FACTS Vs Jan 1 – 7/12

Published on 01 January 2012 by in English, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Psalm 27:3, NLT: Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.

ADORATION

1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

CONFESSION

Psalm 33:17-18, NIV: A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

THANKSGIVING

1 John 4:17-18, NIV: In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.

SUPPLICATION

Hebrews 3:6, NIV: But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

Published on 28 December 2011 by in Encouragement

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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are” (Romans 3:22, NLT).

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them (Romans 10:14, NLT).

Many people dont even realize that their sin nature separates them from a loving God. Many humans believe good works and deeds measure up for favor and eternal life with God. The concept and understanding about God’s holiness, that can not tolerate sin, has been exchanged for shame. How does love fit in the picture?

  • When did you first become aware of how deeply ensnared, entangled and engraved your very soul is, with sin?
  • Who told you?
  • How was it that you came to awareness of God’s holiness? How about your inability to match that?
  • When did you first become aware that Jesus took your place, your punishment, your death?
  • What will it take to help us, and others, understand the seriousness of this problem AND then the most important part, THE SOLUTION?!

Thank God!!! He has provides a sinless solution JESUS death & resurrection. Soon he will return for those of us who believe. In the mean time how do we are on His basic instructions?

  • When was the last time you agreed with God about your sin and His total provision?

FOR GOD the Pure, Uncreated One, the Righteous and Holy Father, the Just and Merciful God of Truth- He is the measure and the standard. How do we discover Him? Can you allow your lack to point to His completeness?

SO LOVED Gods motivation toward people is love. His love is unconditional, patient, perfect and kind. He really has purposes for us to be made whole and holy by his love, as the focus of that love. How has or does that enduring love change you?

THE WORLD … Gods love is not limited to a few or to one group of people, or to those who have. His love extends to every tongue, every tribe, every nation, to EVERYONE in your family, in your neighborhood, in your city – including YOU. Where did that love first find you? What made you respond to that love? How does His love reach through you now, to others?

THAT HE GAVE real love is expressed in the giving of His most priceless gift. A gift is simply to be shared and received, not earned. Do you welcome and unwrap the entire gift every day, by receiving the fullness of His Spirit and feasting on His already declared Words of life, by faith?

HIS ONE AND ONLY SON JESUS is Gods unique only born Son whose purpose is salvation, not damnation, or condemnation. Are you intentional to spare the time to know, then proclaim and give away His love?

THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM People everywhere need to understand who Christ is and what God has done for them through the sacrificial love of Christ. Are there any exemptions you are aware of? What did you HEAR that made you first believe?

WILL NOT DIE God desires that everyone be saved for life that lasts forever. Who are you praying for to experience the loving forgiveness, mercy, and grace of God?

BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE This is a new quality of life as a present and future possession.

  • What percentage of your family and city needs to be saved?
  • Whos instructing them and showing the way?
  • How often do their names cross your lips in conversations with God?
  • Will they also proclaim Jesus, before leaving earth?

John 3:16

Heavenly Father I can only imagine how your heart must hurt so deeply when we refuse to accept or share what you so lovingly and longingly desire to give us so FREELY. Forgive us. Thank you for Jesus your Son, who took care of the issue that disconnected us. You did this in such an incredible, colossal, remarkable way. What joy inexpressible once you open our understanding to receive! Prepare us, our loved ones, and those in our sphere of influence, to encounter the living Christ every day until your return. Help us to live worthy and honorably, as we are made whole and holy by your love.

Karen Braun

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True Love

Published on 10 December 2011 by in Encouragement

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True Love

For a servant, mere words are not enough discipline is needed. For the words may be understood, but they are not heeded (Prov 29:19, NLT).

  • Can you identify the passion of Gods true love at work in your life through His discipline?
  • Are you ready to take on His perspective?
  • Could you name any sins of repetition that hinder your love relationship with God?

In my reading this morning from three chapters of the book of Amos, 8 times these words were repeated, The people of [Damascas, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah, Israel] have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer.

What were the sins of these people that continued on and on, that hurt and upset God?

Beating down others, sending others into slavery, broken treaty of brotherhood, chasing down relatives with no mercy, unrelenting anger, attacking for their own gain, cruel crimes, desecrating tombs, rejecting Gods laws, refusing to obey, perverting justice, corrupting Gods holy name, causing others to sin, and more. No I wasnt reading from todays news or quoting CNN.

