An Overwhelming Victory

Romans 8:37 – “The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties.”

20x30I saw the Avengers movie this MLK weekend. I must say, I love superhero movies. As a youngster, I couldn’t wait to get home from school each day to watch Superman on my black and white TV.  For me, it was all about imagination. To be the hero was so sweet.

It helped that I had a Sears and Roebuck catalog-bought Superman suit. I think I eventually I wore it out. Or at least I grew to big to get it on.

At some point in my life, though, I wondered if day dreaming about superheros wasn’t shifting away from paying attention to who really is in control. I believe that when I need a hero, the one who loves me — Christ the Lord — promises to be my hero. He promises the overwhelming victory against the evil forces of this physical and spiritual world.

Today, do not fear; do not fret, for the God of all realms is here to be your hero.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

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The Light That Leads to life

John 8:12 – Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Over the weekend, I was cleaning out some of my personal garbage that I had stored away in a closet. It’s amazing how over years you can accumulate so many things. Many of those things really don’t have much use. I guess that’s why they have garage sales.

old-flashlightOne of the items that I found was an old 2D Cell flashlight. It had the little small round bulb in it. Very traditional. Obviously, the batteries were no good. I got those out and grabbed two fresh batteries, then turned the flashlight on. Well that wasn’t much. It almost made me wonder if it was working.

I just happened to have another one of the new triple-A battery type of LED flashlights that you can buy off the counter now for less than five bucks. I took them into the study and turned them both on, one at a time, with the door closed and the lights out.

It was absolutely amazing! The large flashlight with the single bulb from 15 years ago cast very little, if any, light. I mean it was better than nothing, but it just wasn’t a lot. When I flipped on the very small, new LED flashlight, wow!  It was as though I was holding eight of the other flashlights.

Technology sure has come a long way. What used to be a state-of-the-art flashlight from 15 years ago, wouldn’t even be purchased by most folks any longer. I wouldn’t want to have to depend on that old flashlight to find my way.

Jesus says that He’s the light of the world. That He is the light that leads to life. I believe that people who don’t know Jesus Christ still have a flashlight. But I’m afraid their flashlight is like the old flashlights from so many years ago. It just casts a very dim light.

They use their knowledge, their own personal wisdom, and their education to make their decisions and find their way through life, and based on this, they make “intelligent decisions.”

As believers, even though we try and make intelligent decisions, we are guided by something more. We are guided by the light that reveals life here on this earth and in the life to come.

Today, open your heart and your mind to Jesus Christ. He will make everything in life look so much brighter. In that light, your path will look so much clearer. Remember, there is no life better than the one that is lit by Christ.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

You Make Me So Happy

Psalm 37:4 – “Find your delight in the Lord. Then He will give you everything your heart really wants.”

readingLast month, I got to see my granddaughter. Actually there are several of them. After having our typical greeting of hugs and kisses, we quickly had an opportunity to go out for lunch.

One of my granddaughters took the time to come and sit on my lap after we had eaten. She looked at me and said ,”I love you so much. I missed you so much, Grandpa, it makes me so happy to see you.”

Later that day, I took her downstairs and sat her by the computer so that we could take a look at Amazon. All I could think about was giving her a chance to pick out the present that she wanted for Christmas. It made me so happy to show her my gratitude for the love that she showed me that day.

How do we show God our love for Him? Through the words in the prayers that we say? Through all that we do in appreciation of His presence in our lives? Yes, this is how we delight in the Lord.

When we approach God with an attitude of “I’m so glad to see and speak to you; I missed you so much; you make me so happy,” it’s in those moments that we demonstrate our delight in the Lord.  It’s then that God responds to share with us the desires of our heart.
Those blessings are more than you will ever be able to imagine.

What the delights of your heart are can easily be answered in my granddaughter’s statement, “You make me so happy”

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

Phone Calls to Heaven

Psalms 139:1-2 – “O Lord , you have examined me, and you know me. You alone know when I sit down and when I get up. You read my thoughts from far away.”

My grandkids love to get their hands on Patti’s and my phones.  I understand. They are inquisitive. They want to try new things.

I’m often amazed, though, that when we can’t figure how to do something on our phones, they can usually show us pretty quickly. (Which is strange, because they don’t even have a phone.)

We as humans are conditioned to use phones to communicate with others. Even further, we’re conditioned not to communicate when we don’t want to. We simply ignore the phone as we enjoy our solitude.

For us as Believers, there are no phones to heaven. Our connection is open all the time, whether we realize it or not.  God hears our thoughts, day and night.

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When I was a child, when we’d call my aunt in Arkansas, we’d often hear her yell at whoever was listening in on the party line to hang up. Well, God is always listening. It’s not to spy on us. It’s because He’s God. He hears us because He loves us.

Talk to Him today. All during the day. He is interested in you.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

The Depth of God’s Love

Isaiah 49:15 – “Can a woman forget her nursing child? Will she have no compassion on the child from her womb? Although mothers may forget, I will not forget you.”

Last night, I viewed a documentary concerning the story of a Korean minister who has dedicated much of his life to providing for unwanted and often disabled newborns. His story is one that starts with he and his wife having a handicapped child.

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From that experience, he saw a need to create a rescue for newly born and unwanted children. He placed a box outside of his home that was ultimately referred to as “The Dropbox.”

In this Dropbox, teenage and often unwed mothers leave their newborns to be cared for. The depth of his labor became apparent while watching his story.   I was emotionally moved by his level of commitment and sacrifice.

Despite his story, it did not come without criticism from others. Many criticized what he was doing because it was creating a way out for girls to easily dispose of their unwanted children. But without him, it is not arguable from past experience that many newborns would simply have been left in street alleys to die.

When I turned to my prayer and scripture time this morning, I came to this verse, Isaiah 49:15. One would never think there could be limit to the love provided by a mother. But in the world where we live, even in the deepest emotional bond, there are circumstances of despair that create limitation.

Even in our despair, God’s love has no limitation. God’s love is infinite. No matter how imperfect, flawed, or handicapped your place in life may be, God sees you as priceless.

Today, you may look in the mirror and not be satisfied. But take heart. Your God sees you with compassionate eyes and perfect love.

You have value in the eyes of the most high God. You are valuable beyond measure.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

Unlimited

John 3:34 – “The One whom God has sent speaks God’s words. God gives the Holy Spirit without limit.”

This week, I stayed up way too late Wednesday evening to watch the movie,”Limitless.” The film portrays the story of a struggling writer, Edward Morra, who accidentally becomes introduced to a new experimental drug referred to as NZT-48.

nzt48Just moments after he takes his first dose, his mind is expanded to limitless potential. Within days, he’s trading on the stock exchange, making millions of dollars. There seems to be no end to the capacity that his mind has as long as he keeps taking his magic drug.

I love this particular movie (which I’ve probably seen at least 10 times) for the mere fact that it gives me a chance to imagine what it would be like to take a pill that would expand my mind to near limitless potential.

Alas, there is no such drug. We are stuck with our notepads and reminders that help us make it through the day.

For us for as believers, even though we don’t have a magical pill, we do have a promise and source of unlimited potential.  God has provided the Holy Spirit to us with unimaginable potential.

It doesn’t mean that just because you have the Holy Spirit that you’re going to have superpower and super mental capacity. What it does mean is that you’re going to have the most powerful being in the universe by your side who is interested in the events of your day.

No, there is no Holy Spirit pill. But there is the power of prayer, praise, and scripture that will take you to places beyond your imagination.

Today, don’t miss your opportunity. Walk in the Spirit with the Savior by your side.

Have a blessed weekend!

~Dean Burnetti

Where is your heart?

Mark 7:6 – Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Do you know that it is possible to show up every Sunday for church? To sing along with praise and worship to listen intently to the pastor speaking God’s message and then leave without ever having connected your heart with God.

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Those individuals often go forward and spend the next 6 days of their week without ever speaking to God on any level. I know, because I’ve been one of those persons in the past. Times of  lip service with no heart connection.

I believe that it is more common than we really want to admit.  If you don’t have that heart connection, there’s no substance to your walk with Christ.  You are simply living a life with a certain level of emptiness.

Today, ask yourself is my heart connected to God.  It does require a certain level of commitment and communication that goes out through your entire day. It’s not because God unplugged from you. It’s you because you forget to talk to Him and unplug yourself.

Make an effort to never let an hour of the day begin without some communication with God. You’ll find that it changes your meaning throughout your day. It gives you substance that makes your journey with Christ with purpose.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti