Have Faith

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

This week, my faith has been personally challenging.  My mother is battling illness and underwent a four-hour surgery this week.  My mom and I are very close, and the most difficult thing for me was feeling helpless.  It was heart-wrenching to see her in pain.  So, I, along with friends, family, and others prayed fervently.

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While waiting for the surgeons to finish the procedure, I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of peace and calm.  God was reminding me that He was in control, and although my mother’s illness was sudden and a surprise to all of us, it was not to Him.  My mom in the hands of two highly skilled physicians, but more importantly, she was in the hands of the Great Physician – Jesus Christ.  That reminder made waiting much more bearable.

Faith begins with believing in God’s character – He is who He says.  Further, faith is believing in God’s promises – He will do what He says.  God does not break promises or forget.  We demonstrate true faith when we believe that God will fulfill His promises even though we don’t see those promises occurring yet.

Friend, regardless of what you are enduring today, I encourage you to reflect on God’s character and His promises.  Lean on Him and have faith!

To God be the Glory!

Have a blessed weekend!

~Dean Burnetti & Jeff Sheloske

Your Love Defends Me

Psalms 40:11 – “Lord , you do not withhold your compassion from me. Your constant love and truth will always guard me.”

This morning as I was listening to the radio, I heard one of my favorite songs. “Your Love Defends Me” by Matt Maher. It immediately made me want to praise God for what He does for me everyday.

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Not only does He bring me blessings of material needs, but He also brings me joy. He protects me no matter what path I follow or steps I take. He is the passion of my heart.

Where would I be without the joy of the Lord that strengthens me?

Today, rejoice for what God has promised and what He does. He protects and guards you every moment of every day.

Be of good cheer.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

The Most Valuable Instructions

Psalms 119:72 – “Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.”

Yesterday, my brand new grill came in. The problem was it did not look like the grill that I purchased.

It was in a big cardboard box. Thankfully, I had the assistance of two young gentlemen who had much better eyes and stamina than I. The instruction book was multiple pages long. It almost looked like a small phone book.

Despite this, my helpers followed the instructions with great detail. But no matter what, there always seemed to be a missing screw or a part they couldn’t find.

Following the instructions can be difficult, and sometimes there are words lost in the translation. Ultimately, we were able to accomplish our goal. By 10:30 that night, we had the grill put together and lit. We were all too tired to do any cooking, though.

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The value of having a good book of instructions is without mention. I cannot even begin to imagine what we would have done, had the instruction book not been in the box. We probably would have simply given up.

For us as Believers, we have an instruction book. It is the Holy Word of God. It provides us with instruction that is more valuable than gold. Oftentimes, we as Believers have a tendency to neglect such a powerful document provided by God himself to lead us on our path.

Today, spend time in the most precious source of instruction and support that you could ever hope for. The Bible.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

I Don’t Feel Good

2 Corinthians 4:17‭-‬18 – “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

We all have those sort of days when we get up and look in the mirror and simply say to ourselves, “I don’t feel good today.” Today was one of those days for Sesena. As I got up and looked over at her next to me on the pillow, one of her eyes was almost closed. She did not look well. At first I thought she had something in her eye, but as the morning went on, I realized she just didn’t feel very good today. You know that look we all get from time to time.

It would be wonderful if every day we woke up and felt great. But there are going to be days, no matter how close you walk with God, that you’re not going to feel good. It may be the stomach bug, a sinus infection, or it may be a cold, but it’s going to happen. You may even be like Sesena and find that you have something in your eye.

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For us as believers, no matter where we find ourselves, whether on the mountaintops or in the valleys, we have a Savior who makes a difference for us. It comes down to the basics of our attitude and understanding that God is in control. That the small things that we endure here on Earth are just that, they are small.

There is so much that is greater for us in eternity and within our relationship with Jesus Christ. The next time you look in the mirror and find yourself saying, “I just don’t feel very good today,” remember that Christ has things in store for you that will last eternity. One day you will feel great everyday.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

Filters

Matthew 15:10‭-‬11 – “Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand.  It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”

Last night I had the opportunity to go to my favorite sushi restaurant. I had my rainbow roll that included at least two rolls with avocado slices. Next to those avocado slices was a large green ball of wasabi.

I was caught up in watching the television set across the room as I worked casually with my chopsticks. At some point, I reached down and grabbed what I thought was an avocado slice and placed it in my mouth.  It was actually a wasabi ball.

Before I realized what I had done, I swallowed. I do like wasabi, but not by itself. If of you have eaten wasabi, you know it has a hot kick. I thought about spitting it on the plate, but then I realized that would be unbecoming since I had already swallowed.

I quickly drank a full glass of water as well as my soft drink. I prayed that I wouldn’t become sick. Once I got home, I quickly chewed a mouthful of Tums.

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For some reason, I thought of this particular verse this morning. It is very important that we are careful about eating small portions of wasabi, but at the same time, it is even more important to realize that what comes out of our mouths that causes the most damage.

Christians need to have filters just like everyone else. Even though we may think the truth, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we should say it. That filter should be the Holy Spirit as  ambassadors of Christ. All that we say should be with a purpose. A design to place ourselves in a posture so that we can have another opportunity to share the gospel with another.

Today’s a new week. You have new and great opportunities to share the gospel with people around you. You may be brilliant, but even with the Spirit’s insight of the truth around, be careful to not say everything that you think. Think before you speak and remember all that you say you should be used for the opportunity to share Christ with the world around you.

And by the way, don’t eat the wasabi by itself. There are consequences.

Have a blessed week!

~Dean Burnetti

Happy Valentine’s Day

1 Corinthians 13:13 – “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

The history of Valentine’s Day is to some extent shrouded in mystery. There are more than one individual and Saint with stories of their championship for the sake of love.

No matter what the true history, it is February 14th or bust. It is on this special date, we celebrate the precious privilege to love and be loved.

This morning, I woke up early to fill out my Valentine’s card for my wonderful wife. Before I took pen to paper, I spent time in prayer thanking God for the wonderful bride, children, and grandchildren that he has placed in my life.

All of us need to love and to be loved. I am convinced it is essential to our heart and soul. In today’s scripture God emphasizes the overwhelming priority of love.

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For He loved us so much that He gave his only son to die for us. Today, remember that God loved you on His journey to the cross. With that same intensity and depth He still loves today.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Have a blessed weekend!

~Dean Burnetti

Prayer Time

Matthew 6:6 – “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

This morning during my prayer time, I became moved as I spoke to God concerning my heart.

You see it’s easy to go through the repetitions of asking God for forgiveness and blessing. But at some point, when you open your heart and speak to God about your thoughts and desires, you move to a new level of prayer. It is in those moments that you realize how important your prayer life is.

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Today take the opportunity to speak to God about your deepest thoughts and desires. You will find in those moments that your connection with the Lord is more important than anything else.

Pray without ceasing.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti