Burgoyne Ministries International
Before we can even venture forward, I first have to take us to the core issue of it all, the core issues by which we have to live, and, by which all of the life and Kingdom of God work.
In order to do what the Lord needs us to, and that is a lot, we have to understand something, we have to understand His heart for humanity, His heart for the lost, and His heart for His people.
When we look at real and true Evangelism, in its fullness, which we are going to, we are going to see many things we get to do. Evangelism is all about doing, doing Kingdom business, but in order to do it right and do it well; we have to understand that the life and heart of God have to be behind everything that we do.
You cannot walk in God, win souls and do all the rest, without having His heart for people, and that will mean His heart of love for even the hardest people you may have to deal with. There will be times when tough love is necessary and when discipline is a must, and when no nonsense actions must be taken, that is inevitable, but we are called to walk in love at all times, even then.
We must keep our hearts clean, settled, and firm in the faith at all times, and we must not let people, circumstances or the enemy move us.
As we venture into the work He has called us to, and learn what that really means, I want you to remember this important fact as it will become paramount as we get into certain areas of it.
We cannot do the works of Jesus, bring forth the Gospel of the Kingdom and meet the needs of the people without having right hearts toward them. Jesus has commanded us to “love our enemies,” “to do good to those who despitefully use you,” to suffer for the gospel sake those things that in the flesh would not only cause us to choose to fight, but also cause us to feel fully justified in the fight.
Throughout the Word of God we see Jesus, as well as the lives of His other people, show us God’s heart for humanity. There are many people such as Paul, one of the great heroes’ and fathers of the faith, who modeled for us having the heart of God right in the midst of the battle, even in the midst of the greatest battles.
They show us, and the Lord is revealing to us, just how important and really mandatory it is to walk in the love of God as we go forward and take the Kingdom to the world. If we are to do this, and do it right, we have to walk by the Spirit, according to the Word and in the love of Christ.
All that you do for the Lord and for people must be done by faith, and the scriptures in God's word tell us over and over the importance of that and even the necessity of it. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God, James says that without faith we cannot expect to receive anything from God, because we are then double minded and faithless, and Jesus taught us in Matthew 17:20, that it isn't that we need a great amount of faith, but only that we use what we have. There are many other sriptures that teach us the faith of God, and of His kingdom, how we are to use it and why, but there is also one very important thing about faith that we must understand, embrace and walk in, faith works by love.
When the people of God, even ministers of God, don’t realize or pay the price to walk in love toward one another, or toward those of this world, they deceive themselves, and cause trouble for themselves and others.
The problems you have in the church so much of the time, come from people whose hearts are not right, they are self centered in their understanding and desires; they are selfish in their ways, and are looking to get and not give. Too often, what they do is not done to glorify God, to truly help the people, or to bring about the proper results needed; it is done to satisfy themselves, to get what they want, or, believe they should have, and sometimes even to glorify themselves.
What I need you to see now, and remember as we go, is that all you do must come out of the love of Christ. If you keep that focus and understanding, then you will become wise and strong leaders who can do great exploits for God. You will be able to weather the storms of life and stand firm at the end of it all victorious, having been faithful in all.
Written by Ellen L. Burgoyne 12/25/09
Edited revision by Ellen Burgoyne 4/15/2010
Used by Permission only!
"The Heart of God, The Kingdom of God, and Knowing Your Enemies"
Ellen's take on David Wilkerson's "Tempting Christ"
“Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted and were destroyed of serpents.” (1 Cor 10:9)
What does Paul mean here when he speaks of “tempting Christ”? Simply put, tempting the Lord means putting him to a test. We tempt him whenever we ask, “Just how merciful will God be to me if I move forward into this sin? How long can I indulge my sin before his anger is stirred? I know God is merciful and this is an era of grace, with no condemnation toward sinners. How could he possibly judge me, when I’m his child?”
Multitudes of Christians casually ask the same question today, as they toy with a wicked temptation. They want to see how close they can get to hell-fire without facing the consequences of sin. In short, they’re tempting Christ. And all the while, such believers are casting off conviction from God’s Word.
Any time we go against truth that God’s Spirit has made clear to us, we’re casting off Paul’s warning: “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall…. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.” (1 Cor 10:12, 8)
Ask yourself if you are testing the limits of God’s precious gift of grace. Are you tempting Christ to indulge your sin in the face of your outright rebellion? Have you convinced yourself, “I’m a New Testament believer. I’m covered under the blood of Jesus. Therefore, God won’t judge me.”
By continuing in your sin, you are treating Jesus’ great sacrifice for you with utter disregard. Your present willful sin is putting him to an open shame, not just in the world’s eyes, but before all of heaven and hell. (Heb 6:6)
In 1 Cor 10:13 Paul describes a way of escape from all temptation: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
What is this means of escape? It’s a growing knowledge and experience of the holy fear of God.
Response by Ellen:
It is time for the people of God, and especially their leaders to go back to the full gospel, to the whole council of God. We can see by the condition of things that embracing only the parts that we like, that are easy or comfortable, have hurt God's people greatly, and it is also a very large part of the reason for the condition of the world.
It is up to us, the people of God who know the truth and have the power to live right, to pay the price and die to ourselves so that others may live. It is that action which will make the change that is needed in the world.
We need to bring honor to the Lord, the world cannot do that, and we must stop thinking like, living like, sinning like and being like the world. We must stop bringing dishonor to the Lord and there by block the very way of salvation that people must have. We must pay the price to walk the walk and not just talk the talk, as we are weakening the body of Christ and seriously hurting the children.
Let's press forward today and be the people of God He expects us to be. Let's be the body of Christ we have been empowered to be as He has given us all the abilty we need to do it and do it right. It was His plan, His choice and He paid the price for it. We have embraced Him and received the life and benefits of all that He has provided for us, we need to embrace our responsibility now and show Him just how thankful we are.
We must honor the Lord and never forget what it cost Him
by Ellen Burgoyne on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 12:47pm.
He did it willingly, and even in the worst of situations, we have never even come close to the suffering He experienced.
He is the King of Glory, the King of Heaven, all powerful and He is Lord of all.
He is coming again as King, Victor and Judge of all, but before He does, He will come to take His own home in a moment of time, in the twinkling of the eye.
Be ready now to stand before the Holy, All Knowing, All Powerful, Righteous Judge and God of Heaven.
"In a moment of time we will all be changed and shall be in the presence of the Lord. All that could have been done will be finished and our work will truly be over. It will be too late then for us to change or fix anything, it will be to late to win souls, to late for us and especially to late for them." Ellen Burgoyne
written by Ellen Burgoyne Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:42pm.
Modified by Ellen Burgoyne April 8th 2011
He is Lord and all mighty God over all things. He is all knowing and will judge the living and the dead, He will judge the hearts of all men.
"Each before His Throne alone"
His suffering began the moment He made the choice to do it knowing all that His choice would bring. It continued throughout His life on earth, excelled as He carried out His ministry, and culminated at the cross. But in the end it brought about our freedom and His great victory!