is worth ingesting, I don’t see any proof in many of these so-called ministers.


If someone says I am judging, I will ask them where is the fruit? If they do not know the Word, they will not understand.


Waiting to receive my Crown ~ Betty A. Burnett


Are you following leaders who follow Christ?

Are Deacons Next to the Pastor? Order in God’s House 8-22-2021

Back in the day, some men pastored more than one church. For instance, on the Sundays the pastor was ministering to the people at one church, the deacons were in charge at the other church. That was man’s tradition, and it was not ordained by God.


Therefore, the church was out of order. The mind-set of the people in some churches has not changed. This could make some deacons have the wrong concept of what the role of a deacon is.


During the latter part of my ministry at a certain church while I served as associate minister, I was assigned to a deacon who was responsible for a specified number of members. It is the five ministry office of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher who have been placed in charge of the children of God to grow them into maturity. So, with me being in the five ministry office, why should a deacon usurp authority over any of the five ministry offices.


Do deacons exercise authority over pastors? No way! It should be the same with other ministry offices who are the gifts to the body of Christ. The difference between the office of the pastor is he is the lead person over the flock, but he is not better or greater.


But Jesus called them to Himself and said, you know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it [have power over] over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. But it shall not be among you, but whoever will be great among you let him be your minister. And whoever is chief among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to but to minister (Matthew 20:26-28).


Today, I am going to clear up what 1 Timothy 3:1 means. The chapter starts off with those who desire the office of the bishop. Let’s see who the bishops are:


They are the five ministry offices of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher who are also elders and overseers. The word bishop is interchangeable.


This is the order:

The five ministry offices are the spiritual leaders of the church, and the deacons are next to the five ministry offices; they take care of the physical needs of the people.


At the beginning of the church age, the apostles asked the church to look out among them and find seven men of good report and full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom to take care of the physical needs of the people while the apostles would give themselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:1-4).


I need to remind you that during this sixth dispensation or time period which is grace, the church will remain until Jesus Christ comes and take us to be with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Until that time the order that was ordained by God, still stands today. In other words, nothing has changed, regardless, if someone does not accept it.


It is apparent that there has not been enough studying to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


I also wrote in other messages about the gifts and how they are to edify each other, and all of the gifts are necessary for the body to be healthy and function properly (1 Corinthians, chapter 12, Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11).


Helping to bring order in God’s house ~ Betty A. Burnett


God is calling for order in His house.

Is First Lady Biblical? 8-21-2021

This message is probably going to make some people even more upset than the last few messages. But what if it is not biblically based? You must remember that the church is different than the world. We are in the world but are not of the world (1 John 2:15-17).


I have written about other titles, and the readers need to understand that we are not supposed to do anything that gives the appearance that we are more important than others.


Now to continue with titles and how the children of God are not to use titles; Just as Jesus came to serve and not to be served (Matthew 20:28), we are called to serve, not to be served .


The church started using this title for pastor’s wives in the 1990’s’ which is another means of taking on the ways of the world. First lady is used as a ceremonial title for the wife of a president and there is no place for it in the church. The Word of God tells us to walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians  5:16).

Using a title is definitely a flesh thing.


What ever happened to calling the pastor’s wife sister? Paul called Phoebe sister, and she was a deaconess (female deacon). In the Greek language it is diakonia, meaning one who serves, one who wait upon others, to be an attendant.


Didn’t Peter call Paul his brother? (2 Peter 3:15). Paul called all of his co-laborers by their first name, they are listed in Romans, chapter 16. Paul understood what it was to serve, and he never pat himself on the back. In fact, he said he was the chiefest among sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).


Servants are not prestigious, nor do they feel like they are dignitaries. That works for the ways of the world, but we are called to serve, not to be served: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made of Himself no reputation, taking on the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.


And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even to the death of the cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name (Philippians 2:5-9).


If you want to be exalted, it is necessary to be humble. Those who humble themselves God will lift them up (James 4:10). On the other hand, those who exalt themselves will be humbled (Matthew 23:12).


Jesus hated the traditions of men and He addressed it: 

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men (Mark 7:8). Footnote from John McArthur’s Study Bible ESV: Jesus first accused them of abandoning all the commandments contained in God’s Word. Then He charged them with substituting God’s standard with a humanly designed standard.


Taking on titles is one of the ways of abandoning the standards of God.


I do not know if any of the readers heard of this one, which is worse than first lady. A mega church whose pastor calls himself a bishop is married to another male whom he calls first gentleman, and he is known as the bishop’s partner. This is totally going against the Word of God, and it is evil; whoever approves of this is just as bad.


If the US had a female president, her husband would be first gentleman, and that is proper from a worldly point of view because it is a ceremonial title. I am reiterating that there is no place for titles in the house of God.


There is definitely a call for repentance in the body of Christ. Please read 2 Chronicles 7:14.



Pray for me as I continue to expose the lies the devil has deceived the church (body of Christ) with.


Loving the Truth ~ Betty A. Burnett


 God does not have respect of persons, and neither should we.

Are Co-Pastors Biblical? 8-20-2021

The more unbiblical beliefs that I see, the more it saddens my heart. At this time in history when there is so many biblical resources available to us, there is no reason for any of God’s children to be so ignorant of the Word. This is not to put anybody down, but it is to provoke you to get into the Word of God.


When I was born-again, and where I attended church, no one was carrying Bibles to church. Yet I was determined to take the Bible with me; that’s how much it meant to me. And there was a time in the Roman Catholic church during mass Latin was spoken, so who could understand it?


In this era things are different, that is why we are without excuse. Every church I have been a member of more emphasis is put on a book than THE BOOK. The Word of God is the main BOOK that every Christian should read.


I wanted to interject this before going to the topic of today’s message. This is the way the dictionary defines co-pastor: Often co-pastors are two people leading the church, but men and women partnering together as co-pastors is a rising trend. 


It goes on to say some churches employ both husband and wife to co-pastor, recognizing officially the ministry the pastor’s spouse has, and empowering both to serve in their giftings.


These churches do not recognize giftings, if they did they would not have a pastor and his wife as co-pastor. The problem with many churches is they have become a business rather than a spiritual people. One of my favorite teachers said this: "Two heads are a freak.”


Some say Priscilla was her husband Aquila’s co-pastor. That cannot not be since God does not make two heads. They were apostles and they shepherded (pastored) people in their home (1 Corinthians 16:19). Both had their own individual calling (Acts 18:1-2, Romans 16:3, 2 Timothy 4:19).


You will not find co-pastor in the Word of God, nor anything alluding to it. Notice that the definition said it was a rising trend, but it never said the Word of God said it. A trend is the world’s way of doing things, and many churches have taken on the ways of the world. 


This means they are not being led by the Spirit of God; this is a flesh thing. Although Jesus said: I must be about My Father’s business (Luke 2:49), His business was always spiritual.


As I searched for information, one writer said Priscilla was Aquila’s co-pastor. If one can say co-pastor, what about co-apostle, co-prophet, co-evangelist, and co-teacher. On that note, I looked in the concordance and did not see where Paul titled his name as Apostle Paul. 


In His letters, the salutation was, “Paul a servant of Jesus Christ,” “An apostle of Jesus Christ” or “Called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ.” This was in nine of the books he wrote.


I would like to say that co-laboring is proper because we are laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), but not with the same authority. However, Christians are co-laborers serving equally together (Romans 16:3, 1 Corinthians 16:19).


Approximately two years ago, I felt that the evangelist office should be taken off the front of my name. My messages closed with: Evangelist Betty A. Burnett, which changed to Betty A. Burnett. I do not have to prove anything to anybody, those who have some kind of understanding about the gifts are able to recognize my call.


Now, we are going to see what the Word of God says about pastors and who they are. The five-fold ministry offices of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11). They are the bishops (overseers) - (1 Timothy 3:1), the elders (Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5). Even though the pastor is the lead person, he cannot function without the other elders, and so on.


It is the same with the body of Christ, there are many members, but all the members must be functioning for the body to be whole (healthy). Who gives anybody the right to run the church the way they want to run it? This is in defiance of the Word of God.


It’s about Setting the Captives Free ~ Betty A. Burnett


Are you reading other books as a substitute for the BOOK?

Titles, What Does the Word of God Say About Reverend? 8-19-2021

Today, I am continuing with the most widely used title of all, and it is reverend. According to the Bible it is not a title, but some people made a title out of reverend.


Let’s see what the Word of God says: Holy and reverend is His name (Psalm 111:9). This definitely is not a title. It is saying how God’s name is holy and reverend. His name is to be highly respected.


It is so sad that many children of God accept and adapt to whatever is told to them. I searched out the history of how reverend became a title, and the Roman Catholics are known to use more titles than any other religious group.


They claim Peter was the first pope, and they call the pope "holy father," which we are commanded in the Word: Do not call anyone on earth your father (Matthew 23:9). We know this does not mean our biological fathers. Certain women in various positions are called Reverend Mother, some people in other positions are called Reverend.


Many people with these titles like to sit in the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces and to be called by men ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 


Jesus warned the Sadducees and pharisees: 

But you are not to be called Rabbi for One is your Teacher, the Christ and you are all bothers. And be not called teachers, for One is your Teacher, the Christ; but he who is greatest among you shall be your servant, and whoever exalts himself shall be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted (Matthew 23:6-11).


It is not surprising to me that the Roman Catholic leaders use all these so-called titles as a means of exalting themselves and others in their church. This is totally going against the Word of God. And who do you think is behind the whole thing? They are doing what Lucifer was doing when he was trying to become like the Most-High God (Isaiah 14:12-14).


Some leaders in the body of Christ are also being exalted and they are exalting themselves. God wants those who profess to be His, to stop putting themselves on a pedestal and start being humble servants. Since many of them want to have it their way, like the days of old, God still sends prophets today. 


Jesus Himself was a prophet who said: Woe unto you pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogue and to be greeted in the marketplaces (Luke 11:43).


Jesus also had John to write to the seven churches in Asia about things that were going on in the church that He was against. They started off right but left their first love. This was written to, and for churches of all times (Revelation, chapters 2-3).


Some people may think that God only spoke through prophets in the Old Testament. That is not true. God used a prophet by the name of Agabus to warn Paul not to go to Jerusalem……(Acts 21:10-14).


Jesus Himself gave these five gifts to the body of Christ: the apostle, the prophet, evangelists, pastor, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11). And the church was built on the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


So, to you who think that God does not send prophets to warn those who belong to God who are in sin and specifically leaders, read the Bible. Prophets bring correction to the children who are off course. The prophets also warn the church when the devil is trying to tear the church apart, and when this is addressed it is to protect the children of God from being deceived.


I say all this to let you know that this is considered the mild part of the series. These next messages are going to be stronger, so please prepare yourselves. I am coming straight from the Word of God, what is in it and what is not in it, meaning what is true and what is false and what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.


Obedient to my call ~ Betty A. Burnett 


Do you want to feel more important than others?

Titles, When it Comes to the Word of God 8-18-2021

Before I get into the series of messages, there are some things the readers need to know. Whatever is not written, lines up with or inferred in the Bible, God does not accept it, regardless of who says it. 


Some of you may be like I was years ago, when someone told me something different than what my pastor said. I said: “My pastor did not say it like that”.


Was my pastor God? No way! I am saying that to say this, nobody knows everything but God. This is not being dis-respectful, it is the truth. Remember how people like Jim Jones and David Koresh had the people under their control/power?


Since nobody is perfect and many people in different positions are leading people astray, some people will not like these my messages.


God told Jeremiah: Be not afraid of their faces (Jeremiah 1:8). When you are speaking truth, some people can give an evil look and if you are not careful, it can put fear in you. Fear will torment and paralyze people and it will stop them from doing what they are told to do.


I heard this from the pulpit: “I do not need anybody to give me a word; God will tell me what I need to know. God had spoken to him through Word, but he was not listening. One of the reasons is, they are giving themselves titles, and that is not biblical.


Example: Reverend is not a title, the Word says: Holy and reverend is His name (Psalm 111:9). Therefore, no person should use reverend as a title. The first one I am starting with is reverend because it has the widest usage.


Definition of reverend- It is a courtesy title used when addressing a Christian cleric, such as a pastor or priest. It is the standard courtesy title used in Protestant denominations and is one of the ranked courtesy titles used in hierarchical denominations such as Episcopal, Orthodox and Roman Catholic.


However, these are not all of the denominational churches that I know of who use these titles. Some Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterians also use these titles, some call certain clergy, The Right Reverend, the Most Reverend and so on.


It is important to know what the word hierarchy means: Arranged according to people or things’ level of importance or relating to a system. The military has a hierarchal rank. For instance, everybody starts off at the same level of rank as private and they can move from level of rank to the next.


Some of the names used as titles such as pastor is not a title; it means to be a servant. I am so glad many pastors stopped using Reverend as a title.


Titles belong to people like dignitaries and those who are prestigious. No born-again believer should use those words. I believe many people use these titles because they are ignorant and do not understand that all of God’s children are called into servanthood. 


Many people are using titles and putting certain leaders on pedestals because of tradition, and they never questioned why titles were used, nor did not search it out for themselves.


Because many people are caught up in titles, God wants us to know what it means to serve like Jesus Christ our role model served. If this will be of any help to you, I also was ignorant of this at one time, but when I learned better, I did better.


Tomorrow, I will start with Reverend being a title when it comes to some people or clergy and prove that is not a title.


Ever learning and coming into knowledge of the truth ~ Betty A. Burnett


Is a "Title" who the person really is?

God Gave Me Many Children 8-17-2021

The Lord has blessed me with spiritual children for many years, both younger men and women. They have been in my life during different seasons; some long, some short.


I praise God for each of them because they have been, and they still are a blessing to me. Even when I relocated, many of us have stayed connected. Two of my children,  spouses from Ghana moved to California after he received his degree from NCA&T State University.


Another young lady moved from Greensboro, not long ago, and she has been back to visit me. Very recently one of her dreams was fulfilled, when the Lord gave her the desires of her heart because they were according to His will.


I am mentioning this person last because of the other three that I met, he was the very first. Shortly after we met each other he prophesied that I would be going to Ghana with him. I met his wife when she visited the US, and there has been a WhatsApp conversation between his wife, the children and me. Since my son calls me mum, his wife is my daughter-in-law, and their children are my grandchildren.


For years, I have been asked to travel to the Dominican Republic to minister and had planned to go there, but because of a travel advisory, that trip has been put on hold. I am still on hold for the Dominican and Ghana, and I believe those two places are God’s will for me to visit.


Back to my son whom I had not seen in a year. We fellowshipped at Center City Park last Sunday and strolled down the streets, stopping to read about some rich history in Greensboro that sparked a movement across the nation. Since my son is a student at NCA&T, he too is privileged to attend a University where four students from A&T, decided to sit at the Woolworth counter and be served food during the segregation period.


My son has a lot to share with his children about our rich history. I am also honored to have a son, who is a native of Ghana, a country in Africa, the Motherland. Because I too have African roots, my desire is to visit Ghana.

Some of you may not know why Africa is called the Motherland. Everything started in Africa including the first man (Adam) as well as Egypt being the cradle of math and science.


Despite all kinds of slavery and diverse types of challenging times some of our ancestors experienced, we have a “Heritage to be Proud of” and we should never forget what our fore-fathers endured by the grace of God to help us to have better life.


Lord willing, tomorrow I will start with “Titles”


Blessed to be the mother of many children ~ Betty A. Burnett

Not Perfect Before People, But Perfect Before God 8-16-2021

This is short and to the point. How many of us would come back and correct a mistake or error?


Well, today, I am sharing with you about an error that was made when I posted a message that stated there were three angels named in the Bible. It was brought to my attention, and I am correcting it.


This is what I want to call your attention to: To my knowledge there are four angels listed in the Bible:


1) Michael the archangel was a warrior (Daniel 10:13, 21; Daniel 12:1; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7-9).


2) Gabriel was sent to make announcements to people; he was a messenger (Luke 1:19, 26-38; Daniel 9:21).


3) Lucifer, son of the morning (Isaiah 14:12-14) became Satan, the adversary/enemy, he fell from heaven (Luke 10:18).


4) Abaddon/Apollyon: And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue his name is Apollyon (Revelation 9:11). He is called the destroyer.


You may see or hear of some more names like Uriel and Raphael, but they are not listed in the Bibles that I use.

Next: A Mini-Series on “Titles”


Not ashamed to say I was wrong ~ Betty A. Burnett


Those who humble themselves will be exalted by God.

What Does God’s Word Say About “All Have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God?” (Part 4) 8-15-2021

After reading the last three messages, the readers should have an understanding why all born-again believers cannot fall short of God’s glory. This great, mighty, and eternal God made us complete. The great mighty, and eternal God who created time and space condescended into time because of us.


There are a couple more points I will share as this message is being concluded. Some Christians say before they were born-again, they were on their way to hell. Since God knew us and He was in a relationship with us before the foundation of the world, how could you ever have been on your way to hell?


There are people who profess to be born-again and say they found Jesus. How did you find Jesus Christ when you were lost? The Word of God says: There is none that understand, there is none that seek after God (Romans 3:11). That is the reason Jesus Christ came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke19:10).


You may be thinking this: “Why did Jesus come to seek and save those who were lost, if it was already done by God from the foundation of the world”? Is this a contradiction? Of course not! Remember how God is eternal and He is not confined to space or time? 


Yet for our sakes He stepped into time through His Son, Jesus Christ and in the earthly realm we go through the process until our time is up on this earth, then we will be complete and glorified from our perspective.


Also, someone may ask this: 

“What is the purpose of witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ when God already knew who He predestined to be His own?” Answer: We do not know who is saved and who is not, therefore, we are commissioned to carry the Gospel (Matthew 12:19-20).


How can you say you are a sinner saved by grace? You are either saved or lost, you can’t be both at the same time. Can a pig be dirty and clean at the same time? If you wash half of your body is your whole body clean? Is there a half-truth or a half-lie?


Paul tells the church at Corinth about those who could not inherit the kingdom of God. Then he goes on to say: But such were some of you, but you are washed, you are sanctified, you have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).


Who told you that you can pluck yourself out of God’s hand? That is absolutely absurd! My sheep hear My voice…. No one can pluck them out of My hand. My Father who gave them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand (John 10:27-30). Is anybody greater than God? Please stop letting all these foolish words come out your mouths.


Plus, it has already been established that God was in relationship with you before the foundation of the world. According as He has chosen us before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4).


The devil has been feeding many people his lies for a long time. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he did not abide in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie he speaks of his own, for he is liar and the father of it (John 8:44). It is time to accept the truth.


This is what we learn in “An Hour of Bible Sharing with Betty.” And we are so excited about the Word of God, some of us get on the phone twice a week. This ministry consists of a Romans 12:7 teacher and a five ministry office teacher, prophetess and evangelist (Ephesians 4:11).


Continuing to share the Good News ~ Betty A. Burnett


Setting the Captives Free ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance

How Can a Child of God Fall Short of God’s Glory, When They Have Already Been Glorified? (Part 3) 8-14-2021

Dearly beloved, it is with excitement that I am sharing what I have learned and understand about this awesomely incredible God who made us. If it was understood that before we were born, God knew us, this means we were already in relationship with Him.


He not only knew us, but God predestined us to be His own, and He sanctified us; set us apart for our specific calling. We were justified (from our perspective when we experienced new birth). From my perspective, I was justified on March 15, 1982. 


And He glorified us (we are perfect and complete from His perspective). From our perspective, we are waiting to be glorified when we get to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).


We are THE called into relationship with God, and according to His purpose (our assignment - gifts), not our purpose or what we choose to do. Notice that THE called is for born-again believers only. Everybody that is born has a purpose; some with purpose for a relationship with God and some without a relationship with God.


Example: 

God raised Pharaoh up to show His power over Him (Exodus 9:16, Romans 9:17). In other words, Pharaoh thought He was great, but God was and is THE Greatest.


When you see the word THE, it is something specific. For instance, everybody is given THE same (specific) measure of faith (Romans 12:3). You might see some translations word it as A measure of faith, but that is contradictory. Everybody starts off on the same level in their relationship with God.


Note:

Many people quote the Romans 8:28 scripture and leave THE out of THE called. They say who are called according to His purpose. THE changes the entire meaning of the verse.


Back to what is already finished and complete when it comes to God. We have been raised up together and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6). 


To take it even further, this is what the Lord said to Jeremiah: 

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you, and I ordained you to be a prophet before the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).


Even with this being so, we still have to go through the process of growth (being matured) until we reach heaven; then we will be complete/perfect.


Example: 

Jesus Christ was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8), yet He had to go through the process of birth, death, and resurrection so we could go through the same process. We obtained new life (Ephesians 2:8-9), we are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20), we were resurrected into the newness of life (Romans 6:4), we shall be resurrected into a glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).


Please remember when it comes to God’s perspective, we were in relationship with Him from the foundation of the world.


I pray that you have a better understanding of how important you are to God and that your relationship with Him is personal. With that being said, you should be forever grateful that He saved you.


Instead of questioning God about who is going to hell, be thankful that it is not you. No one (the clay) has a right to find fault with the Potter (Romans 9:18-21). God is Sovereign (He is Supreme) whether we understand Him or not and He can never do anything wrong.


Join me tomorrow for the fourth part of this series.


Thankful to be a daughter of the Most-High God ~ Betty A. Burnett


Only sinners fall short of the glory of God.

“All Have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God?” (Part 2) 

How Can Anyone Fall Short of God’s Glory? 8-13-2021

As I pick up from where the message ended yesterday, let’s go to the next step. Remember it is about line upon line and precept upon precept, a little bit at a time.


First of all, no one understands everything about this awesome, vast, incredible and immense God. So, I encourage the readers to trust God and stop trying to figure Him out. After all, how can the clay find fault or try to figure out the Potter who made it?


When it comes to God, His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Our little finite (limited) minds cannot understand some things about this infinite (unlimited) God, which is why we need to trust Him with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding…. (Proverbs 3:5-6).


Now to this great and mighty God. Since God is eternal, everything was already done because God is not confined by time or space, but because we are humans and we are confined, God condescends to where we are in that realm.


Example: The Lord physically appeared to Abraham

And when Abraham was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the Almighty God, walk before Me and be perfect [mature]. And I will make My covenant between you and Me, and will multiply you exceedingly (Genesis, chapter 17).


The Lord appeared unto Abraham a second time in human form (Genesis, chapter 18), the appearance of God in human form is called a theophany.


Why did the Lord do this? The times that God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in the physical was to be on common ground with the person in order for the person to relate to Him.


For instance, if a person is a racist and he or she goes into the military and there is a war, do you think the soldiers are going to fight against each other? Of course not! They are on common ground because they are fighting against the enemy on behalf of their country.


Nobody can be in a relationship with another person unless they have something in common. Can two walk together unless they agree? (Amos 3:3)


It is certain that the Lord our God is relational. It is proved by His Word that He knew us, He predestined us, He set us apart (salvation) and He called us to fulfill our purpose (Jeremiah 1:5, Romans 8:29-30). God also glorified us; we are complete when it comes from His perspective.


God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit have always been in fellowship with one another because the three (Trinity) are one. For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit and these three are one (1 John 5:7).


Although each has different functions, They are one because They are one in agreement, fellowship, and love. Jesus prayed to the Father that we would be one even as They are one (John 17:21-23). The Lord made us to have fellowship with each other as well. You cannot have fellowship with yourself.


Brothers and sisters, this may be a hard pill for some people to swallow, but when we are leaning to our own understanding, or have a lack of understanding, we will not be able to understand Spiritual things.


If you say you are born-again, I am asking you to give the Lord your all; after all, He gave you His all. Please stop and think about how valuable you are to God and how He deserves all the attention because He is a jealous God.


The Word is like fire shut up in my bones ~ Betty A. Burnett


Understanding how important you are to God will cause you to live a victorious life.

“For All Have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God?” 8-12-2021

We have been studying the book of Romans, starting with chapter one and now we are in chapter eight, which we think of as the meat of the Gospel. Romans is considered the greatest exposition of Christian doctrine anywhere in the scriptures. NKJV-Foreword


This is the way the Spirit of God led us, and this is not only giving me more insight; the book of Romans is exciting and full of doctrine. This book is so exhaustive that it encompasses everything one needs to know about sin, the new life and how to live it, and it tells us how or why one cannot lose their salvation or come short of the glory of God. One cannot witness effectively if they don’t understand the book of Romans.


Because I have a five-fold ministry office of evangelist, it is even more important that I get a greater understanding.


This is going to be a short series of messages that will benefit all the readers regardless your level of faith. The reason I am saying this is because over the years I have heard many of those in leadership positions say, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)


I believe by the time you finish reading these messages, the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). This is what we call building upon, like line upon line and precept upon precept (Isaiah 28:9-10), a little bit at a time so it will be easier to digest.


This verse has been used so widespread and it is also misunderstood. Many people do not understand that once someone is born-again, they cannot fall short of God’s glory. 

Why? 

For whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the first born among many brothers.


 Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called, and whom He called, these He also justified and whom He justified, these He also glorified (Romans 8:29-30). Each of these word will be explained when we get to that place in the message, because these are key words, and they have a great significance.


Let’s start off with relationship. Once you are in a relationship with God, you can never fall short of His glory. Before the foundation of the world God was in a relationship with us. To those of you who are married and understand a relationship and how intimate it is, you will have a better understanding of this awesome relationship with God.


Example: We know who President Biden is, but we don’t have a relationship with him. But Dr. Jill Biden is in an intimate relationship with her husband. In a marriage one spouse may do something to hurt the spouse, they are still in a relationship.


Let’s go a little further with a situation that happened in the Bible. Adam knew Eve, his wife….(Genesis 4:1). Adam knew his wife two ways. 

1) They became one in the marriage relationship.


2) Through a sexual relationship that God had ordained for marriage only.


In using the word knew, this is not talking about knowledge, but it is about knowing someone in a relationship.

Waiting with expectation to post Part 2 “All Have Sinned and Come Short of His Glory”


Fired-Up ~ Betty A. Burnett


God's Perspective

M​an’s Perspective 8-11-2021

Before going further, there are some things the readers need to understand pertaining to some of the previous messages about Solomon and Job. Although the Word of God is true and spiritual, some of the scriptures were from a natural perspective (viewpoint).


A minister used to say everything in the Bible is truly stated, but everything you read is not a statement of truth. If everything was a statement of truth, why was Job saying what he said?


Anytime the Word of God is read and studied, we must look at what is said before and what is said after a particular verse. Also, the culture and language make a difference. 


For instance, Solomon said this the way someone in the natural would say it: 

I returned and saw under the sun, the race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to the men of skill, but time and chance happened to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).


This was not from God, who is Spirit. What Solomon saw under the sun was from a human perspective. You will see the word chance in several scriptures, and it means the same thing. It means by accident, fortune, or luck. We know that nothing is accidental when it comes to God, and luck certainly is not from God. Therefore, luck should not come out of a Christian’s mouth.


If life is left up to chance, then God is not in control.


I believe God allowed us to see in His Word that we are not perfect as human beings and from that, it shows us that God’s ways are so much higher and different than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).


I received a message from someone last night asking about the catchy phrase that was used “Just what has the Lord taken from you?” This was to make the reader think. To clear that brain-teaser up, nobody can say the Lord has taken anything from them. Remember, the Lord allowed Satan to take from Job!


Thank you Cousin for wanting clarity. You did just what I asked all the readers to do.


The only time the Bible mention that the Lord will take anything away is during the Judgment Seat of Christ. This will happen to those who did not fulfill their purpose (assignment) - Read Matthew 25:14-30; the key verse is number 28.


I also want to piggy-back on Job, when he said: “And naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return. The Lord gives and the Lord take away, blessed be the name the of Lord”


Now, anybody would know that one cannot go back into their mother’s womb, so let’s reason this thing out. Why would Job make a statement like that? I often say it is necessary to know the language and culture of the people in order to understand the full meaning of what is being said. 


Language can change over a period of time; it’s a generational thing. This is inferred. Since Job could not go back into his mother’s womb, he meant “Naked he came into the world and naked he would go out of the world.”

This scripture connects, support and relate to what Job said. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Timothy 6:7).


Please come back tomorrow and read what many Christians say, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).


Seeing the Bible from God’s perspective ~ Betty A. Burnett


Above everything else, get understanding.

The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes? 8-10-2021

The scripture used in this message is normally used during the processional at funerals. The preacher has the book called "The Pastor's Handbook" in his hand while walking up the aisle all the way to the pulpit reading various scriptures.


The scripture I am focusing on today is “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord” When I led the processionals, I would say: “Job said” the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away……..(Job 1:21). What Job said would be a contradiction since God does not take from us. This was coming from Job’s human perspective and understanding.


While focusing on the Lord gives and the Lord takes away…., I want to put emphasis on the first part of the verse: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there. Looking at this realistically, one can see that these words are from Job’s perspective (his point of view). Two things that were said by Job are not correct.


Number one: No one goes back into their mother’s womb. Think about it. What would be the reason to go back in a mother’s womb? Plus, that is an impossibility, since all people who die, their bodies either go in a grave or they get cremated.


Number two: Job did not understand when he said: “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” 


This is why: 

Now there was a day when the sons [angels] of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, From where do you come?


Pause: The Lord knew where Satan came from, since He knows everything. He wanted an answer from Satan just like He asked Adam: “Where are you?” (Genesis 1:9).


Continuing with verse 7b: So, Satan answered and said, from going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it. Please read chapters 1-2 of Job and you will see where the Lord gave Satan permission to attack Job’s body and take everything from him, including his health and his family.


My brothers and sisters, the only way Satan can attack us is, he has to get permission from God. However, we can open ourselves to the devil, by not submitting to God. The Word of God says: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).


The end of the book: And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10). Why did Job pray for his friends? Job’s friends had come and accused him of doing evil (Job 42:7-9).


Some people quote this “The Lord will give me double for my trouble.” What trouble are you talking about? Did you go through the loss, pain and suffering, agony and he was accused by friends that you had sinned? Be realistic, would you really want to go through what Job did and get double for your trouble? People say that out of ignorance.


That cannot be used as a principle because it is not recorded anywhere else in the scriptures. The only scripture that could be closely related is, those who give up houses, land, family and so on, will receive a hundred-fold return in this life along with persecutions (Mark 10:29-30).


This is my experience: In 1989 I was injured, and it took me out the work-force permanently. Several of us were in Bible study and one of the people told me the reason I was injured and lost everything I had was because was I had sinned. That was absolutely absurd! But there was and is a reason for everything that happens to us.

Way back then, God was preparing me for something greater than I could imagine; and it was necessary to get me where I am today.


Being richly rewarded ~ Betty A. Burnett


Just what has the Lord taken from you?

The Challenge 8-9-2021

I was challenged about yesterday’s message: “God plucked a flower out of His Garden? When Someone Dies”

I do not have a problem being challenged because some of my fellow ministers have challenged me. 


Usually, I would dig deeper into the Word to see if there was anything that needed to be corrected, or if more clarity was necessary.


Before writing this, I asked my fellow-laborer for permission and the person agreed for me to post this message. Thank the Lord for the humility that was exemplified in this saint. It may be that someone else has a challenge, and they don’t know how to address it, or they won’t address it. Please feel free to ask questions or challenge me if you.


Yesterday’s challenge was somewhat different because it was based on someone’s opinion. When it comes to the Bible we should never say “It is my opinion” because this greatest book that was ever written is based on facts, and fact is a thing that is known or proved to be true.


When it comes to one’s opinion, it is a view or judgement formed about something not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.


I write these messages based on facts because the scriptures are searched out and I am taught biblical principles. I am led to write about the erroneous quotes because it is apparent that many Christians are not studying to show themselves approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


There are many erroneous quotes that need to be corrected. I learned a lesson from my friend yesterday, that even though a challenge was presented the person is still open to the truth (facts).


This is to my friend: “You have followed my posts for quite some time, and I thank you for your love, support and readership.”


As I continue to write, others may not agree with everything that is written, nor do I agree with everything someone else writes, but I don’t take it personal because Love is the Key: Jesus said, by this will men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).


On that note, to my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am not caught up on a denomination; there are no barriers. I do have an earnest desire for all of us to walk in Truth.


I have a mandate from God to help bring correction about many errors and how the children of God are letting the ways of the world invade the church.


The adversary is going to use some of my own brothers and sisters to oppose, ostracize, criticize, and lie on me. Since God is for me who can be against me? (Romans 8:31).


Pray for me!


Nobody greater, nobody greater than You ~ Betty A. Burnett


The Word of God is not to be opinionated, but factual.

God Plucked a Flower out of His Garden? When Someone Dies 8-8-2021

This message is in conjunction with children becoming angels when they die. But this one is worse; at least humans and angels are made in the image of God. Humans are made up of spirit, soul and body, angels are spirits, they have emotions, and they have the ability to take on different forms, including that of human beings.


 Animals have a souls and a body, and plant life only has a body. So why would anybody say that when someone dies they are a flower that God plucked out His garden?


Not only is somebody not studying, but they are not thinking. Everybody should have sense enough to know that since flowers cannot talk and they certainly do not have souls, there is no similarity when it comes to humans becoming a flower that God plucked out of His garden.


Even if they say that about humans because flowers are so beautiful, there is no way a flower can be compared to a human being.


Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they are? …. Consider the lilies of the field how they grow (Matthew 6:26-28).


The Word does not say that we are more valuable than flowers; everything is not in the Word, but it is implied or inferred. What do I mean by this? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that since we are are in God’s image that we are a higher creation than flowers?


God values us humans more than all His creation, even as beautiful as the flowers are, they cannot be compared to us. We were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), and flowers are not in the image of God. Why would someone belittle God’s children and put them on the same level as flowers? 


Didn’t David say the Lord had covered him is his mother’s womb, and that he was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14)?


Question: 

Since we are greater than lilies, who came up with the song, “Jesus is the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star.” 


The second part of the refrain is correct: 

“I Jesus have sent my angels to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).


What about Jesus being the “Lily of the valley?.” We know that God’s Word is not contradictory. We are more valuable than flowers and birds. So, who is wrong?


The woman said: I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys (Song of Solomon 2:1). This had nothing to do with Jesus. This was about a loving desire of the woman. Some scriptures were spoken from the human perspective.


Sometime in the future there will be a series on Salvation, what it means from God’s perspective and what it means from man’s perspective. If people were taught properly, they would understand that they could never lose their salvation.


Praising God that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by Him ~ Betty A. Burnett


Matthew 6:25-28, Psalm 139:14

Resist the Devil and He will Flee? 8-7-2021

Children of the Most-High God, some things that come from our mouths should not be. The reason for these erroneous quotes is because somebody has not been studying and it is shameful.


Why do you think the Word of God says: Study so we will not be ashamed? Because it is disgraceful (shockingly unacceptable) when we are not studying God’s Word. Not only that but passing on erroneous quotes is worse.

Some people put it like this: “That’s a low down, dirty shame.” When someone quotes a scripture erroneously, it takes away the entire meaning and again, it is shameful.


How can anyone just say, “Resist the devil and he will flee”? Submitting to God is of immense importance! Leaving this part of the scripture out is saying you don’t need God. Maybe you don’t need God, but I can do nothing without Him (John 15:5).


When anyone leaves God out of anything, they are saying they are stronger within themselves and that they can take on the devil without the power of God.


When someone leaves out this most essential element, the devil will never flee from them. In fact, no one knows how to make the devil flee unless they know and understand God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15). And this makes the devils laugh at the ignorant children of God.


Time out for being silly and unlearned; get into the Word of God! Please stop trying to take a broom and sweep the demons out or opening the door telling them to flee. That is the most foolish thing I have heard. Demons cannot be seen unless they manifest themselves in diverse ways, so what is being swept? Dust! And opening the door causes more insects to come in.


Operating in my call ~ Betty A. Burnett


Therefore submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)

The Difference in the Children of God and the Sons of God? 8-6-2021

The last message was about the sons of God? I want to interject that even though we see much written saying sons, when it comes to God (the Trinity) there is no male or female and the same with angels. And when you see brothers in the scriptures, it means sister too.


We shared in our Bible class about the children of God and the sons of God and who they are. Today, the message will be specifically talking about the human sons of God as opposed to the angels who are also the sons of God as well. Included will be the children of God so the readers will know the difference and be able to truthfully identify what level they are on in this faith walk.


Let’s start with John, who wrote to the born-again believers. He addressed three groups in the church, not because of their physical age but because of their levels of growth. 


 1) I write to you little children because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. I write to little children because you have known the Father (1 John 2:12-13). These are those who are new in the faith and still babies in Christ.


2) I write to you young men because you have overcome the wicked one. I have written to you young men because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you (1 John 2:13-14). These are ones who have matured because they continue to study and grow. They know how to submit to God and resist the devil and he flees (James 4:7).


3) I write to you fathers because you have known Him who is from the beginning (1 John 13-14). Fathers are those who are not only aged, but they are at a higher level of maturity and wisdom.


Now that those three levels of the faith walk have been identified, instead of using children, young men, and fathers, I am going to use child and son.


Marks of a Child - When you ought to be teachers [in ministry], you need to go back and learn the first principles….unskillful of the Word, because they are on milk and still babes…. (Hebrews 5:11-14). In other words, some people think they are more mature than what they are.


 Maturity does not necessarily mean you have been saved a long time. There are many immature older people.


They want to skip the basics, instead of desiring the sincere milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2). Being on milk makes it impossible to grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18).


They are carnal and not open to the truth (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). In fact, the church of Corinth did not want the truth; they thought they were mature. Children always think they know more than adults, and what about some college kids? They think an adult cannot tell them anything. Getting an education gives knowledge, but it can also cause one to become an educated fool.


They do not listen; they think they have arrived; get caught up in bad or erroneous doctrine and are not willing to change or be open to the truth. That is why John called them little children (1 John 2:13-14).


Marks of sons (a mature Christian) – These people are called the sons of God because they are led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:16).


Notice that Romans 8:16 calls them the children of God because they are new into the walk with Christ. However, Romans 8:14 calls them the sons of God because they are led by the Spirit of God. In other words, they have matured enough to hear and be assured the Spirit is speaking. Maturity does not necessarily mean you have been saved a long time. There are many immature older people.


The reason most people are out of balance and there is no stability in their lives is because they have been tossed two and fro with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:11-16).


They have not studied to show themselves approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


Continually pursuing my destiny ~ Betty A. Burnett


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Who are the Sons of God? 8-5-2021​

I really want to bring more clarity to this series about angels and the difference between them and humans. Angels are called the sons of God (Genesis 6:2, Job 1:6), just as we are called the sons of God (Romans 8:16, John 3:2).


Although God created angels in His image as well as creating humans in His image, we are different, therefore, we can never be them and they can never be us. God created angels for one purpose, and He created us for another purpose.


Angels and humans were created in the image of God. This is the difference: Angels have a soul (feelings and emotions), and they are spirits, but they don’t possess a physical body. However, they have been given the ability to take on different forms and one is the form of a human being (Genesis 6:2).


Humans were created in the image of God, and they are spirit, soul, and body (Genesis 2:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Another difference in angels and humans is, God gave man the ability to create, whereas angels were not created to be creative. Example of humans being creative: God has given me innovative and creative writing abilities.


Although God has given each of us creative abilities, He only is infinite (unlimited) in all things, and we are finite beings with limitations. Therefore, we have no right to take credit for what God has given us to do, because we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5).


We must be careful not to get big-headed or puffed up with pride; God will not share or give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11). That was Lucifer’s problem; he wanted to be like the Most-High God (Isaiah 14:12-14).


Think about it, why are people high profiling about themselves as if it is all about them? They may not realize it, but that same spirit has been operating from the time Lucifer rebelled against God.


Reiterating from a previous message that in this present time we are a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4-5), but in the eternal realm, we will judge the angels. Paul wrote to the church pertaining to taking each other to court. 

Dare any of you having a matter against another go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?


Do you not know that that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you know that we shall judge angels [rule or govern them], how much more things that pertain to this life (1 Corinthians 6:1-3)?


Many people do not know we are not to take our brothers and sisters to court; we should have the saints to help with legal matters. Paul calls it shameful when we take our brothers and sisters to court. He even asks is there not a wise one among you who will be able to judge between his brothers (1 Corinthians 6:5)? It is better to disregard the matter than to take other saints to court.


Why will we judge the angels? Right now, God is giving assignments, in the eternal realm, we will give angels assignments (rule over them); in the eternal realm we will be God’s highest order of creation. We will be more powerful than the angels because we will be like Christ, who is more powerful than all. We do not know to what extent our glory and power will be, but we know that we will be like Him (1 John 3:2-3).


To give you an idea of how powerful Jesus is, this is what the scripture says: 

Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword that it should strike the nations and He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (Revelation 19:15). We will have power like Jesus has. Nobody greater, nobody greater than You!


Blessed to be a daughter of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


God has two types of sons.

Does the Bible Refer to any Human Beings as Angels? 8-4-2021

Yesterday, I wrote about a child that dies being called an angel, but something else came to my attention about angels.


Children should never be called angels. As a matter of fact, no one should be called an angel, whether they are dead or alive. However, according to the Word of God there is one exception.


These are crucial elements that the children of God should have knowledge about. I am posting these messages as led by the Spirit of God, because from my experiences, I have not heard this in any of the several churches that I have been affiliated with.


 To continue with where I left off, let’s see what the Bible says. 


Jesus told John to write to the seven churches:

Write these things that you have heard, and the things that are, and the things that will take place after this. The mystery after the seven stars which you have seen in My hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels [pastors] of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches (Revelation 1:19-20).


Just in case someone is thinking that John is writing to the seven churches for that time period only, he wrote to churches of all times, from the beginning of the church age (Acts, chapter 2) until Jesus returns to take us to be with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).


The stars who are called angels are messengers/pastors which mean to shine, but some of them were being warned because their light had dimmed, they compromised. Pastors are also like angels in that they are to protect the flock/sheep from bad doctrine (Acts 20:29-30).


The churches were the candlesticks which is a source of light (Matthew 5:14-16). How can anyone witness and minister effectively with a dim light? The church should be like a city sitting on a hill that cannot be hidden, not light a lamp that’s put under a basket. It should be on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.


I want to throw this nugget in, angels are only referred to in the masculine gender – Lucifer the fallen angel wanted to be like the Most-High God (Isaiah 14:12-14); angels who were the sons of God married the daughters  of men (Genesis 6:2). 


God the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Spirit of God (the Trinity) are always referred to in the masculine gender. So, why wouldn’t angels be referred to in the masculine gender since Lucifer wanted to be like the Most-High God?


For your information there are only names of three angels listed in the Bible, Lucifer who is now Satan who transforms himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14); Gabriel the messenger angel (Daniel 8:16, Daniel 9:21, Luke 1:19) and Michael the warring angel (Daniel 10:13-21). 


All these are masculine, so why do we see all these figurines as female angels? Another lie from the devil (John 8:44) and many born-again believers fall for it. With that being so, the angels/messengers of the church would have to be masculine. 


How many female kings are recorded in the Word of God? None! You will see prophetess such as Deborah who was also a judge (Judges 4:4), queens, such as Esther (Esther 2:17) and the queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:1). That is why the children of God need to study (2 Timothy 2:15).


