Flames of Revival

Published on 15 June 2011 by in Encouragement

Flames of Revival

Maple LeafExcerpt from 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 underemphasized 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, 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. Check out this link entitled From the River to the Ends of the Earth – The Destiny of Canada

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.

“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).

You can order my book here Breakthrough! A Faith Adventure in Prayer

©2011 Karen Braun

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Published on 09 June 2011 by in Encouragement


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


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

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 are 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 Karen Braun

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Wounding NEEDS Healing

Published on 01 June 2011 by in Encouragement

Wounding NEEDS 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 and slicing through the leather. I squeezed my husbands hand tightly as the Dr. froze my finger in 4 places for the necessary 6 stitches. After being healed, a scar now marks the severed nerve endings and Ive learned to operate my hand 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? Dont discount your wounds!

Are you willing to find someone to tell the worst thing about you and 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. Then, ask Him who else you could share the reality of your wound, so they can be His 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 heal (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 sensation I now live with. However, I DO value the greater truth – my legitimate needs were truly cared for by others and by the way God designed my body to function and heal; and, I still have a useable finger.


  • What is the higher truth you choose to believe in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment?
  • Do you justify remaining in that place of woundedness?
  • If you have already experienced healing, how do you live differently?
  • Have you wounded anyone?
  • How are you a healing agent for others?

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 Karen Braun

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Certainty in Uncertain Times

Published on 24 May 2011 by in Encouragement

Certainty in Uncertain Times

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith … so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb 12:1-3, NIV).

Definitely our world is being shaken. Floods, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, wars, peace talks, end of the world judgment day, and famines hmmm sounds like a Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 description in the works.

So what of that unnerving quality and the state of being uncertain that creates doubt, indecision, hesitation, vagueness, ambiguity, insecurity, and improbability. DON’T BE ALARMED!

Of this we can be certain – uncertainty has a solution!

Its called FAITH!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb 11:1, NIV).

With what do you practice and demonstrate manoeuvring through insecurity to belief and confidence?

Its called FOCUS!

Without a doubt, deliberate focus MUST be given to the infallible, without error, written Word of God. Yes! This means the 66 books of the Old and New testaments of the Bible. To apply ourselves to knowing and being familiar with it, is to discover the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks, including times of uncertainty.

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. Tell us, they said, when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus answered: Watch out that no one deceives you (Matt 24:3-4, NIV).

As we prayerfully, by that I mean conversationally apply ourselves to a dialogue with God to know Jesus and make Him known - we discover with CERTAINTY, the who, the what, the why, the where, the when and the how to remain, believe, receive, persevere, and exercise God-given authority.


How familiar are you with what is written, ALREADY SPOKEN and RECORDED about God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, the Scriptures, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demons, Prayer, the Universal Church, Salvation, Sanctification, Healing, Bodily Resurrection, Eternal Life, Judgment, and the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus? Check out our Statement of Faith here.

As our knowledge and relationship with Jesus – the LIVING WORD – grows, so does our confidence!

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming (1 John 2:28, NIV).

Whatever today or tomorrow will bring we CAN live without doubt on the reliability of Gods WORD. No wind, fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, evil spirit or person can shake or change these rock solid and unshifting promises!

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Phil 4:8-9, NIV).

Heavenly Father, thank you that EVERYTHING is in your capable hands. We turn our eyes to keep our focus on YOU. When everything else around us crumbles, you will remain the same! Thank you for that promise and HOPE.

2011 Karen Braun

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Follow the Scent – Follow Jesus


God the Father has commissioned Jesus His Son to NOT LOSE you and me but to PICK US UP for eternal life.

This IS great news, especially in view of any unexpected stumble along the trail; crushing trial encountered along the way; or, surprise attack from the enemy of our soul, as we follow His lead.

For I have come to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has give me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day (John 6:38-39, NLT).

Is your spiritual nose pointing to Jesus? Do you sniff and follow His lead with reckless abandon or have the layers of life beneath your feet, or unexpected twists and turns along the way – including encounters with evil bullies – caused you to doubt or even lose trace of His fragrance?


  • Jesus said to the people, I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you wont be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12, NLT).
  • The Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours (1 Sam 17:47, NLT).
  • Jesus replied, I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst Those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.
  • Unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins (John 8:24b).
  • I assure you, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die (John 8:50, NLT)!


If youve lost your way, go by way of the cross to be found again in the light, refreshed by THE bread and water of life. As He lifts you and holds you close you will always experience Him there – it’s the only way to know how to follow. His fragrance will rub off and then others will want to follow too.

His mandate is to keep you! Just wait whats ahead is greater then we can imagine!

Thank you Most High, kind, and merciful God that you have given Jesus charge of our keeping – for eternal life. Forgive us for chasing distractions; for running off to pursue other smells; even for giving more faith to fear when we have encountered evil. Purify our senses with your love and holiness so that we can run wholehearted in full confidence after you. Would you grant that others might desire to follow you too.

The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly (Joshua 14:9, NIV).

2011 Karen Braun

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Pain On Purpose

Published on 11 May 2011 by in Encouragement

Pain On Purpose

Do you think betrayed, bruised, and bound Joseph dreamed, or even imagined a way out of his painful experiences? Do you think he expected them to ultimately test him, shape him, refine him, lead him, and directionally influence others as a result?

He [the LORD] called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply. Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them Joseph, who was sold as a slave. There in prison, they bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfil his dreams, the LORD tested Josephs character (Psalm 105:16-19, NLT).

What framework guided Jos thinking to see him through every day of unfair captivity, while gingerly trying to sooth his bruised and restrained feet; or, to daily manage an unyielding burden of heavy metal restriction around his neck?

What about you? What dream has been shattered? What unexpected twists and turns have you bound like a prisoner? What extreme limitations squeeze the essence of your character out? Do you daily manage the choke hold or does it manage you?

“Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. Joseph was put in charge of all the kings household; he became ruler over all the kings household; he became ruler over all the kings possessions. He could instruct the kings aides as he pleased and teach the kings advisors” (Psalm 105:20-22, NLT).

Joseph daily choices where based on a knowledge of God and a developing relationship of trust. Remember God had given him dreams. Im sure there were many tough conversations exchanged during those difficult days that grew into years. However, the daily dependence served to cultivate and refine the character we see in Joseph.

CHARACTER inspired the trust of a king; gave way to freedom; and opened the door to oversee and even instruct others. I wouldnt be surprised if Joseph eventually taught a class for the advisors- Belief 101, that included a section on Hard Knocks From Another Perspective.

Your pain has purpose!

Has God given you a dream? What is your framework of belief when direction shifts to the unexpected? How is it managed daily? Do you engage in conversation with God about the details? Do you trust Him? Would you need to confess and repent of any lie you’ve embraced during the days of disillusionment - about God, yourself, others or your dream and replace with truth. As you focus on God’s trustworthiness – he will build and refine your character according to His dream for you. You never know whose freedom he may be sending you ahead for.

We declare you LORD to be the One true God, infinitely perfect in all your ways as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Your sovereign plans and purposes are high and mighty and truly above our understanding. You are worthy and deserving of our trust. Wherever you place us, whatever the circumstances, may our belief in you reflect as character to those around us! Thank you that you hear and answer prayer!

Jesus told them, This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one He has sent (John 6:29, NLT).

I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me (John 6:57, NLT).

2011 Karen Braun

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Published on 04 May 2011 by in Encouragement


“Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Prov 9:9-10, NIV).

Have you heard it or even said it yourself – I don’t know this!?

I recall my son at age 4 being unfamiliar with a task. Uncertain, he adequately captured this innocent helplessness with these words, Mommy, I dont know this! I was delighted to show him how.

I heard it again last week, but this time from a grown woman all alone who was forced, due to a fire, to evacuate her apartment building and find some place new to live. I was thankful I could serve her in some small measure to lighten her load.

Yesterday I said it, when faced with responding to a situation that was totally foreign to my knowledge. I was grateful God provided someone else to instruct me, and another to remind me that peace can rule in times of uncertainty. Both helped!

We are not meant to do life alone. We need God and we need each other. Whatever your age or situation, is it your instinct to expect and ask for help. Prayer is that healthy dependence and way of making our need known.

Do you experience the certainty of the LORD who draws near, hears and answers your sincere prayer? Do you know Him as the One who is all knowing, longing to surprise you with peace. Its okay to not know everything, and even better to admit it. He delights in helping.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me (Ps 18:16-19, NIV).

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you (Ps 32:8, NIV).

