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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)

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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

A Tribute to Mr. Charles Malachi "Chuck" Wells

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A Tribute to Mr. Charles Malachi “Chuck” Wells

I feel honored to write a tribute to a musician of musicians, Mr. Charles Wells who was my stepfather.

Father God allowed me to be with Charles Wells during intervals on the day he transitioned from earth to heaven to be in the presence of His Creator, the Lord God Almighty. Charles’ spirit left his body with such ease, that I did not know he had taken his last breath. This gave me further assurance that he was ushered by the angels (Luke 16:22) into the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Charles was quite knowlegeable of the Bible; for years he listened to J. Vernon McGhee and Oliver B. Greene regularly on the radio.

Charles and my mother Catherine Patrick Wells started a singing group called the “Wells Singers”. The group traveled throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia singing Gospel songs that were uplifting. The “Wells Singers” also were involved in some of my plays. When they sung “Jesus Will Pick You Up”, the people in the audience were on their feet with their hands raised praising God.

When my mother passed in 2008, I was blessed to assist Charles because of his health issues. During those years Charles would persevere in spite of his condition. Even though Charles was legally blind, God gave him the talent to play the piano by ear. He didn’t need to take lessons because God gave him something that could not be taught.

In his early life, he played the piano for various groups in the eastern part of North Carolina. During that time Charles “Chuck” wrote, played and sung “Midnight Train” and “Love Knot” which were produced and put on the market. “Love Knot” became famous in Europe for many years. Ironically, Charles did not know this, until someone wanted African American artists to be recognized for their contribution to society in Eastern North Carolina.

Everyone was located but Charles “Chuck”, who had moved to Greensboro; he was finally discovered. That was how he found out about “Love Knot” and how it was very popular in Europe.

Charles’ singing voice complimented his talent to play the piano. When Charles would sing “Can I Get a Witness” by Marvin Gaye and “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles, he would rock the house. He brought life to the people at the Assisted Living Facility where he resided for the last five years, with Rhythm and Blues and Gospel songs. Charles was also an artist and one of his paintings is at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Charles truly was an amazing man and to God be all praises, honor and glory!

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett          BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

A Breakdown of Religious Traditions for Self-Examination (Part 5c)

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (1)

A Break-Down of Religious Traditions for Self-Examination (Part 5c) 

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

In this message, I am continuing with the Strongholds of religious traditions by describing how the Pharisees were. The meaning of these words is for you to see if one or more of them fits you.

Hypocrisy: Are you pretending to be one way at church and the other days of the week you are totally different and there is no light for people to see Christ in your life (Matthew 5:13-16)? You cannot serve two masters; in other words, a master is whatever has dominant over your life (Matthew 6:24).

Judgmental: Do you say good things about others instead of criticizing them? Have you looked in the mirror at yourself and were able to see that everybody has issues, especially you (Matthew 7:1-5)? The only time you have the right to judge according to the Word of God, is when a fellow saint is sinning in the church. If the person/s don’t stop, they are to be expelled from the church. If the church doesn’t deal with the sin, it will affect others in the church (1 Corinthians, chapter 5).

Holier than thou: Do you think that you are more spiritual than others because you get a shout on, speak in tongues, or operate in gifts? If so, this is a self- righteous attitude and you are self-deceived, because you are thinking more highly of yourself than you should (Galatians 6:3, 1 Corinthians 10:12). It is by the Grace of God that you are who you are (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Devouring widows houses: Are you a leader who takes advantage of widows and other weak people by pretending that you are genuinely concerned about their welfare while counselling them; and when they confide in you, you seize the opportunity to take advantage of them because they think you are a true man or woman of God, and you are preying on their ignorance and weakness to get possession of their resources? You will receive a greater condemnation for these evil deeds (Mark 12:40).

Best seat at banquet table: This usually applies to leaders. For instance, when there are church functions and a meal is being served, do you sit at the head table (place of honor) and are you served first and get the best food (extras); do you love to be exalted in public places (Luke 20:46)? If so, you are no better than the hypocritical Pharisees.

Trying to impress: Do you walk around with flashy robes, suits or jewelry to stand out and be admired by others (Matthew 23:5)? This is not about you; God will not share His glory with anyone (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11).

Bragging: Do you think that you are more special to God than His other children? Do you abuse your position as a leader or as someone in authority to make people think they should look up to you or put you on a pedestal (Luke 18:10-14)? If this is you, your pride and haughtiness caused this kind of attitude (Proverbs 16:18), and you do not recognize that God does not show respect of persons (Romans 2:11).

Hindered people from going in the Kingdom: In other words, these religious leaders were not going to heaven and they were preventing others from going. This is to every child of God: Are you living a life of hypocrisy, by being a Sunday quote on quote Christian and the rest of the week you let it all hang out (Matthew 23:13). If your toes are being stepped on, it is because God wants His children to shine (Matthew 5:13-16) and represent Him to the fullest; we are His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:17-20).

Even though you and I have not arrived yet, the world needs to see something different in us that reveals to them we are children of the Most-High God. I was in a restaurant a couple days ago and a lady came to my table because she admired the way I was dressed. In the course of the conversation, she started using bad words and she told me to look her up on Facebook. I told her that I was also on Facebook and I gave her my ministry card and asked her did she go to church; she is a member of a church that I am familiar with. My brothers and sisters, we don’t know who is watching or listening to us, and as children of God we are responsible and accountable for our actions. Do you choose to sell out (Have a fully committed heart), or do you choose to live any way you want to and think it is okay?

Next: Continuation of the Strongholds of Religious Traditions (The Sabbath)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                    BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Identify if You are Being Religious (Part 5b)

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Identify if You are Being Religious (Part 5b) 

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

This message is to challenge you with some questions that will provoke you to think and examine yourself; be honest and get it right with God. The mini-series is essential for God’s children to search the scriptures for themselves and see if what is being said lines up with the Word of God; not based on opinions or your personal belief. It is proper to say: “I believe according to what the Word of God says”.

I have been a member of several churches, and none of them accept everything that is in the Word of God; yet I believe and accept the full counsel of God. There were and still are different aspects of what takes place in the services that I don’t agree with, but I am there under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Lord gave me an on-line ministry to write messages that would open the eyes of many people who are in bondage to strongholds that hinders them from walking in victory.

Now, let’s talk about the strongholds of religious traditions that are man-made. In many churches, the focus is on programs and whatever excites the emotions, rather than Jesus being the central focus of all that takes place in the body of Christ, after all, He is the Head of the body (1 Corinthians 11:3).

Although there are various types of worship; every type of worship should always line up with the Word of God.

Many churches focus on do’s and don’ts (rules) that are not biblical. Some put more emphasis on joining the church and working on a ministry. Many people think that working in the church pleases God, or works get them to heaven. If works have preeminence over God, that ends up being dead works. The people in the Old Testament were under the law and they thought their works pleased God (Hebrews 6:1). The law brought death; the letter of the law kills (2 Corinthians 3:6), but it took the Holy Spirit to bring life (John 6:63) from dead works to serving a living God (Hebrews 9:14).

I am going back to the Pharisees again and compare them with some churches, but you are being challenged individually to identify if you are religious. The Pharisees were hypocrites (great pretenders) judgmental, and thought they were holier than others. They were uncaring, devoured the widows houses and wanted the best seats at the banquet tables. Their hypocrisy hindered people from going into the kingdom. They tried to impress people with their fancy robes and bragged about paying tithes and fasting. And they really had a problem with Jesus concerning the Sabbath. Because they knew the Law, they thought they were pleasing God.

I am using the Sabbath because there is a big controversy pertaining to it; this will be more detailed in an upcoming message. If you believe in the Sabbath, don’t try to force your personal belief on others or judge someone because they don’t believe what you believe. Love covers all our differences and my Pastor said: “Grace makes space for any differences that we have”. Nobody is one hundred percent correct, because we are humans. However, the more we study, the more accurate we will be; just as the noble (excellent) Bereans were (Acts 17:11). The more they searched (studied), the more they excelled in their spiritual walk.

Next: A Break-Down of Religious Traditions for Self-Examination

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Strongholds of Religious Traditions

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

The Strongholds of Religious Traditions (Part 5a) 

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

This is one that most people do not realize; it’s a stronghold of religious traditions The Lord used a minister friend for me to see a major stronghold of religion that has people bound by traditions. To help you understand clearly what religion and traditions mean, let’s define the words. Then you will be challenged to identify if you are being religious.

Religion – The belief in, and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods; a particular system of faith and worship. This can also be false religions of a man-made system of beliefs in anything other than the true God. There are many religions world-wide, but there is only one true religion, which is belief that Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6). Some call this religion Christianity, meaning that one has a relationship with Jesus Christ.

However, over the years, and just a few days ago, I heard people talk about God and say they are Christians; but when I asked them if they were born-again, these were some of the answers: “I have been baptized”; I am somewhat born-again”; or they cannot answer the question, because they do not know what it means. This is the very reason I do not ask people if they are Christians; because many have the wrong concept of what Christianity is, and many don’t understand what being born-again means.

Traditions – A long established custom or belief that has been passed on this way. Biblical definition in Greek: Passed on from one generation to the next. Are traditions wrong? Only when they do not line up with the Word of God.

I am going to compare some churches that are bound by the stronghold of religion and traditions of men, with the Pharisees, who were religious hypocrites. Jesus said: Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. You don’t go to heaven and you keep them from going. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees! For you devour widows houses pretending with your long prayers, therefore you will receive the greater condemnation (Matthew 23:13-14).

I want to give the meaning of the word hypocrite, so you will be able to understand what is being conveyed. The word hypocrite in the Greek language means Actor: The Greek actor would portray a role given to him and he wore a mask to convey that role to his audience, in the same manner the Pharisees portrayed a role of serving God, but in reality, they served themselves and they did not know God.

The Pharisees were hypocrites in that they told others what to do, but they did not practice what they preached, and they put others in bondage (Matthew 23:3-4). There was a saying coming from some leaders: “Don’t do as I do, do as say to do”. Absurd; Paul the Apostle said this: Be imitators of me as I am of Christ. Paul also commends the church because they remembered and maintained the traditions (1 Corinthians 11:1-2). Paul is talking about biblical traditions and not the traditions of men.

Back to the Pharisees; they wore expensive long robes (phylacteries) with elaborate trimmings to be noticed by others (Matthew 23:5). One scripture tells how a Pharisee bragged about being holier than others, with his prideful self. He said I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and I give tithes of all I get. But the tax collector standing afar off, would not even lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. This man was justified because of his humility (Luke 18:11).

The Pharisees let others know that they gave to the poor (Matthew 6:2). They judged others, when they were the guiltier ones; they needed to take the log out their own eyes before they could see the speck in someone else’s eyes (Matthew 7:3-5). This just goes to show you that they were blinded because of their pride. This same religious spirit has been prevalent in some churches for many generations.

Next: How to Identify if You are Being Religious (Part 5b)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett             BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to be Free from Deeply Embedded Roots - Sexual Identity, Pornography, Drug Addiction, Soul Ties, Mental Challenges (Part 4)

Posted on July 19, 2018 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Be Free from Deeply Embedded Roots - Sexual Identity, Pornography, Drug Addiction, Soul Ties, Mental Challenges (Part 4) 

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

These series of messages will help you identify your past chaotic issues and set you free from whatever deeply embedded root that has a stronghold on your life.

Sex Identity – Confused as to who you are: You believe that you are a different sex than what you were born with. For instance, you were born a male, but you believe you are a female. If you are thinking or perhaps saying that you were born that way, this is a demonic spirit that has you bound. Christ came to set you free from every demonic influence, demonic oppression and from the lies and deception of the devil.

Pornography - Can also be connected to other types of strongholds, such as drug addiction. This spirit of lust is so strong that it can have you doing multiple acts interchangeably.

Drug addiction – There are different ways one can get addicted to various types of drugs. Some drugs can lead to a strong sexual desire to have any kind of sex acts like orgies, masturbation, oral sex and so on. How do I know this? I was addicted to alcohol (a drug); developed a taste for it at an early age and it made me violent along with committing other acts I dare not to mention.

For many years the Lord brought me into the paths of substance abusers; saved and unsaved. Some have been set free and continue to walk in victory, while others continue to fall into the devil’s trap of bondage. As I said from a previous message, deeply embedded roots can be hard to get delivered from; but nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Some people have a desire to be delivered; yet they don’t understand why they continue to go back and forth with the addiction. The bottom line is, there is a stronghold that has a grip on them.

Soul Ties – When someone has sex with another person, their souls become tied; and when there are multiple partners they are pulled in different directions. Anyone who joins himself to a harlot (whore/prostitute) becomes one body with that person (1 Corinthians 6:17). Soul ties should be in marriage only. There is a saying: “They tied the knot”, which could mean a lasting unity – the two become one (Genesis 2:24). What God has joined (knotted or tied) together, let no one put asunder – tear apart (Matthew 19:6). Soul ties are unhealthy when the attachment is with anyone other than the person you are married to.

Mental challenges – Depression, bipolar, ADAH, retardation and so on. For years I have been connected with some people who had these disorders. Since it has been established that they did not come from God, who else could they come from but the devil. But you can be delivered, set free and walk in victory. There is nothing too hard for God (Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 32:27).

There may be more deeply embedded roots that are not listed; if so, all these issues came from Satan, not from God, but the devil wants you to think that God made you this way. Therefore, you accept the lies Satan puts on you. Satan was the father of lies from the very beginning (John 8:44); it started in the Garden of Eden with Eve (Genesis 3:1-6). Just as the serpent was crafty and cunning with Eve, he has not changed. Yet, Christ came to set you free from whatever has you bound (Isaiah 61:1).

Next: How to Be Free from the Stronghold of Religious Traditions (Part 5)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                   BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Be Free from Past Issues of Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 3) Sexual Abuse

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Be Free from Past Issues of Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 3) Sexual Abuse 

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

I am continuing with what is called an eye opener that will enlighten you or help to set you free from the deeply embedded roots that stemmed from past issues. Some of you, like me, may have experienced more than one of these issues; but God is able and willing to set you free regardless of the number of issues. Jesus healed all that were afflicted by the devil (Acts 10:38); many had multiple issues.

Sexual Molestation or Sexual Abuse - Undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. This also covers any behavior by an adult or older adolescent towards a child, or another individual younger than the age of consent. A youngster may not report this for various reasons: They could have been warned not to say anything; afraid that no one would believe them, or it could be that the person made the youngster believe it was not wrong to do commit this act. This was an evil act that Satan used against you by someone with a perverted mind to keep you bound by that deeply embedded root. You do not have to continue to feel ashamed about something that you had no control over.  Today, you can be set free from that yoke of bondage. 

Homosexuality (gay male, lesbian female) – boys molested by men or male family members, or it could be a generational curse; girls molested by the same sex or it could have from a generational curse that came down through the family line. As a child of the most-High God, you don’t have to continue to accept these unnatural acts that were a part of your life before you became born-again (Romans 1:27). I knew some people who were involved in homosexuality; became born-again and walked in victory for years. Because they did not understand this was a deeply embedded root which had a stronghold on them, they fell back into the trap and it was worse than the former acts (Matthew 12:43-45). God wants you to walk in victory continually and not fall back into the yoke of bondage that had a grip on you (Galatians 5:1).

Next: How to Be Free from Past Issues-Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 4) Sexual Identity, Soul Ties and so on

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Be Free From Past Issues - Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 2) Various Kinds of Abuse

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Be Free from  Issues-Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 2) Various Kinds of Abuse

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

I am continuing with the deeply embedded roots that had a negative effect on our lives, which caused us not to live a victorious life in Christ. Before I go any further, this needs to be said. Some born-again believers think that once they got saved, they automatically had the victory; that is true to a point. You are free in Christ as a new creature; all things are made new spiritually (2 Corinthians 5:17), but the old things of your past still linger until you recognize that there are evil forces working against you and they use ignorance to keep you in bondage.

The deeply embedded roots stem from things that happened in peoples’ past; like physical or verbal abuse, molestation, different types of fears and so on. Some of these roots were caused by your surroundings (association), or they could have been inherited.

This is what the Word of God says: You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free; Whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:32, 36). You have an enemy (the devils) who are out to keep you from walking in victory (1 Peter 5:8); again, the main way is through ignorance. The Bible tells us that God’s people are destroyed (suffer loss) because of lack of knowledge; it goes on to say because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

Those who choose to stay ignorant will never walk in victory. How can anyone be more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) and be ignorant of the Word of God? How can anyone be free if they don’t think there is anything wrong with them? When the children of God shut out the truth, God is displeased with them. The truth is light and when the truth is shut out, there is no fellowship with God (1 John 1:5); although some born-again believers think they are in fellowship with God.

Let’s go to some past issues of deeply embedded roots; those strongholds that have people gripped. I want to encourage you not to feel guilty because you did not do this to yourself. Some of these things happened to me also and it took me a long time to experience freedom; and there are areas that are still being revealed to me as time goes on; it’s a process.

Verbal abuse – You may have been called bad names like stupid, ugly, short as a stump; told that you would never amount to anything and so on. Today you can be free from any negative thing that Satan used someone to say against you. Start saying what God’s Word says about you; that you are wonderfully and fearfully made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, Psalm 139:14); you are not junk! You are God’s masterpiece; He created you with purpose (Ephesians 2:10). Speak life over your life, instead of death (Proverbs 18:21); begin to recognize what Satan did to you and bury those past issues that had you bound.

Physical abuse – You may have experienced excessive beatings on your body that left physical and emotional scars; it is time to let go of those scars, so you can be free to move forward and walk in the liberty in which Christ has set you free (Galatians 5:1). Some of you may have seen you dads physically abuse your mothers and you swore that you would never do that to a female when you became an adult; but it happened. Association can bring on assimilation (adopting to the practice of another).

These issues came from Satan, not from God, but the devil wants you to think God did this to you. Therefore, you accept the lies Satan puts on you. Satan was the father of lies from the very beginning (John 8:44) which started in the Garden of Eden with Eve (Genesis 3:1-7). Be encouraged, Christ came to set you free from whatever has you bound (Isaiah 61:1).

Next: How to Be Free from Past Issues - Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 3) Sexual Abuse

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                     BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Be Free From a Chaotic Life of Past Issues - Deeply Embedded Roots

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Be Free From a Chaotic Life of Past Issues-Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 1)

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

Now that you have learned about being free from the Chaos of the world and Chaos in the church (body of Christ), let’s move forward to personal Chaos’ of deeply embedded roots that many born-again believers may not be aware of; which cause God’s children not to walk in victory. Roots are mainly under the ground and cannot be seen. Also, if the roots are not yanked up, they grow deeper and the deeper they grow or spread, the harder it is to get rid of them.

The deeply embedded roots stem from things that happened in peoples’ past; like physical or verbal abuse, molestation, different types of fears and so on. Some of these roots were caused by what you were surrounded by (association), or they could have been inherited. In the Old Testament, they were called generational curses; but when Christ hung on the tree (cross) and died and was buried, He buried those curses (Galatians 3:13) and He rose to give us a life of victory (1 Corinthians 15:12-19, 57).

However, born-again believers are affected by the curse because we live in a cursed (fallen) world, but it is up to us to keep the curse from having a hold on us. How do we walk in victory? By saying and believing what the Word of God says about us.

Before you learn how to live a victorious life, I want to concentrate on the deeply embedded roots or strongholds that have a grip on peoples’ lives. To recognize what the grip is, one has to be open, so the past can be unlocked; with proper teaching and godly counseling, deliverance will come. Notice that I said godly counseling, because the unsaved psychologist and psychiatrist cannot help you according to the Word of God: Blessed in the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly….. (Psalm 1:1). How can an unsaved person discern (understand) the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14)?

I am going to use myself as an example of being set free from some deeply embedded roots that had a grip on me from early childhood until two years ago: Intimidation – being frightened or nervous because I was not confident in certain situations; fear of the dead - I saw an image of a dead person (it was a demonic spirit and not of God); image of a headless boy riding on a bike at dusk dark; fear of darkness, fear of flying; scary things were being said to cause me to have greater fears.

Why do you think Father God allowed me to go through all these things that would cause me to be fearful? It had to do with the call on my life; the demons wanted me to stay fearful, for me not to walk in authority that Christ had given me over them (Luke 10:19). They tormented me in certain areas most of my life because I did not understand perfect love. As I was placed in a particular situation, fears that tormented me from the past and paralyzed me, had to be faced, confronted and dealt with through boldness and being confident of who I am in Christ (1 John 4:18). I learned and understood that God had not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

You may ask this: “You were born-again all those years and did not walk in victory”? I have walked in authority over demons, commanded them to shut up, bound them in the name of Jesus and it worked. However, Father God was taking me to the next phase of ministry; that’s when He put me in a place where the warfare was on, for real. I still see images, hear things that are coming from evil spirits, sense and smell the presence of demonic spirits.

This is a new level of growth in my call/office as evangelist, which means greater forces will come against me. I am called to go into places where people are bound, but they will be set free. I must be able to take authority over demons and cast out demons, heal the sick, Praise God my Father!

You may not have gone through the same experience that I have; this is my story to share for you to understand about deeply embedded roots that have most people bound. Whatever you went through in your past can certainly help someone else that is going through and they too can be set free from a Chaotic past.

Next: How to Be Free in the Midst of a Chaotic Life ~ Past Issues-Deeply Embedded Roots (Part 2)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett               BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos ~ No Peace in the World

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How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos ~ No Peace in the World 

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

We are truly living in the end times; which has been going on for years. Yet, times are getting worse and worse daily. Some people are saying that our prayers make a difference and that is true, but that won’t stop what has been prophesied to take place.

We are commanded to pray for people everywhere, that souls may be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-5), and to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), but everybody will not be born-again. God is the only One who knows everything about everybody; about our most inward parts (Psalm 139:13-14), and even the hairs on our head are numbered (Luke 12:7). Therefore, He knows who will be born-again (Romans 8:29-30); with that being so, we just do what His Word tells us to do (pray, go, witness and teach).

Let’s get to the chaos that is in world and how we as children of God should respond, instead of being troubled, overwhelmed or shaken by the way the world is in uproar (Matthew 24:6). When the disciples asked Jesus when the end of the world would come, He starts off warning about the deception by many who would come in His name and deceive many (Matthew 24:3-5). These things must happen, like deception, nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom, famines, all types of diseases, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in different places, but the end is not yet. All these things are the beginning of sorrows that are leading to the end of age (Matthew 24:6-8).

Chaos (disorder, confusion, upheaval, uproar) is in the world, but we can have peace despite what is going on (John 16:33). Chaos in the church (division, envy, strife) because the Christians are carnal, immature- babes (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).

There are things we can do to make a difference and experience peace, but we must know what to be aware of, which can only come through studying to rightly divide the Word of Tr uth (2 Timothy 2:15) and proper teaching that comes through the office of the 5-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16) and those who have learned as they have been taught (Romans 12:7), because false teachers and prophets will also be on the rise (Matthew 7:15-16).

Be careful not to get scriptures mixed up when it comes to signs of the end. For instance, when Jesus talked about Jacob’s trouble, He was talking about the great tribulation (Matthew 24:15-26). The church will not be here; the tribulation will not take place until we are in heaven with Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Further proof is: Jesus told John what to say to the churches in Revelation, chapters 1-3, then Jesus said: “Come up here” (Revelation 4:1). After the saints are gone from the earth, all hell is going to break loose. Remember this, before the earth was destroyed by water, the people who were in the ark were saved (Genesis, chapter 7). And a type of Rapture (being taken up or snatched away) was with Enoch who walked with God and he was no longer here (Genesis 5:22-24).

As we see that the end of the age is near and times are getting worse, let’s look to Jesus who is soon to come, and only Jesus can give peace in the midst of Chaos to those who belong to God (John 16:33).

How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos in Your Life ~ Past Issues (Deeply Embedded Roots)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                    BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos ~ Part 2

Posted on July 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos ~ Part 2 

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

As I continue with the message about being free in the midst of chaos, this is specifically pertaining to celebrating the 4th of July holiday which is commonly associated with festivities such as barbeques, parades, carnivals, fairs, family reunions, concerts, baseball games, vacations and whatever fits into a fun day.

It is so good to have fun with others at gatherings, events and so on, especially when God has given His children who trust in Him all things to richly enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). Even those in Christ who have riches of this world are not to be high-minded, but they are to help others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:10); so that all of His children can enjoy the wonderful blessings of God in a way that glorifies Him. Whatever we do, should be to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31), since all good and perfect gifts come from Him (James 1:17).

Millions of people think the way of the Lord is boring, but I find that being a child of God is exciting. Talking from someone who has experienced a chaotic old life and coming into the new life, being in a relationship with Christ far exceeds anything that can be imagined; even though the new life comes with challenges.

During the holiday, if you are in a place where there are unsaved people, when the opportunity presents itself, tell of God’s goodness. Most of all, let your bright light shine (Matthew 5:16) like fireworks that light up the dark sky. Remember this, Christ came to a dark, lost world to bring light (John 1:4-5, 12) so people could be saved from eternal damnation (John 3:16-21).

There may be a lot of violent eruptions that can be fatal, but those who belong to Christ are divinely protected (Psalm 91), even if we are affected by the chaos, we will not utterly be destroyed unless our time is up on this earth. If that is the case, and you know that God is pleased with your works, you should be ready to leave (2 Timothy 4:6-8); to enter into the presence of the Lord is going to be a glorious experience (2 Corinthians 5:8)

So, let’s enjoy the wonderful holiday God has given us and be thankful that He has allowed us to be alive, even in times like these when chaos is everywhere, we are the light that shine brighter the fireworks that light up the sky.

Next: How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos ~ No Peace in the World

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                        BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos

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

The 4th of July is a National Federal holiday that is celebrated because fifty-six delegates adopted and declared it as Independence Day on July 4, 1776.  in Philadelphia, Pa.The Declaration stated that thirteen colonies in United States of America gained independence from Great Britain. The colonies were not pleased at the way Great Britain was treating them. One of the things they did was to require several kinds of taxes from the colonist to help pay for the French and Indian war. Isn’t that interesting?

I want to make note of a major point about freedom pertaining to the thirteen colonies and all citizens of the United States. This is written in the first sentence and the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

Over the years, it has been questioned as to whether every citizen is free when there are so many injustices. Even though there is hypocrisy, every person will be judged for what they do on this earth; God will judge each person according to their deeds (Romans 2:1-6). Many people do not experience freedom in the world system, but there is freedom (liberty) in Christ (Galatians 5:1). While our country celebrates independence-day; those who belong to Christ are dependent upon Him, for without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5b). And the only way to be free is in Christ (John 8:32, 36).

Definition of some Key Words

Self-evident: Not needing to be demonstrated or explained; to be obvious

All: Everyone, everybody; nobody left out

Equal: Being of the same in value

Endowed: To bestow or give

Creator: Almighty God who brought everything into existence

Unalienable rights: God given rights; unable to take away or deny. The most famous use is in the Declaration of Independence

Since the United States of America’s founding fathers used words that referred to godly principles; to the children of God, I am going to paraphrase the sentence or bring greater clarity for your understanding and to those who are not born-again, this is who the Almighty God is:

“We hold these truths to be obvious that all people are created with the same value (no one is left out) by God Almighty who is the Creator and what He has given them is irrevocable in Christ, which is Eternal Life that brings Freedom and Joy”!

Summation: It is up to you to determine if you are free!

Next: How to Be Free in the Midst of Chaos ~ Part 2

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                          BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Jesus Revealed Through Joseph as a Type of Christ on Route 66

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Jesus Revealed Through Joseph as a Type of Christ on Route 66

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

As we continue with some of the different people who were types of Christ in the Old Testament, let’s look at the life of Joseph.

Joseph was certainly a type of Christ: His typology was like Jesus in several ways more than any of the others. I will start with the amazing similarities between Joseph and Jesus.

Joseph was beloved of his father Jacob (Genesis 37:3-35); Jesus was beloved by His Father (Matthew 3:17).

Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37:11-28). Jesus was despised and rejected of men (Isaiah 53:3); He came to His own and they did not receive Him (John 1:11). Judas, the betrayer sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15).

Joseph was unjustly accused and condemned to prison for three years (Genesis 39:1-20); Jesus was unjustly accused (Luke 23:2-5), died and was in the tomb three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40).

Jesus was buried in Joseph’s tomb (Matthew 27:57-60); interesting that Joseph of Arimathea whose tomb Jesus was buried in had the same name as Joseph, a type of Jesus.

Joseph came out of prison and was exalted to sit next to the King (Genesis 41:37-44). After Jesus’ resurrection, forty days later (Acts 1:3), He was highly exalted and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 2:32-33).

Joseph delivered his people from a famine (Genesis 47:1-12); Jesus came as the bread of life and the living water to a world that was starving for salvation (John 6:35).

Joseph married an Egyptian woman (Asenath), who was a Gentile (Genesis 41:45). Christ is married to the church (Gentiles), who are the bride of Christ (John 1:11-13, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2).

The next few messages are pertaining to Freedom, since we are commemorating our Country’s Freedom, then I will resume with God’s Road Map to Heaven By Way of Route 66 ~ Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Entire Bible

“How to be Free in the Midst of Chaos”!

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                 BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Jesus Revealed as Types of Christ Through His People on Route 66 - The Trinity

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Jesus Revealed as Types of Christ Through His People on Route 66 – The Trinity

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

From Genesis up to the present time, we’ve seen the symbolism of Jesus and also humans as types of Christ. God used people that He made in His image types of Christ. Most people look at the foreshadowing of salvation from a blood sacrifice, and that is true. However, the blood of unblemished animals could never do what Jesus did; He was the perfect and permanent sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10).

Let’s go back and see how God used these people and their similarities as types of Christ to foreshadow His coming.

Abraham was the father of many nations (Genesis 17:5). Who in the Bible is to be called Father? God Almighty (Matthew 23:9). However, we call our biological daddies or papas, fathers. Before Jesus died and resurrected, all the Old Testament saints were in a place under the earth called Abraham’s bosom in Paradise (Luke 16:19-31). Abraham was addressed as Father Abraham; all the saints of the Old Testament were with him. When Jesus resurrected, He took the Old Testament saints to Paradise (2 Corinthians 12:4) in the third heaven where God the Father lives (Psalm 48:1-2). Jesus said to call no man father (Matthew 23:9). There was no need for Abraham to be called father after Jesus resurrected; the type and shadow became a reality.

Being that Isaac is next on the list, I will show you God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in typology. This will also help you to understand more fully about the Trinity, especially when so many people question who this God in three persons is.

Abraham was symbolic of God the Father who sacrificed His only son on the altar (Genesis 22:1-9, John 3:16). Even though Abraham was tested, he knew that if Isaac had been slain, God would raise him from the dead. Why is this so? How would the generations continue if Isaac died; God promised Abraham that through his seed all nations would be blessed (Genesis 22:18). To you who know that Abraham had two sons (Ishmael and Isaac), only Isaac was recognized as the son of promise (Genesis 17:15-22, Galatians 4:28).

Isaac was a type of Christ; his father Abraham put his only son as a sacrifice on the altar (Genesis 22:9-11). God sent His only begotten Son to be sacrificed for the sins of the world (John 3:16).

Abraham’s Senior Servant was a type of the Spirit of God that was sent to bring a bride to Isaac (Genesis, chapter 24). Abraham (symbolic of God the Father) sent his servant (symbolic of God the Spirit) to get a bride for Isaac (symbolic of Christ), and the bride responded willingly (Genesis 24:64). Major point; God gives the directive for marriage (Proverbs 18:22), and what He puts together let no one tear it apart (Matthew 19:6).

Rebekah was a type of bride of Christ. As Abraham’s senior servant went to get Rebekah for Isaac, the Holy Spirit brings Christ’s bride (the body of Christ) to Him (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Next: Jesus Revealed as Types of Christ on Route 66 Through Joseph

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett              BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Seeing Jesus in Judges on Route 66 ~ (Part 2) Breakdown of Warrior, Savior, Deliverer and the Christophany

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing Jesus in Judges on Route 66 ~ (Part 2) Breakdown of Warrior, Savior, Deliverer and the Christophany 

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

This is an awesome about the illumination that I received; excited to share it! Wouldn’t it stand to reason to see Jesus in every book of the Bible, since the entire Word of God is about the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ?

From Genesis up to the present time we’ve seen the symbolism of Jesus and humans as types of Christ. God used people that He made in His image to foreshadow the Savior. Most people look at the foreshadowing of salvation from a blood sacrifice, and that is true. However, the blood of unblemished animals could never do what Jesus did; He was the perfect and permanent sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10).

Let’s go to Joshua a type of Christ that God used to take His people into the promised land and then to Judges. With Joshua, the people were obedient in conquering (possessing) the land (Joshua, chapter 6). In Judges, the people were disobedient and idolatrous; they did what was right in their eyes (Judges 17:6) and they were often defeated.

Although God continued to remind them of who He was, they kept indulging in immorality and idolatry with the Canaanites who lived among them. So, God sent judges to war on their behalf to rescue (save) and deliver them from their enemies.

Deborah was a warrior, savior, deliverer and prophetess; a female that was chosen by God to be a leader of His people (Judges, chapters 4-5). She went to battle on behalf of the people (Judges 5:20) and she brought them out victoriously with the help of Barak. How do some come up with women being low on the totem pole in society and in the body of Christ? The Word of God says He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh, your sons and daughters shall prophesy…. (proclaim – Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17-18). There is neither female or male: for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). Deborah is certainly one of the females that God called, this should put some people to shame.

Gideon saw Him as the Angel of the LORD. When you see the word LORD in all-caps, it is referring to Jesus. Gideon was a judge that the LORD called a mighty man of valor who would war on behalf of the people as a savior and deliverer. Gideon was insecure, but God saw him differently; just as God called things about Abraham that were not as though they were (Romans 4:17, Judges 6:12), God sees each of His children as the finished person. The Angel of the LORD is a Christophany; a human form of Christ revealed to others in the Old Testament.

Samson was a warrior; he fought on behalf of Israel; he was a savior who rescued and delivered (set the people free from their enemies). His parents were given instructions by The Angel of the LORD (a Christophany) that no razor was to be put on his head because he was dedicated to rescue Israel from the Philistines (Judges 13:5).

God’s covenant was the source of Samson’s strength which was in his hair; if Samson kept the covenant, his strength would remain with him (this was a conditional covenant). Samson’s lifestyle was not what God called him to do and the consequence was costly and humiliating because he got involved with strange women (Judges 14:1-4, 16:1, 4), but God gave him the opportunity to make things right and he killed more people while he was dying than all the other years he had killed in his life (Judges, chapter 16 - key verse 30).

Jesus was revealed as LORD or the angel of the LORD to many in the Old Testament. Just as no one could look at God and live (Exodus 33:20), He revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush: Now the angel of the LORD appeared to him out of the midst of the bush … (Exodus 3:1-2). It is impossible to separate God and Christ.

Next: God’s Roadmap to Heaven by Way of Route 66 ~ The Trinity

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                   BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Seeing Jesus in Judges on Route 66 (Part 1)

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing Jesus in Judges on Route 66 (Part 1) 

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

As we continue to travel on our journey to heaven by way of Route 66, let’s pause and see how important it is for the readers to see Jesus in every book of the Bible. If one cannot see Jesus in types and figures, signs and fore-shadows of things to come, it is impossible to witness effectively to the unsaved. Being that the entire Bible is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is necessary to see Him.

This is an example of not witnessing effectively: Suppose you cannot understand why God told the Nation of Israel to destroy all their enemies; including innocent children. You must remember that God loves everybody, but He hates sin; therefore; whoever was left alive would pass on what they inherited, and it would affect others. The innocent children that died went to paradise (under the earth) with the Old Testament saints (Luke 16:19-31).

There are cults, religious people and others who come up with their own love message, to discredit God by saying things like: “How can God Love when He allows bad things to happen like babies being killed, wars and so on”. Adam caused everything bad to happen because of his disobedience (Romans 5:12).

Others say that Jesus is not God in the flesh - this is proof (John 1:1, 14); they tend to argue the point that Jesus was a mere prophet like Moses and Mohammad (not in the Bible); this is proof - Jesus was greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6). Some say that Jesus was not born of a virgin – it takes the sperm (seed) of a man to produce a child (Genesis 3:15, Luke 1:26-38); Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus was a god - proof Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:1); a group called Gnostics (the enlightened ones) claim that Jesus could not have come in the flesh, because flesh (matter) is evil. This is what the Word of God says: For many deceivers have come into the world who confess that Jesus did not come in the flesh (1 John 4:1-3); this is a deceiver and an antichrist (2 John 1:7).

Unless you understand some of these simple points, you cannot witness effectively. You don’t need to argue with anybody, but it is necessary to give an answer to all those you meet (1 Peter 3:15).

Let’s go to Judges and see how the children of Israel bowed to idol worship of the Canaanites who were among them. Joshua, whom God used to take Israel to promise land and distribute to each tribe their inheritance, had died and the children of Israel were disobedient, idolatrous and often defeated. They repeatedly turned away from God, and the key verse to the condition of Israel is Judges 17:6- Every man did what was right in his own eyes. These people forsook the Lord and served Baal and Ashtorath (Astarte of the Greeks- female goddess).

The Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of their enemies’ hands, yet they would not listen to the judges and went whoring after other gods, and when a judge died they returned and corrupted themselves more than their fathers (Judges, chapter 2).

God kept reminding them that He was the only true God. Yet they continued to fall away from God by indulging in the immorality of the Canaanites who lived among them. The judges were called saviors, warriors and deliverers who served as types of Christ, the Deliverer, Warrior and Savior (Judges 3:9). These judges fought for an undeserving people. You can certainly see types of Christ in Judges; Christ was the Savior, Deliverer and Warrior.

This is to inform the readers how Jesus Christ manifested Himself in various ways in the Old Testament, but He was not revealed as God in the flesh until the fulness of time (Galatians 4:4-6). Although Jesus was basically concealed in the Old Testament, there were special manifestations of Him through Christophanies (He was revealed in human form).

Next: Seeing Jesus in Judges on Route 66 (Part 2)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett              BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Seeing Jesus in Joshua on Route 66 (Part 4) Possessing the Land - Something Went Wrong

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing Jesus in Joshua on Route 66 (Part 4) Possessing the Land – Something Went Wrong

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

This is what was revealed to me while traveling recently, pertaining to signs. I needed to stop for fuel and a few miles before reaching the gas station, there was a sign indicating that there was a gas station coming up soon. I believe this nugget was revealed to me by the Spirit of God to inform the readers that the sign was an example He wanted me to use pointing to Jesus and how He is revealed in every book of the Bible. Once I reached the gas station, there was no need for a sign because the gas station was physically there.

Since Jesus was not physically visible in the Old Testament, except through Christophany, which will be explained in a future message, there were always signs pointing to Him through types and shadows until He was physically revealed (Colossians 2:17).

Because the children of Israel disobeyed God and died out in the wilderness from the age of twenty and older, God told the new generation that they would wander in the wilderness for forty years (Numbers 14:29) before they reached the promised land (Joshua, chapter 6). So, they could count the years as time went on and they knew they were getting closer to Canaan. They knew by the years that had passed. Example: If one was nineteen years old, then at the age of 59 they would reach the promised land.

As we continue with seeing Jesus in Joshua, I am going to compare the children of Israel (God’s people) in the Old Testament with the children of God in the New Testament.

Jericho was the first battle in conquering the land of Canaan. God gave instructions to destroy everything; Joshua and the children of Israel followed God’s instructions to the tee and the wall of Jericho came down (Joshua 6, chapter).


Something went wrong; the children of Israel were in a war against the city of Ai and they lost the battle; there was a man named Achan who took some forbidden things from Ai and the entire camp suffered. Joshua asked the Lord why they were suffering; the Lord instructed Joshua what to do to by asking each tribe what they did, and Achan confessed that he had hidden the forbidden things in the ground. Achan and his family were stoned to death and after the stoning, they were burned, including everything they owned (Joshua, chapter 7). Why was this entire family destroyed? If any lived, they would have done what Achan, their forefather did. Sin goes from one generation to the next.


When someone sins, it affects others; it spreads (1 Corinthians, chapter 5). Adam’s sin of disobedience affected the entire human race (Romans 5:12). This is serious; God does not want His children to be involved with any unclean or forbidden things (Isaiah 52:11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).


Stay away from whatever is not of God! This is how to know what is of God and what is not of God. Study His Word. All the warning signs are in the Word of God!

Next: Seeing Jesus in Judges on Route 66 (Part 1)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                   BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Seeing Jesus in Joshua on Route 66 (Part 3) Possessing the Land

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing Jesus in Joshua on Route 66 (Part 3) Possessing the Land

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

I am going back and continue with seeing Jesus in Joshua as the children of Israel possess the land. Let’s compare the children of Israel who wandered in the wilderness for forty years with the church (body of Christ). The Israelites who died in the wilderness were symbolic of carnal Christians who are immature or carnal because they murmur, complain and do not walk by faith, and whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). In other words, they lean to their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), even though God provides all their needs (Philippians 4:19), they still don’t trust Him fully. Yet they have experienced how God provided for them in the past.

God raised up Joshua to take the Israelites to the promised land. God also called Paul the Apostle, a great leader who wrote more books than anybody in Biblical History. Paul addressed Christians as being carnal and babes, which hindered them from reaching their potential (1 Corinthians 3:1-15).

Joshua was a great leader who was carrying a new generation of people to the promised land, yet there were some who did not obey, and they never reached their potential; the same with carnal Christians; which is like burying their gifts (Matthew 25:24-26). To be carnally minded is death…. (Romans 8:5-8). So, what does this scripture mean? A carnal Christian is acting like an unsaved person, and he or she cannot please God. Therefore, whatever they do is in vain (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

The disciples were also examples of carnal Christians: They competed with each other as to who would sit on each side of Jesus (Mark 10:37); two of the disciples’ mother asked the same question about her sons sitting on each side of Jesus (Matthew 20:20-28). The disciples desired to the higher status; serving was not on their minds, neither was it on their mother’s mind. Jesus told the disciples that they were not ready for certain things (Luke 24:36-45). Why was this so? They were still carnal, but after Jesus left the earth, they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:5-9). Paul was sold out for Christ and he was willing to die (Acts 21:10-13), some were imprisoned (Acts 12:5-19, Acts 16:16-40), Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60), and so on.

The Apostles knew they were in warfare and they fought the good fight of faith (2 Timothy 4:6-8). On that note, I hear at funerals about people who fought the good fight of faith and according to their life-styles, this was not true. To fight the good fight of faith, one must model Jesus and the apostles.

The apostles understood what it was to be in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18); just as the Israelites were instructed to possess the land, we are called to possess the land, because the kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent takes by force (Matthew 11:11). We are in spiritual warfare and the enemy wants to take us out, but God has given us everything that’s needed to win the war. Jesus gave us all power over the enemy (Luke 10:19); just as He gave Moses and the Israelites everything they needed to possess the land (Deuteronomy 1:8). The land of Canaan was finally possessed under Joshua’s leadership (Joshua, chapters 1-6).

It is time for the children of the Most-High God to walk by faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6) and stop leaning to your understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). That is the only way you can please God. I am not talking about Canaan, this is about heaven and your rewards.

Next: Seeing Jesus in Joshua on Route 66 (Part 4) Possessing the Land – Something Went Wrong

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                    BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Route 66 - Jesus in Joshua (Part 2) Salvation to the Gentiles

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Route 66 - Jesus in Joshua (Part 2) ~ Salvation to the Gentiles 

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

Today I am going to back up before going to the message about “Possessing the Land”. Let’s start with Rahab and how salvation went to the Gentiles.

Joshua’s name means Jehovah is salvation; Jesus or Jeshua was and is Savior. So, in the Old Testament types and shadows, salvation came to the Gentiles. Abraham was the father of faith through the bloodline and he was the father of the Gentiles through faith (Galatians 3:6-9).

Joshua sent two men to spy out Jericho, the city that they were going to destroy. The spies stayed at Rabah’s house; the king of Jericho heard about it and he sent a word to Rahab to bring the men to him. Rahab hid the men on the roof of the house with stalks of flax. She told the spies how the Lord had given them the land; she also heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea. Rahab asked them to show kindness to her family and they agreed to what she asked. Rahab let them down by a cord through the window; she told them to go to the mountain and hide for three days and after their pursuers left they could be on their way (Joshua, chapter 2).

The token (pledge) was a true sign by the scarlet (red) thread in the window. The cord would let the spies down and everybody in the house. If Rahab told what happened, the oath would not be any good. The scarlet cord represented safety through sacrifice – blood (Hebrews 9:19, 22).

After the walls of Jericho came down and everything was destroyed, Joshua told the spies to bring Rahab and her family out and they burned the city with fire. Joshua saved Rahab and her family because she hid the spies (Joshua 6:22-25).

God’s Plan for the Gentiles

Rahab lived in Jericho; the city that was going to be destroyed. She hid the men who had been by Joshua sent to spy the town. When Jericho was destroyed, Rahab, the harlot and her family were the only ones that were spared; Joshua saved them (Joshua, chapters 2 and 6). This means that salvation was given to Rahab and her family who were Gentiles (John 1:1-12, Romans 1:16-17, Galatians 3:26-29). Rahab is also listed in the ancestry of Jesus (Matthew 1:5) and she is listed in the Faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11:31).


An example of the Old Testament foreshadowing of salvation to the Gentiles through Joshua, manifested in the New Testament when God revealed to Peter in a vision to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Cornelius a Roman centurion who was a Gentile (Acts, chapter 10).

Good News!!!

God always had the Gentiles in mind; but there was a specific time for them to obtain this wonderful salvation, that could only come through Jesus Christ (Isaiah 56:6-8, Acts 28:28, Romans 11:11).

Next: Seeing Jesus in Joshua on Route 66 (Part 3) ~ Possessing the Land

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                         BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG