FAST FOOD

Posted September 16, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  September 16

God has always had a Voice.

In times of trouble and distress and confusion… God has always had a Voice.   His prophets and His servants would come into great anointing and they would speak forth the message of God.

They were Perceptive.  They operated with great insight, foresight and anointing.

They were Receptive.  They were not blinded by or hindered by the fear of men.  They were courageous and bold.  They were determined and persuasive.  Turned on and Tuned in.

They were Called.  Anointed and Appointed and Commissioned.  They were extensions of God on earth and spoke with His authority and His power.

They were Radical and Unreasonable.  They were distinctive and different.  They were careless (toward the world) and careful toward God.  They walked humbly and circumspectly before God.  They respected Him and feared Him. (Held Him in awe and reverence).

We will come into a fresh end-time anointing.  More than ever before… at any time in the history of man… we will speak as the very Voice of God to a seeking generation… to a wounded and hurting Church…  to a world in desperate need.

The voice of the Prophet will be heard once again

FAST FOOD

Posted September 15, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  September 15

Attitude.

Notice the attitude of those gathered in the Upper Room in Acts chapter 2:

FIRST:  They were serious about God.  They were serious about Church.  They were serious about Spiritual Things.  They were not playing games or pretending.  They were committed.

SECOND:  They were praying.  They were believing.  They were expecting.

THIRD:  They loved each other and forgave one another and were together in unity.  Petty differences were forgotten.   Hurt feelings were forsaken.

FOURTH:  They wanted IT.  They wanted fire from heaven.  They wanted power.  They wanted God and all that God had for them.

FIFTH:  They were “In one accord…”   They were not arguing doctrine or comparing spiritual gifts.  They were not competing for attention or envious of others.

SIXTH:  They were filled with praise and thanksgiving to God.  They were unashamed and they were bold.  They were not intimidated and they were not shy.  They were not embarrassed about the Holy Ghost.

FINALLY:  They were not going to quit until they got it and until the whole world was touched.

What we are content with determines what God can do in us.

Dissatisfaction leads to greater possibilities

The Miracle in Santiago

Posted September 14, 2021 by dickbraswell
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One of the greatest illustrations of God’s Power being released through a supernatural visitation of the Holy Spirit happened to me back in the ’70’s.

I was invited to join a group of pastors and teachers who were asked to travel to Santiago, Chile for a nation-wide Bible Conference organized by the United Methodist Church. The purpose of the meetings was to encourage, teach and inspire Methodist Church officials and leaders regarding various doctrines including the work of the Holy Spirit.

The Conference was to take place in a large United Methodist seminary and we were offered their dormitories for our lodging and their classrooms for our teaching assignments. Each of us was given specific subjects to teach. My assignment was to teach on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This was primarily because our ministry in the States had recently become actively involved in the Neo-Pentecostal Charismatic movement which was exploding across our country.

Our first team meeting was held in a large conference hall where we were each assigned the specific classroom our class would meet in and where our English to Spanish translator would join us.

When I arrived at the room I had been assigned, there was a group of approximately 25-30 men and women there. These were the elite leaders of various Methodist Churches in Chile. Some were professional educators, lawyers, and doctors as well as some who were non-professional but influential individuals in denominational leadership.

Everything seemed to be in order, but my translator was nowhere to be found. He failed to show up. It was quite embarrassing as I stood in front the class and they patiently waited for me to speak. It was absolutely impossible for me to intelligently communicate with them. And they were in the same predicament. I tried to explain the situation through gestures and body language, but that didn’t work and the waiting (and the silence) created a very tense atmosphere.

Then I got mad.

Mad at the devil who was causing such an impossible situation. I was convinced God had led me there and He had a job for me to do. But the enemy was attempting to destroy what God had in mind for these spiritually hungry Methodists.

In utter frustration, I began to speak to them forcefully in my Prayer Language. I did this for several minutes and the urgency and intensity increased. Suddenly, the room was filled with the Presence and Power of God.

Their reaction was one I will never forget. At first it was confusion. And shock. Then it subtly changed into expressions of understanding and comprehension. Then it erupted in praise and rejoicing. They all stood to their feet with uplifted hands and with tears of gratitude, began worshipping God in their Personal Prayer Language which they had just discovered and received.

The Interpretation God gave them was supernatural. Those hungry-hearted Methodists heard and understood, in Spanish, what I was preaching to them in my Prayer Language. They later told me (through the interpreter who finally arrived) that God gave them detailed instruction on how to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

And they all did.

It was a Miracle like Acts, Chapter 2.

FAST FOOD

Posted September 14, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  September 14

We are under a Divine Mandate from Heaven to get with it or get out of it.

We are not on vacation and we are not retiring……    Folks….it is harvest time.

We don”t need squatters or homesteaders.  Or settlers. We need go-ers and do-ers and givers and pray-ers…. We need labor-ers because it is harvest time.

What is it going to take to bring an Awakening to the Church?  Do we have to bottom out before we look up?  Are we so slow that IT must happen everywhere else before IT happens to us?

  • We have built nice buildings, but this didn’t work.
  • We have acquired the latest and most sophisticated technology.
  • We have established great programs, but this didn’t work.
  • We have brought in outstanding “world-class” preachers and evangelists and teachers, but this didn’t work.
  • We have hired experienced staff members and revolutionized our worship and music.
  • We have established educational programs and Bible Institutes and recreational projects.
  • We have preached on TV and the Internet, we have published books and pamphlets, but none of these have produced New Testament Results.
  • We have promoted, organized, educated and funded but this didn’t work.

What will it take?  I’ll tell you what it’s going to take.

  • It is going to take hungering and thirsting for God. 
  • It is going to take longing for and seeking God
  • It is going to take rearranging our priorities
  • It is going to take repentance and humility
  • It is going to take praying and forgiving
  • It is going to take loving
  • It is going to take a divine visitation from God
  • It is going to take a Holy Spirit Invasion
  • It is going to take a “Day of Pentecost” renewal

Only God can do what must be done to wake up the Body of Christ.  And when we make our Move, God will make His.

It is time for an awakening

FAST FOOD

Posted September 13, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  September 13

The Glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea…

It will be a Quick Work that will leave the world’s head swimming.  It is in its infant stages now.  But it will grow day by day.  It will increase.  It will gain momentum.  It will escalate. There will be a crescendo.  There will be a shaking, a shocking and an uprising.

Where there has been social and political unrest… there is now an unrest in the Spiritual Realm.  A stirring.  A moving.  A release of Divine Energy.  You feel it.  You feel it here.  You see it.  You see it here.  It is happening NOW.  It is happening across the earth.

All Creation is standing on tip-toe waiting for the Manifestation of the Sons of God:

For the earnest  expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Rom. 8:19

Now, guess who the Sons of God are?  The Church.  You and me (if you are saved).  Those who are Born Again.  The Body of Christ.

And, according to the Word of God, we are going to be Manifested.   Revealed.  Shown and displayed to the entire Creation.  Both animate and inanimate.  To the heavens and to the earth.  To all flesh… believers and unbelievers.  To all races.  Creeds.  Cultures.  To everything and to all things.

The neat thing about all of this is, it is God’s plan.  And it is a Grand Plan.  It is an eternal Plan.  And there is absolutely nothing the devil or anybody or any power can do about it.  It Will Happen.

The Turned-On New Testament Church is where it will begin and it will surge outward until it breaks forth and every nation and every kindred and every tongue on this planet is covered with the Glory of God.

Hallelujah

Seeing the invisible

Posted September 9, 2021 by dickbraswell
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TRUE STORY

In 1982, God sent a prophet to our small rural church and it was prophesied that we were to begin searching for a new location…. The one we had occupied since the church was established had become inadequate to accommodate the people and park the cars that were now coming.

We were in the vortex of the Great Charismatic Revival.  Our Christian School was bulging at the seams as well.  So, we began to challenge our folks to see the invisible… “did you see our new campus when you drove up this morning?  Did you see our new auditorium?  Did see our huge gymnasium and our new classroom building?  Did you notice the paved parking lot that will take care of our parking problem?” “Did you see all those people rushing in to find a seat?”  “Did you see all those new students enrolling where they can read the Bible, Pray and worship God?”  The people caught the vision.

After a few weeks, a Spirit-Filled real estate lady took me to a new location approximately 7 miles south of where we were.  It was an open field, of several acres, where a corn crop had recently been harvested.    We made an offer to purchase (even though we had no money at the time) and it was accepted.  Now we had an impossible challenge. 

We borrowed a large flat-bed trailer, towed it to the new site, got our worship team together and I preached to a crowd of folks standing in a muddy corn field.  And I said, “did you see our new campus when you drove up this morning?  Did you see our new auditorium?  Did see our huge gymnasium and our new classroom building?  Did you notice the paved parking lot that will take care of our parking problem?” “Did you see all those people rushing in to find a seat?”  “Did you see all those new students enrolling where they can read the Bible, Pray and worship God?”  

One year later, on that site, we moved into a new 1000 seat auditorium. 

Three years later, on that site,  we moved into the new Faith Academy Classrooms and Gymnasium.

Today the Church and School campus encompasses approximately 100 acres and is debt free.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE GOD

FAST FOOD

Posted September 9, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  September 9

If you are Born Again, you are the Elect.

God Himself calls you His Elect.  (Mat 24:31)  You have been selected and elected.   You have been called and chosen.  You have a divine destiny.

You were born with a Plan inside.  A built-in Plan.  A supernatural Plan.  A God Plan.  This plan has been in place before you were conceived inside your mother’s womb.

This Plan was not formulated at the time of your conversion… it was set in place before the foundations of the universe were laid.  (Eph 1:4)

This is why satan has fought you since you were born.  Just why do you suppose you have experienced such attacks and afflictions and circumstances?  The devil knows about The Plan.  he does not know what it is but he knows it is in there.   And it just might be The One.

The One that ultimately spells his defeat in this dispensation.

You are Significant

When the Wall Came Down

Posted September 8, 2021 by dickbraswell
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TRUE STORY

When Communism collapsed in 1989 and the Berlin Wall came down, we were presented with an immediate opportunity to take the Gospel into Russia, the Ukraine and Siberia.  We connected with other Mission groups and began taking teams into Moscow and other locations in the old Soviet Empire.

We had the privilege of traveling into this fertile evangelistic field every 3 or 4 months with a team of 20 -30 church members to help plant and establish churches.  For nearly 70 years, people in that part of the world were deprived of the Word, forbidden to own Bibles and imprisoned if they were caught worshiping and having “church” anywhere but in the state operated Russian Orthodox Church. 

Our strategy was to connect with a local formerly “underground” minister, hold a crusade in his city, equip him with necessary tools (PA system, keyboards, instruments, etc.) and leave him with an established church to disciple new converts. 

There were “cultural halls” in most cities that were used by the Communists to propagate their political agenda and they were available for rent. Some would seat 800 or so, and others up to 2000 people.   We would take thousands of New Testaments in the Russian language for free distribution and then advertise the meeting.  The meeting would begin at seven, and hundreds would be lined up to rush into the hall when we opened the doors.  It was almost a riot situation. 

In one such crusade, on the first night of the meeting, the hall was filled to capacity.  When we gave the invitation for people to come forward for salvation… every seat in the house was emptied.  Everyone there came up to pray the sinner’s prayer…. Approximately 1000 were saved in that one meeting. 

I had witnessed a miracle of the first order 

FAST FOOD

Posted September 8, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Word for Today:  September 8

More.

The things of the world are becoming less and less important.   The reason for our existence is coming into focus.  In this time of His Visitation, it is purposed that the Body of Christ Glorify God. 

There is a new intensity in the Body of Christ.  A new determination.  A new diligence.  A new resolve.  A fresh focus and a determined objective.  To Know Him.  To come into His Glory.   There is a quest in the Body of Christ to come into The Glory and accomplish the purpose of our Redemption.

The powers of darkness are screaming to distract us.  The forces around us are vying for our attention.  The noise is loud.  The sights are glittering.  The temptations are real.  And strong.  But we will not turn aside.  We will not be distracted.  We will not be lured away from what God is calling us into.

We have tasted and discovered that the Lord is Good.  We want what He has to offer.  We know what it is.  It is a double portion.  It has been good but we want more.  It has been wonderful but it is not enough.  More.  We want more.  More of God.  More of Jesus.  More of the Holy Ghost.  More Word.  More anointing.  More Revelation.  More Power.  More Love.   To be more like Jesus.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.   2Co 3:18

“I want more of Jesus, more and more and more,

I want more of Jesus than I’ve ever had before…

I want more of Jesus, full and fresh and free

I want more of Jesus, so I’ll give Him more of me.”

The Cameron Singers

The Rest of the Story

Posted September 7, 2021 by dickbraswell
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Many years ago, a dear humble farmer would travel over 60 miles each Sunday to attend our small, rural church in Mobile.  He drove an old used-up, dilapidated truck that was showing its age.  You could almost hear him drive in the parking lot because of the worn-out muffler on his truck.  When he got out, he would be dressed in some clean, fresh-pressed overalls.  He was one of our most faithful members.  

Several years after he began attending our little church, he drove all the way down one day to see me in my office.  He came in dressed in his usual attire and was carrying a crumpled paper bag.  Before he took a seat, he walked over and dumped the contents of the bag in the center of my desk.  To my surprise, a collection of pure gold coins rolled out.  I’d never seen that much gold at one time anywhere.  It was remarkable.

“Preacher,” he said, “I’ve had this gold stored away for many years.  When I was younger, I got it by collecting and trading old sewing machines to a group that would export them into other countries and sell them.”  I was listening intently.  The he continued, “God has been speaking to me about helping our church with the building program for our new auditorium.  The only thing I really had of any value was this gold.  So, I am giving it to help pay for our new building.”  Then, we prayed and he left to head back home. 

Nothing like this had ever happened to me before.  We had the gold appraised and converted it into cash for our building project.   If I remember correctly, it turned out to be around thirty thousand dollars. 

We were able to complete our building project successfully and our new auditorium was beautiful.  We had carpeted floors, new padded pews and everything we needed… new sound system, new lighting, a stunning platform with decorative stone walls…. It was awesome.

I was greeting folks at the door one Sunday, and saw a brand-new shiny pick-up truck drive in our parking lot.  When it stopped, my friend, the gold-giver, got out with a big smile on his face.  I was able to get him aside and ask him about his new vehicle.  “Well,” he said, “Preacher, some well drilling guys came out to my place a while back, did some testing, and found that my farm was sitting on a large oil field.  I now have one oil well and more on the way.    God is good, isn’t He?”

That’s the rest of the story


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