Monday, December 16, 2019 1:15 PM

Monday, December 16, 2019 1:15 PM
Monday, December 16, 2019 1:15 PM

What to Us is a Dead End is Only God's Gateway
Monday, December 16, 2019 10:30 AM

What to Us is a Dead End is Only God's Gateway

Monday, December 16, 2019 10:30 AM
Monday, December 16, 2019 10:30 AM

When the Hebrews led by Moses came to the Red Sea, it seemed like the end. What to them was an obstacle, to God was a gateway.

But they had to go through their perceived obstacle to get to the blessing. So must we.

When we're in Christ there are no obstacles, only opportunities. It just depends upon how we look at things. What to us is a dead end to what was good, to God is a gateway to what is better.

Frustrated? Beaten up by people you only wanted to serve? Betrayed by someone you trusted and helped only to be burned in return? Want to give up? Don’t. 

What to you may appear an impossibility is God’s possibility.

Sometimes He sends us through, other times around and at other times over.

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be only the beginning.
- Ivy Baker Priest

But one thing is certain, as long as the world is round, God by way of the Holy Spirit, will lead us through it, around it and over it to get us to the place where He has purposed us to be.

Only by our consent or with our permission can anyone stop what God has spoken over our life.

Be encouraged. God knows the way you should take - even if that way to you seems like a dead end.

Claim this promise and watch what God will do!: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." – Proverbs 3:5-6


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

Monday, November 4, 2019 9:29 AM

DON'T LET SATAN CAUSE YOU TO BLOW YOUR BLESSING

Monday, November 4, 2019 9:29 AM
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:29 AM

Satan tricked Adam and Eve in the place of blessing God placed them and caused them to blow their blessing. You may not like your job but God has placed you there, in a place of blessing because you have bills to pay, your family needs insurance and you need that paycheck. More importantly - to serve HIS purposes.

Remember how when you didn't have a job, how miserable you were and you were asking friends and church members to pray that God bless you with a job?

Now sometime later, because of a bad supervisor or boss, people who don't like you, you are detesting God's blessing.

Don't let the devil, through people who don't like you, scheme against you and lie on you. Don't let Satan cause you to do what he caused Adam and Eve to do - doubt God, believe you know better and blow your blessing.

Turn on an uplifting sermon or some praise music, throw on some headphones and throw yourself into your work.

Somebody somewhere is praying for the same job you have. Gratitude is a wonderful thing.

Think of all the things you have that you couldn't have before because of that job. Your kids (if you have them) can pay for their lunch. You can pay the light bill, car note, mortgage or rent, water bill, the blessings from that one blessing are astounding.

Be grateful and work not unto people, but unto God.

The One who heard your prayers and opened that door will open an even bigger one when He sees how grateful we are for the little one.


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

 

Don't Wait for People to Affirm You
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:29 AM

Don't Wait for People to Affirm You

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:29 AM
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:29 AM


God will confirm your decision to serve Him. If that's running for public office or leaving a "safe" but dead-end job to pursue a more purposeful and meaning position though the pay may be less.

Pay in this world is temporary. Many people stay for the pay selling out for temporary gain and satisfaction - only to look back when the time has long past and ask the question asked by so many when time is running out and they know it's time to leave time and transition into eternity... the two-word question... "What if?" Followed by the four-word answer. "I wish I had."

One of Satan's primary purposes is to keep you from realizing the purpose for which God wrapped your spirit in flesh and sent you here.

It wasn't just to pay bills and die. Take an annual two-week vacation, buy or lease a nice car every three years and pay on a house for 30, retire, travel and die. No! If you know God has confirmed a decision you've made to move forward... move! He will provide. Otherwise, the Adversary will use someone you know and trust to talk you right out of what you know in your heart God has purposed you to do.

He used Peter to try and talk Jesus out of going to the cross - the very purpose for which Jesus came. And he will use the same tactic against you and me. What if Jesus had not gone to the cross? That was His purpose for being and God's plan to save us all.

We have not been purposed for that but we each have an important task God needs us to do. Don't wait for people to affirm in your mind what God has already confirmed in your heart!

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Monday, October 28, 2019 8:46 AM

CHARACTER, NOT TITLE, DEFINES US

Monday, October 28, 2019 8:46 AM
Monday, October 28, 2019 8:46 AM

Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:48 PM

Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:48 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:48 PM

Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:46 PM

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:46 PM

Stop Trying So Hard With People
Friday, September 6, 2019 11:04 AM

Stop Trying So Hard With People

Friday, September 6, 2019 11:04 AM
Friday, September 6, 2019 11:04 AM

As adults, no one is obligated to care for us, give to us, meet our needs, be our best friend, no one but God. People don't have to support you, buy from you, connect with you, love you, shelter you, clothe you, be with you for life and beyond...

Stop getting mad at people and talking about people when they don't support you, aren't there for you, turn away from you, talk about you, won't give to you. As a follower of Jesus Christ, stop it! people are not our source.

They are resources that like you and me, and we all come from the source. God will see to it that we have the resources when we need them. He moves people and changes circumstances.

God is the source of all wealth and well-being, open doors and opportunities. Stop looking to people. I so had to learn this. But when I finally, finally believed Jesus when He told us not to worry about anything, what we would wear or what we would eat and if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our own children how much more would our Father in heaven give to us... my life began changing, so did I.

He knows our needs. He sees our struggles. Jesus was sitting way up on a hill but yet with an eye sharper than a hawk saw his disciples way down below at a far distance on the sea struggling against the stormy wind and high tide to make it across. So what did he do? He went down and walked on the sea to get to them.

There are no barriers with God. He is not bound by time, space, who likes us or who doesn't. Struggling to make it? He sees you. Cease striving and struggling and hustling people and KNOW that he is God.

Don't sweat people. Trust God.

dorothyburton.com

It's All In Our Mind!
Friday, August 23, 2019 1:04 PM

It's All In Our Mind!

Friday, August 23, 2019 1:04 PM
Friday, August 23, 2019 1:04 PM

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. – Romans 14:5

We have all heard the cliche - "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink."

Have you ever wondered why the horse refuses to take a sip? I believe it is because he has made up his mind not to.

Our mind determines our thoughts and our thoughts dictate our actions. Nothing will happen in your life or mine unless we first make it happen in our mind.

The reason many of us are not seeing the breakthroughs we’ve been praying about for years is partly because we haven’t made up our mind that we will. We vacillate between belief and unbelief.

James told us that a double-minded person is unstable in their ways. (James 1:8) Instability leads to doubt, frustration, and inertia.

Unbelief, like fear, stops us cold.

Even though we pray about something and get confirmation from God that it is His will for us, it will never happen until we can actually believe it and wrap our mind around it.

God blesses what we do, but will not do it for us. 

Remember this - leaders who think they can, might. Leaders who decide they can, will. It's all in our mind!

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks

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Every Leader MUST Pass Their Picador Test
Monday, August 19, 2019 11:39 AM

Every Leader MUST Pass Their Picador Test

Monday, August 19, 2019 11:39 AM
Monday, August 19, 2019 11:39 AM

Not every bull can stay in the arena and not every bull is fit for the fight.

We serve in the arena of public service and we daily find ourselves having to fight off lions, tigers and bears. Translated - co-workers, colleagues and citizens.

But may I encourage you? If you had not passed the test, you would not be in the arena! Don't quit now. You were made for this and you have the wounds, known only to you, to prove it.

In the bullfighting arena are two actors - the bull and the bullfighter. However, long before the bull enters the arena, it has passed a test that only he and the bullfighter standing in front of him knows he has passed - The Picador Test.

All bulls, before entering the bullfighting ring, must first pass the Picador Test. 

In the Picador Test, a bull is brought into the arena, typically no fans, no fanfare - just him and the bullfighter in front of him, the Picador. The Picador sits on a horse draped in pads, with a lance in his hand. The Picador's job is to test the bull for durability and courage.

Each time the bull charges, the Picador pricks the bull with the lance. The bull retreats, but charges again. Then again. With each new charge comes another prick of the lance.

The bull's bravery is measured by how many times it charges, knowing that with each charge it will feel another sting from the lance.

Bulls that quit are taken to slaughterhouses and destroyed. But the ones who keep charging ahead, despite the sting and wounds from the many pricks, get to trot out onto the big stage, into the packed arena of cheering fans.

The same analogy applies to us. We serve and work in the arena of public service. We charge ahead each day. Some days we are stung by the prick of unfair criticism, other days by the prick of lies and insults. Still other days we are stung by the prick of rejection, the prick of getting fired, the prick of ridicule, or by the prick of betrayal.

But you have endured them. It is why you are where you are today! No one but you and God knows intimately every scar. God saw every prick from the Enemy. He saw every time you kept charging ahead by faith. He saw your tenacity to win. He saw every time when you kept a stiff upper lip, cried in private but performed in public. God saw your tears. He bound up your wounds.

You kept charging ahead. Wounded but charging. You didn't quit. They couldn't make you quit. They couldn't stop you. You didn't die where they tried to bury you.

So here you are. Perhaps wounded again and thinking of quitting. This message is to remind you of all the way God has brought you.

No leader is without wounds. Not one. Don't quit now. You have endured worse and will endure even more before your storied career is done.

Don't be hard on yourself. Don't doubt yourself. Temporary setbacks are just that, temporary.

Don't give up on yourself. You never would be in the arena had you not passed your Picador Test!

Keep charging ahead. Each prick is proof that you have what it takes to lead in an arena so desperately in need today of your tenacity, bravery, and leadership. 

We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. - James 5:11


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