Dorothy Burton is President of Christians In Public Service. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed belong solely to the author. They are not and do not necessarily reflect the opinion(s) or position(s) of the organization, board of directors, and/or any other individual(s) or entity (ies) affiliated or unaffiliated with Christians In Public Service, Inc. | dburton@cipsinc.org


 

Illusions
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM

Illusions

Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM

Satan is the master of illusion. The greatest illusion on earth today is that it appears he is winning. 
If we look at all the things happening in the world and on earth around us, from Ukraine to Uvalde, it appears this way.
 
Three words. Illusion. Earth. World. Jesus says in John 8:44, "He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him."
 
Not holding to the truth, no truth in him -- in other words, he lies. There is no truth in him - his whole construct is lies. Lies are illusions.
 
David tells us in Psalm 24:1, "the earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it..."
 
God came to earth as Jesus to take back what is rightly his. The earth and the world. God created the earth and gave it to the first Adam to manage. Satan tricked him out of it.
 
He came himself as Jesus (the second Adam) to reclaim not just the physical earth, but the world - every system that is in the earth. 
 
Not only did Jesus (God as man, the second Adam) take the keys to the kingdom back (the earthly kingdom that Satan controlled(s)) but also his world and his earth. Satan lost it all at Calvary.
 
Jesus spiked the ball and did a 360 degree dunk on the devil. 
 
Until Jesus returns the second time, Satan is still here. Creating havoc and illusions that he is still running things. He's not. The game was over at Calvary.
 
God left us here and keeps reproducing his image so that we can take care of His earth and His world. 
 
Satan defeated the first Adam with an illusion. Jesus defeated him at Calvary with the truth.
 
And the truth is this - Satan is not winning. He can't. The only victory he knows he can get is if he can get us to repeat and replicate his lies (i.e., illusions). 

Practical Application:
 
Act like you're a winner. Talk like a winner. Live like a winner. Walk into every meeting and room with authority. Don't repeat negatives. Don't speak negatively. Take authority over what you allow yourself to hear, see, read and say. The only way Satan can further and grow illusions (lies) is if he can get us to hear them, see them, say them and more importantly --  believe them.
 
The Opportune Time
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM

The Opportune Time

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM

"For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I do the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me." - Romans 7:19-20

She was a longtime public servant. The District Attorney in the county said, "I would have trusted her with my life. When you needed something, she could make it happen."


Vicky White had served enough years to earn full retirement. She had a stellar reputation. Admired by many, she was set for life. Vicky's home was paid for, her staff and colleagues were all set to celebrate her and her long career with a retirement party.

Many saw her as a "mother figure." She even earned employee of the year awards along the course of her correctional officer's career. Yet, we all know how her story tragically ended.

The brutal statements by some across social media have the same common theme, "how could she throw away her whole life, her retirement, everything she'd worked for -- how could she have done it for somebody like Casey White?"

It wasn't Casey White. It wasn't the allure of living a "Bonnie and Clyde" exciting on the run existence. It wasn't for love.  And if she could undo it all, she no doubt would.

It had less to do with Casey White, love or lust, but more to do with the empty places within. That became spaces, as in us all, that demons will occupy. Unless we fill them with the Word of God.

I teach what I know to be true and demons take up residence inside the empty places within us and wait. What do they wait for?  "An opportune time."

Please don't join in with others in casting stones. Rather, I caution you and and ask you to look inward. Demons are real. Demons are spirits. Demons cannot die and we all have been targeted by them. They come and they go just as Satan did with Jesus when Jesus was in the wilderness.

After tempting Jesus with every conceivable temptation he thought a man could want, Satan left Jesus, until the Bible says, "an opportune time." (Luke 4:13).

Vicky's opportune time was that fateful day, but leading up to that day, many times without doubt, demonic forces came against her sub-conscious mind (her heart).  They always do before the take-down. As they do us all.

When she loaded Casey White into that car and left in the rear view mirror her life, that was the opportune time. 

As righteous as David was, he had an empty place that was filled by the spirit of adultery. We all know the story. And in one of the most poignant pleas to God, the man after God's own heart pleads with God in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart (sub-conscious mind), try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."

The time has passed for Vicky to make this plea but not for you and me. The two things humans are not designed to contain are pain and empty places. The Adversary takes advantage of both.

When you can, listen to my podcast, "How Satan Takes Down and Takes Out Leaders" and know that an opportune time is being planned for you and me, too.

Who's Looking For You?
Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:49 AM

Who's Looking For You?

Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:49 AM
Sunday, May 8, 2022 8:49 AM
 
Jesus never sought out Nicodemus. Nicodemus went looking for him.
 
When King Belshazzar couldn't understand the meaning of the handwriting on the wall, he was told of the history of a man of God named Daniel. He sent for Daniel.
 
When Pharaoh couldn't understand the meaning of his dream, he heard of a young man who could. He sent for Joseph.
 
Government leaders aren't sending for God's people and leaders today. Unless those leaders, unlike Jesus, Daniel Joseph and countless others tell them what they want to hear and not what the Word says without political spin.
 
Why would the blind send for those who many themselves have become blinded by politics, power and money and have made known their loyalty to one political party or the other?
 
Where are the men and women of God who will stand flat-footed in the face of leaders today, whether they be Democratic or Republican and tell them what thus says the Lord in love and truth without hint or scent of party politics?
 
As representatives of the Kingdom, we must be willing to let go of everything we are to become what God sent us here to be and sent us through trials and tests to become - Witnesses. Ambassadors. Word lovers - Word teachers and speakers who ourselves understand we represent a Kingdom not made by Republicans or Democrats. And to love people and leaders enough to tell them truth.
 
Jesus taught that the blind can't lead the blind lest they both fall into the ditch.
 
The blind is leading the blind in America today and the ditch is getting deeper.
 
It's why Jesus told us to be salt and light. Salt adds flavor and also makes thirsty. Nicodemus, Pharoah, King Belshazzar had a thirst that only men of God could quench.
 
They were in the dark and only the people of God could bring light.
 
"Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?" - Jesus (Luke 6:39)
 
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear." - Jesus 
 
 
He Makes All Things New
Monday, April 4, 2022 10:06 AM

He Makes All Things New

Monday, April 4, 2022 10:06 AM
Monday, April 4, 2022 10:06 AM

God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter's house. When Jeremiah got there, he said he saw the potter "making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make." - Jeremiah 18:1-4

This is where I am, where we are as an organization. Where you may be in your personal life or career.

We can't be afraid to begin again, nor afraid to yield to God's will to make us over again. Sometimes life demands it. God knows the way we should take and what it will take to get us there. Even if that means making us over to start over.

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we transition, shift gears and in some cases break the mold.

God created time but exists outside of time, yet orchestrates the times. In our personal and professional life, we must have ears that hear and be attuned to what God is doing in us, the new thing He has prepared to do through us; and, where he is leading us.

We never want to live our life where the Spirit of God "used to be." Yesterday's anointing won't do for today's challenges. 

David was anointed three times and had to wait seven years before being crowned Israel's king.

If your life is stale and your career has stalled, perhaps it is time to go back to God for a fresh anointing.

The power is in the anointing, by way of the Holy Spirit, not in our title by way of our position. 

As Jeremiah was watching the potter remake the vessel, God said to Jeremiah, "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!" 

The same is true for you and me. Trust the Potter. You are in his hands. Don't fight to stay where you are, when where you are no longer is where God wants you to be.

He makes all things new and if you have not yet noticed, the whole world is in a new season.

Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone),

Celebrating Nine Years
Sunday, March 20, 2022 1:11 AM

Celebrating Nine Years

Sunday, March 20, 2022 1:11 AM
Sunday, March 20, 2022 1:11 AM

Today, we turn nine. On March 20, 2013 seven courageous people began this journey with me. To support an idea, a big idea, given to me on an uneventful, routine day while walking across the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary.

I was at the time, a student. But not the average student who was pretty clear on why they were in seminary. Whether to prepare for pastoral ministry, missions, professional ministry, Christian counseling or any of the myriad of reasons for undertaking such a rigorous course of study.

Though knowing God had led me to seminary, I was not at all the ministerial type. My whole life had been wrapped around politics. I loved God, but not to the extent that I had a burning desire or even a passing desire to attend seminary.

I had at the time been elected to my fourth term on the Duncanville, Texas City Council (a suburb just south of Dallas). I had for years been actively involved at the state and national level.

Outwardly successful and together. But inwardly filled with turmoil. Broken in a number of ways with fissures visible to no one on the outside. But inside, I was nowhere near as together as I appeared.

I was a seeker. Not seeking to know God, as I by that time had been a baptized believer for years. But being led to seek Him at a deeper level. There had to be more.

Long story made short - I eventually, after many days that turned into months that turned into a couple of years into seminary, found peace and this work found me. Literally, found me.

Many know the story of how this organization was founded and I won't go into that here. But it was nothing short of amazing and it was nothing I nor anyone else could have ever conceived. It is a work from the beginning led by the Holy Spirit. 

It had no name, but the mission was clear. Back then, we had no place to meet and one of our founders, Helen Roberts, worked for the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, headquartered in Dallas. They were kind enough (and I will be forever grateful) to allow us to use their beautiful facility.

On a bright, crisp Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, we sat around a table, prayed, talked excitingly about the work before us and we formed what would become Christians in Public Service.

The original mission remains our guiding light - from March 20, 2013:

"to be a nonpartisan, interdenominational organization providing support, educational programs, networking, professional and leadership development opportunities principally, but not exclusively for elected and non-elected Christian public servants who lead, work and serve in the public arena."

We have not wavered. One of our founders Dr. Ron Anderson, now home with the Lord, was instrumental in providing the framework for what we would eventually become though he didn't live to see it. But I can't help but believe that he somehow saw it.
 
As we begin this new season, turning a year older and emerging from such a horrific pandemic, we will stay the course. Looking to God, leaning neither to the right nor to the left but on Him as we have from the beginning. Taking on no one's issues or causes, but taking the Kingdom view in all that we do, teach and model. It's what we were founded to be and by God's grace, hard work and continual prayer, have become.
 
I have learned so much over these nine years - about people, about myself, even more about the faithfulness of God. As we have stumbled our way in finding our way, our blueprint has been God's word. Not political issues nor any hint of political party agenda(s). Our agenda is a Kingdom-focused agenda. Not perfect, but authentic.
 
We are the real deal and the test of time is one that we have passed. I have sometimes failed some tests, which sends me consistently back to the Book and on my knees.
 
We don't seek to be popular, but principled. In all we do. In all we are. Principled. Purposed. The principles of God's word are our foundation, furniture, pots, pans, meat and potatoes, bread and butter. With character, courage, authenticity, integrity, consistency and love for all.
 
This is who we are and with a grateful heart I say, "happy Founder's Day to us!"

Want to support our work? Please give here. There is so much darkness and deception. We stand for light and truth!
 

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