Wasted Time Wasted Life
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:15 PM

Wasted Time Wasted Life

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:15 PM
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:15 PM

Satan is cunning and Satan is real. He's neither symbolic nor imaginary.

Jesus told us he's about three things - to steal, kill and destroy. And as long as the Adversary can keep us distracted and wasting time, he will be successful in getting us to unknowingly waste our life. Especially so for Christians.

He knows we, for the most part, are on guard for bad things - so he distracts us with good things...all he has to do is distract us enough with good things so that we never get around to doing God things.

It is 6 in one hand and half a dozen in the other. Either way, King's X, his mission is accomplished. He's killed enough of our time to diminish our impact for God.

His goal as it relates to time? If he can trick us into wasting our time, he knows it will waste our life.

Our life is lived in increments of what? Time! As long as he can dominate our time, he will diminish our life. Thus our effectiveness for the Kingdom.

Even more, and I have become so aware of this, every hour we spend scrolling through Facebook is an hour we won't spend reading the Bible or a book.

Another play for our time. Why do you think every time you kneel down to pray there are so many things all of a sudden that come to mind you need to do? Urgent it seems now but you didn't give a thought to until you kneeled down to pray.

Or, how often have you begun working on a project or paper for God or in your purpose and the cell phone goes off with a text that you have to answer back and pretty soon, it's multiple texts and an hour or two have passed.

Or, the phone buzzes with a good friend calling who you know has something good to tell you? The conversation lasts two hours.

The time you intended for God stolen by the influence of the Adversary unknowingly on others to get to you. Time gone.

Satan and demons are spirits. One of their major reasons for being is to stop us from praising God, serving God, giving our time to the things of God. Be on guard.

The Adversary knows if he can dominate your time he will diminish your life.

The world says time is money. No. Time is life. And no matter how much money we have, the one thing even the richest man in the world can't buy is more time for himself or those he love. Neither can we.

Don't let the devil keep making you waste time. 
It's not time you're wasting. It's your life.

No Repentance No Peace
Monday, January 6, 2020 1:35 AM

No Repentance No Peace

Monday, January 6, 2020 1:35 AM
Monday, January 6, 2020 1:35 AM

 

Not a criticism, just a fact. America is 243 years old. We have been at peace (i.e.,not at war) for only 17 out of our 243 years.

IF we want to compare America with Israel, though a stretch by many - but for the sake of argument for those Christians who insist on going there --- the only time throughout its history that Israel was at war was when it was under judgment for disobedience. Disobedience. Followed by repentance. Followed by long stretches of peace. Did you get the order? Disobedience. War. Repentance. Peace.

For all the flag-waving and God-invoking, and as Christian and as patriotic as I am... If a country that claims Jehovah God as its God is at war for over 90% of its existence, something is amiss. What is amiss? There has never been any repentance. Without repentance, there is no relenting of war and can be no peace. And will not be any peace.

For Israel it was the priests, for America it would be the leaders of the church. But these were long co-opted by power and politics and have gotten progressively intertwined over our 243-year history until the Christian Coalition and Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority in the 1980s cemented the religious right with the political right.

They had the resources but not repentance. They now had the positions, but not the power because true power comes only from the Holy Spirit (i.e., God) and God does not bless disobedience without repentance. So we have what we have. And lest you be fooled, don't mistake economic prosperity as indications of God's blessing. Many atheists are prosperous. The blood of generations cries from the ground of America.


America in all of its prowess without repentance will never be at peace. Never. It will always be at war. And someday the war may be waged not on foreign soil but in our towns and cities. So once you understand biblically and historically the deal, you won't involve yourself with silly social media spats over what Trump has done or will do - or what Iran will do.

Those of us who know, know how this is going to end and whom in the end wins. But until then, and for those of us who get it, watch, fight and pray... and may the peace of God be with you.

 
Don't Let Fear or Regret Stop You
Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:16 PM

Don't Let Fear or Regret Stop You

Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:16 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2019 12:16 PM

I end my personal letters, notes with three words... three words I live my life by. "Keep moving forward!"

Why? Because the two things that keep people up at night, paralyze us and depress us most are fear and regret. Fear of moving forward and regret over so many things behind us. Either and both stop us dead in our tracks.

Fearful we won't have the resources, the help, the advantages, the support to move forward. Fearful of what people will say or think. Fearful we don't have what it takes. Fearful of the what-ifs so we don't.

Regret. We spend so much time looking back at what we did wrong. What we long to change if we could turn back time. We grieve over the "if onlies" and "what ifs." If only I hadn't done that, said that... I wish I had done this instead of that.

The thing about the what-ifs and what onlies? Sometimes we will try to re-create the "un-recreatable."

The worst? If we look back long enough, we will go back. Only to find it not the same and that we can't fix the past.

Life is that way. I lived with so many regrets. Regrets that would rob my sleep and steal my joy until I learned these simple yet life-changing words from God to Moses in Exodus 14:15-16 and took them to heart.

The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry land." (ESV)

If they had kept standing still...too afraid to move forward and frozen in their tracks by looking back, they would have missed their long-awaited blessing. So will we.

God told Moses exactly what he needed to do and He is the same God yesterday, today and forever... thus He is telling those of us paralyzed by fear and regret the same.

The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward..."

Don't let fear (your Red Sea) and regret (your Egypt) stop you... God has already made a way.


Dorothy Burton is the founder of Christians in Public Service and is a popular conference speaker and author of the book, Why We Fall: The Power of Self-Awareness. Follow her new Podcast, "Making Sense with Dorothy Burton" for provocative discussions on life, liberty and the pursuit of truth in culture, Christianity, public service and leadership. Contact Dorothy:
dburton@cipsinc.org
dorothy@dorothyburton.com

God Chooses Who People Wouldn't
Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:06 PM

God Chooses Who People Wouldn't

Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:06 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:06 PM

It has taken me over 6 years to fully embrace this. I would so shy away from titles and never felt comfortable with such a vision God had given to somebody like me. If you knew my story, you would understand. I'm not a minister, God work was never on my radar.

I didn't have the base, the resources, I didn't fit the "religious white evangelical platform profile" that had (has) such a lock on everything Christian in the political-sphere. I didn't live on the "right" side of town. All the self-doubts. I didn't have the support, the right circles, all of that.

Such a compelling, riveting vision though. But how Lord???? I would go back and forth of all the reasons why I couldn't. The doubt, the overwhelming doubt...Seminary for sure wasn't on my radar. Starting something like this SURE wasn't. I already had a BA and an MA and a career. I was good. Or so I thought.

But by the grace of God and laboring before him, I have found my footing and His will and I wake up every day with joy and excitement unlike I've ever known.

I thank God for a strong, committed and smart Board of Directors who guide and challenge and support with their time, talents and resources. Each leader in their field:

Vicky Gunning our Chairwoman, Managing Partner, Locke Lord LLP Dallas.

Our Vice-Chair, Carla Bean, Assistant Dallas County District Attorney.

Our Organization Ministry Advisor and Board Secretary,  Dr. Darrell Bock, Executive Director, Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Aaron Meek, in law enforcement for many years, now happily working the ranch. Love him.

And Judge Remeko Tranisha Edwards.

A diverse group politically, racially, but we love God and one another.

We had our year-end Board meeting this past weekend and are making some bold changes to the organization as God opens brand new doors and opportunities and as I am learning to trust that He really did mean what He said almost 7 years ago.

An unimaginable vision that is now rapidly unfolding and I am in awe of it all.  

I leave you with this. Trust God. Even when life doesn't make sense and the path forward seems sometimes no path forward.

God knows what He purposed you for and everything you need to fulfill it he placed inside of you and will bring people at the right time to walk alongside to help you fulfill it.

Never quit on God. He qualifies the unqualified and chooses those who others look over. As He did with David Rahab, Gideon and so many others.

The Creator knows the purpose of every one of His creations and will provide everything each of us needs to create our predestined reality.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:35 AM

Thank God and Then Thank Him Again for You!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:35 AM
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:35 AM
I love everything about me. From my blue eyes to my light skin to my personality to my sense of humor to my compassion to my quickness of mind to my integrity of heart to my heart for God and people to my freedom I know I have in Christ. I used to couldn't say this. But now I can. I love me!
 
How 'bout you? Stop being so hard on yourself and defining yourself by other people's standards and opinions of you. I have a few faithful friends whom I love and I know love me no matter what and I love them back. A handsome smart husband who treats me as he should... ha! Like the queen that I am! And I no longer make apologies or shirk back for the sake of the comfortableness of others.
 
If I make you uncomfortable, that's your own insecurity. I love everybody so if you don't like me I'm going to love you anyway because I'm a daughter of the Most High and I live to obey Him. He says love, so I love. I don't care what color you are, gay, straight, Republican or Democrat. Wealthy or po' as a church mouse. There is no distinction in God and none in me. We ALL need Jesus. I don't need material things, I don't want what anyone else has and I live in the freedom of who I am in Christ. Excuse me while I go run around my house shouting!
 
This is good stuff. Love you. Take care of you. Surround yourself with genuine not easily offended people. Find your tribe and be willing to reach out and get to know other tribes. Life is better that way and what heaven will be like. Every tribe from every nation. Get to know yourself and LOVE the one of a kind masterpiece God created you to be.
 
This Thanksgiving, why not thank God for you! The world beats you down all year long all year round telling you what you're not and what you should be. Thanking God for you is not worshipping yourself but Him! That's not being selfish or conceited, it's acknowledging and getting in agreement with Word.
 
You are fearfully ( carefully) and wonderfully (not another like you on the planet) made! And only God could do such a thing.
 
Happy Thanksgiving to the beautiful one-of-a-kind person God created you to be!

Dorothy Burton is the founder of Christians in Public Service and is a popular conference speaker and author of the book, Why We Fall: The Power of Self-Awareness. Follow her new Podcast, "Making Sense with Dorothy Burton" for provocative discussions on life, liberty and the pursuit of truth in culture, Christianity, public service and leadership. Contact Dorothy:
dburton@cipsinc.org
dorothy@dorothyburton.com

 

 

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