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Belief Benefits, Unbelief Detriments

God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God (Psalm 53:2 NLT).

What do you believe about God today? What are you asking and for who?

Have you ever considered the sobering truth that to NOT believe God, reject Him, or treat Him with contempt is EQUAL to being disowned and destroyed by Him? There are serious consequences to unbelief! Fears are fulfilled, just read Numbers 14-15.

How long will these people reject me? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them? I will disown them and destroy them with a plague (14:11, 12).

BELIEF, however, can MOVE the plans of God, always in keeping with His character!

Enter Moses to PLEAD on their behalf, What will the Egyptians think when they hear about it? They know If you slaughter all these people, the nations that have heard of your fame will say, The Lord was not able to bring them into the land he swore to give them, so he killed them in the wilderness. PLEASE, Lord, prove that your power is as great as you have claimed it to be the LORD is slow to anger and rich in unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion PLEASE pardon the sins of the people because of your magnificent, unfailing love, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt (14:13-19).

The Lord ANSWERS, I will pardon them AS YOU have requested (14:20).

God will always honour belief and always dishonour unbelief.

But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the LORDs glory, not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they tested me by refusing to listen. They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will enter it. BUT MY SERVANT CALEB IS DIFFERENT (14:21-24)

BELIEF is the difference!!!

Riches wont help on the day of judgment, but right living is a safeguard against death (Proverbs 11:4 NLT).

Heavenly Father, because of your mercy and grace PLEASE forgive our unbelief and help us believe by listening to you. We stand on behalf of __________ asking you to save them because of your unfailing love and because you forgive EVERY KIND of sin. You are worthy of all our trust, our adoration and our praise.

2011 Karen Braun

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Fortress of Refuge

Published on 08 March 2011 by in Encouragement

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Fortress of Refuge

Lets face it we tend to be forgetful and fearful people. Especially when feeling vulnerable and facing something that attempts to destroy us or someone we love! Psalm 45 gives great reminders about who God is especially in these kinds of times. God is present. He is strength. He is protection. He is a refuge and fortress, ready to help in times of trouble.

Do we experience Him in this way? What does it take to do so? Every fortress requires a water supply. He is both. A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city; it cannot be destroyed.

Three times we are reminded that He IS with us. Three times we are reminded that He IS our fortress our refuge.

Perspective because God lives in us and protects us our encounter with lifes earthquakes hurricanes, storms, uproars or crumbles lest we forget, is our invitation, opportunity and call to Be silent, and know that I am God! We are to seek that stillness today and everyday – this is prayer.

May you and I know His help, strength, peace, presence, and protection so others will want to know Him too! God help us!

2011 Karen Braun

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Right Now AND Past, Present, Future

Published on 23 February 2011 by in Encouragement

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Right Now AND Past, Present, Future

I was reminded this week that AS our Eternal, Heavenly Father lovingly looks at us, He sees us not just in the right now moment but all at once – past, present and future… without a time frame as we know it.

This awareness can really help us approach Him about our here and now. It can also help us listen with perspective,  to cooperate for our greater joy and fulfilment. Remember, He purposed us in the first place to be the FOCUS of His love! We are HIS idea!!!

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 4:1-6 (MSG).”

“Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand – you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, ‘Look, I have come. And this has been written about me in your scroll: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart’” Psalm 40:6b-8 (NLT).

God we desire to glorify you. You are the Beginning and the End and you really know what’s best anyway!

©2011 Karen Braun

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