DO YOU KNOW A TROUBLE MAKER?

Published on 05 August 2011 by in Encouragement

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DO YOU KNOW A TROUBLE MAKER?

“The one thing I ask of the LORD – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORDs perfections and meditating in his Temple. ‘For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his Tabernacle I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing, and praising the LORD with music’ (Psalm 27:4-6, NLT).

Who or what is YOUR trouble maker?

Threat, intimidation, lies or frustration… have you experienced the injustice of these? Have you been disrespected, mocked, bullied, or insulted because of someone else’s pride and baggage? If you are breathing, you likely know how this can undermine or chip away at your strength, patience or resolve; perhaps, at times, terrify you.

How do you handle the threat of this trouble?

What a beautiful clue and reminder of the role and intimacy of prayer! There is great encouragement and necessary understanding in words like these:

“This is HOW the LORD rescued Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from King Sennacherib of Assyria and from all the others who threatened them. So there was peace at last throughout the land (2 Chron 32:22, NLT).

What circumstances in your life need peace?

 “What are you trusting in that makes you think you can survive my siege of Jerusalem? What makes you think your God can do any better? How much less will your God rescue you from my power! Said King Sennacherib of Assyria to Hezekiah” (2 Chron 32:14-15, NLT)?

“Be strong and courageous! Dont be afraid of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are just men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us” (2 Chron 32:7-8, NLT)!

Thank you dear Lord that you desire to rescue and defend us from every threat of evil and every trouble maker! In fact, you have already fought and WON our battles!!! Grant us fresh perspective, with eternal eyes, to know Who You are; who others are; and, who we are. You alone are our hiding place and we sincerely say a huge THANK YOU!!!

How well do you know YOUR rescuer?

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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Stay or Not?

Published on 30 July 2011 by in Encouragement

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Stay or Not?

“The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you” (2 Chron 15:2, NLT).

Where DO the years go?!

Our first born moves from home, next month. Do I wish he would stay? A resounding YES – most of the time that is ;). Will he stay? Most definitely NOT! He can not stay forever. He is ready, prepared, and excited to move on, as it should be.

As God’s child, I have a choice of staying with God, or not. Herein lies the difference – I want and need to stay with HIM forever, as it should be!

Life’s experiences require an eternal perspective!

This verse takes on new, special and thoughtful meaning, providing great comfort to know that my all-seeing, all-knowing, ever-present, faithful, kind and loving Lord WILL STAY, and never leave my family, that is, as long as we remain in Him. This keeps us together, even though we must be miles/kms apart.

This also challenges my commitment to continue to press into prayer, to remain in His love so that the fruit I bear will result in an eternal reunion that includes my children.

What do you find most difficult to release regarding those you love most? What is your understanding of eternity? How you believe God purposed you and your kids to trust Him during days of transition? What helps you stay connected to your heavenly Father and your loved ones?

There is so much more life ahead yet to be discovered and experienced which includes eternity. According to what I’ve heard and read in God’s already declared Word, the plans are good; have a hope and a future, and, include everything needed for life and godliness. That does my soul good, helping me to release both of our sons into God’s perfect ways for them, and us.

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you… “

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love” (John 15:4, 6-7, 9-10, NIV).

Dear Lord, thank you that you are the Author of life! You know the pages of our story, even before they are written. What a gift to discover and explore the adventurous plot and role you unfold for each one of us, day in and day out. I pray for all of us, including our sons and daughters who leave home, that we will embrace our experiences as opportunity to remain in you, confidently trusting and believing that ALL your ways are PERFECT and do have a PLAN!!! Help us remember it’s all about You! Thank you that you will never leave us or forsake us. Amen.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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22.	WHO/WHAT IS ON YOUR HEART, LORD?

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:14, 16, NIV).

“Our great Helper in prayer is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Advocate with the Father, our Great High Priest, whose chief ministry for us these centuries has been intercession and prayer. He it is who takes our imperfect petitions from our hands, cleanses them from their defects, corrects their faults, and then claims their answer from His Father on His own account and through His all-atoning merits and righteousness.

“Brother/sister, are you fainting in prayer? Look up. Your blessed Advocate has already claimed your answer and you would grieve and disappoint Him if you were to give up the conflict in the very moment when victory is on its way to meet you. He has gone in for you into the inner chamber, and already holds up your name upon the palms of His hands; and the messenger, which is to bring you your blessing, is now on his way, and the Spirit is only waiting your trust to whisper in your heart the echo of the answer form the throne, ‘It is done’” (A.B. Simpson, taken from Streams In the Desert, 1966).

Thank you Jesus that even today, on behalf of human kind, you stand before our heavenly Father with greatest awareness and presentation of our needs according to your eternal plans and provision. We take comfort and courage to press on, believing that our prayers are heard and answered, perfected by yours. Expand our desire, discipline and delight to pray more and more from your eternal perspective. What and who is on your heart today, Lord that we can agree with you? Reshape our understanding and practice of prayer that your enemies are made your footstool and we are made holy. In Jesus name we pray.

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence (Heb 9:24, NIV).

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them (Heb 7:25, NIV).

But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Heb 10:12-14. NIV).

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Heb 12:2-3, NIV).

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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THINK WITH YOUR HEART

Published on 14 July 2011 by in Encouragement

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THINK WITH YOUR HEART

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20, ESV).

God’s Word says the truth about God is known instinctively because He put this knowledge into our hearts. In other words, our hearts MUST be engaged to know God!

So why would we ignore or downplay our hearts? Why are we tempted to go to the Tree of Knowledge of Good or Evil, like in Genesis? What is the belief and lure there is greater value on brain power, thereby keeping our heart’s instinct separate and distant from the knowledge of God? Our culture certainly celebrates and encourages self knowledge. How, then, do we learn to think with our hearts?

I suggest that diligent observation, with sincere and honest thanksgiving, is one key way that serves to cultivate knowledge of the heart.

  • Today would you consider one invisible quality of God you are aware of and choose to express appreciation for that with your lips? What understanding stirs and grows by this revelation? Would you tell Him how and why that makes you feel the way you do.
  • Consider your current surroundings and what serves to make you familiar with His eternal power and divine nature?
  • Would there be any truth you you’re be avoiding or pushing away that might hold your heart back from knowing God and making Him known? Confess and renounce it. We have no excuse whatsoever, according to Romans 1:20b, for not knowing God. We need only LOOK and SEE what He has made to acknowledge and express appreciation.

Let us pay attention by acknowledging and giving God thanks today, and every day, or we may be in danger of thinking up foolish ideas of what God is like. Going down that track leads to minds that become ‘dark and confused.’

“When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done; they refuse to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving. They are fully aware of God’s death penalty for those who do these things, yet they go right ahead and do them anyway. And, worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too”  (Romans 1:28, 31-32, NLT).

Dear Lord today we proclaim that you ALONE save! All around us the beauty of your creation shouts of your power and majesty. You are worthy of our saying so! We recognize and acknowledge, with our hearts, that you and your ways are glorious and strong and that our ways, in and of themselves, are foolish, inclined to evil! We sin against you when we elevate and justify our made-up belief systems, thinking in some way our ways are above yours; FORGIVE US for such foolishness, pride, and heartlessness! We declare that your grace and mercy is MARVELOUS and that you are worthy of our belief and trust. Please help us think and live from your life within our hearts! You deserve glory! You are God, we are not! Thank you for making yourself known to us. Amen.

Let the whole earth sing to the LORD! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be revered above all gods. The gods of other nations are merely idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his dwelling. O nations of the world, recognize the LORD, recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. Give to the LORD the glory he deserves” (1 Chronicles 16:23-29a, NLT)!

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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DESPAIR’S ANTIDOTE

Published on 06 July 2011 by in Encouragement

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DESPAIR’S ANTIDOTE

DespairWhat hardship are you or a loved one facing that leaves despair or hopelessness, even the feeling of a sentence of death? Are others aware? What circumstances seem to require a desperate rescue effort?

Have we grasped the concept that there is a purpose to peril? Not just for the one suffering but for the one observing? Do we understand that prayer strengthens those facing these kinds of situations as well as our own reliance on God? Are we willing and caring enough to work at prayer? It is a God-given responsibility!

Paul describes the honesty of his plight in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, NIV. Observe how the willing work of prayer helped with a paradigm shift of dependence, provided a life line of hope for Paul and his crew, and triggered a deserving response in others.

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.

But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

PRAYER makes a difference in the pray-er, and in someone’s rescue causing others to give thanks for God’s obvious answers! Do you see the value and influence of individual and corporate prayer?

  • Whose needs are you agreeing with others in prayer for?
  • Who have you asked to pray on behalf of your own anguish?
  • Who around you is taking note of God’s answers resulting in gratitude?

Prayer is the means, the transfer, the exchange of reliance from our selves to the ONE and only who has the POWER to change despair for purpose.

Lord Jesus, forgive us for our prayerlessness. Grant us vision that will inspire our cries out to you, especially on behalf of the desperate and hurting. HELP! Bring hope that will strengthen and encourage reliance on you rather than on self. We agree that you alone have the power to give purpose to pain because you already carried and dealt with it at the cross. Thank you for your gracious favour! May others give you praise because you hear and answer. More of you Jesus! Amen.

“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10, NIV).

© 2011 Karen Braun

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LESS IS MORE

Published on 30 June 2011 by in Encouragement

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LESS IS MORE

“The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!” Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper,* and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left. Meanwhile, the young man was taken home unhurt, and everyone was greatly relieved” (Acts 20, 8-12, NLT)

Have you ever encountered someone you could listen to for hours on end? How about being familiar with tuning someone out, perhaps even falling asleep while they speak? What makes the difference? For a moment consider Paul, known to be long-winded, even writing run-on sentences and then read this account noting his words, action, and belief.

How would you have responded in Paul’s shoes? Would you have thought twice about how long you talked or what you said? What do you think influenced Paul’s focus as he ran down the stairs and acted in response? Where did this confidence and certainty come from? At the end of the day what did the listeners ultimately experience? What was their take-away?

Can you imagine that memorable Lord;s Supper celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection after that kind of experience?!

Paul proclaims a disclosing premise a few days later when he reconnects with his buddies from Ephesus. I’ve highlighted three points from Acts 20:20, 21:

  • “I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike, the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus” 
  • The truths in Paul’s words were backed with power and demonstration of faith. The elements he spoke of he also lived and practiced. The result – resurrection power!
  • “He must increase, but I must decrease. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:30, 35, 36, NKJV).

The more you live for Christ and the less you live for yourself, whether your words are few or many, your conversations will also be marked by His resurrection power.

“He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30, NIV). Prayer facilitates this process at a heart, soul, mind and gut level!

Dear Lord – as we decrease that you might increase, may we not shrink back from telling others what they need to hear. Increase our words and actions by your power that we and others will also know your life-changing and life-giving ways and love. In Jesus’ name we ask.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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FLIPPED

Published on 23 June 2011 by in Encouragement

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FLIPPED

“…times of refreshing will come [on you] from the presence of the LORD…” (Acts 3:19b, NLT).

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2, NIV).

Flipped completely upside down and onto the other side of our fence is how it landed. The sudden gust of wind carried our metal framed patio tent, just like a feather, in front of a fan. Wasn’t exactly the way I expected to meet our new neighbors! We did, however, have a good chuckle and great introduction by working together to hoist this 10X12 tent back over the fence into our yard. Thankfully no one was hurt and surprisingly no damage was done to either property.

Wind is a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit. Just like a refreshing breeze during warm summer days, we can’t see Him but we certainly see evidence of where He moves, often in surprising ways, yes, and even upside down ways.

Why not set yourself up in front of the wind of His Spirit this summer. Plan a get away day or retreat for a few days to read the Word, to pray, to journal, to fast, to prayer walk. Be still and listen. You never know, He may just flip your thinking about something strategic, surprising you to new beginnings. You will value the shared experience as you work together. Don’t forget to enjoy a good laugh together too! I value the kind of experiences that introduce me to my “desperate need” for His wind to fill my sails.

Thank you Father that your way is perfect. We may make our plans but you direct our steps. Thank you that you speak to us with gentle leading and you also understand when we need a good blast, like a wake up call. Please transform our thoughts and speak to our inmost spirit by the power of your love.

May we be like a refreshing breeze to our neighbors where we live, work and play. In Jesus name I ask, Amen.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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Flames of Revival

Published on 15 June 2011 by in Encouragement

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Flames of Revival

Maple Leaf

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20, NKJ).

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track” (Proverbs 3:5, 6, MSG).

Excerpts from my book, Breakthrough! A Faith Adventure in Prayer

Some experiences in life are forever etched into your deepest being. Their power, like providence, motivates, compels and directs you. Once you’ve seen the undeniable fingerprints of God, that’s what happens. You look and long for the same touch on everything and everyone around because you know its reality and ability to transform. This is my eye witness account of one those experiences.

What change are you desperate for? With whom are you agreeing in prayer about it? Is it often enough to keep asking, until He answers? How well do you listen and obey? Remember, nothing is wasted in God’s economy!

As if it were yesterday, I remember witnessing as a ten and 11-year-old, an exceptional move of God’s Spirit and power in people of all ages at our church. I saw hundreds at a time respond in meetings at church, in homes or workplaces to God’s presence and love. This revival spilled out of our church, down the street to the next church and into many people’s spheres of influence until it infiltrated our city at every level. It moved from there into other cities, towns, provinces, states and countries through testimonies of how people’s relationships, thoughts, attitudes and actions were transformed by God’s love and power.

We remember it as the revival of the early 70’s in Regina, Saskatchewan, that had started in Saskatoon through the Sutera twins. These humble brothers delivered a simple message of repentance, confession and surrender, and highlighted the key of forgiveness in relationship to God, self and others.

As the Holy Spirit moved in power, those who were willing responded. Salvation, healing and reconciliation followed. The Lord of the harvest called young and old from that movement into full-time ministry. To this day many still carry that flame of renewal around the globe.

The under emphasized and underestimated component critical to this move of God was the commitment of many people like my parents, who cried out in desperation to God weeks, months and years in advance, during and after this catalytic move of God’s Spirit, for a spiritual breakthrough… for their wayward sons, daughters and loved ones. My family was just one unit forever changed by that Holy Spirit fire and move. Little did they know how God would hear and answer their prayers!

These experiences, along with a vision in my mind’s eye I sensed God gave me as a young girl at that time, became foundational to my understanding of the role and power of evangelistic prayer for a supernatural breakthrough that results in a move of God in cities and nations. In the image I saw a map of Canada. A flame burst through the map and consumed it. I understood instinctively that God was revealing His heart’s desire and intent that revival fire should consume cities, provinces and nations. I shared the vision with our church at the time.

In the months and years that followed, normal in our home was a living room filled weekly with people sharing their desperate needs and caring in prayer for one another. I saw people saved and healed; marriages and families restored. I was privy to stories of reconciliation among leaders, broken families and estranged relationships.

Dad led more people to Christ in his workplace than he could count. As natural as breathing, my parents modeled prayer and shared Christ on the phone, in the car, in their office, at the hospital, at the sink, over the fence, on vacation, in crisis or not. They prayed silently, out loud, on their knees and by their bed. They prayed God’s Word, in groups of two and three, and in large gatherings. They prayed and prayed and prayed, shared Christ and asked for a response wherever they could. They always gave away Bibles and tracts and always expected God to move. And God did!

In our basement my “on fire” brothers met with their youth group each week, burdened and earnestly pleading by name for their lost high school buddies. Salvation came to those for whom they prayed and with whom they shared Christ. The youth group grew in numbers, and many of them were called into full-time ministry. I continually saw prayer and evangelism work hand in hand.

God permitted me as a young child an insider’s view of what initiates and sustains a mighty move of His Holy Spirit’s transforming work. Today I would say I saw in people a sincere desire, a THIRST, or desperation for change that led them to call on the Lord together to save, deliver or heal. God’s Holy Spirit always brought awareness and conviction of sin that moved people to respond with godly sorrow. I remember lots of scrunched Kleenex that to me became a symbol of humility, surrender and brokenness.

When there was a need for forgiveness, I saw people deal with sin with prompt, implicit and unquestioning obedience, and ask for, or extend forgiveness in relationships. Their repentance released power, and immediately after they repented, I saw them confess publicly Christ as Savior and Lord at home, at work and at play. I saw that they sincerely cared for each other, and everyone took God at His Word! When they did, I saw God move! This was the norm.

I have seen the same renewal flame kindled and at work over the years, or as one friend described mini revivals, in pockets across this land where desperate need and prayer remains the common denominator. One can’t always understand God’s ways, but needs sincerely expressed in belief that God will hear and answer prayer, often sparks a breakthrough. That is when God’s Kingdom purposes advance exponentially – when relationships with God, self and others are purified by the fire of His Word and Spirit through faith.

I’m not alone in this sense and anticipation that God will yet move again in a mighty outpouring of His Spirit. We desperately need His touch.

Heavenly Father your Word declares in Psalm 62:5 that our souls find rest in you alone. Our hope, yes, that means our expectation, comes from YOU ALONE! We will wait as long as you say, but dear Lord Jesus, hear and answer our prayers, please come and touch us once again. Thank you for your power that can touch us individually and corporately. We invite you to pour out your healing waters, so that we too can be carriers of your revival flame. In the name of Jesus, we ask in agreement! Amen.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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OVERFLOW

Published on 09 June 2011 by in Encouragement

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OVERFLOW

“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt 12:34b, NIV).

WARNING – may contain extreme imagery for sensitive readers, discretion advised.

I had a dream the other night. I saw the face of a beautiful woman open her mouth to speak and what came out was a non-stop, steady gushing stream of, get ready for it – raw sewage! It was grossly disgusting as it spewed out with such force. YUK!

In astonishment, HOWEVER, something extraordinary began to alter. I witnessed that repulsive flow gradually begin to transform from the inside of her, out. Suddenly there was a clean surge pushing out the mess, until only purified, unpolluted, and sparkling fresh water came out of her mouth. Then I woke up!

Immediately and over the next days I meditated on these verses:

  • “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it” (Jer 17:9, NIV).
  • “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean” (Matt 15:19-20, NIV).
  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph 4:29-30, NIV).
  • “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:34b-37, NIV).
  • “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jer 2:13, NIV).
  • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8, NIV).
  • “‘Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39, NIV).
  • “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Heb 3:12-15, NIV).
  • “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a babbling brook.” (Prov 18:4, NIV).

The Word of God speaks for itself! Are you aware of what’s in your heart? Opening your mouth is necessary! Life and cleansing can be poured out for all who confess, repent, believe, receive and obey!

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Ps 119:11, NIV).

Wonder where to start? Measure your words as they spill out. Do they build up or tear down?

Dear LORD, hear our individual and corporate prayers! “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Ps 19:14, NIV). “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise… The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps 51:7, 15, NIV). Let the river flow.

  • Forgive our sins
  • Restore the Church
  • Heal the nations

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Hab 2:14, NIV).

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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WOUNDS NEED HEALING

Published on 01 June 2011 by in Encouragement

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WOUNDS NEED HEALING

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16, NIV).

I took every precaution I could, really! I even wore the gloves, but it was not enough to prevent the hedge trimmer from bouncing back on that last stubborn branch, slicing through the leather.

I squeezed my husband’s hand tightly as the Dr froze my finger in four places for the necessary six stitches. After being healed, a scar now marks the severed nerve endings and I’ve learned to operate my finger somewhat differently.

To receive healing often needs others to come alongside to help. What are your wounds? Are they physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, or even social? Are they still open, but hidden? Where do you show sensitivity? Don’t discount your wounds!

Would you be willing to find someone to tell the worst thing about you to still be loved and accepted? This caring application truly heals! This is Jesus’ kind of love!

Prayer is that safe place to dialogue with the One who fully understands both wounding and healing. So, ask Him who else you could share the reality of your wound, so they can be His healing hands. He did design the body to be a healing agent!

“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heals (Job 5:17-18, NIV).

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24-25, NIV).

Truthfully, I DID NOT appreciate the pain of my experience at all, nor the numb finger sensation I now live with. However, I DO value the greater truth – my legitimate needs were truly cared for by others, and God designed and allowed my body to function and heal with a mostly usable finger.

GET REAL

  • What is the higher truth you choose to believe in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment?
  • How do you justify remaining in the place of woundedness?
  • If you have already experienced healing, how do you live differently?
  • Whom have you wounded?
  • How are you a healing agent for others?
  • Would you agree, wounds need healing and sin needs repenting?

Oh dear Lord you gave us your Spirit to lead us into all truth. I pray that you would clearly guide us, as your followers, to the safety of genuine care, one with, and for one another so your love can be applied to legitimate wounds. Help us overcome unbelief. May you receive all the praise that is due your name. I ask in Jesus’ name!

When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt and in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned… But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:8-11, 13, NIV).

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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