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Burnett Ministries

Running the Race 1-27-2022

You have read some previous messages about spiritual warfare and praying for the saints that they will be bold in carrying the gospel and that they will accomplish what they have been assigned to do.

Most of us can identify with the sports world. Sports, games and so on, have been what many people have enjoyed for thousands of years.

During my research on the apostle Paul’s life and if he participated in sports, nothing surfaced. However, Paul knew about sports and it was likely that he attended sporting events at the amphitheater.

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about running a race. Do you not know that they which run a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain. And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate [self-controlled] in all things.

 Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown but we do it to obtain an incorruptible crown.

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so I do not fight as one who beats the air. But I keep my body and bring it under subjection lest by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be castaway [worthless] (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

Paul wrote about losing rewards if his race was not run well. I am going to share what a runner in natural must do to win the race. As with most things in life whether it a business, the military, sports and so forth, there must be some training to be able to perform effectively.

Back to running a race, self-control is especially important as to how effective the outcome will be. A wreath of greenery was given to the winner of the race (2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Peter 5:4).

 Everyone who runs a race must be disciplined – Paul put his body under subjection. In this verse, Paul was using a boxer as an example. He was not aimlessly beating the air. When a boxer is moving his gloved hands aimlessly, there is no effect.

A good runner

A good runner does not cheat. Example of people who cheated: Some took steroids, which was against the rules. Then they were disqualified.

He dresses in exceptionally light weight clothes so he can move faster; his goal is to get to the finish line first. He keeps looking forward. In other words, he is keeping his eyes on the prize.

When Paul wrote about being a castaway, he was saying that if he did not run well, being a light to others by keeping from putting himself in situations that will make the gospel of Jesus Christ have no effect. How do you think people felt about those athletes who were disqualified?

In the spirit realm, whatever holds us back we need to lay aside every weight [whatever hinders us and the sin that so easily besets us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2-3).

Who is going to be at the end of the finish line to reward us for running well? Jesus Christ!

Running my race and waiting to receive my crown ~ Betty A. Burnett

Prayer and Supplications for all Saints 1-26-2022

After Paul finished his message to the church about spiritual warfare, he prayed for all the saints. Praying always in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication [petition or request]. 

To that end keep alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the saints and also for me words may be given to me that I may open my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains (Ephesians 6:18-20).

Paul was praying frequently, with alertness and he persevered. As an intercessor, sometimes it takes much more prayer to see breakthroughs and to stop catastrophes. When other saints are on the front line in ministry, they need extra power to accomplish what they have been assigned to do.

Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus, which was surrounded by idol worship, especially to the goddess Diana. Therefore, it must have been more difficult for the saints to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus while he was in prison in Rome. Can you imagine how difficult it was for him to preach in prison being surrounded by all those ungodly people?

Yet it was Paul who also wrote: 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

We are also in a world system that is full of ungodliness, which is the reason we should be praying for each other to boldly proclaim the Gospel.

With that being so, the enemy was definitely out to destroy Paul and he will do the same thing to the children of God who are bold witnesses for Christ.

As for Paul, he was not asking for prayer to be comfortable in his ministry, he was asking for boldness. And where do you think the boldness or empowerment came from? None other than the Spirit of God. And the power of prayer also gave him an extra boost.

On this battlefield of life, why do we need to constantly pray for each other? Because the kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent takes by force (Matthew 11:12). In other words, the demons are coming against us fiercely and violently, and we have been given the power to shoot those darts back at them, and with the Word of God we cannot lose.

We are the violent ones who take by force, and we are not ashamed or afraid.

Saints, it is time to pray for all saints, that they will be bold as they spread the gospel and that they will be able to stand against the attacks of the enemy (Ephesians 6:18-20).

Fervently praying for my brothers and sisters ~ Betty A. Burnett

Preparing for War (Part 2) 1-25-2022

As I continue with spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6:10-18), the next piece of armor’ please remember how Jesus used a natural concept to convey a spiritual meaning. Paul did the same thing in writing about spiritual warfare; he compared the Roman soldier’s armor to our spiritual armor and how it is necessary to win our battles against the enemy.

• The shield of faith to quench [extinguish] all the fiery darts of the enemy

Have you ever heard of unshakable faith? Well, that is what it takes to put out all the flaming darts that the devil is shooting at you. How do you get that kind of faith? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. It is being consistent in the Word like they were in the book of Acts (Acts 17:11).

Listen, my brothers and sisters, we have been drafted into the spiritual military by God and He expects us to win the war.

Please do not say the battle is not yours but it is the Lord’s. That was true for God’s people in the Old Testament, but we are under a new and better covenant and the Holy Spirit not only lives in us, but He also empowers us to conquer our enemy.

• Helmet of salvation

What does the devil target us with? Our minds! If he can get us to think or question what the truth is, doubt seeps in and it can cause our attention to be diverted from focusing on God instead who our real enemy is.

Having on the helmet guards us against the onslaughts of the enemy. Knowing who we are and being assured that whatever weapons come against us will not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). In addition to that, we are more than conquerors who Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

• Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

Satan has some powerful fiery darts, but they cannot compare to the Word of God: For the Word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

Let us look at

Quick - speedy, readily swift, prompt

Powerful  - Dunamis, explosive like dynamite

Sharper – a very thin edge or fine point to cut or pierce easily

Two-edged sword – both sides of the blade sharpened to an edge (figuratively) that penetrates at every point of contact, coming in or going out.

Summation: God’s Word is swift and prompt and powerful like dynamite; it has a very thin edge and cuts easily. And there is a penetrating effect whatever way it makes contact.

If you were cutting a piece of meat, the sharper the blade is, the easier it is to cut the meat. Keep your sword (the Word) sharpened and you will win the war.

Now that you have learned what it means to be a good “Soldier in the army of the Lord,” fight the good fight of faith; you will be rewarded (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Next: Pray for all Saints

Grace and Peace ~ Betty A. Burnett

Preparing for War, What it Takes to be a Good Soldier  1-24-2022

Yesterday’s message was about who our real enemy is, how to prepare for war and warring against the enemy. You read about having on all the armor and not one piece could be left out, that’s why Paul said to put on the whole armor of God that you will be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.

Today you will learn about the six pieces of armor and what they mean (Ephesians 6:10-18). 

• Loins [hips] girt [belt] about with truth

The belt is what holds everything together, without the belt, other part of the clothes would be loose. Suppose the soldier has to move out quickly without his belt on; he would fall.


Since the early 1990’s many males have been wearing ‘sagging’ pants below their hips. A police officer was running to catch a teen who fell down because it was difficult for him to run with his pants below the hip.

One study says this about wearing sagging pants. Inhibiting normal movement can actually misalign the hips and the torso if the pants are worn very low. Other damage can include problems with bladder, kidney and prostrate due to constricting the flow of blood and oxygen to the lower extremities.

How is anyone going to uphold the truth when they don’t have their belt on? Jesus said: Your Word is truth, but if people do not have enough knowledge of the Word, how far will they get?

• Breastplate of righteousness

This was heavy material covering the soldier’s full torso, to protect his heart and other organs. Remember how we are made righteous when Jesus becomes our Savior; that guarantees our ultimate protection. However, we are still required to walk in righteousness, which means to do whatever is necessary to stay protected.

Example of a natural breastplate: Certain law officers such as the FBI wear bullet proof vests when they are sent places that could jeopardize their safety.

• Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace - The Roman soldiers wore boots with nails in them called cleats to grip the ground in combat. In other words, this would give them firm footing during the battle.

Having our shoes fit allows us to share the gospel of peace. Can we share the good news with our enemies? Of course, we can! When we were enemies of God (Romans 5:10-11), somebody shared the gospel with us. But we must know enough about the Word to convince our enemies and win them to Christ.

Excerpts are from John McArthur and the Church of Christ in Zion, Illinois which were similar to what I had learned.

Next: The Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit

Got my war clothes on ~ Betty A. Burnett

Our Warfare is Not Against Each Other (flesh and blood) 1-23-2021

This is a piggy-back or follow-up from yesterday’s message about “Why are we biting and devouring each other.” When we have the correct understanding of spiritual warfare, and know that our battle is not against people, we will not bite and devour each other.

• Once it is understood that our warfare is against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places, we will have the power to counteract anything the enemy comes against us with (Ephesians 6:10-18). I wrote in a previous message, that Satan is real!

• It is apparent that many people do not understand that people are not their real enemies, but the dark forces behind the people are their enemies. So, proper teaching is the major tool to have victory in any of our lives.

• When Jesus taught the disciples, He used a natural situation (illustration or example) to bring about a spiritual principal. For instance, some of His disciples were fishermen, so He talked to them on fisherman’s terms. In the spiritual realm, they would be fishers of men, meaning to win souls to Christ (Matthew 4:19).

• How to prepare for war - let us look at the military

When one enlists or is drafted into the military, the first thing they go through is basic training. The training is intense, but it takes all that for the person to become a good soldier. They are trained by those who are qualified and the soldier must understand what he or she has been taught in order to graduate from basic training.

In the spirit realm, no one can war against the enemy without understanding what it takes to win the war. Studying and being taught the Bible is work, but that is the only way to be a good soldier in God’s army.

• How do we learn how to war against the enemy?

The Word of God is the weapon that we use because the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (fleshy) but mighty through God through the pulling down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). It is God who causes us to win the battle, therefore, we must depend on Him.

• Each piece of the armor is important and not one piece can be left out if the war is to be won.

That is why Paul said to put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles [tricks] of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). You can stand your ground when the devil comes at you with his lies to get you to take your attention off the enemy. You have been trained, therefore you know the enemies’ strategies

• Paul knew about the Roman army and when he wrote about spiritual warfare, he broke down each piece that the soldier had on and compared it with spiritual armor.

Tomorrow will be a breakdown of each piece of the armor of God.

Prepared for war ~ Betty A. Burnett

Why are We Biting and Devouring Each Other? 1-22-2022

My brothers and sisters, Paul the apostle wrote: For brothers you have been called into liberty, only do not use it for an occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled by one word; even in this you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

But if we bite and devour, take heed that you are not consumed of one another (Galatians 5:1, 13-15). This means to destroy or ruin someone emotionally or physically. 

It is selfish and it destroys another person’s character which stems from Satan who influences us to do evil against each other.

Doing evil comes from the flesh, and when we walk in the flesh, love is not being expressed. Why? Because the flesh is only thinking about what pleases the flesh, and that is selfish.

 Agape or unconditional love is not selfish (1 Corinthians, chapter 13). That is why we are told to walk in the spirit, and we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

If a man says he loves God and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20).

Jesus said: 

By this will all men know that you/we are His disciples, if we love one another (John 13:35).

Paul addressed the church at Corinth about acting according to the flesh, being carnal (fleshy) like unsaved people because there was envying, strife and division among them (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

Once we grow into maturity, we will show love to all, no matter what Christian church they are members of, denomination causes division.

 And who do you think was/is behind this whole denominational thing? Satan of course! The devil divides and he conquers.

Satan came to steal, kill, and destroy the abundant life that God has given us so richly to enjoy. We enjoy each other by being in harmony with one another. There is an anointing that destroys yokes when we are on one accord (Psalm 133).

What about us being one in Christ? So, we being many are one body in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4a). How is the kingdom of God going to be advanced when there is division of any kind?

Watch out for division, it can be cultish, thinking one person, leader or denomination is better than the other. Some cult leaders said they had a special revelation from God that He gave no one else. We need to be careful not to fall into the cultish trap.

What about not wanting to remain connected with brothers and sisters who are no longer part of your church? Is that Love? That causes division.

And how about leaders turning their flock against others? That is downright evil, and it is a low-down dirty shame. Sounds like they need some real deliverance.

Why are the children of God doing the devil’s job?

Why don’t we come together and get it right with God and with one another? God is waiting for us, what are we waiting for?

Setting the captives free ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Devil is Real! 1-21-2022

Some people do not experience victory in their lives is because they don’t understand how real the devil is. I am going to give solid proof of how real the devil is.

The devil is mentioned innumerable times in Jesus ‘personal life and His ministry. These are just some of the many times Satan, the devil, adversary is mentioned.

• Satan tried to have Jesus killed by king Herod when He was an infant, an angel warned Joseph to take Jesus to Egypt. Jesus and His parents remained in Egypt until Herod died (Matthew 2:1-15).

• The devil influenced the hypocritical religious leaders to trap Jesus all the way to the cross (Mark 3:6, John 19:15). Every time they saw Jesus do what they said was contrary to the law they would think of ways to get rid of Jesus.

• Example: When Jesus healed on the Sabbath, they tried to prove to Him how wrong He was (Matthew 12:9-14). Jesus had an answer for them, but they did not accept it. Why? Before Jesus appeared on the scene, it was all about them. They had people looking to them because of their status of being lawyers, teachers of the law and so on.

• Some people are like that today, if others come up with truths, religious leaders are offended, and they will even tell the people not to listen to what is being taught. These type of leaders are no better than the pharisees.

• Despite the devil using others to come against Jesus, He knew His purpose and did not allow the devil to stop Him. Even when Jesus died on the cross the devil thought it was over for our Lord, but Jesus got up out of the grave! And with all Power (Matthew 28:1-6 18). Hallelujah!!!

• And because Jesus got up, we get up. Regardless of who or what the devil uses against the children of God, he cannot win because we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who loved us (Romans 8:37).

• For those who don’t know how real the devils are, I pray that learning how was out to destroy Jesus will help you understand the devil is real. I am not trying give the devil any credit, and I don’t talk to him unless I use the Word as Jesus did. 

Those words are to take authority over what he is doing against me, by the power of God’s Spirit. Yet and still , we must be realistic and know how real he is. This way, you will not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Not being ignorant of Satan’s devices ~ Betty A. Burnett

“The Grip” 1-20-2022

Because the last few messages were about temptations, how to deal with them and how to overcome them, I felt prompted to write about “The Grip.” Years ago, I wrote a play with that title, and while writing about temptations, I had a recall about the play.

Since there is a root cause for temptations and Satan and his demons have followed us all of our lives, they know what we are bound by. And the demons will do everything they can to make us feel as though we are okay, to keep us from being liberated. The devil presents a pretty picture to us. 

We must remember that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and he does it quite well. After all, his name meant light-bearer/morning star.

Now to the point. Many of us are gripped with things from our past, all the way back to our childhood days. The sad part is, we may not know it. Even sadder than that, some people know that something is wrong, but they never try to get to the root of why they are miserable.

One of the main strongholds that had a grip on me was fear that went all the way back to my early childhood years. I realized many years later that those experiences that seemed horrible were to serve a purpose for someone else to be delivered and God would be glorified.

I was affected so badly that I physically ran away to escape the situation from my past, not even realizing what was the reason for running away. 

I hated the south; didn't know why at the time, but I wanted to live in New York. However, God in His great love slow walked me back to North Carolina for me to eventually face, confront and deal with that fear that had a grip on me.

When the play “The Grip” was written and presented, some of the scenes had to do with my own childhood drama. At that time I had not realized the big grip that fear had on me. 

The theme of the play was about people with baggage from their past and going into a marriage with secrets and other things that their mate was not aware of. The moral was whatever baggage someone was carrying before their marriage got worse after they were married, because they never dealt with it prior to their marriage.

Many people do not understand that whatever baggage they are carrying affects others. For instance, when baggage is carried over into a marriage, the children get affected by it. Whatever or whomever you are involved with in your life affects others.

Dear brothers and sisters, if you want to be set free from anything that is holding you back, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it and help you to overcome any stronghold that has a grip on you.

God bless you!

Experiencing freedom ~ Betty A. Burnett

Overcoming Temptations (Part 2) 1-19-2022

As we continue with temptations, these are some of the things that will keep us from overcoming, walking in victory and living a liberated life in Christ Jesus.

• The lust of the flesh (desiring to do something God has forbidden). The apostle Paul wrote about in his flesh was no good thing. He knew about the struggle to keep from doing evil (Romans 7:15-25). 

But it was also Paul who wrote: 

But this I say to you, walk the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

There are many things in this world after which we can lust. Example: Whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28.

• The lust of the eyes (visual) the fruit looked good to Eve and not only was she tempted to eat it; but she ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6). There is a close connection between the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. Even though things can be imagined, something has been seen first.

Eve looked at the forbidden fruit first, then she had a desire to eat the fruit.

• The pride of life (desire to be one’s own god). In other words, one becomes independent of God because it becomes about themselves. Lucifer was lifted up with pride because he wanted to be like the Most-High God (Isaiah 14:12-14). But he was brought down.

King Nebuchadnezzar lifted himself up and God brought him down (Daniel 4:28-37). By the time God finished with him, he worshipped God and said: 

Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise, extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth and His ways judgment; and those that walk in pride He is able to abase [humble].

The Word of God says: Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). God reduced Lucifer and King Nebuchadnezzar and He will reduce anybody else who exalts or lifts himself up (James 4:6).

Notice that the Word said those who are out to please the flesh, have lustful eyes and are lifted up with pride are not of the Father but is of the world.

I am not saying that we won’t fall into temptation, but I am saying the more we know the Word of God the less we will fall into temptation. 

Instead of using excuses when you fall into temptation, go to God, confess (admit, or agree that you sinned) and God will forgive you and cleanse you from that unrighteous act (1 John 1:9), the Lord will pick you up (Psalm 37:23).

This is how I know the children of God have been given the power to overcome whatever temptation that comes in their lives. The perfect example and role model was and still is Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-10, Hebrews 2:18).

• Do like Jesus did! He used the Word. If you really want to overcome falling into temptation, you must read and study the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). Every time Satan presented a different (visual) temptation to Jesus, He used the Word of God.

There is a way of escape from every temptation that comes our way, glory to God!

Overcoming temptations ~ Betty A. Burnett

Overcoming Temptations (Part 1) 1-18-2022

A couple of days ago you read about the root cause of temptation when it comes to mankind. It started in the Garden of Eden when the devil (serpent) tempted Eve and she fell for his lie (Genesis 3:1-6).

I am going back to the five questions from yesterday’s message. For the readers to have a better understanding, let’s go to question number two: Do you know the difference between temptation and test?

• The difference between temptation and test

• Temptation – to be influenced or enticed to do something evil

The Word of God says, No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able to bear, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When it comes to temptation being common to man, everybody has been tempted in one way or another. Do you think God would ever let us go through anything we are not able to bear? Many people have said it like this: “God will not put more on you than you can bear.” Since testing has to do reliability, we can always depend on our God because He is always reliable.

He also makes a way for us to endure whatever we are being tempted with and He makes a way for us to escape from the temptation. Knowing the Word of God makes the difference.

• Making excuses for falling into temptation

Sometimes people make excuses to justify why they fall into temptation like the devil made me do it, or I just couldn’t help myself. 

When the Word of God says there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9b), Adam is the perfect example. He came up with the excuse that the woman God gave him told him to eat the fruit and Eve used the excuse by blaming the serpent (Genesis 3:12-13).

• The definition of test – take measure to check the quality, or reliability of something. 


God tested Abraham and he passed the test when he obeyed God and put his son on the altar to be slain (Genesis 22:9-10).

Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice because He was the only One without sin who sacrificed His life for (Hebrews 10:12).

Now that you know the difference between test and tempt or temptation, this is a good example: When God bring all the tithes to the storehouse so there would be meat (food) in His house and prove (test or try) Him and see that He will open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10).

Watch out for different translations, some say this: Do not test the Lord God, whereas some others say do not tempt the Lord God. That is contrary to Malachi 3:10, when God said to test, prove or try Him.

Would it be right to tempt the Lord? That is like enticing or luring the perfect God to sin.

When we don’t understand the meaning of words and they are not used within the proper context, it takes away the true meaning of what is being conveyed.

Since testing has to do reliability, we can always depend on our God because He is always reliable.

Come back for the rest of the message tomorrow.

Betty A. Burnett

Honoring a Great and Godly Man ~ Martin Luther King Jr 1-17-2022

When the Word of God says give honor to whom honor is due, I cannot think of letting this day go by without expressing what I feel about Martin Luther King Jr and all the things the Lord allowed him to contribute to society during his short-lived life.

There is a saying, “It is not the quantity (the number of years) of life, but the quality is what matters”. I certainly believe Martin Luther King Jr fulfilled the purpose that God had assigned for him to accomplish.

It reminds me of Jesus Christ who lived a shorter life than Martin, yet He too fulfilled His purpose on this earth. As Martin often spoke that one day he wished all men would be free, Jesus Christ came to “Set the Captives Free”.

When I think of Martin Luther King Jr being an ambassador of good-will, Jesus Christ also was an Ambassador who left His country to come on foreign soil to do the will of His His Father who sent Him. 

An ambassador only speaks what they are told to speak, which was what Jesus did: I do nothing on My own, the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it (John 12:49).

I believe Martin heard the Voice speak to him and followed the path that was laid out for him.

The conclusion of this matter is, if you want to be a light to others, do as the apostle Paul and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr did: “Be followers of them as they followed Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1). And you will also leave a legacy that will cause others to remember how well you served God and mankind.

Betty A. Burnett

The Root of Temptation 1-16-2022

When temptations or enticements come, God has given us the power through His Spirit to overcome every temptation. Being influenced, enticed, or lured because of the things that are in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father. 

If we allow the Word of God to be our weapon when it comes to being tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, we will overcome.

Just as we must deal with the deeply embedded roots that have us bound; it is necessary to know how temptations started. The reason so many of God’s children do not walk in victory is because they never knew or understood that there was and is a cause to whatever had or still has them bound.

For instance, generational curses had a beginning that came through Adam when he disobeyed God (Genesis 2:16-17). But Jesus Christ took care of that when He hung on the tree and became a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). Those who know the truth are not bound by generational curses.

In other words, Jesus Christ was the last Adam who cleaned up what the first Adam messed up: In Adam we all die even so in Christ we are all made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22).

There is a saying; “If you don’t know where you came from, how in the world do you know where you are going?” With that being true, let’s talk about temptation and how it started. 

The first temptation known to humans came from Eve when the serpent (devil) deceived her and told her that she would not die if she ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, and that she would be as gods knowing good from evil (Genesis 3:5).

The serpent (devil) had lost his connection with God when he himself wanted to exalt himself and be like the Most-High God (Isaiah 14:12-14), and when lost his connection, he wanted the same thing to happen to Adam, Eve, and all humans. 

Once Eve was tricked, and gave Adam the forbidden to eat, he literally handed to the devil all that God had given him to have dominion over. That is why Satan (devil) is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Let’s talk about three things that can cause us to fall into temptation, but first you need to know that God never tempts anyone. Let no one say when he is tempted that I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil nor does He tempt anyone (James 1:13).

When you see God that tested Abraham in Genesis 22:1, that is not properly translated, because it would be a contradiction and God never tempts anyone. Although the word is tempt, God tested Abraham’s faith. God told Abraham to take his son Isaac to Moriah to sacrifice him on the altar.

 One must remember that Abraham trusted God because God told him he would be the father of many nations (Genesis 17:5). How would that be if Isaac had died on the altar?

Even if Isaac had been slain on the altar, Abraham believed that God would raise his son from the dead. So, by faith in God, Abraham obeyed, and God had provided a ram in the thickets (Genesis, chapter 22:9-14), or we say a ram in the bush.

This was a foreshadowing of God sacrificing His only Son to die and that ram in the bush, represented none other than Jesus Christ who sacrificed His life for us.

Now that you have some history about temptation and its roots, in a few days I plan to explain each of the five questions from yesterday’s message. Once there is an understanding, you will know how to counteract anything the devil tempts you with, which can only be done by the Word of God.

More and more excited about God’s truth ~ Betty A. Burnett

How Do You Deal With Temptations? 1-15-2022

These are questions to help you think about the various temptations that come in your lives.

1) Do you use excuses for falling into temptation?

2) Do you know the difference between temptation and test?

3) Do you know what the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life are?

4) Do you know how and where temptations started?

5) Do you know how to avoid temptations?

Tomorrow, I will provide the answers to the best of my ability according to the Word of God.

Setting the captives free ~ Betty A. Burnett

Back to the Bible 1-14-2022

The reason I wrote back to the Bible is, some days something different may come up to post so others can be encouraged and motivated to rise up out of their slump. We don’t what people are going through or what they need to hear or read. This is why we should allow the Spirit of God to lead us.

I am using a natural situation that lines up with the spiritual. For instance, if someone is told they look nice or is given some other compliment, what do you think that does to them?

 When someone is commended for a job well done, how do you think they feel?

When someone is struggling academically, how do you think they feel when you tell them they can make it and when you let them know you are praying for them?

Back to the Bible, the Word of God is the source of everything that is needed. When a Christian is experiencing challenges, obstacles, trials, tribulations or persecutions, there is always something in the Word of God to encourage, strengthen and motivate someone to continue on their journey.

These are some examples that we must face, endure, and overcome:

• Challenges – to prove something that has been objected by someone:

I have been challenged by some people about certain messages that were posted. That is not a bad thing; it keeps me on my toes, by going back to the Word and either get more clarity or just to be sure it was correct. Sometimes the message needs to be explained more thoroughly.

• Obstacles – something that blocks your way or prevents or hinders progress: Listening to false teachers is one of the ways to hinder a Christian’s progress (2 Corinthians 11:13). Satan himself will make every attempt he can to hinder us from accomplishing what we’ve been assigned to do (1 Thessalonians 2:18).

• Trials – something difficult that happens in our lives to test our faith: This is done to mature us, and it takes time and patience to grow us into maturity (James 1:3). Going through and overcoming by our faith being tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearance of Christ (1 Peter 1:7). Each time gold goes through the fire it is refined more and when the refining process is finished, this makes the gold more valuable.

• Tribulations – afflictions, distress, trouble:

Jesus said: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Since Jesus overcame, we too are overcomers.

• Persecutions – to chase someone down like an animal, to punish:

You are blessed when men shall revile [defame or damage a good reputation] you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake (Matthew 5:11). If no one is saying anything against you, check yourself (something is wrong with the picture), for those who live godly shall suffer (2 Timothy 3:12).

Next: Overcoming Temptations

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Adapting to Change 1-12-2022

When God does something in our lives, it takes time to adjust to the change. There are several factors that can relate to change. Example: climate, people, and community.

Some reasons for a change have to do with the call on a person’s life. For instance, people who go on missions adapt to different foods, environment and so on. They are taken completely out of their comfort zone.

Jesus was on a mission when He left the comforts of heaven to come to earth to do His Father’s will (John 6:38), to die for the sins of many (Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 3:18).

Whatever plan God has for each of our lives, we should be willing to go wherever He sends us. Do you think it was easy for Isaiah? Once Isaiah got King Uzziah out of his view, this is what he said: I also heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send and who shall go for Us? Then I said, here I am Lord, send me (Isaiah 6:8).

Although I desired to be closer to my immediate family, there is more to it. This is also an additional assignment, or an extension of the ministry God has given me. When the Spirit of God said my ministry would be global, it was not only by way of the internet, but there will be places He will send me physically.

Whatever the Lord’s will is for my life, I accept it, even when it is not easy. The Word of God said if we are willing and obedient, we shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). And no good thing will He with-hold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). In other words, whatever God has called His children to do, He makes provisions (Philippians 4:19). We just need to be obedient.

So, here I am, in this frigid weather being in tune with the Holy Spirit as He continues to lead and guide me (Psalm 5:3, Isaiah 30:21, John 16:13). Again, it may not be easy, but the rewards will be great for all the children of God who live according to His will (Matthew 5:12).

To the readers, I encourage you to accept whatever the season is that God has for your lives.

As I grew in my walk with Christ, the Lord’s will, it became easier because I learned that it is not about me but all about me fulfilling His purpose in my life (Romans 8:28).

Willing and obedient ~ Betty A. Burnett

Have You Lost Hope for Someone? 1-11-2022

After hearing about all the recent deaths of many people I had been connected with either through family members or being directly involved with them, I want to encourage you to not give up hope on those who are still living.

It does not matter how evil you think someone is, or if you may think they are not worth living, their lives are not in your hands. As a matter of fact, if you look at yourself realistically, how good are you?

The Word of God says this: To Him who is joined to all living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion (Ecclesiastes 9:4).

So, what does this mean? As long as a person has breath in their body, there is hope for them to be born-again. I have witnessed and prayed for people on their dying beds. 

Suppose I had looked at the person’s lifestyle and said: “That person is so evil, I will not witness to them because they are already doomed.” I would have been looking at the person’s heart, and only God knows what is in the heart of every person (Matthew 7:1-5).

How do we know who God is going to save? It is none of our business. 

There were people who did not believe Paul was saved because he persecuted the church of God (Galatians 1:13) and he consented to some of the people being killed (Acts 8:1, Acts 22:20). Yet, he was predestined by God to be saved regardless of his actions (Romans 8:29-30, Galatians 1:11-16).

I am going to tell you about an Old Testament prophet who thought the Ninevites were so evil that they should not be preached to. Jonah ran away to keep from going where God sent him. He being a Jew did not think the Ninevites who were Gentiles were worth being preached to. Please read the short book of Jonah.

A New Testament example was Peter, being a Jew did not want to take the Gospel to Cornelius who was a Gentile (Acts, chapter 10). Gentiles were considered dogs/unclean.

Instead of looking at someone because of their evil deeds, how about thanking God for grace and mercy in our own lives. Also, don’t give up hope on your loved ones regardless of how evil they seem to you.

Think about those who prayed for you and had hope you. To tell you the truth, I can’t talk about or look down on anybody. I did so many evil things, some of them are too shameful to talk or write about.

I thank God because of His grace and mercy and great love that causes me to look at others the way God sees them.

Having hope for the lost ~ Betty A. Burnett

Looking for Love? 1-9-2022

This message is to help the readers think about “Love” and how meaningful it is. Love is the basis for everything in life. For instance, God created us because He loved us so much that He made Himself a family of people.

God also deserves love in return; and He certainly wants us to love each other as a family should love.

Today I am going to challenge my brothers and sisters by asking you, are you looking for love? Have you ever thought that you have been looking for love in the wrong places?

Did you know that God has a plan for each of our lives, to fulfill the specific purpose that He has for us to reach our destiny? (Jeremiah 29:11)

Did you know that God orders our steps in His Word? (Psalm 119:133)

Since it was God Himself who elected us to be His family (Jeremiah 1:5, Romans 8:29-30), why are we doing our own thing instead of allowing Him to do His will in our lives? After all, it is God who works in you both to will and do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

Did you know that God has the perfect person to be your spouse? It was God who took Eve from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:21-22). God chose Rebecca to be Isaac’s wife (Genesis, chapter 24). In this chapter you will see that Abraham represented God, his servant was a foreshadowing of the Holy Spirit, and that Rebecca symbolized the bride or body of Christ.

If you are looking for love, let God place those people in your lives. He knows who your friends should be, who your mate should be and so on. 

The Word of God says: Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor with the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). Look at the pattern and see how God has always had the man involved first.

This has been God’s model from the beginning of the human race. Now that you have learned this, why not let go and let God?

To those of you who have not followed God’s plan, today can be a new start for you. Please do not get rid of your mate because you chose your spouse instead of being led by the Spirit of God. My advice to you is if possible, make the best of it.

I too have made some bad choices and mistakes, but ever since I learned to surrender to the leading of the Spirit of God, my life has not been the same. As a matter of fact, I have peace knowing that God’s will is my number one objective.

Looking for love? Learning to love God first makes all the difference. The greatest love anyone can have is the Love of God.

Lovingly submitted ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Value of Friendship and Kinship 1-8-2022

So many people feel lost and hopeless. So many people do not feel loved, needed, and accepted by others.

Too many people are divided and cliquish – a divided people cannot stand. This gives the devil a foothold. “Together we stand, divided we fall”

There are six things that the Lord hate, and the seventh is detestable to Him: He who sows discord among the brothers and sisters (Proverbs 6:16-19). 

Discord causes division and division is because the person is carnal; acting like the worldly people, and this is the reason there is no growth in the church (1 Corinthians 3:1-4).

If you are a talebearer, a busy body, a gossiper, or one who spread rumors and you profess to be a child of God, please confess it to God and ask Him to forgive you (1 John 1:9) and start this year off on a clean slate.

I do not make resolutions, but I do purpose in my heart to present myself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, for I know this is my reasonable service. I choose not to be conformed to this world, but I am transformed by renewing my mind so I may prove what is that good and acceptable will of God (Romans 12:1-2).

What does that mean? It means that I read and study the bible regularly; I fellowship with other saints; my personal prayers and corporate prayers are continually offered to God our Father. I am accountable to others, and God has given me the responsibility of fulfilling my purpose to reach the destiny He has ordained for me.

Am I perfect? 

No way! 

But I am pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Pressing is not easy but is worth every struggle, obstacle, and challenge that we face.

If you value friendship and kinship, do as Jesus said: By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have Love for each other (John 13:35). Let Love be at the center of your heart (1 Corinthians, chapter 13).

If you want to hear the Lord say well done, press on by following His Word and letting it be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105). God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5) and He is Love (1 John 4:8).

Pressing my way ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Blessed Friday to my family and friends! 1-7-2022

This is the second day that it has snowed here this week and I’m loving it! Our God is awesome! He allowed me to take two trips during my relocating to New Jersey, with no inclimate weather. My final move was Thursday, December 30th.

The word for today is, if you know the Spirit of God has spoken and told you what is going to take place in your life, despite the challenges and obstacles, stand on it by faith.

I was packed and ready to move at least a month before it actually happened. Prior to the surgical procedure on my foot (toe), I told the podiatrist about the move, and he asked me if I had packed. My answer was yes. He said I would not be able to pack after the surgery.

On my first trip the pin was still in my toe. The good thing was the left toe was the one that the procedure was done on. If it had been on the right toe, I would not have been able to drive. What a Mighty God we serve.

When it looked as though all odds were against me, I held on to my faith; the unseen (Hebrews 11:1). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). So, here I am in the place that God has ordained me to be. This is an additional assignment for His glory.

Someone who is reading this message needs to be encouraged and motivated to build their faith. However, that can only happen as one matures in Christ. The level of faith and the level maturity go hand in hand.

Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2b).

Walking by faith and not by sight ~ Betty A. Burnett

Numbering Our Days 1-6-2022

During the past two years I have heard of more frequent deaths than ever before, and many of these deaths are not because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Sometimes because of the suddenness, I get shaken by hearing of people dying who have been closely connected to me. It is not unusual to be saddened when someone passes on.

Today, this message is to encourage those who have lost loved ones recently and for all of us who are still among the living. Moses prayed for Israel because they were disobedient (rebelling against God) and were dying out in the wilderness from ages twenty years and above (Numbers 14:29).

Since life can be so short, like a vapor (James 4:14), and we don’t know when our time will end on this earth, we should examine ourselves, apply our hearts to wisdom (Psalm 90:12) and walk in a way that pleases the Lord, that is to walk in the light as children of the light (Ephesians 5:8).

Let’s remember what it means to number our days, because it is much later than we think it is. Consider how so many people have died, not knowing we could be next. Jesus said: I must work while it is day, for night comes and no man can work (John 9:4).

Think about where you will go once your life has ended because death is an appointment that is certain (Hebrews 9:27). What does life mean to you? How much do you value this wonderful life that God has given you fulfill your purpose that He may be glorified?

Lastly, reach out to those who are mourning over the loss of their loved ones and pray for them.

Working until my day is done, reaching whomever I can ~ Betty A. Burnett

Watch out for Some Bible Translations 1-5-2022

Yesterday I had a conversation with someone who was talking about Covid-19 and how she wished it would leave. 

I told her that things were going to get worse because Jesus spoke about it. You shall hear of wars and rumors of wars [this has been going on for many years]; see that you are not troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation [different races or nationalities of people] shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom [various countries] and there shall be famines [people starving] and pestilences [plagues, diseases] and earthquakes in different places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:6-8).

Notice how things are getting progressively worse as time goes on. I told the person that Adam was the cause of all these horrible things that came upon mankind. It happened when he disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:16-17).

The person said Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit together. I said that is not what my bible says. She said, I just read it and it said she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it too (Genesis 3:6b). I asked what translation she was reading, and she said the New Living Translation (NLT).

I told her that you must watch some translations that add to the Word of God, and there are also some deletions in some of them. 

Although many translations say Eve gave it to her husband, Adam with her, and he did eat, the Word has to be studied and rightly divided. For instance, why would Satan (the serpent) approach and tempt the woman instead of the man? The devil knew he could get to the woman who was the weaker vessel (1 Peter 3:7).

The Word of God never said because of Adam and Eve’s sin, it said because of one man’s sin, sin fell upon all people (Romans 5:12). Why did the Word say? And Adam was not deceived but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor (1 Timothy 2:14).

God made Adam first (Genesis 2:7), and therefore he had the leadership role. Adam violated his leadership role and followed Eve in her sin, and this plunged the human race into sinfulness. Footnote from John McArthur’s ESV Bible.

And, from that my brothers and sisters, the woman had a desire to rule over her husband, even though the scripture said: Your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you. It means that she had a desire to rule over her husband. Why? Because throughout history, many women have been dominant over men.

The devil’s plan was to reverse the role that was ordained by God. You will see in some scriptures that the woman ruled over the man. Jezebel was the dominant influence over her husband Ahab (1 Kings 21:25).

It is important to search the scriptures and see what they mean in the original language (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). And also, see what the Word is saying and what it is not saying. 

One thing for sure, scriptures do not contradict scriptures. So, the problem has to be with people not rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). It certainly is not with God!

Diligently studying ~ Betty A. Burnett

A New Day and a New Year 1-4-2022

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This is what God requires from all His children, there are no exceptions to the rule.

• Read and study the Word daily. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily to see if what they were taught was true (Acts 17:11).

We belong to an excellent God; therefore, we should strive for excellence. How eager are you when it comes to knowing and understanding God’s Word?

• Get into a Bible study and be taught principals; the elementaries of the Word. No hops, skips and jumps. 

Children usually enroll in elementary school from the age of five or six years old. Then they progress from one grade to the other depending on how well they do. The same is with the Word of God, one must start off learning the essentials and then progress to a higher level of maturity.

• Do not lean to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6); this is being independent of God. If one is being independent of God, they will be in error. Jesus said we could do nothing without Him (John 15:5).

Example: Do you believe what you want to, and do you believe in the doctrine and tradition of men which is in vain (Mark 7:7-13).

I believe some people did not or still do not agree with some of my messages, but everything written was searched out and carefully studied before it was posted. It is knowing and accepting the truth that will set you free (John 8:32, 36).

• The Bible tells us to beware of the tradition of men, lest they spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit (Colossians 2:8). If you are still holding on to erroneous teaching, a day is coming when you must give account at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).

• This is a new day, and a new year, so please choose not to have the old mind-set that will keep you in bondage because you will not accept what is true: My people perish for lack of knowledge because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4:6). 

The word perish means to suffer loss, not only in this time but it also has eternal consequences.

Walk in the fullness of what God has for you.

Being attentive to the Word of God ~ Betty A. Burnett

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