Many churches are using different books for the congregation to read, and some are used for Bible study; somebody needs to go straight the Word of God and be taught principles which are essential (extremely important) for our growth.


Studying causes my eyes to be open to more of His Truth ~ Betty A. Burnett


Angels/Pastors are Messengers

A Child Who Died is Now an Angel in Heaven? 8-3-2021

As I was writing yesterday about people receiving their wings when they die, a few more erroneous quotes came to me. The one I am writing about today is a quote that I had heard from the mouths of many people.


First of all, there needs to be an understanding there is a big difference between angels and human beings. We are the only creative beings that God made in His image (Genesis 1:26), and angels were created as spirit beings for a different purpose. 


Plus, they do not have physical bodies like we do; however, they have been given the ability to take on different forms. For instance, the angels who were called the sons of God took on the form of men and had sex with the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1-5).


The first angels were kicked out of heaven with Lucifer when he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-14). Another set of angels fell, and they are chained in darkness for their atrocious (horrifyingly wicked) acts. And the angels who did not keep their first estate [proper domain] but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day (Jude 1:6).


In the earthly realm, we are a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5). So, tell me how can we be angels? God has given His angels charge over us, they protect us from hurt, harm and danger (Psalm 91:10-11). We have been under divine protection from the time we were born; the angels also minister to us- we are the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). In the eternal realm we will judge the angels (1 Corinthians 6:3).


In the song “Amazing Grace”: Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come, twas grace that kept me safe thus far and grace will lead me on”. God’s divine protection has always been upon us. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most-High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1-6).


Examples of the ministry of angels:

Elijah fed by angel - Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat”….. (1 Kings 19:5-8).


The Magi: And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him [Jesus] gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.


Now when they departed, behold an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will see the young Child to destroy Him….


They stayed in Egypt until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying, out of Egypt I called My Son.


Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry…and he sent forth to put to death all male children two years and under (Matthew 2:12-16).


The angels ministered to Jesus after He had been tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:11).


From what you have read today, will you continue to say the child is an angel in heaven?


Studying and becoming more knowledgeable ~ Betty A. Burnett

People Who Die Receive Their Wings? 8-2-2021

Many of the readers might think or say, “When is Ms. Betty, Minister Burnett, Evangelist, Prophetess, Ms. B, Aunt Betty, Sister Burnett going to stop posting erroneous quotes?” I will stop whenever I do not have any more erroneous quotes to post and when the Spirit of God directs me to stop. By the way, I am called by many names, so is God.


If some people choose to remain ignorant, that is on them; each person must give an account to God for rejecting the truth (Romans 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10).


This erroneous quote certainly indicates as the other quotes that somebody has not been studying. Not only is this quote posted on Facebook by some people when someone dies, I have seen it on a Funeral Home website; “So, and So gained their wings.”


Where in the world did that come from? Being ignorant of God’s Word! First of all, we do not need wings. The angels usher the children of God into His presence. In the Word of God, Jesus used many parables (short stories) to teach a moral or spiritual lesson.


However, The story of the rich man and Lazarus a beggar, is an account of something that actually took place. The reason being is, a name was used. 


Please read all the verses: 

This true story is about a beggar who died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:19-31).


There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen….But there was a beggar named Lazarus, who was full of sores and laid at his [the rich man] desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. The dogs came and licked his sores.


 So it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.


Abraham’s bosom was the paradise of God in the Old Testament, and the saints who had died were in the comfort side of hell. There were two compartments in hell; a comfort side and a side where people were tormented, there was a great distance between the two. Those in both compartments could see and hear each other because they were having a conversation.


Proof that paradise was in the lower part of the earth; Jesus told the thief on the cross: 

This day you will be with Me is paradise (Luke 23:43). Jesus had to descend before to the lower part of the earth (Ephesians 4:9-10), and He ascended and is now seated on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19). Paradise is now in heaven where all the saints are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).


Jesus’ account of this story lets us know that no one has wings. Does Christ have wings? God’s Word says, Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2-3).


Now that you know the truth about people not having wings, I pray that you will stop saying it.


Studying to show myself approved unto to God ~ Betty A. Burnett


How will you get to heaven when you die?

God Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart? 8-1-2021

My dear brothers and sisters, these messages are to bring an awareness of how many unscriptural quotes are being circulated in many places and they have been spoken for years. You may think that it okay, but God does not consider it okay.


When you are employed, there are rules that fit the job description and one must abide by the rules to remain with the company. Even though it is different with God; once you are in his family that remains. But there are consequences to not studying the Word of God. His people are destroyed [suffer loss] for lack of knowledge because they reject Knowledge (Hosea 4:6).


I don’t get it! So many people who say they love the Lord are ignorant of His Word. Jesus said, if you love Me, keep My commandments. One of His commands is to study (2 Timothy 2:15).


I am going to share what the scripture says: Trust in the Lord and do good…..Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:3-4). Many times, the first part of the scripture is left out of the quote, which means the full meaning of what is being conveyed is not there.


Jesus said to the disciples and us: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever we ask the Father in His name He will give us (John 15:16). This is conditional, we must do what is required of us for this to work.


In other words, we must be delighting ourselves in the Lord by bearing fruit. And to delight means we have a desire for His will to be done in our lives. Now this is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).


Remember operative or significant words make a difference in what the meaning of the sentence or paragraph is. Jesus said to bear fruit, which means we are doing whatever needs to be done to please the Lord.

How does anyone expect to receive the abundant blessings from the Lord if they are not doing His will?


Delighting myself in the Lord ~ Betty A. Burnett


Do you desire to please the Lord?

Your Whole House Will be Saved? 7-31-2021

While writing this message, it dawned on me that the Philippian jailer and his house were saved and that was a one-time occurrence (Acts 16:23-34); Verses 31-32


The title of the book of Acts is just as it is titled: The acts of the apostles. The book of Acts gives accounts of the apostles’ ministry at the beginning of the church age. 


 Although Acts does give accounts of the mighty and supernatural move of God, salvation and so on, Romans give full details about how the whole world was guilty before God, including the Jews who were called to be God’s people. They are just as guilty because they are still in need of the Savior.


If one really wants an understanding of salvation, they need to understand Romans and especially chapter 8. It is not an easy book to understand, that is why we need proper teaching.


Now to the account of the Philippian jailer’s whole house being saved. But at midnight, Paul and Silas were in jail praying and singing praises to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed.


And the keeper of the prison awakened from sleep and seeing the prison doors open supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are still here”. Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.


Pause: The prison guard would have taken his life because if a prisoner escaped, the guard would be killed

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So, they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.


And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized…… he set food before them and rejoiced having believed in God and all his household (Acts 16: 25-34).


This is an awesome account of salvation coming to someone’s household. Yet, it cannot be used as doctrine, even though something similar happened with Jesus and Zacchaeus. Salvation came to his house; it never said Zacchaeus’s whole house was saved (Luke 19:1-10).


This will bring further confirmation that salvation will not come to everyone’s house. Think not that I came to bring peace but a sword. And I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be those of his own household (Matthew 10:34-39). 


Jesus did not come to divide the household, but division comes because the whole household is not saved.

Please stop reading into something that is not there or trying to make the scripture fit into what you want it to be. That is not rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


The Word of God says whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13), it did not say all of those in your house that call upon the Lord will be saved. The Bible does not say if your family confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in their heart God has raised Him from the dead, they shall be saved. The Word does not say all your family, but if you confess and believe…….(Romans 10:9-10).


Salvation is a personal relationship with Christ, you cannot get saved because your momma, daddy, sister, brother, and others are saved. The Word also says, “by grace you are saved” (Ephesians 2:8-9), it did not say your whole family. 


However, we should be praying for our family to be saved, and others to be saved because their souls should be important to us.


Grateful for my salvation ~ Betty A. Burnett


A Sure Foundation!

Trying to Duplicate Something that was for a Certain Time Period? 7-30-2021

As I finish the mini-series about the Mantle, Prayer cloth, Peter’s shadow, and a few others, it is important that the readers know and understand the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament when it comes to what is doctrine and what is not doctrine.


Let’s get started in the order that it was written; Gideon put out a fleece to get confirmation that he and his few men were going to defeat an army. God had Gideon to reduce the army to three hundred men so the people would not get big-headed and think it done by their hands only (Judges, chapter 7).


It was a humbling experience for Gideon and God was glorified because it was done by His power. Jesus also defeated the devil and his army of demons. He disarmed them, having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them (Colossians 2:15).


Next is the account with Elijah and Elisha and the mantle. The Spirit of God moved upon prophets, priest, and kings. Under the new covenant (New Testament), the Spirit of God permanently dwells in every child of God, and we are sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). The Spirit also empowers us to accomplish our assignments (Acts 1:8).


Moving on to, Elisha’s bones that caused a dead man to come to life was also a onetime occurrence (2 Kings 13:20-21). Today, the bones of a dead prophet cannot resurrect or bring a person back to life.


Naaman was told to go and dip in the Jordan river, and he would be healed. We were unclean and needed salvation, and the Holy Spirit baptized us into the body of Christ, and we are cleansed through the washing of the Word (1 Corinthians 6:11, Ephesians 5:26).


The prayer cloth was a onetime occurrence. We are told to pray on a regular basis. Whereas the prayer cloth brought healing (Acts 19:11-12), our prayers do the same thing, we can lay hands on the sick and they shall recover (Mark 16:17). Also, call for the elders of the church and they pray for the sick (James 5:14).


Out of all the occurrences, the woman with the issue of blood was the only one that had an underlying principle. The Word was on the border of Jesus’ garment and her faith that the Word (Jesus) would heal her is what we still stand on today. By His stripes we are healed (1 Peter 2:24).


Those occurrences were good for that time. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).


We are under a superior and greater covenant. But now He [Jesus Christ] has obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established under better promises (Hebrews 8:6).


No one can put new cloth with new cloth, because the old cloth gets frayed, and it will tear worse (Matthew 9:16).

Being stuck in something old when God has given you something greater and superior is like putting new wine into old wineskins. The new wine is still fermenting therefore it expands and will burst. By putting new wine in new wineskins, both are preserved (Matthew 9:17).


When the Word of God says: We are new creatures in Christ, old things have passed away, behold all things are new (2 Corinthians 5:17), we cannot be old and new at the same time; we are either one or the other, just like we cannot be lost and found (saved) at the same time.


There are other situations that I did not write about, however, if you think of any that may be questionable, I will do whatever possible to come up with the right answers.


Looking forward and not backward ~ Betty A. Burnett


Don't get mixed up!

People Healed by Peter’s Shadow? (Part 3) 7-29-2021

Today I am sharing a most unusual occurrence and of course, as with some of the other doctrinal accounts, this one is the most unique. It is the one that you never hear about today. Do you ever wonder why Peter’s shadow is not mentioned? (Acts 5:15). 


This is a very likely reason. The mantle and the apron were physical, but how does anyone explain that their shadow healed someone?


Anyone can send a prayer cloth or a mantle and claim that they will heal, but no one can send a shadow. We must be careful not to read into something that is not, because it is not directly stated. By this I mean the Bible does not say Peter’s shadow passed by them that they might be healed.


Point being, even if they had been healed by Peter’s shadow, it would be an unusual or special occurrence. Just because Elisha out-ran the chariot (1 Kings 18:46), does that mean you can get on the Interstate and out run a car?


Here is the scripture. And through the hands of the apostles, many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. Yet none of the rest dared to join them but the people esteemed them highly.


And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. There also came a multitude out of cities unto Jerusalem bringing sick folks and them that were vexed with unclean spirits, and all of the were healed (Acts 5:12-16).


This was certainly a one-time occurrence, just as the fleece (Judges 6:36-40), mantle (2 Kings 2:11-13), Naaman dipping in the Jordan river seven times and then he was cleansed (2 Kings 5:14), Elisha’s bones (2 Kings 13:20-21), the prayer cloth (Acts 19:11-12). 


In yesterday’s message the only principle was the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22). Again, it is a principle that is dealing with faith, which is required for certain things to manifest (Hebrews 11:1, 6).


Certain groups believe that some of the Old Testament occurrences are to be used today. As long as they have a principle, the Word of God is based on principles. 


Example: 

There is a principle in sowing and reaping that started from the beginning of the human race. God blessed them and said be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion…. (Genesis 1:28). Once Adam sowed seeds in the ground, later on a harvest was produced; he was a keeper of the garden (Genesis 2:15).


We know that these principles have continued throughout thousands of years, therefore it is doctrine. I stated in another message that any one time occurrence is not considered doctrine.


This is what true doctrine is when it comes to people being set free; We are called to pray (Luke 18:1, 1 Timothy 2:8), the elders are called to lay hands on the sick (James 5:14), signs and wonders will follow those who believe. In Jesus name cast out demons, heal the sick, and speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17-18).


The reason some people are not prospering is because they are still stuck. A minister that I am well acquainted with says it like this: “Work God’s principles and they will work for you”. 


Since Jesus came to set you free, why are you in still in bondage? Why would anyone hold on to something that has no principles? Here is the answer: Many have not been studying, as required.


No chains of ignorance holding me ~ Betty A. Burnett


There is no substitute for the power of God. 

The Mantle, Prayer Cloth and Peter’s Shadow? (Part 2) 7-28-2021

As I continue with part two of the message pertaining to the methods that were used in some of the Old Testament occurrences, you will also see that some New Testament ways of how the Holy Spirit brought manifestations through some people that were absolutely amazing.


The situation about the woman with the issue of blood happened in the Old Testament and this is the reason. Since Jesus Christ was still on the earth, the new and better covenant (New Testament) could not become new until Jesus’ death (Hebrews 8:6-7). 


In other words, Jesus Christ brought in a new and better covenant through His death. For where a testament is, it must also be necessary for the testator to die (Hebrews 9:16). The owner (testator) of a will has to die before the will becomes effective.


To the woman with the issue of blood. She had a condition in her body for twelve years and she had spent all her money, but the doctors could not help her. The woman was not supposed to be in the crowd, because she was unclean. But she pressed her way secretly through the crowd, believing by faith if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be made whole (Matthew 9:20-22).


In this case, the healing was not in the garment, it was in her faith. In the Jewish custom the rabbis had the Word on the hem of their garments. The woman knowing this, wanted to touch the Word, and the Word was Jesus; she was grabbing hold of the garment by faith believing she would be made whole.


The Word was alive (flesh); Jesus, who is the Word became flesh and dwelt among people (John 1:14). This happened prior to Jesus going to the cross, which was before the New Testament was ushered in. You never heard of that happening again. However, in this case, which is different from the mantle, apron and Peter’s shadow, there is a principle. The woman believed in the Word by faith for her healing.


That same principle applies to us. For instance, He sent His Word and healed them (Psalm 107:20). The Word, Jesus not only died for our salvation, but He also died for our infirmities (sicknesses). He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Who He Himself bore our sins in His own body…. By whose stripes we are healed (1 Peter 2:24).


This is something to remember, Jesus taught the disciples while they were under the old covenant. It was necessary for them to be taught while He was still with them, because how were they going to learn after He died? He was teaching principles to prepare them for the future.


The prayer cloth was another one time instance used in the Word of God. Now God worked special [unusual] miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs [sweat rags] or aprons were brought from his body (Acts 19:12). The operative (significant) word here is unusual, meaning it is something out of the norm, not habitually or commonly occurring, different from what is usual.


Paul wore handkerchiefs and aprons because he was a tentmaker (Acts 18:1-3) and there was exposure to the sun, which caused perspiration. 


Footnote from NKJV: 

Although some find a basis here for using anointed prayer cloths today, the passage does not provide a warrant for the practice as a formula for ministering divine healing.


My experience: An anointing felt like electricity went through my entire body that would be used later that evening for someone’s healing. That never happened to me again. It certainly was the power of God.


Anybody can fake a healing with a prayer cloth and a coat (mantle). Some people have been coming up with prayer cloths for years and that is fake too. People were paying for prayer cloths because they believed they would receive “pie in the sky”, or some other blessing from the Lord. These fakers received millions of dollars by deceiving ignorant people.


Desiring more and more truth ~ Betty A. Burnett


Missing the greatest blessings due to lack of Knowledge 

The Mantle, Prayer Cloth and Peter’s Shadow? (Part 1) 7-27-2021

Today is another opportunity to post the truth of God’s Word, opposed to the many erroneously unscriptural quotes. Years ago, another person and I felt that some in the body of Christ should learn what is and is not scriptural.


The reason for these quotes is due to people not searching out the scriptures for themselves (Acts 17:11), and it is obvious that these people have not studied to show themselves approved to God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


Let’s see what the mantle, prayer cloth, Peter’s shadow and some others mean. Are these scriptures doctrinal? And what kind of principles are in these scriptures? When you see these occurrences, they happened one time only. If the mantle was doctrinal and the prayer cloth was doctrinal, what about Peter’s shadow?


I am starting with the mantle; it means a large outer garment. And it came to pass when the Lord was about take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal……


So, it was when they crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What must I do for you before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me, Elijah said you have asked a hard thing, nevertheless if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be for you, but if not, it shall not be for you. 


Then it happened as they continued on and talked, that a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Kings 2:1-11).


The mantle is symbolic of Elisha receiving the blessings to continue Elijah’s ministry. Elisha was trained and mentored by Elijah. Therefore, it would stand to reason why the mantle was passed on to him. Elisha asked for and received a double portion. This meant that Elisha’s ministry exceeded that of Elijah’s.


We do not receive anybody’s mantle today, because every child of God has been empowered individually by the Holy Spirit to fulfill our purpose. I am not saying that we do not need mentors and role models in our lives, but each of us has been given the grace for our specific ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-10).


Many things in the Old Testament are not to be used as doctrine today. Example: Elisha’s bones - So it was, as they were burying a man that suddenly they spied a band of raiders, and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha, and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up on his feet (2 Kings 13:21).


There are people today who go to the graves of some famous person and lay on the grave to receive the person’s anointing. This is called grave-soaking. It could be that these people have good intentions, but this kind of practice is demonically influenced. We are not to receive anything from the dead, communicating with the dead (necromancy) is forbidden. 


It was forestated that each of us is anointed and graced for our own personal ministry.


Gideon and the fleece (Judges 5:36-40). Footnote from NKJV: Gideon did not request the sign of the fleece to determine God’s will, but to gain deepened assurance. Through divine revelation, he already knew that he was appointed to deliver Israel. He wanted confirmation of the Lord’s presence and power to enable him to accomplish the task. Gideon did not have the Holy Spirit living in him, as we do. However, we may ask for confirmation, but we do not put out a fleece.


Please be careful how you use certain Old Testament scriptures as doctrine. Example: Would you dip in a river seven times for your healing like Naaman did? (2 Kings 5:14). Or would you use the scriptures that pertain to healing? (Mark 16:17, James 5:14-15, 2 Peter 2:24).


Tomorrow – Part 2


Seeking for more Knowledge ~ Betty A. Burnett


Knowing the difference between the old and new, what is doctrine and what is not doctrine.

Good (God’s) Success 7-26-2021

I want to put emphasis on what God’s kind of success is, because so many people claim to love the Lord and do not have a clue to what GOOD success is. Some say they are using their gifts to glorify God, but in actuality, it is about self-seeking. This is what Paul was talking about when he addressed the church at Corinth.


He called them carnal and babies because they were still on milk, even though they were operating in gifts, they still were carnal and puffed up. Carnal Christians act like unsaved people.


I am going to tell you what God calls good success.


God told Joshua, This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success (Joshua 1:8).


God knew that none of us could keep the book before us 24/7; what He meant was our focus should be on Him because there are so many things that can distract us. For instance, if Joshua had gotten distracted, his faith could have faltered, and he would not have entered the promise land.


I am going to take you to Joshua and how he was trained by Moses, and now Moses was dead, and it was ordained by God for Joshua to be the next in line to lead the entire nation of Israel. God said: As I was with Moses, so will I be with you (verse 5b).


I am pausing to say that neither of Moses’ sons were chosen by God to take his place. So, remember this, all sons of pastors are not ordained by God to take over their ministry.


Back to Joshua. To take over Moses’ ministry must have put fear in Joshua and certainly it was overwhelming, but God said: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go (verse 9).


Let’s see what these scriptures mean when it comes to the call on one’s life and how they can have good success. One thing I want to caution everyone about; regardless of the call, one must allow the Word of God to have first place.


Example: Even if you are called as an Intercessor, you must pray scriptures according to the situation you are praying about. Otherwise, the prayers are null and void.


What about Gospel recording artists? Some of the songs they write are not about the Word of God. They make up their own words to arouse their audience, which ends up being a performance (entertainment).


There are ministers/children of God who say they have a specific call, but it is not evidenced. Not saying the call is not there, but they do not have enough knowledge of the Word to be launched into ministry. Although all of us should be growing, we should be careful not to jump ahead of ourselves, this will cause us to fall flat on our faces. I have seen it happen many times.


Question is: Would you rather do it your way and miss out on the eternal benefits or would you rather do it God’s way and receive a “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21, 23)? You will be rewarded for your faithfulness!


Striving to reach my destiny ~ Betty A. Burnett


What kind of success do you want?

God Does Not Accept Us Being Ignorant of His Word 7-25-2021


I want to piggy-back on Fasting the Biblical way, which means what a true fast is. I left out a few important examples that will give a full and clearer meaning to the message.


This is a scripture that many churches use erroneously. 


Example: Daniel and the Hebrew boys had been captured by the Chaldeans and they had no blemish, was well favored…..and for three years the king provided them with meat and wine that he drank so at the end of three years they may stand before him.


Now Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the King’s meat and wine. He made a request to the prince of the eunuchs and found favor with him. [Remember how much skill and cunning in knowledge Daniel was?] Well, he urged Melzar whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel and the Hebrew boys.


The request was for them not to eat any pulse to eat for ten days, and their countenance would be better. After the ten days expired, Daniel and the Hebrew boys countenance was fairer. They were brought before Nebuchadnezzar and all matters of wisdom and understanding, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers….(Daniel, chapter 1). 


 Some churches call this a Daniel fast. It is not a fast.

Why did Daniel make this request? Even though they were captured by the Chaldeans, they chose not to compromise because they still abided by the Levitical law pertaining to certain kinds of meat (Leviticus, chapter 11).


Now, to get to what a real fast is; the Examples are Moses, Daniel, and Jesus Christ:


1) Moses - And the Lord said to Moses, write these words, in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. 

So, he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread or drank water and he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28). Moses fasted to receive instructions to write the Ten Commandments to and for the nation of Israel.


2) Daniel – [Daniel’s prayer for the people] And I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession…..(Daniel 9:3-4). Please read the chapter; I am putting emphasis on what a true fast is.


3) Jesus Christ – And Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the evil. When He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He was hungry…..[when the temptation was over], the devil left Him and behold angels came and ministered to Him (Matthew 4:1-10). After the temptation was over, Jesus began His public ministry (Matthew 4:12-17). The temptation was to prepare Jesus for His public ministry. How much preparation have you had?


Notice that the word fast was used in the instances with Daniel 9:3, and Jesus in Matthew 4:2). Even though the word fast was not used when Moses fasted, it was a fast because he did not eat or drink for forty days and forty nights.


This is to help the readers to be careful when you are using the words “Daniel fast; there is no Daniel fast, there is no Moses fast, and there is no Jesus fast. It becomes an I fast between you and God, because you are the one fasting. However, Moses fasted, Daniel fasted, and Jesus fasted.


I want to put emphasis on a person desiring to get closer to the Lord. If you choose to stay away from certain kinds of food to get closer to the Lord, it is okay. This is between you and the Lord, just don’t consider it a fast. This particular scripture is an example of someone desiring to spend more time with the Lord, to get closer to Him and we can hear clearly (Daniel 10:3).


This is rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


Just a closer walk with Jesus ~ Betty A. Burnett

"WHAT WOULD JESUS DO" - WWJD? 7-24-2021

While writing about fasting and what it is, included was how people come up with all kinds of ways to fast that is not biblical. Then the thought came to me, “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO”, abbreviated, “WWJD”. 


This was a slogan not so long ago, but as I searched for the history, something else came up: The earliest instance of the full slogan “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO” dates all the way back to 1886 from a series of serial sermons by an American minister from Topeka, Kansas by the name of Charles Sheldon.


Regardless of the origin, the question “What would Jesus do” is what matters. There have been many Christian slogans over the years, but this one captured my attention, and it really gave me something to think about. It seemed like this was for the younger generation who wore the bracelets as a reminder of “WWJD”. Well, it is a reminder for me too.


It makes one think when they are about to do something wrong. I want the readers to think about your lives and would you do what Jesus did when it comes to abiding in the truth? Jesus said He only did what His father told Him. In other words, He never did anything contrary to God’s will. 


Then Jesus said to them, when you lift up the Son of man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left me alone, for I always do those things that please Him (John 8:28-29).


Since Jesus Christ is no longer on the earth, I am going to ask this question, and more questions.

1) What would you do if Jesus were physically present on this earth?


2) Would you be in the night clubs doing the same thing sinners do?


3) Would you be having sex outside of marriage with the Holy Spirit living in you?


4) Would you be getting your high on with booze and other substances that will alter your ability to function?


I could name so many other things and the truth is, all of us are guilty of something. What is being conveyed today is to convince the readers that whatever Jesus did, we should do. I believe if we put more thought in that slogan today, our lives would be more pleasing to our Father because we would only strive to do what He tells us to do.


Striving more and more to abide in Him ~ Betty A. Burnett


If Jesus was physically walking beside you, what would you do?

Fasting with the Right Motive? 7-23-2021

The Word of God says: Indeed, you fast for strife and debate…you make your voices heard on high… Is this not the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke and share your bread with the hungry, bring the poor to your house that are cast out, and when you see the naked, cover him (Isaiah 58:.4:-9).


Uh, Oh, somebody has this thing all wrong. Many people don’t have the slightest clue to what the Word means when it comes to a biblical fast. My God people, it is time to get a grip and study the Word of God to show yourself approved to Him (2 Timothy 2:15).


So many people defy (openly resist or refuse to obey) the Word of God. We should always follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.


The question is: Do you fast ritualistically like the Pharisees to be seen of others to make them think you are so holy? Are your motives pure? Think about it and also when you fast, make sure it done according to the Word of God. No one has the right to do anything that does not line up with the Word of God.


Please stop debating over what the Daniel fast is or is not, and instead of doing a Daniel fast, do a God called fast, or a free will fast for yokes to be broken off your own lives first.


Years ago, I was in the company of some people were on the so-called Daniel fast, just eating vegetables like Daniel and the Hebrews boys did (Daniel, chapter 1). That was not a fast, if it were then wouldn’t it be contradictory? It has been stated that a fast is abstaining from all foods for a certain period of time. Many churches go on a twenty-one day fast at certain times of year ritualistically.


This does not sound like a God-called fast or a free-will fast. It is indicative of somebody coming up with a tradition and others followed, rather than checking the Word out for themselves (Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 2:15). Who would do such a thing to God’s children to make them look foolish? 


This is no different from all these extra-biblical rules that the pharisees (hypocrites) came up with, to make themselves to look holy. These self-righteous hypocrites also passed their rules on to others, and this put the people in bondage (Matthew, chapter 23).


I advise you to be careful putting so much emphasis on a Daniel fast; our focus is to be on what Jesus did on the cross for us. Many people will acknowledge God, but when it comes to Jesus Christ and the cross, that is altogether different. His own people, the Jews did not acknowledge Him as the Messiah (John 1:12), so how much more do you think some other unsaved people react when Jesus’ name is mentioned?


Are you going to follow the example of Jesus, who was our Perfect Role Model, or will you choose to do a so-called fast your way and dishonor Jesus Christ?


Chains are continually being broken ~ Betty A. Burnett


Yokes can only be broken God's way.

Fasting From Things Other Than Food and With the Wrong Motive? 7-22-2021

As I write this message about fasting and what a true fast is, let’s see why God tells us to fast. Fasting is abstaining from foods only; we deny our bodies of something that is essential to keep us alive. It is done to draw us closer to the Lord, and we are empowered to do the work of the ministry.


This is what the concordance says fasting means: to refrain or abstain from eating food for a certain period of time. There is no partial fast, you either fast or you don’t. There is no partial truth, it is either the truth or a lie.

Moses fasted forty days and forty nights and afterward, God told him to write the ten commandments (Exodus 34:28).


Jesus Christ was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness, and He fasted forty days and forty nights. After the fast was over, the devil tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1-10), and when the temptation was over, Jesus was baptized, and He started His public ministry at the age of thirty (Luke 3:21-23).


For many years I have heard people say that they fast from watching TV, fast from sodas that they have been drinking habitually (addiction), cigarettes, fast from certain foods, or anything other than abstaining from food. 

This question has been asked: What about juices? I believe water is fine because it is not considered a food item.


What happens after the fast is over? Do you go back to smoking, drinking sodas, smoking cigarettes, watching things on TV that are not godly? It just doesn’t make sense; it seems like this whole fasting thing was pointless. We should want to be free from any stronghold, bad habit, or addiction. Unless the fast is done the biblical way, it is not accepted. In other words, it is a waste of time.


Suppose someone is on medication? They can fast in between taking the medication because many meds must be taken with food. I believe God honors what they are doing because their motives are right.


I was led to go on a seven day fast, and when those days were complete, I realized it was also a spiritual detox. I was completely cleaned out, whereas others were paying to detox, and it did not cost me a thing. And my spiritual life was better; I denied my body and spent more time with the Lord, praying and reading the Word.


Another time I went on a forty day fast; from the time I got up until a certain hour of the day. During that time, a trip was planned to visit a cousin in Chesapeake, VA. By the time of my arrival, it was past the middle of the day, due to a stop in Virginia Beach enroute to Chesapeake.


Once I reached my cousin’s house, we went out to pick up something from the store and a phone call came through, telling me someone close to me had died in New York, and I was asked to preach the funeral. The Chesapeake trip was shortened because I had to go back to Greensboro and head to New York.


My cousin in Chesapeake never knew I was on a fast; the time to end the fast had expired by the time I was ready to eat. The Lord sustained me because He had called the fast.


After I arrived in New York, the fast was not over, but again, no one knew about the fast. The Lord sustained me with His all-sufficient grace. I believe one reason for the fast was to listen for the Lord to give me the message He wanted me to preach that would move upon the hearts of the people and somebody would be encouraged, comforted, and set free.


As I conclude with the first part of this message, please remember that there is no partial fast. A fast means to close the mouth to all foods for a certain period of time.


Striving to stay in line with the Word of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


Fasting Erroneously - WWJD?



Eating Certain Foods Prohibited? 7-21-2021

Today, the message will reveal the truth of God’s Word and distinguish an Old Testament prohibition from the New Testament that lifted the dietary restrictions of eating certain foods.


For every creature of God is good (Genesis 1:28-31, 2:18-24, 9:3) and nothing is to be refused if received with thanksgiving; for is sanctified [cleansed] by the Word and by prayer (1 Timothy 4:1-5).


They were telling people to abstain from foods that was no longer a command from God. They were the animals with cloven hooves that the Israelites were forbidden to eat (Leviticus, chapter 11).


I want to talk about the foods and what the Word of God says: Peter was hungry and fell into a trance, and he saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him, and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things and birds of the air.


A voice came to him; “Rise Peter, kill and eat”. But Peter said, not so Lord, for I have never eaten anything uncommon or clean. A voice spoke to him a second time. “What God has cleansed; you must not call common” (Acts 10:10-15).


What do the scriptures mean? Peter was a Jew who had no dealings with Gentiles, because to the Jews the Gentiles were unclean. In fact they were called dogs (Mark 7:24-30). God used unclean animals (Leviticus, chapter 11) to show Him that He did not have respect of persons; that salvation was/is for the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Peter ended up going to Cornelius’ house and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all who were there got saved (Acts 10:24-47).


I am going take you to another scripture that lets us know we have the freedom to eat whatever will not hurt us. Let no one judge you in food or drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come (Colossians 2:16-17). There is no longer a shadow; Christ is the substance. A shadow is the image of something, but it is not the real person.


Whether others believe or do not believe, being born-again is what really matters. We should not tell or try to convince others what the Word of God is not saying.


Many people think pork is harmful to the body but eating too much red meat could be bad for your health. What about eating anything you want and because the food is prayed over, it is sanctified. Woah, suppose there is a health issue, like high blood pressure? That is not using wisdom and it is tempting God.


Please do not wrongly use the Word of God to satisfy your appetite. That is dangerous and it can be deadly. I heard people say this: “I am going to pray over my food and the Lord will bless it”. Does anyone expect God to bless their food when they are eating food that is not good for them?


Brothers and sisters let’s not remain ignorant of the Word of God. Our Father has given us His Word to search out and come up with the right answers. It is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together; sometimes they are difficult to solve. But once we solve the puzzle there is delight in knowing we were able to do it.


Continually searching for more truth ~ Betty A. Burnett


The Word of God is sweeter than honey, and it  has nutritional/spiritual benefits.

Forbidding People to Marry? 7-20-2021

Today I am posting the first part of a scripture that has two aspects in the same verse; one is talking about forbidding to marry and the other aspect is abstaining from foods.


Let’s see what the Word of God says in 1 Timothy 4:1-5: Now the Spirit expressly speaks that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared [unsensitive] with a hot iron, forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods which the Lord created to be received with thanksgiving to those who believe and know the truth.


Look at this sentence: To them believe and know the truth; that is, those who rightly divide the Word of truth. First, one must believe by faith that the Word of God is true, and one will accept the truth.


So, what are the scriptures saying? These false teachers were among the true Christians and were thought to be Christians, but their hearts had not been changed.


Example: 

Judas was thought to be a true disciple of Christ, but he was not born-again (John 17:12).


And they were forbidding people to marry. That is going against the Word of God. It was God who joined the first human beings together in marriage and He was the first surgeon: The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam…. And He took one of his ribs and closed the flesh. Then the rib that He took from the man, He made a woman, ad He brought her to the man.


And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Therefore, shall a man leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:21-24). Marriage was ordained by God. The Word also says it is better to marry than to burn with sexual passion (1 Corinthians 7:8-9).


I want to go back and talk about God performing the first surgical procedure and He performed the first wedding ceremony. After all, Christ had preeminence in everything: For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.


And He is before all things and in Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the body, the church who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He may have the

Another scripture says: So, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together let no man separate (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:9).


My brothers and sisters, the signs of the times are everywhere, so please don’t get caught up in false teachings and doctrines of demons. Peoples’ passions are all over the place. Some who profess to be born-again are caught up in everything but the Word of God, that is why it is easy to be deceived.


Burning with passion for the Word ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Bible says, “The very elect will be deceived”? 7-19-2021

As I continue with biblical verses that are misquoted, the readers who have been accustomed to hearing or saying these verses erroneously will know the truth. God wants us to study His Word for ourselves, not so much as what someone else has said.


Whoever misquotes some of these erroneous phrases is not knowledgeable of the Bible No offense to anyone who does this, I am just trying to help you to learn and understand the truth of God’s Word, and to rightly divide it. There are times when I wrongly divide the Word because no one is perfect.


Years ago, I was teaching a class and the scripture was not properly interpreted. When one of the students brought it to my attention, I searched again and during the next class I not only acknowledged my error, but the error was corrected. Some of the best scholars miss it.


When some scholars asked permission from King James of England to translate the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek version into the old English language, some of the print was not correct. However, that does not mean that the Word of God is erroneous, it was human error. Nobody is perfect!


Let’s get to how people misquote this scripture: “The Bible says the very elect will be deceived”. Is somebody trying to make God a liar?


This is talking about the great tribulation. These are the verses prior to the scripture that is being concentrated on; hopefully, this will make sense. The scripture says: For false Christs and false prophets shall arise and shall show great signs and wonders, in so much that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).


 That is so sad that the misquoters leave part of a sentence out (if it were possible), and that changes the whole meaning of the verse. They just pick one verse, and it is not quoted correctly, no studying. Sad, sad, sad!

When someone reads verses 15-26, they should know this is talking about the great tribulation, when all hell breaks loose.


Let’s go back to if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect. Who are they? The false Christs and false prophets. According to the signs of the times, we are on the verge of being taken out of here before these horrible times in history take place (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). In fact, there has never been anything to happen like this in history. For then there will be great tribulation such as not since the beginning of the world to this time, nor shall it ever be (Matthew 24:21).


How is it possible to deceive God’s elect? Since God chose us, He keeps (preserves) us. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).


Remember that this has nothing to do with our time period. Even though the tribulation period will be the worse time in history, people will be born-again, but again, God will protect and preserve them, just as He protects and preserves us.


How about you? Would you want to be here during the worse time in history, or do you want to be in heaven while all hell breaks loose on earth?


Confident of my relationship with Christ ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Satan, the Lord Rebuke You 7-18-2021

This message is part 2 of having authority and power over the devil and his demons, also called devils.


I cannot understand how any child of God would say Satan, the Lord rebuke you. Did you know that Jesus Christ has given all the children of God, power over the devil? Doesn’t that sound contradictory?


 Perhaps people who say that do not know about both scriptures. It is like trying to put two pieces of material, wood, or puzzle together that do not match.


Let’s go to the scripture, see what it says and what it means “Satan the Lord rebuke you”. It is talking about filthy dreamers defiling the flesh, they despise dominion (to rule) and speak evil against dignitaries (those who possess exalted ranks). Lucifer, who is now the devil/Satan had held the highest position in heaven among angels.


After Lucifer rebelled against God by wanting to be as God (Isaiah 14:12-14), Michael still respected his position. Scripture: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending (means to struggle, be in opposition, argue) with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses and dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said the Lord rebuke you. The devil wanted the people to worship Moses’ body, that is why God buried Moses’ body and no one knows where his body is (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).


David did not come against King Saul who had become wicked; although he had the opportunity to kill Saul, David said Saul was anointed by God and he would not touch His anointed (1 Samuel 24:1-6). The same thing with Michael the archangel and the devil. Michael knew that even though Lucifer was anointed by God, and he became evil, he did not disrespect Satan’s former position in heaven.


Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries (2 Peter 2:9-14).


We are not supposed to go against any dignitaries. From reading the scriptures in the paragraph above, it certainly indicates that God does not take it lightly when anyone comes against people who have those type of positions.


This next paragraph is in conjunction with “Satan, the Lord rebuke you”. It is saying that we have the power over the devil and his demons. On the other hand, many people use this scripture: Be still and the Lord will fight for you (Exodus 14:14).


This was an Old Testament scripture, or you might say, the old covenant which was before Jesus came in the flesh and died for our sins. When Jesus Christ died, the veil was torn (ripped) from top to bottom (Matthew 25:51). This ushered in a new and better covenant (Hebrews 8:13), whereby we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and we also have authority over the demons (Luke 10:19).


Please do not continue to be stuck in the same place, by not walking in your authority and power. If you study and rightly divide the Word of truth, you will learn principles. Would you rather live a victorious life with the power that has been instilled in you by the Holy Spirit, or will you let your power remain dormant (laying there doing nothing)?


Continually growing in Knowledge of God’s Word ~ Betty A. Burnett

Good morning family and friends!

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.


I am rejoicing despite the fact that I am not able to post today's message because the internet is out.

The title is: "Satan, the Lord rebuke you"?


You may feel like me, that the devil does not the children of God to know the truth about him and how he laughs at us when we do not know the truth about God's Word.


Lord willing, the message will be posted tomorrow. Satan cannot stop the Word of God from going out and changing people's lives.


Jesus is using us to do what He did:

"Setting the Captives Free”


The Word of God rightly divided brings freedom.


Have an abundantly blessed day!

Free ~ Betty A. Burnett

We Have Been Given the Authority Over the Devil 7-16-2021

So many people have said, “Satan the Lord rebuke you” which it is another scripture that has been misquoted, apparently because it is misunderstood.


I cannot understand how anybody would say this to Satan. Did you know that Jesus Christ has given all the children of God power over the devil?


Behold I give power to tread (trample) upon serpents (used as the devil-demons, or Satan) and scorpions (the thought conveys the victory over spiritually antagonistic forces, the powers of darkness) and all power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt you (Luke 10:19).


The power is given by God the Spirit; the authority is given by God the Son.


Here are some examples of power and authority: 

In the natural world, the police have power. The power they have is their ammunition (taser, gun, club, etc.); the authority given to them is in their badge which shows who they are, and with it they can stop traffic by raising their hand.


What about the spiritual realm? 

Examples: We have been given power by the Holy Spirit to operate in signs and wonders; the sick are healed, and demons are cast out when we use our authority given to us by Christ to combat the kingdom of darkness (Matthew 11:12). Our authority stops the enemy from overpowering people and from keeping them in bondage.


The Holy Spirit has empowered us to operate in the gifts (Romans 12: 6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians 4:11). In other words, He is the power behind all the gifts. Jesus gives authority to the five ministry offices to the church to grow the children of God to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16).


The power and authority are given to each of God’s children, but it is up to us how much of the power and authority are used. For instance, when a child was born, all the body parts were there; our bodies grew as time progressed. It is the same with the children of God, when we were born-again, we had everything we needed; but we had to grow and mature in our faith walk. Growth can be stunted when we do not study and especially when we do not accept the fulness of the Word of God.


It is like having a body part that has been injured, or a leg that is cut off and cannot function to its full capacity.

Since Jesus gave us power over the devil, why should Jesus rebuke the devil? When a child of God says, Satan the Lord rebuke you, he is not using the authority that has been given to him by the Holy Spirit. Don’t you realize the Holy Spirit has given you power because He lives in you?


Many do not understand this, especially when it comes from a pastor’s mouth. That’s the problem, some people take what the pastor says for Gospel. If you remember in a previous message I told someone who was teaching me something different than I had learned: “That is not what my pastor said”.


But I did not agree years later when I heard a pastor say: Satan the Lord rebuke you.

Since Satan has helpers (demons), why not command them to loosen their hold on whatever they have bound. Even though it is wrong to say, “Satan the Lord rebuke you”, it is worse when someone is always addressing Satan when they should be addressing the demons. When that happens, it seems as though Satan is equal to God.


Satan is not everywhere at the same time. Only God is everywhere at the same time; He is the only all-knowing One and He is the only One with all the power.


Operating in my authority ~ Betty A Burnett

The Race is Not Given to the Swift nor the Strong, but He who endures to the end shall be saved…. 7-15-2021

Dearly beloved of the Most-High God our Father. For a few days, I have posted pictures of some of my Bibles with the messages. 


This is to let you know that the Word of God is my main source of study. I have other help aids like a dictionary, concordance and so on. This is not to brag or intimidate the readers, it is to let you know that studying is 

W-O-R-K.


There is no need for you to get every study Bible on the market, but it is helpful to have more than one translation so you can compare.


Let’s talk about the topic: I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither bread to the wise, nor to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill, but time and chance happened to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11). But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).


I don’t know about you, but have you ever thought how anyone can put these two scriptures together and make one scripture out of them? First of all, there is no connection; they are not even related, and they do not support each other. Yet, I have heard many people quote them.


This is what it says for those who quote these two scriptures so erroneously; they are not studying to show themselves approved unto God, and this is shameful.


What a difficult scripture this was for me to interpret. I thank God for all my brothers and sisters who are more advanced in their studies; during my searching, I ask the Holy Spirit to help me to the right source, believing what they say make sense, praise God!


It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of Kings to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2). Since we are priests, prophets and soon coming kings who will reign with Jesus the King, it is up to us to search the Word of God which has everything in it pertaining to all matters.


Let’s go to Ecclesiastes: I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither bread to the wise, nor to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill, but time and chance happened to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).


Solomon wrote what he saw under the sun, which was from man’s point of view.


My friends, nothing happens by chance - the Lord knows how to place you at the right place and the right time! You can depend on Jesus for right happenings. They all come by His unmerited favor. In the new covenant of grace, the Bible says that the Lord Himself writes His laws on your heart (see Hebrews 8:10). He can speak to you and guide you in everything that you do. Allow Him to lead you supernaturally! -Words from Joseph Prince


Now to the race is not given to the swift (Ecclesiastes 9:11), but he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). Can you see that there is no connection when it comes to these two scriptures? 


Let’s see what the scripture in Matthew means. Jesus sat down with the disciples and explained verses 1-8 about signs of the end times. Some continue reading throughout the chapter, not knowing that verses 9-51 are talking about the tribulation period. 


The ones who endure, are those who will not be killed; their lives will not be destroyed, they will be saved. Saved in this scripture does not mean salvation; it means they will be delivered when Christ comes physically to the earth.


What can throw you and be confusing is when Jesus was speaking to His disciples and saying you. If that were the case the disciples would still be living today. God wants us to study to show ourselves approved unto Him; let’s stop putting ourselves to shame (2 Timothy 2:15).


Studying is what I love to do ~ Betty A. Burnett

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice 7-14-2021

I want to thank the readers for the encouragement through some of your replies pertaining to “Pastoral Anniversaries and Birthdays”. My heart is rejoicing because your replies gave me confirmation and motivation to continue doing what the Lord says. The Lord helped me to overcome the fear of opposition I faced.


Peter and the apostles were operating in signs and wonders, and people were healed. The high priest and the sect of Sadducees were filled with jealousy and had them put in the common prison. The angel of the Lord opened the prison door at night and told them to go and stand in the temple and speak words of life to the people.


When the high priest and the other in the council heard about it, they had the apostles sent to them. The high priest asked, didn’t we strictly command you not to speak in this [Jesus] name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man’s [Jesus] blood on us? But Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:17-29).


That is not the end of the story. Peter really preached Jesus to them after they tried to stop them. They did not let threats, being put in prison several times, or being beaten up stop them. They boldly, confidently, and fearlessly preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. They didn’t let anything stop them!


Thank you Jesus for giving me the boldness and confidence that was needed for yesterday’s message and the future messages! I also thank the Lord for those who were open to the truth, which indicates that you certainly want to abide by the Word of God.


To those of you who know the truth, be obedient to the Lord and He will take care of those who are against you. Charles Stanley says it like this: “Obey God and leave the consequences to Him”


These are Words to strengthen, sustain and encourage you to “Keep on Pushing”. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)


Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you (Matthew 5:11-12). This lines up with what Peter and the apostles experienced.


Are you going to be a fearful wimp (not strong, brave, confident), or will you stand for what is right (The Word of God) and not fall for anything that the devil throws at you?


I also will tell you that this statement was used by me when my mother was stilling living on this earth: “I will not agree with anybody who adhere to the Word of God, even if it’s my mother’. This was not being disrespectful, it’s just that the truth meant so much to me, even my mother whom I loved dearly and had high respect for, would not change my way of thinking when it came to rightly dividing the Word of truth.


Somebody needed this Word today, because you had questions as to what the truth is, you have been persuaded to believe some of men’s’ erroneous doctrine instead of studying the Word for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15). God loves you so much that He will send a Word through His servants to put you on the right path.


Obeying God ~ Betty A. Burnett

Pastoral Anniversaries and Birthdays? 7-13-2021

Dearly beloved of the Most-High God, I wrestled about this message. God has graced me to write to the body of Christ and especially to leaders. To those of you who do not understand, this is a prophetic message to bring warnings, correction and it is also to protect the children of God from further deception of the devil.


The Spirit of God was dealing with me about writing this message, because I felt there would be some negative feed-back. I even started writing and deleted the message. Since obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22), I am obeying the Lord. For leaders who celebrate anniversaries and birthdays, I encourage you to see what the Word of God says or don’t say about it.


The only birthday that I have seen recorded in the Bible is King Herod, a wicked king (Matthew 14:6). Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with celebrating and honoring peoples’ birthdays and anniversaries, but when it comes to the church honoring the pastor on these special days, it is not biblical. Are others in the church being honored on these days?


Some of you may be ignorant of this trend that the devil used someone to start to take your focus off what you are called to do. We are called to serve, not to be served. Jesus said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them…..


But it shall not be among you, whoever is great or chief, let him be your servant. Jesus did not come to be served but He came to serve (Matthew 20:24-28). The verses prior to that were about who would sit on the right and left hand of Jesus. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others above yourselves…. (Philippians 2:3). Who are the others? They are everybody!


Since God has no respect of persons, who is His Word talking about? He is not talking about a special group of people. Are you going to continue allowing the devil to influence you like he did the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes?


Example of being exalted: During anniversaries, there is a special seat for the pastor and those closest to him (spouse, guest minister and so on). Taking the high seat is not the attitude of a servant (Matthew 23:6-12).


Once the children of God come into agreement with the Word of God about how they have been exalted by others or even exalted themselves, all they need to do is stop having these celebrations and repent. Thank God for forgiving all of His children when we fall into sin (1 John 1:9).


Walking by faith, leaning, and depending on Jesus ~ Betty A. Burnett

Take Care of the Man of God? 7-12-2021

I feel this message should follow “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets any harm” because it has a similar meaning. What is talked about from the pulpit “Take care of the man of God” is supposed to be a sermon, but in actuality, it is spiritual manipulation.


 Some people believe that what the pastor is saying is a direct Word from God, so they take care of the man of God, because he told them if they take care of the man of God, God will take care of them.


Let’s see what this scripture means rightly divided. God told Elijah that He had commanded a widow woman to sustain him. This means that He had prepared the woman’s heart to sustain Elijah. So, by the time Elijah arrived where the woman was, her heart had already been conditioned to do what the prophet said.


This has a two-fold meaning: It’s about a prophet on an assignment and a widow woman’s faith. These scriptures are talking about giving out of a need, which is a step of faith (1 Kings 17:7- 16). The woman’s faith was being tested. Also, Elijah being on an assignment shows that God provides.


When Elijah asked the woman for water, he also asked her to give him bread. The woman only had enough for her and her son, and then she said that once they ate the bread they would die. But Elijah told her to make the bread and her bin of flour would not be used up, nor would the oil run dry, and it happened just like the Word of the Lord that was spoken to Elijah.


This scripture is talking about a prophet who was an assignment and he moved from place to place as the Spirit directed. Many times, different people sustained them. It is not talking about a pastor of a church who lies through manipulation to get over on or take advantage of the people. The church is the storehouse, and when the children of God pay their tithes, the funds should take care of missions, salaries and so on (Malachi 3:8-10).


Going back to Elijah and the widow, notice that he did not tell her to give him all the food; he told her to feed him first and then make some bread for her and the son.


There is another story about the widow who gave her very last. Had God prepared her heart to give her very last? No! The Pharisees had been devouring widows’ homes and making them think it was right to give to them. Jesus told them they would receive the greater condemnation (Matthew 23:14).


So, when the widow put her mite (a penny) into the treasury (Mark 12:41-44), that was because of the mindset that had been put on her by the scribes and pharisees, she thought that was the right thing to do (Matthew 23:14). Look at the scriptures in verses 1-12.


You can see from this that these are two different situations; God prepared the first widow’s heart, and the second widow was put in bondage by men who were thought to be men of God. Now, it could be possible for the Spirit of God to prompt you to give up you last; we do not put God in a box. But if He does tell you to give it up, He has a ram in the bush.


This is why it is important to search the scriptures and see what they are saying and what they are not saying.

We should not single out a scripture and sling it all over the place; the scriptures are to be rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15). Be careful how you are interpreting what is said, it could be spiritual manipulation. The scripture is taken completely out of context.


Some scriptures cannot be used as doctrine, but there is a principle in this scripture: Obey God and He makes all the provisions (Philippians 4:19). Walking by faith is rewarding; without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).


I am walking by faith and not by sight ~ Betty A. Burnett

Touch Not My Anointed, Neither do My Prophets no Harm 7-11-2021

 Writing these messages is most enjoyable, especially after seeing the replies to yesterday’s message. I am elated that many of my brothers and sisters are hungry for the Truth and that the eyes of their understanding is being enlightened…. (Ephesians 1:17-18).


During the years of being in some traditional churches, I heard this from the pulpit in some of the messages: “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets no harm” (1 Chronicles 16:22, Psalm 105:15).


That was true for the Old Testament, because it was the kings, prophets, and priests whom the Holy Spirit would come upon for particular assignments. The Holy Spirit did not live inside of people in those days.


After Jesus came to the earth, lived among people, was crucified, buried and on the third day He rose, that brought in a new and better covenant, and the Holy Spirit lives in all those who are born-again (have a relationship with Christ). 


With that being so, everyone who the Holy Spirit lives or dwells in, has the anointing, because we belong to Christ our Messiah, the Anointed One. God has established us with Christ and anointed us, and He also has given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (1 Corinthians 1:20-22).


When a leader says: “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets any harm”, this could indicate that kings, prophets, and priests were more special than other people. Doesn’t that seem like a contradiction? Especially when the Word says: God does not have respect of persons (Romans 2:11). No one is better than the other, whether male or female, Jew, or Gentile; we are all one in Christ (John, chapter 17, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 4:1-6).


Adam and Eve had different roles, but they were co-equal, just as God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are co-equal (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). God has laid out the role of each person. For those of you who have been putting leaders on a pedestal, God is not pleased. All of us are called to respect each other regardless of the role we function in. In fact, you are belittling yourself.


Years ago, I was being taught some things that were different from I had learned in the past. It was difficult for me to accept a different way of teaching (even though it was true) because my pastor taught it differently. I said: “That is not what my pastor said”. Well, did my pastor know everything? So, for you today, we are required to study for ourselves (2 Timothy 2:15), in spite of who says it.


Now for the eye-opener

Since Jesus rose from the dead and there is a new and better covenant, let’s see who these kings, prophets and priests are. We are, of course!


Breakdown

We are Prophets in that the Word of God is to be proclaimed, forth told so the world can know that they need a Savior. We are told to go to whatever part of the world that we are in and teach those God puts in our path (Matthew 28:19-20).


Priests- But we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9). We were chosen by God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), we are royal because we belong to the King. 


We should be praising Him for bringing us out of darkness into the marvelous light of His dear Son, the High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16), who was and is the greatest intercessor of all times (Hebrews 7:25). We are also priests who intercede (pray) and stand in the gap on behalf of others (1 Timothy 2:1).


We are made kings and priests unto God…. (Revelation 1:6).


Kings- We will rule and reign with Jesus, who is King of kings (us) in the eternal realm (Revelation 20:6).

As I conclude this message, it is important that you know Christ in His fulness (Ephesians 3:17-21). The more we study, the more intimate our relationship with Christ will become.


Loving Him more and more each day ~ Betty A. Burnett

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness? 7-10-2021

Today is the beginning of erroneous quotes or sayings that are doctrinally incorrect. I have heard this phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness” for years.


I searched and searched all over and I could not find but one scripture that connected with that quote. Pause: If someone says or think that I am nit-picking, how do you think God feels about His Word being misused? 


And someone may that is not a big deal. Well, I have news for anyone who thinks that way. God is not pleased with misquotes and erroneous doctrine, that is why He told us to study to show ourselves approved to God, a workman that is not ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


Before I get to the scripture that alludes to cleanliness is next to godliness, let’s see how the devil came up with cleanliness is next to godliness. He wants to make people think if what is on the outside of them is clean, that they are okay on the inside.


The Pharisees would fall into that category. They wore all those fine/expensive clothes and were they looked good on the outside, but on the inside they were rotten to the core. Jesus told the Pharisees, it was not the outside of a person that defiled them, it was what was on the inside that defiled a man (Mark 7:1-23).


They looked down on others because of their status, and they devoured widows houses for show and made long prayers for their personal gain (Luke 20:47). So, the phrase is not appropriate because upscale living, fancy clothes and so on, do not give anyone with that mind-set the right to say cleanliness is next to godliness. The statement “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is so true.


John the Baptist wore clothes of camel hair, ate locust and to some he probably looked like a wild man (Matthew 3:4). God told Peter this: What I have cleansed, do not call unclean (Acts 10:9-15).


However, the upside of that ungodly statement is “ But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). Paul was talking about people in the church having problems with one another, arguing about foolish things, and some men with corrupt minds and destitute of the truth supposing that gain is godliness. He went to say, stay away from people like this.


There are many ministers who preach about prosperity, they use their positions to influence others by telling them that gain is godliness; they live lavish lifestyles. These men and women even make people think they are supposed to live well. Gaining wealth does not make one godly; it can cause people to live ungodly, because the love of money is the root of all evil. 


That is why Paul warned those who are rich in the world system not to set their affections on things; they fall into temptation and a snare.


Plus, we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out (1Timothy 6:7). Job said: Naked, I came out of my mother’s womb and naked I will go out (Job 1:21a). And we do not own one thing (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11); the Lord gives us stewardship over what is His for us to manage.


Children of the Most-High God, we are told to flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith (Please read chapter 6 in its entirety.


All of us should be careful of what we say, and make sure that we do our best to study the Word of God, so we will not be ashamed. The more we study the Word of God, the more God will be glorified and there are eternal rewards.


Striving to do my best ~ Betty A. Burnett

Doctrinal Errors - Study to Show Your Self Approved to God 7-9-2021

As children of God, we should be growing in the Word of God more and more, which will cause us to be quite knowledgeable of the Bible. Having the proper understanding helps us to be aware of any false sayings.

These are some quotes I often hear, and some beliefs that are not doctrinal.


Cleanliness is next to godliness?


Touch not my anointed, neither do my prophets no harm (Psalm 105:15)


The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9:11), but he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13)


Satan, the Lord rebuke you (Zachariah 3:2-5, Jude 1:9)


The Bible said the very elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:24)


If I pray over my food, I can eat what I want to (1 Timothy 4:3)


We are not supposed to eat pork (Leviticus 11:3)


Fasting from TV, Pepsi, cigarettes, or anything other than abstaining from food


Daniel and the twenty-one day fast (Daniel 10:31)


The use of the prayer cloth (Acts 19:11-12)


Eve ate the apple and gave it to Adam (Genesis 3:6)


All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)


My whole house will be saved (Acts 16:32)


God promised us three score and ten (70) years and if by reason of strength, eighty (80) years (Psalm 90:10).


The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21)


Wishing husband and wife “Happy Anniversary” in heaven


Person who died received their wings


I am a sinner saved by grace. This will be more in depth to bring a clear understanding about salvation


Again, if there are other scriptures that you are unsure about, please send them through Messenger. I look forward to helping my brothers and sisters get more into the Word of God. This motivates me to continue digging deeper and deeper. Remember this, the Word of God is our source for a victorious life.


Still searching scriptures and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


Excited ~ Betty A. Burnett

Golden Nuggets to Challenge the Children of God – Test Your Knowledge 7-8-2021

I feel as though it is time to do a challenge about the Word of God again to help my brothers and sisters when it comes to certain scriptures. If you are truly born-again, you should take this seriously. There is a difference in paraphrasing a scripture than taking it out of context, or when what they think is scripture and they say : “The Bible says it”.


Example: The Bible says cleanliness is next to godliness. When you find this in the scripture, please let me know and I will acknowledge my error.


The example above is indicative of someone who does not study to show themselves approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


In studying, look for Key Words - Approved to God (means to pass the test). If you were taking a test in school, there has to be a time of studying in order to pass the test. It is the same way with the Word of God. One must study to be approved (pass the test) of God.


Workman means a laborer. When someone has a job, the more they work on it, the more skilled they become. Laboring in the Word makes one more skilled and apt to give the right answers.


Ashamed means shameful and embarrassing, because you did not have the right information, or you came off the top of your head saying something that was not correct. It is shameful when one does not rightly divide the Word of truth.


Rightly dividing the Word is defined like this in Strong’s Concordance: to cut straight, to proceed on straight paths, to hold a straight course, to handle right, to teach the truth directly and correctly.


These challenges are to provoke you to study for yourselves; not just take what you hear and run with it. God is pleased when we admit that we were wrong and choose to get it right. A person who is not willing to change is prideful.


I have a dear friend who asks me questions after a message is posted. She does this for more clarity. I am a theologian because I study God’s Word. All of the children of God should be theologians. One does not have to go to a seminary to be a theologian. I may not have all the answers, but I am willing to search the scriptures to find truth and more truth, as the noble people in the book of Acts did (Acts 17:11).


If there are any scriptures that you have questions about, it will give me joy to search and give the correct answers. We should have an answer or get an answer for everyone who asks us a question pertaining to the Word of God.


Example: 

A man asked how he could be saved. The man had heard about Jesus, but he did not have a relationship with Christ; he was not born-again. Would you be able to witness to the person effectively because you know what it means to be saved, and you know the proper scriptures to use pertaining to salvation?


Searching the scriptures for myself ~ Betty A. Burnett

Challenge for the Children of God  7-7-2021

Greetings brothers and sisters, children of the Most-High God, I am going to start a challenge to test your biblical knowledge. But, before the challenge is written, there are a few things that are thought provoking. Many of God’s children do not study. Reading is different from studying; this is required to live a victorious life.


There is so much controversy about who we are as born-again believers, and it leaves us in question when it comes to certain things in the Bible. For instance, some say one can lose their salvation, while others say salvation is secure. What does the Word of God say when it is rightly divided? What does it mean to study? It requires work (2 Timothy 2:15).


When someone is employed on a job, they are required to work. If they don’t meet the requirements, they are terminated (fired). Most companies will provide training to help one perform the duties more proficiently (skilled). It is the same way with the Word of God; we are required to study (it is work) to become like some of the people in the Bible days (Acts 17:11).They were commended for searching out the scriptures for themselves.


If one doesn’t study, they will not lose their salvation, but there will be a loss of rewards. Example: On many jobs, there is opportunity for promotion, which will bring other bonuses. So, when we study to show ourselves approved to God, it is rewarding and will it not bring shame.


Each of us is required to study the Bible, which should be at the top of the list, especially when it comes to reading different books. Reading somebody else’s books, listening to sermons, and teaching are fine, but no one should put more emphasis on those resources.


The Bible is the true source; how do we know if what someone else has written, taught, or preached is correct unless we study the Word of God for ourselves. That is what the problem has been, and it still is. The reason for this is, people are lazy, and it reveals how much they love the Lord. 


People suffer because of not having knowledge. Why? Because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4::6). It is like living in poverty or living below the standard.


How can one say they love the Lord and do not study? To love someone is to know them.


This is not a message to offend, it is to bring conviction, to convince God’s children that studying His Word should be our first priority. God does not except excuses. A person who does not study and say: “God knows my heart”, does not realize that God does know their evil heart.


Lord willing, tomorrow the challenge will start. I will begin with understanding what salvation is. If one does not understand their salvation, they will live a defeated life.


Walking in victory ~ Betty A. Burnett

Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart 7-6-2021

Thanks to all of you who sent me well wishes on my birthday! It was such an overwhelming out-pouring of Love, through text messages, messenger, phone calls, cards, and Facebook. I had written another message for today, but I feel the Spirit of God would have me to share what how grateful I am.


I would love to acknowledge each person, but someone’s name may be left out, so to all of you wonderful people, Thanks!


Sunday a cook-out was held to celebrate my birthday. On Monday, the day of my birthday, there were no plans, so I thought, but the Lord had plans for me. A phone call caused me to take a day trip.


Since traveling is what I love to do, it was no problem. But the trip was to minister to the need of someone else. Many people think their birthday is special and that it is a day set aside for them to celebrate another year that the Lord has blessed them. That is also the way I feel, yet when there is a greater need, are we willing to sacrifice and give up all the fun a birthday celebration brings?


On my back home, these words came to me: Esteem others above myself (Philippians 2:3). The scripture really ministered to me, and while finishing the message a few minutes ago, I went to the scriptures that followed verse two: Let nothing be done with selfish ambitions, but in lowliness (humility) of mind, let each esteem others above themselves…..


Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself no reputation, took upon Himself the form of a servant… He humbled Himself and became obedient, even to the death of the cross. Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name that is above every name…. (Philippians (2:1-9)- Please read the entire chapter. God will exalt those who humble themselves (1 Peter 5:6, James 4:10).


We should be Christlike in whatever we do. He humbly came down here on earth and completely fulfilled the will of God so we could have eternal life. In other words, Christ had us in mind; even to the horrible death that He suffered on the cross.


How far, or to what extent would you go to unselfishly minister to the needs of others? I did not think about “It’s my birthday”; it was about a person’s need. This was not about me.


When the mission had been finished for yesterday, the Lord blessed me to have a quiet dinner at a restaurant alone. Even so, the physical food was not as fulfilling as the mission was. In closing this message, this scripture came to my spirit: 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love that you have showed toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister (Hebrews 6:10).


We are called to serve. Be blessed and encouraged in your labor of Love.


Grateful ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Birth of Many Nations (New Birth) 7-5-2021

Yesterday was a double celebration for many people across the USA; Sunday church assembly and the fourth of July. Today, my celebration continues because the Lord has allowed me to see another birthday. This year rolls around to the very day I was born-again on a Monday, March 15, 1982. I did not think about it until two days ago while writing this message.


To all of the born-again believers who have been birth from many nations (nationalities), I salute you in the wonderful name of Jesus the Christ. Regardless of the time you were born-again, we are all one in Christ (John, chapter 17, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 4:1-6). It gives me great joy to know that our heavy burdens have been lifted because Jesus Christ took them upon Himself (Matthew 11:28-30).


There was a song back in the day by The Mighty Clouds of Joy- “I Got Rid of My heavy Load”. During a church service the person leading the song would call out each day of the week. Some of the song goes like this: Heavy load, Heavy Load, I got rid of my heavy load.


Somebody don’t know what we mean when we talkin bout a heavy load. We talkin bout a heavy load of sin (that’s gone because of Jesus). If I call your day, the day you got rid of your heavy load, ya oughta come down here and grab me by the hand and tell me that God has lift up your heavy load….


They would call out a day from Sunday till Monday, and if that particular day were the day someone got saved, they would run up to the front of the church with their hands up, praising God.


Saints of the Most-High God, you may not remember the day, but as long as you understand that when you confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and you believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved (Romans 10:9-10). 


This also means that you had all intentions of Jesus becoming Lord of your life, and that He has ownership of you; you are no longer your own because you have been brought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 2:20).


Getting back to the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the song “I Got Rid of My Heavy Load”, aren’t you glad that you laid your burdens on Jesus? Aren’t you happy that Jesus took care of your sins? Doesn’t it give you great joy to know that you will live in the eternal kingdom with Jesus?


Grateful for another year ~ Betty A. Burnett

Happy Fourth of July! The Birth of a Physical Nation and the Birth of a Spiritual Nation

7-4-2021

Today many celebrate the Fourth of July by gathering in someone’s yard for a barbecue, and later on in the evening, they watch the magnificent display of fireworks. This is a most enjoyable occasion to spend time together.


Before its birth, or before America became its own country, it was comprised of thirteen colonies established by Great Britain. The colonies escaped and broke from the rule of Great Britain, and they became a new nation on July 4, 1776.


This is just what happened to all those who are born-again, we were in bondage to Satan and the world system, but Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1). He brought two nations together, which consisted of Jews and Gentiles, and a new nation (the church) was born. It was the birth of the church on the Day of Pentecost, when one hundred and twenty people were gathered in one place, and they were on one accord (Acts 2:1).


Let’s do a comparison

1) People gather on the Fourth of July to have a good time remembering the birth of their nation which brought them freedom, and this brings joy.


The one and twenty people were gathered praying, remembering what Jesus had told them and this brought joy as they anticipated receiving power from on high (Acts 1:8, 14).


2) Once it is night-time, people are waiting with anticipation for the magnificent displays of fireworks in the sky. When the fireworks go off, people are in awe of their awesome glow, and powerfully booming dynamite sound.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, the Holy Spirit came with the Dunamis (dynamite) power from on high and cloven tongues of fire sat upon each of them. They were empowered to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The display of the fireworks is symbolic of the light that the children of God should display for all to see and be in such awe that it will draw others to Christ and God will be glorified (Matthew 5:16).


Jesus came into a world that was filled with darkness. He brought light (John 12:46), and light dispels darkness [makes darkness disappear] (1 John 1:5-7). As long as Jesus was in the world, He was the Light (John 9:5). When Jesus left, He left His light to shine through His believers (Matthew 5:14-16).


As we celebrate this day of Independence, let us not forget that true freedom is in Christ, and it is because of Him and Him alone that we can experience joy on the fourth of July and every day of our lives. The greatest joy any child of God can experience is to be a light in a dark, cold, and cruel world.


May your Fourth of July Sunday be filled with the Joy of the Lord.


Fired Up ~ Betty A. Burnett

While Enjoying Fourth of July Weekend ~ Let’s Commemorate Some Births 7-3-2021

Yesterday, the message was pertaining to three and what the number means from a biblical perspective. Also, I said “Enjoy the Fourth of July Weekend”. The word joy is much of what will be discussed. Today, the first of the three’s is about biological births, and the joy that comes with children being born. These are some biblical characters who were full of joy at the birth of their child.


Let’ start with Abraham and Sarah who were still childless when they were beyond the age of childbearing. Abraham was 100 years old, and Sarah was ninety years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 17:16, Genesis 21:1-3). 


Can you imagine how they felt when Isaac was born? They must have been filled with joy!

Even though it is not written in the Bible, it is inferred (concluded from the evidence and reasoning, rather than explicit statements). In other words, it had to be evident that whatever was being conveyed, a conclusion was drawn from it.


As I continue, you will read about the joy that was expressed because of a parents/s when these mothers were barren; their womb had been shut up. Additionally, a barren woman was looked down upon, or considered cursed.

Isaac asked the Lord to give his wife Rebekah have a child because she was barren, and God opened her womb, and two children were born (Genesis 25:19-34).


Hannah was barren and her husband’s other wife laughed at her because she was barren. Hannah cried to the Lord, and He opened her womb, and she gave birth to Samuel, who was anointed by God as priest and prophet. Hannah promised the Lord if He gave her a child, she would dedicate the child to Him (1 Samuel, chapter 1) Later on, Hannah had more children (1 Samuel 2:18-21).


Zechariah and Elizabeth were also beyond the age of childbearing. Mary went to visit Elizabeth when she was six months into her pregnancy. When the baby heard the salutation of Mary he leaped in his mother’s womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. The baby also had to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary stayed with Elizabeth until John the Baptist was born (Luke 1:39-45).


When Jesus was born, many were waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him, and it was revealed to him by the Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 


And he came [was led] by the Spirit into the temple and when the parents brought the child Jesus to do for Him after the custom of the law, then he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: Lord, let your servant depart in peace according to Your Word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation…. (Luke 2:25-35).


And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night… an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shined all around them and they were afraid. And the angel said, fear not for I bring you great JOY, which shall be to all people. 


For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying. Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth, good will toward men (Luke 2:8-14). Joy to the World, the Lord is come – Let earth receive her King!


Let us be joyful as we remember our King. Have an Enjoyable Fourth of July weekend!


Next: The Birth of a Nation


Joyously Celebrating the Fourth of July Weekend ~ Betty A. Burnett

Fourth of July ~ Let’s Celebrate (Part 1) 7-2-2021

There will be many types of activities and events during this long holiday week-end. Messages will be posted about these fun days and what they mean. Many people go on vacation, and they travel by different means, while others enjoy cook-outs, and most cities have fireworks and parades.


I want to put special emphasis on three kinds of birth that should perk your interest. Before getting to the births, let’s concentrate on the number three. The number three is used 467 times in the Bible. This number means complete, and it is significant. 


Jesus was in the heart of the earth three days and three nights: For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17, Matthew 12:40).


Three disciples were with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). The Bible only mentions the names of three angels-Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer the fallen angel who is Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14).


The murdered bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the street three days before they are resurrected (Revelation 11:8-9). In the New Jerusalem, there are three gates on each side (Revelation 21:13).


God is the Trinity – The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [Jesus- John 1:1], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one (1 John 5:7).


There are three parts to man (tripartite): body, spirit, and soul: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).


Next: Birth of America – Biological Birth - New Birth


God bless ~ Betty A. Burnett

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