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"WHAT WOULD JESUS DO" - WWJD? 7-24-2021

While writing about fasting and what it is, included was how people come up with all kinds of ways to fast that is not biblical. Then the thought came to me, “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO”, abbreviated, “WWJD”. 


This was a slogan not so long ago, but as I searched for the history, something else came up: The earliest instance of the full slogan “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO” dates all the way back to 1886 from a series of serial sermons by an American minister from Topeka, Kansas by the name of Charles Sheldon.


Regardless of the origin, the question “What would Jesus do” is what matters. There have been many Christian slogans over the years, but this one captured my attention, and it really gave me something to think about. It seemed like this was for the younger generation who wore the bracelets as a reminder of “WWJD”. Well, it is a reminder for me too.


It makes one think when they are about to do something wrong. I want the readers to think about your lives and would you do what Jesus did when it comes to abiding in the truth? Jesus said He only did what His father told Him. In other words, He never did anything contrary to God’s will. 


Then Jesus said to them, when you lift up the Son of man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left me alone, for I always do those things that please Him (John 8:28-29).


Since Jesus Christ is no longer on the earth, I am going to ask this question, and more questions.

1) What would you do if Jesus were physically present on this earth?


2) Would you be in the night clubs doing the same thing sinners do?


3) Would you be having sex outside of marriage with the Holy Spirit living in you?


4) Would you be getting your high on with booze and other substances that will alter your ability to function?


I could name so many other things and the truth is, all of us are guilty of something. What is being conveyed today is to convince the readers that whatever Jesus did, we should do. I believe if we put more thought in that slogan today, our lives would be more pleasing to our Father because we would only strive to do what He tells us to do.


Striving more and more to abide in Him ~ Betty A. Burnett


If Jesus was physically walking beside you, what would you do?

Fasting with the Right Motive? 7-23-2021

The Word of God says: Indeed, you fast for strife and debate…you make your voices heard on high… Is this not the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke and share your bread with the hungry, bring the poor to your house that are cast out, and when you see the naked, cover him (Isaiah 58:.4:-9).


Uh, Oh, somebody has this thing all wrong. Many people don’t have the slightest clue to what the Word means when it comes to a biblical fast. My God people, it is time to get a grip and study the Word of God to show yourself approved to Him (2 Timothy 2:15).


So many people defy (openly resist or refuse to obey) the Word of God. We should always follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.


The question is: Do you fast ritualistically like the Pharisees to be seen of others to make them think you are so holy? Are your motives pure? Think about it and also when you fast, make sure it done according to the Word of God. No one has the right to do anything that does not line up with the Word of God.


Please stop debating over what the Daniel fast is or is not, and instead of doing a Daniel fast, do a God called fast, or a free will fast for yokes to be broken off your own lives first.


Years ago, I was in the company of some people were on the so-called Daniel fast, just eating vegetables like Daniel and the Hebrews boys did (Daniel, chapter 1). That was not a fast, if it were then wouldn’t it be contradictory? It has been stated that a fast is abstaining from all foods for a certain period of time. Many churches go on a twenty-one day fast at certain times of year ritualistically.


This does not sound like a God-called fast or a free-will fast. It is indicative of somebody coming up with a tradition and others followed, rather than checking the Word out for themselves (Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 2:15). Who would do such a thing to God’s children to make them look foolish? 


This is no different from all these extra-biblical rules that the pharisees (hypocrites) came up with, to make themselves to look holy. These self-righteous hypocrites also passed their rules on to others, and this put the people in bondage (Matthew, chapter 23).


I advise you to be careful putting so much emphasis on a Daniel fast; our focus is to be on what Jesus did on the cross for us. Many people will acknowledge God, but when it comes to Jesus Christ and the cross, that is altogether different. His own people, the Jews did not acknowledge Him as the Messiah (John 1:12), so how much more do you think some other unsaved people react when Jesus’ name is mentioned?


Are you going to follow the example of Jesus, who was our Perfect Role Model, or will you choose to do a so-called fast your way and dishonor Jesus Christ?


Chains are continually being broken ~ Betty A. Burnett


Yokes can only be broken God's way.

Fasting From Things Other Than Food and With the Wrong Motive? 7-22-2021

As I write this message about fasting and what a true fast is, let’s see why God tells us to fast. Fasting is abstaining from foods only; we deny our bodies of something that is essential to keep us alive. It is done to draw us closer to the Lord, and we are empowered to do the work of the ministry.


This is what the concordance says fasting means: to refrain or abstain from eating food for a certain period of time. There is no partial fast, you either fast or you don’t. There is no partial truth, it is either the truth or a lie.

Moses fasted forty days and forty nights and afterward, God told him to write the ten commandments (Exodus 34:28).


Jesus Christ was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness, and He fasted forty days and forty nights. After the fast was over, the devil tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1-10), and when the temptation was over, Jesus was baptized, and He started His public ministry at the age of thirty (Luke 3:21-23).


For many years I have heard people say that they fast from watching TV, fast from sodas that they have been drinking habitually (addiction), cigarettes, fast from certain foods, or anything other than abstaining from food. 

This question has been asked: What about juices? I believe water is fine because it is not considered a food item.


What happens after the fast is over? Do you go back to smoking, drinking sodas, smoking cigarettes, watching things on TV that are not godly? It just doesn’t make sense; it seems like this whole fasting thing was pointless. We should want to be free from any stronghold, bad habit, or addiction. Unless the fast is done the biblical way, it is not accepted. In other words, it is a waste of time.


Suppose someone is on medication? They can fast in between taking the medication because many meds must be taken with food. I believe God honors what they are doing because their motives are right.


I was led to go on a seven day fast, and when those days were complete, I realized it was also a spiritual detox. I was completely cleaned out, whereas others were paying to detox, and it did not cost me a thing. And my spiritual life was better; I denied my body and spent more time with the Lord, praying and reading the Word.


Another time I went on a forty day fast; from the time I got up until a certain hour of the day. During that time, a trip was planned to visit a cousin in Chesapeake, VA. By the time of my arrival, it was past the middle of the day, due to a stop in Virginia Beach enroute to Chesapeake.


Once I reached my cousin’s house, we went out to pick up something from the store and a phone call came through, telling me someone close to me had died in New York, and I was asked to preach the funeral. The Chesapeake trip was shortened because I had to go back to Greensboro and head to New York.


My cousin in Chesapeake never knew I was on a fast; the time to end the fast had expired by the time I was ready to eat. The Lord sustained me because He had called the fast.


After I arrived in New York, the fast was not over, but again, no one knew about the fast. The Lord sustained me with His all-sufficient grace. I believe one reason for the fast was to listen for the Lord to give me the message He wanted me to preach that would move upon the hearts of the people and somebody would be encouraged, comforted, and set free.


As I conclude with the first part of this message, please remember that there is no partial fast. A fast means to close the mouth to all foods for a certain period of time.


Striving to stay in line with the Word of God ~ Betty A. Burnett


Fasting Erroneously - WWJD?



Eating Certain Foods Prohibited? 7-21-2021

Today, the message will reveal the truth of God’s Word and distinguish an Old Testament prohibition from the New Testament that lifted the dietary restrictions of eating certain foods.


For every creature of God is good (Genesis 1:28-31, 2:18-24, 9:3) and nothing is to be refused if received with thanksgiving; for is sanctified [cleansed] by the Word and by prayer (1 Timothy 4:1-5).


They were telling people to abstain from foods that was no longer a command from God. They were the animals with cloven hooves that the Israelites were forbidden to eat (Leviticus, chapter 11).


I want to talk about the foods and what the Word of God says: Peter was hungry and fell into a trance, and he saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him, and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things and birds of the air.


A voice came to him; “Rise Peter, kill and eat”. But Peter said, not so Lord, for I have never eaten anything uncommon or clean. A voice spoke to him a second time. “What God has cleansed; you must not call common” (Acts 10:10-15).


What do the scriptures mean? Peter was a Jew who had no dealings with Gentiles, because to the Jews the Gentiles were unclean. In fact they were called dogs (Mark 7:24-30). God used unclean animals (Leviticus, chapter 11) to show Him that He did not have respect of persons; that salvation was/is for the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Peter ended up going to Cornelius’ house and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all who were there got saved (Acts 10:24-47).


I am going take you to another scripture that lets us know we have the freedom to eat whatever will not hurt us. Let no one judge you in food or drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come (Colossians 2:16-17). There is no longer a shadow; Christ is the substance. A shadow is the image of something, but it is not the real person.


Whether others believe or do not believe, being born-again is what really matters. We should not tell or try to convince others what the Word of God is not saying.


Many people think pork is harmful to the body but eating too much red meat could be bad for your health. What about eating anything you want and because the food is prayed over, it is sanctified. Woah, suppose there is a health issue, like high blood pressure? That is not using wisdom and it is tempting God.


Please do not wrongly use the Word of God to satisfy your appetite. That is dangerous and it can be deadly. I heard people say this: “I am going to pray over my food and the Lord will bless it”. Does anyone expect God to bless their food when they are eating food that is not good for them?


Brothers and sisters let’s not remain ignorant of the Word of God. Our Father has given us His Word to search out and come up with the right answers. It is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together; sometimes they are difficult to solve. But once we solve the puzzle there is delight in knowing we were able to do it.


Continually searching for more truth ~ Betty A. Burnett


The Word of God is sweeter than honey, and it  has nutritional/spiritual benefits.

Forbidding People to Marry? 7-20-2021

Today I am posting the first part of a scripture that has two aspects in the same verse; one is talking about forbidding to marry and the other aspect is abstaining from foods.


Let’s see what the Word of God says in 1 Timothy 4:1-5: Now the Spirit expressly speaks that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared [unsensitive] with a hot iron, forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods which the Lord created to be received with thanksgiving to those who believe and know the truth.


Look at this sentence: To them believe and know the truth; that is, those who rightly divide the Word of truth. First, one must believe by faith that the Word of God is true, and one will accept the truth.


So, what are the scriptures saying? These false teachers were among the true Christians and were thought to be Christians, but their hearts had not been changed.


Example: 

Judas was thought to be a true disciple of Christ, but he was not born-again (John 17:12).


And they were forbidding people to marry. That is going against the Word of God. It was God who joined the first human beings together in marriage and He was the first surgeon: The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam…. And He took one of his ribs and closed the flesh. Then the rib that He took from the man, He made a woman, ad He brought her to the man.


And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Therefore, shall a man leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:21-24). Marriage was ordained by God. The Word also says it is better to marry than to burn with sexual passion (1 Corinthians 7:8-9).


I want to go back and talk about God performing the first surgical procedure and He performed the first wedding ceremony. After all, Christ had preeminence in everything: For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.


And He is before all things and in Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the body, the church who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He may have the

Another scripture says: So, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together let no man separate (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:9).


My brothers and sisters, the signs of the times are everywhere, so please don’t get caught up in false teachings and doctrines of demons. Peoples’ passions are all over the place. Some who profess to be born-again are caught up in everything but the Word of God, that is why it is easy to be deceived.


Burning with passion for the Word ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Bible says, “The very elect will be deceived”? 7-19-2021

As I continue with biblical verses that are misquoted, the readers who have been accustomed to hearing or saying these verses erroneously will know the truth. God wants us to study His Word for ourselves, not so much as what someone else has said.


Whoever misquotes some of these erroneous phrases is not knowledgeable of the Bible No offense to anyone who does this, I am just trying to help you to learn and understand the truth of God’s Word, and to rightly divide it. There are times when I wrongly divide the Word because no one is perfect.


Years ago, I was teaching a class and the scripture was not properly interpreted. When one of the students brought it to my attention, I searched again and during the next class I not only acknowledged my error, but the error was corrected. Some of the best scholars miss it.


When some scholars asked permission from King James of England to translate the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek version into the old English language, some of the print was not correct. However, that does not mean that the Word of God is erroneous, it was human error. Nobody is perfect!


Let’s get to how people misquote this scripture: “The Bible says the very elect will be deceived”. Is somebody trying to make God a liar?


This is talking about the great tribulation. These are the verses prior to the scripture that is being concentrated on; hopefully, this will make sense. The scripture says: For false Christs and false prophets shall arise and shall show great signs and wonders, in so much that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).


 That is so sad that the misquoters leave part of a sentence out (if it were possible), and that changes the whole meaning of the verse. They just pick one verse, and it is not quoted correctly, no studying. Sad, sad, sad!

When someone reads verses 15-26, they should know this is talking about the great tribulation, when all hell breaks loose.


Let’s go back to if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect. Who are they? The false Christs and false prophets. According to the signs of the times, we are on the verge of being taken out of here before these horrible times in history take place (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). In fact, there has never been anything to happen like this in history. For then there will be great tribulation such as not since the beginning of the world to this time, nor shall it ever be (Matthew 24:21).


How is it possible to deceive God’s elect? Since God chose us, He keeps (preserves) us. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).


Remember that this has nothing to do with our time period. Even though the tribulation period will be the worse time in history, people will be born-again, but again, God will protect and preserve them, just as He protects and preserves us.


How about you? Would you want to be here during the worse time in history, or do you want to be in heaven while all hell breaks loose on earth?


Confident of my relationship with Christ ~ Betty A. Burnett 

Satan, the Lord Rebuke You 7-18-2021

This message is part 2 of having authority and power over the devil and his demons, also called devils.


I cannot understand how any child of God would say Satan, the Lord rebuke you. Did you know that Jesus Christ has given all the children of God, power over the devil? Doesn’t that sound contradictory?


 Perhaps people who say that do not know about both scriptures. It is like trying to put two pieces of material, wood, or puzzle together that do not match.


Let’s go to the scripture, see what it says and what it means “Satan the Lord rebuke you”. It is talking about filthy dreamers defiling the flesh, they despise dominion (to rule) and speak evil against dignitaries (those who possess exalted ranks). Lucifer, who is now the devil/Satan had held the highest position in heaven among angels.


After Lucifer rebelled against God by wanting to be as God (Isaiah 14:12-14), Michael still respected his position. Scripture: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending (means to struggle, be in opposition, argue) with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses and dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said the Lord rebuke you. The devil wanted the people to worship Moses’ body, that is why God buried Moses’ body and no one knows where his body is (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).


David did not come against King Saul who had become wicked; although he had the opportunity to kill Saul, David said Saul was anointed by God and he would not touch His anointed (1 Samuel 24:1-6). The same thing with Michael the archangel and the devil. Michael knew that even though Lucifer was anointed by God, and he became evil, he did not disrespect Satan’s former position in heaven.


Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries (2 Peter 2:9-14).


We are not supposed to go against any dignitaries. From reading the scriptures in the paragraph above, it certainly indicates that God does not take it lightly when anyone comes against people who have those type of positions.


This next paragraph is in conjunction with “Satan, the Lord rebuke you”. It is saying that we have the power over the devil and his demons. On the other hand, many people use this scripture: Be still and the Lord will fight for you (Exodus 14:14).


This was an Old Testament scripture, or you might say, the old covenant which was before Jesus came in the flesh and died for our sins. When Jesus Christ died, the veil was torn (ripped) from top to bottom (Matthew 25:51). This ushered in a new and better covenant (Hebrews 8:13), whereby we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and we also have authority over the demons (Luke 10:19).


Please do not continue to be stuck in the same place, by not walking in your authority and power. If you study and rightly divide the Word of truth, you will learn principles. Would you rather live a victorious life with the power that has been instilled in you by the Holy Spirit, or will you let your power remain dormant (laying there doing nothing)?


Continually growing in Knowledge of God’s Word ~ Betty A. Burnett

Good morning family and friends!

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.


I am rejoicing despite the fact that I am not able to post today's message because the internet is out.

The title is: "Satan, the Lord rebuke you"?


You may feel like me, that the devil does not the children of God to know the truth about him and how he laughs at us when we do not know the truth about God's Word.


Lord willing, the message will be posted tomorrow. Satan cannot stop the Word of God from going out and changing people's lives.


Jesus is using us to do what He did:

"Setting the Captives Free”


The Word of God rightly divided brings freedom.


Have an abundantly blessed day!

Free ~ Betty A. Burnett

We Have Been Given the Authority Over the Devil 7-16-2021

So many people have said, “Satan the Lord rebuke you” which it is another scripture that has been misquoted, apparently because it is misunderstood.


I cannot understand how anybody would say this to Satan. Did you know that Jesus Christ has given all the children of God power over the devil?


Behold I give power to tread (trample) upon serpents (used as the devil-demons, or Satan) and scorpions (the thought conveys the victory over spiritually antagonistic forces, the powers of darkness) and all power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt you (Luke 10:19).


The power is given by God the Spirit; the authority is given by God the Son.


Here are some examples of power and authority: 

In the natural world, the police have power. The power they have is their ammunition (taser, gun, club, etc.); the authority given to them is in their badge which shows who they are, and with it they can stop traffic by raising their hand.


What about the spiritual realm? 

Examples: We have been given power by the Holy Spirit to operate in signs and wonders; the sick are healed, and demons are cast out when we use our authority given to us by Christ to combat the kingdom of darkness (Matthew 11:12). Our authority stops the enemy from overpowering people and from keeping them in bondage.


The Holy Spirit has empowered us to operate in the gifts (Romans 12: 6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians 4:11). In other words, He is the power behind all the gifts. Jesus gives authority to the five ministry offices to the church to grow the children of God to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16).


The power and authority are given to each of God’s children, but it is up to us how much of the power and authority are used. For instance, when a child was born, all the body parts were there; our bodies grew as time progressed. It is the same with the children of God, when we were born-again, we had everything we needed; but we had to grow and mature in our faith walk. Growth can be stunted when we do not study and especially when we do not accept the fulness of the Word of God.


It is like having a body part that has been injured, or a leg that is cut off and cannot function to its full capacity.

Since Jesus gave us power over the devil, why should Jesus rebuke the devil? When a child of God says, Satan the Lord rebuke you, he is not using the authority that has been given to him by the Holy Spirit. Don’t you realize the Holy Spirit has given you power because He lives in you?


Many do not understand this, especially when it comes from a pastor’s mouth. That’s the problem, some people take what the pastor says for Gospel. If you remember in a previous message I told someone who was teaching me something different than I had learned: “That is not what my pastor said”.


But I did not agree years later when I heard a pastor say: Satan the Lord rebuke you.

Since Satan has helpers (demons), why not command them to loosen their hold on whatever they have bound. Even though it is wrong to say, “Satan the Lord rebuke you”, it is worse when someone is always addressing Satan when they should be addressing the demons. When that happens, it seems as though Satan is equal to God.


Satan is not everywhere at the same time. Only God is everywhere at the same time; He is the only all-knowing One and He is the only One with all the power.


Operating in my authority ~ Betty A Burnett

The Race is Not Given to the Swift nor the Strong, but He who endures to the end shall be saved…. 7-15-2021

Dearly beloved of the Most-High God our Father. For a few days, I have posted pictures of some of my Bibles with the messages. 


This is to let you know that the Word of God is my main source of study. I have other help aids like a dictionary, concordance and so on. This is not to brag or intimidate the readers, it is to let you know that studying is 

W-O-R-K.


There is no need for you to get every study Bible on the market, but it is helpful to have more than one translation so you can compare.


Let’s talk about the topic: I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither bread to the wise, nor to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill, but time and chance happened to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11). But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).


I don’t know about you, but have you ever thought how anyone can put these two scriptures together and make one scripture out of them? First of all, there is no connection; they are not even related, and they do not support each other. Yet, I have heard many people quote them.


This is what it says for those who quote these two scriptures so erroneously; they are not studying to show themselves approved unto God, and this is shameful.


What a difficult scripture this was for me to interpret. I thank God for all my brothers and sisters who are more advanced in their studies; during my searching, I ask the Holy Spirit to help me to the right source, believing what they say make sense, praise God!


It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of Kings to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2). Since we are priests, prophets and soon coming kings who will reign with Jesus the King, it is up to us to search the Word of God which has everything in it pertaining to all matters.


Let’s go to Ecclesiastes: I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither bread to the wise, nor to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill, but time and chance happened to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).


Solomon wrote what he saw under the sun, which was from man’s point of view.


My friends, nothing happens by chance - the Lord knows how to place you at the right place and the right time! You can depend on Jesus for right happenings. They all come by His unmerited favor. In the new covenant of grace, the Bible says that the Lord Himself writes His laws on your heart (see Hebrews 8:10). He can speak to you and guide you in everything that you do. Allow Him to lead you supernaturally! -Words from Joseph Prince


Now to the race is not given to the swift (Ecclesiastes 9:11), but he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). Can you see that there is no connection when it comes to these two scriptures? 


Let’s see what the scripture in Matthew means. Jesus sat down with the disciples and explained verses 1-8 about signs of the end times. Some continue reading throughout the chapter, not knowing that verses 9-51 are talking about the tribulation period. 


The ones who endure, are those who will not be killed; their lives will not be destroyed, they will be saved. Saved in this scripture does not mean salvation; it means they will be delivered when Christ comes physically to the earth.


What can throw you and be confusing is when Jesus was speaking to His disciples and saying you. If that were the case the disciples would still be living today. God wants us to study to show ourselves approved unto Him; let’s stop putting ourselves to shame (2 Timothy 2:15).


Studying is what I love to do ~ Betty A. Burnett

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice 7-14-2021

I want to thank the readers for the encouragement through some of your replies pertaining to “Pastoral Anniversaries and Birthdays”. My heart is rejoicing because your replies gave me confirmation and motivation to continue doing what the Lord says. The Lord helped me to overcome the fear of opposition I faced.


Peter and the apostles were operating in signs and wonders, and people were healed. The high priest and the sect of Sadducees were filled with jealousy and had them put in the common prison. The angel of the Lord opened the prison door at night and told them to go and stand in the temple and speak words of life to the people.


When the high priest and the other in the council heard about it, they had the apostles sent to them. The high priest asked, didn’t we strictly command you not to speak in this [Jesus] name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man’s [Jesus] blood on us? But Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:17-29).


That is not the end of the story. Peter really preached Jesus to them after they tried to stop them. They did not let threats, being put in prison several times, or being beaten up stop them. They boldly, confidently, and fearlessly preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. They didn’t let anything stop them!


Thank you Jesus for giving me the boldness and confidence that was needed for yesterday’s message and the future messages! I also thank the Lord for those who were open to the truth, which indicates that you certainly want to abide by the Word of God.


To those of you who know the truth, be obedient to the Lord and He will take care of those who are against you. Charles Stanley says it like this: “Obey God and leave the consequences to Him”


These are Words to strengthen, sustain and encourage you to “Keep on Pushing”. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)


Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you (Matthew 5:11-12). This lines up with what Peter and the apostles experienced.


Are you going to be a fearful wimp (not strong, brave, confident), or will you stand for what is right (The Word of God) and not fall for anything that the devil throws at you?


I also will tell you that this statement was used by me when my mother was stilling living on this earth: “I will not agree with anybody who adhere to the Word of God, even if it’s my mother’. This was not being disrespectful, it’s just that the truth meant so much to me, even my mother whom I loved dearly and had high respect for, would not change my way of thinking when it came to rightly dividing the Word of truth.


Somebody needed this Word today, because you had questions as to what the truth is, you have been persuaded to believe some of men’s’ erroneous doctrine instead of studying the Word for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15). God loves you so much that He will send a Word through His servants to put you on the right path.


Obeying God ~ Betty A. Burnett

Pastoral Anniversaries and Birthdays? 7-13-2021

Dearly beloved of the Most-High God, I wrestled about this message. God has graced me to write to the body of Christ and especially to leaders. To those of you who do not understand, this is a prophetic message to bring warnings, correction and it is also to protect the children of God from further deception of the devil.


The Spirit of God was dealing with me about writing this message, because I felt there would be some negative feed-back. I even started writing and deleted the message. Since obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22), I am obeying the Lord. For leaders who celebrate anniversaries and birthdays, I encourage you to see what the Word of God says or don’t say about it.


The only birthday that I have seen recorded in the Bible is King Herod, a wicked king (Matthew 14:6). Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with celebrating and honoring peoples’ birthdays and anniversaries, but when it comes to the church honoring the pastor on these special days, it is not biblical. Are others in the church being honored on these days?


Some of you may be ignorant of this trend that the devil used someone to start to take your focus off what you are called to do. We are called to serve, not to be served. Jesus said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them…..


But it shall not be among you, whoever is great or chief, let him be your servant. Jesus did not come to be served but He came to serve (Matthew 20:24-28). The verses prior to that were about who would sit on the right and left hand of Jesus. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others above yourselves…. (Philippians 2:3). Who are the others? They are everybody!


Since God has no respect of persons, who is His Word talking about? He is not talking about a special group of people. Are you going to continue allowing the devil to influence you like he did the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes?


Example of being exalted: During anniversaries, there is a special seat for the pastor and those closest to him (spouse, guest minister and so on). Taking the high seat is not the attitude of a servant (Matthew 23:6-12).


Once the children of God come into agreement with the Word of God about how they have been exalted by others or even exalted themselves, all they need to do is stop having these celebrations and repent. Thank God for forgiving all of His children when we fall into sin (1 John 1:9).


Walking by faith, leaning, and depending on Jesus ~ Betty A. Burnett

Take Care of the Man of God? 7-12-2021

I feel this message should follow “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets any harm” because it has a similar meaning. What is talked about from the pulpit “Take care of the man of God” is supposed to be a sermon, but in actuality, it is spiritual manipulation.


 Some people believe that what the pastor is saying is a direct Word from God, so they take care of the man of God, because he told them if they take care of the man of God, God will take care of them.


Let’s see what this scripture means rightly divided. God told Elijah that He had commanded a widow woman to sustain him. This means that He had prepared the woman’s heart to sustain Elijah. So, by the time Elijah arrived where the woman was, her heart had already been conditioned to do what the prophet said.


This has a two-fold meaning: It’s about a prophet on an assignment and a widow woman’s faith. These scriptures are talking about giving out of a need, which is a step of faith (1 Kings 17:7- 16). The woman’s faith was being tested. Also, Elijah being on an assignment shows that God provides.


When Elijah asked the woman for water, he also asked her to give him bread. The woman only had enough for her and her son, and then she said that once they ate the bread they would die. But Elijah told her to make the bread and her bin of flour would not be used up, nor would the oil run dry, and it happened just like the Word of the Lord that was spoken to Elijah.


This scripture is talking about a prophet who was an assignment and he moved from place to place as the Spirit directed. Many times, different people sustained them. It is not talking about a pastor of a church who lies through manipulation to get over on or take advantage of the people. The church is the storehouse, and when the children of God pay their tithes, the funds should take care of missions, salaries and so on (Malachi 3:8-10).


Going back to Elijah and the widow, notice that he did not tell her to give him all the food; he told her to feed him first and then make some bread for her and the son.


There is another story about the widow who gave her very last. Had God prepared her heart to give her very last? No! The Pharisees had been devouring widows’ homes and making them think it was right to give to them. Jesus told them they would receive the greater condemnation (Matthew 23:14).


So, when the widow put her mite (a penny) into the treasury (Mark 12:41-44), that was because of the mindset that had been put on her by the scribes and pharisees, she thought that was the right thing to do (Matthew 23:14). Look at the scriptures in verses 1-12.


You can see from this that these are two different situations; God prepared the first widow’s heart, and the second widow was put in bondage by men who were thought to be men of God. Now, it could be possible for the Spirit of God to prompt you to give up you last; we do not put God in a box. But if He does tell you to give it up, He has a ram in the bush.


This is why it is important to search the scriptures and see what they are saying and what they are not saying.

We should not single out a scripture and sling it all over the place; the scriptures are to be rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15). Be careful how you are interpreting what is said, it could be spiritual manipulation. The scripture is taken completely out of context.


Some scriptures cannot be used as doctrine, but there is a principle in this scripture: Obey God and He makes all the provisions (Philippians 4:19). Walking by faith is rewarding; without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).


I am walking by faith and not by sight ~ Betty A. Burnett

Touch Not My Anointed, Neither do My Prophets no Harm 7-11-2021

 Writing these messages is most enjoyable, especially after seeing the replies to yesterday’s message. I am elated that many of my brothers and sisters are hungry for the Truth and that the eyes of their understanding is being enlightened…. (Ephesians 1:17-18).


During the years of being in some traditional churches, I heard this from the pulpit in some of the messages: “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets no harm” (1 Chronicles 16:22, Psalm 105:15).


That was true for the Old Testament, because it was the kings, prophets, and priests whom the Holy Spirit would come upon for particular assignments. The Holy Spirit did not live inside of people in those days.


After Jesus came to the earth, lived among people, was crucified, buried and on the third day He rose, that brought in a new and better covenant, and the Holy Spirit lives in all those who are born-again (have a relationship with Christ). 


With that being so, everyone who the Holy Spirit lives or dwells in, has the anointing, because we belong to Christ our Messiah, the Anointed One. God has established us with Christ and anointed us, and He also has given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (1 Corinthians 1:20-22).


When a leader says: “Touch not My anointed, neither do My prophets any harm”, this could indicate that kings, prophets, and priests were more special than other people. Doesn’t that seem like a contradiction? Especially when the Word says: God does not have respect of persons (Romans 2:11). No one is better than the other, whether male or female, Jew, or Gentile; we are all one in Christ (John, chapter 17, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 4:1-6).


Adam and Eve had different roles, but they were co-equal, just as God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are co-equal (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). God has laid out the role of each person. For those of you who have been putting leaders on a pedestal, God is not pleased. All of us are called to respect each other regardless of the role we function in. In fact, you are belittling yourself.


Years ago, I was being taught some things that were different from I had learned in the past. It was difficult for me to accept a different way of teaching (even though it was true) because my pastor taught it differently. I said: “That is not what my pastor said”. Well, did my pastor know everything? So, for you today, we are required to study for ourselves (2 Timothy 2:15), in spite of who says it.


Now for the eye-opener

Since Jesus rose from the dead and there is a new and better covenant, let’s see who these kings, prophets and priests are. We are, of course!


Breakdown

We are Prophets in that the Word of God is to be proclaimed, forth told so the world can know that they need a Savior. We are told to go to whatever part of the world that we are in and teach those God puts in our path (Matthew 28:19-20).


Priests- But we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9). We were chosen by God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), we are royal because we belong to the King. 


We should be praising Him for bringing us out of darkness into the marvelous light of His dear Son, the High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16), who was and is the greatest intercessor of all times (Hebrews 7:25). We are also priests who intercede (pray) and stand in the gap on behalf of others (1 Timothy 2:1).


We are made kings and priests unto God…. (Revelation 1:6).


Kings- We will rule and reign with Jesus, who is King of kings (us) in the eternal realm (Revelation 20:6).

As I conclude this message, it is important that you know Christ in His fulness (Ephesians 3:17-21). The more we study, the more intimate our relationship with Christ will become.


Loving Him more and more each day ~ Betty A. Burnett

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness? 7-10-2021

Today is the beginning of erroneous quotes or sayings that are doctrinally incorrect. I have heard this phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness” for years.


I searched and searched all over and I could not find but one scripture that connected with that quote. Pause: If someone says or think that I am nit-picking, how do you think God feels about His Word being misused? 


And someone may that is not a big deal. Well, I have news for anyone who thinks that way. God is not pleased with misquotes and erroneous doctrine, that is why He told us to study to show ourselves approved to God, a workman that is not ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


Before I get to the scripture that alludes to cleanliness is next to godliness, let’s see how the devil came up with cleanliness is next to godliness. He wants to make people think if what is on the outside of them is clean, that they are okay on the inside.


The Pharisees would fall into that category. They wore all those fine/expensive clothes and were they looked good on the outside, but on the inside they were rotten to the core. Jesus told the Pharisees, it was not the outside of a person that defiled them, it was what was on the inside that defiled a man (Mark 7:1-23).


They looked down on others because of their status, and they devoured widows houses for show and made long prayers for their personal gain (Luke 20:47). So, the phrase is not appropriate because upscale living, fancy clothes and so on, do not give anyone with that mind-set the right to say cleanliness is next to godliness. The statement “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is so true.


John the Baptist wore clothes of camel hair, ate locust and to some he probably looked like a wild man (Matthew 3:4). God told Peter this: What I have cleansed, do not call unclean (Acts 10:9-15).


However, the upside of that ungodly statement is “ But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). Paul was talking about people in the church having problems with one another, arguing about foolish things, and some men with corrupt minds and destitute of the truth supposing that gain is godliness. He went to say, stay away from people like this.


There are many ministers who preach about prosperity, they use their positions to influence others by telling them that gain is godliness; they live lavish lifestyles. These men and women even make people think they are supposed to live well. Gaining wealth does not make one godly; it can cause people to live ungodly, because the love of money is the root of all evil. 


That is why Paul warned those who are rich in the world system not to set their affections on things; they fall into temptation and a snare.


Plus, we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out (1Timothy 6:7). Job said: Naked, I came out of my mother’s womb and naked I will go out (Job 1:21a). And we do not own one thing (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11); the Lord gives us stewardship over what is His for us to manage.


Children of the Most-High God, we are told to flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith (Please read chapter 6 in its entirety.


All of us should be careful of what we say, and make sure that we do our best to study the Word of God, so we will not be ashamed. The more we study the Word of God, the more God will be glorified and there are eternal rewards.


Striving to do my best ~ Betty A. Burnett

Doctrinal Errors - Study to Show Your Self Approved to God 7-9-2021

As children of God, we should be growing in the Word of God more and more, which will cause us to be quite knowledgeable of the Bible. Having the proper understanding helps us to be aware of any false sayings.

These are some quotes I often hear, and some beliefs that are not doctrinal.


Cleanliness is next to godliness?


Touch not my anointed, neither do my prophets no harm (Psalm 105:15)


The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9:11), but he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13)


Satan, the Lord rebuke you (Zachariah 3:2-5, Jude 1:9)


The Bible said the very elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:24)


If I pray over my food, I can eat what I want to (1 Timothy 4:3)


We are not supposed to eat pork (Leviticus 11:3)


Fasting from TV, Pepsi, cigarettes, or anything other than abstaining from food


Daniel and the twenty-one day fast (Daniel 10:31)


The use of the prayer cloth (Acts 19:11-12)


Eve ate the apple and gave it to Adam (Genesis 3:6)


All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)


My whole house will be saved (Acts 16:32)


God promised us three score and ten (70) years and if by reason of strength, eighty (80) years (Psalm 90:10).


The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21)


Wishing husband and wife “Happy Anniversary” in heaven


Person who died received their wings


I am a sinner saved by grace. This will be more in depth to bring a clear understanding about salvation


Again, if there are other scriptures that you are unsure about, please send them through Messenger. I look forward to helping my brothers and sisters get more into the Word of God. This motivates me to continue digging deeper and deeper. Remember this, the Word of God is our source for a victorious life.


Still searching scriptures and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


Excited ~ Betty A. Burnett

Golden Nuggets to Challenge the Children of God – Test Your Knowledge 7-8-2021

I feel as though it is time to do a challenge about the Word of God again to help my brothers and sisters when it comes to certain scriptures. If you are truly born-again, you should take this seriously. There is a difference in paraphrasing a scripture than taking it out of context, or when what they think is scripture and they say : “The Bible says it”.


Example: The Bible says cleanliness is next to godliness. When you find this in the scripture, please let me know and I will acknowledge my error.


The example above is indicative of someone who does not study to show themselves approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).


In studying, look for Key Words - Approved to God (means to pass the test). If you were taking a test in school, there has to be a time of studying in order to pass the test. It is the same way with the Word of God. One must study to be approved (pass the test) of God.


Workman means a laborer. When someone has a job, the more they work on it, the more skilled they become. Laboring in the Word makes one more skilled and apt to give the right answers.


Ashamed means shameful and embarrassing, because you did not have the right information, or you came off the top of your head saying something that was not correct. It is shameful when one does not rightly divide the Word of truth.


Rightly dividing the Word is defined like this in Strong’s Concordance: to cut straight, to proceed on straight paths, to hold a straight course, to handle right, to teach the truth directly and correctly.


These challenges are to provoke you to study for yourselves; not just take what you hear and run with it. God is pleased when we admit that we were wrong and choose to get it right. A person who is not willing to change is prideful.


I have a dear friend who asks me questions after a message is posted. She does this for more clarity. I am a theologian because I study God’s Word. All of the children of God should be theologians. One does not have to go to a seminary to be a theologian. I may not have all the answers, but I am willing to search the scriptures to find truth and more truth, as the noble people in the book of Acts did (Acts 17:11).


If there are any scriptures that you have questions about, it will give me joy to search and give the correct answers. We should have an answer or get an answer for everyone who asks us a question pertaining to the Word of God.


Example: 

A man asked how he could be saved. The man had heard about Jesus, but he did not have a relationship with Christ; he was not born-again. Would you be able to witness to the person effectively because you know what it means to be saved, and you know the proper scriptures to use pertaining to salvation?


Searching the scriptures for myself ~ Betty A. Burnett

Challenge for the Children of God  7-7-2021

Greetings brothers and sisters, children of the Most-High God, I am going to start a challenge to test your biblical knowledge. But, before the challenge is written, there are a few things that are thought provoking. Many of God’s children do not study. Reading is different from studying; this is required to live a victorious life.


There is so much controversy about who we are as born-again believers, and it leaves us in question when it comes to certain things in the Bible. For instance, some say one can lose their salvation, while others say salvation is secure. What does the Word of God say when it is rightly divided? What does it mean to study? It requires work (2 Timothy 2:15).


When someone is employed on a job, they are required to work. If they don’t meet the requirements, they are terminated (fired). Most companies will provide training to help one perform the duties more proficiently (skilled). It is the same way with the Word of God; we are required to study (it is work) to become like some of the people in the Bible days (Acts 17:11).They were commended for searching out the scriptures for themselves.


If one doesn’t study, they will not lose their salvation, but there will be a loss of rewards. Example: On many jobs, there is opportunity for promotion, which will bring other bonuses. So, when we study to show ourselves approved to God, it is rewarding and will it not bring shame.


Each of us is required to study the Bible, which should be at the top of the list, especially when it comes to reading different books. Reading somebody else’s books, listening to sermons, and teaching are fine, but no one should put more emphasis on those resources.


The Bible is the true source; how do we know if what someone else has written, taught, or preached is correct unless we study the Word of God for ourselves. That is what the problem has been, and it still is. The reason for this is, people are lazy, and it reveals how much they love the Lord. 


People suffer because of not having knowledge. Why? Because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4::6). It is like living in poverty or living below the standard.


How can one say they love the Lord and do not study? To love someone is to know them.


This is not a message to offend, it is to bring conviction, to convince God’s children that studying His Word should be our first priority. God does not except excuses. A person who does not study and say: “God knows my heart”, does not realize that God does know their evil heart.


Lord willing, tomorrow the challenge will start. I will begin with understanding what salvation is. If one does not understand their salvation, they will live a defeated life.


Walking in victory ~ Betty A. Burnett

Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart 7-6-2021

Thanks to all of you who sent me well wishes on my birthday! It was such an overwhelming out-pouring of Love, through text messages, messenger, phone calls, cards, and Facebook. I had written another message for today, but I feel the Spirit of God would have me to share what how grateful I am.


I would love to acknowledge each person, but someone’s name may be left out, so to all of you wonderful people, Thanks!


Sunday a cook-out was held to celebrate my birthday. On Monday, the day of my birthday, there were no plans, so I thought, but the Lord had plans for me. A phone call caused me to take a day trip.


Since traveling is what I love to do, it was no problem. But the trip was to minister to the need of someone else. Many people think their birthday is special and that it is a day set aside for them to celebrate another year that the Lord has blessed them. That is also the way I feel, yet when there is a greater need, are we willing to sacrifice and give up all the fun a birthday celebration brings?


On my back home, these words came to me: Esteem others above myself (Philippians 2:3). The scripture really ministered to me, and while finishing the message a few minutes ago, I went to the scriptures that followed verse two: Let nothing be done with selfish ambitions, but in lowliness (humility) of mind, let each esteem others above themselves…..


Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself no reputation, took upon Himself the form of a servant… He humbled Himself and became obedient, even to the death of the cross. Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name that is above every name…. (Philippians (2:1-9)- Please read the entire chapter. God will exalt those who humble themselves (1 Peter 5:6, James 4:10).


We should be Christlike in whatever we do. He humbly came down here on earth and completely fulfilled the will of God so we could have eternal life. In other words, Christ had us in mind; even to the horrible death that He suffered on the cross.


How far, or to what extent would you go to unselfishly minister to the needs of others? I did not think about “It’s my birthday”; it was about a person’s need. This was not about me.


When the mission had been finished for yesterday, the Lord blessed me to have a quiet dinner at a restaurant alone. Even so, the physical food was not as fulfilling as the mission was. In closing this message, this scripture came to my spirit: 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love that you have showed toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister (Hebrews 6:10).


We are called to serve. Be blessed and encouraged in your labor of Love.


Grateful ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Birth of Many Nations (New Birth) 7-5-2021

Yesterday was a double celebration for many people across the USA; Sunday church assembly and the fourth of July. Today, my celebration continues because the Lord has allowed me to see another birthday. This year rolls around to the very day I was born-again on a Monday, March 15, 1982. I did not think about it until two days ago while writing this message.


To all of the born-again believers who have been birth from many nations (nationalities), I salute you in the wonderful name of Jesus the Christ. Regardless of the time you were born-again, we are all one in Christ (John, chapter 17, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 4:1-6). It gives me great joy to know that our heavy burdens have been lifted because Jesus Christ took them upon Himself (Matthew 11:28-30).


There was a song back in the day by The Mighty Clouds of Joy- “I Got Rid of My heavy Load”. During a church service the person leading the song would call out each day of the week. Some of the song goes like this: Heavy load, Heavy Load, I got rid of my heavy load.


Somebody don’t know what we mean when we talkin bout a heavy load. We talkin bout a heavy load of sin (that’s gone because of Jesus). If I call your day, the day you got rid of your heavy load, ya oughta come down here and grab me by the hand and tell me that God has lift up your heavy load….


They would call out a day from Sunday till Monday, and if that particular day were the day someone got saved, they would run up to the front of the church with their hands up, praising God.


Saints of the Most-High God, you may not remember the day, but as long as you understand that when you confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and you believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved (Romans 10:9-10). 


This also means that you had all intentions of Jesus becoming Lord of your life, and that He has ownership of you; you are no longer your own because you have been brought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 2:20).


Getting back to the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the song “I Got Rid of My Heavy Load”, aren’t you glad that you laid your burdens on Jesus? Aren’t you happy that Jesus took care of your sins? Doesn’t it give you great joy to know that you will live in the eternal kingdom with Jesus?


Grateful for another year ~ Betty A. Burnett

Happy Fourth of July! The Birth of a Physical Nation and the Birth of a Spiritual Nation

7-4-2021

Today many celebrate the Fourth of July by gathering in someone’s yard for a barbecue, and later on in the evening, they watch the magnificent display of fireworks. This is a most enjoyable occasion to spend time together.


Before its birth, or before America became its own country, it was comprised of thirteen colonies established by Great Britain. The colonies escaped and broke from the rule of Great Britain, and they became a new nation on July 4, 1776.


This is just what happened to all those who are born-again, we were in bondage to Satan and the world system, but Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1). He brought two nations together, which consisted of Jews and Gentiles, and a new nation (the church) was born. It was the birth of the church on the Day of Pentecost, when one hundred and twenty people were gathered in one place, and they were on one accord (Acts 2:1).


Let’s do a comparison

1) People gather on the Fourth of July to have a good time remembering the birth of their nation which brought them freedom, and this brings joy.


The one and twenty people were gathered praying, remembering what Jesus had told them and this brought joy as they anticipated receiving power from on high (Acts 1:8, 14).


2) Once it is night-time, people are waiting with anticipation for the magnificent displays of fireworks in the sky. When the fireworks go off, people are in awe of their awesome glow, and powerfully booming dynamite sound.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, the Holy Spirit came with the Dunamis (dynamite) power from on high and cloven tongues of fire sat upon each of them. They were empowered to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The display of the fireworks is symbolic of the light that the children of God should display for all to see and be in such awe that it will draw others to Christ and God will be glorified (Matthew 5:16).


Jesus came into a world that was filled with darkness. He brought light (John 12:46), and light dispels darkness [makes darkness disappear] (1 John 1:5-7). As long as Jesus was in the world, He was the Light (John 9:5). When Jesus left, He left His light to shine through His believers (Matthew 5:14-16).


As we celebrate this day of Independence, let us not forget that true freedom is in Christ, and it is because of Him and Him alone that we can experience joy on the fourth of July and every day of our lives. The greatest joy any child of God can experience is to be a light in a dark, cold, and cruel world.


May your Fourth of July Sunday be filled with the Joy of the Lord.


Fired Up ~ Betty A. Burnett

While Enjoying Fourth of July Weekend ~ Let’s Commemorate Some Births 7-3-2021

Yesterday, the message was pertaining to three and what the number means from a biblical perspective. Also, I said “Enjoy the Fourth of July Weekend”. The word joy is much of what will be discussed. Today, the first of the three’s is about biological births, and the joy that comes with children being born. These are some biblical characters who were full of joy at the birth of their child.


Let’ start with Abraham and Sarah who were still childless when they were beyond the age of childbearing. Abraham was 100 years old, and Sarah was ninety years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 17:16, Genesis 21:1-3). 


Can you imagine how they felt when Isaac was born? They must have been filled with joy!

Even though it is not written in the Bible, it is inferred (concluded from the evidence and reasoning, rather than explicit statements). In other words, it had to be evident that whatever was being conveyed, a conclusion was drawn from it.


As I continue, you will read about the joy that was expressed because of a parents/s when these mothers were barren; their womb had been shut up. Additionally, a barren woman was looked down upon, or considered cursed.

Isaac asked the Lord to give his wife Rebekah have a child because she was barren, and God opened her womb, and two children were born (Genesis 25:19-34).


Hannah was barren and her husband’s other wife laughed at her because she was barren. Hannah cried to the Lord, and He opened her womb, and she gave birth to Samuel, who was anointed by God as priest and prophet. Hannah promised the Lord if He gave her a child, she would dedicate the child to Him (1 Samuel, chapter 1) Later on, Hannah had more children (1 Samuel 2:18-21).


Zechariah and Elizabeth were also beyond the age of childbearing. Mary went to visit Elizabeth when she was six months into her pregnancy. When the baby heard the salutation of Mary he leaped in his mother’s womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. The baby also had to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary stayed with Elizabeth until John the Baptist was born (Luke 1:39-45).


When Jesus was born, many were waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him, and it was revealed to him by the Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 


And he came [was led] by the Spirit into the temple and when the parents brought the child Jesus to do for Him after the custom of the law, then he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: Lord, let your servant depart in peace according to Your Word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation…. (Luke 2:25-35).


And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night… an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shined all around them and they were afraid. And the angel said, fear not for I bring you great JOY, which shall be to all people. 


For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying. Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth, good will toward men (Luke 2:8-14). Joy to the World, the Lord is come – Let earth receive her King!


Let us be joyful as we remember our King. Have an Enjoyable Fourth of July weekend!


Next: The Birth of a Nation


Joyously Celebrating the Fourth of July Weekend ~ Betty A. Burnett

Fourth of July ~ Let’s Celebrate (Part 1) 7-2-2021

There will be many types of activities and events during this long holiday week-end. Messages will be posted about these fun days and what they mean. Many people go on vacation, and they travel by different means, while others enjoy cook-outs, and most cities have fireworks and parades.


I want to put special emphasis on three kinds of birth that should perk your interest. Before getting to the births, let’s concentrate on the number three. The number three is used 467 times in the Bible. This number means complete, and it is significant. 


Jesus was in the heart of the earth three days and three nights: For as Jonah was in the belly of 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 (Jonah 1:17, Matthew 12:40).


Three disciples were with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). The Bible only mentions the names of three angels-Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer the fallen angel who is Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14).


The murdered bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the street three days before they are resurrected (Revelation 11:8-9). In the New Jerusalem, there are three gates on each side (Revelation 21:13).


God is the Trinity – The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [Jesus- John 1:1], and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one (1 John 5:7).


There are three parts to man (tripartite): body, spirit, and soul: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).


Next: Birth of America – Biological Birth - New Birth


God bless ~ Betty A. Burnett

Loving God is Loving Family and Everybody Else 7-1-2021

This message is a continuation about family and how we are commanded to love. It s also a strong statement to challenge us and bring correction to those who say they love God and do not love their brothers and sisters.


I heard a pastor say many times, "We've got to love everybody".


Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to also love each other (1 John 4:11).


Even if we do not know others, we are told to respect and love them. We attended a church and visitors were not acknowledged. It did not bother me, but the other people who were with me were members of another church of the same denomination, and they were accustomed to visitors being greeted, welcomed or acknowledged.


With all sincerity, I want to believe it was an oversight. The Word of God tells us to extend ourselves to each other. Greet all the brothers [sisters] with a holy kiss (1 Thessalonians 5:20).


Let me share some comments from the BIBLEREF. Paul urges the Thessalonian church to be friendly. It was customary in Paul's time for friends to greet each other with a kiss. Men would greet other men this way, and women would greet other women in a similar fashion, which are the modern day equivalents to the "holy kiss" of that era.


Today, believers should extend a warm verbal greeting, the right kind of hug and a firm handshake to one another. This matters for our welcoming of non-believers, as well. Nothing freezes the spiritual interest of a church visitor as quickly as a cold congregation.


My words: A church that is not friendly does not understand Agape love. A church that is not friendly is immature, A church may think it is mature, but if it does not exemplify these characteristics, it is cliquish.


A church that is not friendly is a turn-off to others, and it is a bad witness to the unsaved. I have visited some churches of different denominations who were friendly to those they knew, and they ignored the visitors. Do you think I went back? The answer is NO! ! Even though it did not offend me, who would want to be in an unfriendly, cliquish church?


This is straight out of the Word of God! How can we say we love God whom we have not seen and do not love our brothers that we see? If we love God, we will love our brothers and sisters (1 John 4:20-21).


LOVE is an action word. Just as faith without works is dead, love without action is dead.


In Agape Love ~ Betty A. Burnett

Turn Back the Hand on the Time Clock 6-30-2021

Let's talk about time and if we could do things all over again, would we? None us can physically go back in time, but we can go back there mentally and it can cause problems in our lives, especially the issues that had us in bondage.


Example:

It could have been something we loved to do that was sinful; sin is bondage. Or it could be a situation that you're in now, and you think it would be better to be in a former situation than you are now. 


The Israelites told Moses they would have been  better off if they had stayed in Egypt, where they had been in bondage, rather than bring them in the wilderness to die (Exodus 16:3). Been there and done that!


Wait a minute! Didn't God promise them a land with milk and honey? (Exodus 3:17). So, why would they dwell on Egypt, where they had been in bondage?


The apostle Paul wrote about forgetting those things that are behind, and press toward the call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). The only time to bring the situation up is, to help someone else. After all, we go through different experiences to minister to others, so they they too can be set free.


We should walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4) and do not let the old things continue to be part of our lives. Although there is not an immediate change, but there should be a progressive change (2 Peter 3:18).


If God is doing a new thing in your life ( Isaiah 43:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17), others should see it (Matthew 5:16).


One of the things I would like to turn back the hand on the time clock, is to be in that wonderful atmosphere and environment I just came out of. But God saw fit for me to be where I was and where I am.


Please do not get me wrong; I am not complaining, just being honest. I am exceedingly grateful to God our Father for allowing me to get away, and His will for my life is most important.


Paul said I have learned to be content with whatever state I am in (Philippians 4:11). When Paul said he had learned, that meant it was a process through spiritual growth; it did not happen over night. Let's be realistic, we had to learn how to love the way God wants us to love. 


We have not reached perfection when it comes to the fruit of the Spirit, the gifts or anything else when it comes to growth. It is a process and our spiritual walk should be progressive.


Complaining will cause set-backs. Why would any of God's children have reason to complain? The Hebrews wanted to go back to Egypt, the place where they had been in bondage for 400 years, because they did not see what God promised to them through the eyes of faith; it displeased God and there were consequences- they did not enter the promise land (Hebrews 13:15-19).


We must walk by faith in order to receive the promises of God. Regardless of where we are, there are going to obstacles, trials and tests to challenge us.


The Word of God says obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22, Isaiah 1:19), and I use these scriptures often. However, obedience is not worth a hill of beans, if the attitude is wrong. Have you ever heard it said that attitude determines the altitude? That is true. If we are told to do something and we have the wrong attitude, we may as well not do it.


Lesson to learn: Keep on walking and don't look back.


Moving by God's time clock ~ Betty A. Burnett

Countdown to the Final Days of Being with Family, for Now 6-29-2021

Well, my family and friends, this part of my journey is winding down, but it has been awesome and I am truly grateful God and each of you who made the trip well worth my time.


Many people go on vacations to various places, and so do I, yet out of all the places the Lord has blessed to me to go, being with my immediate family and friends too, has been an unforgettable experience. I do not want my family and friends in the south to think that they are not still very instrumental in my life, it's just that they have been connected with me all the time.


As I continue to make preparations for my journey southward, I also think about my journey to heaven and what kind of preparations are being made to meet Jesus Christ. There are two aspects to this journey. One is pertaining to the children of God and the other is about those who are not born-again (saved).


God has given everybody that is born on this earth a certain road to travel on. However, each person has a choice as to what road they will choose. There is a scripture about a road that many get mixed up, confused or they have a lack of understanding as to what the Word of God means. When Jesus was teaching His disciples, He was instructing and warning them as believers about the narrow and wide roads (Matthew 7:13-14).


Since Jesus' disciples belonged to Him, He was telling them this: Enter or go this way, which is the narrow way because it is best for you. Even though the narrow road can be difficult, at the end of the journey, there is a greater blessing (reward). The truth is most Christians choose the wide road and it is the road that Christians who choose to walk in the flesh do; they are called carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).


On the other hand, the unsaved person's journey is like this; they travel on the road to destruction (hell)- they do what they want to do without remorse.


Example: Before I was born-again, I got a kick out of mistreating people, and I would retaliate if someone did something against me. Even when I knew it was wrong, it was easy for me to do it again and again.


This is one way of being assured of your salvation; you will be convinced by the Spirit of God who lives in you that you are wrong , and you will do whatever possible to make things right with others.


And you certainly will not want to deliberately hurt or harm anyone. Yet, because we are still in these flesh bodies, it happens. That is the way I feel about my family, friends and everybody else, because all of us are so fearfully ad wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14).


Why do I feel this way? When my earthly journey is over, I want to hear Jesus Christ my Savior and Lord say: "Well done"!


Family and friends, as Al Green sung: I'm still in love with you" and I will be missing you until the next time the Lord allows me to take another journey.


Traveling as directed by the Spirit of God ~ Betty A. Burnett

In Everything, Give Thanks 6-28-2021

So many people are experiencing different kinds of situations, including me. The message today is about thanking God despite what is going on in our lives. As you read this message, please know that this is not the way I started writing, but it is what it is. Much of the time, the Spirit gives me what is to be conveyed as I am typing; it is not pre-planned.


If God's will is done in our lives, we should give thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When we are living a life that is pleasing to the Lord, a life that glorifies our Father in heaven, it is easy to give thanks in all things. We will experience peace regardless of our circumstances.


This means that whatever happens in our lives work for our good (Romans 8:28), and we can truly give thanks to God our Father because we have learned to understand that He knows what is best for us. We may not like it, or whatever is going on may not feel good, but it works out for our good.


Even when we don't understand what is going on (Proverbs 3:5-8), we must trust God who loves us and will never do anything to hurt us.


I am presenting two scenarios:

1) Do you think Joseph understood why he was sold by his brothers because they were jealous of him; they thought their father loved Joseph more than he loved them (Genesis, chapter 37). Do you think Joseph understood when Potiphar's wife falsely accused him and he was thrown into prison (Genesis, chapter 39)?


Are we any better than others who suffered?

2) Do you think people understand when the Word says, David was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), when David committed adultery with another man's wife, and had the man put on the front line in war to be killed because he was trying to cover his sins (2 Samuel, chapter )?


What business is of ours, when we question what is between God and someone else? Are we so holy or perfect that we have the right to talk about someone else's sin?


God sent Samuel to David to confront the sin he had covered up for about a year (2 Samuel, chapter 12). Also, in the New Testament, church is called to do the same thing. If someone in the church is committing a sin and they continue in that sin, the church is told to deal with it (1 Corinthians, chapter 5).


Otherwise, sweep around your own door, before you sweep around mine. Now this is what you do. You smile in your neighbor's face, and you talk behind their backs..... Who are you to judge what other people do, take a look at yourself, you'll find some faults too. [Williams Brothers]


In other words, we are dipping in someone else's business, when our own door needs to be swept. That song also says: You need to take six months to mind your own business and take six months to leave other folks alone.


There is saying that a hit dog will holler. I don't know about you, but I stand accused (guilty), I am convicted and convinced when this happens. The Word of God tells us to confess our faults to one another and pray for each other that we may be healed (James 5:16). Let's pray for each other, rather than running others down.


Remember how dangerous the tongue is? It is a small part of the body, but it can cause irreversible damage and it is untamed - How can we speak blessings and curses out of the same mouth.


Example: "I love you today and if you do something I don't like, I am speaking evil to others about you tomorrow. My brothers and sisters, that is a double standard. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them who make peace (James 3:5-18).


The person who is a peacemaker, along with pursuing all the characteristics that are required by the Word of God, will give thanks in all things. How can we truthfully give thanks in all things when we are not in the will of God? Running others down (backbiting) and so on, are not in the will of God.


When we give thanks to God, we will think about His grace and mercy in our own lives and that as much as we want His will to be done in our lives, we are not perfect (perfectly mature) and we should give thanks because we are what we are by the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10).


Thankful ~ Betty A. Burnett 

The Stage is Set for the Grand Finale ~ The Curtain Call 6-27-2021

I am replaying or rewinding what Camden, New Jersey meant to me and what it still means to me.

This is my history of living in Camden when it was thriving with department stores (Lit Brothers), RCA, Campbell Soups (I was employed by the company), Movie Theatres Restaurants, and three hospitals (Cooper, West Jersey, and Our Lady of Lourdes), and numerous churches of different denominations; you name it!


My sister moved to Camden, and I eventually moved from Jersey City to Camden. However, I lived in the Bronx prior to moving to Jersey City. Of all the cities I have lived in other than Greensboro, NC, Camden was the place that was most meaningful to me. Why? Because of family.


All of my sister's grandchildren were born in the Camden/Philadelphia area. Being that I was not a biological mother of any living children, our mother and my sister's family were my next of kin.

Actually I moved from North Jersey to be closer to my sister and her family. I lived in Camden two times, an it thrills me to tell people that it was a part of my old life and my new life.


You see, because I experienced both kinds of life in this city, it is viewed from two perspectives. My life was full of what I considered fun, but in actuality, it was utterly dangerous! When I look back over my life and think it over, God has been good to me. If the truth were to be told, we all have a testimony. I thank God for keeping me by His grace and for protecting me when I lived recklessly and acted like a pure fool.


The first time I resided in Camden was during my old life of riotous living. BUT! The second time I lived in Camden, things were different. A change had taken place in my life. In some ways Camden had changed and a change had come over me. You see, Jesus changed my life and He set me free. I was no longer the same, therefore, I saw Camden from a different view.


God used me to witness to some of my old boy friends, and he received Christ as his Savior. I walked on Broadway witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, shamelessly, boldly, courageously and without fear. It was not about my life, but it was about lost souls having eternal life and they too would be in God's family.


I love Camden New Jersey and my latter experiences there were the greatest. I not only had a biological family, the family of God also became my family.


The stage has been set for the grand finale and curtain call: 

Wherever you live and whoever your family is, whether natural or spiritual, cherish every moment, because when they are gone, it is too late. When you do this, your performance will be the greatest show of all, and you will be applauded by Jesus Christ, Himself.


Cherishing every moment of loving everybody ~ Betty A. Burnett

Journeying on the Highway to Heaven, Moving Toward Your Destiny 

6-26-2021

I started writing messages about family a few weeks ago, and it went on to include everybody, especially those in the body of Christ. Regardless of who see the posts, it is for whomever.


As I continue writing, it is to encourage and motivate each of you to keep moving forward on this awesome journey that navigates us from earth to heaven. Whatever directions we go in, we should be focused on traveling in the right direction. There was a song back in the day:" I'm on the right road now". I pray that you are on the road traveling from earth to heaven.


This is a song I used to hear at revivals that blessed my soul: As I journey through this land, singing as I go, pointing souls to Calvary - to the crimson flow. Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within. But my Lord leads me on, through I must win. Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face -


Notice that the song says: "Oh, I want too see Him, look upon His face". Jesus' face is the first face every child of God should be looking forward to seeing. I hear and read about people saying they want see their loved ones. It is nothing wrong with wanting to see your loved ones, but they did not die for you. Plus, everybody will not have eternal life, and only God knows those who are His.


The verse in the song talks about the crimson flow, it was the precious blood of Jesus that cleansed us from sin (Hebrews 9:22), and His blood continues to cleanse sin.


Many arrows pierce my soul without and within. We are persecuted, all manner of evil will be said against us falsely (Matthew 5:44). Yes, and it hurts, but that comes with the journey. Yet God's all-sufficient grace will help us through every situation (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).


When the song talks about arrows piercing our souls, we must remember that we are in spiritual warfare and our battle is not against people but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). These evil forces work through people.


As you journey through this land, remember to stay focused on your purpose, so you can fulfill your destiny. Whatever your purpose includes, whether having the better things in life, you are to be a blessing to you and others.


Much of my testimony is about the blessings God showers on me through others. This journey includes sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7-8); give and it shall be given to you (Luke 6:38).


Whatever resources we have been blessed with, it is to be a blessing to others. God told Abraham: I will bless you and you will be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). That principle is still the same today.


Traveling up  the King's Highway ~ Betty A. Burnett

On the Move! 6-25-2021

This has been an awesome journey, and I truly thank God our Father for the abundance of blessings He has showered upon me, being with my family and friends. I could never have asked for more! Since being in the Camden and Philadelphia area, the Lord has allowed me to be in three beautiful homes.


 If you knew my story, you would agree that this was favor indeed!


I love sharing my experiences with the readers; believing that they will be encouraged and motivated to continue moving forward in their walk with the Lord. Also, I have been blessed with innovative and creative writing, and there is a passion about it that brings me great joy! That is why I post messages regularly.


Being in a guest in his particular home for the first time is an honor that God has favored me with. In case some of you do not know this about me, read this nugget. For many years, almost everywhere I have traveled, it either was at a minimal cost or cost-free.


The ministry of the Evangelist includes traveling, and whatever is needed comes with the calling. I never have to ask for provisions; whatever God calls me to do or wherever He sends me, God provides (Philippians 4:19). It is God who moves upon the hearts of people to bless me.


I am going to tell you about the greatest evangelist of all time, and no, it was not Billy Graham; it was Jesus Christ. He traveled to various places and He did not have a permanent home on earth (Matthew 8:20-22). 


This does not mean that I do not have a specific place to reside in. The meaning is this; I have moved around to a lot of places and some of my friends did not know if I lived in the north or the south.


It was like I was living in two locations. Am I a well-known or famous evangelist? Of course not! Yet, my reward will be as great as anyone who is faithful to the call: Jesus will say, "Well done good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:20-23).


It is evident to many, that I have been blessed with the office of an evangelist (Ephesians 4:11), because I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with passion wherever I am. How about you?


You may not have the call of an evangelist, but every child of God is commissioned to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). I encourage you to discover your purpose so you can fulfill your destiny and hear Jesus Christ say, "Well done, good and faithful servant".


Getting back to how God makes provisions with the call on His children's lives. He has blessed us spiritually and in the natural. Even though we have been blessed with houses, land and so on, we should set our affections on things above, and not on things of the earth (Colossians 3:2).


 It is good to have things, but do not let the things become your main focus, because all these corruptible and perishable things will fade away (Matthew 6:19-20).


Serving Him and others passionately ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Prayer of Jabez 6-24-2021

Last night, after finishing the previous message, the prayer of Jabez came into my spirit. I was not sure what to do when it came to writing and posting this message. The reason being, is years ago many people were saying they wanted God to enlarge their territory. I said to them: "It doesn't happen like that"; still not understanding what the scripture meant.


I am sharing this to help others' eyes to be open to the truth about the prayer of Jabez. He is only mentioned in two scriptures in the Bible, yet as all the other verses, these two also have a lot of insight.


Let's go to the two scriptures: And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, because I gave birth to him in sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that it might not grieve me! And God granted him what he requested (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).


Since Jabez' mother gave birth to him in sorrow and his name meant pain, and he continued to be grievous, he did not want to go through the rest of his life in that same condition.


When talking about names, Jacob's name meant trickster (deceiver) and that is exactly what he did. Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob (Genesis 25:29-34). Jacob tricked his father Isaac by wearing clothes to make Isaac think he was Esau (Genesis, chapter 27). Please read the entire chapter for to fully understand the story.


Peter's name meant little rock-petra (Matthew 16:18), that the church was founded on with the Rock, Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


With that being so, let's go back to Jabez and why he asked the God of Israel to deliver him from being grieved (in pain) and from evil. How would you feel if you had been in misery all of your life?


At least Jabez had sense enough not to want to remain in that same state. Jabez had faith enough to believe God was going to change his situation. When Jabez asked the Lord to bless him (take away the grief and pain) and enlarge his coast, he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. 


Jabez was not asking for something for selfish reasons to benefit himself, he wanted the Lord's will to be done in his life.


Every experience that we go through is to help someone who is going through.

God knew Jabez would make a difference in others lives, therefore, He granted Jabez's request. Would God grant you something that is not in His will?


Would you ask God to enlarge your territory (give you more things), or would you ask Him to help you to be more effective in His kingdom?


In other words, would you say, not my will but your be done?


I want God to enlarge my coast (territory); the larger the territory, the more impacting my ministry will be.


Striving more and more to make a difference ~ Betty A. Burnett

Waiting on the Lord 6-23-2021

This message is to encourage those who have been waiting for your dreams or promises from God to reveal themselves.


As I was pondering about what to write, because nothing was coming to me, this is what I feel the Spirit gave me: "Wait on the Lord and be of good courage; He shall strengthen your heart" (Psalm 27:14).


Waiting is not easy, but it is worth it. Why is it necessary to wait on the Lord? He is building our character, training, preparing and developing us to be equipped to minister effectively.


It is a sad thing to see people jump into ministry prematurely. The reason many people go into ministry prematurely is because they think it's their time. During the many years of walking with the Lord, I have seen and heard about many ministries that fell apart.


When we wait on the Lord, it benefits us and others.


God's plan for Abraham was fulfilled despite of him taking matters into his own hand, instead of waiting on the Lord. However, there were consequences that are still affecting people today.


 Abraham had two sons (Ishmael and Isaac) instead of the promised one (Isaac), which brought about two nations of people who are still at war against each other.


Do you want others to suffer because you are not willing to wait on the Lord? It may look as though your ministry is prospering, but if the Lord is not in what you are doing, it will not last (Psalm 127:1).


I have heard some people say this: Only what you do for Christ will last. That is not true. Whatever Christ tells you to do will last. When people make that kind of statement, they are operating in the flesh, which results in a loss of rewards (1 Corinthians 3:1-15).


Waiting on the Lord helps us to focus on the directions and purpose for our lives. It is important to be still, it makes us fall more in love with God. This means we are spending quality time with Him, and we are more willing to do what the Spirit God directs and instruct us to do. This builds our confidence in knowing we we are doing His will, and not ours.


The benefit of waiting: But hey wait the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).


So many people don't mention the scriptures prior to this verse. Paraphrased: The everlasting God, the Creator does not faint; in fact He gives power to the faint. The young will faint and be be weary and they shall utterly fail (Isaiah 40:28-30). 


But they that wait! Do you see that?

The scripture describes the power of God and how He gives strength to those who are weak. The scripture goes on to say: But they that wait!


Children of the Most-High God, He gives us the strength, the power and the grace (2 Corinthians 12:9) to wait until it's our time. Then as the eagle soars high, so shall we The analogy of soaring on wings of eagles, shows the strength and power to fly high. When we wait on the Lord there are no limits to where He will take us.


Are you willing to wait? This does not mean that you are not to minister and serve. It means to wait and not jump into ministry prematurely.


There is no need for you to be in a hurry. God could have made everything at the same time when He said let there be (Genesis, chapter 1). I believe God went through a day by day process when He created everything for a reason.


I wrote about modeling Jesus Christ when it comes to spending time with God. I believe we are to model God our Father, in going step by step in the process that it takes for us to have a successful ministry.


Let God order your steps, and you will never go wrong. As a matter of fact, you will have joy in knowing God's will is being done in your life.


Waiting Joyfully ~ Betty A. Burnett

Being Still 6-22-2021

Yesterday, the message was pertaining to how it was necessary for me to spend more time with God, especially after going non stop for more than two weeks.


We cannot hear clearly when there is so much hustle and bustle going on in our lives, although the Spirit of God can speak whenever He chooses to.


God speaks to His children in a still small voice, not in busyness. And after the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, after the fire, a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12). Please read the entire chapter and learn more about the Lord speaking to Elijah.


This scripture is quoted by many people: Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10).


What does "Be still and know that I am God" mean? One writer's comments: It is a direct command from God to stop our futile (useless) efforts in dealing with things that are His domain. .


I believe this scripture can have different meanings. For instance, in the stillness of one's life, God can speak and give instructions and directions (Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 30:21). The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth (John 16:13).


Jesus even said His sheep hears His voice, they know Him and they follow Him (John 10:27).

In my being still, I was reminded of something that was revealed to me in a vision about five years ago while standing on a sidewalk in Harlem. 


I believe during the stillness of yesterday the vision resurfaced in my mind. The vision had escaped me, but getting away from anything that would cause a distraction was what was needed for the recall.


This reminds me of Habakkuk 2:2-3, I did not write the vision down, but the Holy Spirit brought it back to my remembrance. God's Word said the vision was for an appointed time, and at the end it shall speak, and not lie, wait, for it will surely come to pass.


Be still in listening and be still in being patient for whatever God has for you. It certainly will come to pass at the appointed time. One of my former pastors' said it like this: "Good things come to those who wait".


I say it like this: "The best things come to those who wait"


Are you willing to wait for the best that God has for you, or are you short-changing your blessing?


How is God being exalted when everything else is being focused on except Him? God gets exalted when He is recognized, honored and reverenced for being the Supreme God, the Almighty God, the Sovereign God -The Omniscience (All-knowing God); the Omnipotent (All-powerful God) and the Omnipresent God (He is every where at the same time).


Hallelujah! Our God is exalted!!


Be still and wait on Him.


Betty A. Burnett

Time Alone with God 6-21-2021

During the Covid-19 Pandemic the entire world was affected and almost everything was at a stand-still. Although many people were working from home, I wonder how many took the opportunity to spend quality time with God.


That was the perfect time to spend more time in God's Word and prayer. I believe God used the pandemic to get His children's attention. There was less traveling to work, which decreased traveling expenses. I could go on and on as to how God blessed us through a critical time in history.


The message today is about spending time with God. I had been going non-stop for seventeen days, and it is time to break away and spend more time with God. While being in the north and seeing so many family members and friends, there has been doors of opportunity to minister, witness and pray for others.


Yet, I feel the Lord arranged these next few days for me to spend quality time with Him. Jesus taught, he healed, He performed miracles, and signs and wonders followed Him, but in His humanity, Jesus spent time with God (Mark 1:35). We are called to model Jesus Christ.


Think about it, are you spending more time on things that will fade away/perish - where your treasure is, that is where your heart is (Matthew 6:19-21), or things that are temporary (2 Corinthians 4:18) or are you spending time with God? He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and His name is Jealous (Exodus 34:14). God said He would have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3).


He certainly got my attention by allowing a situation to happen, and my eyes are open. I am grateful that God loves us so much He knows what to do to get us back to spending quality time with Him.


We should praise for His never ending love for us.


Even though spending time with God is my number one priority, those seventeen days were most enjoyable and I look forward to more after this refreshing time being spent alone with God.


God bless you


Betty A. Burnett

"Happy Father's Day"

Since this the day we honor father's, I find it appropriate to give honor to all of you wonderful men who have a made a difference in someone's life.

Regardless if you are a biological, spiritual, god-father, or a fatherly figure in whatever way, you are to be honored.


Encouragement

It is a blessing to tell someone how much they mean to you and how the Lord has used them to be an important part of your life.


Word for today

Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with promise, that it may be well with you and you may live a long time on this earth (Ephesians 6:2-3).


To those who are born-again, if you honor God our Father, you will honor your earthly father.


Blessings and Peace ~ Betty A. Burnett


Family Graduates

Good morning from the City of brotherly love? Did I say brotherly love with all the killings and other crimes going on here? Yes I said "Brotherly love"! 


Despite the negative tone that has been set, I love this city. Plus, there are many born-again saints and morally upright people who live here. Of the three places that I visit the most, it is one of the places I consider my other home.


Today, I am veering off the regular messages somewhat, but it is still about family. I encourage the younger generation to pursue a career so they will have a sucessful life. Being an African American, the challenges are more difficult, therefore I do everything possible to boost my family and all others to get as much education as they can in order to have a better life.


The best life one can have is to follow the path that God has ordained for them (Psalm 37:23).

In other words, all of of us should pursue God's will for our lives. Why? Because He has a purpose for our lives and He alone knows what is best for us. When we allow the Spirit of God to lead us, we will never go wrong and our lives will be successful.


When it comes to my family, I am proud to post this message about the accomplishments of three family members; they are all that I know of. Since some of our relatives were glad to see me post pictures of our family, I feel like they need to what is going on with the young cousins they do not know.


For our cousins in New York, North Carolina and Virginia, Jayla and Maica are Joannie's granddaughters.


 Some of our cousins and my friends know Jayla from the years I would travel back and forth from North Carolina to New Jersey for her, Jireh and Jeliyah to spend time with us. My mother was known to them as "Big Momma". They loved Mr. Charles who was "Big Momma's" husband, and when he played the piano, their hearts would leap with joy!


Jayla Burnett Williams (my niece) graduated from Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey on May 14, 2021.


Myles Randolph (my nephew) graduated from Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, New Jersey on June 16, 2021. Myles plans to attend Camden County College.


Maica Nesmith (my niece) graduated from H M Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey on June 16, 2021.


Note: I don't use great and great, great nieces and nephews; still feeling young).


To all my family and friends, whatever your pursuits may be, "Keep on Pushing" - "Don't Stop Now"


With Brotherly (sisterly) and Agape Love ~ Betty A. Burnett

Families are Everywhere

Good morning from Philly! I am rejoicing on this beautiful day that the Lord has made!


Since every day is a good day, despite what goes on with me or around me, it gives me great joy to be with my family and friends in the north. Being here has lifted me out of a slump that I wasn't aware of.

I truly appreciate my loved ones and friends in the south, it's just that I have not seen my immediate family in almost two years, which is unusual.


I just finished my walk in this beautiful neighborhood, and will be traveling back to New Jersey for a few hours. There are still many people I have not seen; that is why I am going back and forth from Philly to different parts of South Jersey.


Even though these messages are focused on the biological family, my Christian family and friends are important to me.


By this time, I am sure everyone knows that my main concentration is on the family. It is of utmost importance for the readers to grasp the meaning and the purpose of family.


During my conversations with some others, they are experiencing problems within their families. There are problems within biological families, there are problems with friendships, and there are some serious issues in the church family - family and friends, this should not be.


To the family members who are born-again, we are called to be lights to the unsaved, which also includes our family.


There are several ways we can make a difference in someone else's life.


Let our light so shine that others may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).


Be honest, is this what others see in you? If not, you are like a lit candle under a bushel (Matthew 5:15). Do you think people can see a hidden candle?


Are you like salt that has lost it's flavor and is good for nothing (Matthew 5:13)? Who wants tasteless salt, that cannot be flavorful to food?


Having light and flavor produces Agape Love, which makes the biggest difference of all. Whatever we do, without Love, it amounts to nothing.


Jesus Christ told His disciples and it was meant for all the children of God: By this will all people know you are My disciples, by the love you have for one another (John 13:35).


If you are a child of God, and there is a problem between you and someone else, you are required to get things right (Matthew 18:15-17). Remember this, you are only responsible for yourself. If you have done whatever possible to make amends, then this is all that is required.


Family and friends, wherever any of us are, we should stay connected. Even if we are not physically connected, God has provided various ways for us to be in touch with each other.


Family and friends, let's love each other, for God is Love!


Lovingly submitted ~ Betty A. Burnett

I Need You and You Need Me, We are Family

Have you ever heard people say: "I've Got Jesus and that's Enough" or "I Got Jesus and I don't Need Nobody Else"? Well, that is not true. God created Adam and Eve to reproduce and multiply so His earth could be filled with a family of people that would be His children.


Everybody has a need for others, whether they are saved or unsaved. If we were totally independent of others, what kind of world would this be?


We are told to encourage one another and we have been given gifts to edify and build each other up. We needed parents in order to be born. We need teachers to educate us and so on.


So, as a family, we should be grateful for each member, especially because we were given different abilities, what one does not have, the other does. Being in a family of such diversity, but being in harmony, makes us a true family. That is the natural example of what a family should be like.


Let's go to the spiritual example:

God has given each of His children different responsibilities, that is why we need each other. Can one do without the other? Of course not! Let's stop thinking single-minded! God used our physical bodies to bring about a spiritual application.


For instance, each one of us has one body with different parts that functions differently, yet we need each other. Spiritually we are all one body, and we cannot function without the other parts of the body. Example: the eye cannot say to the ear, I do not need you, and one part is just as important as the other (1 Corinthians, chapter 12).


Family and friends, although our greatest need ifs for God our Father, He also put us on this earth for each other. I need you and you need me.


I love you and I need you ~ Betty A. Burnett

 Family

Good morning!

Yesterday I was blessed to see more family members; my nieces.


I am continuing with family and how important it is to have a wholesome relationship.


Although God made each of us different, we should love and respect one another and be glad that we are not the same. Some are not the same age, complexion or size, therefore we think differently.

I call it different strokes for different folks; one may be more laid back, whereas others are more advanced.


That is what makes life interesting. When families understand that our purpose is to encourage each other and be at peace with one another, love and respect each other, the bond of unity cannot be broken.


Encouragement:

I read the lyrics from Sly and the Family Stone's song: "Everyday People" and different strokes for different folks stood out. The history of the song was a plea for peace and equality. Even though we are different, we should not treat one better than the other.


Word for today:

Seek peace and pursue it. Depart from evil and do good (Psalm 34:14).

In seeking or pursuing peace we will look at others as God sees them.


Have a most enjoyable day!


Peace (Shalom) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Journey 6-2-2021

I love it when the readers send me likes and replies to encourage me in the messages the Spirit gives me. And even times when I write in regard to erroneous doctrine or questions someone may ask. I write answers to the best of my ability to provide people with the truth.


I want to acknowledge God our Father for how amazing He is in that wherever church I was a member of, there is still a connection with many of my brothers, sisters, and friends in Christ. I love and appreciate each of you. So many of you have been a blessing to me in different ways, and I am grateful.


Regular messages will not be posted, however, as usual during my travels, you will be able to locate me. I will also offer some kind of encouragement in whatever way the Spirit of God gives it to me. Please continue to pray for me and those who are connected to Burnett Ministries.


I have not traveled on trips outside of North Carolina since September 2019. Visiting family and friends will add some extra flavor to my life and that is exciting. Moving around from place to place and city to city is so much fun, but there are two kinds of fun for me.


I love to go to places and see God’s beauty from the mountains to the plains and the oceans; all are exciting to me. It is also fun for me to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yesterday you read the message about different ways to travel the Romans Road.


Wherever I am, the door of opportunity is usually opened to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 16:9). It is not from a podium, yet God sets an invisible platform for me to minister and witness, or a conversation comes up between another believer and me. Glory to God for whatever way He ordains for me to fulfill my assignment.


Traveling with the Word of God in mind, is always my passion.


Willing and Ready to Travel Wherever He Sends Me (Isaiah 6:8)


Grace and Peace ~ Betty A. Burnett

 Romans ~ The Exposition of the Gospel 6-1-2021

As I share some snippets about Romans, you will see how important it is to learn about the book. Romans is commonly considered the greatest of Christian doctrine anywhere in scripture [NKJV note]. Many Christians call it the Romans Road.


What road or by what means are you traveling? If you are on the Romans Road, Romans flight, Romans train, Romans bus or a Romans automobile, you are headed in the right direction. Romans will reveal the will of God, which is the plan of salvation, it tells us that the whole world is guilty before God. This includes the Jews, the morally upright and the heathen (Romans, chapters 1-3).


Paul writes and lets the readers know that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Please take notice that the verse is referring to the unsaved only. Once we are born-again, despite of us falling into sin, God sees us as being complete in Him (Colossians 2:10-15).


If you want to be complete in Christ, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved [born-again]. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).


Even though the Word says to confess with your mouth first, one has to believe in their heart what they confess. Otherwise, confession with the mouth only is just empty and meaningless words.


There are other scriptures that connect, relate to, and support this scripture. By grace you are saved through faith, and not of works…. (Ephesians 2:8-9); Salvation comes through Jesus Christ only (Acts 4:12); There is one God and one Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).


This book is not only about salvation, but it also tells us how to live our lives after we become children of God.

As I travel, by whatever means and wherever the Lord sends me, it is Romans, along with many other scriptures that helps me to fulfill my purpose and reach my destiny. Actually, there may be a detour in my travels, but whatever the case, I am still traveling in the right direction.


The Apostle Paul wanted to go to a certain place and the Holy Spirit instructed him not to go to Asia to preach (Acts 16:6). However, at the right time Paul went to many other places, including Asia…(1 Thessalonians 1:7, Acts 19:10, 22, 26, 20:4, 16, 18, 1 Corinthians 16:19). So, the Holy Spirit forbidding Paul to preach the Word in Asia, was only temporary.


I had been asked to minister in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic for ten days, and everything was set in place for the trip, with the exception of purchasing the ticket. I know without a doubt the Lord caused the delay in booking the flight. Although that trip is delayed, I will be traveling to other places, and perhaps more than had been planned, just doing things different.


“Send Me Lord, I’’ll Go” Isaiah 6:8


Making  Preparations ~ Betty A. Burnett

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Reflections of Patriotic Service ~ the Builders and Defenders 5-31-2021


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 your sacrificial service.


For those of you 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 your 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. These are some lyrics from a song: “We are soldiers in the army, We have to fight although we have to cry. We’ve Got to hold up the blood-stained banner, We’ve got 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 this earth, being with the Lord will be the greatest experience of all (2 Corinthians 5:8). No more sickness, death, trials persecutions and wars of any kind (Revelation 21:4).


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.


Forever Grateful ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Greatest Memorial  Day of All ~ “Jesus I’ll Never Forget What You’ve Done for Me” 5-30-2021

Even though God used people to help us, nobody could do what Jesus did for us. Because Memorial Day is being celebrated on behalf of all of the people who served in any capacity for our country and us, we are grateful. 


In addition to what was done for our benefit, I want to give thanks for what Jesus Christ did that was more beneficial to mankind than anybody else could have ever done.


I was wondering what kind of messages could be posted for the next few days before my travels begin. I asked the Holy Spirit to give me something to write. I received a short message that was posted two days ago.


 Yesterday, while sitting at the computer, this is what I got . “Jesus I’ll Never Forget” by the late Sam Cooke.

Although this is a holiday week-end, and there are many things to do, we should never forget that God made all this possible.


 Sam Cooke not only said, “Jesus I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me”, he went on to sing: “Jesus I’ll never forget how you set me free”. There are more lyrics, but these words stood out the most, especially when I am sharing about remembering those who helped to fight for our freedom.


This is what one writer said: Memorial Day honors our military veterans who gave the last full measure of devotion fighting for our freedom. That is commendable and we should be grateful the service our fellow country men and women rendered for us.


 Look at the word service. Years ago, people would call those in the military service-men.

Getting to the most important part of this message. In order to have a full understanding, it should be remembered that those in the military were limited to what they could do. 


But Jesus came without limitations when it came to Him providing freedom. His truth brings compete freedom, and He is the Son who made us free indeed. 


Jesus Christ defeated Satan: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them (Colossians 2:15). How did Jesus do that? The devil thought he defeated Jesus when He died on the cross, but…..Which none of the rulers of this world knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Corinthians 2:8).


The greatest memorial that any of the children of God can have is to remember and reflect on what Jesus Christ did for us – “Jesus, I’ll never forget what You’ve done for me. No, no, no, no, no, I’ll never forget””


Have a very blessed Sunday celebrating Jesus, the Christ ~ Betty A. Burnett

Remembering Those who Served 5-29-2021

On this Memorial day week-end, so many things are already taking place, much travel to different places and such fun week-end to the beaches, cook-outs, and other gatherings. T


his is a special year because a year ago most of the world was shut down due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is a blessing to feel free and be almost back to normal again.


I felt like someone who had been caged in, and I am preparing to travel soon, which is one of the things I love to do.


However, I am grateful to the Lord for the quality time spent with Him, that is the reason for me to give thanks in all things, for it is the will of God concerning Christ Jesus concerning me (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).


During the time  I was on hold from traveling, God was working out something good for my benefit and for me to benefit others (Romans 8:28). It was a time for more training and preparation to minister in a greater capacity.


Whatever this week-end means to you, whether “Golden”, “Unfading”, “Unforgettable”,  and “Never-ending Memories”, have a most enjoyable time.


Let’s not forget those whose lives were lost while serving our country. Let’s not forget those who are still alive and put their lives on the line for our country. Let’s not forget all those men and women who were not on the battlefield, but they were willing to serve.


Let’s not forget the One who served man-kind by laying down His life for us to have a new life (2 Corinthians 5:17). The One is none other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Grateful ~ Betty A. Burnett

Where do We Go From Here? 5-28-2021

Yesterday, the message was about the Rapture, which means to be caught up or a snatching away. You learned that the church will not be here when the anti-Christ is revealed. You also read how God delivered His people from catastrophic events.


These are scriptures encouraging you to continue with the hope of Jesus Christ’s return and it is also to encourage others who have no hope: But I do not want you to be ignorant brothers concerning those who are asleep [whose bodies are dead], lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.


For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them who also sleep in Jesus God will bring with Him. For this we say by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.


For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with the shout of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up [raptured] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).


Jesus told John to write to the seven churches; they represent the churches today. As you read the scriptures, you may be able to identify your church (Revelation, chapters 1-3). The churches had something going on and they were addressed: 1) Ephesus had left her first love; 2) Smyrna was called the persecuted church; 3) Pergamos was the compromising church-took on the doctrine of Balaam; 


4) Thyatira – compromised and accepted Balaamism and Nicolaitanism, a believing remnant; 5) Sardis – the reformed church, a believing remnant; 6) Philadelphia - the true church of brotherly love and they held on with what little strength they had; 7) Laodicea - this church was so into themselves and thought they had no need for anything, but God loved them and He rebuked them. 


After John finishes writing to the churches, Jesus said: Come up here (Revelation 4:1).

When Jesus tells John to come up here, that is symbolic of the church being raptured (caught up) to be with Jesus.


After Revelation 4:1, you will not hear about the church again until Revelation 19:7-8. The marriage supper of the Lamb: Let us rejoice and give honor to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife [the church] has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.


I want to remind you about a recent message that said “Is God is responsible for our spiritual growth? This is another scripture that proves we are responsible for our spiritual growth with the help of the Holy Spirit, of course.


Conclusion

The scriptures talk about the doom of Satan and his demons and all those who followed him: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night forever (Revelation 20:10-15).


Where do the Children of God go? We will have mansions and we will be ruling according to our faithfulness. This is what the faithful and true will hear: “Well done My good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:21, 23). Some will rule over cities (Luke 19:16-17).


On the other hand, those who did not do what they were assigned to do will not receive rewards (Matthew 25:24-30, Luke 19:21-26).


I want to encourage the readers to fulfill your purpose. God has an awesome plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). There is a condition to His plan, we must live according to the instructions in His Word. If you profess to be a born-again, look at yourself in the mirror. The Bible is the mirror that will expose anything that is outside of the will of God. I hope you will not let Him catch you with your works undone.


Ready to Meet Jesus Christ ~ Betty A. Burnett 

The Rapture 5-27-2021

There are some things that are a must, when listening to or reading different books and so on. This brings me to the message that is being shared today. A short while ago, I read something pertaining to the Rapture that troubled me. Always remember that before a catastrophic event takes place, God always delivered (spared) His people.


Example: God told Noah to warn the people that it was going to rain. Noah preached quite a while before it rain (Genesis, chapters 6-9). Only eight people which consisted of Noah, his wife, their two sons, their daughters-in-law, and two of every kind of animal. After they were sealed in the ark, by God, the earth was destroyed.


Another instance was God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot who was Abraham’s nephew, and his wife and two daughters were the only ones saved. As they were leaving the city, they were told not to look back, but Lot’s wife turned around and she turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:24-26).


Now to when God’s children are going to be taken from the earth to be with Jesus Christ (1Thessalonians 4:13-18). Remember I told you that God always rescued His children before a catastrophic event.


Some have said that the Anti-Christ will be here and functioning as if he were God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). I will say that the spirit of anti-Christ has been on earth for a long time. And the anti-Christ is probably on the earth, but it is not time for him to be revealed. This is why we need to know what the Word of God says.


Let’s go to the scriptures: 

Now brothers concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together with Him. We ask you not to be shaken in mind or troubled either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us as though the day of Christ had come. 


Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God…..(2 Thessalonians 2:1-4).


Pause: Is there any evidence according to these scriptures that the Rapture has already taken place? Moving forward. Do you not remember when I was still with you, I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that He may be revealed in His own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way (2 Thessalonians 2:5-7).


The He who Paul was referring to is the Holy Spirit, which tells me that the Holy Spirit is holding things back (restraining) until that given time. And, once the Church is gone, through whom the Holy Spirit power and presence was restraining, the anti-Christ will be revealed. Although the Holy Spirit is still everywhere, He will be silent. 


There was another period of “four hundred silent years” between the Old and New Testaments, because it was a span where no new prophets were raised, and God revealed nothing new to His people.


Until the restraining power of the Holy Spirit is gone, the anti-Christ cannot be revealed. Thanks be to God, we will not be on earth during the worse time in the history of man-kind, when all hell is going to break loose.


Next: Where do We Go From Here?


Waiting for Christ to Return ~ Betty A. Burnett

Is God Responsible for Our Spiritual Growth? 5-26-2021

This is another message about erroneous doctrine that can mislead people and cause them to either do what they want to do, or just do nothing and think that all the responsibility falls on God’s shoulders.


What about the children of God who started off at the same time in their walk with Christ and some do not mature as quickly as others? Why wouldn’t all God’s children be on the same spiritual level since they started off at the same time? If God is responsible for their growth, then He is showing respect of persons. That cannot be true because God does not have respect of persons (Romans 2:11). 


That does not make any sense at all. Sometimes we just need to stop and think before we open our mouths.


If God was responsible for our spiritual growth, we would be some lazy people. It is like a parent not telling a child to make the bed or do other chores, or even better, the parent does the child’s homework. How would the child ever learn for himself, and grow up to be successful in society?


When I read some of the so-called biblical based posts, it is quite disturbing coming from those who profess to be born-again. And, even more so when it comes from leaders. Many people take what leaders say and run with it without searching the scriptures to see if what is being said is true (Acts 17:11).


This brings me to the point of proving that God is not responsible for our growth, although the Holy Spirit helps us. When God’s Word says: Study to show ourselves approved unto God….. (2 Timothy 2:15), isn’t He holding us responsible for learning the Word?


God does hold parents responsible and accountable for training (raising) their children (Proverbs 22:6). However, God trains us through His Word.


I am going to the beginning of the human race: God blessed Adam and Eve and God said to them be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it and have dominion…..over everything that moves upon the earth (Genesis 1:28). Now, does that sound like God was responsible for Adam, or did God give Adam responsibilities?


 If what is being said about God being responsible for our spiritual growth, would that sound like a contradiction?

Since God’s Word cannot contradict itself, then who is right? The Bible says God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18). Therefore, the lie is coming from people – Let God be true, and every man be a liar (Romans 3:4). So, who are you going to believe? An imperfect human being or the perfect God?


These are some scriptures that tell us God has given us responsibilities and we are accountable for what He has told us to do: Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word (2 Peter 2:2). Paul said: I press toward the mark of the high call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Pressing is not easy, in fact it is a struggle and can be painful, but God gives us the grace to go through whatever is necessary; we must depend on His all-sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 12:9).


Why would the Word of God tell us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who both work in you to will and to do His pleasure (Philippians 2:12). After all, we are fellow-laborers together with God…(1 Corinthians 3:9).


I pray that you will search the Word of God for yourself and get with someone you know is mature and sound in doctrine.


Prospering as My Soul Prospers ~ Betty A. Burnett

Who is the Holy Spirit? 5-25-2021

Today, I am writing this message again to reinforce who the Holy Spirit is. Let’s identify Him. He is the third person of the God-Head; therefore, He is not an IT.


God the Father is not an IT; God the Son, Jesus Christ is not an IT, and the Holy Spirit is not an IT. When the Holy Spirit is used as an IT by the children of God, there is a lack of understanding of who He is. And because of that, I want to provide scriptures stating who the Holy Spirit is.


The children of God should not Grieve the Holy Spirit. We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). He baptized us into the body Christ and our salvation is secured (John 14:16). We should yield to the Spirit of God; walking in the Spirit keeps us from walking in the flesh (Galatians 5:16).


We are not to Quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). The fire of God’s Spirit is not to be doused with sin. [John McArthur footnote ESV]


The Holy Spirit is our Comforter – And I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever (John 14:16).


He testifies of Jesus Christ – But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from the Father, He shall testify of Me (John 15:26).


Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is expedient that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He comes, He will reprove [expose, convict, convince] the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment…When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, whatever He hears [from the Father], that He will speak, and He will show you things to come (John 16:7-8, 13).


Misprint- error: but the Spirit itself makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26b). It is with certainty that this was a misprint. Scholars asked permission from King James to authorize the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek translation of the Bible to be printed in the old English language.


I also believe the devil used the misprint to confuse God’s children. There are others who say the Bible is not true, for reasons such as that.


Notice how many times Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit and who He is. I pray that you will read these scriptures and let them sink into your spirit. The more you quote the scriptures, the more they will take root and when you need a recall, the Spirit of God will bring them to your remembrance.


 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatever I have said to you (John 14:26).


What does Jesus say to us or how does He speak to us? Jesus speaks to us through His Word; He is the Word (John 1:1).


How do you think the Holy Spirit feels when the children of God call Him IT? They are not giving Him the respect that is due to Him and that makes the Holy Spirit sad. How would you feel if somebody called you an IT? That would be an insult! And to some people it would be a fighting word if their mother were called an IT!


Next: Is God Responsible for Our Spiritual Growth?


Empowered by the Holy Spirit ~ Betty A. Burnett

Conclusion of Jude – Two-Fold Call of the Saints 5-24-2021

I am concluding with this powerful book which consists of one chapter which has been such a blessing and an eye-opener to me.


Jude reminds the saints: Beloved remember the words that were spoken before the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. How they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own lust….. But you beloved building yourself up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit (your prayer language is prayed in tongues). Keeping yourselves in the love of God means to do whatever is godly (Verses 17-21).


In other words, you have had enough of the truth to keep moving progressively forward. Even though the church is moving farther and farther away from the truth and there are mockers, we are called to make a difference. And God is always going to have a remnant of people who will not compromise.


These next verses are pertaining the two aspects of a believer’s life, that is to minister to those in need and to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


1) And some of you having compassion making a difference: This means to help someone make a change in their lives. It means to sacrifice time and resources for the sake of someone else. These people may not be born-again, but you can make a difference in their lives without shoving the Gospel down their throat. You are still being a light (Matthew 5:13-16), for it is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (Romans 2:4).


Example of someone who had compassion: The good Samaritan was symbolic of someone who was not saved, but he reached out to help a man who had been beat up and left half dead, he bound up his wound, pouring in oil and wine and he sat the man on his own beast and took him to an inn and took care of him.


The next day when the good Samaritan departed, he took out two pence and gave them to the host and said to him, take care of the man and upon my return I will pay whatever is owed. This story also talks about a Levite and a priest who saw the man and crossed over on the other side of the road. These two men were symbolic of someone who was saved, and they turned their backs on the man (Luke 10:30-37).


2) I am moving on to verse 23: And others saved with fear, pulling, or snatching them out the fire, hating even the garments spotted by the flesh. The Spirit of God leads us to witness in different ways, that is why it is so important to be in tune with Him. Pulling them out the fire is an aggressive approach. You may not have time to spend with them as it was with the scripture about the compassionate person.


There are different ways the aggressive approach can be done. You may be sent on an assignment to witness to someone who is about to die. And you are aggressively hitting them straight with the Gospel. You may be in danger, but God gives you the grace to do whatever needs to be done. 


The scripture says: And from the days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent takes by force (Matthew 11:12). John the Baptist was bold, strong, confident, and aggressive saying: Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:1-6).


Jude’s benediction: Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion, and power, both now and ever. Amen.


The power of Christ will sustain the sincere believer from falling into the temptation of apostasy [John McArthur footnotes-ESV]. This book is talking about apostates, that is why Jude was warning, assuring, and encouraging the saints.


Kept by the Power of God ~ Betty A. Burnett

Is there a difference Between Faith and Now Faith? 5-23-2021

Yesterday, I wrote about the false things people say about faith, which is bad doctrine. After a discussion with someone, I felt it would be necessary to break down now faith and faith, clearer for you to have a broader view of it means.


Faith is built on the foundation which is the Word of God. Therefore, if anyone builds on a foundation other than God, it is an extra-biblical, erroneous and false doctrine, and that kind of faith will crumble.


I may repeat some of yesterday’s message in order to tie all this together. Let’s get started. Faith is the substance or foundation of the Word of God. Paul the apostle wrote: For no other foundation can no man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).


Why am I using 1 Corinthians 3:11? Because this was an immature church building on the wrong foundation, Christ was not involved. That is why their works will be burned; they spent all that time acting according to the flesh (verses 1-3). It is the same with people who are using Now faith. They believe that now faith happens now. This is what immature people believe and speak.


It must be realized that Hebrews, chapter 11 is a continuation from chapter 10. The original writings of the Bible were not in a chapter format. The writer is encouraging the readers by reminding them how they endured in the past in the midst of their trials. Whatever they went through, their endurance would bring rewards.


The writer continues in Hebrews 11:1 with now faith, which is building them up with encouragement to let them know about the Old Testament saints who were able to endure because of their faith. I am paraphrasing: Now faith or faith is what the saints of old had (both now faith and faith mean the same thing). They did not receive the promises, but by faith they believed there was a much better place whose builder was God.


There is no so such thing as now faith happening immediately. As was said yesterday, there have been times when faith was immediate, but the substance/foundation was God, and then the person’s faith was activated. What about the woman with the issue of blood? Even though she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, He said: Your faith has made you whole. Therefore, Jesus was the substance.


There is only - one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:5-6). One Lord means this: One confesses with the mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and belief in his or her heart brings salvation through and by the One Lord, Jesus Christ…. (Romans 10:9-10).


One faith is the Gospel of Jesus Christ whereby people can be saved and that is by the grace of God who instilled the faith in whoever becomes born-again. The Word of God is the substance that activated their faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).


One baptism is not talking about water baptism; it is referring to the Holy Spirit baptizing us into the body of Christ; this is new birth or being born-again. Jesus said to Nicodemus: You must be born-again….by water and the Spirit (John 3:1-8). 


Jesus was referring to being born from your mother’s womb when He said you must be born of the water. We are commanded by Christ to be baptized after we are born-again. This is the order: Teach (present the Gospel) and then baptize them (Matthew 28:19).


However, there are three aspects of faith. Repeat from yesterday: The faith is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is salvation (Acts 3:16, 14:22, 16:5, Romans 1:5); Maturing (growing) faith (2 Peter 3:18); The gift of faith (1 Corinthians 12:9).


The word Faith is different according to the context of the sentence. Example: Dry means absence of water – the pond was dry. Someone was dry due to the absence of a substance. Dry humor, not funny. So, you see that the word is dry, but it has different meanings because of the context of each sentence.


Living by Faith ~ Betty A. Burnett 

False Things People Say about Faith ~ Bad Doctrine (Part 3) 5-22-2021

 This message is a conclusion of the short series on false things people say. Thanks to those of you who responded in a way that was encouraging to me. I praise God our Father for those who were convinced because you believed what the Word of God said, rather than bad doctrine.


I will continue with what has been given to me, although there is much more. This is enough to help you keep your spiritual eyes and ears open to what is true and what is false. I am continuing with where I left off.


6)- Presumptuous faith is believing for something to come to pass that is not based on the Word of God. Example: “That woman is going to be my wife”. This name it and claim it is a false gospel. Didn’t the Word of God say that a man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor with the Lord (Proverbs 18:22)? This means the man is allowing the Lord to guide him to the woman he is to marry. 


Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If one does not know the Word of God, how can they hear from God? The Word is the number one way God speaks to us.


Faith is the substance is what God says you can have. Example: According to the Word of God, you can move mountains by faith (obstacles) in your life (Mark 11:24).


7)- What about “Now Faith”? I heard people say, now faith, as if it is supposed to happen right now. The saints of old in Hebrews, chapter 11, never saw anything manifest immediately. Abraham journeyed in the land of promise as in a strange country, Jacob, and Isaac with him of the same promise. For he looked for a city that had foundations, whose builder and maker is God These all died and did not see the promises, but they saw them afar off by faith…..My words: God has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:13-16).


God told Abraham when he was seventy-five years old that He would make him a great nation (Genesis 12:1-4). Abraham did not receive the promised son (Isaac) until he was one hundred years old (Genesis 21:5). Faith means we believe that whenever and whatever God has promised will come to pass.


There are times when circumstances happen that results in an immediate manifestation of faith. Examples: Peter walked on water after Jesus said come, which was the substance of faith; there was an immediate activation of the faith when Peter stepped out on the water (Matthew 14:19-30).


The woman with the issue of blood was not supposed to be in public. After spending her money on doctors for twelve years, her resources ran out. In desperation she made her way through the crowd and by faith she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and she was made whole (Mark 5:25-34).


Joshua and Caleb believed by faith what God told them and they went to the promised land. The Israelite saw giants…. And they were in their own sight as grasshoppers, and so they were in their sight; they allowed their circumstance to dictate to them rather than believing what God told them. God told them He was taking them to a land flowing with milk and honey, but they did not believe (Numbers, chapter 13).


These are the different kinds of faith

The faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is salvation, which means to be born-again (Acts 3:16, 14:22, 16:5, Romans 1:5). Any time you see the faith, it is referring to salvation.


Ever increasing or maturing faith (2 Peter 3:18)


The gift of faith that God gives the person to accomplish something where it is impossible for the person to doubt (1 Corinthians 12:9).


In talking about Now faith, the words could be therefore faith is, so faith is the substance or foundation of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). From what you have read, where does now faith fit in? 


We believe Jesus is coming back, but can we set the time and say, now faith is Jesus is coming back. How can anyone know when Jesus is coming back (Matthew 24:36)? Yet we believe by faith it is going to happen (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).


Walking by Faith ~ Betty A. Burnett

False Things People Say ~ Bad Doctrine (Part 2) 5-21-2021

Some of the readers may not have heard these erroneous quotes, but this is for you to have an awareness of bad doctrine that has been spoken for years and most of it comes from nationally known leaders. Regardless of who it comes from, unless it lines up with the Word of God, do not receive it. How do you know if what is said is true? You must study the Word of God.


3)- I was watching a televangelist and he had the audacity to say, Jesus had to be born-again; this means Jesus was a sinner, and He needed to be saved. The Word of God says Jesus was tempted at all points, yet He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).


It took the Perfect Lamb of God without spot and blemish to save us (1 Peter 1:19). If Jesus had been born in sin, the entire purpose for salvation would have been useless. That is why Jesus did not have an earthly father (Luke 1:35); having a biological father would have caused Him to be a sinner. We inherited our sin from Adam, our fore-father (Romans 5:12).


4)- I wrote about this before, but it is necessary to do a repeat: Speaking things into existence- calling those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17-22). Abraham being that he was about a hundred years old and his body was dead, and Sarah’s womb was dead; she was ninety years old.


Who could cause a body incapable of producing a sperm to come alive and cause a baby to be in the womb of his wife who was beyond the child-bearing age? Nobody but God can take nothing and make something out of it.


This is a hard one to digest, just trust God’s Word. I see this as being similar to commanding angels in the sense that people think they have the power or authority to do what God does. Remember how we are empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and we can do nothing without Christ (Philippians 4:13). Everything starts with God and the only way it comes into existence is through and by Him (Genesis 1:1). Can you take something dead and bring it to life?


The good news is, whatever God has spoken in His Word, you can say. Example: Just as God spoke life into Abraham and Sarah’s situation, I speak life into my situation (Proverbs 18:21). It has to be according to God’s will; He made a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations; through Abraham’s seed all nations would be blessed. How would that happen unless Abraham and Sarah had a male child?


5)- Ministering for self-gain: I went to a tent meeting and observed a situation where the man was supposed to have healing power, but he asked for big donations and he was selling angel tears that supposedly had healing power. Did Jesus get paid to heal? This does not line up with the Word of God. As a matter of fact, it is spiritual manipulation. The man was exposed for being a false prophet.


Please remember that we are to model Jesus Christ who is our perfect example. We have no right to say or do what God had not said first. Disciples are called followers of Christ. Jesus said: Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19). Jesus Christ is our example of how to witness and minister.


My question is: How much of the truth will you accept, and are you willing to let go of any erroneous doctrine that was learned in the past?


Writing with the Holy Spirit’s Power ~ Betty A. Burnett

False Things People Say ~ Bad Doctrine 5-20-2021

Let’s start off making sure this message is not a judgement call. Since we cannot tell by someone’s actions if they are born-again, we should never say the person is not saved if they professed to be born-again. Only God knows the heart of every person and He knows His children.


We can say they don’t act like they are born-again because that is the truth. There are so many untruths or erroneously bad doctrines and many people who profess to be born-again, accept these doctrines. And the reason is because some of the children of God are too lazy to study/search the scriptures for themselves (Hosea 4:6).


I have heard people saying since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, that they miss going to church. Maybe God wants you to study and spend time with Him.


I said all that to get to the real reason this message is written. There are so many erroneous doctrinal beliefs and quotes, but I am only going to write what the Spirit gives to me. This will help you to be more alert to things you hear. Also, if what is being said is not backed up with the Word of God, reject it.


Bad Doctrine

1)- They command angels from different countries. Is there a scripture in the Bible that says angels live in countries? Every child of God has ministering angels (Hebrews 1:14), and God has given His angels charge over us; they protect us (Psalm 91:11). According to the Word of God, we have our own personal angels. What about calling angels from the north, south, east, and west?


What is the purpose? To make others think they are super-religious. We cannot command angels, God does. Why is that so? The Son of man was made a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5-9). Since Jesus was made a little lower than angels, do these people think they have more authority over angels than Jesus did? 


Jesus did not command angels; He said: Do you not think that I cannot pray to My Father and right now He will give Me more than twelve legions (70,000) angels (Matthew 26:53)?


2)- They say God showed them their next spouse while they were still married -ridiculously absurd! What kind of God would tell His children to divorce their spouse? Why would God show you your next spouse when that would be committing adultery in your heart?


Let’s go to the Word.

God wants you to do everything possible to make your marriage work. If you have an unsaved spouse who chooses to remain in the marriage, let him or her stay. Your light can make a difference in the unsaved spouse’s life (1 Corinthians 7:10-16).


According to the Word of God the only reason for a divorce is adultery (Matthew 19:9). If you feel the marriage will not work out, move on in the proper time and do not date while you are still married. Until the law has declared on paper that you are divorced, the marriage is still valid. God created male and female to have a sexual union in a marriage only.


With that being said, as a child of God, if you are outside the will of God, ask Him to forgive you (1 John 1:9) and keep pressing forward (Philippians 3:14).


Tomorrow: False Things People Say ~ Bad Doctrine (Part 2)


Writing with Passion ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Apostolic Anointing and the Apostolic Teaching (Part 2) 5-19-2021

Today I am continuing with part two of yesterday’s message. You read how people will elevate themselves when it comes to certain positions, and you also read how those who elevate themselves are taking God’s glory, and He said: I am the Lord, that is My name and My glory I will not give to another (Isaiah 42:8).


Let’s continue with these people who elevate themselves.

Usually, the apostle goes through a ceremony of being ordained wearing a robe and a MITRE (pronounced miter) like the Roman Catholic Popes and Bishops wear, and some other denominations who are off-shoots from the Roman Catholic church.


Remember back in the day when there was a bracelet that many Christians wore with WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)? Well, what would you do if Jesus were walking with you on this earth like He walked with His disciples in biblical times?


Would you elevate yourself above Jesus Christ who was God in the flesh? If so, you would be no different than the Gnostics who held themselves out to be on a higher level of knowledge than others and considered themselves to be the enlightened ones. Those educated fools even said that Jesus could not have come in the flesh because flesh is evil.


That is true in a sense, but Jesus was placed in the womb of a sinner by the Holy Spirit. Since sin came through the man Adam, and Jesus did not have an earthly father, He was born sinless. For your information, Mary was born in sin just as all human beings were and everybody is still born in sin (Romans 5:12).


Then there were the Pharisees who felt that because they were Jews, that they were special, even to the point of being more important than Jesus Christ Himself. Why? They did not believe Jesus was who He said He was. The Pharisees followed Jesus and did everything to trap Him, and to find ways to destroy Him (Matthew 12:14). They wanted people to look to them instead of looking to Jesus, who came to set people free sin (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).


The people were in bondage to the Pharisees’ teachings of the law; they were legalistic, self-righteous and they added more than 600 commandments to the commandments God gave to Moses. This is called extrabiblical doctrine, and nobody has the right to add or take away from the Word of God.


Let’s continue with: What did Jesus do? He made of Himself no reputation, taking on the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even to the death of the cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name That name is LORD and one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that He is LORD (Philippians 2:7-9).


It should humble and bring repentance to all those who have elevated themselves like the Pharisees, by wearing long robes and head-dresses to distinguish themselves above others. Did you hear of Jesus wearing a special robe, etc.? He was all five-ministry offices, yet Jesus was humble in all that He did.


By the way, please stop wasting God’s money on things that draw attention to yourself, no one else gets benefitted, and God certainly is not being glorified.


My encouragement to the readers is this: Whatever God has called you to be, walk humbly in the call.


Next: False Things People Say ~ Bad Doctrine


Walking in the Call ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Apostolic Anointing and the Apostolic Teaching 5-18-2021

The reason I am writing about the apostolic anointing and teaching is because a question was asked about it. As usual when questions are asked about anything pertaining to the Bible, I want to provide answers to the best of my ability. Also, others could have the same questions.


I was tremendously blessed that someone asked questions about the apostolic anointing and the apostolic teaching. I also bless the name of Jesus for all of you who are open to the truth and will ask questions. To tell you the truth, I ask question on a regular basis, because I want the correct answers to help me minister and witness in a greater capacity.


As I told someone who asked the questions pertaining to the apostolic; since God’s Word has the highest and final authority, who are we going to believe? When it comes to the apostolic anointing and teaching, let’s go to the Word of God.


First of all, Jesus called His disciples (learners/followers) who later became apostles (to be sent). And shortly after the day of Pentecost, the apostles whose foundation along with the prophets and Jesus being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20), was established. Although all five ministry office gifts were functioning in the book of Acts, at this point the apostles who were also functioning in the pastoral call, were mentioned (Acts 2: 42-47, Acts 4:32-37).


The first church continued in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in breaking bread and in prayers….. This means they continued in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How did the apostles become who they were? They were trained, developed, and equipped by Jesus Christ.


So, when it comes to the apostolic anointing, there is a misunderstanding. Anyone with the call of apostle has had the call all the time. One does go through all these ceremonies because they think they just received the call.


This is what God said to Jeremiah: Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you, and before you came out the womb, I sanctified you and ordained you to be a prophet before the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). This is the same with any child of God, whatever the call is, it has been there all the time. Even if it is not recognized, the call is there.


Many Christians have veered away from, or do not accept the true (Gospel) apostolic teaching today. However, it is meant for the doctrine of the apostles to function in the church today. Jesus Himself gave the apostles, and Jesus was their role model who operated in signs, wonders, and miracles.


Now, what about the apostolic teaching? The teaching is merely the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all the books of the Bible is the Gospel. There is a misunderstanding of the apostle, and in a sense it is similar to what the person in the prophetic thinks. To some, both the apostle and prophet offices are considered elevated positions, when in fact they are not; these people should be humble.


However, there is an exception; for those who do not believe in the five ministry offices, some pastors also feel their role is an exalted position. 


Jesus said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles (unsaved) exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever is great among you, let him be your minister. And whoever will be chief (highest, uppermost place) among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to [looked up to], but to give His life as a ransom [the blood of Christ paid for our sins] for many (Matthew 20:25-28).


A few years ago, I heard some people calling themselves chief apostles and some were being ordained as chief apostles. The chiefest of everything is Jesus Christ. Who gives anyone the right to call themselves chief apostle? 


Didn’t God say? I am the Lord, that is My name and My glory I will not give to another (Isaiah 42:8).

Many people are calling themselves by certain titles and they do not understand the true meaning. Without understanding, one gets puffed up.


Next: The Apostolic Anointing and the Apostolic Teaching (Part 2)


Walking in the Call ~ Betty A. Burnett

Follow-up on Churches Compromising with False Teachers 5-17-2021

After posting the message about the churches compromising with false teachers, and how the Lord sent me to a pastor who was compromising, I felt it would be necessary to write to the children of God and let them know how important the gifts are. Because many people do not understand the gifts, which include the prophetic office, the prophets are not readily received.


I heard this from many pastors: “God speaks to me, and He does not have to send anybody to speak to me”. That is said due to pride, because they are not open to receive from the Lord. These very ministers who said that, had issues themselves, that is why they were not open to the truth. The prophets were sent to correct them because they were out of the will of God.


Many churches do not embrace the gifts, and that is sad because we are on this earth with a dual-fold purpose; to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners (those who are lost), and to minister through our gifts that God has given to us to encourage one another.


The prophet corrects, warns, and protects the church from the snares (traps) of the enemy. The lead pastor cannot see everything. That is why God places the five ministry office in the church (Ephesians 4:11).


Please look closely at what you are reading saints of God! The devil does not want you to know that you have gifts, and he does not want you to operate in your gifts. Why? As long as you stay ignorant of the Word, the devil is having a field day (making fun of) in the church.


The state of the church depends on its leaders. The saints cannot grow beyond their leaders. Why do you think the Lord sent me to the pastor in Rochester? Even though he had knowledge of the prophetic office, the gifts were not functioning in the church where he was pastoring.


Evidently the church was called by God. Why? Because God disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:3-11). I also believe the pastor’s heart was right, but he could have been fearful of what would happen to him if did not compromise with the false teachers.


This is important to those of you who operate in the prophetic; do not brag on the gift/office; do not think you are God’s only mouthpiece and please do not run to tell somebody what the Spirit has revealed to you until you get clear directions as to which way to move forward with what you heard. These are the reasons: It could be revealed just for you to intercede (pray) for the person, or it could be that it is not the right time.


Stay in tune with the Spirit of God and whatever way He leads, others will benefit from it. Remember this is not about you being puffed up because you received a Word from the Lord. We are to esteem others above ourselves.


Before getting back to the book of Jude, there is a message for me to write about the apostolic anointing and the apostolic teaching.


Next: The Apostolic Anointing and the Apostolic Teaching


Grace and Peace  ~ Betty A. Burnett

Churches Compromising by Allowing False Teachers to Come in 5-16-2021

I am almost at the end of the little book of Jude and his writing shifts to encouraging the church. Before I get to the end of Jude, I am going to share my experience which lines up with the false teachers and how Satan uses them to infiltrate or take over the church.


My Experience:

This was around 1992 when I was living in Camden, NJ., a friend and I had planned to drive to Rochester, NY to visit her son who was in the Rochester Teen Challenge Induction Center. We were blessed to stay in an apartment there for a week.


We went to Rochester on a Sunday and upon our arrival in the city, we went to the apartment, unpacked, and headed to the church where my friend’s son was going to be baptized. When we went into the sanctuary they were having praise and worship service. During the praise and worship service the Spirit told me the person who was leading the service was committing adultery. I shook my head as if to say no, that cannot be so.


Later on, after my friend and I went back to the apartment, I shared with her what the Spirit had revealed to me about the man leading the praise and worship service. She asked me this: “Betty, are you sure you are hearing from the Lord”?. I said: “I know when I am hearing from the Lord”.


Pause: Please take notice of this, I had no clue, not even an inkling that the Lord was going to use me in the prophetic to warn a leader. However, that was not the first time I had been sent to warn leaders. In fact, much of my functioning in the prophetic was for leaders.


The next morning, we went to the church for prayer, and afterwards, the assistant pastor gave us a tour of the church. When we finished the tour a few of us were sitting in the vestibule talking and the pastor was with us. He was the person leading the service the night before. I said to him: “When we come back tomorrow for prayer, I would like to talk to you”. The pastor said: “We can go in my office now”. O’ boy!


My friend knew she needed to be interceding in prayer while I was in the pastor’s office. During the conversation between the pastor and me, I told him the Spirit revealed to me during the praise and worship service, that he was committing adultery. Lo and behold, the pastor knew exactly what I meant, and he told me what it meant.


The pastor said I was the third prophet that the Lord had sent to him that year. This was not physical adultery; it was spiritual adultery. He had compromised because some Roman Catholics had come in with their beliefs and were influencing the church.


People, I was one relieved person after telling the pastor of all persons what was revealed to me. Later on, a few of us had lunch and the question was asked why God did not use someone in Rochester to go to the pastor? And the answer was, He sent someone that was not from the area on an assignment and once the assignment was over, I was out of there. You do not how dangerous it is to expose some people.


Any time you expose evil the devil does not like it. Taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ is bringing light to darkness. Exposing evil is bringing light to darkness; it brings freedom. Paul exposed the girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination, she was being used by her soothsayers and it brought them much gain. Eventually he cast the demon out of her. The devil used them to come against Paul and Silas, and they were thrown into prison (Acts 16:16-24).


Weeks after returning to Camden, a call came in from a lady who had fellowshipped over lunch with us in Rochester. She asked the person to share with me that the pastor left the church. Praise God, for the pastor’s obedience. He did not continue to compromise, eventually the pastor obeyed God rather than the false teachers.


This testimony is to warn those who have been influenced by false teachers, to repent and get on the right path. I also want to encourage those who are open to the truth, to continue walking in the truth and be obedient to what God has called you to do.


For His glory ~ Betty A. Burnett

Apostates Depraved (corrupt/wicked) and Doomed 5-15-2021

In moving forward with this little book packed with power, Jude wanted the children of God to be aware of these evil people who come in the church to take over. Even though a born-again believer cannot lose their salvation, they can get off course and this hinders them from fulfilling their purpose.


Why do you think the Spirit had Jude to write to the church? John and Jude were writing about the false people who were infiltrating the church and deceiving the children of God. 


Why did John call them his little children? Because they were still babies in Christ. Jude wrote about false teachers; while John wrote about the Gnostics who claimed to be the enlightened ones. Although they got different kinds of attacks from the kingdom of darkness, the emphasis is the same.


During our Thursday night discussion to fine-tune us for “An Hour of Bible Sharing with Betty”, there was something going on with the phones the last two Thursdays, and we knew it was the enemy attempting to prevent us from continuing to move forward in our learning and understanding through the teaching.


The Word of God says: The kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent takes by force (Matthew 11:12). Children of God, this is warfare, and we are winning in Jesus’ name. The devil does not want Burnett Ministries to share these messages to help you know the truth and walk in truth. The devil does everything he can to keep you ignorant of the Word of God.


I am going to start at verse 12, where Jude wrote about the feast of charity (the love feast), but was it really agape love (unconditional love)? This means they were to fellowship with each other, but there were spots in their feasts. Spots ruin clothes, meaning they were feeding themselves only, and without fear or reverence for God. 


These people held themselves out to be teachers, but the people they were feeding were malnourished, what they were feeding had no nutritional value.


They were like clouds without water. When the people saw the dark clouds, they got excited because the clouds were valuable, and they would bring rain to water their crops. These evil people were like clouds without water, they appeared to have water, but there was none (the true Word). They are like trees whose fruit was withered or rotten and no one could benefit from the fruit.


Enoch prophesied about the second coming of Christ with ten thousand of His saints and that Christ is going to execute judgment on the false prophet who is the embodiment (visible form) of all false prophets. The antichrist is the embodiment (visible form) of all antichrists.


These people complain and cause division, they use their flattering lips to manipulate, by telling people how great they are, just to get what they want from them.


This is what I got while studying, these evil people are like poisonous snakes, that are camouflaged; they disguise themselves. Snakes are sly just like the evil, cunning, and deceitful people who come into the church camouflaged to infect the church with their deadly venom.


The poisonous snake’s bite gets in the organs and they are shut down; that is exactly what false teachers are doing. They want to infect the church with its poison doctrine and shut it down.


As John and Jude wrote to church and warned them about false teachers, I am also writing to the children of God to tell you the truth about the devil and how he is infiltrating the churches. Children of the Most-High God, please do not take these messages lightly. These camouflaged false people are real, and they are in many churches.


Liberated ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Danger of Going Against God’s Authority ~ The Characteristic of Korah 5-14-2021

In continuing with the message, I want to remind the readers that in the book of Jude there are three types of characteristics of false teachers mentioned in the Old Testament that connect with the church.


 I wrote about the characteristics of Cain who went against God’s authority by doing what he wanted to do, which was religious. Also, the characteristic of Balaam is compared to the church when it comes to greedy leaders who are out for themselves and do not care for the sheep.


The third characteristic of a false teacher, Korah


Woe to them, have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, they and perished in the rebellion of Korah (Jude, verse 11). Korah not only despised the authority of Moses, but he also challenged Moses’ authority.


This is the meaning of the story: Korah rebelled against Moses’ authority as the leader called by God. Because of his rebellion, the ground opened up and swallowed two-hundred fifty people and the ground closed back up. God told Moses to tell the people with him to move back, so they would not be swallowed up with those wicked, rebellious people (Numbers 16:1-34). The people followed a wicked leader, and they went down (were swallowed up) with him.


Jim Jones was a false preacher; he faked healings to draw people though his deception. People followed Jim Jones who was a charismaniac leader that was religious with the characteristic of Cain. He also had the characteristic of Balaam because he was money hungry and power hungry, and he rebelled against governmental authority. He had a compound built in Guyana and he was the authoritative person and was under no one else’s authority. More than nine-hundred people died with Jim Jones in the Jonestown massacre. He even named the town after himself.


When it comes to what is going on this time in history, false teachers are more prevalent today than ever before. These people have many followers. Since most of you did not understand the book of Jude, God wants you of what is going on in many of the churches today. 


How do you think some of these false teachers have mega ministries/churches? They come up with a plan that has nothing to do with God. They influence others and play on their weaknesses.


I am going to back track and tell you about some of the people who came against our government on January 6, 2021. It is called insurrection, which means a violent action that is taken by a large group of people against the rulers of their country, usually in order to remove them from office. One person was going against the government and had a Jesus flag in his hand-Ridiculous!


What about those who spoke against governmental authority? After Joe Biden won the election, they said he was not the president of the USA, although he won the most votes and was officially declared the forty-sixth president of the United States of America. 


Some were still saying Donald Trump was president, that was rebellion, and God will deal with them. I pray for these people. I did not like or agree with some things about Donald Trump or what others in authority did, but I did not talk against them.


I even posted messages several times on Facebook warning those who professed to be children of God about speaking against leaders. The scripture was shared about everyone being subject to governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the powers resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves (Romans 13:1-2).


We are also commanded by God to pray for all men…..and for kings and all those in authority…..(1 Timothy 2:1-2). Do you think God hear the prayers of those who have wrong attitudes and motives?


When the Spirit of God tells me to write whatever needs to be exposed to open the eyes of God’s children, I am obedient. Jesus Christ exposed the pharisees because they were hypocrites (Matthew 23:15). 


The Word of God says: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). NKJV footnote: The scriptures testify that God’s judgment is certain and absolute.


Boldly and Confidently Speaking the Truth ~ Betty A. Burnett

Cain and Balaam~ Characteristics of Apostate Teachers in the Church (Part 2) 5-13-2021

As we continue in the book of Jude, what I consider packed with power, you will learn about apostates who pretend to be saved and are out take over the church, through their deceptions. You will be able to connect the Old Testament examples with the spirit that is operating through these evil people today. 


I am reminded of what John says: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test] the spirits to see whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).


The characteristic of Cain

Jude exposed the false teachers who were claiming to be Christians: 

Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain. When God asked Cain, what had happened to his brother, he was arrogant, disrespectful and being a smart-mouth. Cain had a religious attitude, he wanted to do things his own way. 


He did not bring his best to the Lord… Cain was angry because God did not receive his offering, but Abel brought his best to the Lord….. Cain got angry and killed Abel.


When the Lord asked Cain where his brother was, Cain said arrogantly: 

I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper? Cain suffered the rest of his life, because of what he did to Abel; he would be a fugitive and a vagabond [wanderer], but God had put a mark on him, that no one would kill him (Genesis 4:1-15) because the human government, (third time-period) was not instituted about man taking a man’s life did not begin until after the flood. Whoever took a man’s life, his life would be taken; for man was made in the image of God (Genesis 9:6).


Cain did not subject himself to God’s authority; Cain was disrespectful, in that he wanted to do things his way. That same spirit is operating in the church today. There are leaders (apostate teachers) who have no respect for God. If they did, they would not try to destroy His church. They are from the devil!


The characteristic of Balaam

They ran greedily after the error of Balaam. These people, like Balaam were and they still are after money. The king offered Balaam money to curse the Israelites. The story: Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites and he wanted Balaam to curse Israel because of what they did to the Amorites….. God told Balaam that he could not curse the Israelites because they were blessed.


[In other words, nobody can curse what God has blessed]……Balaam rose up in the morning and went to Moab and God’s anger was kindled against him. The moral of the story is this, Balaam was going to curse Israel, the angel of the Lord had a sword in His hand to block and the donkey turned to go another way.


Balaam hit the donkey to turn her back the other way, the angel of the Lord stood between the two walls and when the donkey saw it, she threw herself into the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot….When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam and his anger was kindled. 


Balaam beat the donkey with the staff and the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth and Balaam, and the donkey had a conversation.…..After that happened, Balaam did not compromise with the king (Numbers, chapters 22- 24).


Scofield footnote: 

Balaam - typical hireling (one who has been hired for wages), also called the “error” of Balaam. Which have forsaken the right way and are gone astray, following the ways of Balaam, the son of Boser who loved the wages of unrighteousness (2 Peter 2:15).


The marks of false teachers are like Balaam; Jesus talked about hirelings: I am the good Shepherd, and the good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But he that is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose sheep are not his, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flee, and the wolf catches them and scattered them (John 10:11-12). These false teacher are wolves in sheep's clothing.


The spirit of Balaam is more prevalent today that ever in history. There a many mega-churches whose pastors do not have a relationship with Christ. They are out to take advantage of the sheep, by preying on their ignorance and emotions through sensationalism and manipulation. These evil people have a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof, from such turn away (1 Timothy 3:5).


Next: The Danger of Going Against God’s Authority ~ The Characteristic of Korah


Living in the Word ~ Betty A. Burnett

Characteristics of Apostate Teachers in the Church 5-12-2021

 I am picking up where I left off yesterday. It may take a few messages, but it is important for the readers to get an understanding. I am continuing with Jude, a book with only one chapter but it is packed with information.


Let’s start off with Jude and how he told the church to contend for the faith, they should have a reason to believe, spread the Gospel and to defend it against any ideas that these false people were bringing into the church. They confessed with their mouth, but they were not in a relationship with Christ. The people needed to cast down imaginations against any bad doctrine; and not let it get in their minds (2 Corinthians 10:5).


There were certain men (unsaved) who crept in unaware (they were smooth and professional) just as they were in the Old Testament. Jude reminded them how God saved the people out of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe (Numbers 14:35). 


And the angels who did not keep their first estate are chained in darkness until that great day (Jude 1:6). These angels married the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1). God gave angels abilities, and they were able to change their appearance and take on the form of man.


Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, giving themselves over to fornication (homosexuality) and going after strange flesh…..God destroyed the city (Genesis 19:1-26).


Now Jude gets to the part that is really going to blow your mind. Likewise, these filthy dreamers despise dominions and speak evil of dignitaries. There will be different aspects of speaking evil of dignitaries.


They come up with false imaginations, ways to scheme and seduce the people with their evil doctrine.


Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, did not bring a railing accusation against him, but he said the Lord rebuke you. I have heard this statement made so many times and it was taken completely out of context. They say: “Satan the Lord rebuke you” . This is incorrect, because as children of God we have the authority over Satan (Luke 10:19).


So, what does this scripture mean? When Satan was in heaven as Lucifer, he was given charge over the other angels. He was the anointed cherub which, is the highest order of angels. So, for you who have been saying that Satan is an archangel, look at Ezekiel 28:14.


Back to why Michael the archangel did not rebuke Satan. Michael knew about Lucifer’s authority in heaven and even though Lucifer rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-14), Michael still respected his authority.


Example: David could have killed Saul more than one time, but he knew God had anointed Saul to be king (1 Samuel 10:1). After Saul’s death a man told David how it happened, and that Saul was near death and he asked the man to kill him. The man brought David the crown that had been on Saul’s head and the bracelet that was on his arm.


David and his men mourned, wept, and fasted until it was evening…. And David said, how were you not afraid to touch the Lord’s anointed? And he called one of the young men and said, go near and fall on him. And he struck him, and he died. And David said to him, your blood is upon your head, for your mouth has testified against you saying, I have killed the Lord’s anointed (2 Samuel 1:1-16).


I am not saying everybody is false; Lucifer was the anointed cherub, and Saul was anointed by God to be king. I am talking about false apostates; those who pretend to be saved and are out take over the church, through their deceptions. You will be able to connect the Old Testament examples with the spirit that is operating through these evil people today, and what the Word of God says about coming against those in authority;  even against God -The Highest Authority.


Exposing False (Apostate) Teachers – The flashlight is on!


Walking in the Light ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Foundation of the Church (Part 2) 5-11-2021

I am excited to be able to pass the Word of truth so some others can understand and walk in their calling. Sometimes more needs to be added as the Holy Spirit gives the revelation, and other times something what was written in a previous message needs to be corrected.


I do not mind saying there was an error. One of the best teachers I have known would come back admit and correct his error. God is pleased when His children are willing to admit they are wrong; that is humbling.


Getting back to a well-known minister who was ordained as apostle a long time after his ministry started. The Lord sent a prophet in to correct him, glory to God! He truly had the call, but that was an area that he did not understand. The man was an apostle when his ministry started. There is no promotion or elevation from one aspect of the ministry to another.


Whatever God called us to be, that is what we are. If someone is not sure of their calling, wait. It is better to wait than to jump out there looking foolish and embarrassing themselves.


Years ago, one of my friends told me he left New Jersey and went to pastor a church in Texas. After five years, he heard the Spirit speak and told him that he was not called to pastor a church. He moved back to New Jersey and began to function in his call.


Some people know they are not operating in the right call, but they are not willing to admit it. God wants whoever is reading this message to humble themselves and seek Him as to what they have been called to do.


Many people are in certain positions because it gives the appearance that they are more spiritual and because they want people to look up to them. As a matter of fact, they know how to play on peoples’ emotions through charisma, charm and sensationalism.


This is crucial: In the office of apostle (to establish), there has to be a prophet to co-labor with him. As Paul traveled in ministry, God had someone with him or there was someone to labor with him when he reached his destination.


Example: Silas traveled and ministered with Paul (Acts 16:25, 29; 17:4, 10, 14). Barnabas traveled with Paul (Acts, chapter 13). Some other fellow-laborers were Aquila and Priscilla (Romans 16:3), Demas (2 Timothy 4:10). Even when Paul was on the wrong course the Holy Spirit had a prophet named Agabus to warn him (Acts 21:10-13).


History tells us that Paul established about twenty churches and many more churches were born out of those by his apprentice leaders. These people learned from Paul. Example: Timothy was mentored by Paul (Acts 16:1-5, 1 Timothy 1:2-4).


This is new to many readers and if there are questions, I will do whatever possible to answer according to the Word of God rightly divided. Remember this: God is not going to change His Word for anybody. And who has the right to change the Word of God? Some do change (twist) the Word and that is wicked.


You will find out in the upcoming messages, “Characteristics of Apostate Teachers in the Church”


Speaking the Truth and Setting the Captives Free~ Betty A. Burnett

The Foundation of the Church 5-10-2021

Last week I wrote messages pertaining to the difference between talents, natural gifts, and the spiritual gifts, which are the most important of the three. Yet everything God gives is important and meaningful. 


Even though I wrote a brief description of some of the gifts, I feel it is necessary for the children of God to understand the five ministry office gifts and especially about the apostles, since there is a misunderstanding when it comes to the office of the apostle.


The apostles in Jesus Christ day were first called disciples, which means to learn or be taught. Once they were at a certain place of learning, Jesus sent them out, and they were called apostles.


Their apostleship really fell into place at the beginning of the church age. The apostles were also pastors and they spent time with the Lord so they could feed the people the Word (Acts 6:2). Shortly after the church age began, the other three offices began to function.


These are the five offices: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11). Some of the children of God function in more than one of the five ministry offices. I am an evangelist and a prophetess; Paul was appointed a teacher and an apostle (2 Timothy 1:11). He was also a preacher; this is the gift of prophecy in Romans 12:6; also means proclamation (to forth-tell, not fore-tell).


Example: Paul was an apostle as we read his epistles, he starts his salutation with Paul, called to be an apostle….in seven of the twelve or thirteen letters he wrote. Paul did not call himself Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ to sound puffed up. There was a specific reason, and it was because he persecuted the church (Acts 8:3, Galatians 1:13) and once Paul was born-again, people did believe he had changed (Acts 9:26-27).


That’s the reason Paul told them that he had been given the apostolic authority. He did not say apostolic anointing, for there is no special anointing; every child of God is anointed, and we have been given special grace (ability) for the call.


James was a pastor (Acts 15:13-21); Philip was an evangelist (Acts 8:26-39, Acts 21:8); Agabus was a prophet (Acts 21:10) Apollos was a teacher taught by Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 16:18-28). In studying the Word, it would stand to reason that Aquila and Priscilla operated in different gifts since they established a church.


Rightly dividing the Word shows that Aquila was the apostle and Priscilla was the prophetess. Remember this: The church was built on the foundation on the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. They also had church services in their home where Aquila was a pastor.


Please do not think that Priscilla was the co-pastor. God never had two heads when it comes to co-pastor. They both taught Apollos, therefore the husband and wife were graced with the teacher office. Additionally, there is no place in the Bible where there are associate ministers.


This is what the Word of God says about the church: Now, therefore you 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, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


Without the cornerstone (Jesus Christ) there would be no church. But it does not end there, when Jesus Christ left, He gave the church the ministry offices to mature the children of God (Ephesians 4:11-16).


I really want to zero in on the apostle, since there seems to be such a big misunderstanding of what the office of the apostle is. Years ago, a well-known minister was ordained as apostle a long time after his ministry started.


 Brothers and sisters, that is not the way God does things. The man was an apostle when his ministry started. There is no promotion or elevation from one aspect of the ministry to another.


Come back tomorrow, you do not want to miss part two.


Walking in the Truth ~ Betty A. Burnett

“Mother’s Day” Reflections 5-9-2021

Loving memories of those who have passed on.

Mother

Catherine Patrick Wells (2008) – I lived with her before and after I resided in the north, and I am a living witness that “Mother Wells” as she was called by many, Momma to Nancy, Joannie, Huck, Keister and me, and Big Momma to the grands and great grands, lived what she sung: “God Wants Somebody that’s Real”. The gift of “Hospitality” was evident because she opened her doors to those who needed a place to stay, without charge.


Foster Mother

Isabelle Wade (1998) – My foster mother treated me as if I was biological daughter. Unforgettable!


Sister

Nancy Burnett Nichols (2009) – She was known for giving carnations, which was befitting for someone who was like a flower that budded so beautifully. Nancy certainly gave others their flowers while they lived. Like our mother, Nancy also had the gift of “Hospitality”, and she was such a blessing to others.


Grandmothers

Alice McCain Patrick (1963) – She was the greatest light in my life. Once I became born-again, I remembered when I was out there in the world doing any and everything I could, my grandmother has prayed for me. It reminds me of the song: “Somebody prayed for me, they had me on their mind; they took the time and prayed for me. I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed for me”


Maggie Bell Burnett Allen (1978) - I do not have a recollection of her, but she was my grandmother and that is what matters.


Niece

Mia Monique Burnett (2015) - How could anyone forget Mia? She never forgot my birthday or my phone number. Mia never forgot what I told her about the Bible. During our many conversations, she would talk about the Bible and I would ask Mia how she knew about certain scriptures. Her answer was: “You told me that a long time ago”. God certainly had His hands on Mia, and the two of us were definitely connected.


Special women who were like Mothers to me

Annie Matthews (1999)

Catherine “Mom” Benson (2012)

Mom Mabel Carter (2019)


Beloved Sisters in Christ

Dawn Smith (2014)

Sherry Jefferies (2015)

Hazel Wagoner (2018)


Since I believe these loved ones are with the Lord, I do look forward to reuniting with them again. But the first face I want to see is Jesus Christ who suffered and died for me to have eternal life. Hallelujah!


Abundantly Blessed ~ Betty A. Burnett

“Mother Gone, Sister Gone” 5-8-2021

I am posting this story today because many mothers will be so busy being honored on “Mother’s Day”, and that certainly is a good thing!


It was March 29, 2008 when our mother passed after being sick for a month. My sister Nancy came to North Carolina to spend “Mother’s Day” with me; we felt it was appropriate since we had lost our dear mother about six weeks earlier.


Our plan was for me to spend the next “Mother’s Day” in New Jersey with my sister. Well, it did not happen! On February 8, 2009, less than a year after our mother passed, my one and only sibling passed so suddenly that it sent shock-waves reeling through us.


The history of my “Mother’s Day” 2009

Nancy was admitted to the hospital on Friday night February 6, 2009 and I had a conversation with her on that Saturday morning, and asked her if she wanted me to come and she told me no, that she would let me know when to come.


We found out later that the last week of Nancy’s life, the Lord was preparing her for that glorious entrance to be with Him. Looking back that is why she did not want me to come. She was not going to be there.


I awakened at 3:33AM on Sunday morning, within minutes before Markeeta called me saying her grand mom was critically ill. I got up, frantically rushed to do whatever possible, and went to the train station. While waiting in the lobby until boarding time, there were conversations between my nephew and me; the next conversation was my nephew telling me my sister was gone! I lost it!


The ride to Philadelphian was the longest ride I can ever remember taking; could not get there fast enough. I cried off and on all the way to Philadelphia.


This was twelve years ago, and I have not posted the story pertaining to the loss of my mother and my sister. Although I thanked my friend Agnes’ son Clarence and her daughter Dawn for inviting me to Philadelphia to spend “Mother’s Day” with Agnes, I just want to thank them for loving me like one of their own aunts.


 I also want to thank both of them publicly for their generosity, and most of all, I am grateful to the Lord for how He used them. We were blessed with our own private “Mother’s Day” week-end stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Center City, and it was awesome. Although that did not keep me from missing my mother and my sister, it certainly did make a big difference.


“HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY”

To all of of my lovely nieces: Joannie, Markeeta, Theresa, LaTanya, Lee-Lee, Muffin (Delethia), Amanda, Megan, Aneesha, Shelly, Lelia, Cheryle, Tiwanda, Jireh, PJ, Beverly, Latisha, Lisa, Tawana; Lavinia, Linda, Donielle and Dawn too, Brenda (god-sister), Suzanne, Jean (god sister), Vivian (foster sister), Galadriel (lil-sis), and all of my cousins,

 my prayer partners – Thelma, along with Kelly, Susan, Shelly and their mothers and in laws, and the others who are a part of our ladies fellowship group: Bertenia, Patricia, Pam, Pat and Dianne; my wonderful sisters in Christ, my many friends, Markeeta’s in-laws: Hattie, Felicia, Carrie. 


Theresa’s mother - Cora; Lisa's mother -Arnita; Leola, my adopted aunt, Aunt Loraine, Aunt Ophelia, Netta, Rachel, Lucy, and last but not least AGNES!!!


God has blessed me with many spiritual children, and for that I am profoundly grateful!


Mother gone, Sister gone, but they are never forgotten! Precious memories, how they are still lingering on!


Joyfully celebrating “Mother’s Day” ~ Betty A. Burnett

Studying to Show Yourself Approved unto God 5-7-2021

When the Word of God tells us to study to show yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15), does it say study to show yourselves approved to people?


Example: A person can be giving you their opinion; the Word of God is not based on someone’s opinion. This is what opinion means: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. That is why we should never say when it comes to the Bible, “This is my opinion” or "In my opinion" the Bible is saying this or that.


The Word of God is the only true source of any kind of knowledge, although there have been errors in reprinting or being translated from Hebrew, Aramaic, and the Greek language. Also, some words that were used in biblical times are somewhat different today. 


Therefore, it is important to know the culture and the language of the people.

I have read about many of the best biblical scholars, yet none of them have one-hundred per-cent truth. Why? Because no one human being knows it all.


Also, not being ashamed means that we need to be able to explain simple things because we have been studying, learning, and understanding the principles of God. Example: Telling others that we are sinners saved by grace. How can one have two natures? That is impossible. 


Even though we fall into sin, we are no longer sinners.

Paul explains it like this: Do you not know that unrighteousness will not inherit the kingdom of God? But such were some of you…. homosexuals, adulterers, thieves…… but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). 


How can anyone be clean and dirty at the same time? They are either clean or they are dirty.


How do you know the difference between the truth and a lie if you do not study God’s Word? One cannot know the difference if they do not study regularly. The Bible cannot be read and put on the table and picked up a week later. Reading a daily devotional is not studying the Word of God.


Listening to sermons, teaching, and having discussions with others are great, but we are commanded by God to study His Word for ourselves.


Why are we commanded to study for ourselves? Because the Word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105).


If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. How can anyone walk in the truth if they are not doing what God’s Word requires them to do?


The Bible says: You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). How is anyone going to know the truth unless they study the Word of God? Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), and He is the truth (John 14:6).


The problem is, some people have been in error so long because they believed others, they are not open to the truth. So, who do you believe, God or a person? This is what a student of the Word does: He or she searches out the scripture to see if what is being said is true (Acts 17:11). [regardless of who the person is].


What happens when you do not study? I use this scripture quite a bit: My people are destroyed [suffer loss] for lack of knowledge, because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4:6). This lets everyone know that knowledge is available, but there must be a desire for it.


How do we suffer loss? If we are not studying the Word, there is no good success (Joshua 1:8); no victory! The devil wants the children of God to stay ignorant so they can be defeated.


Walking in the Word ~ Betty A. Burnett

Spiritual Gifts 5-6-2021

Yesterday I wrote about talents, natural gifts and started on the spiritual gifts in Romans, chapter 12). Today I am picking up where I left off, starting with the gifts in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12. Several of these gifts are misunderstood and I will expound on them further into the message.


1 Corinthians 12:1-8 

Prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues are called the vocal gifts. The person with the gift of prophecy foretells future events, when the gift of tongues is in operation, it should never be spoken without the gift of interpretation of tongues.


These are other gifts that are misunderstood, and I will give a short explanation of them.


Word of wisdom: This gift is not called wisdom, and since it is given by the Holy Spirit, this kind of wisdom comes directly from Him. Everybody should have wisdom, but the word of wisdom is given to point someone in the right direction, and it may not make sense, but it is directly from the Holy Spirit.


Word of knowledge: Please take note that the gift is the word of knowledge, not knowledge. Everybody has natural knowledge, but the word of knowledge is given by the Holy Spirit and the person with this gift speaks facts to someone that no one else knows, but the person who is being spoken to. It is given through dreams, visions and come directly from the Spirit of Gd.


Discerning of spirits is a gift, there is no gift of discernment. This gift works through the senses; through smell, sight …..to detect evil spirits whether in various places or in people.


The gift of faith, the gifts of healing, and the working of miracles are manifest with extraordinary power.


These are the other gifts that are misunderstood and in many churches, most of them are not accepted. I am not talking about a campus pastors, associate ministers, assistance pastors, only if they are the five ministry offices.


The Five Ministry offices (Ephesians 4:11)

The apostle establishes churches; once a church is established, the apostle and prophet stay long enough for the Spirit to send in stationary pastor/leaders to grow the children of God into maturity. Once the apostle and the prophet’s assignment are finished, they go back to their local church and minister as one of the elders/bishops until the Spirit leads them to go out and establish another church. Many people call apostles missionaries, but you will never see the word missionary in the Bible.


The Prophet works with the apostle – able to see what the apostle does not see, warns, foretell things in the future, brings correction.


The Evangelist ministers in and outside the church – graced to carry the Gospel in a way that signs and wonders follow, with miraculous power.


The Pastor is the lead person in charge of the flock, but the other office gifts are necessary for the church to have good success.


The Teacher receives special illumination to expound on the Word of God with simplicity.

Since the lead pastor does not function in the other four offices, it is necessary to have all five offices functioning in the local church (God's success).


This is the way God has it written in His Word, and if anyone does not accept nor does what God’s Word is saying, that person will be whipped with many stripes (Luke 12:47). They have no excuse because it is written!


See if you can locate your gift/calling/assignment so you can fulfill your purpose and reach your destiny. Once it is located, as with anything else, the more it is practiced, the better you become at it. I must add this, the more one reads/studies the Bible the more efficient they become. This is called studying to show yourselves approved to God.


Assured of my calling ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Difference Between Natural and Spiritual Gifts 5-5-2021

Everybody is born with natural abilities (talents) and some are born with a natural gift. Born-again believers are also endowed with spiritual gifts. All abilities come from God, and they are categorized differently.

Let’s start off with Talents (Level One) – a talent is a natural ability.


Example: 

The Temptations, these guys are talented as well as so many other singing artists. In categorizing these abilities, talents are on level one.


Some people are learned singers, who did not have a singing voice, but they desired to sing and were determined and the more they sang, the better they became at it. This is not a talent.


Examples of People with Natural Gifts (Level Two)


Some are gifted singers like the late and great Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, and many others. Other natural gifted people are composers Bach, Beethoven, artists like Van Gogh, Musicians like Prince. A natural gift can be determined by the way they stand out, and when they are gone, nobody else can replace them. Everybody who sings is not a gifted singer, even though one may think he or she is.


Some athletes have natural gifts that stand out more than others when they perform. Examples: Dr. J (Julius Erving), Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron.


I did not realize that there are natural gifts along with spiritual gifts. Years ago, I learned that the natural gifts were talents. That is why we need to find out the truth for ourselves; so many untruths have been passed on and we accepted them.


When it comes to the children of God, the Spiritual gifts (Level Three) are most important. With that being so, it is easy to recognize talents and natural gifts. However, it is sad to say that many children of God do not know what their spiritual gift is. How do I know that? Because it is told to me regularly. Why do some Christians who have professed to be born-again for years and still do not know what their gift is?

I am not going to answer that question, even though I know the answer.


You do not need to be ashamed to admit that you do not know. It is better to find out and walk in your calling (in your own lane), than to continue functioning in an area you are not called to.


The devil does not want God’s children to know what their gifts are, because there is a lack of knowledge, and that stops them from edifying each other and glorifying God.


The Spiritual Gifts Identified (Level Three)

Spiritual, as well as natural gifts stand out; it is evident that the person has the gift. Many people who know me recognize my calling/office of evangelist.


Romans 12:1-6 (Gift-verses 6-8): Prophecy (proclaiming the Word of God on your level), Ministry (whatever it may be - could be Outreach, Nursing home ministry, Prayer ministry, etc..), Teaching (different from the five office gifts- can also teach what has been learned),


Exhortation (to encourage, edify, build up), Giving (love to bless others liberally without telling it, however, it is okay for the recipient to tell how they were blessed), Ruler (an administrator, also is persistent - stay on course), Mercy (with the right attitude, and with compassion).


Next: The Difference Between Natural and Spiritual Gifts (Part 2) 5-6-2021


Walking in my calling ~ Betty A. Burnett

Mission Accomplished 5-4-2021

I am sharing with you how the mission trip went yesterday. This is important to know and understand, as we journey on this earth we should always be mission minded. It does not have to be on foreign soil; whatever type of ministry is done should be considered an assignment.


Example: Spreading the gospel is called the Great Commission, which is a command. God has many commands in His Word: Visit the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison (Matthew 25:31-40). Even though this is talking about the sheep and goat nation, the principle is the same.


I never looked at the weather forecast yesterday, and I am so glad it slipped my mind. Otherwise, the planned trip would not have happened. It rained so hard at times it was difficult to see. The rain stopped once I arrived at my destination, but on the return trip, it rained the same way.


If we are obedient, regardless of the weather or any other situation that could be dangerous, the Lord will protect us. Someone might say: “The trip that Betty took was risky”. Maybe God wants to show all of us that we should not look at the situation but fix our minds on Jesus Christ and allow the Spirit of God to lead us.


The trip was a blessing, and it was the first time in more than a year that I was able to visit, have fellowship with and minister to some of the people. The amazing thing is, none of them forgot me, praise God.


This type of ministry is not where one is on the forefront and what is done is not known to many others. In fact, the place is in a rural area, but the people there have a need just as people in other places have needs. God has called each of us to minister in different capacities. I cannot do what you are called to do, even if the calling is the same, we minister the way God has called us to.


Yet, whatever we are called to do is important to God and it is a blessing to others. If you are ministering in a way to been seen or gain popularity, you are on the wrong path.


To you who are allowing the Spirit of God to lead you, praise God, you will not lose your reward. It is not about how little or how much we do, as long as God has called us to do it, because little is much, and the reward is great!


Thanks for wishing and praying for me to have a safe trip!


Going wherever He sends me ~ Betty A. Burnett

Send Me Lord, I’ll Go 5-3-2021

I did not prepare for a message today because the Lord had me doing something else. With that being so, I just want to share what I am doing at the present time and what the Lord is preparing me for. Even though I was not able to travel because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it was a time that I was still and drew even closer to the Lord.


There will be more travels to places near and far. And it confirms or is full proof of being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). After all, it is God who both works in me both to will and do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Although I personalized these scriptures, you can also, because all of God’s children have a personal relationship with Christ.


As I journey today on a shorter trip, my heart leaps with joy! Thanks be to God my Father for opening doors for me to do the third best thing I love to do.


 Number one is learning more of the Word of God. 


Number two is ministering wherever and to whomever He sends me (Isaiah 6:8). 


Number three is traveling, which include ministry. All three go hand in hand.


The means of travel that I like most is getting behind the wheel of my truck or behind the wheel anybody else’s car when they ask me to drive. I will continue to drive some distance but not as far as I used to, like driving to New Jersey and Pennsylvania alone. 


I was asked this several times by different ones: “Who travels with you when you drive to New Jersey and Pennsylvania”. I told them my husband traveled with me. Guess who my husband was and is? Jesus Christ! I would get some funny looks when the question was answered.


There are planned long distance trips for the next couple of months. However, I believe the long distance driving of more than five hours is over.


So, today as I do number three, drive for only a few hours, it will be most enjoyable! It is no doubt that my love for driving came from the Lord. There has been a slowdown of long distance driving, but the Word of God has not slowed down or taken a back seat. In fact, not having to drive gives me more time for ministry.


If you know what you have been called to do, and it is delayed for whatever the reason is, be patient and know that the Lord is preparing you for something greater. And when it comes to age, remember this: Abraham was seventy-five years old when God called him (Genesis 12:4), and Moses was eighty years old when God sent him and Aaron to Pharaoh (Exodus 7:7). God also trained and prepared Moses for ministry before He sent him back to Egypt.


God is doing something through the Seasoned saints because the Word of God is being watered down. And He wants us to do as Paul told Timothy (paraphrased): Continue in the things that you have learned and have been assured of….. (2 Timothy 3:14). The verse (13) prior to that, talked about evil men and seducers will be worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.


So do not throw the towel in. Remember this: ministry is not over until you leave this earth. Do not allow anyone to say you are too old. Keep on pressing toward the Mark of the high call of God in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:14).


I do not want anyone to think I have slowed down; just doing things different during this season. By the way, I tried to start this message last night, but it was six this morning when the Holy Spirit started feeding me.


The traveling evangelist ~ Betty A. Burnett

Giving Thanks to God for Each of You 5-2-2021

Grace and peace from God my Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior.


I want to share with those who read my messages how grateful I am to have each of you in my life. Being separated from some of you physically because of the Covid-19 Pandemic has been difficult for many of us.


However, when I think about Paul the apostle and how he wrote many letters to the church from prison, I am so grateful for the modern technology that the Lord has provided for us. So, what we go through when it comes to being distanced from one another is nothing compared to those in biblical times. Yet they were strengthened, comforted with endurance through the grace of God.


I sometimes call myself Pauline, because his epistles were called the Pauline letters, and I admire Paul’s writings. In fact, he wrote more books than anybody else recorded in the Bible. As Paul wrote to different churches, prayed for them, and encouraged them, I also want to thank each of you for reading the messages regularly. And you are constantly in my prayers.


It is a delight to write messages, and when the Spirit reveals something new to me, I get so excited! It is my desire for you to dig more into the Word for yourself as the Berean Christians did (Acts 17:11), and that way you can see if what I am writing lines up with the Word of God.


Again, as Paul stated it: I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, I also thank my God upon every remembrance of you (Philippians 1:3).


Without God having you involved as readers which is encouragement to me, my ministry would not be what it is today. God bless you!


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett 

The Difference Between Outer Darkness and Hell 5-1-2021

Yesterday, you read and learned what “Our Darkness” meant, and that it was not talking about hell. Today I will continue so the readers can see for themselves according to the Word of God what is truth. Remember the servant and the friend did not make themselves ready, whereas the parable of the tares in the field is totally different.


Before going any further, no two people are always going to agree on everything, but it is about getting proper understanding. Just in case someone does not agree with me, that should never change our love for each other.


Let’s go to the Word. Jesus said: He that sows good seeds is the Son of man. The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one…… As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of the world….


The Son of man shall send forth His angels and they shall gather out the kingdom all things that offend….And shall cast them into a furnace of fire and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:36-43).


Take notice that with the friend and the servant in the previous message, only one situation was addressed and that these people had not prepared or made themselves ready. In other words, they did not do what they were called to do, and they wept and gnashed (gritted) their teeth out of anguish when they saw what they could have had; it was too late. This is symbolic of born-again believers not fulfilling their call.


Let’s talk about the furnace of fire, which will be cast into the lake of fire. It is so obvious that it means hell (Revelation 20:11-15). Also, it is a vast difference and a direct contrast of being cast into outer darkness, which means the servant friend chose not to have intimacy with the Lord, but he still belonged to the Lord.


This is an example of what hell is like, these scriptures talk about a rich man who went to hell: In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham far off. And he cried Father Abraham have mercy on me….. too late! The emphasis is put on hell and being tormented. Please read the entire story (Luke 16:19-31).


Now, think about it! Why would Jesus use two different phrases if they meant the same thing? And why would He call an unsaved person friend when we were enemies of His? (Romans 5:10-11)


I do not know if you are a servant or a friend of Jesus Christ which means that you are in a personal relationship with Him. This means if you confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus and you believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).


If you are in a relationship with Christ, please do not let Him catch you with your work undone, which will cause you to end up being ashamed when He appears (1 John 2:28). There was a song back in the day titled: “Be ready when He comes,  He’s coming again so soon”


The other end of the spectrum could be this: Are you one of those who will be cast into fiery furnace (Revelation 20:11-15), because you refused to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? The choice is yours; except a person is born-again, he or she will not enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:3-7).


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Outer Darkness and the Controversy 4-30-2021

Sometimes in writing my messages, there is a challenge from others. This is great for me because it keeps me on my toes, and it causes me to dig deeper into the Word of God. Today, I will compare scripture with scripture, and it will confirm itself. This message will be broken down into two parts.


The mix-up and confusion are because of lack of understanding. In my research, I saw that several scholars agreed with what I was taught. However, there are many known scholars that I respect for their knowledge and understanding, but I do not agree with what they believe about “Outer Darkness”.


Someone may say, “What difference does it make whether it is hell or outer darkness? It makes a world of difference between the two and we need say what the Word of God means, so others can understand. Furthermore, God wants us to know and understand His truth and pass it on correctly.


The biggest difference is understanding eternal security, because if you do not know the difference between the two, you will think that a saved person can lose their salvation and could be cast into hell. Jesus said: All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me and he who comes to Me I will in no wise cast him out (John 6:37).


The controversy (opposing view) should not be controversial; it just takes searching out the scriptures and they need to be interpreted properly. None of us have reached one hundred percent, regardless of how long we have been studying the Word of God.


I was taught to see what the scripture is saying and what it is not saying. When it comes to “Outer Darkness”, it is not talking about hell. This is the reason why: There is no torment with Outer Darkness; there is a difference in one suffering in torment than someone weeping (to wail aloud, sob, grieve audibly) and gnashing (grinding) the teeth.


This is important: Although Jesus called the servant wicked, it was not because he was unsaved. The man was called wicked because he had the same ability the other servants did, but he made a choice not to use his talent. The other servants not only invested in their talents, but they also gained interest and they were greatly rewarded for their faithfulness.


Weeping and gnashing of teeth are done out of anguish, meaning to see what you could have had, but now it is too late. Plus, God will wipe those tears from their eyes (Revelation 20:4). Certainly, God is not going to let any of His children go throughout eternity weeping and gnashing their teeth, suffering. That is not what the eternal realm is about.


I am continuing with these two scriptures that say: “Outer Darkness”. Please take note that Jesus only called those who belong to Him servants or friends. And each of these scriptures is referring to the Judgment Seat of Christ.


The scripture about the servants describes the Master who came from a far country and distributed talents to His servants. After a long time, the Master came back and the servants had to give account of their stewardship, meaning how they managed or invested in what they were assigned to do (Matthew 25:14-30). 


This is the same with us, we are called to serve in different capacities (manage what has been distributed to us). One day Jesus Christ is coming, and we must stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give account of our stewardship (2 Corinthians 5:10).


This is the scripture about the friend who showed up at the wedding banquet and he was not properly dressed because he had not made himself ready (Matthew 22:13). Let’s put it like this, the wedding banquet represented being in heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb. 


Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come and the wife (bride) has made herself ready (Revelation 19:7) The bride had made preparation to meet the Groom.


In the Jewish custom, the bride to be had to do certain things to make herself ready for the groom. It took some time for this preparation, therefore when the day came she was ready and excited.


Please remember that there are two judgments, one for the righteous and one for the wicked: Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish (Psalm 1:5-6). 


We know that God knows everything, but this means that God knows His personal intimacy and involvement with His righteous ones (we belong to Him).


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Breaking the Chains ~ Facing, Confronting and Dealing with Challenges (Part 4) 

 4-29-2021

There are situations in some peoples’ lives that make them want to curl up and die. Why? Because they do not understand that God loves them and that the real root of their problem stems from Adam. This deeply embedded root of sin started when Adam disobeyed God (Genesis 2:15-17, Romans 5:12).


And from Adam’s sin every kind of sin materialized. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree (Galatians 3:13). Even though Jesus Christ took the curse from us, we are still affected by the curse because we live in a cursed/fallen world. 


There are some Christians who do not understand that they can be delivered, but because of ignorance, Satan has them bound by those deeply embedded roots.


What about other challenges that have you stuck in a rut and you feel like there is no hope?


The reason I am writing to you, is for you face what the devil did to you; confront that root, and deal with it. I declare by the Word of God that you will be set free. The Bible says Jesus came to set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18). You have been told the truth and whomever the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:32, 36).


There are some challenges that many of you may be facing, and perhaps you have not confronted these strongholds that still have you bound. The Lord wants you to deal with all these challenges that the devil has kept you in bondage to. One of the greatest roots is unforgiveness, because the pain was so severe! I know, because it happened to me.


I was led to continue the message because a couple more things came to my mind from what I experienced years ago. Am I ashamed to tell you about the negative situations I was in? No! I was at a place years ago, when I was ashamed of some of the things I went through. But not now! This is the time because somebody needs to be set free.


I grew up in a poor environment. It affected me so much, that I was determined to prove to others that they were not better than me. Living above my means was a struggle and trying to keep up with the Jones’ was difficult, but I was determined, even though things fell apart. I learned a lesson after several losses. God was teaching me to lean and depend on Him and I did not have to compete with or compare myself with others.


To you who felt that you were dealt a bad deck of cards, this is what was dealt to my sister and me. My mother was not able to take care of us for a few years and the two of us were separated from each other and from our mother, we were placed in homes with different families. 


How do you think two young girls felt being separated from each other? And even worse, how do you think our mother must have felt having to give her darlings up due to a situation that was beyond her control?

How do you think that affected the three of us? This is for someone who may have been separated from their family, it must have been difficult for you and my heart goes out to you.


You may have been in a situation that you felt one family member was favored more than the other. Even more so, you may not have been told everything because someone wanted to spare you from any more damage than what you had already suffered through. Whatever your past was, you can be set free. God has a wonderful plan for life, and He wants to use your experience as a testimony to bless someone else.


As I conclude, God loves you and whatever your experiences were, there is ministry in you. Each of us has gone through something that was far from being pleasant, but God used that to build our character and for us to be more effective in His kingdom!


I shared some of my experiences to encourage you and to let you know that your life has purpose. Please get motivated and fulfill your destiny.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Facing, Confronting and Dealing with Challenges (Part 3) 4-28-2021

These are more things that are hindrances and can definitely be stumbling blocks to others. Every child of God has something in their life they need to be delivered from. 


I will reiterate that it started from childhood abuses of various kinds that caused most of us to have emotional problems, that could have led to the habitual use of certain substances, along with other things that held people back.


These messages are not to make you feel bad, they are posted to help the readers understand why certain things have had them bound most of their lives. It is time for you to start walking in liberty by being set free from guilt that the devil put on you to hold you back. The devil is a liar!


Having ministered in a Christian drug rehab and having been personally involved with many people who had and some still have those strongholds of addiction, there was something in each person’s life that they did not release. That was and is how the devil keeps you bound. 


Do not think it is crack cocaine, skunk, and heroin only. There are many other substances like cigarettes, alcohol, and legal drugs. I want you to know today that whatever it is, Jesus Christ came to set all of us free.


There are some who may not be addicted to alcohol like I was. Thank God, Jesus Christ set me free when I received Him as my Savior. I cannot explain it, but I never had a taste for alcohol since that day. There have been occasions when I would take a drink (being social), but it was not because I had a taste for it.


After I drank it, I never felt right, and I believe the Lord allowed that to happen to show me the reason I was delivered from alcohol. When I finally understood that the Lord had delivered me to be an example to those who had addictions that He placed in my life for me to minister to.


Since He still has me connected with Christian drug rehabs, suppose one of the clients asks me if I drink, what would I tell him or her? That it is okay to drink as long as you shun [avoid, stay clear of] the very appearance (1 Thessalonians 5:22) of evil, and do not let your good be evil spoken of (Romans 14:16)?


 That works in some settings, but things need to be put in their proper perspective; balance is the key. We never want to offend or be a stumbling block to others.


What about watching ungodly things on TV, that has foul language and things alluding to sex? I hope you know people can get addicted to watching pornography on the internet. All addictions have deeply embedded roots that started early on in most peoples’ lives. Visibly seeing certain things can trigger it.


There are other strongholds that have kept people in bondage; someone could have been molested and turned against the opposite sex, to having a desire to be with the same sex. That ugly thing has a grip, but it is not so strong that one cannot be set free.


Today, I want you to know that there have not been too many ungodly things that I have not been involved in, but I have a desire to continue to be set free of any roots that have me bound.


I was in bondage in another area from around the age of four years old, until 1999. I never knew during those seventeen years of being born-again why I only trusted God to a certain point. Finally, the Lord put me in a trance-like state, and He showed me the reason I was not fully trusting Him.


It was because my father left (walked out on us) my mother, my sister and me. In my mind he had deserted us, and it was so deeply embedded that I suppressed it for many years. I thought God would desert me just as my biological father had. Even after our relationship was restored, feeling deserted was a deeply embedded root. After the trance-like experience, God delivered me, I learned to trust Him, and He has done some amazing things in my life.


Things to remember: 

Do you not know that unrighteousness will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you, but you were washed, and you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).


You are not what you used to be, so walk in victory/liberty (freedom).


Next: Other Challenges that Cause People to Feel there is no Hope


Still Growing ~ Betty A. Burnett

Facing, Confronting and Dealing with Challenges (Part 2) 4-27-2021

Before proceeding any further, some of you may think this is a boring life if you are not supposed to do the things listed in these messages. The Lie! My personal testimony to you is, the life I used to live cannot be compared to the life that I live now.


To understand that there is peace that never could have been experienced before being born-again, gives me joy in knowing that having a relationship with Jesus Christ supersedes any other experiences I had. My life has not been easy but knowing there is something much greater in the eternal realm, motivates me to press forward, despite the trials, tribulations, persecutions, and challenges that come with life.


The things we experience in this new life may not feel good, but they are good for us and they work out for our good and for the good of those God puts in our path to minister to (Romans 8:28).


When I think of Joseph and how he was sold into slavery, lied on, and put in prison, it had to be difficult for him. But the challenges were necessary because God was preparing him to be a great leader (Genesis, chapters 39-41).


This is a challenge I have faced for six years. I too was put in a place by God to face, confront and deal with some challenges that had me bound since my childhood. Six years later, I am still in the same place, although there has been deliverance. Being here is two-fold. Somebody else needs to be set free in this neighborhood.


Some challenges you may face:

Fornication- Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you… you are not your own? You are brought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Think about this: Would it make any of us feel more convicted or convinced if we know and understand when fornicating, that the Spirit of God is being grieved (saddened) because He is in us while we are performing our ungodly actions (Ephesians 4:30).


Gambling- Remember yesterday, when I wrote about carnal Christians and how they love the things that pleases the flesh? I also posted a message about “Stewardship” and wasting what God has given us to manage. It was explained what God wants us to do with what He has given us to manage, and gambling is certainly not a part of our stewardship, even if it seems innocent.


Bottom line is this: Those who gamble are taking a chance with the money God has blessed them with. In other words, they are gambling because they want more money. The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:9-10).


Didn’t the Word of God say: But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).


Not trusting God gives the impression that He is not the God of all-sufficiency, and the opposite of trust/faith is doubt. He who loves silver, shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance shall be satisfied with increase; this is also vanity (Ecclesiastes 5:10). In other words, the more a person gets, the more they will want; they are not satisfied with anything. 


A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to get rich will not go unpunished (Proverbs 28:20). A faithful person who trusts God is blessed. A person who is ignorant of God’s Word will say God blessed him when he hits the jackpot/lottery, and they will say they were lucky and hit the jackpot.


None of the above are true because God will never bless anything that goes contrary to His Word. Plus, luck should never come out of a Christian’s mouth; God is not about luck; He is the God of blessings. And no one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24). Let your conduct be without covetousness, be content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5).


I also posted yesterday about God giving us the things that are enjoyable, but they are not ungodly.


Still Growing ~ Betty A. Burnett

Facing, Confronting and Dealing with Challenges 4-26-2021

This week there will be a few challenges for all of us to see what our standings are with God our Father. I tell people on a regular basis that everybody has some deeply embedded roots that started from early childhood.


 These roots are so deep that they are strong-holds. This means they have a grip on whoever is bound by them.

These roots need to be pulled out and it takes time. Do you know how long roots are and how they tangle around other plant species, and how difficult it is to cut them away? 


It has to be done with precision. They are too strong and deep to be yanked out. Some of these on the list may not be strongholds, it could be that you like the things of the world, which is the mark of a carnal Christian.


Regardless of what the situation may be, we still need to be delivered from them: Carnality is sin because we like to enjoy the lusts of the flesh. A stronghold is also sin that needs to be recognized and dealt with.


The reason I said face the stronghold (admit it), confront that demon that had you bound, deal with it however the Spirit leads, and deliverance will come.


Years ago, I was blessed to write and produce a play titled “Take Me Back – Things Sho Ain’t the Way They used to Be”


The message from the play was about people professing to be saved and the ungodly things they were doing. Although every child of God misses the mark daily, which means to fall into sin, there are things we need to get beyond and not keep using them as excuses like “I’m only human”. God is not pleased with us justifying our sins.


These are some things we need to consider as children of the Most-High God.


Music - whether it is secular, worldly or praise and worship.

First of all, worldly music should not be part of the born-again believers’ lives. Example: Before my new life, I loved “It’s Your Thing” by the Isley Brothers, but now that I understand what the words mean, I do not listen to that song anymore.


However, the secular music is not ungodly. Example: “Love Train” by the O’Jays. On that note, there are things God gave us to enjoy, such as sports and other ungodly things.


When it comes to praise and worship music, check the source. There are some groups who are sending the wrong message. Are they trying gain popularity through the church? 


Someone might say, Paul said: Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife, and some also of good will: The one who preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds…..What then?

Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached, and I do rejoice and will rejoice (Philippians 1:15-18). 


Preaching the Word is different than singing songs, it is the Word of God that brings salvation (Romans 10:17). Songs can edify but they cannot bring salvation. Songs cause the emotions to rise, and emotions come and go, but the Word of God never fades away (Isaiah 40:8).


Nightclubs – before my new life began, I would see church people in the nightclubs, doing the same thing I was doing. This was a turn-off. What could they tell me about Jesus? And from what I know now, they did not know how to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ anyway.


Whatever any child of God is doing that is contrary to His Word, we need to ask the Lord to forgive us (1 John 1:9) and get on the right path, by laying aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1). We can do it with the help of the Lord (Philippians 4:13), because He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).


More challenges for us tomorrow


Growing More and More ~ Betty A. Burnett

Grateful for Every Opportunity  4-25-2021

Grace and peace from God my Father and the Lord Jesus Christ my Savior.

I was blessed to present a message on the call of Intercessory Prayer, and to show how all the children of God are called to intercede: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving thanks be made for all men…..(1 Timothy 2:1).


The other type of intercession is the call, which falls under the gift of helps (1 Corinthians 12:28). This stands to reason intercession why it falls under the gift of helps, because the word HELPS, which is plural means you are helping/interceding in different ways and according to what the situation may be. Someone could be in danger, or a catastrophe could be coming. Intercession prevents these dangers from happening.


I have been an intercessor since the early 1980’s, and because of the call, I felt it was proper to expound on it. In addition to explaining what the Word of God says about intercession, I gave a couple of my personal experiences and examples of some of the biblical characters from the Bible.


The message was presented at the home of my cousins Ministers Roger and Doretha Briggs. This was the first time I stood before an audience in years, and it had almost become foreign to me. But I seized the door of opportunity and went through the door that the Lord opened for me (1 Corinthians 16:9).


I want to back up and tell you because it had been such a long time since I had spoken publicly, there was some fears and doubts and thoughts of backing out, but knowing that obedience was better than sacrifice, all the negative things were cast aside.


After the service that night and on the way home, I felt that the message was a failure, and even when the video was sent to me, I did not want to look at it.


I want to warn every born-again believer that the devil will do everything he can to stop you from being a blessing to someone else. But you must allow the Spirit to take over, and the power of God will prevail over all the tactics of the enemy. The Spirit of God is you is greater that the devil (1 John 4:4). When we surrender/yield to the Spirit, we have no idea where He will take us.


I truly thank my cousins, the Briggs for listening to the Spirit of God in asking me to minister. My prayer is for Ministers Roger and Doretha to continue humbly submitting to the Lord and He will exalt you. The ministry can be found on Facebook – ComPassion Fire Ministry.


Grateful and Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Two Judgments 4-24-2021

There has been a misunderstanding about a scripture pertaining to the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment. One judgment is for the born-again Christians who will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, and the Great White Throne Judgment is for sinners (the unsaved).


The Account

The Master represented Jesus who came from a far country which is symbolic of heaven, and He (the Master) gave His servants talents. One was given five talents; the second servant was given two talents and the third servant was given one talent. After the talents were given the Master left and was gone for a long time. When the Master returned, His servants had to give account of how they invested their talents.


The first two servants fully invested what they were given and gained interest. But the third servant buried his talent, instead of putting it to use. The unprofitable servant was cast into outer darkness, which is an obscure (dim) place. I am going to explain to you what outer darkness is. It is dim and does not give off light.


In biblical times, weddings were initiated at night and celebrated for a week during the day, since they did not have electricity as we do today, they used torches for light. The further away from the wedding party, the darker it was.


When the Lord returns we will join Him in the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7), as with the biblical wedding those closest to the Lord will be honored and those who were half stepping will be in an area of obscurity; in other words, outer darkness.


Notice that the Master gave His servants talents, which means they belonged to the Master. Some people believe that outer darkness was hell, and this was where the third servant who was cast into. That is not possible, since the servant belonged to the Master.


To further confirm, let’s go to Psalm One: Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish (Psalm 1:5-6).


Now we are going to the New Testament, and the judgment for the born-again: For we all must appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the things done in this body, according to what he has done, whether it is good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).


What about the unsaved? And I saw a great white throne and He that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the small and great [their status on earth] stand before God and the books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged out of those things that were written in the books, according to their work.


And the sea gave up the dead…. And every man was judged according to his works…And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire…. And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).


Which judgment will you be at?


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Stewardship - What God has Given Us to Manage 4-23-2021

The reason I am writing about stewardship, is because many people do not know what it means. This message stemmed from a conversation that I was engaged in recently. This is not to make anyone think I am targeting them, but it is also to let others know what is required of the children of God.


I prayed and processed this in my mind, and with all assurance this message will benefit others who are doing certain things with the money God entrusted or gave them the responsibility to manage. First of all, we do not own one thing, not even ourselves. 


The Word of God says: 

The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness [everything in it] thereof, the world and those [us] who live in it (Psalm 24:1).


For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fouls of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the fields are Mine (Psalm 50:10-11).


Not only that, but the Word of God says this: What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you, which you have of God and you are not your own? For you are brought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are [belong to] God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).


So, who gives anyone the right to say or even think that whatever they have is theirs? Our jobs and careers are not even ours; God blessed all of us with everything we have, and He wants us to manage all of it well. Additionally, when it comes to the gifts, they were given to us to be a blessing to others, which encourages them. So, no one can take ownership of a gift/s.


When the Word of God says the earth is the Lord’s, I will compare it with a Landlord, who owns houses. When he rents them out, he expects the tenants to take care of his property. If a tenant does damage to the Landlord’s property, there is a penalty to be paid. The rules are stated in a legal document. When it comes to the children of God, if we abuse what God has given to us to manage, there is also a penalty. We will be judged for your wrong actions.


Stewardship has to do with every aspect of our lives, that is, how we manage whatever God has given us to be responsible for. We are not on earth just to be here. God saved us and gave us purpose, which is to glorify Him through our stewardship. How do we glorify God? Through our service to Him and to mankind. How do we serve? With our gifts, talents, money, and any other resources that are available to us.


Squandering God’s money is wasteful, His money is supposed to be put to good use. Example: We are blessed to be a blessing. Jesus said: The poor you will have with you always (Matthew 26:11). There are so many who have needs, and we need to be helping somebody. The Word of God commands us to give (Luke 6:38).


Now, this does not mean that you cannot put away some money; invest it wisely. A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s’ children, and the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22).


Whatever God gives us to manage, if we do not take care of it and use it wisely, that is abuse and God is not pleased. He told the Nation of Israel to bless a poor brother (Leviticus 25:35-36). God also told the Israelites to take in a stranger and love them as themselves (Leviticus 19:33-34).


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Marks of a False Prophet (continuation) 4-22-2021

These messages are important to the Christian community since, especially since cults and other false movements are rising rapidly. That is the reason the children of God need to be aware. There are some others who need to be exposed, but in His time the Lord will do it. You will not believe some of the secrecy behind these so called ministries of God.


Remember how Satan transforms himself into and angel of light and so are his ministers: Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).


Who are Satan’s ministers? They are people who are being deceived and they are deceiving others (2 Timothy 3:13). Look on the Mormon’s temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are all kinds of engraved symbols, one in particular is the pentagram (five star), also the image of Baphomet is in some pentagrams, which are connected with the Masonic order of the Eastern Star. 


Watch out! For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open and every secret will be brought to light -NLT (Mark 4:22).


These people also twist scriptures and add or take away from the true Word. They come up with their own meaning (interpretation) of scriptures. Example: There is nothing in the Word of God about grave soaking or getting an anointing from some famous Christian. Each child of God has the anointing because the Holy Spirit lives in us and we belong to Christ, the Anointed One.


Church, this is a wake-up call! Many of you have been blinded to the truth.


John was so concerned about the welfare of the baby Christians that he put special emphasis in them knowing, understanding, and walking in the truth: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (3 John 1:4).


It is of utmost importance that children of the Most-High God know about cults. That is the reason the pastors are told to watch over the flock: For I have not shunned [avoided] to give you the whole counsel of God. 


Therefore, take heed to yourselves all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, after my departure savage wolves will come in among you not sparing the flock (Acts 20:27-30).


This is a crying shame how the children of God are allowing Satan’s influence to infiltrate the church. I am encouraging you to learn as much as you can about all these false prophets and teachers. Be careful who and what you listen to, and who and what you follow.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Marks of a False Prophet 4-21-2021

The message is a continuation from yesterday. Before getting to the characteristics of a false prophet, Jesus Christ spoke of them and said: Beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves (Matthew 7:15). He went on to say, then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many (Matthew 24:11).


When a prophet speaks, people believe what is being said, because they are prophets. This is what God our Father said: When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22). 


When God said not to be afraid of these prophets, it is because people respect the office because they think these people are God’s mouthpiece. This is what puts them in fear.


Just recently some evangelicals prophesied that God said a certain person was going to be re-elected and it did not happen. They were lying prophets. Today, you will understand how to distinguish these false people. False prophets lie and say they hear from God.


Example: 

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons said he received a vision from God the Father and Jesus Christ…This was his vision that I did not know about until I searched on the internet; and all praises, honor, and glory to God our Father for being led by His Spirit. 


Years ago, we read the book of Mormons “Pearl of the Great Price”. That book had some stuff in it! They believed Lucifer and Jesus were brothers, along with many other false beliefs which is totally absurd.


Since the message is about false (lying) prophets, I believe the Spirit of God wants the readers to know about the big lie, and of course, it is about Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons (church of the Latter Day Saints).


The first vision: 

Joseph Smith said he was chosen to be the Lord’s prophet in the latter days. Over time he stated that the Lord restored His authority and church through Joseph Smith. It began restoring the work of Jesus Christ on the earth.


The Lie!

Everything that needed to be done was accomplished/finished/completed while Christ was on the earth. There are prophets and other ministry offices that Jesus Himself gave to and for the church after He left (Ephesians 4:11). And, since the church was founded on the apostles and the prophets with Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20), why would there be a need for something that had already been done?


The second vision:

Some years after his first vision, church members believe that Joseph Smith was led to a hill near Palmyra, New York, where he received an ancient record from an angel known as Moroni. The record, engraved on metal plates gave the history of a people who lived on the American continent during the time of Christ, including the appearance of the resurrected Christ to them. Joseph Smith translated the record in about three months and the resultant Book of Mormon was first published in New York in 1830. Such absurdity!


The Lie!

I started to say I did not know where Joseph Smith came up with the name of the angel. But it is a fact that he was influenced and deceived by the devil who came up with the name Moroni. Out of all the innumerable angels, you will only see the names of three angels. Lucifer was the anointed cherub (the highest order -Ezekiel 28:14); his name was changed to Satan when he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-14) and he is a fallen angel - Luke 10:18).


These are the only two angels that are named in the Bible, Michael the archangel (Jude 1:9) and Gabriel, the messenger (Luke 1 :26)


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

False Teachers and False Prophets 4-20-2021

As I am about to conclude with the epistles of John, he reminded me of how Jesus Christ was concerned about and cared so much for the little children. So much so, that He too put special emphasis on them: 

Then little children were brought to Him, that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.


 But Jesus said, let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for such is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:13-14).


Children are humble and teachable: The disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus called a little child to Him and sat him in the midst of them and said, assuredly, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3).


Continuing with John, he writes: 

Beloved do not believe every spirit, but try [test] the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God. 


Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist which you have heard was coming and is now already in the world (1 John 4:1-2).


Since this was written about two thousand years ago, it tells us how close in time it is for Jesus Christ’s return. Things are getting progressively worse, and they will get worse until His return.


Pause: 

Notice the Word did not say every person that confesses, it said every spirit. Anyone can confess out the mouth and lie in the heart. If it is coming from the person’s spirit, the person believes the spirit. False prophets confess with their mouths, but they are lying, and this is deception.


Jesus Christ also said to beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You will know them by their fruit…. a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). That is why it is necessary to grow spiritually, so we can discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).


False prophets and false teachers deny the Trinity (one God in three persons). Some of them say they are three separate gods (1 John 5:1-13). They also deny that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, that He is the only way to the Father, and that He is the only Mediator between God and man (John 1:1, 14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5).


The false prophets and teachers have a work mentality, which to them means they are working to earn eternal life. Even with works, no fruit comes forth; it is superficial. With that being said, it has been known that people who professed to be saved, left some mainstream churches, and joined up with these cults. 


Why do you think that happened? That is easy to answer. They went out from us, but they were never of us if so, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt continued with us.. (1 John 2:19). That is so sad.


It is so sad that some mainstream churches want people to work, work, work, shortly after they join the church. I believe that every church member should sit out and learn biblical principles before they serve in any capacity. A well-known apostle believed that members should be taught for a year before serving, that is the reason his ministry grew spiritually and in numbers.


However, there are many large ministries that look prosperous, but that does not determine if the ministry is spiritual. The Roman Catholic church, the Mormons (church of the latter day Saints) and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are some of the biggest and richest cults and false religions who claim to be godly movements. Children of God need to know who and what is true, and who and what is false.


Caution: Please make sure you quote scriptures correctly, if not, it could take away the true meaning of what is being said: Did you notice that John wrote to try the spirits whether [to see if] they are of God? Many people say: “Try the spirits by the spirits”. That is misquoted and erroneous.


Tomorrow: The Marks of a False Prophet


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Walking in Health and Prospering as Our Souls Prosper 4-19-2021

I hear people quoting this verse often. “I pray that you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers.” John wrote this to Gaius: Gaius in whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers (3 John 3:1).


Although John was writing to Gaius the elder, the principle is the same for every child of God. But it is conditional; it depends on what a person does. For instance, if you do not study the Word of God and work His principles, they will not work for you.


What comes out of some people’ mouths are indicative of them not studying the Word of God. Many people speak negative words out of their mouths, like “O’ woe is me, I stay sick. Taking it a step further: “If it is God’s will, I will be healed”. Hold it! That contradicts the Word of God. It is God’s will for you to prosper and be in health.


If you are honest with yourself, look at your life and assess what has been happening. For instance, have you overcome any illness, or did you stand on the Word of God and believe by faith that you are healed by Jesus’ stripes (1 Peter 2:24)? Jesus Christ did not just die for our sins only; He was beaten and the stripes on His body was for our healing (Isaiah 53:5).


Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Whatever you speak, that is what it becomes. James also talks about the tongue: Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers [sisters] these things ought not to be so (James 3:10). Sickness is a curse that came with the sin Adam committed when he disobeyed God (Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3:17).


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heaven places (Ephesians 1:3). God has put all blessings in our hands, but we must appropriate (make use of) the blessings.


This is another scripture that has been misused:

And Moses said to God’s people, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…..The Lord shall fight for you…. (Exodus 14:13-14). That was true then, because the people did not have the Spirit of God living in them, therefore, God took care of their enemies: 

And the fear of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had learned that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel -verse 29 (2 Chronicles 20:26-30).


In the New Testament, we are God’s army, and we are in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18). We have been given power over the enemy - the devil and his demons (Luke 10:19). 


If you are waiting for the Lord to fight your battle, you will never win, and you will be waiting until your life on this earth comes to an end. God takes care of the people (Romans 12:17-21), we take care of the enemy with the armor God has provided for us.


Wanna make the devil laugh? Keep waiting for the Lord to fight your battles. People speak words like that because they are ignorant of the Word of God.


Saints of the Most-High God, please get into the Word and study, for it is required by the Lord. The devil wants you to think you are okay. John wrote to the babies in Christ, so they would not be deceived by false prophets and false teachers.


Next: False Teachers and False Prophets


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth (Part 2) 4-18-2021

As I continue with part two of the message about having the right attitude and speaking life over your situation, you will find that you are what you think and speak.


If I would go by my feelings, I would not be moving about, because that old arthritis (arthur) has struck several areas of my body. During the past year and a half, my body has been invaded with different health issues. A few months ago, I went to the doctor because there was a sack of fluid in my elbow, large as a golf ball (bursitis). Certain forms of arthritis old (arthur/bursitis) were invading my body and striking blows at me.


The doctor brought the ultra-sound machine in and he told me that all of the fluid probably wouldn’t come out; but I was believing differently and praying inwardly. The doctor’s assistant was not able to get all the fluid out with the needle because there were particles obstructing the flow of the fluid. However, when he pulled the needle out, it left a space big enough and the fluid oozed out; and the doctor was squeezing it.


All of the fluid came out despite what the other doctor said. Once everybody went out of the room, I really went into a praise. That was about six months ago, and I am healed in Jesus’ name. No more problems, when God heals through whatever means, it is a done deal!


A couple more times arthritis struck in my fingers (crippling them); each time I would pray and eventually my fingers were no longer crippled. Several of us out to dinner and one of the sisters asked what was wrong with my thumb (that’s how noticeable it was). I told the sister it was arthritis, but it was not going to stay way and again, as with the precious situation with the fingers, it was gone. I do not have time for the devil to keep me down; I’ve got to “Keep on Pushing”!


I still experience pain in different parts of my body, but life words are spoken out of my mouth, instead of complaining. The life word is: By His stripes I am healed (1 Peter 2:24), and it works.


Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of all their afflictions (Psalm 34:19). The devil threw all kinds of fiery darts at me, but I am still standing by the grace of God. How could I continue to minister with an afflicted body? The devil will mess with your mind, but you must think with the right attitude because as a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 18:21).


More of this will come up in another message “Prospering and Being in Health as Our Souls Prosper”. In 1989, I had a back injury that took me out of the work-force permanently, which caused me to go on disability. Do I look like a disabled person with all this energy? God Did It!


Every time the devil would come at me, I would counteract with faith words (empowered by God’s Spirit). I was having pain in my ears, and made an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat doctor; I told her that I thought it was sinus related. Eventually a cat-scan was ordered, and the technician said the same thing I had told the doctor, that it was probably sinus.


Then the doctor wanted me to have a hearing test, and when the results came back, she said I needed a hearing aid. Not so! The devil is a liar. I spoke life words about my ears and believed that whatever it was, by Jesus; stripes I was healed (1 Peter 2:24).


You may wonder why I am still living in the same place after six years of being buffeted by the devil. All I can say is God is in control, just as He was in Joseph’s life. Do I want all this to come to an end? Of course! But where could I go but to the Lord? 


He has not opened a door; prayers are being sent up regularly on my behalf and I cry out to the Lord because of discouragement. But then, His supernatural empowerment causes me to bounce back. Mainly because I speak the Word of God over my situation; death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).


He gives me that supernatural energy to get up and bounce back! I am still able to do some things physically It has to do with the call on my life. Whatever God calls us to do He gives us everything that is needed to fulfill our assignment.


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth 4-17-2021

A few days ago, I posted some pictures on Facebook, not knowing that people would be sending so many comments. I just wanted to do something different because no pictures had been taken without a mask on since the Covid-19 Pandemic. 


The simple attire was worn because a cousin had passed and a few of us wanted to show our faces and pay respect to our family.


Because of all the many responses that were sooooo encouraging, I want you to know my story, and that is not about me and what I did, it is all GOD! So, today as you read this message, my prayer is that you will be motivated to speak life words out of your mouths. The reason being, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).


My life before Christ was one of riotous living, cigarettes, booze; I didn’t develop a liking for the other kind of substances, but partying, sex and whatever else, you name it! It is by the grace of God that I am what I am today (1 Corinthians 15:10). He has preserved me all these years for this time.


Early on in my walk, there were things that I did not understand, but it had to be faith that God instilled in me to give me the desire to visit the sick in nursing homes and hospitals and pray for them. This happened before I knew or understood the power of prayer. 


This is my point; faith has been active in my life almost since the beginning of my relationship with Christ. To have that kind of faith, your thoughts (attitudes) must be right.


Let me stop a moment and say, my faith has faltered (wavered) just as Abraham’s did, but God sees us through the eyes of perfection. Abraham got side-tracked due to lack of faith and went into Egypt because there was a famine in the land (Genesis 12:10) - [he allowed what he saw to affect what God had told him].


I have allowed circumstances and situations to cause me to doubt. Example: There was a time I was so desperate for money, that I went on my own to get it and that made my situation worse because I did not trust God. It was a shameful situation, and it was embarrassing. Yet, it did not change God’s love for me. However, a lesson was learned from that experience.


As my faith was strengthened, I also learned to speak faith (life) words out of my mouth. This brings me to speaking death and life over, or about your situation and how much power the tongue has. The reason I am where I am today, as far as being able to do what God has called me to do, is because of my way of thinking and speaking.


I am repeating this particular situation about the time I fell and injured my shoulder in November 2019 and was partially immobilized and was still in therapy when Covid-19 struck in March 2019. That caused me to do therapy on my own, with the help of the Lord.


Since then, there has been an off and on situation going on in my body. There were/are problems with my eyes (allergies due to someone smoking crack and cigarettes that I have been in close proximity to), but the Lord has sustained me and my health in spite of what the devil is doing. Surely the Lord has kept me!


Not only that, depression would set in, but each time I overcame it by the grace of God. Much is due to prayer, and my prayer warrior sisters were certainly standing in the gap on my behalf, as well as others whom the Spirit impressed upon their hearts to pray. 


The apostle Paul was in spiritual warfare against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:6-19). Paul’s prayer was to continue to speak boldly, he was not trying to get out of the situation but to boldly speak whatever was given to him.


If you are thinking that you would not be able to endure what I am going through, you will not experience the same situation, and neither will I experience what you go through. God has given each of us specific assignments and He would never give any of us an assignment that we could not endure or complete (Philippians 1:6). Be encouraged, God’s got you!


Next: Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth (Part 2) 4-18-2021


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Hating a Brother or Sister? 4-16-2021

I am believing that this message is going to be an eye opener to many who profess to be born-again. The reason being, in my many years of being saved, and being affiliated with different denominational churches, I have seen and heard much when it comes to showing love to certain people. 


It has been so obvious that some people are hurt by it, including myself. As I grew spiritually, my hurts diminished. But what about those who are not as mature?


Some of these people say they love you, but their actions speak differently. When a church or a group of people is divided, that is not exemplifying love (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).


Paul’s writing is similar to John’s writing in a sense – Paul wrote to Christians who refused to grow; therefore, they were still babies; they were divided and unloving. Whereas John wrote to new believers (babes) in Christ who were open to the truth of God’s Word.


There are two types of baby Christians:

1) Those who have been saved long enough to be more matured in their walk with Christ, but they are not open to the truth; they are stuck. Perhaps it is because they feel they are okay, and they accepted whatever was told to them, even though it was erroneous doctrine. In having conversations with some of these people, it is obvious that they think they are mature. This includes some leaders.


2) Those new believers who are open to the truth are the ones God is pleased with. And John is to be commended for his love and tender-heartedness for these little children. I believe John remembered how Christ taught him and the others, and it rubbed off on him. We should feel the same way.


Let’s talk about Love and what is the opposite of it. I am doing this because it is important that the readers understand how serious it is. For every plus, there is minus; for every positive there is a negative; life is the opposite of life is death, and the opposite of faith is doubt.


What is the opposite of hate? LOVE! And what is the opposite of Love? HATE! There are no ifs, buts, and in-betweens; one either loves or hates.


John makes a specific distinction pertaining to the true children of God: Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God, and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God…..not that we loved God, but He loved us……beloved if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. If we love one another, God dwells in us and His Love is perfected in us.


Pause: 

When John says, God’s Love is perfected in us, this means Love is being matured in us. Nobody starts off perfect; it is a growing process – grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


Back to John and the warning of self-deception about Love: If a man say that I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this is the commandment we have from Him; that he who loves God, loves his brother also (1 John 4:7-20).


Jesus Christ told John and the other disciples that they were to have love for each other. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).


Love brings unity and there is an anointing that destroys yokes (Psalm 133). The devil is having a hey-day in keeping us divided so that God’s will is not accomplished.


Brothers and sisters, we really need to check ourselves and see if we truly are loving everybody like the Word of God tells us to. Love is not just speaking (moving our lips), it is the kind of action that goes much further than moving our lips.


Next: Watch that Attitude (Tude) and What Comes out of Your Mouth


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

John Called the Born-Again Believers “My Little Children” 4-15-2021

I wonder how many of you readers are wondering why John referred to, or called some of his readers “My little children”?


There are three groups of people that John talks to: Little children, young men, and fathers. There is a specific reason that the groups are categorized.


Let’s start with the fathers who were older and had more wisdom. I had no idea this was going to materialize about the correct order in every church of God. From this, you should see how important it is to have older people who are experienced in life and especially in the Word of God.


The young men were/are also experienced, not as much as the fathers, but they had strength that the older men (fathers) did/do not have.


The little children (babes in Christ) are young and immature in the faith. John treats them with loving, tender care like Jesus did the children (Matthew 19:14). Children are tender, innocent, and vulnerable; they trust their fathers and do what they are told to do.


Let’s see how John addresses the little children. In the last message John wrote and told them not to sin. And if anyone sinned we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous…..I will get to the scriptures about hating a brother in the next message.


John says: I write to you little children because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. John tells them to love not the world, nor the things in the world……This is not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy some things in this world that God gave us to enjoy, like sports and anything else that is not evil. The apostle Paul wrote about a marathon runner in a race as someone running a spiritual race and what was required to be a winner by getting to the finishing line first.


John was talking to the little children about things that they should know at the beginning of their new life. This gives them an awareness of the false teachers in the church.


He was giving them enough to hold on to and the young men and older men (fathers) can help them to add to their faith by being taught the principles of God’s Word.


John said to the fathers: I have written to you fathers because you have known Him that is from the beginning. This means that they had been in the faith for quite a while.


John told the young men: I have written to you young men because you are strong and the Word of God abides [continues, remains] in you and you have overcome the wicked one [the devil]. The young men had spent much time being trained in the Word of God. I believe they received wisdom and knowledge from the older men.


If you are in a church that does not have fathers (the older men), better still, the five ministry offices (Ephesians 4:11), you should be praying and asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.


Next: Hating a Brother or Sister?


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

“Do Christians Sin?” (1 John 1:5- 2:1-2) 4-14-2021

In yesterday’s message, John wrote to the children of God assuring them of their salvation and he warned them about false teachers who were once in the church, but they were not of them (born-again). He went on to tell them that if those people were born-again, they would have remained.


There is a difference in going back into the world, than falling from grace, some call it backsliding. A person who falls from grace gets out of fellowship with the Lord, but when he or she confesses their sins, their fellowship is restored.


There are some who believe we do not have to ask our Father to forgive us because Jesus Christ took care of our past, present, and future sins. That is correct because Jesus went to the cross once for the sins of the world. However, as children of God, when there is sin in our lives, confession is necessary.


Plus, the Bible says if you say you do not sin, you are a liar, and the truth is not in you. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse from all unrighteousness. This means unrighteous acts; ungodly things that we do.


I want you to take notice that this is not a salvation scripture; it is a Christian confessing sins to the Father whom they have a relationship with. The salvation scripture is: 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 [If you believe in your heart, you will confess with your mouth] –(Romans 10:9-10).


What about the children of God when they fall into a sin?

Getting back to unconfessed sin that takes us out of fellowship with our Father. Example: If you did something wrong, would you tell your mother or father you are sorry? Or better yet, even though you and your parent/s love each other, you would not feel the same; there would be a strain in the relationship. The person is still your parent, but there is no fellowship. How can you feel comfortable when you know there is unconfessed sin in your life?


I am going even further. Does your doing wrong cause you not to be your parent’s child?


Another example is the parable of the prodigal son (loose living, wasteful): The prodigal son was the younger of two brothers and he wanted his portion of the inheritance. This was horrible what the son did to his father, he was totally selfish and disrespectful. No one receives an inheritance until the owner of the will dies. The father gave him his portion; shortly afterward the son left and went to a far country and wasted what he had because he was living riotously.


He became a citizen and was hired to feed swine; this was a low blow for a Jew. A famine came and it got so bad that he would have eaten what the swine ate [he did not eat the husks]. Pause: The prodigal son was a Jew and Jews had no dealing with swine- this was a dietary law (Leviticus 11:27).


He came to his senses and went back to his father and he asked his father to forgive him…..His father told his servants to bring the best robe, ring (signifies how much the father valued his son) and shoes for his feet…. The father said his son was dead, but now was alive, lost but now he was found. Being lost in this context mean the son was backslidden (Luke 15:11-24).


The same is with us, when we come to our senses, we ask our Father to forgive us (1 John 1:9).


That’s how much our Father loves us, and He is waiting with open arms to restore our fellowship with Him. And if anyone sins, he has an advocate [One who pleads another’s case before a judge] with the Father (1 John 2:1).


Note: Just a reminder that children of God falling into sin is different than “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Paul was talking about the sinful state of mankind and the whole world is guilty before God. Those who become children of God are no longer condemned (guilty).


John Called the Born-Again Believers “My Little Children”


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Assurance of Eternal Life 4-13-2021

As I begin with the first of several topics, having the assurance of being born-again (John 3), as Jesus told Nicodemus in the Gospel of John is the first and of utmost importance.


I gave a historical background in the previous message about false teachers in the church, but they left. Actually, they came in and damaged and confused the children of God before they left. The Word of God says this, to let the readers know that these people were not saved: They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have no doubt continued with us. But they went out that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us (1 John 2:19).


Judas Iscariot was an example of one who was never born again, even though he walked with Jesus Christ and the other disciples for three years (Matthew 26:47-50, John 17:12).


Back to the epistle of John: But you have an unction [anointing] from the Holy One and you know all things (1 John 2:20). John is writing to people who are born-again (little children) and letting them know (assuring them) that the Holy Spirit was in them and they would not be deceived. However, the children must continue to walk in the light, because the Holy Spirit cannot reveal to us what we do not know. He brings things to our remembrance…. (John 14:26).


How do we walk in the light? By spending time in the Word and prayer, and fellowshipping with other believers. By surrounding ourselves with people who have been saved for awhile, being in the right place (church) where you can learn God’s principles and grow.


He who believes on the Son of God has the witness within. He who does not believe God, has made himself a liar, because he does not believe the record that God gave His Son. And this is the record that God has given us eternal life, and that life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life (1 John 5:10-13). John puts a lot of emphasis on the Son; the Gnostics did not believe Jesus could not have been who He was (perfect), because all flesh was evil.


John continued to emphasize to the children of God about having assurance of salvation. Another thing I want to add, there are so many different doctrinal beliefs today that is confusing to those who are not rooted and grounded on the foundation of Christ. Even though some of these people may be born-again, they need to get somewhere and study the Word of God so it can be rightly divided.


We know that whoever is born of God does not sin, but he who belongs to God keeps himself and the wicked one (devil) cannot touch him (1 John 5:18). The Word does not mean that Christians do not fall into sin. It means we are not in the state of sin because we have a new nature, but we do fall into sin.


If a person is born-again, they cannot continue to sin and not get a conviction; to feel sorrow, remorseful and convinced of their sin.


That is why the next message is going to be “Do Christians Sin?”


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Three Epistles (Letters) of John 4-12-2021

I want to introduce you to the apostle John, who wrote one of the four Gospels, three epistles and the book of Revelation. Although each book of John was inspired by the Holy Spirit, he also had a special encounter with Christ who spoke directly to him to write the book of Revelation.


This is some historical background information from the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible.

John states that he writes to give assurance of eternal life to those who believe in the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13). The uncertainty of his readers about their spiritual status was caused by the unsettling conflict with the teachers of a false doctrine. John’s purpose in writing, then was to expose the heresy of the false teachers and to confirm the faith of the true believers.


He refers to the teachings as deceitful, the teachers as false prophets, liars, and antichrists. These people had once been within the church but had withdrawn and gone out into the world. The heresy was a forerunner of second century Gnosticism, which taught that matter is essentially evil, and spirit is essentially good.


Definition:

Gnosticism is a word derived from the Greek, meaning “knowledge”. The Gnostics believed they had access to special knowledge that was superior to others.


My words:

The Gnostics were basically saying that since all matter/flesh was evil, Jesus could not have come in the flesh.


More from NKJV:

How Christ is revealed: John emphasizes both the deity and humanity of Jesus, declaring that in Him God entered fully into human life. John’s purpose in writing then was to expose the heresy of the false teachers and to confirm the faith of the true believers.


These are some upcoming topics that may not be written in chronological order.

Assurance of eternal life

What does John mean by my little children?

What about hating a brother or a sister?

False teachings and false prophets

Principle of walking in health as our souls prosper


This book exposes all the evil that went on the church then, and it is still happening today. When I write to warn you what to be aware of, it is because out of my love for you. And most of all, God loves you.


Unshackled (walking in truth) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Answers to Brain Teaser 4-11-2021

Yesterday, I asked a question (hypothetical) as to what answer would be given if you died and stood before Christ and He would ask you to give Him one reason why He should let you into His kingdom. Also, you were told that I would have answers to the multi-choice challenge today.


The Multi-choice answers from yesterday’s challenge:


1) I went to church – Answer: Many people go to hell through the church. Going to church is good, but you must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior in order to have eternal life. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that Christ died for your sins and that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).


Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall receive eternal life (John 3:16). It is because of God’s grace and the faith that He instilled in you that you have a new life. It was all God’s doing you did nothing; you did not deserve it (Ephesians 2:8-9). And I have a problem with someone saying they love the church, what about Jesus?


2) I was a good person, and I did not mistreat others - Answer : The Word of God says, As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10).


3) I gave to the poor – Answer: This rich young ruler asked Jesus- Good Master what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Jesus asked the man why he called Him good, when there is none good but the Father. Jesus asked him if he knew the commandments and he told Jesus he had observed the commandments from his youth. Jesus told the man to sell whatever he had and give to the poor. The man was sad, and he walked away, grieved (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22).


The man had made an idol of his wealth; he was not willing to take up his cross and follow Jesus. The reason it was/is so hard for a rich man to inherit eternal life is, his riches become his idol/god. However, there is nothing impossible with God (Matthew 19:26).


4) I was baptized – Answer: Have you ever heard the saying: “A person going down in the water a dry devil and coming out of the water a wet devil”? Well, it is the truth. Water baptism cannot save anybody. As a matter of fact, Jesus said: Go therefore and teach all nations (extend salvation), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Salvation always precedes water baptism.


5) None of the above was correct from yesterday’s answers – With that being so, have you received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?


Unshackled (Enjoying my New Life) ~ Betty A. Burnett

A Brainteaser Challenge 4-10-2021

Since I plan to travel on a couple of day trips, this is a short hypothetical

brainteaser to make you think:


If you die today and you stand before Christ and He asked you to give Him one reason why He should let you into His Kingdom, what would your answer be?


Multi-choice:

1) I went to church and worked in the church


2) I was a good person, and I did not mistreat anybody


3) I gave to the poor, etc.


4) I was baptized


5) None of the above


See you tomorrow, Lord willing with answers from today's challenge


Concerned about souls


Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett

Adding to Your Faith Brings Maturity 4-9-2021

A few weeks ago, messages were written from the epistle/letter of Peter pertaining to spiritual growth: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) and Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


Although Peter wrote about false teachers and false/apostate teachers, it will be difficult for one to understand what is false if they do not know the truth. For instance, after one is more matured through the process of growth, they will recognize/discern what is false. That is because that are skilled in the Word, and they are no longer on milk (Hebrews 5:13-14).


Example of what is true and what is false: the employees at US Mint have to study what the true bills look like, and from that they can recognize the false or counterfeit bills.


Let’s go to Peter and how he wrote about Christian virtues:

And beside this, giving all diligence [perseverance - keep pressing forward], add to your faith,


Virtue [righteous living], and to virtue knowledge, and to


Knowledge [understanding the Word of God], and to knowledge, temperance (make sure that temper is in check),


Temperance [self-control], and to temperance, add patience (make sure that temper is in check),

Patience [long suffering], fore-bearing one another (Colossians 3:13), to patience add


Godliness [Christlikeness], and to godliness [godliness with contentment is great gain](1 Timothy 6:6). It is so good to know when you’re living a godly life that you experience peace. Add


Brotherly kindness [Do good to everybody, especially those who are of the household of faith] (Galatians 6:10); be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other…. (Ephesians 4:32), add to

Brotherly kindness, Charity [love]


The greatest of all is LOVE. When you read about the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23), LOVE is the first one mentioned. If you love your neighbor, you will not do anything to harm him or her, that is why all the commandments hinge on Love. Love God…. And your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40).


When these virtues are added (it takes time), we will not be barren or unfruitful.


Example of someone being barren: 

Many women have not been able to birth children. Therefore, they are barren. In the Bible days, if a woman was not able to give birth to a child, she was considered cursed. Since this is spiritual, I am talking about males and females. Paul the apostle was not barren; he preached and taught, and many were birthed through his ministry.


But he who lacks [fall behind] these things are blind and cannot see afar off and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. A person like this is carnal, continuing in his or her old ways [still acting like an unsaved person] – to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). In other words, one cannot live a victorious life in Christ when he or she is doing the same things sinners do.


If we fulfill our call, that means to do what God has called us to do – [being faithful], for an entrance will be ministered to you/us abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-11).


During our fine tuning discussion coming from Romans 5:3-5, Paul’s writing was similar to Peter’s writing (2 Peter 1:5-11). It is amazing how these men wrote, how the Word connected, and how the Word was confirmed. Nobody can do that but God! How can anyone doubt or even question God’s Word being true?


This will be the grand finale, when Christ says: Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21, 23). Question: Are you adding to (growing in) your faith?


Unshackled (assured of my calling and election) ~ Betty A. Burnett

All have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God? (Romans 3:23) 4-8-2021

In “An Hour of Bible Sharing” with Betty, we are going through the entire book of Romans, which in the meat of the Gospel. The book of Romans is called the greatest exposition of Christian doctrine anywhere in scripture – NKJV note


This is a scripture that is misused, and it is quoted by many Christians including some leaders. I heard it used in a way that seems like a cop-out, or as a means of justifying wrongdoing.


When people are saying that we don’t have the right to judge because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, that is not true. Jesus does not condemn judgment, but He admonished righteous judgment. 


If someone is doing the same thing the other person is doing, then he or she is a hypocrite. The Word of God tells us to take the log out of our own eye before taking the splinter out of someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:1-5).


The Word of God also tells us to judge our brothers and sisters’ actions. Paul goes to the point of saying that we should be ashamed when we know our brothers and sisters are openly sinning, and we don’t do anything about it. The reason being, if the sin is not dealt with, it will affect others in the church (1 Corinthians, chapter 5).


Example: It was reported that a man who called himself a brother was having sex with his father’s wife. The church was told to confront the situation and if the brother refused to change, they were to put him out of the church, hoping that the devil would beat him up and he would come to his senses. 


Paul not only warned about the fornicator; he named other things that should not even be done as a Christian. He went as far as to say, do not eat with such a person.


I said all that to make it clear enough for you to understand the difference between judging someone’s heart and another person’s action. The scripture: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God has nothing to do with a born-again believer. Look at have sinned - that is past tense.


This reminds of someone saying we are sinners saved by grace. That is not true! We are not in a state of sin even though we miss the mark. One cannot have two natures; they are either a sinner or a saint. The Word of God says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creature… all things are new….(2 Corinthians 5:17).


 Remember this: And such were some of you, but you were washed [made new/clean], you sanctified, you were justified…. (1 Corinthians 6:11).


Here’s what Romans, chapters 1-3 mean: First of all, Paul was writing to Christians in Rome. He told them the whole world was guilty before God; that the Jew who had the law was guilty because they thought because they were Jews that they were in good standing with God. And they felt because they were Jews, chosen by God, they were better or more special than others. The Jews had the Word, but it did not make them better; they were just as guilty before God. Even though they knew the Word/Law, they did not keep it.


Then there were the morally upright Gentiles who did not have the Word.


Example: They went to church, they were known and respected in the community for doing good deeds, but they were not saved. Therefore, they were guilty before God.


And then there were the heathen/pagans who were downright wicked; you just know they were guilty before God. But, the Word of God says all were guilty before God.


If the whole world was guilty before God because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, what about us? 

How in the world can we justify using that scripture for a saved person? 


The saved and unsaved are completely different, in that the unsaved are guilty before God. Although children of God fall into sin, we are no longer declared guilty (Romans 8:1) because Jesus took our guilt.


Next: The Epistle of Peter


Unshackled (growing in grace and knowledge) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Erroneous Quote from Psalm 51:1, 10-11 ~ 4-7-2021

Before getting back to the epistles of Peter, I am sharing a scripture that is quoted by many Christians erroneously. This is the story of David and his confession about a year after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba.


David: Have mercy on me O God according to Your loving kindness…. Blot out my transgressions. Let’s look at the word blot. It means to abolish, erase, wipe away. It is used in the book of Acts as a means of repentance, by receiving Christ as Savior and all sins were abolished, erased, or wiped away forever (Acts 3:19). 


This does not mean that the Christian does not fall into sin (1 John 1:8, 10). That’s where the scripture tells us, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).


Jesus Christ took care of every sin when He died on the cross: Blotting [erasing, wiping away] out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross (Colossians 2:14). The sin debt that was against us has been cancelled. If you had a black board and wrote on it with white chalk, then you erased it, would you ever see the words again?


Now to another scripture that is widely used erroneously: Create in me a clean heart O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast not Your Spirit from my presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.


Now you are clean through the Word that I have spoken to you (John 15:3). When Jesus said to the disciples and it was for all of God’s children that we are clean, why do we ask God to create in us a clean heart? If anyone ask God to clean their heart, it makes others think they are not born-again.


This is another scripture out of many that lets us know we do not have to ask God to clean our hearts: And such were (past tense) some of you, but you are (present tense) washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). This scripture is pertaining to who we were and who we are now.


What about do not take Your Holy Spirit from me? Jesus said: And I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He (He is not it- that is an insult) may abide with you forever (John 14:16).


What did Jesus mean by another Comforter? While Jesus Christ was with His disciples, He was their Comforter. Jesus knew He had to leave, but He was not going to leave them comfortless (John 16:18), just as we are not comfortless.


When David said, do not take Your Spirit from me, he was under the old covenant, but he had a relationship with God. His relationship was inferior compared to our relationship with Christ because we are under a new and better covenant that is superior to the old covenant.


Let’s take it another step, why do people say the Lord will not dwell in an unclean temple? Once we are born-again, we have been made clean (holy, righteous). Do they think the Holy Spirit leaves them each time they fall into sin? That does not make any sense. God told Peter: What I have cleaned, do not call unclean (Acts 10:14-15).


To me, this means they would lose their salvation and have to get saved all over again. If that is so, what does to be sealed by the Holy Spirit mean? 


Example: If you have a document that needs to be sealed by a stamp from a notary public, that imprint on the seal is permanent. That is the reason for the seal to be stamped. We have been stamped with the Holy Spirit’s seal and it is permanent.


We are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit, which means to make Him sad when we are doing anything contrary to the Word of God (Ephesian 4:30). The second part of Ephesians 4:30: whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. 


If people say the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in an unclean temple, every time someone fell into a sin, the Holy Spirit will leave them. If that is true, then Jesus lied when He said the Holy Spirit will abide with you forever ( John 16:18 ) and if He lied, He sinned and His death on the cross would have been meaningless.


Next: All have Sinned and Come Short of the Glory of God? (Romans 3:23)


Unshackled (growing in grace and knowledge) ~ Betty A. Burnett

 How God Called Burnett Ministries 4-6-2021

I am sharing with the readers about my call into the ministry. This message is to encourage those of you who are assured of your call and to wait until God launches you into your ministry.


No two ministries are exactly alike, just as no two people (even twins) are not exactly alike. God has has put uniqueness in each of His children. And each of us is ordained by God to reach those He has chosen for us to reach. No one person can reach everybody, regardless of how large the ministry is.


This is how my ministry began. I was asked to do reflections at funeral services, which started in 1992. It went from poetic reflections to playwriting and on to writing messages. My God given creative and innovate writing abilities was confirmed in various ways.


Although I was ordained into ministry through my church in 2002, God was working in and through me for many years prior to 2002. However, the time to be launched into ministry was not manifested until December 2005. As you can see, it took quite a few years to get to where the ministry is today. Of course, it took a team of us working together in different capacities for it to prosper.


When we had the first meeting to establish Burnett Ministries, the Spirit spoke to me and said it was going to a global ministry. The team agreed with the vision the Spirit had given to me. In one of our meetings, we also agreed that we would not despise small beginnings. This is the way the scripture is quoted: Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end shall greatly increase (Job 8:7).


When I was given the word global, in my mind global meant that I would be traveling world-wide, but God’s ways were/are so much higher and different than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9). Instead of me traveling physically, my travels were mainly through the internet - that is a ha-ha! O yes it is.


I am moving on to the next step of the ministry. In 2006, I started sending messages out by email to friends and family. I also started posting messages on Facebook in 2010 after finally obeying what the Spirit directed me to do in 2009.


One of my family members came by one day and asked if I had a ministry blog, and I told him yes. He suggested/encouraged me to post the messages on Burnett Ministries Blog page (Burnettministries.org). The theme was/is Setting the Captives Free World-Wide. It was in May 2011, that the first message was posted, and the very first message went viral, and it has been prospering since that time, Praise God!


The messages were posted weekly and as time went on, they were posted two times a week. Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, the messages have been posted daily. This takes a lot of time, and it is hard work, but it is worth all the hours of diligent study, and I absolutely love it!


Now to how amazing God is: In the latter part of 2019, the Spirit spoke to me and told me to start a Bible class: “An Hour of Bible Sharing” with Betty. And He told me to start the class in January 2020. I was obedient and the Bible sharing has been moving forward since that time.


 Although it is small, I stand on Job 8:7, because God called/established it and He will also prosper the Bible class. A few of us are have a fine tuning discussion on Thursday.


Some may say: What took so long for the ministry to prosper from 2005 – 2021? The only answer I have is, many do not know this, but from the time the blog was published, the messages went viral [world-wide, or global] just as God said it would.


I say to the readers today, that you cannot determine what God is doing in someone else’s ministry. There is a saying: “You can’t judge a book by the cover”. I want to add that just because many ministries are large does not not mean they are spiritually prosperous. It could be that they are into sensationalism, manipulation, power, and being financially supported by people who are ignorant of the Word of God.


Burnett Ministries’ number one desire is to bless people with the Word, and we make contribution to others with the resources God has blessed us with.


Praise God saints, God is still doing just what He said He would do, and in a mightier way: Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work will perform it until the day of Christ [until Christ returns]! GOD DID IT!


Next: Erroneous Quote from Psalm Fifty-One


Unshackled (pressing forward) Betty A. Burnett

The Call and Ministry of King David 4-5-2021

I am going back to the testimonials of those whom God called into ministry. Today’s message is about the call of King David. God sent Samuel to Jesse to anoint one of his sons as a king. Samuel went to Jesse and told him what the Lord had told him to do. And it came to pass, when they were come, Samuel looked at Jesse’s son Eliab and said, surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.


But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at his countenance, or at the height of his stature for I have refused him; for the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart…. Seven of Jesse’s sons passed through but none of them was the one God had chosen.


Samuel asked Jesse if he had another son and Jesse told him there was a younger son attending sheep. Samuel asked Jesse to bring him, and he brought him in. Now he was ruddy [red], with a beautiful countenance, and good looking. And the Lord told Samuel to rise and anoint him, for he is the one (1 Samuel 16:1-13).


What about those of you who may not think you are good enough or do not meet a certain standard for God to use you? Are there other things that are hold-backs to keep you from moving forward when God calls you at the right season? God does not look at your appearance because He was the One who made you to be unique (different) and with purpose for His glory! (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 2:10).


David sat on the throne as king when he was thirty years old (2 Samuel 5:4). David was a type of Christ, in that Jesus began His public ministry when He was thirty years old (Luke 3:23). David was also a type of Christ, symbolizing His throne will never end (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Isaiah 9:6-7).


Although David was anointed by God at an early age, he did not reign on the throne until he was thirty years old; there is a time and season (purpose) for everything under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1). 

I heard this song “You can’t hurry God (No no), You just have to wait, Trust and give Him time, No matter how long it takes. He’s a God you can’t hurry, You don’t have to worry, He may not come when you want Him, But He’s right on time”- Chicago Mass Choir


The problem is, so many are going into ministry prematurely. But when the fullness of time came, God sent His Son made of a woman…. (Galatians 4:4). In other words, Jesus Christ was sent at the appointed time, just as David’s ministry, your ministry and my ministry have a set time to manifest.


Far from being perfect, David was an adulterer and a murderer. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he had her husband Uriah killed to hide his sin (2 Samuel, chapter 11, Psalm 51). There were consequences for his sins, the sword never left his house (2 Samuel 12:10); his son Amnon raped his half-sister (David’s daughter-Tamara - 2 Samuel, chapter 13). Another son, Absalom whom David loved, tried to take David’s throne (2 Samuel, chapters 13-19). 


Reminder: Because God loves us, He cannot let us get away with sin (Hebrews 12:6-11).


Yet God said David was a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). Despite human frailties, David himself wrote that God wonderfully and fearfully made him (Psalm 139:14). 


Even though God knew what David, you and I were going to do, He put greatness in us: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly place (Ephesians 1:3). In fact, it was already there, it was a process of being fulfilled.


Jesus will reign on the throne of His father David in Jerusalem. What do I mean when I say His father David? Jesus Christ came through the ancestry line of Jesse, David’s father (Matthew 1:6). Jesus said: I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Revelation 22:16).


I am encouraging you to walk in your call, but also warning you not to go into ministry too soon.


Next: Testimony of How God Called Burnett Ministries 4-6-2021


Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett

“Resurrection” ~ The New Life 4-4-2021

When I think about the celebration on Easter Sunday commemorating how Christ rose from the dead and gave us a “New Life”, my heart leaps with joy!


It is also the time I want to thank all of you who purchased my book, The New Life. There have been requests for me to sign the book and I have arranged to meet with some of them and have fellowship along with signing the book. The fellowship is what I look really forward to.


Eventually there will be a specific place to do a book signing – one day and one step at a time. Although there were years of waiting, whenever the Lord is in it, it will prosper: So shall My words be that go forth out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void [empty], but it will accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where I send it. For you [I] will go out with joy….. (Isaiah 55:11-12). The reason I am going out with joy, is because GOD DID IT!


In case some of you did not see the post about two months ago, I am re-sharing what the book looks like and where it can be purchased: West bow Press (Christian books), Goodreads, Google books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and eBay Both old and new editions are available - kindle, paperback, and hardcover.


The book is an excellent resource for the unsaved, new Christians and new members’ class. And for the children of God who believe they are mature; this will be a great refresher. This book will give the readers a better understanding of what "The New Life" is about.


By the way, I do not know of a better time to share about the book “The New Life”, since Jesus gave us a new life.

Have a joyous “Resurrection Day” in remembering that our Savior has risen to give us a “New Life”


Unshackled (diligently serving Him) ~ Betty A. Burnett

The Easter and Lent Connection 4-3-2021

Since the message yesterday was longer than most, I did not want the readers to miss something that is important. Therefore, the message ended up being in two parts.


Let me get to the Easter connection: Roman Catholics celebrate forty days of Lent, with Ash Wednesday being the beginning of the forty days of fasting. So, what is Ash Wednesday? It is a Christian holy day (wrong again; it is a Catholic - I don’t know what kind of day).


I do know it is not of God. It is said to be a day of prayer and fasting, and it is called Shrove Tuesday which is the day before Lent (a preparation before the six weeks of penitence (showing sorrow for having done wrong- repentance) before Easter.


Don’t you think it is strange that the Roman Catholics celebrate their Lenten season at the end of the two week celebration of Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins? Romans Catholics prepare for Lent on Shrove Tuesday. 


There is no place that I have read in the Bible where Christians celebrate Lent and Ash Wednesday. This is so erroneous; Christian is even the wrong word – that is what the Roman Catholics came up with.


They fast for forty days, and after the fast they go right back to doing all the evils that they were accustomed to doing. When born-again believers fast, it should always be to help us to walk more in holiness. 


It is not wrong to go into a fast as a sincere sacrifice commemorating what our Savior did for us, but what the Roman Catholics do is not biblical, just as so many other things they practice are contrary to the Word of God.


For your information, the church of Rome is MYSTERY BABYLON, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation, chapters 17-18) – What does the fall of Babylon mean? The fall of the Roman empire, Papal (pope) worship.


One of the ways some people worship the pope is by calling him holy father – The Almighty God is the only One to be called Holy Father: Call no man father (Matthew 23:9). This is referring to the pope, not your biological father).


What about be holy as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16)? The pope cannot make anyone holy; he has to be made holy himself by God. And the only reason that can happen if he receives Jesus as his Savior.


 And another thing, who gives the Roman Catholic church the right to have confessionals where people confess their sins to the priest? The Word of God tells us to confess our sins to God and He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us….. (1 John 1:9)


This false religious system will have a lot of blood on their hands for blaspheming God by their many deceptions.


I am reiterating about Good Friday, since there is also an Easter and Lent connection. I searched and searched to see who came up with the lie about Jesus dying on Friday and rising from the dead on Sunday. Whoever believes this, may not know the same Jesus who died to save my sins. If the day that Jesus died and rose is questionable, then other things may be questionable.


If you are not celebrating Jesus Christ’ Resurrection, then who and what are you celebrating? Be careful who and what you listen to and who you follow.


“Resurrection” ~ The New Life


Unshackled (celebrating Jesus Christ) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Why the Children of God Should not Observe Lent? 4-2-2021

Grace and peace to the saints of the Most-High God. I thought the message on how the children of God are not to celebrate Easter and that Good Friday is not three days before the “Resurrection of Christ”, would be the last message about the events occurring during that time period. 


But the Spirit reminded me of something very crucial that is also connected with the celebrations prior to the time of year we commemorate the “Resurrection of Christ”. This is called Lent.


Do not think this to be strange when all these festivals/feasts are being celebrated around the same time of the Lord’s resurrection. Our enemy, the devil does everything he can to discredit what our wonderful Savior did for us.


Let’s find out how Lent originated, or who the devil influenced to bring it about. I am going to use one of the best sources known to expose the devil and it is in the book by Alexander Hislop, titled: 

The Two Babylon’s, which goes all the way back to the days of Nimrod where there is a connection with the Roman Catholic church.


I do not agree with everything about Alexander Hislop, but he was quite knowledgeable when it comes to idol worship. This is what I do not agree with; he titled himself as Reverend. And many who know me also know that I am not a title person especially when the title that belongs to God only – Holy and reverend is His name (Psalm 111:9). Respecting people is wonderful, but the highest respect belongs to God only.


Let’s go to the Roman Catholic church and just some of its ungodly beliefs, since there are many. Remember how the Romans worshipped the goddess Estra and many other Greek gods? They are especially known for worshipping Mary. There are many places where the statue of Mary is located.


Their worship to Mary, includes reciting the rosary and saying she is the mother of God. People go to various cities at a special time of the year to see apparitions (ghostly appearances) of Mary; this is demonic! Certain areas in Ohio and New Jersey are widely known for people going to see the apparition of the virgin Mary; they travel far and near. However, Europe is more widely known.


During all my years of traveling back and forth from the south to the north and especially from the north to the south, it was about four years ago after going through the toll booth at the Delaware Memorial bridge, I saw this giant stainless steel statue (34 feet tall ) of Mary. It was dedicated in 2007. Wow! How did I miss it? Being in the driver’s seat, there’s a lot missed; have to keep my eyes on the road, plus it a highly congested area.


Let’s talk a little bit more about the statue. According to the campaign’s organizers, supporters contributed $500, 000 and prayed more than 800, 000 roseries. The Roman Catholic church is known to be one of the richest religious organizations in the world. This false religion’s system beliefs have more followers than any other religious organization.


Mind you: I did not say Christian beliefs; many Roman Catholics do not say they are Christians. I believe that some of them say they are Christians to draw more people into their false beliefs, just another trick of the enemy.

This message is to be continued.


Tomorrow: The Easter and Lent Connection


Unshackled (celebrating Jesus Christ) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Children of God Should Not Celebrate Easter 4-1-2021

Now that you know that children of God should not celebrate Passover and that Passover, Easter and the “Resurrection” of Christ fall on the same week, let’s move forward and find out why we are not to celebrate Easter, which is a Roman (pagan) festival. This is the only time the word Easter is in the Bible. Easter is associated with the rabbit and bunny bringing new life (spring of the year).


I purchased a book by Alexander Hislop in the nineteen nineties, titled the “Two Babylons”, and in it was the history of the Easter egg and the Easter bunny and how they are associated with the goddess Estra (Greek for Easter). The history of the goddess Astarte, different names depending on the location and what era it was; yet it is the same spirit that has been operating throughout history.


Some Christians claim that they make Easter about Jesus, but at its roots, it is a pagan holiday. It is about Ishtar, the goddess of fertility. Since rabbits multiply at a rapid rate, they are considered to spring forth, which means new life. 


Do you see how Satan uses all this ungodliness to counterfeit Christ? Whatever God does, Satan imitates Him and, he even works with signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9). As born-again believers we should know the difference as to what is from God and what is from the devil (Hebrews 5:14).


One of the churches I was a member of stopped having Easter egg hunts, once they had an idea of what it meant. Even though they did not know the full meaning, they stopped, and that was commendable. What they did that I agreed with was on “Resurrection” Sunday morning they had Sunrise service. I was accustomed to going to Sunrise service commemorating that the Son (Jesus Christ) had risen early in the morning on the first day of the week.


Some Christians do not agree with that, because they believe that this is about the sun god……I do not see a thing wrong with Sunrise (Sonrise) service; to the Christian it symbolizes that “Christ rose from the dead”. Whoever does not agree, should not tell someone it is wrong to have Sunrise (Sonrise) services. The Word of God tells us to not to judge each other about days, but we are to be persuaded in our own minds (Romans 14:4-6).


However, I do not celebrate Good Friday, because Jesus did not die on a Friday (every Friday and all days are good).


Jesus said as Jonah was in the belly of 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 12:4). Some have said that in the biblical times the days were shorter which stands to reason why Jesus died on “Good Friday” and rose on the first day of the week. Let’s clear that up right now. When it comes to how many hours are in a day, what God made from the beginning of time still stands today.


Jesus even asked the question: Are there not twelve hours in the day [daylight]? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world (John 11:9). Jesus was saying that there were twelve hours of daylight.


We celebrate Jesus Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday, the first day of the week. If you calculate three full days and three full nights, this is what you will come up with. 6PM was the end of the day and a new day began.


Let’s start with Wednesday at 6PM to Thursday at 6PM (one full day),


Thursday at 6PM to Friday at 6PM (two full days),


Friday at 6PM to Saturday at 6PM (three full days). 6AM was the dawn of Sunday, the first day of the week. 


At the end of the sabbath as it began to dawn (light enough to see) toward the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the sepulchre…..empty tomb…. Jesus was not there; He had risen (Matthew 28:1-6).


Take notice of this: Jesus Christ could have risen any time after 6:00PM and sunrise. He went into hell and preached to the spirits in prison/hell (1 Peter 3:19). 


Jesus also told one of the criminals who was hanging on the cross: This day you will be with Me is paradise (Luke 23:39-43). Remember the two compartments in the lower part of the earth – torment side and the comfort side (called Abraham’s bosom, which was paradise) with a big gulf (wide space) in between the two (Luke 16:19-26).


Next: Why are Some of God’s Children Celebrating Lent?


Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett   

Children of God Should not Celebrate the Passover 3-31-2021

Children of the Most-High God, it is time for us to walk in holiness, and be separate or different from the world. How can we make a difference if we are doing the same things that sinners do? I listed in the previous message about the seven feasts foreshadowing the ministry of Christ from the cross to New Jerusalem.


But only two of those messages were broken down, the first is “Passover”: When Christ died on the cross and took away our sins, nothing can ever change that.


The second was “The Feast of unleavened bread” which lasted seven days, the first day foreshadowed the first day of our new life. These seven days (perfect) mean we are required to walk holy throughout our walk on this earth. And when our life is over, we will reach the ultimate perfection (completion #7). 


God tells us to be holy as He is holy, but there are some things that many children of God are doing or celebrating that are not holy.


Even though this particular Sunday is called “Easter”, we still should be putting emphasis on, and celebrating the “Resurrection of Christ”. Everybody knows that Sunday is called Easter, but we should never celebrate Easter in any way form or fashion.


I am going to start with the Passover which has already taken place. In the book of Acts, the Jews were celebrating Passover week during the same week that the Romans were celebrating their gods/goddesses that were associated with fertility. (Acts 12:4). One would have to study the history of these celebrations in order to get all the facts.


Let’s see what the scriptures say: 

Now about that time, Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James, the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. (Then were the Days of Unleavened Bread). 


And when he had arrested him [Peter], he put him in prison and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Easter (Acts 12:1-4) KJV; the NKJV uses Passover instead of Easter. I encourage people who read other translations to keep the KJV close as a comparison.


Wait a minute! We were proofing the message and look what God did when we read Acts 12:4. Passover came before Easter and Unleavened Bread came before Easter. So why do all these different Bible translations use Passover when the correct use is Easter (Easter is on Sunday)? I looked at twenty-four different translations and every one of them used Passover.


Notice that the Word of God is talking about three festivals that occurred within days of each other. Easter was the pagan festival; Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were the Jewish festivals. It is the same way today; all three festivities fall around the same time. If and when born-again have the proper understanding of who and what we are celebrating, we will not mix anything else with the “Resurrection of Christ”.


A born-again believer should carefully examine whether their beliefs are in line with the Word of God. God does not accept anything that is contrary to His Word. We are called to be separate/different(2 Corinthians 6:14-17). That’s what being holy means.


Children of God should not celebrate Passover, and this is why: Jesus Christ was our “Passover Lamb” who died on the cross for our sins (past tense). Therefore “Passover” has already taken place for us.


The Jews or Nation of Israel as a whole still celebrate Passover because they never accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah. He came to His own [the Jews], and they did not receive Him (John 1:11). The Jews were being heavily oppressed by the Romans and they expected Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom and free them from being oppressed by the Romans. 


When they found out Jesus was not setting up His kingdom (His was not of this world), they continued to find ways to trap Jesus Christ until Satan used them to get Him on the cross. But first Jesus’ own nation and the chief priests delivered Jesus to Pilate (John 18:35-36).


Next: Children of God Should Not Celebrate Easter


Unshackled (set free) Betty A. Burnett   

The High Sabbath ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread 3-30-2021

Now that we understand what it means to be complete in Christ, and after the cross our new life began, we are required to walk in holiness until we leave this earth.


Let’s go to the second feast called the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is a foreshadowing of the holy walk of the born-again believer. We have been placed in positional holiness and righteousness by Christ (from a sinner to a saint), and we are required to walk in holiness. That is what eating unleavened bread seven days symbolizes (Leviticus 23:6). It is a lifetime process of walking in holiness.


The first day of the born-again believer’s walk symbolizes the High Sabbath. This feast comes after the Passover which foreshadowed Christ dying for our sins. That is the right order because no one can walk in holiness until after they are born-again.


But as He who has called you is holy; you are to be holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, be holy as I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-17). Living holy is to be separate/different, as God is separate.


There are one hundred fifty-three scriptures in the Word of God that tell us to live holy. These are just a few: Keeping the feast of unleavened bread, means to walk in holiness (1 Corinthians 5:6-8). A little leaven (sin) leavened the whole lump and will cause us not to walk in holiness (Galatians 5:7-9).


Remember when the Word of God is talking about leaven, this means sin; and when the Word of God talks about unleavened, this is talking about walking in holiness which means to be separate or different from the world. This does not mean that one does not sin (1 John 1:9), we live in bodies that sin (Romans 7:18). Yet, we are still pursuing holiness.


The seven day feast of unleavened bread is the entire walk of the believer’s life, from the beginning of the new life until our lives end on this earth. As we walk in holiness we should not feel comfortable with the ways the world; we groan for the redemption of these flesh bodies (Romans 8:18-23), we look forward to the day when these corruptible bodies will put on incorruption (perfect/glorified bodies), that will never be able to decay again (1 Corinthians 15:53-58).


A child of God should not want to stay here on earth because they are afraid to die. The Word of God tells us about the eternal realm and all the awesome things God has in store for us.


Pause: Yet there was a time in the early nineteen nineties that I was fearful of death because a lack of understanding. But I had an experience that took away the fear of dying. I learned that we escape from the corruptible bodies and go directly in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).


Nothing could be more glorious than being with the Lord. If you are truly born-again, you should be like Paul the apostle: For I am ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand (2 Timothy 4:6). Why was Paul ready? He walked in holiness.


As a matter of fact, it was Paul who wanted to leave the earth before his time. However, Paul knew that it was better for us if he stayed on this earth longer because his assignment was not over: For I am in a strait (finding it to be difficult) between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide (remain) in the flesh is more needful for you (Philippians 1:23-24).


At the end of our holy journey, we will have a glorified body. This is when we reach the peak of our holy walk and go to our rewards.


Note: If you want to know how I know what I write, my desire is to learn and know everything possible about God my Savior. This was not an easy lesson for me to learn, as I was being taught, but the hunger and thirst were there, and I still am hungering and thirsting after righteousness.


Next: The Children of God Should not Celebrate the Passover


Unshackled (walking in holiness) ~ Betty A. Burnett 

The Feast of the Passover 3-29-2021

This week of festivities is called different names such as, Passover, Easter, Resurrection (Sunday) and so on, because various groups (sects) celebrate the week for whatever their belief is. 


Today, I am going to start by taking you back in time to Leviticus, chapter 23 where there are seven feasts so the readers can have a full understanding of who and what we are celebrating.


This is important because God is not pleased with His children when they do not understand who their Savior is, yet they profess to know Him.


Now to Leviticus, chapter 23 and the seven festivals - The number seven is most significant; it means complete or perfect. Therefore, it is necessary to pay close attention to the message. I will name all seven feasts, but today the concentration will be on two of the feasts. 


These are the seven feasts: 1) Feast of the Passover 2) Feast of Unleavened bread 3) The first fruit 4) The wave loaves 5) The trumpets 6) The day of atonement 7) The tabernacles. All seven feasts foreshadowed the ministry of Christ from the cross to New Jerusalem.


Let me explain the number seven. It means perfection, fullness, or completion, nothing else needs to be done, everything is completely taken care of, it is finished. This means that you are perfect and complete in God and you can never lose your salvation.


These are the feasts of the Lord, even a holy convocation which you shall proclaim in their seasons. This is why we celebrate the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ annually, remembering what Christ did for us (past tense). 


Let me put it like this, when you work five days a week, you look forward to the weekend where there will be rest and enjoyment. But holidays are special, and we look forward to them and though each one is different from the other; we wait with anticipation for that particular holiday to come.


The word holiday derives from Holy day, so look at the holy days as being special and something to look forward to each year with anticipation.


The feast of the Passover means that God’s judgment passed over us when Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. The Passover, which was the foreshadowing of Christ, is in Exodus, chapter 12.


To the cross: 

Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross during the Passover, and they wanted to take His body off the cross because the next day was the Sabbath, in fact it was the High Sabbath (John 19:31).


This is where the confusion comes in, people think when the Word mentions the next day that it was referring to Saturday. With this in mind they would naturally assume Christ died on Friday hence the term Good Friday, which will come up in a couple messages after this one. But note, it was a High Sabbath differentiating from a weekly Sabbath. When we look at the scripture, this is referring to first day of the feast of unleavened bread which followed the Passover.


This annual Sabbath that they were commanded to observe out of the law of Moses is in Leviticus, chapter 23. And this High Sabbath does not fall on a Saturday every year, but it is an annual Sabbath that falls on different days of the week, but always on the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan (March or April).


Passover started on the fourteenth day of the month and the feast of unleavened bread followed on the fifteenth, the day after the fourteenth. Would you say that the feast of unleavened bread falls on Saturday every year? 


All the dates of the holidays change except for Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday), Labor day (first Monday) and Memorial (day last Monday). Christmas, New year’s day and the fourth of July fall on whatever the number is, not the day.


Next: The High Sabbath ~ Feast of Unleavened Bread


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett

Are the Children of God Celebrating Passover, Easter, or the “Resurrection”? 3-28-2021

Grace and peace to the children of the Most-High God!

 

I will start Monday and continue to the latter part of the week, or at least until the messages are complete. This week will tell the story as to how much those who profess to have a relationship understand what it means to be in a relationship with Christ.


 I started writing messages about a year or so ago pertaining to seeing Christ throughout the entire Bible. When it is understood about Christ, the eternal existence of Christ and that the entire Bible is about Him, then your relationship with Christ will much better.


Since this this coming weekend is commemorating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s children need to know the true meaning of what is being celebrated. As children of the Most-High God, there is only one festival we are called to celebrate, and that is the “Resurrection of Christ”. Oil and water do not mix!


Jesus said: If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). How are you going to know His commandments if you don’t study (2 Timothy 2:15)? 


The Word of God tells us that wisdom is the principal thing, but in all our getting, that we are to get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Not only that, the Word of God also says: My people are destroyed [suffer loss] for lack of knowledge, because they reject knowledge (Hosea 4:6).


How are you going to minister or witness to someone else if you do not understand the truth? It is quite disheartening to see people professing that they know God and yet there is no evidence to prove they know Christ as their Savior.


Next Message: The Feast of the Passover


Don’t turn the channel, stay tuned!


Unshackled (set free) ~ Betty A. Burnett