In All Things

Romans 8:28 – “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.”

Yesterday, by the end of my day, I was beat. I had good parts of the day, frustrating parts, and some disappointing moments. It was an absolute up and down of good and bad. At times, I felt like I didn’t have God’s attention.

pupsAs believers, we assume God is generally working in our daily lives to be used toward our best interest. We know in the end, it’s His promise that we’ll be with Christ in heaven.

But that’s not all God has promised. God promises His believers that in all things, not just in some things, He is working for our good. That means that when good things happen, He’s involved. Likewise, when bad things happen, He is also involved. Not that He caused our bad things to occur but, that He is still involved in using and intervening in our circumstances to cause all to be used for our good.

Recognize that in every detail of your day, God is involved with the ultimate goal that good things happen in your life. He uses each detail of your day to conform you to image of Jesus Christ.

Today, be uplifted in the knowledge that in every detail of your day, Christ is actively there.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

He Did Not Give Up 

Hebrews 12:2 – “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.”

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It’s easy to stay the course when things are good. It’s also easy to stay the course  when trouble in life catches us by surprise. The hard time is when you see it coming head on.

I have the greatest tendency to give up when I see bad things coming. I know it’s inevitable that it’s coming just around the corner and I’m going to have to deal with it. There is often just too much time to fret and worry.

Just like someone who looks on the horizon and sees a storm coming with a black sky, there’s time to fret and worry. Often during that prep time is when the anxiety and fear makes us want to say, “I give up.”

Here we see that Christ absolutely knew that the cross was coming. There was no question about it. He foresaw  every detail that was headed for Him.

It’s in these times that we’re most apt as humans to give up on the course that’s before us. It is in those times that scripture tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus. There’s just no other choice.

Notice this verse doesn’t say to keep your eyes on the storm. It says to keep your eyes on the Lord. Look away from the trouble that’s coming in, but rather, look solely to Christ to guide you. His wisdom and control is greater than the enemy.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

How to Start Your Day

Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

coffeeIt’s Monday morning, and I want to sleep in. I usually try and get out of the bed and at least do some exercises to start the first of what will hopefully be very productive days.
I always like to think of what is the best way to start a week. I want this week to be the best.

Today I thought I would do something different. I decided to start my day by staying in bed for a while and talking to God about my relationship with Him and what would happen next week.    During my prayer time, God brought this verse of scripture to my mind. I realized my success next week will not depend on my skills but rather on my focus on Christ.

Today, start your day by seeking God’s face. Commit, focus, and then follow.

Have a blessed week.

~Dean Burnetti

God is Proud That You’re in His Family

Ephesians 1:5 “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

familyThere’s nothing more satisfying for a lawyer or judge than to observe an adoption proceeding.  Everyone in the room is happy.  You are observing a parade of love that celebrates an official new family member.

Such is God’s receipt of new believers into His family. I’m convinced that God celebrates our arrival.  He smiles as we enter the room.  He is pleased that you are family.

Have a blessed weekend.

~Dean Burnetti

The Purpose Statement Of Christ

John 10:10 – “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

So many books are written on the subject matter of purpose and goals.  Many would advocate that you have to start with an appropriate purpose statement when you begin any business or organization.  Some call them mission statements. No matter what you call it, there’s an intent to describe the purpose for what they do and who they are.

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I think this scripture is so uplifting because it tells me that Jesus Christ had a purpose statement. His goal was, and is, to give us a rich and satisfying life. Yes, Christ came to die and pay for our sins, but with a purpose. That purpose was to reunite you and I  with God so that we can ultimately live a full and satisfying life.

Over this last week, I’ve seen many who have troubles in their life. That’s usually why they are at an attorney’s office, because all is not well.  But even for those who are at their lowest valleys in life, it is still Christ’s purpose that you live a rich and satisfying life.

Without that purpose, where would we be?  Do not despair wherever you find yourself today. Christ has a purpose and you are in the middle of His goal.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

The Rocks Are Good Too

2 Timothy 1:9 “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”

Rock climber dangles by his fingertips.

When I think about walking down the path with Christ. I get a vision of a nice stroll through a wooded but cleared path, both peaceful and beautiful. I imagine having the Lord by my side and enjoying every step.

Truth be told, my journey is often a little rocky. Each step riddled with careful movement lest I slip and fall. Often I’m just too busy staring at the rocks and my steps rather than enjoying the beautiful landscape to my right and left.

At times I wonder if I’m even on the right path. I am reminded that God has a plan for you and I. That master plan is to save us to live a holy life.  Why?  So that He can show you and the world His grace.

You are a rock climber.  God’s grace is sufficient.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

I Didn’t Deserve That!

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.”

Last week someone criticized my performance as an attorney. I thought that I had done an absolutely wonderful job for them. I did what I thought was my very best. So you can imagine how I felt when they criticized me in a way that I thought was undeserving. I was upset. I carried that around and ruminated about it for the next several days.

In my devotion time, I came to this scripture. God describes that he placed our sin upon Christ so that he could be a sacrifice on our behalf. It made me think of my anger over being unjustly criticized. It was then that I realized how foolish my emotions really were.

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During our life, we’ll always have times when we are criticized or blamed for something that we don’t feel is correct. This makes us feel as though we’ve been treated unjustly. In those times for us as believers, we can turn to this truth. That Christ has taken upon Himself all the things we are guilty of. That Christ took our wrongs so that we can live a life of freedom from guilt. A life that is with liberty and  absence of guilt.

Ultimately, it made me realize that I am free. The price that Christ paid on my behalf, nailing it to the cross, is all that really matters. Christ felt no remorse or regret for taking my sin upon himself and paying the ultimate sacrifice for me. As I pondered this truth, I quickly let go of my anxiety.

I am so thankful for the price He paid for me.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti