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Breaking the Chains of Bondage ~ Isaiah 61:1

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The Spirit Who lives in Us is Greater Than the one (devils) in the World ~ Follow-up

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Spirit Who lives in Us is Greater Than the one (devils) in the World – Follow-up

This story is a follow-up. Someone asked me to explain 1 John 4:4 because some people were saying that the people in the church were better than the unsaved. While writing two days ago, I made a mistake and it was too late to correct it.

I posted the error on an additional story, but some of the readers didn’t see the other pages. The error was: The scripture does say that that the people in the church are better than the unsaved (lost). It should have been stated that the scripture does not say the people in the church are better than the unsaved (lost).

Now to people in the church. Everybody in the church is not born-again; their spirits have not become alive; they do not have a relationship with Christ. These are the type of people who do not rightly divide the Word of Truth. Yet they think they are going to heaven anyhow, regardless of what they do; they are self-deceived. These people are religious like the Pharisees who were hypocrites. They make others a child of hell by their self-made rules (Matthew 23:15).

Even though they knew the law, these hypocrites were no better than the false prophets in 1 John 4:1. Jesus told His disciples to beware of false prophets who come in sheep clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15).

This is an excellent example of a big-headed prideful man who thought he was better than another man. Two men went to the temple to pray… the Pharisee prayed as if he was better than others and that he didn’t sin like they did…he bragged on his fasting and tithing. The other man who was a publican said: Lord be merciful to me a sinner. This man was justified because he humbled himself. God exalts those who humble themselves (Luke 18:10-14).

Those of you who have been turned off by church people, remember this: You must give account to God for yourself (Romans 14:12).

Next: What Happens When the Children of God Disobey Him and those Who Turn Others Away by Their Ungodly Actions?

Thanks for your support and readership. I truly enjoy sharing the Word of God.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                 BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Spirit of God Who Lives in Us is Greater than the one (devils) in the World

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Spirit of God Who Lives in Us is Greater Than the one (devils) in the World

The question is: “Are the people in the church better than the people (unsaved) who are in the world?” (1 John 4:4)

The scripture does not say that people in the church are better than the unsaved (lost).

Let’s get started - The Apostle Paul stated it like this: It is by the grace of God that I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10). Therefore no one is better than the other, because it is God’s grace that saved us (Ephesians 2:8-9).

This scripture starts off with John talking to us (children of God) about false prophets and how we can recognize them. We do not accept false teachings; therefore, we do not believe every spirit. There is only one body and one Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:4), but there are many false prophets; spirits working through and in them, in the world (1 John 4:1). Them are plural - devils/demons.

A word of caution: I have heard many people say: Try the spirit by the spirit to see if it is of God. That statement is not true. The Word of God says to try (test) the spirits to see if they are of God because there are many (1 John 4:1).

Stop! How will we be able to recognize these spirits if we are not studying God’s Word?

To live a victorious life, we must understand that the power of God whose Spirit lives in us is greater that the devil/demons who are in the world (1 John 4:4). Again, this scripture is referring to demons/devils working in and through false prophets and not to other unsaved people.

As children of the Most-High God, we accept the truth of His Word and be thankful that we are His children. We are commanded to pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into His Vineyard; for those who are lost to be saved (Matthew 9:36-38.). LOVE them - love covers a multitude of sin (1 Peter 4:8, and witness to those who have not come into His Kingdom (Matthew 28:18-20).

How are you going to do what God has called you to do without studying His Word?

Thanks for your readership! It inspires me to keep writing, even while I am traveling.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                 BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

It's a Mind Thing? Is Your Mind Being Renewed?

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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

It’s a Mind Thing! Is Your Mind Being Renewed? 

The human body which relates to the natural environment consist of the spirit (relates to God) and the soul (relates to others); in other words, the body is where the spirit and the soul are housed. The soul is continually being worked on; it’s a process. Like the flesh, it will not reach perfection until we reach heaven, where everything is perfect.

The soul consists of our mind which processes information; the will is a part of decision making; emotion is how we feel- like grief, sorrow and joy.

This is what we are told to do: Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2a). As we grow in Christ, we can more readily recognize thoughts that are not in agreement with the Word of God.

Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus What kind of mind did Christ have? He made no reputation for Himself, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death. And, God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name that is above every name (Philippians 2:5-9). We are to model Jesus in our thoughts and actions. God will exalt those who humble themselves (Matthew 23:12, 1 Peter 5:6).

When all those ungodly thoughts come into your mind, start casting them down (2 Corinthians 10:4). And continue to set your affections (passions) on things above and not of the things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).

Next: What Happens When the Children of God Disobey Him?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett               BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How Holy is Your Temple (body)? Part 2

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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

How Holy is Your Temple (body)? – Part 2

The body (flesh) is our five senses – hearing, touch, feel, taste and smell. God gave us the five senses for a specific reason; it is up to us how we use the senses. They can be used for the wrong reason. Those who are after the flesh or are carnal do mind the things of the flesh (Romans 8:5). We have been washed and sanctified (cleansed) and we are justified in in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:8-11).

We have a choice to walk in the Spirit and we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

Why are we commanded to put our flesh under control? There is nothing good about the flesh (Romans 7:18), if so, why would there a war between the flesh and the Spirit - the two are in conflict with each other (Galatians 5:17). There is the difference between the flesh and our spirit. The flesh will not be perfect until we reach heaven where everything will be in a perfect state. Our spirit was made perfect the moment we were born again (Hebrews 10:14).

When the Apostle Paul used the word press, he meant is was/is a struggle (Philippians 3:14); even so, we have been given the power to walk in holiness. When God said to be holy, He meant that we are to practice holiness through our daily walk and talk (1 Peter 14-19) and make no provisions for the flesh (Romans 13:13-14). We were positioned into holiness or sanctified as soon as were born-again (Hebrews 10:10). Being positioned or placed into holiness is a permanent state.

Since we were made holy by God, there is no excuse for practicing or walking in unholiness. Why? Because we have been made new (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are to walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4). God has given us everything we need to live a godly life (1 Peter 1:3).

Next: It’s a Mind Thing! Is Your Mind Being Renewed?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                 BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

How Holy is Your Temple? Part 1

Posted on June 18, 2019 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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

How Holy is Your Temple (body)? – Part 1

Why are we called the temple of God?

In the Old Testament God dwelt with His people through the ark of the covenant, which was in the temple (Exodus 25:10-22). The Ark of the Covenant was a foreshadowing of a type of Christ; it also foreshadowed all born-again believers who are symbolic of the temple of God, where the Spirit of Christ dwells (1 Corinthians 6:9).

The priests were the only ones to go into temple once a year for the sins of the Israelites (God’s people); we are the priests (1 Peter 2:9) and we go to God regularly through Christ our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16).

We are told to keep flesh (bodies) under subjection; control (1 Corinthians 9:27). We are in a race and a marathon runner has on the least amount of clothes, so he or she can get to the finishing line first. Whatever is weighing us down, needs to be stripped off; that includes every weight and sin that can so easily beset us, in order to run the race that is before us (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Our bodies are living sacrifices (Romans 12:1); there is no need for animal sacrifices that were in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, staves were put in the animals to keep them on the altar, because their blood made them slippery. The new and better covenant was ushered in when Jesus the Lamb of God (John 1:29) sacrificed His life for us (Romans 5:6).

We keep ourselves on the altar by choice. Example: Obeying God’s commands like, not forsaking to assemble with other saints (Hebrews 10:25), watching ungodly things on TV, or doing the same things unbelievers do (2 Corinthians 6:14).

How Holy is Your Temple (body)? – Part 2

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett          BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Are You Making Yourself Ready to Meet the Lord?

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Are You Making Yourself Ready to Meet the Lord?

This is how we are to make ourselves ready to meet the Lord:

When you read Revelation 19:7-8, the Word says: Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him [Jesus]: for the marriage supper of the Lamb [Jesus] is come, and His wife has made herself ready. Who is Jesus the Lamb’s wife? The children of God are, of course (2 Corinthians 11:2, Revelation 21:2). How can that be if there are two genders (male and female). In the spirit realm there is no difference in Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female, we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28.).

You may ask: “How do we make ourselves ready when the Bible says we can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5b)? This is why it is necessary for us to connect scriptures. The Bible also says: We can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength (Philippians 4:13). We are empowered by the Spirit of God who enables us to do whatever is necessary to carry out the will of God (2 Corinthians 1:21). And it is God who works in us to accomplish His will (Philippians 2:13).

There is no excuse for not making ourselves ready to meet our Bridegroom. If we do not fulfill our destiny, when we meet Christ and stand before Him at the Judgement Seat, there will be weeping and gritting of the teeth (Luke 13:28.), especially when you see the nail prints in Christ’s hands for how He suffered for us (Zechariah 13:6). However, your tears will not last throughout eternity; God will wipe the tears away from their eyes (Revelation 21:4).

Next: How Are You Keeping Your Temple (body)?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                     BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Are You Ready to Meet the Lord? (Part 2)

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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

Are You Ready to Meet the Lord? (Part 2)

Being ready to meet the Lord will make a huge difference in our eternal status. This is determined by our stewardship, or what God has given us to manage here on this earth. God has a purpose for each of His children’s lives. Please find out what your gifts and calling are, according to the seven gifts in Romans 12: 6-8; the nine gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:5-10; the five offices in Ephesians 4:11.

It is absolutely necessary to discover your gift/s, learn about your gift/s, and grow in it/them. Any abilities that you have other than the three sets of gifts, are talents or skills. Examine yourself and see where your specific place is in the body of Christ. If you are very passionate about any specific gift, more than likely, that is the area where God has called you to minister in, which is your grace call that gives you the ability to break or destroy yokes off the lives of others.

The Apostle Paul knew that his time on the earth was about to come to and end. He said this: For I am now ready to be offered up (to be taken out of here) and the time of my departure (to leave the earth, escape from this body) is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course (he did what he was called to do and fulfilled his purpose), I have kept the faith (only the faithful ones will receive rewards, but every born-again believer receives a crown); there is laid up a crown for me, which the Lord the Righteous Judge shall give me on that day (Judgment Seat of Christ- 2 Corinthians 5:10), and not to me only me only, but all those who love His appearance (2 Timothy 4:6-8.). This means they will not be ashamed when Jesus appears (1 John 2:28.).

Next: Have You Made Yourself Ready to Meet the Lord?

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Are You Ready to Meet the Lord?

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Are you ready to meet the Lord?

For the born-again believers:

Since Christ died for us, we should live for Him (Philippians 1:21).


When it is time for us to leave these earthly bodies, we should be ready to enter into the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8.), and not be ashamed when He calls us home (1 John 2:28.).

Instead we should want to hear Him say “Well Done” good and faithful servant… (Matthew 25:23).

Next: Are You Ready to Meet the Lord (Part 2)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                  BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Jesus Connection in the Book of Chronicles on Route 66 (The Ark of the Covenant)

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Jesus Connection in the Book of Chronicles on Route 66 (The Ark of the Covenant) 

This message is pertaining to the fifth and sixth book of Kings and it relates to the Ark of the Covenant. Chronicles means a timeline of events that are in order. As I continue, the Ark of the Covenant and its history from the beginning until the end will be my concentration. It started with Moses and the Law (10 Commandments) that was written by the finger of God (Deuteronomy 9:10), was in the Ark of the Covenant which was in the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:10-22).

The Ark of the Covenant was a physical sign that God was with His people, the children of Israel (Exodus 25:8, 22). The Ark of the Covenant was placed in a small room behind a veil in the tabernacle. This was called the holy of holies (Exodus 26:31-35, Hebrews 10:19-22).

During the times when there was no temple, the Ark of the Covenant was transported as the people moved from place to place (Deuteronomy 31:25). When some kings reigned, there were temples that the Ark of the Covenant was placed in (1 Kings 8:1-11, 21; 1 Chronicles 15:28).

The Ark of the Covenant also was the mercy seat in the Old Testament where a blood sacrifice was placed to obtain mercy and forgiveness from God (Exodus 25:17-22). This foreshadowed Jesus and it was through His blood sacrifice that we obtain forgiveness, grace and mercy (Hebrews, chapter 9).

In the Old Testament, the only way people could get to God was through the priest (Exodus 30:1-10, Leviticus 6:1-7). In the New Testament, the only way people can get to God is by Jesus Christ (John 14:6 - He’s the Way, Acts 4:12 - Jesus is the only name under heaven where people can be saved, 1 Timothy 2:5 – He is the Mediator; go between). Therefore, Jesus took the place of the Ark of the Covenant when the veil (curtain) was ripped from top to bottom as Jesus was being crucified (Matthew 27:45-51).

There are certain groups of people who still confess their sins to priests and ask for forgiveness. The Word of God says forgiveness, grace and mercy come through Jesus Christ!

Coming up after my travels, there will be a continuation of seeing Jesus in every book of the Bible on Route 66. I pray that you have enjoyed your journey so far; the best is yet to come!

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                      BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Jesus/Solomon Connection Through the Line of Kings on Route 66

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Jesus/Solomon Connection Through the Line of Kings on Route 66 

As I continue with Jesus Christ being foreshadowed through types and figures, it is awesome to see how God used humans as well as animals symbolizing Christ. Notice that the difference in the animals and humans being foreshadowed is this: The animal had to be killed and the blood was shed as a temporary sacrifice, but it took a permanent sacrifice (Hebrews 10:1-4). This was symbolic of Jesus the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

For some time now, I have been using various people like Moses, Joseph, Joshua and so on, who delivered God’s people from bondage. Even though various people were used, they never died for our sins. It took God sending His Son to identify with humanity. Now, that is LOVE!

Although these men had different problems that caused consequences in their lives that also affected others, God still used them.

Examples: Moses disobeyed God when he was supposed to speak to the rock instead of striking it and it caused him not to go to the promised land (Numbers 20:11-12). But God said Moses was very meek (humblest) above all the men on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3).

David had sex with another man’s wife and had the man killed to cover up his sin; he was confronted by Nathan the prophet before acknowledging his sins (2 Samuel 12:1-13). David could not build the temple because he was a man of war and he had blood on his hands (1 Chronicles 28:3), but God used him and said he was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).

Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of …. For he was wiser than all men… (1 Kings 4:29-31). He judged righteously (1 Kings 3:16-28.). Yet, Solomon married many women from outside nations and worshipped their gods (1 Kings 11:1-8.).

How could Solomon be such a great man, when he made many unwise choices?

Solomon learned from his experiences and wrote Proverbs (book of wisdom). We should learn from mistakes and unwise choices and keep moving forward (Philippians 3:14). Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes and he was called the preacher; he learned how all is vanity without God. The spiritual part of the Song of Solomon depicts a symbolic love story between Christ and the Church (His bride). The book is an expression of pure marital love that is ordained by God.

Comparison between Solomon and Jesus

Proverbs: Solomon’s wisdom excelled, and it was revealed even more in Proverbs, the book of wise sayings. However, Jesus was filled with wisdom (Colossians 2:3) which was greater than Solomon’s, because He was sinless Son of God (Hebrews 4:15).

Ecclesiastes: Solomon, warned what life without God would result in. Jesus told what life would be like without God; it would result in eternal death (John 3:15-19).

The Song of Solomon certainly identifies with Jesus whom some call the Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1). The Rose is a flower that is the symbol of beauty and love. This book depicts a love story between a man and his wife; similar to Jesus and the church, which is His bride.

Solomon exceeded all the kings in wisdom and riches (1 Kings 10:23). Even still, no one could exceed the Lord who owns everything (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10).

During Solomon’s reign, there was a time of peace – his name means shalom or peace (1 Chronicles 22:9); there will be a time of peace during the 1,000 years when Jesus reigns (Revelation 20:4).

Solomon sat on his father David’s throne (1 Kings 2:12) as Jesus will sit on His father David’s throne (Luke 1:32-33). Remember this: Jesus came through the lineage of David (Matthew 1:1, 6)

Next: Seeing Jesus Foreshadowed in Chronicles on Route 66 (The Ark of the Covenant)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                        BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Jesus/David Connection in 1 & 2 Samuel on Route 66 ~ David's Reign

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Jesus/David Connection in 1 & 2 Samuel on Route 66 ~ David's Reign

In the previous message, you learned that God told Samuel the prophet/priest to anoint David to be king (1 Samuel 16:1-13). These are some the characteristics of David, when it comes to his reign as king and the consequences of his sins.

He was not tall; David had a beautiful countenance and he was ruddy (reddish/brow complexion- 1 Samuel 16:12). David was a shepherd boy who attended His father’s (1 Samuel 16:11) - Jesus was a Shepherd who taught, fed, protected and nurtured His sheep (Psalm 23, John 10:11).

David loved God and he knew the Lord loved Him. Therefore, with his shepherd experience, who could better express his relationship with God in Psalm 23, pertaining to the Lord being his Shepherd. David knew that the Lord provided for him, protected him from his enemies; from the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17:31-37; key verse 37) – and especially when he was on the run from Saul (1 Samuel, chapters 21-23). Who could identify with the Lord protecting him in the shadow of death?

David’s bad choices of committing adultery and having a man killed, caused the sword to stay in his house. It was a year before he repented; this happened when God sent Nathan the prophet to confront David’s sins (2 Samuel 12:1-13). He wrote Psalm 51 as a prayer of confession and repentance. David wrote many of the 150 Psalms.

David was a warrior in the military and was supposed to be on the battlefield; instead he had sex with another man’s wife. The son that was born in David’s adulterous act with Bathsheba died (2 Samuel 12:13-23). But the Lord blessed David and Bathsheba (his wife) and Solomon was born. Solomon would reign on the throne and build the magnificent temple of God. It was meant for David to build the temple, but God did not allow him to build the temple because he had much blood on his hand (1 Chronicles 22:7-8.).

Because of David’s sin with Bathsheba who was another man’s wife, the sword never left his house (2 Samuel 12:10); some tragic things happened with his children; one of his children (Absalom) tried to take David’s throne (2 Samuel 15:1-18:8.). Another son (Amnon) raped his sister Tamar (2 Samuel 13:1-14).

Out of all the things David did, God still said that David was a man after His heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).

Why? Because God had already ordained for David to be king before he was born. God told Jeremiah before he was formed in his mother’s womb, He had ordained him be a prophet before nations (Jeremiah 1:5); the Apostle Paul said he was ordained by God from his mother’s womb and called him by His grace (Galatians 1:15).

Abraham made some bad choices after God called him and told him he would be a father of many nations, the covenant never changed, because God cannot change (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6). Yet, there consequences; Abraham’s disobedience caused two nations to be born and they are still in conflict with each other today.

Jesus will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem (Luke 1:32-33) Jesus was called the son of David, this is one of many scriptures (Luke 18:35-39); meaning that Jesus was a descendent of David (Matthew 1:1, 6). When God said: David is a man after My own heart, this is compared to: This is My Son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17), which is figurative of the fulfillment of the promise God made to David in 2 Samuel 7, also known as the Davidic covenant.

When Christ died and rose for our sins, we came into a new better covenant with Him (Hebrews 8:12-13). Therefore, since God cannot change, you cannot lose your salvation (John 10:28.), you are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

Next: The Jesus/Solomon Connection Through the Line of Kings on Route 66

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                     BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Seeing Jesus in 1 Samuel on Route 66

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Seeing Jesus in 1 Samuel on Route 66 

As we continue on this awesome journey from earth to heaven, we have arrived at Samuel, the book that is also known as Kings and so is Chronicles known as the book of Kings. You will learn that Samuel, Kings and Chronicles are about kings and their reign.

Many kings were wicked, but God had a purpose for anointing them as kings. For instance, when Israel wanted a king like the surrounding nations, God told them what would happen to them. God wanted to be their King (1 Samuel 8:7-22), so He allowed them to have what they wanted, and they suffered. Many kings ruled harshly over God’s people. In calculating, there were five good kings and thirty-three bad Kings.

I will share with you how God used Samuel in the lives of two kings.

Samuel as Prophet/Priest

He was faithful and obedient to his call, as Jesus was faithful and obedient to death on the cross (Philippians 2:8.). A difference in Samuel and Jesus: Samuel looked at the outward appearance, when choosing the king (1 Samuel 16:7-13); God does not show respect of persons (Romans 2:11).

Samuel anointed Saul and David

God raised up Samuel who was a prophet/priest to anoint Saul Israel’s first king (1 Samuel 9:17-10:1). Even though God did not want Israel to have a king, He allowed Samuel to anoint Saul as Israel’s first king. Later Samuel anointed David as king over Israel (1 Samuel 16:12-13).

Jesus who is High Priest and Prophet anointed God’s children to be priests (1 Peter 2:9), to be prophets to proclaim the Word of God – in this sense to speak on behalf of God (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 10:15); we will rule and reign with Jesus, our soon coming King (2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 20:6).

Jesus the Prophet/Priest and King

Jesus was foreshadowed as a Prophet in the book of Samuel, but He functioned in the office of all 5-Fold ministry gifts (Ephesians 4:11), because He was given the Spirit without measure (John 3:34); Samuel, as all others have limited abilities.

Jesus became our High Priest who ever makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34), and as Priest, He is the go between us and God. In other words, the only way anyone can go to God, is by way of Jesus (John 14:6). Kings rule and reign; that is what we will do with Jesus in the eternal realm.

What stands out with Samuel? He was faithful to the call, despite his human frailty.

Next: Seeing Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel – David’s Reign

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett         BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Memorial Day Reflections of Patriotic Service ~ the Builders and Defenders

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Memorial Day Reflections of Patriotic Service ~ the Builders and Defenders 

For all those who fought on foreign soil and lost their lives on behalf of the United States of America, remembering you for a service well done!

For the ones who came back to their native land; some physically whole, while others were wounded, lost limbs and for those who had emotional scars that damaged them permanently, thanks for your sacrificial service.

For the support and love shown to the soldiers who deserved all the incentives available for putting their lives on the line and being loyal to the country they loved, thank you.

Although these men and women fought for their country, there were others throughout history that shed blood, sweat and tears to build this country, you will never be forgotten.

If it had not been for these people, we would not be where we are today, thanks for laying the foundation that we can continue to build on.

Even though there are two sets of people who made a difference for the betterment of the United States, their cause was similar. Both groups were brave warriors who were trained and prepared with enduring grace for whatever came their way.

I understand the verse in America the Beautiful more clearly: The land of the free and the home of the Brave.

This is what it means to me: Land of the free - many of our forefathers died for our freedom. Some people still don’t feel that freedom, but the freedom in Christ is more important than all the craziness of this world. As a matter of fact, according to the Word of God, things will not get better. So, the children of God should not be shaken or alarmed that the demonic activity is more on the rise daily and it will continue to be.

Home of the Brave: it took a lot of courage to be on the front line in foreign territory and face the enemy who was trying to win the war. It also took a lot of strength and endurance to build a country through blood, sweat and tears.

As we reflect on Memorial Day, let’s remember that every child of God is a soldier in the army; we have to fight although we have to cry. We have to hold up the bloodstained banner, we have to hold it up until we die. All of God’s children will not die on the battlefield, but whatever way we leave here, being with the Lord will be the greatest experience; no more sickness, death, trials, persecutions and wars of any kind. We will experience everything in its perfection.

What wonderful memories to reflect on, and what the future will be is more awesome than we can ever think.

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett             BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Jesus Foreshadowed in the Book of Ruth on Route 66 ~ Kinsman Redeemer

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Jesus Foreshadowed in the Book of Ruth on Route 66 ~ Kinsman Redeemer 

In seeking God and asking Him if these messages were to continue, I received confirmation while searching for an answer. From that I am going to reiterate how it is of utmost importance for the children of God to understand that the entire Old Testament points toward Jesus as Savior, most of the Old Testament was fulfilled after Jesus death, burial and resurrection. If one does not understand this, there is no effective witnessing. How can you share what you don’t know or understand?

You are limited when you don’t understand the full counsel of God’s Word. God gives His children the ability to search out hidden things (Proverbs 25:2, John 5:39, Acts 17:11). God does not want to continue to spoon-feed His children. Many born-again believers want to be spoon-fed, but this leaves them in a state of infancy or immaturity, instead of growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18.).

Now, to the book of Ruth, which is about the Kinsman Redeemer, a foreshadowing of Jesus redeeming the body of Christ for Himself (Romans 3:24, Galatians 3:13-15); we are His bride (Revelation 19:7, 8; chapter 21:2, 9). This book depicts the story of Naomi, her husband Elimelech and their two sons who left their home in Bethlehem because of a severe famine and moved to Moab. Eventually Elimelech died and Naomi was left with her sons. The sons married women from Moab. About ten years later, Naomi’s sons died.

Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed her native land with good crops again, so she told her daughters-in-law to go back to their native land and that the Lord may bless them with another marriage.

Ruth was symbolic of an unsaved person, because she was from an ungodly nation. Boaz (kinsman-redeemer), who was a cousin of Naomi’s husband Elimelech married Ruth. How was Ruth from an ungodly nation? The Moabites were ancestors of Lot (Genesis 19:30-38.), who was Abraham’s nephew and he was not a direct descendant of Abraham; Lot was a descendant of Haran, Abraham’s brother (Genesis 11:25-31).

Let’s look at the word redeem: to buy back a relative’s property, to marry his widow. Boaz redeemed Ruth, in that what he had was now hers; he purchased Ruth to raise up the name of her dead husband (Deuteronomy 25:5-6, Ruth 4:10). This is symbolic of our redemption through Christ, in that all He has is ours as well (Romans 8:17).

Back to Christ being foreshadowed:

Christ was foreshadowed through Boaz when he redeemed Ruth to be his wife (Ruth 4:4-10). Boaz was called the kinsman redeemer because he married his dead cousin’s widow. Christ the Ultimate Redeemer (Galatians 4:4-5), purchased us with His precious blood (Ephesians 1:7). Jesus came through the ancestry of Boaz and Ruth (Matthew 1:5).

Jesus Christ the wonderful Savior redeemed us because of God’s great LOVE for humanity (John 3:16).

Next: Memorial Day Reflections of Patriotic Service ~ the Builders and Defenders

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                      BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Jesus Foreshadowed Through Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 as Warrior, Savior and Deliverer (Part 2)

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Jesus Foreshadowed Through Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 as Warrior, Savior and Deliverer (Part 2)

Before proceeding further, I want to reiterate about some cults when it comes to John 1:1,14. Jesus Christ was the Word and the Word became flesh and dwelt among people. God prepared a body for Jesus (Hebrews 10:5). Jesus was equal with God, but He took on the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:6-8.). Everything that we go through Christ has already been through; He was tempted in all ways, yet He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).

If Jesus was not born of a virgin birth, He would have been born with a sin nature; if Jesus was equal to Moses and Mohammad, He would have been a sinner. Jesus was the only One to die, rise from the dead, never to die again (Revelation 1:18.). Moses and Mohammad never rose from the dead; if Jesus was a god, He would not have been equal with God the Father and would be no greater than any other object of worship, like Buddha. Be careful of those who start a movement and say God gave them a special revelation. Everything has already been written.

From Genesis up to the present time we’ve seen the symbolism of Jesus in 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 whom 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.

So, God sent judges to war on their behalf to rescue (save) and deliver them from their enemies. He sent Jesus who conquered (defeated) the enemy (Satan) when He rose from the dead to rescue the lost and deliver us from our sins (Romans 4:25).

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 (Judges 4:14-16; 5:1).

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 was a Christophany; a human form of Christ revealed to others in the Old Testament. Gideon saw Him as the Angel of the LORD. When you see the word LORD in all-caps, it is referring to Jesus.

Samson was a warrior who 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 pleasing to God 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 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: Seeing Jesus in the Book of Ruth on Route 66

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                          BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

Jesus Foreshadowed Though Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 (Part 1)

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Jesus Foreshadowed Though Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 – (Part 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 being foreshadowed in types and figures 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).

Some say that Jesus was 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). Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus was a god (John 1:1).

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.); a group called Gnostics (the enlightened ones) claimed 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 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 Ashtaroth (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 4:4-5). Although Jesus was basically concealed in the Old Testament, there were special manifestations of Him through Christophany (He was revealed in human form).

Next: Jesus Foreshadowed Through Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 (Part 2)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                    BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

"Happy Mother's Day"

Posted on May 11, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

“Happy Mother’s Day”

This is a wonderful and praiseworthy day that has been set aside to honor mothers; the Word of God says to give honor (pay respect) to fathers and mothers (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:1-3).

However, I want to concentrate on mothers.

Mothers are to be Cherished

They are precious Rubies, and nothing can be compared to them

Mothers are Diamonds that are a best friend

They are Silver that gives wisdom in their old age

Mothers are Gold Nuggets that are priceless

They are Bronze that glow and captures others’ attention

Mothers are Copper that have medicinal purposes; they provide a nurturing and gentle healing touch to meet the needs of their children

The Greatest of these is a Mother’s Love, that can only come from the Lord God Almighty

Whatever feelings you are having about your biological mother, godmother, adopted mother, spiritual mother, mentor and so on, just remember that she is somebody God placed in your life. So, cherish her; she is a God sent gift to you.

I am so grateful to Father God for all the wonderful women He placed in my life over the years.

I honor those who are still alive and those who have passed on, shall never be forgotten.

Every mother that God made is a blessing to somebody, one way or another. Even if some don’t see it; He made her with purpose. If your biological mother is living; give her honor, or if you have anyone in your life who is a motherly figure, honor her. When she is gone, it will be too late to tell her.

                          Lovingly submitted ~ Betty A. Burnett                            


The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 4) Possessing the Land - Something Went Wrong

Posted on May 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 4) Possessing the Land – Something Went Wrong

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, there were always signs pointing to Him through foreshadows, types and figures, 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 old generation that they would wander in the wilderness for forty years (Numbers 14:29-33), but their younger ones would reach the promised land (Joshua, chapter 6).

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 the Jesus/Joshua connection, 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, chapter 6).


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). Thank God for Jesus Christ, the last Adam who came to take care of the sin issue (1 Corinthians 15:45). Even so, 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! 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!


Even though there are consequences to sin, God’s Grace extends further than any sin we commit (Romans 5:20). However, it is not good to take God’s Grace for granted.

Next: The Jesus/Judges on Route 66 (Part 1)

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 3) Possessing the Land

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 3) Possessing the Land 

I am going to 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 are symbolic of carnal Christians who are spiritually dead because they murmur, complain and do not walk by faith (Numbers, chapter 14, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

In other words, they leaned 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 raised 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. This is similar to carnal Christians; which is like burying their gifts (Matthew 25:24-26).

To be carnally minded is death….to suffer loss (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 and they will lose their rewards (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.). 

They desired the higher status; serving was not on their minds. Jesus told them that He had much to tell them, but they were not ready yet (John 16:12). Why was this so? They were still carnal, but after Jesus left the earth, they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:5-9). 

The Apostles knew they were in warfare and they fought the good fight of faith (2 Timothy 4:6-8.). Paul was sold out for Christ and he was willing to die (Acts 21:10-13), James was beheaded and some were imprisoned (Acts 12:1-19, Acts 16:16-40).

I have heard at some funerals how the deceased person fought the good fight of faith; according to their life-styles, this was not true. To know what the good fight of faith is, one must model Jesus and the disciples/apostles. Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60); he was also an example someone who fought the good fight of faith.

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 11:12).

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).

The children of the Most-High God have been empowered to fight the good fight of faith which will help us to receive all the promises here on this earth and when we reach our final destination in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). This was made possible by Jesus Christ (John 14:2-3).

Next: The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 4) Taking the Land – Something Went Wrong

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett              BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG

The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 2) ~ Salvation to the Gentiles

Posted on May 3, 2019 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 2) ~ Salvation to the Gentiles

Today I am going to share with the readers how Salvation came to the Gentiles. Let’s start with Rahab, a Gentile, and how her family her family received Salvation.

The word Salvation is important, and names are also important. 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 do 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 all of Rahab’s family. 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 sent by Joshua to spy the town. When Jericho was destroyed, Rahab, the harlot and her family were the only ones that were spared (Joshua, chapters 2 and 6). This means that salvation was given to Rahab and her family who were Gentiles.

I am still comparing Joshua whose name meant Jehovah saves and how he saved (spared) Rahab and her family who were Gentiles. Jesus went to the Jews who were His own people and they did not receive Him; the Gospel was extended to the 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 can be found 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).


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: The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 3) ~ Possessing the Land

Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett                       BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG