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The Bible Says God Will Make My Enemies My Footstool?

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Bible Says God Will Make My Enemies My Footstool? 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

The quote: “The Bible says God will make my enemies my footstool” has been quoted uncountable times. Today, we will see how erroneous this quote is and get the true meaning of it. I will reemphasize again and again how important it is for the children of God to know, understand and walk in truth.

Errors that have been passed on through the years are damaging and will cause the children of God to miss out on the greatest blessings. The result of lack of knowledge is to suffer loss (Hosea 4:6). Not only will the children of God suffer loss on this earth, there will also be eternal consequences.

There is no evidence in the entire Bible that says: “God will make my enemies my footstool”. Let’s go to the scriptures in the Old and New Testaments and get a clear understanding of who, what and why the scriptures are referring to and; in this particular scripture, there is a when. There are seven scriptures that say the same thing.

This was spoken by David under inspiration of the Holy Spirit: The LORD (God the Father) said to my Lord (Jesus the Son), sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool (Psalm 110:1).

Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees: How then does David in Spirit saying, The LORD said to My Lord, sit on My right hand till I make your enemies Your footstool (Matthew 22:43-44). For David himself said by the Holy Spirit, my Lord …. (Mark 12:36). And David himself said in the book of Psalms, The LORD said to my Lord… (Luke 20:40-43).

David foretold of Christ’s resurrection saying: For David is not ascended in the heavens, but he said himself: The LORD said to my Lord… (Acts 2:34-35). Which to angels He at any time: Sit on My right hand until … (Hebrews 1:13). All the Old Testament priest offered the same sacrifices often which could never take away sins, but this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right of God; waiting till His enemies would be made his footstool (Hebrews 10:12-13). Remember what I said about supporting and connecting scriptures? Well, this one should certainly increase your faith.

It is evidenced that the Who David was writing about was the Lord Jesus Christ, and the When was pertaining to the future. David was writing about What would happen - Jesus had to die and resurrect from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:14-19); Why it would happen - Jesus loved and died for the sins of the world, so people could be born-again and live eternally with Him (John 3:16).

You saw the first when of prophesy pertaining to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection that took place approximately two thousand years ago. The second when is very important and will take place near the end of time (Revelation 20:10-15). All of Jesus’ enemies will be made His footstool; when the until or till takes place.

Who are the Lord’s enemies? Satan and the devils (demons) and those whose names are not written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15). Yes, all unsaved people are God’s enemies, so were we prior to our new-birth (Romans 5:10).

Did my LORD say to you; sit at his right hand, or did He say it to the Lord Jesus Christ? Even though we are seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:4-6), only One is at the right hand of the LORD. We will reign with Jesus as kings, but He is the King and Lord!

Greek definition: Footstool – to be under the foot of the One who has total dominion; a footstool used by a conquering King to place His foot on the neck of the conquered.

Jesus gave us power over the devil (Luke 10:19), but that is in the here and now. Jesus’ enemies will be His footstool in the future (Acts 2:34-35, Hebrews 1:13, Hebrews 10:12-13).

Next: Only What You Do for Christ Will Last?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Satan's Powerful Abilities - Personal Experiences

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Satan’s Powerful Abilities – Personal Experiences 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

Satan is out to get all of God’s children, just as he tried to destroy Moses; he had to be hidden (Exodus 2:3) and Jesus; His parents had to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-23). I believe he was trying to destroy me because of the particular calling on my life to expose him so others can be set free from bondage. The further along you are in your calling, the attacks will be more severe.

I am going to share a few of my experiences that line up, connect and are supported by the Word of God:

This is one that is hard to distinguish if you don’t know about people operating in psychic abilities. I was with some women and one began to prophesy; the question was asked as to how long she had been prophesying. The woman said it was done most of her life. The gifts are not manifest until after people become born-again. The Spirit of God began to reveal that the lady came through a line of witches and how others in the family prophesied. The woman shared how they went to Salem Massachusetts every year to the annual events in the month of October celebrating Halloween and its magic.

An assignment was sent out against me from New Jersey and the deadly attack came while I was visiting North Carolina; Satan is the prince of the power of air and there is no distance in the spirit realm (Ephesians 2:2). Satan transforms himself into an angel of light and his ministers also transform themselves into angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). It was a minister that Satan was influencing to poison me, and I almost died, but God had a plan (Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 1:6) and Satan could not destroy me. People were praying for me world-wide.

I had a dream that a witch had on a cape with a cowl (hood) was trying to come through the front door, knowing that she was not wanted. The person that the devil was using to come in without being invited, was a relative.

One day, I was headed to the library and as soon as I stepped on the porch, it felt like pins or needles were sticking in my body. I screeched because of the pain; a friend was with me and took authority over the devil and the attack stopped. How did this happen? Remember that there is no distance in the spirit realm. Someone had something like a picture or something that connected to me and they tried to work witchcraft on me, but it didn’t work.

On another occasion a guest visiting me used my tablet to play the game Avatar; this game is about witches and spirits are invoked (inviting them in). When the guest left I was harassed and attacked by demons; I went on my tablet and saw the conversation between my guest and the spirit. They even called me the B word. I deleted anything that was connected to Avatar and I took authority over the demons that harassed and attacked me.

Years ago, I was in Rochester New York as a guest at a ministry. The place was full to capacity, so the Director asked me if I would mind if someone else could sleep in the bed on the other side of the room. I agreed, and later that night I woke up and looked across the room and the young lady’s body was levitating (to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural power). People who open themselves to the demonic powers have a feeling of power, doing what some others cannot do. I believe the demons were trying to put fear in me.

I am telling you how real and dangerous the enemy is. You may not have experienced what I’ve been through, but if you are a child of the Most-High God, Satan is out to get you one way or the other.

Next: Lucifer/Satan – Archangel?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                           BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Satan Imitating Christ Through Lying Signs and Wonders

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Satan Imitating Christ Through Lying Signs and Wonders 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

As I continue with this message, it needs to be reemphasized that every born-again believer will be accountable for themselves when they stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthian 5:10). You cannot use any excuses. What someone else passed on, including some leaders will not be justifiable. Each person is responsible for their own deeds (Romans 14:12).

The problem is that many professed believers listen to radio, podcasts, look at televangelists and so on; they will even buy and read many books. Some of these people put all these things before the Word of God. This is shameful! I am not saying that you should not have resources or help-aids, but nothing should be a substitute for the Word of God.

Now I am going to tell you what a leader said about pleading the blood: “Even though pleading the blood is not in the Bible, if it works, use it”. That is absolutely absurd! Do you know that there is the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4:1-6)? Therefore, if pleading the blood is not in the Bible, it is a spirit of error. So, who is behind the spirit of error? Nobody but Satan, of course. Satan can operate in miracles and he can also heal.

Many of God’s children do not know that Satan works miracles. It was happening in Egypt with the sorcerers and magicians who operated with miraculous power of turning a rod into a snake (Exodus 7:10-12). In this time period there are all types of witchcraft, and psychics who operate in the supernatural unholy realm.

Satan makes people think that what he is doing is good by transforming himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), but Satan, his demons and whoever follows him is full of deception (Matthew 24:24). There are false ministers in the body of Christ operating by Satan’s commands (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). It is difficult to tell what is false and what is true, the only way to know this is to study the word of God and you will be able to discern what is good and what is evil (Hebrews 5:11-14).

Playing the Lottery and winning, doesn’t mean that it came from God; just as pleading the blood is not from God. It cannot be, because it is contrary to the Word of God. He who is greedy to gain (gambles) troubles his house (Proverbs 15:27). Being greedy is a selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed.

There have been many stories pertaining to people being troubled in some way or another when they win millions of dollars. Many times, all that money goes right through their hands. And, when a professed believer gambles and say that God blessed them, they are lying. God is not going contrary to His Word. You are deceived by the devil; what you thought was a blessing is really a curse. Plus, you are trying to get what you want, instead of trusting God to supply your needs (Philippians 4:19).

If you go to the Mafia for a loan (called loan sharking); this is predatory lending with extremely high interest. The rates can be difficult to pay, because they are characterized as being unfair, deceptive and fraudulent which endangers the person life. Playing on Satan’s turf is deadly.

Rat poison appears to be safe to eat to rats because it is made of 99% corn meal which they love, but it is the 1% highly toxic strychnine (colorless) that kills. The main part looks good, but the worse is in the part that is not openly revealed. That’s the way Satan operates.

Satan is not only deceptive, but he is very influential; he used his influence to convince one third of the angels to believe that he could overtake God; that they would have an elevated position because he could give them more (Revelation 12:4). That is incredible! Nobody is greater than God! So, stop trying to be more than God by using His Word to suit your liking.

Next: Satan’s Powerful Abilities – Personal Experiences

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                     BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Blood-Line? Part 2 - Satan, the Imitator of Jesus

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Blood-Line? Part 2 - Satan, the Imitator of Christ 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

Before going to Satan and how he imitates Jesus, I am going to where the blood sacrifice started. After Eve fell for Satan’s deceit, she and Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Then God said this: And the LORD God said to the serpent (Satan), because you have done this, you will be cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life (Genesis 3:14). The serpent was standing on his feet, he could talk, and he had to be very beautiful, until he deceived Eve.

God continued speaking to the serpent: I will put enmity (hostility, hatred) between you and the woman, and between your offspring (those who are in the world system) and her offspring (those who become born-again); he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His (Jesus) heel (Genesis 3:15). This was the Gospel of Jesus Christ, preached by the Lord God Almighty. Satan bruised (caused damage) Jesus’ heel when He died on the cross; but Jesus bruised Satan’s head when He got up from the grave with all power in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18).

It took Jesus going to the cross and shedding His precious blood for God to make a way to redeem mankind back to Him (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 9:22).

Now we are going to move to Egypt which represents the world system and the king who was symbolic of Satan (the god of this world), where God’s people (the Hebrews) were in bondage. God sent Moses to deliver His people from bondage (Exodus 3:6-12). This instituted the Passover: God was going to slay all firstborns, but the Hebrews were to kill an unblemished or spotless lamb, put the blood on each side and the upper part of the doorpost. When the Lord would come through that night, He would pass over the doors that had blood on them and He would not let the destroyer kill them (Exodus 12:21-36). This was symbolic of salvation, which comes by the blood sacrifice (Hebrews 9:22).

They also were told to cook the lamb and eat it; this was symbolic of the Last  Supper (Passover) that Jesus had with His disciples (Matthew 26:17-29).

In the Old Testament animal sacrifices were used as temporary sacrifices (Hebrews 10:4-12). Satan the Imitator of Christ uses animal sacrifices during their rituals.

Jesus Christ, the Perfect Lamb of God, appeared physically to be sacrificed for the sins of the world (John 1:29). Satan the Imitator of Christ’s first choice sacrifice is that of human beings. The biggest high day for human sacrifices is Halloween; or all Hallows Eve. It is known that many people get missing at that time of year and especially children and they are never found.

Additionally, Satanists draw a blood-line circle during their rituals.They invoke (call on) demonic spirits, which is the same as playing demonic games; one in particular is the Ouija board.

So, how does Satan imitate Jesus through human sacrifices on Halloween? He is the imitator of Christ in that this was the highest day of the year for his sacrifices. Comparison: They were preparing to take Jesus’ body off the cross on a high day or High Sabbath (John 19:31), after He made the ultimate sacrifice by shedding His precious blood (1 Peter 1:19).

In addition to Satan imitating Jesus through blood sacrifices, he also will imitate Jesus during the tribulation; he will possess a human being and this person will maximize his deception by saying he is Christ, and he will deceive most of the world with his lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10). Satan will continue with his deception until his time is up (Revelation 20:10).

Footnote: Jesus being born through the seed of a woman meant that she was a virgin (Luke 1:26-35). It takes a man’s seed to produce a child.

Next: Satan Imitating Christ Through Signs and Lying Wonders

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Blood-Line?

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Blood-Line? Part 1- Satan, the Imitator of Christ 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

We talked about the unscriptural use of Pleading the Blood? Some time ago I heard some Christians use the blood-line as a means of protection. If you ever hear this, it no not scripturally correct. God protects us, and He sends His angels to protect us (Psalm 91:1-12).

I am giving you a historical background of how the blood-line was started. If we don’t know history, then it is difficult for us to identify with the basics of anything. There is a saying: “If you don’t know where you came from, how in the world do you know where you are going”? The problem is, we don’t study.

Many of you may not understand the seriousness of mis-quoting scriptures and think you are okay the way you are. For instance, some say: “I have been doing it this long; no sense in changing now”. That is pride and God is not pleased; God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-6). He wants us to be open to the truth regardless of what we have learned that was erroneous.

Here is a prime example of not studying. God gave the Nation of Israel certain laws that were meant for them only, like ceremonial laws that are not for today (Leviticus, chapters 11-15; Colossians 2:16-17). Yet, there are people who squeeze these scriptures into what they want them to be. Why? Because they don’t study.

Back to Satan, and how he does not want God’s children to know the truth about his lies and deceptions. He paints a subtle picture (angel of light- 2 Corinthians 11:14) and many are falling into his trap. Why does he go after God’s children? Because He hates God, and His Children; Satan gets back at God through His children.

Satan imitates God in various ways. It all started when Satan had rulership over the earth. His original name was Lucifer, which meant light-bearer; he had the highest angelic position as a cherub. His heart was lifted up because of his beauty (Ezekiel 28:17-19), and he wanted to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-14). From the time God stripped him of his rulership, Satan wanted to get his rulership back, and the only way he thought he could regain his rulership was to get Adam and Eve to sin. Satan wanted more than what God gave him, and he lured Eve into wanting more than what God gave her (Genesis 3:1-6).

Some people are the same way today; they want certain positions that God has not given to them. In other words, they want more than what God gave them; again, God resists the proud….

You may wonder why God allows Satan to have free reign in the world system by being the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). God did not do it, Adam did. God gave Adam rulership over the earth (Genesis 1:26-31) after Satan was stripped of his position. The moment Adam disobeyed God, sin entered the world. Satan devised a plan to deceive the woman (Adam’s wife, Eve) and she convinced her husband to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6); by doing this they would hand their rulership to Satan. God told Adam that the day he ate the forbidden fruit, he would surely die (Genesis 2:16-17).

Now that you know some history about Satan, I will continue revealing how Satan imitates God, especially with the precious blood of Jesus. Because of Adam’s fall, God made a way to redeem mankind back to Him (Genesis 3:15). But it would happen through a blood sacrifice (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 9:22).

Next: The Blood Line? Part 2 - Satan, the Imitator of Christ

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett             BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Pleading the Blood of Jesus?

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Pleading the Blood of Jesus? 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

I am excited to know that some of the readers are learning more of Gods’ Word and they will be able to pass on the information like I am doing through these messages. There is nothing in the Word of God that supports pleading the blood of Jesus. If it is not in the Word of God or doesn’t line up with His Word, we do not have the right to say it.

What is the purpose of the blood? The blood has always been a sacrifice for sins from the time Adam disobeyed God. The Lord killed an animal as a blood sacrifice for payment of Adam and Eve’s sin (Genesis 3:21).

Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness) of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

The Nation of Israel had a yearly sacrifice that required the shedding of blood for the sins of Israel (Leviticus 4:1-4).

God required a blood sacrifice from Abraham; He told him to put his son on the altar as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-14), which was a test of faith for Abraham. When Abraham was about to slay his son, The Angel of the Lord stopped him. Abraham passed the test and the Lord provided a ram in the bush, the ram was symbolic of God providing His Son, the perfect Lamb of God (John 1:29), which foreshadowed the ultimate blood sacrifice of Christ for our sins (Hebrews 10:10). We were purchased by His precious blood (1 Peter 1:19).

The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins (1 John 1:7). Does the Word of God say that we plead the blood? Or does it say the blood is for sin?

The common theme throughout the Bible about the blood was a payment for and the answer for sin so the Judgement of God would not come upon us. You will never see the blood used for any other purpose than for sin.

Should we repeat anything that is not supported by the Word of God? Never!

What does it mean to plead (beg) for something? Doesn’t it sound silly to say: “I beg the blood of Jesus”?

Please study before accepting all this wild doctrine that is circulating throughout the body of Christ. Satan laughs at the ignorance of God’s children. The world should look at God’s children in admiration for their knowledge, wisdom and understanding.

Warning: Don’t sling the precious blood of Jesus with your words and for your sake, don’t draw a blood-line circle like the Satanist do during rituals. The red circle in the satanic rituals always represents a boundary of power. The power that works in us is greater than the power that works in the world (1 John 4:4).

The Holy Spirit prompted me to continue with this message because it is necessary for the readers to understand what Satan is doing when it comes to the blood. Many of God’s children do not know that Satan is behind this idea of pleading the blood and he is deceiving many as he imitates Christ. This is the most serious and dangerous of the erroneous quotes. Satan also misquoted scriptures when he was tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11) and he is still operating by the spirit of error in the lives of some believers. We are to quote scriptures by the Spirit of truth (1 John 4:1-6).

Next: Pleading the Blood? Part 2 - Satan, the Imitator of Christ

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                  BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Fake it til You Make it?

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Fake it til You Make it? 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

This is a quote that should never come out a born-again believer’s mouth. The word Fake means to take an action with intent to deceive; pretending to be someone that you are not. My Mother used to sing this song: “God Wants Somebody That’s Real” (not fakers).

I want to give you an example of some people in the Bible who were fakers, or to put it mildly, they were hypocrites. These people were religious leaders who had people thinking they were holy, but they were fakes who wanted to be seen of people (Matthew 6:16). The scribes and pharisees were shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men, they were not going in and they caused others not to go in; they said long, empty prayers to impress and they devoured the widows’ houses with their pretenses (Matthew 23:13-15).

Satan is a master deceiver (faker) and there are ministers who are fakers (2 Corinthians 11:14-15); Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden and he never stopped his tricks (Genesis 3:1-6). So why would a born-again believer want to imitate Satan?

If you are a faker, you will never make it until God becomes real in your heart. The only requirement is that you accept what Jesus did when He died for your sins and was raised from the dead to bring you a new life. The Word of God says: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the mouth confession is made to salvation and with belief in your heart you are made righteous (Romans 10:9-10).

Remember this, many people profess with their mouths, but there must be a heart transformation to have a new life. Jesus said: These people draw to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me (Matthew 15:8). Isaiah also prophesied what Jesus spoke: Wherefore the Lord says, these people come near Me and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught (Isaiah 29:13). This is equated to “Fake it til You Make it”

You cannot be like the religious people (the fakers) who believe they can go to God by their own efforts; you must believe that it is all because of God’s Grace that you become born-again and it is nothing that you could ever do to inherit life but accept what Jesus did for you by the faith that God gives you (Ephesians 2:8-9). When you were born from your mother’s womb, which was your natural birth, you had nothing to do with it. When anyone is born-again, which is the spiritual birth, they had nothing to do with it (John 3:1-8). Both natural and spiritual births were caused by God.

If you are a faker, you need a transformation of the heart; that’s the only way to inherit eternal life.

Next: Pleading the Blood of Jesus?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett               BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Give til it Hurts?

Posted on September 17, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Give til it Hurts? 

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

There are so many misquoted scriptures, that I was given these messages to challenge God’s children to study more, and when you are listening to others, check it out to see if what is being said is true (Acts 17:11). This is to benefit every born-again believer who is quoting anything out of their mouths that does not line up with the Word of God. This is dangerous, and it should not be taken lightly. You will be held accountable for not studying and for passing on erroneous doctrine (2 Corinthians 5:10).

I really don’t understand how someone can form words to say people are supposed to give until it hurts. What about the Word of God saying that He loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Wouldn’t it stand to reason that if hurts to give, then you are giving grudgingly and not cheerfully? Hurt means to be in pain; grudging means to resent giving something. You probably don’t think about how damaging or harmful this is.

People tend to follow all kinds of trends. This is the very reason what is being said needs to be thought about or processed before passing on everything that you hear.

This is what the Word of God says about giving: But this I say, whoever sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so having all sufficiency of all things at all times, you may abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

Breakdown of words:

Cheerful – You should want to give to the point that it is hilarious; that’s what cheerful means in this passage (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Sowing/Reaping – the principle of sowing always results in reaping (Luke 6:38). Give and it shall be given to you…However, one’s attitude must be right.

Bountifully – you are doing this because you want to bless others.

Grudging, Sparingly, reluctantly – this means a person is giving with grief, sorrow or sadness.

Compulsion -out of obligation, feel pressured to give.

God’s principle has always been sowing and reaping. Whatever a person sows, he shall also reap; whether it is good or bad (Galatians 6:7).

If it hurts to give, you may as well keep it in your pockets, because God doesn’t want it.

Now that you have learned that no one should give until it hurts, what are you going to do about it?

Next: Fake it til You Make it?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

If You Don't Use it, You Will Lose it?

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If You Don’t Use it, You Will Lose it?

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

When some people say: “If don’t use it, you will lose it”, apparently, they are talking about gifts and talents.

This is a previous mid-week challenge that was posted about a year ago. Since there are so many mis-quotes in the Christian community, I felt led to do a series about them, which includes this one. I am taking you straight to the Word of God, as usual. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29). In other words, whatever God gives He never takes it back (James 1:17).

If you don’t use your gifts or talents, they lie dormant, or they are just sitting there doing nothing. Whenever you decide you’re going to be of use to the Kingdom of God by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you, the gifts and talents will flow.

Losing a gift or talent is equated to losing salvation. If you don’t walk with the Lord, this does not mean that you lost your salvation, it means you are out of fellowship with God because of a sin in your life. It is difficult to believe a person is in fellowship with God when he or she does not allow His Spirit to work through them.

Did Samson lose what God gave him? No, but because he chose to marry women that God forbade him to marry; it caused major consequences. Samson cried out to the Lord and repented; he asked the Lord to restore his strength. Samson regained his strength and killed more people in his death than he did when he was alive (Judges 16:28-30).

Some may say: “I thought Samson’s strength was in his hair”. The strength came from God; just as Moses’ rod did not have power, the power came from God. The rod was just a staff (piece of wood), but God worked through the rod to perform miracles (Exodus 4:17); the rod turned into a serpent and swallowed Pharaoh’s wise men, sorcerers and magicians’ serpents (Exodus 7:10-12).

This is another example of a person who was given a talent and he did not use it. The man with the one talent never lost it; he buried it. Here is the proof: The Master distributed talents (gifts) and the servants were to make use of what was given to them. After a long time, the Master returned, and the servants had to give account of their stewardship (what they had been given to manage). Two of the servants made use of what was given to them and they received rewards for their faithfulness (Matthew 25:14-23). The servant that buried his talent did not receive a reward (Matthew 25:24-30). This is symbolic of the Judgement Seat of Christ, when we will give account of our stewardship, or what we have been assigned to do on this earth (2 Corinthians 5:10).

My brothers and sisters, you do not lose your gifts and talents, but it is with surety you will lose your rewards for not allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you. Whatever you have been given, make every effort to use your precious gifts and talents to glory God.

Next: Give Until it Hurts?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett               BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

I'm Going to Lay My Religion Down and Pick it Back Up?

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m Going to Lay My Religion Down and Pick it Back Up?

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1)

I’m going to lay my religion down and pick it back up, is another quote that I heard for many years and just recently I heard it again.

Why is this statement about laying down religion made? The person is angry, and they say what they want to say (lay it down) and pick their religion back up. This really means that a person is telling someone off, or they say: “I’m going to give them a piece of your mind”; they revert to the old self, instead of being in the image of Christ.

Even though we are in these flesh bodies that are sinful, we should never practice sin. Sin should no longer reign (take residence) in our mortal bodies (Romans 6:12-14). But when we do sin, we confess and ask God to forgive us (1 John 1:9).

In the past when I got angry, this is what came out of my mouth: “Lord, I am going to tell so and so off and ask You to forgive me later”. This was preconceived sin. When sin is planned, it is an act of the flesh. I thank God my Father for how I am yielding more to the Holy Spirit and a difference has been made in my maturing process. God will allow us to be in situations to cause us to grow so the light of Christ will shine through us (Matthew 5:13-16).

These are some scriptures that tell us how we are to be in the image Christ and how to respond when we feel like reverting to the flesh:

Walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust (desires) of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-17).

Vengeance belongs to the Lord; He will take care of the person; therefore, if your enemy hungers, feed him…. (Romans 12:17-21).

The Word of God tells us to Love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, pray for those who persecute us and despitefully use us (Matthew 5:44).

You may feel justified because of the way you have been treated. What about the things Christ our Savior suffered through for us? (1 Peter 3:18). We should follow His steps (1 Peter 2:21).

Have you thought about the time before your new birth, that you were God’s enemy? (Romans 5:10)

What do we learn from longsuffering and the other fruit? We crucify the flesh. (Galatians 5:22-24)

Remember this, God is allowing all these challenges to come to grow us in the faith. (James 1:3-4)

Next: If You Don’t Use it, You Will Lose it?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                         BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

People Can Be Forgiven For Everything Except Self-Murder (Suicide)?

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

People Can be Forgiven for Everything Except Self-Murder (Suicide)?

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide Breaking the Chains of Ignorance (Isaiah 61:1) 

The messages pertaining to unscriptural quotes that are being said by professed born-again believers will continue as long as the Holy Spirit directs me. When I say professed born-again believers, this means that these people say they have a relationship with Jesus Christ, yet they are continually walking in ignorance. We should be growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

Some things are expected from a babe in Christ, but if someone is supposed to be saved for a certain period of time, these quotes should not be spoken out of a child of God’s mouth. As a matter of fact, these erroneous quotes are being recorded and all of us will stand before Christ and give account of what comes from our tongues; the small powerful part of the body that causes great harm (James, chapter 3). This includes quoting erroneous scriptures.

The Word of God explicitly tells us the only sin that will keep anyone from having eternal life is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: Therefore, I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man (Jesus) will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or the age to come (Matthew 12:31-32).

What is blasphemy? It is rejecting the Holy Spirit; slandering or speaking evil against Him who testifies of Christ and makes His truth known; this sin is unpardonable. The Holy Spirit convicts or exposes sin to the world (John 16:8). It is the Holy Spirit who baptizes people into Christ; it is the Spirit of Christ that takes residence in the hearts of people (Romans 8:9-10). Is it possible for the Holy Spirit to take residence if He is rejected? Of course not! You can never be born-again without the work of the Holy Spirit.

So, what if a born-again believer commits suicide? Took their life into their own hands? Didn’t trust God to help deliver them from whatever seemed too difficult for them to bear? What about the eternal benefits/rewards? It has already been stated in the Word of God that there is only one sin that keeps one from inheriting eternal life, and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

With that being said, why would anyone ever question whether a born-again believer is still saved if he or she commits suicide? The Word speaks for itself and it is true. Why should there be so much controversy about something that is not relevant. The only conclusion to be drawn is that the people who question self-murder do not understand salvation. Jesus did the finishing and complete work of salvation and nothing can hinder a believer from spending eternity with Him (John 19:30). We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

However, we should never take our lives into our own hands; we should trust God our Father to deliver us out of every situation. People will lose rewards for shortening their lives because God has a purpose and plan that is to be fulfilled for each of His children’s lives.

What about someone who gives up their life fighting for their country by dying so someone else could live? Be careful how you make statements about what you don’t know. Life could hand you a bad blow and it could happen to you. How do I know this? In the early stages of my walk with Christ, things were so bad (so I thought) that I thought about taking my life.

Next: I’m Going to Lay My Religion Down and Pick it Back Up?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett              BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Importance of Education

Posted on September 3, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

The Importance of Education 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)

Before I get back into the series of erroneous quotes that are strongholds, something took place to prompt me to share with the readers.

During a conversation with one of my nephews who recently received his PhD, we discussed the importance of education; how it helps his family, be example to his children so they will want to follow their parents’ example, and to be an example to others.

Being that I did not finish high school and got my GED many years later and pursued a nursing career; I was only doing it because of a suggestion from one of my cousins’. So, I quit and worked in factories, cleaning houses and was a bank teller. All of these were low paying jobs; which I believed stemmed from me having a low self-esteem.

Little did I know that this was in God’s plan, because my pursuits in the Christian realm would involve getting educated and going as far as possible to achieve and fulfill the purpose God had for me (Jeremiah 29:11, Galatians 1:15).

I am going to compare the natural education with the spiritual education.

The world’s way: The more education one gets, the more money is made, the status is greater, and it is with most certainty the person has a better life. Who wouldn’t want to have a better life?

The spiritual way: When children of God pursue His plan for their lives, there are eternal benefits that most born-again believers do not think about, because they are carnal and pursue the desires of the flesh. When the children of God are carnally minded they are not pleasing to God (Romans 8:5-8). The spiritual benefits far exceed the natural benefits; although Father God wants His children to be prosperous in the earthly realm also (3 John 2).

Back to my Nephew, and how he and his wife are training their children in a godly way (Proverbs 22:6), the family is involved at their church; children are also being trained in the Word of God at their church. It is important to be trained in the natural, but it is of utmost importance that the children of God are trained in His Word (2 Timothy 2:15); when we seek Him first, all things will be added (Matthew 6:33).

I am using Paul the Apostle as an example of a very learned man who had one of the best teachers, when it came to the law (Acts 5:34, Acts 22:3); he even persecuted the Christians (Acts 8:3); Paul was there when Stephen was being stoned because he was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 7:54-60). But Paul’s encounter with Jesus turned his whole world around (Acts 9:1-25).

In May 2018, my friend in the ministry who has her doctorate, suggested that I too would get my doctorate in theology. She reads my blogs regularly and feels that the school and I could benefit each other; that is a high compliment coming from a theologian. She also sent a letter of recommendation to the dean of the school and if God opens that door for me to further my education at a school of theology, I will walk through it. In the meantime, my every intent is to be God’s theologian (Theo means a study of God) as I continue to passionately (dig into it) study His Word.

A true theologian will not pass on erroneous doctrine. Every child of God is expected to study His Word.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Intercessory Prayer

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Intercessory Prayer

Setting the Captives Free ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)

It has been requested by a Prayer Warrior (Intercessor) friend who was led by the Spirit of God to ask Intercessors to pray for Intercessors as we are on the walls to stand in the gap; Intercessors are constantly praying for whatever and whoever the Spirit of God leads us to pray for (Romans 8:26-27).

Before going any further, it is necessary for the children of God to understand what Intercession is. This is one of the gifts of Helps (1 Corinthians 12:28). There is a difference in prayer that all of God’s children are called to do (Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17), than the gift of Intercession which has a special Grace that supersedes the ordinary. Just as all of God’s children are called to evangelize (Matthew 28:19-20), the office of Evangelist has the special Grace to operate in signs and wonders as Philip, the Evangelist did (Acts 8:5-40).

Back to the request and why Intercessors need to pray for Intercessors. There is an intense attack coming against the church and some is internal, therefore Intercessors must stand in the gap on behalf of the body of Christ and whoever or whatever the Spirit of God prompts us to pray for. As the demonic attack intensifies, we have a greater assignment than ever to intercede. Because of this, Intercessors can get weak and we need to stay strong in this war against the church, so we can defeat the enemy (Ephesians 6:10).

Additionally, it is a must that prayers go to God our Father for order in the church, our nation, around the globe and especially in our personal lives. Disorder brings chaos and our God is not the Author of confusion; He is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40). Although the Word is talking about tongues and prophecy, the principle is the same.

Even if you don’t have the Gift of Intercession, please pray! We are living in some crucial times.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                     BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

What Will We Do in Heaven?

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

What Will We Do in Heaven?

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Ignorance)

I give thanks to God our Father that many of you are open to the truth. It is high time for the body of Christ to understand the truth of God’s Word. Let’s go to the next erroneous quote.

Some people say and sing “Walk Around Heaven All Day”; do nothing but sing and shout; nobody will be able to put me out.

Are you really going to walk around heaven all day, do nothing but sing and shout? If that is so, what about resting from your labors (Revelation 14:13)?

When you hear the words, nobody will be able to put you out, don’t you think that is absurd? Who will be able to put you out? You will be in a perfect place and state of perfection; so, who can put you out of a prepared placed for a prepared people? Be careful what you listen to, take in and pass on. It so unfortunate that many of these quotes and songs come from leaders’ (pastors and preachers) that people follow and accept what they say to be true.

What about walking the streets paved with gold? God makes the best, therefore the streets are made of pure gold as it were transparent glass (Revelation 21:21). Paved means to be covered over something else. For instance, a road or street is paved with asphalt over the ground. Would you rather have a gold chain or a gold-plated chain?

Talking to the dead: There are some people who visit the cemetery to talk to their loved ones. The Word of God speaks against communicating with the dead in any manner (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). It is called necromancy and God forbids it. Years ago, someone said that he went to the cemetery every day to talk to his deceased wife, whom he loved dearly. One day he heard the voice of the Lord that sounded like his wife, saying: “Why are you talking to me? I am not here”. From that day forward, he stopped going to the gravesite.

King Saul is an example of someone communicating with the dead. Saul had lost connection with the Lord because of his disobedience, yet he still tried to communicate with God, but the Lord would not answer him. Samuel, the prophet had died, and Saul went to the witch of Endor, who summoned Samuel out of the grave for Saul to talk to him. A voice like Samuel did communicate with Saul (1 Samuel, chapter 28). This was not Samuel; it was a spirit. How do we know that? First necromancy was forbidden; secondly, God stated that a witch was not permitted to live (Exodus 22:18). With that being said, why would God allow that to happen which was forbidden. God knows that familiar spirits (demons) are here to deceive us and draw us away from Him.

What about wishing deceased loved ones a happy birthday? There are no birthdays in the eternal realm. Humans are confined by space and time in the earthly realm. The Word tells us that God is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2)- God is eternal, and He is not limited by time or space.

If you think I am nitpicking; go to God and see how He responds to you. I have a mandate from God to help set people free from ignorance that has a grip on them. If you don’t receive from God’s servant, you won’t receive from Him either (Luke 10:16).

Next: Unscriptural Quotes Spoken Out of Ignorance – Noah Preached 120 Years?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett              BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Life-Span of Humans (Part 2)

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Life-Span of Humans (Part 2)

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Ignorance) 

Before I go to the message, there is something that needs to be pointed out to the children of the Most-High God. Paul prayed that love would abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgement (Philippians 1:9-10). So, what does Paul mean? He is saying that we should know what is spiritual and what is not; what is of God and what is not. The Bible tells us that: Wisdom is the principal thing, with all your getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).

We are expected to study (2 Timothy 2:15), learn and understand the Truth of God’s Word. We should know and understand enough of God’s Word to discern what is truth and error or good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14). Regardless of how long any of us have been born again, there is room for growth. But if you have been born again for years and there is no spiritual growth; this is shameful. A huge issue is misquoting or misapplying scriptures. I hear many people talking about love and it is the greatest of all, however, if they don’t know the truth, they don’t really understand Love.

Now I am going to address two scriptures that are misunderstood; the lifespan of 120 years for humans from Genesis 6:3 that was in the previous message. Today you will learn about Psalm 90 and how it does not line up with the Genesis account.

Now to Psalm 90- Quoted at some funerals; especially the verses that are referring to the lifespan of humans. Moses wrote this Psalm, which was a prayer to God because of the Israelites unbelief. After God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, He led them to the promised land. Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land. Ten came back with a negative report because they saw giants in the land and were afraid, so the children wouldn’t go in. God was angry because of their lack of faith and they wandered in the wilderness forty years. Everyone twenty years old and over died over the span of forty years (Numbers 14:22-35). Some died at three-score and ten years (seventy); some died at fourscore years (eighty). A new generation would go to the promised land under Joshua’s leadership (Joshua 21:43).

So why did Moses say that they were consumed by God’s anger and by His wrath they were troubled (Psalm 90:7)? God was angry because the Israelites had seen Him perform miracles in Egypt and they had personally experienced miracles, like crossing the Red Sea. Therefore, the lifespan was cut short for the Israelites because of their lack of faith. Moses said: The days of our years are three-score years and ten (seventy); and if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty)-(Psalm 90:10).

Who was God talking about? He was talking about the nation of Israel. Does God bring wrath upon His children? Not according to His Word: God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

Where is the contradiction? There is none! You must study and see what the Word of God is saying and get understanding. Moses even lived 120 years (Deuteronomy 34:7).

Next: What We Will do in Heaven

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Life-Span of Humans (Part 1)

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Life-Span of Humans (Part 1)

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Ignorance) 

I am continuing with unscriptural quotes that some people who profess to be born-again are using. The reason I called them religious is because people think what they feel is okay and that is not harmful, and that it is innocent to say things that are not biblically correct. Stop! It is harmful to misapply the Word of God.

For instance, the account in Genesis 6:3 gives the number of years a person could live after the wickedness of sin was so great. The way people use Genesis 6:3 and Psalm 90 (a prayer of Moses) is contradictory. Yet God’s Word never contradicts itself. Psalm 90, which is used at some funerals, is highly misunderstood. I will give the account on both of these scriptures, so you will understand that the Word of God does not contradict itself. You must search the scriptures to get the full meaning.

Let’s start with Adam and how God’s plan was for him to live forever, but when he sinned (disobeyed), the length of his life diminished; he lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5). The longest recorded lifespan was that of Methuselah who lived 969 years (Genesis 5:27).

After Adam disobeyed God, sin became more widespread. The angels (sons of God) came down and had sex with the daughters of men (Genesis 6:4). Remember in the last message, God gave angels the ability to take on different forms. Well, these angels left their first estate; the place where God ordained for them to be. These fallen angels had sex with women and children were produced who became giants due to the ungodly mixture. Because of their wickedness, the children that were born by women became wicked and each generation would have gotten worse if God did not put a stop to it.

God had to chain these wicked or fallen angels, and they are still chained today until their time of judgement (Jude 6). If they had not been chained, wickedness would be so great that the world could not stand it.

God also had to destroy the earth because sin was so widespread (Genesis 6:5-7); but prior to the destruction that came upon the entire earth, God said that man’s lifespan would be 120 years (Genesis 6:3). Even though some people still lived longer than 120 years after God said what the life-span would be, eventually the life-span stopped at 120 years. 

It has also been proven by scientists that the lifespan of people is 120 years. In other words, they agree with the Word of God. Amen! 

Next: The Life-Span of Humans (Part 2)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett               BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Ignorance)

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide

I am still writing about the strongholds of deeply embedded roots that need to be broken before the readers will be able to understand Jesus throughout the entire Word of God. You have read about the strongholds of religious traditions in some churches, but there is also a need for those who profess to be born-again to stop using quotes that do not line up with the Word of God. The reason these misquotes are used is be because of ignorance, which is a stronghold.

I tell everybody this, you will not hear anything from me that cannot be backed up with the Word of God. It is shameful for the children of God to turn the Bible into their way of thinking; these messages will help you to think, believe and speak the truth. Remember this, when you pass erroneous information to others, it puts them in the bondage of ignorance.

Today, I will start with quotes that are used at some funerals; you will also be given scriptures that will explain the real meaning of these erroneous quotes.

The Lord and Satan had a conversation about Job, who lived upright; Satan’s theory was that Job was good because he was prosperous, so he presented a challenge to the Lord that if He took the hedge of protection from around Job, he would curse the Lord to His face. (Job 1:6-12). Job lost everything he had, including his children (Job 1:13-19).

After Job lost everything, he said: “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21)These were Job’s words according to his understanding. Everything in the Bible is truly stated, but not everything is a statement of truth. Job did not realize that the Lord had not taken anything from him, but He gave Satan permission to take all he had. Satan came to the Lord again and said if Job was physically afflicted, he would curse the Lord to his face. The Lord gave Satan permission to afflict Job’s body, but his life was to be spared (Job 2:1-8).

God never takes anything back; all good and perfect gifts come from the Father of light, and where He sends them, they remain (James 1:17). Therefore, the Word of God does not contradict itself. If the children of God study the Word and search out scriptures, there will always be other scriptures to support and confirm. So, how can one scripture say that God takes, and another scripture says God does not take what He gives? Because the scriptures had not been searched and rightly divided.

This is another erroneous quote that is spoken at some funerals. The person that died and became an angel. God made angels in His image (they are spirits). Angels are different than humans because they do not have physical bodies. Yet they have been given the ability to take on different forms, including human forms. We are the only ones God created with a spirit and soul that live in a body (Genesis 2:7). The angels are ministering spirits that have been there for us before we were born-again, and they protect us (Hebrews 1:14, Psalm 91:11).

In this present age, we are a little lower than the angels; they are a higher order (Psalm 8:4, Hebrews 2:6-7). In the Kingdom Age, we will judge the angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). However, in the church (earthly realm) we judge our brothers and sisters among each other, rather than taking them to court (1 Corinthians 6:1-8).

Note: Angel also means messenger. There are people who are called angels. Example: The pastors of the seven churches in Asia were called angels (Revelation 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14). They were the physical messengers who ministered to their congregations.

You are accountable for what you know, and you will not be held guiltless for what you don’t know. Job didn't understand that the Lord does not take away, because there was no written Bible for him to read. But, for thousands of years God has given His children all types of resources, so you are inexcusable.

Next: The Life-Span of Humans

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett             BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Understanding the Sabbath (Part 2)

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Understanding the Sabbath (Part 2) 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage

As I continue with Understanding the Sabbath, remember from the previous message that the Sabbath represented Salvation or man ceasing from his own works of righteousness to rest in Christ, who is the Lord of the Sabbath.

How do we know this is true? Let’s look at what happened when a man refused to rest on the Sabbath. The man was slain: While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation. They put him in custody because they were not sure what should be done to him. And the Lord said to Moses; The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp. And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones as the Lord commanded Moses (Numbers 15:32-36).

Just as the man died physically, those who reject resting in Christ die spiritually; the opposite of spiritual death is salvation or to be born-again. Why was breaking the Sabbath such an extreme consequence? Isn’t God the God of Love? What was wrong with the man gathering what he needed? He already had what he needed, there was enough left over that had been gathered from the sixth day (Exodus 16:22, 29).

The consequence was so severe because the man rejected the Sabbath, just as people reject resting in Christ to pursue their own works of righteousness. This was the problem with the Pharisees, the religious leaders who were doing their own works of righteousness when Jesus was on the earth. Those who pursue their own works of righteousness will suffer eternal death (Revelation 20:11-15).

So now that we are born-again and rest in Christ, we do not need a day such as the Sabbath to point us to that day. The day was nailed to the cross when Christ died for us (Colossians 2:14-17).

Is it wrong for someone to still have a seventh day of rest or a Sabbath day? Certainly not! But it is wrong to claim it is the will of God to do so, or to tell others to do so. I never tell others anything unless there is scriptural evidence to back it up. When Christ died, all Sabbaths, feasts days and holy days were nailed to the cross. When Christ hung on the cross the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51), this means that Old Testament (old covenant) was no longer effective; a new and better testament came through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Hebrews 8:6-13; Hebrews 9:16-22). We praise God because Christ did for us what a day could not do.

The New Testament is what we walk by and the Old Testament is what we learn from. The law keeps people in bondage (Galatians 3:10-12), it was our schoolmaster or tutor to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Therefore no one is justified by the law (Romans 3:20, Galatians 2:16). GRACE sets people free (Ephesians 2:8-9, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).

If you are still using the Ten Commandments that Moses wrote as a means to please God, you don’t understand Salvation or what it means to be born-again. The law is null and void when using it ritualistically. We are living in the dispensation or time period of Grace, which came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). You cannot mix the law (works) and Grace, which is no more works (Romans 11:6).

Next: Unscriptural Quotes that Some Professed Born-Again Believers Use ~ Breaking the Chains of Ignorance

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Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                  BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Understanding the Sabbath (Part 1)

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Understanding the Sabbath (Part 1) 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)

I am sharing what is very important for every born-again believer to know and understand. The reason there was a change of course in writing about “God’s Roadmap to Heaven by Way of Route 66; Seeing Jesus in Every Book in the Bible”, is that the Sabbath needs to be understood. Why does the Sabbath need to be understood? Because of the highly controversial way it is perceived.

This brings me to giving those who are open to the truth, a clear understanding of the Sabbath. You will understand that the absolute focus of the Sabbath is on Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath. What does Jesus being Lord of the Sabbath mean? To be lord of anything is to have ownership of whatever it is. There would not be a Sabbath if it was not for Jesus. Therefore, the focus is on Jesus Christ, who is Lord, rather than a day. There are many days, but there is only One Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of the Sabbath day.

Let’s get started with Jesus the Christ the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). We see in Genesis, chapter 2 verses 1-3, the Sabbath is the holy day (sanctified). In the Old Testament, Jesus is shadowed; in the New Testament, He is revealed. Jesus is shadowed through feasts and holy days (Leviticus 23:6-8) that God continued to impress upon the hearts of His people (the Israelites) for the coming of the Messiah (Leviticus 23:5).

The Feasts and Holy Days pointed to a specific aspect of Jesus’ ministry. Example: The feast of unleavened bread pointed to a holy walk that was possible through accepting Christ as Savior; unleavened bread (yeast) represents sin (Exodus 12:15). This was foreshadowing Christ our Lamb who was sacrificed for us. Therefore, we are to walk in holiness, by purging the old sins (1 Corinthians 5:7).

This brings us to the Sabbath. You may be thinking that the Sabbath started before sin came into the world and that it started on the seventh day when God rested from creating everything. But remember that Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).

God, who knows everything, already knew man was going to sin, so He set in motion a very significant day that would shadow Salvation, or Redemption through the blood (Exodus 12:12-13). So, how does the Sabbath foreshadow Salvation? As God worked six days in creation, man was given six days to work; throughout the Bible we see that the number six represents man, who was created on the sixth day (Genesis 1:26-27).

The number seven represents perfection and completion. Example: There are seven colors in the rainbow; no colors can be added, because God put the colors He wanted in the rainbow to complete the rainbow.

The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, which God rested from laboring in His creation (Genesis 2:2). This also pointed to the day that man would cease from his own labors or works of his own righteousness and rest in Christ (Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 4:10), which brings Salvation. The most important part of Jesus’ ministry was salvation; He came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10). The whole world was lost and in need of a Savior (John 3:16).

The Ten Commandments taught man that he could not please God with his own works. The more laws that were given, the more laws man was going to break because of his sinful nature. That is why no one could be righteous by his or her own works, not by works of righteousness (Titus 3:5); yet the law was needed to reveal to man how sinful he was (Romans 7:7-13).

The Sabbath Day represented Salvation or man ceasing from his own works of righteousness to rest in Christ, who is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28, Luke 6:1-5).

Next: Understanding the Sabbath (Part 2)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                    BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Strongholds of Religious Traditions - The Sabbath (Part 5d)

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The Strongholds of Religious Traditions – The Sabbath (Part 5d) 

Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)

As I continue with the strongholds of religious traditions, this is the biggest one and more controversial than some of the others. I am not trying to prove my theory, opinion or my personal belief. I am sharing what the Word of God says. Many of God’s children have been taught erroneous doctrines, including myself. But from the beginning of my walk with Christ, I had a strong desire to learn and understand as much as possible about God’s Word, which caused me to become more intimate with Him.

This is the first verse I learned after my born-again experience: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6). I was determined to know all I could about God’s Word, even if my mind had to be reprogrammed and unlearn some of the untruths that I had learned. Because I chose to walk in holiness and was doing whatever necessary to walk in holiness; some people called me “Ms. Holier than Thou” sarcastically. In the previous message the Pharisees were considered holier than thou, because they thought they were better than others and more spiritual. I was called this name because of my desire to be close to the Lord and these people did not want to be fully committed.

Some of these same people think they are okay where they are in their walk; they misinterpret the scriptures and many of them are not open to the truth. The Sabbath is one that is so misunderstood that it is shameful and embarrassing to hear what comes out of their mouths. My concentration is definitely centered on the Sabbath because our Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is going to be broken down so that the readers who are open to the truth can comprehend the meaning of this special day that has been set aside as a day of rest. You are going to learn how the Sabbath started and the purpose for it; you will also understand when the Sabbath ended and why.

Next: Understanding the Sabbath

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett            BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG