Fortress of Refuge

Published on 08 March 2011 by in Encouragement

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Fortress of Refuge

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-3, NIV).

Let’s face it we tend to be forgetful and fearful people. Especially when feeling vulnerable and facing something that attempts to destroy us or someone we love!

Psalm 46 provides great reminders about who God is, especially when we face impossible times and troubles. God is present. He is strength. He is protection. He is a refuge and a fortress, oh so ready to help. Do we experience Him in this way? What does it take to do so? Every fortress requires a water supply. In this fortress of protection, He is also the river that brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city that cannot be destroyed.

Three times in Psalm 46 we are reminded that He IS with us. Three times we are reminded that He IS our fortress, our refuge.

We live in Him, he lives in us to protect our encounter with life’s earthquakes hurricanes, storms, uproars or crumbles. Let’s not forget that our troubles are our invitation, opportunity and call to be still and know that He is God – and that we are not! We are to seek that stillness today and everyday – this is prayer.

As we seek YOU today dear Lord, may we truly rest in your help, strength, peace, presence, and protection so others will want to experience You too! Thank you for your help!

©2011 Dr. Karen Braun

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Right Now AND Past, Present, Future

Published on 23 February 2011 by in Encouragement

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Right Now AND Past, Present, Future

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

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

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

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

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

 

©2011 Dr. Karen Braun

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