Do we consider just punishment as loving, looking like this?

Groaning, the strongest becoming weak, the mightiest are unable to save themselves, archers fail to stand their ground, swiftest soldiers not fast enough to escape, most courageous of fighting men run for their lives. Sounds like “humbling lessons” taking shape.

In the LORDs address of the entire family of Israel and Judah, He reminds them of His love by their rescue from Egypt, I CHOSE YOU ALONE. That is why I must punish you for your sins He gives perspective, reminding them that disaster by His plan, always, first of all, I warn you through my servants the prophets. I the Sovereign LORD, have now done this. He tells them to sit down and pay attention because, My people have forgotten what it means to do right.

  • What reminders is the Lord sending your way these days?
  • Are you paying attention?

A surprising root

God’s punishment for repeated sin includes destruction of the source at the same time! He makes sure they are listening, even telling them to repeat this for everyone to hear. On the very day I punish Israel for its sins, I will destroy the pagan altars at Bethel. The horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground. I will destroy the beautiful homes of the wealthy their winter mansions and their summer houses, too all their palaces filled with ivory. I, the LORD, have spoken!

  • Do you think God wants them to understand the connection between their behavior and idolatry?
  • Can you see how subtle and dangerous misdirected affections are in our love relationship with God?
  • What vehicle might God be using to humble your affections toward Him alone so that He remains your TRUE LOVE?

Wow! Thank you God for, choosing us, loving us, disciplining us, and, showing us how important it is to keep you center. You’re jealous and just for our affection, and know how to punish/humble us so that we will heed your words. We dont appreciate the process, but we agree that it is necessary, because our hearts are stubbornly inclined to go our own way and forget you, thinking only of ourselves! We need you to destroy the root to smash the altars and gods that we both sacrifice and give our affections to. You alone are God and deserve our affection. We can only cry out to have mercy and forgive us. Help us learn our lesson so we can help others know your love as true, too. Thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit to empower us from the inside out! YOU RULE!!!

But the LORD is good; he has cut the cords used by the ungodly to bind me (Psalm 129:4, NLT).

Karen Braun

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Put Up A GOOD Fight!

Published on 14 November 2011 by in Encouragement

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Put Up A GOOD Fight!

FIGHTING the GOOD Fight!

We have just passed Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day, so the reminder of persevering 100% commitment, even sacrifice, required from soldiers to fight and win battles is fresh in our minds.

  • So what is your battle?
  • What are our shared battles?
  • Can you identify areas of defeat: in life, relationships, culture or _______?
  • Are you willing to stand up and fight for the win? For yourself and for others? Whatever the cost?
  • What gives such determination and fortitude?

FAITH & HOPE are the FISTS

Did you know what God called those who trusted Him, even though they were tortured, mocked, cut open, stoned, sawed in half, killed with the sword, etc. that, “They were too good for this world.” All of these people received God’s approval because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised” (Heb11:35, 38, NLT).

WILLINGNESS TO STAND UP for what is Right, True & Honorable IS the GRIP

“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses” (1 Tim 6:12-13, NLT).

RECHARGE to KEEP GOING

Battles are exhausting and soldiers need to be recharged regularly. E.M. Bounds captured it well in these compiled thoughts:

Christian soldiers, fighting the good fight of faith, have access to a place of retreat where they continually go to for prayer.

It cannot be said too often that the life of a Christian is warfare, an intense conflict, a lifelong contest. The Bible calls people to life, not a picnic or holiday. It requires effort, wrestling, and struggling. It demands full energy of the spirit to withstand the enemy and to come out, in the end, more than a conqueror.

It is not an easy rose-lined path. FROM START TO FINISH, IT IS WAR!!!

We are STRONGER TOGETHER. Let’s keep JOINING FORCES!

Thank you loving Father that we can come to you to find rest and strength for our souls in the constant battle we are fighting against the enemy. We are more than conquerors through your great love for us. Help us embrace and apply your love to stand up to the battle cries of the day for ourselves and one another! Amen

© Dr. Karen Braun

 

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Fury or Rest? Part B

Published on 08 November 2011 by in Encouragement

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Fury or Rest? Part B

IT IS FINISHED!

The greatest sacrifice of blood has already been POURED out for you and me so that we do not have to face Gods wrath!

  • Do we embrace that invitation of freedom, peace & rest?
  • Or do we mock that shed blood and hold His provision at arms length with disobedient, hardened, and unforgiving hearts?

JUSTIFIED!

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Rom 5:9-10, NIV).

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Col 3:5-11, NIV).

BELIEVE!

  • Entering rest IS all about hearing, believing and obeying God’s voice!
  • Do our conversations with God demonstrate this exchange regularly?

“For only we who BELIEVE can enter his place of rest. As for those who didn’t believe, God said, ‘In my anger I made a vow: They will never enter my place of rest’… Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him… Let us do our best to enter that place of rest. For anyone who disobeys God, as the people of Israel did, will fall… Let us cling to [Jesus] and never stop trusting Him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it (Hebrews 4:3, 7. 9, 14,16, NLT).

  • Does your belief demonstrate God’s freedom and grace too others?
  • Especially those who infuriate you?

“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Rom 12:19-21, NIV).

Thank you Jesus for paying the ultimate price for my sin like rebellion, pride, idolatry, laziness, unbelief, prayerlessness, self-righteousness and more. Because of your blood these dominating belief systems have already been shattered. Forgive me for not living fully in your provision. Thank you that you waive your wrath from what I truly deserve. I choose to exchange my fury and wrath for your freedom and rest. Thank you Jesus for taking God’s wrath on my behalf! Wow and THANK YOU again for freeing me!!!

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Karen Braun

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Fury or Rest? Part A

Published on 02 November 2011 by in Encouragement

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Fury or Rest? Part A

I just learned of a completely wrong, cruel and totally unfair experience that happened to a loved one of mine. I was furious! In my intense conversation with God about it, I knew I could be authentic about my exploding and upset emotions. Once I vented my human reaction I sincerely welcomed and needed His invitation to enter His rest. There I could hear His voice and sense His direction by finding that place where only peace can succeed understanding. Exercising trust, choosing forgiveness, with eternal perspective helps manage my response to this injury and the injured, including the justice required.

Justice Will Prevail

Whether verbalized or not when an injustice is experienced there is an equal reaction. Whatever choices are made on either side of the coin, by EVERY person, one day justice will prevail for EVERY wrong not made right!!!!! A just response from God is certainly coming!

“As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I will cut you off completely. I will show you no pity at all because you have defiled my Temple with idols and vile practices Then at last my anger will be spent, and I will be satisfied. And when my fury against them has subsided, all Israel will know that I, the LORD, have spoke to them in my jealous anger They will see what happens when the LORD turns against a nation in furious rebuke. I, the LORD, have spoken” (Ezekiel 5:11, 13, 15b, NLT)!

“Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested God’s patience in the wilderness… ‘Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ So I made a vow: ‘They will never enter my place of rest'” (Hebrews 3:8,10, NLT).

According to Scripture God’s fury and anger is provoked by things like our own: pride, unbelief, idolatry, rebellion, refusal to listen, hardened hearts or self-righteousness.

  • What makes you furious?
  • Do you give reason for God to be furious with you?
  • Have your discovered how to enter His rest?

Lord Jesus – at the cross you supplied for every need. At the throne our Father will deal justly one day. On this earth you have given us your Holy Spirit. Help us all – injured and injurer, embrace all of your provision, all of the time, because you have already declared, ‘It is finished!’

Karen Braun

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IS THIS YOU?

Published on 16 October 2011 by in Encouragement

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IS THIS YOU?

“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. But those who choose their own ways, delighting in their sins, are cursed” (Isaiah 66:2b, 3, NLT).

THE WORLD NEEDS PEOPLE…

(written by Ted Engstrom (1916-2006), former head of Youth for Christ International and World Vision International)

    • who cannot be bought;
    • whose word is their bond;
    • who put character above wealth;
    • who possess opinions and a will;
    • who are larger than their vocations;
    • who don’t hesitate to take chances;
    • who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
    • who will be as honest in small things as they are in great things;
    • who will make no compromise with wrong;
    • whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
    • who will not say they do it ‘because everybody else does it’;
    • who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
    • who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hard-heartedness are the best qualities for winning success;
    • who are not afraid to stand for the truth even when it’s unpopular;
    • who say ‘no’ with emphasis, even though the rest of the world says ‘yes’.’

Is this YOU? 

God make us this kind of people.

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GOD READS TEXT PRAYERS… AND ANSWERS

Published on 04 October 2011 by in Encouragement

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GOD READS TEXT PRAYERS… AND ANSWERS

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. TELL GOD WHAT YOU NEED, and THANK HIM FOR ALL HE HAS DONE. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7, NLT).

My son and I were text praying back and forth in agreement yesterday regarding each others needs to focus our thoughts and perspective. God clearly READ and ANSWERED our TEXT PRAYERS! Within one hour, for Caleb, and by evening for me – we both had clear and direct answers!

I text some of my favorite Scripture to focus our thoughts and give perspective.

Part of my text prayer was also, Please surprise Caleb today with a blessing and a hug from you. Thank you that I can trust you to meet his every need as he trusts and believes in you. In Jesus name I ask. To which Caleb texted, Amen!

Then I text, For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need” (Phil 4:13 NLT). I loved Caleb’s response (used by permission): I just saw a woman walking thru the mall yesterday with that verse freshly tattooed on her shoulder.” And then he added, “Another truth the Bible well puts. Haha, it seems to be full of truth – it’s like this GOD of ours seems to know something! 😉

Both of us sensed this was a great personal reminder of truth from God’s heart to ours, which was highlighted by repetition! So together we acknowledged and believed it, via text! TOGETHER we believed God read and answered OUR text prayers!

The old King James Version of Isaiah 26:3 reads, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. The NLT reads, You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

  • What are your text thoughts fixed on?
  • Have you ever considered text prayers of agreement?
  • With whom, could you text message your needs to the One who gives perfect peace?
  • What favorite Scripture TRUTH could you include to anchor your text prayer?

You may be surprised how soon God may answer!

God, YOU are our PEACE for every circumstance! Lord Jesus I ask, for my brothers and sisters, that you would reveal yourself to them today, in ways you know they need to know you best. I pray you will grant willingness to exchange frustrations, cares and concerns for your provision. By your Holy Spirit’s power, we thank you that your Word is able to teach us truth in all things; that you are able to guide and direct; and, that you have our BEST in mind. You don’t make mistakes God, you are PERFECT. Please bless us with more answered prayer as we step out in faith and ask – even by text :). Thank you that we can trust you to meet our every need as we believe and agree with your Word.

In Jesus name I ask, Amen!

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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NEED A BIG HUG?!

Published on 27 September 2011 by in Encouragement

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NEED A BIG HUG?!

I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens [just picture those hands stretching to his arms fullest extension, next time you view the night sky]. All the millions of stars are at my command (Isaiah 45:12, NLT)!

For whom do you earnestly stretch wide your arms?

Have you ever thought about how BIG Gods arms are open for you or, how all- encompassing His embrace is for all people?

Are you imagining BIG? Think BIGGER!!!

Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens, his mighty voice thundering from the sky. Tell everyone about Gods power. His majesty shines down on Israel; his strength is mighty in the heavens. God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people” (Psalm 68:33-35, NLT).

Let’s face it, God is way bigger then we often consider. Perhaps it’s because we don’t accept enough hugs from Him?!

  • How have you experienced Him imparting His power and strength to you, especially through prayer (individually and corporately)?
  • When have you known of His intimate reassurance in your great need?
  • How do you pass on the comfort He has comforted you with?
  • What makes you run to Him for strength?

CONSIDER IT A HUG!

Anyone who thinks they are sufficient on their own; or big enough, in and of themselves, have some startling realities to encounter. God is able, whether we believe it or not to use his might to direct our free-will choices to accomplish HIS ultimate plans and purpose. His love is the most powerful influence.

Our choice to receive his embrace may mean a matter of life and health for us and others.

The same one who came down is the one who ascended higher than all the heavensso that his rule might fill the entire universe. Under his direction, the whole body, is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:10, 16, NLT).

“I am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick” (Isaiah 43:15-17, NLT)

IT IS A CHOICE

God’s way is by invitation with a command to take a Sabbath Day of Rest – EACH WEEK. This action is God’s reminder to us that HE, not me, is bigger and most definitely, capable to manage our affairs. When we stop our busyness to rest IN HIM, IT’S LIKE A BIG HUG. He declares His love, and we declare our receiving trust!

Bear hugs with God are contagious. Once you have them, you can’t help but want more, and to also pass them on.

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith HaShem (Isaiah 66:23, English translation of the Great Isaiah Scroll [Masoretic Version]).

Praise the LORD: praise God our Savior! For each day he carries us in his arms (Psalm 68:19, NLT).

STILL need a BIG Hug?

Thank you Great Creator, for your hands that stretched the stars in place. What a GREAT reminder and perspective of how wide your arms extend to us. You greet us with joy to ‘enfold and hold’ us near your chest. We lay our heads into your embrace to listen to your heart beat for us and the world. Your Word makes it clear that your Spirit empowers us to demonstrate that tender grace and mercy to other fragile and broken human beings like us! We celebrate you. Forgive us for neglecting your regular hugs each day/week – it has been our great loss and our detriment. Perhaps even hurts you?! We are sorry. We return, thankful for your wide open arms. We come expectant of a new day and powerful demonstrations of your love! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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PLAIN & SIMPLE OPTIONS

Published on 22 September 2011 by in Encouragement

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PLAIN & SIMPLE OPTIONS

What are you trusting in that makes you so confident” (Isaiah 36:4b, NLT)?

Arggghhh! I both hate and love it when a blind spot about my life is exposed for what it is! Odd how we can go for years convinced, even modestly boast with confidence, about a perspective we were so certain UNTIL God the Father decides it’s time. His Holy Spirit reveals true colors, ours in comparison to His. The humble encounter leaves a choice that can prove the opportunity, work and power of the cross of Jesus!!!

Our DAILY CHOICES demonstrate if we are:

  • Living in the power of new life in the Holy Spirit or,
  • Living in the powerful cravings of our sinful nature.

The reality is – “these two forces are constantly fighting each other, and our choices are never free from this conflict.” (See Galatians 5:16-26)

So, IS THERE a plain and simple solution to help make the right choice? YES!

To be aware of our need to know and trust God more, and to be accountable so others help us act on that knowledge! Frequent reminders from the WORD about WHO God is HOW He has already provided an endless supply of discovery and perspective. His power and provision help make the right choice more plain, simply and clear.

In just a few short chapters from Isaiah (36-42) we can encounter certain names, attributes, works, deeds, purposes, and plans of God that shed light on circumstances and choices (if we believe):

LORD Almighty, Wonderful Teacher, Enthroned, Rock, Salvation, Fortress, Refuge, Redeemer, Rest, Majestic Voice, Gives great Wisdom, Destroys pride, Shows contempt for all human greatness, Can deplete strength of the mighty, Will wipe away all tears, Is on my side, Turns mighty cities into heaps of ruins, Removes forever all insults and mockery against His land and people, Heals His people and cures their wounds, Shelter from storm, Refreshes as a river in the desert, Calls us to freedom, Judge, Lawgiver, King, Cares for and saves us, Forgives our sins, Gently leads, Enraged against nations, Fury against armies, Destroys & slaughters, Will punish the world for evil, Will punish the wicked for sin, Bring terror to people, Keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him.

YES OR NO?

  • God deserves our trust and should be feared
  • Accountability with others regarding prayerful choices, help cultivate humility and dependence on God
  • I tend to ignore God when uncomfortable
  • I avoid accountability with others when…
  • I demonstrate willing teach-ability when I ask someone to pray with me

PLAIN & SIMPLE OPTIONS:

  • With whom are you sharing the reality of your heart?
  • How does the holiness of The LORD God Almighty instill a healthy fear in you? Enough to make right choices?

Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the worlds interest in me is also long dead. What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people. May Gods mercy and peace be upon all those who live by this principle (Galatians 6:7, 8, 14, 15b, 16a).

Holy LORD God Almighty – you deserve that every choice we make be in honor and respect of your name, majesty, and holiness. Truth is, you have given us the option – we all give account to YOU, whether voluntary now or forced later. So we humbly confess now, that our choices don’t always demonstrate your provision. We screw up every time we give in to the power of our carnal, sinful nature and then we hide or justify our choice, often in isolation. As your Bride, we need a fresh perspective of you and each other. Your kindness leads us to repentance. Your grace and mercy are abundant and equal for all of us. Your power can help us make right choices. Please help us, as your family, to encourage one another and build each other up; to be a safe place of authenticity; and, to help each other CHOOSE to live new life in and through YOU, the power of your Word and Holy Spirit. Thank you, in Jesus name. Amen.

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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