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Jesus Christ our Messiah Foreshadowed in the Book of Nehemiah 8-5-2020

Learning about Jesus Christ our Messiah and how He was foreshadowed in the Old Testament, and how God used different ways to foreshadow Him through types and figures is awesome!


God used animals and humans, but none could be the perfect sacrifice that was necessary to take on the sins of the world. The Old Testament sacrifices were a temporary covering of sins, until Jesus Christ our Savior would permanently cleanse us from our sins.


Nehemiah foreshadowed as a type of Christ

Ezra was the one God had to rebuild the temple, but Nehemiah was the one to build the walls of Jerusalem. God gave Nehemiah favor with a pagan king to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:1-8).


Nehemiah was a type of Christ in that he wept over Jerusalem: And as it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:4).


The children of Israel had sinned against God. They had acted corruptly and had not obeyed God’s commands (Nehemiah, chapter 1).


Jesus Christ wept over Jerusalem: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stone those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37).


Nehemiah typified Christ in cleaning the temple: Nehemiah obtained a leave from the king to go to Jerusalem, and I came to Jerusalem and discovered the evil Eliashib had done for Tobiah in preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God.


And it grieved me bitterly therefore I threw out all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room. Then I commanded them to clean the room and I brought back to them the articles of the house of God (Nehemiah 13:4-9).


The Levites were not getting their portion; they were being cheated out of what belonged to them.


Jesus Christ cleaned the temple: Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who had bought and sold in the temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and seats of those who sold doves.


Jesus said, it is written My house shall be called the house of prayer for all people, but you have made it a den of thieves (Matthew 21:12-13). They were cheating those who came to buy from them.


Nehemiah called his people to rise and build with him (Nehemiah 2:18).


Jesus Christ called the disciples to follow Him and build God’s Kingdom through the church (Matthew 4:19, Matthew 16:18, the beginning of the church age -Acts 2:1-4).


We have been called to build God’s Kingdom. It can be done more effectively when one understands that the entire Word of God is centered around Jesus Christ our Messiah.


Next: Jesus Christ our Messiah Foreshadowed in the Book of Esther


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ our Messiah Foreshadowed in the Book of Ezra 8-4-2020

I was going to share a combined message about Ezra and Nehemiah, but once I started writing and getting more information, the message had to be written in two parts, Ezra first and then Nehemiah.


Ezra and Nehemiah were types of Christ our Messiah, but I want to share some history about these two men.


The books of Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book and it was decided later that they would be two separate books. Even though these books are similar, there is something different about these two men. 


One was to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed and the other was to build the walls of Jerusalem.


Now to Ezra being a type of Christ

After seventy years that the children of Israel were held captive in Babylon, King Cyrus allowed the them to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed by the Babylonians. 


God moved on the hearts of two pagan kings; one initiated the project and the other king paid for it.


Foreshadows of other people being released from bondage:

God sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from being in bondage to a pagan king who agreed to release them (Exodus 13:17).


Jesus was sent to a world ruled by the devil to set us free from being enslaved to sin (Isaiah 61:1).


It has been said that it took three years for the temple to be rebuilt. This reminds me of Jesus saying: Destroy this Temple and I will raise it in three days (John 2:19). This is symbolic of Jesus being crucified and buried and on the third day he rose from the dead (Matthew 28:6).


Ezra was not only instrumental in rebuilding the temple, he was a man who loved the Word and prayer. Ezra was a priest who read to the people the law of Moses and he interceded on behalf of the people because of their sinful acts (Ezra, chapter 9).


Jesus Christ is our High Priest who forever makes intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).


Ezra was a priest devoted to God and teaching the law of Moses (Ezra 7:10).


Jesus was devoted to God, yet He was greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6).


Ezra read the law to the assembly and everybody listened. He stood before them on a platform. Ezra opened the book in the sight of the people, for he was standing above the people and when he opened the book all the people stood up.


And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered “Amen. Amen! While lifting their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground (Nehemiah 8:1-6).


Jesus came to Nazareth where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and He stood up to read from the book of Isaiah:


The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:16-19, Isaiah 61:1-2).


He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all of those in the synagogue were fixed on Him (Luke 4:20).


Fix your eyes on Jesus Christ and continue to see Him foreshadowed in the Old Testament.

Amen! Amen!


Next: Jesus Christ our Messiah Foreshadowed in the Book of Nehemiah


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Chronicles – The Temple 8-3-2020

The last message about Jesus Christ being foreshadowed in the books of Kings and how David was a type of Christ because Christ will reign on King David’s throne forever (1 Chronicles 17:14).


Today’s message is about the Temple and its significance. David could not build the temple because he had blood on his hand for having Uriah the Hittite killed; David had committed adultery with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba.


After David and Bathsheba were married, their son Solomon was to be the king who would build the temple, where the ark of the covenant would be. The ark of the covenant or the mercy seat was where the presence of God was in the Old Testament.


Here is some brief history on the temple and the significance of the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was symbolic of God’s presence and it was kept in a specific place in the tabernacle, called the holy of holies. The priest was the only person allowed to go into the holy of holies.


He was the mediator between God and man who took the sins of the people before the Lord. The priest could have no sin on himself or he would die.


As the children of Israel traveled the ark of the covenant went with them and it was carried on staves; nobody could touch it because the Ark of the Covenant was sacred. It also had an angel at each end of it (Exodus 25:18-20).


When the temple was built by Solomon the ark of the covenant was placed in it. This was symbolic of the children of God being the temple and the ark (Spirit of God) living/dwelling in us. Therefore, we do not need a physical ark, we are the temple.


When I understood the significance of the ark of the covenant, I was blown by it. This took me to a whole new level of understanding what it means to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.


Jesus said: Tear this temple down and I will raise it in three days (John 2:19). Jesus was crucified and buried; on the third day He rose with all power in his hands (Matthew 28:18).


The mercy seat where the angels (cherubims) were on each end in the Old Testament (Exodus 25:16-20, Hebrews 9:1-5) is symbolic of an angel being on each end of the slab where Jesus laid after His crucifixion (John 20:12).


This is another reason the children of God need to see Jesus Christ our Messiah throughout the Bible, and we need to understand that without the resurrection, the would not be any mercy. In other words, we would be most miserable people (1 Corinthians 15:19).


Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).


Since our temples are so significant to God, we should be serious when it comes to our bodies (temples) and what we do with them; they are holy. 


Now that you learned more about your temple (body) and how significant it is, this should behoove you to do everything possible to please God our Father.


Next: Jesus Christ our Messiah Foreshadowed in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Witnessing Scriptures for Evangelism – The Importance of Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Part 2) 8-2-2020

I am posting some scriptures about how important it is to share the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ.


Although Paul is saying that his heart’s desire and prayer is for Israel that they may be saved in Romans 10:1, it is relating to the born-again believer witnessing to other lost people. 


And this is the reason:

For the scripture says, whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For, there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For, whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:11-13).


Woah! So, does this mean that no matter what race, creed, or color; all who call on the name of the Lord are accepted by God? (Romans 10:13)


What did the Word of God say in Romans 10:9-10? Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved (born-again).


How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe on Him in whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent?


The Word of God tells us that all of God’s children are sent to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have our own personal pulpits, whether they are on the job, in a store, or wherever we are at any given time. There are no exceptions, when it comes to the “Great Commission”


How can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace (Romans 10:14-15, Ephesians 6:15). We should always be ready to take the Gospel peacefully, and in love (1 Peter 4:8).


Misconception: I heard some pastors say that the preacher in these verses are the pastors. That is not true, because every child of God is commissioned to take the Gospel. With that being so, every child God is the preacher in this context.


I was traveling with a leader and we visited someone; at the end of his conversation and prayer, the leader said: “You ought to come to church Sunday and get saved”.


I was appalled! Once we started traveling to our destination, I asked him: “Why does someone need to come to church to get saved (born-again), when the Gospel should have been extended to them while we were there?”


Evidently the person I was traveling with did not understand what it meant to share the Gospel, wherever one is. 


Maybe one of the reasons many pew sitters do not spread the Gospel is because when people come to church, that is where the “Quote on Quote” Altar call is given for people to come and give their lives to Christ.


It is awesome how an Old Testament prophet Isaiah connected the New Testament scripture pertaining to salvation: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation (Isaiah 52:7).


And, that is not all, the prophet Daniel wrote this:

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3). There are five crowns that the children of God will be rewarded with according to their faithfulness; this one is called the Soul Winner’s crown.


As I said before that every child of God is commissioned to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Next week: Evangelism Scriptures


Monday: Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Book of Chronicles – The Temple


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Witnessing Scriptures for Evangelism 8-1-2020

Before getting into the scriptures that will be used today pertaining to what scriptures to use, I would like to bring to your awareness and perhaps more clarity to evangelizing there is something that needs to be explained.


Last week I said the messages will continue as long as the Holy Spirit leads me. As I was writing, there was a prompting by the Holy Spirit to do a series.


There will be many scriptures used for you to be able to give answers when the devil uses someone to challenge you. Always remember that the Word of God has the Highest and Final Authority!


Every child of God has been called to evangelize (Matthew 28:19-20). However, every child of God does not have the office of evangelist (Ephesians 4:11).


The difference with the office of evangelist is this, not only is the person anointed; there are supernatural manifestations of the grace call with the anointing to destroy yokes that many have been burdened down with.


The reason this is being addressed is because books are in print that say evangelizing is a gift, it is not. However, we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel (Good News) wherever our world is.


Moving forward, over the years many born-again believers have used the Romans Road. The scriptures are taken from the book of Romans and if that is what you are comfortable with, continue to use those scriptures.


I am going to share the scriptures that have captured my attention therefore, these scriptures will be explained briefly and used as additional witnessing tools that you may or may not have:


John 3:16 is the pinnacle of the entire Bible - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.


There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who came to Jesus at night. It has been said that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night because being a teacher of the law, he could have been fearful of losing his reputation.


One thing to remember is the Pharisees had no dealings with Jesus. Apparently, Nicodemus saw something in Jesus that really gained his interest.


Nicodemus knew that Jesus was from God, and during the conversation, Jesus told him that unless a man is born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


Nicodemus went on to say: How can a person be born after he is old, can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?


Jesus was telling that this new birth is spiritual and unless one is born of the Spirit, there is no way possible to be born-again. It is the Holy Spirit who causes people to be born again, and without His ministry, no one can be born-again.


The Word of God says the only thing that keeps a person from being born-again is to reject the Holy Spirit. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of man (Jesus), he will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven neither in this age or the age to come- this is call blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:32).


Tomorrow: Witnessing Scriptures for Evangelism – The Importance of Sharing the Gospel (Good News) 8-2-2020


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Kings – 7-31-2020

You read about King David, how he foreshadowed Christ and that Christ will reign on David’s throne. Regardless of David’s bad choices as king of Israel and the consequences he suffered, God loved David and He used him.


David went about a year without repenting of his sins and God sent Nathan the prophet to him and the prophet exposed David’s sin to him (2 Samuel 12:1-14).


It is written in Psalm 51 about David’s repentance. Also, in yesterday’s message you read about the consequences of David’s sins and how his house was affected; the sword never left his house (2 Samuel 12:10).


And the first child he fathered with Bathsheba did not live (2 Samuel 12:13-23); at that time, he had committed an act of adultery. David and Bathsheba married and their son Solomon was born (2 Samuel 12:24).


God had told David that he would not build the temple because blood was on his hand; he had an innocent man killed (1 Chronicles 28:3).


I am sharing about this great King Solomon who was the wealthiest of all kings (2 Chronicles 9:1-28). The Word of God said he was the wisest man that ever lived (1 Kings 4:30-32).


During Solomon’s reign there were no wars and it was peaceful (1 Kings 4:25), his name meant peace.


The Lord told Solomon not to marry women from outside nations, but Solomon married many women, he had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:3). Solomon’s heart was away turned from God to many women, which led to idolatry (1 Kings 11:1-13).


Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs (wise sayings), Ecclesiastes (the preacher)- Solomon closed this book with: Let us conclude with this matter; fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.


For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). The last book was Song of Solomon (a love song), all three books related to his experiences.


Solomon and all his glory were not arrayed like one of these lilies; the fine clothes he wore were not compared to the beauty of the lilies of the field. (Matthew 6:29).


As you can see, no human being could compare to being the Prophet, Priest and King like our Messiah. Since Christ was the Only Perfect One, only He could be the Greatest Prophet.


Only He could be the Superior High-Priest (Hebrews 7:22-27) and only Jesus Christ was affirmed the King of the Jews (Matthew 27:11) and He was greater than Solomon (Matthew 12:42).


Solomon’s reign was temporary but Christ will reign on the throne of David forever (1 Chronicles 17:14). For He is “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16); therefore, Jesus Christ is our King eternal (1 Timothy 1:17).


So far, you have read about Christ our Messiah being foreshadowed, and you can also see that as great a people they were, they could not compare to Christ our soon-coming King.


Next week: Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Chronicles -The Temple


Tomorrow: Witnessing Scriptures for Evangelism


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett



Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Samuel – King David (Part 2) 7-30-2020

Today, I am continuing in the book of Samuel and share with the readers how Jesus Christ our Messiah was foreshadowed through David, the second king of Israel.


Samuel, a prophet, and priest who also foreshadowed Jesus Christ and he was used by God to anoint the first and second kings of Israel.


God did not want Israel to have a king other than Himself, but Israel demanded a king because the nations surrounding them had kings. God granted the children of Israel their wish.


The Lord told Samuel to tell the nation of Israel what the consequences would be for having a king; that they would suffer at the hand of a king.


After the children of Israel refused to take heed to what Samuel told them, the Lord told Samuel to listen to them and anoint a king (1 Samuel, chapter 8).


Saul was chosen to be the first king of Israel. However, after a certain time, he turned his back on God and was rejected as king. David the son of Jesse was anointed to be Israel’s next king.


The foreshadowing, type and figure and similarities between David and Jesus Christ:

David and his reign look to the coming of Christ our Messiah. David’s throne was the same throne Jesus Christ will reign on in Jerusalem (Isaiah 9:7, Revelation 21:2).


Why does the Word of God say that Jesus will sit on the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32)? Christ came through the ancestry line of David: Obed begot (gave birth to) Jesse and Jesse begot David the king (Matthew 1:6).


David was a prophet (Acts 2:29-31) and king; he was a forerunner of Jesus Christ who was the Root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:11).


The Messianic prophecy traces backed to 2 Samuel 7:12-16. Your house and Your kingdom will endure forever…. Isaiah spoke of the promise of a Messianic King who would be born of David’s family line.


You have read how David was a type of Christ and David had a great love for God. Yet, after becoming king he committed adultery and had the woman’s husband killed to cover up his sin (2 Samuel, chapter 11).


The sword never left David’s house because of his sinful acts. He had problems with his children. One son had sex with his own sister (David’s daughter) and he hated her after the act was over and Absalom, another son of David murdered his brother for his sinful sexual act against their sister (2 Samuel, chapter 13).


Absalom tried to take David’s kingdom and he tried to kill David (2 Samuel, chapter 15-19). One day while riding on a donkey, Absalom’s hair got caught in a tree.


The donkey kept going and Absalom was left dangling and David’s servant Joab took three spears in his hand and thrust them through Absalom’s heart and Absalom died. David mourned deeply over Absalom’s death, for he loved his son dearly (2 Samuel, chapter 18).


I am sure you must be wondering how in the world could God use a man like that. Especially when he was a type of Christ when it comes to being a king and Jesus Christ will be sitting on his throne.


It would seem that God would take his kingdom like He did with Saul. To be honest, I do not understand it, but whether any of us understand it, that is God’s business.


No one can throw rocks at anybody else’s sin; many of us have done the same things (John 8:7). It is by the grace of God that any of us are what we are (1 Corinthians 15:10). The truth is many people have done worse things than David.


You may say, I did not kill anybody or commit adultery. What about killing someone’s character (James 4:11)? What about lusting after a person (Matthew 5:27-28)?


Next: Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Kings


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Samuel (Part 1) 7-29-2020

The books of Samuel are the first books of the kings. Actually, Kings is comprised of six books, first and second Samuel, first and second Kings and first and second Chronicles.


In each of these books you will Jesus Christ our Messiah foreshadowed.


As we go to first and second Samuel, you will see the likeness, foreshadowing of our Messiah and a type and figure of Him.


There was a lady named Hannah whose womb had been shut, and in the Bible times a barren woman was considered cursed.


Hannah’s husband Elkanah who loved Hannah dearly, also had another wife who had sons and daughters by him. The other wife Penninah provoked Hannah and made her miserable because she could not have children.


Hannah sought the Lord in anguish and made a vow and said, “O Lord of host, if you will look on the affliction of your maidservant…. And give me a male child, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”


In the process of time Hannah conceived and called her son Samuel because she has asked of the Lord. After Hannah had weaned Samuel, she took him to Eli, the priest who trained Samuel and he served in the tabernacle.


Over a period of time, Hannah and Elkanah had three other sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).


Samuel was a foreshadowing of Christ in that he was a priest and a prophet who devoted himself to the Lord his entire life.


Jesus was totally dedicated and devoted to God His Father.


Samuel was the only son at the time he was born to Hannah and Elkanah.


Jesus Christ was the only Son of God and the first son of the Virgin Mary, she later had other children with her husband Joseph (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3).


Jesus Christ was also a Priest and Prophet; He was greater than Samuel because Jesus Christ was, is, and will be our soon coming King.


Scriptures taken from 1 Samuel, chapters 1 and 2


Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Samuel – King David (Part 2)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ Our Messiah in the Book of Ruth as Our Kinsman/Redeemer 7-28-2020

This is a wonderful story between a mother (widow) and her daughter-in-law who had a great love for each other.


It came to pass when the judges ruled that there was a famine in the land and Elimelech of Bethlehem Judah moved with his family to Moab. Elimelech who was Naomi’s husband died and she was left with her two sons.


Their sons Mahlon and Chilion married two Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. They stayed in Moab about ten years and during that time, Mahlon and Chilion also died.


Naomi was left with her two daughters- in -law. Naomi left Moab with her daughters-in -law and headed back to Bethlehem; she told them to go back to their own land. They lifted up their voices and wept again and Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye.


Naomi was trying to get Ruth to go back with Orpah to serve their gods. But Ruth clung to her mother-in-law and said: Please do not make me leave you or turn back from following you, for wherever you go I will go and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.


This was a powerful statement coming from Ruth. She even wanted to die where Naomi died and to be buried where she was buried. Naomi must have had a great influence on Ruth’s life by the godly way she lived.


This is an overview of a marriage between Boaz and Ruth which is symbolic of the children of God being married to Christ our Redeemer (Ephesians 1:7), which makes us His bride (Revelation 19:7).


In the Old Testament it was customary for a widowed woman to marry her dead husband next of kin (Deuteronomy 25:5, Matthew 22:24), and the new husband’s son would carry the dead husband’s name.


While Ruth was gleaning in the fields, she met Boaz, a wealthy man who was a cousin of Elimelech, her dead father-in-law.

Boaz was not the next in line as kinsman redeemer, so he asked the person who was next in line to take Ruth as his bride, he refused to marry her and let their son carry the name of her dead husband.


This was a custom in the former times concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything, one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other and this was confirmation in Israel.


When the other relative refused to marry Ruth, Boaz redeemed her and she became his wife/bride.


Not only did Boaz redeem her, he provided everything that Ruth needed, just as Jesus Christ redeems and provide everything else we need (Philippians 4:19).


For your information, Jesus came through the ancestry of Boaz (Matthew 1:5).


Note: definition of redeem: to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow. I like to use the word purchase. Boaz purchased all of his relative Elimelech and his sons Mahlon and Chilion’s property from Naomi.


Jesus purchased us with His precious blood (Acts 17:11, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 3:13-15).


Please read the four short chapters of Ruth.


Next: Jesus Christ Foreshadowed in the Books of Samuel


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges - Samson 7-27-2020

Last week two messages were posted about God using judges to save/deliver the children of Israel from their enemies. The judges were foreshadowing Jesus Christ our Messiah who came to deliver us from death and hell.


As I share about this judge, he is the most well known and quite unique as we all are. This story reveals the weakness of an anointed man who had a stronghold of lusting after women.


I am going back to Samson’s birth and share different things about his life that stands out the most (Judges, chapters 13-16).


The children of Israel continued to do evil in the sight of the Lord and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. 


An Angel of the Lord appeared to a woman who could not conceive and He told her that she would give birth to a son.


The Angel of the Lord told her to be careful what she ate; she was not to drink wine or anything similar to it and she also was told not to eat anything unclean. 


The woman was told that no razor shall be used on his head because the child would be a Nazarite (Numbers 6:1-21) to God from her womb and he would begin to deliver Israel out the hand of the Philistines.


Years later Samson became judge over the children of Israel. Samson was given extraordinary strength when the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him.


But Samson repeatedly violated the Nazarite vow by compromising what he was called to do; that was, to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines.


Samson married a Philistine woman that his father and mother did not approve of. 


Samson was a man of riddles and during the wedding feast he posed a riddle to the Philistines that if they could solve the riddle within seven days, he would give them thirty garments.


And, if they did not solve the riddle they would give Samson thirty garments. They solved the riddle and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson and he went and killed thirty of their men and he returned to the Philistines to pay off the debt.


Samson went back to his father’s house and his wife had been given to his companion who was his best man. Later Samson married another Philistine woman named Delilah.


After repeatedly trying to get Samson to reveal where his strength was, Samson told her it was in his hair. Samson went to sleep with his head on Delilah’s lap and she called for the Philistines and they came in while he was sleep and cut off Samson’s seven locks of hair.


Samson had lost his strength and the Philistines overtook Samson and put his eyes out and brought him down to Gaza, they bound him with chains and fetters and he became the grinder in the prison.


This is a sad story about Samson who was called as a judge to deliver and shepherd the children of Israel. Because Samson compromised, it caused severe consequences.


Yet, when Samson cried out to the Lord, his hair and strength was restored and he killed more (ten thousand) Philistines in death than he did in his life.


No human being could have ever been a perfect deliverer of God’s people because all humans have sinned. It took the perfect Jesus Christ to permanently cleanse us from our sins and deliver us from the penalty, power and presence of sin and death.


The moral of this story is: If you, as a child of God cry out with a repenting heart, He will restore you back into fellowship with Him (1 John 1:9).


Next: Jesus Christ Our Messiah in the Book of Ruth as Our Kinsman/Redeemer


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Great Commission – Guidelines for Evangelism 7-26-2020

The message is this:


How people perceive you, by what is said, your demeanor and what you wear determines the effectiveness of your witnessing.


The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple; do not make it complicated by giving someone the whole Bible.


Example: While walking the streets of Camden New Jersey, the Lord would put prostitutes, homosexuals, drug addicts and other unsaved people in my path. Sometimes all I would say was: “Jesus loves you”. Other times after saying Jesus loves you, I would give them a hug.


We never know what God could have been doing through a situation like that. It may be just what was needed at that particular time. This is why it is important to ask the Spirit of God to lead us.


There are specific scriptures that are used to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Always remember that you give what the Word of God says whether the person/s you are witnessing to believe or receive it or not. The Word of God supersedes anything else and God’s Word has final authority.


I am going back to how people perceive you:


1) What you say is very important: You must remember that many unsaved people were brought up in the church and they heard some scriptures. So, if you are not sure of what is being said, they can make you look like a fool.


2) Watch that look on your face: When someone sees a bad, mean or snobbish look, they are turned off, so make sure to have a smile and the kind of look that makes the one/s you are witnessing to feel comfortable. You need to give the impression that you really do have their best interest at heart.


3) The type of clothes that are worn will make a difference in how people will receive from you. Example: A group on the evangelism team from a former church would go out to witness with me.


I was embarrassed at the way the sisters dressed, although there was training and proper attire was part of the training, they did not get it.

When we were at certain places like the bus stop downtown, men were looking at the sisters’ bodies. 


Anything that takes away from the Word of God, regardless of where you may be, God is not getting the glory.


When females are exposing too much of their body parts (skimpy clothes) or wearing skin-tight clothes, this can cause a man to look with the wrong intention. This makes it even worse for men who are dealing with lust.


Think about it, who is the Gospel all about, Jesus Christ being glorified or the attention being drawn to you? 


 Next week: Witnessing Scriptures for Evangelism


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges – Samson (Part 3)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett



The Great Commission 7-25-2020

Jesus said: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you….. (Matthew 28:19-20).


Last weekend, I said that on weekends the sharing would be about effective witnessing. There are certain aspects of witnessing that many of the professed children of God do not understand.


For the next few weekends, or however long the Holy Spirit guides me, the proper way to carry God’s Word will be posted.


What did Jesus Christ mean when He told His disciples to teach what He had taught them in Matthew 28:19?


Jesus taught them how to witness to unsaved (the lost) people. Jesus sent His disciples out two by two after He taught them; the word disciple means to be taught (a learner).


There are scriptures that relate, support, and connect with carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For instance, the Apostle Paul wrote about the Gospel in Romans and Ephesians.


As you study more about what we have been commissioned by Jesus Christ to do, the more effective your witnessing will become.


Although each of us may witness different, we are taking the same Word. What I mean is, it depends on who and where you are in your part of the world; whether it is on your job, in the grocery store, or wherever you are, it has been ordained by God our Father for each of His children to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


No one person can save everybody; God has ordained for each of His children to reach a set number of people.


How we carry the Gospel to the ones we have been ordained to reach will make the difference.


Tomorrow: The Great Commission - Tools for Evangelism


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges - Gideon (Part 2) 7-24-2020

Yesterday’s message was about Deborah and Barak, and how the Lord anointed and appointed them to carry out His plan for the children of Israel to be delivered from their enemies.


There were thirteen judges anointed by God at certain intervals to deliver the Israelites from their enemies. All of the judges were important, but we hear more about Deborah, Gideon, and Samson.


Every time one judge was no longer with Israel, they would go right back to their old ways. Because of their wickedness, the Lord allowed their enemies the Midianites to come and destroy everything they had.


As usual, they cried out to the Lord, and the Lord sent a prophet to warn the Israelites of how He had delivered them from the time they were in Egypt. The prophet ended with this: But you have not obeyed My voice.


An Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said: The Lord is with you mighty man of valor.


Why did the Angel of the Lord call him a mighty man of valor, when Gideon was fearful of the enemies who were fierce, powerful and had caused them to be impoverished?


The Angel of the Lord called him a mighty man of valor because Gideon was going to be a mighty man of valor. Valor means great courage in the face of danger, especially in a battle. God does not look at who we are now, He sees us as the complete person.


As I move forward, some of you may wonder why God would use such a weakling as Gideon. The weak Gideon was hiding because he was fearful of the enemy who was furious and powerful.


Well, God does that so He gets the glory. Remember how God told Paul the apostle that in his weakness God was his strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).


Gideon had a problem with believing the Lord would use him to lead and defeat an army and save/deliver the children of Israel from their enemies. Therefore, he put out a fleece to the Lord to confirm if He would save Israel by his hand.


He really put out a fleece two times. And Gideon said to the Lord before the second fleece: Do not be angry with me….but let me test, I pray just one more time with the fleece…and God did it that night….


God was going to save, deliver and give them the victory. However, Gideon did not see himself as an instrument that God was going to use to save His people. But Gideon obeyed the Lord and he got the victory.


It was said in the last message that the judges were considered saviors; the judges were a foreshadowing of Christ.


God called Gideon to defeat an army on behalf of the children of Israel, but He reduced Gideon’s army from thirty-two thousand to 300 measly (few) men.


Why in the world would God do that? As usual it was for God to get the glory. Although Gideon started off as a weak person, if he was allowed to win the war with thirty-two thousand men, he would have gotten big-headed.


Remember this, Jesus Christ humbled Himself and became obedient to the Father; it was all about doing His Father’s will.


It is our Father’s will to learn and understand that His Word is all about Jesus Christ, our Messiah.


Please read Judges, chapters 6-8


Next week: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges - Samson


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

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Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges (Part 1) 7-23-2020​

God promised the children of Israel they would go to the promise land, a land flowing with and honey. After forty-years of wandering through the wilderness due to their unbelief, they finally made it.


Guess what? Just like people throughout history, they started acting crazy; these people were doing whatever they felt like doing. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes, deliberately serving false gods.


Yet, each time they cried out to God He faithfully raised up judges to deliver them. These judges were anointed military and civil leaders.

The judges were types of Christ in that they shepherded or watched/ruled over the children of Israel. Jesus is our Shepherd, we are His sheep and He watches over us (John 10:11, 14). 


The judges also went to war on behalf of them. Jesus Christ defeated the devil on our behalf (Colossians 2:15, Revelation 1:18).


God raised up judges to deliver them from their oppressors; the judges were also considered the peoples’ savior. Now we know that this was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, who would deliver people from their sins.


In the Old Testament, another foreshadowing of Jesus Christ was the animal sacrifice, until Jesus Christ was manifested in the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4), Jesus was physically revealed to deliver us from sin.


This book depicts the consequences of sin and when the people cried out for help, God would deliver them. God was just and He was a Savior.


I am going to give a brief history of a few of the judges God used on behalf of the Israelites:


When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord again. So, the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan …. the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, for Jabin had nine hundred chariots of iron and he had harshly oppressed the children of Israel for twenty years.


Sisera was the commander of Jabin’s army. The Lord anointed Deborah a prophetess and judge; she went to battle on behalf of Israel. Barak the commander who accompanied Deborah in battle was afraid to come up against Sisera’s army.


Barak was not trusting God, so Deborah gave a prophetic word: Up! On this the day the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the Lord gone out before you?


So, Barak went down from Mt. Tabor with ten thousand men with him and the Lord routed Sisera with all his chariots and all his army before Barak.


Barak’s enemies fled, but he pursued them and all the army of Sisera fell by the sword; not a man was left. However, Sisera fled and was killed later by someone else and Barak pursued and found out what happened to Sisera. Read Judges 4:17-24


God used Deborah’s prophetic word to motivate Barak to go forward and defeat an army. The judges were considered saviors because they delivered God’s people from their enemies (Judges, chapters 4-5).


It is so important to know how God used judges to deliver/rescue the children of Israel from their enemies; however, the Savior was needed to deliver us from death and hell and give us eternal life.


This Savior I am talking about is Jesus Christ our Messiah. God wants His children to recognize who Jesus is from Genesis to Revelation.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges - Gideon and Samson (Part 2)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Joshua 7-22-2020

Yesterday, you read about the similarities between Moses and Jesus; today we will go to the book of Joshua, who was Moses’ predecessor. 

Joshua was trained by Moses and he was the next leader (Joshua 1:1-5) that was chosen by God to take the children of Israel into the promise land (Joshua, chapters 1-5).


Let us begin with what Joshua’s name meant: “God is my salvation” and Jesus’ Hebrew name is Yehoshua/Jeshua (Joshua).


This is a powerful connection that shows Joshua as a type of Christ. Now you will see the correlation between Joshua and Jesus.

Joshua led his people to defeat their enemies (Joshua, chapter 7).


Jesus defeated our enemies after He rose from the dead with all power in His hand (Matthew 28:18). And He gave us the power to defeat our enemies (Luke 10:19), by giving us the armor to fight against our enemies (Ephesians 6:10-18).


We have everything we need for our victory because the Greater One lives in us (1 John 4:4), which makes us more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).


Just as Joshua was given specific instructions to win a war when they fought the battle at Jericho (Joshua, chapter 6),


similarly, Jesus came to do His Father’s will and Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19).


Joshua took God’s people into the promise land (Joshua, chapters 1-5).


Our promise land is all the blessings God has for us on this side of glory if we walk in obedience to His Word – Seek first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness and these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).


Example: Joshua had to follow God’s instructions pertaining to the battle of Jericho in order to win the battle (Joshua, chapter 6).


Moving forward, Jesus promised that He was going away to prepare a place for us- in My Father’s house are many mansions (John 14:1-4).


Our promise land is not in heaven like the songs that have been sung for many years; we will live in the New Jerusalem which will come down out of heaven (Revelation 21:2). It was always God’s plan for mankind to dwell on earth and rule over it.


If you can only imagine how much God wants you to see Jesus Christ in types and figures and shadows of things to come (Colossians 2:16-17), all the way through the Bible; it will blow your mind.


When our spiritual eyes become open to how awesome Jesus Christ is, it will help us to have a better appreciation of Jesus Christ and a more intimate relationship with Him.


Jesus Christ is the center of the entire sixty-six books.


Wisdom is the principal thing, but above all get understanding. When God’s children truly understand who Christ is, it will change their mind-set and their walk will be different.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Judges


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Deuteronomy 7-21-2020

As we continue to go from book to book and see Jesus Christ throughout the entire Bible, Deuteronomy will be the last of the five books of the law that Moses wrote.


Today I am going to connect Moses and Jesus when it comes to both of them being a prophet.


These are the words spoken by Moses to the children of Israel: The LORD your God shall raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to Him (Deuteronomy 18:15).


What did Moses mean when he said a prophet like me? When Moses said a prophet like me, he meant that there were similarities but Jesus was greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6).


Moses was symbolic of or a type of Christ in that he was sent to Egypt (symbolic of the world) to set God’s people free from being in bondage by Pharaoh who was symbolic of the devil.


Christ was sent to this world to set free people from being in bondage or enslaved by sin.


 Moses was the prophet (spokesperson) speaking what he had received from the LORD.


 Jesus was sent to do the will of the Father (John 6:38); to set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).


Moses and Jesus were sent to set the people free from being enslaved.


Moses was like Jesus in that he fasted in the desert forty days and forty nights (Moses-Exodus 34:28, Jesus- Matthew 4:1-11).


Moses came down off the high mountain with the Word of God -Ten Commandments (Exodus, chapter 20).


Jesus came from on high (from heaven) as the Word (John 1:1).


All the other prophets God spoke to in dreams and visions, but God spoke to Jesus (John 1:18) and Moses face to face (Exodus 33:11); in other words, He spoke directly to them.


For your information: Even though Moses did not go into the promise land, he went to the top of Mt. Pisgah and the Lord showed him the land that He had sworn to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He allowed Moses to see it, yet Moses could not go there.


When Moses died, God buried him in the valley of the land of Moab, and nobody knows where his grave is unto this day (Deuteronomy 34:1-6).


Satan and Michael the archangel disputed over Moses’ body because, if people would have known where Moses’ body was, they would have made an idol of him (worshipped him) – (Jude 9).

 We are to worship God/Jesus Christ only (Matthew 2:11, Luke 4:8).


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Joshua


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah as the Rock (Exodus and Numbers) 7-20-2020

In searching out the scriptures there is a connection with Exodus 17:1-8 and Numbers, chapter 20. Both occurrences were referring to, or foreshadowing Jesus Christ.


Strike the rock (Exodus 17:1-8)

I am going to backtrack to Exodus when the Israelites were wandering through the wilderness, they were thirsty for water and they complained to Moses.


 The people were angry with Moses and said to him, why did you bring us from Egypt to kill our children and our cattle with thirst?


Moses cried to the Lord and said these people are going to stone me. The Lord told Moses to go before the elders and the people and use the same rod he used when they were crossing the Red Sea.


The Lord told Moses He would stand before him at Mount Horeb, and that Moses was to strike the rock and water would come out of it for the people to drink.


When Moses was told to strike the rock, this was symbolic of our Messiah being stricken, beat and crucified on the cross for the sins of the world (Mark 15:16-39).


Speak to the rock (Numbers 20:1-12)

The Israelites continued traveling through the wilderness and they were thirsty again, just as they were when they were traveling in the book of Exodus. They were upset with Moses and started complaining of being thirsty.


Moses and Aaron went before the Lord again and He told them to gather the congregation together before the rock. It was apparent that by this time Moses had become angry because the people complained against him.


Instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had instructed him, he said “Hear now you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock"? 


Moses lifted up his hand with the rod and struck the rock twice and the water came out abundantly for the people and the animals.


The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and said, because you did not believe Me and sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, you shall not bring this congregation into the Land I have given them.


Why was God so angry with Moses for striking the rock when He told Moses to speak to it? This is symbolic of Christ going to the cross and being crucified all over again. Christ died once for the sins of the world: So, Christ was once offered for the sins of many… (Hebrews 9:28).


When He said: “It is finished” (John 19:30); that took care of sins and now we have access to God through Jesus Christ our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).


Whatever we ask our Father for that is in His will He hears us (1 John 5:14-15). However, no one can go to the God the Father and bypass Jesus Christ; He is our Mediator (Hebrews 9:15).


This is another way of confirming that the Word of God/the Good News is centered around Jesus Christ.


Note: Jesus told Peter that the church would be built, established, or founded on Himself. Jesus Christ is the Rock and Peter was the little rock (Matthew 16:18) and he was one of the apostles who helped to establish the church (Ephesians 2:20). Peter preached the first sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts, chapter 2).


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in the Book of Deuteronomy


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Effective Witnessing 7-19-2020

Yesterday, I told you that today’s message would be a testimony to how the Lord used me to witness effectively.


The Gospel has to be shared in a way that the hearer can identify with what is being conveyed. Jesus always talked on terms the people could identify with. For instance, He used the analogy of planting seeds, cultivating the ground, and producing a harvest.


In witnessing to many people, they will tell you that they know God, that we all belong to the same God. In other words, they acknowledge God. However, these people do not know or serve the same God that we belong to.


Even though these people acknowledge God, when it comes to Jesus Christ, it makes a big difference. If they do not acknowledge Jesus, then they are not acknowledging God because they must know Jesus Christ in order to know God (John 8:19). 


Many unbelievers are offended when Jesus Christ is mentioned in a conversation. Jesus Christ Himself said that many would be offended because of Him (Matthew 26:31).


A friend was on a door-to-door-walk-a-thon to get people to sponsor a person for the walk-a-thon. He knocked on a door and the couple he was having a conversation with were talking about God seemed to be open and receptive. As soon as he mentioned Jesus, they slammed the door in his face.


Now to those who are using Revelation as a witnessing tool:

First of all, after chapter four verse one, the church will no longer be here. As soon as we leave, the tribulation begins. You will not see the church again until chapter nineteen.


Years ago, while walking on a track at the gym, a person and I had been walking and talking together for months. I would mention God and he said he did not believe that God existed. One day he asked me how did I know the Bible was true?


Right off the bat, I began to tell him how Jesus talked about wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes in different places and killer diseases. I told the person that we were already experiencing everything that Jesus said would happen and he did not question that anymore (Matthew 24:6-7).


For your information: For the last 100 years these things have been constantly increasing; this is what Jesus said when it comes to what is happening in our time period.


I continued my conversation and told the person I was walking with what John wrote in Revelation. Now to an overview of Revelation, chapter 11: two witnesses were sent back to the earth to prophesy three and a half years (this is doing the great tribulation) …..and when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them.


And their bodies shall lie in the street of that great city … where our Lord was crucified .... And people all over the world shall see their bodies for three and a half days.


The main emphasis is: “How in the world did John know what this meant when he was writing”? Fifty years ago, one would really have to believe by faith, but since we have satellite TV, you don’t need faith to believe that. And that is another scripture that has full proof that the Bible is true.


Warning: Do not debate or argue over the scriptures, just be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).


Conclusion: I want to encourage you to continue carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ whether you see a change in anyone or not. You and I carry the Word of God, but God is the only One who can save souls (1 Corinthians 3:6).


I felt so passionate about posting these messages that I would like to write more about witnessing on weekends.


One more thing: If you do not understand who Jesus Christ is throughout the Bible, then your witness will not be effective.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in Leviticus (the feasts) – Part 3


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“Witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ” 7-18-2020

Good morning family and friends!


On the weekends I break away from my regular messages about “Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible”. But posting messages on a daily basis has been my passion, especially since travels for me are at a standstill due to the coronavirus.


God has a reason for everything and in this season of being still physically, God is doing great and mighty things in the spirit realm. Sometime later, when the Spirit of God directs me, this will be shared.


I have been reading what some people have been posting on Facebook pertaining to the end times and they are using the book of Revelation as a witnessing tool.


I commend each one of you for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of which all the children of God are commissioned to do (Matthew 28:19-20).


However, being in the office of Evangelist, I have been given a little deeper insight because of the call. With that being so, tomorrow if the Lord wills, I plan to share a testimony for God’s glory and for your encouragement.


There are two major scriptures that I will concentrate on that people who question the Bible being true. From that I feel these scriptures will help you to witness more effectively.


God bless all of your endeavors to do His will as you are letting your light so shine before men that our Father in heaven will be glorified (Matthew 5:13-16).


Tomorrow: Effective Witnessing


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in Leviticus (the feasts) – Part 2 7-17-2020

Yesterday, part one of the message was posted pertaining to the sabbath, the priesthood and three of the seven feasts. Today is a continuation of the feasts, beginning with number four.


The Old Testament feasts were a shadow pointing to Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, the entire Bible is centered around Jesus Christ our Messiah.


With that being so, we should learn everything possible about seeing Jesus through the entire Bible and our understanding will be better. The more we understand Jesus Christ, our relationship becomes more intimate with Him.


Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) pointed to the birth of the church. When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord and in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.


Then there appeared unto them divided tongues, as of fire and sat upon each one of them. And they all were filled with the Holy Spirit (baptized with the Holy Spirit) and began to speak with other tongues (unknown to their own language) as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).


The people were empowered to carry the Gospel that Jesus Christ told them about before He ascended into heaven: You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be My witness…. to the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8).


The evidence of speaking in tongues is the extra explosive, dynamite kind of power to witness and minister. The Holy Spirit began to live in us from the onset of our salvation, and He will live in us throughout eternity.


What God started at the birth of the church He will continue until Christ comes to meet us in the air to be with Him throughout eternity (Philippians 1:6); until then the gates of hell shall not prevail against the (His) church (Matthew 16:18).


4) Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24); there are three occasions where the trumpets are blown:


a) To call the nation of peoples for assembly – Anytime the nation was to be assembled together, the trumpets were blown (Numbers 10:2-3, 7). 


The trumpet shall sound when we meet Jesus Christ in the air; this is called the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Everybody will be caught at the same time, except those who died (asleep); they will go up first.


b) In the Old Testament the trumpets were blown any time there was going be a war (Nehemiah 4:18, 20). The trumpets will be blown when Jesus returns with the saints to war against the antichrist at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).


c) In the Old Testament, the trumpet was blown when they announced the new king (1 Kings 1:34-35). In the future our King (Jesus Christ) will be announced with the sound of the trumpets when He enters into His Kingdom.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in Leviticus (the feasts) Part 3


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in Leviticus (the sabbath, the priesthood and the feasts) – Part 1

7-16-2020

There were three kinds of laws in the Old Testament: the Ten Commandments (moral law), the civil laws and ceremonial laws.


Today, the focus will be on the ceremonial laws pertaining to the high priest as a mediator which points to Jesus and how He is the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).


Before we get to the feast days, I am going to start with the sabbath, meaning Jesus gave us salvation and we entered into rest from our labors (Matthew 11:28-30), and from trying to produce righteousness on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9).


We are righteous because of Christ; He took on our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21).


Now to the feast days that pointed toward a specific ministry of Christ (Leviticus 23:4).


Feasts and festivals – God’s prophetic calendar

1) The Feast of the Passover (Leviticus 4:5) pointed to the death of Jesus Christ. Therefore purge (clean) out the old leaven that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened.


For indeed Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7). 


Paul was telling the church at Corinth and us to get rid of the sin (leaven) in the church because Christ, our Passover Lamb sacrificed His life for us. If we allow sin (leaven) to go unchecked in the church, sin spreads like yeast that rises in the bread.


On July 15, 2020, the history of Passover was posted in my message. For a better understanding of how significant Passover is, please read yesterday’s message on Burnett Ministries blog page.


2) Feast of unleavened bread (Exodus 13:7) pointed to Jesus being buried for our sins. Therefore, we were buried in Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we all should walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4).


Leaven means sin, so when Jesus Christ died, He took the leaven of sin with Him and our sins are buried. We now are living an unleavened or sanctified life and we walk in freedom.


3) Feast of the First Fruits pointed to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep ….. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).


Those who die will be resurrected from the dead, never to die again (John 11:24-25). Jesus was not the first person to die, but He was the only One who died, never to die again.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in Leviticus (the sabbath, the priesthood and the feasts) – Part 2


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible (Exodus) – The Passover 7-15-2020

We see Jesus throughout the entire Bible because He is the answer to sin and it was decided by the Triune God that Jesus Christ would be the One to pay the price for sin; a body was prepared (Hebrews 10:5) so He could come to the earth and live among us (John 1:14) and eventually Jesus Christ died for our sins (1 Peter 3:18).


In continuing with the messages, we are now going to Exodus, which means to leave or depart from a place. We left from Genesis, the beginning of everything about creation, and prophecy pertaining to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the future coming of our Messiah who would take care of sin once and for all (Hebrews 1:3, 9:28).


It is important to know that all the foreshadowing and types and figures were temporary until Jesus our Messiah came and made salvation permanent. To be able to understand Jesus Christ more fully, it is necessary to understand what and who the Old Testament was talking about, as well as the entire Bible.


The Exodus

The Hebrews had been enslaved in Egypt for 400 years (Genesis 15:13, Acts 7:6). This happened after Joseph died; he was next to the Pharaoh in rank, but later a new Pharaoh (king) began to rule and he was very harsh on the Hebrews because he did not know Joseph (Exodus 1:8).The former Pharaoh was gracious to the people on behalf of Joseph.


The Hebrews were multiplying so fast that Pharaoh was afraid they would outnumber the Egyptians and they would be more powerful than the Egyptians (Exodus 1:9).


God rose up a leader to go and deliver His people from their suffering. Moses, a type of Christ, was chosen by God to go down in Egypt land and tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go (Exodus 9:1).


Pharaoh did not let the Hebrews go, so God sent plagues and after the tenth plague that killed all the first-born, Pharaoh agreed to let the people go (Exodus 12:30-32).


Prior to the Hebrews exodus from Egypt, they were given specific instructions. They were told to kill an unblemished lamb and put blood from the lamb on each side of the doorpost, which is symbolic of salvation. Everyone who had the blood on the doorpost, the destroyer (death) would pass-over them (Exodus 12:21-23).


This was a foreshadowing Jesus Christ, the Perfect Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).


This is where Passover originated from and was practiced by the Jews until today; they were commanded by God to keep the Passover.


However, once Jesus died and rose from the dead there has not been a reason to commemorate Passover, because Jesus Christ became the Passover Lamb that was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7).


All of the feast days and sabbaths were nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:24-22), because Jesus fulfilled them all. The Old Testament pointed to Jesus Christ; in the New Testament, we look back on what He has done and we look forward to what Jesus Christ will do when He returns to make everything perfect.


There is not no need for animal sacrifices; Jesus Christ became the perfect and permanent sacrifice. Therefore, we born-again believers do not celebrate Passover. Plus, we are the living sacrifices who are called to live a holy and uncompromising life (Romans 12:1-2).


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ our Messiah in Leviticus (the law)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible (Genesis) - Christ Involved in Creation – The Gospel Prophesied (preached) 7-14-2020

The Creative Acts


Christ was involved in creation: For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Jesus Christ) (Colossians 1:16),


along with the Holy Spirit: The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2).


God said, let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion…. (Genesis 1:26).


For those who have heard the word Trinity, or the Triune God, this helps to broaden or give you a better understanding of its origin, which connects to 1 John 5:7- And there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father the Word (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit and these three are one.


You have learned about Christ and His involvement with creation, now let’s go the prophecy concerning the birth and death of Jesus Christ.


God told Adam that in the day he ate of the forbidden fruit, he would die. After Adam ate the fruit he was separated from God because of the sin of disobedience (Genesis 2:16-17).


God killed an animal (blood was shed), and He clothe Adam and Eve with the animal’s skins (Genesis 3:21). This was symbolic of Christ blood being shed for the sins of the world. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22).


This question has been asked: “Are Adam and Eve in hell”? According to the Word of God, they are in paradise with God. You will not see this in the Word, but the proof is there because God took care of their sin when He killed the animal and clothe them with the skin, this is symbolic of salvation.


The Gospel

We are moving to Genesis 3:15, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ the coming Messiah, was preached or prophesied: And I will put enmity (hostility, hatred) between you Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed, He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.


It is the man’s seed that produces children, but God said the seed of the woman, meaning that she would be a virgin (Luke 1:26-38) - Key verse 27


The serpent’s (the devil’s) seed would bruise the heel of the woman’s seed (Jesus), meaning the devil would use the Jews and Romans to kill Jesus, it did not stop there because Jesus Christ rose and had authority over everything (Matthew 28:18), the head represents authority. 

Jesus crushed the devil (Satan’s head), meaning He took all the authority from Satan.


Tell me, do you see Jesus with 20/20 vision?


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible (Exodus) – The Passover


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible – Introduction 7-13-2020

Last year I started posting messages about seeing Jesus Christ throughout the Bible, but that came to a halt for a season only. The timing was not right because there were other messages that the Holy Spirit directed me to write and post.


I believe the previous messages were necessary for the readers to understand more clearly, and how important it is to see Christ and the awesome role He plays in born-again believers lives.


I will start in the book of Genesis with the beginning of creation and Christ’s involvement. First of all, you need to know that Christ did not begin in Genesis. He has been and He always will be (Revelation 1:8). Jesus Christ had no beginning and He has no end - He is eternal.


On the road to Emmaus, Jesus met two disciples who did not recognize Him. Jesus began to tell them how He was mentioned throughout the Old Testament. Prior to His resurrection, the disciples did not understand what Jesus said about His crucifixion and resurrection (Luke 18:28-34); Key verse is 34.


Jesus said He was talked about by Moses, and the prophets wrote about Him and once He rose from the dead the prophecy was fulfilled (Luke, chapter 24).


Not only did the prophets write about Jesus’ birth (Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6), they also wrote about His death (Psalm 22:1), and His resurrection (Psalm 16:10).


Scriptures also told of the necessity of the Messiah’s sufferings (Isaiah 53:3-10).


Jesus Christ was foreshadowed through types and figures. Example: Joseph was sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37:12-32). Judas went to the chief priests and asked them if he could turn Jesus over to them for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16, 27:9).


Moses was a type and figure of Jesus in that he was sent to Egypt to deliver the Hebrews from bondage (Exodus 3:1-15). Egypt was symbolic of the world and Pharaoh was symbolic of the devil, who is the god of this sinful world (2 Corinthians 4:4). Jesus came to set the captives free from being enslaved to sin (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).


This is what Moses told the Israelites: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you from your brothers - it is to Him you shall listen (Deuteronomy 18:15).


Now that you know what was said by Jesus Christ Himself, that He was spoken of throughout the Word of God, it should be much easier for you to understand who Jesus Christ really is and when you have the opportunity to minister or witness, it will be more effective.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible (Genesis)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Testimonial resulting from the message: “Manipulating Evangelicals” 7-12-2020

The message was posted on July 7, 2020 and this person had been sowing into a few ministries for years. After posting the message as to how wealthy at least thirty-five of these ministers are, the person searched it out to see if what I wrote was true.


What I wrote was confirmed when she read who the people were and the astronomical figures for herself. This reminds me of the people in the book of Acts who were being taught the Word of God by scholars, yet they searched the scriptures to see if what was being taught was true (Acts 17:11).


Since I too search the scriptures to see what is true, I find it quite commendable that the sister did her own research. From the message she read which was an eye-opener, the sister felt that others needed to know more about these manipulating evangelicals.


The testimony behind this is, once she found out the truth about two of these ministers that she had sowed into for years, she stopped giving away God’s money or wasting it.


I was guilty of sowing into various ministries for almost ten years and I could not afford to send money to them. However, because words were given like something in your life is going to change or God is getting ready to bring so and so blessings in your life.


The problem was I was looking at what I could get rather than getting more intimate with God. Those manipulating liars really played on my emotions and when what they said did not happen, I was crushed.


Yet, I did not stop. Because of my ignorance of the Word, I felt the next person surely would be telling the truth about speaking blessings into my life with conditions; sending money, buying books and so on.


I am overjoyed that my sister wants all the readers eyes to be open to the truth if they are trapped in bondage to these ministries because of ignorance and emotionalism.


She wants the readers to know that she has been set free, and from now on she will sow on good ground.


What is good ground? A ministry that is led by the Spirit of God to convey what is told to their specific audience to set captives free. You may say: “I thought Jesus came to set the captives free”. Is Jesus still physically on the earth?


Of course He’s not. He left us here to set the captives free with the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.


The next step is ask God to forgive you for not managing or being a good steward of what He has given you to manage.


Next: Seeing Jesus Christ Throughout the Bible - Introduction


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Encouragement for Today 7-11-2020

Although times are more difficult for many today due to the coronavirus, I just want to share with the readers how my blessings are still flowing in.


It reminds me of the Malachi 3:8-11, about being obedient to God in tithes and offerings and how He will open up the windows of heavens and pour out a blessing that you will not be able to receive it.


The tithes go to the storehouse, whatever local church body or ministry you are connected to. The offerings should go to whomever or whatever ministry you are led to sow into, which will always be on good ground. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).


God goes on to say He will rebuke the devour (devil) for our sake. This means when the devil tries to steal our finances or anything else we have been blessed with, he cannot touch us because the protection and favor of God is on us because of our obedience.


I have heard many people say that Malachi 3:8-11 is an Old Testament scripture and that it is not for today. Well, the principle is the same. In fact, it lines up with, connect, support, and relate to Hebrews, chapter 7, where we tithe to Jesus Christ our King.


In the Old Testament, Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek, the king of Salem who was symbolic our soon coming King (Genesis 14:14-24).


Let us continue with our God our Father who is rich in houses and lands; He is the only One who holds the world in His hands. Regardless of money being tight in this world’s system, God still owns everything (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11).


For those of you who are in a crunch, I am a living witness that our God shall provide every need according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).


For those of you who are weak in the faith, hold on to what little bit of Word you have and get with someone who is further along in their walk with the Lord, so they can help you to grow deeper in your faith walk.


My faith did not start when the coronavirus struck, it has been building up for years, that is why I am not thrown by the present circumstances.


As a matter of fact, I was not overwhelmed by social distancing, because I had already been partially immobilized for three months prior to the pandemic.


I am spending more time with the Lord, writing more passionately. When the Spirit of God spoke to me near the latter part of 2019 and told me to start a conference call Bible study, it was so timely. I had no idea that there was going to be a world-wide pandemic.


However, I was obedient and the social distance for me and many more caused us to be more spiritually connected. You see, God knew what it was going take for His children to spend more time with Him and draw closer to each other.


Even though I am missing family, especially my immediate family in the north, and friends; our God has technology that enables us to see each other face to face through different means.


Finally, I want to reemphasize to you that our God is faithful and His Word is true (Proverbs 30:5). Therefore, my encouragement for you today is keep your eyes on Jesus (Psalm 121), stay focused on Him and set your minds on heavenly things (Colossians 3:2).


Otherwise you will allow your circumstances to dictate to you and you will not walk in victory.


Next: Testimonial resulting from the message: “Manipulating Evangelicals”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Awesome and Most Incredible Lord God Almighty!

I was engaged in a conversation with someone, and as usual the subject about God came up and all of a sudden, the person asked: “Have you ever thought about God being bigger, vaster than the universe, and He dwells in us?”


I know how great God is, but to be honest, I had not given it that kind of thought. As the conversation continued, I began to see God like never before.


I was awestruck when my eyes really and truly came open to how God came in the flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit who overshadowed Mary and the Holy Spirit amazingly and miraculously placed Jesus, the Son of God or God in the flesh in her womb(Luke 1:35)!


God is so awesome that we cannot fully understand how infinite (unlimited) He is, with our little finite (limited) minds (Isaiah 55:8-9). His awesomeness and incredibleness are far greater than our little minds can conceive.


Some may question this Awesome God; I questioned Him myself, yet He is Sovereign and He is perfect in all His ways (Psalm 18:30), our God is always true; He cannot lie (Romans 3:4), He is merciful (Psalm 100:5, Lamentations 3:22-23), and Our God is gracious(Psalm 116:5).


God has several graces: Saving grace that brings salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9); God’s grace extends beyond any sin we commit (Romans 5:20); God has grace for all the wonderful gifts He bestowed on His children (Romans 12:6-8); The Spirit of God gives the grace gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10); Christ gives grace gifts to the children of God (Ephesians 4:11).


God also has bountiful grace to sustains us in whatever we are going through (2 Corinthians 12:9).


It is mind boggling to know that His Spirit dwells in millions of peoples. This Incredible God hears every prayer at the same time. He is the all-knowing Omniscient God who knows everything (Psalm 139:1-13). David declared that such knowledge God had was too wonderful for Him (verse 6).


The Awesome and Most Incredible Lord God Almighty is RELATIONAL in that we are totally connected to Him because we are born of Him (1 John 5:1, 1 John 2:29). God is more than mere words can say.


He is God who is everywhere at the same time; our God is Omnipresent, ever present and always present; there is not any place one can go, that God is not there (Psalm 139:7-12). This Incredibly Awesome God is the only One who has all power; He is Omnipotent (Psalm 62:11)!


God speaks intimately with me and at the same time He is speaking to millions of others. And we all get His undivided attention at the same time. That is incredible!


If you ever really think about His awesomeness, His incredibleness and how loving He is, you will be awestruck that He loved us so much He made us a part of His family.


Who would not want to serve a God with all His wonderful acts that are so numerous and immeasurable (Psalm 66:5)?


During His creative acts, God said it was good (Genesis 1:25) and when He finished creating everything which included hum

ans, God said it was very good (Genesis 1:31).


I pray that you will see this Awesome and Most Incredible God the way I have learned to see Him!

God bless you!


Starting next week, from Monday – Friday, I will be posting messages about

“Seeing Jesus Christ in Every Book of the Bible”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing with Betty” 7-9-2020

Before I get to how Awesome and Incredible the Lord God Almighty is, there is something I want to share pertaining to God’s awesomeness in our Bible Sharing class.


The “Preview” and “Overview” had not been posted for a while, but the Spirit of God is moving powerfully and I get so excited and hyped up from the Word, that it amazes me.


And, I am not the only one who has a great love and hunger for the Word of God, each person on the conference call has a desire to know and understand more about the Word and get closer to the Lord.


One night a student was so enthused at what she had learned that she posted it on social media.


A couple of nights ago, a dear friend contacted me through messenger with the smiley face that had flowing tears. The message was: “Hi Evan. Burnett. Tonight’s lesson was very powerful and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to next week. An hour is not enough”.


I asked him if he would give me permission to post this, and that I would not use his name.


My friend/brother in Christ is eager to hear, learn and understand more truth. He is not a five-fold ministry teacher but he has been a student of the Word for years and he is a Romans 12:7 teacher.


We had another messenger conversation and this brother loves the Lord and His Word so much that we are praying as to what additional day some of us will be on the phone to study and get fed through the luminous insight that the Holy Spirit reveals to the teacher


Another person is not able to join us on Tuesdays, so the Lord has provided a way for us to study at another time during the day when it is convenient for her. I share what was taught and discussed during the Tuesday night hour of sharing the Word of God.


God has certainly provided Burnett Ministries with a five-fold ministry teacher who gets illuminations from the Spirit of God that will blow your mind. I have no doubt that our Incredibly Awesome God Almighty has called this ministry and He is adding the ones He has to be a part of it.


Am I bragging or boasting? I certainly am boasting on the Awesomely Incredible God who made this possible. Paul the apostle wrote: If you want to boast, boast only on the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31).


Burnett Ministries has three five-fold ministry offices functioning in it, praise God!


When you read how awesome and incredible the Lord God Almighty is tomorrow, I pray that it will be a mind-boggling experience that you will never forget!


Next: The Awesome and Most Incredible Lord God Almighty!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Attributes of Godly Leaders 7-8-2020

The messages pertaining to “Taking God’s Glory” was meant to be an eye opener to the children of God. He said in His Word that He will not give His glory to anyone (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11).


Many professed ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have taken God’s glory because it is all about them being lifted up; some are still taking God’s glory in various ways.


However, there are many humble ministers/leaders who have Godly attributes. Today, the concentration will be on these humble servants of the Most-High God and how they exemplify what they are called to do.


You will see what they are versus the those who take God’s glory.


Let us start with the call and the qualifications which come first: The desire comes from God if they feel the call, and they are qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9. The pastor in these scriptures is called the bishop.


He should not be a novice, which means one who is young in the faith (inexperienced). A pastor should be blameless or above reproach (shame or disgrace).


A pastor should rule his own house well; how can he rule the church if he cannot rule his own house?


A pastor should not be greedy for money, yet the church should make sure he is well taken care of if he is full time, the man of God is worthy of his hire (1 Timothy 5:18). The pastor is called an elder in this scripture.


The pastor knows the people he is leading, he attends to their needs, feeds or teaches them the Word so they can grow.


The pastor does not get his people hyped up on emotions, nor does he try to impress them. His sermons and teaching should center around the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he does not try to build his people through different gimmicks or entertainment as a means to grow in numbers.


He does not give examples unless they line up with the word of God, and they are in conjunction with the message.


The pastor is not only accountable to the people but they are to be accountable because they have been placed in his care.


Leaders should not put baby Christians in positions or have them serving. They should be required to sit under the Word for a certain period of time so they can grow; it should be required for new Christians to go through discipleship training, which includes evangelism.


It is the pastor’s responsibility that the children of God be taught about their gifts, so they can minister to others effectively: And the things you learned, teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).


The pastor or another five-fold minister can counsel the flock. The five-fold ministers are there to assist the pastor in what they are called to function in. The pastor protects his flock from people who may come in and cause problems in the church.


If you have a pastor/leader who lives above reproach (a blameless life), you are blessed. If your pastor/leaders have a Godly standard, you are blessed.


Something to remember: No pastor is perfect, but he is called to live above reproach.


If you are in a church where the leadership is not lining up with the Word of God, you really should be praying to God for directions.


Next: The Awesome and Most Incredible Lord God Almighty!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Manipulating Evangelicals 7-7-2020

Last week I took a break from the messages pertaining to “Taking God’s Glory”


Today you will learn and understand how manipulative some evangelicals (ministers/preachers) are and how they prey on people who are ignorant of the Word of God, and most of the people who support these ministries cannot afford it.


For anyone who has been sowing into these ministries and buying books and other reading materials, the Word of God should be your number one source of information.


I am not saying you should not buy any books at all. What I am saying is if you are depending on these peoples book for spiritual growth, you will not get it.


I have and will still purchase help-aids like an exhaustive concordance that has all the original words in the Greek and Hebrew. This helps to me understand the Word of God more clearly.


There are certain help-aids that can be very instrumental in studying and you can get a better understanding of God’s Word. Even with that being so, God has also called the five-ministry offices to help His children to grow into maturity.


If the body of Christ would abide by the Word of God, they would not be manipulated by people who are out to get rich. You may not know this, but I read recently about thirty-five of the wealthiest preachers, who are multimillionaires. And one of them is worth one hundred and seventy million dollars. Most of these people are well known tele-evangelists.


They manipulate others with their charisma or charm, which is the same as witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). Their charm captures peoples’ attention and it is used to play on others’ emotions.


As it was said previously, these people get richer by sucking or milking people dry.


Questions: Have any of the ministries ever sent you money? Are they coming to your house and lay hands on you to be healed? Or will they offer you a prayer cloth? The Word of God tells us to call the elders of the church if any among you are sick (James 5:14).


Some of them will offer their followers something, but they are expecting you to bless their ministries.


Some will have a word for you to build you up to the point of blessing them even more. This is spiritual manipulation. 

The truth is, they are speaking to thousands of people at the same time. Do you think you are supposed to be the special one to receive the blessing?


I encourage you to pray for the Spirit of God to direct you to a local church where you will be blessed and you will be a blessing. And I encourage you to pay your tithes (ten percent of your gross income) to your local church.


And it is a blessing to give above the tithe, which is the offering. Offerings are usually given wherever and to whoever has a need, as the Spirit of God directs you.


Next: The Attributes of Godly Leaders


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Happy Fourth of July – Enjoy Your Freedom!

Our fourth of July goes beyond what is considered freedom when it comes to “My Country Tis of Thee, sweet land of liberty”.


Our true freedom is experienced in Christ which goes beyond a Happy Fourth of July. In Christ we experience the fullness of joy that the world does not give and the world cannot take away.


Our freedom is knowing that, “America, America, God done shed His grace on thee”. If was not for God’s grace, where would any of us be?


For some of us, we did not come over blood sweat and tears as our forefathers did, yet we thank God for them paving the way which motivated us to march on til victory is won.


When will the victory be won? The victory is in Christ Jesus who set us free in our hearts, when He gave us a new life.

The ultimate victory is when we see Jesus Christ face to face in all of His glory with our new glorified bodies.


Can we still experience freedom in the here and now? Of course, we can; true freedom is knowing who we are in Christ (John 8:32) because Christ has made us free indeed (John 8:36).


Walk in freedom and do not fall back into bondage (Galatians 5:1).


Enjoy Your Freedom!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Taking God’s Glory (Part 5) Take Care of the Man of God 7-3-2020

This story is about a woman’s faith being tested (1 Kings 17:7-16).


There was no rain in the land and the Lord told Elijah to go to Zarephath because He had commanded a widow woman to sustain (feed) Elijah.


When Elijah went where the widow was, he asked her to bring him a little water to drink. As she was going to get the water, Elijah also asked her to bring him a morsel of bread (small amount).


The widow only had a little meal in a barrel and little oil in a cruse (a pot). She was gathering sticks to make it, so she and her son would eat and die.


Elijah told the woman to make the cake for him first and then make one for her and the son. He went on to tell the widow that the barrel would not waste. The widow did what Elijah (the man of God) told her, and the oil nor the meal wasted according to what the Lord had told Elijah.

Howbeit, because it was to test the widow’s faith, it is not to be practiced as a doctrinal belief. There were certain occurrences in Word of God that only happened one time.


Example:

If someone needed to be healed, would you tell them to go and dip in the Jordan river seven times? God was using this situation to humble Naaman; he thought he was too good to dip in the river and be cleansed from leprosy.


Naaman was angry because he thought Elisha the prophet (man of God) would come out to him and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God heal him from the leprosy.


When this did not happen the way Naaman wanted it to, he went and dipped in the river seven times and he was healed. Naaman even wanted to bless the man of God, because he recognized that there was no God in all the earth but the God of Israel. Elisha refused to take the blessing, even after Naaman urged him to (2 Kings 5:1-14).


What I see from the situation with Elisha and Naaman, that no one has to pay to be healed.


I want to backtrack to the widow and Elijah and make some sense out of this phrase: “The Bible says to bless the man of God”. After trying to reason it out, this has to be a way “the man of God” manipulates people into blessing him in various ways.


It takes to me back to a story someone told me that my mother told them. When my mother was a little girl, the preacher would go to different homes for Sunday dinner. My grandmother had eleven mouths to feed, and when it was the preacher’s turn to come their house, he would be the first to eat and would be served the best part of the chicken meal.


This bothered my mother to the point where she said no preacher was coming to her house and get what belonged to her children. Her two daughters would not be slighted.


I believe that was one of the ways the people back in the day thought it was pleasing God to “Take care of the man of God”.


Some people have been manipulated by preachers who say: “The Bible says you are to take care of the man of God!” And because of their ignorance, they will go lacking themselves. This is bondage!


Coming next week: Manipulating Evangelicals


Happy Fourth of July – Enjoy your Freedom!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Taking God’s Glory (Part 4) Spiritual Pride 7-2-2020

Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm (1 Chronicles 16:22)


In continuing with the messages, spiritual pride is major way of people exalting or lifting themselves up.


These words have come from the pulpit in some churches for many years: The Bible say to “Touch not my anointed neither do my prophets any harm”. First of all, when this scripture was quoted from the Old Testament, it was taken out of context.


The Old Testament prophets were anointed by the Holy Spirit who came upon them for specific assignments/tasks. The Holy Spirit did not permanently live in the people until after Jesus Christ rose from the dead (Romans 8:11).


In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God anointed prophets, kings, and priests for specific assignments.


Since this topic is pertaining to prophets, I will not explain the kings and priests. On that note, who gives a preacher the right to make people believe they are better than some others when they quote “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets any harm”?


In the new Testament or the new and better covenant, all those who are born-again are anointed because we have the Spirit of Christ living in us. And we are prophets in the sense that we proclaim the Word of God; we are the spokespersons for God who carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Now to doing harm to God’s children. The Word of God says this about any of God’s children who are harmed: Whoever offends one of these little ones who believe in Me, it would be better if a millstone were tied around his neck and for him to be drowned in the depth of the sea (Matthew 18:6).


And, anyone who defiles the temple, meaning the children of God; God will destroy him (1 Corinthians 3:17).


What about all the people who have been defiled throughout history for their Christian beliefs? What about those who have been defiled for defending their faith? What about all those lives that were needlessly defiled because of the color of their skin?


We need to carefully consider what we are doing and if we are harming anyone in any way, whatever it may be.


I want to reemphasize how important all of us are to God, regardless of one’s financial status, those who have more education, one’s standings in the local community whether statewide, nationwide, or world-wide, and especially the color of one’s skin.


Many people are going to be surprised when they see Jesus Christ; He certainly will not be the complexion that so many have been and still are perceiving Him to be. Jesus was not the Aryan, blond hair, blue eyed portrait that hung in many churches and homes for ages.


Question to ponder: How is your perception? Do you feel superior to others, whatever the reason may be?


Next: Taking God’s Glory (Part 4) – Take Care of the Man of God 7-3-2020


The Lord said that He would share His glory with no one ((Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11).


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Taking God’s Glory (Part 3) 7-1 -2020

I AM the Lord and Will Not Give My Glory to Another, Neither My Praise to Graven Images (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11) – Taking God’s Glory by Using Titles or His Name (Part 3)


As I searched and found the names and titles of God, one writer listed two hundred and nineteen names and titles. However, glancing through the alphabetical list, I never saw this name that belongs to God only, and it is REVEREND.


The Word of God says holy and reverend is His name (Psalm 111:9b). Several of God’s names were listed as Holy, Holy Father, Abba- which means Papa, Daddy, Father. Notice that the Pope who is the bishop of Rome is called Holy Father, that is saying he is equal to God Almighty.


Jesus said to call no man father but our Father in heaven (Matthew 23:9). Of course, we know that he was not talking about our biological fathers. Jesus also addressed and warned the Pharisees about titles (Matthew 23:7-12).


No one has the right to use the name reverend; that is taking God’s glory!


The proper names to use are minister, preacher and the five-fold ministry office of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Why do you think God said holy and reverend is His name? Do you see anywhere in the Word of God where peoples’ names are called holy and reverend? Reverend means worthy or revered.


History of the name reverend being used for the clergy

Reverend is used by the clergy of many denominations. In the fifteenth century it was used as a general term to respectful address the clergy, but it has been habitually used as a title prefix to the names of ordained clergymen since the seventeenth century.


Some were and may still be addressed as “very reverend”; the “right reverend”, in Roman Catholicism the cardinals are addressed as “most reverend”. The moderator of the church of Scotland is also styled “right reverend”.


The Word of God tells us to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7). The Word of God also says: Let all the earth fear (high respect) the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him (Psalm 33:8). No human being deserves the same honor as the Almighty God.


Do you see any other name that is to be revered other than Jesus Christ who is given the name above all names (Philippians 2:4-11)? That happened because He did everything that He was sent on this earth to do, and because of that, the name LORD was given to Jesus Christ. 

In essence holy and reverend is Jesus Christ who is God!


Who gives any person a right to call himself or someone else reverend, most reverend, very reverend, or right reverend? This is a call for repentance from taking God’s glory (1 John 1:9); to ask the Lord to forgive you and find out what your true call is.


Next: Spiritual Manipulation -Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm (1 Chronicles 16:22)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Taking God’s Glory (Part 2) 6-30-2020

In continuing with the messages about Taking God’s Glory, it is important for the readers to know that these are not Betty Burnett’s words. These messages are coming straight from the Word of God, rightly divided.


The message

I Am the Lord and Will Not Give My Glory to Another, Neither My Praise to Graven Images (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11) - The Word of God


Sub-Topic

Taking God’s glory through:


Self - Exaltation versus Servitude: I have heard some pastors say: “Listen to your pastor”, meaning that you are not to listen to anyone else. This is pride when a man makes a statement like that. Even though the pastor has the lead role over the congregation, God has also placed others in the body of Christ to be a blessing.


When any leader thinks it is all about him, he is exalting himself. The Word of God tells us that those who exalt or elevate themselves, God shall abase (humble them or bring them low/down); those who humble themselves will be exalted (Matthew 23:12).


Jesus said we are servants, just as He came to serve/minister (Matthew 20:28). Since every child of God is to serve God and others, who has the right to elevate him or herself above others? 


Although each of us is given different assignments/responsibilities/gifts, none are better than the other; we are just positionally different.


The Word of God tells us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, because we all have been given the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3).


In other words, all of us started off on the same level in our new life. Some may have been walking with Christ longer than others and some may have progressed in their faith faster than others, yet no one is better than the other.


It is by God’s grace that we are what we are (1 Corinthians 15:10); therefore, we have nothing of ourselves to boast about (Ephesians 2:9). If there is any glorying, we should be glorying in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31), because it is the Creator God who made us and we are His people and the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3).


It was a mark of Paul’s humility that he refused to compare himself with others or to engage in self -promoting. What meant most to Paul was what the Lord thought about him; especially because of the way he persecuted and sent Christians to be executed before he was born-again.


That is why he called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:12-16). The thought of self-boasting was unacceptable and extremely distasteful; Paul boasted only in the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:12-17).


We may not have done what Paul did, yet we all have been in a state of sin. To tell you the truth, some of the things I did were so bad that I would not tell anybody. Therefore, nobody has the right to exalt him or herself.


All of the paragraphs above are taking God’s glory through self-exaltation.


Next: I Am the Lord and Will Not Give My Glory to Another, Neither My Praise to Graven Images (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11) – Taking God’s Glory using Titles or His Name (Part 3)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

A Shift – Moving in Another Direction (Taking God’s Glory) 6-29-2020

Yesterday, I ended the message, stating that the other Five-Fold ministry offices will be posted in a couple of weeks. I thought there was going to be break before going back to the last three ministry offices of evangelist, pastor, and teacher.


Something happened, the Spirit of God prompted me to continue with the prophetic to bring warning and correction, since He had me to write an example of me operating in the prophetic and the example was with a pastor.


It was prophesied to me around 1992 that I would be sent to bring corrections and warnings to leaders. At the time I wrote about one of my experiences in the prophetic, I had no idea that I would be writing to open the eyes of the children of God about certain people in leadership positions and how some have held so many people in bondage due to ignorance of the Word of God.


God wants His children to be free and that only comes through knowing the truth (John 8:32, 36).


Before the next three ministry offices are posted, it is necessary to explain about the office of the pastor, since this position is the one that is heard of more than any other ministry offices.


Some may receive while others may not, some received from Jesus Christ but most did not receive from Him; He came to His own (the Jews) and they did not receive Him (John 1:11). Jesus Christ was not on this earth to please men; He came to do the will of God the Father (John 6:38).


Paul the apostle said: Am I seeking the approval of men or of God. If I please men, I am not a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10).


Jesus came to bring division between those who were saved and those who were not saved (Matthew 10:34-38). Those living godly must be separate from those living ungodly. We are told to be separate from those in the world- doing the same things they are doing (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).


We have been placed here to be lights to those who are in darkness, therefore, we are to be different (Matthew 5:13-16). That is the only way to win them over.


Like Jesus Christ and others such as Paul the apostle came to do the will of God the Father, which can cause offences, I too am doing the will of God my Father. This is what the Spirit of God has prompted/instructed me to write:


 I Am the Lord and Will Not Give My Glory to Another, Neither My Praise to Graven Images (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11) - The Word of God


Sub-Topics:

Taking God’s glory through:

Self - Exaltation versus servitude

Use of titles

Spiritual manipulation: Old Testament – Touch not my prophets

You are supposed to bless the man of God

Wearing robes and collars


In the next few messages, there will be a break-down of these sub-topics.


PS. I write as the Spirit of God leads and my five-fold ministry teacher does any corrections or additions. It gives me great joy in knowing that God gives us others to help in specific areas of our ministries.


Next: I Am the Lord and Will Not Give My Glory to Another, Neither My Praise to Graven Images (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 48:11)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

One of My Experiences in the Prophetic Office (Part 2) 6-28-2020

I am going to share part two of one of my experiences of operating in the prophetic.


After my meeting with the pastor, several of us went to lunch; one of the sisters used be a Roman Catholic, but she came out from among them (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).


While fellowshipping over lunch, my friend did not understand why I was sent all the way to Rochester to bring correction and give a warning. Remember, she is the same one that questioned if I was hearing from God.


Looking back over all those years, I understand why she did not understand the gifts. To tell the truth, I did not understand either; I was just being obedient.


Two of the people with us were from Rochester, and the former Roman Catholic sister said that God sent me because I was on a temporary assignment and would soon be gone.


My life would have been endangered because the Lord had me to expose the devil’s deception. The Roman Catholics did not want to be exposed for their false religion.


When the week was ended, my friend and I left Rochester and drove to Pittsburg, PA to visit her sister who would be traveling with us back to New Jersey.


A few weeks or so later, I received a message that the pastor resigned from the church because he chose to stop compromising with the Roman Catholics. Praise God that he was obedient, even if it did take God sending three different people in the course of a year.


I certainly praise God for giving me confirmation. It took faith to do what I felt the Spirit of God was telling me to do. I felt especially blessed when I heard the pastor was obedient to the warning. That shows that he truly had a love for God.


The office of a prophet is sometimes misunderstood, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the gifts. My friend did not understand what the Lord was doing through me, until it was explained and she received confirmation as well as myself.


However, my friend did intercede in prayer while I was in the pastor’s office. As stated previously, this was in the early stages of me operating in the prophetic and I did not understand some things the Spirit of God was revealing to me, but I was obedient and did not lean to my own understanding.


Many times, the office of the prophets is misunderstood and sometimes they are not received. This is likely because the children of God are ignorant to the gifts or they are not walking in the spirit.


When the children of God learn and understand how important every gift is, the church can be edified and God will certainly be glorified.


The devil does not want God’s children to know this, he wants us to remain ignorant and it keeps the church from walking in victory.


I will post the other Five-Fold Ministry offices in a couple of weeks.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

One of My Experiences in the Prophetic Office (Part 1) 6-27-2020

Since you have learned about the five-fold ministry prophet/prophetess office, I am going to share one of my experiences of operating in the prophetic.


It was on a Sunday after a big snow in New Jersey, the roads were clear and a friend and I drove to Rochester New York. We arrived in Rochester in time to attend an evening service at the church where her son attended.


As we were standing during praise and worship service, the Spirit of God began to reveal something to me about the praise and worship leader. I shook my head as if in unbelief.


After the service was over, we went to the apartment that Teen Challenge had blessed us to stay in for a week. I began to share with my friend what had transpired during the praise and worship service.


She asked me this: “Betty, are you sure you are hearing from God”?

I answered: “I know when I hear from God”.


The next morning (Monday) we went to the church for prayer. Prior to going inside the church that Monday morning for prayer, I walked a circled block and prayed in the spirit (in tongues), not knowing what going to take place a little while later.


Once I went inside the church where the others were, we were introduced to the pastor. He was the one leading the praise and worship service on the previous night (Sunday). I was amazed! The assistant pastor took us on a tour of the church (very nice, even had a gym).


After touring the church several of us, including the pastor were in the vestibule having a conversation. I said to the pastor: “Tomorrow when we come back for prayer, I would like to discuss something with you”.


The pastor said: “We can go in my office now”. This caught me off guard, but I agreed. My friend stayed in the vestibule to pray while I was in the pastor’s office. Hesitantly, I began to tell him that the Spirit revealed to me during praise and worship, that he was committing adultery.


The pastor told me that some Roman Catholics had become members of the church he pastored, and he began to compromise with them.


The situation involving the pastor and the Roman Catholics reminded me of the children of Israel. They were whoring after other gods (Judges 2:17). In other words, they were committing spiritual adultery.


The pastor understood what I meant and he told me two other prophets besides me had come to him within that same year. The correction and warning to the pastor was confirmed.


When you see the commercial: “Oh what a relief it is”; I definitely can identify, especially when it was confirmed that I was sent to give a warning to the pastor. 


Children of the Most-High God, it took a lot of faith, obedience, and boldness for little ole me to go to a pastor, of all people.


Stay tuned for Part two, so you can read the results of this experience.


One of My Experiences in the Prophetic Office (Part 2)


Unshackled ~ Betty 

The Five-Fold Ministry Office of the Prophet

Before sharing about the office of the prophet, I want to remand the readers that these five ministry offices are given to the church for spiritual growth.

 The other gifts are possessed by the children of God to encourage, edify, and lift one another up.


Yesterday, during my daily reading a minister wrote that God has charged the pastor and teacher to equip the children of God. He left out the apostle, prophet, and evangelist. What does the Word of God say and who are you going to believe?


You learned that the apostles establish churches and stay long enough to help get them off the ground, and you also read that the names missionaries and church planters are not the correct usage; the biblical name is apostle.


Therefore, when these names are used, there has to be a lack of understanding, or ministries are set on doing it their way rather than saying and believing what the Word of God says.


Now to the prophet who works hand in hand with the apostle. The church was established/founded on the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


Even though the prophet is in a church as one of the administrators, he or she is sent to different places/churches to bring correction, a word from God, and to comfort/encourage. They build upon what the apostles have already established.


They also operate in the gift of prophecy (speaking gift), the word of wisdom, word of knowledge and they can operate in discerning of spirits (the revelation gifts). Prophets intercede on behalf of others and situations.


The prophet and the apostle function together to get the church off the ground. This makes sense that there would be a need for these two offices working together. One person has not been called to do everything alone.


The apostle and prophet do not have to be from the same church; God through His divine providence ordains it to be.


Example: It was ordained by God for me to meet a person that functioned in the office of a teacher. The Lord arranged for me to move back to New Jersey and it was ordained for the teacher to move from New York to New Jersey. This was to benefit both of us in our ministry offices, which is also benefiting many others through Burnett Ministries.


After the church has been established, God sends the pastor to watch over the church (flock); and the evangelist and teacher ministry offices are sent to help grow the church. It does not happen immediately; it is a process as the church grows, more ministry service is added.


The church should be open to the way God has ordained for His church to operate effectively. If the church is obedient, God will bless the church with whatever is needed.


God will reveal to the apostles and prophets who the pastor is. Paul left Timothy to pastor the church in Ephesus (1 and 2 Timothy). After Paul established a church, he went on to other places (Acts, chapter 18).


Paul did not lay hands on Timothy suddenly; notice that Paul was Timothy’s mentor and father in the ministry (1 Timothy 1:2). Do not lay hands on anyone suddenly (1 Timothy 5:21-25) - growth is a process (2 Peter 3:18) - God adds according to His will.


The bishops and elders can be any of the five-fold ministry offices (1 Timothy 3:1-7). This is the way God ordained for the church operate, unless it is done God’s way, there is no effectiveness.


Next: One of My Experiences in the Prophetic Office


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Five-Fold Ministry Office of Apostle 6-25-2020

You have learned that the Bishops, Elders and Overseers are the five-fold ministry offices (Administrators) given to the church for the children of God to grow spiritually.


Today, you will learn how the church was started.


Christ is our Chief Cornerstone, and because He brought salvation to us, we are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.


Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-20). Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone of our faith.


On the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter preached and that day about three thousand souls were added to them, or born-again (Acts 2:14-41).


I am going to take you back to the time Jesus told Peter that he was the little rock (stone) and that Jesus Himself who was the Rock would build His church upon and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 17:17-20).


The church was established on the apostles and prophets and all those who are born-again are called the lively stones (1 Peter 2:4-5) or little rock that Christ called Peter.

 

I want to remind the readers that it has been said by the Roman Catholic church that Peter was the first pope. The Word of God says Peter was an apostle, meaning to be sent and to establish.


So, who do you believe, the Word of God or the Roman Catholics? The Bible say this: Let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4).


Now, the break down these offices (Ephesians 4:11).


And He Himself (Jesus Christ) gave some to be apostles. The apostles were and still are sent to establish churches, they stay long enough to get the churches off the ground. That has not changed and it will not change until we meet Jesus Christ in the air (the rapture). After the rapture, the church will no longer exist on the earth.


Many leaders use the names as missionaries and church planters. Since the Word of God call them apostles, there should not be other names to replace the biblical name. You will never see anywhere in the Bible where Paul was a missionary or church planter.


The proper use is: Missionary journeys. Example is Paul the Apostle  (Acts, chapters 13-15, chapters 18, 26, 28). True missionaries and church planters are apostles, and that is what they need to be called.


An apostle is not in the church on a stationary basis. He goes wherever the Spirit of God leads him to establish churches. Whenever he is not establishing churches, the apostle is functioning in his home church as one of the five administrators.


Next: The Five-Fold Ministry Office of the Prophet


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Great White Throne Judgement for the Unsaved 6-24-2020

After posting about the Judgement Seat of Christ and what will happen to the children of God, I feel that is also important for the unsaved to know what will happen to them on judgement day.


All the children of God will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and the unsaved will stand before the Great White Thone Judgement.

There are scriptures that validate the two Judgements.


Blessed is the man who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor in the congregation of the righteous (Psalm 1:1, 5). In other words, the ungodly will not be at the Judgement Seat of Christ.


The Word of God tells us that all born-again believers will give account of what they did when they stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).


And the Word of God tells us more; only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27b) will rule and reign with Christ, or at least have some responsibility in the eternal realm (2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 20:4-6).


This is what the Word of God says about the unsaved: Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it from whose face the heaven and the earth fled away. And there was found no place for them.


And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and the books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.


The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.


This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

If you are not saved, and if you are not sure that you are born-again, I am extending the Gospel of Jesus Christ to you, which is The Good News.


The Word of God says: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved, for with the mouth confession is made to salvation and it is with the heart one believes unto righteousness (Romans 10:9-10).


Also, works do not bring salvation, it is a gift of God, and no one can boast because no one did anything to earn salvation; it was God who caused you to be saved or born-again (Ephesians 2:8-9).


Just confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead to give you eternal life.


Please get with some born-again believers who can help you in your walk with Christ. Also, my website, Burnett Ministries has contact information; feel free to contact me at burnettministries.org. God bless you.


The Five-Fold Ministry Office of Apostle, Given by Christ


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Walking Worthy of Your Call (Part 2) 6-23-2020

This message is a continuation from yesterday. I am not posting this message to offend anyone; it is to encourage the children of God to walk in the call that God has on each of their lives.


Paul tells us to walk worthy of the vocation that we have been called (Ephesians 4:1). I am going to point out some key words and what they mean:


Walk – To walk straight, to conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy.


Worthy – To do what is befitting, as if drawing praise. It is similar to a Christian who stands out because he or she has a light that illuminates.


Vocation – The divine call to God’s service.


This is what God requires from each of His children and it is serious. God loves us so much that He considered us worthy enough to bless us with these awesome gifts which are our earthly assignments that will have eternal benefits. There are also eternal consequences


Each of us must stand before Christ to give account of everything we did on whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). This is called the Judgement Seat of Christ.


Our works/service will be tested by fire which means judgement. Whatever we did that we were not called to do will be burned, because they were dead works. This is why it is so important for the children of God to discover what God has called them to do.


We are not here just to be here; we are on this earth to be a blessing to others for God’s glory.


The gifts are precious and we should value them. For your information, some people are calling certain positions in the church gifts.


Example: Some think ushering is a gift; it is not a gift. However, an usher can operate in the gift of helps when assisting others because they want the people to feel comfortable because this is what they love to do, therefore, they are very friendly and polite. This is very indicative of the person having the gift of helps (always willing and available).

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Many people call singing a gift; singing is not a gift. If that were true, why do unsaved people have such beautiful voices? It is a talent and everybody has talents, but only those who are born-again have been blessed with gifts. All the gifts are listed in the Word of God.


A person who is born-again can use the singing talent to exhort/lift up or edify others, which means the person is operating in the gift of exhortation.


Years ago, a friend told me he had pastored a church for five years and he discovered that he had not been given the office of a pastor. He humbly gave up the position and started functioning in the office of evangelist.


Which would you like, to humbly walk away or continue being out of the will of God? Whoever is not doing what they were called to do, must stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ must stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and give account of their evil works. That will be a shameful day when your works will be burned.


This is the reason the Spirit of God led me to write and post two sets of gifts so far. If you do not understand what your call is, ask God our Father - He said: Call me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).


The Holy Spirit is our Helper and the Lord has also placed those in the five-fold ministry offices to help the children of God to grow.


Since you have learned about the Judgement Seat of Christ, where all the children of God will give account of their works whether  good or bad, it is also important for the unsaved who read my messages to know what will happen to them on judgement day. This is called the Great White Throne Judgement.


There are two Judgements, one for the save and the other for the unsaved.


Next: Great White Throne Judgement for the Unsaved


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Walking Worthy of Your Call (Part 1) 6-22-2020

Good morning saints and friends!


I am not veering away from the last set of gifts, but this morning I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to share how important it is for every child of God to learn, and understand what God has called each of us to do.


As one who has been given two five-fold ministry offices, I have observed and had conversations with many in the body of Christ who do not know what God has called them to do.


Some of them also think that they are operating in a gift which is not a gift at all. This will be explained tomorrow. Others have no clue as to what the gifts are. Sadly, many of these people go to church regularly and think that they are pleasing God.


I will be using two main scriptures from Ephesians 4:1 and 1 Corinthians 3:13.


It is of great importance for you to know and experience the awesome benefits that God has for you in the here and now and throughout eternity. The here and now is for others to be benefited by your service and God will get the glory.


To top it off, you will have such a great feeling knowing that you are a blessing to others by utilizing your gifts.


If you only knew what God has in store for His children throughout eternity, you would be in awe!


This is why I want to motivate you to do all that is possible in this life to prepare you for the glorious life that lies ahead.


Next: Walking Worthy of Your Call (Part 2)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Introduction to The Five-Fold Ministry Office Gifts Given by Christ 6-19-2020

This is a topic that is not usually mentioned or addressed in most churches, and out of all the churches that I have visited or have been affiliated with, there is only one that say they operate in the five-fold ministry, which according to the Word of God consist of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11).


These are not titles, they are offices ordained by God, and it is not necessary to put a handle on the office, such as Evangelist Burnett. As a matter of fact, I do not use evangelist since I feel that it is not necessary. I definitely do not use prophetess unless it comes up in a conversation.


Jesus warned the Pharisees about titles: You are not called Rabbi’s, for one is your Master, even Christ and all of you are brothers (Matthew 23:8). Peter addressed Paul as his brother (2 Peter 3:15).


In Paul’s letters, he said he was an apostle because the other apostles were known; he was not with the original apostles. He wanted to let the people know that he had apostolic authority to write the letters (epistles).


Those who know me, know my call without me telling them. I am not saying that it is wrong to say who you are in ministry, as long as you are not to trying to lift yourself up.


I am going to point out some things that may have been overlooked and why it is necessary for the body of Christ to have an awareness of what has been ordained by God to grow and edify His church.


Why are these offices called the five-fold ministry? Do not let the word throw you.


We do not see the word Bible in God’s book, but it means the Word of God. We do not see the word rapture in the Word of God, but it means to be caught up, or a snatching away. So, when you see and hear about the five-fold ministry, it means five different offices in unity, which makes the offices complete. God never intended for one person to run a ministry.


The Purpose

Why did Christ give these offices to the church? Without leaders, the church cannot grow. We have the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and we study to get more knowledge and understanding. Just as children need parents, the children of God need leaders to oversee them. He places physical people in our lives who we can identify with to help train and develop the children of God into maturity.


The Results

When there is proper teaching, starting with the basic of our foundation, the children of God will not be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:12-16). They will grow as I did and will be able to pass on what they know to others with effectiveness.


Lately, it has been publicized as to why so many young people are leaving the church. The answer is, there is no proper training. For years, the church has been using worldly methods to draw the young people through entertainment.


The Word of God is what gives us stability. Therefore, the only way they can truly be kept is to be taught sound doctrine.


The Apostles and Prophets were the foundation of the church with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). Along came the Evangelist, the Pastor, and the Teacher offices. The Five ministry offices are the Overseers, the Bishops, and the Elders of the church and the administration names are interchangeable.


Since use of the Bishop, Elder and Overseer has been so highly misunderstood and misused, the next message will be a break-down.


Next week: A Break-down of the Bishop, Overseer and Elder/Five-Fold Ministry


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Knowledge is Powerful and it Brings Freedom 6-18-2020

Before going forward with the last set of gifts given by Christ, I feel it is of the utmost importance for the readers to know that many books have been published to help people discover their gifts.


I have used the books four times at different churches where I was a member, and each of them is similar to the other. And, some of the authors of the books do not list the gifts correctly.


The problem I have is this: a book cannot help anyone discover their gift; the five- fold ministry offices are ordained by God to help His children grow.


Example of how some writers list the gifts: knowledge, wisdom, discernment, evangelism.


This is how they are listed in the Word of God

Word of knowledge, word of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:8), discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10), evangelist (Ephesians 4:11).


God expects all of His children to get knowledge through studying His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), but the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom and discerning of spirits are supernatural gifts given by the Spirit of God. The evangelist is one of the administration offices given to the children of God by Christ.


It is embarrassing to hear born-again believers say things like the gift of discernment. There is no reason for the children of God to pass on erroneous quotes; it affects the people it is being passed on to.


There is no reason for people who are born-again to say all these erroneous unbiblical quotes when the Word of God plainly tells us the truth. The bottom line is somebody is not studying.


This is for those who are buying books as Bible study tools and for other reasons; a book will not cause you to grow. Books can encourage you but teaching and studying the Word of God is the source of spiritual growth. The Bible tells us to study the Word (2 Timothy 2:15).


God has not only given us His Word, He has equipped the five-fold ministry offices who have been anointed, appointed, and qualified to mature His other children.


If pastors over churches do not accept what is in the Word of God, they have their own agenda. Therefore, there is no spiritual success regardless of its size, whether the congregation is large or small.


Next: Introduction to The Five-Fold Ministry Office Gifts Given by Christ


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Gift of Helps Given by the Spirit of God 6-17-2020

While writing about the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12, the gift of helps was left out, and it is important that all the gifts be posted because one gift is as important as the other.


For instance, the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Regardless of what part of the body it is, whether large or small, revealed or least seen, every part is important.


When you see Helps listed as a gift, notice that the word is plural. That means that there is more than one type of helps, just as the gifts of healing means there are different types of healings.


Helps is defined as assisting in whatever or wherever the need may be.


All the children of God are called to be servants (Colossians 3:23-24). Serving and hospitality are a part of helps, there are different ways to serve and to be hospitable. Deacons and deaconesses in the church are called servants who take care of the physical needs (Acts 6:1-4).


Hospitality/Serve means to put into action and always be willing. Those with this gift are asked to do something because people know they are dependable and have a willing heart. Yet others do not have to be asked, it comes natural to them because it is the gift of helps. Either way, it still is the gift of helps.


Biblical example:

Lydia of Thyatira was known for selling purple and while Paul and others were in that city, he preached and Lydia was attentive to what Paul said; she received Christ as her Savior and was baptized. She persuaded them to abide (stay) at her house (Acts 16:11-15). Lydia was operating in the gift of helps/hospitality.


Example of my mother operating in the gift of Helps/Hospitality:

She opened her house for many years on a regular basis for people to reside there for however long it was necessary. This exceeded the norm therefore it was a spiritual endowment given by the Holy Spirit. I do not believe my mother knew she had the gift of helps; this was natural to her.


Example of myself:

Now, as I look back over my life, the gift of helps has been there for many years. I was called upon by family members near and far; friends also called me to help them in various ways. While in ministry at a former church, I wore several hats because God had given me the grace/ability to serve in those capacities.


The one that stood out the most was assisting families who were grieving over the loss of their loved ones. I would go to the homes to see what the immediate and upcoming needs were; would go with some of them to the funeral homes to assist in making funeral arrangements; made funeral programs at the expense of the church; presided over and preached funerals in New York, New Jersey, North and South Carolina. I was even told by my friend’s mother that when she died, she wanted me to preach her funeral.


I was operating in the gift of helps/service which was ordained by God and it was also ordained by God for those people to call on me. This was not my doing or the people’s; the Holy Spirit had anointed and graced me and He knew who would have a need.


Whatever I did brought me joy and it will bring you joy when you are doing what you have been called to do.


Next: Knowledge is Powerful and it Brings Freedom


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Mercy – The Motivational Gift Given by God the Father 6-16-2020

This gift is the last one listed of the Motivational gifts, and there is a specific word that goes along with mercy. The word is cheerfully, which means that the person operating in this gift is to do it cheerfully.


Let’s look at the gift of mercy and what it means. The person with the gift of mercy is compassionate and is concerned for the suffering or the misfortune of others.


As with all the gifts, the person with this gift which is supernatural, goes beyond someone who would have mercy sometimes, or it may depend on the situation; it could be called conditional.


However, this person sees someone who has done wrong against them or has done something wrong in any aspect of the ministry and is willing to give them another opportunity. Mercy does not give the person what he or she deserves but what they need.


The person with the gift of mercy can speak to another person as to why they should be given another opportunity. A leader is a good example of someone with the gift of mercy, because he or she helps the person to get back on track.

  The person with the gift of mercy is to operate in it cheerfully.


Example of someone who has the gift of mercy:

A homeless person needs a place to stay and this person has a room that is available. The person is quick to assist with the homeless person’s need, he is doing it cheerfully and will do whatever is necessary to help the person get back on his feet.


On the other hand, someone could have a need and the person with the available room says this: “I will let you stay, but it sure is inconvenient and it is putting me in a bind”. This person could have the gift of mercy and is acting in his flesh. The Word of God says: He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord (Proverbs 19:17).


Someone may be thinking that it could be dangerous to allow a stranger to stay in their house. The person with the gift of mercy is supernaturally endowed to do this; therefore, no harm will come to the person and the thought of being harmed would not come to their mind.


Example of Joseph:

Joseph was sold by his brothers to the Ismaelites, which caused him to end up in Egypt. Years later Joseph rose to be in power next to the king, and there was a famine in the land where his family lived.


He sent for his family, forgave his brothers, and had mercy on them despite all the evil they had done against him. Joseph was in a position to punish his brothers for what they did to him, but he had mercy on them. Joseph did not give them what they deserved, he gave his brothers what they needed (Genesis, chapters 37-47).


Example of Jesus:

Jesus told Peter that he was going to deny him, yet He was not angry with Peter. Prior to Jesus telling Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed, Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to sift him as wheat, but He prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail and when Peter returned to Him, that he would strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:31-34).


These messages are to help you understand what your gift is. Some of you are operating in the gifts and do not realize it. God has given His children gifts to encourage and lift each other up, for His glory. He gets great pleasure seeing us use what has been given to us.


Next: The Gift of Helps


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Leadership – The Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father 6-15-2020

Some people may ask why these gifts are called the motivation gifts. The word motivation means to have a desire to do something. After all Christ did for us, it is our reasonable service to function in the gifts in Romans 12:6-8. We should be encouraged and excited that our Father gives us these gifts, and this should motivate us to do our best to fulfill the purpose God has destined for us.


As I continue with the gifts given by our Father, the topic may be misunderstood when it comes to what leadership means. In Romans 12:7, one does not have to be a pastor or have any of the other five-fold ministry offices to have the gift of leadership.

The person with leadership abilities (the grace call) is to lead with diligence. What do these words mean?


The leader is one who is:

Prompt: to cause to bring about an action. Example: I say quite a bit that I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to write; but I had to write for it to become an action. The leader is called to act on what he or she is called to do.


Earnest: the results from or showing sincere conviction. The leader is called to be sincere with the call and stand firm on his or her convictions.


One who endeavors: tries hard and do the best he or she can, to lead with excellency, and


Labors: put forth great effort to lead in a way that will benefit his or her followers and God gets the glory.


Example of someone with the gift of leadership in the Bible

Peter was a leader, even though he was impetuous (quick to do something). Although at times, he would put his foot in his mouth, it was obvious that he was a leader and he had many followers. When it came to the disciples, Peter was the spokesman; he preached on the day of Pentecost.


When there is a need to have a program or event, this falls into the hands of a person with the leadership gift.


Example

The Lord used me in the gift of leadership to implement plays in a church. People were happy to be involved and they were willing to follow my leadership. 


Example of my niece being a leader

She was what they call a natural-born leader since she had been in middle school. My niece received Christ at an early age, although she got off track, she never forgot about Christ. She would tell others about the Lord, and they listened. 


People gravitated or were drawn to her because of her ability (grace) to lead. They probably did not understand why they were drawn to her.

Someone may say: “How could the Lord use her if she had fallen away from the Lord or fallen from grace”?


I have the answer for those who do not understand. I had fallen from grace and God still used me, but the anointing diminishes or it is minimized when we fall into sin and stay there for a while. 


One can never maximize their potential when they fall from grace. The truth of the matter is, it is by God’s grace that all of us are who we are (1 Corinthians 15:10).


Next: Mercy – The Motivational Gift Given by God the Father


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Gift of Giving – The Motivation Gifts Given by God the Father 6-14-2020

It is so important to continue learning about the gifts because the Lord has blessed His children with these wonderful abilities to bless others, whether they are saved or unsaved. It is also important to be motivated and driven with a passion to utilize the gifts God our Father has given us.


The person with the gift of giving has been given a special endowment (grace) to give. It is not always finances; this can be broad. 


Examples:money, car, house, clothes, food, a trip, and so on.


Although all of the children are commanded to give, the gift of giving is different. As with all the gifts, there is a special grace that is not like normal giving.


Example of giving


We are commanded to give; this is the principle: it comes back (Luke 6:38); giving/sowing cheerfully and bountifully/liberally bring abundance to the giver (1 Corinthians 9:6-11); sowing and reaping are called the law of reciprocity Galatians 6:7-9).


There is a condition to giving; one must do it with the right attitude and give without expecting it back. Just know that the Word of God is true and whatever the Word says, it must come to pass.


For your information, giving as an offering (finances), goes over and beyond tithes that we are also commanded to give. A person should give their offerings to whomever the Spirit of God leads them to.


Example of giving with the wrong motive


Shortly after the beginning of the church age, there were people who did not have certain material possessions and the ones who owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds to the apostles. 


Ananias and his wife also Sapphira sold their land but schemed to give only a part of the money they had committed to give. They lied and both of them died for lying to the God (Acts 4:32-37, Acts 5:5-10).


Example of the gift of giving


The person with this gift goes beyond the normal giving that has been commanded for God’s children to do. This person has a passion and they love to give and if the person is mature, you will never hear them tell others what they did.


Frankly speaking, none of us should brag or tell others what we do for others, unless there is a specific and valid reason to say something. It is like a person tooting a horn to be heard or the attention is focused on him or her.


Yet, it is fine for the person on the receiving end to tell others; God gets the glory when they speak of His goodness.


The person with the gift of giving is thrift in spending for themselves because they are eager to give to others. In other words, this person really has a heart to help others every time the opportunity arises.


Next: Leadership – The Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father (Part 2) Teaching, Exhortation, etc. 6-13-2020

Yesterday the message about the gift of prophecy was posted. Today’s message is a continuation of the gifts given by God the Father in Romans 12:6-8. We are moving on to the teacher gift.


The Teacher Gift


There is a difference between the teacher office in Ephesians 4:11 and the teacher in Romans 12:7. This gift can be incorporated to the level that each five-fold office or with preaching.


However, the teacher is not on the same level of the five-fold ministry office teacher. The five-fold ministry offices are the administrators, the overseers, the elders, and the bishops who watch over, train, and develop the children of God into maturity.


An example of someone who has a teaching ministry, is a Sunday school, Bible study teacher, and me. I am not a called five-five ministry office teach, yet I teach or pass on what I learn and it gives me great joy to impart to others what has been imparted to me.


I was blessed to teach New Members class, Sunday school, Vacation Bible school and was the leader of the Evangelistic class, where a person who had the five-fold ministry office call taught the class.


When it comes to teaching, Paul says the same thing about this gift that he said about ministry. He is saying that we should wait on whatever gift or ministry before moving too fast or prematurely.


Like prophecy or the other gifts, teaching also is to be done according to the proportion of one’s faith. Going out too fast can cause embarrassment and setbacks, and it is harmful to the people that are being ministered to.


Each of God’s children should only carry the Gospel to the level of their understanding.


The Gift of Exhortation


The person with this gift encourages, comfort and build others up beyond what is normal. All of the children of God are called to encourage each other.


However, with the gift of exhortation, there is an anointing that pulls any negative situation out of others and they feel overshadowed by God’s love radiating through the person with the gift of exhortation.


The person who is matured in this gift has an inviting countenance or expression on his or her face. When you look at some of the people with this gift, it is like there is affixed smile. Joel Osteen certainly has the gift of exhortation; it is evident by what comes from his mouth and the genuine smile on his face.


Barnabas is a biblical example of someone who had the gift of exhortation. He was called the son of consolation, which means to comfort (Acts 4:36).


Paul and Barnabas had been set apart by the Holy Spirit to minister together (Acts 13:2), and there is no doubt their gifts complimented each other.


At one point, because of contention between them, Paul and Barnabas separated (Acts 15:36-40). They still continued with the ministry; Silas joined Paul and John Mark joined Barnabas (Acts 15:39-41). Some people may go different ways for different reasons, but it should not stop their ministry.


Next: Next: Gifts of Giving, Leadership, etc


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father (Part 1) Prophecy and Ministry 6-12-2020

The last message was about four types of faith and what they meant. That we all started off at the same place in our new life with Christ. That we are not to think we are more important than any others.


Today the gifts will be explained. I am reiterating that some of the gifts are intricately connected and sometimes it may be difficult to tell the difference, yet they are distinguishable. For instance, it is difficult to distinguish identical twins, but being around them on a regular basis, we will be able to see the difference in them even if it is slight.


So it is with the Word of God, even though some gifts may be more difficult to distinguish, the more familiar we become with the Word of God, the easier it is to tell the difference in the intricately related gifts.


The Gifts


The gifts are spiritual tools that God has called us to use. They are called the grace gifts, which means the ability to fulfill God’s will in our lives.


Verse 6: Prophecy - forthtelling (preaching). Having gifts that are different according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them; if prophecy let us prophesy in proportion to our faith.


The proportion of our faith means that God gives assignments according to the level of our faith. When our faith grows, God will give us more.


Everybody starts off on a small (beginners) level. As we continue to yield and surrender ourselves to the Spirit of God, the maturity level is greater which brings increase and more responsibility.


Prophecy in Romans 12:6 is preaching and there are different ways this takes place: Preaching at other churches, ministering over the internet and so on.


All five-fold ministry offices have prophecy in them; they prophesy as the Holy Spirit leads them.


Ministry

Verse 7: Ministry – Or in ministry, let us wait on our ministering. All of God’s children have ministry in them; whatever the call is, it is ministry. Notice that the Word says to wait on our ministry.


Waiting is crucial and we are to be careful about jumping ahead of ourselves because we may not be prepared or ready.

Some things must change in our lives before we are launched into ministry, although we will still have issues as long as we are on this earth.


It has been known that many ministries struggle financially and are hardly above the ground because they started prematurely and some ministries no longer exist.


Next: Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father (Part 2) Teaching, Exhortation, etc. 


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett  

Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father ~ Faith, etc. 6-11-2020  

I wrote pertaining to what is pleasing to God and broke down what His good, acceptable, and perfect will is. As we move forward, I am sharing what Paul was saying about our faith, how we are different but we are the same body with many members.


When it comes to faith, there are four kinds:


1) Saving faith that caused us to be born-again (Ephesians 2:8-9).


2) Growing or maturing faith that should be in every born-again believer’s life. In other words, our walk in Christ should be progressive (2 Peter 3:18).


3) The gift of faith, which is given by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 12:9) and is not possessed by every child of God. However, the Spirit of God can and will move through whomever He chooses to at a given time.


4) The Faith - the Gospel of Jesus Christ


Examples:


a) That salvation (eternal life) comes through Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6)


b) Contend for the faith (Jude, verse 3-4). The faith is the truth about salvation found in the scriptures. We must know sound doctrine. We must be discerning when it comes to truth and error. We must confront and attack error. God’s Word is precious and holy therefore we must guard and protect it.


c) Give everybody a reason for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). We believers must understand what we believe, why we are Christians and we should be able to speak in love and in a manner that is clearly understandable.


Paul goes on to tell us not to think more highly of ourselves than we should, but to think soberly, (that is not to think like someone who is intoxicated and does not think within reason) because every child of God has been given the same measure of faith (this means that everybody started off on the same level of their new life in Christ).


Therefore, none of us have the right to think we are better than the other. We should never think that we are more important, more worthy, or more deserving than others.


There are many members (parts) of the same body but all members do not have the same function, so then we being many members are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. One part of the body cannot function without the other parts; we need each other.


Next: The Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father (Part 1) Prophecy and Ministry


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Introduction to The Motivational Gifts ~ Given by God the Father (Romans 12:1-2) - Part 3

What the Calling is Not 6-10-2020

The previous message was about the good and acceptable will of God and what His perfect will is for us. As we continue with what it means to present our bodies a living sacrifice of God, I will share what a calling is not:


It is not a mantle that was inherited; some ministers’ sons inherit or take over their ministry. Moses’ sons did inherit his ministry; it was Joshua who became the leader of the Nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 31:14, Joshua 1:1-2). God gives each of His children specifically what we are called to do because we are all different.


The calling is from God, not from someone else saying what the person is called to do. Someone else may have said to another person: “You are going to preach”. This was said because the person had a powerful testimony.


First of all, when someone says that, they are operating in the flesh. If the call is there, it will reveal (confirm) itself in time.


After the call is confirmed, proper training is necessary for the call; this is one of the five-fold ministry assignments. I do not encourage seminary unless led by the Spirit of God; if one is led there would be a reason for it.


My experience that confirmed the calling

Shortly after my salvation experience or new birth, I began to evangelize or witness, even with little knowledge of the Word of God.


I was eager to tell others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bold enough to ask if they were born-again. I was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Roman 1:16). 


Although all of God’s children are commissioned to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), my method of witnessing went to another level, beyond the norm.


My calling was also evident to others, even when I did not recognize it. In other words, some people recognized the passion in my heart before I knew what the call was. And the more I grew the more the Word of God would spew out of my mouth.


One day two of my friends and I were riding on the bus and I began to talk about Jesus Christ. Everybody on the bus got quiet, except for a few who were openly agreeing with what was said. My friends who rode the bus more often than I did knew this was an out of the norm situation and they were amazed.


They said usually, if someone would talk about Jesus, there would be some kind of interruption to divert the people’s attention from what was being conveyed. My friends recognized that the anointing of the grace office call of Evangelist, was definitely evident in my life.


Next: The Motivational Gifts Given by God the Father (Romans 12:3-5)

The Right Mindset 6-11-2020


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Introduction to The Motivational Gifts ~ Given by God the Father (Romans 12:1-5) - Part 2   6-9-2020

Yesterday’s message was pertaining to presenting our bodies a living sacrifice and what it meant. Today’s message is: What about proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God?


Good: doing what is good for our lives, that will also please God. It is God who both work in us to will and do His good pleasure in our lives (Philippians 2:13).


What is the acceptable will of God? It depends on what we do while on this earth as to whether the things we did will be accepted by Christ at His Judgment Seat (2 Corinthians 5:10).


God’s perfect will is about His call on our lives and what we were designed by Him to do. Our experience in life fits in with our calling. God has a unique purpose and calling for each of His children. Being like someone else will not benefit us or those we have been ordained to be ministered to.


Example of someone trying to minister in what they have not been called to do:


When we try to imitate someone else, it is like a clogged sink, there is not a flow; the water goes down the drain slowly or it may be completely stopped up.


A Water hose is similar, if there is a knot in the hose, there is not a good flow of water and whatever is being watered will not get the needed results.


It is like a slap in the face to God when His children are imitating someone else. It takes us off the altar if the hooks are not in place. God has made us so unique (Psalm 139:14); not only are we different, we are His masterpieces (Ephesians 2:10). Before we were born, God had already ordained what our ministry would be (Jeremiah 1:5).


The traumas of past experiences go hand in hand with our call. Our experiences connect with our ministries.


How can we help someone else, if we have not experienced certain things that can relate to the people we are ministering to? God allowed each of us to experience whatever the situation may have been to use us to benefit each other and to glorify Him.


Everybody goes through painful situations in life that God does not cause; yet He allows it so we can minister to others who are going through what we have been through.


How can we comfort others if we have not been comforted by God? (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)


Principle: Jesus can sympathize with us because He experienced pain, suffering and rejection. Jesus was also tempted as we are, yet He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).


Example of someone operating in their call:


A well-known pastor had a drug addiction, and eventually he was delivered. As time went on, circumstances caused him to know there was pastoral call on his life and the office of a pastor was certainly evident to many others. He became a pastor and even though he had a church with other types of people, the ministry for addicts was close to his heart.


Because of the pastor’s heart for addicts, he was able to minister to them in a way that some other pastors would not have been able to relate to.


Next: Introduction to The Motivational Gifts ~ Given by God the Father (Romans 12:1-5) - Part 3

What the Calling is Not


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Introduction to The Motivational Gifts – Given by God the Father (Romans 12:1-5) 6-8-2020

Before starting with this set of gifts, one must know why God gave gifts, how they are to be used, and how intricately connected are the gifts given by the God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit.


The gifts are to be used to edify, build up and encourage the children of God. Some of the gifts are so similar, that sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between them. And, that is a good thing, because the Triune God, or the three persons of the Godhead always work in harmony with each other.


So it is with the children of God, we should only function according our specific call. Otherwise we will not be in harmony or in sync with each other. We are called to be imitators of Christ, but how are we imitating Him when we are not operating according to our call.


The body of Christ is not effective unless it is operating according to the grace call that God has given us. God did not call us to imitate anybody but Christ. The Apostle Paul said: Be imitators of me as I imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).


There is nothing wrong with desiring to be like someone who is following Christ; apparently this person’s light is shining so bright, that you admire their walk in Christ.


I am going to share with you what is required when the Word of God tells us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him, which is our reasonable service.


In the Old Testament the sacrifices were animals that were laid on the altar. Once the animal was on the altar of sacrifice, hooks were used to keep them in place. If the hooks were not there, their blood would cause them to slip off.


Since animal sacrifices are no longer required, the children of God are on the altar of sacrifice. What keeps us from slipping off the altar of sacrifice?


The spiritual hooks are prayer, studying the Word of God, devotion, fasting, assembling together, Christian fellowship outside the church, discipleship training, being accountable to others and anything else that will keep us from slipping off the altar. With all that, we may move but we will not slip off.


Renewing our mind; a description of who we are:


We are a spirit, we possess a soul and we live in a body. Once we became born-again, our spirit was made perfect.


The flesh which is decaying and headed toward the grave will always have problems until we reach heaven; then the flesh will be made perfect. It will be in a perfect environment; the flesh bodies that we are living in now, cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50).


Throughout our Christian walk we are to be renewing our minds. What does renewing our minds mean?


The soul, which is our mind (thoughts), will and emotions has to continually be worked on (Philippians 2:12).


Being transformed (to change our perspective; have a godly outlook), instead of conforming (behaving like worldly people).

What about proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God?


That will come up in the next message.


Next: Introduction to The Motivational Gifts ~ Given by God the Father (Romans 12:1-5) -Part 2


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Solution to Stopping the Curses of Disobedience 6-7-2020

What will we do now that we know the truth?


Since racism has been a big issue, this is one truth that will get worse until Jesus returns. So, how do we deal with it?

We need to be aware of ways Satan has used our ignorance to divide us. The Word of God says: My people are destroyed (means to suffer loss) because of lack of knowledge and they have rejected knowledge (Hosea 4:6).


How do we respond to this ugly sin of racism, such as being treated like we are of a lower status than some other races?

We are to speak the truth in love; call it out, confront, or address it when and if necessary, especially in the multi-racial churches where there is much hypocrisy. How do I know this?


During my walk with Christ I have been a member of two multi-racial churches. The hypocrisy gave me an uneasy feeling, yet I know the Lord had ordained for me to be in those places for a reason.


Not all the people are hypocrites; I have friends of various nationalities who are genuine; their love for God is evident because they love all peoples.


The previous message stated that we have not walked in obedience to God, which hindered our blessings. It is time to address another holdback. The other reason is because we are not unified. Come on, let us rise up to God’s standard so we can defeat the forces of evil against us, and humbly take our rightful place with God and in society.


Know this, if we are fighting a war, we must be of the same mindset to win. There is power in agreement. Example: The people of Babylon were trying to build a tower that reached heaven where God is; and it was working because they agreed with each other and were of the same mindset. They would have been unstoppable!


And the Lord said, indeed the people are one and have one language and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language that they may not understand each other’s speech (Genesis 11:1-7).


If that happened with ungodly people, how much more power do you think the children of God have?


David knew about the power of oneness when he wrote: Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity; there is an anointing so powerful that it breaks yokes off peoples’ lives (Psalm 133).


Example of God’s children being in unity: On the day of Pentecost, a group of people were in one place and on one accord, there was a great move of the Spirit of God and they all began to speak in tongues that people from different nations understood in their own language and they were amazed (Acts 2:1-7).


Once we get on one accord and have the same mindset, there is nothing that we as a special people cannot accomplish. No more competing or trying to keep up with the Jones’; focus on Christ. It does not matter what you do not have in the natural world; when we have Christ, we have everything.


Finally, my brothers and sisters, it is time to repent like the prodigal son and get back where we need to be with God (Luke 15:11-32).


The Lord God is waiting for us; what are we waiting for? If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This is what the Lord God is waiting for.


Introduction to the Gifts Given by God the Father


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

God’s Blessings on His Peoples’ Lives Despite the Obstacles 6-6-2020

Yesterday’s message was about blessings and curses, who the Lord was talking to and that the people of color are a part of the Jewish Nation (Nation of Israel). Some are lighter complexion, whereas, many of us are darker complexion in this day and time. Originally, all people had the same complexion.


Today I am sharing about the wonderful blessings that the Lord God has showered on our people, despite the many obstacles that we faced.


All these years we have been lied to, cheated on, put on the bottom of the totem pole, repressed, oppressed, called all kinds of names, we were even equaled with dogs, made images to make us look like monkeys and God only knows what else. This is still very prevalent today.


And what is worse, many of us are not doing anything to change those lies or help each other. We are the only race of people of the Nation of Israel who do not stick together and support each other. Some of the other races help other relatives to get on their feet.


Not everything that happened to us was not our fault. For instance, it could have been inherited through a generation or through some generations. Yet we can rise above our circumstances by trusting God who made us special.


Most of my life I did not feel special because of being ignorant as to who I am as an African American Jew. I accepted the lies of being less that some other races of people.


Even after my relationship with Christ, I gradually learned that I am one of God’s masterpieces. This happened through studying the Word of God and I also realized what others thought of me did not matter. My eyes were opened to see that having material possessions were not as important as being rich in Christ.


One of the greatest resources I have is the Word of God, which is used to help benefit others.


God had blessed many of our people with many other abilities. These are a few examples of God’s blessings on some of our people:


Sports – many of us are some of the best the world – Michael Jordan, Venus, and Serena Williams


Blessed us in the business world - Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey


Entertainment field – Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye


Actors and Actresses – Richard Pryor, Lena Horne


Writers and authors - Alex Haley, Maya Angelou.


Some of these people were multi-talented.


The Lord made resources accessible to our people but they turned away from Him. In essence, God is not being honored for His favor upon many of our peoples’ lives. We need to realize that none of these abilities were of our own doing.


God gives the abilities to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) and it is not to be hoarded; God blessed us to share with others: The generous soul will be made rich (Proverbs 11:25). This is called the law of reciprocity (sowing and reaping - Galatians 6:7); give and it shall be given…. (Luke 6:38).


Next: The Solution to Stopping the Curses of Disobedience


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Why do People of Color Suffer? A Biblical Answer (Part 3) The Blessings and Curses 6-5-2020

Moses prophesied what would take place with the Nation of Israel for thousands of years to come. And, the words that Moses prophesied are still going on today.


As we move on to Part 3 of why the people of color suffer, the Lord God said to the Nation of Israel that we would be blessed in everything we put our hands to if we obeyed His commands. Then He went on to tell us about the curses that would come upon us if we did not obey Him.


There are conditions to the outcome in our lives. For instance, the Word of God uses the big IF. Example: IF you obey My commands, none of these curses will come upon you. On the other hand, IF you do not obey My commands all these curses shall come upon you.


You may be wondering as I did: “Does God allow us to suffer forever? The only people who are punished/suffering forever are those who do not have a relationship with Christ. However, the amount of time and the extent of the suffering is up to us; if we repent, God forgives and we are back in fellowship with Him (2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 John 1:9).


So, why are most of the people of color still suffering?


The answer is in Deuteronomy, chapter 28, which tells us who the Lord is talking to, why He is telling them/us what will happen if they/we do not obey Him. Remember God said He would set the Nation of Israel above all the other nations if we obeyed Him (Deuteronomy 28:1).


I am using certain verses to point out the main emphasis. Since there are 68 verses in this chapter, I encourage you to read the entire chapter so you will see for yourself to whom and why it is written.


The Lord told the Nation of Israel about the blessings they would receive if they would observe His commands from verses 1-13; in verse 14 the Lord said: “So you shall not turn aside from any of the words I commanded you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”


Now the Lord goes on in verse 15 to tell Israel about all the curses that will come upon them/us and overtake them/us, all the things that will befall them/us, continue on from verses 16-66.


Verse 67 talks about being in fear in the morning, wondering what is going to happen to us or being fear in the evening. In other words, our hearts are in despair of not knowing what is going to happen next. This is happening right now.


The Lord told the Nation of Israel that He would scatter them/us among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other and there they/we would serve other gods; much of the idol worship is still very prevalent today. Also, we would suffer from all types of deadly diseases; some not even written in the book, like the ebola and aids viruses.


Not only that, but in many instances, it seems like whatever we put our hands to, does not prosper.


The Nation of Israel’s suffering will be intense, their enemies will rule over them. Why would the Lord God allow His own people to continue suffering? Many times, suffering can turn the hearts of people, or make them come to their senses.


The last verse of this chapter definitely confirms that we are a part of the Nation of Israel, whether we are called Hebrews, Jews, Israelites, people of color; all the names mean the same thing.


Moses prophesied that we would be sold as slaves, travel by ship and work our fingers to the bone. No other race of people was sold off as slaves and traveled by ships. We would also be brought back to Egypt again. Egypt means a place of bondage, so wherever we go Egypt will be to us.


Next: The Solution to Stopping the Curses


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Why do People of Color Suffer? A Biblical Answer (Part 2) The Blessing and Curses on the Nation of Israel 6-4-2020

Ancestry

Who are the people of color? “We are the biological seed of Abraham and for those of us who are born-again, we are also spiritual seeds of Abraham (Galatians 3:26-29).”


We came through the ancestry line of Noah’s sons, Shem and Ham who were God’s people. God even called us His special people (Deuteronomy 7:6); He raised up a nation that would have a relationship with Him.


Egyptian Bondage – Let My People Go (Exodus 5:1)

We became slaves to the Egyptians when a new king rose up over Egypt; our people, the Hebrews were multiplying so fast the king told his people that our people were outnumbering the Egyptians and we would be mightier.


So, they came up with a plan to stop our people by having taskmasters over them to afflict them and the more they afflicted them the more they multiplied. The Egyptians made our peoples’ lives miserable. The king told his people to cast every male child that was born into the river (Exodus 1:22).


One of these male babies that was cast into the river was Moses, who was found and the Pharaoh’s daughter raised him as her son (Exodus 2:1-10); God had a plan for his life.


God also had a plan for His people the Nation of Israel, that is why he raised up Moses to set them free from being in Egypt (Exodus, chapter 3).


Consequences of Disobedience

There is a long history as to why people of color suffer. Things happened prior to why God told Israel about the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, many times Israel did not obey God. These are the books that being concentrated on.


When Israel turned away from God, He would allow them to be conquered by their enemies. Yet He delivered them when they turned back to God (2 Chronicles 7:14).


The children of Israel also wandered in the wilderness forty years because of their unbelief, when they could have made it to Kadesh-barnea in eleven days (Deuteronomy 1:2).


More Biblical Proof of Who the People of Color are

We know that God is talking to the Nation of Israel, but many of us do not understand that we African Americans are part of the nation of Israel. Deuteronomy, chapter 28 gives a description as to who these people are. You will see this in one of the upcoming messages.


Here is further proof of who we are, as people of color; from May 24-25, 1991, Operation Solomon was a covert Israeli military operation that airlifted 14,325 Ethiopian Jews (people of color) to Israel in 36 hours.


There are also European Jews who have very fair complexions. This is due to migration and intermingling with the Caucasians.

Next: Why do People of Color Suffer? A Biblical Answer (Part 3) The Blessings and Curses (Deuteronomy, chapter 28)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Why do People of Color Suffer? A Biblical Answer (Part 1) 6-3-2020

I have been questioned as to why God allows the people of color to suffer and through these messages, you will get the biblical answer to the question.


These messages are not to discredit anyone, it is to help those who do not understand why we as a race of people suffer. And, it is time to stop doing like Adam, who blamed Eve for giving him the forbidden fruit and he ate it (Genesis 3:9-12).


Even though there has been and still is systemic racism, we as a people were held back, but it goes much further when it comes to spiraling backward rather than moving forward. We will get to that in a future message.


Systematic Racism

The GI bill was less effective for black soldiers after the war, farmland was taken from us through legal institutions, interest was raised purposely. 


The lies were, anytime a person of color moved into more upscale neighborhood, the property value would decrease, banks and mortgage companies and other services were denied, based on the location the person lived in (minority), even if the person/s qualified for certain services and so on; we have been victimized.


With all those things that happened, we still cannot blame someone else for our painful experiences or use excuses for not succeeding. We must continue to persist and trust God who is our true source, He will take us to heights beyond our imagination to be a testimony that will encourage others for His glory.


We are going on a journey, back in time to our roots and how all this began.

Adam, the first human being was made from the dust (clay) of the ground, therefore he was a man of color (Genesis 2:7). As a matter of fact, Adam’s name means to be red or the ruddy complexion of human skin.


More proof of People of Color

Joseph was a person of color, he blended in with the Egyptians, so did Moses. When Moses was found he had to blend in with the complexion of the Egyptians for Pharaoh’s daughter to raise him as her son.


Also, when Moses had leprosy, he turned white, the Lord told him to put his hand in his bosom and when he pulled his hand out, Moses skin color returned to normal (Exodus 4:6-7). King David also had a ruddy or reddish complexion (1 Samuel 17:42).


Jesus’ parents fled to Egypt after King Herod was seeking to destroy baby Jesus (Matthew 2:13-15). Their complexion had to blend in with the Egyptians.


After the Flood

Noah’s son Japheth and his descendants spread to the Mediterranean, the isles of the Gentiles (Genesis 10:5). History tells us that these people settled in the Caucasus mountains and were called Caucasians.


They were exposed to less sunlight and colder climate, which eventually caused their complexion and features to change. Originally all three of Noah’s son had the same complexion.


This little history will help our people to know who we are and what is required of us to receive the blessings that God desires to shower upon us.


Next: Why do People of Color Suffer? A Biblical Answer (Part 2) The Blessing and Curses on the Nation of Israel (Deuteronomy, chapter 28) 


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

What the Word of God Says About Taking Another Person’s Life (Murder) Part 2 and How do the Children of God Respond to it? 6-2-2020

This message is to bring conviction on any person who professes to be born-again and have malice in his or her heart against others, especially feeling superior to someone else because of the color of their skin, or for any reason that is not mentioned.


Whatever the reason is, no one is better than the other in God’s sight. As a matter of fact, the Word of God tells us to esteem others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3-5).


I am piggy backing on the message from yesterday.


After the recent, horrible murder of George Floyd that has caused the nation to be in an uproar and on edge, I was asked why our race of people is targeted in such an inhumane way.


I have experienced different racial issues in the past, and in places with certain people that was unimaginable. But this one was the biggest struggle for me; all I could think about was what I would have done before my new life began. I want you to know that I have done some really crazy and evil things.


Since the time the spirit of Christ began living in me, there has been a change, but also some setbacks. When I fell down, Jesus picked me up (Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 24:16).


Question is: How do the children of God respond to this outrage?


We can have the right kind of hatred, which is a hatred for sin, yet we do not hate people. We should think of it like this, when we were enemies of God, He still loved us and reconciled (restored) us to Himself (Colossians 1:21) and Christ even died for us (Romans 5:6-9).


We can be angry, but we should not allow bitterness to creep into our hearts (Ephesians 4:26). It is not wrong to speak up for what is right (freedom of speech), yet it should be done with the right attitude. Most of all, we can pray to God our Father for justice.


I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but as born-again believers we are called to be lights (Matthew 5:13-16). Otherwise, how in the world will people know the difference between us and the unsaved?


In the 1990’s I was led to write a play titled “A Heritage to be Proud Of”. The play was written to encourage and to help others to know who we are from a biblical perspective.


I have been asked many times over the years why do our people, the African Americans suffer so much? In the next message/s the truth will be unfolded and some captives will be set free.


Next: Why do People of Color Suffer? A Biblical Answer.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

What the Word of God Says About Taking Another Person’s Life (Murder) 6-1-2020

Most of you know that anything I post is based on the Word of God. So, I am starting with some history and the government’s responsibility to God when it comes enforcing the law.


Before human government was instituted, Cain killed his brother Abel. God told Cain sin had crouched at his door and because of what Cain did, he was a wanderer (fugitive) and a vagabond.


But God did put a mark on Cain so no one would kill him; he was under God’s divine protection (God’s mercy). The mark was also a sign of his lifelong shame (Genesis 4:1-15).


After the flood, human government was established by God to restrain evil and the government was responsible to God for protecting the lives of humans. The government is referred to as human agents or as we know when it comes to determining someone’s fate for murder and so on, it is called the justice or court system.


Capital punishment was for anyone who took another person’s life without a valid reason (Genesis 9:6).


God always hated it when anyone would take another person’s life, especially when the person was innocent.

Hatred has been a main reason that innocent people were murdered and many times it was/is because of a person’s race. Is there any justice?


Now there are exceptions when it comes to taking lives. For instance, there have been wars for thousands of years and many people have died.


People have taken other people’s lives for various reasons throughout history. Some are within the bounds of the law, while other are not.

For years, many policemen have killed/murdered numerous African Americans and some other people of color. I have been asked why our race of people is targeted in such an inhumane way.


Let us get to the matter at hand and see how this recent murder of George Floyd has caused the nation to be in an uproar and on edge. This was one of the most outlandish, graphic, horrifying, and despicable acts of cruelty and hatred.


Police are trained to protect and serve the citizens. When they kill innocent people, justice needs to be served/done and the others who were accomplices should also get the harshest sentence possible, because they did not do anything to stop such a despicable and uncalled for act.


This is what Jesus said when He was being arrested prior to being charged and put to death. And suddenly one of the men with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword shall perish by the sword (Matthew 26:50-52).


Jesus was replying in accordance to the establishment of human government, which was an affirmation that capital punishment is an appropriate penalty for murder. This means that whoever shed the blood of another person, his blood shall be shed. Of all creation, humans are the most sacred to God. No one has the right to murder an innocent person.


Next: What the Word of God Says About Taking Another Person’s Life (Murder) and How do the Children of God Respond to it?


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

My Experiences with Praying in the Spirit (Intercession) - Part 2

This is further encouragement to motivate the readers to walk in the spirit and God will do an incredible work in and through you to edify others, so our incredible God can be glorified.


I was going to travel from Philadelphia to Greensboro, and someone dropped me off at the airport. After checking in, I waited quite a while before boarding the airplane.


During that time, I began to pray in the spirit (my tongue language- not out loud), and it was revealed to me that my friend who was picking me up from the airport in Greensboro, was in danger.


We boarded the plane and were seated, waiting for take-off. The pilot started taxiing out, and all of a sudden, he said: “Folks, we have something of a critical nature going on”. So, He taxied back to the terminal.


A lady sitting beside me seemed to be really nervous and I said: “Miss, do not worry; I have prayed”.


The lady and I were seated on the luggage compartment side of the plane and we saw a box being taken from the luggage compartment.

Then the plane started taxiing back out again, and this time the pilot said: “There is a delay because a plane coming in from California has to make an emergency landing”.


Two lanes were opened for the twelve planes to take-off whenever they would get clearance to proceed. Finally, the pilot said: “We are number five and that is a blessing”. It made me feel good when he used the word “Blessing”.


A short while later, the pilot received clearance for the plane to take-off. Finally, we were in the air and about an hour and a half later the plane landed in Greensboro.


Once I was able to get my luggage and go where my friend was, I asked her this: “Mary, did anything happen here at the airport?” She replied: “Yes, they arrested a man”.


From hearing what my friend said, I had no doubt that there was a connection between the box that was taken off the plane in Philadelphia and the man who was arrested in Greensboro. And, it was a dangerous situation for my friend and everybody else at the airport.


I truly thank the Lord for all those who are interceding and standing in the gap for whatever or whomever the Holy Spirit prompts them to pray for. It is a privilege to pray such powerful prayers in the spirit that cause catastrophes to be stopped.


When I first started interceding, it seemed to be a difficult task, but as I grew and matured in it, I certainly considered it an awesome privilege and as time went on and continues to go on, my passion to intercede increases the more.


Before starting with the gifts given by God the Father in Romans 12:6-8, I want to share something that is very crucial for the children of God to read.


God wants us to know and understand what we are commanded to do when it comes to those who have such hatred of others that they would take innocent peoples’ lives. This is murder.


Next: What the Word of God Says About Taking Another Person’s Life


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

My Experiences with Praying in the Spirit (Intercession) 5-30-2020

It is necessary to understand how important it is to walk in the Spirit, because those who are in the flesh do not understand what the Spirit of God is doing. It is similar to unsaved people. Christians can be carnal just as the unsaved are carnal; to be carnally (fleshly) minded is death (spiritually dead), but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:5-8).


In other words, those who are not walking in the spirit will not understand what the Holy Spirit is doing in a spiritual person’s life. If you are walking in the spirit, this message will encourage you. It can also be an eye-opener to the ones who have not been walking in the spirit and to show them the importance of it.


I have been praying for people almost from the beginning of my new walk, which mainly would be those in Nursing homes and hospitals. It was revealed to me in the mid-eighties that what I was called to do went beyond normal prayers. However, at that time I did not understand this was a calling.


A church that I visited had an early morning prayer group five days a week at five am, and I was led to be a part of it; eventually my membership was established at that church. As my passion to pray for people grew; it was revealed and understood that I was called to be an Intercessor.


After leaving North Carolina for the second time, the anointing for Intercession became extraordinarily strong. I am going to share just two of my many experiences in a two-part message.


I was with a friend whose brother was flying into Washington, DC from California. There was inclement weather in DC, but I was not aware of it. I told my friend we needed to pray because I felt there was a dangerous situation going on with the plane that was flying into DC from California. We began to pray in the spirit (tongues).


While my friend’s brother was traveling from DC to New York, he stopped through Camden for a short visit. During the conversation he asked his brother did anything happen pertaining to the flight.


He replied that the plane had to hover in the air over DC for quite some time until it received clearance to land. This was due to inclement weather.


The friend told his brother what had been revealed to me and how we interceded on behalf of the situation.

His brother had a shocked expression on his face, his mouth fell open and his eyes were wide. He told us how worried some of the people were.


After that conversation, he knew that God had supernaturally intervened and protected him and everyone else on that plane. Not only was God’s protection was on them, He was also glorified for sparing their lives.


There was such a joy in knowing that the Spirit of God prompted me to pray and revealed to me what to pray for. The results were amazing; glory to God!


Remember this; even though all of God’s children are called to pray, Intercession goes beyond that. This is supernatural and when we do not know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit joins with our spirit to pray the perfect prayer to our Father (Romans 8:26).


It is necessary to be obedient when someone or a situation is revealed to you; it could be a matter of life and death.


Next: My Experiences with Praying in the Spirit (Intercession) at the Philadelphia Airport - Part 2


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Continuation of the Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues (speaking or vocal gifts) 5-29-2020

Paul’s main emphasis is on tongues being out of order’ when blurted out without interpretation it serves no purpose. People who are not saved and the unlearned (baby Christians) will think the person is mad or crazy.


Paul compares the preaching (prophecy) gift in Romans 12:6, and 1 Corinthians 14:22 which is for the born-again believers to be exhorted and encouraged. However, the gift of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, can be a sign to unbelievers when the secrets of their hearts are revealed.


If someone operating in the gift of prophecy has a word for the person that nobody could have known, what do you think that would do to the person?


It could bring conviction and change the person’s life; falling on his face he will worship God and report that God is truly in you.

Even though Paul has listed four gifts in this chapter, tongues and interpretation are being emphasized more, because he wanted the church to be in balance.


When it comes to the gift of prophecy given by the Spirit of God, the gift of tongues and interpretation can work together to bring forth prophecy for something in the future.


Tongues and Interpretation function together or go hand in hand, whereas prophecy can be a stand-alone gift. The person with these gifts should always do it decently and in order, it is not to be blurted out, because the person has control of what he does. The Spirit will allow space for the gifts to be used.


If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn and let one interpret But if there is no interpreter let him keep silent in the church and let him speak to himself and to God.


The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. Let the prophet judge as to whether what is being said is coming from a demonic spirit, a human spirit, or the Spirit of God. For God is not the author of confusion.


Now to the beginning of the church age where certain people were in the upper room praying (Acts 1:12-14). And on the Day of Pentecost there was a great move of the Holy Spirit; the one hundred and twenty people in the upper room were on one accord, and suddenly a sound from heaven as a mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.


Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire and one sat on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.


People from sixteen nations heard the people speak in their language, and they said we hear them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. They were all amazed and perplexed, saying “What could this mean?” Others mocking them said: “They were full of new wine” (Acts 2:1-13).


This was not the gift of tongues; it was a personal prayer language given by the Holy Spirit for empowerment (Acts 1:8). The prayer language is available to every born-again believer (Luke 11:9-13), when we do not know what to pray, the Holy Spirit helps us (Romans 8:26).


My Experiences With Praying in the Spirit (Intercession)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation 5-28-2020

The gift of tongues is a message from the Spirit of God given in an unknown language, for the edification of the body of Christ.


It can be a message of encouragement, a message of warning, a message of direction (wisdom concerning a particular situation), and a message for a future event.


The gift of tongues is to be used in a congregational assembly. The gift of interpretation is the translation of the unknown language spoken by the person with the gift of tongues, so everyone can be encouraged.


Tongues without interpretation has no effect; it does not edify the church (1 Corinthians 14:5). What is being said has to make sense with a distinct sound.


Example: Sirens give a distinct warning sound so people can move out of the way; if they make a sound other than what they are used to hearing, they will not pull over. Otherwise it is like a foreigner trying to speak to someone and they do not understand his language.


Praying in tongues is different from the gift of tongues. One is to encourage and edify the church; the other is a personal prayer language that is unknown to the person who is praying. With this kind of prayer, there is direct and divine intervention by the holy Spirit who prays the perfect prayer to God through the person.


What this means is when someone is praying in tongues, the Spirit of God takes over because the person does not know what to pray. The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit and our spirit prays to God in the unknown tongue. This kind of prayer is very prevalent in an Intercessor’s life.


Additionally, every child of God does not have the gift of tongues or the gift of interpretation. However, the prayer language is available to every born-again believer who will receive it.


The Apostle Paul wrote: If I pray with the spirit, this is not my understanding, nor in my known language that I understand.


Praying in the spirit is always perfect, therefore you pray well, yet the other person is not edified.


Paul’s prayer language was so important to him that he prayed often in tongues. Yet, Paul would not speak in unknown tongues in the church. The tongue language or praying in the spirit is to be private between the person and God; otherwise nobody is being edified (1 Corinthians 14:2-4, 18-20).


Paul said I do not want you to be as children when it comes to understanding. If we are going to be as children, it should only be when it comes to being angry. In other words, when it comes to understanding, we should not be as a child.


Example: Children fight and a couple of minutes later, they are playing together again. We should be adults in understanding, but childlike when it comes to anger.


Paul uses four gifts in 1 Corinthians, chapter 14: Tongues, Interpretation and Prophecy, along with the gift of Prophecy given by God the Father in Romans 12:6. This will be explained in the next message.


Next: A Continuation of the Gift of Tongues and the Gift of Interpretation


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” 5-27-2020

The Qualifications for Ruling and Reigning with Christ (2 Timothy 2:1-12)

Paul wrote to Timothy and encouraged him by illustrating the strenuous duties of the Christian walk, and how there are no exceptions (no alterations or additions). In other words, no cutting corners. 


We shared about the athlete who did not run lawfully and was stripped of his rewards.


Example: The athlete who used steroids, which are performance enhancing drugs was disqualified. He cheated and was disqualified because he did not follow the rules.


The Farmer – to sell produce or livestock he must abide by FDA regulations, or they will be disqualified from selling livestock or produce.


Example: Farmers are not allowed to use DDT, an insecticide that was used to kill bugs that damaged the crops. It was banned in 1972.


The soldier has to abide by the rules of the military or he will be disqualified and lose his rank. Some end up being dishonorably discharged because of certain actions. In the worse case scenario, they can be executed for treason (to betray).


Example: Betraying one’s country to overthrow the government by revealing classified information.


In active battle each nation must abide by the rules of the Geneva convention.


Example: At the end of World War II, the Nazis who violated the Geneva convention were placed on trial and some received long prison sentences and some were executed.


Christians must follow rules or they will be disqualified, which means they will lose their rewards.


When we stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ, everybody will be there to witness us receiving rewards and losing rewards. It will be shameful for those who lost rewards and there will be praise for those who are rewarded for their faithfulness.


The faithful ones (one hundred-fold, one hundred times as much) will rule and reign with Christ; because they were faithful, their reward will be great. The faithful will receive a “Well Done” good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a little, I will make you ruler over much. Enter into the joy of your Master (Matthew 25:23).


Next: The Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” 5-26-2020

Ruling and Reigning with Christ

When Jesus came to this earth, He gave up everything for us, and we are expected to give up everything for Him (Luke 14:33).


Jesus Christ became poor so we would become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Even if you are born-again, are you really “Sold-Out” for Christ?


Many people attend church; many people work in church and they feel they are pleasing God.


This is what it takes to please God and to rule and reign with Christ:


Those who suffer with Jesus Christ will reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12).


Being diligent in making your call and election sure, by doing these things you will never fail, you will have a great entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11)


Not being ashamed to stand up for what we believe; will cause us to be hated; if the world hated Jesus first, then we are going to be hated (John 15:18).


We are called to serve (John 12:26, Romans 12:11). Jesus came to serve, not to be served (Matthew 20:28).


Surrendering to the Holy Spirit; allowing your knowledge (intellect) to line up with the Spirit of God; not having knowledge that is puffed up (1 Corinthians 8:1). Jesus surrendered and said to the Father, not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).


Jesus knew the flesh was weak (Matthew 26:41). However, if we walk in the spirit, we will not fulfill the lust (cravings) of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-18).


Walking worthy of the vocation (assignment – Ephesians 4:1). Jesus Christ accomplished everything He was sent to do and God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above all names (Philippians 2:7-9). We will receive a “Well Done” good and faithful servant, from Jesus (Matthew 25:21, 23).


Living the life like Christ led, will bring suffering. Satan will do whatever he can to stop us from living a righteous life; he wants us to give in to the attacks that he brings against us through people who persecute us and speak evil against us; calling us holier than thou’s, holy rolers and so on (Matthew 5:10-12).


Suffering is the consequence of living a godly life in a fallen world; God told Adam in the day that he ate the forbidden fruit he would surely die (Genesis 2:16-17).


Some people did not want to be delivered from death but they would rather suffer to obtain a greater resurrection (Hebrews 11:35-40).


When it comes to suffering, this is nothing compared to what the tormented suffering that will last forever (Revelation 20:10-15).


On the other hand, suffering here on this earth cannot be compared to the riches of ruling and reigning with Christ throughout eternity (Romans 8:18).


Coming tomorrow: “Overview” of what will be discussed tonight.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Memorial Day Reflections of Patriotic Service ~ the Builders and Defenders 5-25-2020

For all those who fought on foreign soil and lost their lives on behalf of the United States of America, this is in remembrance of a service well done!


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


For those who offered 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, thanks be to God for compassionate hearts.


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


If it had not been for these people, we would not be where we are today, thanks be to the Lord God for how they laid the foundation that we 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. One group was brave warriors who were trained and prepared for battle, while the others were given grace for whatever came their way on the US soil.


This is what the land of the free and the home of the brave means to me.


Land of the Free:

Many of our forefathers died for our freedom. Yet some people still do not feel that freedom but having freedom in Christ is more important than all the evils of this world.


According to the Word of God, things will not get better. So, the children of God should not be shaken or alarmed by the rise of demonic activity. This will continue until Jesus Christ comes and deliver us out of the troubles of this world. Until then, we are still free in Christ.


Home of the Brave:

It took a lot of courage to fight on foreign territory and face the enemy and do everything possible to win the war on behalf of our country. It also took a lot of strength and endurance for our forefathers to build this country.


As we reflect on this Memorial Day, let us 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 a physical battlefield, but we are in spiritual warfare. Therefore, whatever way we leave here, being with the Lord will be the greatest experience of all. No more sickness, death, trials persecutions and wars of any kind.


I pray that you will enjoy this Memorial Day and give thanks to the Lord for all those who made a difference in our country and in our personal lives.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

In Memory of the First Responders ~ Your Service is not Forgotten 5-24-2020

Honoring those who gave up their lives to help someone else live.

I do not know of a better time to let the families whose loved ones died due to the coronavirus pandemic that has affected people across the globe, than this Memorial day weekend, that others are being remembered for giving up their lives on behalf of our country.


The Word of God tells us to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7); these people gave up their lives for a worthy cause and certainly they are to be honored and remembered throughout the ages.


Even though my family nor I have been affected by this pandemic, my heart goes out to every family who lost a loved one.


As condolences are expressed, I ask you to look to the Lord; He will continue to strengthen, comfort, and reveal His great love to you through others.


That same love that sent Christ to die for our sins is still as powerful as it always has been. Actually, your loved ones showed love when they risked and gave up their lives for the sake of others.


It reminded me of what Jesus Christ did; He certainly gave up His life for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ paved the way for all of those who are born-again to be first responders.


Example:

Love your neighbor as yourself. Who is your neighbor? Everyone the Lord places in your life for you to serve in any capacity, is your neighbor (Matthew 22:39). If you really love your neighbors, you will do everything possible to keep them safe.


Esteem others more highly than yourselves – look not only for your own interest but also for the interest of others (Philippians 2:3-4). This is an unselfish and humble act.


Love your enemies. Who are your enemies? Those who despitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).


Jesus said, take up your cross and follow Me (Matthew 16:24-26). This means that you are going to have challenges and obstacles that will cause you to be tested to the core. Taking up your cross is dying daily to the flesh.


Are you willing to be a first responder, by giving up whatever it takes to help someone along the way? If that is true, then your living will not be in vain. You are living to live again.


God bless all the families of the coronavirus first responders.


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


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett


Prophecy ~ The Vocal or Speaking Gift (Part 2) – My Experience 5-23-2020​

Once again, another experience is being shared, this happened in early nineties. Plans had been made for me to visit family and friends in New York for a week. A few days later I had a vision that there was going to be an earthquake in New York.


Sometime after the vision was given, I called my girlfriend in High Point, North Carolina and told her about the vision and she said: “Maybe you should not go to New York”; I said: “I am going”.


So, that Friday I took the bus from Camden to New York, as planned. A friend met me at the bus terminal and we took the subway to Harlem and then to the Bronx. I said to my friend: “I am going to see somebody that I have not seen in thirty years.”


As we were walking up the street where I once lived, the barber I knew was standing on the corner in front of his shop. I had not seen him in thirty years; did not know if he was still alive.


Later we went to Brooklyn where I was going to stay for the week. After supper, something specific in the Bible was discussed, people were ministered to, and a word from the Lord came for someone in the group.


Afterward, I began to tell the others about the vision the Lord gave me; that there was going to be an earthquake in New York.


We continued to fellowship and do other things together; that Sunday I was invited to attend a church service. My excuse was that I needed to pray and that is what I did. About the middle of the week, there was a subway accident that injured many people.


One of the persons where I was staying a guest, told me about the subway accident and someone said this on the news “It was just like an “earthquake”. Can you imagine what this did to the people when I told them about the earthquake?


It was not a literal earthquake, but it seemed like it was. They may not have understood fully, yet, they saw that this was from God.


The Lord showed me the vision and He wanted me to intercede on behalf of what had been revealed to me. Although many people were injured, it could have been worse. Intercession stopped a catastrophe; lives could have been lost.


Next Thursday: The Gift of Tongues and the Gift of Interpretation (The most abused of all the spiritual gifts)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Prophecy ~ The Vocal or Speaking Gift

The gift of prophecy is a supernatural endowment (ability) given by the Holy Spirit for future events that will come to pass (1 Corinthians 12:10).


When someone is given a prophecy by the Holy Spirit, it should be not be shared immediately. It should be prayerfully considered how to do it, what to do and when to do it.


When prophecy is given by the Holy Spirit, He gives it in the person’s language. Be careful when someone gives a prophecy the way it is worded in the old king James language, such as: “Thus saith the Lord, He saith unto thee”. This makes the person sound like what is being said is authentic or their intention could be to make themselves sound more spiritual.


The Word of God tells us not to despise prophecy, but to prove or test it (1 Thessalonians 5:20). You need to make sure it is from the Lord. And, how do you know if prophecy is or is not from the Lord? If what is spoken does not come to pass, it is not from God.


Prophecy is also encouraging and it is brings hope. Suppose God had told you something that was going to happen in the future, and after a period of time, you do not see anything changing? He will use someone to operate in the gift of prophecy to help you hold on to your faith and wait for whatever was spoken to come to pass.


Or the person operating in the gift of prophecy could tell you something about the future that you had no previous knowledge of.


Example: The Spirit of God used someone to tell me what was going to happen where I live. He said certain things were going to happen that would cause me to be in danger, but the Lord had me covered. Everything that the person prophesied was true, and that was so encouraging to me.


This makes it more encouraging and hopeful when you hear a word of prophecy and you know the person did not know what had been revealed to you. The prophecy was revealed to the person operating in the gift, by the Spirit of God.


Biblical examples of the gift of prophecy:

Paul told Timothy to be strong and hold the prophecy that was given to him: This charge I commit to you, my son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare(1 Timothy 1:18).


Footnote from the NIV study Bible: Timothy had been set apart for ministry when the elders laid their hands on him (1 Timothy 4:14). Apparently at this ceremony several believers had prophesied about Timothy’s gifts and strengths. These words from the Lord must have encouraged Timothy throughout his ministry.


Jesus prophesied (foretold) how Peter would die. Jesus started off by asking Peter if he loved Him, and He asked Peter three times. Peter said Lord you know I love you. Jesus replied: Feed My sheep.


Then He went on to tell Peter when he would become old, he would stretch out his hands and another will gird (make him ready) and carry him where he did not wish to go (John 21:17-19).


Peter confirmed what Jesus had told him years prior to this time; key verse is 14: Knowing shortly I must put off my tent (body), just as our Lord Jesus showed me (2 Peter 1:13-15).


Jesus prophesied many times about the future events; signs of the end of time and the tribulation period (Matthew, chapter 24).

Gifts are to encourage others and to glorify God.


Prophecy ~ The Vocal or Speaking Gift (Part 2) – My Experience


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

The Working of Miracles ~ Power Gift 5-21-2020

Many people get the working of miracles and healing mixed up. Today you will learn the difference between the two gifts. All the gifts given by the Spirit of God are closely related, yet they have some distinction.


Some of the gifts given by God the Father are also closely related to the gifts given by the Spirit. This will be pointed out when we get to the gifts given by the Father. Some of God’s children operate in more than one gift.


Although some gifts are similar, they are not exactly alike, just as twins are not exactly alike; there are many pastors and other ministry gifts but they are not exactly alike. They minister according to what the Spirit of God gives them for the people they have been ordained to reach.


There are four Gospels, and even though they are similar (called the synoptic gospels), they are not exactly alike; each man wrote as the Spirit of God inspired him. 


The same is with pastors and other leaders, if they all were alike, there would only be a need for one pastor,  one ministry and so on. One pastor or ministry cannot reach everybody, that is why we are the body of Christ with different parts that have a need for each other.


The difference between healing and a miracle is this: Healing is limited to the body only; that is whatever part of the body that needs to be healed. With the gifts of healing there was/is more than one way it can be done; either by command (speaking) or touch (laying on of hands).


However, when it comes to the gift of miracles, there is direct divine intervention. Miracles can include the body as well as turning water to wine, and so on. A limb that was no longer on the body, maybe through amputation and it grows back, certainly is a miracle. This gift supersedes all-natural abilities. Miracles supersede the law of nature.


Example: Elisha and other prophets went to the Jordan river to cut down trees to build their own dwelling places. But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron axe-head fell into the water…Elisha was told where the axe head fell and he cut off a stick and threw it in the water and made the axe head float (2 Kings 6:1-7).


These are some other Biblical examples of the working of miracles:


Jesus turned water to wine at a wedding (John 2:1-11)


Jesus fed 5,000 men with two fish and five loaves of bread besides women and children. So, they took up the twelve baskets that were left over (Matthew 14:13-21, John 6:1-14). On another occasion, He fed four-thousand men and women, in addition to children with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish; there were seven large baskets left over (Matthew 15:32-39).


Jesus called Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb four days (John 11:32-44).


Paul raised Eutychus from the dead: And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus who was sinking into a deep sleep and as Paul was preaching a long time, he fell down from the third-floor window and died.


But Paul went down, fell on him and embracing him, he said, do not trouble yourselves for his life is in him (Acts 20:7-12).


The purpose for the gift of the working of miracles and all the other gifts is to build up the body of Christ and glorify God.

I will continue to emphasize that unsaved persons could be in the midst of what is taking place and it could bring salvation to them (Romans 2:4).


Next: Prophecy ~ The Vocal or Speaking Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” The Books Were Opened (Judgment Day)

5-20-2020

We learned that the Ancient of Days in the book of Daniel is a title used for God the Father and God the Son meaning Eternal One. Although you will not see that name for the Spirit of God, He is part of the Godhead; therefore, He has to be Ancient (eternal).


The Ancient of Days in Daniel 7:9 refers to Christ’s second coming, the books will be opened and He will judge the ungodly out of the books.


This was written in the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation. Some of Daniel and John’s writing were similar. The scriptures support, connect and relate to each other.


Some people are going to be in for a big surprise because they thought they would be included in the Lamb’s book of life for the things they did, such a working in the church; they are going to hell through the church.


The final blow is when they stand before Christ and their last hope is, their names will be in the Lamb’s book of life.


Example of those who fooled themselves: People who did things to be seen of others. Their motives were wrong; they built their own ministries like Jim Jones and David Koresh; Christ was not involved.


Every wicked deed, every racist, every person that used the N word in a negative way, the honky, cracker, and redneck words, calling people fools and bad thoughts. I could go on and on.


The book of life is for everyone who lived. The only ones whose names will be in the Lamb’s book of life are those who are born-again. Will your name be written in the Lamb’s book of life?


What is going to happen if your name is not in Lamb’s book of life? You will be cast into the lake of fire and you will be tormented throughout eternity; and the more wicked you were, the greater the degree your torment will be.


I am so glad my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. I pray that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life; if not, I am extending salvation to you:


You can be saved by God’s grace through faith, your works will not bring salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and become righteous and with the mouth confession brings salvation (Romans 10:9-10).


Once you become saved or born-again, pray and ask the Lord to lead you to the church that He would have you to become part of.


Next: Working of Miracles ~ Power Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” of Ruling in the Eternal Kingdom 5-19-2020

Another sister and I were walking and as usual we share whatever is being discussed, or what has been discussed in the Bible sharing group.


This is to encourage the readers; although I am grateful for your readership and support of Burnett Ministries’ blog messages, they are like sermons, which are to edify and encourage the readers.


However, the only way to grow is through teaching the principles of God’s Word. In our Bible sharing, questions are asked and we take as long as it is necessary to make sure each person in the group understands what is being conveyed.


You are blessed if you are in a church where the Bible is being studied and principles are taught. If you do not understand about ruling and reigning with Jesus in His Kingdom, you are missing the greatest blessing other than salvation.


Learning gracefully/gradually about the principles helps all of God’s children to have assurance and build their confidence to pass on to others what they have learned.


We are still discussing “The Kingdom” because so much is written in the scriptures pertaining to the kingdom which has eternal benefits and eternal consequences.


Building the Kingdom of God means to practice what we have studied; it is called practical holiness or practical righteousness. There is a saying: Practice makes Perfect,” and that statement is true. The children of God should be practicing holiness and righteousness every day. 

This has a bearing on our eternal status of ruling and reigning.


Example: The rules of a church choir is to have choir rehearsal or choir practice every week. There are people who hit and miss rehearsals. If the person does not show up for choir rehearsal, according to the rules, they do not sing on Sunday. In other words, they miss out on being a blessing to others through songs. These types of people are not faithful.


God has rules that are a requirement for us to rule and reign in His Kingdom. He requires our faithfulness. And, who are the faithful? Those who are consistently living holy and righteous lives are the faithful ones.


The unfaithful will not rule and reign like the faithful, they will be in outer darkness or a dim place that is not as visible. They will have lower positions than the faithful will have.


Think about it, what will your status be in kingdom? It not too late!


Coming tomorrow: “Overview” of what will be discussed tonight.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Places Where Little or No Money Took Me 5-18-2020

The message is titled this way because I want to share with you that I had little or no money and how God took me places that could only happen because of Him.


God took me to many states and cities in the United States and abroad as well as territories owned by the US.


This is my story of the Lord opening doors for me to travel. The beginning of extensive travels started in 2002:


A friend from New Jersey was stationed in the military in Germany and she wanted us to visit her. My biological sister, another dear friend, her husband, and I traveled together to visit our friend.


Our flight landed in Frankfurt, and we lodged in Heidelberg. Our travels took us to Germersheim, Speyer and Darmstadt Germany. We visited Luxembourg, a city under a city, and Paris. It was an awesome trip! And guess what? I was the designated driver while traveling to different parts of Germany and Luxembourg; we took a bus tour to Paris.


God used several people to assist in financing this trip. I want to tell you that I never had to ask; the people were led by Him. One of my dear sisters in Christ gave me a donation. The Senior Ministry from my church at that time, took up a love offering. Can you imagine that? The seniors wanted to bless me.


I traveled to Philadelphia because that was our departing city; another friend wired me money to Western Union in Philly. I had been getting a stipend for a youth program at the church and I started saving for the trip. Another friend was stashing away cash towards the trip.


When the songwriter said: “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus”, that was so true. Yet, God was using all these people to help me.


My first cruise was in 2008 for eleven days, to some islands in the Caribbean, which included, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic - Labadee, Haiti - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Lord used someone to bless me with this trip as well.


I was blessed with two trips in 2019: Punta Cana, which is in Dominican Republic; this was an all-inclusive trip. I also traveled the Caribbean for seven days, to St. Thomas; St. Maarten; Cocoa Cay, Bahamas and a part of that trip was a seven-day stay in Winter Haven, Florida, which included traveling to other cities in Florida.


There are some places like the Motherland (Africa) and Israel, I have a desire to travel and I believe it will happen.


God wants me to tell you that He does not have respect of persons. And: “It is No Secret What God Can Do, What He’s Done For Others, He’ll Do For You”. One of the others God did for and is still doing for is me.


You may not know who or by what means God will use. Once God opens a door, just walk through it trusting Him all the way.


The Lord may not work in your life the same way or do the same thing He does in my life, but He has a plan for you to be great in His Kingdom, and He wants to do some amazing things in your life.


That is the reason I wanted to share another testimony of His goodness with you.


Next: “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” of Ruling in the “Kingdom”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Being Obedient and Walking by Faith 5-17-2020

These messages are ongoing to share with the readers how important it is to allow the Spirit of God to work in and through you. Each time I have written about my experience, the Spirit of God reminds me to continue sharing some more of my experiences which line up with the gifts of the Spirit.


For many years it truly has been a faith walk for me, living with either no finances or on limited income up to the present time. God has taken care of me and I am so thankful that my dependence is on Him. During these many years of walking by faith, I have also traveled many places globally.


If I had plenty, it would be difficult for me to have the intimacy that I have with Christ, because I would be concentrating more on things, than on Him. This has been my story for a long time and it has been quite an interesting journey.


Listen my beloved, has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5).


From some of my messages, you can see that I am rich in faith and certainly not in material things. For me not to have material things really help me to trust and depend on Him even more. And, some amazing things have taken place that can only be accredited to God my Father.


While residing in New Jersey, I had a dream that I was back in North Carolina at what was thought to be my former Baptist church. After moving back to Greensboro, I was standing at the kitchen sink and the Spirit of God spoke to me and told me not to join a church in Greensboro. I was obedient.


My stepfather played the piano for the male chorus once a month at a rural church thirty miles away. On this particular Sunday, I drove him to the church. I attended Sunday school, and the 11 AM service. While sitting in the service, I had a recall of the dream that was revealed to me in the night season a year or so prior to this time.


I was completely blown away when I saw the pastor and how he fit the description of the pastor in the dream; he was a very distinguished looking man, and well dressed. I did not remember anything about the Sunday school until the total recall was given to me during the service. The description of the classroom and the teacher also was in the dream.


Here I was having to join a church thirty miles away in a rural area without my own automobile. This definitely was a faith walk. The pastor and his family lived in the same town as my family did, and they knew each other and they were friends.


I became my pastor’s personal driver and for five years we traveled many places to visit the sick and home-bound. I did not know all the details of what God was doing; I was obedient and believed that whatever God said, so it would be; not my will, but His will be done.


Many of you who know me, also know I have never liked the country (rural area), yet the experience was one of the stepping-stones used to get me where I am today; what an awesome set-up.


All I can say is: “God Did It!”


I want to encourage you to allow the Spirit of God to lead and guide you; to reveal what your ministry (gift) is, be obedient and walk by faith. And like me, He will do things that you could never have imagined.


Next Thursday: The Working of Miracles – Power Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

My Personal Experience With Healing ~ Power Gift (Part 3) 5-17-2020

Gifts are Important; They Add More Life to the Church

On January 1, 1994, I took a trip to North Carolina for the first time in a year; had planned to stay a month and ended up staying six weeks.


It was sometime shortly after being at my mother’s house, I wrote on a piece of paper: “Somebody is going to try to get rid of me”. I did not remember this until I came across the paper about a week after a most horrifying experience.


There was an assignment against me from Satan. I went to visit someone in another town and was poisoned by something that was in a cup of coffee I drank. I was so sick and delirious, it felt like I was going to die. After three days, I was taken back to my mother’s house and ended up in the hospital a day later.


During the few days of being a patient, a ninety-year-old lady was put in the same room with me. The lady told me how she kept hearing me talk about my faith and how the Lord was going to heal me. She gave her testimony of forty years ago when she was in the hospital; two ladies came and prayed for her and she was healed. This boosted my faith.


An elder and his wife from my former church came to visit me, they prayed and believed that I would be healed. Others were praying for me in many parts of the United States. My mother also told me I was going to be healed.


A friend was on her way to visit me and she saw this on a truck and believed that God allowed her to see that for me: “That my faith was not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”! (1 Corinthians 2:5) I stood on what I believed the Lord had told me regardless of what seemed like a life or death situation.


A nurse said I could be hearing from the devil when I told her about the Pastor who came in and prayed for me. My faith was continually being built up; I did not allow what she said to cause me to doubt.


The doctors wanted to perform surgery on me but I say no. The Lord had told me not to let them operate because they did not know what was going on in my body; the doctors thought it was a bowel obstruction.


Finally, on a Sunday morning I was discharged after being in the hospital a few days. Of course, papers were signed to release them of any liability.


One of the doctors said: “You need to get back on the plane to Philadelphia and see a doctor, you are dying.” When they left, I got dressed and my stomach was still very distended. All of a sudden, doubt crept in, but then I said: “God is going to heal me.”


Upon arriving at my mother’s house, I stayed in the den watching television and it seemed like every preacher was talking about faith. Later, I laid on the sofa and all of a sudden that poisonous coffee gushed out my body and I was supernaturally healed by the power of God!


Sometime later after I went back up north, my mother’s doctor who was one of the attending physicians, asked her if I was still alive. Surely, according to him, I could not still be living. This was a testimony for the doctor to hear, for he certainly thought that I would have been dead.


Not only was I alive; I was and still am alive and well!


Again, all of those experiences were for a purpose, and for a time such as this that saints will be encouraged and God would get the glory in the here and now as well as back then. He was preparing me for the right now season. And to God my Father be all praises, honor, and glory!


Next: The Working of Miracles - Power Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Gifts of Healing ~ Power Gift (Part 2) My Experience With Someone Being Healed 5-15-2020

Some of these experiences had escaped my memory, but praise be to the Spirit of God and someone else He used to bring the experiences to my recall. This is absolutely amazing how these testimonies are being shared during a time such as this; the season for the ministry is ripe.


It is for people to be encouraged and built up in their faith, and for God to be glorified. At the time of these experiences, I had no clue that God was calling me into any type of ministry. Every child of has a ministry.


My experience of operating in the gifts of healing:


A friend who had a men’s ministry, invited women to come this particular night. On my way to the friend’s house, I told another friend that I felt this overwhelming warm surge go through my body (it was an anointing); it was so powerful that I could hardly stand it. My friend wanted me to lay hands on him so he could feel the same power.


The person operating in the given gift for that particular time may not always feel something; this was new to me and because of my immature state in this type of gift, I believe the Holy Spirit did this to boost my faith.


I said: “God is going to do something tonight”, and this is what took place:


We were at the meeting, standing in a circle and holding hands for prayer. While I was holding hands with the person on the left of me, I felt the sensational power leave out of me and it went into the individual to bring about his healing.


Later on, while the leader was speaking, I told the person that came with me what happened during the prayer. He told me I should tell the leader, but I was hesitant. Then, the man that was standing beside me during the prayer, went to the restroom. And, the Lord said: “When are you going to tell them what I did?”


After the man came from the restroom, I told the person with me that I was ready to tell the leader what had transpired. I got the leader’s attention and told him that I was not planning to say anything, especially being that the women were invited guests.


The leader allowed me to share what had taken place. I told everyone what happened during the prayer and I looked at the man and said: “You have had a heart problem all your life and the Lord said, you are healed!”


He was looking at me very attentively, and then! The man starting praising God and said Yes, he had the heart condition all his life. 


Everybody starting praising God! I went to the bank a few days later and saw the man; he started praising God again.


The meeting that we attended a few days earlier was ordained by God for the man’s healing to manifest.

This particular gift was healing for the heart.


The purpose of the gifts has been and will be to build up and encourage the body of Christ; to increase their faith and to glorify God.


At that particular gathering, I do not know who was saved and who was not; if someone unsaved was there, it could have led to their repentance (Romans 2:4).


Next: The Working of Miracles ~ Power Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Gifts of Healing ~ Power Gift 5-14-2020

As we continue with the power gifts, some may wonder why the word gifts is plural, rather than healing being plural. According to the Word of God there are different gifts for different illnesses/diseases (1 Corinthians 12:9).


The Holy Spirit may use some with different kinds of gifts of healing. Example: Jesus healed the leper who said to Jesus: Lord if You are willing, make me clean; Jesus put forth His hand and touched him and said, I am willing, be cleansed. Immediately his leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:1-3). This healing was by Jesus touching the man and speaking healing.


Jesus touched Peter’s mother-in-law and the fever left her. And she rose and served them (Matthew 8:15). All she needed was a touch and she was healed.


Peter found a certain man who had been bed ridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise, take up your bed, and he rose immediately (Acts 9:34). This healing was by a command.


The gifts of healing are always for someone else. For instance, when I was suffering with hot flashes (menopausal transition), one day they were so bad I spoke over the situation that by Jesus’ stripes I was healed (1 Peter 2:24) and it happened. This was not the gifts of healing operating.


Also, when we intercede and stand the gap for someone’s healing, that is not one of the gifts of healing.


Although Intercession can fall under the gift of helps, it does not necessarily mean that the Intercessor will operate in the gifts of healing. Again, we do not put limitations on the Holy Spirit; He uses whomever, whenever He chooses to when it comes to the gifts of healing, or any of the other gifts.


We pray and believe by faith that the person/s will receive their healing. Remember this, even though we are praying, which is spiritual, it is different than the supernatural power of the gifts of healing which goes beyond us praying for people.


Someone can ask for prayer and it does not mean they will be healed, there could be something going on in the person’s life and it would not be in God’s timing. Or it could be for other reasons.


Everybody will not be healed, just as everybody will not be saved; it is not for us to know the reason it does not happen. We do not know who will or will not get healed; we just pray and trust God.


We do what we need to do and leave the rest between God and the person. He knows everything about everybody. Whatever the reasons are, even though we do not know or understand, we should never stop praying. With that being said, God honors our faith.


When the Holy Spirit directs and empower, it is 100% surety that the gifts of healing will happen.


The purpose for the gifts of healing and all the other gifts is to encourage the body of Christ, which builds up their faith and glorify God.


Additionally, this can change the lives of the unsaved, when they see how God worked in the lives of others.


It is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (Romans 2:4).


Next: The Gifts of Healing (Part 2) ~ My Experience With Someone Being Healed


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” of Ruling in the “Kingdom” 5-13-2020

Last night we discussed how foolish it is to live your life just trying to make it in, but we should live our lives in a way that we rule and reign with Christ. Jesus said to store up your riches in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). This has to do with ruling and reigning in the eternal realm.


Jesus also said, blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for great is their reward in heaven. Blessed are you when they shall revile you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake, rejoice and be exceeding glad… (Matthew 5:10-12). Living a godly life is costly, but it is worth it, no cross, no crown.


The faithful saints will rule as kings (the 100-fold), the less faithful will rule as lords; they are 60-fold and 30-fold (Matthew 13:8). Everybody will have some responsibility, but everybody will not rule and reign.


Warning: Even if you make it in, and are given responsibilities, there will be weeping and gnashing (gritting) of teeth. Can you imagine what it will be like to see what you missed out when you were given responsibilities on this earth and you failed to fulfill your destiny?


Let’s use a city as an example of positions and how they vary: The mayor runs the city and the city council members vote on ordinances to make changes.


City inspectors and police have authority to enforce any ordinances the city council members votes on and is implemented. Police do not have authority to make changes, but they have authority to carry out the changes.


There are different levels of authority on this earth, just as there will be different levels of authority in the eternal realm.


There are so many similarities when it comes to comparing cities on this earth with cities on the new earth. Saints will be ruling over cities and positions will vary according to how faithful they were.


Jesus was speaking in parables to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. When Jesus spoke in parables pertaining to the Kingdom, He would say the kingdom of heaven is like…


Jesus talked a lot about the kingdom and the requirements to rule and reign with Him throughout eternity. When He talked to the unfaithful servant, the five foolish virgins, and the ones who said they did works in His name, He did not go easy with them.


As a matter of fact, Jesus was pretty rough on them. Why? Because they had the ability to fulfill their responsibilities, but they chose not to.


What are you going to do with the responsibilities that have been assigned to you?


Next week on Tuesday, we will continue with the Kingdom; there is so much to learn about it.


Tomorrow: The Gifts of Healing ~ Power Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” of the “Kingdom” 5-12-2020

One member of the group is not able to connect with us on Tuesday Bible sharing; we do a one on one study on Monday. This means we are ahead of the Tuesday Bible Sharing which makes me more polished for the next group, and I love it.


Yesterday, during the Monday morning session, we discussed Luke 19:10-27, Daniel 7:18 and a few more verses in the same chapter. The Old Testament prophets wrote many things pertaining to the future as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20).


The seventh chapter of Daniel connected with the Kingdom and ruler-ship that is being studied in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.


I am going to take you back to where we started with the foundational, the first or elementary principles sometimes called the rudiments of a born-again believer’s walk, and how one must learn the A, B and C, before the can understand X,Y and Z. In other words, a baby has to crawl before it walks.


The principle is to start from the beginning and build on the foundation of Christ. As was stated in the beginning, there can be no skipped steps; it is a process that should be progressive.


So, one must know the basics and then they will gradually understand why they are here on this earth and what their purpose is. How in the world is someone going to rule and reign when they have no clue about Kingdom principles?


If one does not understand their assignment and walk in it, they will miss out on ruling eternally with Jesus Christ, even though they are born-again. Only the faithful Christians will rule with Jesus Christ.


We have learned and it is understood that salvation is secure; in other words, one can never be lost once they are saved; next step was how to grow in our walk, and now we are learning and understanding how we are going to rule in the eternal realm with Christ our King.


It will be exciting to share what was shared and learned from tonight’s class.


Looking forward to tomorrow, if the Lord wills, “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“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 honor (pay respect) 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 as priceless as Gold Nuggets


They glow so much like Bronze that they capture attention


Mothers are like Copper that provides a gentle healing touch to meet the needs of their children


The Greatest of these is a Mother’s Love, that comes come from the Lord


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 gift from God to you.


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


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 though some may not 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                          

Be Encouraged Friends and Family 5-9-2020

Many of you read my experience of how the Spirit of God used me to operate in the gift of faith. This was posted for others to be encouraged and to be built up in their faith, to God’s glory!


Although I have not been given the gift of faith; as was stated yesterday, the Holy Spirit used me at that particular time and I did not question or doubt Him. The Spirit just gave me the unquestionable empowerment of 100% faith to operate in the gift.


A few days ago, I posted a couple of my experiences of how I was operating in the gift of discerning of spirits, which is one of my spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has equipped me with in my prophetic office.


The messages on the gifts and my experiences are testimonies to encourage the readers and to motivate you to discover your gifts, be trained and developed and function effectively in what God has called you to do. And when your season comes, He will launch you out into your ministry.


It took me about twenty-five years to get to this this juncture of my life. My season is definitely here; the Spirit started revealing much to me in November of 2019, and I have been on a spiritual roll since that time.


As you continue to read my experiences and testimonies, you will begin to understand why I will not be confined or restricted from doing the work God has called me to do. He allowed all these experiences for me to help others to be set free.


God has given me much and much is required. The more time I spend with Him, the more He reveals to me, my faith built up and activated.

These gifts are not just for me and some others; they are for every child of God and each of us has at least one gift.


In the near future, there will be more experiences to share for your encouragement and for His glory.


Next Thursday, Lord willing, I will continue with the Spiritual Gifts ~ The Gifts of Healing


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Faith, One of the Power Gifts ~ My Experience (Part 2) 5-8-2020

As we continue with the Gift of Faith, I am going to use a personal experience that the Spirit of God used me in the gift of faith


My experience

It was in the 1990’s on a Monday in the early afternoon, the Spirit of God told me to pray for $10,000 for a ministry I was connected with. That night the ministry was having the usual Monday night service, that I attended.


At the end of the service, I stood up and said: “Brother Miguel, the Lord told me to pray for $10,000 for this ministry”, and out of my mouth shot: “You will have it in seven days”. That was not my own doing; that operation of the gift of faith came directly from the Spirit of God.


During the course of that week, I would remind Brother Miguel what the Lord was going to do. It not only increased my faith, but also this was to encourage Brother Miguel. 


My reminding Miguel, proved that I was 100% sure without a shadow of a doubt that God was going to bring the money in. It was never questionable as to how He was going to do it; I just knew that He would.


A few days later, on a Saturday morning, three of us attended a task force meeting and my pastor was chairperson. Ministers and others were present from surrounding townships because of the concern about situations going on in the city.


The discussion included Billy Graham who was going to be in Philadelphia for the first time in thirty-five years. Every time the Billy Graham crusade would come up, the Spirit brought the conversation back to the need in Camden.


Different people were allowed to speak, the Director of the ministry spoke and I was the last one to speak; not knowing what I was going to say. Then, I began to tell the people that the Spirit had told me to pray for $10,000 for the ministry. I went on to use Luke 6:38 about giving.


And then, one of the pastors stood up and said we are going to get that money. He went on to say he had spearheaded a campaign and they raised $38,000, and $10,000 was just a drop in the bucket.


I was so overwhelmed that I jumped up and ran in the restroom. When I came back in the room, ministers from surrounding townships were pledging money for the ministry. Glory to God!


I did not know why the ministry needed $10,000; I just told what was revealed to me. Later I was told that the ministry needed a sprinkler system.


Again, this was not something that I did on my own, it was the Spirit of God moving through this vessel to accomplish a much - needed task. Thanks be to God that the gifts are to encourage and build each other up, that He may be glorified


Next: The Gifts of Healing


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

       

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Faith, One of the Power Gifts (Part 1) 5-7-2020

Although these gifts are given by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-11), all the gifts are spiritual, including those given by God the Father (1 Corinthians 12:6, Romans 12:4-8) and God the Son (1 Corinthians 12:5, Ephesians 4:11).


I am writing about the second set of the gifts of the Spirit. This will be a two-part message; the second part will be about my personal testimony.


The first gift of the three. There are three types of faith:


1) Saving faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)


2) Growing (maturing) Faith (1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 3:18)


3) The gift of Faith (1 Corinthians 12:9)


Saving Faith

This faith which brings salvation must come first; without salvation, it impossible to grow or have gifts. Although it was written in a previous message that Satan imitates God, even with the gifts. However, we must remember that he operates with lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9).


Growing (maturing) Faith

This kind of faith can only happen if one is studying the Word of God, being taught the principles of the Word and the trials that come to test our faith (James 1:2-4).


Example of the faith that test people: Abraham was told by the Lord to sacrifice his only son Isaac on the altar. Abraham obeyed the Lord, believing without a shadow of doubt that if his son died, the Lord would raise him from the dead (Genesis 22:1-18).


The Word of God tells us to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). We should have the desire to grow; and a hunger and a thirst to grow (Matthew 5:6, 1 Peter 2:2).


The Gift of Faith

No self- reliance, it comes from the Spirit of God to move in a supernatural way for a specific task at that moment.

Even though there are people whom this gift is given to, it does not necessarily mean the Spirit has given you the gift of faith; the Spirit uses whomever He chooses at a given time.


Example of the gift of faith: Someone was told by the Spirit of God to walk on water, because He was going to him to rescue someone from drowning. And, they cannot swim; but the Spirit has given them that special ability to believe supernaturally that they can walk on water.


This person has no doubt and is 100% sure because that kind of faith came directly from the Spirit of God.


The situation where Peter walked on water so he could meet Jesus who was also walking on water, was not the gift of faith. Peter started to walk on the water where Jesus was, but he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink. Therefore, this could not have been the gift of faith (Matthew 14:22-31).


Next: My Experience in the Gift of Faith


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” of the “Kingdom” 5-6-2020

Brothers and sisters, all I can say is, the Bible sharing was a WOW! All praises, honor and glory belong to God our Father.


I am so grateful to God that the group understands that certain scriptures in Matthew, chapters 22 and 25, talk about the unfaithful who will be cast into outer darkness which some think is hell.


Outer darkness is a place (a dim place) where the unfaithful Christians will be because they were not intimate with Christ.ave been studied are talking about ruling and reigning with Jesus Christ.


We discussed who will rule and reign with Jesus Christ our King in the eternal realm. There are two types of Christians, the faithful and the unfaithful ones. Only those who have prepared themselves will rule on the new earth.


The unfaithful Christians also will be on earth, but they will not have the same positions as the faithful saints.

Heaven is not like many people say it is. For instance, some say: “When I get to heaven, I’m going to sing and shout and nobody will be able to put me out”. Not true!


Heaven is not our home; the saints will live on the new earth and they will not be singing and shouting.


Additionally, people will not be walking around heaven all day. I am reemphasizing, we will not live 


Just as we have assignments here on this earth, we will have ruler-ship assignments over cities and so on, in the eternal realm.


It is plainly stated in the Word of God, as John the Apostle wrote:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Then I, John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven.


Jesus Christ our King will rule and reign in the New Jerusalem (Revelation, chapter 21), and the faithful children of God will rule and reign on the new earth (Daniel 7:18, 27, 2 Timothy 2:1-12).


Are you making yourself ready to rule and reign with Jesus Christ? Are you working on your wedding garment, as a bride who will be prepared to meet Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom?


What does that mean? It means, you are studying the Word of God and doing what He called you to by living holy and walking in righteousness which includes fulfilling your destiny.


If not, I am pleading with you to start getting ready to meet Christ; it is much later than you think. The Spirit of God is sad when the children of God are not preparing to meet Jesus Christ.


I pray that your eyes will be opened to see how serious walking with the Lord and being intimate with Him is.


Join us again next week on Tuesday for a Preview of “An Hour of Bible Sharing with Betty”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” of the “Kingdom” 5-5-2020

Tonight, our lesson will be coming from Matthew, chapters 25 (ten virgins) and 22 (wedding garments). Most people will be shocked as to what these scriptures mean, but in studying the verses, and learning what Jesus Christ is talking about and who He is talking to, makes the difference.


Because they had never been taught these principles, what was taught seemed to have made sense, which is sad.

But once people’s eyes are open to the truth, it is like a light-bulb that comes on and it makes sense.


Each week the group is given scriptures to study for the next week, and I ask them what they got out of the scriptures. Most of the time, they are on point.


I want to see where each person is and how much of a desire, they have to study the Word of God for themselves (2 Timothy 2:15). Sometimes they say things that I had not thought of and it helps me to see that particular scripture from a different perspective.


As they say about the coronavirus, we are all in this together, so it is with the Bible class; we are all in this together; being in the same book despite the different levels.


I can hardly wait until tomorrow to share an “Overview” what we discussed!


Tomorrow: “Overview of “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” 5-6-2020


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Gifts and Their Value to the Body of Christ and to God​

I am writing about the gifts, as led by the Holy Spirit for this given time. It has been posted on my ministry website what this ministry is about. It was revealed to me years ago that Burnett Ministries would help people to discover and be trained in their gifts. And, now is the time.


On that note, if God gives you an assignment, it does not mean it will come into fruition right away. From my own experience, it takes time; I am still being taught and growing more in the Word to minister effectively to the needs of those God has ordained for me to minister to.


The reason I am concentrating on the gifts is because of the many years of being in different denominational churches, I have not seen the gifts in full operation.


It is imperative for every child of God to function in the capacity God has called us to function in. We should want to know what our gifts are and understand how to function in them.


We are so important to God and He desires to have us working in harmony with Him; God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit, just as the Triune God works in harmony (union) with each other (1 John 5:6-7).


Although there are three persons of the Godhead, each functions differently, but always in harmony with each other. So, when it comes to the children of God, we are to utilize these valuable gifts as we co-labor with God to encourage each other and to glory Him (1 Corinthians 3:9).


Many of the gifts are misunderstood, abused, and misused because of improper teaching or no teaching at all. This causes the children of God (body of Christ) to miss some awesome blessings, when we are not doing what God has called us to do. Not only that, it will affect our eternal status of ruling with Jesus Christ.


Even though each of us has different personalities because that was the way God made us, our character should be more and more like Christ; so many scriptures – I will give a few (1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 2:5).


When you hear someone say: “That person has character”. This means a distinguishing feature and qualities of the person; one with a good character has traits like; trustworthy, respect, integrity, caring and so on. These characteristics are usually developed as one matures.


When people use character in other ways like: “That house or that furniture has character”, they are saying, there are distinct qualities that really stand out.


Therefore, the gifts and character should go hand in hand. If one does have good character, the gifts are useless; no one wants to receive from someone who has a lot of flaws in their character.


Tomorrow: “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” Preview of the Kingdom and ruler-ship


Back to the gifts on Thursday


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Discerning of Spirits (Part 4) Some of My Experiences

In the early 1990’s. I was at a church service and as I looked toward the pulpit, my attention went directly to one of the ministers. At my first look, his eyes were normal, then I looked again and his eyes were blood-red; I shook my head as if in unbelief, when I looked again, his eyes were back to normal.


This was my first experience with a situation like this, so I shared it with another person, because I knew something was wrong, but did not understand what this meant. So, the person that I shared it with, told me that was a spirit.


Later, I shared my experience with a leader, which was a warning that the man was not who the church thought he was. Not long after this occurred, the man was exposed for the other ways that he had deceived people.


This is why the gift of discerning of spirits is so important. Suppose the Lord did not have someone to supernaturally detect this, the person would have done more damage than he did. This shows how much God loves His children, He wants to protect them and He has placed each of us with the gifts in the body of Christ to help.


I was in another church in the early 2000’s. This situation went on for about a year. I went to the leader and told him that a person was set up in the church to do harm to him. Because the leader did not understand the spiritual gifts, he ignored it.


The person attended Bible study and Sunday morning church services. One Sunday he had a man with him, who was his back-up. The last Sunday he was there, he had a female back-up. I looked and saw how evil her eyes were, and she was looking in the pastor’s direction as if she were trying to put a hex (do harm) on him.


Reminder, only the person with the gift of discerning of spirits would have been able to discern this, because it was not for people in their natural senses to detect. That’s what the person with the gift is for.


During the service, a sister was sitting beside the man and she could see that the man had a notebook and was drawing on it. Another sister was sitting next to the woman that was with the man, and from the pulpit, I saw how nervous the sister seemed to be; she kept looking at the woman as if she were afraid of her.


We came out of the pulpit when it was time for altar prayer, and it was as if the Holy Spirit floated me to where the man and woman were sitting. I said to him: “Stop what you are doing”! He said: “Reverend Burnett, I’m not doing anything”. I said: “I said stop what you are doing to the pastor”. He and the woman left.


These women on both sides of the man and woman confirmed to the pastor that something eerie was going on with the man and the woman. Later, the Holy Spirit told me to go to the sanctuary on a certain day and He told me what pew to go to.


I went as the Spirit directed and the man left so fast that Sunday, the paper he was drawing on was still there. The drawing was a man and a casket and on it was written: Phase 3 of 4 complete.


My brothers and sisters, this is real! And I do not take it lightly. Furthermore, I embrace whatever God has assigned me to do to help others. I pray that you will take the gifts and calling of God seriously. It is necessary to learn about the gifts, understand the gifts and function in them.


Next: The Gifts of the Spirit ~ Faith, a Power Gift


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Spiritual Gifts ~ Discerning of Spirits (Part 3)

More Examples of the Holy Spirit, the Human spirit and Demonic spirits

I feel the readers need more examples to clearly distinguish what the gift of discerning of spirits mean. This gift detects the type of spirit operating in a person or a situation/movement.


Let’s start with Jesus and the disciples when He asked them who do men say I am? And they said, some say You are John the Baptist, some, Elias, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, but who do you say I am (Matthew 16:13-15)?


Spirit of God revealed who Jesus was:


Simon Peter answered and said: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus said, blessed are you Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven (Matthew 16:17). Jesus was saying this was a good thing, for it was God who revealed to Simon Peter who Jesus Christ was.


An example in the church could be that someone could be bringing forth a message and others do not understand and they may even question the person’s credibility. But the person with the gift of discerning of spirits would say: “What the person is saying is from God”.


Remember in a previous message, it was stated that there are three categories for spirit: The Holy Spirit, the human spirit and demonic spirits. We should be able to discern both good and evil, when it comes to what or who is true or false, because we should have enough knowledge and understanding to detect the difference.


However, with the gift of discerning of spirits which is totally supernatural, we could not have been able to discern spirits on our own, it comes directly from the Spirit of God.


Human spirit

The Pharisees were religious leaders whom the people looked up to; but they abused their positions and were operating in their human spirit.


The same thing happens with some leaders in the church; they use their position for the wrong reason. They are operating in their human spirit when all the attention is focused on them. Some even start a movement that has nothing to do with God, because they are about self-gain.


Demonic spirits

The slave girl had a spirit of divination (to bring out something unknown -evil). The girl cried out saying: These men are servants of the Most-High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation. It was the demonic spirit speaking through her to discredit what Paul and the apostles were doing.


Remember this, Paul was the only who detected this through the gift of discerning of spirits. So, he exposed what the demon was doing through her (Acts 16:16-18).


An example of the demonic spirits operating in the church in the 1990’s, was the “holy laughter”. In the previous message, I wrote that the purpose of the gift of discerning of spirits is to detect the type of spirit or spirits operating in the church in opposition to God’s will.


How was the “holy laughter” movement operating against the will of God? Think about it! Would anything that takes the focus off of God be of God? Some of these people were rolling on the floor, laughing hilariously and some continued with that silly laughter when the word was brought forth.


I visited a church and actually saw these people in action; it saddened me to see all that foolishness

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Discerning of Spirits (Part 4) Some of My Experiences


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Spiritual Gifts ~ Discerning of Spirits (Part 2)

Let us move on to what the gift really is, which is discerning of spirits. Notice that the scripture in Hebrews did not say discerning of spirits, but it said that the children of God should be mature enough to discern both good and evil.


The gift of discerning of spirits is not given to every child of God. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to whom He chooses and the gift goes beyond being able to distinguish good from evil.


The Word of God tells us (all His children) to beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15-20). Paul addressed the church at Galatia about allowing people to come in and take their attention off Christ and revert back to the law (Galatians 3:1-3).


They should have been able to discern these false teachers because they had been taught the truth about Christ delivering them from the law. The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).


The purpose of the gift of discerning of spirits is to detect the type of spirit or spirits operating in the church in opposition to God’s will. I mentioned in a previous message that the devil is causing havoc in the church because the gifts are not functioning for whatever reason.


It may be that certain denominations are not aware that all these gifts are essential in the body of Christ. It just could be that some denominations are knowledgeable of the gifts but are not embracing these awesome gifts that have been given to the body of Christ to edify, build up and encourage each other, and God is glorified.


And, some feel that the gifts have been done away with; that they were only for the early church.

According to the Word of God, the work that He started in us, He will complete until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). This means that nothing stops until Christ returns.


The devil does not want God’s children to have knowledge of and operate in these gifts. The gifts were given to the church and they will function in the body of Christ until Christ returns to take us to heaven; this is called the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).


The gift of discerning of spirits detect spirits through the senses - the ear (hearing something that is evil), eye (seeing images) and nose (foul smell) or directly given by the Holy Spirit. This is the supernatural power to detect spirits and their activity.


Example: As we went to prayer, a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination, met us who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out saying, “These men are the servants of the Most-High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation”.


And she did this for many days. But, Paul greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus to come out of her”. And he came out that very hour.


Only Paul recognized that the girl had a spirit of divination, and once he was tired of what that spirit was doing through the slave girl, he took authority over the spirit and cast it out of her. In other words, he exposed what she was doing to discredit their mission.


To others, it may have seemed like the girl was agreeing with what they were doing, by saying: These men are the servants of the Most-High God who proclaim to us the way of salvation.


The girl’s masters were upset, because the hope of their profit was gone, and they took hold of Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities (Acts 16:16-19).


I will reiterate that it is of utmost importance for the gifts to function in the church (body of Christ).


Next: Spiritual Gifts ~ Discerning of Spirits (Part 3) More Examples of the Holy Spirit, the Human spirit and Demonic spirits


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett  

Spiritual Gifts ~ Discerning of Spirits (Third of the Revelation Gifts)

Before we go into the Gift of discerning of spirits, everyone needs to understand that there are three categories when it comes to the word spirit:


1) The Holy Spirit is capitalized - the Spirit of God; it is known that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead is the only perfect One listed in these categories.


2) The human spirit is the spirit of man and is in each human being (Genesis 2:7, Proverbs 20:27, 2 Timothy 4:22). The human spirit of man can be influenced by evil spirits.


3) Demonic spirits -These are fallen angels who are intelligent, evil and fierce.


Since this is a three-part message, I will only get to the human spirit in this message.


The human spirit

Example: When Jesus told the disciples the things He had to suffer, Peter rebuked Jesus and told Him that this was not going to happen. Jesus said: Get behind Me Satan, you are an offense to Me, you are not mindful of the things of God, but of the things of men. Peter meant well, but he was being influenced by Satan.


Jesus recognized Satan using Peter in an attempt to stop Him from fulfilling what He was sent on earth to do (Matthew 16:23); to suffer, die and be raised the dead for many souls to be saved.


This is one of my experiences in detecting a human spirit in operation. I visited a church and the guest speaker was charismatic (charming), had a broad vocabulary and knew how to captivate his audience.


The Spirit revealed to me that the guest speaker was trying to take the church from the pastor who had sickness in his family and was not able to be at the service. Months later, I received a call from a sister who was a member of that church, and she told me the man was exposed.


The man was operating in his human spirit. I never discussed this with the sister; the Spirit used her to confirm what had been revealed to me.


The Word of God tells us to test the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). Every child of God should get to a place in their Christian walk where they are able to detect spirits. When you see spirit in the plural, it is referring to demonic spirits.


Now to the introduction of the gift of discerning of spirits. I am starting off with what this gift is not, since many people so erroneously misunderstand the gift of discerning of spirits. In recent years, I have heard people call it the gift of discernment; there is no gift of discernment.


The author of the book of Hebrews was talking to the Hebrews who had stopped growing because they had become dull of hearing. And they thought they were mature, but they had need of milk and not meat; they were still babies in Christ because they were unskilled in the Word of God.


The author of Hebrews goes on to say: But solid food belongs to those who are of full age (mature), that is, those who by reason of use have their spiritual senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14).


One can only discern (be able to distinguish/recognize) good from evil, if they are mature in Christ. How can a baby know the difference between good and evil, or right and wrong? They have to be trained.


Next: Spiritual Gifts ~ Discerning of Spirits (Part 2) Purpose


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” of the “Kingdom”

The Faithful, the Unfaithful Children of God and the Unsaved 4-29-2020

There has been much confusion pertaining to born-again believers thinking that everybody is going to be the same in the eternal realm. For instance, some say: “I just want to make it in”. Little do they know they have already made it in. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21); it has already been established.


It is shameful for anybody to say: “They just want to make it in”, as much as Jesus Christ went through for them.

Plus, it is more than just making it in. God has given us these awesome abilities to utilize on earth, which determines our ruler-ship with Jesus Christ. In other words, those who are faithful will have greater positions in the eternal realm.


Those unfaithful, carnal Christians who choose to do what they want to do, will not have the same positions as the faithful. These are the ones made it that made it by the skin of their teeth.


There are two aspects of the “Kingdom”

1) Stewardship of the saved (what we have been given to manage)

2) How the wicked will be cast into hell


In both of these scriptures, weeping and gnashing of the teeth are used – One is talking about loss of rewards for the born-again believers.


The unfaithful children of God will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30). When they stand before Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) and see all the glory they had missed because they did not make good use of their stewardship.


The other is for the unsaved who will be cast into the furnace of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth because they will be tormented forever (Revelation 20:10-15).


At the end of the age, the angels will come forth and separate the wicked from the just and cast the wicked into the furnace of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:47-50).


I am concerned about those who profess to be born-again and are not taking their new life seriously. You may ask: How can I determine the way someone else is living? I see it every day on Facebook; some of the stuff people are posting is shameful.


If you are truly born-again, you must stand before Christ to give account of all that has been done in your bodies, whether it is good or bad.


And, to those who are not born-again, I am concerned about your souls, and I definitely don’t want you to end up in the fiery furnace.


Tuesday: “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” - More about the Faithful Ruling With Jesus


Tomorrow - Continuation of the Gifts of the Spirit


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett


“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” of “Kingdom Principles” 4-28-2020

As we explore the scriptures tonight, “Kingdom Principles” is what is going to be our main emphasis. There is a difference between Salvation and Kingdom Principles.


We will continue to search to see what these scriptures actually mean, then they can be passed on to others and they too will have a clear understanding of Salvation and Kingdom Principles.


How do we get a clear understanding? Scriptures must connect, relate to and be supported by other scriptures. Key words and what the scriptures mean in the original language give a full understanding of what the verses mean.


History is another important factor; not knowing the culture and language of the people will change the entire meaning of the context of the scripture.


Our discussion includes several scriptures, but we may not get to all of them. It is of most importance that the group understands; taking it slow and easy make all the difference in achieving good results.


These are the scriptures, just in case you want to follow along with us:


The servant who didn’t do his Lord’s will (Matthew 25:14-30)


The narrow gate and the wide gate (Matthew 7:13-14)


The ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)


The man who did not have on his wedding garment (Matthew 22:11-14)


However, you will not get all that is shared unless you connect with us via conference call.


See you tomorrow, Lord willing, for an “Overview” of “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Spiritual Gifts ~ The Word of Wisdom ​

As we move on with the revelation gifts, I want to give a word of caution. A person may think they are operating in one gift and it could be another, because some of the gifts are so intricately connected. This is the reason examples are used so the gifts can be distinguished.


Now to the Word of Wisdom – This gift, which is the Holy Spirit’s word of wisdom, gives directions on how to proceed with a matter in your own life or someone else’s life. The Holy Spirit will supernaturally reveal this for you or someone else.


Example: A person is working on a job; an offer may be made for you to move to another city. In the natural, it may not make any sense to you, and it looks as though you should stay where you are because things already look promising. It could be that you got a promotion on your present job, and you just purchased a new house.


But God has somebody to give you a word of wisdom for you to move on to the next place. It does not have to make sense; therefore, it is a decision that could not have been possible for you to make on your own.


In other words, you could have been stuck and missed your blessings, and if the Holy Spirit had not placed the person in your path whom He had given His word of wisdom to help you. This will really strengthen you and build your faith.


This is supernatural and that is why it is so important for the gifts to operate in the body of Christ. These gifts are in the church for us to encourage and lift each other up. We need God above all else or anybody else; however, He shows us that we have a need for each other by our giftings.


Jesus told two of His disciples: Go into the village next to you and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say: “The Lord has need of them” and immediately he will send them. So, the disciples went and did what Jesus told them to do (Matthew 21:1-6, Mark 11:1-6).


This was a prophecy that was being fulfilled in Zechariah 9:9, pertaining to Jesus riding on a colt the week before His crucifixion. Of course, Jesus had the fulness of the Godhead without measure (without limitations) - (Colossians 2:9), but the principle is the same. Plus, Jesus was 100% human and 100% God.


Here is the main point: What do you think the disciples must have thought when Jesus told them to go and bring the colt? Do you think that made any sense to the disciples to get a colt from a complete stranger? Yet they obeyed and realized later that what Jesus told them to do, made all the sense in the world.


Jesus was teaching the people from a boat. And when He finished speaking, He said to Simon, put out into the deep and let your nets down for a catch. And Simon answered, Master we toiled (worked hard) all night and got nothing. But at Your word, I will let down the nets. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their net was breaking.


So, they signaled their partners on the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so they began to sink (Luke 5:1-7).


That was so powerful! Simon never would have imagined something so great as this happening. If he had not taken Jesus at His word, none of them would have brought in such a catch.


Coming Thursday: Spiritual Gifts ~ The Gift of Discerning of Spirits


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Gifts of the Spirit ~ The Word of Knowledge (First of the Revelation Gifts)

Now to take a look at these three gifts and how some people misuse them. This is how they are listed in the books that I have had in my possession: Knowledge, Wisdom and the Gift of Discernment.


Today, I am starting with the Word of Knowledge that has been called knowledge by some people. The reason this gift cannot be called knowledge is, all people with their right faculties have knowledge.


However, the Word of Knowledge is a gift where facts are revealed as to what is going on in a person’s life or a situation that could not have been known through natural means. This supernatural knowledge comes directly from the Holy Spirit and can be revealed through visions and dreams.


Example of the Word of knowledge:

Gehazi was the prophet Elisha’s servant who accompanied him when Naaman was healed of leprosy after he dipped in the water the seventh time. Although the gift of healing was manifested, I am concentrating on the Word of Knowledge. 


After Naaman was healed, he offered Elisha great gifts in appreciation for his healing, but Elisha did not take anything from him because the healing was for God’s glory, not for his personal gain.


Gehazi, the servant of Elisha saw all the gifts that Elisha had turned down and he decided to go and collect the rewards.


When Gehazi returned to Elisha, he asked him where he had been. Gehazi told Elisha he had not been anywhere. Elisha said to Gehazi: Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from the chariot to meet you? 


The Holy Spirit revealed to Elisha through the word of knowledge that Gehazi had received gifts from Naaman (2 Kings, chapter 5).


Jesus operated in the word of knowledge – He knew that the Pharisees were thinking evil in their hearts and He told them what they were thinking (Matthew 9:1-6).


Peter – Ananias and Sapphira. People were distributing their possessions so everybody would have and no one was left out. This couple sold their possessions and because they wanted to look big to others, they schemed and held on to some of it.


But Peter, operating in the word of knowledge said to Ananias: Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the land for yourself ….. you have not lied to men but to God. (Holy Spirit and God the same). Ananias fell down and died.


About three hours later Ananias’ wife Sapphira, not knowing what had happened to her husband, was asked by Peter what she sold the land for and she told him the same thing her husband did. Then Peter said, how have you agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look at the feet of those who buried your husband at the door, and they will carry you out.


And immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last, and she was carried out to be buried beside her husband. These two situations put fear on all the church who heard these things (Acts 5:1-11).


Understanding the gifts is important, and these messages are shared to help those identify their gift and to be trained properly. Remember that this gift is different from human knowledge; it is called the Word of Knowledge because the Holy Spirit gives a word of His knowledge about things or people that you are not aware of.


Reminder: The devil imitates the gifts of the Spirit through Root doctors (witchcraft) and Fortune tellers. It is dangerous for a child of God to seek information from these evil people.


Next: Spiritual Gifts ~ Word of Wisdom


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Names Given For Some Gifts That are Incorrect ~ Continuation

Before I start explaining the gifts, all readers need to be aware that the devil also operates in the supernatural realm (evil or unholy). He imitates God through the gifts and the devil reaches more people through telecommunications where these so-called Christians are operating in the demonic realm.


Example: The holy laughter (unholy) was widespread in some denominations in the 1990’s. It was a distraction that took people away from the Word of God. It was like blurting out (speaking) in tongues in the assembly, which made an unsaved person think they were barbarians (an uncivilized wild person). The person with the gift of discerning of spirits is able to detect this unholiness.


The devil is causing havoc in the church more than ever because the demonic activity is increasingly on the rise. It is even worse when the gifts are not functioning in the church, especially the gift of discerning of spirits, which reveals and expose the demons so they can be recognized for what they are doing.


When the body of Christ comes to a better understanding, they will exercise their authority over the devil, instead of giving the demons free reign in the church because of their ignorance.


When it comes to the gifts given by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, you need to know that one must be baptized with the Holy Spirit and have the evidence of speaking in tongues.


However, the Spirit of God can work through anybody He chooses to at any given time, but the person needs to be filled with the Spirit to be the most effective. Also, a person does not necessarily have to possess that particular gift, in order to be used by the Holy Spirit.


These gifts given be the Holy Spirit fall into three categories. The first set is called the revelation gifts which have direct supernatural manifestations:


1 – Revelation gifts: 1-3) word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits

2 – Power gifts: 4-6) faith, gifts of healing and working of miracles

3 – Speaking gifts: 7-9) prophecy, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues


They are also grouped in three categories, and when I get to the names of the gifts that are incorrect, they will be pointed out again.


There will also be plain and simple examples; some from the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament, different gifts were used as the Holy Spirit came upon certain people to function in gifts; just as He came upon (anointed) kings and prophets at specific times for specific assignments.


In a previous message, it was stated that the Holy Spirit did not live or dwell in people until after Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead.


Many people have been turned off because of the misuse of some of the gifts, especially the gift of tongues. However, it is up to you to receive what the Word of God says about the gifts. I have been baptized with the Holy Spirit since 1987, and my life has been enriched.


The next message will be the beginning of the gifts of the Spirit.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Names Given For Some Gifts That are Incorrect ~ Introduction

I have taken the same test four times in various churches over many years, and they all used the same book.

After being in the first church, I realized that some of the information in the book pertaining to pinpointing your gifts, was erroneous.


I also realized that a book may not be accurate in describing one’s gift. Then I learned after being taught about the gifts, the description of a few gifts was wrong.


This is something that every child of God should know; the Word of God is always accurate and if anyone is qualified to help you identify your gifts, it is the Five-fold ministry offices of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher (Ephesians 4:11-16).


These offices are gifts to the body of Christ to help them grow into maturity, therefore these office gifts are mature enough to help the children of God discover their gift/s, and to train them in their gifts, so they will be in balance and not running around like a chicken with its head cut off.


If the church is not functioning the way the Word of God tells us to, we are not progressing (growing) spiritually, which causes eternal consequences.


I am going to back up and explain that Jesus Christ the Son, who is also Lord, gave these gifts to the church (1 Corinthians 12:5, Ephesians 4:11). There is a difference between these gifts and the ones in Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:6, given by God the Father, and the gifts given by the Spirit of God in 1 Corinthians 12:4, 7.


Every child of God has been given at least one gift, and maybe more, but that is determined by the Spirit of God who distributes His gifts the way He chooses and to those who have the ability to function in the various gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11).


Notice that there are different gifts given by the Triune God, and these gifts are always in harmony with each other just as God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are always in harmony.


Before all the gifts are explained, which will take time, there must be an understanding of the misunderstood gifts.


You will learn the true meaning of misworded gifts like:


The Word of Knowledge, not knowledge, which is not a gift

The Word of Wisdom, not wisdom, which is not a gift

Discerning of spirits (not the gift of discernment; there is no gift of discernment)


You will also learn:

The difference between healings and miracles

When healings (plural) are mentioned, it means different kinds of healings


The gift of tongues which is highly misused, and the difference between the gift and the tongue language

Gift of Interpretation


How the gift of Prophecy can be highly misunderstood and misused


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Next: Names Given For Some Gifts That are Incorrect (Part 1)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” Eternal Security - Once Saved, Always Saved 4-22-2020

And I will give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand (John 10:28-30).


The operative or key words are eternal or everlasting; which means to never come to an end - never perish (not ever; will never suffer spiritual death). And no one has the power to snatch them out of His hand, because nobody is greater than God: the All-Powerful One.


Romans 11:29- The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. The Gentiles saw that the Jews had rejected Christ and they thought God had rejected Israel.


God was dealing with the Gentiles (the church), but He also was letting them know that He had not forsaken the nation of Israel, therefore when God made a covenant (promise) it could not be broken (Numbers 23:19). This was an unconditional promise (no if, and's or buts). 


That is why the gifts and calling are without repentance; meaning that God did not change His mind.


He called Israel as a nation unto Himself and it shall be fulfilled (Deuteronomy 14:2). In the meantime, because the Jews rejected Christ the Messiah, He is using Gentiles to provoke them to jealousy (Romans 11:11); the Jews despised the Gentiles and considered them dogs (Matthew 15:21-28), but the church which consists of Gentiles, has the same promise of the gifts and calling as the Jews.


Ephesians 4:30 – Do not grieve the Holy Spirit whom we were sealed for the day of redemption; meaning the Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we will receive glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).


Why was the church being told not to grieve the Holy Spirit? In verses 25-29, the children of God were told not to lie to one another, be angry and not let the sun go down on their wrath, nor give place to the devil.


Let him who stole stop stealing and work with his own hands, told not to speak corrupt words out your mouth, but what was good to edify that it may be grace to the hearer; all these things grieved or made the Holy Spirit sad.


Also, scriptures in verses 31 and 32 were used after they were told not to grieve the Holy Spirit - to put away all bitterness, anger ……be kind and tenderhearted, forgiving one another as Christ had forgiven you; this includes us.


Next: Names Given For Some Gifts That are Incorrect ~ Introduction


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett



“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” Salvation versus Works 4-21-2020

Monday, there was a study with someone who is not available for the Tuesday PM sharing. 

One of the scriptures pertaining to salvation came from Ephesians 2:8-9, of course the verses must be read before and after the actual scripture in order to understand the meaning within that context. So, we started with verse one in Ephesians, chapter 2, and continued to verse nine.


The scriptures were: But God who is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sin, made us alive together with Christ. (by grace you have been saved)….. That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness to us through Christ.


For by grace you have been saved, through faith and not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. If there is any boasting, it should never be about you, but boasting should be about God only.


Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of the scriptures used to witness the Gospel to lost souls, and verses 1-9 are a reminder to the born-again believers of their previous state of being before they experienced this wonderful salvation.


Some are basing their salvation on their works. Of course, one does not work to get saved, but because they are saved, they should want to do good works to glorify God. For they know this salvation is all about God extending His love for them to become born-again through the precious blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for their sins.


Therefore, they are grateful for their salvation; they understand that if it were not for God, they would be in hell.


Those who believe they can lose their salvation tend to be judgmental and they are self-righteous. Those who understand that God chose them and He is the One who keeps them, are more humble and thankful. Those who have an understanding know that works cannot produce salvation but salvation produces works.


I am going to take it to verse 10; this helps us to know who we are in Christ Jesus and what is required of us. We are His workmanship (God’s masterpieces), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


Understanding God loves us so much, that He called us to be His sons and daughters, should be humbling to the point of showing our appreciation, by doing what we have been called to do.


Which category do you fall in?


Are you a self-righteous and a judgmental Christian? Or, are you forever grateful to God for saving you, which makes you humble?


Tomorrow: Eternal Security - Once Saved, Always Saved


This Bible sharing is open to all who are interested; the conference call information is on Burnett Ministries website.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Unless You Believe That I AM He, You are Still in Your Sins

This ends the series about Jesus Christ being I AM. Jesus Himself said at least ten times that He was I AM. How could He claim to be God unless it was true?


Jesus said, My Father and I are one (John 10:30).


God called Jesus Christ the Son, God: But to the Son He says: Your throne O God is forever and ever, the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore, God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions (Hebrews 1:8). Jesus Christ is above all, including angels (Hebrews 1:6, Psalm 104:4).


Christ deity was presented by the Father Himself; Christ is called the everlasting Father, meaning He is the Father of salvation; Mighty God – equal to God (Isaiah 9:6); THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:5-6), Looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).


And we know that the Son of God has come and given us understanding that we may know Him who is true, and we are are in Him who is true. And even in His Son Jesus Christ, this is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:20).


Who being in the form of God did not think it robbery to be equal with God, took on the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (although He was God-Man).


Jesus came in the form of, means He was eternally God; not robbery means exactly the same in every sense.

But He did not make a reputation and took on the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient even to the point of death, even death on the cross.


Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above all names. (Christ obedience to death is followed by a super exalted position of honor and glory).


That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory and honor of God the Father (Philippians 2:6-11).


Eventually everybody will confess and bow to the awesome Savior, Deliverer and King. Everybody, including angels will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. Everything and everybody were created to worship Him; if Christ is not worshipped now, one day He will be.


Many people say that there are many ways to God. That is not true. The Word of God specifically says that there is only one way (John 14:6).

The Word of God also says: Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name given under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).


For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:5).


I want to thank each of you for your readership and support, it motivates me to press forward. This is not easy, but writing messages and believing lives are being changed, makes it worthwhile.


A new series pertaining to seeing Jesus Christ in every book of the Bible will start soon.


Names Given For Some Gifts That are Incorrect


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Spirit of Christ, The Spirit of God and The Spirit of the Lord are the Same (Part 2)

I am mentioning one thing that was left out of the message yesterday about the Old Testament: God said, let Us make man in Our image and after Our likeness that they may have dominion over …. (Genesis 1:26).


The Us was the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Triune God was always working harmoniously throughout the Bible, and the three-bear record of their oneness (1 John 5:7-8).


Now to the New Testament –

The reason the Spirit of Christ, which means anointed One or Messiah is not mentioned in the Old Testament is, Christ was foreshadowed and revealed in types and figures (Colossians 1:14-17).


Near the end of the Old Testament, God Himself put on flesh as the Son (John 1:1, 14); He prepared a body to be sacrificed for our sins (Hebrews 10:5).


I am only listing a few of the many scriptures revealing that the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of God are the same:

So then those in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His (Romans 8:8-9).


Jesus Himself said the Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, for He has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek, He has sent Me to mend the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and to open the prison to those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).


The Spirit of God: In mighty signs and wonders by the power of the Spirit of God so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum, I have preached the Gospel of Christ (Romans 15:19). Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).


We are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, whereby we are sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). Since the Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we are children of God, we should not grieve him by living according to our fleshly desires.


Now to Jesus Christ being raised from the dead:

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:11).


I read in Romans 10:9, that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.


It is also necessary to bring this up again:

Jesus said: Destroy this temple (meaning His body) and in three days I will raise it up (John 2:19).


God wants His children to understand that the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Christ are the same Triune God in three Persons and cannot be separated. Each Person of the Godhead was active in Christ being raised from the dead.


I am reiterating that there is only One Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:4). The reason why this is being mentioned is because there are many spirits. Notice the Holy Spirit is capitalized and spirits are not.


Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits (plural) to see if they are of God, for many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).


Next: Unless You Believe That I AM He, You are Still in Your Sins


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Spirit of God, The Spirit of the Lord, The Spirit of Christ are the Same (Part 1)

For the readers to have more understanding of God in three persons (the Trinity or the Triune God), it is necessary to know that we as children of the Most-High God will not understand everything about God. However, it is important to trust Him and not lean to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)


I am talking about One Godhead in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; the three cannot be separated. The three persons of the Godhead function differently but the three are always in harmony with each other.


God the Father initiated the plan; Jesus Christ carried out the plan; the Holy Spirit was the power used to bring it about. Let us go back to the beginning during creation: In the beginning God created the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1).


Doesn’t the Word say that all things were made by Jesus Christ? For by Him (Jesus Christ or God the Son), all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible or invisible, whether they are thrones, dominions or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him, and He is before all things and by Him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-17).


The Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). The Holy Spirit was and is the power that moves throughout the earth in the lives of people.


I am going to use two examples how the Spirit moved by His power in the Old Testament and how God placed His Spirit upon those He used to carry out His will:


The reason the Spirit of God came upon certain people in the Old Testament was because nobody had the Spirit of God living or dwelling in them until after Jesus’ resurrection (Matthew 28:5-6, John 20:22).


The Spirit of the Lord came upon David when he was anointed king. Jesse was David’s father of whose ancestry the messianic king was to come. There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of His roots (Isaiah 11:1-2). Jesus whose name Branch is a title for the Messiah.


David committed an adulterous act with Bathsheba and had her husband killed (2 Samuel, chapter 11). Psalm 51 was written by David in reference to these sinful acts. Verse 11 says: Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.


I am bringing this to the readers’ attention because I have heard some people say this in their prayer: “Lord, don’t take Your Spirit from me.” God’s Spirit will never leave His children (Galatians 4:6); once He is living in us (1 Corinthians 3:16), because we are sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). This means the seal cannot be broken.


David did not lose his kingdom, but innocent blood was on his hand, and the sword or warfare never left his house (2 Samuel 12:10-12). He had some serious problems with his children. One of the problems was, David’s son, Absalom tried to take his kingdom (2 Samuel, chapter 15).


Samson was called to judge God’s people, and he had extraordinary strength when the Spirit came upon him, this empowered Samson to defeat the enemies of Israel. But he had a problem with women and he was deceived by Delilah, a Philistine woman whom he loved (Judges 16:4-27); after which the Spirit left him and he lost his strength.


Samson cried out to the Lord after losing his strength and his eyesight; the Spirit came upon him and Samson killed more people during his death than in his life (Judges 16:28-30).


Next: The Spirit of God, The Spirit of the Lord and The Spirit of Christ, are the Same (Part 2) New Testament


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Thomas Declared That Jesus Christ Was His Lord and His God (John 20:29)

All of the disciples including some of Jesus’ female followers did not understand when Jesus told them He was going to be killed and He would rise from the dead. Even though He told them numerous times what was going to happen, Peter did not accept it and rebuked Jesus (Matthew 16:21-22, Mark 8:31; 9:31, Luke 9:22).


Thomas, called Didymus said to his fellow disciples “Let us also go, that we may die with Him (John 11:16). This was a very was courageous statement.


Yet when the time came for Jesus to be delivered into the hands of the enemies to be crucified, all of His disciples fled (Mark 14:42-50).

When Jesus rose from the dead, Thomas was not with the disciples when He appeared unto them through the locked doors and said Peace be with you…. (John 20:19-24).


 When they told Thomas what had happened, he did not believe them, and he said unless I can see in His hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails and put my hand in His side, I will not believe (John 20:25).


And then, after eight days Jesus appeared again, when Thomas was with the others. Jesus said: Put your finger here and see My hands; and reach out your hand and place it in My side. Do not disbelieve but believe.


Thomas answered Him “my Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, you have believed because you have seen Me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:26-29).


Jesus was talking about all those who would believe the He, Jesus Christ was and still is, I AM the resurrection and the life; that He rose from the dead for us to be resurrected into a new life (Romans 6:4).


What about your faith? Do you believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead for you to have a new life, have you realized who He is and accepted Him as the Lord God your Savior?


Next: The Spirit of Christ, The Spirit of God, The Spirit of the Lord – the Same


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Asked His Disciples, Who do Men Say I am?

Some say I am John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, who do you say I am? 


And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:14-20).


Jesus said, blessed are you Simon Barjona, for Flesh and blood did not reveal that to you, but My Father in heaven revealed it to you. In other words, this was divine and totally spiritual.


It was God who opened Peter’s heart to a deeper knowledge of who Jesus was. That is the reason Jesus told them not to tell anyone that he was Jesus, the Christ. Prior to this, the disciples did not fully know who Jesus was.


This happened about six months before Jesus was to go to the cross and die for our sins.


Jesus told Peter that he was the little rock or stone (petras) and on this Rock (Jesus Christ), His church would be built (established) and the gates of hell or death could not prevail against the church. And the Spirit will draw all the little rocks (stones), that is us; we are the church, the lively stones (1 Peter 2:5).


When Jesus rose from the dead, He defeated the devil (1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Colossians 2:15), who could not prevail against His church.


Jesus was the Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11) and the church belongs to Him, He is the Head of the church (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18). The church was founded on the apostles with Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


What does cornerstone mean? It is the rock in which the entire structure rests. Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone of our faith; without the cornerstone the church could not stand. 


A cornerstone is on the corner of a building showing when the building was established. The church was established on the Day of Pentecost (Acts, chapter 2) by the apostles and the prophets with Jesus Himself being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


And it was Peter who preached on the day of Pentecost, which was the beginning of the church age (Acts, chapter 2).


The Roman Catholics say that the church was built on Peter who became the first pope and bishop of Rome. If the church was built on Peter, then where does Jesus fit in? 


Doesn’t the Word of God say that Jesus is the head of the church and the Chief Cornerstone? If Jesus was left out, then Peter would have been their savior. The church consists of born-again believers, which is the body of Christ (Romans 12:4-.5), with Jesus being the head.
 

Additionally, the Roman Catholics call the pope holy father. The Word of God says to call no one on earth your father, for you have one Father in heaven (Matthew 23:9). If someone is being called holy father, doesn’t that make him their father/god?


Note: This does not mean that our earthly fathers cannot be addressed as father; most people call them dad, daddy, papa, poppa and etc. Now that you have read the truth about Jesus Christ,


Who do you say Jesus Christ is? Is He your Lord God and Savior?


Next: Thomas Declared Jesus to be His Lord and His God (John 20:29)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett 

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” of a Review 4-15-2020

Our God is an Awesome God!

One of my minister friends sent me an email saying she was praying that the Lord would give us the spirit of wisdom and the revelation knowledge of Him. The eyes of our understanding being enlightened…. Ephesians 1:17-21, pertaining to the Bible sharing. I thank my God that righteous prayers are powerful.


Later, after the Bible class, another person prayed with me and used the same scriptures, thanking God our Father for how He gave us the spirit of wisdom and the revelation knowledge of Him. And we thanked the Lord that the eyes of our understanding were truly enlightened! Glory to God!


Truly I thank the Lord for those who joined us and what a blessing it was and is to be willing to learn; we all learned and understood that Hebrews, chapter 5, was talking about those who had learned and did not continue to practice what they had learned, did not grow.


Therefore, when they thought they were mature (of full age), they were still babies on milk and had need to go back and be taught all over again. If one is mature enough, they can recognize the baby state someone else is in.


This is the reason the Holy Spirit prompted me to start at the basics and go step by step to make sure each person understands fully what is being shared, so they will minister and witness effectively.


Many born-again believers use Hebrews 6:4-6 to say you can lose your salvation. This had nothing to with us as the children of God. The writer was talking to the Hebrews/Jews or those that belonged to the nation of Israel who refused to accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah.


These people understood that symbolism, types and figures and foreshadowing in the Old Testament was preparing the way for the Messiah, but they did not accept Jesus Christ as Messiah. Jesus came to His own and they did not receive Him (John 1:11).


They had tasted (sampled) the heavenly gift, and had shared in the Holy Spirit; many Jews experienced the blessings Christ brought while He was on the earth, such as healings, deliverance from demons, and miraculously feeding five-thousand, but they did not have the faith to go all the way.


They were like the Pharisees who actually witnessed the awesome move of Christ. Yet they rejected what Christ did, therefore, repentance could not be renewed.


In studying, make sure you know history and key words; this certainly makes a difference in how well you will understand.


Tuesday, I will share how the author is talking to two groups of people- saved and unsaved.


By the time the class was over, I was so excited I couldn’t go to sleep; was up at 4:40 AM.


Next: Jesus Asked His Disciples, Who Do Men Say I Am?


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” (Review) 4-14-2020

Tonight, we will go back to the beginning of what was shared about eternal security and “Kingdom Principles” according to the Word of God.


The reason I said the Word of God is, there is no way possible one can grow from sermons, that edify and encourage, or a book that someone else wrote. There is nothing wrong with either of these. However, we can only grow by being taught the principles from the Word of God.


Understanding salvation, being able to witness to the lost and minister to those who are born-again and do not understand, is absolutely necessary. The downside to both of these is the person/s need to be open to the truth, regardless of what they learned in the past, even if the teaching was erroneous.


The group wants to be sure that they have absorbed the information and feel confident enough to witness and minister effectively. What I admire about this group is, regardless of the levels of growth they are on, they have a desire to go back to the basics. We started off with the basics of our foundation and also learned how skipping steps cause back-sets.


Additionally, I feel this will give stability and no one will not be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. That’s the reason why we are may nottaking our time to make sure everything discussed will be fully understood.


There will be a review of what has been shared to this point. Questions will be asked to see where everyone is from the time we started.


It is going to be interesting to hear the answers. However, I am feeling assured they will have the right answers. I believe in pulling things out of people; most of the time, they know more than they think. This will help to build up their confidence.


I can’t wait to share what the results tomorrow.


This Bible sharing is open to all who are interested; the conference call information is on Burnett Ministries website.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Being Content

Grace and Peace from God my Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ my Savior.


To any children of the Most-High God who been complaining about limited mobility because of the coronavirus, you should be grateful that you are still alive.


In such a time-period as this, with all the wonderful means of technology that God our Father has provided for us through the people He has given those abilities to; we should be grateful.


I am taking you back in time with some history:

The Spanish flu, also known as 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million people – about a quarter of world’s population at the time.


The death toll is estimated to have been from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it the deadliest pandemic in human history. The Spanish flu was the first of two pandemics caused by the H1N1 influenza virus, the second was the swine flu in 2009.


Can you imagine what it was like? No technology and very limited means of communication. It must have been horrible to many of them. On the other hand, they could have been thankful that the Lord had kept them alive for a reason. AND, this could have drawn many people to the Lord for Him become their Savior.


I know most people were not prepared for this, but by now you should have accepted that there is not one thing you can do about it and that God is still in total control. Yet God has called us to spend more time with Him in His Word and pray the right kind of prayers according to His Word.


Instead of posting a lot of foolishness through the media, we need to be about our Father’s business (Luke 2:49). I don’t know of a better time during this calamity that has affected people world-wide, than to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are still in darkness and offer them hope.


Also, this is a great time to love people from a distance for the right reason; not because you cannot tolerate being around them for whatever the case may be. We are called to love God first and our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40) and to esteem (regard) others more highly than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-5).


Maybe God is trying to tell all of us something. We are not called to complain to each other about our negative feelings because of this situation, but to encourage and lift each other up.


Although this is a difficult time for all of us, we need to give thanks to the Lord for the means He has provided for us to communicate with each other. There are excellent means to communicate, without being in someone’s presence physically, but seeing them is the next closest thing to being with them, which is absolutely wonderful! Some ways are through Facetime, Messenger, Duo, WhatsApp and others.


This is to offer encouragement and help to others stop complaining, because God is not pleased. He wants us to be content, regardless of the situation (Philippians 4:11), and then we will experience His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).


Coming tomorrow: Preview from “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty”


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - I AM

He is Jesus Christ -I AM, Who Rose From the Dead!

He is Jesus Christ- I AM was the Passover Lamb who sacrificed His life for our sins (1 Corinthians 5:7b). Jesus Christ- I AM was the Only acceptable sacrifice that brings eternal life (1 Peter 1:19). (1 Peter 1:19). 


Through His sacrificial death, He was the only One capable of giving people a way to escape death and sure hope of eternal life (1 Peter 1:20-21). Lambs were used in the OT to cover the sins but they could not take away sins.


The Passover lamb was a foreshadow of Christ (Exodus 12:5). God was going to bring judgment on Egypt, which was symbolic of the world (Exodus 12:12). Those who had the blood of the Passover lamb applied the doorpost would not receive the judgment of God; it would pass over them (Exodus 12:23).


This was not for the Jews only, who at that time were called Hebrews; it was for anyone including the Egyptians who had blood from the Passover lamb on their doorposts (Exodus 12:7).


Our Passover Lamb was slain for those who by faith, would receive Him into their hearts and would not see the judgment of God, but are passed from judgment unto life (John 5:24).


John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Christ said: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

Christ was our Passover Lamb, now that His blood has been sacrificed, He forever lives as our High Priest to make intercession on our behalf (Hebrews 7:24-25). This is the whole purpose of us celebrating Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.


The biggest Cornerstone of our lives is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. If He was born and if Jesus had just died, that would not have been be enough. It was His Resurrection that brought salvation and is still bringing salvation to those who believe that He was resurrected for their sins (1 Corinthians 15:14).


What a Joyous and Glorious Resurrection!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26)

-whoever believes in Me though he was dead, yet he shall live; and whoever lives and believe on Me shall never die. Please read the entire chapter of John 11.


History: Jesus was friends of Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus died; he had been dead four days before Jesus went to the town where he had lived.


The reason Jesus waited for days according to the Jews a person could still be alive until the fourth day. Jesus waited so God would be glorified in raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:39-40).


I am using the scripture to bring about the point of Jesus being the Resurrection and the Life.

He raised Lazarus from the dead, but Lazarus died again. Jesus Christ was the only One to die and be raised again from the dead. If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, we would be still be in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:13-17).


I am going to share some historical facts about the Resurrection; first let’s talk about Easter and the Passover.

1) Easter: Eastre, the goddess of spring-meaning to rise, to shine, to spring forth. This was a Roman (pagan) holiday of festivities honoring the Easter bunny and the Easter egg, which means renewal of life.


2) Passover –a Jewish celebration continued throughout the Old Testament, until the present time.

Both of these festivities occurred at the same time (Acts 12:3-4). Jesus was crucified during that time. According to the four Gospels, Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation (Matthew 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, John 19:14, 31, 42). It was the day of the preparation of the Passover (John 19:14).


3) The Resurrection did not take place until three full days and three full nights after the crucifixion. Jesus said: For as Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40).


Therefore, Easter is not on a Sunday; for Jesus to rise from the dead the first day of the week (Sunday), He had to have died sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.


The devil wants us to take our minds off the resurrection and focus on the crucifixion; if Jesus had not risen from the dead, the devil would have defeated Jesus.


Jesus rose and conquered the grave and He took the sting out of death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). He also took the fear out of death. Jesus Christ had to destroy the devil, who had the power over death to deliver them who through the fear of death in their lifetime who was subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:14-15).


Jesus Christ triumphed over death- Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:14-15).


If you believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, and brought you new life (salvation), you will live eternally with Him (Romans 10:9-10).


I pray that you will have a Joyous Resurrection Day tomorrow, remembering what Jesus Christ did for you.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

I AM He Who Lives and Was Dead and Behold, I AM Alive Forevermore (Revelation 1:18)

Events leading to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.


1) Jesus said: Destroy this temple and in three days I will rise it up (Matthew 27:63).


Doesn’t Romans 10:9 say if you believe in your that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved? The more I search the scriptures, the more is revealed time and time again, that Jesus Christ is I AM - He and God are the same.


2) He was buried in a borrowed tomb (John 19:38-42). “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down”


He preached to spirits in hell (1 Peter 3:19). One writer interpreted it this way: Jesus Christ preached to those fallen angels who are chained because of their heinous and wicked acts when they married the daughters of men (Genesis 6:4). He proclaimed that in spite of His death, He triumphed over them (Colossians 2:14-15).


The devil and his demons are not in hell, so please stop telling the devil to go back to hell, where he came from. When the devil’s time is up, he will be cast into the lake of fire; so, will all those who follow him (Revelation 20:10-15).


How do I know the devil is not in hell? Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), rulers of darkness in high places (Ephesians 6:12); all principalities are in the heavenly realm. Lucifer was in heaven originally; and his name was changed after he was kicked out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-14, Luke 10:18)


Satan is the accuser of God’s children and he goes before God day and night laughing to God about us when fall into sin (Revelation 12:10).


3) Jesus got up with All Power in His hands (Matthew 28:18)

Jesus Christ is alive forevermore!


And, because He lives, we can face tomorrow, regardless of uncertainties.


For those of you who have not received Jesus Christ – I AM as Savior, He is waiting with outstretched arms: Behold, I stand at the door (your heart) and if anyone hears My voice and open the door (your heart) I will come in and dine with him and he will dine with Me (Revelation 3:20).


This means if anyone will open their heart to Jesus Christ, he or she will be in relationship with Jesus; there is nothing better than dining with and having fellowship with Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life and He wants you to eat the spiritual bread (His Word).

Jesus said: I AM the Living Bread, that came down from heaven; if anyone eat this bread, He will live forever (John 6:51).


Next: I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett


I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning (First) and the Ending (Last) - Revelation 1:8, 11

What do Alpha and Omega mean? In Christianity, it is interpreted to mean Jesus has existed for all eternity, or that God is eternal; One and the same.


There has been full-proof over and over again as to Jesus Christ being I AM. He is the beginning (first) of everything; all things were made by Him and by Him all things exist (Colossians 1:16-17).


In the beginning God said, let Us make in our image (Genesis 1:26). Jesus Christ was the beginning.

Nothing that Jesus Christ created will be destroyed, even though they may be changed or interrupted. Everything is in Jesus Christ.


The entire Word of God (Logos) is about Jesus Christ from the beginning to the very end. He is in every book of the Bible through types, figures and foreshadows of things to come (Colossians 1:16-17).


He is the only One who has a name above all names. One day, every knee is going to bow and every tongue will confess that He is LORD (Philippians 2:10-11).


It is better to confess Jesus Christ I AM now.

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is to salvation (Romans 10:9-10).


Next: I AM He Who Lives and Was Dead and Behold, I AM Alive Forevermore (Revelation 1:18)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” “Overview” 4-8-2020

Last night, we recaptured a scripture that some denominations use in Hebrews 6:4-6, saying people can lose their salvation. One must know the history, who it was being referred to and why.


In order to go to the next level, people must understand salvation and grow thereby. If they are not rooted and grounded on the foundation of Christ, they will never experience a victorious life in Christ.


That’s why we must get the fundamental (first) principles, meaning the ABC’s or elementary principles in order to progress in our spiritual walk.


So many people get salvation mixed up with “Kingdom Principles”.

Example: the Kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called His own servants and delivered to them His goods (Matthew 25:24-30).


Two of His servants fully invested in what was given to them. In other words, they were faithful. The servant that was given one talent, buried it and after a long time the Lord of those servants came back, and settled accounts with them.


1) The Man coming from a far country represented Jesus who left heaven to come to earth; He distributed to His servants talents; meaning the talents belonged to Jesus. The servants were symbolic of us; Jesus gave us gifts to use for His glory.


2) One day Jesus is coming for us (1 Thessalonian 4:13-18), and we must give account of what He entrusted us with; this is called the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).


3) The servant that buried his gift was cast into outer darkness, a dim place. This has nothing to do with hell; it has to do with us ruling with Christ. The faithful will be closer to Jesus in the eternal realm; although the unfaithful will be in the Kingdom, they will be farther away.


Example: Only the ones who are close to the bride and groom are in the wedding party. Other invited guests are farther away and it is not as bright where they are.


We also discussed how Paul could only feed the people milk because they were still babies; they were divided and put emphasis on who they thought was the best leader. Paul told them that Jesus was the foundation that they were built on, not a person.


He went on to tell them what building on their own foundation, rather than building on the foundation of Christ would result in. What Christ did not tell them to do will be burned, even though they will make it to heaven (1 Corinthians 3:1-15). 


This is the same for us, so it is important that we take heed to what the Word of God is saying.


Don’t forget, same time, same place - Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 8 PM


Next: I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning (First) and the Ending (Last) - Revelation 1:8, 11


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” 4-7-2020

Tonight, we will recapture our previous sharing, and on to how the result of our lives on this earth will be revealed at the Judgment Seat of Christ.


This includes not doing what we were called to do, or trying to function in what has not been given to us.

Some could have a big ministry, but if they are not called, there is no anointing that comes with the grace call, which results in no deliverance.


We will also discuss the two judgments that are supported, connected, relate to and confirm both judgments.


I have a passion for the Word of God and it is of uttermost importance that the children of God learn what their purpose is, so the can fulfill their destiny.


I’m looking forward with great expectation to see how Father God will move by His Spirit!


As usual, I am always excited about sharing the “Overview” about tonight’s lesson.


"An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty" is open to all; the conference call information is on Burnett Ministries website. 


I’ll be back tomorrow, Lord willing.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ - I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12)

The scriptures for this message are in John 8:1-19. Jesus was in the temple teaching; the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to Him; sat her in the midst of the people, saying they had caught her in the very act.


These same hypocrites were trying to trap Jesus, as usual. They told Him Moses’ law said that anyone caught in adultery was to be stoned, but what do you say? I hear sarcasm and wrong motives.


They were trying to find a way to accuse Jesus, but Jesus stooped down, wrote on the ground as if He did not hear them. So, when they continued asking, Jesus raised up and said: he who is without sin among you, be the first to cast a stone at her.


And again, He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience they left one by one. Jesus was left alone with the woman. He asked the woman where her accusers were and had anyone condemned her. She said no one condemned her. Jesus said, neither did he condemn her, go and sin no more.


There are three key points that the readers need to know.

1) How did her accusers know she was committing adultery unless they were where she was, and what were they doing there?


2) Each of them walked away, when Jesus said, He without sin, cast the first stone. This means he who was without the same sin, because there was and there is not one sinless person.


3) Jesus told the woman to go and sin no more; meaning to leave that life of sin.


Now Jesus is speaking to the hypocrites again, saying: I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life, meaning salvation.


Here they go again with their sarcasm: You bear witness of yourself and your witness is not true. Jesus said even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true; I know where I came from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh and I judge no one ….. It is written in your law that a testimony of two men is true.


I am One who bear witness of Myself and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me. Then they said: “Where is your Father”? Jesus answered: You don’t know Me or My Father. If you had known Me, you should have known My Father also. The only way to know God is to know Jesus Christ.


Summary: These experts of the law thought they had it going on, so smart they knew more than Jesus Christ - I AM. Jesus told them later in the chapter that they were of their father the devil, who was a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).


Back to Jesus Christ -I AM, being the Light of the world. While I am in the world, I AM the Light of the world (John 9:5). Since He is no longer physically on this earth, is His Light shining through you? How much do you illuminate, or do you let your little light shine? We are called to shine bright!


Jesus said: You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a bushel…. Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).


If you don’t believe that Jesus Christ -I AM, is the Light of the world, you are still in your sins (John 8:24). This Light brings salvation to those who accept Jesus Christ and follow Him.


Thursday: I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning (First) and the Ending (Last) - Revelation 1:8, 11


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ - I AM the True Vine (John 15:1, 5)

It is known by now that Jesus Christ is, I AM along with other titles such as the Bread, Living Water, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Door and the Good Shepherd.


Today’s concentration is on Jesus Christ - I AM the True Vine; our connection with Him as the branches, and what it means to abide - the key word is ABIDE.


Abide means to be united to Jesus, to remain in Jesus and to depend on Jesus; without Him we can do nothing. Abiding (continuing) is the fruitful life of born-again believers (Galatians 5:22-23), which can only be done through total dependence on Christ (John 15:5).


Let’s see how this whole thing started. Look at it like this: God had a plan; He sent Jesus the Vine; whose branches (we) were attached to Him through salvation.


Form a mental picture in your mind of a vine and the branches being intertwined and cannot be separated. Yet, the branches can die and they must be pruned or cut away for new shoots to produce more fruit.


The farmer removes anything on the branches that keep them from bearing the maximum amount of fruit (Hebrews 12:3-11). In other words, whatever is in our lives that prevents us from bearing fruit, God cuts it away.


I have been associated with many people whose fruit is not visible in their lives because of their lifestyle. Example: a person called into ministry and it is evident that they are saved; ministers to a point, but their fleshly desires keep them from maximizing their potential – that is similar to a thirty-fold fruit bearing (Matthew 13:8).


There are degrees of fruitfulness: Jesus told the disciples and us to bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit. The more fruit one bears, the more intimate he or she is with Christ. We are expected to maximize our fruit bearing, by producing much fruit.


Thirty-fold = fruit; Sixty-fold = more fruit; One-hundred-fold = much fruit (Matthew 13:8).


I’ve shared what is expected of God’s children when it comes to abiding in Christ. In these verses, Jesus is talking about two types of people when it comes to abiding - those who do not bear fruit are the unsaved. Example: Judas walked with Jesus during His entire ministry, but he was not saved.


Going to church does not mean that a person is saved and we may not be able to recognize it. The disciples did not know that Judas wasn’t saved, only Jesus knew it. These types of people are going to hell through the church.


If you have been going to church; working in the church and if you are not truly born-again, I am asking you to receive Jesus as your Savior. It is by God’s grace that you are saved through faith and not the works you have been doing (Ephesians 2:8-9).


This is about coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you confess the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10).


I pray that you will allow the Spirit of God to lead you to a church where you can be taught how to walk in your new life with Jesus. You may also contact me through my ministry website.


Conclusion: The only way to abide in Jesus and become more fruitful is to believe that Jesus Christ – I AM, died and rose for you to have a new life. If you don’t believe this, you are still in your sins.


Next: I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ – I AM the Door and I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-16)

Truly, truly I say to you, whoever does not enter the door through the sheepfold, but climbs some other way, the same is a thief and robber (John 10:1)


I AM the door of the sheep; all that came before (prior to) Me are thieves and robbers.


Notice how Jesus said I AM the Good Shepherd. Since He said He was the Good shepherd, there must have been and still are some bad shepherds. Jesus Himself said no one was good except God (Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19).


Jesus Christ said He was/is I AM, and now He says He is the GOOD Shepherd. What does that tell us? It is revealed, understood and confirmed over and over that Jesus Christ is I AM and He is the GOOD Shepherd - HE is GOD!


History –Israel had shepherds who were not called. The Pharisees (religious leaders/hypocrites) and Sadducees, appointed themselves to be over the people. With this being so, they entered in the door another way, because they were not called to lead the people.


This is happening in the body of Christ today; many so-called or self- proclaimed leaders are misleading many people. False prophets and teachers are the ones who came in another way, because they are not of God.


Woe to the shepherds/pastors who are scattering the sheep of My pasture (Jeremiah 23:113). 


These leaders ruled harshly over God’s people (Ezekiel 34:2). They were not attending to them. God was not pleased with these pastors; the sheep they were scattering belonged to Him, and He was going to raise up shepherds who would care for His flock.


The warning is constantly being given for people to beware of false prophets who come to them in sheep’s clothes, but on the inside, they are ravening (robbers) wolves (Matthew 7:15).


Paul talked about grievous wolves coming after his departure and they would not spare the flock (Acts 20:29). This has been going on for hundreds of years.


Let’s go to the characteristics of the Good Shepherd

Jesus laid down His life for His sheep, and other sheep He had that were not in that fold, He will bring so they can hear …... He was speaking of all those, including us, who would come into a relationship with Him.


Jesus knew His sheep and they knew Him; a stranger they would not follow. This is not to be looked at negatively, but sheep are dumb and they must be led. That means they have to be protected from the wolves who mislead them. 


Jesus guarded and protected His sheep; He kept them away from the wolves.


Jesus taught (nurtured) His sheep principles so they could grow.


This is what spiritual growth does: Strong meat belongs to them that are mature, so they will be able to discern who and what is good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).


I pray that you believe Jesus is I AM, and that He is the Good Shepherd who wants you to be included in His sheepfold, so you won’t die in your sins (John 8:24).


Next: Jesus Christ - I AM the True Vine (John 15:1, 5)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ- I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life

No one comes to the Father, unless they come through Me (John 14:6).

Let’s break down the words


THE WAY

Jesus is the Way: He is the author and medium of access to God and eternal life.


THE TRUTH

Jesus is Truth: He speaks of what is truth within itself; purity from all error or falsehood. Jesus Christ was the Teacher of divine truth.


THE LIFE

Jesus is the Life: He not only is the Creator of physical Life (Colossians 1:16-17); He gives eternal life (John 3:16). In other words, all life was/is in Him.


THE GOD-MAN- 100% GOD and 100% MAN

And no one comes to the Father, except they come through Him; God’s only begotten Son. How did Jesus become God’s Son? A body was prepared for God to be manifest in the flesh (Hebrews 10:5), for Him to identify with humans and die for their sins (1 John 2:2); therefore, Jesus Christ is the Perfect God-Man who brought salvation – Jesus Christ was God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).


NO OTHER NAME: ONLY ONE NAME

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). In other words, He is the ONLY One; there is no one else, this is solely and exclusively His.


ONLY ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR

For there and one God and one Mediator between God men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).


RECENT EXPERIENCE

I was having dinner and had a conversation with a young lady who told me that she was born-again, but she also fellowshipped with another religious group who do not believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father.


I told her if she was truly born-again, that we have to separate ourselves from unbelievers when it comes to fellowshipping. We are to be lights wherever God places us (Matthew 5:13-16), and we don’t embrace their beliefs or join them in the facilities where they worship. What kind of fellowship does a child of God have with the unsaved (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)?


The bottom line is this: The young lady could have been saved; but didn’t understand. I thank God my Father for every door of opportunity that He opens for me to witness and minister.


ONLY ONE GOSPEL

If anyone comes with any other Gospel, let him be cursed (Galatians 1:6-8).

You see, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is the power of salvation to those believe, to the Jew first and to the Greek (Romans 1:16). I also thank the Lord that He didn’t leave anyone out.


Next: Jesus Christ – I AM the Door (John 10:7-10)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Jesus Christ – I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)


There are many scriptures written defining and confirming that Jesus Christ is I AM. Some are titles and some are inferring who He is.


Example: I AM the breath of life- Isaiah 42:5, Acts 17:25) is inferred, but it means that Jesus Christ is I AM.


Title: Who do men say that I AM? - John 8:24 Jesus Christ calls Himself I AM.


Title is mentioned seventeen times:

John 4:26; John 6:35, 48, 51; John 8:12, 18, 24, 28, 58; John 10:7, 11, 14; John 11:25; John 13:19; John 14:6; John 15:1, 5


Each of these scriptures is relating to salvation, the only way to receive it, is to believe that Jesus Christ is I AM.


This is a comparison between the physical and the spiritual bread and water, of which both are life sustaining.


Let’s go to the Water: Generally, a person can live without water for three days, this depends on certain factors.

One can live forever, if he or she drinks water from the well that never runs dry; this living water is a permanent thirst quencher (John 4:10, John 7:37).


Food is necessary: One can live up to three weeks without natural food. Yet, if they don’t have the spiritual food, they will perish.


The shortness of life: It is not determined how long one will live before they leave this earth, because everybody’s days are numbered and we need to number our days (Psalm 90:12).


We do not know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist for a little while, then it vanishes. Life is like a vapor; we could be here one minute and gone the next (James 4:14).


The Bread manna: God rained down sweet manna (bread) from heaven when the children of Israel did not have food (Exodus 16:14-15). He fed them physically day by day, and eventually they died, but there is a spiritual principle that is being conveyed.


Bread, the eternal substance: Those who are without God need some spiritual bread (the Word of God), which will keep them from ever being hungry again (John 6:35).


Something happened to the Bread of Life: He gave His flesh for the life of the world, when He suffered and died.


Bread (Christ’s body) and Wine (Christ shed blood): When we take communion, we are taking it in remembrance of what He did for us: And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and broke it and gave it to the disciples and said take and eat; this is My body….. and He put emphasis on the wine and that it represented His blood that He shed for us (Matthew 26:26-28).


Now how did they eat His body? They were to remember how Jesus sacrificed His body and shed His precious blood for us. Christ went on to say: As often as you partake of this communion, do it in remembrance of Me (Luke 22:19).


 It is so important for the children of God to have communion; it is a reminder of what Jesus Christ did for us.


If you don’t believe what Jesus Christ, I AM did for us, you are still in your sins.


Next: Jesus Christ- I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Overview” of Who Will be Rewarded 4-1-2020

Last night, as usual, the group was asked to share what they got out of the scriptures that were assigned for them to read. Each of them had very good answers.


Even though I have been called to lead the class, the Holy Spirit directed me to allow this to be a sharing session. It is good to pull out whatever is in them; many people do not realize how much they have.


Sometimes it could be that they are afraid they might have the wrong answers. They are told that no one is to feel like they are dumb. Plus, I believe their confidence is built up when they are able to share what they believe the scripture is saying.


We finished the scriptures in Matthew 25:14-30, even though our concentration was on verses 26-30. I am reemphasizing that Jesus was talking about the kingdom and those who will rule with Him. 


He came and gave talents; after a long while, Jesus (the Master) came back for His servants to give account of what He had given them to invest.


Even though this was talking about talents, the principle is the same for the church (body of Christ), and Jesus is coming back for us to give account of what was given to us to manage (our gifts/talents, etc.), when we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.


This will determine our positions in ruling with Christ. Those who are faithful will be rewarded; those who are not faithful will lose rewards. Why will those who are not faithful lose rewards? Because every child of God has been given something to do to encourage others and to glorify God.


Isn’t it wonderful to know that God loves each of us so much that He gave us those awesome gifts? 

Wow! I am loving this more and more! And I am waiting to receive my reward, glory to God!


Don’t forget! Same time, same place


Next Tuesday: “An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty”


In the meantime, tomorrow we are going back to the series

Jesus Christ/I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and the Living Water (John 4:20)


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Would You Rather Obey God or People? (Acts 5:28-29)

Yesterday, I posted a short message: This is for all leaders who think they are above the law.


I have praying that these defiant leaders would obey the laws of the land, which are ordained by God.

The Word of God says: Let every soul be subject to the higher powers, for there is no power but of God; these powers are ordained by God.


Whoever resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation (Roman 13:1-3).


I am going a step further, which is in conjunction with the Word of God.


The reason we are in such a chaotic state is because of Adam; when he disobeyed (sinned) God (Genesis 2:15), he caused every human being to suffer (Romans 5:12). It the same with anybody who does anything contrary to the Word of God.


Leaders who are being defiant when it comes to the Word of God are no better the religious hypocritical Pharisees and Sadducees who shut up the kingdom by keeping people in bondage, with their made-mad rules. They were not doing what they tell the people to do.


What was really worse, they appeared to be righteous, but on the inside they were wicked. They had these people believing in them because they thought the religious leaders were righteous. Not only that, they put stipulations on people that they didn’t do themselves. I’ve heard it said: “Don’t do as I do; do as I say do”. That is taking hypocrisy to the max.


Some national leaders had church service and the congregation’s well-being was risked; another leader encouraged the students at his university to come to on campus. It was said that several of them had symptoms of the coronavirus. Like the Pharisees and Sadducees, there is a greater condemnation for people like this (Matthew 23:14, James 3:1).


Be sure your sins will expose you (Numbers 32:23).


Warning to the children of the Most-High God: There was a situation I the Jerusalem when Peter and other Apostles were told not to preach. Do you think Peter obeyed them? He really preached and said: We’d rather obey God than man (Acts 5:28-29).


The principle here is that Peter didn’t obey the people; therefore, we are not to listen and agree with anybody who does not line up with the Word of God.


Didn’t the Apostle Paul tell God’s children to follow him as he followed Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Whatever any of us do, we are to model Jesus.


One of these charismatic leaders started a movement called the “Holy Laughter” in the nineties and many leaders embraced this absurd and senseless so-called Third Wave of the Holy Spirit that occurred in revivals throughout history.


I had traveled to Greensboro and during my stay, I attended a church and actually saw people in the Holy Laughter mode, and it totally appalled me. Worse yet, when the minister was bringing forth the word, some were still in that mode. Anything that takes away from the Word of God, is not from God!


Remember this: Every born-again believer must stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give account for his deeds, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).


You are responsible and accountable for studying the Word of God for yourselves to see is what is being said is true (Acts 17:11), even though these leaders will receive a greater condemnation.


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

“An Hour of Bible Sharing With Betty” ~ “Preview” 3-31-2020

Tonight, we are continuing with the “Kingdom Principles”


Reminder: In studying, don’t forget to use the proper tools, like key words and what the verses mean in the original languages (Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek).


When discussing “Kingdom Principles”, there has to be an understanding of what these principles are, and why Jesus talked so much about them, which adds up to being how important they must be.


It is absolutely necessary to understand that Jesus was talking about us ruling with Him; He was not talking about a loss of salvation in the scriptures that I have been sharing. I am writing and posting messages about Jesus 

Christ/I AM; they are about salvation.


It is important to know the difference in “Kingdom Principles” and salvation; not knowing the difference makes it impossible to carry the Gospel effectively.


We will pick up where we left off, in Matthew 25:14-30; starting with verses 26-30.


It is a blessing to know that God has given principles for us to grow by, whereas we can rightly divide His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).


There is so much to learn and understand when it comes to the foundational principles. Sometimes it is necessary to start over again, because some steps were missing or skipped. 


Since there has been such a misunderstanding about the Word of God, we want to take it slow and easy in order to digest all of this nutritional food that nourishes our soul.


I truly understand how difficult it may be to admit we are wrong or even had erroneous teaching, but we need to be open and yielded to the Spirit of God. Otherwise, we will continue passing erroneous doctrine to others.


Many people have been encouraged by sermons, reading certain books and music, but those things only edify to a point; it’s the teaching that sticks and it is the ONLY way to grow (2 Peter 3:18).


As usual, I am always excited about sharing the “Overview” from tonight’s lesson.


Grace and Peace!


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett