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Walking in Health and Prospering as Our Souls Prosper 4-19-2021

I hear people quoting this verse often. “I pray that you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.” John wrote this to Gaius: Gaius in whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers (3 John 3:1).


Although John was writing to Gaius the elder, the principle is the same for every child of God. But it is conditional; it depends on what a person does. For instance, if you do not study the Word of God and work His principles, they will not work for you.


What comes out of some people’ mouths are indicative of them not studying the Word of God. Many people speak negative words out of their mouths, like “O’ woe is me, I stay sick. Taking it a step further: “If it is God’s will, I will be healed”. Hold it! That contradicts the Word of God. It is God’s will for you to prosper and be in health.


If you are honest with yourself, look at your life and assess what has been happening. For instance, have you overcome any illness, or did you stand on the Word of God and believe by faith that you are healed by Jesus’ stripes (1 Peter 2:24)? Jesus Christ did not just die for our sins only; He was beaten and the stripes on His body was for our healing (Isaiah 53:5).


Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Whatever you speak, that is what it becomes. James also talks about the tongue: Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers [sisters] these things ought not to be so (James 3:10). Sickness is a curse that came with the sin Adam committed when he disobeyed God (Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3:17).


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heaven places (Ephesians 1:3). God has put all blessings in our hands, but we must appropriate (make use of) the blessings.


This is another scripture that has been misused:

And Moses said to God’s people, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…..The Lord shall fight for you…. (Exodus 14:13-14). That was true then, because the people did not have the Spirit of God living in them, therefore, God took care of their enemies: 

And the fear of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had learned that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel -verse 29 (2 Chronicles 20:26-30).


In the New Testament, we are God’s army, and we are in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18). We have been given power over the enemy - the devil and his demons (Luke 10:19). 


If you are waiting for the Lord to fight your battle, you will never win, and you will be waiting until your life on this earth comes to an end. God takes care of the people (Romans 12:17-21), we take care of the enemy with the armor God has provided for us.


Wanna make the devil laugh? Keep waiting for the Lord to fight your battles. People speak words like that because they are ignorant of the Word of God.


Saints of the Most-High God, please get into the Word and study, for it is required by the Lord. The devil wants you to think you are okay. John wrote to the babies in Christ, so they would not be deceived by false prophets and false teachers.


Next: False Teachers and False Prophets


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth (Part 2) 4-18-2021

As I continue with part two of the message about having the right attitude and speaking life over your situation, you will find that you are what you think and speak.


If I would go by my feelings, I would not be moving about, because that old arthritis (arthur) has struck several areas of my body. During the past year and a half, my body has been invaded with different health issues. A few months ago, I went to the doctor because there was a sack of fluid in my elbow, large as a golf ball (bursitis). Certain forms of arthritis old (arthur/bursitis) were invading my body and striking blows at me.


The doctor brought the ultra-sound machine in and he told me that all of the fluid probably wouldn’t come out; but I was believing differently and praying inwardly. The doctor’s assistant was not able to get all the fluid out with the needle because there were particles obstructing the flow of the fluid. However, when he pulled the needle out, it left a space big enough and the fluid oozed out; and the doctor was squeezing it.


All of the fluid came out despite what the other doctor said. Once everybody went out of the room, I really went into a praise. That was about six months ago, and I am healed in Jesus’ name. No more problems, when God heals through whatever means, it is a done deal!


A couple more times arthritis struck in my fingers (crippling them); each time I would pray and eventually my fingers were no longer crippled. Several of us out to dinner and one of the sisters asked what was wrong with my thumb (that’s how noticeable it was). I told the sister it was arthritis, but it was not going to stay way and again, as with the precious situation with the fingers, it was gone. I do not have time for the devil to keep me down; I’ve got to “Keep on Pushing”!


I still experience pain in different parts of my body, but life words are spoken out of my mouth, instead of complaining. The life word is: By His stripes I am healed (1 Peter 2:24), and it works.


Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of all their afflictions (Psalm 34:19). The devil threw all kinds of fiery darts at me, but I am still standing by the grace of God. How could I continue to minister with an afflicted body? The devil will mess with your mind, but you must think with the right attitude because as a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 18:21).


More of this will come up in another message “Prospering and Being in Health as Our Souls Prosper”. In 1989, I had a back injury that took me out of the work-force permanently, which caused me to go on disability. Do I look like a disabled person with all this energy? God Did It!


Every time the devil would come at me, I would counteract with faith words (empowered by God’s Spirit). I was having pain in my ears, and made an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat doctor; I told her that I thought it was sinus related. Eventually a cat-scan was ordered, and the technician said the same thing I had told the doctor, that it was probably sinus.


Then the doctor wanted me to have a hearing test, and when the results came back, she said I needed a hearing aid. Not so! The devil is a liar. I spoke life words about my ears and believed that whatever it was, by Jesus; stripes I was healed (1 Peter 2:24).


You may wonder why I am still living in the same place after six years of being buffeted by the devil. All I can say is God is in control, just as He was in Joseph’s life. Do I want all this to come to an end? Of course! But where could I go but to the Lord? 


He has not opened a door; prayers are being sent up regularly on my behalf and I cry out to the Lord because of discouragement. But then, His supernatural empowerment causes me to bounce back. Mainly because I speak the Word of God over my situation; death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).


He gives me that supernatural energy to get up and bounce back! I am still able to do some things physically It has to do with the call on my life. Whatever God calls us to do He gives us everything that is needed to fulfill our assignment.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth 4-17-2021

A few days ago, I posted some pictures on Facebook, not knowing that people would be sending so many comments. I just wanted to do something different because no pictures had been taken without a mask on since the Covid-19 Pandemic. 


The simple attire was worn because a cousin had passed and a few of us wanted to show our faces and pay respect to our family.


Because of all the many responses that were sooooo encouraging, I want you to know my story, and that is not about me and what I did, it is all GOD! So, today as you read this message, my prayer is that you will be motivated to speak life words out of your mouths. The reason being, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).


My life before Christ was one of riotous living, cigarettes, booze; I didn’t develop a liking for the other kind of substances, but partying, sex and whatever else, you name it! It is by the grace of God that I am what I am today (1 Corinthians 15:10). He has preserved me all these years for this time.


Early on in my walk, there were things that I did not understand, but it had to be faith that God instilled in me to give me the desire to visit the sick in nursing homes and hospitals and pray for them. This happened before I knew or understood the power of prayer. 


This is my point; faith has been active in my life almost since the beginning of my relationship with Christ. To have that kind of faith, your thoughts (attitudes) must be right.


Let me stop a moment and say, my faith has faltered (wavered) just as Abraham’s did, but God sees us through the eyes of perfection. Abraham got side-tracked due to lack of faith and went into Egypt because there was a famine in the land (Genesis 12:10) - [he allowed what he saw to affect what God had told him].


I have allowed circumstances and situations to cause me to doubt. Example: There was a time I was so desperate for money, that I went on my own to get it and that made my situation worse because I did not trust God. It was a shameful situation, and it was embarrassing. Yet, it did not change God’s love for me. However, a lesson was learned from that experience.


As my faith was strengthened, I also learned to speak faith (life) words out of my mouth. This brings me to speaking death and life over, or about your situation and how much power the tongue has. The reason I am where I am today, as far as being able to do what God has called me to do, is because of my way of thinking and speaking.


I am repeating this particular situation about the time I fell and injured my shoulder in November 2019 and was partially immobilized and was still in therapy when Covid-19 struck in March 2019. That caused me to do therapy on my own, with the help of the Lord.


Since then, there has been an off and on situation going on in my body. There were/are problems with my eyes (allergies due to someone smoking crack and cigarettes that I have been in close proximity to), but the Lord has sustained me and my health in spite of what the devil is doing. Surely the Lord has kept me!


Not only that, depression would set in, but each time I overcame it by the grace of God. Much is due to prayer, and my prayer warrior sisters were certainly standing in the gap on my behalf, as well as others whom the Spirit impressed upon their hearts to pray. 


The apostle Paul was in spiritual warfare against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:6-19). Paul’s prayer was to continue to speak boldly, he was not trying to get out of the situation but to boldly speak whatever was given to him.


If you are thinking that you would not be able to endure what I am going through, you will not experience the same situation, and neither will I experience what you go through. God has given each of us specific assignments and He would never give any of us an assignment that we could not endure or complete (Philippians 1:6). Be encouraged, God’s got you!


Next: Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth (Part 2) 4-18-2021


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Hating a Brother or Sister? 4-16-2021

I am believing that this message is going to be an eye opener to many who profess to be born-again. The reason being, in my many years of being saved, and being affiliated with different denominational churches, I have seen and heard much when it comes to showing love to certain people. 


It has been so obvious that some people are hurt by it, including myself. As I grew spiritually, my hurts diminished. But what about those who are not as mature?


Some of these people say they love you, but their actions speak differently. When a church or a group of people is divided, that is not exemplifying love (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).


Paul’s writing is similar to John’s writing in a sense – Paul wrote to Christians who refused to grow; therefore, they were still babies; they were divided and unloving. Whereas John wrote to new believers (babes) in Christ who were open to the truth of God’s Word.


There are two types of baby Christians:

1) Those who have been saved long enough to be more matured in their walk with Christ, but they are not open to the truth; they are stuck. Perhaps it is because they feel they are okay, and they accepted whatever was told to them, even though it was erroneous doctrine. In having conversations with some of these people, it is obvious that they think they are mature. This includes some leaders.


2) Those new believers who are open to the truth are the ones God is pleased with. And John is to be commended for his love and tender-heartedness for these little children. I believe John remembered how Christ taught him and the others, and it rubbed off on him. We should feel the same way.


Let’s talk about Love and what is the opposite of it. I am doing this because it is important that the readers understand how serious it is. For every plus, there is minus; for every positive there is a negative; life is the opposite of life is death, and the opposite of faith is doubt.


What is the opposite of hate? LOVE! And what is the opposite of Love? HATE! There are no ifs, buts, and in-betweens; one either loves or hates.


John makes a specific distinction pertaining to the true children of God: Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God, and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God…..not that we loved God, but He loved us……beloved if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. If we love one another, God dwells in us and His Love is perfected in us.


Pause: 

When John says, God’s Love is perfected in us, this means Love is being matured in us. Nobody starts off perfect; it is a growing process – grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


Back to John and the warning of self-deception about Love: If a man say that I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this is the commandment we have from Him; that he who loves God, loves his brother also (1 John 4:7-20).


Jesus Christ told John and the other disciples that they were to have love for each other. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).


Love brings unity and there is an anointing that destroys yokes (Psalm 133). The devil is having a hey-day in keeping us divided so that God’s will is not accomplished.


Brothers and sisters, we really need to check ourselves and see if we truly are loving everybody like the Word of God tells us to. Love is not just speaking (moving our lips), it is the kind of action that goes much further than moving our lips.


Next: Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

John Called the Born-Again Believers “My Little Children” 4-15-2021

I wonder how many of you readers are wondering why John referred to, or called some of his readers “My little children”?


There are three groups of people that John talks to: Little children, young men, and fathers. There is a specific reason that the groups are categorized.


Let’s start with the fathers who were older and had more wisdom. I had no idea this was going to materialize about the correct order in every church of God. From this, you should see how important it is to have older people who are experienced in life and especially in the Word of God.


The young men were/are also experienced, not as much as the fathers, but they had strength that the older men (fathers) did/do not have.


The little children (babes in Christ) are young and immature in the faith. John treats them with loving, tender care like Jesus did the children (Matthew 19:14). Children are tender, innocent, and vulnerable; they trust their fathers and do what they are told to do.


Let’s see how John addresses the little children. In the last message John wrote and told them not to sin. And if anyone sinned we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous…..I will get to the scriptures about hating a brother in the next message.


John says: I write to you little children because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. John tells them to love not the world, nor the things in the world……This is not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy some things in this world that God gave us to enjoy, like sports and anything else that is not evil. The apostle Paul wrote about a marathon runner in a race as someone running a spiritual race and what was required to be a winner by getting to the finishing line first.


John was talking to the little children about things that they should know at the beginning of their new life. This gives them an awareness of the false teachers in the church.


He was giving them enough to hold on to and the young men and older men (fathers) can help them to add to their faith by being taught the principles of God’s Word.


John said to the fathers: I have written to you fathers because you have known Him that is from the beginning. This means that they had been in the faith for quite a while.


John told the young men: I have written to you young men because you are strong and the Word of God abides [continues, remains] in you and you have overcome the wicked one [the devil]. The young men had spent much time being trained in the Word of God. I believe they received wisdom and knowledge from the older men.


If you are in a church that does not have fathers (the older men), better still, the five ministry offices (Ephesians 4:11), you should be praying and asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.


Next: Hating a Brother or Sister?


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

“Do Christians Sin?” (1 John 1:5- 2:1-2) 4-14-2021

In yesterday’s message, John wrote to the children of God assuring them of their salvation and he warned them about false teachers who were once in the church, but they were not of them (born-again). He went on to tell them that if those people were born-again, they would have remained.


There is a difference in going back into the world, than falling from grace, some call it backsliding. A person who falls from grace gets out of fellowship with the Lord, but when he or she confesses their sins, their fellowship is restored.


There are some who believe we do not have to ask our Father to forgive us because Jesus Christ took care of our past, present, and future sins. That is correct because Jesus went to the cross once for the sins of the world. However, as children of God, when there is sin in our lives, confession is necessary.


Plus, the Bible says if you say you do not sin, you are a liar, and the truth is not in you. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse from all unrighteousness. This means unrighteous acts; ungodly things that we do.


I want you to take notice that this is not a salvation scripture; it is a Christian confessing sins to the Father whom they have a relationship with. The salvation scripture is: 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 [If you believe in your heart, you will confess with your mouth] –(Romans 10:9-10).


What about the children of God when they fall into a sin?

Getting back to unconfessed sin that takes us out of fellowship with our Father. Example: If you did something wrong, would you tell your mother or father you are sorry? Or better yet, even though you and your parent/s love each other, you would not feel the same; there would be a strain in the relationship. The person is still your parent, but there is no fellowship. How can you feel comfortable when you know there is unconfessed sin in your life?


I am going even further. Does your doing wrong cause you not to be your parent’s child?


Another example is the parable of the prodigal son (loose living, wasteful): The prodigal son was the younger of two brothers and he wanted his portion of the inheritance. This was horrible what the son did to his father, he was totally selfish and disrespectful. No one receives an inheritance until the owner of the will dies. The father gave him his portion; shortly afterward the son left and went to a far country and wasted what he had because he was living riotously.


He became a citizen and was hired to feed swine; this was a low blow for a Jew. A famine came and it got so bad that he would have eaten what the swine ate [he did not eat the husks]. Pause: The prodigal son was a Jew and Jews had no dealing with swine- this was a dietary law (Leviticus 11:27).


He came to his senses and went back to his father and he asked his father to forgive him…..His father told his servants to bring the best robe, ring (signifies how much the father valued his son) and shoes for his feet…. The father said his son was dead, but now was alive, lost but now he was found. Being lost in this context mean the son was backslidden (Luke 15:11-24).


The same is with us, when we come to our senses, we ask our Father to forgive us (1 John 1:9).


That’s how much our Father loves us, and He is waiting with open arms to restore our fellowship with Him. And if anyone sins, he has an advocate [One who pleads another’s case before a judge] with the Father (1 John 2:1).


Note: Just a reminder that children of God falling into sin is different than “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Paul was talking about the sinful state of mankind and the whole world is guilty before God. Those who become children of God are no longer condemned (guilty).


John Called the Born-Again Believers “My Little Children”


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Assurance of Eternal Life 4-13-2021

As I begin with the first of several topics, having the assurance of being born-again (John 3), as Jesus told Nicodemus in the Gospel of John is the first and of utmost importance.


I gave a historical background in the previous message about false teachers in the church, but they left. Actually, they came in and damaged and confused the children of God before they left. The Word of God says this, to let the readers know that these people were not saved: They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have no doubt continued with us. But they went out that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us (1 John 2:19).


Judas Iscariot was an example of one who was never born again, even though he walked with Jesus Christ and the other disciples for three years (Matthew 26:47-50, John 17:12).


Back to the epistle of John: But you have an unction [anointing] from the Holy One and you know all things (1 John 2:20). John is writing to people who are born-again (little children) and letting them know (assuring them) that the Holy Spirit was in them and they would not be deceived. However, the children must continue to walk in the light, because the Holy Spirit cannot reveal to us what we do not know. He brings things to our remembrance…. (John 14:26).


How do we walk in the light? By spending time in the Word and prayer, and fellowshipping with other believers. By surrounding ourselves with people who have been saved for awhile, being in the right place (church) where you can learn God’s principles and grow.


He who believes on the Son of God has the witness within. He who does not believe God, has made himself a liar, because he does not believe the record that God gave His Son. And this is the record that God has given us eternal life, and that life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life (1 John 5:10-13). John puts a lot of emphasis on the Son; the Gnostics did not believe Jesus could not have been who He was (perfect), because all flesh was evil.


John continued to emphasize to the children of God about having assurance of salvation. Another thing I want to add, there are so many different doctrinal beliefs today that is confusing to those who are not rooted and grounded on the foundation of Christ. Even though some of these people may be born-again, they need to get somewhere and study the Word of God so it can be rightly divided.


We know that whoever is born of God does not sin, but he who belongs to God keeps himself and the wicked one (devil) cannot touch him (1 John 5:18). The Word does not mean that Christians do not fall into sin. It means we are not in the state of sin because we have a new nature, but we do fall into sin.


If a person is born-again, they cannot continue to sin and not get a conviction; to feel sorrow, remorseful and convinced of their sin.


That is why the next message is going to be “Do Christians Sin?”


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Three Epistles (Letters) of John 4-12-2021

I want to introduce you to the apostle John, who wrote one of the four Gospels, three epistles and the book of Revelation. Although each book of John was inspired by the Holy Spirit, he also had a special encounter with Christ who spoke directly to him to write the book of Revelation.


This is some historical background information from the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible.

John states that he writes to give assurance of eternal life to those who believe in the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13). The uncertainty of his readers about their spiritual status was caused by the unsettling conflict with the teachers of a false doctrine. John’s purpose in writing, then was to expose the heresy of the false teachers and to confirm the faith of the true believers.


He refers to the teachings as deceitful, the teachers as false prophets, liars, and antichrists. These people had once been within the church but had withdrawn and gone out into the world. The heresy was a forerunner of second century Gnosticism, which taught that matter is essentially evil, and spirit is essentially good.


Definition:

Gnosticism is a word derived from the Greek, meaning “knowledge”. The Gnostics believed they had access to special knowledge that was superior to others.


My words:

The Gnostics were basically saying that since all matter/flesh was evil, Jesus could not have come in the flesh.


More from NKJV:

How Christ is revealed: John emphasizes both the deity and humanity of Jesus, declaring that in Him God entered fully into human life. John’s purpose in writing then was to expose the heresy of the false teachers and to confirm the faith of the true believers.


These are some upcoming topics that may not be written in chronological order.

Assurance of eternal life

What does John mean by my little children?

What about hating a brother or a sister?

False teachings and false prophets

Principle of walking in health as our souls prosper


This book exposes all the evil that went on the church then, and it is still happening today. When I write to warn you what to be aware of, it is because out of my love for you. And most of all, God loves you.


Unshackled (walking in truth) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Answers to Brain Teaser 4-11-2021

Yesterday, I asked a question (hypothetical) as to what answer would be given if you died and stood before Christ and He would ask you to give Him one reason why He should let you into His kingdom. Also, you were told that I would have answers to the multi-choice challenge today.


The Multi-choice answers from yesterday’s challenge:


1) I went to church – Answer: Many people go to hell through the church. Going to church is good, but you must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior in order to have eternal life. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that Christ died for your sins and that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).


Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall receive eternal life (John 3:16). It is because of God’s grace and the faith that He instilled in you that you have a new life. It was all God’s doing you did nothing; you did not deserve it (Ephesians 2:8-9). And I have a problem with someone saying they love the church, what about Jesus?


2) I was a good person, and I did not mistreat others - Answer : The Word of God says, As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10).


3) I gave to the poor – Answer: This rich young ruler asked Jesus- Good Master what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Jesus asked the man why he called Him good, when there is none good but the Father. Jesus asked him if he knew the commandments and he told Jesus he had observed the commandments from his youth. Jesus told the man to sell whatever he had and give to the poor. The man was sad, and he walked away, grieved (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22).


The man had made an idol of his wealth; he was not willing to take up his cross and follow Jesus. The reason it was/is so hard for a rich man to inherit eternal life is, his riches become his idol/god. However, there is nothing impossible with God (Matthew 19:26).


4) I was baptized – Answer: Have you ever heard the saying: “A person going down in the water a dry devil and coming out of the water a wet devil”? Well, it is the truth. Water baptism cannot save anybody. As a matter of fact, Jesus said: Go therefore and teach all nations (extend salvation), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Salvation always precedes water baptism.


5) None of the above was correct from yesterday’s answers – With that being so, have you received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?


Unshackled (Enjoying my New Life) ~ Betty A. Burnett

A Brainteaser Challenge 4-10-2021

Since I plan to travel on a couple of day trips, this is a short hypothetical

brainteaser to make you think:


If you die today and you stand before Christ and He asked you to give Him one reason why He should let you into His Kingdom, what would your answer be?


Multi-choice:

1) I went to church and worked in the church


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


3) I gave to the poor, etc.


4) I was baptized


5) None of the above


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


Concerned about souls


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Adding to Your Faith Brings Maturity 4-9-2021

A few weeks ago, messages were written from the epistle/letter of Peter pertaining to spiritual growth: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) and Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


Although Peter wrote about false teachers and false/apostate teachers, it will be difficult for one to understand what is false if they do not know the truth. For instance, after one is more matured through the process of growth, they will recognize/discern what is false. That is because that are skilled in the Word, and they are no longer on milk (Hebrews 5:13-14).


Example of what is true and what is false: the employees at US Mint have to study what the true bills look like, and from that they can recognize the false or counterfeit bills.


Let’s go to Peter and how he wrote about Christian virtues:

And beside this, giving all diligence [perseverance - keep pressing forward], add to your faith,


Virtue [righteous living], and to virtue knowledge, and to


Knowledge [understanding the Word of God], and to knowledge, temperance (make sure that temper is in check),


Temperance [self-control], and to temperance, add patience (make sure that temper is in check),

Patience [long suffering], fore-bearing one another (Colossians 3:13), to patience add


Godliness [Christlikeness], and to godliness [godliness with contentment is great gain](1 Timothy 6:6). It is so good to know when you’re living a godly life that you experience peace. Add


Brotherly kindness [Do good to everybody, especially those who are of the household of faith] (Galatians 6:10); be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other…. (Ephesians 4:32), add to

Brotherly kindness, Charity [love]


The greatest of all is LOVE. When you read about the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23), LOVE is the first one mentioned. If you love your neighbor, you will not do anything to harm him or her, that is why all the commandments hinge on Love. Love God…. And your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40).


When these virtues are added (it takes time), we will not be barren or unfruitful.


Example of someone being barren: 

Many women have not been able to birth children. Therefore, they are barren. In the Bible days, if a woman was not able to give birth to a child, she was considered cursed. Since this is spiritual, I am talking about males and females. Paul the apostle was not barren; he preached and taught, and many were birthed through his ministry.


But he who lacks [fall behind] these things are blind and cannot see afar off and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. A person like this is carnal, continuing in his or her old ways [still acting like an unsaved person] – to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). In other words, one cannot live a victorious life in Christ when he or she is doing the same things sinners do.


If we fulfill our call, that means to do what God has called us to do – [being faithful], for an entrance will be ministered to you/us abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-11).


During our fine tuning discussion coming from Romans 5:3-5, Paul’s writing was similar to Peter’s writing (2 Peter 1:5-11). It is amazing how these men wrote, how the Word connected, and how the Word was confirmed. Nobody can do that but God! How can anyone doubt or even question God’s Word being true?


This will be the grand finale, when Christ says: Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21, 23). Question: Are you adding to (growing in) your faith?


Unshackled (assured of my calling and election) ~ Betty A. Burnett

All have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God? (Romans 3:23) 4-8-2021

In “An Hour of Bible Sharing” with Betty, we are going through the entire book of Romans, which in the meat of the Gospel. The book of Romans is called the greatest exposition of Christian doctrine anywhere in scripture – NKJV note


This is a scripture that is misused, and it is quoted by many Christians including some leaders. I heard it used in a way that seems like a cop-out, or as a means of justifying wrongdoing.


When people are saying that we don’t have the right to judge because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, that is not true. Jesus does not condemn judgment, but He admonished righteous judgment. 


If someone is doing the same thing the other person is doing, then he or she is a hypocrite. The Word of God tells us to take the log out of our own eye before taking the splinter out of someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:1-5).


The Word of God also tells us to judge our brothers and sisters’ actions. Paul goes to the point of saying that we should be ashamed when we know our brothers and sisters are openly sinning, and we don’t do anything about it. The reason being, if the sin is not dealt with, it will affect others in the church (1 Corinthians, chapter 5).


Example: It was reported that a man who called himself a brother was having sex with his father’s wife. The church was told to confront the situation and if the brother refused to change, they were to put him out of the church, hoping that the devil would beat him up and he would come to his senses. 


Paul not only warned about the fornicator; he named other things that should not even be done as a Christian. He went as far as to say, do not eat with such a person.


I said all that to make it clear enough for you to understand the difference between judging someone’s heart and another person’s action. The scripture: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God has nothing to do with a born-again believer. Look at have sinned - that is past tense.


This reminds of someone saying we are sinners saved by grace. That is not true! We are not in a state of sin even though we miss the mark. One cannot have two natures; they are either a sinner or a saint. The Word of God says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creature… all things are new….(2 Corinthians 5:17).


 Remember this: And such were some of you, but you were washed [made new/clean], you sanctified, you were justified…. (1 Corinthians 6:11).


Here’s what Romans, chapters 1-3 mean: First of all, Paul was writing to Christians in Rome. He told them the whole world was guilty before God; that the Jew who had the law was guilty because they thought because they were Jews that they were in good standing with God. And they felt because they were Jews, chosen by God, they were better or more special than others. The Jews had the Word, but it did not make them better; they were just as guilty before God. Even though they knew the Word/Law, they did not keep it.


Then there were the morally upright Gentiles who did not have the Word.


Example: They went to church, they were known and respected in the community for doing good deeds, but they were not saved. Therefore, they were guilty before God.


And then there were the heathen/pagans who were downright wicked; you just know they were guilty before God. But, the Word of God says all were guilty before God.


If the whole world was guilty before God because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, what about us? 

How in the world can we justify using that scripture for a saved person? 


The saved and unsaved are completely different, in that the unsaved are guilty before God. Although children of God fall into sin, we are no longer declared guilty (Romans 8:1) because Jesus took our guilt.


Next: The Epistle of Peter


Unshackled (growing in grace and knowledge) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Erroneous Quote from Psalm 51:1, 10-11 ~ 4-7-2021

Before getting back to the epistles of Peter, I am sharing a scripture that is quoted by many Christians erroneously. This is the story of David and his confession about a year after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba.


David: Have mercy on me O God according to Your loving kindness…. Blot out my transgressions. Let’s look at the word blot. It means to abolish, erase, wipe away. It is used in the book of Acts as a means of repentance, by receiving Christ as Savior and all sins were abolished, erased, or wiped away forever (Acts 3:19). 


This does not mean that the Christian does not fall into sin (1 John 1:8, 10). That’s where the scripture tells us, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).


Jesus Christ took care of every sin when He died on the cross: Blotting [erasing, wiping away] out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross (Colossians 2:14). The sin debt that was against us has been cancelled. If you had a black board and wrote on it with white chalk, then you erased it, would you ever see the words again?


Now to another scripture that is widely used erroneously: Create in me a clean heart O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast not Your Spirit from my presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.


Now you are clean through the Word that I have spoken to you (John 15:3). When Jesus said to the disciples and it was for all of God’s children that we are clean, why do we ask God to create in us a clean heart? If anyone ask God to clean their heart, it makes others think they are not born-again.


This is another scripture out of many that lets us know we do not have to ask God to clean our hearts: And such were (past tense) some of you, but you are (present tense) washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). This scripture is pertaining to who we were and who we are now.


What about do not take Your Holy Spirit from me? Jesus said: And I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He (He is not it- that is an insult) may abide with you forever (John 14:16).


What did Jesus mean by another Comforter? While Jesus Christ was with His disciples, He was their Comforter. Jesus knew He had to leave, but He was not going to leave them comfortless (John 16:18), just as we are not comfortless.


When David said, do not take Your Spirit from me, he was under the old covenant, but he had a relationship with God. His relationship was inferior compared to our relationship with Christ because we are under a new and better covenant that is superior to the old covenant.


Let’s take it another step, why do people say the Lord will not dwell in an unclean temple? Once we are born-again, we have been made clean (holy, righteous). Do they think the Holy Spirit leaves them each time they fall into sin? That does not make any sense. God told Peter: What I have cleaned, do not call unclean (Acts 10:14-15).


To me, this means they would lose their salvation and have to get saved all over again. If that is so, what does to be sealed by the Holy Spirit mean? 


Example: If you have a document that needs to be sealed by a stamp from a notary public, that imprint on the seal is permanent. That is the reason for the seal to be stamped. We have been stamped with the Holy Spirit’s seal and it is permanent.


We are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit, which means to make Him sad when we are doing anything contrary to the Word of God (Ephesian 4:30). The second part of Ephesians 4:30: whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. 


If people say the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in an unclean temple, every time someone fell into a sin, the Holy Spirit will leave them. If that is true, then Jesus lied when He said the Holy Spirit will abide with you forever ( John 16:18 ) and if He lied, He sinned and His death on the cross would have been meaningless.


Next: All have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God? (Romans 3:23)


Unshackled (growing in grace and knowledge) ~ Betty A. Burnett

 How God Called Burnett Ministries 4-6-2021

I am sharing with the readers about my call into the ministry. This message is to encourage those of you who are assured of your call and to wait until God launches you into your ministry.


No two ministries are exactly alike, just as no two people (even twins) are not exactly alike. God has has put uniqueness in each of His children. And each of us is ordained by God to reach those He has chosen for us to reach. No one person can reach everybody, regardless of how large the ministry is.


This is how my ministry began. I was asked to do reflections at funeral services, which started in 1992. It went from poetic reflections to playwriting and on to writing messages. My God given creative and innovate writing abilities was confirmed in various ways.


Although I was ordained into ministry through my church in 2002, God was working in and through me for many years prior to 2002. However, the time to be launched into ministry was not manifested until December 2005. As you can see, it took quite a few years to get to where the ministry is today. Of course, it took a team of us working together in different capacities for it to prosper.


When we had the first meeting to establish Burnett Ministries, the Spirit spoke to me and said it was going to a global ministry. The team agreed with the vision the Spirit had given to me. In one of our meetings, we also agreed that we would not despise small beginnings. This is the way the scripture is quoted: Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end shall greatly increase (Job 8:7).


When I was given the word global, in my mind global meant that I would be traveling world-wide, but God’s ways were/are so much higher and different than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9). Instead of me traveling physically, my travels were mainly through the internet - that is a ha-ha! O yes it is.


I am moving on to the next step of the ministry. In 2006, I started sending messages out by email to friends and family. I also started posting messages on Facebook in 2010 after finally obeying what the Spirit directed me to do in 2009.


One of my family members came by one day and asked if I had a ministry blog, and I told him yes. He suggested/encouraged me to post the messages on Burnett Ministries Blog page (Burnettministries.org). The theme was/is Setting the Captives Free World-Wide. It was in May 2011, that the first message was posted, and the very first message went viral, and it has been prospering since that time, Praise God!


The messages were posted weekly and as time went on, they were posted two times a week. Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, the messages have been posted daily. This takes a lot of time, and it is hard work, but it is worth all the hours of diligent study, and I absolutely love it!


Now to how amazing God is: In the latter part of 2019, the Spirit spoke to me and told me to start a Bible class: “An Hour of Bible Sharing” with Betty. And He told me to start the class in January 2020. I was obedient and the Bible sharing has been moving forward since that time.


 Although it is small, I stand on Job 8:7, because God called/established it and He will also prosper the Bible class. A few of us are have a fine tuning discussion on Thursday.


Some may say: What took so long for the ministry to prosper from 2005 – 2021? The only answer I have is, many do not know this, but from the time the blog was published, the messages went viral [world-wide, or global] just as God said it would.


I say to the readers today, that you cannot determine what God is doing in someone else’s ministry. There is a saying: “You can’t judge a book by the cover”. I want to add that just because many ministries are large does not not mean they are spiritually prosperous. It could be that they are into sensationalism, manipulation, power, and being financially supported by people who are ignorant of the Word of God.


Burnett Ministries’ number one desire is to bless people with the Word, and we make contribution to others with the resources God has blessed us with.


Praise God saints, God is still doing just what He said He would do, and in a mightier way: Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work will perform it until the day of Christ [until Christ returns]! GOD DID IT!


Next: Erroneous Quote from Psalm Fifty-One


Unshackled (pressing forward) Betty A. Burnett

The Call and Ministry of King David 4-5-2021

I am going back to the testimonials of those whom God called into ministry. Today’s message is about the call of King David. God sent Samuel to Jesse to anoint one of his sons as a king. Samuel went to Jesse and told him what the Lord had told him to do. And it came to pass, when they were come, Samuel looked at Jesse’s son Eliab and said, surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.


But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his countenance, or at the height of his stature for I have refused him; for the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart…. Seven of Jesse’s sons passed through but none of them was the one God had chosen.


Samuel asked Jesse if he had another son and Jesse told him there was a younger son attending sheep. Samuel asked Jesse to bring him, and he brought him in. Now he was ruddy [red], with a beautiful countenance, and good looking. And the Lord told Samuel to rise and anoint him, for he is the one (1 Samuel 16:1-13).


What about those of you who may not think you are good enough or do not meet a certain standard for God to use you? Are there other things that are hold-backs to keep you from moving forward when God calls you at the right season? God does not look at your appearance because He was the One who made you to be unique (different) and with purpose for His glory! (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 2:10).


David sat on the throne as king when he was thirty years old (2 Samuel 5:4). David was a type of Christ, in that Jesus began His public ministry when He was thirty years old (Luke 3:23). David was also a type of Christ, symbolizing His throne will never end (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Isaiah 9:6-7).


Although David was anointed by God at an early age, he did not reign on the throne until he was thirty years old; there is a time and season (purpose) for everything under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1). 

I heard this song “You can’t hurry God (No no), You just have to wait, Trust and give Him time, No matter how long it takes. He’s a God you can’t hurry, You don’t have to worry, He may not come when you want Him, But He’s right on time”- Chicago Mass Choir


The problem is, so many are going into ministry prematurely. But when the fullness of time came, God sent His Son made of a woman…. (Galatians 4:4). In other words, Jesus Christ was sent at the appointed time, just as David’s ministry, your ministry and my ministry have a set time to manifest.


Far from being perfect, David was an adulterer and a murderer. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he had her husband Uriah killed to hide his sin (2 Samuel, chapter 11, Psalm 51). There were consequences for his sins, the sword never left his house (2 Samuel 12:10); his son Amnon raped his half-sister (David’s daughter-Tamara - 2 Samuel, chapter 13). Another son, Absalom whom David loved, tried to take David’s throne (2 Samuel, chapters 13-19). 


Reminder: Because God loves us, He cannot let us get away with sin (Hebrews 12:6-11).


Yet God said David was a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). Despite human frailties, David himself wrote that God wonderfully and fearfully made him (Psalm 139:14). 


Even though God knew what David, you and I were going to do, He put greatness in us: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly place (Ephesians 1:3). In fact, it was already there, it was a process of being fulfilled.


Jesus will reign on the throne of His father David in Jerusalem. What do I mean when I say His father David? Jesus Christ came through the ancestry line of Jesse, David’s father (Matthew 1:6). Jesus said: I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Revelation 22:16).


I am encouraging you to walk in your call, but also warning you not to go into ministry too soon.


Next: Testimony of How God Called Burnett Ministries 4-6-2021


Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

“Resurrection” ~ The New Life 4-4-2021

When I think about the celebration on Easter Sunday commemorating how Christ rose from the dead and gave us a “New Life”, my heart leaps with joy!


It is also the time I want to thank all of you who purchased my book, The New Life. There have been requests for me to sign the book and I have arranged to meet with some of them and have fellowship along with signing the book. The fellowship is what I look really forward to.


Eventually there will be a specific place to do a book signing – one day and one step at a time. Although there were years of waiting, whenever the Lord is in it, it will prosper: So shall My words be that go forth out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void [empty], but it will accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where I send it. For you [I] will go out with joy….. (Isaiah 55:11-12). The reason I am going out with joy, is because GOD DID IT!


In case some of you did not see the post about two months ago, I am re-sharing what the book looks like and where it can be purchased: West bow Press (Christian books), Goodreads, Google books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and eBay Both old and new editions are available - kindle, paperback, and hardcover.


The book is an excellent resource for the unsaved, new Christians and new members’ class. And for the children of God who believe they are mature; this will be a great refresher. This book will give the readers a better understanding of what "The New Life" is about.


By the way, I do not know of a better time to share about the book “The New Life”, since Jesus gave us a new life.

Have a joyous “Resurrection Day” in remembering that our Savior has risen to give us a “New Life”


Unshackled (diligently serving Him) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Easter and Lent Connection 4-3-2021

Since the message yesterday was longer than most, I did not want the readers to miss something that is important. Therefore, the message ended up being in two parts.


Let me get to the Easter connection: Roman Catholics celebrate forty days of Lent, with Ash Wednesday being the beginning of the forty days of fasting. So, what is Ash Wednesday? It is a Christian holy day (wrong again; it is a Catholic - I don’t know what kind of day).


I do know it is not of God. It is said to be a day of prayer and fasting, and it is called Shrove Tuesday which is the day before Lent (a preparation before the six weeks of penitence (showing sorrow for having done wrong- repentance) before Easter.


Don’t you think it is strange that the Roman Catholics celebrate their Lenten season at the end of the two week celebration of Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins? Romans Catholics prepare for Lent on Shrove Tuesday. 


There is no place that I have read in the Bible where Christians celebrate Lent and Ash Wednesday. This is so erroneous; Christian is even the wrong word – that is what the Roman Catholics came up with.


They fast for forty days, and after the fast they go right back to doing all the evils that they were accustomed to doing. When born-again believers fast, it should always be to help us to walk more in holiness. 


It is not wrong to go into a fast as a sincere sacrifice commemorating what our Savior did for us, but what the Roman Catholics do is not biblical, just as so many other things they practice are contrary to the Word of God.


For your information, the church of Rome is MYSTERY BABYLON, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation, chapters 17-18) – What does the fall of Babylon mean? The fall of the Roman empire, Papal (pope) worship.


One of the ways some people worship the pope is by calling him holy father – The Almighty God is the only One to be called Holy Father: Call no man father (Matthew 23:9). This is referring to the pope, not your biological father).


What about be holy as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16)? The pope cannot make anyone holy; he has to be made holy himself by God. And the only reason that can happen if he receives Jesus as his Savior.


 And another thing, who gives the Roman Catholic church the right to have confessionals where people confess their sins to the priest? The Word of God tells us to confess our sins to God and He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us….. (1 John 1:9)


This false religious system will have a lot of blood on their hands for blaspheming God by their many deceptions.


I am reiterating about Good Friday, since there is also an Easter and Lent connection. I searched and searched to see who came up with the lie about Jesus dying on Friday and rising from the dead on Sunday. Whoever believes this, may not know the same Jesus who died to save my sins. If the day that Jesus died and rose is questionable, then other things may be questionable.


If you are not celebrating Jesus Christ’ Resurrection, then who and what are you celebrating? Be careful who and what you listen to and who you follow.


“Resurrection” ~ The New Life


Unshackled (celebrating Jesus Christ) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Why the Children of God Should not Observe Lent? 4-2-2021

Grace and peace to the saints of the Most-High God. I thought the message on how the children of God are not to celebrate Easter and that Good Friday is not three days before the “Resurrection of Christ”, would be the last message about the events occurring during that time period. 


But the Spirit reminded me of something very crucial that is also connected with the celebrations prior to the time of year we commemorate the “Resurrection of Christ”. This is called Lent.


Do not think this to be strange when all these festivals/feasts are being celebrated around the same time of the Lord’s resurrection. Our enemy, the devil does everything he can to discredit what our wonderful Savior did for us.


Let’s find out how Lent originated, or who the devil influenced to bring it about. I am going to use one of the best sources known to expose the devil and it is in the book by Alexander Hislop, titled: 

The Two Babylon’s, which goes all the way back to the days of Nimrod where there is a connection with the Roman Catholic church.


I do not agree with everything about Alexander Hislop, but he was quite knowledgeable when it comes to idol worship. This is what I do not agree with; he titled himself as Reverend. And many who know me also know that I am not a title person especially when the title that belongs to God only – Holy and reverend is His name (Psalm 111:9). Respecting people is wonderful, but the highest respect belongs to God only.


Let’s go to the Roman Catholic church and just some of its ungodly beliefs, since there are many. Remember how the Romans worshipped the goddess Estra and many other Greek gods? They are especially known for worshipping Mary. There are many places where the statue of Mary is located.


Their worship to Mary, includes reciting the rosary and saying she is the mother of God. People go to various cities at a special time of the year to see apparitions (ghostly appearances) of Mary; this is demonic! Certain areas in Ohio and New Jersey are widely known for people going to see the apparition of the virgin Mary; they travel far and near. However, Europe is more widely known.


During all my years of traveling back and forth from the south to the north and especially from the north to the south, it was about four years ago after going through the toll booth at the Delaware Memorial bridge, I saw this giant stainless steel statue (34 feet tall ) of Mary. It was dedicated in 2007. Wow! How did I miss it? Being in the driver’s seat, there’s a lot missed; have to keep my eyes on the road, plus it a highly congested area.


Let’s talk a little bit more about the statue. According to the campaign’s organizers, supporters contributed $500, 000 and prayed more than 800, 000 roseries. The Roman Catholic church is known to be one of the richest religious organizations in the world. This false religion’s system beliefs have more followers than any other religious organization.


Mind you: I did not say Christian beliefs; many Roman Catholics do not say they are Christians. I believe that some of them say they are Christians to draw more people into their false beliefs, just another trick of the enemy.

This message is to be continued.


Tomorrow: The Easter and Lent Connection


Unshackled (celebrating Jesus Christ) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Children of God Should Not Celebrate Easter 4-1-2021

Now that you know that children of God should not celebrate Passover and that Passover, Easter and the “Resurrection” of Christ fall on the same week, let’s move forward and find out why we are not to celebrate Easter, which is a Roman (pagan) festival. This is the only time the word Easter is in the Bible. Easter is associated with the rabbit and bunny bringing new life (spring of the year).


I purchased a book by Alexander Hislop in the nineteen nineties, titled the “Two Babylons”, and in it was the history of the Easter egg and the Easter bunny and how they are associated with the goddess Estra (Greek for Easter). The history of the goddess Astarte, different names depending on the location and what era it was; yet it is the same spirit that has been operating throughout history.


Some Christians claim that they make Easter about Jesus, but at its roots, it is a pagan holiday. It is about Ishtar, the goddess of fertility. Since rabbits multiply at a rapid rate, they are considered to spring forth, which means new life. 


Do you see how Satan uses all this ungodliness to counterfeit Christ? Whatever God does, Satan imitates Him and, he even works with signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9). As born-again believers we should know the difference as to what is from God and what is from the devil (Hebrews 5:14).


One of the churches I was a member of stopped having Easter egg hunts, once they had an idea of what it meant. Even though they did not know the full meaning, they stopped, and that was commendable. What they did that I agreed with was on “Resurrection” Sunday morning they had Sunrise service. I was accustomed to going to Sunrise service commemorating that the Son (Jesus Christ) had risen early in the morning on the first day of the week.


Some Christians do not agree with that, because they believe that this is about the sun god……I do not see a thing wrong with Sunrise (Sonrise) service; to the Christian it symbolizes that “Christ rose from the dead”. Whoever does not agree, should not tell someone it is wrong to have Sunrise (Sonrise) services. The Word of God tells us to not to judge each other about days, but we are to be persuaded in our own minds (Romans 14:4-6).


However, I do not celebrate Good Friday, because Jesus did not die on a Friday (every Friday and all days are good).


Jesus said 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 (Matthew 12:4). Some have said that in the biblical times the days were shorter which stands to reason why Jesus died on “Good Friday” and rose on the first day of the week. Let’s clear that up right now. When it comes to how many hours are in a day, what God made from the beginning of time still stands today.


Jesus even asked the question: Are there not twelve hours in the day [daylight]? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world (John 11:9). Jesus was saying that there were twelve hours of daylight.


We celebrate Jesus Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday, the first day of the week. If you calculate three full days and three full nights, this is what you will come up with. 6PM was the end of the day and a new day began.


Let’s start with Wednesday at 6PM to Thursday at 6PM (one full day),


Thursday at 6PM to Friday at 6PM (two full days),


Friday at 6PM to Saturday at 6PM (three full days). 6AM was the dawn of Sunday, the first day of the week. 


At the end of the sabbath as it began to dawn (light enough to see) toward the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the sepulchre…..empty tomb…. Jesus was not there; He had risen (Matthew 28:1-6).


Take notice of this: Jesus Christ could have risen any time after 6:00PM and sunrise. He went into hell and preached to the spirits in prison/hell (1 Peter 3:19). 


Jesus also told one of the criminals who was hanging on the cross: This day you will be with Me is paradise (Luke 23:39-43). Remember the two compartments in the lower part of the earth – torment side and the comfort side (called Abraham’s bosom, which was paradise) with a big gulf (wide space) in between the two (Luke 16:19-26).


Next: Why are Some of God’s Children Celebrating Lent?


Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett   

Children of God Should not Celebrate the Passover 3-31-2021

Children of the Most-High God, it is time for us to walk in holiness, and be separate or different from the world. How can we make a difference if we are doing the same things that sinners do? I listed in the previous message about the seven feasts foreshadowing the ministry of Christ from the cross to New Jerusalem.


But only two of those messages were broken down, the first is “Passover”: When Christ died on the cross and took away our sins, nothing can ever change that.


The second was “The Feast of unleavened bread” which lasted seven days, the first day foreshadowed the first day of our new life. These seven days (perfect) mean we are required to walk holy throughout our walk on this earth. And when our life is over, we will reach the ultimate perfection (completion #7). 


God tells us to be holy as He is holy, but there are some things that many children of God are doing or celebrating that are not holy.


Even though this particular Sunday is called “Easter”, we still should be putting emphasis on, and celebrating the “Resurrection of Christ”. Everybody knows that Sunday is called Easter, but we should never celebrate Easter in any way form or fashion.


I am going to start with the Passover which has already taken place. In the book of Acts, the Jews were celebrating Passover week during the same week that the Romans were celebrating their gods/goddesses that were associated with fertility. (Acts 12:4). One would have to study the history of these celebrations in order to get all the facts.


Let’s see what the scriptures say: 

Now about that time, Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James, the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. (Then were the Days of Unleavened Bread). 


And when he had arrested him [Peter], he put him in prison and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Easter (Acts 12:1-4) KJV; the NKJV uses Passover instead of Easter. I encourage people who read other translations to keep the KJV close as a comparison.


Wait a minute! We were proofing the message and look what God did when we read Acts 12:4. Passover came before Easter and Unleavened Bread came before Easter. So why do all these different Bible translations use Passover when the correct use is Easter (Easter is on Sunday)? I looked at twenty-four different translations and every one of them used Passover.


Notice that the Word of God is talking about three festivals that occurred within days of each other. Easter was the pagan festival; Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were the Jewish festivals. It is the same way today; all three festivities fall around the same time. If and when born-again have the proper understanding of who and what we are celebrating, we will not mix anything else with the “Resurrection of Christ”.


A born-again believer should carefully examine whether their beliefs are in line with the Word of God. God does not accept anything that is contrary to His Word. We are called to be separate/different(2 Corinthians 6:14-17). That’s what being holy means.


Children of God should not celebrate Passover, and this is why: Jesus Christ was our “Passover Lamb” who died on the cross for our sins (past tense). Therefore “Passover” has already taken place for us.


The Jews or Nation of Israel as a whole still celebrate Passover because they never accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah. He came to His own [the Jews], and they did not receive Him (John 1:11). The Jews were being heavily oppressed by the Romans and they expected Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom and free them from being oppressed by the Romans. 


When they found out Jesus was not setting up His kingdom (His was not of this world), they continued to find ways to trap Jesus Christ until Satan used them to get Him on the cross. But first Jesus’ own nation and the chief priests delivered Jesus to Pilate (John 18:35-36).


Next: Children of God Should Not Celebrate Easter


Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett   

The High Sabbath ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread 3-30-2021

Now that we understand what it means to be complete in Christ, and after the cross our new life began, we are required to walk in holiness until we leave this earth.


Let’s go to the second feast called the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is a foreshadowing of the holy walk of the born-again believer. We have been placed in positional holiness and righteousness by Christ (from a sinner to a saint), and we are required to walk in holiness. That is what eating unleavened bread seven days symbolizes (Leviticus 23:6). It is a lifetime process of walking in holiness.


The first day of the born-again believer’s walk symbolizes the High Sabbath. This feast comes after the Passover which foreshadowed Christ dying for our sins. That is the right order because no one can walk in holiness until after they are born-again.


But as He who has called you is holy; you are to be holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, be holy as I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-17). Living holy is to be separate/different, as God is separate.


There are one hundred fifty-three scriptures in the Word of God that tell us to live holy. These are just a few: Keeping the feast of unleavened bread, means to walk in holiness (1 Corinthians 5:6-8). A little leaven (sin) leavened the whole lump and will cause us not to walk in holiness (Galatians 5:7-9).


Remember when the Word of God is talking about leaven, this means sin; and when the Word of God talks about unleavened, this is talking about walking in holiness which means to be separate or different from the world. This does not mean that one does not sin (1 John 1:9), we live in bodies that sin (Romans 7:18). Yet, we are still pursuing holiness.


The seven day feast of unleavened bread is the entire walk of the believer’s life, from the beginning of the new life until our lives end on this earth. As we walk in holiness we should not feel comfortable with the ways the world; we groan for the redemption of these flesh bodies (Romans 8:18-23), we look forward to the day when these corruptible bodies will put on incorruption (perfect/glorified bodies), that will never be able to decay again (1 Corinthians 15:53-58).


A child of God should not want to stay here on earth because they are afraid to die. The Word of God tells us about the eternal realm and all the awesome things God has in store for us.


Pause: Yet there was a time in the early nineteen nineties that I was fearful of death because a lack of understanding. But I had an experience that took away the fear of dying. I learned that we escape from the corruptible bodies and go directly in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).


Nothing could be more glorious than being with the Lord. If you are truly born-again, you should be like Paul the apostle: For I am ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand (2 Timothy 4:6). Why was Paul ready? He walked in holiness.


As a matter of fact, it was Paul who wanted to leave the earth before his time. However, Paul knew that it was better for us if he stayed on this earth longer because his assignment was not over: For I am in a strait (finding it to be difficult) between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide (remain) in the flesh is more needful for you (Philippians 1:23-24).


At the end of our holy journey, we will have a glorified body. This is when we reach the peak of our holy walk and go to our rewards.


Note: If you want to know how I know what I write, my desire is to learn and know everything possible about God my Savior. This was not an easy lesson for me to learn, as I was being taught, but the hunger and thirst were there, and I still am hungering and thirsting after righteousness.


Next: The Children of God Should not Celebrate the Passover


Unshackled (walking in holiness) ~ Betty A. Burnett 

The Feast of the Passover 3-29-2021

This week of festivities is called different names such as, Passover, Easter, Resurrection (Sunday) and so on, because various groups (sects) celebrate the week for whatever their belief is. 


Today, I am going to start by taking you back in time to Leviticus, chapter 23 where there are seven feasts so the readers can have a full understanding of who and what we are celebrating.


This is important because God is not pleased with His children when they do not understand who their Savior is, yet they profess to know Him.


Now to Leviticus, chapter 23 and the seven festivals - The number seven is most significant; it means complete or perfect. Therefore, it is necessary to pay close attention to the message. I will name all seven feasts, but today the concentration will be on two of the feasts. 


These are the seven feasts: 1) Feast of the Passover 2) Feast of Unleavened bread 3) The first fruit 4) The wave loaves 5) The trumpets 6) The day of atonement 7) The tabernacles. All seven feasts foreshadowed the ministry of Christ from the cross to New Jerusalem.


Let me explain the number seven. It means perfection, fullness, or completion, nothing else needs to be done, everything is completely taken care of, it is finished. This means that you are perfect and complete in God and you can never lose your salvation.


These are the feasts of the Lord, even a holy convocation which you shall proclaim in their seasons. This is why we celebrate the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ annually, remembering what Christ did for us (past tense). 


Let me put it like this, when you work five days a week, you look forward to the weekend where there will be rest and enjoyment. But holidays are special, and we look forward to them and though each one is different from the other; we wait with anticipation for that particular holiday to come.


The word holiday derives from Holy day, so look at the holy days as being special and something to look forward to each year with anticipation.


The feast of the Passover means that God’s judgment passed over us when Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. The Passover, which was the foreshadowing of Christ, is in Exodus, chapter 12.


To the cross: 

Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross during the Passover, and they wanted to take His body off the cross because the next day was the Sabbath, in fact it was the High Sabbath (John 19:31).


This is where the confusion comes in, people think when the Word mentions the next day that it was referring to Saturday. With this in mind they would naturally assume Christ died on Friday hence the term Good Friday, which will come up in a couple messages after this one. But note, it was a High Sabbath differentiating from a weekly Sabbath. When we look at the scripture, this is referring to first day of the feast of unleavened bread which followed the Passover.


This annual Sabbath that they were commanded to observe out of the law of Moses is in Leviticus, chapter 23. And this High Sabbath does not fall on a Saturday every year, but it is an annual Sabbath that falls on different days of the week, but always on the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan (March or April).


Passover started on the fourteenth day of the month and the feast of unleavened bread followed on the fifteenth, the day after the fourteenth. Would you say that the feast of unleavened bread falls on Saturday every year? 


All the dates of the holidays change except for Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday), Labor day (first Monday) and Memorial (day last Monday). Christmas, New year’s day and the fourth of July fall on whatever the number is, not the day.


Next: The High Sabbath ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Are the Children of God Celebrating Passover, Easter, or the “Resurrection”? 3-28-2021

Grace and peace to the children of the Most-High God!

 

I will start Monday and continue to the latter part of the week, or at least until the messages are complete. This week will tell the story as to how much those who profess to have a relationship understand what it means to be in a relationship with Christ.


 I started writing messages about a year or so ago pertaining to seeing Christ throughout the entire Bible. When it is understood about Christ, the eternal existence of Christ and that the entire Bible is about Him, then your relationship with Christ will much better.


Since this this coming weekend is commemorating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s children need to know the true meaning of what is being celebrated. As children of the Most-High God, there is only one festival we are called to celebrate, and that is the “Resurrection of Christ”. Oil and water do not mix!


Jesus said: If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). How are you going to know His commandments if you don’t study (2 Timothy 2:15)? 


The Word of God tells us that wisdom is the principal thing, but in all our getting, that we are to get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Not only that, the Word of God also says: My people are destroyed [suffer loss] for lack of knowledge, because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4:6).


How are you going to minister or witness to someone else if you do not understand the truth? It is quite disheartening to see people professing that they know God and yet there is no evidence to prove they know Christ as their Savior.


Next Message: The Feast of the Passover


Don’t turn the channel, stay tuned!


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Passover, Easter, The Resurrection 3-27-2021

Grace and peace from God my Father and Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior!

I will start sharing on Monday who or what we should be celebrating and continue on into the week with the message. Since next weekend is the time of year born-again believers celebrate the “Resurrection of Christ”, I will be sharing the true meaning of “Passover”, “Easter” and “The Resurrection of Christ”.


If you love the Lord, you will want to know and accept the Truth. The Word of God is the most important book for the saints of God to read and study.


The Word of God is the source of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding.


The Word of God is the Roadmap that will take you on your journey from earth to heaven, to the New Jerusalem and the new earth.


The Word of God the recipe for the best diet plan to nurture your soul.


The Word of God is the prescription that is needed for you to walk in health.


Coming up this week, you will be shown how to use the Word of God properly and celebrate Jesus Christ for who He really is.


Do not miss these blessings that will change your way of thinking and your way of living.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Moses Did Not Fulfill His Call 3-26-2021

I am picking up where I left off yesterday. You learned how Moses dishonored God in front of the Israelites when he struck the Rock two times, instead of speaking to the Rock that was symbolic of Jesus Christ.


God called Moses to deliver the Hebrews from being in bondage in Egypt. Moses was a type of Christ; he was sent to Egypt to deliver God’s people from bondage. Christ came to a sinful world to deliver us from sin. This is what Egypt and the Pharaoh (the king) meant or was symbolic of. Egypt represented the world and Pharaoh represented Satan, the god of this world who had, and still has people in bondage.


Moses was a great man of God - By faith, when Moses was a certain age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season…. By faith Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king….Through faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood so the firstborn would not be touched. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land and the Egyptians drowned. This paragraph is in the “Hebrews Hall of Fame” (Hebrews 11:23-29).


Other things to remember:

Moses’ sister Miriam and his brother Aaron spoke against Moses because he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, has the Lord indeed spoken by Moses only? Has He not also spoken by us? And the Lord heard it (now Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on the face of the earth).


Pause: It has been said that Moses married a black woman. What complexion do you think Moses was? At that time in history, only darker complexion people were in the entire region. Moses was from the land of Goshen and his wife was from Ethiopia. Moses and his wife being from different areas was the problem that Miriam and Aaron had, not skin color.


The Lord called Aaron and Miriam… and He said, hear now My words, if there is a prophet among you, I will make Myself known to him in a vision and will speak to him in a dream…. I will speak to Moses mouth to mouth. The Lord was angry with Aaron and Miriam and He departed. Miriam became leprous as snow and was put outside the camp for seven days (Numbers 12:1-15).


Let’s talk about issues, and how everybody has them. We know that nobody is perfect but Jesus Christ, yet God sees His children as being perfect, even though we are imperfect. Despite Moses’ issues (hot temper and being a murderer), he was called the meekest man on the earth (Numbers 12:3). Abraham was called a friend of God (James 2:23). Abraham was strong in faith (Romans 4:20, Hebrews 11:8-19), despite the fact that Abraham got off track; we all do.


It was God’s plan for Moses to take the Israelites to the promised land that was flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:17). God was giving them an abundance here on the earth. This has nothing to do with the eternal realm. Years ago, I heard this song being sung in some churches: “I am bound for the promised land”; they were singing about heaven - That is erroneous.


Although it was God’s plan for Moses to take the Hebrews into the promised land, it did not happen. But God showed him the promised land. God buried Moses, and no one knows where he was buried (Deuteronomy 34:1-8). This was the consequence of Moses and Aaron dishonoring God in front the Israelites; Moses struck the Rock (Christ) two times when he was told to speak to the Rock. There are always consequences to our sins.


In African American history Harriet Tubman was called “Black Moses”. There have been many other brown-skin Moses’ since the Bible times, who like Moses, were willing to suffer and even give up their lives to bring people out of bondage. 


How will you go down in history? What kind of legacy will you leave? If you don’t do what God calls you to do, or if you are functioning in a call that God has not called you to, you will not fulfill your call.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Miraculous Move of God Through Moses’ Ministry 3-25-2021

As I continue with the messages about the testimonies of those God called into ministry, like with Joseph, these stories can be long, so all the scriptures are not in the messages. Please read the scriptures for yourselves. Actually, that is what we are required to do anyway.


God performed many miracles on behalf of the children of Israel, they crossed the Red sea: Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the Lord caused the sea to part by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land and the waters were divided. There was a wall of water on their right and on their left. 


That morning the Egyptians pursued the Israelites. The Lord told Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea and the waters came again… the Egyptians were overthrown and all of them drowned (Exodus 14).


The Israelites were led by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21-22), which was symbolic of the Holy Spirit leading us (John 16:13).


God fed them manna from heaven: Exodus, chapter 16


He gave them water from a rock: The Lord told Moses to go before the people and take three elders. The Lord said: I will stand before you on the rock in Horeb, you shall strike the Rock and water will come out of it so the people may drink (Exodus 17:5-7).


Water from the Rock and Moses’ sin:

As the Israelites traveled through the desert, there was no water and gathered against Moses and Aaron, and they contended with them and asked why have you brought us out here to die?


Moses and Aaron went away from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and fell on their faces before the Lord and the Lord appeared to them and He told Moses to speak to the Rock and it shall give water, and you will give the congregation and their beasts to drink.


Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him. However, Moses was upset with the people for complaining and instead of speaking to the Rock as the Lord had told him, he struck the rock two times. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and said, because you did not believe Me and uphold Me as holy in the eyes of these people, you will not bring this congregation to the land that I have given them (Numbers 20:7-12).


The Rock was symbolic of Jesus Christ - And all drank the spiritual drink, and that spiritual Rock and that Rock was Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4). That Rock (Jesus Christ) was the foundation of the church (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 2:20).


Now, this is something that many people do know or understand. When God told Moses to strike the Rock (Exodus 17:6), because the Israelites needed water, this was foreshadowing Jesus Christ going to the cross to die for our sins. Jesus was smitten (struck) of God (Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 27:30). The water that the Israelites drank was symbolic of Jesus the Living Water that springs into eternal life (John 4:14).


The second time the Israelites needed water, instead of speaking to the Rock as God told him to, Moses struck the Rock two times. After Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins forever, He sat down on the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12). Speaking to the Rock foreshadowed the intimate relationship that we would have with the Lord.


We communicate to God in the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14), if it had not been for Jesus Christ, we could not communicate to God the Father. Jesus Christ not only died and rose from the dead for us; He makes intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).


You don’t want to miss the next message: Moses Did Not Fulfill His Call


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Call of Moses and His Great Ministry ~ “Let My People Go” 3-24-2021

I am reminding the readers to remember that the purpose of these messages is to show you how the people that God called into ministry had to go through some testing and trials to be developed and strengthen their faith. God would not call anyone and throw them out there to be devoured by the wolves. It takes time to grow.


As I continue with the testimonies of the people God used in an awesome way for His glory, the call of Moses is being shared. It reminds me of Jesus Christ and how King Herod was angry because he felt the wise men made a mockery out of him pertaining to where Jesus was, and he had all the children two years and under killed. But God showed Joseph in a dream to flee with child and the mother to Egypt (Matthew 2:1-16).


Pharaoh (king) of Egypt sent out a decree that every son born was to be cast into the river. The reason was because the Hebrews were multiplying so fast that the king felt they would outnumber the Egyptians and take over (Exodus, chapter 1).


God had a plan for Moses’ life and the devil could not destroy him, so, Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses in the Nile took him in and raised him as her own child (Exodus 2:1-10). Moses was forty years old when he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew (Acts 7:24). Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand and fled to the land of Midian (Exodus 2:11-15).


Moses worked for a man named Jethro who became his father-in law (Exodus 2:16-21). After Moses was in Midian forty years, he had an encounter with God, this is known as the call of God on Moses at the burning bush.


Pause: I heard some people say many years ago that they were at the cow pasture or hog pen; some would use a similar experience to say that was how and when God called them, which does not make any sense to me. From writing this message, I believe they could have used Moses’ call to say God called them in a similar way.


God told Moses He was sending him back to Egypt to deliver the Hebrews out of bondage. God saw their affliction and heard their cry (Exodus 3:4-12). Moses told the Lord he was not an eloquent speaker. The Lord asked Moses who made his mouth……? God told Moses to go, and He would be with his mouth and teach him what to say (Exodus, chapter 4).


Think about it. Even though the old king had died (Exodus 2:23), would you go back to a place where you had killed someone and tell the king that God sent you to tell him to “Let My people go?” God got angry with Moses; He sent Moses’ brother Aaron to speak for Moses, because Moses used the excuse that he had a speech impediment (Exodus 3).


Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and told him what God said, but he would not let the Hebrews go. So, God sent ten plagues to Egypt (Exodus chapters 5-12), each plague represented a god of Egypt; yes they worshipped frogs, flies and so on.


The last plague was what would change Pharaoh’s mind about letting the Hebrews go free. This plague would kill all the first-born in Egypt. And guess whose child would also die? It was Pharaoh the king of Egypt’s child.


The Lord gave Moses the instructions as to what would take place before they left Egypt, this was called the Passover. This meant that they had to kill an unblemished lamb and put the blood from the lamb on each side of the doorpost of their house and the destroyer would pass over their house (Exodus 12:21-36).


The Passover was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ our Passover Lamb who would be the Perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 19:1-14). After this plague Pharaoh agreed to let the Hebrews go (Exodus 12:29-36).


When the Hebrews left Egypt, some of the Egyptians (Gentiles) left with them (Exodus 12:38). God always had a plan for the Gentiles to come to faith in Christ (Romans 15:12).


Coming up: The Miraculous Move of God Through Moses’ Ministry


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Some of the Characteristics of Joseph as a Type of Christ 3-23-2021

Today an amazing story will be told that puts the icing on the cake about the testimony of Joseph. He was known to have more characteristics of Jesus Christ than any other person in biblical history.


It has been thousands of years since the foreshadows and types of Christ ended. Once Christ was revealed in the person of God in the flesh, there was no longer a need for foreshadows (Colossians 2:17). However, since the entire counsel of God is important, we can gain so much from all parts of the Bible. 


It is so comforting to know that God puts all these nuggets in His Word for us to learn and grow. The Bible is the greatest book that was ever written, and the children of God should make the Word of God their top reading priority.


Let’s go to Joseph as a type of Christ:

Joseph was sold by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver (Genesis 37:28) – Christ was sold; betrayed for thirty pieces of silver by Judas Iscariot who was one of His disciples (Matthew 26:15).


Joseph’s brothers stripped him of his garment (Genesis 37:23) – The soldiers stripped Jesus Christ of His garment (Matthew 27:28).


Joseph was tempted and did not yield when he was enticed by Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:9) – Jesus Christ was tempted in all things, yet He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).


Joseph was bound and put in prison because he had been lied on (Genesis 39:20) – Jesus Christ was bound as the elders and chief priests took counsel against Christ, they bound Him and led Him away to be delivered to Pontius Pilate, the governor (Matthew 27:1-2).


Joseph’s brothers bowed their knee to him (Genesis 42:6); that was in the dream that Joseph had many years earlier (Genesis 37:9) – That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow…., and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).


And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt to start functioning in the position Pharaoh assigned him to (Genesis 41:57) – Jesus Christ was about thirty years old when He started His public ministry (Luke 3:25).


Joseph forgave his brothers for the evil they did against him (Genesis 45:4, 14-15) – Jesus Christ said: Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34). We were forgiven of all our wrong once we accepted Christ as our Savior.


Joseph married an Egyptian woman who was a Gentile (Genesis 41:45). Joseph being a Hebrew/Jew and marrying a Gentile is symbolic of the church (Gentiles) who is the bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7, Revelation 21:9).


Joseph invited his brothers to come to him and he released them of their burden (Genesis 45:4) – Jesus Christ invites all who labor and heavy ladened to come to Him and He gives them rest (Matthew 11:28). God reconciled us to Himself through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18).


No more types and figures; no more foreshadows of Christ; Jesus is no longer on the earth; how is Christ revealed?


Jesus Christ is to be revealed through the children of God, by letting our lights so shine before people that they will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16).


The Call of Moses and His Great Ministry


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Joseph and His Family Reconciled 3-22-2021

Yesterday’s message was about Joseph’s life from prison to praise and how God used his interpretation of dreams to take him from the dungeon to the palace; this was God’s plan for Joseph.


The story is long and full of emotions, so I am writing certain points that stand out. I encourage you to read Genesis, chapter 37-50. This story can minister to someone who was separated from their family for various reasons or mistreated, which may have caused them to harbor unforgiveness, resentment and sometimes hatred. 


As you read the story of Joseph, let it minister to your soul. As this story continues to unfold, it concludes with forgiveness, restoration, and deliverance.


I am going to start with what took place after the famine was over all the face of the earth. And the countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy corn….Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy corn. And ten of Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt; they had a younger brother who did not come with them. Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.


Why do you think Joseph’s brothers did not recognize him? I believe it was because their features had not changed since they were adults when Joseph last saw them. Joseph’s features changed because he was a teenager (17 years old) the last time his brothers saw him and now he was a 30 year old adult.


Eventually, Joseph’s younger brother came to Egypt with them at Joseph’s request. When Joseph’s brothers were favored to go to his house, he asked about their welfare and he said, is your father well, the old man whom you spoke of and is he still alive?


Moving forward to the climax of this story:

After Joseph considered things about the way his brothers treated him, he was moved with compassion because of his love for his family. Joseph was so moved that he could not restrain himself; he wept out loud and everybody in the house of Pharaoh heard him. 


He told his brothers to come near to him, Joseph also told his brothers who he was and said: Do not grieve, nor be angry that you sold me, for God sent me before you to preserve life.


Pause: When you understand like Joseph did, that whatever happened, God had a plan for your life and when you see how God loved and chose you to help someone else, you can experience peace and joy. Joseph told his brothers how they were going to be taken care of, and he sent them back to get their father. I believe this indicated that Joseph forgave his brothers.


When Pharaoh heard the news, he told Joseph to tell his brothers to lade [load] their beasts and go to the land of Canaan. Take your father and your households and come to me and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt and you shall eat the fat [riches] of the land. Later on, Jacob died.


Uh, oh, now that Jacob their father had died, fear came upon Joseph’s brothers. They went and fell down before him and said, we are your servants. And Joseph said to them, do not fear, for am I not in the place of God? [I am not here to pass judgment on what you have done]. But what you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good.


Forgiveness- as God has for Christ’ sake forgiven us, we are to forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32), what was meant for evil will turn out for good; all things work together for the good of those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). If this is you, are you willing to forgive?


Restoration was evidence that Joseph had forgiven his brothers. Once he forgave his brothers; their relationship was restored, and deliverance came, and God was glorified! Are you willing to allow God to use you to restore relationship/s?


This is different than Joseph’s story because he was put in a situation where evil was done against him. What about God using you to restore relationships? About six years ago I tried to reconcile differences with some people, but it did not work. You are only responsible for yourself, what someone does or don’t do is between them and God. Dr. Charles Stanley puts it like this: Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.


Coming up: Joseph was a Type of Christ


This Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Joseph’s Call from Prison to Elevation (Part 2) 3-21-2021

This story is a testimony of someone going through some horrible experiences and how God elevated him to high rank of authority. I am still using the same scripture about your/our faith being tried/tested by fire, might be found unto praise, honor, and glory at the appearing of Christ (1 Peter 1:6b-7).


Sometimes people say when we go through adversities in life that it is because we sinned. That is not true. In the 1980’s I had an injury that took me permanently out of the work-force. It was in a Bible study class that someone told me I was suffering because of sin. One of the people in attendance said that was not true; that was so encouraging.


It was not Joseph’s fault that his father Jacob favored him. If you look at Jacob’s history, he had issues too, worked many years to finally get the love of his life, because he was tricked into marrying her sister first (Genesis, chapter 29). Jacob reaped what he sowed; he tricked his father Isaac into giving him the blessing that his brother Esau, the older brother was supposed to get (Genesis, chapters 27-28). Jacob was a trickster; he tricked; and he got tricked.


Everybody reaps what they sow (Galatians 6:7), even still, this was God’s plan and Joseph’s suffering and adversity resulted in God being glorified. You may wonder why God would allow an innocent person to go through such adversity, but God knew, and He knows everybody’s beginning and their ending. He knows what each of His children can handle.


I am continuing with the testimony of Joseph. 

It came to pass after two full years, Pharaoh had a dream and he was troubled, and called for his magicians, but they were not able to interpret his dreams. But the chief butler remembered that Joseph interpreted his dream and the baker’s dreams, and both dreams came to pass. The chief butler confessed to Pharaoh how Joseph interpreted his dream and the baker’s dream, and both dreams came to pass.


Pharaoh sent for Joseph and he told Joseph that he dreamed a dream that he could not understand. Pharaoh told Joseph he had heard about him interpreting the butler and the baker’s dreams. Joseph told Pharaoh that it was not him, but God would give him the answer of peace.


Pause: I just want to say that the humility Joseph exemplified was amazing! He took no credit for being the interpreter, but He gave the glory to God.


Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream: There was going to be a seven year famine and the seven years of plenty, Pharaoh was to store during the years of plenty so there would be enough during the years of famine. Joseph gave Pharaoh advice about how to have enough food for the years of famine, by storing up plenty in the years of plenty.


Pharaoh said, can we find one such as this one is, a man whom the Spirit of God is? Pharaoh was so impressed that he said: For as much as God has showed you all this, there is none so discreet (understanding) and wise as you are. You shall be over my house and according to your word, shall all my people be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than you.


Joseph was thirty-years old when he rose to power in Egypt; he had been in Egypt thirteen-years before God elevated him. Guess what? Joseph was not an Egyptian, he was a Hebrew. This also shows that the Egyptians and the Hebrews had similar complexion that is why he blended in with the Egyptians.


Brothers and sisters, there is one more part to this testimony of Joseph that will bring you to tears and set you free. Lord willing, tomorrow I will conclude with what took place in Joseph and his family’s life – Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Deliverance


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Testimony of Joseph’s Call (Genesis, Chapters 37-50) 3-20-2021

As I continue with the call on some peoples’ lives in the Bible days, it is necessary for the readers to see how long these people waited before their call was manifested. There was and still is a reason for everything. 


They were being prepared through their experiences, that’s why patience played a major part in how effective their ministry would be. Their character was being built and strengthened as their faith increased.


Today, I am sharing about Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob and the first son of the woman Jacob loved with all his heart. Because Joseph was the son of Rachel, Jacob’s dearly beloved, he was favored by his father. Now, how do you think those ten other sons felt when it was obvious that Joseph was more special than them? They were jealous, of course!


Now, Joseph was also a dreamer and he shared the dream with his brothers that one day he would rule over them. This made them furious, so they devised a way to get rid of him. They would have killed Joseph if one of the brothers had not intervened. Of course, we know they would not have been able to kill Joseph because God had a plan for his life.


So, instead of them killing him, they put him in a pit, took off his coat, killed a goat and dipped the blood, and put it on Joseph’s coat of colors. The plan was to take the coat back to their father Jacob to make him think Joseph had been killed by an animal. What do you think this did to Jacob, when he was told that his favorite son was dead? He mourned for his son for many days. Jacob’s sons and daughters tried to comfort him, but he said he would go to his grave mourning for his son.


Back to before they went to their father with the bad news about Joseph. The brothers saw a company of Midianites traveling and they sold Joseph to them for twenty pieces of silver. Joseph was seventeen years old when he was sold into slavery.


God gave Joseph favor in Egypt. Potiphar who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard made Joseph overseer over his house. Joseph found favor because Potiphar saw that the Lord was with him. Well, that was not what Potiphar’s wife was thinking with her lustful self.


She saw this handsome young man and desired to lay with him. Joseph refused to lay with her; she lied and said he tried to rape her, and because she accused Joseph, he was thrown in prison. God certainly had His hands on Joseph because he had been given favor with the keeper of the prison who placed him over all the other prisoners.


This is an amazing story, regardless of what was done against Joseph, the Lord was with him and others saw it. Some of you might be going through some difficult times while being prepared for ministry, but I want you to know that the trying of your faith will cause you to come out of the fiery furnace pure as gold. God has His hands on you!


Joseph had dreams about the baker and the butler. He dreamed that the chief butler wound be hanged, and it happened just like he dreamed it would. Joseph also dreamed that the chief baker would return to his former position. Joseph had asked the chief baker to remember him once he was released from prison, but the baker forgot about Joseph. Remember this, God has a reason for everything, and it works out for our good (Romans 8:28).


On that note, since this story is longer, I will share more tomorrow, Lord willing. Reading the end of this story will be a tremendous blessing.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Testimonies of Those Who Were Tested, and They had Great Ministries 3-19-2021

I want to share with you about some of those in the Bible who were called into ministry and how their ministries were successful, and it benefitted others, including us. God uses other people’s testimonies to motivate and encourage us. Included in these messages/testimonies will be my own ministry that God blessed me with.


Remember from the last message how the testing (trial) of your/our faith is more precious than gold that perish, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor…. (1 Peter 1:6b-7).


Before I get to the story about Abraham, there is something that needs to be cleared up. The KJV uses the word tempt: And it came to pass that after these things, God tempted Abraham…. (Genesis 22:1). The NKJV says God tested Abraham. 


James says, Let no man say when he is tempted, he is tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does He tempt anyone. For every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust (desires) and is enticed (James 1:13-14).


There’s a difference between tempt, which means to incite or solicit to an evil act. We know God would never lure anyone to do something evil; and test means to prove by trial. Always remember that the Word of God does not contradict itself.


God spoke to Abraham and He told Abraham he would have a son (Genesis 18:9-14). This was the amazing and miraculous promise that would manifest in Abraham and Sarah’s old age. When the child (Isaac) was born, Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old (Genesis 17:17, Genesis 21:1-8). Reminder, God called Abraham when he was 75 years old - calculate.


Abraham was tested – God told Abraham to take his only son Isaac (the promised son) that he loved, to the land of Moriah and offer him for a burnt offering …. And they came to the place where God had told him, and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar. And Abraham stretched forth his hand to slay his son.


And the Angel of the Lord (God) called to him out of heaven and said do not lay your hand on the lad, nor do anything to him for now I know that you fear God, you did not withhold your only son from Me. God was speaking. This was a foreshadowing of God offering His Son Jesus Christ.


Many times, in the Old Testament God is called the Angel of the Lord (this is called a Theophany); God made Himself visible. Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and behold behind him a ram was caught in the thicket (bush) by his horns and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him for a burnt offering instead of his son (Genesis 22:1-13).


Abraham was obedient to God and he believed that if he killed his only son Isaac, God would raise him from the dead. Why? Because God said in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because you have obeyed My voice (Genesis 22:18). But God said when He first called Abraham out from his family and from his country that through him all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3, Galatians 3:6-9).


Since Abraham was only going to live on the earth for a certain time, he would have to become the father of a son, and the seed of Abraham would be produced and on and on, from one generation to another.


It was stated in the previous message that every child of God must be tested in some way or another. That is why I feel led to encourage, warn, and even bring correction to those who are going into ministry, or even to some who have either jumped ahead of God or might be functioning in something God has not called them to.


I get excited studying and writing about the awesome testimonies of people God ordained into ministry. What encourages me even more is, none of these people were perfect. In fact, some of them had some serious issues, but God called them, and He used them. However, there is no justification for sin; there are consequences that not only affect us, but they also affect others.


Lord willing, the next testimonial message is: The Call on Joseph’s Life


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

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