Thank you loving heavenly Father, for giving your Word, your Spirit and one another to help us do life. Forgive our prideful independence that robs of joy and peace. Please enable us to live childlike in our faith, to be okay with not having all the answers; and, to actually appreciate the journey of revealed knowledge. Thank you for the ongoing discovery we can share together.

2011 Karen Braun

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Like A Shot Of Morphine

Published on 27 April 2011 by in Encouragement

Like A Shot Of Morphine

2 ml of morphine brought the 150 beat per minute heart rate down to 50 – 70 within 5 minutes. This will protect your heart from damage and decrease the pain, assured the nurse to my mother in law, who was taken by ambulance Easter Sunday to the hospital. It was atrial fibrillation but we all thought it was a heart attack.

Our hearts were beating faster as we called on others to pray, especially during the initial traumatizing moments. Prayers were ignited and united, precious people came by our sides, and quickly a peace was injected and released that literally calmed and protected hearts and nerves, easing the pain of uncertainty!

I couldnt help but compare how prayer in this circumstance was like that shot of morphine. Yea God! There was no damage to Moms heart, and peace took over.

A desperate cry is a prayer that God hears and will answer. A prayer united in agreement is a powerful dosage. So what has your heart beating faster? Who do you call on to pray in your crisis and need? Have you considered how your prayers inject Gods peace for others? Who or what needs a shot?

At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord (Gen 4:26, NIV).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:6-7, NIV).

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good (Rom 8:26-28, The Message).

You LORD, are PEACE! You are gloriously strong, holy in splendour and our Great God and King. You not only see our state of mind and heart, but you teach us how to cry out to you. You respond by making your presence known and work all things together for good as we trust you – no matter the circumstance.

Remind us how prayer is good for the heart and forgive us for our prayerlessness.

We cry out for a healthy dose of your peace to be injected into our nations democratic voting privilege this next week. Lead and guide that process to touch the heart of our nation. You know our needs best, so we trust you to direct us individually and corporately. In Jesus name we ask.

2011 Karen Braun

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Language With Meaning

Published on 19 April 2011 by in Encouragement

Language With Meaning

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds (Deut 11:18, NIV).

Do you understand and know how to respond to these words: ????????????, ?????? ???, ??????? ??????, ????? ?? ??????, ???? ???? ??, ????????,???? ?? ?? ‘?

I fondly recall hearing my Dad Easter Sunday mornings joyfully greet us in his mother tongue with these cherished words – Hristos a nviat! We always replied with – ntr-adev?r El este nviat!


I rejoice that I understood the meaning and that we could share that unique exchange. However, I did have to be reminded how to say the words because it was the only time I spoke Romanian. I regret not learning the language.

Do you hear your heavenly Father joyfully greet you every morning? How do you listen and respond? Is it only at Easter? Are your conversations with Him frequent enough to recognize the meaning of His words everyday?

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright; he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” (Prov 2:1-8, NIV).

To repeat and pray Gods Word is a practical way to become familiar with Gods “mother tongue.” Soon you can be speaking His language with meaning and never regret it! Life depends upon knowing, believing and declaring His Word – JESUS!

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:37, NIV).

How can we adequately say thank you Jesus for your willingness to die in our place! You have brought us life! Help us teach your words to others so they too can know the meaning of the living language.

2011 Karen Braun


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Listen Long, Listen Deep – Part 2

Are you growing in your awareness and becoming more familiar with Gods communication style?

Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'” (Matt 4:4 NIV).

To listen long and deep is to feed on and digest the written Word of God. The more familiar with His spoken and recorded Word the more we discern His Spirits whisper and gentle leadings. Yes, especially into our loud-mouthed circumstances.

The Lord said, Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah? (1 Kings 19:11-13, NIV).

In life’s chaos do you hear His voice?! Are you honest about why you seek Him?

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:12-13, NIV).

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it he will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25, NIV).

God will be heard by those who genuinely seek Him, producing freedom.

Jesus says, My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, NKJ)

Then He said, Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand (Mark 4:9, NLT).

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts (Psalm 119:45, NIV).

Now that’s style that can be recognized!

Heavenly Father, we choose to be still and wait to hear you speak to us. We are in awe that you love to communicate with such style! Forgive us for boxing you or limiting how and what you may want to say and do in our lives. How grateful we are to receive your perfect Word. May your style become ours.

2011 Karen Braun

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