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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Published on 14 July 2011 by in Encouragement


“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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Published on 06 July 2011 by in Encouragement


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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Published on 30 June 2011 by in Encouragement


“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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Published on 23 June 2011 by in Encouragement


“…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

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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Published on 09 June 2011 by in Encouragement


“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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Published on 01 June 2011 by in Encouragement


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.


  • 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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Published on 24 May 2011 by in Encouragement


“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!

It’s 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 maneuvering through insecurity toward belief and confidence?

It’s 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 and CERTAINTY of God’s 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 CERTAINLY remain the same! Thank you for that promise and HOPE.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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Published on 18 May 2011 by in Encouragement


“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).


God the Father 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.

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 you’ve 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 that scent too.

His mandate is to keep you! Just wait… what’s 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 especially when encountering 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 your scent 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 Dr Karen Braun

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